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All String Arrangements by John Torres and Tim Kobza
All Vocals by John Torres (+Except where noted)
**“Ocean”, was written by: Stephanie Carlisi, Tim Kobza and John Torres

Produced by: Tim Kobza and John Torres
Recorded in Los Angeles at Kobra Studios and The Brown Room
Drums recorded at Gigantor Studios – Marina Del Rey, CA
Mixed by: Tim Kobza and John Torres
Mastered by: Andrew Garver @ The University of Southern California

All song publishing: Two Old Men Music (BMI), Kobza Music (ASCAP),
(Except **Ocean which adds “Signs in the Night Music (BMI)

Copyright 2013 John Torres

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released September 17, 2013

1) Be Gone
Written by: John Torres
All Guitars + Bass: Tim Kobza
Drums: Adam Gust
Harmonica: John Torres
Add’l Harmonica: Steve’O Pandis
Add’l Drums and Perc: Tino Grigoriou

2) Let It Go
By: John Torres and Tim Kobza
Guitars and Bass: Tim Kobza
Loops + Drum Programming: Tim Kobza and John Torres

3) Blow This Place Up
Written by: John Torres
Guitars/Bass/Glockenspiel: Tim Kobza
Acoustic Guitar: John Torres
Drums: Adam Gust
Saxophones: Ed Wynne

4) Miscommunication
Written by: John Torres
Piano and Backing Vocals: +Will Collyer
Guitars and Bass: Tim Kobza
Cello: Erdis Maxhelaku
Viola: Marta Zaludova

5) I Wanna Be Someone
Written by: John Torres
Guitars + Bass: Tim Kobza
Loops + Drum Programming: Tim Kobza and John Torres

6) Modern Blues
By: John Torres and Tim Kobza
All Guitars and Bass: Tim Kobza
Drums: Adam Gust

7) Cars in The Fast Lane*
Written by: John Torres
Female Vocal: Phoebe Bridgers
Guitars/Hi Strung Guitar: Tim Kobza
Bass: Dan Lutz
Drums: Adam Gust

8) Mr. Pretend
Written by: John Torres
Guitars and Bass: Tim Kobza
Drums: Adam Gust
Drum Programming by: Tim Kobza and John Torres
Accordion: John Guthrie
Drunk Goons: Jason Zinder, Javier Guevara, John Mackey
Marcos “Cokey Joe” Settecase and Vincent Santangelo

9) Dust on the Breeze
Written by: John Torres
Guitars/Hi Strung Guitar/Bass: Tim Kobza
Drums: Adam Gust
Piano: John Guthrie
Cello: Erdis Maxhelaku
Viola: Marta Zaludova

10) Ocean**
All Guitars: Tim Kobza
Percussion: Ben Rose
Bass: Nick Campbell
Keys: Casey Barth


All String Arrangements by John Torres and Tim Kobza
All Vocals by John Torres (+Except where noted)
**“Ocean”, was written by: Stephanie Carlisi, Tim Kobza and John Torres

Produced by: Tim Kobza and John Torres
Recorded in Los Angeles at Kobra Studios and The Brown Room
Drums recorded at Gigantor Studios – Marina Del Rey, CA
Mixed by: Tim Kobza and John Torres
Mastered by: Andrew Garver @ The University of Southern California

All song publishing: Two Old Men Music (BMI), Kobza Music (ASCAP),
(Except **Ocean which adds “Signs in the Night Music (BMI)

Copyright 2013 John Torres


We would like to thank all of the musicians who contributed their time and talents to this record. We are truly grateful. In addition we would also like to thank the following people for their support and constant encouragement throughout this journey:

Joanna Torres, Nicky Truong, Tino Grigoriou, Raymond and Carmela Torres, Mary Cheng, Ramsey Robinson, Tim and Miiko Martin, Joby Harris, Satoshi Mark Noguchi, Chip and Kathleen Rosenbloom, Howard Sherman and Sela Ward, Mark Ioele, Nick D’Egidio Jr., Pasquale Ioele, Colin Ebeling, Will Collyer, Van de la Plante, Reggie Lee, Bryan Geli, Brian Song, Marsel Malolli, Brady McGowan, Craig Peralta, Adam Taylor, Paul Modiano, Bill Pfordresher, Henry and Torrie Saine, Sonjia Gust, Daniel Assael, Daniele Bolelli, David Herrmann, Jonathan Levit, Dina Michelle.

