Songs About Girls and Other Disasters

by Yorktown Lads

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released January 13, 2015

Produced, Written, and Performed by Yorktown Lads
Mastered by David Guerrerro

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Michael Simmons Huntington Beach, California

Guitarist/songwriter/vocalist for venerable powerpop band sparkle*jets u.k.
His new side-project is Yorktown Lads.

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Track Name: Something to Write About
It's been years since I've tried to write a song
Hard to do with so much going on
I Let my friends and fans forget me
'Cause my muse just went and left me
With nothing much to say
Maybe that's okay

But I need something to write about
A little something to write about
I need something to write about
Right now

Changed my job and it took away my time
Made me think think I'd really passed my prime
But then you called and made me ponder
Why put it off any longer
Put that stuff on pause
Get back to how it was

Give me something to write about
A little something to write about
I need something to write about
Right now

So jump on in beside me baby
We'll see what happens who knows maybe
We'll start a whole new song
Hope it doesn't take too long

Till we'll have something to write about
A little something to fight about
Maybe something to lie about
Or maybe something to cry about
Give me something to write about
Right now
Track Name: Make Her Smile
I've not felt this way for a while now
Like I've got someone to please
Love got so far out of style now
And my heart's down on it knees

Well I asked her for her number but I chickened out
I ran away before she knew what I was talking about
Well she makes me feel so awkward in the best of ways
Looking for the words to say
I just wanna make her smile

She's got a look that I can't forget
Overdressed most every day
And though I don't know her well just yet
I'd like think that could change

Well I asked her for her number but I chickened out
I ran away before she knew what I was talking about
Well she makes me feel so awkward in the best of ways
Looking for the words to say
I just wanna make her smile

When Cupid shot me with his arrow
It felt more like a gun
My heart beats fast, my sight is narrow
If I could, I'd just run run run run

Well I asked her for her number but I chickened out
I ran away before she knew what I was talking about
Well she makes me feel so awkward in the best of ways
Looking for the words to say
I just wanna make her smile
Make her smile
Make her smile
Make her smile
Track Name: Before You Leave
I've always wanted time to ask
But then again I've got plenty
I filled it up with so many things instead
You've always been right there so still
Waiting, but just out of reach
And there's a chance well never meet

Before you leave
Why don't you stop and say hello
Would you do that for me before you go
Before you leave
Would you be so kind
Not to let me leave everything we've worked on all behind

Hello and how are you today
The weather’s fine where you are
Small talk with a low of sixty-two
You say you're back and now in town
Searching for Discovery
And there's a chance you'll pass my street

Before you leave
Why don't you stop and say hello
Would you do that for me before you go
Before you leave
Would you be so kind
Not to let me leave everything we've worked on all behind
Track Name: La La
She's a shy little girl with her hand on her head
Trying to relive her dreams in her bed
You can try little girl, but you won't get ahead
Till you stop that dreaming, get out of that bed

I thought Romance had gone away
I thought my chances had all gone grey
I sat alone through sunny days
But that all changed the moment you looked my way

'Cause I la-la-la-la-love you
Do you la-la-love me too
I have to know, it sounds cliche
But you're the one runs through my head every day

Now I came to love loneliness and it's perks
If you have no expectations, then nobody gets hurt
But stopping the tears, in itself isn't worth
All the things that you'll miss if you don't do the work

I thought Romance had gone away
I thought my chances had all gone grey
I sat alone through sunny days
But that all changed the moment you looked my way

'Cause I la-la-la-la-love you
Do you la-la-love me too
I have to know, it sounds cliche
But you're the one runs through my head every day

And I'd never have a problem
solving any problems
Might come our way
And my promises are solemn
I won't ever leave
If you'll just promise that you'll always stay

Now she's my little girl with her hand on her head
But she stopped that dream and got out of her bed
We can try little girl, take it slow, clear our heads
Take some time from the fear and start falling instead
Track Name: Sick of Me
I wish I could fly away
To some far country where they don't work all day
Escape from all my cares
The guilt and pain of my careless words

Most of the time I'm fine
It's just another day
But sometimes I can't take it anymore
And I want to get away

Sometimes I'm sick of me
Don't wanna be that guy
Wanna shed my skin and make a change
But I'm too scared to try
Sometimes I'm sick of me
Until it makes me cry
Sometimes I'm cool
But then I'm such a fool
Not who I wanna be
I'm just so sick of me

