lyrics and credits from the 2018 CD "DESAFIANDO LAS DISTANCIAS"

1. COME SPEND A WEEK WITH ME

piano, vocals, words and music by Bob Telson; drums: Shawn Pelton; bass: Lincoln Schleifer; guitar: Marc Shulman

Come spend a week with me
so we can get to know each other
Bring your winter clothes 
It’s gonna be so cold outside
Yes we can lie in bed 
and read each other poetry
protected from the edge of night
in each others’ arms

Let’s take the A train
all the stories that the faces tell
we’ll make up songs about them
as if we could know them well
but the story that I 
want to know the most about
is you and me cause when we’re making love 
you make me wanna shout

I was lost but now I'm found
Amazing Grace 
Is coming to town
Listen to me baby

come spend a week with me
so we can get to know each other
though you’re in Argentina
far from me on Christmas eve
Santa’s bringing me the best surprise
a boy could ask for
2 pillows for me when I get down on my knees
for Grace
Amazing Grace is coming to town

Come Spend a Week With Me
so we can get to know each other
let’s write our own story
Amazing Grace
She’s got a ticket to ride/ in just a few days
she’ll come to Brooklyn/ be by my side
Come Spend a Week With Me
I’m waiting impatiently
for you to be here with me
Amazing Grace
My world was black and white/ a long cold dark night
Now it's technicolor bright
Come Spend a Week With Me
you make me wanna shout
I wanna know all about
Amazing Grace
is coming to town

2. DESPELOTE

words, music, voice, piano: Bob Telson, guitars: Marcelo Dellamea

Draw this picture: 
a lovely girl in a hot bath,
listening to Sinatra.
Here’s the story as she told it to me:

behind above and under
thinking of you
while bathing to Sinatra
remembering the things you do

gradually a feeling 
was growing so strong
instead of just relaxing
I helped it along

Despelote*
que quilombo
el agua en el piso
y se me perdió el mundo

next day while i was working
daydreaming of you
while listening to mozart
Imagining magic flutes

gradually a feeling 
was growing so strong
instead of concentrating
I helped it along

despelote
que quilombo
papeles en el piso 
y se me perdió el mundo

*(English translation: both "despelote" and "quilombo" are Argentine slang loosely meaning "fantastic disorder/pandemonium." Next: water (agua)/papers (papeles) on the floor and I blacked out (se me perdió el mundo, literally "I lost the world")

3. SONG ABOUT BEGINNINGS

words and music by Bob Telson, keyboards and vocals: Bob Telson; guitars: Marc Shulman and Sam Butler; bass: Lincoln Schleifer; drums: Shawn Pelton

I've written too many songs about the death of love
About the struggle to hold on after it's gone
About the freedom and despair
When there’s nobody there
How to pick up the pieces and move on

But now I’m singing a different way
I met someone the other day
Every time we talk 
We have more silly things to say
I’m so glad she’s coming to see me soon

Here’s a song about beginnings
Not about losings and winnings
cause I’m feeling on top of my game 
I write a song every day
cause the girl moves me that way
and I like her voice when she’s talking sweet to me

So now I’m singing a different song
I found the arms where I belong
She says she’s crazy about me
We’re both feeling it so strong
I can’t wait till she’s here with me

It’s a song about beginnings
not losings nor winnings…

well everybody wants a love of their own
and everybody wants a heart to call home
But who can project what might happen next
I’m just glad to be beginning to get to know you

4. ASTRONAUTAS

keyboards, vocals, music by Bob Telson; lyrics by Grace Corso and Bob Telson

perdidos en algún punto (lost in some point)
entre la luna y el sol (between the moon and the sun)
van danzando nuestros cuerpos (our bodies go dancing) 
astronautas de amor (astronauts of love)

ya no existe mas el tiempo (time exists no more)
ni las luces, ni el dolor (nor lights, nor pain)
porque te tengo a mi lado (because I have you by my side)
porque estas conmigo (amor) (because you're with me, love)

Seremos locos cometas (We will be crazy comets)
en busca de su Big Bang (in search of our Big Bang) 
danzando entre las estrellas (dancing among the stars)
conquistando la eternidad (conquering eternity)

abrázame con el alma (embrace me with your soul)
siente mi cuerpo palpitar (feel my body palpitate)
exploremos otras galaxias (we'll explore other galaxies)
el infinito y mas allá (infinity and beyond)

Astronautas de amor… (Astronauts of Love...)

