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Recorded in Los Angeles, CA.

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released June 11, 2013

music and lyrics by Stephen Jones

mastered by Filip Pietrzykowski at Red Mastering Studio, London
redmastering.co.uk

cover photo by Jessica Harwood
back photo by Ron Lyon

www.facebook.com/stephen.and.the.strangers

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Stephen & the Strangers Los Angeles, California

Stephen and the Strangers is the solo project of bass player and songwriter Stephen Jones, recording his music in Los Angeles, CA. Jones grew up playing punk and alternative music with his brothers in Oceanside, CA.

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Track Name: Broken Board
Two brothers torn apart
One hurt his head and the other hurt his heart
A story false and also true
Pacific Ocean Blue
He's singing lead and he harmonizes
He forgets the words that he memorizes
He's singing lead---still---out

They're picking up what you're sending off
Your face is hard but the words you sing are soft
Hitchiking girls and a songsmith, too
There's no way you knew
Little bird, do you play the drums?
Can you hit this beat, while our cousin hums?
He's singing lead---still---out

Step by step he's been climbing up
He's in a bed of sand with an empty cup
His hair is long and his board is broken
Every word he wrote was left unspoken

One brother shakes his head
"The things you do are never what you said."
Oklahoma will have to do
And California, too
He plays the bass with a rhythm first
The notes don't matter if the beat is worst
He's singing lead---still---out
Track Name: Skateboard
I'm on a skateboard
I fall on my face
I cannot help it
How can I face you
Now that I'm back

I'm feeling sunburned
I'm smelling chlorine
I won't swim and
Floating's boring
I'm back

I won't play music; I won't make any noise
No sideways glances made, like some other boys
No reason left to let me do what I can
And I won't ever turn around
No, I won't ever turn around again

I'm not a card cheat
I never play it
I cannot hold my hands still
They're shakin'
Since I'm back

It's not an article of faith
It's not just something I can take
I can't just close my eyes and feel the same

I'm on a skateboard
I cannot help it
I fall on my face
But falling is selfish
I'm back
Track Name: Caroline
Caroline was my friend
She said she'd hang with me now and then
I'm always askin' "Is it then yet?"
Caroline
Caroline

We're swayin' front and back
I know how to dance, Jack
I'm singin' "Spill the Wine"
With Caroline
Have you seen this move?
Still don't know what I got to prove
I think it's no use tryin'
With Caroline

Down a cold one
I'm seein' no one
Sleepin' next to me
Caroline
Where you lyin'
You said you were sleepy

Caroline made a call
And we went hangin' at the local mall
Asked for a kiss and she said, "You bet."
Caroline
Caroline

I'm marching to her door
I can't take it no more
"Uh, do you have the time,
Caroline?"
Am I screaming now?
Do you need me, somehow?
Your leg's touching mine,
Right, Caroline?

Hot and heavy
The burstin' levy
Drenched us head to toe
Caroline
Am I blind
Or did you always know?

Caroline was my friend
She said she'd hang with me now and then
I'm always askin' "Is it then yet?"
Caroline
Caroline
Track Name: Hollywood
I'm not a lion
I'm not trying
Take my wording
It means I'm yearning
I'm just painting
Women fainting
There's nothing, no one,
I'm not showing

Mondo expression
Reasoned exception
Symbol artist
Salon parties
Mama, I'm trying
Mondo Elijah
You can't see me
Never between me

I kiss you and I fall apart
You know I must return by dark
There's nothing like a London night
But here I come to Hollywood

I'm just painting
Women fainting
I'm nothing special
Too much affection
There's nothing going
You will know when
It's time to leave her
I'm a believer

Typically distant
No need to listen
Emotions, Maria
A difference between us
A love that we had
Don't you see that
He's not something
I'm not something
Track Name: Dark Glasses
Across the room
Eyes closed in the corner
Shut tight still
No light at all
Walk on with me
Just one look, please

Sweet blue moonrise
Luminous nighttime
It hurts to look
So I fall in love
Won't you please
Only see me?

Keep your dark glasses on
Keep your dark glasses on
She's my girl---the only one
Keep your dark glasses on

Light my way
Witch of the mystic
Allow me this
Speak to me one word
Whispering trees
And feelings so deep


I've got a place to be tonight
There's something lost but I'm alright
There's something lost but I'm alright
I've got a place to be tonight
I'm alright---I'm alright

The sun's bright to see
Hunger in the morning
Tuesday's gone
She's by my side
Let me please
Look in your eyes
Track Name: I Won't Ever Come Back
I hurt my back sleeping by the lake
You shoulda woke me and saved me the pain
I dreamed you were the girl that felt that way

I drove a hundred miles to see your face
You broke my heart up just to get your way
I know you never thought you'd see this day

Don't need a reason to run this hot
I used to love you then I stopped, stopped, stopped
I left a letter saying nothing lasts
And I won't ever come back

The gate closes fifteen minutes late
Did you know that I could escape?
How long was I holding in this state?

