You Write the Words

by GERALD EDWARD

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1.
I thought I was your go-to guy You’re headed off in your own direction this time Was I ever part of your larger than life plans? Or did you just wake up one morning and realize I was not your man You only heard me as a side note I didn’t make the cut for the symphony you wrote I thought at least I’d be guaranteed a front row seat Now I’m lined up at the box office and I’d be lucky with a nose bleed It’s so hard to turn back once you’ve gotten so far It’s so hard to have so little once you’ve had it all I can feel your heart beat from a hundred miles away Under your rhythmic spell I’ll fall Oh yeah I’ll fall, Oh I’ll fall I’ll fall again as fast as I can Don’t you worry about me: It’s not the first time my heart’s been so broken I’ll get over you one day, just probably not the day I’ve planned I crossed my fingers. I made my wish. I tossed all I could afford into the ocean I bet it all on you. I expected all or nothin’ at all. I got what I was due It’s so hard to turn back once you’ve gotten so far It’s so hard to have so little once you’ve had it all I can feel your heart beat from a hundred miles away Under your rhythmic spell I’ll fall Oh yeah I’ll fall, Oh I’ll fall I’ll fall again as fast as I can Don’t you worry about me: It’s not the first time my heart’s been so broken I’ll get over you one day, just probably not the day I’ve planned I’ll get over you one day, just probably not the day I’ve planned I’ll get over you someday, fast as I can.
2.
No Show 04:21
If I could separate my head from my hands I’d walk a day without the blues And once I’ve memorized the lines in the sand That’s when I now it’s time for me to move and let it all loose. I waited for too many no shows. I let ‘em play games with my head Now I’ve concluded that my one solution is to leave the problem where it is I don’t need this Just when I’m ready for that someone to come along that someone never comes around If I stayed here waiting to be found all I’m waiting for is to be let down On my way down to a crossroad where I’ll take the lesser of the evils this time Forget about my thoughts that are fleeting. I’ll let the new road take my where it will Even if it kills me to I waited for too many no show re-runs. I let ‘em play games with my head Forget about the bridges I’m burning. I’m so happy to see them fall into a million pieces Just when I’m ready for that someone to come along that someone never comes around If I stayed here waiting to be found all I’m waiting for is to be let down I don’t run into trouble that often and I won’t see you around if I do I’d call out but I tell myself it’s no use, I waited for too many no shows like you
3.
Simple Guy 03:02
A simple guy just needs a love He’s got his girl and that’s enough to get him through the week At the same old job with nothin’ pay But he doesn’t mind cause what he’s got no one could duplicate And cause he knows it he can look to her and say, Who would have thought what’s right for you was right in front of your eyes? Lookin’ at your simple guy Some many things take people from there paths So much to do, too much to see, so little time to act that When the smoke’s cleared away and they can see the profits of their day all going to waste That’s when they’ll put their faith in love, love, love. They’ll simply put their faith in love
4.
Spies 02:25
I sent my spies to follow you, to monitor, and record your every move They keep a close watch; they are my eyes and ears They haven’t let me down this far. I know exactly where you… Go to drink and smoke and hang up all your worries Did ya really think I’d let you off the hook so easy? For what you did to me, I can tell ya right now how it’s gonna be I’m gonna find out what you love the most. I’m gonna take that for my own What you prescribe you’ll finally get a taste of All you despise you’ll feel it wrap around you And I’ll feel alive when I know that your pain is greater than or equal to mine Soon enough my spies will get the goods on you. Shortly thereafter I’ll get ya back It’ll be no accident. Let me tell ya somethin’; nothin’ happens by chance When I have my mind bent on revenge I send my spies to find out… What you prescribe you’ll finally get a taste of All you despise you’ll feel it wrap around you And I’ll feel alive when I know that your pain is greater than or equal to mine I sent my spies to follow you, to monitor, and record your every move 24/7, 7 days a week, 30 days a month, this is necessary to know exactly where you are
5.
Dear Terena 03:55
Dear Terena, it seems like ages since I’ve seen ya There’s so much that I wanna say, unlock every mystery ya know So are ya happy, are ya sad? Know that you’d tell me if you had the voice So how’s life through the looking glass? Reunited with the one you love at last But ya left so many behind that loved ya too. Now what are we supposed to do? Shouldn’t we all be doing better? Don’t we all just get together and let it go? She’s going home. It’ll be the first time she never feels alone again for the rest of her life We’ll miss her and there’s no in between. Dear Terena Dear Terena, in a recurring dream I see ya now and then I look sideways, up and down; finally I see your face there in the crowd I look back another time around; it’s my imagination acting up now
6.
Panic Mode 04:19
Take a little piece of advice; you better believe in your lies Then all that fabrication starts making perfect sense And while so many people feel so guilt ridden, me I never felt that way not for a minute I keep my rhetoric the opposite of my intent Web, well-woven web, well-woven web starts spinning out of control This may be it for all that we know and still there’s no need for panic mode We could tell ourselves, “It’s gonna be alright.” With all that’s comin’ at us like a bolt of light, we should be perfectly fine just livin’ lies And angel in my dreams, you’re so kind to say you wanna save me You keep me tucked away in your thoughts and prayers I’m sure But I’d like to rip you from the skies and I’ll show ya what I’m really like deep inside My heart’s deceitful well beyond your cure Web, well-woven web, well-woven web starts spinning out of control This may be it for all that we know and still there’s no need for panic mode We could tell ourselves, “It’s gonna be alright.” With all that’s comin’ at us like a bolt of light, we should be perfectly fine just livin’ lies
7.
Tell me what would you suggest could make this one less painful than the rest? Tell me what would you do had you been given the chance to walk a day in my shoes? Tell me would you step aside and smile wry or would you step in them in time? I promised you, I promised you I’d never ask ya to, I wouldn’t lose my cool I’m your fool I’m your fool I’m your foo, ooo, ooo, ooo Yeah I’m your fool Tell me when did you decide to blur the lines and leave me high and dry On countless foggy days I’d sit by my window and for your return I’d pray This is the way I always felt for you, I really fell for you To tell the truth, to tell the truth I think I’m sick in the head to be in love with you I’m your fool I’m your fool I’m your foo, ooo, ooo, ooo Yeah I’m your fool
8.
You write the words to a sad song. Leave the rest to me; I’ll give ya music to sing to Strum along until your heart races. Fall asleep and wake up in the strangest of places When ya gonna learn life’s not worth speeding through? Put the brakes on, Put the brakes on Put the brakes on, Put the brakes on And along I was in your blind spot. Ya never saw me there I guess we never could have been prepared for flying through the rails We were so shell shocked But we were bound to crash; there was nothing we could do about that Put the brakes on, Put the brakes on Put the brakes on, Put the brakes on
9.
Firefly 03:30
Oh little firefly, you were brought into this world to shine Oh little firefly, the spark of imagination in so many lives And time and time again, we’d chase you into heaven and think well that’s the end Always you come back to us, so curious to see if you’re really worth the chase You’re livin’ day to day. Why so sad about that? You’re livin’ day to day. Life is brilliant till you’re trapped Oh little firefly, how does it feel to have somethin’ everybody wants to steal? Your gift doubles as a curse. Ya find you’re far from home, livin’ in this world all alone Oh little firefly,must be terrified of all the creatures on the outside Oh little firefly, you’ve been chosen for good reason. You’re a symbol of the season You’re livin’ day to day. Why so sad about that? You’re livin’ day to day. Life is brilliant till you’re trapped You’re livin’ day to day. Why so sad about that? You’re livin’ day to day. You’ll burn the brightest before you fade Oh little firefly, it’s quite all right to dream that someday you’ll be free
10.
Who We Are 03:27
This road ya travel won’t be easy. This torch ya carry might go dim And in the dark imaginations run wild. That’s when we find out just about who we are When the sun’s scorch hits your face in the morning ya just may think, “Maybe I’m not the only one that’s crazy.” Well you’re right; everybody in this world’s insane And when you look up to see you’re giving more than what ya thought ya got That’s when you’ll find out who you are The bumps and bruises on your head may never heal right and hurt like heck Just remember that the road ya walk at times may feel so cold But the story that ya wrote won’t go untold And when it’s done and said and you’ve given more than what ya thought ya had That’s when you find out who you are Review the standards in your spare time. Some type of precedent just may occur to you Perhaps it’s time to change the tune of your outlook Perhaps it’s time to press the button to reset Perhaps it’s time to hit that button and reset. Sometimes it’s better just to rest That’s when we find out just about who we are That’s when we find out just about who we are That’s when we find out just about who we are That’s when we find out just about who we are

