Dad Rock

by Letter Seventeen

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1.
03:56
You paint yourself a picture A vision where you rule the world Where at the end of every story You're the one who gets the girl But there's always one exception The one who always slips away The one just out of reach Who won't listen to a word you say And you've got to find a way to get past the doubts Get her to give you a chance to see what you're all about CHORUS She sees three side to every problem (but) Takes too long to make up her mind (and) The one time you think you've got her She's nowhere that you can find But with three sides to every problem It's too late to change your mind It's time for you to tell her Just what she will find with you VERSE2 If you were king of the world If only for a day And you could get what you want All you have to do is say Would you know how to make her yours? Make her want to stay To want to be with you Every single night and day Could you find a way to get past the doubts Get her to give you a chance to see what you're all about
2.
She's from Saskatchewan Skips a curling team The youngest such skip Alberta's ever seen She was a Masters champ In 20-14 And now she rules the ice Like no one's ever seen Valerie Sweeting You're such a sweet thing Can you see things Working out with you and me? Valerie Sweeting Will you be my sweet thing? And can I Call you my girl? She calls the shots Out on the ice The stone and broom Move oh so nice Some call her skip Others call her Val And all the boys and girls Want to be her pal I know I'm just a boy from the states And I don't even own any hockey skates I don't know curling from shuffleboard, it's true But I could learn it all for you
3.
03:44
I hear you call out from no direction I feel the tug of the undertow I watch you organize the insurrection I know the things that you don’t know CHORUS Can you hear the voice? It’s calling you Can you hear the voice? It’s calling me, too Do you hear the voice? It’s calling you Do we heed the voice when it calls? Do we heed the voice when it calls? I fear the wind without a name I seek the calm of higher ground I dig the fire break below I see the eyes behind the sound CHORUS Shield yourself, if you can Expose yourself, if you dare Sight it down, if you may Seek safety in the higher ground Shield yourself, if you can Expose yourself, if you dare Sight it down, if you may Seek safety in the higher ground I walk nighttime atop the levee I guard your heart from those around I learn the secret combination I’ll take us all back underground
4.
I’m learning to slow down Take it easy, respond, don’t react Take a moment to contemplate Whether to watch or attack Look at the big picture Choose just the right words to say Consider it’s best some times To live to fight another day That’s what happens when you live life behind the beat That’s what happens when you live life behind the beat If you try, you will see Things look different behind the beat A change of perspective Isn’t the worst thing you could do You might come to realize It’s a better approach for you Not every problem Requires you to set the town ablaze Just take half a breath And watch what happens, you’ll be amazed It feels like mental trickery At least it does to me But this thing Seems to be working for me
5.
So, can you tell me of your time in the war What you saw? Half-way around the world, you where there What you saw? He said "I don’t have time for those days again I don’t need to go back there anymore" But he shared with me a memory That in my mind I still can see As vivd as the day I was told I traded cigarettes for chocolate bars And spent the nights under the stars Dreaming of you oh so far away I thought of you each day and night It kept me strong throughout the fight And I thought about coming home some day There were times I feared for my life And other times things were so right But I think my greatest memory Is the time I joined a friend and we Serenaded sweet Italian girls But what of the adventures in the war What about them? You were just like brothers You were there What about them? Oh I don't need to know those days again They're not important any more But I'll share with you a memory That in my mind I still can see When I was twenty-nine years old Lovely ladies, won't you come out to play? A tiny respite for a day A little special, precious memory That we can take home some day
6.
03:51
I never thought I'd miss you Not the way I do today I always figured I'd just forget you Turn around and walk away I was so sure I wouldn't miss you It would be so easy to let you go I'd simply just forget you But now I know CHORUS X2 But I was wrong ’cause when you left me It left a hole I couldn't fill And now that you've left me I find I'm missing you still You'll always be here with me In my thoughts and dreams You'll always be here with me Forgetting's hard it seems I was so sure I wouldn't miss you It would be so easy to let you go I'd simply just forget you But now I know It seems like I should move on Find a new way to get along But it’s not / always easy to move on FINAL CHORUS - regular chorus, then this, then chorus again I thought that when you left me I'd move on in a matter of days I figured when you left me I'd feel better right away
7.
04:56