5. DAYS OF WAITING

piano, vocals, words, and music by Bob Telson

the thought of going to sleep in your arms
is a powerful motivator
of all the things that i could do
this one I’d like to do sooner than later

the thought of going to sleep in your arms
it brings me happiness and makes me grateful
the thought of going to sleep in your arms
just 9 more days of waiting

DAYS OF WAITING
I will sleep with you all night
While the dark earth spins
with the living and with the dead
DAYS OF WAITING
With my arm around your waist
Neither night nor sleep 
can separate us*
*(bridge lyrics inspired by Pablo Neruda's "La Noche en La Isla")

6. YES TO ME

words and music, vocals, piano: Bob Telson; trombone: Dan Reagan

I didn’t know you’d be so funny
but i wanted you anyway
i didn’t know you’d look so pretty
till you looked at me that way

my friends say oh she’s so young
but i feel like a kid at play
sending fifty messages in an hour
for the second time today

that first day we spent together
in your bed listening to the rain
what a way to get acquainted
there was nothing to explain

but now that I know you better
from the words you write and say
the way that we are feeling
gets stronger every day

I offered you my arm 
You accepted naturally
And ever since that moment
I knew you'd say yes to me

yes, yes, say yes to me

7. COULDN'T HELP SAYING IT

words and music, vocals by Bob Telson; guitars: Marc Shulman; drums: Shawn Pelton; bass: Lincoln Schleifer

it’s been a long time since I looked into somebody’s eyes
and couldn’t help saying i love you (oh girl)
it’s been a long time since I looked into somebody’s eyes
and couldn’t help saying i love you (yes girl)

2 voices inside me
one says
you may feel that way right now
you’ve been next to her
(both out of breath
when the words came tumbling out)

2 voices inside me
one says
you may feel that way right now
you’ve been next to her
(made me feel so real
that I didn’t have a doubt)

another voice saying those are serious words
boy you better be sure
cause there’s no return 
once you said it
(Those 3 words are a declaration)

another voice saying those are serious words
boy you better be sure
cause there’s no return 
once you said it
Gonna say it again 
I’M GONNA LET MYSELF LOVE YOU
Gonna say it again 
I’M GONNA LET MYSELF LOVE YOU

8. DESAFIANDO LAS DISTANCIAS (defying the distances)

words and music + vocals and keyboards by Bob Telson; guitar: Jon Herington

I know baby it’s hard for you
we seem to spend so much time far apart
we live our love in chapters
but there’s too much time in between

and you know baby it’s hard for me
I’d love to have you with me here today
it’s not just the love we make
it’s more than the kiss when we wake
it’s all the little moments between

DESAFIANDO LAS DISTANCIAS 
I miss your sweet loving
DESAFIANDO LAS DISTANCIAS
soon we’ll be kissing and hugging
DESAFIANDO LAS DISTANCIAS
desafiando, desafiando
DESAFIANDO LAS DISTANCIAS
baby hold on

I miss our sweet moments of playfulness
but I feel next to you girl in my heart
it’s not just the love we make
it’s more than the kiss when we wake
it’s all the little moments between

DESAFIANDO LAS DISTANCIAS…

9. DIAS PARA VERTE

Bob Telson: piano, vocals, music, and original lyrics for "Days of Waiting" (Spanish adaptation by Grace Corso)

Pensar que dormiré, en tus brazos
me motiva intensamente
De todo lo que quiero compartir con vos,
estar en tus brazos es, lo que anhelo

Pensar que dormiré, en tus brazos
Me hace feliz y bendecido.
Pensar que dormiré, en tus brazos
Faltan solo dias para verte

Días Para Verte

Abrazados en la noche
Mientras gira el mundo
Y los otros duermen
(Días Para Verte)
Con mi mano en tu cintura
Ni la noche, ni el sueño
pueden separarnos*
*(la letra del puente adaptada de "La Noche en La Isla" de Pablo Neruda)

10. BED OF ROSES

words and music + vocals and keyboards by Bob Telson; guitars: Jon Herington

We made love yes we did
In a bed of roses
And all the pleasure we felt
Kept coming on and on

Well we made love yes we did
In a bed of roses
And all the things that we said
Are still in my head

