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Still Here Album CoverIt’s Not Hard To See
Tipping Point
I’d Say Go
You Should’ve Asked Me
On And On
What You Don’t Want To Hear
You Could Be the Cure
After Regret
Hard To Believe (Not Hard To See)
 
 
Gathering Change:
Home
Is As If
Bye
Cornered
Honor on the Run
Try
Where From Here


 
 
It’s Not Hard To See

Why don’t you say what needs to be said?
You’re just fueling these arguments instead
We’re left to look at the sky with a roll of the eyes
and a deep breath we have to take
We explain why, it’s the same every time,
we don’t learn from our mistakes

I can’t say, that it’s hard to see
It might be hard to believe, but
it’s not hard to see

To be here right now, you know it’s too late
Crisscrossing these paths again we’ve made
We always hold to our lines – we don’t look around,
but it’s all there for us to see
We shine the light on hope and deny
that there’s anything we could’ve changed

I can’t say, that it’s hard to see
It might be hard to believe, but
it’s not hard to see

Forsake the obvious to wait and see
You’re talking yourself out of what you believe
What do you believe?

I can’t say, that it’s hard to see
It might be hard to believe, but
it’s not hard to see
It’s not hard to see
It might be hard to believe, but
it’s not hard to see

Vocals: Gus Guthrie
Guitars, drums and percussion: Joe Martinez
Bass: Andy Bailey
Piano and B3: Jon Carroll
Music/Lyrics: Joe Martinez (BMI)
Mixed by: Jason Lehning
Mastered by: Jim DeMain

Tipping Point

Little by little
Bit by bit
Another rock thrown on the pile
Another piece that just won’t fit
Grain by grain
Stone by stone
One gives strength to the other
Until it shifts, creaks, and groans

It’s gonna tip on over

One broken window
One tag left up too long
One more thug works the corner
One less cop to move them along
Shard by shard
Needle by needle
One more family cuts and runs
There goes the curb appeal

It’s gonna tip on over
It’s gonna tip on over

You know is starts as such a tiny thing
You don’t notice for a while
One day you wake up to find
What you know has gone out of style

Sideways glance
A wayward stare
Another case of wandering eye
Trying to see what else is there
Word by word
Jab by jab
Then one day the bill comes due
Guess who’s left to pay the tab?

It’s gonna tip on over
It’s gonna tip on over
It’s gonna tip on over
It’s gonna tip on over
When will it tip over?
It’s gonna tip on over
It’s gonna tip
It’s gonna tip on over

Vocals: Gus Guthrie
Instruments: Joe Martinez
Lyrics: Gus Guthrie (BMI)
Music: Joe Martinez (BMI)
Mixed by: Jason Lehning
Mastered by: Jim DeMain

I’d Say Go

I’ve been tempted
But I can’t wait for you
All your life
You’re gonna do what you want to
Take your time if you’re
Gonna leave it all behind
Take your time
When you leave it all behind
Just leave it all behind

I’d say
I’d say

And you know I’ll always listen to
What you say
And I will be there saying that it’s
okay
I can only pretend to hear
What you say
I can only pretend to understand
What you say
Understand what you say

But it’s not okay
No it’s not okay
No it’s not okay

I’d say
No I don’t think you need me
I’d say
No I don’t think you need me
Anymore
I’d say go

Vocals: Gus Guthrie
Instruments: Joe Martinez
Music/Lyrics: Joe Martinez (BMI)
Cello: Fred Lieder
Mixed by: Jason Lehning
Mastered by: Jim DeMain

You Should’ve Asked Me

I’ll wait a little while more
This I’ve said before
I rest too much upon what could be

You’ve got this figured out
You’re always sure to remind me
But you’d never recognize what I’ve seen
What I’ve seen

I guess I should
And I wish I would

Left with what’s on your mind
And to chase what you think you’ve been missing
I’ll follow that end to a beginning

Let’s call it justified
Pretend it’s all worth giving
We’d better realize what should be
What could be