I’ve got my Yankee Hotel Foxtrot I’m a master of fighting foo Some times I fly like an eagle Some times you know you do, too Run to the store with Moving Pictures Tom Sawyer’s not renting out his mind And when it’s time to take things down We can listen to Iron & Wine (Rock it out to) Dad Rock, walk that walk Talk that talk on Top Of The Pops Dad Rock, shimmy and shake Shake and bake to the music we make Dad Rock, rock and roll Sing along songs even if we’re too old Dad rock, it’s what we do do Making that music for me and you You’ve worn out all your Beatles records They always seem to get it right And finish up with your favorite pop songs On a S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y Night! You know for sure which one Pink is And you’ve heard the Walrus was Paul You can listen to deep cuts from Bowie While taking the kids to the mall
8.
If you ask yourself “who do you want to be?” You must consider what everyone else will see Who controls your image, you or the crowd? What do you see, when you look around? So here I stand, talking to girls Look at me, king of the world Step back my friend, I’m talking to girls And I can see You wish you were me So you could be Talking to girls Truth is what you make it, if you know what to say Words can be mutable, be bent your own way Who controls the actors? Who tells them what to say? Are you the director, or just someone with a part to play? So here I stand, talking to girls Look at me, king of the world Step back my friend, I’m talking to girls And I can see You wish you were me So you could be Talking to girls
9.
03:36
A good spleen venting Blood on a page Is that what you came to see? The descent into middle age If so, you’re in luck my friend It’s time to start the show I’ve learned so many things I didn’t want to know Things don’t work as easily As they did before You’ll find you’re not quite prepared For the curves life has in store But you pick up a few tricks Along the way You learn how to work the long con if you want to stay Some things get simpler There’s an upside there As you begin to figure out If and when you should care And you’ll fall down along the way As you learn how the game is played The trick is when You figure out how to get up again A good spleen venting Blood on a page Is that what you came to see? The descent into middle age
10.
04:21
So we meet at last As you came crawling out of my past Come to discover you've been picking on me At least now I understand what brought me to my knees A world turned upside down Can't find direction, spinning all around Short of breath and so confused At least now I know it's all because of you Domo arigato, Mr. Hashimoto Glad I finally know your name I’m sad to learn the bad news I can't send you back whence you came I can take control With a little help, I'll gain a hold And if it's what I must do I'll learn to live with you T-4, can I have some more? It get me back up off the floor T-4, give me some more It’s time to even up the score Domo arigato, Mr. Hashimoto I'm glad to know your name It's quite unfortunate to finally learn I can't send you back whence you came Okaeri nasai Mr. Hashimoto Enjoy your brand new home Now that you're around I'll never be alone
11.
04:00
I’d rather clear the clutter Than face this head on I’d rather search for distraction By stacking things I own Go for a walk to clear your head Search for treasures that won’t be found Listen for the ring But hear no sound I’d rather look for answers Behind the attic stairs I rather go through old pictures And remember when I was there Go for a walk to clear your head Search for treasures that won’t be found Listen for the ring But hear no sound I’d rather clear the clutter Than face this head on I’d rather search for distraction By stacking things I own Than consider that you might be gone You can only put it off for so long Eventually you’ll have to come face to face With all you avoid You can only put it off for so long When you have to come face to face Then what?
12.
Don’t look now, there’s a donkey on the dance floor Who do you want to be when you grow up The star of the show, or just the guy who shows up? Think about it and you’re just gonna slow up A sideline chump, not blowin' up Trip up, flip up, down and around Find yourself looking up from the ground Wondering what’s that sound And where’s it coming from? The dance floor? Don’t look now, there’s a donkey on the dance floor World War III, Who’d you expect to see? There’s no one else hanging here but me Bin Laden? Johnny Rotten? They’ve all been forgotten Turn your back on the past, not gonna last Time goes by, oh so fast Hope to die before you get old? Don’t give up, you’ve been sold

credits

released July 4, 2016

Tim Alexander - guitars, voices, and other noises
Grant Muller - drums
with
Andy Samford - guitar solo, percussion, and general weirdness on Dad Rock
Bob Sorace - backing vocals on Valerie Sweeting, The Voice, Dad Rock, and Hashimoto, dueling guitar solo on Dancefloor Donkey
Brent Kinder - bass on I Was Wrong, Dad Rock, The Descent, and Hashimoto
Clarke McMurray - stick and keys on Talking To Girls
Domino - bass on Valerie Sweeting
Gary Fox - horns and flourishes on Behind The Beat
Matt Parker - bass on Behind The Beat
Meg Radley - backing vocals on Italian Girls
Pepsi and Shirlie (Tess Savigear and Meg Radley) backing vocals on
Behind The Beat (BEAT!)

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Letter Seventeen Norcross

Whimsical indie pop from a one-man band. Except when other people help. Which is quite often. So it's not like a one-man band at all.
Oh. And there are songs about donkeys.

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