Flower Power yes I feel it coming on
Flower Power in the middle of the afternoon
Flower Power bright colors take me there
By her side is where I belong

Flower Power horizontal samba dance
Flower Power in the morning when it’s time for romance
Flower Power bright colors take me there
By her side is where I belong

Imagine a purple cottage on a mountain lake in Bahia, Brazil
A pink hammock outside to relax in, listening to the birds sing
“Hey baby, let’s go for a swim. I love you, bless your spirit”
And when we get back our canopied bed is covered with flowers 
that grow everywhere, arranged in beautiful patterns of tropical colors

We made love yes we did
In a bed of roses
 


Produced, recorded, and mixed by Bob Telson; mastered by Jon Gordon; CD design by Alex Majewski; front photo by Grace Corso; back photo by Charles Dennis

 

LYRICS AND CREDITS from the 2016 CD "AMERICAN DREAMERS"

1) CALLING YOU (words and music by Bob Telson)  written for the film “Bagdad Café” 

A DESERT ROAD FROM VEGAS TO NOWHERE 
IT’S SOMEPLACE BETTER THAN WHERE YOU'VE BEEN 
A COFFEE MACHINE THAT NEEDS SOME FIXING 
IN A LITTLE CAFE JUST AROUND THE BEND 

I AM CALLING YOU - CAN'T YOU HEAR ME 
I AM CALLING YOU 

A HOT DRY WIND BLOWS RIGHT THRU ME 
THE BABY'S CRYING AND I CAN'T SLEEP 
BUT I CAN FEEL A CHANGE IS COMING 
COMING CLOSER SWEET RELEASE 

I AM CALLING YOU - I KNOW YOU HEAR ME 
I AM CALLING YOU 

I'M GONNA WALK THROUGH THE DESERT TO FIND YOU 
GONNA LEAVE BEHIND THE ONLY LIFE I KNOW 
CAUSE THERE'S A PLACE FOR HEARTS THAT NEED FIXING 
A LITTLE CAFE WITH A MAGIC SHOW 

2) AMERICAN DREAMERS  (words and music by Bob Telson) 
I wrote this to sing at my Harvard ’70 45th reunion 

45 YEARS 
AND HERE WE SIT TONIGHT 
LET'S STAND UP AND CHEER 
THOSE GREAT DAYS WHEN WE WERE UNITED 
I HEARD SOMEBODY LAUGHING 
(SAYIN') "TIME'S BEEN GOOD TO US" 
WELL, EVERYBODY KNOWS 
THAT THROUGH HIGH TIMES AND LOWS 
WE'LL GET TOGETHER HERE 
EVERY 5 YEARS 

45 YEARS 
IT'S STILL THE SAME OLD STORY 
A CHILD IS BORN 
TO TEARS AND DREAMS OF GLORY 
WILL SHE REMEMBER ALL THE LOVE WE GAVE 
LET'S RAISE OUR DRINKS IN THE AIR 
AND LET 'EM KNOW WE STILL CARE (about) 
WHAT HAPPENED 45 YEARS AGO 

DREAMERS, WE MUST HAVE BEEN DREAMERS 
IMAGINING A WORLD SO UNLIKE OUR OWN 
(WE WERE) DREAMERS, AMERICAN DREAMERS 
AND WHEN I ROLLED OVER I AWOKE ALONE 

45 YEARS 
AND HERE WE SIT TONIGHT 
LET'S STAND UP AND CHEER 
THOSE GREAT DAYS WHEN WE WERE UNITED 
I HEARD SOMEBODY LAUGHING 
(SAYIN') "TIME'S BEEN GOOD TO US" 
LET'S RAISE OUR FISTS IN THE AIR 
AND LET 'EM KNOW WE STILL CARE (about) 
WHAT HAPPENED 45 YEARS AGO 

3) I LIKED YOUR PHOTOS  (words and music by Bob Telson) 

I THOUGHT IF I JUST WAIT A WHILE 
YOU'LL SURELY FIND THE TIME TO DIAL 
MY NUMBER BUT NOW I WONDER 
IF ALL I THOUGHT WAS MISUNDERSTOOD 
AND LIKING YOU I THOUGHT YOU WOULD 
BE WAITING NOT HESITATING 

