Try Again

Bonus Track By  Wahray and Soul

Written by Ric Albano Song Length: 5:30
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1992
Lyrics
I know that you’ve been waiting so long
For something good to come along
This song is about that fight
And I know that praying works in strange ways
It helps you through those hard days
When nothing in the world seems right

But when you’re down and about to give up that sight
Reach way down south for some fight and right to try again
Because you know, your reward someday will be great
Your quest must start on this date, relate and try again

Yes, I know you’ve been brought down once before
You’ve suffered through those many chores
And scores of rattlesnake bites
But just remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day
It took many years and many “nays”
And “yays” to do it right

And when start your construction on that dream
Pray the good Lord be on your team, you’re free to try again
The next step is to be persistent all the way
It makes resistance go away
That grey won’t be seen again

And never, ever, ever give up on hope
Your faith will help you to cope
An antidote to evil trends
Because you know that praying works in strange ways
It will help you through those hard days
It pays to try again

Composition © 1992, 1993 Ric Albano
Publication © 2011 Cygnus Wave Music

Song Info
Produced & Engineered by Ric Albano
Composed on March 4, 1992
Recorded March 1992 / November 1993
at Rathole Studios, Hazleton, PA
Mixed in 2003 & Mastered in 2011
at Cygnus Wave Studios

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

Listener Guide
Grade

Analysis: The last song to be written and recorded before a very long hiatus, this song is almost very good, but lacks that extra punch to put it over the finish line. The acoustic intro and bass lines are very melodic, but the song proper seems to get stale and repetitive.

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Fear

Bonus Track By  Wahray and Soul

Written by Ric Albano Song Length: 3:05
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1992
Lyrics
Tuesday afternoon on the road, I thought of something extreme
Where will I be in a year from now if I don’t go and change something
I guess in a year from now when I hear this song I’ll know for sure
But one thing I must overcome, for sure
This deep, defeating fear…
Yes that’s the deadly thing that tears us all apart
It pulls us down and brutally stops us
From doing what we believe in our hearts
But someday soon something’s gotta give, this conflict just can’t stay
All I need is courage and guts and will to chase this fear away…

Don’t want it here no more
Go away, find another fish to lure

Far away, where it won’t be seen or heard from ever again
A swift clean break, forever destroyed, won’t compromise on “bend”
Forever expelled from down inside my soul, way down south
Way down there, deep down inside my soul…

Don’t want it here no more
Go away, find another fish to lure

Be excellent to each other!

Composition © 1992 Ric Albano
Publication © 2011 Cygnus Wave Music

Song Info
Produced & Engineered by Ric Albano
Composed on February 8, 1992
Recorded February 1992
at Rathole Studios, Hazleton, PA
Mixed in 2003 & Mastered in 2011
at Cygnus Wave Studios

Performers
Ric Albano
Harpsichord, Bass Guitar, Drums, Vocals
Sinclair Soul
Vocals

Listener Guide
Grade

Analysis: The very last song to use the old harpsichord, an instrument which pre-dated even the earliest songs that I wrote (I believe I purchased it when I was 16 in 1984). The song itself has a decent vibe due to the strong bass line, but some weaker vocals that kind of fall off late in the second verse, indicating that the song was never properly finished.

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Ric Is Dead, Long Live the Snake

Bonus Track By  Wahray and Soul

Written by Ric Albano Song Length: 6:17
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1992
Lyrics
Now, there is noone upon the bridge
Everyone dwells in Crystal Ridge
This desert town they call their home
Adventure lost, content condoned
The fertile water lies across the strait
But they are too lazy to investigate

A hopeless scene, a surrender line
From “live it up” to “just get by”
In fifteen years they haven’t seen the sun
They’ve grown so cold, it’s what oppression has done

Is it over? Indeed, it certainly appears
The vast horizon is no match for their fears
But deep below the surface of the desert sand
There is a spark but someone has to dig it up
Dig it up! Dig it up!

Dig it all, dig it all, dig it all, dig it

Now, this is just a metaphor
It’s not real, in a sense there’s more
Deep below this person’s mind
There is something brewing, hope, din, cruel, an divine

Is it over? Indeed, it certainly appears
The vast horizon is no match for their fears
But deep below the surface of the desert sand
There is a spark but someone has to dig it up
Dig it up! Dig it up!

