The Romantic and The Realist

by Antonio Lopez

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1.
03:28
Don't get so busy being, that you forget to be. Don't get so blinded by what you're seeing, that you forget to see. If you're feeling, well then feel. If you're healing, well then heal. It's a simple, simple life. Don't get so busy loving, that you forget to love. Don't get so blinded by what's in front of you, that you forget what’s above. I meant it and I mean it, I dreamt and I dream it. It's a simple, simple life. Oh oh oh oh Oh oh oh oh Oh oh oh oh Oh--- Oh—Oh----- Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh
2.
I woke up today, too old to be a childhood prodigy Too young to throw in the towel and just let it be I’m in the in-between I woke up today, OK, maybe that’s a lie I didn’t even fall asleep Yep that’s a lie all I did was toss and turn and weep Now I’m in the in-between… But my favorite state of consciousness is when I’m falling asleep Anything is possible, possible when you believe…. Went to bed last night, had fun in a city I had never been But everything good must come to an end Now I’m in the in-between Went to bed last night, OK, maybe that’s a lie it was after 12 a.m. Yep that’s a lie we stayed out way past then Now I’m in the in-between… But my favorite state of consciousness is when I’m falling asleep Anything is possible, possible when you believe…. And I believe in you, If only you could believe- believe in yourself… And I believe in me, If only I could believe- believe in myself… I woke up today, too old to be a childhood prodigy Too young to throw in the towel and just let it be I’m in the in-between I woke up today, too old to be a childhood prodigy Too young to throw in the towel and just let it be I’m in the in-between
3.
I don't wanna push you away in the process of getting closer to you I don't wanna push you away that's the last thing I'd intentionally do Cause I know that you like me you know I like you to so what's the hurry? Cause when you go to fast, it's like building a tower of bricks that's only one brick wide any trouble that you run into sends the tower tumbling picking up the pieces of your pride and, I don't want to fall in love with you no, I'd rather rise up in love with you so, i'll lay down the first brick- lets build a foundation and if you want to, you can lay a brick down to I don't wanna push you away in the process of getting closer to you I don't wanna push you away that's the last thing I'd intentionally do Cause I know that you like me, you know I like you to so what's the hurry? Cause you can't expect love to be like a flower constantly in bloom with no phases of budding or fading, yeah The petals they may wilt and fall but see the thing through winter and it will bud again and I don't want to buy flowers for you no, i'd rather plant flowers for you so, I'll lay down the first seed and if you want to, you can plant a flower, to I don't wanna push you away in the process of getting closer to you I don't wanna push you away that's the last thing I'd intentionally do
4.
04:11
First times always stick out, first times always do First step first word First love the first time it’s not awkward First times always stick out, first times always do First times always stick out, first times with you Now That It’s our second chance, I refuse to let you go The first time it was torture, A second time hope we never know First times always stick out, first times always do First step first word First love the first time it’s not awkward First times always stick out, first times always do First times always stick out, first times with you While cleaning out the closet, found a box of old love letters A couple were from you, a love I thought I blew, maybe not after all First times always stick out, first times always do First times always stick out, first times with you
5.
memories from one's childhood, over time become distorted every year at the family picnic, more and more contorted mom and dad had five kids, my sister was the oldest when she went to college, my schooling days didn't even exist road trip in the blue station wagon, freshman orientation I was so young, feel asleep and made a puddle underneath my seat 
next in line was my oldest brother, I used to walk on his back we sang under the Bridge, it was our favorite Chili Pepper track two years Later another road trip in the blue station wagon freshman orientation;
 I was two years older, this time my pants stayed nice and dry

 have we resorted to the remedy
, of living in a memory?
 good ol' days of old sometimes i get so worked up, a tear comes to my eye. but I could never tell the truth, I just say it was dust. 
I could never handle the truth, so i put my faith in trust 