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Track Name: Be Gone
Be Gone
By John Torres


V1
It's an electric evening
And i don't mind if I say
That we really wouldn't have it
Any other way.
We are the youth of a generation
The offspring of a dream
Raised in backyard parties
In a middle class regime

Pre
So take another drink
Raise a toast to all the friends
From the Valley all the way to the ocean
They'll try to make you think
That the party has to end
Well that's just an unacceptable notion

Ch
So be gone. Be gone. Be gone.
And let tomorrow worry bout tomorrow
So be gone. Be gone. Be gone
Anyone tryin to bring us more sorrow

V2
Is this life a hyperactive future
Or my melancholy dream
Is it a birthday piñata that is bursting at the seams.

And I wanna scream!!! Yeah!
For the lovers and the fighters
For the cowards and the thieves


Pre
So take another drink
Raise a toast to all the friends
From the Valley all the way to the ocean
They'll try to make you think
That the party has to end
Well that's just an unacceptable notion

So be gone. Be gone. Be gone.
And let tomorrow worry bout tomorrow
So be gone. Be gone. Be gone
Anyone tryin to bring us more sorrow


Bridge
One by one, your nights will fade away
One by one so sieze these precious day
One by one we fade into the deep
One by one, the love is all we keep
Track Name: Let It Go
Let It Go
By: John Torres

V1
Take your time. It's ok.
All I needed was a day.
Just relax. Take it in.
And let your real life begin.
There's no one here. It's only you.
But you know that isn't true.
Trust this love and you will never be alone.


Pre
So take this freedom
It's written on the stars
And not a single ones as precious as you are.
And though you think you need to have control
This love is bigger than your feeble hands can hold

Ch
So let it go.
And for once you're gonna really have to take it slow.
And the power that you gain will surely show the mysteries of this world
Let it go
Cause I'm never gonna let you do this all alone
And the love that ya gain will surely change the history of this world.
But first you gotta let it go

V2
Firm your grip
Tighter still. Earn enough to pay those bills.
Get it fast, while you can.
All according to your plans
If you try, you'll succeed getting what you think you need.
All the while you feel you've always been alone.

Pre
So take this freedom
It's written on the stars
And not a single ones as precious as you are.
And though you think you need to have control
This love is bigger than your feeble hands can hold

Ch2
So let it go!
What can 140 letters really show.
And you know thatcha know ya just don't know the mysteries of this world.
So let it go
And the love thatcha find will surely start to grow.
And the love that ya gain will surely change the history of this world.
But first you gotta let it go
Track Name: Blow This Place Up
Blow This Place Up
By: John Torres


Ch
Got no more minutes left to lose
Not gonna wait for you to choose
We’re gonna blow this place up
Go no more patience left inside
I don’t know when, but it must’ve died
We’re gonna blow this place up

V1
We’ve got to take some precautions
Before we make our move
Let’s take a moment to consider
The things we stand to lose
Don’t worry baby
I will pull the trigger when the time comes

Ch2
There are suspicious tones I hear
A constant ringing in my ears
We’re gonna blow this place up
I’ll grab the rope, you grab the keys
We’ll bring this city to its knees
We’re gonna blow this place up

V2
I’ve grown so tired of the talking
And all of these rules
No gonna follow the directions
That we learned at our schools
This is our chance to break away and sieze this day
And we can say we finally feel the breeze

Bridge
Break it
Cause enough is enough and it’s time to
Break it
Cause the truth is a lie till you make it
Break it
Cause I say what I mean and I mean it
Break it
Cause a dream’s just a dream till you live it.
Track Name: Miscommunication
Miscommunication
By: John Torres