I guess I should
But I wish I would

Don’t you ever offer me
That what I can’t keep
In between what you think and what I’m thinking
You know you could’ve asked me

You could’ve asked me
You could’ve asked me
You know you could’ve asked me
You could’ve asked me
You know you should’ve asked me
You know you should’ve asked me

Vocals: Gus Guthrie
Harmony Vocal and Instruments: Joe Martinez
B3: Benjie Porecki
Music/Lyrics: Joe Martinez (BMI)
Mixed by: Jason Lehning
Mastered by: Jim DeMain

On And On

Don’t wait until it’s too late
To pull up on the reins
You’re chasing down debts that you think you’ll repay
with your innocence

On and on we go around and I’m,
still here
On and on we go around and I’m,
just trying to see, what you want me to see

A parade of reactions marching in time,
to the beat of shame
We argue with answers that we both know are lies,
just to ease our way

On and on we go around and I’m,
still here
On and on we go around and I’m,
just trying to hear, what you want me to hear

All of the while, we’re left to mend
all the pieces that we tear ourselves in
Still I am bound to what you think you see, in me

On and on we go around and I’m,
still here
On and on we go around and I’m,
just trying to be, what you want me to be
What you want me to be
I’m still here
What you want me to be
I’m still here
What do you want me to be?
I’m still here
What you want me to be

Vocals: Gus Guthrie
Harmony vocal and Instruments: Joe Martinez
B3 and Wurlitzer: Benjie Porecki
Music/Lyrics: Joe Martinez (BMI)
Mixed by: Jason Lehning
Mastered by: Jim DeMain

What You Don’t Want To Hear

Between you and me we’ve got to have something
Even if it’s not what we think it could be
I’ve counted every last bit up
I’m up to nothing
But I find that I’m OK, having ended up here

I’m through
I’m through with this walking
With every step that I take on the tips of my toes in fear
of stumbling on to what you don’t want to hear

I saved you a seat, the front door is open
You don’t have to knock, come and go as you please
If you don’t know your way I’ll pick you up
Just get here
But you stand in the way of seeing past you to me

I’m through
I’m through with this walking
With every step that I take on the tips of my toes in fear
of stumbling on to what you don’t want to hear
What you don’t want to hear

I’m through
I’m through with this walking
With every step that I take on the tips of my toes in fear
of stumbling on to what you don’t
of stumbling on to what you don’t
of stumbling on to what you don’t want to hear

Vocals: Gus Guthrie
Instruments: Joe Martinez
Music/Lyrics: Joe Martinez (BMI)
Mixed by: Jason Lehning
Mastered by: Jim DeMain

You Could Be the Cure

Friday turned Saturday
I’ve been sitting here thinking
nursing my third lonely drink
Couples bump and bustle by
Mirror ball reflections
pinned me hard against the wall

Just then a perfumed breeze blows by
Turns the head of every guy
and every barstool swivels
the crowd melts like a wave
Oh Lord she’s headed my way
quick think of something to say

I hope that maybe
You might glance at me
My eyes say baby
Come take a chance with me
I know that you could be the cure
for another long lonely night

Her eyes meet mine she smiles at me
Oh don’t say something foolish
I’m looking down at my shoes
Mumbled greeting fumbled reply
Just a casual encounter
I watch my chance slip by

Is that the touch of her hand
Pulling toward the sound of the band
Sway of hip and skirt hem swishing
Move to the rhythm try to keep the pace
I’m swaying in her sweet embrace
I search the room for her face

I hoped that maybe
You would dance with me
My arms said baby
Come hit the floor with me
I know that you could be the cure
for another long lonely night
I know that you could be the cure
But I never got the nerve

I hoped that maybe
She might glance at me
My heart said baby
Just take a chance with me
Well I guess I should have known
That I’d end up back here again
I guess I should have known
That I’d end up back here again
I guess I should have known
That I’d end up back here again alone

