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Tracks: Not Hits, Not Even Close - Volume 155

by Mark Radice

This is the first of like 100 CD\'s I\'m gonna try and put out of stuff that hasn\'t landed on any particular buyable format until now. So look for at 99 more. Not now, later.
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9. Ain't This Love?
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10. Wires
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Well here we go peoples, let the games begin. This is the first installment of my compilation CD's. This is Volume 155 (named after my old street address in Nutley, NJ).....the next one will be volume 138, then 121, then 104 etc going down 17 until I get to 4 then they go up 13. Don't ask because I don't know. I figure if I release one a month I have enough here in this room to go 8 years and 3 months until I start saying "did I put this on anything yet?"

They're basically everything I've recorded that never landed on anything for sale. I hope someday for every single song to be a big huge enormous hit so that the title will be a big fat lie.

Let's reach in the bag and see what surfaces....oh, ok....

Here's one from the EMI years. I think the idea was to finish the lyrics, since at the time "lean over I can't hear you" and "let me count the lies I've heard" didn't make any freakin' sense but I thought "hey, when I finish it". Plus I think the expression was BEND over I can't hear you, implying that the other person was talking out their butts, so right off the bat?

Yeah well this is as far as it got. I think I was trying to be 10cc in the beginning, and recording engineer David Dale's authentic English accent helped bring out the effect. And we had fun making backwards snare drum sounds.

EMI was a cool job, I had it for about 8 years. My job was to go into New York once a week, get drunk on Heinekens all day and make up songs and then we'd all try and figure out who could sing them. Then I'd have to pee like a yak on the busride back home. Which is when I wrote the song "Please Hurry Now".

LEAN OVER Mark Radice

1990something.

These people all look like they're from some other planet
And then they talk and my suspicions are confirmed
I feel like asking everybody when they landed
I feel like just another bridge they haven't burned

I met a girl last night who said her name was Wanda yeah
I was so positive that she would treat me right
Took off so fast she almost killed me with her Honda yeah
I knew right then and there that it was not my night.

....

It's still so early that my hair's not making sense yet
Another day ahead it's been this way since birth
I haven't found a way to put up my defense yet
I have a toohbrush that has disappeared from Earth.

If you leave it up to me I get myself nowhere slow
And I don't know who'll I'll be
When the World gets through with me
And I'm sure that I don't wanna know

Lean Over I Can't Hear You
Speak UP or I won't hear a word
Lean Over I Can't Hear You
Let me count the lies I've heard

Who's on the subway with me today
Hundreds of people running away.....


I wouldn't put a dime on anything you tell me
Your eyes are straight up and your bird is flying south
I try to be polite and ask you to speak louder yeah
Cause where you're talking from is surely not your mouth

If I leave it up to you I get myself nowhere slow
And I don't know what to do when the World gets through
And I'm sure that I don't wanna know

Lean Over I Can't Hear You
Speak UP or I won't hear a word
Lean Over I Can't Hear You
Let me count the lies I've heard

Who's in the mirror that isn't me
Where did my life go how can this be?

@DisenchantedCottage2008


#2- Well, I did it. I wrote a song that the bass only plays
two notes the whole song. Yay for me. One summer I rented a
house on Evergreen Avenue in Bayville New Jersey. It was really cool and was on one of those boat slip things and ducks use to wander into my kitchen. I wrote about 8 really cool songs there, I was in the zone. I was missing Suzanne alot. So yeah, another one about you, baby. This feels like it fell off an early Beatles Record until it turns into Yes in the hook.


THE ONE YOU'LL LEAVE BEHIND Radice 2002. Maybe. Probably. Around then.


Here I am
A voice inside the wind reaching out for something
That I can always call my very own
Would they ever let me be
Would the World even bother....

So where were you?
I stood there on a hill and asked if you would join me
I saw you turn away and then you hid your face
Just when you were high and dry
I was bringing you water....

The answer is in your heart
The answer is in your heart
So fly away from me
I'm not here to follow you
I'm the one you'll leave behind.

As I slowly disappear into your mental woodwork
I know your name but you look like someone else
On your kness and knelt in front of the almighty dollar.

The answer is in your heart
The answer is in your heart
So fly away from me
I'm not here to follow you
I'm the one you'll leave behind.

I'll live on
Out of your concern sailing past your memory
You'll feel a chill inside but you won't be sure
What it is that's bothering you
Is it me in your window?