Most of the time I'm fine
It's just another day
But sometimes I can't take it anymore
And I want to get away

Sometimes I'm sick of me
Don't wanna be that guy
My words alarm but often harm
Only trying to pass the time
Sometimes I'm sick of me
So much it makes me cry
I do mean well but it's hard to tell
That I love so desperately
I'm just so sick of me
I'm just so sick of me
Track Name: Around
Why do they call it falling when it feels like a climb
Love never gave me anything, I gave it all of my time
And now I'm left looking for more ways
To spend all the countless boring days

Why do words ring truer when they're said in a song
Falling in love with you didn't take very long
But you would deny me that great pleasure
Of being with someone through forever

If this is what love is I want nothing to do with it
I'd rather keep my head safely up in the clouds
If this is what love takes I don't think I am up to it
I want to stop my falling but I don't know how

Ever since you left I've been walking with my head on the ground
Never left or right or up or front I've only ever been down
But you threw the question to the ground
How long were you gonna hang around
Around
Around
Track Name: Dear Ethan
Dear Ethan
I used to be in your shoes
On the outside looking in
Singin the blues

Dear Ethan
I've got a lot to say
Cause I've been there, I've fallen
And it looks like you've done the same

She wants you
But only inside your own head
To come back to come around
And make you wonder why you left

The secrets are so bitter
From times that you've fought
Her favorites seem so chipper
But she's calling the shots

So dear Ethan
Whatever you do
I'm here to help
Not to intrude

Dear Ethan
Whatever you say
I'm here for you
Don't turn me away

Dear Ethan
When did you first shake hands
With a smile, turned around
And you left to take a stand

But you came wandering back
Ignoring the signs
She don't mean to let down
Not all the time
Track Name: Rewind
I remember I remember when
You opened the door and let me in
I said how do you do
You said I'm fine, how 'bout you

Your smile's what kept me afloat
Form breaking down and losing hope
If you wave to me
I'll wave back you see

Oh that's when things were fresh and new
Before I tripped and fell for you
I Scared you away and I wish I could take it back
I thought I had a shot this time
But thoughts began to eat my mind
Slap in the tape and hit rewind so I can try it again

I remember I remember where
I cried for help but you didn't care
You just let me be
With tricks up your sleeve
I may not fit into your archetype
But people tell me it'll be alright
If I run from you
But that's hard to do

Oh these were words far from the past
When I tripped I fell quite fast
Scared you away and I wish I could take it back
I thought I had a shot this time
But thoughts began to eat my mind
Slap in the tape and hit rewind
So I can try it again, I can try it again
Track Name: When You're Famous
She says remember me
When you've moved on
to bigger crowds
I know you're gonna be
Like a rising sun
don't love me now

When you're famous won't you come home to me
I'll give you a kiss and we'll be together

I'm not much right now
But somehow she sees
That I could grow
And she's got plans to bail
But before she leaves
She has to know

When you're famous won't you come home to me
I'll give you a kiss and we'll be together

All my life's spent waiting
for a break to come around
But could she keep her promise
Could she love me if I'm found

Sitting in a hotel room in New York City
Everyone I know is miles away
Blinded by the limelight
Easy come, easy go, right
Everything I never wanted on a silver tray

When you're famous won't you come home to me
I'll give you a kiss and we'll be together
Track Name: He's Got it Down
He's talking about her
He mocks and he taunts
He swears like a sailor
And he gets what he wants
Everyone loves him
He's the life of the ball
Who needs a conscience
When you can just fool them all

He's got it down, got it down, got it down, got it down
He's got it down, got it down, got it down, got it down

He lives in the moment
He'll cut her some slack
He gived her a flower
But when she turns her back
The insults start pouring
His friends are laughing out loud
They never consider
The nasty things he says when they're not around

He's got it down, got it down, got it down, got it down
He's got it down, got it down, got it down, got it down

It's not a popular opinion
But I'm not trying to be cool
I've grown tired of his dominion
And I'll no longer play the fool

He's got it down, got it down, got it down, got it down
He's got it down, got it down, got it down, got it down

