Rock Record

by Liz Pappademas

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released March 11, 2020

All songs written by Liz Pappademas, except “Restless” and “Real Life Bender” written by Aaron Kyle and Liz Pappademas

Produced by Liz Pappademas and Aaron Kyle
Engineered and mixed by Joe Napolitano
Mastered by Ian Sefchick at Capitol Studios

Piano, keyboards and vocals: Liz Pappademas
Guitar: Aaron Kyle
Guitar: Christopher Harrison
Bass: Jonathan Price
Drums: Brian Soika
Guitar on “Real Life Bender” and “Why Aren’t You Crying”: Brian Whelen
Percussion: Joe Napolitano

Recorded and mixed at Barefoot Studios, Hollywood, CA
Assistant engineer: Jacob Johnston
Album sequencing by Alex Pappademas
Art Direction and Cover Design by D. Norsen
Cover photo by Jean-Claude Vorgeack

Special thanks to Chris, Brian and Jon, Joe Napolitano, Jacob Johnson, Eric Valentine and Tim O’Sullivan, Brian Whelen, Ian Sefchick, D. Norsen, Jean-Claude Vorgeack, Peter Baker, Estelle Descard, Alex Pappademas, Jennifer Romolini, Mary Flaherty, Jim and Ellen Pappademas, and to Aaron. Thank you for your time and your ideas. - Liz
© ℗ 2020 Baker and Pine Recordings, All Rights Reserved, Printed in the U.S. Unauthorized copying, hiring, lending, public performance and broadcasting of this recording prohibited.

Songs written by Aaron Kyle (Restless and Real Life Bender) courtesy of My Love Publishing (ASCAP), All Rights Reserved.


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Liz Pappademas Los Angeles, California

Liz Pappademas is a singer/songwriter, pianist and teacher in Los Angeles.

Rock Record, released in March 2020, is her new album.

"Majestic." - LA Weekly

"A robust, fully formed Americana-rock album." - Buzzbands LA
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Track Name: Restless
Gettin restless, gettin ready
Somebody told me this was only a test
If nothin’s cursed and nothin’s comin'
Why’s this weight upon my chest?

Gettin restless, gettin ready
My palms are sweaty in the batter’s box
If nothin’s wandrin', or wasted
Maybe here in the river
It’s safe to cross

Chorus: Any way that I can get back home
Any way that I can settle down
Any way this wilderness
Can lead me back to you
Any way I can turn it around

Gettin restless, gettin ready
Breathing deep like a sleeping child
If nothin’s cursed and nothin’s coming
Why’s my engine an animal crying?

Getting restless, gettin ready
Summer won’t wait another hour
If nothing’s cursed and nothing’s coming
Just flip the breaker and on comes the power
Track Name: Practice Makes Perfect
Oh I feel just like a ghost, haunting this old house
Close to the living, but I can’t make a sound
Stuck in a line that won’t move ahead
Shifting my weight from right to left
I feel just like a ghost

It comes in phases, it comes in waves
A good night’s rest, and the feeling fades
Let your guard down
Have a few drinks
And God slips in that one weak link
It comes in phases

Practice makes perfect and you’ve gotten too good
At hiding your love from the people who would
Hold you and listen like you’ve been understood
Practice makes perfect and you’ve gotten too good

You never notice when you’re working hard
But when it’s quiet and getting dark
Everyone loves you
Everyone’s in
Til a tire blows out
Til the tread’s too thin
You never notice

That birthday party coming around temperatures taken
clock is counting down
Throw the change up
Watch it break
Hey! What’s new?
You’re such a faker
That birthday party
Track Name: Why Aren't You Crying
I told you I was leavin’ and you stood there blankly
Thought that you would fight it
but instead you thanked me
Bundled up indoors
Thumbin’ through brochures
Not even tryin’
Why aren’t you cryin?
Why aren’t you cryin?

If I could appraise this life we had
Document the good versus the bad
Get a number, bottom line
Notarize and countersign, justify
Why aren’t you cryin?
Why aren’t you cryin?

