Heartbreak Hits

by Theo Katzman

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Balirka Thank you so much Theo! I'm not super keen on new school soft rock music but every once in a while i find someone with so much feeling and soul that I just can't help but sway and smile :) Like I did when I started checking out what the "peck of gruvi vulfs" were doing (as I like to call you bunch). Again, thank you, and keep doing your thing! Hugs :) Favorite track: Lost and Found.
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Funky Duck It's just the perfect balance of jazzed-up rock tunes and beautiful acoustic songs. It's so good I can't even choose a single favourite songs. Probably "Do As The Romans Do" for favourite of the rockier songs, and all the acoustic songs.
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Aleksander Skjæveland Larsen Katzman has put in the hard work Favorite track: Hard Work.
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released January 6, 2017

Produced by Tyler Duncan and Theo Katzman

All songs written by Theo Katzman, except for “Hard Work” (Theo Katzman/Tyler Duncan), and “Lost and Found” (Theo Katzman/Joey Dosik)
All Drums, Guitars, Lead Vocals and Percussion by Theo Katzman

Recorded by Tyler Duncan at The Barber House in Ann Arbor, MI
Additional Recording by Theo Katzman at home in Los Angeles, CA

Mixed by Tyler Duncan
Mastered by Devin Kerr

Cover Photo by Claire Marie Vogel
Album Artwork by Robert Lester

Joe Dart: Fender Bass
Woody Goss: Piano, Wurlitzer Electric Piano on "Break Up Together"
Laura Mace and Mike G: Omni Backing Vocals
Lee Pardini: Wurlitzer Electric Piano
Drew Howard: Pedal Steel Guitar
Brett Farkas: Additional Electric Guitar on “As the Romans Do"

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Track Name: Hard Work
V1
I caught your teardrops with my shoulder when you cried
I called in sick so I could comfort you all night
Now you've got cold feet, well just let me break the ice
I did your laundry and I folded it real nice
So, baby, why?

CH
(I put in the hard work)
Now I’m defeated, face down in the dirt
(I put in the hard work)
And I can’t seem to climb out of this hurt
(I put in the hard work)
If it’s true that you get what you deserve
(I put in the hard work)
Then why?
(I put in the hard work)

V2
I held your hair back when you had too much to drink
I used my bare hands to unclog that bathroom sink
When you got de-pressed and your mind was on the blink
I peeled you off the floor and drove you to a shrink
C’mon, baby, why?

CHORUS

V3
I know it’s painful to become a butterfly
You have to break yourself before your wings can fly
But still I wonder when I look up at the sky
If this ain’t hell then where does love go when it dies?
Cuz baby, I...

CH
(I put in the hard work)
Now I’m defeated, face down in the dirt
(I put in the hard work)
And I can’t seem to climb out of this hurt
(I put in the hard work)
If it’s true that you get what you deserve
(I put in the hard work)
Then, God, what'd I do to deserve this curse?

(I put in the hard work)
Now I’m defeated, face down in the dirt
(I put in the hard work)
And I can’t seem to climb out of this hurt
(I put in the hard work)
I know it's worthless, but for what it's worth
(I put in the hard work)
I put in the hard work
Track Name: Break Up Together
CH
We used to make love together
Now we break up together
(Farewell, forever)
We break up together

Such a strange kind of pleasure
Now we break up together
(Oh well, whatever)
We break up together

V1
We used to share everything
Toothpaste, laughter, and the kitchen sink
And nothin could come between
Two young lovers sharing everything

But somehow things have changed
There's no more laughter, no more kitchen sink
And though we can't remain
At least I know that we can share the pain

V2
We used to read fairytales
Flip the pages to the very end
And sing aloud happily
Ever after, we would play pretend

But somehow things have changed
The story's over, at the very end
And though we can't remain
At least I know that we can share the pain

BRIDGE
We'll share the grief
And we'll share the blame
Divvy the guilt
And we'll split the shame
We'll drift apart, but somehow we'll stay
Connected through our suffering
Track Name: Crappy Love Song
V1
Two sad people walk down the street
'Where we gonna sit down, where we gonna eat?'
Two sad people don't have much to say
Just 'how are you doin' or 'how was your day?'

