Smile Off the Clock

by Joshua Glass

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1.
Megaphone 03:58
They’re walking lockstep, pretty flowers in hand You’re wearing sunshine, the world is at your command It's everything you used to tell me that you can’t understand The paparazzi is making love to the scene We used to laugh at what it all really means But then the clock ticked and you started reading bad magazines Do you do you do you need a megaphone To tell the boys and girls that you’re in love? Come on! It’s show and tell and you don’t need it It’s show and tell but you can’t beat it Do you do you do you need a megaphone To tell the boys and girls that you’re in love? Come on! So make a toast to your perfect world and your health You know my lunch won’t go and throw up itself And if you need me, well I’ll be thumbing through the books on my shelf And find the note you wrote to me as a girl When you were wild-eyed and busy saving the world You told me love’s more than competition and ambition and pearls Do you do you do you need a megaphone To tell the boys and girls that you’re in love? Come on! It’s show and tell and you don’t need it It’s show and tell but you can’t beat it Do you do you do you need a megaphone To tell the boys and girls that you’re in love? Come on! ‘Cause I don’t care Yeah, I don’t care Do you do you do you really want me back? Is that the way a lady is supposed to act? It’s show and tell and we don’t need it It’s show and tell but we can’t beat it, baby Now I now I now I need a megaphone To tell the boys and girls that we’re in love Come on!
2.
My heart is telling me “I’m gonna stand my ground But when you think of her, I’ve got to make my rounds” What’s in California that I couldn’t give her? If my life depended on the answer, I’d have fallen Losing count of tears that don’t dry, but a sun shining brighter every day won’t always answer when she’s calling The winter plays along with every doubt inside She’s had since she was born, and they need a place to hide What’s in California that I couldn’t give her? If my ife depended on the answer I’d have fallen Losing count of tears that don’t dry But a sun shining brighter Every day won’t always answer when she’s calling What's in California that she Couldn’t get out of me Or everybody trying to help her, and they wonder When she plants her flag by the sea, Just how long will it be ‘Til the troubles that’ll follow pull her under? Stopped by to pay my dues Collect my lullabies The only bags I found Were underneath her eyes What’s in California that I Couldn’t give her if my Life depended on the answer, I’d have fallen Losing count of tears that won’t dry But the sun shining brighter Every day won’t always answer when she’s calling And what was going inside your head When you called our love dead In the water you now find yourself tiptoeing When you find your soul in the red Won’t you stay here instead Lay beside me I’ll take every punch they’re throwing
3.
Cabaret 05:25
Burning through the last of my jokes just to see you laugh And roll your eyes the way that you do and tell me how I almost fooled you Waiting for a breath in between to see if you’ve done the math And realize my soul’s awakened, even if your heart is taken Counting every one of your smiles with your eyes to the ground That I feel so lucky sharing in the mask you’ve got me wearing I’m buying any clock that I see just to run it down And find out that you want to shout it, but have to do a dance around it ‘Cause everything that comes out of me is from thinking of the day When you say you’ve thought about me, even if you can’t around me And everything that comes out of you sounds like a cabaret I want to stay and watch your number, but I don’t want to blow my cover I’m selling everything that I own just to recreate the glance That you gave me out of kindness but accidentally cured my blindness You saw me all alone in the dark and said “may I have this dance?” I went home with a stupid smile on and went to bed with all the lights on Tell me that I’m out of my mind but that I’ve been on yours Even for a fleeting moment, even when you didn’t know it Raise a little bit of your flag before I’m blown off course And I will sail into the sunset, thinking ‘bout what it could have meant Just tell me that you would, and then what’s for my own good ‘Cause everything that comes out of me is from thinking of the day When you say you’ve thought about me, even if you can’t around me And everything that comes out of you sounds like a cabaret I want to stay and watch your number, but I don’t want to blow my cover But everything that comes out of me is what will give me away Don’t want to change your destination, but could you kill the speculation ‘Cause everything that comes out of you, it sounds like a cabaret But I don’t want to crush what lifts me by saying “I love you, forgive me”
4.
89 to anywhere, clinging to the mountain air We’re twenty miles from no turning back I call your name, your eyes are closed Looking what I’d call composed, as I watch all the green turn to black Baby, baby, be happy They’re gonna love you just like I said Baby, baby, be happy I’ve got a place for you to rest your head So pretty lady hold on tight, we’re gonna spend a couple nights In the house where I first learned how to walk Drop your bags and all your cares, feel what you need if you dare Just find a seat and smile off the clock My mama lives inside her books, but she will give the strangest look In time with me if you don’t feel loved I whispered you’d been feeling blue, you overheard and said you’re through One evening in and you’d had enough Baby, baby, be happy You know they loved you just like I said Baby, baby, be happy You gave it all you got, now rest your head Sunset touches 89, you’re shaking still, but give it time The quiet will take care of the shock And when your heart says what to do, just know there’s still a place for you To find a seat and smile off the clock Find a seat and smile off the clock Find a seat and smile off the clock
5.
