Family Issues

by Simon Mas

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Recorded in Santeramo, Italy during the 2010 winter season.

This album has been completely (and proudly!) self-financed. There's a suggested price, but if you feel like paying a bit more... you will help me producing more music!

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released February 1, 2011

Fabrizio Fiore: drums
Francesco Martinelli: bass
Simon Mas: guitars, kazoo, vocals

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Composer, arranger, musician... Simon is a tongue in cheek fellow living in Italy, that finds that 400 characters are too little to write a bio. Maybe he can interest you in visiting his website should you be intersted to discover more? Only the future will tell! (Thank you for listening, by the way! :) ) ... more

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Track Name: You Again
In the hours of the evening
I never know what to do
it’s not a question of disappointment
if I’d rather stay at home.

You see:
all my friends are on the line
“We’re going out do you wanna come?”
I don’t want to get up now
“We will catch up later on.”

And then you, you again
you are always a surprise
you, you again
you find a way to make me smile.

So I wonder as I dress up
do you really want me back?
Are those words of love and friendship
only trying to fool me again?

I think back to all those evenings
we were pretty wild then.
Are those nights behind now?
Will they still be in our way?

Oh, but it’s you
you again
sending shivers down my spine
you, you again
there’s no real place to hide.

I forget the wise resolutions
that my friends put in my head
time runs fast when you’re around
and pretty soon we will be dead.

Anyway, it is you
you are always a surprise
you, you again
you find a way to my heart!

©2011 Simon Mas. All rights reserved.
Track Name: Complexities
She looks at me and I feel unexpectedly relieved of my unbearable memories
she talks with me and she seems unaware of how well she makes me feel.

If she could guess how much time I think of her every day
would she be upset or flattered instead?

She doesn’t know I’m taken aback by the very essence of the elements that constitute her being
she believes that my words are just the unconscious reflection of what is nice in me.

If she could guess how much time I think of her every day
would she be upset or flattered instead?

And I hardly know what to say when you look at me in the eyes
and you know I meet every day
I would simply like to walk away
try and forget the obnoxious complexities of the love we share.

©2011 Simon Mas. All rights reserved.
Track Name: The Gambler
I am a gambler and I’ll play all night
I am a gambler and I’ll play all night
I will excuse no failure
so you’d better start to play it right.

I am a gambler, I’d give me soul to win
I am a gambler, I’d give my soul to win
if I win I will get nothing
but if I lose I’ll lose all I got
I am a gambler.

If only I could forgive myself
my days would not pass in vain
but instead I’m here ready to toss my dices
yes! If I win this time I’ll buy back my old life.

I am a gambler, what do you want from me?
I am a gambler, what do you want from me?
If I win I will get nothing
but if I lose I’ll lose all I got!

©2011 Simon Mas. All rights reserved.
Track Name: Late Afternoon
This track is instrumental.
Track Name: Still Unsatisfied Blues
I have a real woman, but I’m still unsatisfied
I have a real woman, but I’m still unsatisfied
I have no right to complain really
still I can’t find my peace of mine.

She gives me her love – listen! – still I can’t teat her right
she gives me her sweet sweet love, still I can’t treat her right
I guess I’m longing for that danger
that you hide in your blue eyes.

Why don’t we meet tomorrow in that secret place of mine?
I say, why don’t we meet tomorrow and have some merry time?
I’m always free for you baby: you can call me any time.

I have a real woman, but I’m still unsatisfied
I have a real woman, but I’m still unsatisfied
I guess I’m longing for that danger
that you hide in your blue eyes.

©2011 Simon Mas. All rights reserved.
Track Name: Baby You'll Be a Star!
In your Sunday dress, you seem to be a little tired of your life
with those spring flowers in your hands
it seems you want to cry.
Baby, pack up your bag
take heart and jump into my car
I know your daemon is what it takes
baby, you’ll be a star!

When they will know how much you’re worth
I’m sure you will be fine.
When you will know how much you’re loved
I’m sure you will be glad…

©2011 Simon Mas. All rights reserved.
Track Name: Seduction Blues
She entered the room
all eyes turned to her
the woman of my dreams
came up to me and said:
“Hey, Baby, are you up for a little adventure tonight?”
I’m new in town and maybe
my car just outside is waiting
longing for someone like you.

I choked on my beer
the bar went all dead
and the people around me
their whispering said:
“Hey, man, you’d be a fool to let that beauty leave!
She’s new in town and she said
her car outside is waiting…
brother how I wish I was you!”

Chances like this only happen in a dream
maybe she’s just having a cheap laugh at me
and even though everybody says go
I’m not so sure myself, no…

©2011 Simon Mas. All rights reserved.
Track Name: Payday Blues
Payday is getting close: mr. collect stop chasing me
payday is getting closer: oh, mister, please, stop chasing me!
you can take all of my money if you leave me something to eat.

