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by The Frankl Project

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The Frankl Project is:
Jacob Tippey: Vocals, Guitar, Production
Paul Schroder: Bass, Vocals
Joseph Frankl: Drums, Vocals, Percussion,
Rhodes Piano, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar,
Slide Guitar

Also appearing:
Ben Pitz: Trumpet, Blake Taylor: Harmonica,
Eddy Kwon: Violin, Laura Jekel: Cello,
Peter Gemus: Upright Bass

All songs written and produced by
The Frankl Project except “Chai Bones”
written by Frankl, and “Life at Sea” written
by Tippey. Recorded at Curtis, Inc and
The Martini United Church of Christ
in Cincinnati, OH.

Life at Sea arranged by Stephen Patota

All artwork by Paul Schroder

The Frankl Project would like to thank:
Our families, Jon Brennan, Peter Gemus,
Amy Lopez, Stephen Patota, Ben Pitz,
Curtis Sellers, Adam Stone, Blake Taylor,
Car-Part.com, MYCincinnati, the wonderful
community of musicians we are surrounded by,
and you for your continued support.

Copyright The Frankl Project, 2013
A Ramshackle Recording

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released 31 August 2013

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Track Name: Alive on the Road
Give up your life
Start a band
See the whole world in a van
With your friends

Lets run away
We'll make our escape
Before it all ends

For what passes for right
In this day and age
Is anything fit to throw up
On a page

And it all reads the same
Like scandal and shame
We've been here before

And who could want anything more?
Than to be

Far away
From the pain of this sectioned home

We could leave today
They wont even know that we're gone

There'd be no mistakes
Just paths that we take
In our lives on the road

You can be sure that I
Will give up these things
We can go out with woodblocks
And washtubs with strings

I don't care what you play
Just don't mind if I sing
I've got something to say
Track Name: My Hands
She takes me to find my way
She takes me to find my way
Cut my hands just to hear her say
We'll find a way

I carry our hopes and pray
Through the obstacles in our way
Though my back breaks beneath this weight
I will find a way

Yeah
My hands
Get so rough
She can't hold on
Track Name: Caution
You can see it in his eyes
He has no right to hold you
And his looks are a disguise
For a heart that's been hammered
And run through

There will be reasons why
A lifetime of excuses to disprove
As the years go by
You will find that this only grows
More true

I
I'm only saying this to caution you and
I
Against repeating this mistake too many times

We start to believe that maybe we might make it right
But I will tell you I am more than just tonight

You are swept away
By tidal waves of emotion
You forget to breathe
Much less question devotion

And if it we're me
I don't think I could take it
If you'd let me be
I would break it
Track Name: Beautiful American
This morning I went blind
From my TV
A question please

Does that lady still stand for liberty
Or has she fallen
Into the sea?

Does a flame burn in that lighthouse
Or has the cold wind put it out?

Where are my rolling hills?
Where are my amber waves of grain?

'Cause when you're alone
it don't feel the same

Why can't I be one of the lucky few
Who believe in some kind of truth?
Like the songs we sang in our youth

When we still believed that if
We all worked hard enough
We could become something other than dust
That our bodies weren't doomed to rust

I used to pledge
With my hand on my heart
Now I'm pleading the flag
As it's falling apart

If we could just rewind
I'm sure we'd find
Our way back home

We'd find a way
To pick ourselves up
Off the floor
And be so much more

So why can't I be one of the lucky few
Who believes in some kind of truth?
Like the songs we sang in our youth

When we still believed that if
We all worked hard enough
We would become something other than dust
That our bodies weren't doomed to rust

I used to pledge
With my hand on my heart
Now I'm pleading the flag
As it's falling apart

And I watch it's stars go
By my eyes in fours
Until it's free from shore to shore
No boundary lines
Just open doors

So come on be one of the lucky few
Who believe in some kind of truth
Like the songs we sang in our youth

We still believe that if we all work hard enough
We will become something other than dust
Track Name: Seldom
Gone
Just like you said you'd be
I'm left alone
But I'm in good company

I feel I've grown
And though you may not see
I will find a new home
In someone who cares for me

And I think you'll agree

If you ignore the mountain
For the stone
You'll find where
Your love has gone

I think I mended my heart from you
The pieces that came unglued
I have improved

But there are still nights
Where I wonder if I missed my time
What have I missed for my pride?

