If It Wasn't Yesterday I Could Have Sworn You Said Tomorrow

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If It Wasn't Yesterday I Could Have Sworn You Said Tomorrow has a distinctly eclectic vibe with shades of artists like Stephen Stills, Jim White, Seasick Steve, White Stripes or PJ Harvey.
There's also a hint of the great influence that the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa have had on me.
Each song has a different history, a unique story and ultimately a special musical inspiration, creating a genre-spanning album.

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released December 21, 2015

Rob Hoare – vocals, guitars, keyboards, woodwinds and percussion
Marko Jovanovic – harmonica (Sometimes a Fish, Getting Mad)
Yngve Mork – bass (Getting Mad, Is It Me)
Thommy Hein – electric guitar (Heading Back)
Joerg Schippa – banjo (Prelude to Run, Brother Run)
Mastered by Thommy Hein at Thommy Hein Music Production, Berlin
Cover layout & design by Andrew James

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Track Name: Imaginary Run
IMAGINARY RUN

There's a fork in the road
Your foot is to the floor
You can't find an answer
But it's what your headin' for
Hidden in a mystery
Your spirit left behind
Deep down in the valley
The road begins to wind

And if you see some headlights
Shining in your mirror
It's only a reflection
Now it's getting near
So carry on in silence
Knowing what you've done
Imaginary vision
Imaginary run

Try to look beyond the edge
You think that you have got
Laughing as you look inside
Faith in your blind spot
There's no kind of justice
Driving through the night
In a name of mercy
You're hoping that you're right

And if you see some headlights
Shining in your mirror
It's only a reflection
Now it's getting near
So carry on in silence
Knowing what you've done
Imaginary vision
Imaginary run
Track Name: Too Little, Too Late
TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE

Waiting for the time each day
That stretches out its hand
But you still can't open up to start
Deep inside you feel it
Sinking like the sand
In the hourglass you call a heart

Too many places,
Too many faces
Changes I have seen
Too many words
Too many I've heard
Goodbyes in between
Too many signs,
Too many times
Tomorrow waits
Too many lies,
Too many tries
Too little, too late

You say you've gone the distance
Knowing who you are
A million tiny screens agree
Once you tasted something real
But let it go unknown
Saying now you'd give it all to me
Track Name: Black Crow
BLACK CROW

Black crow watching still
Round head tilted low
Looking grey and weather worn
Marching in a row

Fly black crow fly
How straight you fly so high
Fly black crow fly
Far down below I try

In dawns waking call
The silence of unease
Whistling with the daily mail
The wind through broken trees

Up above all common ground
Rhyme or reason might be
But today is not like most
You show the way, but follow me
Track Name: Rockin' Bill
ROCKIN' BILL

Living in a two room walk up
The hour hotel across the lot
Making plans to hit the big time
Sometimes I wonder what you got
As we talked I heard the bed springs
And a buzzing deep and low
When I thought I heard some moaning,
That's when I asked, if I should go

Did you make it to that big stage?
Did you rock it out once more?
Did you ever do the bad thing?
To try and even up the score
Well I never got to ask you
Guess I likely never will
Was she ready when you got home?
Was she ready, ready for you Rockin' Bill?

You said, it didn't matter
She wasn't going anywhere
So we stepped down to the tavern
And we talked it over there
To pay for your rock show
You'd need ID and a flight or two
Down to the sunny islands
A couple keys would do

Could be you had the answer
Way back in eighty-two
It sounded kind of desperate
But that's what it's come down to
I passed on the offer
Plain to see that it couldn't wait
It was time to untie your lady
So she could work the bar at eight
Track Name: Behind a Wall
BEHIND A WALL

There are times I think back to the day
When the all the chances were in everything we played
Things we saw and did and times we got it right
Driving by that wall on a cold winter night

We had some good times out there on the road
Before the stage was bare the lights had grown cold
No five star fancy hotels getting up at noon
Parties after show time that came and went too soon
It hardly seemed like much guess that wasn't right
Smiling front row girls who held the torch each night
That ghostly hour tearing down the band
Empty bars, jazz clubs and one night stands
Well it makes me think of you to think of what I missed
I've found a quiet comfort and I found it just in this

Oh, oh that distant call
Coming from a city behind a wall
Oh, oh you found it too
On another road we had nothing to loose