credits

released February 4, 2010

Gerald Edward: vocals (all tracks), acoustic and electric guitars (all tracks), mandolin (tracks 1 and 10), hammond organ (track 5), bass (track 8)

Romain Collin: keyboards (tracks 1 through 4 and 6 through 9)

Jordan Scannella: bass (tracks 1 through 7 and 9)

Jordan Perlson: drums (tracks 1 through 7 and 9)

Chris Badami: percussion (tracks 2, 3, 5, 7, and 8), drums (track 8)

All music and lyrics written by Gerald Edward. Published ©2010 Red With A Rep Music [BMI].

Recorded and engineered by Chris Badami at Portrait Recording Studios, Pompton Lakes, NJ
except:
Drums (tracks 1 through 7 and 9) and bass (tracks 2 through 5, and 7) recorded and engineered by Jordan Perlson at Gas Switch Studios, Brooklyn, NY.
Bass (tracks 1, 6, and 9) recorded and engineered by Jordan Scannella in Paterson, NJ.
Keyboards (tracks 1 through 4 and 6 through 9) recorded and engineered by Romain Collin in Brooklyn, NY.

Produced by Gerald Edward.
Co-produced, mixed, and mastered by Chris Badami at Portrait Recording Studios.

Graphic design: Louis Wesolowsky
Photography: Jon Josephs

Booking and contact: geraldedwardmusic@gmail.com

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GERALD EDWARD New York

Grew up in New Jersey. Raised Catholic. Listened to punk and metal as a kid. Fell off a few skateboards. Went to college and played jazz guitar. Currently lives in Brooklyn and writes folk songs.

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