Dave Lowensohn Dates Your Daughter

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1.
03:26
Same ten songs on the radio and I still don't have a job They call this summer vacation, I'm numb with frustration I've turned myself around so many times I don't know where I'm going If you can see me try not to scream because There's nothing that's wrong with me that's not wrong with everyone It's just that I'm aware of what gets me down and what takes me there And what makes me hang around with surrogate family and friends who can't stand me And part of me's thinking I'll just throw in the towel But I need to start making money so I can have money So I can spend money on things like girls and music and hash and bread So I can eat daily and not drop dead But the letters of rejection, they keep piling up The position's all filled and I'm shit out of luck I really need to get some resolution here fast 'Cause tomorrow afternoon they're gonna shut off my gas Dear Liz, come back to California and save me The summertime's driving me crazy It isn't even fourth of July Thing is, you probably think that I'm lazy Jobless and taking it easy When I'm about ready to die The night's too young and I feel too old To be home alone watching a cigarette smolder Down to the lips that shouldn't be there But I'm too drunk to notice, too tired to care That I'm killing time like it's a friend of mine And it doesn't even matter that the sun still shines 'Cause I'm here and it sucks and I'm broke, my life's a fucking joke I see another couple holding hands, I'm gonna choke to death And with my last breath I can holler out your name because it's all I got left I'm wishing I'd thrown that towel back when I could have, should have Dear Liz, come back to California and save me The summertime's driving me crazy It isn't even fourth of July Thing is, you probably think that I'm lazy Jobless and taking it easy When I'm about ready to die
2.
There's nothing left to do here The lights have all gone out It's funny seeing you here So used to life without If there's anything that you ever need You know that I am here Cut myself until I start to bleed And I won't shed a tear Take my arms away So I can't feel that you're not there And take my voice away So I can't scream It seems whatever we do We've been through this before I tell you that I need you As you walk out the door And I'll probably be OK for a while In here where I belong Maybe I can even fake a smile To keep me going on But take my arms away So I can't feel that you're not there And take my voice away So I can't scream
3.
Hey you with the gun, your face like the sun Are you having fun? I'm packing my things as a blackbird sings To the setting sun 'Cause nothing good is stable, that was just a fable we were told By those afraid of growing old You think I'm lonely, but you don't even know me You're reaching for my laces and my belt so you can save me from myself And I suppose I should just stand down Go and wash my hands of this affair like it was never really there And I suppose I should cash out now As people go and do this all the time and I will be just fine But everywhere I go it stays the same I can't bear to speak your name I can serenade the shadows from your flame Until the next one comes We can lie and tell each other it was fun As we're burying each other with the other ones Look me in the eye, explain to me why we put ourselves through this And run each other dry time after time You tried to solve this crime within the time you thought was mine And only wound up being confused But as the world burned down I ran across the sand to touch your hand And tell you everything would be alright, but we were terrified We both got high, you cried, I tried and people died, I couldn't leave your side Not even when I knew that I should So tell me it was more than just the photographs we took Tell me you were with me when I loved you 'til the bedrock shook Tell me it was more than just a phase Tell me you were with me at the end of days And everywhere I go it stays the same I can't bear to speak your name I can serenade the shadows from your flame Until the next one comes We can lie and tell each other it was fun As we're burying each other with the other ones And nothing you can say Can make it go away
4.
03:33
Brokedown on a Tuesday night Stuck inside the same old fight Feeling like you've been through this before And storming out of your front door And this is not your day It shouldn't have to be this way You pull your jacket hard against your head And face the rain You walk down to the corner store You don't know what you go there for The one hand wants to drink away the pain The other wants to feel it all again And you're a mess inside Things are gone that you can't hide So let your troubles slide And I will try to break your fall Yeah, well, alright You saved me from another night Without somebody next to mine Yeah, well, alright You wake up with the sun and I'll be gone There's nothing left for you to fear Circumstance has brought you here Words don't even have to be exchanged Nothing needs to be explained And you can blame it all On every hand that let you fall And one too many nights That you've been wasting by the phone So disconnect your head from this And fall into the stranger's kiss We can take a holiday from all this Suffocating self control And you can be my bride If only for a Tuesday night 'Cause someday I might just be that vacation You've been aching for Yeah, well, alright You saved me from another night Without somebody next to mine Yeah, well, alright You wake up with the sun and I'll be gone