Sometimes at night I hear it going on
Another story in that same old song
Well I'll tell you what I think every time they hurry past
Something we both know ain't ever going to last
It's really got to be the strangest thing to do
Drifting to an old place, discover something new
It won't be long now you're leaving me behind
All those things you said still play within my mind
On a weekend tour in the neighbourhood
Or a backstage room with a song that felt so good

Oh, oh that distant call
Coming from a city behind a wall
Oh, oh you found it too
On another road we had nothing to loose
Track Name: The Night Is Long
THE NIGHT IS LONG

You and I, we travel on
Wings of steel and feet like stone
In the light all we pass
Hides in fields overgrown
And oh, the night is long
Yeah the night is long

Take me back sometimes somehow
Thinking we're the same
An endless chain of I don't knows
And the sun sets once again
And oh, the night is long
Yeah the night is long

Feather light I want to be
Floating on a memory
But instead I walk a line
Of dusty roads and crimson signs

Ride the moon, count the stars
It's all we can do
It's always such a simple thought
To stop and say we knew
And oh, the night is long
Yeah the night is long ...
Track Name: Run, Brother Run
RUN, BROTHER RUN

Smoking on a hill in a parking lot
Jamming easy down in Mary Fix park
Laughing through those good old school days
So many times who could ever say?
Suddenly there was nothing you could do
Lying there was the other half of you
Not a word was said by that satin bed
Like a toast to the demons in your head

Run, brother run
There's no peace when it's done
Run, brother run
And at last you're the only one

Back on home ground in Miami FLA
Working deals that seemed to go your way
Brown bag cruising with that top way down
It went so smooth no bottom could be found
Then came a girl, she was the hungry kind
It wasn't long before she held your mind
So many reasons you said, I do
And as she walked away she took the rest of you

A kind of freedom came with family dues
Taking care of them, those lonesome blues
You saw no blame in what you had to do
But each night the silence talked to you

Cheques were bouncing across the boulevard
Moving fast and landing too hard
And all the while it was looking straight at you
One last drink and the bottle killed you too

Run, brother run
There's no peace when it's done
Run, brother run
There's no peace when the day is done
Run, brother run …
And at last you're the only one
Track Name: No Paradise
NO PARADISE

All around the ego like a one man show
Digging all the answers to the questions they don't know
Five hours later the band's still at the bar
Facing off and drinking, now who´s the superstar?
Talking to the owner, his blues do unfold
Playing snakes and ladders with the one´s
He´s bought and sold
None of them had noticed out back and down the hall
Something smelled real funny
It was written on the toilet wall

No paradise, created ...

All the night long sessions with the hand-chosen few
Their image iron-clad, no one to answer to
Pseudo sounding Bird shit and lots of other trash
Oozing inspiration or was it just the hash?
There are those who light the fire
And those who fan the flame
The only thing that's constant is how you get the fame
Some they sit so pretty and others stand too tall
Then there are the ones
Coming up from down the hall
Guess what's been written on the toilet wall?

No paradise, created ...

Where it is or where it's at, is useless in the end
Hard to believe what they write, the stuff that they defend
All the while it's been written, not a word was ever read
Back to were it started, it's ended in their heads
And on the toilet wall . . .

No paradise, created ...
Track Name: Like A Cherokee
LIKE A CHEROKEE

A still life picture that moves within the frame
Brings to life a smile that speaks a name
Alluring eyes out beyond the rain
Barely seen they disappear again

Who knows if it's ever going to last
Gazing through the coloured glass
Calling from somewhere you've never been
Like a Cherokee, laughing in your dream

The empty shells that gather on the shore
Tell the secrets of what they are no more
A lover's whisper like footprints in the dark
Barely seen they blend into your heart

Who knows if it's ever going to last
Gazing through the coloured glass
Calling from somewhere you've never been
Like a Cherokee, laughing in your dream
Track Name: Heading Back
HEADING BACK

Maybe it's the winter rain
Falling in my eyes
Or the crescent moon
Slicing through the sky
Feeling kind of sleepy
Sometimes I'd like to hide
But what else am I gonna do
Always heading back to you
But what else am I gonna do this time

Maybe it's a quiet hour
Not knowing what to do
Bothered by the feeling
There's something I might loose
Restless as the painted wind
Just before a storm
But what else am I gonna do
Always heading back to you
But what else am I gonna do this time