@DisenchantedCottage2008

Not a hit, not even close #3: SONGS ABOUT YOU


Another one from the Bayville Summer. This one's about Bernadette (See "Generation Why", hear "Bernadette")

All these Bayville songs were done in the kitchen (with the ducks) on a four-track cassette recorder, Sgt. Pepper style, but worse.


SONGS ABOUT YOU Radice 3/19/06


You know it's not like I think about you night and day....
And that you're always on my mind
Even when I go to sleep and I pray
I think about other things too...

Like that time I went to the beach
And didn't think about you very much at all
For a minute or two
Until some girl walked by who reminded me of you....

I decided I'm not gonna write any songs about you any more
There must be something else to write about
The birds and the bees the flys and the fleas
The chair, the wall, the ceiling, the floor

Yeah I decided Im not gonna write
Any more songs about you, so there
What's the difference anyway if you just don't care?

Here I go whoop dee doo this one ain't about you
I got a life you know
A million places to go
A million people to see and they all care about me he- hee
Here I go out the door
Late for the party once more
And they'll all be sad if I don't show up without you....


Hey I decided I'm not gonna write any
Songs about you any more
I'm sure there's plenty else to write about
The squirrels in the park the burglars at dark
The reason why I get up at four.

Yes I decided I'm not gonna write
Any more songs about you So there
What's the difference anyway if you just don't care?

Hey so what's the big deal about you anyway?
I don't need you to be happy
I'm not even thinking about you right now
I use to think about you way too much but I stopped
Yeah I stopped
And you know what else?
And you know what else? I decided.

Here I go whoop dee doo again
This one still ain't about you.
I got a life you know
A dozen places to go
A couple people to see
And one might care about me -he-hee
Here I go out the door late for the party once more
And they'll all be sad if I don't show up without you....

Hey I decided I'm not gonna write any.....

There must be something else to write about
The birds and the bees the flys and the fleas
The chair, the wall, the ceiling, the floor

Hey I decided I'm not gonna write
What's the difference anyway if you just don't

care?

Copyright @ Radisongs 2006 Livingroom Productions


NOT HIT NOT EVEN CLOSE #4: I CAN'T KEEP THE RAIN

I wrote this one in Treasure Island, Florida when I was working on the Vesica Pisces CD. Wait I want you to try something. Don't look at what you just read, close your eyes, don't look, and tell me the name of the band I just told you I was working with. That's what I thought. Well after I gave them FIVE HUNDRED BETTER BAND NAMES on a list they stayed with it and where are they now? In Florida I suppose.

So while working with that band I booked a studio one day to do a new one of my own that just kinda popped out since I was writing for them but this wasn't their style....

About a month after I wrote it three or four people said it
sounds like a Cheap Trick song, so I called Robin Zander. After the seventh call his wife answered, then put him on, I told him I may have a song he might be interested in recording and he said..."Oh. One of those pesky things?"

So I sent it to him and he must have liked it or he wouldn't have asked me ro rerecord it, without my vocal, one key higher so he could try singing it. Then I did, sent it to him again, and never heard from him again, so my guess is he played it for Rick Neilson who decided
it sucked and that was the end of that. So here it is, imagine it's a Cheap Trick song. Maybe it still will be.


I CAN'T KEEP THE RAIN Radice 2004

I stand alone in the corner of a circle
When I know there isn't one I'm pretending that there is
I'm asleep in the eye of a tornado
Do you feel safe where when you pretend your love is his?

I can't keep the rain from fallin
Can't keep the night from crawlin
But I can keep on believing
That you're afraid of all your love for me

I can't keep the rain from pourin
Can't stop the birds from soarin
But I can start a fire in your heart
And then you'd love me endlessly

Lookin under the hammer of a piano
Felt the weight come crashing down it was only in my head
Had a dream that I woke up in a mirror
Everything was right to left you were in love with me instead.

I can't keep the rain from fallin
Can't keep the night from crawlin
But I can keep on believing
That you're afraid of all your love for me

I can't keep the rain from pourin
Can't stop the birds from soarin
But I can start a fire in your heart
And then you'd love me endlessly

I've lived for long enough to know about the danger
In matters of the heart I know of nothing stranger.

Copyright @ 2004 Radisongs

NOT HIT NOT EVEN CLOSE #5 : BEYOND BROKEN

I was trying to get a friend's career going somewhere(?) by having her sing some of my already written songs. I think that was the plan. Anyway, one day we were talking and she said something was "beyond broken". I thought it was a cool idea for a song, you know about a heart, because Lord knows we don't have ENOUGH SONGS that have something to do with HEARTS.