memories from one's childhood, over time become distorted your hopes and dreams and missions one by one aborted mom and Dad had five kids, Nickle was in the middle 
a nick-name his older siblings gave him before he was born road trip in the blue station wagon, a production of the outsiders 
he played Pony Boy, I was a kid he saved from the fire next in line was PQ, we slept in bunk-beds like young children do 
I always idolized him to this day, I'm still sorry bout the time I pistol whipped you. road trip in the blue station wagon, now it was soccer tournaments At first I watched then i joined, 
but now all i do is run and run and run and run and run 
 I remember when, 
but what or why slipped my mind
 Some times I get so worked up a tear comes to my eye 
but i could never tell the truth, i just say it was dust 
I could never handle the truth, so i put my faith in trust. have we resorted to the remedy
 of living in a memory? 
good ol' days of old. 
sometimes i get so worked up, a tear comes to my eye 
but I could never tell the truth, I just say it was dust.
 I could never handle the truth, so i put my faith in trust.
6.
I still remember the first day of school in the 5th grade the 5th grade My momma she bought me a new pair of shoes They were black and green PQ a sophomore in high school I was in the 5th the 5th grade In the 5th grade the 5th grade I wonder what ever happened to Miss Harmon? The student teacher I had a crush on I remember her saying something about Baltimore, Let’s take a road trip to Baltimore. In the 5th grade in the 5th grade I still remember the first day of school in the 5th grade the 5th grade My daddy he packed me a lunch box and a blue canteen PQ a sophomore in high school I was in the 5th grade the 5th grade In the 5th grade the 5th grade I wonder what ever happened to Miss Harmon? The student teacher I had a crush on I remember her saying something about Baltimore, Let’s go on a road trip a road trip to Baltimore. In the 5th grade in the 5th grade I still remember the first day of school in the 5th grade the 5th grade I still remember how it felt to be cool in the 5th grade the fifth grade In the 5th grade the 5th grade In my backpack A copy of the latest Animorphs.
7.
03:06
So what maybe I am immature but that’s just the way I am I live my life in a carefully haphazard fashion greeting opposition with a grin not everything I say has to be witty not everything I do has to be smooth I’m entitled to make a couple rock-head mistakes every now and then baby that’s just me So take it or leave it, either way I’m leaving you you get on my case for playing the guitar you had to pick me for this date cause the clutch went out in my car on the way home I come to the conclusion you’re just not for me not everything I say has to be witty not everything I do has to be smooth I’m entitled to make a couple rock-head mistakes every now and then baby that’s just me So take it or leave it, either way I’m leaving you. not everything I say has to be witty not everything I do has to be smooth I’m entitled to make a couple rock-head mistakes every now and then baby that’s just me So take it or leave it, either way I’m leaving you.
8.
When becomes now there becomes here that becomes this When all the past, present, and future tense is wrapped up in this kiss All my life I’ve sung the same chorus but the verses always seem to change But now I think I’ve found my melody now I think I’ve found my hook Cause the only way you could possibly know what you do to me is if by chance I do the same to you Now becomes when here becomes there this becomes that You’re my river, both my life jacket, and you’re my raft Cause the only way you could possibly know what you do to me is if by chance I do the same to you I said, the only way you could possibly know what you do to me is if by chance I do the same to you
9.
I like Scrabble I like darts but not the games you play with men’s hearts If the decision were up to me I would take my heart out of the deck cause spades and clubs may rust and wear all in search of a diamond but you threw me a wildcard. but I got a couple of tricks up my sleeve of my own yes it’s true I didn’t always play the game that way but I used to end up so sad and blue if the decision were up to me I would take my heart out of the deck cause F-2, F-3, F-4 It’s like Battleship this relationships sinking but I didn’t want to get in the ship I just wanted to swim in the ocean so I guess I threw you a wildcard cause who’s to say who wins and who looses? when we’re all playing different games. some are looking for the one; others are just looking for someone… I like Apples to Apples, but it’s all tomato, Ta-MA-toe to ya So after all these ridiculous games of charades Thanksgiving Day parades happy birthday suit, on the 3rd of July ee gotta stop treating each other like pawns in our crazy schemes cause no matter how invincible you think you are we are all at the mercy of dice cause who’s to say who wins and who looses? when we’re all playing different games. some are looking for the one; others are just looking for some fun… so tell me, how much fun is it? when who’s to say who wins and who looses? when we’re all playing different games some are looking for the one; others are just looking for someone I like Scrabble I like darts but not the games that you play with men’s hearts If the decision were up to me, I would take my heart out of the deck cause spades and clubs may rust and wear all in search of a diamond but it’s all just a deck of wildcards.
