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1.
WANNA BE MY LOVER? You wanna be my lover, You wanna be my friend? You don't know what you want, babe. I'll find out in the end. Crossing many rivers and hiding under trees, I always made you quiver. You always made me believe. Sing it! You think you need Prince Charming. I know you need a ride. Life ain't too alarming so don't run and hide. You slide right near me then you tuck away. Can you really see me? Should you even stay? And, love is strong love is long love is wrong and love can bring you down. And, you love me and now you don't and now you do and I don't have a clue but I could still love you. Sing It! You wanna need your space, girl. You wanna hold my hand. You wanna leave no trace, girl. You still make me a man. I can't keep on lying. You can't just pretend that you keep on trying when you've reached the end - that crossroad between lovers, that road between friends. And, love is strong love is long love is wrong and love can bring you down. And, you love me and now you don't and now you do and I don't have a clue but I could still love you.
2.
CRACKED CANDY You said 'good-bye' last night. You couldn't hold me or fight. That's all right. You held my hand, held it tight. I couldn't let go. I had to let go. That's all right. You met me on that New Year's Eve tugging hard on my sleeve. Now I grieve. You had to leave me, left me all alone. That's all right... that's all right. You looked at me. I had to turn, turn away from you. My heart it burned. That's all right. You had to cry. You felt so bad. The pain you gave me made me sad. That's all right. You met me on that New Year's Eve tugging hard on my sleeve. Now I grieve. You had to leave me, left me all alone. That's all right... that's all right. Cracked Candy, you left me these bits and pieces, bits and pieces. That's all right. The common view, I had you. You had me. You know it's true. That's all right. You met me on that New Year's Eve tugging hard on my sleeve. Now I grieve. You had to leave me, left me all alone. That's all right... that's all right. On 21st, you kissed me on the lips, on the cheek and said 'good-bye.'
3.
The Myth 04:10
THE MYTH Gravel burns my feet as I hit the street to get away from who I am. It was that day the sun stood still. I lost the will and my girl. The world it seemed it filled with steam and glowed like iron in the soul... Truth - tried and trying to unwind, to decide where to go, where to believe, all these things, all these things - closure and failure and faith and fleet and compromise misdirection, resolution and the myth... recollection of all things lost of reaching to the corner of desperation of finding somebody to love moody in the nectar of every day life a corpse revived by memory a struggle to receive and conceive self-worth versus universal love from above the frame the intellectual destruction of everywhere the conceited diatribe of a moment beyond a mimic's cry and desolation piano keys prick on the surface of a cartoon profile poking into the mind's absence the soul is a moment of substantive sadness cushion in a boot crooked bricks tickled by years of neglect constant sorrow followed by annoyance dead horn sections drum beats are supposed to make you move not sit there at the bar to drink and write and cry and fight to cry...
4.
LAY LADY LAY Lay, lady, lay, lay across my big brass bed. Lay, lady, lay, lay across my big brass bed. Whatever colors you have in your mind I'll show them to you and you'll see them shine. Lay, lady, lay, lay across my big brass bed. Stay, lady, stay, stay with your man awhile. Until the break of day, let me see you make him smile. His clothes are dirty but his hands are clean And you're the best thing that he's ever seen. Stay, lady, stay, stay with your man awhile. Why wait any longer for the world to begin? You can have your cake and eat it too. Why wait any longer for the one you love When he's standing in front of you? Lay, lady, lay, lay across my big brass bed. Stay, lady, stay, stay while the night is still ahead. I long to see you in the morning light. I long to reach for you in the night. Stay, lady, stay, stay while the night is still ahead.
5.
FOR THE LOVE OF BANJO (THE MEETING) - instrumental -
6.
Catskills 05:37