Vocals: Gus Guthrie
Instruments: Joe Martinez
Bass: Andy Bailey
B3: Benjie Porecki
Lyrics: Gus Guthrie (BMI)
Music: Joe Martinez (BMI)
Mixed by: Jason Lehning
Mastered by: Jim DeMain

After Regret

No we don’t agree
How the ends should meet
Believe what you believe
I’ll wait patiently

So drop a smile on me
Take what you can from me
Take what you can and leave
I’ll blame no one else but me

Won’t you tell me where to find forgiveness
I’m lost in what you said
Don’t tell me that it’s not what you meant

Are you still afraid
Of what’s left to gain
Counting every mistake
You crawl through another day

You can’t stay away
Form the ledges you make
Don’t expect me to break your falls
And make it okay

Won’t you tell me where to find forgiveness
I’m lost in what you did
Don’t tell me that it’s worth it to forget

So I smile and say
Is this all you can take
I’ll be here just in case
You need another promise to break

Won’t you tell me where to find forgiveness
I’m lost in what you said
Don’t tell me it’s that it’s not what you meant

Won’t you tell me where to find forgiveness
I’m lost in all of this
Happily ever after regret
Happily ever after
Happily ever after regret

Vocals: Gus Guthrie
Instruments: Joe Martinez
Trumpet: Joe Brotherton
Saxophone: Elijah Balbed
Lyrics: Joe Martinez (BMI)
Music: Joe Martinez (BMI)
Mixed by: Jason Lehning
Mastered by: Jim DeMain

Hard To Believe (Not Hard To See)

You won’t say what needs to be said
You’re fueling these arguments instead
We’re left to look at the sky with a roll of the eyes
and a deep breath we have to take
We explain why, it’s the same every time,
we don’t learn from our mistakes

I can’t say, that it’s hard to see
It might be hard to believe,
but It’s not hard to see

To be here right now, you know it’s too late
Crisscrossing these paths again we’ve made
But we hold to our lines and we don’t look around,
but it’s all there for us to see
We shine the light on hope and deny
that there’s anything we could’ve changed

I can’t say, that it’s hard to see
It might be hard to believe,
but it’s not hard to see

Forsake the obvious to wait and see
You’re talking yourself out of what you believe
What do you believe?

I can’t say, that it’s hard to see
It might be hard to believe,
but it’s not hard to see
It might be hard to believe,
but it’s not hard to see
It’s not hard to see
It’s not hard to see
It might be hard to believe,
but it’s not hard to see

Vocals: Gus Guthrie
Instruments: Joe Martinez
Music/Lyrics: Joe Martinez (BMI)
Mixed by: Mike Fisher
Mastered by: Jim DeMain

Home

Is there more to change?
You can’t with words
Or without more hurt.

There’s more to this
Than what you’ve left,
And who you stand with…
Who you stand with.

No one else should know,
And there’s nowhere else to go
But where you call home.

Is there more to take
From what she holds
Since every wish has shed

Imposed accidents,
Ungracious cries,
And insincere waves goodbye…
Insincere waves goodbye.

No one else should know,
And there’s nowhere else to go
But where you call home.

If you ignore me, I might-
If only to fight
Or to see you tonight.

Spend this fortune
On hate and lies
While interests wait in line…
Interests wait in line.

No one else should know,
And there’s nowhere else to go
But where you call home.

Music/Lyrics: Joe Martinez
Vocals: Gus Guthrie
Clarinet: Jim Sivard
Guitars, Bass, Drums, and Percussion: Joe Martinez


Is As If

If this is the reason,
I’d rather not know;
And if this is leaving,
Then I don’t want to go.

My heart is pleading
For all that it hopes,
But you don’t believe me.
Is that what this is for?

Well, if this is needing,
Then I don’t want more;
And if this is breathing,
Then I’ll go ahead and choke.

My conscience is reeling
From all that it knows,
And no one believes me
As to what this is for.

You cover your ears from the screams
That no one else seems to hear.

