The Truth Is Like The Sun

by The Sharp Things

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1.
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
2.
Lulubelle 03:57
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
3.
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
4.
Talk To Me 04:01
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
5.
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.
6.
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
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8.
Dearest John 03:51
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
9.
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
10.
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…

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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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