Different Now

by Eliot Eidelman

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1.
04:16
I wanna love you but I don't know what to do and anyway I just can't keep my mind off you I'm trying hard you know to think of other things but they just don't seem to stick if you know what I mean Laura, oh Laura You leave me waiting outside for you And if you'd let me stay with you for just tonight I'd give you everything and be gone by the morning light I feel so different now than I did once before but it doesn't keep me from coming back to your door Laura, oh Laura You leave me waiting outside for you And there is nothing in this world of misery that shines so brightly as a smile from you to me And though I live with you, you feel so far away I wanna tell you everything but I don't know what to say Laura, oh Laura You leave me waiting outside for you You take me in but you leave me waiting You give me hope but you leave me praying Oh, I hope that love is on our side You suck me in but you push me away and you carry me back and you leave me saying Oh, I hope that love is on our side Laura, oh Laura You leave me waiting outside for you Oh, I hope that love is on our side for you but you leave me waiting outside for you You leave me waiting outside for you, Laura
2.
Thanks for all your lovin Thank you for all your sympathy and care I'm sorry I was awful, condescending, not nice and unfair But my life has changed and I'm different now I keep tellin myself that I'm different now When we were much younger I would only think about myself I would never think to stop to bother to reason with you or anybody else But my life has changed and I'm different now I keep tellin myself that I'm different now Yeah my life has changed and I'm different now and though I can't explain the stillness that surrounds me yet somehow You're not what I've been looking for but you are the one I've found now can you tell me Is it really over? When we were much younger there were things that I would do and say that would undermine how much I loved you, how I care for you and how bad I wanted you to stay But that time has passed and we're here at last We keep tellin ourselves here we are at last So thanks for all the heartbreak Thank you for all the jealousy and pain Thanks to you I'm now much stronger, kinder, wiser knowing that I'm not the only one to blame Now I've been alone and I know I've grown I keep telling myself that I know I've grown And that my life has changed and I'm different now and though I can't escape the silence that surrounds me yet somehow It's not what I've been looking for but it is what I have found now can you tell me Is it really over? When we were much younger there were things that I could do and say I could tell you that I love you but it wouldn't mean the same thing as it does today 'cause my life has changed and I'm different now and though I've grown used to the silence that surrounds me anyhow You're not what I've been looking for but you are the one I've found now can you tell me Is it really over? Is it really over? Is it really over now? It isn't over, it's just different now Now Now Now Now Now Now
3.
Now we are gone far away back to a dream that I had yesterday There are crystals hangin from the floor and nobody knows what do anymore nobody knows what to do anymore nobody knows... what to do anymore but to love and be loved and be free to love one another in peace Now we are back here and now watching the moments go by somehow Everything's different but like in my dream nothing is really quite what it seems nothing is really quite what it means nothing is really, really, REAL-LY... but to love and be loved and be free to love one another in peace So: so when you come, come in peace and when you leave, leave in love and while you are here be free and when you arrive believe There's nothing stopping you Now is the time to be so when you leave, leave in love and when you come, come in peace! ...but to love and be loved and be free to love one another in peace
4.
She said, "I think I see some noxious gas in the sky comin from the east to west and I don't know why," and I said, "Don't worry babe, that's just the milky way," yeah I said, "Don't worry babe, that's just the milky way and it's happenin all the time but you just can't see it with all that light pollution up in your city sky and you'd better believe it - no more confusion - you're in the desert with me tonight Welcome to your home galaxy It's just the Milky Way, you and me and a blood red sliver of a moon watchin shootin stars go by on the summer solstice in the desert tonight" She said, "I think I see some noxious gas in the sky I think it's comin down on us and I don't know why!" and I said, "Don't worry babe, that's just the milky way Don't worry babe, that's just the milky way and it's happenin all the time but you just can't see it with all that light pollution up in your city sky and you'd better believe it - no more confusion - you're in the desert with me tonight Welcome to your home galaxy It's just the Milky Way, you and me and a blood red sliver of a moon watchin shootin stars go by on the summer solstice in the desert tonight"
5.
I'm stuck on the roof with you tonight and if we never get down that'd be alright 'cause I like you Whoa, I'm watching the day turn into night - watching the daylight die but I'm so alive 'cause I like you and I want you to know the way that I'm feeling inside so I'll write you a song - something to remember you by when you're gone Whoa, I'm still stuck on the roof with you in my mind and if I never get down that'd be just fine 'cause I like you Whoa, I'm watching the colors turn in the sky - catching the light in your honey eyes and I feel so revived 'cause I like you and I want you to know the way that I'm feeling inside so I wrote you this song I hope you'll remember me too while you're gone And when you're back I'm hoping that we will find a ladder that can bring us back onto that roof I wanna be back there with you I think about it all the time... Whoa, I'm still stuck on the roof with you in my mind and if we never get down that'd be alright 'cause I like you Whoa, I'm watching the day turn into night - catching the stars in your honey eyes and I feel so alive 'cause I like you and I feel so revived 'cause I like you and I want you to know the way that I'm feeling inside so I'll write you this song I hope you'll remember me too while you're gone hope you remember me too while you're gone hope you remember...
6.
Sunny day, melt away the snow that fell last night outside my window When the moment's right reflect the light that makes my tent shine from the inside Evaporate the waters running outside, tentside Last night when my lover called reminds me of the good times Sunny days that melt away the snow
7.
Try to think of a reason Try to hold it in your head Try to see if your logic persists or if it unravels and falls to the ground And I know, I know it's not easy I've been there myself before and though I never could figure it out I still wouldn't say it was all for nothing All walls falling down to the ground and I see someone standing right in front of me and they've seen my face and they know my name but I don't know what they're thinkin Everywhere I think I'll go I'm restless and tired and I'm on my way out of I try to think of some good reason but I've no idea what I'm doing now, no No... Try to think of a season other than the one we're in now Try to see how your memories reflect on the future without even tryin and I know, I know it's not easy In fact it's a bit of a trap and though I never can figure it out I still wouldn't say that it's not worth knowing that all walls are falling down to the ground and I see someone's standin right in front of me and they've seen my face and they know my name but I don't know what they're thinkin Everywhere I think about going I'm restless and tired and I'm on my way out of I'm tryin to think of some good reason but I've no idea where I'm gonna go now, no No... Gate Gate Parasamgate! Gate Gate Parasamgate... Take me Take me away Take me to another place Gone, gone beyond to the other shore Gate, Gate, Paragate, Parasamgate Gate, Gate, Paragate, Parasamgate Bodhi Svaha! Gone, everybody gone Far beyond to the other shore
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9.
03:28
Hold on, hold on, it won't be long Our ship is sinking in the ocean but the water's warm and the dolphins swimming will guide us home to a distant shore And when we're there will find some nonocuts and applepines to dine on Hold on, hold on, it won't be long Our car is driving off the cliff side but the waves are soft and the mermaids swimming will lead us back to their grotto home Where we'll be living fine on the electric eel slime we dine on Hold on, hold on, it won't be long Our plane's crash landing in the ocean but the water's calm and the humpbacks swimming will hear the sounds of our violins And then they'll come along joining us in whale song as we ride on Hold on, hold on, it won't be long I know that we are slowly dying but the music notes and the angels flying will guide us home to a distant shore

