Our First EP -- Attractive Nuisance

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Gotta Get Outta Here

Lyrics

The wind was blowing as the leaves blow through the air
I watch them flow from here to there
My love is sinkin’ and my mind is so unclear
I think I really gotta get out of here

I took your hand and walked down roads of ever after
I would have carried you down there
Now every road I travel, I’m not sure where to steer
But I know I’ve gotta get out of here

I’ve gotta get out of here
I wish that God would show me mercy
My eyes are so unclear that I don’t know where to go
My heart is wrapped in golden ribbon
And my soul has been stripped bare
I will not wait to see redemption
And I’ve gotta get out of here

I waited by the cross roads, for your love to ease my fears
But the wind just blew in circles, and my eyes just bathed in tears
So I looked both ways and started to move as if I didn’t have a care
Stared into my rear view, and said I’ve gotta get out here

Words & Music by Robert Karp
Arranged by The Innocent Bystanders

Liner Notes

Gotta Get Outta Here explodes through a breakup that begins with a whirling B3 pumping through a Leslie rotary speaker on top of a rock beat that crescendos into the opening line. “The wind was blowing.” Yes, it was as the singer “waited by the crossroads for your love to ease my fear.” He reminisces about a hoped for path together that has been lost while he still travels it. The sense of uncertainty is punctuated by harmony sax counterpoint to each vocal phrase. Until finally, he “will not wait to see redemption” and breaks free as a searing guitar coda paints a picture of the horizon receding in a “stared into rearview mirror.” He’s done it. He’s gotten out. But he’s still looking back.

Performance Notes

Words & Music – Robert M. Karp
Recorded & Mixed
— Studio Version: Ben Moore
— Live Version: Chris Holloway
Arranged by – The Innocent Bystanders

Steve Berenson – drums & percussion
Jessica Lafave – tenor saxophone
Ben Nieberg – acoustic guitar, lead vocal, & background vocal
Kath Rogers – background vocal
Donny Samporna – electric 5-string bass
Steve Semeraro – electric 6-string guitars (Stratocaster rhythm & Telecast lead)
Kaimi Wenger – electric piano & Hammond B3

Highways

Lyrics

Take me home to the mountains
And the desert that I know
If I fled there, would you follow?
If I beckoned, would you go?
The open air is my companion
The running water is my guide
If I whisper, would you hear me?
If I shout, would you reply?

As I sail along these highways
I see the water turn to stone
And the desert is my shelter
And the mountains are my home
And the mountains are my home

Are you dancing in the shadows?
Or are you hiding in the sun?
If you told me that you need me,
Would I be the only one?

As I sail along these highways
Memories are fading fast
And the desert is my future
And the mountains are my past
And the mountains are my past

For the desert has no secrets
And the mountains tell no lies

Do you dare to touch the sunset
Sell your soul for one desire?
Would you want to walk on water?
Do you dare to play with fire?

As I sail along these highways
My horizon never ends
And the desert is my family
And the mountains are my friends
And the mountains are my friends

Words & Music by Kaimi Wenger
Arranged by The Innocent Bystanders

Liner Notes

Highways explores the uncertainty of an explorer, an adventurer, in tune with nature, but not with whether her partner can share the wonder that she sees in living her life. The song begins with a homespun bass line only to explode into major-minor-major chord pattern that anchors the song. “Do you dare to touch the sunset . . .” Is it a question? Or is it a command? As the sax and vocal duet through a bridge we accept the certainty of the desert that “has no secrets” and the mountains that “tell no lies.” But as the sax wails alone through to the end as the final cymbal’s reverb tail fades away, somehow we know that we’ll never be as certain about human relationships.

Performance Notes

Words & Music – Kaimipono D. Wenger
Recorded & Mixed
— Studio Version: Ben Moore
— Live Version: Chris Holloway
Arranged by – The Innocent Bystanders

Steve Berenson – drums & percussion
Jessica Lafave – tenor saxophone
Ben Nieberg – acoustic guitar
Kath Rogers – lead vocal
Donny Samporna – electric 5-string bass
Steve Semeraro – electric 6-string guitars
Kaimi Wenger – electric piano & Hammond B3

Emerald Eyes

Lyrics

Thought I knew what they meant when they talked about love
Coasting through and so easy to keep my chin up
Now I know that all before you was untrue
Didn’t know I was searching until I found you

When I look into your emerald eyes
I know that my search should be over
Won’t you tell me please emerald eyes
The answer to just one question
Won’t you tell me please emerald eyes
the answer to just one
Tell me how can I live without you now that I know what I’m missing
I found bliss in your arms and heaven in your hugs and your kissing

She’s rollin’ it’s Wednesday I don’t know how late
She’s drinkin’ a healing tonic and Bombay
Pig’s Feet Diner provides the backdrop all right
Foreign travel the topic of preference that night

