Rock Record

by Liz Pappademas

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1.
Restless 03:42
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
2.
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
3.
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?
4.
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
5.
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...
6.
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
7.
Garden Gate 04:34
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
8.
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
9.
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
10.
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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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 Whelan
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

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© ℗ 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 is a singer songwriter, pianist, and teacher in Los Angeles.

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