FOREIGN AFFAIRS

by ARTS & LETTERS

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released November 20, 2015

ARTS & LETTERS is:

Nora Barton - Cello
Danny Cohen - Keys, Backing Vocals
Joe Grazulis - Guitar, Vocals
Bobby Lord - Backing Vocals, Guitar
Dann Morr - Bass
Kevin O'Donnell - Drums

Recorded by Sean McConnell and Bobby Lord
Mixed by Bobby Lord
Mastered by Carl Saff

Songs written by Joe Grazulis
Music by Arts & Letters

Aerial Ballet Records ABR-018

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Track Name: Foreign Affairs
If absence makes the heart grow fonder, dear
The presence of my fond hear makes me veer
To the tragic side
Where high school poet still resides
With love that’s
With love that’s
With love that’s unrequited

My wishful thinking will not bring you here
I’ll morse code dash and dot the hemisphere
So you feel the shake
And the steady rhythm I will make
To reach you
To reach you
To reach you oh my darling

Am I really the man who is writing to you?
Or am I acting the part?
Hoping I’ll start to be
The impression you got of me
How can one day be enough
My heart’s not that tough
It rips and it tears
On foreign affairs

My allied forces have been breaking ranks
To fill our future in like crossword blanks
And I know you’re more
Than the story that I need you for
I want you
I want you
I want you now completely

(Chorus)

I hold too tightly on to fleeting things
I snap propellers off and shatter biplane wings

So all of what I have is just what if
And dwelling on that fact just scares me stiff
And I want to scream
Something crazy like “God save the Queen!”
And I will
And I will
And I will gladly rip and tear
And rip
And tear

Am I really the man who is writing to you?
Am I really the man who is writing to you?
Am I really the man who is writing to you?
Track Name: Nobody Wants To Be You
Look at the lonely elder statesman
Muddling up the window view
Screaming into the mirror wastebin
Nobody wants to be you

Nobody wants to be you
Nobody wants to be you
When you turn on your own heart and run it through

Never a moment domineering
Under a thumb and overdue
Only attentive when he’s hearing
Nobody wants to be you

[Chorus]

Everything that is right
Never is right away
Forcing makeshift alignments of stars throughout the day

Always the great armchair detective
Stuck on the why and how and who
Conjures a theory quite defective
Nobody wants to be you

[Chorus]
Track Name: All Just For You
I could fall in love with you though I know
You wouldn’t even notice when I would go
And give my heart to you in a flash
And then walk away from that crash
And fill the hole with nonsense and trash
All just for you

You would go about your day like you do
Unaware my broken heart was with you
Like a book you’d see when you’re out
That you’d browse then forget about
But my words and pages would shout
All just for you

How does it feel to be carefree like you?
Never tied to the thought
That you get what you got
I think more often than not

That if I lose myself inside of you
Whoever's left outside’s the real me
Funny how I’ll split myself in two
Thinking that it’s all for you
All just for you

I could fall in love with you though I know
You wouldn’t even notice when I would go