Decide on your seldom-followed road
I know how far it goes
But I won't confide

For I have no way to find my own
I can only let you go
Track Name: Greyhound Bust
I'm looking for someone

Woke to the city like a shotgun
Bullet holes of sunshine
Emerge into the street or what shelter
We might find

These are tough times
Lucky we can wander
High rises and hate crimes
Life we're given squandered
And I see

There's a light on the back of a greyhound bus
And a sign that reads "In God We Trust"
Beginning of the end or a sign of the times?
Not really sure all I know is that

I'm looking for someone
To walk through this world with me
Through the breaking waves
To the bottom of the sea

It won't always be pretty
But if we're always ourselves
Then we'll always be free

To be better tomorrow
Than I am today
But if I fail
To be loved just the same

Simple and plain
I'm caught in the rain
Not a thing to do

But wander around
over this side of town
'Cause I know what I've found
And I will not confound it

I'm looking for someone
To walk through this world with me
Through the breaking waves
To the bottom of the sea

It won't always be pretty
But if we're always ourselves
Then we'll always be free

To dream an orchestra of these six strings
The sullen overture of life that seems
Only pictures on a vibrant screen
And I forget it's raining
Track Name: Dissatisfaction at its Finest
Well I have to be honest
Sometimes my feelings aren't true
Sometimes I don't feel anything at all
And in those times I use

I could sure use the company
And even more so to booze
You could feel free to use me
Just this once
If you choose

Oh I'm sorry is this not what you want?
You can tell me if it's not what you want
But know if it's not what you want
Then you don't want me

You want a nice car
You want a nice family
You want that star
On your sleeve

You want a nice home
You'll be too scared to leave
You're already so scared
You can't fall asleep

I will not watch you fall
No I won't be involved

I know that it's not what you want
Any fool knows that it's not what you want
Somehow it is all I want
But you don't want me

So tell me now can you taste it
Or are you too focused on the pain?
Night after night getting wasted
Now you're just pissed off and drained

And yeah this place is a circus
And all of you look the same
I will do this for one more night
Then I'm quitting this game

Yeah lets do this for one more night

Is this not what you want?
C'mon tell me is this not what you want?
Well if it's not what you want
Then you don't want me.
Track Name: Heart Shapes & Hand Grenades
I wish I could play
The right combination of chords
To move your heart closer

And I wish I could say
That my love is a limited time offer
But its not

'Cause no matter
What I do
All my thoughts keep on running
Back to you

I wish I could play It cool
Be selfish and detached
And all those things
That attract you

But instead I'm playing a game
Pretending to be all those things
'Cause I'm afraid of how much I feel
and aware of how stupid it seems

So I wonder
If you notice
With everything in your life
so self-focused

Yeah I wonder if we're playing the same game
Or if you're struggling to remember my name?

I wish I could play the fool
Just like you

I wonder
If you notice
How everything in my life
Is unfocused

Can't you see that we're playing the same game?
I wonder if you'll remember my name
Track Name: The Ottoman
I'd like to call to mind
The image of a ladder
It's a corporate construction
And the only thing that mattered to me
And my misplaced dreams

But I climbed so high
I couldn't see the bottom
I looked outside
Felt the cool breeze of autumn
And I just felt so tired

So I gave up on myself
I took the easy way out
I fell rung by rung
I sleep beneath the ottoman now
Just beneath your feet

We'll put you right where you belong
Sum your whole life up in a song
Track Name: Find Your Way
This has gone on for months
And you cannot keep from sweating
And the way that you know
That you're not ready
Is that
It's still in your arm

It feels like falling asleep
Except its no dream

And this is where it all went wrong
Though you were strong
That battle was won

You gave into your needs
Your father will see
The fall of his son

And unless you can breathe
Shortly
I believe
Its over
You're lost to the deep

It feels like falling asleep
Wake up please
Find your way
Track Name: Chai Bones
If I was a stone, I would roll away from here. I would die.
If I was a stone, I would sink until the end of time.

In your arms I was alone. I was alone in yours, now I've got to find my home.

And if I would have known all the things I'd toss away, things that I would say, then I would lie.
And if i was alone, i'd make all the same mistakes and go through everyday with the things I hide.

In your arms I was alone, I was alone in yours. Now I've got to find my home.
Track Name: Life at Sea
In the middle of this war we wage
With the other side of the world
I've found myself a light
In the eyes of an Irish girl

They sing to me so softly
I get lost in her smile
And then I forget the world
If only for a little while

And that's just what I need
Is another damn distraction
In a life at sea

I feel like a man on fire
In the face of the ocean breeze
Or the light of a funeral pyre
Through the tops of the tall, tall trees

A beacon or illusion?
The faith of a man exiled
Extinguished but so soothing
If only for a little while

And that's just what I need
Is a fleeting glimpse of hope
In a life at sea

When the heavens open wide
May the waters wash me clean
For we live our whole damn lives
In these ships of steel and steam

In this mass confusion
I feel like a little child
But it helps me forget the girl
If only for a little while

And that's just what I need
May love provide a purpose
For your life at sea