Troubadork

by Eric Peter Schwartz

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released October 30, 2013

All songs written by E.P. Schwartz
(except "The Cheap Song" written by Dan Hogan & E.P. Schwartz)
backing vocals on "Tangerines": Al Chantrey
lead guitar on "Tangerines": Kevin Blight
guitar and vocals on "Rage in Tiny Places: Manolis Paschalidis

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Eric Peter Schwartz Aurora, Illinois

I make guitary and facehole sounds that some people think are nice. I do this around the greater Chicago area most of the time.

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Track Name: Tangerines
TANGERINES
(words and music by E.P. Schwartz)

He liked the way she rolled the dice
and the way her character
always gave his character eyes
he was a third level thief
but in his heart
he couldn't get no relief
until there was this Goblin attack
and her elf mage
took a battle axe to the back
an unexpected sudden move
he jumped to his feet
and stunned the whole room

when he said

"All my gold, my love
all my restless dreams
all my paranoia, baby
all my tangerines

all your high-tech hardware
all your sexy screams
everything you are tonight"

She just sat and held his gaze
you could hear a +2 to hit dagger
fall in this place
until the DM said "What gives?
You two didn't even
roll for initiative"
Then she swept the game to the floor
crawled across the table
toward him on all fours
pulled his face close to hers
until he was the only one
who could, hear her words

when she said

"All my gold, my love
all my restless dreams
all my paranoia, baby
all my tangerines

all your high-tech hardware
all your sexy screams
everything you are tonight"

The gamers gave them wide berth
while they kissed
like they were the last two human beings on this Earth
and they'll never again be alone
because he picked her up
and carried her home

and they said

"All my gold, my love
all my restless dreams
all my paranoia, baby
all my tangerines

all your high-tech hardware
all your sexy screams
everything you are tonight"
Track Name: American Kisses
AMERICAN KISSES
(words and music by E.P. Schwartz)

Hey lady don’t you walk on by
can’t you see I’m lonely tonight
the world’s uncertain and I
don’t feel like being alone

Want one of those new
American kisses
one of those
new-fangled blisses
want the kind of touch
you can only find in a country
at war

When things are burning
we kiss a little deeper
we make love
in the face of the reaper
we always seem to get it on
in a dangerous time

Get some
American kisses
consummate
American wishes
make the kind of love
you can only make
in times of war

When the world is crumbling
lovers start fumbling
when the ground is rumbling
couples start tumbling
now…

Isn’t that the way of the world
facing death and you grab a girl
shuck your clothes and make love
like it’s your last day

Give them one of those
American kisses
so if we’re gone
we know they miss us
throw down and roll around
like you’re going off to war

Hey lady don’t you walk on by
can’t you see I’m lonely tonight
the world’s uncertain and I
don’t feel like being alone…
Track Name: Alex Jordan
ALEX JORDAN
(words and music by Eric Peter Schwartz)

Baby behind the wheel
me, I’m fast asleep
going to see Alex Jordan
at the end of the week

Followed him up the hill
look down on the bluffs
perfection lies in Baby’s eyes
and that is always enough

And it’s all coming back to me

Spent the night in Edgerton
slept in separate beds
hands intertwined, drift off for the night
wake Baby at dawn with a kiss

Tried to water ski but I failed
spent the afternoon playing gin
slept away the rest of the day
until her family they packed it in

It’s all coming back to me

Seems like every song I wanted to
write for you
Has already been written
there’s nothing left for me to do
except point at the radio
and say “see that’s how I feel”
That’s how I feel

And it’s all coming back to me

Wisconsin sun was falling
as we turned and headed for home
love is blind to a critical mind
and I guess I gave my heat to the road

Baby behind the wheel
and me I’m fast asleep
going to see Alex Jordan
at the end of the week
Track Name: Harder Than Bone
HARDER THAN BONE
(words and music by E.P. Schwartz)


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 you know
there's only one way to go from here
only one way to go
Track Name: China Rose Falling Down To Me
I’m probably not the man
you think I am
I’m probably more bitter
than you could ever stand
but I’ll try
I’ll try
and I’ll ask you as you turn out the lights
is this ragged heart really worthy of your hand

I’m probably the weakest
man I know
I’m probably the cheapest thing
you could ever own
Afraid to touch you
afraid I’d smudge you
like some pastel chalk drawn love
and this ragged heart in the stained glass rain

Been collecting reasons
talking me down
collecting reasons
alone and out loud

I’m probably the ghost
of some man that caused you pain
in another life
a monster and insane
Now I know
should I go?
or should I exorcise this ghost
and this ragged heart just in from the cold