When I look into your emerald eyes
I know that my search should be over
Won’t you tell me please emerald eyes
The answer to just one question
Won’t you tell me please emerald eyes
the answer to just one
Tell me how can I live without you now that I know what I’m missing
I found bliss in your arms and heaven in your hugs and your kissing

Ski weekend up at Tamarapone Lake
In a small town nude skiing simply won’t take
Our own redux apocalypse now Martin Sheen
The boat’s in flames but the lake remains pristine

When I look into your emerald eyes
I know that my search should be over
Won’t you tell me please emerald eyes
The answer to just one question
Won’t you tell me please emerald eyes
the answer to just one
Tell me how can I live without you now that I know what I’m missing
I found bliss in your arms and heaven in your hugs and your kissing

Words & Music by Eric Lane
Arranged by The Innocent Bystanders

Liner Notes

Emerald Eyes tells a tale of uncertainty of a different kind. Now, we find a singer at the precipice of a relationship. “Thought I knew what they meant when they talked about love.” The intro is a sharp tight bassline foreshadowing the pounding verses finely detailing moments in pursuit of connection. The contrasting chorus is an ocean wave crashing gently over the listener as the singer confesses to an apparent eye-opening certainty – her “search should be over” because she can’t live without her partner “now that I know what I’m missing.” Torrid bass and sax breaks connect the emotional pleading tide of a chorus back to the heat of the verse, ending again with a reality in which human connection if not entirely uncertain is at best a continuing contradiction. “The boat’s in flames but the lake remains pristine.”

Performance Notes

Words & Music – Eric L. Lane
Recorded & Mixed
— Studio Version: Ben Moore
— Live Version: Chris Holloway (recording) & Steve Semeraro (mix)
Arranged by – The Innocent Bystanders

Steve Berenson – drums & percussion
Jessica Lafave – tenor saxophone
Ben Nieberg – acoustic guitar
Kath Rogers – lead vocal
Donny Samporna – electric 5-string bass
Steve Semeraro – electric 6-string & 12 string guitars
Kaimi Wenger – electric piano & Hammond B3

Workingman's Daughter (aka Moonlight on the River)

Lyrics

Moonlight on the river. Let’s take a walk down to the water
I just want a chance with a working man’s daughter

Take me by the hand, lead me to the new land
I know that’s where you’re going, I want to go with you
For so long now, I been stuck here inside
I want to teach my eyes to see, beyond these blinds

So, touch my cheek and open my eyes
Give me the strength to love and the strength to cry

Things ain’t like they used to be, they ain’t what they seem
Without you, life’s so lonely, but with you it’s a dream
Sometimes somethings, they won’t turn us loose
If we leave this illusion behind us, we can find the truth

We gotta be together. We just gotta be.
To find ourselves a way back home, a way to be free

Oh, but I love you, now more than ever
I can’t say that I’ll answer your prayers, but I’ll always be there, when you need me,
when you need me.

Moonlight on the river. Let’s take a walk down to the water
I just want a chance with a working man’s daughter.

Liner Notes

Working Man’s Daughter (aka Moonlight on the River) is a fantasy about a kind of love that the singer has come to realize doesn’t exist. It begins with a hopeful piano figure soon layered with everything — bass, acoustic guitar, 12-string electric, B3, even a flute, forming a wall of sound on which a faded, folded love letter floats. The singer just wants “a chance with a workingman’s daughter.” But the scent of a broken heart is apparent at least by the end of the extended sax break as it echoes a melody of longing for something that the singer has almost, but not quite, learned to live without. “If we leave the illusion behind, we can find the truth.” Yes, but can we abandon that illusion? Do we want the truth? Of course, we’ll have to as the singer recognizes in promising to “be there when you need me.” As the opening hope for “a chance” is reprised, this time we’re sure there is none as the song launches into an extended coda of interplay between a 12-string electric guitar, saxophone, and vocals atop the relentless two-chord jam.

Performance Notes

Words & Music – Steven Semeraro
Recorded & Mixed — Ben Moore
Arranged by – The Innocent Bystanders

Steve Berenson – drums & percussion
Jessica Lafave – tenor saxophone & flute
Ben Nieberg – acoustic guitar, duet lead vocal, background vocal
Donny Samporna – electric 5-string bass
Steve Semeraro – electric 12-string guitar & duet lead vocal
Kaimi Wenger – electric piano & Hammond B3

Valarie (bonus live track) // Live Bystanders
  1. Valarie (bonus live track) // Live Bystanders
  2. Highways (bonus live version) // The Innocent Bystanders - Attractive Nuisance
  3. Gotta Get Outta Here (bonus live version) // The Innocent Bystanders - Attractive Nuisance
  4. (What’s So Funny ’bout) Peace, Love & Understanding (bonus live track) // The Innocent Bystanders - Attractive Nuisance
  5. Old Time Rock & Roll // The Innocent Bystanders - Live Bystanders
  6. How Can You Be Sure? // The Innocent Bystanders - Live Bystanders
  7. Yackety Yak // The Innocent Bystanders - Live Bystanders