Dig it all, dig it all, dig it

You’re the one who tried to control mind
Spinning all your bad-blood jealousy into whine
Shaking off anything stable in life
Dealing 21 cards, defended by a bladeless knife, an unexisting wife

Sock-hop Charlie playing all his tunes for the dead
Making love to a picture of a hollow little twister in a broken bed
No more, no more

Now, tell me son, what have you learned
Do you believe it is your turn?
Will you bet it all one this one sweepstakes?
Ric is dead, long live the Snake
Yes, Ric is dead, long live the Snake

That was just his last mistake
Ric is dead, long live the Snake

Composition © 1992, 1993 Ric Albano
Publication © 2011 Cygnus Wave Music

Song Info
Produced & Engineered by Ric Albano
Composed on February 1, 1992
Recorded February 1992 / November 1993
at Rathole Studios, Hazleton, PA
Mixed in 2003 & Mastered in 2011
at Cygnus Wave Studios

Performers
Ric Albano
Electric Guitars, Bass Guitar, Drums, Vocals

Listener Guide
Grade

Analysis: This song is an extreme turning point on many levels, not the lest of which is the fact that it is the very last elctric-guitar driven song that I would write. It employs heavy use of metaphors lyrically, much of it based on Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, with some real-life situations interspersed.

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Black Jack

Bonus Track By  Wahray and Soul

Written by Ric Albano Song Length: 5:03
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1991
Lyrics
Don’t think about tomorrow, today is the perfect time
What do you think our your chances at love?
Are you willing to bet they’re fine?

I’m alone inside my own protective shell
Waiting for you to come and set me free
I’m willing to make a gamble on you
Will you take a chance on me?

And after all these good intentions
It all connects when we hope to hit “21”
Will we do it for fame or fortune or greed
Or will we just do it fun?

Black jack , trying to win our losings back
Never really get the knack, hoping we don’t lose
Longing for acceptance and belonging
It’s a new day dawning, now we have to choose

Some will believe, some will deceive
Want to play the game? Got to lose the shame
Get up and go, give us your show
A contradiction, a polite fiction

Do we do it for fame or fortune or greed
Or do we just do it fun?

Black jack , trying to win our losings back
Never really get the knack, hoping we don’t lose
Longing for acceptance and belonging
It’s a new day dawning, now we have to choose

Someone believes, some will deceive
Want to play the game? Got to lose the shame
Get up and go, give us your show
A contradiction of a polite friction

Don’t think about tomorrow, today is the perfect time
What do you think our your chances at life?
Are you willing to bet they’re fine?

Composition © 1991, 1993 Ric Albano
Publication © 2012 Jeremiah Dylan Cook

Song Info
Produced & Engineered by Ric Albano
Composed on December 26, 1991
Recorded December 1991 / November 1993
at Rathole Studios, Hazleton, PA
Mixed in 2003 & Mastered in 2011
at Cygnus Wave Studios

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

Listener Guide
Grade

Analysis: A very good song which was nearly left off this album because of bad mixing and a sub-par vocal performance. I did reconsider, however because it was such a pinnacle composition during the disparate and extended period stretching from late ’91 until late ’93.

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End Result the Same

Bonus Track By  Wahray and Soul

Written by Ric Albano Song Length: 3:32
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1991
Lyrics
Now, I was so sure that I had it right I nearly bet my life
The end result, as always, was the same
Luckily I held back some, it is over now
I need to find some sorry sould to blame
From the outside looking in, it’s the Cardinal of all sins, it’s a shame

Don’t deny what you feel inside, I’ve got to find it

I was so sure that it was a fool-proof plan
I don’t understand how results keep ending up the same
Luckily there’s a trap door here, to escape my fears
But first I need a reason for this pain

Don’t deny what you feel inside, I’ve got to find it right now

Composition © 1991 Ric Albano
Publication © 2011 Cygnus Wave Music

Song Info
Produced & Engineered by Ric Albano
Composed on October 1, 1991
Recorded October 1991
at Rathole Studios, Hazleton, PA
Mixed in 2003 & Mastered in 2011
at Cygnus Wave Studios

Performers
Ric Albano
Electric Guitars, Bass Guitar, Drums, Vocals

Listener Guide
Grade

Analysis: A simple but catchy song that makes heavy use of the flange on both the electric guitar and drums. This same method was attempted (but with less success) on the song Rabbit Food two years earlier.

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