V1
Well I take my time and say it wisely
That you will always be my love
And I measure all my words precisely
So you will know that you're my love

Pre
But all of these words I've said these crosswords in my head
I feel cut and pasted
Oh but instead I wish that you would know exactly how I feel

Ch
But all we've got is miscommunication
And my infatuation with you
It just ties my tongue
It's true, this miscommunication
Of my infatuation with you
It just keeps me chasing words

V2
Well I do my best to string a sentence
But words, they keep failing me my love
And though, my efforts are extensive
These words, they don't ever say enough

Pre
Oh but all of these words I've said, all jumbled in my head
I feel like they're wasted
Oh but instead I wish that you could know exactly what I say
But either way

Ch
But all we've got is miscommunication
And my infatuation with you
It just ties my tongue
It's true, this miscommunication
Of my infatuation with you
It just keeps me chasing words
Track Name: I Wanna Be Someone
I Wanna Be Someone -
By John Torres - Copyright 2010

V1
All of the plans I made
While the world was just passing by
With those dreams flashing in my eyes
I couldn’t see a thing no.

But into the night I ran,
Just a couple of dreams away
Knowing quite well what the world would say
I should be more practical

CH
I say I wanna be someone
You say, ‘You’re already someone.”
One day, I hope I feel the same way
I put my trust in
You know, I wanna be someone
You say, “I’m already someone,”
One day, I hope I feel the same way,
And see me as you do

V2
Counted my blessings and
I ran out of fingers man
But I can’t seem to understand
While I’m still hungry for more.

This boulder still weighs me down
The pursuit of melodic sounds
The forgoing of solid ground
The kind I can build upon

CH2

BRI
Who would imagine that you could feel this way
You see a hero when I all I see is gray
Maybe you’re crazy, I don’t care either way
I’m clinging to the hope in what you say when
















No capo
Chords

Verse
Eform bsr 5th ftret top
Eform bar 7th fret top
Aform bar 7th fret
1 finger eform bar 7th fret top



chorus
Aform bar 7th ftre
Eform 7thfret up
1 finger eform bar 9th fret top


BRI
Aform bar 7th ftre
Eform 5thfret up
Eform 7thfret up
Track Name: Modern Blues
Modern Blues
By: John Torres and Tim Kobza

V1
Sweet baby come and take my modern blues
I got two thousand channels not a single one I'd choose

I've had enough of my muddling, babbling, twittering
Shortsighted futuristic selfish considerings

Sweet baby come and take my modern blues

Ch
Could we be slaves to the future that we choose
Am I too late? Is there nothing left to lose?

V1
Sweet darling come and take my modern blues.
They've got 10,000 stories not a single piece of news

You're either right or you're liberal. Animal, mineral.
Mind blocking brokers keeps your brain soft like cereal

Sweet baby come and take my modern blues

Ch
We may be ruled by the future that we choose
But we are not the only ones who share this view


V2
Sweet angel come and take my modern blues.
I got 40,000 minutes, not a single one to lose

Cause every moment is precious I'm sure that I said this
We miss every moment just to add a couple seconds
Sweet Angel come and take my modern

ch
Could we be slaves to the future that we choose
Am I too late? Is there nothing left to lose?

Bri
Give me back the simple life.
An honest wage and a happy wife
Don't need your toys, you're fancy cars.
Don't make no difference if you're ashamed of who you are.


We may be ruled by the future that we choose
But we are not the only ones who share this view
Track Name: Cars in the Fast Lane (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)
Cars in the Fast Lane
Copyright 2003 John Torres Music
Written in 1995
Music and lyrics by: John Torres

v1
One time in my life, you might be the thing I’m after.
And one time in this world you might be the only answer.
And under the sun, you may have won my affection.
But if you should run I could not take the rejection.

ch1
Cars in the fast lane, No where to turn.
If I’m not enough for you girl I can learn.

