Sushi Keys Cut

by Eric Peter Schwartz

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I don't want to sound like a major prick but I think I liked you better before you met Rick sneaking out of the high school dance Slidin' in and out of high school pants or maybe you don't know what I mean maybe you don't know what I mean I liked the way you said my name before you flushed it down the drain my head was spinnin' it happened so quicked shoulda had one more tumble before you met Rick or maybe you don't know what I mean maybe you don't know what I mean It didn't cost you much It didn't cost me much Now you're married, you got his ring you gave him a baby you gave him everything But early memories are the ones that stick like getting it on before you met Rick or maybe you don't know what I mean maybe you don't know what I mean you
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Unnoticed under tables a long, long time barriers revelations solid in before your eyes when it goes nebulous goes no surprise It all seems holy, fragile and thin then apotheosis and the image burns in space collapses world lays down time slips its chain bodies and asphalt wheels and fire enigmas remain phantoms in the dreaming electric in the blood heaven and rain invitations revelations stars the same It all seems holy, fragile and thin then apotheosis and the image burns in Take it all to the mountain give it to the wind the last flare of sunset and the image burns in Sugared nights saline days Advent calendar doors endless and inane magic or mundane this elevator stops at every floor then, hardly noticed Under starships a short, short time It all seems holy, fragile and thin then apotheosis and the image burns in Take it all to the mountain give it to the wind the last flare of sunset and the image burns in
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You've got a kind heart that's where you keep your love you have bright eyes that's where you keep your light And I know one of these nights I'm gonna take your heart pull out your light. You've got a strong mind that's how you sleep at night in the darkness where you spend your time And I know one of these nights I'm gonna take your heart pull out your light. (I gotta kind-hearted woman she studies evil all the time) And I know one of these nights I'm gonna take your heart pull out your light.
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Christmas lights on her bedroom wall her cherry red lips against skin like a China doll her shoulder tattoo and her vintage clothes her pin-up girl hair and ring in her nose She's a girl with a ukulele a young thing with a flower behind her ear strumming away on YouTube like she's on some South Pacific isle because she knows we'd rather be there than here Her cat's eye glasses are all the rage and she cuts her bangs like Bettie Page she prowls the night for Tiki bars and tacky kitsch and just the right vinyl to scratch that itch She's a girl with a ukulele she tries to find beauty every day and sitting here in my cynical forty-two I wish I could see life her way She'd be at home singing to sailors on a beach Pearl Harbor before the war blowing kisses to swabbies beneath a Hawaiian moon a sultry strum to remind them what they're fighting for She's a girl with a ukulele we should walk a thrift store mile in her shoes we should all be more like the effervescent, pixie girl We'd all see the world sparkle like when it was new Mahalo, girl with a ukulele I probably love you, you passing strange a simple tune to bedazzle a weathered soul and a life that's her's to change
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She moved in on Monday by Tuesday night she was all alone in that violent silence when her friends had all gone home I guess it's worse when the night comes and the bottles have all been drained the evening stretches on for hours and then too late to bed again And I guess that's how she found me my guitar drifting through the night air a knock on my front door and I found her standing there She said "Sorry, you don't know me but I think I know this song. I know it's awkward but could I come in and sing along?" 4 hours later when we'd finished 2 bottles of wine she left without telling me her name and I never told her mine. Some night months later when a storm had knocked out the light I sat strumming in the hot dark with the windows open wide she called up from the courtyard "Hey guitar boy, could you use some lights?" I said "I could use a singer and I just opened a bottle of wine." For years I saved a bottle in case she appeared at my door I finally drank it at a party I can't remember now what for I moved out on Monday I cleaned it up and got my deposit check back but I still heard her in the floorboards in the place where she sat When She said...
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Blue Glass 04:17
I carry a torch for this old porch I ain't got much but the shade the wood is old the brick is tired but they've absorbed everything that's transpired I like firelight through blue glass a cooling line of dripping wax an old gin bottle from porch nights past throwing shadows on the grass day or night sun or rain it's where my body sits it's where my body stays 'til these sunken eyes roll back in my head wood, brick and blue glass greet the dead And when I meet the Devil at The Wicked Source he says you won't see no blue glass forever more I say "I'll be damned if I can't sit on my porch I'll light my own damn self gimme a torch"