It’s feeling like Broadway, but I know it’s just one act Forgot all my medicine, can I have your jack? You came a little early, under rehearsed They say this tiny room’s a tiny bit cursed Let’s get away before we find out who’s on first Whatever your game is, I know you’re on top of it Whatever the catch is, I’ve run out of thought to give Now I’ve forgotten every one of my lines You took a look at me and said you don’t mind “Why don’t you come on over later if you’re inclined? ‘Cause I’ve got nothing to do Except love everything about you, everything about you And I’ve got nothing to lose By loving everything about you, everything about you, yeah” The middle of summer, we sat back and watched it burn Before constellations remind us that it’s our turn I had to stick around and ask them when I’d ever get a chance to see you again You told me “Honey, that was now and this is then And I’ve got nothing to do Except love everything about you, everything about you And I’ve got nothing to lose by loving everything about you, everything about you ‘Cause it’s so easy Why’s it so easy? I’ve got nothing to do Except love everything about you, everything about you And I’ve got nothing to lose by loving everything about you, everything about you I’ve got nothing to do Except love everything about you, everything about you And I’ve got nothing to lose by loving everything about you, everything about you”
6.
You came along on the third So we could watch the fireworks afterward You let out your first cry, I looked up at the sky And I prayed you’d be better than me I see the bed that you would jump on I see the faith that you would run on Start to wither and fade when I screamed “go away” Turned my back and then went back to sleep And now it’s been a while, you’re no longer a child But I find my way back to what no one should have to Let define every move they’ll ever make ‘til they prove That the bomb inside has been diffused I’m sorry you had to see me like that I’m sorry you had to see me like that You can say you’ve forgotten and I’ve become what you wanted But you still had to see me like that They tell me how it’s just tradition To wish that you could have listened To the voice saying “Stop, can’t you see what you’ve got? She’s the air that you signed up to breathe And she’ll need you around when her faith hits the ground But if she stops believing, she’ll find herself leading Her way through the flames that her dreams all became When she got too scared to call your name” I’m sorry you had to see me like that I’m sorry you had to see me like that You can say you’ve forgotten, and I’ve become what you wanted But you still had to see me like that “You did your best!” No, I didn’t “We make mistake!” No, you listen I cut you but I won’t tell you how to breathe You’re everything that I’m not and everything that I’ve got But now I know you’re everything that I’ll ever need I’m sorry you had to see me like that I’m sorry you had to see me like that You may not remember, but it’s with me forever And you still had to see me like that I’m sorry you had to see me like that I’m sorry you had to see me like that You’re the reason I’m healing, but no matter how I’m feeling I’ll be sorry you had to see me like that I’m sorry you had to see me like that I’m sorry you had to see me like that If you could just be my baby one more time then just maybe You wouldn’t have to have seen me like that
7.
I lost my marbles on the inside I lost my marbles on the case they assigned I lost my marbles, turned in my gun and bow tie I lost my marbles on the inside I lost my marbles on the front line I lost my marbles and gave up my disguise I lost my marbles, give my best to the stay-behinds I lost my marbles on the front line You’ll lose your marbles on the inside You’ll lose your marbles, take it from one who’s tried You’ll lose your marbles and they’ll plausibly deny You lost your marbles on the inside You lost your marbles on the inside...
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Isabel 04:43
I could tell that you know where I’ve been Isabel, Isabel Where I end and the fire begins Isabel, Isabel ‘Cause the fire told me that you’re next Isabel, Isabel And you just smiled and said “give him my best” It’s my turn to stay up past the dawn Isabel, Isabel And for you to sleep with the lights on Isabel, Isabel ‘Til the whispers return underground Isabel, Isabel We’ll rejoice without making a sound It’s all very real It’s all very real... ‘Cause your past is as dark as your eyes Isabel, Isabel And the future’s my death in disguise Isabel, Isabel While the present is split into two Isabel Isabel I’ll go mad but I’ll go there with you It’s all very real It’s all very real... The horizon is on holiday Isabel, Isabel As our time in the blue turns us grey Isabel, Isabel All the whispers will turn into screams Isabel, Isabel And the only escape will be our dreams, Isabel It’s all very real It’s all very real It’s all very real Don’t tell me, don’t tell me, don’t tell me, don’t tell me It’s all very real It’s all very real It’s all very real I’ll go mad but I’ll go there with you Isabel, Isabel I’ll go mad but I’ll go there with you Isabel
9.
I never thought I’d aim this high just to feel so low I never thought I’d laugh this hard at your TV shows I never thought I’d hold it back so you’ll never know I’m sick of it all Don’t forget to tell me which of those crumbs are mine Don’t forget to send to Hell what I call divine And don’t forget to loosen all of those ties that bind ‘Cause I love the fall Just treat me like a joke Just treat me like a joke Just treat me like a joke Crush me while I’m low And then I’ll lighten up Honey, could you listen a little less patiently? Honey, could you drown me out when I disagree? ‘Cause honey, being out of place is the place to be You can’t prove me wrong ‘Cause every time I go this way I’m going down And every time I get a taste of a turnaround Every time you throw a line when I need to drown I’ll be singing this song Just treat me like a joke Just treat me like a joke Just treat me like a joke Crush me while I’m low And then I’ll lighten up Just treat me like a joke Never thought you’d try to right what I’ve done so wrong Never thought I’d stay this put where I don’t belong Never thought I’d make you smile and never quite this long I think that’s enough Honey, could you listen a little less patiently? Honey, could you drown me out when I disagree? ‘Cause honey, being out of place is the place to be And that’s what I love Treat me like a joke Just treat me like a joke Just treat me like a joke Crush me while I’m low And then I’ll lighten up Just treat me like a joke Just treat me like a joke Just treat me like a joke Crush me while I’m low And then I’ll lighten up
10.
