InterCity

by John Paul Kleiner

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1.
Equilibrium 04:49
EQUILIBRIUM Do you ever get the feeling That there must be more than this? We're told that it was ever thus Is this something that we've mythed? Cause life's not binary It plays out in between The zeros and the ones And with time each extreme Reverts back to the mean To find equilibrium I was working for the weekend I was trying to make ends meet I was going off the deep end I was sleeping on my feet Cause life's not binary It plays out in between The zeros and the ones And with time each extreme Reverts back to the mean To find equilibrium When I was growing up my mother said to me, "Be careful what you wish. Cause I've been to utopia And it looks a lot like this." Cause life's not binary It plays out in between The zeros and the ones And with time each extreme Reverts back to the mean To find equilibrium
2.
I guess that I will never learn but you’ve showed me Actions speak louder than words And you’ve showed me Introduce me as an old friend Don’t call for weeks upon end You’d think by now that I’d be used to the cold light of day But ‘round you still I hover A planet undiscovered Waiting for the day you train your telescope my way CHORUS Oh well I suppose That’s just the way it goes I know that you don’t want to still I’d like to see you try Hear my silent plea Spare a moment for the meek It isn’t very likely still I’d like to see you try Despite the fact that I’ve been spurned You’ll find me Fiddling while the city burns Behind me Maintaining the illusion Is part of the delusion That with time you’ll come to find that you really care Hope might be only regret That’s happened not as of yet To it I cling, my safety ring, I’m never letting go! CHORUS Oh well, I suppose That’s just the way it goes It isn’t very likely, still I’d like to see you try Hear my silent plea Spare a moment for the meek It isn’t very likely still I’d like to see you try BRIDGE Give me half a chance I would show you That what you’re missing Is oh so very near ‘Til then I’ll remain Just outside the frame Don’t worry, you won’t even know I’m here Introduce me as an old friend Don’t call for weeks upon end You’d think by now that I’d be used to the cold light of day But ‘round you still I hover A planet undiscovered Waiting for the day you train your telescope my way CHORUS Everybody knows That’s just the way it goes I know that you don’t want to still I’d like to see you try Hear my silent plea Spare a moment for the meek It isn’t very likely still I’d like to see you try See you try, see you try – He’d like to see you try See you try, see you try – He’d like to see you try See you try
3.
TRAIN HAS LEFT THE STATION Oh Genevieve, what have I done? On seventh thought you were the one But I was too blind, too blind to see it Minutes to hours, days into years Too late for flowers, but not for tears What would you say, girl if I begged you? I found that piece of amber we discovered on the beach A butterfly suspended inside, gorgeous, out of reach Tell me, do you ever think of me? Chorus I Has that train left the station For another destination Or are you maybe still going my way? We were young and I was foolish Debonair, but clearly clueless And I am only half those things these days Ma belle cheri, I fear I erred Life was sublime when we were a pair What can I say? Trés desolé? Oh Ginny dear, would you respond If I suggest that we abscond, Run to a place where no one can find us? I’ll buy us a Greek island, I hear they’re going cheap I’ll peel all your oranges, I’ll even make your tea I will give you everything you need Chorus I When you say That water’s under the bridge Down the river and out to sea Evaporated Up into a cloud And it’s rained down on you and me I guess you mean Chorus II That that train has left the station For another destination All that’s left is to wave my goodbyes I could run but if I caught it, what would that accomplish? And anyway a man has got his pride Oh Genevieve, what have I done?
4.
SOMEDAY, GIRL You don’t know what you’re feeling yet If it’s anger, sadness or regret But any way, it’s gonna stay a while So let it wash right over you This melancholy pas-de-deux And know one day you’re gonna find a smile You thought he was the one But now it’s come undone And you’ve heard what some might say But don’t believe a word, forget all you’ve heard Everything is going to be OK Chorus I There’s someone, girl, living somewhere in this world And someday, girl, he’ll find you Of all the cards dealt out to youth It seldom is the strongest suit But right now it is patience that’s required So hold your horses, draw the reins And the chance will come again For you to find the one your heart desires You’ll have to suffer fools, the cynical and cruel Do what you have to do, keep them at bay Tell the ‘told-you-sos’ exactly where to go Don’t you know that love will find a way Chorus II There’s someone, girl, living somewhere in this world And someday, girl, he’ll find you Until then, know that it’s not if but when And when it does, you know it will be true Life may not be a fairy tale In which the good always prevails But this much I know to be true Love and love will go with you Solo Chorus II
5.
Lullaby 02:36
Goodnight, sleep tight It's time to shut the light And pull the covers Up to your chin Close your eyes And hear this lullaby Your daddy is here to tuck you in CHORUS The sun has gone Away to rest ‘til dawn Tomorrow's another day Count some sheep They'll help you go to sleep And dream of everything that is good Of butterflies, Balloons and sunny skies And foxes padding their way in the woods Hear the breeze It whispers in the trees To wish you a nighty night Musical Break The moon will rise So high up in the sky To watch over you tonight Goodnight, sleep tight
6.
CHORUS Just because you can Doesn’t mean you should Just because it feels right Doesn’t make it good It’s taken me a while But now I understand Don’t do the things you do Just because you can In the beginning There was Adam and there was Eve They knew the ground rules And still tried to deceive I’m not suggesting That I’m not the one to blame It’s interesting How some things never change My sin is unoriginal I know your love’s conditional On believing me When I tell you that . . . CHORUS Just because you can Doesn’t mean you should Just because it feels right Doesn’t make it good Girl, I’m begging you Please tell me I’m your man Don’t do the things I did Just because you can You know I get it This is the bed I made I may regret it For that it is too late I dare not ask you What he has I haven’t got For fear if I do You might start and never stop Before I lose you completely Before you delete me From you desktop, please know I understand That it’s just because you can OUTRO Are we even yet? Are we even yet? Are we even yet? Are we even yet? Are we even yet? - I’ll let you know Are we even yet? - When I say so Are we even yet? - Cool your jets Honey, now I get That it’s just because you can
