FAÇADES

by Peter J. Brant

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1.
How can I forgive myself for this mire of self doubt? Like something’s always wrong Like something’s always wrong How did I convince myself that I could rise above. Like nothing’s ever wrong? Like nothing’s ever wrong? I’ve been waiting for someone to confirm my life for me. To ask me, “Hey, man is something wrong?” “How can we fix what’s wrong?” But who am I to think that I would be the first to live life Without ever being wronged. Without ever being wronged. Maybe if I turned it sideways Let the light catch it a different way I could see the hope that was lying there all along. Waking from my long deep death sleep A birth upon a birth on repeat. Never new, but always waking up. Shuffling furniture around. Hoping that when I have found. Some magic place for my mind. Some magic place to unwind. But I keep shuffling. Circling round. Hoping if I am found. with all my ducks in a row. That somebody will have to know. “Lookee here, what we’ve found! This man has figured it out. There’s never been one before. What fools to have ignored!” But oh my god, now I see. There’s noone else but me. And nothing’s ever “wrong” I’m not going to wait and see if someone figures out me. Cause nothing’s ever wrong. Just got to keep moving along. Cause nothing’s ever wrong. Just got to keep moving along. And Nothing’s ever wrong.
2.
I heard you were down So, I came around to say “I heard you were down, So, I came around, Everything is alright.” Honestly, I don’t care why Maybe your friends, they give you strife. Maybe something you were looking to To carry you through didn’t turn out right. I heard you were down So, I came around to say “I heard you were down, So, I came around, Everything is alright.” We could go for a long walk. Take a little time to talk it out. Maybe there’s something you need to get off Your chest to feel like something’s moving aaa long. So, what do you say? I know I don’t know shit bout today. But I thought if I could see your face That some grace could come Even just for today. I heard you were down So, I came around to say “I heard you were down, So, I came around, Everything is alright.” I heard you were down
3.
02:52
You gotta stop lookin’ at that screen, man. You gotta stop lookin’ at that screen, man. You gotta pick up your feet, get out on the street Start moving that mind Around You really need to cut down on screen time. I’ve got so many lives on screen, man. I’ve got so many lives on screen, man. I’ve got so many lives, going at the same time. I’m not sure which one suits me best. Oh, I really need to cut down on screen time. screen time. screen time. Oh, screen time. Oh, screen time. I really need to cut down on screen time. I’m gonna cut down on my screen time. I’m gonna cut down on my screen time. Gonna find a new way, to fill up my day. Gonna give myself a break from this give and take relating to screen time. screen time. screen time. Oh, screen time. Oh, screen time. I really need to cut down on screen time. screen time. screen time. Oh, screen time. Oh, screen time. I’ve really got to cut down on screen time.
4.
She said to me If you keep on fallin for the pretty girls You’ll never fall for me Trust me, that’s where you want to be It’s plain as day I’m yours / your mine in every way But you must Quit your fallIn’ for the pretty girls They make you cry They make you whine They don’t notice you most of the time But still you go out just to make eyes and see what you might find It’s such a foolish game There’s nothing that’s precious If nothing’s sustained so Quit your fallin’ For the pretty girls I’ve been “lookin” for something good for a long long while but “lookin”’s my problem I need something new not just in style You’re not ugly as sin Even if you were You say things like I was always fallin’ for the pretty girls I couldn’t lift my spirits if they gave me the whole wild world But now I have my love She holds me dear and that’s enough Now pretty is pretty is pretty But not as it once was.
5.
Though I wish there were some sign to show when someone really does love you There’s never been, Nor never will be such luck. There’s never been a sign of such grace. And so we drown into a life just wandering aimless ‘til we’re dry from wandering. There’s nothing you could say or do to change that. Just hope something good grows from the sand. It’s so hard to let someone inside your chest. Then I remember you, Then I remember you Oh sometimes I feel I’m slipping back to nightmarish doom. Then I remember you, Then I remember you. Lifted to my health, I saw something I thought I’d tell you about. It’s something I’m not sure I can explain well. It’s subtle and a moment slowly built. If you find that love man you’ve got to hold on with all your might. You got to give it time to turn golden. You got to let that pearl strengthen well. Then I remember you. Then I remember you. My fears they force me out into the cold without a coat or hat Then I remember you. Then I remember you. I don’t wander aimless now I’ve found my route without a doubt Because because I have you.
6.
