LA Gypsy

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1.
El Camino 02:25
I drive an El Camino I’m lookin mighty good I play a red Casino And it sounds like the four-barrel under my hood I come from New York City Where people say I’m strange I tell ya—it’s a pity That I never seem to get far from more of the same No, I can’t seem to get away from more of the same Oh, baby, them coyotes are howlin At the desert stars in flight And, baby, I got these six gears growling I’ll be halfway to Tucson before morning light My radio keeps searchin Through the static haze Till I see you in person I’ll be rolling up another one and counting the days I’m gonna roll another number for counting the days Oh, baby, them coyotes are howlin At the desert stars in flight And, baby, I got these six gears growling I’ll be halfway to Tucson before morning light
2.
Here you are, lookin down at me Try so hard but you can’t believe That I’m just a singer—when will you understand? When I fall and cry and kiss the cold sand? As we slide through the mud when the rain falls down And dance to the beat of this dusty town Now, I’m lookin west where the sun has gone As the moonlight fills the skies of Avalon Through the glass sunsets fade in the sea To that coastline I saw in my dreams Still I’m a stranger, trying to get found Cause I can’t go home and I won’t stay down As we slide through the mud when the rain falls down And dance to the beat of this dusty town Now, I’m lookin west where the sun has gone As the moonlight fills the skies of Avalon No, you ain’t my salvation But you can be my guiding light It’s not the time for celebration Just stand and fight for another night As we slide through the mud when the rain falls down And dance to the beat of this dusty town Now, I’m lookin west where the sun has gone As the moonlight fills the skies of Avalon
3.
You Gonna Be 03:49
I told you before Get it straight, or I’ll walk out that door You know what’s more? Havin sunlight—not cold on my pores You gonna be—what you wanna be—every night again You gonna be with your friends You gonna be—what you wanna be—outta sight again You gonna be with your brand You told me stay For just one look, but I saw you look away Now I’m countin the days And the promises you’ll get to break You gonna be—what you wanna be—every night again You gonna be with your friends You gonna be—what you wanna be—outta sight again You gonna be with your brand
4.
Breaking waves throw a salty mist to the warm Riviera sun For forty days, now, and forty nights, not a drop of rain has come Lookin down from my hillside throne over a glistening sheet of blue Off in the distance a hazy sky comes to shroud the afternoon On a clear day you can see halfway to Spain Make you want to jump on a southbound train And head down to where they don’t know you at all For the kind of gambling where you will rise or you’ll fall So they take you to meet the gypsy, up through the canyon road Where he’s home making cigarettes, dressed in day-old hipster clothes I can tell when I see his eyes that he’s wise beyond his age There’s a darkness, another side, deep within those pools of jade On a clear day you can see halfway to Spain Make you want to jump on a southbound train And head down to where they don’t know you at all For the kind of gambling where you will rise or you’ll fall But it’s only for you…only for you I’m fallin for you…I’m fallin for you! I wanna dance like a wild poet in the loose grip of LA But I can’t take all the pounding music cause my nerve endings are frayed What little left that I had to give, well, the whiskey rhymed away With all my luck, but I keep on searchin from behind these mirrored shades On a clear day you can see halfway to Spain Make you want to jump on a southbound train And head down to where they don’t know you at all For the kind of gambling where you will rise or you’ll fall
5.
When I knock on your window tonight To sing you one last lullaby I have more regrets Than I care to confess But I’m still alive Open your eyes Open your eyes I thought angels were callin’ Turns out hammers of hell were fallin’ on me For fallin’ for you I made a lot of mistakes, but I But I never saw you hittin’ the breaks on me For tellin’ the truth Love’s revolving door Ain’t worth fighting for When you were mine you were fine, but you ain’t worth a dime no more Come on sister, tell me what you’ve found A lot of good men have gone down But now that I’m free Baby, stay away from me You burn me out I’m burnin now I'm burnin now I thought angels were callin’ Turns out hammers of hell were fallin’ on me For fallin’ for you I made a lot of mistakes, but I But I never saw you hittin’ the breaks on me For tellin’ the truth
6.
Give away everything Cause today you’re a king Tomorrow don’t mean a thing Cause today, baby, you’re a king
7.