Watch the room, here comes the party now Pull yourself together, pull yourself together But you came too soon, let’s wait outside for a while The doom, lingering, lashing out Like the stormy weather, like the stormy weather That’s your cue, go back and put on a smile Run away to the flat circle, flat circle Run away to the flat circle, flat circle Run away, it ends the same and that’s your destination Run away to the flat circle, flat circle Run away to the flat circle, flat circle Run away, you’re here to stay and that’s your obligation Hold your tongue, something under and Go forget about it, go forget about it ‘Cause you’re still young, excitable and able to sing What’s sung, just steal the melody And scream instead of shout it, scream instead of shout it Are we done? Take all you’re able to bring Back home, away from this scene that you Think you’re fitting into, think you’re fitting into You’re alone and safe from your better days now Run away to the flat circle, flat circle Run away to the flat circle, flat circle Run away, it ends the same and that’s your destination Run away to the flat circle, flat circle Run away to the flat circle, flat circle Run away, you’re here to stay and that’s your obligation
11.
Come make a mess out of me, I’ll tell you how it could be In the era we belonged to I said you looked like a star, you turned as red as your heart And it looked so pretty on you And now I’m over the moon and clinging to your perfume Let’s take it in, but in the meantime I’ve got a line to rehearse and you are ordered to bloom As you were before we shared wine With my eyes wide shut, I’m gonna see you With my mind made up, I will believe you When my heart says what it needs to deceive you With my eyes wide shut, I’ll make you appear My legacy’s on the run, your song has barely begun But I’m addicted to the refrain And what they don’t know won’t hurt, and what we get we deserve Or so I’ll make of your pain You’ll never say I was yours, I’ll never say you were mine And we’ll pretend you know the difference Now get ahold of yourself! It’s just a matter of time And a matter of opinion With my eyes wide shut, I’m gonna see you With my mind made up, I will believe you When my heart says what it needs to deceive you With my eyes wide shut, I’ll make you appear With my eyes wide shut, I’m gonna see you With my mind made up, I will believe you When my heart says what it needs to deceive you With my eyes wide shut, I’ll make you appear With my hands tied back, I’m gonna reach you With my tongue cut out, I’m gonna beg you When the world goes dark, I’m gonna love you With my eyes wide shut, I’ll make you appear With my hands tied back, I’m gonna reach you With my tongue cut out, I’m gonna beg you When the world goes dark, I’m gonna love you With my eyes wide shut, I’ll make you appear With my eyes wide shut With my eyes wide shut With my eyes wide shut With my eyes wide shut, I’ll make you appear
12.
You barely caught my eye, I barely had a doubt Was climbing rooftops, and I was ready to shout You were between last names, already on your way out But why not scratch at what it was all about? You wear your hair straight down, I wanna get you alone Wear it curly in the morning, I could build you a home I’m gonna take my time, but I won’t make you wait I’ll make a wish on the planets I’m convinced you create Convinced you create... I stole a kiss one night and giggled like a fool Felt like a tumbled into a shallow pool Bathing in your smile, drawn into this duel Between my heartbeat and all of the rules And I won’t buy into the heart growing fonder, I swear You made your mind up, I fell in love on a dare And I won’t waste my time on the when and the where Just give me something when you aren’t there You wear your hair straight down, I wanna get you alone Wear it curly in the morning, I could build you a home I’m gonna take my time, but I won’t make you wait I’ll make a wish on the planets I’m convinced you create I’ll get my ducks in a row, I’ll bring my soul in tow I’ll go to New York, my lovely, ‘cause I told you so And if you can’t keep up, if you’re losing control, We’re leaving New York, my lovely, ‘cause I love you so I love you so… And I was already lost before your destination was set Running low on reasons to forget Can’t forget, oh I just can’t forget You wear your hair straight down, I wanna get you alone Wear it curly in the morning, I could build you a home I’m gonna take my time, but I won’t make you wait I’ll make a wish on the planets I’m convinced you create I’ll get my ducks in a row, I’ll bring my soul in tow I’ll go to New York, my lovely, ‘cause I told you so And if you can’t keep up, if you’re losing control, We’re leaving New York, my lovely, ‘cause I love you so I’ll get my ducks in a row, I’ll bring my soul in tow I’ll go to New York, my lovely, or wherever you go And if you can’t keep up, if you’re losing control, We’re leaving New York, my lovely, ‘cause I love you so I love you so...
13.
Come on take it in, come on shake it off How could you forget we’re cut from the same old cloth? But it’s done, you gave it your best Just give me the crown, and I’ll handle the rest I’m the king, I’m the king, I’m the king, I’m the king now I’m the king, I’m the king, I’m the king, I’m the king now Of Queen City They started to dress too different from you You say they still bow, but they no longer stand with you And they won’t go answer the call ‘Cause the roads are a mess and the buildings are getting too tall I’m the king, I’m the king, I’m the king, I’m the king now I’m the king, I’m the king, I’m the king, I’m the king now I’m the king, I’m the king, I’m the king, I’m the king now Of Queen City Now all of Church Street’s wondering why you had to buy into the lies You know that rock and roll’s still here, it’s just a little bit harder to find It’s anywhere you say or want It’s anywhere you feel the need It’s somewhere in Vermont And it’ll be there when you leave The cape that you wear is now to keep warm Your jester is sad but ready to ride out the storm While he says you’ll come crawling back “Spring’s almost here!” That’s the hardest he’s made you laugh But this prince you’re leaving behind You’re breaking his heart, but telling him he’s gonna find That the roots you planted with him Are still gonna grow ‘til it’s time for his work to begin I’m the king, I’m the king, I’m the king, I’m the king now I’m the king, I’m the king, I’m the king, I’m the king now I’m the king, I’m the king, I’m the king, I’m the king now I’m the king, I’m the king, I’m the king, I’m the king now I’m the king, I’m the king, I’m the king, I’m the king now Of Queen City