So I wrote this for her, which she never sang, so here's the version I did up in the second floor of the Lavallette beach house on some 8-track.

BEYOND BROKEN Radice 2/8/04

I don't need to think about what you've done..
You've been freed, now it's not gonna be to me
Where you're gonna run

I'm tired of fighting, in fact I'm tired of everything
It's nice and quiet and I'm starting to like
The sound of being someone......

Yeah, I better move on....past your fake sobs and sighs
Why would I wanna hear any other lies?

Beyond Broken
Nothing can fix this love any more
Beyond hopin'
Somehow we'll find a way to be sure

And I can't help thinking we could have caught

A fallen star somewhere

Cause now I can't repair

What's lyin' here, and there...beyond b r o k e n

I need time to yell at myself out loud
To go find a mountain where I can think and be sad and proud

You're so use to the motions when you're wrong...
You go through them and figure the damage
Won't be for too long

Well it's time you grow up
It's not me and it's not real
Deep down you know it's your fault
But you try so hard not to feel

Beyond Broken
Nothing can fix this love any more

Beyond hopin'
Somehow I'd sweep your tears from the floor

And I can't help thinking we could have caught

A fallen star somewhere

Cause now I can't repair

What's lyin' here, and there...beyond b r o k e n

I don't need to think about what you've done......

@DisenchantedCottage2008


NOT HIT NOT EVEN CLOSE #6: TERRITORIAL TUG

Oh Linda, Linda, Linda. So many songs I wrote for you just trying to make sense of the insanity and your utter indifference.

This one's basically a blues progression ala my song "Rutt" on "Stay Tuned" that I funked out beyond recognition with bad drum machines. Think pissed off Prince song. David Dale comes back to lend some English harmonies. I inherited my Father's extremely jealous streak, which only looks bad, feels bad, and ruins relationships but YOU KNOW ME I SAY WHAT'S ON MY
MIND ANYWAY.


TERRITORIAL TUG Mark Radice 1990


Come over here sit next to me let everyone know
We know we're together girl but when you walk
It doesn't show

The people have told me baby I'm too possessive
But that man with his hand on your knee was
Just a little too aggressive

Do you have to play with my head
Do you really need it?
Do you want me gone instead
As on and on I go

Come On Let's Do The Territorial Tug

Too much is trouble and you never get enough

I say now who was that there you say it's just a friend
And when you look at him that way it's just pretend
Do I have to put up with this
Should I do the same thing?
Or should I move on into his path
When I see the territory changing


Do you have to play with my head
Do you really need to?
Do you want me gone instead
As on and on I go....

@Copyright2008DisenchantedCottage

Not Hit Not Even Close #7 - GETTING BACK TO ME

Originally written with Mandy Moore in mind since someone asked me if I had any material for her. So I made one up. Then I think I dropped the ball and delivered it about 7 months too late or never, I can't remember which. My attempt at sparse beat vocal pop. Still too many freakin' chords. I have to write JUST ONE song with NO chords in it.

GETTING BACK TO ME Radice

Tell me why do you lie to me
Do you feel that it's just something you must do?
Better off say goodbye to me
Instead of telling me alot of things
That just aren't true

Took a chance when I said ok but I didn't mean
That you could play me like a game
Well they say all is fair in love and war
I've only got myself to blame

You walk away when I say we have to talk
And I stay when I say I'm going to walk
Too many times I have told myself
I'm going to break free

It's been a while now it's all about to change
And at first it may seem a little strange
When I say goodbye but I know that I gotta be
Getting back to me

I was lost in your alibis
Now I'm gettin wise that it's time for me to go
Took a while to realise if I compromise
Then I'm telling myself no.

Look around me but all I see is you
And for a while I didn't care
Try as I might when I look into your eyes
I just don't see me anywhere.....

Copyright @ 2007 Radisongs

NOT HIT NOT EVEN CLOSE #8 LETTER TO TAJA

I was touring with Matt "Guitar" Murphy in 1995 when with 10 minutes before showtime I realised that I left the plug that plugs my keyboard into electricness in my hotel room, 3 blocks away. I was in Colorado.

So I jumped off the stage (it was a club with a 4 foot high stage) and asked this cute girl in the front row if she could get me to my hotel room and back in ten minutes and she said "Sure!" but I don't think she thought it was for a wire. Then I was off the road and "Taja" was like my second "Email" I ever sent. Isn't that a cute story? Then I never saw her again.

