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by Jay Banerjee

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*** SAVVY MARKETING ALERT ***

There are two "hidden" "bonus" tracks you can "enjoy" when you fork over your "hard-earned" five dollars for the full "album" and support my "career" in the "arts". Obviously they're the two suckiest songs and this is a total scam, but whatever, buddy. Fifteen years ago, you'd have paid $20 for a record, and you wouldn't've had the luxury of hearing 80% of it in advance. And bear in mind that Bandcamp gets some of that $5, too; I end up with like $3, which is good enough for, what, half a box of Ho-Hos? Gimme your money and shut up. (Which is the tentative title of my follow-up, incidentally.)

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Me - basically everything
Some guy - harmonica on that one song
You - an overbearing sense of self-satisfaction 'cause you bought something so underground

All songs written and arranged by Jay Banerjee and published by Sweetheart Beats Music (ASCAP).

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released October 18, 2010

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Track Name: Dear Donna
By the time you read this letter
You'll know that things have changed, well they've changed for the better
I'm sure you're worried 'bout telling your mother
Although we both know she'll be pleased to discover
I'm gone

Why did I ask you to tell me your secret?
You lied and played dumb 'til you started to shriek it
I took your hand and I said we would make it
I tried so damn hard, now I know I can't take it

I'm sure that this will hurt you but I guess you'll carry on
Dear Donna I am gone

Though I leave I don't want you pretending
You're the one to blame for this unhappy ending
'Cause I'm a man and it shouldn't be tough to
Ignore all the pain when I'm saying "I love you"

I thought I could forgive you but I guess I'm not that strong
Dear Donna I am gone

And I hope that you'll believe me when I say
I care for you more than ever girl and I wish that I could stay
I don't know if you could see what I've become
But in the face I think of night and day, I see only what you've done

Dry your tears and get someone who'll suit you
If he's the real one, here's to his and your future
I hope you'll grant my last request
And please give me a kiss before I'm laid to rest

I thought we were forever but I guess that was too long
Dear Donna I am gone

I told you life goes on, girl, but I guess that I was wrong
Dear Donna I am gone

Dear Donna I am gone
Track Name: Long Way Home
Born in Louisiana
Or maybe Indiana
I can never seem to keep it straight

Brushed your daddy's mares
Went to harvest fairs
Made the cheerleading team that was third in the state

Were you baking bread
When it hit your head
If you left your kind it might be fun

You came to New York City
Seeking cash and pity
Now you wish you could even find enough of just one

Those who make it on their own, pretty girl
Alone, pretty girl, are few
And it's a long, long way back home, pretty girl
Home, pretty girl, for you
Say I don't know so you'll just have to show what a country girl can do
But I sure know it's a long way home for you

Why'd you leave the charm
Of your cozy farm
Where you'd tie the knot to some hick slob?

Wanna tread the boards
Win some Guild awards
Or maybe you even thought you'd get a real job?

Like a dress-up doll
With a goofy drawl
You pout your lips to make the sale

But I've had my fun
Darling now we're done
And my wallet is zipped to your prying pink nails

Well this life just ain't your own, pretty girl
A loan, pretty girl, that's due
And it's a long, long way back home, pretty girl
Home, pretty girl, for you
Say I don't know just how far you'll go to see your troubles through
But I sure know it's a long way home for you

Those city lights ain't quite as warm as you once dreamed
A life of quiet nights don't look nearly so bad as how it once seemed
Think I'll deliver when those tears roll down your cheek?
Gonna cry a river, girl, or will you never get past a backwater creek?

Three o'clock
I wake to a knock
Coming steady and weak upon my door

Blinkin' blue doe eyes
You apologize
Like it hurts you to speak but there isn't much more

Done things you won't say
Just to make your way
Praying for some slack 'cause you were wrong

Well you broke my will
Take this hundred bill
And get the first bus back to where you belong

Now you take a nasty tone, pretty girl
Like a grown pretty girl can't do
Well it's a long, long way back home, pretty girl
Home, pretty girl, for you
Now you're all sore and screaming you know more than you know I ever knew
But I sure know it's a long way home for you

Now you start to bawl that I know nothing at all but you know that isn't true
'Cause I sure know it's a long way home for
Sure know it's a long way home for
Sure know it's a long way home for you
Track Name: Just Another Day
The alarm rings at ten-thirty
She's awake at ten to noon
She lifts her head from her dirty bed
Then decides that it's too soon
And she stares up at her ceiling wonderin' how long she will lay
Then what to do with just another day