I LIKED YOUR PHOTOS BEFORE I SAW YOUR FACE 
I LIKED YOUR WORDS BEFORE I HEARD YOUR VOICE 
IT WAS EASY YOU WERE MY CHOICE 
SO I SENT YOU A CLEVER MESSAGE 

YOU LIKE AL GREEN AND SO DO I 
WE BOTH HAVE DOGS SO WHY NOT TRY 
TO GET TOGETHER SO WE CAN MEASURE 
THE WAYS YOUR PROFILE MATCHES MINE 
THE WINES WE DRINK, PLACES WE DINE 
LONG WALKS ON BEACHES SUMMER VACATIONS 

I LIKED YOUR PHOTOS BEFORE I SAW YOUR FACE 
I LIKED YOUR WORDS BEFORE I HEARD YOUR VOICE 
WE AGREED AND MADE A CHOICE 
WHEN AND WHERE TO GET TOGETHER 

THE SEVENTH GAME WAS ON TV 
BUT BASEBALL DIDN’T BECKON ME 
THE THOUGHT OF LOVE DID, I WENT TO MEET YOU 
WE TALKED ABOUT THE LIVES WE'VE LIVED 
PARENTS MARRIAGES AND KIDS 
AND SEPARATION OUR IMPATIENCE 

I LIKED YOUR PHOTOS BEFORE I SAW YOUR FACE 
I LIKED YOUR WORDS BEFORE I HEARD YOUR VOICE 
AND INSIDE I REJOICED 
GIRL, SO NICE TO MEETCHA 

IT NEVER HAD OCCURRED TO ME 
THAT AS WE TALKED YOU MIGHT NOT FEEL 
THE SAME CHEMISTRY THE CALL OF DESTINY 
I THOUGHT IF I JUST WAIT A WHILE 
YOU'LL SURELY FIND THE TIME TO DIAL 
MY NUMBER BUT NOW I WONDER 

I LIKED YOUR PHOTOS BEFORE I SAW YOUR FACE 
I LIKED YOUR WORDS BEFORE I HEARD YOUR VOICE 
BUT NOW YOU'VE MADE YOUR CHOICE 
NOT NOW, NO NEVER 

4) LET IT GO (words and music by Bob Telson) 

YOU KNOW BABY IT IS PAINFUL TO ME 
BUT I’M JUST GONNA LET IT GO 
YOU’RE NOT MINE THAT’S THE WAY IT SHOULD BE 
SO GO IF YOU GOTTA GO 

YOU CRIED WHEN I WAS SEEING SOMEONE 
YOU CALLED TO LET ME KNOW 
THOUGH YOU DIDN’T WANT TO BE THE ONE 
YOU DIDN’T WANT TO WATCH ME GO 

I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE EASY 
BUT IT AIN’T SO (IT AIN’T SO) 
WHY FIGHT FOR WHAT’S ENDED 
SO LONG AGO 

NOW BABY YOU’RE SEEING SOMEONE 
I HOPE THAT HE CAN DRY YOUR TEARS 
AND WHEN SOME JOY STARTS COMING YOUR WAY 
I’LL BE THE FIRST TO CHEER 
YES BABY I’LL BE ROOTING FOR YOU 
YOU WON’T SEE MY TEARS 
IT’S TIME TO JUST LET IT GO 
AFTER 23 YEARS 

5) LIFETIME (music by Bob Telson, words by Lee Breuer and Bob Telson)
guest artist: Romero Lubambo, guitar 

DAYS DRIFT INTO WEEKS 
I WATCH OUR SUMMER SUN FADE AWAY 
FOOTSTEPS WASHED FROM THE SAND 
NO ONE WOULD EVER KNOW 
THE BITTERSWEET OF LOVING YOU 
THEN LETTING GO 

OH STAY JUST FOR ONE MORE DAY 
JUST FOR ONE MORE HOUR 
JUST FOR ONE MORE BEAT OF MY HEART 
PLEASE STAY JUST FOR ONE MORE NIGHT 
JUST FOR ONE MORE LIFETIME 

DREAMS DRIFTING LIKE CLOUDS 
TILL SOMEONE SLAMS A DOOR/ WHAT'S THAT SOUND? 
A SHADOW CROSSES THE FLOOR 
YOU WHISPER IT'S JUST ME 
BUT YOU'RE NOT FREE AND THOUGH I KNOW YOU'LL NEVER BE 

6)AMINA IN WHITE FLOWING ROBES
(music by Bob Telson, lyrics by Richard Shindell) commissioned by 
Opera America on the occasion of the opening of the National Opera Center 
Amina is the heroine in the Bellini opera “La Sonnambulo” 

STILL ONLY EMPTY ROOMS 
ALL QUIET, ALL WAITING 
THE ARCHITECT WALKS THROUGH 
AND IMAGINES LIFE 
FLOWING THROUGH OPEN DOORS 
IN HALLWAYS, IN SIGHT LINES 
THE FUNCTION FORM WILL HOST 
OH CLIENT-GHOST! 