I cut a tether now I'm on my way
My chest is pounding and I feel again
You think I'm different but I never changed
Track Name: The End of High School
Stayin' after school just to meet up with a guy who can
Get me to the game, you know I need to see who's there so I'm
Taking off my shirt cause it's hot here in the stands
There's a girl just to my right and the heat's coming from her

I think she starts to cry so I grab her like a friend and she
Touches lips to mine and I think that it's the end of high school

In the middle of a class I'm feeling pretty low and so I'm
Standing from my seat and I'm walking to the front and the
Teacher's speaking slowly cause he don't want to break my stride
And the room just starts to tip when I realize where I am

And I crash right to the ground as the thoughts loose from my head and they
Didn't make a sound so I think that it's the end of high school

Leanin' on a wall with my best friend in my face and she's
Making all these lips while the others just look on, is that
Winking just a tick or is she thinking what I'm thinking, is it
True that friends are friends, or is it true that friends are more?

Is it true that friends are true, or is it true this is the end
Must time stop before it moves, or is it true this is the end of high school?
Track Name: Allie M.
Strong words I never learned:
Don't let a woman turn
Just hold your eyes and walk away from her

But you saw me faltering
Nervously mumbling
Sighing and spitting out the wrong things

You held my hand to it
You make me end, Allie M.
Your poison lips do it
You make me end, Allie M.

I know where you come from
You never need to run
But don't place your trust in just anyone

Find a way back to me
With doubt and disbelief
I don't make sense right now, but listen please:

Three times I heard from someone new
Three times I wished that it was you

You held my hand to it
You make me end, Allie M.
Your poison lips do it
You make me end, Allie M.
Track Name: Corduroy
She was walking through the mall
I followed her from store to store
We ate together before she left
And I watched her walk away

She was dressed in corduroy
Dressed in corduroy
By the time you read this I'll be gone

We watched an awful movie
The lights went down when we kissed
She ate all my popcorn
I spilled soda on her breast

Dressed in corduroy
She was drenched in corduroy
By the time you read this I'll be gone

We made love in her apartment
I found her dark and docile
She left me happy
She left her clothes on my floor

Piles of corduroy
I was wrapped in corduroy
By the time you read this I'll be gone

She left me happy
She left me happy
Track Name: Wild Plains
Spilled a glass of grain
Work with Walter Wade
No man to raise a child
I'm livin on the wild plains

Salt and pepper sand
Arid, barren land
Brings me to my knees
All these hopeless seeds
The girl I'm dreamin of
Sprouted from a love song

Wade just hums along
The chords I'm playing wrong
I don't know what it means
Somebody's gotta sing
He's reading Lonesome Dove
And I'm pickin all these love songs

Symptoms of the night:
An ever-fading light
The looming frightened calm
Of a faraway dawn
A woman feeling strong
In the echoes of a love song
A woman feeling strong
In the echoes of a love song

Spilled a glass of grain
Work with Walter Wade
No man to raise a child
I'm livin on the wild plains
Rain showers cool and mild
I'm livin on the wild plains
Track Name: Every Time You Look Back
When I was 21
Thought I was done
I had some fun I thought

And then at 24
I changed some more
Walked out a door and thought back when

When I was fourteen years
I crossed a sea
Entered a plea
Then tried to flee
Met up with you
And came to see what's true


You can't be more than your past
It's true that prelude is a pest
So you must blindly lead the rest of your life
Cause everytime you look back you lie


I said I knew you when
I can't pretend to know much more

When I had met you
I had just been born
I coulda sworn that was the start

When I was sixteen years
I thought back when
I had some friends
Cherished a past
That couldn't last
That wouldn't do
That never flew
And wasn't true
Or so I thought I knew
Track Name: It Rains It Pours
I ran into you
at the corner of
some dusty old ghost town

tell me did you
drop this note
I found it on the ground

it said that she's leaving,
that she was deceiving
when she said she was yours

man, when it rains it pours


I met you at
some social event
a meeting of local minds

I saw a gaze
directed at you
And not just any kind

the look said, "I can't take
a world with such heartbreak,
and all the fault is yours."

man, when she whispers she roars


I argued with you
just outside the doors
of a nameless local dive

tell me did you
care what I said
or was your anger contrived

our words push the gears
they grind on for years
and now the next move is yours

man, when time flies it soars
Track Name: Two in My Hand
I was waiting all my life
For the one who makes things feel right
But you know you can't think twice
Just close your eyes and roll the dice

Two in my hand, just two in my hand
I've got roll them one of these days
Two in my hand, just two in my hand
There's something about her
Just something about her

There's someone that I think about
She's someone I don't want to live without
I don't how she feels but I see the traces
I've just got to pick up the cards and pray for aces

Two in my hand, just two in my hand
I'm betting my heart on her
Two in my hand, just two in my hand
There's something about her
Just something about her

I called her on the phone
And cried, "Please, tell me I'm the one."
I said, "I've got just thing."
I went out and bought two gold rings

Now forever I wait in my lonely room
With an empty heart and a bottle of booze
If I gamble again it'll be too soon
Now my hands are tired in this lonely room

Two in my hand, just two in my hand
It's the gold I bet—I bet and lost
Two in my hand, just two in my hand
There's something about her
Just something about her
Track Name: Six Months
Dreaming straight through noon
No sign of waking soon
Mondays on the phone
Wont leave me alone

Dreaming all the time
And not quite feeling fine
This one cant be true
Its one long dream of you

Six months worth of sleep
I never fell so deep

The nightmares waking up
Too much water in my cup
My throat is feeling dry
Cause love is on my mind

Did you leave while I slept still
Am I that fool sleeping on the hill
I dont care if its true
Its just another dream of you