7.
This is familiar, we’ve been here before Same cloth on the table, same clock on the wall Outside the window, the city’s asleep She tosses and turns, it’s the company you keep In this world gone wrong Her only son CHORUS Her skin’s too thin, I can see right inside And it’s killing her Her heart’s on her sleeve She wants to believe You’re gonna pull through It’s so hard to do, it’s so hard to do You sit ‘cross the table, eyes on your plate The silence hangs heavy, but there’s so much to say Like ‘How did we get here?’, ‘You doing OK?’ She thinks if she asks you, you’ll just walk away Like your father did, when you were a kid CHORUS II Your skin’s too thin I can see right inside And it’s killing you You think that you’re strong You’re doing it wrong I’m telling you I know it’s hard for you And all that you’re going through You think she’s had all she can take But have a good look inside Tell her, I think you’ll find She might bend, but boy she won’t break Listen how loudly your praises she sings Let her deflect all the arrows and slings Then one day, God willing, not too long from now You’ll be a man and she’ll be so proud Of what you’ve become Her only son CHORUS III Your skin’s too thin I can see right inside And it’s killing you You don’t want to wait Until it’s too late I’m telling you, you know that it’s true You know that it’s true, you know that it’s true
8.
DINNER WITH FRIENDS At times like these When the news of the day Brings us to our knees It’s so good to come together To share some bread Take a turn on the loom that Weaves the thread The one that binds us all together Vacations are rewound, we report the infirm Children admonished, opinions confirmed After fifteen minutes, twenty at most Someone will raise a glass and there will be a toast “To our gracious host!” Chorus I Dinner with friends – Who needs wine? Dinner with friends – Red or white? Dinner with friends – Twist my arm Dinner with friends – What’s the harm? The kids negotiate The terms of the deal to Clear their plates Then they vanish from the table And when they’ve fled We divide the world Into ‘own’ and ‘rent’ This is clearly necessary Then after the meal, maybe fueled by the wine Somebody says something That crosses the line that you thought That you’d all drawn Together You stop for a minute it’s suddenly clear That fear you’d been thinking was getting near Isn’t near That fear Is here. CHORUS Dinner with friends – There are limits Dinner with friends – So it would seem Dinner with friends – There are limits Dinner with friends – To our humanity It doesn’t get any better than this Does it get any better? Follow your conscience or follow your bliss It doesn’t get any better Than this Musical Break CHORUS Dinner with friends - Erst kommt das Fressen Dinner with friends – Und dann die Moral Dinner with friends – Wir haben gegessen Dinner with friends – Also, schauen wir mal Does it get any better than this? It doesn’t it get any better Until our conscience is ahead of our bliss It doesn’t get any better Than this
9.
Tell me your secret, it couldn’t be that bad I made you a promise, you know I’ll understand Everything’s gonna be OK, Everything’s gonna be OK, Just not today CHORUS I Everybody knows just what to do Everybody that is except you And they won’t show you ‘Cause they don’t know you like I do Standing in the cold With your open toed shoes You came to the city Where you could grow your hair And no one would notice Nobody would care And damn if it didn’t work out that way - Yes it did And damn if it didn’t work out that way - Just not today CHORUS Everybody knows just what to do Everybody that is except you And they won’t show you ‘Cause they don’t know you like I do Standing in the cold in your open toed shoes CODA I never said I Wouldn’t break your heart Couldn’t break your heart I never said I Wouldn’t break your heart I couldn’t break your heart And I . . . Tell me your secret
10.
Berlin Blue 04:03
I came in the summer The city had bloomed It was so beautiful The same went for you History was done Ours had just begun The first time I saw you I knew It had been revealed My fate was sealed There was nothing I could do Berlin blue We holed up in Pankow Our honeymoon suite A one-room apartment facing the street The world kept on spinning It left us behind But it didn’t matter We paid it no mind We were forever Darling, I never Thought that this wasn’t true We’d go on and on Singing our song Didn’t think we’d change our tune BRIDGE Some things just happen But others, others you choose What starts off as freedom Becomes a noose History’s still lurking Out in the street It’s there in the ghost wind Blows cold from the East Down in the Kneipe The drinkers complain That everything’s different, that everything’s changed Cold though it may be I hoped that, baby Our love it would see us through I placed a wager, not minor but major Heads you win, tails I lose Berlin blue Berlin blue Berlin blue Heads you win, tails I lose

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InterCity is the debut album from Toronto-based singer/songwriter John Paul Kleiner.

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released January 1, 2019

Recorded at Busted Flush, Toronto by Neil Clark.

Produced by Neil Clark with John Paul Kleiner

All songs by John Paul Kleiner and Neil Clark, except 'Train Has Left The Station' and 'Tell Me Your Secret'.

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John Paul Kleiner - Vocals, guitar
Neil Clark - Guitar, bass, programming
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Ambrose Pottie - drums
Alisdair Jones - bass on 'Someday, Girl'

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John Paul Kleiner Toronto, Ontario

John Paul Kleiner is a singer/songwriter working in the field of melodic, guitar-based melancholy. Intercity is his first solo album and it was produced in collaboration with Neil Clark (ex-Lloyd Cole & the Commotions).

Musically the album evokes touchstones of guitar-based pop/rock from the popular era (Beatles, Pretenders, Smiths, Commotions, U2), while its lyrics arise out of our present day.
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