Dave Lowensohn Dates Your Daughter

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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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Track Name: Dear Liz
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
Track Name: Take My Arms Away
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
Track Name: The Other Ones
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
Track Name: Alright
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
Track Name: Here's That Song You Wanted
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
Track Name: 1999
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
Track Name: I Am A Professional
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