Handheld Recordings, Vol. 2: Awakenin'!

by Eliot Eidelman

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released November 3, 2018

Pedal steel on tracks 2,3, and 5 by Bill Fleming
Harp on track 7 by Heather Freed
Recorded and mixed on a Zoom H4n Pro handheld recorder at
the Highland Inn, the Dacha and the Bonnibird House in Atlanta, GA, June/July, 2018
Mastered by Daniel Eaton at Little Castle Mastering, Los Angeles, CA
Artwork by Nik Nerburn

all selections published by Eliot Eidelman Music (ASCAP)
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Track Name: California Rain
I don't wanna play the game
I just wanna love you 'til it rains in California for ya
'Til it rains in California for ya
'Til it rains in California for you are
so beautiful to me
You are so beautiful to me

I don't wanna play the game
I just wanna love you 'til there's California rain
Track Name: Here, So Near
I've seen you in my dreams
I've seen you here before
I've been seeing you for so long
I've been here, so near
without you by my side
without you by my side
as winter time gives way to spring and summer's in the air

And though the days are longer now and
though it's been awhile since I've seen you smile
in my mind's eye you're still a child

I love you like the rain
loves the dusty ground
I've been seeing you around
I've been here, so near
without you by my side
without you by my side
as winter time makes way for spring and summer's in the air

And though the days are longer now and
though it's been a while since I've seen you smile
in my mind's eye you're still a child

And though it isn't fair
and though it isn't right
I'll be seeing you tonight
I'll be here, so near
without you by my side
without you by my side
and though the days are longer now I long to hold you near

I love you like the rain
loves the dusty ground
I'll be seeing you around
Track Name: In the Dark
You and I have known each other for awhile
We've been lovers and friends
but what are we now?

You and I are strangers traveling alone in the night
We lock up our cars and walk through the park past each other
in the dark

And you and I are memories in each other's minds
We've been everything and blank
but what are we now?

You and I are moments alive in the present and the past
We travel so far like the lights of a car on the highway
in the dark

And you and I we're going somewhere
though we still don't know quite where that is
It could be near or far or right here, right now

'Cause you and I are distances marked by a pen on a map
We hop in our cars and follow our marks down the highways
in the dark

And me and you are nothing
but figures in something bigger's dream
we take action and decide
in what we call "now"

But me and you are everywhere, alive in every time
We get in the car and drive to the bar together
in the dark

And I know that you know that we'll be together
forever wherever we decide to go
in the dark
Track Name: Omar's Song/First Dance
Whenever I go to the bank or the post office
I ring your bell to see if you're home
and when you are I climb up and put a record on,
roll a spliff and we shoot the shit for awhile

In your shoeboxes full of photographs
are the memories of lovers
and pets from different continents

And you've seen so many beautiful things
in your life, as places and times go by
Now you live alone in your flat in Berlin
with your cat, just watching the days grow dim

It's a miracle that I found you here
halfway 'cross the Western hemisphere
and convenient that you live so near
to the only place that sells good beer
Right across from David Bowie's place
where he lived back in '78

Strange but not unknown
Strange but not unknown

When I'm a-going to the bank or the post office
I ring your bell to see if you're home
and whenever you are I climb up and put the kettle on,
crack a beer and we shoot the shit for a while

In your rooms full of artifacts
are strange paintings and the furniture
that I lived with in the desert once

And you've spent so many years alone
for someone who seems to be socially prone
Now you're living here, alone with your cat in Berlin
in a flat, just watching the days grow dim

It's a miracle that I found you here
halfway 'cross the Western hemisphere
and convenient that you live so near
to the only place that sells good beer around here
When I look into the wall you face
all I see is endless empty space

Strange but not unknown
Strange but not unknown

When we dance all I see
thoughts and colors swirling
'Round your eyes smile at me
while our feet are learning

Where to be I pretend
I know what I'm doing
Follow me let's see if we can keep it
movin' and groovin' and stewin' and brewin' and bakin' and shakin' and
quakin' and rakin', givin' and takin' and makin', awakenin'!

And it's cold outside
but in here it's warm and
I want to show you everything I'm knowin'
mmmmm now that we're flowin'

When we fall let it be
deeper and deeper we're falling
Turn around take a seat
sit up nice and tall and
Look at me as I pretend
I know what I'm doing
Follow me and let's see if we can keep it
movin' and groovin' and stewin' and brewin' and bakin' and shakin' and
quakin' and rakin', givin' and takin' and makin', awakenin'!

And it rains outside
but in here it's dry and
I want to show you everything I'm knowin'
mmmmm now that we're flowin'

When I look into your eyes I find
Track Name: Steering the Sound
It's been a long time since I've held somebody so near me
and in the meantime I've felt like no one could hear me
It's been a long while since I've had somebody to know me
I've been alone while feeling sad with no one to show me

Refrain:
that you and I are islands in the sky
We're on the horizon gliding by
Can you feel us floating when you're closing your eyes?
We're on the horizon, just gliding by
And can you hear the sound?
Can you hear the sound?
Can you steer our car around the Puget Sound?

It's been a long ways that we've come to be here together
and on the highways we've sung to fend off the weather
It's been a long haul that we drove to finally be here
and as the sun falls I know and it's finally clear

Refrain
Track Name: Too Real
I'm too real for you
I'm too real for you
You never let me tell you what I wanna do
'cause I'm just too real
too damn real
just too real for you

You're too far away
You're too far away
You never let me tell you what I wanna say
'cause you're just too far
too damn far
just too far away

Bridge:
I told you that I loved you
I tell you every day
that I'm still dreaming of you
Now what more, baby
what more can I say?

I'm in love with you
I'm in love with you
but you never let me tell you what I wanna do
'cause I'm just too real
too damn real
just too real for you

but it's okay, 'cause one of these days you're gonna be too real too
and then we'll make some holy righteous babies together
that'll cultivate their gardens and save the whole damn world

Bridge

I'm too real for you
I'm too real for you
and you never let me tell you what I really wanna do
because I'm just too real
too damn real
just too real for you
Track Name: Wandered for Awhile
I wandered for awhile
with nothing there to hold me down
I wandered far away
and still all that I have to say
is as far as the eye can see
nothing here is quite as it seems
far as the idol effigies
far in the distance

I don't know what you've been doing
but it helps me see things through
to the end
with nothing left to hold me back
I wandered far away
and still all that I have to say
is as far as the eye can see
nothing here is quite as it seems
far as the idol effigies
far as the distant wind

I don't know what you've been doing
but it helps me see things through
to the end