CH
No more sad, sad, sappy love songs
About two sad people who can't get along
I want a glad, glad, happy love song
I'd even take a crappy love song
Like this one

V2
Two sad people don't let each other down
You can't get much lower when you're on the ground
Two sad people don't fuss or fight
Just a roll over honey and a turn out the light

BRIDGE
One sad person might cause a fuss
Say something stupid and mess it all up
But two sad people, that's a special thing
They're both blind from the shine of the wedding ring

V3
Too sad people don't need to rush
There’s no need to hurry, nothin to discuss
Two sad people, they can take their sweet time
And just creep on up to that finish line
Track Name: My Heart is Dead
V1
I saw the white light comin'
I saw the red rush onto my bed
Over my duvet cover
I woke up on the wrong side of it

PRE 1
Nobody heard the shots
(There’s no witness)
Nobody called the cops
(No one’s business)
Now I've got this hole in the front of of my chest
Somehow, I’m still alive, just my
My heart is dead

CHORUS:
Oooh, my heart is dead, girl
Oooh, It doesn’t beat no more
My heart is dead, girl
My heart is dead

V2
I left my back door open
It must’ve struck while I was asleep
I should’ve seen this comin'
That kind of hit you only get from lovin'

PRE 2:
Nobody took the blame
(no one’s busted)
No one was locked away
(there’s no justice)
Just this gaping hole in the font of my chest
Somehow, I’m still alive, just my
My heart is dead

BRIDGE:
I’m a zombie in disguise
(he’s still breathing’ — how’s he still breathin’?)
I’m a ghost, yeah, I can’t feel no-thin’ inside

POST BRIDGE:
It’s like I died
But, I’m still alive
I’m not upset
No worries,
just...

ALT CHORUS:
Ooh, there's no justice, no...
Oooh, Nobody took the blame
No one was locked away
I just had to let you know
My heart is...
Track Name: Good to be Alone
V1
Lookin out my rear view mirror
The miles behind don’t disappear like they used to
When I was with you

However hard I hit the gas
The engine don’t run half as fast as it once did
When we were just kids

PRE
All of the good old days are gone
But this life keeps rollin on
On and on

CH
Yeah, it’s good to be alone
No one to call you on the phone
After a month out on the road
No one to tell you 'welcome home'
No one to scratch you down your back
No one to cut you any slack
You got to scratch it on your own
Yeah it’s good to be alone

V2
The mountain tops don’t stand so high
The open road ain’t quite as wide as it once seemed
When we had the same dream

The evening stars don’t shine so bright
When we don’t make love through the night like we once did
Those lights are faded
Track Name: Lost and Found
V1
Maybe I’ll stick out on the pavement
Under your sneakers I’ve been waiting
To catch a whiff of something
Wishing, hoping, praying
Maybe I’ll slip into the back of a limousine

I must have skipped out of the heavens
Cranking my ego to 11
Me and my solo mission
Hittin' and hittin' and missin'
Maybe I'll make it to the back of a magazine

CH
Somebody pick me up off the ground
Take me to the lost and found
Somebody accidentally put me down
Take me to the lost and found

V2
I know it’s drastic but I’m jaded
Mr. Fantastic, yeah I made it
Too many hands are shakin
Thank you, I love it, I hate it
Too many kisses in the back of a limousine

First it was vintage, now it's dated
High definition, now it's faded
This intuition doesn’t feel like it’s makin’ a statement
Without some lipstick and a head full of gasoline

V3
I must have blacked out in the basement
Scratching my television, aching
One sip of Kool-Aid got me drunk on the expectation
And now I'm naked in the back of a magazine

CH
Somebody pick me up off the ground
Take me to the lost and found
Somebody accidentally put me down
Take me to the lost and found
I wanna mingle in the lost and found
Everyone's single in the lost and found
Somebody accidentally put me down
Take me to the lost and found
Track Name: My 1-Bedroom
V1
You bring your boots and your yoga pants
I'll bring my copy of The Royal Scam
We can get down to the Steely Dan
In my one bedroom

We'll set the tone with a window plant
Decorative soap and a 'Welcome' mat
We'll split the cost of it all in half
In my one bedroom

Pre
Tell me why
Is it so hard to see the stars align?
When we tangle into knots every time

CH
Look outside your window, it’s getting colder
Living limb by limbo, it’s getting older
Take a chance on my quadruple-leafed clover
It’s about to bloom
I’m going nowhere
I hope you join me soon
I hope you join me soon
In my 1-bedroom

V2
I'll bring some socks, and some underwear
Bagels and lox, and some silverware
We'll play some Risk and some Truth or Dare
In my 1-bedroom

