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Recorded at Tumbleweed Studios in New Hyde Park, New York. Produced by Zak Sobel and Tony Montalbo. Mixed and mastered by Tony Montalbo. Artwork by Matthew Gordils

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released May 11, 2010

Music and Lyrics by Zak Sobel

Zak Sobel - Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Harmonica
Tony Montalbo - Bass, Fiddle, Mandolin, Keys
Janet Leto - Background Vocals
Linda Mackley - Percussion
Alex Murphy - Lead Guitar

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Zak Sobel New York, New York

Zak Sobel is a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter from Huntington, New York. He currently has four independent releases under his belt, with a fifth album on the way. Zak just finished working as the Music Supervisor, a Composer of Original Music, and as an Associate Producer on his first feature film, "Hansel & Gretel Get Baked," from the producer of the Twilight Series. ... more

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Track Name: Clay Sun
There’s a clay sun staring right on down
Baking the town and the ground down to a caramel brown
It’s warm again and the leaves are crisp from a summer mist
That has been falling for days

Will it stop?
I don’t know
Baby click your red heels three times and come on home

The leaves will listen and the trees will cry
It’s a melodramatic way, the way we live our lives
The flowerpot and the wishing well, you know that they can tell
This is nothing more than a teary farewell

Will it stop?
I don’t know
Baby click your red heels three times and come on home

And every 12 seconds that the sun beats down
Is more baking the ground and the town, caramel brown, and you’re not around
And when the clock strikes one and I miss you something awful
You can be my waterfall

Come rain down on me
And I’ll click my heels 1,2,3
And there we’ll be
Track Name: Better Days
Would you like to be my high school sweetheart again?
I’d take you to the prom because I was so stupid back then
I would try not to make all the same mistakes
I would never intentionally cause you heartache

When we go out we will talk all about the world
But realistically I don’t care as long as you are my girl
I won’t buy you flowers because that’s just too cliché
Wait, that’s a lie, cause I would buy you flowers everyday and I wouldn’t be afraid

And when you’re not here
I can’t remember better days
I wanna be your home
I wanna be the place you stay

We should find an understated patch of grass
And we can walk there side by side, holding hands
I’ll sing you to sleep when the winds flow cold over the lake
And feel a little crazier about you day after day

And when you’re not here
I can’t remember better days
I wanna be your home
I wanna be the place you stay

And we will hang a hammock out in the yard
And we’ll view everything else with complete disregard
Because my mind is cluttered with thoughts of you
And with you, love is such an easy thing to fall into

And when you’re not here
I can’t remember better days
I wanna be your home
I wanna be the place you lay

And I wouldn’t be afraid
And I wouldn’t be afraid
Track Name: Sweet Anna
Don’t look so sad sweet Anna
Your magnolia white won’t fade
And the smile on your face could could keep me going on for days
So don’t you fall away

You’ve spent a life out at sea
With the pelicans and the seagulls and the Polaroid photography
Capturing glimpses of the waves and blueness of the days
So don’t you fall away

And I’ll never stop loving you
And I’ll never stop loving you

We’ve never been to the city
Never seen traffic like a parking lot
But we keep hopeful thoughts for the things that we don’t got
And it all falls away

And I’ll never stop loving you
And I’ll never stop loving you
Track Name: Make Me Change My Mind and Stay
If I was a sailor, sailing on the sixteen seas
I would hope at the end of the ocean you would be
Waiting for me at the end of voyages far
To scoop me up and hold my weary heart inside your arms

Seas squall and waves run tall when we are far away
With the mast patched up we will try and find our way
The North Star leads us to where we need to go
Far from the clutches of the ocean’s heavy blows

And I know you’re hoping that I will say
That I won’t go far, and I’ll stay just one more day
And you know tomorrow I’ll be getting underway
Unless you can make me change my mind and stay

Subterranean volcanoes begin to explode
Trying to communicate from the cloudy waters below
Rising up through the depths, leaving everything they know
To find the world they dream about when they’re laying all alone

We think we know so much, but at this fork
There are two winding roads that both look dark
I’ll refer to the poetry that I once read
Which will guide me through all of my endeavors ahead

And I know you’re hoping that I will say
That I won’t go far, that I’ll stay one more day
And you know tomorrow I’ll be getting underway
Unless you can make me change my mind and stay
Track Name: Sweetheart, Do Not Fear
I know you’re feeling a little lonesome
And sometimes you want to disappear
Puddles on your left and puddles on your right
And your nightmares are severe

But when you think you can’t take anymore
And you feel like running far from here
I will lean ever so close to you and say
Sweetheart, do not…

Fear the night
Cause I’ll be by your side
Reciting the lines…Sweetheart, do not fear

Feel safe knowing I’m laying to your right
And feel safe knowing I will hold you tight
And if tonight you begin to cry
I’ll give you my sleeve to dry your eyes

And as the rain slows on the tin roof
And the clouds begin to disappear
And the morning fills the air
Sweetheart, you don’t have to…

Fear the night
Cause I’ll be by your side
Reciting the lines…Sweetheart, do not fear
Track Name: Short End
Leaves are freezing, and the winter is leaning
It’s a subzero dream
I won’t stop this train from running
Baby, I can’t lose steam

