Take It As It Comes

Track 39  On  The Evolution of Noise  By  Wahray and Soul

Written by Ric Albano Song Length: 4:57
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1995
Lyrics
I live for you, so many hours I’d wait for you
And I cried for you, there’s nothing more that I can do
Sooner or later it passes bye, you could only hope you gave a good try
But I need to know which direction that I should go
In all those instances when it seems
As though reality fits the dream

And oh, the best that can be done is take it as it comes

I’ll wait for you, though many times I will play the fool
What can I do, hold on for another day or two?
Sooner or later it wears you down, with not a single bit of hope around
It’s hard to believe that you’re above someone who can deceive
Sooner or I’ll have to make the tough decision to give or take

But, oh it is so cold
When you are all alone and you are growing old
And you ain’t got nothin’ but your naked soul
And oh, stick to your guns and take it as it comes

Take it as it comes, don’t you worry things will even ut over time
The world could seem so scary but you’ve got to keep alert for the signs
Take it as it comes, don’t be frightened, I promise it will be alright
Life isn’t always a bowl of cherries
But if you make the most of it, everything will be alright

Sooner or later dreams come true, I tell you that it’s really up to you

But, oh it is so cold
When you are all alone and you are growing old
And you ain’t got nothin’ but your naked soul
And oh, stick to your guns and take it as it comes

Composition © 1995 Ric Albano
Publication © 2011 Cygnus Wave Music

Song Info
Produced & Engineered by Ric Albano
Composed on July 7, 1995
Recorded July 1995
at Rathole Studios, Hazleton, PA
Mixed in 2003 & Mastered in 2011
at Cygnus Wave Studios

Performers
Ric Albano
Piano, Keyboards, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, All Vocals

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Analysis: The final song in the collection brings back a little warmth with the acoustic guitar, but otherwise is all electronic and sequenced like most of the 1995 songs. It was original written as a lead-off song, but works just as well as a closer.

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The French Toast Affair

Track 38  On  The Evolution of Noise  By  Wahray and Soul

Written by Ric Albano Song Length: 4:28
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1995
Lyrics
I want to tell you about something
That happened to me not that long ago
It was about a girl from a different world, all decked out in indigo
And hen the rain would fall upon her face she was almost beautiful
You could see her coming from a mile away, man she had such a glow
That’s the way the whole affair began

There was magic in her touch but there were lies upon her tongue
And every time that I would to climb her ladder
She would hacksaw off the bottom rung
But, boy what a ride she gave for a quarter spent and a penny saved
She rang my bells from dusk ’til dawn
She was a master in search of a slave
Her enemies were quick to point that out
So I put on my shield and armour and gave a loud war shout

You want it, you got it, come get it right now
You need it, then seal it, don’t steal it right now
You like it, then try it, I dare you to right now
You want it, you got it, come see it right now

But I don’t like it when it rains out
Time has changed alot of things with her and finally with me
A feel like I’m a brand new cat and her a crumby, evicted flea
That’s the way I feel about things now

Now I’m a new man, do the best that I can
The whole thing makes me sick sometimes
And sometimes makes me laugh
I’ll chart my course out towards the sea on a leaky, shakey raft
That’s the attitude I have right now
I’ve got a brand new pair of shoes
And I need to walk on different ground

You want it, you got it, come get it right now
You feel it, conceal it, come steal it right now
You like it, then try it, I dare you right now
You want it, you got it, come see it right now

The romance starts off light then gets heavier and heavier
And we feel it, and on and on it goes, do hear me, right now

You want it, you got it, come get it right now
You like it, then try it, I dare you right now
You feel it, conceal it, come steal it right now
You want it, you got it, come see it right now
Right now! Right now! Right now! Right now!

Composition © 1995 Ric Albano
Publication © 2011 Cygnus Wave Music

Song Info
Produced & Engineered by Ric Albano
Composed on June 24, 1995
Recorded June-July 1995
at Rathole Studios, Hazleton, PA
Mixed in 2003 & Mastered in 2011
at Cygnus Wave Studios

Performers
Ric Albano
Piano, Keyboards, Bass, All Vocals

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Analysis: This is a really cool and fun song, stepping out of the more serious tone and desperate romanticism of the last era of Wahray and Soul.