INCARNATE IN THIS EARTHLY HOME 
NO MORE TO HAUNT, NO MORE TO ROAM 
LEAVE BEHIND YOUR SHIPWRECKED COAST 
YOUR VILLAGE GREEN, YOUR ROMAN ROAD 
‘CAUSE I’LL MAKE A PLACE WHERE PHANTOMS SING 
FIERY ANGELS AND MURDERED KINGS 
JEALOUS LOVERS AND 
AMINA IN WHITE FLOWING ROBES 

YEARS GONE BY: A WINTRY NIGHT 
A HUNCHED AND SHIVERING FIGURE 
A WINDOW GLOWING LIGHT 
AN OPENING DOOR 
THE ARCHITECT IS USHERED IN 
AMINA'S SINGING “AH, NON GIUNGE” 
HE MELTS INTO THE CROWD 
AND WARMS HIS BONES 

INCARNATE IN THIS EARTHLY HOME 
NO MORE TO HAUNT, NO MORE TO ROAM 
LEAVE BEHIND YOUR SHIPWRECKED COAST 
YOUR VILLAGE GREEN, YOUR ROMAN ROAD 
‘CAUSE I’VE MADE A PLACE WHERE PHANTOMS SING 
FIERY ANGELS AND MURDERED KINGS 
JEALOUS LOVERS AND 
AMINA IN WHITE FLOWING ROBES 

I CAN HEAR HER SINGING: 
DELLA TERRA, IN CUI VIVIAMO 
CI FORMIAMO UN CIEL D'AMOR 
OF THIS EARTH, THAT WE LIVE IN 
WE WILL MAKE HERE A HEAVEN OF LOVE 

7) BAREFOOT (music by Bob Telson, lyrics by k.d. lang and Bob Telson) 
(written for Percy Adlon’s film “Salmonberries”) 

WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN HERE 
AND DARKNESS FALLS 
THE BLANKET OF WINTER 
LEAVES NO LIGHT AT ALL 
YOU SEARCH FOR SHELTER 
TO CALM THE STORM 
SHAKING WITH AN INSTINCT 
JUST TO STAY WARM 

BUT I'D WALK THROUGH THE SNOW BAREFOOT 
IF YOU'D OPEN UP YOUR DOOR 
I'D WALK THROUGH THE SNOW BAREFOOT 

YOU HEAR THE HOWLING 
OF DOGS AND WIND 
STIRRING UP THE SECRETS 
THAT ARE FROZEN WITHIN 
THE ICE WILL HAUNT YOU 
IT LAYS SO DEEP 
LOCKING UP INSIDE YOU 
THE DREAMS THAT YOU KEEP 
BUT I'D WALK THROUGH THE SNOW BAREFOOT 
IF YOU'D OPEN UP YOUR DOOR 
I'D WALK THROUGH THE SNOW BAREFOOT 

THIS WIND ... THROUGH MY SOUL… BLOWS COLD 

Salmonberries took place in an Eskimo village north of Nome.
k.d. lang sang "Barefoot" and starred in the movie 

8) GETHSEMANI GOODBYE (music by Bob Telson, words by Richard Shindell,
epilog lyrics by Bob Telson)  
Gethsemani is the place in the Bible where Judas betrays Jesus. It is also a Catholic mystic retreat in rural Kentucky where the poet Thomas Merton lived and is buried.