It’s an uphill climb, through sleet and snow
Sliding back down, hoping the wheels go
The tracks will thaw and I will be back for more
I just want you to know

It’s been a long night without you
Cause being on the short end of love
Is not so easy to do

I climbed up to the top of the hill
Only to find that you will not
Be with me still, though I would wait until
The mountains come crumbling down

I would’ve kissed your lips, given you feelings that sink ships
Cause I feel it so heavy, it’s true
But it’s all gone and I am the one
Still waiting around for you

It’s been a long night without you
Cause being on the short end of love
Is not so easy to do

It’s a slip of the tongue
And my words come undone
And I can’t be set free
I need you to come along
So baby come along with me
And if you do I promise
I’ll scratch your back and rub your feet
Yeah, I’ll rub your feet

It’s been a long night without you
Cause being on the short end of love
Is not so easy to do
Track Name: Kissing Rock
I-95 and I am driving down to Maryland
My heart is beating faster
With the thought of touching your skin

Thinking about how you smile big and how you sing off key
But that’s just one of the perks
Seeing your imperfections done so perfectly

Seeing your eyes gleam as I step out of the car
Watching you running faster into my arms
I hold you like we only have a minute to spend
But I’m hoping this night will never end

Time will stop
And time will go
At the kissing rock
We were 10 years old
Square dancing, romancing
You were my only care
Can I just ask you one question?
Will you complete my grand square?

I wrote your name all over my shoes
Just to show you that my love was true
You lived too far to keep it up
But now I’m back to reclaim my love

Driving down the road
Faster than I should go
Keep running my stop lights
Keep driving all night
The wheels spin
It all gets blurry
Everything except for you

Time will stop
And time will go
At the kissing rock
We were 10 years old
Square dancing, romancing
You were my only care
Can I just ask you one question?
Will you complete my grand square?


I loved you, I still do, I can’t imagine my life without you
Damn right, I mean grand right
Baby I’ll be your corner tonight
Track Name: Run
She wishes the sunrise would come a little earlier
Like the sweet, sweet song off the tongue of a summer bird
She watches all the colors fade
All stars in the burning cascade
She says emotional highs, come from emotional pain

And she will run away

She wets her lips to dry her mind
As she spills out her feelings from deep inside
She says they’ve been caged up for way too long and it won’t be long before we’re gone

They’re gonna fly the seas like a big white dove
With a friend at the end, the symbol of love
When thunken thoughts turn to words
And our verbs say it all

And she will run away
Track Name: Blue Street
Well I’ve been riding on this train again
The rusty old wheels they turn and spin
Steam is shooting right through the roof
While the conductor’s whistle feels so aloof

And I would run all through the town
Covered in rain from my head to the ground
Just to see my high school sweet
Heart, that’s what she meant to me

Most of the time I’m feeling blue
Spending my time in the gray neighborhood
But today I’m feeling gray
And I’m on Blue Street anyway

The seeds have been sewn and the garden grown
Plants and trees coming from the lawn
The fountain shoots the water high
Up to the mountain, high in the sky

And Old Man Time is fading dim
Long in the tooth and wide in the grin
Holes in his shoes, lines on his skin
He’s breathing out and he is breathing in

Most of the time I’m feeling blue
Spending my time in the gray neighborhood
But today I’m feeling gray
And I’m on Blue Street anyway

We’ll grow old, our hair turns gray
But we’ll always have that summer day
Watching the colors, the pink and blue
Falling through the sky as I sat with you
Track Name: Aurora
You lost yourself along the rusty old path called life
You knew it was wrong, but you didn’t know what was right
You took a little bit, but you gave some more
You were inspired by the heavens to the ocean floor

You watched the stars and you gazed up at the purple sky
Then you watched the meteors fly right by
You woke up in the middle of the crazy night
You didn’t know where you were, you never felt right

Aurora, Aurora
Little darling girl, living her own world
Aurora, Aurora
Just open up your eyes, let me see the world that lays inside

You tried to find a new sunrise
You tried to find a different moonlit sky
You tried to live out of your knapsack
And then you took a journey, but you came right back

Aurora, Aurora
Little darling girl, living her own world
Aurora, Aurora
Just open up your eyes, let me see the world that lays inside
Track Name: Sweetheart, Do Not Fear (Acoustic)
I know you’re feeling a little lonesome
And sometimes you want to disappear
Puddles on your left and puddles on your right
And your nightmares are severe

But when you think you can’t take anymore
And you feel like running far from here
I will lean ever so close to you and say
Sweetheart, do not…

Fear the night
Cause I’ll be by your side
Reciting the lines…Sweetheart, do not fear

Feel safe knowing I’m laying to your right
And feel safe knowing I will hold you tight
And if tonight you begin to cry
I’ll give you my sleeve to dry your eyes

And as the rain slows on the tin roof
And the clouds begin to disappear
And the morning fills the air
Sweetheart, you don’t have to…

Fear the night
Cause I’ll be by your side
Reciting the lines…Sweetheart, do not fear