All City Affairs

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Originally released on CD in 2002 via defunct Chicago label Hear Diagonally.

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released June 1, 2002

Recorded and mixed by Peter Andreadis and Griffin Rodriguez at Shape Shoppe Audio.

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Track Name: Prelude
When does a habit become what you know? Cause right down the street they're turning these lofts into homes. And how can you blame them for selling these lands to the rich? Would you even know what you would not do? When handsome funds become even more handsome. When there's no one left to tell you no. Same song heard long ago.
Windows are calling me down to the street. How can I resist? These emotions are fed by concrete. And those silly games played at night when there's nobody home to hold will leave you complicated. And dreaming of the worst. Trying hard to drown your biggest fears when you only wanted to quench your thirst.
Women become your destiny. You already gave. And they tried to make it out like it was MY fault. It's not my fault.
Track Name: What's Love Got To Do With It?
The need escapes me now to run away, like it used to. All these promises are made to stay and use you. But love can take the place of numbers. Love can make a home in me. This nation burns to feel like it used to. Taken pride and replaced it with a hollow love-stain. Greed can take the place of nation, greed can make a home in me.
But it's out there and it's cold where it lives.
And what's love got to do with it?
The clocks are wound to fake us into fear, but this year's just like next year. And you know this now.
The lights go down on another suburb town where the sex ain't all that good. In this bored little town. With it's freezing burned out lifestyle. Where the wind can pick you up and let you go.
Track Name: A City That Never Sleeps
It's a chameleon form that I can walk away from. This is my car, these are my feet. I'm in a place where hope is mixed into the pavement and knuckles are dragged across the street. That subway train is so distracting. Those neon lights shine white and gold.
That car alarm is like a merry carnival, but this is my time to be at rest. Down at the lake we ride the wind like happy city folk and now we ought to be impressed. Salvation lies just two blocks away. In someone's eyes, cool and hollow. How could you know I'd be waiting for so long?
I knew a lady by the name of Esmerelda. She dressed me in clothes up to a T. We passed the time reading of El Diablo and sipping from cups of lemonade. Those Spanish eyes are so enchanting. Her memories lie alive inside. But when I wake I'll have my chance to find romance in a city that never sleeps.
Track Name: A Long Time
See you come into my room and lay down next to me. For the short time I've been knowing you, we're closer now than we've ever been. It's on at least for tonight, cause in the morning I'll be gone. So kiss me and tell me it's just what you need. Still I'm leaving, I know what the deal is.
Wait for your ghost who travels light and shares the soul of the all flesh that's walking out my door. My love, I sleep with your shadow now and wait for you to come. So kiss me and tell me you know what I mean. Still I'm leaving I know what the deal is.
But it's been a long time and still you wait to confess to the truth. If I could know what you could mean to me. Would you just let me know? Still I'm leaving I know what the deal is. Wait for your ghost to visit me again. I won't tell you how I'm wishing this night could go on. No I won't talk about how I'm wishing this night could go on.
Track Name: No One's Home
No one's home to call me on the phone. No one's home. Playing games that leave me feeling distant and old. Waking up from harmless dreams scared of what I think I've seen. These are moments that I fear. My rational thoughts just disappear. I've been wasting on your call with no escape at all. So I let it slip away. In a thread of paper lay it all away. My love lay it all away. So I lie awake alone at night it burns. Lay it all away.
Track Name: Your Friends My Friends
I was hanging on something that passed me like a train. The summer days they grew so hot we sweated like the rain. But then it came back to haunt me like before. A winter's daydream that went a little bit like... Your naked body pressed against the sheets of my bed. My intuition pushed me way too fast. It was that day I saw you bend over and then I knew. I had to call you and leave that message way too late. I wondered what you must have though when you played... That tape just like the tape I played when I fell asleep. And you told your friends and I told my friends. And your friends said "cool it out." And my friends said "just be cool." So I turned and didn't do a thing and that's when you called back. So I let that telephone ring and heard your voice live on my machine. So I let it play out in my kitchen and danced around my place.
Track Name: Caressing My Brown Eyes With Your Blues
In this moment you might feel one million ways and it won't be a short time it will be long 'cause it burns its age in you. You gotta pay rent. You gotta stay on top of your shit. And this takes your time and patience and do you have these things?
Will you stay here and just hold my hand? I don't wanna own you but I don't want you to leave. Caressing my brown eyes with your blues. Hey baby, sweet lover can we just work it out? I've waited so long for you to come around.
I can see it just ahead beyond those peaks. Yes I can see it just ahead beyond those peaks now.
Will you stay here and just hold my hand? I don't wanna own you but I don't want you to leave. Caressing my brown eyes with your blues. Hey baby, sweet lover can we just work it out? I've waited so long for you to come around.
Track Name: Land Sakes Alive!
Land Sakes Alive! (x4)
I've been hanging around in the cut.
I've been known for hanging around in the cut.
See your smiling face across these city streets.
Lamp light shining down, I watch the alley kiss the night.
I'm on a sentimental journey and I'll be the captain and you'll be my first hand.
We'll go camping underneath the night. The stars will be our blanket and our light.
Land Sakes Alive! (x4)
Track Name: Invisible Walls
(Instrumental)
Track Name: Hammering Away At The Glass
I took a ferry to a taxi and I took a plane that flew across the waters and I landed in the sea. My emotions nearly drowned me there in a fiendish rain of lust and rage and fear.
It seems as if I'm hammering away at the glass. And it's stupid to think that I could ever make a dent. The message came though electronic mail. In a flash my love turned into zeroes and ones. I rested my head on the terminal. Can you save me from this life of traveling affairs?
It seems as if I'm hammering away at the glass. And it's stupid to think that I could ever make a dent. I could have wrote you off a year ago, but I held on with both hands and the strings of my heart. Then my roommate broke it down to me. I never knew you at all just a week in those fantastic Greek islands.
It seems as if I'm hammering away at the glass. And it's stupid to think that I could ever make a dent.