Pack it up in boxes
Wonder why I bought this
Worthless law that rawness
Means something true
Without a fear of danger
No one cares to change their
Hiding places stay where they’ve been all along
And if you think I’m lying
Why aren’t you crying?
Why aren’t you crying?
Track Name: Real Life Bender
On a real life bender
God only knows
All I wanted was to be
On a real life bender
God only knows
How to hand my goddamn hat to me

I’d been dancing with those demons
The old depressions from before
Drinkin’ drowning all those feelings
Bustin’ up the bar, sleepin on the floor

Big story for the nighttime news
Call you friends, call your sister
This is all I ever wished for, babe

Oh a real life bender…

When the blacktop turns to water
Lights come up behind my head
Double vision getting stronger
When the road runs out
Ain’t nothing left
Track Name: They Ask About You
I’m still checking on you
Want to see where you’ve been
A little window lets me
Look in

Shapes and puzzle pieces
Hidden background clues
Just want to make sure
From a distance I choose

Like a sip from a glass
But you can’t have no more
It warms just the same
The sound of your name
When they ask about you
And they ask about you
They ask about you

And it calls up the blood
And still somehow softens the blow
To see your life going on
To know

That outside the frame
Without my love
As close as it was
There are still moments
You don’t think of us

Like a sip from a glass...
Track Name: Find My Way To You
I have tried forbidden love
Fanned the fires of hidden love
Lied and said I didn’t love
To find my way to you

And many times it felt so real
Storylines the plot revealed
Holes unraveling, but I held them still
To find my way to you

I thought I had it years ago and then
I thought I’d fixed it but it broke again
I thought I knew something different
But when, we met

All those other lovely homes
All those years I spent alone
Guess I drove, I wish I’d flown
To find my way to you
Track Name: Garden Gate
Was it really worth it
To stay so long
I guess that I deserved it
A moment to belong
Behind your garden gate
Behind your garden gate

Did that really happen
And how did it end
I guess it doesn’t matter
What’s real and what’s pretend
Behind your garden gate

I’ve been going every evening
All I do is close my eyes
And I see the flowers leanin in
Expecting some surprise
Behind your garden gate

My mother says, “You know what to do”
What’s right and what your heart tells you to
It won’t be easy but whatever is
Sure will be better than hurt like this

I’ve been playin’ all the good songs
And listenin’ for a clue
But I don’t think any
Will lead me back to you
Behind your garden gate
Track Name: Great Expectations
I’ve got great expectations
For all that I do
So why am I trying
So much harder
To please you
It’s a simple thing to ask for
Just get me to the truth
Of these great expectations
For all that I do

I saw the river
Snaking through the trees
The belly of its body
Touching everything it needs
It’s a simple thing to witness
I shouldn’t need more proof
Of these great expectations
For all that I do

There are moments when I lose myself
Moments when I close my eyes
Moments when I let go of your hand

All that I can see now
What you’re teaching me
Every time I push it
There’s more there to believe
It’s a simple thing to hope for
Harder to undo
These great expectations
Great expectations
Great expectations for all that I do
Track Name: I Love That Song
Ev’ry time we come so close
There’s some kind of borderline we cannot cross
But in the hours long after you’ve gone
I recall every verse and chorus and sing along
I love that song
I love that song
I love that song

I know you know all the words
And I’m sure you’ve danced slow with other girls
But when we move and almost touch
Warm and cool and all at once
Yeah, put it on
I love that song
I love that song
I love that song
Track Name: Still Wanna Be Your Friend
Sold the van
and the torch was passed
Underdogs are winning
Ensenada slow jams
Care to share? We’re in extra innings

I still want to be your friend
I still want to be your friend
Like a buddy cop movie
Like a fable, like a legend
I still want to be your friend

Starts to rain
Oh, this god damn game
It’s too perfect
We’re still swinging for the fences
Things can change
Can you warm your hands on a burning bridge?
I’m not gonna finish that sentence

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