I CAN REMEMBER HOW WE LOST OUR WAY 
HOW WE WENT TOO FAR DOWN BARDSTOWN ROAD 
IT’S MORE OR LESS A STRAIGHT SHOT NO MYSTERY 
HOW I MISSED THAT TURN WE WILL NEVER KNOW 

SO WE DROVE AROUND IN CIRCLES 
‘TIL THE MORNING SLIPPED AWAY 
THEN HEADED BACK TO LOUISVILLE 
AND KISSED GETHSEMANI GOODBYE 

ALL THAT YOU NEEDED, TO SEE MERTON’S SHED, 
STROLL ‘ROUND THE GARDEN, AND SIT BY HIS GRAVE 
THERE’LL BE NO GOING BACK, YOU’LL CALL ME JUDAS 
SHAME IS MY BURDEN, MINE AND MINE ALONE 

‘CAUSE I REFUSED TO GET DIRECTIONS 
JUST KEPT DRIVING LIKE A FOOL 
AND WHEN THE INTERSTATE APPEARED 
WE KISSED GETHSEMANI GOODBYE 

THE FRIEND YOU ALWAYS NEEDED 
WOULD HAVE KEPT OUR MORNING PLANS 
BUT I WENT BACK TO LOUISVILLE 
AND KISSED GETHSEMANI GOODBYE 

(epilog) 
I DON’T KNOW WHERE TO GO 
I DON’T SEE THE ROAD AHEAD OF ME 
I DON’T KNOW WHERE IT WILL END/ BUT I WILL NOT FEAR 

9) PRINCESITA  (words and music by Bob Telson) 
(written for the Argentine film “La Vida Segun Muriel”) 
sung in the movie by Caetano Veloso 
Muriel is a 9 year old being raised by her single mom 

WHEN IS DADDY COMING HOME? 
I’VE BEEN LISTENING FOR A KNOCK ON THE DOOR 
I CAN’T REMEMBER THE COLOR OF HIS EYES 
SMILING AT ME 
I HEAR HE PLAYS GUITAR 
DOES HE WONDER IF I SING OUT OF TUNE 
I CAN IMAGINE ONLY IN MY DREAMS AT NIGHT 
HE LOOKS FOR ME/ CALLING 

OH PRINCESITA 
LUZ DE MI VIDA (light of my life) 
OH PRINCESITA 
I’M ON MY WAY 

WILL HE TEACH ME HOW TO SWIM? 
I WANT TO DIVE DEEP UNDER THE SEA 
I KEEP THIS PHOTO OF A CABIN ON A HILL 
WHERE WE ONCE LIVED 
BUT WHEN IS DADDY COMING HOME? MAYBE HE GOT LOST 
AND CAN’T FIND HIS WAY/ I CAN IMAGINE/ ON A DARK ROAD 
IN THE RAIN HE LOOKS FOR ME/ HE’S CALLING 

10) SAME TWO PEOPLE  (words and music by Bob Telson) 

WE’RE THE SAME TWO PEOPLE 
WHO ONCE LOVED SO WELL 
AND WHEN I HELD YOU NEAR ME 
EVEN THEN I COULD TELL 
THAT YOU WERE HOLDING BACK SOMETHING 
THAT YOU COULDN'T BEAR TO GIVE AWAY 
WE’RE THE SAME TWO PEOPLE TODAY 

WE WERE THE SAME TWO PEOPLE 
IN A BIG HOUSE WITH A LAWN 
WE SPENT SOME TIME IN COUPLE THERAPY 
'CAUSE WE COULDN'T SEEM TO GET ALONG 
AND THOUGH WE'RE NOT TOGETHER NOW 
WE'RE STILL TIED TO THE FAMILY TREE 
WE'RE THE SAME TWO PEOPLE STILL THE SAME TWO PEOPLE THE SAME 2 PEOPLE 

BUT THERE WAS SOMETHING WE HAD 
THAT WE COULDN'T HOLD ONTO 
THERE WAS SOMETHING WE LOST 
IT'S NEVER COMING BACK 
SOME THINGS DON’T CHANGE 
AND I WILL ALWAYS CONSIDER YOU MINE 
BUT OUR TIME HAS PASSED 

11) BED STUY STATE OF MIND  (words and music by Bob Telson) 

THERE'S A MULTITUDE OF CHANGES IN MY LIFE RIGHT NOW 
IT'S GONNA BE OH SO DIFFERENT BUT I DON'T KNOW HOW 
WHAT WILL I TAKE ALONG WITH ME 
WHAT WILL I LEAVE BEHIND 
I'M ENTERING A BED STUY STATE OF MIND 

