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released January 14, 2013

All songs written by Joe Grazulis

Joe Grazulis - Vocals, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano, Banjo
Kevin O'Donnell - Drums

Drums recorded by Dan Dietrich and Paul Wierdak at Wall To Wall Recording, Chicago IL. Mastered by Tony Maietta.

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Track Name: Shoot To Kill Arrow
Sometimes I'm a stone you skip aloft over a stream
Weightless for a moment then another sinking dream
Aim to please, shoot to kill arrow
Cut the sky razor blade sparrow

Tearing on a gust of wind just like a paper kite
Dodging needle treetops in the cold oncoming night
Aim to please, shoot to kill arrow
Cut the sky razor blade sparrow

Sew the rip cord on your homemade parachute
Sever all ties from your monkey suit
There is no doubt
There’s an outcome I can see
Where your time is running out
And my time belongs to me

Flap your arms enough my dear boy you’ll take flight
Soft alarms remind me I should
Bite right through the muzzle
Before I desist and cease
‘Cause I want to be a puzzle
Not a single puzzle piece

But I can’t see eye to eye with just a moment here or there
Sticking wings on concrete blocks to keep them in the air
Aim to please, shoot to kill arrow
Cut the sky razor blade sparrow
Aim to please, shoot to kill arrow
Cut the sky razor blade sparrow
Track Name: Pinstripe Navy Blue
Postmark envelope biography
Drop kick steady iconography
An index finger tapping right on the nose
I’m about to close
Downward spiral on a wooden staircase
The joint and find a suitable place
Mat, set the table up for review

Got a head full of glue
Stickin’ on pinstripe navy blue
Find a line running through
One thread of white
Hold on tight to me

Foreign dictionary definition
Sit, idle let the engine just run
On sentence with an exclamation
Point it out and go
On with every single show you know
How to make a perfect entrance in snow
Fall, coloring a vision for you

Got a head full of glue
Stickin’ on pinstripe navy blue
Find a line running through
One thread of white
Hold on tight to

Me, I, see, everything at once now
Separate, I don’t really know how

Blur the lines, wrap it all into one
Then turn away, leave it over and done
Oh no
Oh no

Capsize shipwreck fairy tale sea
Long term fiction, coulda fooled me
Icing down your sucker punch bruise
Rooftop hopscotch win what you lose
Track Name: Sudden And Startling
Shaking off a coma coming out of a dream
Rattling tea kettle always capping the steam
Just cool your jets you’re set in stone

Ripping off a bandage from lingering burn
Tightening a stomach with a butteryfly churn
Umbrella snapping storm cylcone

Sudden and startling
Shoots out of the blue
Recurring passing thing
Tearing me from you

Travel back in time
On a borrowed dime
Pay the parking fine for sitting on your hands and signing dotted lines

In and out of state
Twiddle thumbs and wait
Drop a heavy weight and snap the photo finish now, close the gate

How do you stop?
How do you go?
What do you say?
What do you show?

Gonna need some better clues
Panoramic walking shoes
Hands in sockets blow the fuse

Making up a storyline and selling it hard
Taking on a moment to be taken off guard
Just cross your fingers close your eyes

Beginning near finish cause I started to late
Stopping all the traffic while I’m cleaning a slate
A staring contest compromise

Sudden and startling
Shoots out of the blue
Recurring passing thing
Tearing me from you
Track Name: Astrological Tea
Crash avoidance ten years ahead
Keeps you ceiling-staring in bed
Helmet fits
Oven mitts
Fingertips protected but your mind is burning

Safety measures put into place
Tangled two step tripping shoe lace
Run the race
Pillow case
Fight the curve because you know it’s always learning

Astrological tea
Sip a cup lazily
Leafy green canopy
Shade me from the UV…X…Y…Z

Fortune telling carnival scam
Chain gang convict out on the lam
Hide your tracks
Fudge the facts
Aliases on a list of top ten suspects

Haystack rummage needle or pin
Sherlock “Tick Tock” Holmes medicine
Bitter pill
Fire at will
Under-bed imaginary monster complex

Astrological tea
Sip a cup lazily
Leafy green canopy
Shade me from the UV…X…Y…Z

I’m bugling the hounds
Shooting off some rounds
On hunting grounds
Shotgun...snooping down a rabbit hole

Wave riding on a crest
Don Quixote quest
A windmill best
Dry pit fishing in a cherry bowl

Astrological tea
Sip a cup lazily
Leafy green canopy
Shade me from the UV…X…Y…Z
Track Name: Stockholm Syndrome
I’ve had just about all I can take
Tiptoeing 'round each fatal mistake
One too many times
World War I land mines are lurking silently

Brace for a hit, battered and bruised
Clip the trip wire, find it's diffused
Dumb bewilderment
You’re so confident things must end violently

Cool soothing tune chewing on an open ear
Year after year boy
Surely they got your goat
Shoot up an antedote
Stockholm Syndrome has you by the throat

I’m playing a game, hide and go seek
Tongue that is tied, firmly in cheek
Chose a poker face
Wove a basket case to hold it close nearby

Not even near to in on the joke
Where there is fire there surely is smoke
Signals mincing their words
There’s so many birds I know that fly quite high

Endless seduction from unattractive eyes
Certain demise boy just
Turn in a doctor’s note
Sweat in your overcoat
Stockholm Syndrome has you by the throat

Calling your bluff
Off the cuff subtle sins
Chorus line kick
Landing right on the shins

Cool, collected, and calm
Would be nice now and then
Hypnotic junk in full steamer trunk
Keeps you setting up shop in a grizzly bear den

A turn of a phrase, turn of a screw
Turning them straight then slightly askew
Such a silly fuss
‘bout some abacus that’s minus many beads

Hot on the heels, three legged race
Stuck with a sidekick standing in place
Doesn’t move or budge
Needs an elbow nudge to pull the bitter weeds

Houdini straight jacket upside down escape
Glue, string, and tape hold my
Popsicle stick lifeboat
Crossing a castle moat
Stockholm Syndrome has you by the throat

I see what you are
I see what you do
I see what you can’t do too