The Brown EP

by John Torres

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John's first unofficial EP
Released in 2003

Copyright 2003 John Torres
Pink Palace Music

Two Old Men Music (BMI)

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released January 11, 2003

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Track Name: Stop the Stalling
Stop the Stalling
©2003 John Torres Music
Written in 2001
Music and Lyrics by: John Torres

v1
Paralyzed by circumstance, who’s walking all alone?
One word from the surgeon and we’ll cut right to the bone.
Now these days are a maze of thought a reflection of the years.
But whose words are you speaking? Are those even your own tears?

br1
Never seen a flower. Never felt the rain.
We’re sleeping off the hours, in our average way.
Never sing the music. Never touch the sky.
We’re happy in remission. Leave us here to die.

v2
Now what time does the market close, and which way to catch the train?
And how fast can you make a wish? Whose turn to place the blame?
Now next week it’s your lucky break, you’re gonna teach him how to smile.
You’ll hold hands at the liquor store and he’ll practice self-denial.

br2
Stop the Stalling. Hold your ground.
Keep your head up turn around.

ch1
And I could never touch you, never speak your name,
And I’d still be standing outside in the cold, all alone in the pouring rain.
It’s a beautiful emotion, the way we run from the people we need.
But when the cage falls down you hear the sound.
That’s just the creature that we feed.

v3
A million things to remember, how many to forget?
Stopped short of self-pity, no I haven’t lost that yet.
The old words of philosophy keep on keeping me keeping on.
So think twice when they ask you if you still believe you’ve won.

br2
Stop the Stalling. Hold your ground.
Keep your head up turn around.

ch1
And I could never touch you, never speak your name,
And I’d still be standing outside in the cold, all alone in the pouring rain.
It’s a beautiful emotion, the way we run from the people we need.
But when the cage falls down you hear the sound.
That’s just the creature that we feed. (repeat)
Track Name: Promised Land
Promised Land
©2003 John Torres Music
Written in 2001
Music and lyrics by: John Torres

v1
That final word you said, what were you trying to do?
But as those words escaped, I wonder if you think they’re true.
And as I scream at you and walk away, I feel like turning back around.
I regret it a thousand times before I ever hear the sound.

ch1
When our lives are at hand why can’t we understand this is where we were both mean to be.
And when the passing of years fathers myriad fears why can’t we understand,
This is the Promised Land.

v2
I don’t smoke no cigarettes, and no troubles get me down.
And when the landmines launch me into the sky, I find on safely on the ground.
I know I haven’t been there when you need me. I guess that’s just who I am.
But if I ever thought that you might leave me, I know that’s just not my plan

ch2
When our lives are at hand why can’t we understand this is where we were both mean to be.
And when the passing of years fathers myriad fears why can’t we understand,
This is the Promised Land.

bri1
Take a look inside your soul and you will lose control of everything you’ve ever been and everything you ever had.
Take a look inside your heart and you will see the greatest part is right before your eyes. It is written in the sky.

v3
And as the pace slows down, I realize what I have done.
And though it’s much too late, realize I’m waiting for the sun.
And it can take so long before I ever see the light.
For every joyful day there is an aggravating night.

ch3
When our lives are at hand why can’t we understand this is where we were both mean to be.
And when the passing of years fathers myriad fears why can’t we understand,
This is the Promised Land.
Track Name: Living Without You
Living Without You
Copyright 2003 John Torres Music
Written in 1998
by: John Torres (bridge help: Debbie Lurie)

v1
A tear wells in an angel’s eye
And I can’t force myself to cry.
If I might find a cure for pride ,
I might never have to leave your side.

But every word I speak is to the walls.
Every tower I build just seems to fall.
The moment that I overlook your name,
I realize that my goals are just a game.

And without you here I’m not complete.
I’m like a passing shadow on the street.
You are the very essence of my soul.
These are the hardest days of growing old.

ch
And living here without you
Is like a million deaths I’ve already died,
A lost control I had inside.
Living here without you
Would take away my faith in life,
And cut my spirit like a knife.

v2
The world turns for the love of mystery,
And it’s a wonder why you turned to me.
We can doubt or we could just believe.
But in the end the truth does not deceive.

This angel cries with heaven’s pain.
And like lightning, I can see the rain.
Who knows what the sun would have to say
If he knew that my angel stole the day.

