Joe

by Sotto Voce

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Yes, that's my blood in the sink.

Is it possible not to write about love? I don't think I realized until I finally listened through the entire finished product that the majority of these tunes are about loved ones, failed romantic pursuits, and fables of love. They say "write what you know," and I wouldn't wager much in final jeopardy if the category were 'Love,' but it's this universal Great Unknown that artists throughout history have never been able to escape and thus claim possession of great knowledge. So, if you choose to listen to musings of the same ilk from this tired hopeful from Brooklyn, I hope they do right by your ears.

My eternal gratitude and love for the SVies. Thank you to those whose faces are both fresh and seasoned. Justin Stivers is tha man for coming back to master this batch. Listen to Passenger Peru.

<3 I'll see ya around sometime.

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released April 18, 2016

written, performed, recorded, and mixed by Ryan Gabos
mastered by Justin Stivers

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Track Name: Seasonal Affection
Only tears to go
Only months behind me
Season creeps in slow
Eye drops help to better see
Raynaud’s reduces blood flow
It’s cold so I will wear gloves
Only tears to go
Not permitted to be in love

Anymore
Track Name: X E-Cig Smoker
Signature blues
Knocking boots with neuroses

Limited liability
Cost of a sweet dream

Hair back in a bun
You’ll build a career out of being insufferable

A real Desdemona
Epinephrine is your best friend
Take it from someone who cares
Track Name: Zealot
Sat atop a creature carved from stone
Saw the forest for the trees and the trees were overgrown
Pointed; from afar, it looked just like sieg-heil
Thought on that old adage: to never trust a big butt and a smile

Hookah smoke punishes the common area
The hot coal, a zealot until the end, the tin foil’s best friend

Off and out in the distance, your lacquer coated hair
I heard you care

Hookah smoke punishes the common area
The hot coal, a zealot until the end, the tin foil’s best friend

Off and out in the distance, your lacquer coated hair
I heard you care
Track Name: Uncool
Rudy had the chance to fall in love, but he didn’t take it
Said that if it extends a one night stand, there’s no point to make it
All that baggage, emotions and whatnot, who needs them?
Romance fiction’s always on the bestseller list, I’m not the one who reads them

Do you really love her?
Think no one above her?
Get a funny feeling in your stomach like you’re sick?
Here’s the trick: be her fool
Promise it’s not uncool

Sarah knew a boy whose aim seemed true, but she was let down
No conversation, no lunch dates, only wanted to get down
With his and her bad selves, just time to kill
Instead of “let’s go to the movies,” three sorry words: Netflix and chill

Do you really love her?
Think no one above her?
Get a funny feeling in your stomach like you’re sick?
Here’s the trick: be her fool
Promise it’s not uncool
Track Name: Infinity Pool at the Edge of Reason
All tucked in, goodnight
It’s best to be out of the way
‘Cause ideas could use revision
When I’m drunk and have something to say
Great minds think alike
Romantics, they think in love
Now I know where I stand
‘Cause I don’t know what I’m thinking of
Step out of the bar

We’re shooting skeet at the edge of reason
No lessons learned
I’ll never see you in your bathing suit ‘cause
It’s cold by autumn

Le parangon de bonne santé
Step out and get some fresh air
Hope dims at a greater frequency
I sit in my room and stare
When they cancel your gig and
Hope comes by less and less
The method’s to seek refuge in
A cute face in a dress
Hitting self-destruct

We’re swimming deep at the edge of reason
No stones unturned
I’ll always hate myself when the clock strikes
Ante meridiem
Track Name: How's the Shoreline?
Boardwalk Casanova, the persistent second chancer
Love songs at this ratio’s like cigarettes to cancer
The ocean’s harsh behavior makes no sense, wrapped up in benevolence

How’s the shoreline?
I know it ebbs and flows
But it deals fatal blows to more
Than just sand

Main street lothario, the gods could stand to spare the acne
Never cared too much for infamous salt water taffy
Memories fond and unreserved, this subpoena has been served

How’s the shoreline?
I know it ebbs and flows
But it deals fatal blows to more
Than just sand

Land ho and falling on your knees like Charleton Heston
In Planet of the Apes, yet the small crowd wasn’t impressed in
Your advocacy to bear arms, belay that; instead of those you bore your ass

How’s the shoreline?
I know it ebbs and flows
But it deals fatal blows to more
Than just sand
Track Name: The One That Angie Liked
Bilingual myself, I can speak asshole and I play it coy
Easy way to truncate a weekend with just one night of joy

If I’m so lucky and she’s so inclined, there’s karaoke another time
She can sing Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” and imbue romance
Track Name: You're a Goddamn Idiot, Charlie Brown
Always sweet, always sweet
Talking with me
The way I'm feeling tonight ain't so bright
'Cause you're up against so much more
And I'm never sure

We're always this way
Placing blame on ourselves to rue the day

Unseen memory gleans
End ceases to justify its means
After enough recitals with a churchkey, don't miss me
'Cause I'll be worse than gone
The passing of time has allure
And I'm a pocket watch-toting whore

No need to regret
I'll self-efface until you forget
Track Name: Quick Question (Ben + Kerry Forever)
You can never get enough, once the heart starts beating
Exchange rings, now "I love you" is a promise and a greeting
How are things three hours in the past?
How's being once bitten?
I hear the LA sun shines brighter when you're smitten

So carry her home and blossom in the sweetest way
Never been so happy, carve your names in a tree
Some redwood oak or whatever's found on the west coast
Boy oh boy, I'm liking what I'm seeing

I'm not above the concept of one to fall deeply in love
In fact, I'm in love with the notion of all of my friends falling in love

It's a good feeling

I remember challah on your bed, I remember Nietzsche
I remember Zaireeka in your room and feeling pretty peachy
"These are the moments," you once said, a little buzzed on whiskey
Never seemed truer than now at this footnote in history

So carry her home and blossom in the sweetest way
Never been so happy, carve your names in a tree
Some redwood oak or whatever's found on the west coast
Boy oh boy, I'm liking what I'm seeing

It's a good feeling, yeah
Track Name: Reimagine It Golden
My father used to laugh a lot
At Kramer, now he does not
If the future must end in disaster
Best we put the past to pasture

And so forth, reimagine it golden
Drop the daisy chain you’re holding
Enough of your mechanical bullshit
You made your bed, sleep in it
Track Name: With Tongue
We held hands, but never made plans
To do better
And if you ask me, you’ll see just why
Pet names give shame
To real babies
Cupid’s arrow is always aimed
At my sighs
Fresh on the scene, with some dreams
And a half smile
Wishing to tell a story or an anecdote
Worthwhile
Paycheck to paycheck
Main chick to no chick
No pot to piss in, no couch to kiss on
Long gone

And I see you shake your head and wonder, “Why’s he a fool?”
And I know lamenting out loud’s the antithesis of cool
Could you give me solace, some cut of that age-old advice
Divine intervention will do, just help me think twice
Next time, relax, ignore the chore you make out of
This silly life and the payment of your dues
Embrace, make love, kiss deep, with tongue and remember
This whole thing is bigger than me and you

Truth be told, a stranglehold
Time helps grow
Enough vitriol between you two
To fill a farm silo
Looking cute in a business suit
And heavy frames
There’s no point in not smiling
There’s no shame

And I see you shake your head and wonder, “Why’s he a fool?”
And I know lamenting out loud’s the antithesis of cool
Could you give me solace, some cut of that age-old advice
Divine intervention will do, just help me think twice
Next time, relax, ignore the chore you make out of
This silly life and the payment of your dues
Embrace, make love, kiss deep, with tongue and remember
This whole thing is bigger than me and you