All Shapes, Sides & Sizes

by Eric Bay

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1.
Your Picture 04:21
I used to dwell on every little problem I had Then I met you and you taught me not to be sad Now when I look in the mirror I see a man contented Everything has worked out just as fate intended 'Cause not everyone has someone they can rely on Not everyone has somebody to love I have someone I took your picture, I took it to remind me That no matter where I go, you're always behind me And if ever I should wander, I know you'll find me In the hazy light of morning, you're all that matters to me If you want me beside you, then that's where I'll stay There's nowhere I'd rather be anyway Sometimes I wonder when I look at your face I wonder how I ever got so lucky in the first place 'Cause I know in times of trouble, when things look bleak I can turn to you and then suddenly I don't feel so weak CHORUS x 2 You're all that matters to me You're all that matters to me
2.
Cheer Up 04:52
Another tortured soul trying to sell his scars Poetic tales of pain, which he hopes will help him go far In the game of fortune and fame his lyrics speak against Well, a hypocrite with an instrument is a hypocrite nonetheless And so he takes to the stage with all of his rage He don't need no one behind him But they're not there, 'cause they don't care As the empty stage reminds him And so he takes his anger out On an audience that never did anything to him And the day he throws in the towel We'll be singing a funeral hymn But don't give up All you really have to do is just cheer up I'm sorry Cupid missed every time he took aim And I'm sorry you ain't never been kissed But your songs all sound the same No one wants to hear someone complain The only love you're gonna get Is from the sad, depressed, and the death-obsessed The suicidal set BRIDGE CHORUS BRIDGE And so he takes his anger out On an audience that never did anything to him And the day he throws in the towel We'll be singing a funeral hymn But don't give up No he shouldn't give up All you really have to do is just cheer up
3.
Mystery 04:49
A funny tale that's tragic to me Do I have a bad attitude? Is there something I just don't see? Or am I just not in the mood? The darkest sky you ever did see Is still just a temporary mask A wise man explained it to me He told me that all things must pass No one ever gets my jokes but me Maybe they're just not that good But me, I prefer to leave mystery intact And you may disagree What you perceive as fact May only be opinion to me Pure fantasy It seems like everyone's searching for space But I'm not about to give in I'm not going to enter a race I have no desire to win They have a way of taking fun And turning it into a chore How boring life can become When everyone wants to keep score BRIDGE CHORUS Leave mystery intact And you may disagree What you perceive as fact May only be opinion to me Pure fantasy Leave mystery intact And you may disagree What you perceive as fact May only be opinion to me Pure fantasy
4.
The world is always in a hurry Feels like I'm going nowhere slow And sometimes when it makes me worry It's always comforting to know That soon it will be weekend And we might get some sun We'll focus on the days ahead Forget the week just gone And we'll make plans for summer That we won't stick to Some things never change at all And I hope you never ever do Things may not work as we planned Dreams can sometimes fall apart Some things are out of all our hands Fate will always play its part But soon it will be Christmas And we might get some snow There's so many things left to do And places left to go And we'll make plans for summer That we won't stick to Some things never change at all And I hope you never ever do Soon it will be weekend And we might get some sun We'll focus on the days ahead Forget the week just gone And we'll make plans for summer That we won't stick to Some things never change, it's true But I hope you never ever do
5.
Midnight, a knock at the door Waking me from my sleep Is it you? I can't be sure Knowing the company that you keep So I open it and there you are A sight for all to see And when I ask you what you want You smile and say to me I want you and only you, my dear You're all I'll ever need And the thought of living life without you Well, it makes my poor heart bleed So let's get in the car and go Drive all through the night Life's for living, so let's start a journey With no end in sight We could hitch a ride to Tokyo Or go swimming in the sea In my whole life Never thought I'd find someone amazing Somebody crazy like me The things you do wear me out They shock me to my core I feel like running away And yet I still come back for more You take me places I'd never go You pull me out of my shell Things that make me say 'no' Make you say 'what the hell' She says she wants to free The raging beast I keep inside No one ever lives forever But have you ever tried? CHORUS x 2
