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Transportation Boulevard: Songs about Getting From There to Here

by Craig Rich

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1.
Take a Hike 02:22
I'm not your garden-variety gnome and I think your importance is over-blown If you think I should take a hike, I think you're right Carrying these feelings like a backpack full of bricks Another day of doing your deeds and I'm gonna be sick If you tell me to take a hike, I'd heed your advice - Organ section - I don't want to bury my dreams In all my luxuries The price is just too steep
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When I'm alone with her She expires the blues She inspires my tune When she is with me She reaches out when I drive because I'm always too distracted to just enjoy the ride or being alive now... <Chorus> Sometimes she only gets my whisper smile but that's enough for her because she knows she's mine She brought me to the city It's a rock and roll city Now I'm making my sounds Is anyone around? now... <Chorus> And I can hear the trains of Collinwood Calling me And I can hear my lover so desperately Wanting to set me free now... Sometimes she only gets my Sometimes she only gets my Sometimes she only gets my whisper smile And that's enough Oh! That's enough I can hear the trains and I can hear my lover and I can hear Ooooh...
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Got a nasty reputation For Waking up on the wrong side of the bed Now I don't see any use For the kind of self degradation Now this is my fascination Not so worried about my destination And I'm finding it easier to let go I wanted to run Across the World But she knows where I belong I wanted to hide From all of the darkness on the inside But I'll just let beauty be my guide Whoa-oh Yeah-ah Come on beauty be my guide Ahh-haaa Come on beauty be my guide
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You tell me don't be shy, but you never tell me how What makes it so easy for you to stand up and face the crowd I think the secret is your words don't carry weight At least that's what I hear from my point of view at any rate Lot to say, Haven't got a lot to say You keep stealing the words From out of my face Lot to say, Haven't got a lot to say While you're filling the air with your Audible waste You think the loudest voice is the one that rules the room I can't wait til you find out there's been no one listening to you You think you're speaking, but you're only blowing air If you'd pipe down just a second you'd find all you've done is mess up our hair Chorus
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So I sit here and I'm waiting Old familiar prison cell The outlook is always gray My own personal hell So fortune Won't you look upon me? I only want you to set me free Oh fortune Won't you turn my way? Or do I have to stay here...another day?
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The countdown has begun The bell has already been rung The champion has already won And I'm still here What's left to wonder? Is there something I left behind? So many things have been done The world is in motion And so we continue to run To feel the world's emotion What's left to wonder? Is there something I left behind? And we spend so much of our time Preparing to die We spend so much of our time Learning to die...with style And still we don't get it right What's left to Wonder?
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He's a lefty She's a righty and I'm just out here walking along this barbed-wire fence Do the citizens remember how to agree to disagree? Or do they cling too tightly now to their cult philosophy? Just more ways of judging these books by their covers If we continue down this jagged path I can assure you there'll be no surplus of lovers Do the citizens recall how to disagree? It's pretty clear that it doesn't fit in their philosophy Is "We the People" something we recall? because it sure feels like we're preparing for the Fall Wire me up to sever my connection
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Instrumental
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Chillin out in the lot With a lot on my mind The show is about to start And I'm overdressed for the weather But I'll manage I need to manage Manage my feelings Manage my estate Manage my mistakes Chillin in Ohio winter Can I bear it? Bare my soul Bare my body Bear the weight Well, I've got my star to guide me But it's not the one you're thinkin' about I'm in the vehicle And there's no movement at all But my ambitions are not shrinking The future looks bright When I'm driven toward my light My star My vehicle The only one who I can bear Bare my soul Bare my body Bear the weight
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I have to admit that life was bland Until you came and shook up my plans I'm hoping you'll understand It'd be splendid to be your man I wanna be the best human I can be when I'm around you Still I'm asking myself what the hell am I gonna do I was drifting in the water again My Earth was flat I was sailing off the end You showed me how to begin again I wanna dive right in your deep end I wanna be the best human I can be when I'm around you Still I'm asking myself what the hell am I gonna do I wanna be right at the top of my game If I were to stop right now Oh, that'd be a shame I wanna be the best I've ever been No matter how hard I try I just don't think you've seen ...but I don't what the hell I'm gonna do
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We're falling in our well-worn groove A false sense of security Look at our little safety bubble It's so shiny and so true You have to make a friend out of your Fear Unless you want to stay right here As for me, I'm moving on The truth is I was already gone It's another story of nothing gained from nothing ventured So, let's be unstable now I'm not resigned to remain the same You have to take some comfort in all your fear Unless your plan is to stay right here As for me I'll find my way It's far too late to convince me to stay Can you hear me through the rain There's a friend in all your fear One you won't find by sitting here I've got one foot outside the door You might not see me anymore

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Make a friend out of your fear. Choose your heart sometimes, instead of your head. Sometimes you end up in a better place than you were planning. These are songs about accidentally falling in love with a scenario, a location, a lover, and anything else you might find along the way.

11 tracks that see Craig in a more grounded style; basing the songs on acoustic guitar, heartier vocals, catchy bass rhythms (with featured Cleveland, OH musicians), and even a little bit of hand percussion. Don't fret, however, as Craig still keeps his eyes on outer space in this one; as he built several soundscapish textures around each main idea.

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released January 7, 2020

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Craig Rich Cleveland, Ohio

Always fine-tuning his brand of Indie Dreamwave, Craig Rich explores soundscapes in an aggressive, yet dreamy way that combines both noisy intensity and restraint. His blend of fuzzy guitars and catchy melodies often take a page from Eno, Marr, and the 90s alt/electronic scene ... more

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