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Drowsy 02:08
August stars on lazy water palm fronds on inky blue drowsy lovers in a row boat drifting, bobbing fro and too White sand shimmers in the moonlight campfire on the beach rum and oil in their kisses hands entangle, bodies meet The air is cool around them the sand, still warm from the day a sleeping seabird rides the surf then he wakes and flies away. The night carries on without them now they've slipped away to dreams Their campfire burns down to embers and the moon slides into the sea memories of distant lives drift in and out as they wake as the lose themselves in each other and forget how long they've been away
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Why'd you come down here I was feeling alright why'd you come down here where there is no light I was just putting this damn thing back together who do you think you are? And tell me why... why you love me now? I was burning cold but I was picking up steam I was tired of drinking myself into dreams So why'd you come down here and kick me back down Who do you think you are? And tell me why why you love me now? I don't have more money than I had before did I lose weight since you kicked me out the door did you have a change of heart and see things more clear is that what brought you back round here? Tell me Why you love me now? Why'd you come down here and break my flow why'd you come down here when my resistance is low If I'm the hero you're the Kraken at the gate So you can go unless you let me know Why you love me now?
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Two lovers walking one walking backward begging the other one not to go one has accepted the other knows it but it's just too hard to admit they know Let me lay my body down 'cause the only thing constant is the ground At 4 A.M. stronger gravity pulls her to the center of the world in the tiny, dark apartment she listens to the breathing learning to love her baby girl Let me lay my body down 'cause the only thing constant is the ground One last breath before the curtain one last breath before the show Before I step out and crack myself open and I'm never sure how it will go Let me lay my body down 'cause the only thing constant is the ground
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Let me in from the rain because I've had an awful day and there's something else that I want to say but I won't because you're someone else's dream This is not how I expected it to be I thought you were so right for me I can say you took my breath away But now where are you? You're someone else's dream Now the sun is going down throwing phatoms at the ground I want to tend the garden I want to settle down but I can't because you're someone else's dream
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I think my software is glitching cause my finger is intching I shouldn't be alone Don't make this a deal because that makes it real I shouldn't be alone I shouldn't be alone Keep this between you and me I don't want others to see that I shouldn't be alone but the picture is clear You should prob'ly be here I shouldn't be alone I shouldn't be alone
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Bardolino 03:08
Given the circumstances I think things are best left unbalanced. A breathing bottle of Bardolino next to some unused plates and napkins and I never know where I stand knowledge of the footing only gives me confirmation and I don't want confirmation Given the way she's looking I think it's best if I go back to my place friends shouldn't be dancing and leave that question hanging in the free space they should never know where they stand because the offer and the offing only lead to complications and I don't want complications Given this uneasy feeling I think it's best if I sit out this round I can lose my self in drinking and wind up running this thing aground And I never know when to stop knowledge of my limits only leads to validation and I don't want validation Given recent history I think it's best that I become a hermit We'd be sated then complicated and in the end neither of us would deserve it but I never know where to hide because the hiding and the finding only lead to expectations and I don't want expectations Given that I'm still talking I think it's best that I stop the drinking This empty bottle of Bardolino but no one here, the hell was I thinking And I never know if you'll show and hopes for your arrival only lead to disappointment and I know disappointment
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I've been watching from the high winds losing patience losing ground I've been moving along the iceflow just waiting for the world to go down I've been washing the feet of sinners all night long all year round I've got no time for a cup of coffee time to take a day and get out of this town Sorry to leave this way what can I say? I'm exhausted down to my spirit through muscle into bone I know there's no easy replacement but I'm burned out you're on your own Sorry to leave this way what can I say? What can I say? What can I say? You can't make me a better offer my mind is clear I'm out the door I've given you the best years of my life and in return you always want more Sorry to leave this way What can I say?
