Ten Tracks Early

by Eric Bay

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Hi guys!

This is a collection of songs that I wrote in 2016, all performed and recorded by me at home on my laptop - they're only rough demo versions (one day I'll record them properly), but I assure you the tunes are good! You can download them for free, but any donations are very appreciated as I'm an independent artist.

Lyrics and information about the songs are available on my website - www.ericbaymusic.com - and all my other songs are available on bancamp and on iTunes :)

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released December 24, 2016

Written by Eric Bay-Andersen © 2016
Arranged, Performed, Produced and Mixed by Eric Bay-Andersen

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Track Name: Long Hellos Short Goodbyes
Can I get you a drink?
Was the traffic bad?
Have a seat and tell me about the year you've had

Did you do that thing?
How's it coming along?
The place looks good – when did you get the kitchen done?

I could take you to the water's edge
Or would you rather stay at home instead?
I'm not listening to a word you've said
I'm just sitting, keeping company
With thoughts in my head

It's been too long
It's been too long
It's been too long
It's been too long
So long

Did I make enough food?
I hope it tastes okay
Meat and veg and garlic bread and a lemon soufflé

Did you see that new film?
It was only okay
Where do you think you might go on your next holiday?

We took a walk along the water's edge
A road that only lead us home instead
I haven't listened to a word you said
I've been too busy keeping company
With the thoughts in my head

It's been too long
It's been too long
It's been too long
It's been too long
So long

The sun's going down
Is there more to say?
Look how late it's getting, guess we better be on our way

It's been too long
It's been too long
It's been too long
It's been too long
So long
Track Name: Cereal Bar
Every time I walked by that place it caught my eye
How it took me so long to try, I don't know why

Took a look inside and t'was like a wonderland
A place of joy for a man and his inner child

It's like a secret you wished everybody knew
Yet also wished it was just for you

Any time of day is a good time to drop on by
So grab a seat, grab a bowl of Corn Flakes or Cheerios
They've got games that you can play
You can sit, snack, play all day

All the games are retro, but the classics don't grow old
And you can bring your own ones from home, or so I'm told

Nostalgic goodness displayed on every shelf
Sweetness so good for the soul, less so for your health

There are so many kinds that I've never tried
I'd try them all if I had the time

Any time of day is a good time to drop on by
So grab a seat, grab a bowl of Corn Flakes or Cheerios
They've got games that you can play
You can sit, snack, play all day

Every time I walk 'round that spot in Kingston town
And the bar's nowhere to be found, it brings me down

Any time of day is a good time to drop on by
So grab a seat, grab a bowl of Corn Flakes or Cheerios
They've got games that you can play
You can sit, snack, play all day
So drop on by
Have some Rice Krispies or Corn Flakes or Cheerios
They've got games that you can play
You can sit, snack, play all day
Track Name: The Great Con Of 2015
Here I am, in the centre ring
Watching all of the freaks and geeks do their thing
And I'm one of them, like I've always been
Truly, such Marvel-lous sights I have seen

Everyone's in a gaming mood, strangely
Nobody has a bad attitude
Not the dark lords, nor the princesses
What, this? Yes, it's cardboard! Who cares if it is?

They've got all the crazy tattoos
Robots, lazy kitty cats too
How I wish it could be like this
Every day of my life

But that's not how it works, no
That's not how it's done
Because play is so much more fun
They look down on those who partake
It's a con, a mistake

Jokers filling up the hall
They're all waiting with the girls they adore
For the writers – and wait, that's not all
Someone who is both, and much more

Wristbands are the required to see
All the big fans, now inspiring me
It's a sign, I have seen the light
This is what I should be

But that's not how it works, no
That's not how it's done
Because play is so much more fun
They look down on those who partake
It's a con, a mistake

Marvel, DC

Disney, Ghibli

Pixar, Dreamworks

PS4, X-Box

Nintendo, Sega
Star Wars, Star Trek
Kirk, Picard

Tennant, Smith
Family Guy, South Park
Rick & Morty, Simpsons
Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings
Game of Thrones, Walking Dead
Friends, How I Met Your Mother
Tarantino, Fincher
Nolan, Abrams
Warcraft, Pokemon

Hentai, regular porn

But that's not how it works, no
That's not how it's done
Because play is so much more fun
They look down on those who partake
It's a con, it's a mistake
Track Name: What We Do In The Studio
It's about an hour's drive down the M25
To the place where magic's often made

We'll have a drink and chat
And when we're quite done with that
We'll head upstairs to start the day

Then you sit down and turn around to ask me
Single, EP or LP – what will today's project be, E?”

I could spend every day making songs
Takes two or three to do one
But only two to have fun
And that's what we do in the studio
Yeah, me and Joe work pretty well as a duo

Although it's pretty rare
Sometimes I do come prepared
With my reference and notes

'Til lunchtime rolls around
We work on making some sound
Out of the nonsense that I wrote

Then 'round about 2 I turn to you and I say
"KFC or McD – which one will it be today, eh?”

I could spend every day making songs
Takes two or three to do one
But only two to have fun
And that's what we do in the studio
Yeah, me and Joe work pretty well as a duo

What do the people want to hear?

Something silly or sincere?
Something sad or something sweet?

