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To the Corner and Back

by Will Shish

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1.
Static 03:52
This is a place that I knew well. We danced in close-knit circles 'til our bodies hurt like hell. I used to own that stage, but I had to move away Looking for bigger and better not get stuck. People ask how I've been doing, I think they'd rather here a lie. How you liking the big city? I've never been more lonely in my life. I live and I work on the same street in Queens, but every time I'm in Manhattan I remember all my dreams. At least you're in Astoria, I hear that that's the hip place. Well we all look a little older and we all seem a little tired Half of us hate our jobs and the rest are still trying to get hired Is there where I change the station? Cause I'm only getting static Was the summer my last vacation? Cause I'm starting to panic. Josh's hair is getting longer, Deena works three jobs Victor's band is tighter than ever. Man I really gotta catch up. Chad and Natalie are still going strong. I forgot how much I missed them and how well we get along. If I still had a car I would visit on the weekend. Are we all losing touch or do we just live busy lives? Do you think that I worry too much when you tell me that I'll be fine? Was this a trip back home or to my parents' house? I left on my own cause they would never kick me out. It's only been 3 months but it feels like a lifetime. Well we all look a little older and we all seem a little tired Half of us hate our jobs and the rest are still trying to get hired Is there where I change the station? Cause I'm only getting static Was the summer my last vacation? Cause I'm starting to panic.
2.
Jump right through my love and onto the open window Where you sit on my sill. Wonderin' will we? Yes we will. Am I just a bridge to you? Am I just a bridge to you? Jumped right through my door and onto the bedroom floor. Close your eyes and lick your lips. Could this be? Is this it? Am I just a bridge to you? Am I just a bridge to you? Jumped into my life and made a home overnight. Sleeping soundly by my head, our goodnights go unsaid. Am I just a bridge to you? Am I just a bridge to you?
3.
Forever 02:58
The curtains are open to let the cool air in and keep the warmth between the sheets I'm an impractical blanket with my icicles as feet The sunlight wakes my eyes, but you're still fast asleep And I will wait forever while you count sheep The mirror in the bathroom sweats of your shampoo and my bodywash and intimacy I don't expect to waste too much time getting clean Run your fingers through my hair and show me how to see And we will last forever patiently So wind me up like the watch that you bought me Pour me one more cup of coffee With cream that tastes like you Maybe that will get me through The clock in the kitchen reads half past the time you had to be out the door We both know when you come home I won't be here anymore But no matter where we are, I will dream of you And we will last forever if you want me to
4.
I said all the songs on ukulele sound the same You asked if songs about girls always use their real name You said you didn't know how to feel if someone wrote a song about you Well I failed to mention, I've already written two You like things the best when there's a plan Luckily I'm a real passive man You can pick dinner and I'll still feel like a winner just to be in your company I'll even try vegan food cause you ate Hawaiian pizza for me Maybe I should show you this before the next time we kiss But maybe then you won't want to see me at all If you get this tune stuck in your head, will you still visit me in my twin bed In the city at the start of the fall So if you take a bus to me, there is one thing I can guarantee I will try vegan food cause you ate Hawaiian pizza, I'll even try vegan food cause you ate Hawaiian pizza I'll even try vegan food cause you ate Hawaiian pizza for me
5.
We're stopped like a train on it's tracks, With a sense of direction but no way to turn back. So let's wait it out, and if you ever have a doubt, Well you can ride it on home, ride it on home tonight. You can't even look my way, With your eyes to the sky as we're saying goodbye Don't you think it's strange? Cause I can't stand the change, But if you wanna you can ride it on home, all the way home tonight. How did we fall so far From chatting away, everyday, lit by the stars? Now I don't hear a peep from you, But I'll be listening if you should feel the need to Start thinking 'bout where we've been. And I know that you know I'm not like most other men So let's put this behind, and if you really feel inclined, Well you can ride it on home, ride it on home tonight.

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"To the Corner and Back" is an album about moving from home to a new city and how relationships shift, strain, and blossom as our surroundings change with us, much as the musical mood of the album reflects this, as it moves from full band folk to surf rock to jazz.

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released June 19, 2015

All music and lyrics written and performed by William Shishmanian except:

Static: additional vocals - Brennin Cummings
Ride it On Home: lead guitar - Adrian Aiello

Mixed by Archaic Musik
Mastered by Eleftherios Koutsoulidakis of PREP Sound

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Will Shishmanian (aka Will Shish) is a singer/songwriter, musical theater composer, and guitarist/bassist based in Queens. He wrote music and lyrics for "The Regulars: A Folk Musical" and "Addy & Dahlia: A Fairytale Musical" and is currently co-writing "REIGN: A Rock Opera". ... more

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