6.
This Is It 03:23
When I turned on the news today They told me that the king had passed away I can't believe it, it's so sad What do you say to news like that? The world has lost a true sensation The kind that comes along once a generation It was your voice that made you unique Your caring ways and your lightning feet This is it, my friend You weren't Invincible in the end HIStory will prove That there was no one quite like you And I don't think there ever will be Not to them and not to me And when you think of all the joy he gave us He wasn't Bad and certainly not Dangerous Maybe a little Off The Wall A little crazy, aren't we all? CHORUS
7.
A Side Of Me 05:24
There's something that you should know It's something that I don't often show I keep it hidden well I only ever tell a very special few And you I'm like everyone else I keep some things to myself Can I show you a new side of me? A side nobody else sees Open me up, come look inside With you I don't want to hide Take a look and you'll find that there's more to me More than meets the eye It's waiting on the other side You want to know But what if I told you there's a very good reason Why I keep it under wraps If I told you perhaps you wouldn't like me quite as much But I don't want to be fake So it's a chance I'm willing to take CHORUS
8.
You'd think that by now I'd be used to Your selfish and miserable ways But you're back on the warpath again Playing the victim like always How can you be so judgemental? You act like the world's out to get you Not everyone wishes you harm Only the ones who have met you 'Cause there'll be times when you'll want to break But that's beside the point And the point I'm trying to make Is that it's all about the give and take So pick your battles well And make sure you give 'em hell for me Whatever I felt when I met you It's slowly evolved into hate 'Cause with you it seems it's always my job To pacify, to please and to placate CHORUS My patience, like you hair, is wearing thin And I'm really hoping karma is a real thing Then maybe it'll do the job for me And put you out of your misery CHORUS
9.
Seaside 02:21
Look out beach, here we come Time for fun in the sun And if you'd only say that you'd come along I'll be the lucky one I'll bring my trunks for a swim The pair that make me look slim And if the water's warm then we'll jump in And let the fun begin But the sun never stays out It gets too cold to sunbathe or throw a ball about And then comes the rain And we all run for cover 'til the sun comes out again then Come join us, it'll be great Sand and sunshine await We're so excited, we just can't wait To have a seaside escape CHORUS
10.
You could wait a lifetime to hear what they are gonna do But why should they decide for you? They're only human too Don't waste time sitting on the fence Take control of circumstance So roll the dice and take a chance What have you got to lose? This train is a non-stop It's not gonna wait, so hurry up It's just you, no one else around to help make your mind up So learn to decide for yourself The clock still ticks, the world still turns We live, but do we really learn? Not that it's my concern, but I don't think we do This train is non-stop It's not gonna wait, so hurry up It's just you, no one else around to help make your mind up So learn to decide for yourself So learn to decide for yourself So learn to decide for yourself
11.
I Could 03:32
It's over – he says you're through Another one who couldn't handle you And all those other guys If they knew what you were like It would send them running for the hills And you say “with all that's wrong with me and all the ways I'm crazy Who could know all this and love me still?” Well, I could, and you know I will I will, I will I love every side of you You're crazy, but I'm crazy too I wouldn't change a thing about you And I could never live without you Every dream of yours I will fulfil And you say “with all that's wrong with me and all the ways I'm crazy Who could know all this and love me still?” You know that I could, and you know I will You know I will You know I will CHORUS
12.