Darling, if ever you Stop playing with hearts and you want to be loved want to be held by these arms of mine. Well you know That you can Come back to me And RIGHT HERE I WILL BE And we’ll probably still find something that we need. And if wholeheartedly, you decide to do a single thing in your life And you decide it is me decide to do me well, maybe some day I could be swayed to let you try Come back to me And then we will see And we’ll probably still find something that we need. And when I close my eyes I’m reminded of moments Back in our prime. When you and I walked along unscathed by time And when you Want to let me know Don’t just wink and glow For the way you have been Talkin’ Talkin’ to me The way you treated me You were wrongful, erratic and unkind. Come back to me And right here I will be I’m not saying it’s a given No guarantees I’m not saying it’s a given No guarantees.
7.
04:52
I was sure I’d be well If I could avoid another dark spell But here I am stuck in my head now I’m not sure what to do. Let’s go to the wood gather food Forego life just me and you we’ll take no path let noone know together nude we’ll do what we want to do This world’s such a drag Full of friendly scumbags As they stab your back you’ll feel an aching jab We walking walking in the lighted wood sure of ourselves wholly understood When along we came upon a plant with berries glistening As I ate myself full belly bursting laughs The juice ran down your bare breast A million starts A million deaths I don’t know why I don’t know when My legs they bled as we dragged ourselves west as we reached the edge There are some things good There are some things bad I’m glad to be home I’m glad to be home I’m glad to be
8.
I’ve never been called a “somebody” I’m almost positive More likely I’d be called a ”nobody” Not trying to be negative People get lost in this crowd all the time Trippin’ up, Burnin’ out, drained of all life But by yourself I saw you dancin’ so confidently Not a care for anyone’s thoughts on if you’re a ”somebody” Maybe you’d like to be A “nobody” with me These paths they lead us in circles eternally yet demand that we follow them And even more to think that I once believed They’d solve my problems The thing is when you see those that they call “somebody”’s Though they’ve “made it” they seem just as lost and lonely as me. maybe they’d like to be A “nobody” with me. Without a worry, we’re dancin’ so confidently Not a care for anyone’s thoughts on if we are “somebody”’s We let our heads empty and just follow our feet Now we’re surprised to find that after all the pain and grief we’ve come to be Someone’s “somebody”
9.
I’ve been wandering this life looking for a simple time some place to rest some place to hide This sun beats down It’s always prevalent before it was cold and the wind never ceased violence But If I could go If I could go away If I could go If I could go away Is there some shelter where I could hide away Some shelter from the sun some water to drink Amongst these friends it seems so unforgiving they all want they all want something the other is living If I could go If I could go away If I could go If I could go away Oh now, if we could see we’re all hanging out we all want to be something that is free something that’s true something that’s real without gettin’ beat up without gettin’ beat up without gettin’ beat up without gettin’ beat up If I could go If I could go away If I could go If I could go away
10.
Los Angeles, California Los Angeles, California Los Angeles, California Los Angeles, California I’ve tried my best truly for you To show that I should be adorned here. I cut my hair as you ordered I cleaned my nails of soil and fodder I jumped the fence of responsible order But none of it really sold it. O Los Angeles, California I once thought I’d own you. Now Mike and me, we wandered down near A bridal suite off the 101 ramp We got some off the couple staying there Made a mess of our heads in the noonday O Los Angeles, California I met my death on your door step And until you choose me, I’ll hate you more and more each and every day. Each and every day. From underneath the overpass of the 101 Where Mike and I choose to lay. I’ll wait for my day. I’ll wait for my day. Los Angeles, California Los Angeles, California Los Angeles, California Los Angeles, California Keep sending your melting sunsets And I’ll keep my broken heart wet.
11.
04:13

credits

released November 13, 2015

All songs written by
Peter J. Brant

Arrangements by
Peter J. Brant and Nicholas Krgovich

Strings and horns
arranged and recorded
by Chris Votek

“If I Could Go” horn arrangement by Franklin Silva

Band Players
Nicholas Krgovich
Aaron Olson
Kenny Gilmore
Terry Shandrow
Gabe Noel

String Players
Chris Votek
Andrew McIntosh

Horn Players
Franklin Silva
Josh Aguiar
Brian Walsh
Will Wulfeck

Singers
Nedelle Torrisi
Nicholas Krgovich
Peter J. Brant

Engineered by
Kenny Gilmore

Mixed by
Chris Cohen

“The Pretty Girls”
Mixed by
Chris Votek

Mastered by
Timothy Stollenwerk
at Stereophonic Mastering

Photography by
Todd Cole

Recorded at
The Hobby Shop and Echo Manor
in Los Angeles, CA

RELEASED by
R.C. Legacy Records

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