Baritone EP

by JG

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released August 16, 2011

1. Baritone
2. Garden In The Dark
3. Close To Me
4. Love And Loss
5. Kinds Of Questions

John Guari - Vocals, Piano, Songwriting
Paul Orbell - Guitars
Jent LaPalm - Bass on tracks 1, 2, 4 and 5
Myles Turney - Bass on track 3
Curt Garey - Drums on tracks 2, 3 and 4
Joel Arnow - Drums on tracks 1 and 2
Francesca Esmé, Calley Bliss, Alastair Ottesen, Christopher Duff - Background vocals on track 5
Recorded at Vanity Sound, Brooklyn 2011 / Engineered and Mixed by Myles Turney / Mastered by Alan Douches, West West Side Music
Layout & Photos by Christopher Duff / www.jgmusicjg.com
Copyright John Guari 2011

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Track Name: Baritone
The windows are open as I cruise down highway 35
The radio's playing a song from before I was alive
About a Motown boy and a country girl
Riding on a train to escape their loney worlds
And I'd like to sing along, but the melody is up in the stratosphere
And I won't be able to hit those notes in a million years

'Cause I'm cursed with a baritone voice
I sing down the octave, I don't have a choice
My voice was not meant to fly with Freddie Mercury's up in the sky
'Cause I'm cursed with a baritone voice

If I had a time machine, I'd travel 10 years in the past
I'd tell myself, "You'd better enjoy this range it lasts."
"And you'd better watch out because puberty will hit you before too long."
"Then the only thing you'll have the pipes for is that one Crash Test Dummies song."
Well it's just too bad my flux capacitor's in the shop
So I'll just try to sing "Roxanne" until my blood vessels pop

'Cause I'm cursed with a baritone voice
I sing down the octave, I don't have a choice
My voice was not meant to fly with Geddy Lee's up in the sky
'Cause I'm cursed with a baritone voice

Let's look on the bright side
The positive, as I understand
When I sing, there ain't no question
If I'm a woman or a man

I sing so low

I'm cursed with a baritone voice
I sing down the octave, I don't have a choice
My voice was not meant to fly with Steve Perry's up in the sky
'Cause I'm cursed with a baritone voice
Track Name: Garden In The Dark
I know that I'd get bored with it if everyone sounded the same way
And I know that I'd get sick of it if I had to the same food everyday
And that's what it feels like sometimes

And I have great respect for you, but you won't allow a little variety
It seems like all the things I like
They have no place in this one-course meal that you've laid out for me

Well I like to sit and think about those good old days
I was young, my imagination was a spark
Before you told me what I could and could not do
Before you tried to grow a garden in the dark

I think I'm old enough now to make decisions on my own
And if I need your help, I'll ask you
Until then, please leave me alone
Please leave me alone

Well I like to sit and think about those good old days
I was young, my imagination was a spark
Before you told me what I could and could not do
Before you tried to grow a garden in the dark
Track Name: Close To Me
Winter is upon me
What once was green has died
My instincts and my friends will help me stay alive
You have come along now
You're exciting and you're new
An understatement would be to say that I get along you

And I'm not sure if I can tell you what I think I need
I just wanna feel you close to me
'Cause when you're standing next to me
I find it hard to breathe
I just wanna feel you close to me

We're both grownup people
With fingers that are bold
Holding hands like we're a couple of 14-year-olds
Mistakes haven't been made yet
This affection is so pure
I can't concentrate, I can't see straight, my head's a blur

And I'm not sure if I can tell you what I think I need
I just wanna feel you close to me
With fingers interlocking
I'm glad that I can be
I just wanna feel you close to me

It's time for us to part now
If only temporarily
The events of tonight turned out unexpectedly
Don't mistake that for complaining
'Cause that's not what I mean
An understatement would be to say that I enjoyed this scene

And I'm not sure if I can tell you what I think I need
I just wanna feel you close to me
The possibility of loving you
It's tempting, I concede
I just wanna feel you close to me
Track Name: Love And Loss
He doesn't know what he's dealing with
But he's willing to take a chance
He doesn't know that she'll break his heart
And in a year, they'll be struggling to be friends
But he'll do what he wants to
He's got no reason not to

Go with it
Fight for it
When it's time to quit
You'll have learned from it
Those tired old cliches about love and loss
They're truer than you think

He knows they both tried to make it work
But eventually it had to end
And now he's past the point of no return
He's single once again
And he'll do what he wants to
He's got no reason not to

Go with it
Fight for it
When it's time to quit
You'll have learned from it
Those tired old cliches about love and loss
They're truer than you think

Take your time
Clear your mind
Rest a while
And learn to smile again
You're wiser now, my friend

So in a year, he's experienced
All the highs, the lows, the joy and the pain
He feels that it's worth it for what he's learned
And he'd do it all again

Go with it
Fight for it
When it's time to quit
You'll have learned from it
Those tired old cliches about love and loss
They're truer than you think
Track Name: Kinds Of Questions
Think of the things you own
And everyone you've ever known
What have they done to define you?
What thoughts did you choose yourself?
Which ones came from someone else?
What have you done to define you?

Oh, these are the kinds of questions
Oh, these are the kinds of questions
Oh, these are the kinds of questions we should be asking ourselves

Think about all your pride
And the arrogance inside
What have they done to define you?
What thoughts did you choose yourself?
Which ones came from someone else?
What have you done to define you?

Oh, these are the kinds of questions
Oh, these are the kinds of questions
Oh, these are the kinds of questions we should be asking ourselves

Won't you please tell me who I am?