Been collecting reasons
talking me down
collecting reasons
alone and out loud

It’s probably not as strong
as this thing is supposed to be
a fragile China rose
falling down to me
out of mind
out of life
and I would like it if you had shared my time
but this ragged heart never got the chance to heal
Track Name: Fading
FADING
(words and music by E.P. Schwartz)

I still know every inch of your body
I can still smell you on my clothes
but it'll go away with effort, time and age
isn't it funny the way the fading goes

it's late at night when the demons start to rise
and I can't drink fast enough to keep up with them this time
but they'll all decay with alchohol, sex and shame
isn't it funny the way the fading waits

some memories are great some just comfortable and safe
either way, I don't want them to come to play
and I would gladly trade this poem for a lack of pain
isn't it funny the way the fading shakes

Ain't it strange the way love just melts away
and me I fight the things I cannot change
and so I'll pray and wrestle with the day
isn't it funny the way the fading lays

somewhere in my mind I know I'll be all right
but that doesn't really help me tonight
so I'll drink and smoke and I'll make it all a joke
isn't it funny the way the fading arrives
Track Name: Buttercream
BUTTERCREAM
(words & music by E.P. Schwartz)

Drizzle over me
drizzle over me like buttercream
Drizzle over me
drizzle over me like buttercream
take your finger, now Woman
run it along the edge of me

If you want to be my little baker
You got to lay this cake high
If you want to be my little baker
You got to lay this cake high
If you eat too much cake, baby
I'll go straight to your thighs

So spread it on
spread it on like buttercream
spread it on thick
thick like buttercream
it's decadent and sinful
dangerous and sugar sweet

The way you mix your batter
makes me want to lick the bowl
the way you mix your batter, baby
makes me want to lick the bowl.
I want to get a fingerful, darlin'
please don't say no

Drizzle over me
drizzle over me like buttercream
Drizzle over me
drizzle over me like buttercream
take your finger, now Woman
run it along the edge of me
Track Name: I Never Leaned In
I NEVER LEANED IN
(words and music by E.P. Schwartz)

I've kissed every girl I've ever loved
except one
Sometimes she sits on my mind
like communion sits on your tongue

she'll just lay in my dreams
like a cat in a sunbeam

she runs her fingers through my hair
in places I don't share


All those nights
all those drinks
I never leaned in
All this time
now I think
I never leaned in
If I knew then
what I know now
I never leaned in
Close my eyes
will me back
I never leaned in

I've kissed every girl I ever loved
except her
She had the eyes and the laugh
and the mind and the curves

That night after the bar
we all squeezed into the car

I could smell her skin
but I never leaned in

All those nights
all those drinks
I never leaned in
All this time
now I think
I never leaned in
If I knew then
what I know now
I never leaned in
Close my eyes
will me back
I never leaned in


She was a beautiful distraction
this regrets not a heavy load
it's just an overreaction
to getting old

I've kissed every girl I've ever loved
except one
Sometimes she sits on my mind
like communion sits on your tongue

she'll just lay in my dreams
like a cat in a sunbeam

she runs her fingers through my hair
in places I don't share

All those nights
all those drinks
I never leaned in
All this time
now I think
I never leaned in
If I knew then
what I know now
I never leaned in
Close my eyes
will me back
I never leaned in


That night we walked across Chicago
I never leaned in
The night the woman sang opera
I never leaned in
Miami Beach 4 a.m.
I never leaned in
Any time I was with her
I never leaned in
Track Name: Foolish Moon
FOOLISH MOON
(words & music E.P. Schwartz

Crazy crazy motion
made me love sick
on a quiet ocean
I danced under lights
for the blind
I opened my mouth
without consulting my mind
but what would any romantic do
when you’re kissed underneath
a foolish moon

All the pain in the world
seemed to rest itself on my head
they never forgot
my mistake
she never forgot
all the words I said
I could never change my tune
cause I played it underneath
a foolish moon

Crazy crazy lover
don’t your heart rumble like thunder
shake you and make you
pretend
it’s not that easy
to start again
And I could never blame you
it was just me and my
foolish moon

Crazy crazy way
our features change
in the harsh light of day
and the funny way
we open our eyes
to reflections we don’t
recognize
And the way the light
flooded my room
I guess I’ll spend tonight
with my foolish moon
Track Name: All Your Trains, Jane
ALL YOUR TRAINS, JANE
(words and music by E.P. Schwartz)

For all your pain, you deserve the rain
for all your heart ache, you deserve an earthquake
but they never seem to come
or they come too late
for all your strains, get some peace in your brain,
Jane
Don't make me tell you again

