Trembles of Fortune

by Trembles of Fortune

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1.
Did it ever occur to you That the things people say aren’t always true If our love has turned to tragedy Baby, you know you didn’t hear it from me Rumors, lies, parts of the truth Add up to nothing between me and you Backstabbin’ business goin’ round So be careful who you listen to Chorus: I don’t mean to interrupt your brave new world But we’ve known each other much too long Did it ever occur to you Did it ever occur to you that you might be wrong? I remember how it used to be The very definition of a bittersweet memory If you don’t know me by now I’d try to reach you but I don’t know how So-called friends playing games And what they’re doin’ is a brutal shame C’mon baby, it’s not too late to communicate (let’s communicate) (Chorus) Ain’t layin’ no blame on you You know we all do what we have to do just to survive But there’s no way of gettin’ through When I can’t look you in the eye (Chorus)
2.
Well, I’m sure you’ve got a pretty name ‘Cause I’ve picked out a dozen in my mind for you The lion has been pitifully slain Stumble past the light is all I can ever do I see you 45 seconds a week How can I work on my technique The bus comes charging up the street And I’m over before I’ve begun So my Monday night disease Is Monday night war strategies Come Tuesday morning all of these Burn up under the angry sun In the mirror there I stand Waiting to take you to the promised land But just when I hold out my hand You always disappear, always disappear Through Wednesday I’m in heaven By Friday I’m in a flask My Excellency vetoes any question I would ask So my Monday night disease Is Monday night war strategies Come Tuesday morning all of these Burn up under another angry sun
3.
He’s got a new girl now You can’t bring yourself to say her name You’ve been praying she’ll walk off a bridge Or meet the king of Spain Dreaming of high school payback stories In your suburban blaze of glory and you’re Ooh... (Chorus) Newly lonely girl These things happen to sensitive people, you know It won’t be so bad These things happen, these things happen And you know what they’ll say when they see you this way Big girls don’t cry Made up and man bait on I guess we all do what we have to do But that second bottle of wine You know it’s not helping you (but it’s helping me) As a friend let me relate it Joan of Arc was overrated, still you’re Ooh... (Chorus) Take off that blindfold Put out that final cigarette You’re not the only one With scars and regrets It will hurt but time will heal over Oh god it hurts but time will heal over
4.
Lie to Me 04:11
I didn’t ask you for your honest opinion I just need a couple of words to put me on cloud nine I’m used to looking in the mirror to get my smile But it’s easier to think about myself When I’m comparing me to everybody else (Chorus) So just lie to me Sing me an easy song Lie to me ‘Cause I never want to be wrong Please not another ambiguous question I’m running in the same old circles I’m running out of time I’m used to looking out the window to get my smile But it’s easier to turn and walk away When everything is just a shade of gray (Chorus)
5.
Everybody knows about your perfect record Nobody’s ever been able to pin a single thing on you Your sentences end with a catwalk veteran’s smile The elliptic confusion of losing never puts you on trial But what nobody sees I’m running as fast as I can From everything I’m supposed to be When I do wrong, I just rationalize it away Everybody knows about your perfect record Everybody wants to break off a little piece of the chosen one Can’t let the people sense any lack of confidence As far as they know it’s just another bright sunshiny day As long as I keep on running, can’t stop running, keep on running When I do wrong When I’m not that strong I just rationalize it away I know that I can’t stop running, time is running out Walking with my head down along an empty beach I feel a shadow, a shadow I can’t see Somewhere else in the world a tired old man Sits in his kitchen and pours himself a drink and watches the ice melt away
6.
Redemption 04:21
The years have been cruel to you You felt the weight of every step you took Blind, confused and self-abused But there is a brighter way Today you will know the truth You don’t have to hide anymore All the hurt is a price that you've already paid (Chorus) Long night is over, time for redemption Peace is waiting, claim the redemption Is anybody listening? The story is in your hands You’re free to feel the straining in your soul The curtains are coming down To reveal a brighter way Today you will know the truth You don’t have to hide anymore All this pain, all the longing and sorrow You will hear the words ‘Cause your life is calling All the love is a choice that you’ve already made (Chorus)
