The Truth Is Like The Sun

by The Sharp Things

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Produced by Billy Polo
Recorded entirely at The Kennel Studio, Brooklyn, NY
All Songs by Perry Serpa © 2013 Arbor Close Music/ASCAP

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released November 26, 2013

The Sharp Things
Perry Serpa: Lead Vocals, Pianos, Acoustic Guitar, Synths, Organ, Noises
Jim Santo: Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Banjo,
Mountain Dulcimer, Backing Vocals
Steven Gonzalez: Drums and Percussion
Michelle Caputo: Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Backing Vocals
Aisha Cohen: Viola, Backing Vocals
Andrea Dovalle: Violin, Backing Vocals
James Pertusi: Bass, Backing Vocals
Adrienne Day: Flute, Synths, Backing Vocals
Janis Shen: Keyboards, Backing Vocals

Additional Music Makers:
Billy Polo: Drums and Percussion
Claudia Chopek: Violin
Eleanor Norton: Cello
Michael Irwin: Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Will Orzo: French Horn
Herbert McGouns: Glockenspiel
Connie Petruk: Lead Vocal on “Dearest John”
Mary Lorson: Backing Vocals on “All My Love To You”

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The Sharp Things Brooklyn, New York

Formed in New York City in 1997, The Sharp Things are America’s premier orchestral pop-rock collective, drawing on diverse influences to produce a lush and vibrant sound that harkens back to the Golden Age of radio pop.

EverubodyEverybody is The Sharp Things’ seventh studio album, and the last in a sprawling, four-album series entitled Dogs Of Bushwick.
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Track Name: Can't Get Started
Baby, check yourself
And put your ennui up on the shelf
And let your hair down
Oh, can’t you tell
I’m looking inside

Lady, let it fly
You can’t even look me in the eye
If you want control
You can’t deny
You find it inside
The harder you try
The closer we get to goodbye

Hey, so suit yourself
It ain’t gonna fit nobody else
At least you’ll arrive
At your own hell
In fashionable style

Oh, my aim is true
If I asked you to die for me
Would you?
I just want you to see my point of view
I don’t want you to change
Believe me
I can’t, I can’t get started with you

I was on a ledge
I thought I would fall to certain death
You put out your hand and passed the test
and pulled me inside

I was so impressed
With visions of love and food and sex
But now I’m an uninvited guest
That you don’t wanna lose
The truth is
I can’t, I can’t get started with you
Track Name: Lulubelle
Things could have been better for you
Born into a broken dream
Even while your father held you
The sands were shifting ‘neath his feet

Guilty minutes into ether
Hours fell so recklessly
Still the flowers bloom to beauty
And will come happily

Lullubelle, Sing, Lulubelle
I am shadow, you are light
While the world around us changes still
Certain things never will

May the world reveal its kindness
With pain so unavoidable
May the arms of love embrace you
And never let you fall

Can I live my life through your eyes
After I am old and grey
And feel the weightlessness of youth,
dear
As the years fall away

Lullubelle, Sing, Lulubelle
I am shadow, you are light
While the world around us changes still
Certain things never will

And will you hold my hand tomorrow
Down aisles adorned in blue and white
Will you guide me o’er the threshold
From darkness into the light

How the minutes turn to ether
How the hours cease to be
Still the flowers bloomed to beauty
And we’ll go happily

Lullubelle, Sing, Lulubelle
I am shadow, you are light
While the world around us changes still
Certain things never will

Lullubelle, Sing, Lulubelle
I am shadow, you are light
While the world around us changes still
Certain things never will
While the world around us changes still
Certain things never will
Track Name: Flesh And Bone
When I’m lost in the enchanting reverie of you
There is nothing more
And the troubles on my shoulders seem to disappear when I hold you

All the badly written love songs like the one I am singing to you now
Seem to ring true like a thousand bells in my house
Sounding all at once, so

To yourself be true
The only one for me is you

So make it real for me
Hang my picture from your naked walls
And let me the one that you love so
And tomorrow I will arise made of flesh and bone

Love is right
And love is all things
Have no shame or fear
And let it lead the way
And the best is yet to be
And finally make a man out of me

To yourself be true
The only one for me is you

So make it real for me
Hang my picture from your naked walls
And let me the one that you love so
And tomorrow I will arise made of flesh and bone