CATSKILLS You hug a tree right next to me. You feel the life under your feet. We'll see the sunrise in the end. We'll wind up more than just friends. I held your hand up on that hill. The lake below was such a thrill. That busted house was filled with ghosts. We barely made it to the coast. You are the girl who makes me free. You smell some moss and feel the breeze. You hold this rock with such ease. This photograph will never sell the deeper meaning of this tale. Your hair, it flows. Your eyes are bright with blue and gold and red delight. The day's still long before the night. The trail has more, but it's all right. You are the girl who makes me free. We reach the top before the dusk. You go beyond. I smell the musk. You're like Rapunzel up in that tower. We need to leave before the hour. We climb back down to find your hat. The darker it gets, the less the chance. You get real sad, but it's okay. I'll drive us again to get away. You are the girl who makes me free.
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Cape May 04:38
CAPE MAY I can hardly share, even care about the blame. I feel ashamed for falling deep, for falling hard. Before these summer stars filled the night near and far, we would roam hand in hand, day by day. But, the sun feels so stark in the shadows of my heart as my eyes catch the darkness as you vanish from view. What is left to do? I always think of you on the beaches of Cape May and the necklace I bought that day. The moment I come home with the fragrance of alone... if I only had more time... there is never enough time. Love can't be blind 'cause your beauty is too real. Your feelings are sincere and so are mine. But, what becomes of love when the end comes too soon and my feelings are aware of the truth that you and I belong with the twilight of the moon? Aristophanes idea of love swoons in our cocoon. What is left to do? I always think of you on the beaches of Cape May and the necklace I bought that day. The moment I come home with the fragrance of alone... if I only had more time... there is never enough time. But now my half is gone as I ponder the reasons why how to fly, how to be, how to move on. I carve my tale with ribbons on the sand as the tide creeps in and takes away my hand. I need to be your one and only man. Now it sinks in near my bed's window pane an empty glass... I'm afraid to ask who you're with late at night... For now I have to leave all my mind, all my heart, all my love on the beaches of Cape May.
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ABANDONED LOVE & LILAC WINE & Every time I see you I feel like a Rolling Stone or maybe like a Beatle, but probably just alone - don't let me down, don't let me down. There was Pinetop Perkins, some Beach Boys too. Add some Muddy Waters, now I'm feeling blue - and I'm down, really down. Lilac Wine really got me through, made me realize I still love you - now I lost my crown, I guess I'm down. Don't you really understand it what you took from me for granted? I guess I can not really stand this side of you. But then again I really like you, then again I really love you, then again I hate to lose you - but then I did, I really did. 'Abandoned Love,' I play it all the time just to remind me I'm really not sublime. The Spanish moon is rising on the hill. 'While You Were Sleeping,' I felt so alive. Love is the answer, but you just snore and sigh - it's time to see what's on TV. Robin Williams always makes me laugh. But, I never got over the aftermath in my mind's wrath - you walked away. Don't you really understand it what you took from me for granted? I guess I can not really stand this side of you. But then again I really like you then again I really love you then again I hate to lose you - but then I did, I really did. When I'm in that moment and Sinatra's on my side - 'Only the Lonely,' 'Send in the Clowns' - with the moving tide and demented frowns. 'What A Wonderful World' use to get me through. Now that I've lived I don't know what to do when the rooster crows, the hounds begin to howl. It's time to flip the record over to side two. But every side is tragic. Will there be something new when we meet again on the avenue? Don't you really understand it what you took from me for granted? I guess I can not really stand this side of you. But then again I really like you then again I really love you then again I hate to lose you - but then I did, I really did.
9.
ANOTHER HELLO Where are you tonight? I'm left all alone. You don't call, you don't even write. My soul is a sinking stone. I look at all the love that loneliness just stole. When you said 'good-bye' I thought there'd be another hello... Drinking to pretend that there is more than this. Thinking until the end that there is more than this. I look at all the love that loneliness just stole. When you said 'good-bye' I thought there'd be another hello... The night feels like death. Whiskey has made me numb. I want to feel your breath to just hand me a crumb. I look at all the love that loneliness just stole. When you said 'good-bye' I thought there'd be another hello... My bed sleeps alone with memories of you. I really can't go on with the weight of evening's dew, with these memories of you. I look at all the love that loneliness just stole. When you said 'good-bye' I thought there'd be another hello...
