Paradise

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Written by Ric Albano Song Length: 3:20
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Lyrics
In Paradise on Sunlight Street
I’ll convene with the coterie in the day
Caliginous yet precise, there’s a balance we must strike
To stay aligned while we play, while some angels say;

“Her life did not begin at conception…
It is your solemn ‘choice’ to expose her bones and rip her heart away”

From Paradise, where we eagerly anticipate our upcoming, coming of age
And project how nice now must be for those elders
Who already have been born to that stage, still thee angels claim;

“Life is at the mother’s discretion…
And to give her a voice would be to jeopardize that prerogative someday”

In Paradise, when it’s quiet we can hear
The eerie echos of the past moans of the other’s voice
Rudely awaken at night and taken away from their homes
Away from their homes, for reasons unknown
Into the darkness to nevermore cast eyes on the Day

“Life is but a random selection, collisions of dust…
Inside a closed system unaffected by any realm not portrayed”

Like Paradise, where I can sense the concern
And confusion in my mother these days
The daunting prospect of my delivery
Has led to her decision to send me away
Mother please let me stay, mommy please let me stay
I swear that I will make you very proud someday

Composition © 2004 Ric Albano
Publication © 2004, 2011 Cygnus Wave Music

Song Info
Composed on March 17, 2004
Recorded Fall 2004
at Silver Spring Subterranean
Produced & Engineered by Ric Albano
Previously Unreleased

Performers
Ric Albano
Keyboards, Bass Guitar, Percussion, Vocals

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Analysis: Recording from original “Imaginary Lines 2004” demo.

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Dawning of Decadence

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Written by Ric Albano Song Length: 2:12
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Instrumental

Composition © 1998 Ric Albano
Publication © 2004, 2011 Cygnus Wave Music

Song Info
Composed on March 1, 1998
Recorded Fall 2004
at Silver Spring Subterranean
Produced & Engineered by Ric Albano
Previously Unreleased

Performers
Ric Albano
Piano, Keyboards, Bass Guitar, Percussion

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Analysis: Recording from original “Imaginary Lines 2004” demo.

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I Don’t Want To Live Without It

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Written by Ric Albano Song Length: 3:13
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Lyrics
Rest assured, I do like your motives
You most certainly are on the side of the angels
But I don’t want it for myself
There’s plenty others who should get your help

A solid vision from top to floor
That surely addresses society’s ills to the core
But do me a favor and pass it along
It’s better suited for some impoverished pawn

A colossal derelict this may have been in the past
But that’s only because we didn’t act on it fast
So this time it must be implemented
We can’t allow anyone to circumvent it

Social isonomy for both the old and the young
Imagine all the people on the same ladder rung
That is except for us with the charge to oversee it
It’s the only way we can ever guarantee it

Please don’t remove one single thing from my basement
As a civil abettor I really think my haunt should be exempt
For these accouterments have been in my lineage for years
And unlike that common squatter I really hold mine dear
And I don’t want to live without it
No, I don’t think I should have to do without it

Composition © 2004 Ric Albano
Publication © 2004, 2011 Cygnus Wave Music

Song Info
Composed on July 27, 2004
Recorded Fall 2004
at Silver Spring Subterranean
Produced & Engineered by Ric Albano
Previously Unreleased

Performers
Ric Albano
Keyboards, Bass Guitar, Percussion, Vocals

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Analysis: Recording from original “Imaginary Lines 2004” demo.

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Elitist Lament

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Written by Ric Albano Song Length: 6:41
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Approval seems doubtful, why wait for the council?
We’ll teach him ourselves – why can’t we teach him ourselves?

Earnest, I have some terrible news that is both quite shocking yet true
Seems our prodigious son has gone out dancing with the other ones
And now he endorses their views
I implore that we address with most seriousness this advocating of the faux
‘Cause once those flyover freaks get a grip inside of a weaker mind
They tend not to let go

We found him in the dirt, aged six without a shirt
Living in a box in Morningside Park

Ole’ girl, you must not worry yourself by overreacting with fear
May it be the sin of the youth to walk crooked paths to the truth–
When it’s not unmistakably clear?
Dear Penelope, I need not remind you’ve had these lingering doubts before
That he’d ever put down that orange ball
And spend more time at Schermerhorn Hall-
That he’d ever open up that door

To which we provide the key through our benevolence and our charity
And the boy didn’t let us down any of those times

Earnest pick up the den phone! Summon Rabitowitz, Shays, and Jones
And leak a word to Lowell Waters at the Times through his private line
It’s most important we use his private line
(We don’t want to make any noise)

‘Cause Steven has gotten too high, Steven has gotten too high
We need not deliberate as to the reason’s why
While he’s out there in the danger zone
Yes, Steven has gotten high, Steven has gotten too high
We have to shield him from his own lies
Before he causes us more embarrassment, social harassment:
14,574,060 smirking “I-told-you-so’s”

We’ll save him from himself
And in time he’ll be most grateful for our help
And the boy will not let us down the next time

Earnie don’t be so naïve!
There’ll be no grand redemption for our Steve!
His reputation must be discredited so thoroughly
That there can be no time for deeper discussions
No, there can be no time for any thoughtful retorts
There must be no latent time for social preemption
We’ll play the role of victims fine

‘Cause Steven has gotten too high, Steven has gotten too high
He’s stumbled into the ideological abyss
Where his burning voice undermines our cause
Oh, Steven has gotten truth (no, wait!)

Steven has gotten high, Steven has gotten too high
He is not advocating creeds per-approved by our cocktail friends
It’d be embarrassing, should they ever catch wind o’ this thing:
6,217,020 rolling-eyed “You-should-have-known’s”

Composition © 2000 Ric Albano
Publication © 2004, 2011 Cygnus Wave Music

Song Info
Composed on August 3, 2000
Recorded Fall 2004
at Silver Spring Subterranean
Produced & Engineered by Ric Albano
Previously Unreleased

Performers
Ric Albano
Keyboards, Bass Guitar, Percussion, Vocals

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Analysis: Recording from original “Imaginary Lines 2004” demo.

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Speak No Evil

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Written by Ric Albano Song Length: 2:45
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Lyrics
I set my feet down upon that street
For the first time in many, many years
Old, familiar surroundings
But as I glimpsed the sights and smelled the air
My eyes began to well over with tears
In nostalgia, I’m drowning

I used to breathe this air each day
Throughout these passages I’d dream and scheme and play
But no one talks about the, no, no one talks about the…
The situations that forbade my kind to stay

I do my best to try and assist
This frail old woman with those familiar eyes
You know, she used to be stronger
But now she’s spinning round and round
Uncontrollably into a rapid demise
She probably won’t live much longer

She looks so frightened and confused
While Shirley Temple sings in infinite youth
But we won’t talk about it, we will not talk about it
Lest we reveal the piercing bitterness of truth

Composition © 2004 Ric Albano
Publication © 2004, 2011 Cygnus Wave Music

Song Info
Composed on May 4, 2004
Recorded Fall 2004
at Silver Spring Subterranean
Produced & Engineered by Ric Albano
Previously Unreleased

Performers
Ric Albano
Keyboards, Bass Guitar, Percussion, Vocals

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Analysis: Recording from original “Imaginary Lines 2004” demo.

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