about

Eliot Eidelman’s new album DIFFERENT NOW inhabits the sweet spot between the iconoclastic and the iconic. His third self-produced LP evokes the wide-eyed, anything-goes creativity of folk-rock records from the late-‘60s and early-‘70s while irreverently blazing a trail forward into uncharted waters. DIFFERENT NOW marks an exciting and noticeable leap in maturity for the nomadic young songwriter.

Recorded on tape at The Bomb Shelter in Nashville, the new album emerges sounding bright, lived-in, and spaced-out. While one can hear invocations of particular influences, the deeply-felt psychedelic singularity of Eidelman's overall vision ensures he always sounds like himself, hopped up on a restless, avidly inspired vibe he's both eager and able to pass on.

Vintage organ surges, ramshackle piano runs, baroque guitar arpeggios and ethereal vocal harmonies lend a depth of variety and color to Eidelman's songs, bringing us deeper into his rich, frenzied vision than ever before. Never wasteful with ideas, songs contain single sections powerful enough that a less discerning artist would be tempted to repeat into the ground. But his keen awareness of transience and change allows Eidelman to arrive at a naturally-timed balance that invites repeated listens.

In keeping with its title, DIFFERENT NOW is full of meditations upon, as well as artistic enactments of felt transition. Songs can shift tone and mood with the stark abruptness of an early-prog prank. But an apparent unforced fluency with the history of album-making assures them an essential earnestness that never feels like either empty experimentation or retro-nostalgia.

More clearly than ever, Eidelman emerges not a traditionalist, but as a knowing player in the wild, living, still-changing tradition of pop eccentricity.

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released October 14, 2016

recorded by Andrija Tokic and Eduardo DuQuesne at
The Bomb Shelter, Nashville, TN
mixed by Nathaniel Kiser at Sleeping Partner Studio, Atlanta, GA
mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk at Stereophonic Mastering, Portland, OR
artwork by Susanna Battin

Eliot Eidelman - guitar, harmonica
James Wallace - keyboards
Jeff Ratner - bass
Aaron Shafer-Haiss - drums

all selections published by Eliot Eidelman Music (ASCAP)

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