We float right past the city lights.
We rule the darkness of the night.
Until the day this life is through
We’ve got ourselves a job to do.

ch2
And living here without you
Would break the rules of space and time.
We’d float right past the stars and shine.
And living here without you
Would break the world for all its lies,
For every kiss and for every cry.

b1
I feel this wind blowing over.
No longer a chill on my shoulder.
No one can change who we are.
So why am I trying, oh why am I trying at all?

ch3
And living here without you
Would break the rules of space and time,
We’d float right past the stars and shine.
And living here without you
Would break the world for all its lies,
For every kiss and for every cry.
Track Name: Along For The Ride
Along for the Ride
By: John Torres

V1
Took a ride on a rocket ship.
There were angels at the door.
Was brought the cup so I took a sip.
I didn’t know what it had in store.

pre
But that’s the way it happens.
Oh that’s what makes your heart bloom.
Even though you’re laughing,
We both know there’s not enough room.

v2
You did a twirl, took another dip.
And I hit “repeat” for the same song.
You took a ride on a rocket ship.
I took a dive falling headlong.

pre
And oh that’s the way it happens
Oh, that’s what makes your heart bloom.
Even though you’re laughing,
We both know there’s not enough room.

ch
Send a message to someone I am opened wide.
I’ve found the answers to problems, but they’re locked up inside.
Send a message to someone. You know I can’t hide.
Your riding shotgun, but you’ve just come along for the ride.

v3
Spoon-fed ten thousand lies,
Just thankful for the service.
Looking into those deep brown eyes,
Oh, and now I’m getting nervous.

pre
And oh, that’s the way it happens
That’s what makes your heart bloom.
Even though you’re laughing,
We both know there’s not enough room.

ch2
Send a message to someone I am opened wide.
I’ve found the answers to problems, but they’re locked up inside.
Send a message to someone. You know I can’t hide.
Your riding shotgun, but you’ve just come along for the ride.

br
And if I can’t go would that be okay?
Cause all the powers that be have followed your way.
And don’t you know, there’s a sign up ahead. Do not enter.
So I better turn this around because I will not enter.

v3
Took a ride on a rocket ship but the angel was not there.


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Track Name: Everyday
Everyday
©2003 John Torres Music
Lyrics and melody by: John Torres
Written in 2001
Music by: Tim Kobza

v1
Just start at the beginning. It’s another way to end.
Just tell me that you’re happy people. Pretend that you’re my friend.
And just take it slow, as though we cannot go
Any faster. man I’m after all the treasure this life holds.

pre1
And if you can’t figure out then, I’m gonna have to tell you again
That the means, thought they seem so serene, never ever justified a diabolical end.
And if you want to convince me, friend, that we’ve reached the darkest day

ch1
Well even though it doesn’t make the 6 0’clock news this happens everyday.

v2
Now take it back to the beginning, because I haven’t found the end.
But if we start it up, rev it up, twist it, oh baby it’ll happen all over again.
And if we can’t find the time to think about his fight
Then to sin we give in, and thought we think we win we will never make it right.

pre2
And since you can’t figure out then I guess I’ll tell you again
That the key to beginning only comes when we realize that certain things must end.
And if you wonder if we’ll make it through, understand the words I say:

ch2
Cause even though you might feel important, son, this happens everyday.

bri (unwritten)

v3
Take it back to the beginning, because I think we’re near the end.
And we are moving far too fast, for any chance to comprehend.
We need to take it slow, as though we cannot go any faster
Man we’re after too much treasure in this world.
Track Name: Missing You
Missing You
Copyright 2003 John Torres Music
Written in 2001
by: John Torres

v1
Let’s go back to yesterday with you and me together in the sun.
No compromise. We could speak without the use of letters, not a one.

ch
Missing you my love.

v2
To kiss your lips is a memory that’s fixed within my brain, and in my soul.
And my eyes transfixed by a picture of us standing here together. What control.

ch
Oh missing you my love.

bsection
This is just today. It is not forever.
But still I feel this way at the present time.
Who knows what I will say when tomorrow greets me.
Will my feelings go away? Tell me darling. What will we find?

v3
I walk like a dragon in a pit of fire. My blood over flowing with desire.
These are the words that come to mind, though my fallen brothers never find.
And you know I’m standing here. You know I’m waiting here.
This is the song that we all have sung. Each of us with a foreign tongue.
I’ll be here just you wait and see. I’ll comfort you. You’ll shelter me.

ch
Oh missing you my love (3x)
Track Name: Muse
Muse
Copyright 2003 John Torres Music
Written in 1999
by: John Torres

v1
One Dance, a moment’s chance to love again.
And love might see us through.
This cloud so deep inside my soul again
It tells me what to do.