10.
Denied 03:14
DENIED those lips those eyes that smile her touch her skin so soft holding on to you I feel so alive but my love is denied today her hair that face those hands her curves that voice her mind holding on to you I feel so alive but my love is denied today in bed we lie we breathe you said these words I grieve holding on to you I feel so alive but my love is denied today but... those lips those eyes that smile
11.
IN SPITE OF ALL THE LOVE time brought us near made us laugh then disappeared into a cloud of foggy life dreary days and drunken nights but we are here, we are here in spite of all the love you made me calm every time you stroked my arm and then you fell away along the side of fearful ways and yet we are here, we are here in spite of all the love holding you and knowing you and loving you and feeling you tonight holding you and knowing you I know it's true, I'm loving you tonight time brought us tears brought us more, brought us near next to you and all you are beauty, soul and all these stars and the moon and the light and the day and the night I love you... in spite of all the love
12.
KOS NEE OZZIE'S NEE HEY Hey, take me back to that cafe where we didn't know who was what to whom in that room where I said, 'Hey what do you do, where are you from? you look cute in that hat.' But, there was more than that behind those words when, 'Hey I'm a model from Oceanside. and thanks, I like this hat too.' And, the looks grew and grew as our feelings became true and unglued and Hey we grabbed some food and talked about our moods about our aspirations about our favorite foods about our life's desires about my fear of fire and Hey you had to go sing some tunes. I walked you to the door without a kiss good-night. I got a call about cancer and thought you were the answer but, Hey take me back to that cafe.
13.
Backstage 06:20
BACKSTAGE If you see her around town don't let her know I'm down. I hope that she's okay. But life will go on. At least that's what they say. I still feel the harm. I guess that's the charm of knowing when to cry and knowing when to lie. I don't have to know, but I really want to know - Who do you love today? I saw you the other day. I was sitting backstage. You smiled and you waved. I really didn't know, know how to behave. My soul felt like stone. And I am all alone sinking through my heart. My mind is the spark. Again so are you. This evening feels so blue. Who do you love today? The haunting and the longing deep inside my mind screens the things we used to do that made me glad all the time. But now my heart is alabaster in the sand cracking like these faded dreams of when I was your only man. I don't have to know but I really want to know who do you love...
14.
OVERLOOK MOUNTAIN (THE GRIEVING) - instrumental -
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CLOUDY MONDAY Cloudy Monday... a candle flickered dead with the things that you said lying naked in my bed crying instead of trying to live in love's shed. Cloudy Monday... when the sun fell down my smile was a frown and I fell to the ground around the moment you left bereft by aching sounds. Cloudy Monday... the world as it seemed it filled up with steam and began to kill the dream of me and you as life together as one seam. Cloudy Monday... can't you understand I need to know? please hold my hand I can never let go, Cloudy Monday... broke apart my heart as I began to fall apart inside your arms to start before I had to let go and ride the train to part. Cloudy Monday... emptied a crooked eye lips shook and would deny truth that would bound us in the sky on a day not like today squeezing the soul of you and I. Cloudy Monday.

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released November 25, 2016

Words & Music by Gypsy George Mihalopoulos
*except 'Lay Lady Lay' written by Bob Dylan (Big Sky Music)

Engineered, Mixed, Mastered, Produced & Performed by Gypsy George Mihalopoulos

An Always Already Joint
Always Already Publishing (ASCAP)

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Gypsy George & the Open Road Love Affair Brooklyn, New York

Gypsy George & the Open Road Love Affair attempt to take the mood, sounds, air of a random road trip and recreate it though music. Based around multi-instrumentalist Gypsy George and a revolving door of musicians from all different walks of life, the band's motto is, 'if ya played with us once, you're a lifetime member!'

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