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Used To Be

Track 37  On  The Evolution of Noise  By  Wahray and Soul

Written by Ric Albano Song Length: 4:11
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1995
Lyrics
Train shakin’ down my door, even louder than it was before
The pain is an imagined thing
But things don’t seem the way they used to be

Was it cruel? Yes, they choose to let it go
Injustice reigns, it’s still the same

Flying spaceships in the Autumn skies
Stray, glass whistles in the moon denied
I’ve seen the shadows walk across the stream
They fall just short of the golden dream

Fiction, fact, white and black, the difference minor
And so it goes, but I should know

Hard plays, loose pays
Figuring, what the hell, you only live once
He waits in the shadows, she continues to make up more lies
His hair is thining, his eyes gray
While here self-destruction goes on and on
He offers her the comfort she needs, but what she needs she denies

The train makes its schedule on time
And life continues on its normal bind
It’s written off as a passing thing
But things don’t seem the way they used to be

Was it cruel? Yes, they choose to let it go
Injustice reigns, end result the same
Within the rain there is only pain

Composition © 1991, 1995 Ric Albano
Publication © 2011 Cygnus Wave Music

Song Info
Produced & Engineered by Ric Albano
Composed on May 6, 1995
Recorded August 1991 / May 1995
at Rathole Studios, Hazleton, PA
Mixed in 2003 & Mastered in 2011
at Cygnus Wave Studios

Performers
Ric Albano
Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Drums, Vocals

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Analysis: A rare song in the collection, in that it was built from an older recording of a defunct song called “Imaginary Flying Lizard Wings”, written and recorded in 1991. In the Spring of ’95, new lyrics (except for the bridge), vocals, bass, and keys were added to the base recording of acoustic guitar and drums to form “Used To Be”, a more advanced version of the original concept.

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Whenever I’m Near You

Track 36  On  The Evolution of Noise  By  Wahray and Soul

Written by Ric Albano Song Length: 4:15
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1995
Lyrics
I wanna tell ya ’bout fortune and glory
It has never been my story
I can’t help but love you even though I don’t want to
Your eyes are so blue, your smile so kind and it’s true
That I’ll never learn, no I’ll never learn

Not that I want to, you see, whenever I’m near you
I feel as though my hopelessness is gone
You make me feel as though I could never do wrong
I want you so bad, so bad that it’s driving me mad
But I’ll never learn, no I’ll never learn

Whenever I’m near you, I’m struck with desire
My mind and my heart and my soul catch on fire
I feel so high, just like when I was younger
Don’t want to get hurt but I’ve got such a hunger

To kiss you and hold you and never let go of you
I want so bad to tell you
But I fear the rejection that I might go through
If only once you’d show me that you’re not the perfect girl for me
Than I’d learn, yes maybe I’d learn

All I can do now is just dream about you
And wish, hope, and pray that these dreams will come true
Someday I may tell you, straight up with no riddles
If I could just hold you, I’s soon have a little

Of fortune and glory, a happily ending story
I can’t help but want you even though it’s not what I should do
And happiness has eluded me for such a long time
But now it’s my turn, finally it is my turn

Composition © 1995 Ric Albano
Publication © 2011 Cygnus Wave Music

Song Info
Produced & Engineered by Ric Albano
Composed on April 14, 1995
Recorded April-May 1995
at Rathole Studios, Hazleton, PA
Mixed in 2003 & Mastered in 2011
at Cygnus Wave Studios

Performers
Ric Albano
Piano, Keyboards, All Vocals

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Analysis: Armed with a brand new sequencer, I put together a series of songs with a bit more complex, albeit electronic. arrangements. I’ve always liked this one because it sounds simple but is a bit complex, combining a traditional rock pattern with some edgy augumentation.

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The Difference Between

Track 35  On  The Evolution of Noise  By  Wahray and Soul

Written by Ric Albano Song Length: 4:24
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1995
Lyrics
I see your eyes, you’ve seen me cry
You know I’d do anything to be with you
But somehow we drifted apart and it broke my heart
I tried to talk to you one night
But we ended up getting into a big fight

I said things that I just didn’t mean
It was desperation that made me scream
The thought of losing you drove me mad
I just couldn’t cope with life without having what we had

Because you’re the girl who owns my heart even though we’re still apart
I hope you find the difference between what I say and what I mean

I used to see the love in your eyes
They say the eyes are the windows to the soul
I used to think that love couldn’t die
But apparently there was something that I just didn’t know

You ended it all much too fast and my heart, it shattered like glass
I shouted things that I soon would regret
Is there any way now we can forgive and forget?

So girl, I guess that is where we stand today
Can you forgive for being so cruel on that terrible day?
I’ll love you forever, until I die, and those words were never lies
Hope you find the difference between what I say and what I mean
Can you hear the difference between what I say and what I mean?
Can you feel the difference between what I say and what I mean?

Composition © 1995 Ric Albano
Publication © 2011 Cygnus Wave Music

Song Info
Produced & Engineered by Ric Albano
Composed on March 9, 1995
Recorded March-April 1995
at Rathole Studios, Hazleton, PA
Mixed in 2003 & Mastered in 2011
at Cygnus Wave Studios

Performers
Ric Albano
Piano, Keyboards, All Vocals

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Analysis: Perhaps the best pure pop song I ever wrote, this simple piano ballad about a breakup contains a pleasant melody and some high-end keyboard work in the arrangement.

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