My heart is bleeding
All of its hope,
And I might believe me
If that’s what this is for.

Music: Joe Martinez
Lyrics: Joe Martinez and Gus Guthrie
Vocal: Gus Guthrie
Guitars, Bass, Mandolin, and Drums: Joe Martinez


Bye

By your side
I’ll stay,
Away from their side
Of dreams and faith-
Separate ties
To separate sides
To all now trying to say,

Bye

Bide your time;
It interferes.
Waste your time,
And it disappears.
Selfless tries
Go restless sighs.
I’m trying to say,

Bye

Don’t turn your head away
When it’s time.
There must be better ways
Than in doubt.

It’s been ten years
Gathering change.
Not much more
You’d think to make.
Don’t you bother warning me
After I’ve already said,

Bye

Music/Lyrics: Joe Martinez
Vocals: Gus Guthrie
Guitars, Bass, Drums, and Percussion: Joe Martinez


Cornered

Cornered yourself with beliefs.
Said if I needed to I-
I could get out of this,
Then lined your pride with fear.

Gone around again and a bit weary,
And she said instead I should-
I should be leaving here.
Then, stride by stride,
Walking away.

Caution is all she can take from here,
Losing all she thought she believed.
Starving yourself of relief,
And with each turn it seems
You can’t shake this free.
Then stride by stride
I’m walking away.
I’m walking away.

Music/Lyrics: Joe Martinez
Vocal: Gus Guthrie
Guitars, Bass, Drums, and Percussion: Joe Martinez

Honor on The Run

Holding what could be said,
And you wrap it in
A nod and a grin-
I’ll cover for you again

Teasing your friends
And telling them what a pleasure it’s been-
I covered for you again

Misguided, and honor is on the run,
Discouraging all of the years that go by.
Shine on the promises,
Knowing that intentions will fade-
I’ll cover for you again.

Armed with apologies,
Offerings drenched in distain-
And I covered for you again

Misguided, and honor is on the run,
Discouraging all of the years that go by.

Enduring contradictions,
Forgiving all who listen to me-
Why then are you covering for me?
Waiting for the day
When I can be honest with me
And not cover for me again.

Music/Lyrics: Joe Martinez
Vocal: Gus Guthrie
Harmony Vocal: Mary Guthrie
Guitars, Bass, Mandolin, Accordion, Drums, and Percussion: Joe Martinez

Try

This could be what I had dreamed,
Never really knowing what worth stood to mean.
Planted fears grow steadily,
Flowering of reasoning’s misery.

I will try.
I will try.

Carefully breaking me,
Shattering the pieces that I’d like to keep.
Memories all too clear,
Trying only to betray what I fear.

I will try.
I will try.

This is all I want for you now –
Knowing I will be okay somehow.

Whether I…I knew or lied,
Always wanted to believe, painless or not.
Empty, my attempt to stop
Giving in and only to be left with trying.

I will try.
I will try.
I will try.
I will try.

Music: Joe Martinez
Lyrics: Joe Martinez and Gus Guthrie
Vocals: Gus Guthrie
Guitar Solo: Steve Selby
Flugel Horn: Joe Brotherton
Upright Bass: Jamie Daly
Guitars and Piano: Joe Martinez

Where From Here

Find yourself in belief
Of all that you hear,
Temporary sympathy of all
these careless deeds.

You can say it’s me;
Won’t you say it’s me?
Now that it’s me –
Now that it’s me,
Where from here?

Blind myself from me
So I…I might see.
Careful, I can still see.
Careful with me.

You can say it’s me.
Won’t you say it’s me?
Now that it’s me –
Now that it’s me,
Where from here?

You can say it’s me.
Won’t you say it’s me?
Now that it’s me –
Now that it’s me,
Where from here?
Where from here?
Where from here?
Where from here?

Music/Lyrics: Joe Martinez
Vocals: Gus Guthrie
Bass: Terry Judd
Guitars, Bass, Accordion, Drums, and Percussion: Joe Martinez