Sinners, Tricksters, Killers & Saints

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credits

released March 15, 2012

Rob Janos - Lead Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin, Keyboards, Harmonica
Alyssa Menes - Bass Backing Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards, Saxophone
Lee Davis - Drums, Percussion
Ronnie Sena - Lead Guitar

Ianna Higgins - Vocals on Track 2
April-Ann Tass - Vocals on Track 3
Alex Dadon - Violins on Track 3
Sara Accardi - Viola on Track 3
Linsay Setzer - Cello on Track 3
Bob Ventimiglia - Trumpet on Track 11

Ben Steber - Lyrics on Tracks 6 & 7

All tracks Produced and Mastered by Chris Sulit at Trading 8s Music

All songs written and arranged by Rob Janos, Alyssa Menes, Lee Davis and Ronnie Sena

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Asphalt Grey Paramus, New Jersey

Asphalt Grey was born out of the simple desire to bring rock and roll back it to its roots, warts and all. Since forming in 2010, Asphalt Grey have made a name for themselves in the NYC and NJ music scenes.

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Track Name: Debut
VERSE:
Close your eyes and take a breath
Cross your fingers, I'm a wreck
All along I've been amused
Have a drink and sing the blues
How much longer will it take?
Don't you know what is at stake?
I guess there's nothing left to say
1, 2, 3 -take it away!

PRECHORUS:
Running through....

CHORUS:
Our debut will shock and awe
Knock em' dead, they're so bourgeois
See our names on the marquee
Playing songs on MTV
Our debut is fine and grand,
Off your seats and lend a hand
Buy a CD, wear our shirt
To the streets and spread the word!

VERSE:
Selling out for a review
But recognition's overdue
Why do I feel so ashamed?
Have a smoke and pass the blame
People see me in the streets,
They walk right by, still incomplete
What on earth is this delay
1, 2, 3 - this ends today

PRECHORUS:
Deja Vu...

CHORUS:
Our debut will shock and awe
Knock em' dead, they're so bourgeois
See our names on the marquee
Playing songs on MTV
Our debut is fine and grand,
Off your seats and lend a hand
Track Name: Modus Operandi
VERSE:
What is the method to your-madness?
What is the pattern for your-mind games?
How you you live with all the -self deception?
Drop out the deadbolt, I'm coming in!

CHORUS:
I love your Modus Operandi!
Leaves me shakin' deep within...
I love that dirty satisfaction!
The way you murder with a grin....

VERSE:
What is the motive for your-runaway?
What is the reason for your-heartbreak?
How do you deal with all that-crazed frustration?
Break off the high life, I'm coming through!

CHORUS:
I love your Modus Operandi!
Leaves me shakin' deep within...
I love that dirty satisfaction!
The way you murder with a grin....

VERSE:
What is the motive for your-runaway?
What is the reason for you-heartbreak?
How do you live with all that-self deception?
Drop out the deadbolt, I'm coming in!

CHORUS:
I love your Modus Operandi!
Leaves me shakin' deep within...
I love that dirty satisfaction!
The way you murder with a grin....
Track Name: Travelsong
I look out my window at a small piece of the world
I see a road I can travel

Everywhere is a battlefield, everywhere i am
I see a road I can travel

Anger I shall not want, happiness will find me

Anger I shall not want, happiness will find me
But until it does, I see a road I can travel

I look out my window, at a small piece of the world
I see a road I can travel
I can travel
Travel
Track Name: White Whine
VERSE:
I have told you once or twice that white whine---
Will bring you everything you want in good time
Everything that's spoken for is resigned---
To live a life in perpetual decline

CHORUS:
I don't wanna take it slowly
White Whine is all I need to end this fight
I apologize politely
More time is all I want-

VERSE:
-To know you and to show you all the places---
That reward good intentions and your graces
Everything is better when your lying
Keep thinking that your love is still undying

CHORUS:
I don't wanna take it slowly
White Whine is all I need to end this fight
I apologize politely
More time is all I want to-

CHORUS:
I don't wanna take it slowly
White Whine is all I need to end this fight
I apologize politely
More time is all I want
All I Want and all I
White Whine is all i need
Track Name: City Night
VERSE:
Another wish is just another broken dream
Under the starless sky, above this old concrete
A wave of silence sweeps the city off it's feet
Above the lifeless grass, under the the leafless trees

CHORUS:
Breathe right in, and smell the city night
You can gaze, into the neon light
But only I can feel the city's fright...