10.
02:32
sunlight like syrup pours upon her skin my heart like butter melts from within, my conscious like a fork stabs me in the spine, one more taste of the divine and I’m in the jaws of affection, it’s a tasty confection we make a batter together you and I I put in my two eggs and you beat them, your actions like a whisk now I’m all mixed up overflowing the mixing cup now I’m in the jaws of affection, It’s a tasty confection. add in some baking soda just to make me rise a little salt but not to much, not to much now I’m all mixed up overflowing the mixing cup now I’m in the jaws of affection, It’s a tasty confection. now I’m all mixed up overflowing the mixing cup now I’m in the jaws of affection, It’s a tasty confection. now I’m all mixed up overflowing the mixing cup but when we hit the griddle, we sizzle pancake love like this was never meant to fizzle
11.
04:53
We sat there holding feet cause our hands were busy holding the bowls and forks the food you made to eat. curry, I’m in no hurry and rice, yeah it tasted pretty good… and I’m a man of my word, or at least I try to be and I promised you 40 songs, so I played 5 or 6 then we took a break and we started talking and you said your favorite shape is a swirl favorite color green I asked you what your favorite book was you got mad and said you already told me Oh but did you really think that I’d forget no but did you really think that I would get it for you we sat there holding feet cause our hands were busy holding the bowls and forks the food you made to eat and Georgia, my intentions they are pure from day one you called me a jokester but when I say this please know that I am sincere cause I’m a man of my word or at least I try to be and I promised you 40 songs, so I played 5 or 6 then we took a break and we started talking my favorite shape is the shape of a guitar favorite color green or blue or brown or white… we sat there holding feet cause our hands were busy holding the bowls and forks the food you made to eat we sat there holding feet cause our hands were busy holding the bowls and forks The food you made to eat
12.
02:21
remember when we were driving home? and I held you in my arms but only with one arm cause with my other arm I was driving remember when were driving home? and you told me your glad that I found you and you told me your glad that your mine I remember exchanging stories about the past and of future glories but I’m a man of few words so in-between the stories there was only silence they say silence is golden, well I guess it depends on who you’re holding but when I’m holding you it’s true remember when we were driving home? and I held you in my arms but only with one arm cause with my other arm I was driving remember when were driving home? and you told me your glad that I found you and you told me your glad that your mine I remember exchanging stories about the past and of future glories but I’m a man of few words so in-between the stories there was only silence they say silence is golden, well I guess it depends on who you’re holding but when I’m holding you it’s true
13.
lay your burdens down pick your spirits up I'm not talking to anybody in particular sometimes just like to reiterate it yourself out loud out loud I say Antonio "you have to stop look and listen to what's going on gotta eradicate your fears wave goodbye to all that's insincere gotta search and find the you amidst all the rest that is not true" cause I know it's a long way to stand when you're already on your knees and I know it's a lot to ask of you when you're already begging please but we need to lay our burdens down we need to pick our spirits up I'm not talking to anybody in particular sometimes just like to reiterate to myself out loud out loud I say Antonio "you need to stop look and listen to what's going on gotta eradicate your fears wave goodbye to all that's insincere gotta search and find the you amidst all the rest that is not true' cause I know it's a long way to stand when you're already on your knees and i know it's a lot to ask of you when you're already begging please *secret track* SWAY if you were a tree and I were a tree the only wish I'd wish would be that you were planted close to me if you were a tree and I were a tree the only wish I'd wish would be that you were planted close to me we'd sway with our brothers and sway amongst the others growing old together and sway growing old together and sway

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The debut album from Antonio Lopez.

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released November 8, 2011

Musicians:

Alexander Young - drums
James Towns - bass guitar
Don Richmond - pedal steel, violin, trumpet, mandolin
Antonio Lopez - vocais, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, harmonica

© 2014 Antonio Lopez

All Songs written by Antonio Lopez
Tunes of Tones Music (ASCAP)

Produced by Zachary Hollander and Antonio Lopez
Mixed by Zachary Hollander
Recorded at The Pearl Recording Studio - Minneapolis, MN
January 4-7, 2011 and June 12-18, 2011.
additional recording by Don Richmond
at Howling Dog Records - Alamosa, CO
Mastered by John Golden at Golden Mastering - Ventura, CA

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