Your father's dough, and his coffee cup
Your mother's robe, and her best of luck
Will keep us warm when the times get tough
In my 1-bedroom
Track Name: As the Romans Do
AS THE ROMANS DO

V1
I bought a Tascam reel and a cast iron pan
A flask of Tequila, a fountain pen
A sexy typewriter, from way backwhen

I bid a fond farewell to my best-est friends
I packed my possessions in a U-Haul van
I soared, like a sailor to the promised land

PRE 1
Once I saw the aqueducts and statues
I knew what I had to do….
I'd do…do as the Romans DO

V2
I found a one-bedroom with a bird's eye view
I took the F train to 2nd avenue
Where the bath house was bumpin' the dubstep blues

They're sipping cane sugar sodas and top shelf booze
Mix Ralph Lauren togas with thrift-shop shoes
Meeting 9 to 5 quotas with a-nothin to lose...

PRE 2
They like to see pictures
They like captions
They like songs with lots of 'oohs'
That's how you do...do as the Romans do

BRIDGE
Sing with the sirens
What do they tell you?
Isn't it lovely
When they scream?

VERSE 3
I showed up to the alley with my tin pan
With a middle finger stickin up to the man
But the miners in the alley traded tin pans
For the Silicon Valley and a business plan

So I tattooed my face onto my hand
And unto my own image I built a brand
Now as soon as I have a mill-i-on faceless fans
That's when I'mma start movin' those cheap head bands

PRE 3
They like to see pictures,
They like captions,
They like songs with lots of...
Talk about my social status, add me to your list, I want to...
These days we build empires in much less than one day, oh yes it's true
And you can too
As long as you do...
Do as the Romans do
Track Name: Love is a Beautiful Thing
V1
Love is a beautiful thing
Hugging, kissing, laughing, holding hands
Love is a beautiful thing
Unless it’s you loving another man
Then I can’t stand to see you
Hugging, kissing, laughing, holding hands
If it’s not me, you see, how could love be a thing of beauty

V2
Love is a beautiful thing
Birds are singing songs down from the trees
Love is a beautiful thing
The breeze is blowing, rustling autumn leaves
But if those leaves are rustling underneath somebody else’s feet
Then it’s not me, you se—how could that be a thing of beauty?

BRIDGE
I find comfort in believing
Over time, I’ll come to see, someday
How love could be that way

V3
Love is a beautiful thing
Winter’s rage has blossomed into spring
Love is a beautiful thing
And on your hand I see that there’s a ring
And I would understand, if I had put that ring upon your hand
But it was not me, you see, so how could that be a thing of beauty?
Track Name: Plain Jane Heroin
V1
There's a stain upon the couch from where I tried to get you high
There’s a bruise upon my leg again
I thought we were makin’ love, but you were stickin' it in my thigh
Now I can't feel my face again

CH
I'm hooked on the Plain Jane Heroin
I'm hooked on the Plain Jane Heroin
I will never be the same
Without you, Jane
And your heroin

V2
I thought I could dabble with you once or twice a week
Yeah, I was in control of it
But now I'm swaying backwards with no shoes upon my feet
And I can’t keep a hold of it

BRIDGE:
Oh, I tried to mess with Mary just to get Jane off my mind
But all it did was make the pain get worse
Medicate the symptom and you'll never solve the crime
'Till you pick yourself up off the floor

V3
Twenty-eight months sober and the days are all the same
The sun goes up and down again
But when I think about the way she felt inside my veins
I get bags under my eyes again

POST CHORUS
Oh Jane, Oh Jane
I’ll never be the same
Track Name: Pop Song (Bonus Track)
I've been staring at the ceiling
Searching for some word that rhymes with how I'm feeling
Someone feed the fishes
Someone clean my car
I can't keep up on the dishes
While I wish upon a star
Someone save my soul
I'm a slave to rock and roll

Please, politicians, preachers, pray,
Give us wisdom, teach us right from wrong
(Oh yeah)
I'm too busy tryin' to write a pop song

I've been chipping at this sculpture
Hoping his gigantic hands will heal pop culture
Someone raise the wages
Someone fight the fight
I've been speakin' with the sages
In the middle of the night
Someone save my soul
I sold it to Billy Joel
("In the middle of the...")

Please, politicians, preachers, pray,
Give us wisdom, teach us right from wrong
(Oh yeah)
I'm too busy tryin' to write a pop song

Please, Mother Nature's on her knees,
Read the paper, see what's going on
(What's goin' on)
I'm too busy tryin' to write a pop song