VERSE:
Your second wish is just another selfish scheme
The clouds are crying for our lacking self-esteem
A crime of passion brings the city to it's knees
Under the roaring trains and the spineless thieves

CHORUS:
Look right in, blinded by the night
You can gaze into the ether light
But I'm the pill that will take this pain away from here tonight!

VERSE:
Your final wish is what will send you on your way
Into the stratosphere and lead us all astray
A new perspective brings the city back to life
The smiling faces cause the ending to the strife

CHORUS:
You will leave, or you'll choose to stay
We'll pretend that it's all okay
Goodnight, sleep tight
And live the City Night.
Track Name: Damned If I Do
VERSE:
What is love next to self-preservation?
Or even compassion; my own reservations?
Stand on my own feet or limp by your shoulder.
It's all in my hands, and I won't turn it over.

PRECHORUS:
I walk on hot coals with my head in the clouds
It's answers I seek, and questions I've found.

CHORUS:
And I'm damned if I do, you're damned if I don't
I could if I would, you can't if I won't
I'm here then I'm gone, condemned by the song
We both? or alone? How shall we go on?

VERSE:
How does hate taste when you're blinded by madness?
Or the smell of air, while wandering transits?
Just feel your way through, but it won't take you farther
To go it alone will only be harder

PRECHORUS:
I walk a straight line, with my head goin' round
It's answers I seek, and questions I've found.

CHORUS:
And I'm damned if I do, you're damned if I don't
I could if I would, you can't if I won't
I'm here then I'm gone, condemned by the song
We both? or alone? How shall we go on?

VERSE:
Have you seen worse, cause I surely haven't.
It's the nature of things as you face the unpleasant.
There is one more truth that I just can't hide
Just be yourself or be me beside.

PRECHORUS:
I'll see you today, and tomorrow for sure
There is something here, safe and secure

CHORUS:
And I'm damned if I do, I'm damned if I don't
I could if I would, you can't if I won't
I'm here then I'm gone, condemned by the song
We both? or alone? How shall we go on?

And I'm damned if I do, I'm damned if I don't
I could if I would, you can't if I won't
I'm here then I'm gone, condemned by the song
We both? or alone? How shall we go on?
Track Name: A Crying Shame
Would you dance on the moors in the pale moonlight?
Bet that'd make you feel alright!
Don't you come crying tears around my door...
I don't need your lovin' any more!

It's a shame. Lord, lord, lord it's a shame...
It's a shame. A cryin, crying shame.....

Will you scream bloody Mary in the mirror at night?
I hear that ol' hag is out of sight!
Dressed in velvet black and ruby red...
Keep in tune with the marching dead!

It's a shame. Lord, lord, lord it's a shame...
It's a shame. A cryin, crying shame.....

A sulken man and his dreary bride
Run out of town, with heads held high
Cursed with crimes they did not commit
Angry locals shout and spit

Now I hear this tale is not quite right,
Barrel of a gun lookin down the sight.
Tears were wept and blood was shed
The story ends with a bullet in your head
Track Name: Seventh Hour
VERSE:
Close all the tired eyes that are weakened by sun
They come to feel the warmth of a million fired guns
Persons of interest are not broken easily.

VERSE:
Bring all your humbled masses made helpless by your words
They feel the pain brought on by your sympathy unheard
It's just the seventh hour of the reckoning at hand

CHORUS:
I've finally opened my eyes and shuttered out the dark
Come with me little darlin, our love's not a question mark
I know your scared and lonely, but this is the seventh hour
And then we'll just pretend to shine...

VERSE:
Wake up and feel the cold from the window next to you
You'll think that all the fighting has finally subdued
But silence tells a story of violence and shame

CHORUS
I've finally opened my eyes and just shuttered out the dark
Come with me little darlin, our love's not a question mark
I know your scared and lonely, but this is the seventh hour
And then we'll just pretend to shine...

BRIDGE:
Shine on and on and on with you, I promise that we'll start anew
Shine on and on and on my friend, I'm ready to begin again

CHORUS:
I've finally opened my eyes and just shuttered out the dark
Stay true upon the course, running fast right from the start
I know you're eager baby, but this is the seventh hour
And then we'll just pretend to shine...
Track Name: Savannah
VERSE:
Run and do not stop, til the sun begins to rise
Where is no trace of dark, only light fills skies
I will meet you there, plainly dressed in my best
With two tickets of state, you're my love, I am blessed

CHORUS:
I''ll wait for happiness, til my heart no longer feels any pain
I've hated long enough, oh Savannah won't you take me away?

