Parlour Punk

by Andrew Robert Palmer

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1.
I got myself a brand new life: I've got a wedding band and a wife, So suddenly, I'm totally stunned Look how far we've come! We got ourselves a brand new place we're starting to redecorate: some tasteful mums in a vase yesterday was our first date, we're hanging curtains today I got a rude awakening I'm just sayin'... we made it though! I got a rude awakening But now we're painting Got our own front door Ain't that just the way it is? It's outrageous, out of control I got a rude awakening but in a way it's kinda rock n' roll, growin' old and it feels like home
2.
Oh no - come back! I'm tied up on the tracks Oh God! Oh geez! It all comes flashing back... The moon, the stars little wish on a cheap guitar the sun, the songs we sang when we were young: "we'll burn this city down! we'll burn this city down!" Oh no - not that! Oh anything but that! Oh please help me before it all goes black The sky, the trees... suddenly I'm on a beach and I'm so in love with everything above So i'll keep my chin up even if we're all going down I have to laugh when I think about the past We ran these streets now, I think I'd need a map The parts of town we used to hang around have up and changed so much, it's just insane but I guess I can't complain even if it starts to rain with a big smile on my face oh finally, I'll lay down
3.
Oh, no 03:02
Oh no... I wrote another song I keep saying that I'm done but here's another one Have you noticed that I tend to repeat the same old stupid things like I'm talking in my sleep? I love billy joel, ben folds and counting crows punk rock and ska and old time rock and roll but I've learned to repeat that it's all a silly dream still, i wear it on my sleeve so who am I kidding? Stil I've never understood how it does me any good and I really think I'd quit If only I could
4.
Chasing Time 04:16
I love you Michelle - you're making me dizzy If you forget my name, will you even miss me? Deep down inside I hope you will remember The fun we've had I'm worried about myself - do I have the same thing? I doubt my mental health each time I lose my key ring and you ain't even showing up to see the doctor and I'm a rocker, so I wrote it down I'll shout it out: We're chasing time and all this time you've been wasting time give you a piece of my mind I miss you Michelle even though you're with me I want you to be well. I want you to be with me I know you've been through hell but that doesn't matter it's your laughter that lasts and lasts As for myself, I'm trying to be better When I still need your help, I'm trying to remember back when I was growing up, the things you taught me All the things you bought me... shoulda wrote it down... I'm trying now. We're chasing time I'll tell you I'm gonna be just fine if it will ease your mind We're chasing time I ain't wasting no more time, give you a piece of my mind
5.
Hey whaddya know!? I never noticed The gray coming in slow, starting to grown in Oh great, I'm growing old it's starting to show Man, I blinked - year's rolling by... And, as I look over my shoulder to see the steps that I took over and over to become what I'll be I misunderstood what they were saying to me: "it'll go by in the blink of an eye" It's taken forever but I guess what they say is true So we're having a beer bought a lawnmower so cheers! It's pretty weird being homeowners Here's to the years it's far from over my dear here's to you and I It's taking forever but I guess what they say is true
6.
I remember the West Coast It's June in Chicago I hope you're doing alright Now whenever I go there I try to show that I know what it used to be like Oh somewhere out there there's a part of me, I swear, still hanging around... Forest & ocean I'm full of emotion, you know that's why I write I really miss you I wish I were with you but I know you've got your own life and I know I'm being unfair but there's a part of me out there still hanging around... you're still hanging around so when are you coming home? when are you coming home? when are you coming home? you're my best friend, you know Portland, 10 years ago Portland, 10 years ago Portland, 10 years ago
7.
Somethings gotta give I don't want my kids to grow up in a world like this Daughter or a son I'm fine with either one I'll give them all I have to give I don't wanna seek nirvana I just wanna live When California tumbles into the sea Don't come running to me saying, "there's nothing we coulda done" I'm a nervous wreck hey, but what the heck? It's something I've come to expect It scares me half to death but the other half is betting that this world ain't half bad I'm going all in on becoming a worried dad I'm not gonna be mad but could you turn it down a tad?
8.
Bad smells all around Bad smells up and down bad smells bad smells all around Bad smells on the street bad smells on my feet bad smells bad smells all around Bad smells - up and down and all around Bad smells - up and down and all around Bad smells in the air Bad smells everywhere can't run, we're unprepared wanna know what I think? I think it totally stinks! Bad smells, ice melts and we sink Bad smells - up and down and all around Bad smells - up and down and all around Bad smells - up and down and all around Bad smells - we could turn it all around [me:] Is this really our fate? it's not looking too great Oh God - are we too late? [guy grilling at Indiana Dunes:] Hey I'm just trying to chill out got enough to worry about must we discuss this now? Besides, I'm only one man ain't it out of our hands? maybe it's just God's plan The Indiana Dunes The surface of the moon: bad smells and noxious fumes bad smells will seal our doom! Bad smells -up and down and all around bad smells - up and down and all around bad smells - up and down and all around bad smells - we could turn it all around we could turn it all around we could turn it all around
9.
Everytime a bell rings they say and angel gets its wings saw the Cathedral burning on TV Folks here don't seem to care though keep staring at their cell phones and I ain't got no halo - so what about me? I just sing the same songs I keep saying 'so long' to everything that I love - still I sing: It's alright now - it's ok cuz ain't that what I'm supposed to say, even though I get so afraid it's hard to breathe? But as long as the moon glows the spring air in my nose the yellow light in windows, I believe... Past the green house on Addison, the high rise on Madison I'll watch the sun rise again in the East And I think you got a nose ring the day after you turned 18 and I always hoped you'd notice me You never seemed to care though just listening to J-Lo did you ever get that halo you used to seek? Well it's alright now, it's ok What else can I really say, when it's so hard to be brave week after week? It's alright now, it's ok I'll try not to feel afraid cuz they have no power to create that's why we still sing we still sing we still sing we still sing

about

A collection of songs about that oh-so-punk-rock of subjects... buying a house!

The goal with this one, as with much of my music, was to experiment with the question: what would a rock band sound like without amplifiers? It's power pop minus the power, a punk band in your living room, keeping it down for the neighbors.... and being fancy with a cello!

The songs decidedly focus on the joys of life & getting older, despite all the scary things going on outside of your front door. They're songs of hearth and home, contentment in the face of a very scary world and going all-in on betting that it'll get better... probably.

Recorded at home in Chicago and released as a coaster for free at shows.

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released November 28, 2019

Andy P. (me) - Piano, Acoustic guitar, electric guitar, vocals, drums
Adela S. - Cello

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Andrew Robert Palmer Chicago, Illinois

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