7.
He didn’t want to dine alone She just couldn’t help getting involved Every good boy and every good girl Does fine with a puzzle to solve (Now shall we play ourselves a game) Just one rule to know (Intrigue by any other name) Don’t let your hunger show (Don’t be left standing in the rain) Defend the queen at any cost Any gambit and any loss Then you find that you’re Wearing the colors of love When it’s only convenience Or a genteel mistrust (And if it’s always just the same) Might as well hedge your bets Nothing ventured and no regrets But still you’re Wearing the colors of love Wearing the colors of love Wearing the colors Wearing the colors of love
8.
Well, you didn’t have time for consequences So now it’s time to mend your fences Well, love can be so cruel When it’s your turn to play the fool There’s no time for understanding ‘Cause it’s always feast or famine Lovin’ may be easy (But love is never free) There’s no time for learning Gotta deal with the yearning Some people take the hurting (Can’t stand being alone) Wait by the phone For someone to call and tell you you’re alive Feeling like no one Until you’re somebody’s someone Only makes you cry (Chorus) Before you give your heart to someone else You better learn how to love yourself (better learn how to love yourself) Before you give your heart to someone else You better learn how to love yourself In a world where it’s always rainin’ And the pain don’t need explainin’ Love can make you crazy (Make you lose your sanity) Well, sometimes it’s best to lie low Take your time and go slow ‘Cause there are places out there, you know (Worse than being alone) Trapped in a home Where a private hell awaits you every day More than you bargained for But you can be sure You can’t wish your world away (Chorus)
9.
My people You know we got to get ready Yes, people You know I said we got to get ready Living in the book of dreams Ain’t so easy as it seems Well, we’ve been forty years in the desert But you know we’ll reach the promised land Well, it’s good to see you my brother It’s good to see you my brother It’s been a long time coming Well, it’s good to see you my brother It’s good to see you again It’s good to see you my brother It’s good to see you my brother It’s been a long time coming
10.
Knock Apartment 212 A room to yourself Half naked all day, it’s a hundred degrees You let no one in Not even the air Stale cigarettes choking out the breeze No sun in your sky It’s a comfortable fit You’re six deep in it Stares of the strangers make you scared to be alive No way to get dope No one helps you cope And more infomercials tonight But there’s a world outside your window That you’re too scared to think about And you say there’s no place to go One day you’ll wake up and find out That you’ve been Living in a cave for 20 years Living in a cave for 20 years You’ve been living in a cave for 20 years Living in a cave for 20 years
11.
Toying with my Szechuan takeout Waiting by the gas station phone Waiting for his Cadillac to drive by Waiting for the girl to be alone Merengue on the TV Coladas by the pool Well, it’s said and done in a couple of hazy hours But I couldn’t pay for anything in this room But no one knows what we do in the afternoon He never gives her pleasure Been minding the store too long Thought he could buy her like a Picasso But the young girl’s urges run too strong She says that no one knows the real Elyse She needs a drink, a shrink and a form of release But it must be so tough When too much is never enough But no one knows what we do in the afternoon She’s my Rapunzel in the garrets And I’m just playing that part Chains of gold around her ankles Icicles around her heart Well, I guess we’re doomed for each other We’d hang the moon for each other Occasionally When it fills a vacancy No one knows what we do Only me and you No one knows what we do in the afternoon

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released March 28, 2018

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Geoff Thevenot: lead and backing vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass, percussion
Drums and horns by Supreme Tracks NYC
Lead vocal recording and album mixing by John Hegner, Starbell Hatchery Studios
Mastered by Tom Brick, Absolute Audio
Cover concept and artwork by Jeremy Hildebrand

All songs copyright 2018 by Geoff Thevenot.

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Trembles of Fortune Elgin, Illinois

Trembles of Fortune is the working name of songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Geoff Thevenot. The T of F style is a mix of jazzy 70s rock and soul and cerebral 80s pop - influences include (among others) Steely Dan, Todd Rundgren, Boz Scaggs and Joe Jackson. ... more

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