It's been a long time since I felt this way Like nothing on Earth could get me down I was a lonely man but now I can say That I'm the luckiest in town Oh Sue, you're unlike anyone I've met before But rest assured if anybody asks me for advice regarding you I'll tell them and I'll tell them true I'll tell them of the things I've learned To keep their hearts from getting burned Oh lovely Sue, she'll put a spell on you She really is the best a man can get But wait, before you dive please follow my advice If you're gonna fall in love with Sue, then bring a safety net When you meet her, man, you'll soon find out She's an angel with a twist Your world is upside down when she's around But when she's gone she's always missed Her face is beautiful, her voice is haunting She'll tear you up and leave you wanting more You know it's true, but if you want to be with Sue Then there's a heavy price to pay I know because I learned the hard way Lovely Sue, and all the things she'll do She'll take you on a ride you won't forget But wait, before you fall you better heed this call If you're gonna fall in love with Sue, then bring a safety net Lovely Sue, she'll put a spell on you She really is the best a man can get But wait, before you dive please follow my advice If you're gonna fall in love with Sue There's just one thing you gotta do... Oh lovely Sue, and all the things she'll do She'll take you on a ride you won't forget But wait, before you fall you better heed this call If you're gonna fall in love with Sue, then bring a safety net
13.
Everybody’s got a favourite song Sing me yours and I'll try to sing along And even if I get a few notes wrong I'll make up the rest Everybody wants to win first prize No one ever wants to compromise Guess that means I'll have to improvise So I'll make up the rest When the moonlight hits you just right It's beauty like there's never been But your sad eyes are the saddest sight That mine have ever seen Go on baby, go do what you do You'll be dancing when the night is through Start me off with just a line or two And I'll make up the rest BRIDGE Everybody’s got a favourite song Sing me yours and I'll try to sing along And even if I get a few notes wrong I'll make up the rest
14.
Go Ahead 05:09
Go ahead and try - try to break me if you can No one else has managed it so far Though God knows they've tried hard Go ahead, ask why - ask me why I'm still here I should be long gone by now, I know But that's not me, so... Every night and day I pray I'll get my chance, I'll have my say It's just the life I lead It's how things are, and how they'll stay Go ahead and tell - tell me one more story It's a mystery how you expect me to believe it Go ahead and play - play the game like always You should know by now that no one wins And that's how it's always been In the race to win and score We lose track what we're playing for It don't know what's worse To just accept defeat or not compete Go ahead and try Go ahead, ask why
15.
The List 04:27
I really hope that I can stand tall If I'm remembered well at the end of it all I can say that I did okay Yeah, that's the goal, and I'm hopeful That a handful of all the people that I meet will remember me All I hope is that I make the list Of the people who will be missed When they say goodbye That's all I want out of life And you know if I make the list I swear and I promise that before I go I will do something worth remembering One day you're here and the next you're gone But if you're lucky some part of you will live on Through your kids, or the things you said and did To make a mark, to have an impact To live a life that I'm proud of when I look back Is that too much to ask? CHORUS x3
16.
Next Time 04:55
If I had more time, I'd make this whole world just yours and mine And we'd live each day our own way, with no compromise But it's not to be, the only solution that I can see Is to make sure we seize every chance and every opportunity 'Cause it seems that every time we meet Our time together’s always short and sweet I’d like to stay a little longer, but the song is almost over I’ll catch up with you next time It's just how I feel, that this situation is far from ideal But we'll have to make do And we will do until the dream is real 'Cause we always have so little time in each other's company And every time you leave me wanting more You have a way of making a place feel just like home Even if I’ve never been there before 'Cause it seems that every time we meet Our time together’s always short and sweet I wish I could stay a little longer but the show is almost over (It's almost over, it's almost over, it's almost over) I’ll catch up with you next time

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A compilation of the tracks from my first three EPs 'Pair Shaped', 'Four Sided' and 'Fun Sized'. Remixed and remastered in 2020 by Joe Lonsdale at Joe Public Studios

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released June 5, 2020

All songs written by Eric Bay Andersen © 2010-2014
Arranged and Performed by Eric Bay Andersen & Joe Lonsdale
Saxophone on 'Next Time' by Mel Collins
Produced, Mixed & Mastered by Joe Lonsdale at Joe Public Studios

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British singer/songwriter - I make catchy pop/rock!

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