Romance Without Finance

by Theo Katzman

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1.
Every few days the floor needs sweeping (Every few days, every few days) The garbage is full, the sink is leaking (Every few days, every few days) Every few days there's a mess you've made Bouncing checks, parking tickets you swore that you paid Every few days you say... Every few days you say... --CHORUS-- The real world is killing me slowly The real world is bringing me down The real world is loving me only As much as I let it, and nothing more As much as I let it, and nothing more Every few days the chopping block is (Every few days, every few days) Slashing a hole in both your pockets (Every few days, every few days) Every few days, raise a glass to your face Strike a match for the years on your birthday cake Every few days you say... Every few days you say... --CHORUS-- Every few you days, you're fine Just a few days on the grind You left your faith behind some other door Which one, you don't know Every few days you say... Every few days you say... --CHORUS--
2.
I missed my father's 80th birthday 'Cause I was working nine to five I didn't want to, but I was just too Too busy thinking about Cars, cash, and credit How to establish myself a blanket To secure me some savings for the years to come I know nothing's ever over if I can prove My intentions were good So I search for something clever to say to you But I can't 'Cause the action speaks for itself Now I'm back to zero --CHORUS-- I just called to tell you Tell you I love you Tell you I love you I just called Called to tell you, really nothing at all You know how these things happen I'm not quite sure what's been lacking In my life But I think it's likely it's you I missed my first real anniversary 'Cause I was drinking by myself Being an artist, yeah I was just too Too busy dreaming about Songs, fame, and romance And "what a groovy night for a moondance" I forgot, it's not groovy when you're all alone I know nothing's ever over if I can prove My intentions were good So I search for something clever to say to you But I can't 'Cause the action speaks for itself Now I'm back to zero --CHORUS--
3.
Hard For You 04:32
He walks like a solider Straight talker, a gold card heavy spender Got a budget and a basket of things to see But that soul for you is in me. He makes you feel older Folks say that he used to date Cinderella Bought you two pairs of glass slippers, baby, just in case But that soul for you is in me --CHORUS-- It's gonna be hard for you When I'm there Like a ghost, haunting your headphones, passing through the air It's gonna be hard for you When I'm gone And every day goes by... I live in my own world Make nothing for money, a daydream hustler Not a loser, but I sure ain't exemplary And that soul for you it's in me I ain't no pretender I maxed-out my gold card when I bought my Fender Baby, all I got is music and groceries And that soul for you, it's in me --CHORUS-- Soul is a sign Soul is a sine wave, waving goodbye Goodbye from your heart, back to your mind And every day goes by... Standing you still Soul is a pill Slipped in the "time heals" drink And the wine feels heavenly Hearts don't trust in minds 'Cause every day goes by... --CHORUS--
4.
I have all my things away In here, with me I can get them when I need But not today What's the use in trying to stay Inside the seams Where you stitched your hopes and dreams Back in the day There are some who will always let you down There are people who will chain your feet to the ground White picket castles were built to fall down --CHORUS-- This old sunken vessel is where I sleep It's not worth a nickel but it pays my keep Where's your white picket castle but where you seat yourself now? Walk until my knees get weak My eyes, they stare Sunken, tangled in my hair They comb the street Spare a piece of something deep For me to share If it's something I can wear It's yours to keep There are some who will always let you down There are people who will chain your feet to the ground White picket castles were built to fall down --CHORUS--
5.
It's just the circumstance Left with no choice or chance It's affection, but it feels like abusive, yeah "It's a facade," you say I just don't feel that way That's the house you built with bricks of excuses, yeah --CHORUS-- You could never know how hard on myself I am You could never know what the feeling's like You can look around: Whatcha see when you look within? You could never know what the feeling's like 'Till you try 'Till you try Collect my dividends On the time that I spent Trying to save us while you spent all the interest, yeah On the college degree Thought that might set you free, but Turns out that freedom's just the price of admission, yeah --CHORUS-- You can talk to me now (I will listen if I can) You can sleep with my friends (It's probably for the best) People all around will say: "You're such a good example, man" What will they be talkin' 'bout? --CHORUS--
6.
Growing, growing, gone Little one Growing, growing, gone Little one Growing, growing, gone Little one Little one You were so tiny and growing, growing, growing I didn't know you were going, going, going And then one day you were gone Gone into the life that was meant for your style --CHORUS-- So smile, old Dad 'Cause that's the whole story So smile, old Dad 'Cause that's the whole story So smile, old Dad So smile, so smile, so smile Growing, growing, gone Little one Growing, growing, gone Little one Growing, growing, gone Little one Little one You were so tiny and growing, growing, growing I didn't know you were going, going, going And then one day you were gone Gone into the life that was meant for your style --CHORUS-- Growing, growing, gone Growing, growing, gone Gone Into the life that was meant for your style So smile, smile, smile --CHORUS--
7.
Brooklyn 02:51
Packed a bookbag Socks and sneakers, and dress shoes just in case Sky bound for my home town To the north shore on a Sunday Gave a kiss to my lady friend She's a sweet talk and a sweet taste Gave thanks for my family Thanks to my friends, I'm getting shitfaced This Long Island, it's a desolate place A far cry from my first love, Michigan My sweet talk and my sweet taste A long way from the long lost dreams Left broken on a California freeway This Brooklyn Oh, Brooklyn... --CHORUS-- You make Detroit feel so far away And I've only Known you a day (I haven't even known you a day) True like New York, but you lie like L.A. And I've only Known you a day (I haven't even know you a day) Hopped a subway Straight from Bleecker to the Park Slope real estate Looked around for a sit-down brunch With all-you-can-eat poundcake Found a few, maybe six or seven Free coffee and free champagne I hadn't seen such a free time living Since my sixteenth birthday This Long Island, it's a desolate place A far cry from my first love, Michigan My sweet talk and my sweet taste A long way from the long lost dreams Left broken on a California freeway This Brooklyn Oh, Brooklyn... --CHORUS-- I've only known you a day Known you a day I've only know you a day Known you a day Known you a day
8.
Don't prevail, just do your best Leave the fortune for the rest Hang the necklace at your breast Help me zip my denim vest Stop the car and pick some fruit Get you in your birthday suit To the lake to have a swim This is where it all begins Leave the talking to the weak We don't even have to speak Twenty-three's the time to beat Spend the rest on chocolate treats Grab your bag and crack the beer We'll drink the whole damn thing right here With our souls so close, so near Fifty feet from doves and deer Lay the blanket in the sand Curl your toes up in my hand Now your wish is my command On this ancient sacred land I was driving, driving, driving, and I... Lost my cell phone We might get blown But I know we'll get home Drivin' on the country backroads I'll lose my cell phone We might get blown But I know we'll get home Drivin' on the country backroads I'll lose my cell phone We might get blown But I know we'll get home Drivin' on the country backroads Drivin' on the country backroads
9.
I feel love, all the time Even when my friends die young With better intentions than they've got time Inner wisdom can be hard to find When you're addicted to the wine Of everyone else's wishes for your life But you're a gift to all of life And you're a lucky mother if you get to live to twenty five --CHORUS-- I feel love, all the time All around me All the time I feel love, all the time All around me All the time I feel love, all the time I feel love, all the time Even when you told me I Couldn't be the one for you, I was fine And I never cried so heavy in my life But it's a gift to feel your eyes Blow up like torrential rain clouds in the sky Swelling with wisdom you can't seem to find Sending an invitation: you're alive --CHORUS-- Somebody called me a fag today 'Cause of the shoes I wear And they're the only pair I ever bought myself They cost me a hundred bucks And I was proud of it Because I worked for that shit But I didn't work that hard So now I feel kinda bad 'Cause you know I never had To grow up without a mom To grow up without a dad I never worked in a factory Or carried somebody else's shit up a mountain I never drank from a rusty lead pipe out of a separate water fountain I wanna be free today I wanna be free tomorrow I wanna be free forever I just wanna love my woman I wanna be free today I wanna be free tomorrow I wanna be free forever --CHORUS--