Like a girl pushing for a wedding ring
mr. debt collector, you never let me breathe
oh, please, please: have some mercy on me!
I can work until I drop if that puts me off your list…

When I was a kid and thought of the man I’d be
my heart grew bigger and so did my grin
now my life is spent in shame and misery
look now, won’t you let me be?
You can take my house and money
if you promise that I’ll be free.

I’m slaving all my life away and you’re never pleased
you take my dignity away and I’m at your feet
look now mr. debt collector
you are going to kill me
won’t you have a little mercy on me?
You can have everything you want
if you stop playing with me.

I called my friends from all over town
they say I won’t have peace until you are around
Won’t you? Won’t you release me?
Payday is getting closer and you’ll have the blood you need.

Payday’s getting closer: mr. collector stop chasing me.
Payday is getting closer: mister, please, just let me be!
If my life ain’t worth enough then my soul might satisfy thee…

©2011 Simon Mas. All rights reserved.
Track Name: I Can't Sleep Anymore
I can’t sleep anymore
I can’t sleep
restless in my bed
my nightmares leave me alone.

I can’t sleep anymore
but I can still dream of my love’s warm embrace
shiny eyes
my love is on my side.

One day, you’ll see, I’ll be back on my feet
one day, you’ll see, we’ll be living our dreams
and sleep under a starlit sky.

©2011 Simon Mas. All rights reserved.
Track Name: Virginia Woolf
Like the waves of the ocean keep returning to the shore
caressing the golden sand in the starless night once more
so my thoughts return to you
kissing your lips
before the dawn.

That’s when I feel that magic
blooming in my lungs
something that is too small for words and too big to understand
that’s when I can live for real
and open my eyes once again.

The world implodes in your heart
in the soft sound of a whisper
always taking advantage of me
of my pointless defense.
When those subtle sounds fill your silence
echoing near me just like a laughter
I know I will never let you go.

The afternoons flow away so slowly
almost secretly
in silence
maybe afraid that your sighs could force me to stay.
But when darkness starts singing again
and your heart finds peace in its silence
I know I will never let you go.

©2011 Simon Mas. All rights reserved.
Track Name: Kitten
I’m the king of the night
I’m the lord of this town
nothing can stop me.

Here I am
the coolest cat in here
laughing under my breath.

If nobody’s here
I should go on my way
why should I care?

I’m the king of the night
and nothing can stop me
nothing at all.

©2011 Simon Mas. All rights reserved.
Track Name: Night Train Blues
Oh brother, oh brother
where are we gonna sleep?
Oh brother, oh brother
the night is long and mean…
my sleeping bag is rolled open under the stars.

Oh brother, oh brother
what will the morning bring?
Oh brother, oh brother
what are we gonna eat?
My pockets are empty: we are in need.

Oh brother, oh brother
we’re walking night and day
oh brother, oh brother
it’s such a long long way.
My feet are wounded and my boots are killing me.
My heart is empty and “tomorrow” is just a dream.

Oh brother, oh brother
how comes we are still here?
oh brother, oh brother
when are we gonna leave?
The night train’s the only way to get out of here:
we’ll jump on one tonight and we’ll be free…

©2011 Simon Mas. All rights reserved.
Track Name: Vertigo
A picture on the wall that I can’t throw away
is the only thing you left behind that reminds me of you.
A picture on the wall that holds me under your sway
is the only thing that keeps me sane in a world without you.

Since you’ve been gone I have been waiting
it seems like my life has gone quiet without you.
Like all the charades we had been waiving
my old desires wilted and died without you.

Now I’m really sure you never loved me
and even if I found someone who loved me for what I am…
that picture on the wall that I can’t throw away
it will chase away my sweetest thoughts and drown my heart in you.

A picture on the wall that I can’t throw away
is the only thing that keeps me sane in a world without you.

©2011 Simon Mas. All rights reserved.
Track Name: My Drug of Choice
If I still had a heart I would tear it apart
with no hesitation, I would never look back.
All of this I would do and much much more
for the gracious beauty of my drug of choice.

It’s not just lust, it is so much more
I feel it in the marrow of my bones
some would call it madness, I call it love
giving me a thrill unknown before.

My chains are unbreakable and she leaves them alone
there is no salvation as soon as she’s gone
I’ve learnt to survive with a hole in my soul
for the childish delight of my drug of choice.

She’s not my type so she runs away
I used to be furious but now I’ve grown cold
I do see straight, I try to live once more
with all my charms being skinned down to the bones.

I wake up in the morning and I start to mourn
I try to keep my head straight when I leave home
but my chest still aches and my brain’s still sore
for the tender thrill of my sweet
drug of choice.

©2011 Simon Mas. All rights reserved.