She takes a quick inspection
As she steps out of the shower
She combs her hair as her reflection stares
And the seconds last an hour
'Til she takes her hands to mess it up so it looks the same old way
'Cause after all, it's just another day

She telephones her mother
To say she's doing fine
But they'll have to speak some other week
'Cause she doesn't have the time
Then she looks out of her window, watching clouds that roll away
They pass on by like just another day

She gives herself a smile and tries to find something to say
But it can wait for just another day

Her eyes become a burden
Her breath becomes a yawn
She puts on her gown and pulls her curtain down
'Cause the daylight isn't gone
Though she's hoping for sweet dreams tonight, she knows they'll go astray
Before she wakes to just another day

She tells herself if life's a game, it isn't hard to play
'Cause all you lose is just another day
Track Name: The Boy in Hand
Did you think I'd listen to the lies you said
Give up our love for dead?

Did you think I wouldn't reach to dry my tears
I wouldn't persevere?

Did you think my head won't bow my knees won't bend
Won't beg to make amends?

Did you think I'd listen? Every word's in vain
'Til you come back again

Did you think I'd leave you when you say we're through
I'd find somebody new?

Did you think you'd slit me like a hanging thread
That lingers from your bed?

Did you think you'd let me down laugh in my face
I'd crawl off in disgrace?

Did you think you'd cut so deep and break my heart?
You won't tear us apart

If I were you, I'd stop this foolishness, do not resist, you'll see
It's meant to be, your coyness is destroying me but
I never thought you'd hurt me like you planned
All I'm tryin's just to make you understand
The boy in hand
Is worth two you'll never land

Did you think my heartbeat stops at your front drive
'Til you let us inside?

Did you think I'd pound your door then I'd concede
Before my fingers bleed?

Did you think true love could lose to one girl's fight
I wouldn't hold you tight?

Did you think I'd listen if you still don't know
I'll never let you go

If I were you, I'd stop this foolishness, do not resist, you'll see
It's meant to be, your coyness is destroying me but
I never thought you'd laugh to see me cry
All I'm tryin's just to show the reason why
The beholder's eye
Is worth two who'll pass you by

'Cause one girl's guilt is another girl's pleasure
One girl's pain is another girl's leisure
One girl's fall is another girl's revival
One girl's desperation is another girl's survival

One girl's habit is another girl's addiction
One girl's blessing is another girl's affliction
One girl's make up is another's last dance
One girl's break up is another's last chance

If I were you, I'd stop this foolishness, do not resist you'll see
We're meant to be, your coyness is destroying me but
I never thought you'd hurt me like you planned
All I'm tryin's just to make you understand
The boy in hand
Is worth two you'll never land

No I, I never thought you'd hurt me like you planned
You better shut your mouth until you understand
The boy in hand
Is worth two you'll never land
Two you'll never land
Two you'll never land
Track Name: Kate
Kate I think the problem is you've got too many feelings
Taking time for every passing thought, your eyes on the ceiling
You like me too much to let me wait or tell me you'll fake it
And if that don't melt my heart my darling Kate I think it'll break it

So it's just some fantasy
But oh why can't you see?
It doesn't matter much to me

If you don't feel the way I feel about you girl
That ain't what I'm asking you to do
'Cause you could never know the way I feel about you darling
It's something I just can't communi-

Kate I think the problem is you've got too many feelings
You can take my heart just don't get caught and then it ain't stealing
If you don't want me to waste my time on such an endeavor
Love me hate me just say that you're mine then go feel whatever

So I'm heading for a fall
But I'm ready for your call
'Cause I don't really care at all

If you don't feel the way I feel about you girl
I lose your letdowns somewhere 'round your lips
And even if you know the way I feel about you darling
It's something you just can't recipro-

Kate I think the problem is you've got too many feelings
Pick apart the ways you love me not it's so unappealing
You like me too much to understate or let me mistake it
And if that don't melt my heart my darling Kate I think it'll break it

It doesn't matter much to me

But is there any way I can
Get you to understand
The way I feel about you?
Should I take it like a man
When I'd die at your command
Before I'd have to live without you?