VERSE:
Walk along the shore, feel the water at our feet
Taste your tender lips, and smell the misty breeze
Dream of whats in store, on the path that waits ahead
Stare up at the stars, and fall asleep in our bed

CHORUS:
I''ll wait for happiness, til my heart no longer feels any pain
I've hated long enough, oh Savannah won't you take me away?

VERSE:
Think of what went wrong, all our sins and ignorance
Dwelling on the past, when I courted your romance
Was it really me that let you walk away?
All I hope for now, is to see your face someday

CHORUS:
I''ll wait for happiness, til my heart no longer feels any pain
I've hated long enough, oh Savannah won't you take me away?
Oh Savannah won't you take me away?
Oh Savannah won't you take me away?
Track Name: The Saint & The Martyr
VERSE:
An early evening drunk once said to me
I knew a saint way back in '63
She had a message to spread
Gave up her things and shaved her head

VERSE:
She wandered through these dirty streets
Preaching good will to all that she would meet
And yet she lived in sadness
She had her method and her madness

CHORUS:
She must be a saint, she must be a martyr
an angel of mercy till the end
The saint, and the martyr, saving souls

VERSE:
Fueled by the public's insanity
Denouncing conveniences and vanity
She removed herself from modern living
Dreamt of barren landscapes, cold and unforgiving

CHORUS:
She must be a saint, she must be a martyr
an angel of mercy till the end
The saint, and the martyr, saving souls

VERSE:
She sought to tell the tale of her own death
Neither to shock or awe nor impress
She set the stage in Union Square
Dragged the crowds into her despair

She must be a saint, she must be a martyr
an angel of mercy till the end
The saint, and the martyr, saving souls

She must a our saint, and she will take us farther
Start a new chapter of our lives
The saint, and the martyr
The saint, and the martyr
The saint, and the martyr, saving souls
Track Name: Duster
VERSE:
Step in-to the light...
Burning blister blight.
Can you feel me near?
Your kiss was so sincere...

VERSE:
Duster's come to town...
Leather's rough and brown.
Boots kick up the sand,
This is no-man's-land...

PRECHORUS:
And all we want is our fair share
A quiet place to rest our bones

CHORUS: Dm-C-Bb-A7x2 Dm
Trains will run and we will hide
From the dusters standing side by side
Shots ring out, your family falls
Its cowardly, their curtain call
The preacher's cry and bagpipes sing
But you're not there to do a thing

VERSE:
Fall down to your knees
Not what you believed.
Someone else's greed
Duster's tumbleweed

PRECHORUS:
Grab my gun and stand up tall
While exiting the entrance hall
Bow my head but show no shame
Give myself for family name

CHORUS: Dm-C-Bb-A7x2 Dm
Ashes ashes falling down
From trouble in this one horse town
Duster now your time has come
The price you'll pay from rule of thumb
Weigh your heart upon the scale
You'll be damned without a fail

OUTRO:
Ashes ashes falling down
From trouble in this one horse town
Duster now your time has come
The price you'll pay from rule of thumb
Weigh your heart upon the scale
You'll be damned without a fail
Progress paved with the blood from your first-born son
This is how the west was won.
Track Name: Salutations
VERSE:
Heaven help me, I'm a sinner,
Just the winner of the game.
Salutations to the unknown,
The introduction never stuck.

VERSE:
Lord please help me, I'm a trickster,
I survive through sabotage.
Salutations to the alpha,
A Deception changed my luck.

CHORUS:
And I don't wanna set the world aflame
I play the part of someone to blame
Don't admit it but you play my game
Pleased to meet you, Scapegoat's the name

VERSE:
Devil help me, I'm a killer
Destroying lives in every sense.
Salutations to the scoundrel,
Murder is a work of art.

CHORUS:
And I don't wanna set the world aflame
I play the part of someone to blame
Don't admit it but you play my game
Pleased to meet you, Scapegoat's the name

BRIDGE:
As I'm walkin' to and fro I fell into a sinkhole
And I'm fallin' as I'm shoutin' --for someone
Salutations to my mortality!

If I die before I fall, I pray the lord to take it all
Indistinct from kitchen sinks, at least I think
Salutations to deliverance!

Coffee, tea, and jamboree, and cigarettes and whiskey
Oyster forks and popping corks ---and blah blah blah
Salutations to celebrations!

Future guys and one-eyed lies will look back fondly,
At the wonders I have done with you in mind

OUTRO:
Now it's time to bid farewell, as I lie entombed in hell
Sinners, tricksters, killers, and saints, I leave to you to the world's complaints

Salutations to the scapegoat
Salutations to the scapegoat
Salutations to the scapegoat
Salutations to the scapegoat