Guest House

by PAWL

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    Piano/Rhodes driven indie pop; with guitars, violins, and driving percussion. PAWL would describe it as "cinematic pop" -- songs that tell stories and are, at once, catchy, fun, and at times, serious- but never whiny. Arrangement inspired as much by indie pop/rock as Burt Bacharach, Guest House doesn't try to copy the newest trends in independent or popular music; it delivers its own unique combination of classic and modern sounds. PAWL's songwriting draws inspiration from all over the map: from the late Johnny Cash, Elliott Smith, and Nick Drake -- to modern artists such as the Sea and Cake, Beck, Spoon, and Broken Social Scene. For the price of an extra fancy coffee, buy this album- you won't be disappointed.

     

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released November 5, 2010

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PAWL Phoenix, Arizona

a singer/songwriter and arranger who defies categorization with every new release. Dabbles in indie pop, folk/jazz, rock, and hip hop.

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Track Name: Set Me Off
I didn’t think--
(when you ordered that first drink
and you held my hand under the table)
--it would mean anything at all

But fate, with a warm and calm embrace
Moved as the dawn did break
And sobered me to your love
Or did you come down from above?

I want you
To bring me in guilty
Won’t you count the red letters
I want you
I want to set me off

We started to see that there is no in between
As we carved our names into the L train stairs
The road won’t always lead you home
But if you follow your own vision
And keep your goal in mind
Your heart will be fine

Across the river
Three thousand miles away…
I saw you shiver
I said, "no, it’s not gonna be this way."
"Not it’s not gonna end this way
Believe it or not it’s a brand new day
Oh, I’m on my way
Oh I'm on my way"

I want you
To bring me in guilty
Won’t you count the red letters?
I want you
I want to set me off
Track Name: Pay Attention
It’s hard to pay attention
when you’re running someone else's race.
Man put you down,
Put you in your place

I can see you down by the riverside…
Might jump in
you got the look in your eye

I really want to know…
Is it easy to let go?
Living on skid row
With no tomorrow

Ba da da etc.

So you had a motive…
One shot to steal a hundred grand;
You tried the glove,
Didn’t fit your hand

And in a darkened room of cherry wood
You cast off, I hope she understood

but…
I really want to know…
Is it easy to let go?
Your spirit alone;
It had it’s own glow

Who of us,
Can make your body breathe for once?
Who of us?
Never know, never reach for healing touch.

Did I fail to mention
You’re being held down with weights
On the ground,
the thought escapes

The moon is shining bright tonight
Feeling young,
It’s time to start a fight.

but…
I really want to know…
Is it easy to let go?
Living on skid row
With no tomorrow
Track Name: Where the Heart Is
If you wanna be a star
And you wanna go real far
There’s a price to be reckoned with
Money will always be part of it!
Unless you starve for the art of it
And you’re apropos

Your friends say it won’t be long
Just make a record and market that song
Or hit the road in a tour van
The kids have no attention span!
Out of gas in the passing lane breeds
Artistic pain!

You’ve got to hit em where the heart is
It’s time to change that song
Rewrite and hit em where their heart was
We’re singing all day long
You’ve got to hit em where the heart is (Alternate vocals-higher pitch)
Even if yours is gone
Record and lock it to the beat cause
We’re singing all day long

you phone your agent
pitching dance hall punk
he says, that won’t sell
that won’t sell anymore
your friend’s gone commercial
well ain’t that the luck
his songs are featured with coke and fries
he’s got no arty alibis anymore

CHORUS

you phone your agent
pitching white boy funk
he says, that won’t sell
that won’t sell anymore
your mom’s gone commercial
well ain’t that the luck
her songs are touted by talk show fakes
she won’t pay your rent or bake you cakes anymore


CHORUS

CHORUS reprise
Track Name: Once Again
Once again, the world is crashing down on me
Once again, polluting all the air I breathe
Thought you had a friend in Jesus
Said it was unconditional….

I see you off tonight, then shut the door like I got books to write
I got my alibi, you got empty streets
I see you off tonight, I’ve got dead philosophers on my mind
I get drunk on wine, you got heavy feet

We got this kite,
Flying extra high,
Tie it on tonight,
Then do what you please

Oooo ooo ooo, just the thought of it
Oooo oooo ooo, like it’s nothing man
Oooo ooo ooo, just the thought of it
Oooo ooo ooo, like it’s nothing man…

No matter what they say
Troubles never go away
They just sit there in the dark
Waiting for that spark

And Once again
Point my face into the wind
Swallowing sunrays
In an ever lasting gaze

I see you off tonight, then shut the door like I got books to write
I got my alibi, you got empty streets
I see you off tonight, I’ve got dead philosophers on my mind
I get drunk on wine, you got heavy feet

We got this kite,
Flying extra high,
Tie it on tonight,
Then do what you please

Oooo ooo ooo, just the thought of it
Oooo oooo ooo, like it’s nothing man
Oooo ooo ooo, just the thought of it
Oooo ooo ooo, like it’s nothing man…
Track Name: Turn the Page
Yes Maam, I heard about your little bird
Yes Maam, I heard it flew away
But that’s what you get from opening the cage
Next time I guess, I guess you’ll turn the page
Next time……next time you’ll turn the page
Oooooooo…..oooooooooooooooooo

Only you?
You read it briskly too
Walk yourself into the empty room.
Only two?
They both remember you
They walk themselves into the empty room.

I’ve been burned so many times that I lost count
I’ve been down before, but never knocked out
Here I am, smiling, with a boot in my mouth
Makes me wonder how it went south

Only you?
You read it briskly too
Walk yourself into the empty room.
Only two?
They both remember you
They walk themselves into the empty room.
Track Name: You & Me Kid
When I was young, I never thought it could be me…
to be up there, I thought you had to be a super-extraordinary human being
and then one morning I woke up cold
I figured, the same thing was making me old, right Johnny?

won’t you bring me up to your level
won’t you bring up today?
wearing black but don’t play heavy metal
won’t you give me a break today?

you and me kid, I swear I saw you in my vision
you and me kid, I know you only live once
you and me kid
let’s get together
let’s be brothers forever and keep singing along

Oh brother: want to be a star
You know I always thought, I always thought you could go far
Then some things got your way….got stuck a little bit longer than delay
But keep on working, keep your head right…you know I’m proud of you now

won’t you bring me up to your level
won’t you bring me up today?
Talking heads punk but ya never rebel
Won’t you give me a song today?

won’t you bring me up to your level
won’t you bring up today?
wearing black but don’t play heavy metal
won’t you give me a break today?

you and me kid, I swear I saw you in my vision
you and me kid, I know you only live once
you and me kid
let’s get together
let’s be brothers forever and keep singing along