Can't deny, I wonder why
I count at all
Things that seem new to me
Have all been there before
Never see you coming
'Til you're at my door
But what else am I gonna do
Always heading back to you
What else am I gonna do this time

Maybe it's a back street game
That passes in a glance
Or the midnight mind
Of a long forgotten chance
Moving kind of slowly
When the clock has stopped
But what else am I gonna do
Always heading back to you
What else am I gonna do with time
Track Name: Sometimes A Fish
SOMETIMES A FISH

A dead man said to me, you got a front row seat
Sit back enjoy the show, nowhere you can go
Sit back enjoy the show
No mirrors, no strings attached, a simple slight of hand
There and then it's not, What was, is soon forgot
There and then it's not

And as I walk away
Sometimes a fish is sighing
Sometimes a fish is crying
Sometimes a fish is dying
Sometimes a fish
If the joker misses cue that fish is laughing too

I sit, I stop and stare, I can't believe my eyes
Swallow all their pride, dollars in their eyes
They swallow all their pride
It's rehearsed carefully, a hero every night
Nothing is for free, a fish might not agree
Nothing is for free

And as I walk away
Sometimes a fish is sighing
Sometimes a fish is crying
Sometimes a fish is buying
Sometimes a fish
If the joker misses cue that fish is laughing too

There's lots of fancy talk with nothin' being said
Written on the wall the wise man's lonely call
Written on the wall
This can't be honesty, but who am I to say
Truth is something less, best you don't confess
The truth is something less

And as I walk away
Sometimes a fish is sighing
Sometimes a fish is crying
Sometimes a fish is lying
Sometimes a fish
If the joker misses cue that fish is laughing too

Casting a line to the sea
Fishes as far as I see
Casting a line to the sea
Those fish are just like you and me
Track Name: Getting Mad
GETTING MAD

Gone are thirty-five years on the line
Left all your drinking far behind
Acting all crazy if you want to
No one's gonna tell you what to do
Bought a farmhouse in the sticks
Living with those country hicks

Can you feel it?
Getting mad
You can see that you've been had
Can you feel it?
Getting mad
Now you know you've been had

The garden out back is growing fine
It's spreading down the old grapevine
Some folks don't take too kindly
Out here there's just no privacy
Suddenly a dozen cops
Were waiting there like special ops

The time had come to stake your claim
And a farmer's word is as good as his name
The bank has frozen payment due
As the judge passes sentence down on you
And the garden you worked hard for
Is at the heart of a small town war
Track Name: Suburban Safari
SUBURBAN SAFARI

Man-made jungles far and wide
Not a tree to climb in
Household dust with every step
Easy chairs to fry in
No relief behind the doors
Nervous sanctuary
Mow the lawn, catch the cat
Planning as you carry

We're on safari
Tracking down a dream
Suburban safari
It's the strangest thing I've seen

Cardboard boxes, plastic bags
Deep dish laundry curry
All hung up and out to dry
Eat it in a hurry
Tip-toe by in secrecy
Heading for the nursery
Through the blinds the neighbours peek
Happy anniversary!

Down the road they're trading in
Cottages for castles
Interest doubles overnight
Suburban hassles
All aboard the weekend train
Gather at the station
Cheering on the local team
Passing conversation
Track Name: Is It Me?
IS IT ME

Wake me by the track
I'm the day you can't get back
Take my body, squeeze my mind
Take the love I leave behind

Crystal heart so dark and pure
I'm the one you're waiting for
Someone in your history
Is it you or is it me?

Is it me, is it me
You don't know
Is it me, is it me
Can't let go
Is it me, is it me
Up on the stair
Is it me, is it me
Who's just not there?

Go too far and you can't see
Everything you'd do with me
In too close, it's only you
Ask me now I'll tell you who
Track Name: My Friends
MY FRIENDS

As the rain plays again
And I can see
Waiting there are my friends
My rainbow mind
In pastel shades of blue
Keeps roaming on
Feeling the way that I do

Golden is the field within my dream
Just beyond the trees there lies a stream
And as my friends float on by
From times I thought I knew
Now they come to carry me back home

Colouring times circus view
We touched the sky
Each day that we passed through
Those colours change
I can't tell you why my friends
And seasons rise
On little steps that go goodbye

Golden is the field within my dream
Just beyond the trees there lies a stream
And as my friends float on by
From times I thought I knew
Now they come to carry me back home
Now they come to carry me back home
Now they come to carry me home