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B and Not B

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You know I talk a little different than I did at seventeen 'Cause I've lived too many places not to change The benefits of friendship are not easy to anticipate The first time you lock eyes with someone strange But I'm a scatter, scatter, scatterbrain I'm sleepy, sleepy, yawn Oh, my friend, you know the benefits Go on and on and on... And on and on The changes we've undergone Our earliest impressions left behind The way we saw each other in our minds How do you see me now? Follow the story you tell yourself about you and me Never knew who you were Now it is clear that I only know what I think I see
Venus 03:35
In early morning, before the Sun rises in the east, They called it Lucifer before he bore the mark of the beast. They called it Quetzalcoatl; struck down his victims With a spear of light that could pierce the veil of the night. In the material world, which is all that we can know, We all have appetites, and that's what the morning star insists upon. When it's gone, It gives us pause, and we must think on the cause and the end, And to Hesper us it sends. But when the phosphorescent morning star returns, Woe to the ones for whom the world is ruled not By music and love, and the pleasures of desire fulfilled, And the energizing ache of desires denied. Makes us feel electrified! And in the moments before the Sun yields to the Moon, There is an evening star shining and it makes us think that What we can't know might nonetheless be real. Tell me: How does it feel if you're unable to feel?
It's five o'clock. The winter light is quickly fading. The bus is crowded and the streets are full of cars. Each one is angry with the traffic they're creating. The milky way is just a traffic jam of stars. Why should I bother when the world is full of beauty? Why would I bother if the world is just a dream? Why do I bother? Do I think it is my duty To leave behind another pebble in the stream? Why do I bother? Do I think it is my duty To make a ripple in the middle of the stream?
G Day is done, and woe is she. Why C -------------- G does it always seem to be an Am uphill climb? It happens Em all the time G If she found a diamond ring, she'd C -------------- G cut herself on the damn thing. She Am ought to know. That's how it Em always goes. It's B7 ----------------- C got me wondering how much more mis- G ---------------- D fortune she can take. B7 ------------------ C Every time that we talk, I hear about one G -------------- D more unlucky break. B7 Probability is C ------------ G easy to take personally. Eb ------------ Bb Post hoc ergo propter hoc, you F see. Eb ------------------ Bb Sometimes all the world seems filled with D synchronici- G ty. G Feels like she was born to lose. Paid C ------------------ G far more than her share of dues, to Am no avail. Her plans they Em always fail. Luck G never gives, it only lends. It C ---------------------- G wines and dines you, then it sends the Am bill along. By now she Em knows the song. It's B7 ----------------- C got me wondering how much more mis- G ---------------- D fortune she can take. B7 ------------------- C Every time that we talk, I hear about one G -------------- D more unlucky break B7 Probability is C ----------- G easy to take personally Eb ------------ Bb Post hoc ergo propter hoc, you F see. Eb ------------------ Bb Sometimes all the world seems filled with F synchronicity. Eb ----------- Bb Maybe we become just exact- F ly who we expect to be Eb ------------ Bb Post hoc ergo propter hoc is D not causality. (It's a logical falla- G cy)
Remember what they told you when you bit your brother's arm You're not an alligator, better learn to use your charm You learned a little later that your charm could still do harm Remember what you saw when you were staring at the sky It was not an alligator with a cauliflower eye You learned a little later that your eyes just need to lie A hundred wires crissed and crossed the block above the street Some temporary perches/purchase for a flock of pigeons' feet They were scared up to the widow's walk, up on the top But nothing's there to see. Just traffic and TVs