I think of your lips like that first peach of summer I been rollin like thunder at the thought of the taste There’s no point waiting to be happy in heaven Cause if you’re mistaken, that’s a little too late Gettin stoned out Gettin loaned out And I can’t stay… No I can’t stay here Give away no more tears No, I can’t spend one more cold night alone Baby you’re like the sunrise Spreading light on a dark sky And when I see your green eyes I’ll be home I drank and I smoked some, but I ain’t escaping I been locked in the basement watchin shadows on the wall Dreamed of you last night when our song was playing But the organ’s fading, now, and that says it all Gettin stoned out Gettin loaned out And I can’t stay… No I can’t stay here Give away no more tears No, I can’t spend one more cold night alone Baby you’re like the sunrise Spreading light on a dark sky And when I see your green eyes I’ll be home Now I hear the birds circling out on the coast road Feel the warmth of your skin in the cold ocean air I’m pale and I’m tired, but my mind is on fire Dreaming of you every night I’m not there You bet me This horse can’t run forever Well babe, that bet is on The midnight prince has finally left this town Here’s hoping that the law won’t track him down The smell of timber burning in the sky We never had a chance to say goodbye Now the desert wind blows through his hair, the valley sun’s reflecting square In the silver hood of our gypsy Dodge, back on the road to Shangri-La
8.
Harvest 03:25
Now the harvest’s coming Sure as rivers to the sea But where they want to take her Well, I hope they don’t take me Take me home—take me home When I see you, reaching for the light I’m gonna meet you when I’m on the other side Don’t take me home Run away from here my love Now the harvest’s coming Sure as rivers to the sea But where they want to take her Well, I hope they don’t take me Take me home—take me home
9.
See my life pass by in a flash of light I was young then, playin in the sand All that time gone by in its silent flight Still I just wanna hold my daddy’s hand But I’m older now—cut my hair back from my shoulder I help my brother when he’s down For a captain’s child, himself not much a pilot Needs to learn how to steer this ship aground When those gale winds blew somewhere outside Havana Your old leather jacket served me well As the memory fades like the color from my jeans I’ll never have to sail her by myself But I’m older now—cut my hair back from my shoulder I help my brother when he’s down For a captain’s child, himself not much a pilot Needs to learn how to steer this ship aground
10.
All Too Soon 04:48
I had it all too soon I had it all too soon And I’m counting on you to pull me through I had it all too soon These days my heart is like an ocean Where I can hardly spot the land No place to hide from this emotion Oh, baby, ain’t the good life grand I’m feelin nickeled and dimed all the time…all the time This old world ain’t so kind, but I’ll be fine. I’ll be fine. The midnight prince has lost his kingdom A journeyman without a home And everyone I try to talk to They only understand me when I’m stoned I’m feelin nickeled and dimed all the time…all the time This old world ain’t so kind, but I’ll be fine. I’ll be fine. As long as I can sing I’ll be OK, so don’t waste a crying towel Cause I’m alive as I can be today, if a little past my prime I had it all too soon I had it all too soon to pull me through
11.
It’s the morning, baby, of another sleepless night Came north for cold and quiet, but something here just ain’t right This ain’t my home now This ain’t my home no more My daddy never taught me how to look and act so fine With all my mamma bought me, still her only son don’t shine Take me back there I have seen the Northern Lights Reflecting like a thousand fists of fire Into my wild eyes I’ve heard one lonely voice become a choir That sun is strong—child, it makes your skin turn brown But the LA woman—she is sure to bring you down I won’t forget you I’ll never forget you I have seen the Northern Lights Reflecting like a thousand fists of fire Into my wild eyes I’ve heard one lonely voice become a choir
12.
Until we’re further up the mountain, we won’t know which way to climb Lookin down into the valley, seeing what we left behind The gypsy pours a glass of sweet wine—it goes coursing through my veins To warm me as I leave the campsite, this time to ramble in the rain So, come on, let’s go—before you say no We'll move on up to San Francisco And leave these demons for hippie dreamin’ The sun here’s gleaming, but it can’t help you now And we all fall down Well, we all fall down Running from that concrete jungle, where I walked mean streets alone I’ve come across the sands of Zuma—a paradise that’s not my home Our skin is brown and fortune brighter, underneath this blood-red sky But when your best is still uncertain, keep the horizon in your sights So, come on, let’s go—before you say no We'll move on up to San Francisco And leave these demons for hippie dreamin’ The sun here’s gleaming, but it can’t help you now

about

Last winter, we spent two weeks in a basement in Huntington, New York to record these songs. And we only went out drinking once.

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released November 8, 2011

all songs written & composed by mike salvatore & matt nowicki except El Camino, Skies of Avalon, You Gonna Be & Today You're a King written & composed by mike salvatore

produced by todd gaynor
sound & mixing by danny wolf
mastered by kevin blackler

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