Songs About Love & Change

by Chris Taranto

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1.
Ghost 03:03
What if I get off that plane And nothing is the same? Irreversible changes scare me more than you'll ever know. What if I wake up today And the world has turned away? The things I love the most have all dried up, My passions appear like a ghost. What if I don't know what to say? And the words get in the way, The world I see is changing, But I'm forever and always the same. I'm afraid of change, But progress begets change.
2.
If you told me tomorrow You couldn't love me the same, I would completely understand And I know I'd be ok, Because I've given you everything that I am, So just know I'm still sticking around. If you felt you needed time away I'd step back and give you space, I'll be flexible and fluid while you figure out your place, But if you need a friend tonight Don't hesitate to call, Whatever it is you want, I'm still sticking around. Can I reassure you? I'm as present as I've ever been, Can I reassure you? I will always be your friend. You are beautiful and seen.
3.
Violet 02:34
Steady hands hit the mark, Gentle touch and a clean cut, Soothe the storms and their conflicting winds inside my small frame. Simple incisions expose the ties, Quick precision removes what's inside, Surgically remove the things that hold me from loving completely. Change seemed impossible before there was you, Rooted in ways society ingrained in you, But love seems so much more possible and beautiful, We are beautiful.
4.
Sing for You 02:40
I want to sing for you, The world only makes sense when I sing for you, And I want to stay right here In the melody, It's my gift for you. And all the conflict of the day washes away While I foray into the sights and colors of my mind. It feels as if nothing makes sense, The world's slipping away day by day, So I fall back on songs, It all makes sense with the Spiders from Mars. And all the conflict of the day washes away While I foray into the sights and colors of my mind.
5.
Ascending 03:36
Oh, my, my, how things have changed, I now have less and less dark days, The fog that once blocked out the sun Is always thinning, Usher in a new dawn. These talents are bursting at the seams, This love goes on and on and on and on, I once hid my features away, Long dark hair covered my face, But I've stepped out from behind the curtains And I'm taking back what's mine, Oh, my, my, some things remain, I still swallow words and I shake, But these events are fewer and far between, I just smile and say... These talents are bursting at the seams, This love goes on and on and on and on, I once hid my features away, Long dark hair covered my face, But I've stepped out from behind the curtains And I'm taking back what's mine,
6.
I'm wide awake at 3am, Like I just stumbled out of a weeklong haze, Lost over the garden wall in sleep's lonely gaze, Now I'm out of the woods and I'm wide awake. It takes a lot to spend so much time Self-reflecting, And I'm reflecting all the time. All these thoughts are feeling rude, Intrusive ideas and grabbing roots, Just when I think I'm in the branches hold I return from my dream and I have hope. It takes a lot to spend so much time Self-reflecting, And I'm reflecting all the time.
7.
I get up in the evening And I ain't got nothing to say, I come home in the morning I go to bed feeling the same way, I ain't nothing but tired, Man, I'm just tired and bored with myself, Hey there, baby, I could use just a little help, You can't start a fire, You can't start a fire without a spark, This gun is for hire Even if we're just dancing in the dark, Message keeps getting clearer, Radio's on and I'm moving 'round the place, I check my look in the mirror, I want to change my clothes, My hair, my face, Man, I ain't getting nowhere, I'm just living in a dump like this, There's something happening somewhere, Baby, I just know that there is. You can't start a fire, You can't start a fire without a spark, This gun is for hire Even if we're just dancing in the dark. Sit around getting older, There's a joke here and it's on me, I shake this world off my shoulders, C'mon baby, this laugh's on me. Stay on the streets of this town And they'll be carving you up, alright, They say you gotta stay hungry, Hey baby, I'm just about starving tonight, I'm dying for some action, I'm sick of sitting around, writing this book, I need a love reaction, Baby, give me just one look. You can't start a fire sitting 'round, Crying over a broken heart, This gun is for hire Even if we're just dancing in the... You can't start a fire worrying 'bout your little world falling apart, This gun is for hire Even if we're just dancing in the dark. Even if we're just dancing in the dark...
8.
I'm singing alone for the third night this week, Alone in the basement, My mind on the brink, So I'll just keep on singing till I cannot breathe, I'm singing, Still singing, I'm singing. And I'm sitting here thinking Cause I cannot sleep, I'll just keep on thinking about you and me, I spend so much time thinking about who I should be, I'm thinking, Still thinking, I'm thinking. And I should be sleeping But I can't catch a wink, Not with the things that go on in my dreams, So I'll sit all alone And wish you were here, I should be sleeping, But I'm thinking, Thinking...

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Written between 12/27/18 and 2/16/19

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released July 26, 2019

All instruments played by Chris Taranto
Clapping on track 6 - Marisa Jimenez
All songs written by Chris Taranto (except track 7; written by Bruce Springsteen)
Produced, engineered, and mixed by Joe Dell'Aquilla at Exeter Recordings LLC.
Mastered by Bill Henderson at Azimuth Mastering
Album Artwork courtesy of John Billera

Special thanks to Joe at Exeter for making me sound like a competent musician and making this record possible, Pete Fiorentino for creative competition keeping me on schedule and being a sounding board for these songs, Thom Kinnear for also being there to bounce my ideas off of, Marisa Jimenez for the support and inspiration, Chris O'Brien for some very wise words over a year ago, and Joe Frazzetto for lending me cymbals so I could pretend to be a drummer for the day.

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