She bargained with the tune. It sang an offer in her ear. "Just give yourself to me , my friend, and I'll never disappear." The intervals between her thoughts were filled with wild ideas, Swimming freely through the darkened depths in her mental bathysphere. And when she heard the tune again, it sounded bright and clear. Her faith sustained the notes within the story drawing near. A shivering boy sat staring at the cold glow of the screen. There's a modicum of comfort found watching other people's dreams. The flicker flipped a switch. It tripped a circuit; left behind The pregnant twitch that surfaces when you're left alone with time. A fear of empty-headedness, an empty-headed fear. A longing that he used to drown in irony and beer. A critic's stance, a careful dance around what's brought us here. Averse to chance, no seeds to plant. No melodies appear. She offered him her tune. Whispered a psalm into his ear. "Just set your longing free," she said. "Don't you wait another year!"
Cm --------------- G ---------------- Ab -------------- Eb First, just wait a second; can you hear the major third? Fm ------------------- Db --------- Fm7 Go forth and drink a fifth to celebrate Cm -------------------------- G ------------- Ab -------- Eb Those foolish dreams that beckon will forever be deferred Fm --------------- Db ------------------- Fm7 But you can still imagine that you're great Ab ----------------------- Bb ----------------- Cm As a boy, they told you that you could do anything Ab ------------------ Bb ------------- Eb -- Db -- Ab Absolutely nothing you could not achieve Ab -------------------------- Bb ------------------- Cm Maybe so, but when they said those things to you, my friend Ab ------------------------- Bb ------------ Eb ---- Db -- Ab -- Bb They just mostly needed something to believe in, to believe Am Ab Eb Cm Ahhh... Am Ab Eb G Fm G7 Ahhh... Your father painted poetry with hundred-dollar words But the rent was seven-hundred dollars more Your mother sketched out universes ruled by giant birds 'Til the real world came a-knocking at her door When they were young, they were told that they could do anything Absolutely nothing they could not achieve Maybe so, but when they said those things to them, my friend They just mostly needed something to believe in, to believe
I Forgot 02:26
Are your toes too long to fit in those shoes? And does your nose belong wherever there is news? Is your hair so dry you never use shampoo? And do you care too much what others think of you? Well, I know you too well. You can't lie to me. Don't have to ask you what you mean by reciprocity. Do your ears start ringing after every show? And do your tears start flowing at the rodeo? Is your favorite color British racing green? And do you have a fascination with the kings and queens? Well, I know it's not the first time that I forgot you like the pomegranate better than the apricot. But when I see you on your bicycle, riding down the street, I still remember when you came to sweep me off my feet.
At 23:09 in universal time You fly to the beach where I stay Your hair flows in the breeze, way down below your knees Much more than you had yesterday You land so smoothly on the sand Then turn to me and take my hand I've been waiting for this a long time Laughing out loud, there's no doubt that you're mine But we're still so hard to define We talk, but silently; we walk, but awkwardly Towards the horizon so grey And when our clumsy forms draw near The hills and rocks and trees appear Just the way that I made them for you Tell me your dreams and I'll make them come true In time for our next rendezvous I've got something to say before you fade away And leave me to turning cartwheels I know that you can't stay, be with me every day But no one I know seems more real Just call my name and I'll be there Meet in the dream world that we share I've been waiting for this a long time Laughing out loud, there's no doubt that you're mine But we're still so hard to define We're still so hard to define
Now let's pretend what we love is forever and never will end Before I go, there is something I think that you might like to know I'm not naïve, but just maybe it's better to try to believe What you love can be something that you can retrieve any time Now let's pretend what we know is for never and ever will bend What we perceive as reality follows from what we believe I'm not so wise, but just maybe it's better to categorize What we know as just something we need to revise all the time


released March 9, 2010

All Songs (Words and Music) by D. Ricardo
Arrangements by D. Ricardo, Brad Robertson, Dusty DiMercurio, Rob Duncan, Dan Caporale, and Jamie Osborne

Recorded by Jordan Glasgow and Dusty DiMercurio
at Digi Studio and Sour Cream Thing Studio
Mixed by Dusty DiMercurio
Produced by Dusty DiMercurio and D. Ricardo
Mastered by Mike Wells

Jacket Design by Jay Harlow
Cover photos by Jay Harlow and Bill Jennings


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