He's got it down, got it down, got it down, got it down
He's got it down, got it down, got it down, got it down
Track Name: Home
From the mountains to the sea
And all the spaces in between
There's no place I'd rather be than my home
I've traveled all around
Man I kissed some holy ground
But no place I've ever found like my home

When I'm down and all alone
Nobody's picking up the phone
I run outside and let the sunshine in
Seems I'm busy all the time
Without a reason or rhyme
Gotta get outside and thaw my heart out
Lettin' the sunshine
Lettin' the sunshine in

Whether dirty or it's clean
Or something in between
The greatest place I've ever seen is my home
And as the sunset unfurls
I know my place in the world
And Brian says we've got the prettiest Girls back home

Running late I gotta go
So much running to and fro
Take the time to let the sunshine in
When you get to feeling old
Nights are long and days are cold
Gotta get outside and thaw your heart out
Lettin' the sunshine
Lettin' the sunshine in

I've got blue skies up above
And is if that weren't enough
Everyone I've ever loved called this home
We all live some, then we die
We're only here for a short time
But I know where I'll spend mine
Track Name: Pronouns
I waited so long for you to come around
And I waited so long, so long to hear the sound
But you ran off and left me hangin’
My tune is now flat , the one I’m singin'
This place is familiar, I've been here before
But the streets have changed, I don't know anymore

You waited waited to break the news, the news to me
And you could qualify to be my enemy
My mind was blown when yours exploded
I should've backed out before you called it
Left me with old thoughts that I'm still thinkin'
Hanging to you when we're both sinkin’

I'll stand right here as you walk around
Half in space and half in the ground

We are both terrified of what may come of this
We both got some folks that might get envious
I would wait yet another go-round
But I'm leaving here, and I'm leaving soon
But if you find yourself with open arms here
I'll make the time, and you'll make the time
And we'll have the time
Track Name: Cool Shoes, Bro
I like shoes, most guys do
Maybe won't admit it but they like shoes
And now I got the blues, what can I do
Hate to admit it but I'm not cool

I used to wear Vans, I used to wear Chucks
I used to wear Doc’s but I don't no more
I used to be an all-star, I used to be a punk
I used to be cool but I ain't no more oh yeah

Orthopedic lifts, Doctor Scholl's
Makes me feel like I'm a hundred years old
I had to give up all the kid stuff
Hate to admit it but my shoes suck

I used to wear Vans, I used to wear Chucks
I used to wear Doc’s but I don't no more
I used to be an all-star, I used to be a punk
I used to be cool but I ain't no more oh yeah

With arches falling down
It really hurts to walk around
Look at these sweet crocs I found
Somebody kill me now

I used to wear Vans, I used to wear Chucks
I used to wear Doc’s but I don't no more
I used to be an all-star, I used to be a punk
I used to be cool but I ain't no more oh yeah
Oh yeah... Oh yeah...
Track Name: It's Back
I was in love with a monster
and she hurt my feelings bad
One magic day she went away
So I could lose all the feelings that I'd come to have

But slowly now I'm turning around to find
It's back for seconds, this time it's my mind

It's back for more
apparently my heart was not enough before
And to think I thought that I was done, I was done
It's back for me
And I don't know how much my heart can take, you see
I used to think she was the only one, only one

You heard correctly, it's out there
Making other fellas sad
Don't let it get too close to you
Or it'll drive you up the walls and over cliffs completely mad

You may think she's changed, you might be torn
It's up to you but don't say you weren't warned

It's back for more
apparently my heart was not enough before
And to think I thought that I was done, I was done
It's back for me
And I don't know how much my heart can take, you see
I used to think she was my only one, only one

And from the moment I found her
I wanted to be around her
She took my loving away
And left me nothing to say

It's back for more
apparently my heart was not enough before
And to think I thought that I was done, I was done
It's back for me
And I don't know how much my heart can take, you see
I used to think she was my only one, only one
It's back
Track Name: Stairway to Heather
Wish I, wish I could stand alone with you
Wish I, wish I could see, could see it too
But things just aren’t that simple
When you’ve got a lot to say
And the ear you want to listen
Has slowly gone away

Wish you, wish you didn’t, you didn’t know
Wish you, wish you could let, could let me go
I can help you with all your troubles
If you promise to help with mine
And things will go together
You’ve just got to give them time