To yourself be true
The only one for me is you

To yourself be true
The only one for me is you
Track Name: Talk To Me
Ride the silence from Brussels to Marrakesh
Will the road rise despite the arrogance
Talk to me, please talk to me, my love
Talk to me, please talk to me, my love

Choose your weapon guilting with razor eyes
Empty promises hurt, don’t you realize
Talk to me, yeah, talk to me, my love
Talk to me, yeah, talk to me my love

I can never read your mind love
I don’t ever have the time love
I don’t wanna see you changing
But all you give me is “the way I am, I am”

Took the train from Madrid up to Budapest
Sat beside you, alone, couldn’t get no rest
Talk to me, please talk to me, my love
Talk to me, please talk to me, my love

I can never read your mind love
I don’t ever have the time love
I don’t wanna see you changing
But all you give me is “the way I am, I am”

Talk to me, please talk to me, my love
Talk to me, please talk to me, my love
Talk to me, please talk to me, my love
Talk to me, please talk to me, my love
Track Name: The Last Hymn
Past the station
Past the fields and the school
And the playgrounds
Past the church and the One who left me waiting
Oh Lord…
Patience.
I have said to myself in frustration
Love, it moves with the news of the nation
But I’m holding onto you with my life
I’m holding onto you.

When you were young
You believed in the words of the love songs
(Sing to me now, my love)
Though you left it alone
(Hold onto me, my love)
You were not wrong
Time is thieving
Though my youth takes a moment to grieve now
And my sanity threatens to leave now

I’m holding onto you with my life
I’m holding onto you.
Track Name: View From A Room
Waves of purest joy fall on saddened eyes
Sinking through your pillow around midnight
I am overwhelmed I’ve been underloved
Reaching back I bless the place you came from
The air, it plays a smoke parade and I’m not even phased

Love leaves no choice no matter what we say
In its wake all plans are decimated
Standing in the ruins at the heart of the truth
Better to enrich what we created
The air, it plays a smoke parade and I’m not even phased
Here is where I live and where I breathe easily

The air, it plays a smoke parade and I’m not even phased
Here is where I live and where I breathe
Here is where I live and where I breathe
Here is where I live and where I breathe easily
Track Name: Dearest John
Here on the beach
Miles away from our street
Where you sit patiently waiting for me

I need you to know
That I’m not coming home
Cos I’m not the girl that you want me to be

And I know it’s been hard we’ll just have to carry on
Oh, Dearest John

We met at a bar
Where she played guitar
And she sang just like Lucinda Williams

We talked till 2
And I knew we were through
Cos I sent all your calls to my voicemail

So, you’re there and I’m gone
You’ll just have to carry on
Oh, Dearest John…

Oh, we were never hand in glove
You knew in college I worked both ends of the farm
Oh, Dearest John

And I know it’s been hard we’ll just have to carry on
Oh, Dearest John
Track Name: Light In My Harbor
When all the waves of sadness crash against the window of my mind
The water’s rising and I know that I am almost out of time
I got nothing, but I’m rushing to the memory of you, girl
Your smile’s a beacon
When I’m weakening you brighten up my world

I love your face
And the tales it tells, it’s true
You’re the light in my harbor

I could get hung up on my life and all the things that have gone wrong
And I could fall apart and never start
And sing a different song
But I never care
Baby, cos’ you’re here
And I couldn’t live without you
And everything you are
Baby, you’re a star
And everything revolves around you

I love your face
And the tales it tells, it’s true
You’re the light in my harbor

When all the waves of sadness crash against the window of my mind
The water’s rising and I know that I am almost out of time
I could lose my breath, but I’ll never let
This feeling go down with me, no…
But, I never fear
Baby, cos’ you’re here
When everything was lost I found you
Track Name: All My Love To You (feat. Mary Lorson)
Hold your sons and daughters
Make love to your lovers
Cos time’s a master thief

Sometimes it seems
It’s all standing still
Oh, but don’t be so naïve

Cos golden hair will grey
And bluest eyes will close forever
And her voice will fade away

And all the things you said
Everything you wanted to do yesterday
Will have vanished in the haze

All my love
All my love
All my love
All my love
to you
Oh, to you…

Youth eludes the light
Then it fights the fight
And it’s wasted on the young
And life is squandered on the living
While the dead lie cold and shivering
Green with envy and oblivion

So while I still have breath
I just wanted to say sorry
I didn’t mean you any pain
Don’t waste your days
On the way we came
But rise to what awaits

All my love
All my love
All my love
All my love
to you
Oh, to you…