You're all the rage as you walk across the stage
you want to reread the page and lie about your age
But you've been betrayed
they showed up too late
You want your mark to remain, more than just a stain,
Jane
Don't make me tell you again

For all your pain, you deserve a plane
then all your trains slide into the oncoming lane
they slam on the brakes
but it's too late
of all you're a afraid, I'm the least to cause you pain,
Jane
Don't make me tell you again
Track Name: The Cheap Song
THE CHEAP SONG
(words & music by
Dan Hogan and E.P. Schwartz)

You say you've found a way to let be go
so I'll get drunk here with all my gold
There's nothing left for me , except my fear
and there nothing for you, if you stay here

CHORUS
There she goes, there she goes again
just like she's done before
I ain't seen the world through tears before
Because you never shut the door

You say you've found a way to let me know
so for God's sake, why don't you let it show
Don't know where I'm coming from today
Don't know if I should give it up or should I pray

CHORUS

Let me sing to you this cheap little song
then I know you'll never do me wrong
waking up different every day
don't remember her face, her address, even her name

Chorus
REPEAT
Track Name: Other Women and Men
OTHER WOMEN & MEN
(words & music by E.P. Schwartz)

Two hearts playing for time
exhausting their options
on the Indiana line
discuss their distress on the way back home
they still make love
but they're already alone

Hold it inside 'til the moment breaks
man says that's fine
if that's what it takes
woman is tired when their feelings collide
she resigns herself
to tell him some other time

Complication overload
dreams and futures fall out on the road
they stay together just killing time, killing time
on the Indiana line

Visions of love greet them at the door
he knows she's tired
but he wants to talk more
But they cry and kiss instead
a vow to stay
made in the bed

with…
Compliments of lead and gold
they made this love and they broke the mold
they're both too tired to fall again, fall again
for other women and men

They'll read about it
talk about it
find some way to work around it
they'll dream about it
scream about it
In the end they'll have to live with out it

Two hearts on down the line
Six years on and everything's fine
She went to his wedding
They talk on the phone
They're not in love
But they're never alone
Track Name: Milky Way
MILKY WAY
(words & music by E.P. Schwartz)

Kicking back on Saturn
I see a starship go by
and I wonder why

chilling out on Io
I feel a crying scene go by
and I wonder why

That out here
in the Milky way
it feels like rain

grabbing a beer on Pluto
I feel the crowd turn shy
and I wonder why

catching some Zzz's on Neptune
your leaving hits me broadside
and I wonder why

That out here
in the Milky Way
it looks like rain

serving life on Planet Earth
I kiss another wife goodbye
and I wonder why
Track Name: Rage In Tiny Places
Another Wednesday
cubicle feels the same and
third cup of coffee’s going down

He feels no movement now
his life with no direction
and it’s all the same for miles around

he keeps rage in tiny places
doesn’t know how he got like this
he keeps rage ... he keeps rage in tiny places
his hands ache to make a fist

He hears the chatter
like a constant itching
causing a pain behind the eyes

He had a dream once
about light and music
now it’s fighting to survive

and he keeps rage in tiny places
Doesn't see any way out of this
he keeps rage.. he keeps rage in tiny places
because he's owned and they insist


(BRIDGE)
But it’s all right
he drinks it up on Saturda ynight
and he tells his friends
I don’t know how much more I can bend
one day I just might…

And then on Monday…

Rage in tiny places
working poor and walking dead
he keeps rage... he keeps rage in tiny places
drinks to quiet the voices in his head

The working day ends and
he's cramped and buzzing
like a wasp inside a jar

He can see the movie now
his life with a European ending
a slow crane shot up from his car
Track Name: Making Things
MAKING THINGS
(words & music by E.P. Schwartz)

Would the last one out
please turn off the lights
I've been playing for a while now
and it's starting to hurt my eyes
Don't worry about staying
you're not leaving me behind
There's no place I'd rather be
than on stage when you leave

Would the last one out
please lock the door
I know I'm supposed to
leave you wanting more
in that equation
what's in it for me
making things up here for you
is where I'm supposed to be

41 and I've never
spilled blood on my guitar
never dodged a bullet
while singing in some bar
I guess I'm saying
there's some dues I'd like to pay
I hope the office isn't closed
because I got started so late

Would the last one out
mind the writer on the floor
Gently tilting at windmills
and tapping at the door
He spent 3 hours in Hollywood
one night in June
If that's all he can do
I guess it's all he can do

I'll be the last one out
making something at the end
please burn up my body
and share it with my friends
and if you're compelled
dump me on the wind
then I can be a dust cloud
making things again