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This is one long song about what it's like to be afraid of happiness.

To buy the physical CD (also $10), email JoshuaGlassMusic@gmail.com or go to www.joshuaglassmusic.com and click "Buy/Download Music". Also available on Spotify: sptfy.com/5aqp

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released May 27, 2020

All songs written by: Joshua Glass
Produced by: Joshua Glass
Engineered by: Sean Witters (tracks 1, 4, 5, 6, 7)
Mixed by: Matt Saraca
Additional mixing by: Mildred Moody (track 10), Colin McCaffrey (track 12)
Mastered by: Ryan Cohen at Robot Dog Studio
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Recorded at:

Joshua Glass’ house in Burlington, VT (tracks 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13)

Witters Family Farm in Norwich, VT and Stu Stu Studio in Colchester, VT (tracks 1, 4, 5, 6, 7)

The Greenroom in East Montpelier, VT (track 12)
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Joshua Glass- all vocals (except tracks 5 and 7), piano, Rhodes piano, organ, acoustic guitar, electric guitar (tracks 1, 2, 5, 9, 10, 11), bass (tracks 2, 3, 9, 10, 11), six-string banjo, marimba, synth, drums (tracks 2, 10), drum machines, mellotron, glockenspiel, accordion, megaphone

Aaron Flinn- bass (tracks 1, 4, 5, 6, 7), ukulele (track 1)

Ian Koeller- drums (track 3, 9)

Andrew Kuzmin- electric guitar, lead guitar (tracks 6, 9)

Colin McCaffrey- bass, violin, viola, cello, shaker, additional acoustic guitar (track 12)

Red Wondaygin- cello (track 8), violin (track 11)

Simon Plumpton- drums and percussion (tracks 1, 4, 5, 6, 7)

Tim Swanson- violin (tracks 1, 2, 11)

Brady Winslow- electric guitar (track 11)

Sean Witters- electric guitar, lead guitar (tracks 1, 6, 7)
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Dedicated to:

My daughter Zoe

My amazing family
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In memory of:

My little brother Adam

Mike Abrams

Thank you all for helping me believe.
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© 2020 Joshua Glass- All Rights Reserved

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Joshua Glass Burlington, Vermont

Joshua Glass is a singer-songwriter from Burlington, Vermont.

Glass embraces a "pop sensibility and improvisational style reminiscent of Allen Toussaint" (Burlington City Arts), tied together by soulful vocals and lyrics that toe the line between cryptic and brutally honest.

Glass describes his new album SMILE OFF THE CLOCK as about "being crazy, in love, and crazy in love."
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