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Don't you tell me that it's so don't you tell me that you know there's only one way to go from here only one way to go Don't touch your lips to mine I won't touch your lips of wine we don't have that much time there's only one way to go Should it wash away this time Should our love sink like a stone should our mouths trip our hearts that fall is harder than bone Should I climb up these stairs to find your love as bare as the sand Only then will I see these are only human hands Don't tell me all your dreams 'cause I can't deny your screams No matter how real it seems there's only one way to go Don't tell me that you know Don't tell me that it's so there's only one way to go from here only one way to go
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Don't give a shit about this song sounds like all my other songs don't give a shit about this song don't give a shit about much since you're gone Don't give a shit about my hair it doesn't do a damn thing up there Don't give a shit about my hair you didn't give a shit, so why should I care? Don't give a shit about my health Everything I put in my mouth just tastes sad Don't give a shit about my health Maybe I'll get real sick and you'll feel bad Don't give a shit if I die like you'd care if I do Don't give a shit if I die If I do that'll show you
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All those years ago before you and me how could we know we would be eyes across the room at one more costume party cowgirl in the corner with the tilted smile, your own constellation of light and arrival. wandering boy wearing the worn-out heart held too close too many nights until I found your stars. we stole a quiet corner talked all night like no one else was there talked all night about who, what and why until the party was over and we didn’t want to go We said, “maybe one day” we would find the answers “maybe one day” all our hopes and dreams “maybe one day” it would be you and me us against the world Fifteen years later the answers aren't all known But we have house and home been to grief we've begun again never alone summer skies or winter winds Whatever happens next growing old or nothing new every mile we have left I’ll be walkin right next to you We said, “maybe one day” we would find the answers “maybe one day” all our hopes and dreams “maybe one day” it would be you and me us against the world
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If I was a preacher I'd forgive you If I was an umpire I'd call you safe If I was a gumshoe I'd drive out and find you If I was a punch clock you'd never be late If I was a farmer I'd call you in from the fields If I was the Black Plague I'd pass by your door If I was a Norse god I'd give you the lightning If you only needed one I'd give you three more If I was Pac Man I'd leave your ghost alone If I was a match head I'd ignite on first strike If I was a clear day I'd show you forever If I was Saturn I'd watch over you all night
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Mix Tape 04:33
Did you get the tape I made? It said everything I wanted to say I hope you had a chance to play it That way I don't have to say it Because I'm a fumbly, inarticulate ape I made you a mix tape Do you want to drive around listening to it with the windows down? We could hear every song and hang with the Plaza Rats all night long Because I'm a fumbly, inarticulate ape I made you a mix tape Put your pinky in, wind the tape cue it up and don't waste any space print real nice, stay inside the lines use an inside joke for the name on the spine Will that make you mine? It took all night I couldn't stop threw in little punk and a little pop but I snuck the love songs in that way you would barely notice them Because I'm a fumbly, inarticulate ape I made you a mix tape
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By the time you get this letter I'll be some place better Because I'm jumping free you don't have to watch me leave I'm walking away clean this slate pristine By the time you get this letter I'll be some place better On a night when it's clear you can see someplace better from here.

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This is a collection of odds and ends. Remixes, unreleased tracks, non-album tracks from short films and compilations. Just like the "Sushi Keys Cut" sign I saw while walking around Toronto, this collection seeming has a little of everything. Enjoy!

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released November 19, 2018

Written and produced by E.P. Schwartz

EXCEPT:
"A Song For Constants" & "Spiderdust Sarah" written by Dan Hogan and E.P. Schwartz

"One of These Nights" written by M, John Vertenten and E.P. Schwartz

"Maybe One Day" written by Eric Bodwell and E.P. Schwartz

"The Waxie's Dargle" (Traditional Irish)

"Harder Than Bone" and "Moved In On Monday" Remixed by Stephen "MyOldRETeacher" Richards

Heidi Schultz - Ukulele on "Girl with a Ukulele (2017 Remix)
Mike Vertenten - Lead guitar on "Spiderdust Sarah"

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Pop-laced acoustic rock as well as instrumental and ambient music.

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