So Kate if you don't feel the way I feel about you girl
We can make it up as we go along
So now you say you know the way I feel about you darling
It's something you don't have to complicate
It's something you don't have to complicate
Track Name: Lindsay
Lindsay
They said you say
That you are bound to do better

Lindsay
With every day
They're laughing louder than ever

I know that you don't like me or that's sure what I've been hearing
Though I never give up easy, you don't find that so endearing

Lindsay
They said you pray
That I just find someone desperate

Lindsay
All that they say
Already I could have guessed it

I know that you don't like me or I sure get that impression
And I guess that I'm not helping by not hiding my affection

But though you barely care to spite me
And my idea of romance
Isn't something that you're keen on, so I hear
Well I'm sure that you would like me, girl
If I could have the chance
To be something you can lean on, Lindsay
So will I have to dream on, Lindsay?
Or is the day that we get closer near?

I know that you don't like me thinking anything about you
But until you'll be with me girl well that's what I'll do without you

Lindsay
So now they say
It's time for you to forget her

Lindsay
For just one day
Let you and I stay together

I know that you don't like me but you don't know what I'll go through
For one day to be with you girl 'cause that's all I'll need to show you

Although you find the thought unsightly
Give my eyes more than a glance
And what you're looking for might fall near what you find
'Cause I'm sure that you would like me, girl
If I could have the chance
And you'll see that I belong, dear Lindsay
And even if I'm wrong here, Lindsay
They say one day ain't really too much time
Track Name: Leave Me Alone
Sorry you had to let me down
Pretend you never heard a sound
All you have to do is turn around
I never even should have asked

Don't waste a tender word or touch
It's too little then it's all too much
So while God knows you never care to rush
You should get out of here real fast

Just turn and go away
And don't say you need someone to walk you home
I just need a little time
To hide away from everything I've shown
Don't let it break your heart
Just because I had to let you break my own
Please just leave me alone

Let rain keep falling at my feet
Let lightning chase you down the street
As you hear thunder laugh at my defeat
I'd better get myself inside

Grey city sidewalks in the rain
Grey skies and pavement left to blame
I watch them tumble down the drain
There's no place I can run and hide

Just turn and go away
And don't say you need someone to walk you home
I just need a little time
Let me hide away from everything I've shown
Don't let it break your heart
Just because I had to let you break my own
Please just leave me alone

If I could change in any way
If I could ask another day
What could I give to make you stay and see?
Now you don't have a thing to say
Now you've run out of games to play
Now I just hope you'll walk away from me

Don't care enough to go inside
Cold rain will wash away my pride
Bury me right here when I have died
Beneath a stop light blinking red

Don't turn and smile to catch my eye
Don't even try to say good-bye
Why did you have to see me cry?
You should have walked away instead

Just turn and go away
And don't say you need someone to walk you home
I just need a little time
To hide away from everything I've shown
No don't let it break your heart
Just because I had to let you break my own
Please just leave me alone

Please just leave...
Track Name: No Way Girl
And isn't that what friends are for?
To bare our souls and nothing more?
But you don't like it if I call you when it's late
'Cause you've made it very clear
There's a sympathetic ear
Oh and an apathetic heartbeat that await

I guess you think that I feel something's missing
'Cause when you talk I have the nerve to listen

To what you say, girl (What you say, girl)
But no way, girl (But no way, girl)
There's no way girl that it's happening to me

So on we dance but never slow
You might not tell but let it show
Because you're careful not to linger in my eyes
Do I need your hand to stand by you?
Don't we make it easy to be true?
Well so I wish you hadn't filled your head with lies

I guess you think it's time you should alert me
It wouldn't do, you couldn't bear to hurt me

That's okay, girl (What a cliché, girl)
'Cause no way, girl ('Cause no way, girl)
There's no way girl that it's happening to me

Knock down my door
Dance across my floor
There's news in store
I've heard before
Some creep du jour
Completely sure
It's meant to be
I'll say the joy's both yours and mine
And guess how long I'll wait this time
'Til you come crying back to me

He should be nowhere near your dreams
I think there's gonna be a scene
If I ever see his face around again
I say I'm doing like I should
You say I should leave and leave for good
'Cause neither one now wants the other for a friend

I guess you think I'm trying to deceive you
Well tell me why you think I should believe you

When you say, girl (There's no way, girl)
There's no way, girl (So you say, girl)
There's no way girl that it's happening to you

Whatever you say, girl (Come what may, girl)
I will stay, girl (Every day, girl)
And find a way girl 'til it's happening to you