I WAS JUST A LITTLE BOY IN BROOKLYN LONG TIME AGO 
NEVER THOUGHT I'D COME BACK HERE ONCE I HIT THE ROAD 
HAS SOMETHING GOTTEN BETTER 
OR IS IT ME THAT'S CHANGED WITH TIME?
I'M ENTERING A BED STUY STATE OF MIND 

THE BODEGA ON THE CORNER’S OPEN ALL NIGHT LONG 
WHICH COULD COME IN HANDY IF I'M STAYING UP LATE TRYING TO WRITE A SONG 
A TREE GREW TALL IN BROOKLYN AND SO DID I 
NOW I’M GOING BACK WITH BED STUY ON MY MIND 

12) WALL OF PAIN (music by Bob Telson, lyrics by Lee Breuer) 

LOVERS WRITE THE EDGE OF NIGHT’S 
SURROUNDED BY A WALL OF PAIN 
LOVERS TEACH THE WALL IS PEACH 
COLOR OF THE BLOOD OF ANGELS 

WALLS OF PAIN 
LIKE OUR HOPES IN VAIN 
HOLD US IN PRISONS 
PEACH AND FLESHY PRISONS 

LOVERS KNOW THAT WINDOWS GLOW
HIGH IN THE PRISON TOWER
JUST LIKE MOONS WHITE AND HOLY 
THEY POUR FORTH LIGHT 

LOVE’S WHITE BEAMS SHINING DOWN LIKE DREAMS 
AND RIGHT IN THE CENTER 
IS EACH WINDOW’S DARK GLEAM 

ITS NOT EVEN COMMON KNOWLEDGE 
BUT A SECRET INTUITION 
ONE CAN RISE AND HOVER HIGH 
UPON THE WALL OF PAIN 
ONE CAN PEER RIGHT THROUGH THE WINDOW 
THE WALL OF PAIN’S WHITE WINDOW 
LOVE RISES TIL IT SEES THROUGH PAIN 

WINDOWS HIGH ARE WEEPING EYES 
PEACH FORTRESSES ARE FACES 
DARKNESS GLEAMS IN LIGHT BEAMS 
AND THEY ILLUMINATE OUR HEARTS 

WHEN THEY PLEAD 
O LOVER COME TO FEED 
COME HITHER DARKNESS IN YOUR DARKEST MOMENT OF NEED 

LOVERS WRITE THE EDGE OF NIGHT’S 
SURROUNDED BY A WALL 
THE EDGE OF NIGHT’S SURROUNDED BY A WALL 

13) GOODBYE TO THAT GIRL (words and music by Bob Telson) 

I DON’T HAVE A PLAN 
BUT I KNOW WHERE TO START 
CAUSE THE WAY WE’RE TOGETHER 
WE’D BE BETTER OFF APART 

ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR 
NOT MUCH TO FIGHT ABOUT 
AND AS I TUCK MYSELF IN 
I SAY I’M BETTER OFF WITHOUT 

THAT GIRL SHE’S ALWAYS BEEN THE SAME 
THAT GIRL I TRIED MY BEST BUT I COULDN’T CHANGE 
THAT GIRL I NEVER THOUGHT I’D SAY 
GOODBYE TO THAT GIRL
BYE BYE 

IF I KNEW WHAT TO DO I WOULDN’T BE HERE NOW 
WRITING THIS SONG TO WIN YOU BACK SOMEHOW 
I’D RATHER LEAVE IN THE MIDDLE THAN BE LEFT AT THE END 
I GUESS I’LL LEARN NOT TO NEED YOU 
BUT I’LL ALWAYS MISS MY FRIEND 

THAT GIRL SHE ALWAYS HAS A PLAN 
THAT GIRL DID SHE EVER NEED A MAN 
THAT GIRL I NEVER THOUGHT I’D SAY 
GOODBYE TO THAT GIRL 
GOODBYE TO THAT GIRL 

I DON’T HAVE A PLAN 
BUT I KNOW WHERE TO START 

Piano and all vocals, Bob Telson 
Invited guest: Romero Lubambo, guitar on track 5 
Recorded, mixed, and produced by Bob Telson 
All songs Boodle Music, BMI except: 
6 and 8: Boodle Music, BMI, Amalgamated Balladry, ASCAP 
7: Boodle Music, BMI/ Bumstead Publishing SOCAN 
9 AND 13: Boodle Music, BMI and Otis Lee Music, ASCAP