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released November 15, 2011

All songs written by Theo Katzman, except "Growing, Growing, Gone" written by Theo Katzman (Music) and Lee Katzman (Lyrics)

All instruments and vocals performed by Theo Katzman, except for:

Joe Dart: Fender Bass on "Called To Tell You," "Country Backroads" and the reprise of "I Feel Love (All The Time)"
Woody Goss: Rhodes on "Country Backroads," and "White Picket Castle"
Devin Kerr: Claps and Snaps, Shaker, Backing Vocals and Whistling on "Called To Tell You," Rhodes left hand Bass on "White Picket Castle," Piano on "Country Backroads," Percussion
Joey Dosik: Piano on "White Picket Castle" and "Brooklyn," Mellotron on "I Feel Love (All The Time)"
The West Deuce Kitchen Choir: Tyler Duncan, Jae Gerhart, Mike Shea, Hannah Winkler, Theo Katzman, and Julian Allen, sing backing vocals on "Brooklyn" and "I Feel Love (All The Time)"

Produced by Theo Katzman and Devin Kerr
Recorded at Good Hertz in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Engineered by Devin Kerr and Theo Katzman
Mixed and Mastered by Devin Kerr
Additional Mixing by Tyler Duncan
Assistant Engineer: Annlie Huang
Piano Technician: Ron Torella
Album photography by Christine Hucal (www.christinehucal.com)
Graphic Design by Jack Stratton and Theo Katzman
Album Layout Design by Jack Stratton

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Too HEART to be HIP
Too HIP to be POP
Too POP to be ROCK
Too ROCK to be ART

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