LETTER TO TAJA


Hey I know it's been a while
And I keep promising to write you
I'm sure you've heard it all before
And I'd really like to bite you

That's a private joke of ours
That you probably don't remember
Every time I look up in the stars
I think a little north of Denver....

....and I see you.
Do you see me
Trying to find my other shoe
Halfway across the country?

....but you're so deep into Biology
Is that what it was?
Is this your piece of fuzz?
And am I lonely because I'm missing you?

I had fun at your house that day
It was a happy home
Home is always so far away
Even when I'm home.

Does the couch still smell like the cat?
Bet it does, well enough of that....
Is spirit having a "dog summer day"?
Is your favorite tree leaning your way?

It's turning into July over here
Oh that's right it's just a time zone.....

Anyway....hello from NJ
Right offa Route 80
I still dream fool that I am
Someday you'll still be my lady

Hope you call me when you get this letter Taja

I'm just letting you know I'm still alive
I'll send this off right now 80535

That's it I'm through
Hey I feel better now

Don't you?

@DisenchantedCottage2008

NOT HIT NOT EVEN CLOSE #9 AIN'T THIS LOVE

Reaching back...recorded at Phil Ramone's house in 1991 on a 12-track something that loaded like a video. Only Phil. Gary Wehrkamp stops by to do some serious shredding on lead guitar. If you slow Gary's playing down electronically whales come ashore, and if you speed it up all the lightbulbs explode in your house. So who was I going after on THIS thing, Chaka freakin'Khan?


Ain't This Love Mark Radice 1991


Well it wasn't suppose to happen
Now I just can't get it to stop
So I gotta get sane and dig a little deeper
If I wanna come out on top

I'm gonna need a sense of humor
And I better clean up this room
Gotta halt this dive try to look alive
Cuz she's gonna be arrivin' soon

I think it might be....

Mmmmm it's startin' to feel that way
I keep runnin' to the left and right
And I might be wrong
But I just can't get away

Yeah I think it's you know what
Right up in fronta my face
Cause I feel a little dizzy but I'm keepin' busy
Just tryin' to keep up this place

I'd like to make a decision
The decision ain't mine
Got a double vision
And they said that it was blind

So it's gotta be love
Now ain't this love
Just where does she think she's goin' with my heart tonight

Yeah it's gotta be love
Well ain't this love
When the feelin' hits I got to call it quits
Cuz it's just too good to fight come along....

My thoughts are twisted by the recent news
If I just resist it I don't know what I'll lose

And my hands are shakin' to a brand new beat
Infatuation wouldn't keep me on the edge of this seat

So it's gotta be love
Now ain't this love
Just where does she think she's goin' with my heart tonight

Yeah it's gotta be love
Well ain't this love
When the feelin' hits I got to call it quits
Cuz it's just too good to fight

@2008DisenchantedCottage


NOT HIT NOT EVEN CLOSE #10 WIRES

I don't know why this reminds me of Todd Rundgren, but I
like it better when I pretend it's him. This is actually the "newsest" song on this collection, written a couple of years ago. Could have been 4 by now I just know it is just stop it. If you notice most of the time the themes of my songs generally center on whatever is aggrivating me.

I did this at Jack Wright's (see "Generation Why") house one afternoon with the idea not to use any instruments. So the drums and bass and vocals are all vocals, and the end of a guitar chord decided what key it was in, which turned out to be a little sharper than B flat. Then we slammed the door a couple of times and stuck in the timer on the microwave. Sorry Bobby McFerrin, yours is better. I know. I KNOW stop it. Ok pretend it's the Beach Boys, that will make it sound better.


WIRES Radice 12/18/04

They twist, they turn, they drive me swear
Sometimes they hide but I know they're there
And if they're found they'll find a new way
To stick or pull or tangle or stray

And why? Because they're wires.

And if I really need them to work
They won't they want to make me bizerk
Especially at a really big show
They love to break and won't let me go

And why? Because They're wires.

I know they do it when I'm asleep
I pack them neat but then they go creep
They'll stick or catch a chair or a cat
Or blow a fuse and that will be that.

Wire you doing this to me?
Just want to get along peacefully
Wire we fighting to be free?
If I ever go to Hell I can tell
There's gonna be wires.

They're sometimes just enough to be too
Short for what I'm trying to do
They buzz or squeak or won't wiggle through
I'll never win and neither will you

And why? Because They're wires.

The wriggle when their back in the bag
And think up some brand new ways they can snag
I'm sure they know more than they let on
Cause the party begins the second I'm gone.