Something slow or upbeat?
We like to mix it up
Still got some tricks up our sleeve
Yes we do, it's true

I could spend every day making songs
Takes two or three to do one
But only two to have fun
And that's what we do in the studio
Yeah, me and Joe work pretty well as a duo

I could spend every day making songs
Takes two or three to do one
But only two to have fun
And that's what we do in the studio
Yeah, me and Joe work pretty well as a duo
Track Name: Ritzy McCain
When you and me were taking tea
And the bill did arrive, t'was a nasty surprise
You see, the Ritzy man – he had a plan
And he had his ways of making us pay
So much more than we had paid before
And what for? Something you can buy in a store
And cook for yourself without any help
So you can piss off – your place is a rip-off


Ritzy McCain, he screwed us again

He slipped us a sly substitution
The scandal brought shame to his family name

And to their once grand institution

Ritzy McCain, he screwed us again

He slipped us a sly substitution
The scandal brought shame to his family name

And to their once grand institution
Track Name: For Hours
Posters up around the town
"Our baby ran away, please call if he is found”
Staring at the phone, but it doesn't make a sound

Heard a rumour going round
There's danger on the streets, there's trouble in the town
Pray he's safe, that he comes home safe and sound

And every minute seems to drag on for hours
With uncertainty just making matters worse
When you care this much it's a blessing and a curse

When the brightest move away
The dumb will take their place, the mean will have their say
That's what's happening now, never thought I'd see the day

Should we stay or should we go?

There's so much to consider, so much we cannot know
Yet it all boils down to “Are you with us – yes or no?”

And every minute seems to on on for hours
With uncertainty just making matters worse
When you care this much it's a blessing and a curse

Sitting for hours at a time
Wishing for a little peace of mind
A break from the noise inside
But it never ends
There's no use to pretend
There's a week that goes by without some kind of strife

And every minute seems to on on for hours
With uncertainty just making matters worse
When you care this much it's a blessing and a curse
Track Name: Tell Me All About It
They say lightning never strikes in the same place twice
But it did last night, right here
And now we're on a northbound train
Watching time slowly disappear

The girl on the train had a familiar name
And she regretted letting go
Of someone who was not quite me
And now everybody knows

The others may have turned away
And claimed she didn't care
But I know she only needed
Someone to agree that life's not fair

There was a man
You had eight long years to meet him
What made you hesitate? Was it cold feet?
You had plans
For the evening and for life
But neither has turned out the way you'd like
You need a change, but you don't know what or how
So tell me all about it, dear
We've got time now

You stayed together for the kids, like your parents did
What a life to wind up with
Staring out of the window
Knowing in your heart something's gotta give

You know he can't be as happy as he seems
All the pictures must be lies
He's still the same, he hasn't changed
You can tell, you see it in his eyes

The others may have turned away
And claimed she didn't care
But I know she only needed
Someone to agree that life's not fair

There was a man
You had eight long years to meet him
What made you hesitate? Was it cold feet?
You had plans
For the evening and for life
But neither has turned out the way you'd like
You need a change, but you don't know what or how
So tell me all about it, dear
We've got time now
We've got time now
We've got time now
Track Name: Another Scrawl Upon The Wall
Look at you, you've changed your stripes
I always knew you would
Because I know your type
Prayers and hearts are noble, yes
But passing thoughts are all they amount to after all
They're just another scrawl upon the wall

"I take offence, so give me rights”

It never ends, the name and shame and blame fights
In my defence, I think I'm right
It makes no sense that privilege extends to but a few
Among them always you, and those who think like you

I never hear a peep from you
Then once a year you reappear out of the blue
"Wishing you well on this, your day
And now farewell, I've said all I really have to say”
It's just another scrawl upon the wall
Track Name: August 9th
Everybody's got birthdays this month
Don't know why that is
Must be something 'bout November
Makes our parents get all excited

Every week another birthday party
What's your excuse?
I hate when two fall on the same day
You can't make me choose, no way

We may be too old for birthday cake and for clowns
But we can still have fun
So we'll celebrate the only way we know how
With women, wine and song

Growing old is mandatory, growing up's a choice
I pity those who outgrow playing with their toys
Be an adult when you have to, be a kid when you can
When you are older you will understand

It's a present, not an obligation
I don't want you to think that you have to get me one
But if you like you can buy me a drink

Some people like to spend it with friends
Some on their own
Some people like to paint the town red
Some like to chill out at home

When we go out I'm still the oldest one
It gets rough with them all looking up to me
But all you twenty-somethings have your fun
Soon enough you'll join the thirties club

Growing old is mandatory, growing up's a choice
I pity those who outgrow playing with their toys
Be an adult when you have to, be a kid when you can
When you are older you will understand

Growing old is mandatory, growing up's a choice
I pity those who outgrow playing with their toys
Be an adult when you have to, be a kid when you can
When you are older you will understand

Growing old is mandatory, growing up's a choice
I pity those who outgrow playing with their toys
Be an adult when you have to, be a kid when you can
When you are older you will understand
Track Name: Gold Rush
If you think the ground beneath your feet is better
You'll be glad to know that you are not the only one
And it's all that's been on everyone's mind
On the tips of all their tongues
Now I'm up late waiting for the gold rush to be done
Now I'm up late waiting for the gold rush to be done

Now you're here, is it really everything you dreamed of?
Is the water really greener on the other side?
'Cause it's not just sticks and stones that break bones
Mistakes can do that too
Then no-one's gonna wanna shake hands with you
No, no-one's gonna wanna shake hands with you

I was all geared up to have a go, but along the way I fell
Ended up forgetting everything I know so well
In a simpler time there wouldn't be all the pressure there is now
And if that's a place that can be reached then please tell me how

Now it's over you would never know it ever happened
In an instant everything has gone back to how it was
But it's not a thing you quickly forget
And you'll be reminded when
We are called upon to do the gold rush once again
We are called upon to do the gold rush once again