pre1
And down that road I guess I knew
That we would end up here.
And in your eyes I saw what’s true,
But all I felt was fear.

ch1
When we’ve all grown old, will we find our youth?
When we cross the door do we learn the truth?
Racing with the sun, no one ever sees
Our souls are crying in beauty.

v2
On kiss, a moment’s wish for love again.
Cause love is what we need.
These tears that fall from skies and never die,
They always take the lead.

pre2
How does one go back and say the words that make complete,
When love that ended yesterday has fallen in defeat.

ch2
When we’ve all grown old, will we find our youth?
When we cross the door do we learn the truth?
Racing with the sun, no one ever sees
Our souls are crying in beauty.
Track Name: Okay
Okay
Copyright 2003 John torres Music


V1
A brand new disposition, Just a moment late.
A lifetime of enlightenment, the moment you escaped.

Finally things are looking up, I’m looking up your name.
Finally I’m growing up, but I still feel the same.

Its okay if you’ve fallen. Its only time to heal.
Its okay, I’m not stalling, but what a way to feel.
The cards are on the table, but I just found out the deal.

V2
Things are finally shaping up, falling into place.
But in my mind I’m making up the features of your face.
Challenging my apathy, servicing my shame;
Understanding everything, but nothing is the same.

And its okay if you’ve fallen. It’s better in the end.
Its okay I’m not stalling, but I will not pretend
That this is getting easier without the love you lend.

Ch
And Ooh, this must be delayed reaction.
Cause what I thought was missing was my only satisfaction.
And Ooh, I’ve made a mess of my tomorrows
Cause what I had yesterday today I cannot even borrow.

V3
Sometimes I’m awake at night, wondering where you are,
And asking if some lucky man is giving you the stars.
Have I been replaced by him? Does he make you glow
Like planets on our ceiling where our love no longer goes.

And it’s okay if you’ve fallen. It’s only time to grow.
It’s okay she’s not calling, as long as you still know
That forward is the one direction you have left to go.

Ch
And Ooh, this must be delayed reaction.
Cause what I thought was missing was my only satisfaction.
And Ooh, I’ve made a mess of my tomorrows
Cause what I had yesterday today I cannot even borrow
(repeat)
Track Name: Paint The Sun
Paint the Sun
Copyright 2003 John Torres Music
Written in 2001
by: John Torres

v1
Summer day, gentle sun, and blazing down upon our eyes a
Silent voice, made of choice, unending verses fill this time oh fill this space,
Fill my heart with you. Fill my heart with you.

v2
Made of joy made of you. You are the sun my day is made of.
Where to fly, where to soar? Oh when oh when oh tell me when? Oh tell me
Will you sing your song for me?

ch.
It’s almost time.
It’s in your eyes.
I can’t explain.
But maybe God will paint the sun, and give the world your eyes.

v3
Who am I? How can I presume to touch this perfect creature?
Summer day, gentle sun. It used to rain on solemn days of solitude.
It used to rain on me.

v4
Who am I to touch this love? Oh where has all my courage gone to?
Who am I to see this light?
Oh help me reach the stars I see.
Oh you could be the air that keeps me pure.

ch2 (2x)
It’s almost time.
It’s in your eyes.
I can’t explain.
But maybe God will paint the sun, and give the world your eyes.
Track Name: Shipwreck
Shipwreck
©2003 John Torres Music
Written in 1997
Music and lyrics by: John Torres

v1
Looking into this world,
Never knowing if he sees me.
Taking to this girl,
I never knew that love could be so easy.

And watching the man on the T.V. show,
He always seems to know things will be okay.
But what if things don’t go the way he thought they’d go
Oh no, what would he say

ch1
Cause the rents two twenty-five
In this dive there are no exceptions.
And my love for existence remains my resistant perception.

v2
In a world that you created
While I was faded and I missed the show.
And in time, I might not be so jade
My life not complicated, and you might know.

A man once thought his life was only about his choice.
He couldn’t even hear his voice unless he had a dream
But that dream never came, and his heart stayed the same
As it was all along. And I’m still singing this song.
Oh, such a dream.

ch2
So all hands on deck this ship’s gonna wreck if we don’t let go.
For all of the things that I learned I believe that I still don’t know.
I feel like this might be the last time I see your face.
And if it’s true it’s a love that I know I just can’t replace.