@2008DisenchantedCottage


NOT A HIT NOT EVEN CLOSE #11 - MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME (In Your Own House)

This is the dark dastardly cousin of "Territorial Tug", how jealousy manifests itself in conversation.
Actually my girlfriend at the time said in a sentence (oh she was a funny one) "so I told him to make himself at home." Then she paused and said "in his own house." One of those bingo instant song title moments where I know it's gonna be a song, I just don't know if the title is better than the song. I still don't.

Sadly alot of the things going on in this song actually...really were. Damn, what a mean song, I was spitting fireworks. Got a good swampy feel though at least.

I asked Kent Heckman, the engineer and owner of Redrock Studios in Pennsylvania if he wouldn't mind screeching his car through his long pebble driveway so I could record
it for the end of the song and he was, as always, obliging. Even the time I got drunk on wine and threw up IN his piano. Ok I made that last part up, I just wanted to see if you were still paying attention.


MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME(In Your Own House)
Mark Radice 1989


I been pickin up your promises and puttin em on a shelf
Thinkin of things to say to you and keepin em to myself
And I been watchin you come and go any time you please
Bringing me up to the minute bringing me to my knees

Well I don't know who you think you are but you
Certainly got a totally different idea than I do of
What goes on around here......

Listen to me carefully I'm trying to be nice
Instead of takin the car this time
Take this advice I want you to

Make yourself at home
In your own house
Make yourself at home out there

I think you better make yourself at home
In your own house
What made you think I cared

Movin all my furniture winkin at the dog
Keepin me up till the morning sleepin like a log

And you been tellin all your girlfriends
What a fool I am
Well next time that you see them
Tell them I told you to scram

You come walkin in in the middle of the night
With your hair undone and your dress so tight
And you try to tell me that you ain't been
foolin around honest but I know that look

I know what the score is
I'm down to my last dime
You know where the door is
Close it one last time I want you to

Make yourself at home
In your own house
Make yourself at home out there

You better make yourself at home
In your own house
What made you think I cared

@copyright2008DisenchantedCottage

NOT A HIT NOT EVEN CLOSE #12 - I DO

This is about the 34th version of this.

This was my good friend Tony Verderese's Wedding song. He came up to me one night in the Nutley pub with a scrolled out poem that he wrote for his fiance and was hoping I could turn it into their wedding song. It really only took a few tweeks of the lines here and there (of which a few he wasn't too happy about) but Tony pretty much had the whole thing lyrically nailed.


I played it for them on their wedding day "live" on a grand piano, in a church, drunk from the night before, trying to finish it for the wedding. I kept trying to make it better until it was morning and then I had no time to sleep so I threw on a suit and stumbled over. When I finished it the church was so quiet you could hear a mouse making pew.


I did this particular version in twenty minutes at Matt Ainbinder's house last year just so we'd have a version. I want to thank John Lennon for writing "Across The Universe" and whoever wrote that "Alone Again Naturally" song or I wouldn't have had anything to rip off the really nice melodies from.

Our hope was that this song would catch on and be everybody's wedding song for the next 55 years. As it turned out, the song coming in at 4 minutes 13 seconds, was longer then the marriage by about four minutes.



I DO Mark Radice/Tony Verderese


The first time that I saw you and gazed into your eyes
You turned your head and smiled and took me by surprise
I didn't know how to reah you but I didn't have to try
And I will share your laughter from now on
And hold you when you cry

A love like none we've ever felt is here today because
We know each other better than anyone else does
I tell you now that most of all
It's you that I love
We've come so far together to this day
And we will rise above

And forever is such a long time
But it won't be enough time for me to show you
All that I believe in each and every day of my life
I want to share with you

And if a million tomorrows should come
Still it won't be enough time for me to love you
And as the years go on I will remember you this way
Today when I say
I do.

And time will be our teacher when troubles try to stay
Our dreams will be our best friends and hope will lead the way
When you walk down the isle and the music plays
That old familiar song of love
Believe me when I say

That forever is such a long time
But it won't be enough time for me to show you
All that I believe in each and every day of my life
I want to share with you

And if a million tomorrows should come
Still it won't be enough time for me to love you
And as the years go on I will remember you this way
Today when I say
I do.

@Copyright2008DisenchantedCottage


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Jackie Robinson

Tracks: Not Hits, Not Even Close - Volume 155
Well,Some I'd heard, others I hadn't but still the BEST singer, songwriter of his era. That is a voice to die for!