Claro

by Gabriel James

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released May 1, 2011

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Track Name: Bring the Color
Bring the Color

Love, don’t start a revolution
Love, don’t take my love away
The world will wait for the two of us
Love, don’t start a revolution today

She said "Hello," I said, "I don’t remember my name.”
She said, “Walk a while with me.”
And I never sat still again

I said, “Goodbye,” she smiled and said,
“There’s no such thing.”
I said, “I tried.” She said,
“Tryin’ don’t bring the color back to Spring.”
Track Name: Traveling
Traveling

So you made your break like a prisoner
Now you’re free with no place to go
So you walk the street with your eyes on your feet
If there’s someplace to be they ought to know

The trouble with having everything
Is you never know what you’ve got, ‘till it’s not
Yours anymore

Traveling is just a metaphor
For screwing things up and getting through it
But you always knew you’d make it back; you’d make it back
Even though you thought you blew it
Track Name: I Hate Myself for Loving You
I Hate Myself for Loving You

Written by Joan Jett and Desmond Child, ©1988

BUG Music OBO Lagunatic Music and Filmworks
Universal - Polygram Int’l OBO Desmobile Music Co.

Reproduced with permission through HFA.
Track Name: Love, Pop Songs & Other Criminal Acts
Love, Pop Songs & Other Criminal Acts

Your eyes tend to wander in the presence of beauty
I know it’s my fault for letting you see through me

No one said it was easy
No one told you to jump

So here’s to love
And pop songs
And other criminal acts
Here’s to taking
What you came for
And leaving without looking back

Here’s to staying and not regretting it

We’re all the same, avoiding a change
Running different directions in all the same ways

No one said it was easy
No one told you to jump
Track Name: Birds of a Feather
Birds of a Feather

I woke to the sun just before it was done
Just long enough to know it was there
The girl on my shoulder reminds me I’m older
But no one said living was fair
Some live to die, others live to try
Some find their solace in wine
One guy I know takes every step slow
He missed a rose once and took it as as sign

That birds of a feather all flock together
So will pigs and swine
Rats and mice will have their choice
And so will I have mine
And so will I

I fell asleep to the moon while it sang me a tune
About a picture that hung on a wall
By floating alone through the lonely ozone
it saw the world and the glory of it all
But some of us hang low from the weight that we know
Despite the wonder of all the places we’ve been
At the end of the day the sun goes aways
And like a picture we long to be seen

Because birds of a feather all flock together
So will pigs and swing
Rats and mice will have their choice
And so will I have mine
And so will I have mine
Track Name: Cross My Heart
Cross My Heart

You put it on hold and add it to the list
Of things you never meant to do
You say, “I never found the time, but I wanted to.”

“Yes, I cross my heart...I really wanted to.”

You talk a big game; I hear it’s easy
When you never play
You cast a mighty shadow standing on the head
of the kid who won the day

And I swear on all worth swearing on
I’d give it all away

It’s too much but I wanted to
Of a good thing but I had to choose
Between ‘I want’ and ‘what I have to do’
Side to side ‘till you lose your stride
Smiling wide ‘till your smiler died
I only want the good things when they’re new

But I cross my heart
I really wanted to

You say, “I don’t want to know.”
It’s better in the dark with your feet up off the floor
If you just leave the beast alone
He’s no reason to show
His face here anymore

But you’ve sang that song so many times

It’s too much but I wanted to
Of a good thing but I had to choose
Between ‘I want’ and ‘what I have to do’
Side to side ‘till you lose your stride
Smiling wide ‘till your smiler died
I only want the good things when they’re new
Track Name: Price of Value
The Price of Value

Where was your head when the world stopped turning?
Did you stop to make the bed when everything
was burning?
Did you check your hair in the mirror?
Did you finally return the call to your mother?

So you lived your life on what you borrow
So you don’t have to think until tomorrow
And who to be is what you see and how you follow
And what you see was built from what owe

The price of the things of value
Is going to bring it all down in the end
Who will you call on for rescue
When you’ve got nothing left to spend?

If it’s shiny it’s probably in my collection
If it’s new it’s justified by definition
If you’ve seen it played and heard it in action
If it’s guaranteed to be in like new condition

The price of the things of value
Is going to bring it all down in the end
Who will you call on for rescue
When you’ve got nothing left to spend?
Track Name: I'm Still In
I’m Still In

Sailing on the train after the bar closed
Two or three worlds away
You said, “Tell me a story. Keep me awake.
Make me believe we’re okay.”
I said, “There once was a boy. There once was a girl.
And they once had a world of their own.
But once upon a time was a harder thing to find
Than either had ever known.”

“But I’ll put my hand in your back pocket
Like when we were kids
You might lead me to trouble,
But if you’re still in, I’m still in.”

Just five more blocks to go until the alley behind you building
Where we first made out
You said, “I can’t go on. I can’t carry this...
It hurts not to say it out loud.”
You said, “There once was a girl, there once was a boy,
And once was a long time ago.”
You said, “I never saw this coming,
But I’m usually less drunk,
And if I don’t get it out I’ll explode.”

You said you’ll put your hand in my back pocket
Like when we were kids
I might lead you to trouble
But if I’m still in, you’re still in

So I’ll put my hand in your back pocket
Like when we were kids
You might lead me to trouble
But if you’re still in, Im still in
Track Name: Do It All Again
Do It All Again

Wrote this song for a lover, but I play it alone
Gave it all for another, now I’ve got nothing to show

There’s pleasure in the heartache
of the slow, cold fading away
There’s peace of mind in a mistake
When you know you’ll never do that again
Until you do it all again

Made a vow to an old friend, “Im out of the game.”
He said, “Being alone is a wonderful thing...
But you’ve got nothing to sing.”

There’s pleasure in the heartache
of the slow, cold fading away
There’s peace of mind in a mistake
When you know you’ll never do that again
Until you do it all again
Track Name: Rest of Me
Rest of Me

Must have been some party to show up looking like that
There’s no use in explaining
There’s no excuse for where you hung your hat

They say, “Now give it time, let it breathe.
There’s so many fishes in the sea.”

But I can’t help the feeling of something more sinister
Your story for a song...Go on now, spin it good

They say,”Now give it time, let it breathe.
None of the good things are free.”

Love, don’t take me for a wise man
Love, don’t take me for a fool
Love take my breath away before you take the rest of me
Track Name: When the Work is Done
When the Work is Done

Floating away on a riverboat
Tied to the shore
Should’ve walked away so many times before

Waving away the Eastbound train
There’s always a next one
I planned to be so much further from where I’m from

It’s like you said
The sun always sets on the feeling of the afternoon
When the work is done
And all I’m left with is you

Throwing away all the things you loved
Exposing the hardwood
There’s solace in the calluses, and it feels good

It’s like you said
The sun always sets on the feeling of the afternoon
When the work is done
And all you’re left with is you

The price of me and the cost of you
The energy to see it through
You have to wonder...Where’s the value in
Struggling to struggle out
Making never work for now
Do you think

It’s like you said
The sun always sets on the feeling of the afternoon
When the work is done
And all you’re left with is you