5.
Her goodbye kisses kept me warm through Providence Yours, they barely get me out the door I could sit here trading empty promises If you had ones I felt like trading for My favorite cousin taught me how to break a lover's heart And baby, I don't mean to let you down But this has been my train ride from the very, very start And you were just a paperback I'd found There's no time to lose your mind Slowly back away from the flames you've been fueling You've got yours and I've got mine You'd be better off finding somebody new To give your troubles to Maybe something's wrong with me, maybe I'm a prick But some days I just want to make you cry Tell you not to bother, save your sutures for the sick And leave your medicine for better men than I And I can't tell you why I'm taking pride in my defeats But I've been burned, and baby I've been down You tell me that you're lonely, girl, you're preaching to the priest And he's got better things to do than stick around There's no time to lose your mind Slowly back away from the flames you've been fueling You've got yours and I've got mine You'd be better off finding somebody new To give your troubles to
6.
05:03
Stuck inside my cell, this southern California hell Things here aren't going quite so well as it would seem It should be said, I've got your picture by my bed To bring me back when I feel dead, but you still feel just like a dream Living with a curse, I can conceive of nothing worse Than life with you out there and me here on my own My dreams are still about you as I'm breaking down without you In this place that I refuse to call my home I watch the days go by as if I wasn't here I see the sun rise up and burn, I watch the sunlight disappear And while the days keep on repeating all my dreams die self-defeating Falling broken out my head onto the floor A little bit of you up in my arms and I feel fine Drink your kiss like it was wine You make me shine, I make you mine, we leave the rest behind Tomorrow cannot find us if we undermine the hands of time Inside each others' minds like it was 1999 again now Hungry belly, I can't sleep, I pray the sea my soul to keep But there's no oceantide around The things I need so I can make you real add up to more than I can steal And I just die without a sound I say your name sometimes to taste it on my lips I see you smiling in my mind, I trace you with my fingertips But you're not there to feel me breathing, lying cold and disbelieving In this heavy desert air that never leaves A little bit of you up in my arms and I feel fine Drink your kiss like it was wine You make me shine, I make you mine, we leave the rest behind Tomorrow cannot find us if we undermine the hands of time Inside each others' minds like it was 1999 again now
7.
Another night on Fairfax Keeping a drink warm for a friend This is beginning to feel like my home Trying to pull my hair back Watching the kids pile up and in Like we're the only ones who came here alone But none of this concerns you You've got a job to do, you need no one to Protect you from this Babylon's charms The city lights can't burn you Not with the state your freight's been in And easy men like me can do you no harm 'Cause I am a professional I hide behind this old guitar like it's a business card And nothing that I say is for real This is my confessional You know that I've been in this game so long That I've felt everything there is to feel Another night on Sunset Keeping a girl warm for a friend This is beginning to feel like my life She was getting upset Watching the way I played my friends 'Til I convinced her everything was alright But you would rise above this You'd see my tricks for what they are in this disgusting bar And leave before I knew that you'd came We tell ourselves we love this Chasing away the empty space When it's the only thing that's keeping me sane 'Cause I am a professional I hide behind this old guitar like it's a business card And nothing that I say is for real This is my confessional You know that I've been in this game so long That I've felt everything there is to feel So call me what you will I'm sure you've had your fill of people just like me Who say, "I don't even know you, but I sure could use a love like yours" Keep playing your chords 'Til they feel like they're chores And sometimes a stage feels just like a cage And you can't tell if someone's trying to fence you in Or if they're trying to protect you from what's out there And you don't know if you want to know what's out there 'Cause we are all professionals

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An intimate seven song EP recorded in late 2003 by one half of Speechwriters LLC.

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released March 13, 2004

Music by Dave Lowensohn, with Ryan Banagale and Terry Sakamura.

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