v2
Let’s pretend we’re prepared for the trials that surely will arise.
A mystery I must solve, the answers within you eyes.
And we run from our problems, even when love is on our side
But everyone’s got their problems. Baby you know I’ve got mine

ch2
A train on the run a flower in bloom.
The power of the sun, if we make the room.

br1
And don’t let me fall. And don’t let me go.
There are so many things about this world
I don’t even know.

v3
Little babe take my hand. Don’t those angry people hurt you.
Cause there’s enough pain around without having them to persecute you.
You don’t have to pretend that you don’t feel real emotions.
Cause the strength of our love is even stronger than the ocean.

ch3
Cars in the fast lane, nothing to lose.
We can be here forever, if only we choose. (If only we choose)
Track Name: Mr. Pretend
Mr. Pretend - (By: John Torres)
Copyright 2009 -Two Old Men Music (BMI)

V1 - I go through bouts of depression
And I betcha never knew.
Cause’ there’s a smile on my face
Every time I see you
It’s a dishonest habit
But it’s something that I always do

I speak politely in public
That’s the message I send
But I curse like a sailor
When I’m with my close friends
Guess you could call me a coward
But I prefer Mr. Pretend

CH - And on any other day
Oh you’d never hear me say
That I’m so afraid of letting people down
But you gotta know that truth
And I hope it’s fine with you
Or I’d rather not have you around

V2 - We always strive for perfection
And we fail just the same
Just a cog on a wheel in some idiot’s game
Oh it’s simple mathematics
The square root of guilt over shame

You act like I’m speaking Russian
Can you not understand
Can you not separate the mask from the man
It’s the natural effect
Of foundations constructed on sand

CH

BRI - How great it’s be if I could stop pointing my fingers @ me.
How great it’s sound if there were no more judges and juries around
I’ve got a plan oh
I’ll be me and you be you
We’ll do the best that we can do
We’ll fight the fight and win the war
Remember what we’re fighting for
No more Mr. Pretend
Track Name: Dust on the Breeze
Dust on the Breeze
By: John Torres

V1
Lies creep into my head
Convince me I'm destined to go it alone
Hours that tick into days
And cloud all my ways with the same episode

Pre
Let us know if you decide you're feeling up to roll to the show
Cigarettes to fill the spaces that you leave when you go.
The city lights burn so bright but they don't lie

Chorus
I'm dust on the breeze
I'm blown through the trees
And all of this time you'd never notice me
I'm dust on the breeze
A hopeless disease
But I keep it moving so the others won't see

V2
Cars keep passing me by
One million stories that I'll never know
But here inside of my square
The story's familiar wherever I go

Pre 2
Let us know if you decide you're feeling up to come out tonight
Do whatever things you need to do to make you feel alright
And as I bottle my sanity I see the light

Chorus
I'm dust on the breeze
I'm blown through the trees
And all of this time you'd never notice me
I'm dust on the breeze
A hopeless disease
But I keep it moving so the others won't see


Outro
I'm starting to think that this is normal
I now I'm questioning every little thing I know
So what's wrong if everything is normal
So get up and meet us at the show
Track Name: Ocean
Ocean
By: Stephanie Carlisi, John Torres and Tim Kobza

V1.
Well I know I can't hold on to you
But I still can't turn my eyes from you
Cause there's so many shades of blue in you
So many shades of blue

Well I can't take two steps from you
So I just run away from you
But I keep turning back to you
Pulled in by the tide, the tide of you

Ch
And I'm holding on to your ocean
but it just keeps slipping through my hand
I see the shore, but you pull me in for more
And I'm drowning in the blue, in the undertow of you

V2
Well I know I could set sail with you
But your wind won't seem to follow through
So I just wait for something new
Waiting for a ride, a ride with you

Ch
And I'm holding on to your ocean
but it just keeps slipping through my hand
I see the shore, but you pull me in for more
And I'm drowning in the blue, in the undertow of you
Doesn't matter what I do, I can't break
Why can't you hear me

Bridge
You pull me down, you're all around
And I'm drowning here.
Can't touch the ground, can't make a sound
As I just disappear
It happens every day
That I can't get away from all your shades of blue.