(instrumental)

ch2 repeat
Track Name: Smiling
Smiling ©2003 John Torres Music
Written in 2000
Music and lyrics by: John Torres

v1
Which way will you choose to fly? I see the fire in your eyes.
I’m praying that you’ll reach forever with these dreams you’re dreaming.
If I could only make you see the joy your loving brings to me.
It’s such simplicity. When will you understand me?

v2
Tonight you’re lying at my side, and while your arms are opened wide,
I wonder just how long you’ll tolerate my antics.
And as we smile and kiss goodnight, I pause and wonder if I might
Be blessed with one more day to revel in you magic.

ch1
And now I feel it more than I could ever dream to try.
I don’t have to make believe. I’m this amazed by
You can’t stand to be alone. No matter how we’ve grown.
You can’t see the way I’m smiling.

v3
These days are like none other.
I’ve encountered heaven in your eyes.
I hold my breath and wait for you to find the laughter in me.
And if you don’t cater to my plans, melodramatic as they stand,
I find no energy to carry on without you.

ch2
Cause you, you brighten up the sky, without a reason why.
You’ve granted me the strength to send me flying high.
Much higher than before, you’ve opened up the door.
But do you see the way I’m smiling?

bri
I look into your atmosphere and nothing ever looked so clear.
I’m staring with my widened eyes and suddenly there’s bluer sky.
In this is just a fantasy, a vision of my reverie.
This couldn’t be reality, this perfect person that I see.

And now that I behold you, I don’t ever want to lose you.
It’s too late to turn back now. After all the love I’ve found.
And oh I know you feel the same. Oh no more tears you’re crying.
But do you understand the way I’m smiling.

ch3
And now I feel it more than I could ever dream to try.
I don’t have to make believe. I’m this amazed by
You can’t stand to be alone. No matter how we’ve grown.
You can’t see the way I’m smiling.

Cause you, you brighten up the sky, without a reason why.
You’ve granted me the strength to send me flying high.
Much higher than before, you’ve opened up the door.
But do you see the way I’m smiling?
Track Name: Forward or "Never Forget" (feat. Napoleon)
Forward
Copyright 2003 John Torres Music
Written in 2003
By: John Torres and Napolean

CH
Oh you push me forward. I explore you every way.
And I recognize your birthday as a chance for me to say.
Oh you push me forward. I explore you every way.
And I recognize your birthday as a chance for me to say.

V1
I don’t know where to start. Dear God can you open my heart.
Let me share with this world my art. This not no R&B song. It’s a tribute to the spirit of Pac. I still remember when you’d visit my block. I was a juvenile. In 94’ I was stuck in the war. I didn’t know the meaning of life or what I was breathing for. You gave a hand you gave me a plan. Thug life world wide would expand. That was your dreams homie. Now it’s present right in front of your eyes they can’t tell me your soul ain’t alive, cause I can feeling homie. Dear Lord, please forgive his sins. We’re all lost souls stuck in the wind so let us in. Cause we’re crying at the steps of heaven. I’ve been crying since the age of seven. Only God knows. We gon’ make it I betcha homie. If it wasn’t for (?) I wouldn’t of metcha homie. Try to open your heart and feel me a minute. If it wasn’t for you I would’ve been dead or in prison. So I dedicate a song to you my whole success truly belongs to you and that’s real.

CH
Oh you push me forward. I explore you every way.
And I recognize your birthday as a chance for me to say.
Oh you push me forward. I explore you every way.
And I recognize your birthday as a chance for me to say.

I still remember what you told me. “Keep my head up.”
“Are you still down?” Don’t ever give up. Do I get around? no I had to switch up. I did a lot of changes dog I had to grow up. It’s still “all eyes on me.” Oh yeah Remember shorty well he still wanna be a thug reminds me of me. And I “ain’t mad atcha”, that you had to go. Oh yeah that rose from the concrete it did grow. And “Brenda, She had another baby.” “She wonders why they call her a bitch”, pac it’s crazy. Once in a while we have “gangsta parties.” I still toss it up but I don’t drink Bacardi. The realest shit you ever wrote was “Everybody.” Favorite song, I mean it played in every party. When “Macchavelli,” It’ popped the party. It was the hardest music that you could find on the market. Yeah, Your legacy gon’ live through me. Every breath that I take, You’re gon’ breath through me. June 16, 71’ was the day we got a present from heaven. Pac your spirit’s still present, and that’s real.

CH
Oh you push me forward. I explore you every way.
And I recognize your birthday as a chance for me to say.
Oh you push me forward. I explore you every way.
And I recognize your birthday as a chance for me to say.