Songs From The City

by Ocean Music

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OCEAN MUSIC II: SONGS FROM THE CITY

This record is dedicated to my father.


I want to thank the following people (and one dog), whose encouragement, comments, collaboration, own work, and general thoughtfulness, all played at least a small part in this record making it to your hands:

William Moody
Lorca, the dog
Robert Frank
Jordan Kaplan
Peter Aufrichtig
Columbus, the band
Faith Griffiths
Ayden L.M. Grout
Zuzanna Juskiewicz
Ben Seretan
Teenagre, the band
Rachel Baxter
Bene Rohlmann
Nicholas Galanin
Erik Blood
Benjamin Verdoes
Peter Bradley
Sophie Harris
Jenny Simm
Dan Crowley
Nathan Ford
Sandy Aufrichtig
Paul Gold
Will Oldham
Aliza Aufrichtig
David Berman
Sam Galison
Ariel Abrahams
Rose Hips & Ships, the band
Jason Beck
Teddy Martin
and
Julie Zhu​

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released April 26, 2016

PRODUCTION CREDITS:

Produced, Written, and Performed by Richard Aufrichtig

Recorded, Engineered, and Mixed by Dan Crowley at The Motel Room Studios, LIC, NYC

Mastered by Paul Gold at Salt Mastering, Greenpoint, NYC

Front and Back Cover collage by Bene Rohlmann

Package Design by Modern Catalyst and Sam Galison

Recorded on October 7, 2014
Mixed on February 23, 2015
Mastered on March 31, 2015

This album was developed in part while in residence at The Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska as part of the Sitka Fellows Program in July-August of 2014

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Track Name: Take Me Out In The Street
Take me out in the sun
like you knew I was great
like you knew I was gone
like you knew I was late

you could tell I was wrong
but I wanted to stay
in your arms for a while
in your arms for a day

I know, when I wanna hold you
close, when I wanna hold you
hold you, hold you, hold you

who are you anyway?
with your hands and your shoes
I’ve been lost in the sound
of the blues

I’ve been lost, I been found
I’ve been out in the sound
I’ve been all of the lights in the skyline

I know, when I wanna hold you
close, when I wanna hold you
hold you, hold you, hold you

when you were just a girl
in another country
with your colors and thoughts
and so free

like a flower in song
like a bird in the sky
like we go when we know we must die

you go…farther than the water
goes… farther than the water…
water…water…water…

when I said I was wrong
I did not understand
you were lost in the sound
of your own city’s band
and your own little heart
like my bones in the sand
like my bones in the back of your hand

I know, when I wanna hold you
close, when I wanna hold you
hold you, hold you, hold you

Take me out in the street
I don’t want to be wrong
I’m a singer lost in a song
Track Name: Like The Singers of Old
I walk in the cold
like the singers of old
and I do what I’m told
when they fall

through the rain and the stars
I’ve been singing in bars
for the people I know
and their walls

is there something you know
that could sing to my soul?
that could wring out my heart
from this cold

that could sing all the songs
that I heard when I was gone
from the people I know
and their walls

I don’t believe in all the stories
I was told when I was younger
There’s a lot I don’t believe anymore
But I see there are walls
And I see there are-are-are walls
Where they go…
like the snow

On a cool summer’s day
I was lost in the wake
I was singing along
to your song

There’s a century of sound
still escaping from the ground
where I left it in the sun
on that wall

I don’t believe in all the stories
that I told when I was younger
there’s a lot I don’t believe anymore
And I know there are walls
And I know there are-are-are walls
Where they go
Where they go…

Da da da da da da
Da-da Da-dum….
Track Name: Little Bones
I’d love to see you
sitting there alone
in the bar, in my bedroom
sitting there alone
with your hands and your fingers
and your little bones
with your hands and your fingers
and your little bones

I’d love to see you sittin’ there
with your rainbows gone
and I wish I was still in love with
all the things I sung

You were gone, you were gone for me that day
You were gone, you had gone too deep

I’d like to see you naked
and your wings hung on
And your fingers are spinnin’
Da-da-da-da-dah
And the lights go blinkin’
And the rains go soft
and your hands are spinnin’
And your skin so soft

Send me on
Send me o-o-on
Send me o-o-on
Send me o-o-on

we were making love when
the walls came off
everyone was shakin’
and I knew the water
spillin’ in the ocean
was the reason I
had to go in motion
and I want you now
in my hands
Track Name: Cartographers
take me back to San Francisco
take me back to San Luis Obispo
take me back to Kansas City
take me back to New York City

Susan Sontag… in the city
Jodorowsky… Jodorowsky
and my body…
(and my body…)

Henry Miller… what an asshole
and my father… in his castle
when my body won’t stop
like the rain on a summer spo-o-o-ot

like the rain….

Kerouac and Old Calvino
Salinger and my Bolano
something stupid…like a singer
that I listen…to when winter

comes like it does and I walk to the river park
like I did in the rain when the summer sun was a sta-ar

and I run…

Sunset city in November
something pretty to remember
to remember, to remember
to remember, to remember

take me back to San Francisco
take me back to San Luis Obispo
take me back to Kansas City
I was schooled in the weights of New York City
New York City
New York City
New York City