Things Moving On Their Own Together

by Stephen Chopek

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released September 29, 2015

Written, performed, produced by Stephen Chopek
Recorded by Chip Johnson at Alpine Red
Mixed and mastered by Mikhail Pivovarov
Artwork by Sunday Rebel and Stephen Chopek
© ℗ 2015

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Track Name: Hurry
Breathe a sigh of relief, quiet night on a city street
Bomb threat, louder than anything you’ve heard yet
Preacher keep the faith, fastest runner will set the pace
One more compromise, behind your painted black eyes

There’s no sense to be made
I was in such a hurry to leave, but I wish I had stayed

Acting so dramatic, see you speak hearing static
Walk a fine line, eternally in the moment of a lifetime
Bury the dead where the ground is frozen, buy some freedom with the money you’ve stolen
Torn between love and lust, we confuse the truth for trust

There’s no sense to be made
I was in such a hurry to leave, but I wish I had stayed
Thinking ill get us nowhere
All out of ideas, I hope you’ve got some to spare

Magic in the mistake, march to war again for heaven’s sake
Right foot single file, am fm turn the dial
Start each day with a broken promise, reputation has been tarnished
Tearing down self deception, is a gift of imperfection

There’s no sense to be made
I was in such a hurry to leave, but I wish I had stayed
Thinking ill get us nowhere
All out of ideas, I hope you’ve got some to spare
Track Name: Systematic Collapse
Feathers in my jacket have flown away
I need something warm for a winter day
I know where I can find it, but I just won’t pay for a

Systematic collapse
Temporary relapse
Rockets red glare from a shot gun blast

I see said the blind man, I know where you’ve been
It’s hard to catch your breath when you’re drowning in sin
Or travel here to there on a bridge that’s burning from a

Systematic collapse
Temporary relapse
Rockets red glare from a shot gun blast

Systematic collapse
Temporary relapse
Serving gasoline in a champagne glass

Sooner or later you’ll have to choose
Will you put your trust in the evening news
Or listen to a white boy sing the blues
Heads we win, tails they lose to a

Systematic collapse
Temporary relapse
Rockets red glare from a shot gun blast

Systematic collapse
Temporary relapse
Serving gasoline in a champagne glass
Track Name: Staying
This is a portrait of a girl
She talks to strangers while she flies around the world
This is a portrait of a girl
She talks to strangers and tells the whole world

Staying is the hardest part x 3
So she runs

This is a portrait of a girl
She makes movies about people of the world
This is a portrait of a girl
She makes movies to show the whole world

Staying is the hardest part x 3
So she runs
And she hides

This is a portrait of a girl
Lives way uptown where she looks down on the world
This is a portrait of a girl
Lives way uptown so she can scream to the world

Staying is the hardest part x 3

So she runs
Staying is the hardest part
And she hides
She runs and she hides

So she runs
Staying is the hardest part
And she hides
She runs and she hides
Track Name: Answers
Mark my words with red letter days
How do I leave thee let me count the ways
Your stone cold unfaithful heart
Is no better than dime store plagiarized art

Last night was hazy, today you’re a maybe
Place the blame on me

We have been looking down, answers are all around
Not somewhere below the ground, up here waiting to be found

Short lived long distance relationship
We drew it out, dragged it on before it quit
Me is the magic number, one less than two
My plans for the future are not with you

Last night was hazy, today you’re a maybe
Place the blame on me

We have been looking down, answers are all around
Not somewhere below the ground, up here waiting to be found

Beginning with lips, longing to be kissed
Turning into moments, that won’t be missed

Mark my words with red letter days
How did I leave thee let me count the ways
Your stone cold unfaithful heart
Remains no better than dime store plagiarized art

Last night was hazy, today you’re a maybe
Place the blame on me, don’t call me baby

We have been looking down, answers are all around
Not somewhere below the ground, up here waiting to be found
Track Name: Alright With Me
Those who set you free can also bring you down
Complete your wardrobe with a broken crown
One man’s bible, another man’s lie
You would learn it’s all the same if you’d just try

Alright with me if it’s alright with you
All right here if you’re willing to see it through
Alright with me if it’s alright with you

This is just a test for an experiment
It’s all for the best, no need to repent
Waters will rise, waves will swell
You can make it to the shore if you keep your heart open in hell

Alright with me if it’s alright with you
All right here if you’re willing to see it through
Alright with me if it’s alright with you
Right here if you’re willing to see it through

We have all we need
Unlimited lifetime warranty
Money back guaranteed
As seen on tv

Alright with me if it’s alright with you
All right here if you’re willing to see it through
Alright with me if it’s alright with you
Right here if you’re willing to see it through

Alright with me if it’s alright with you
Alright with me if it’s alright with you
Track Name: Love Is a Negotiation
Settle down flame, excuse the fire in my brain
Burn away then rearrange
Lie cheat and steal, get yourself the best deal
Convinced the pain is not real

Love is a negotiation
Sensitive situation
Open to interpretation

Better to leave than be left with no clue, the rumor is true
Many are called, but the chosen are few
Lessons are cautionary to a flash in the pan revolutionary
Laying down guns for a dictionary

Love is a negotiation
Sensitive situation
Open to interpretation

We may be lost, that don’t mean we don’t know where we’re going
We pay the cost, although it seems our ages might be showing

Perform for applause, weak defense for a lost cause
Testifying in favor of your flaws
Brothers and sisters, conscientious resistors
Communicate with echoes of whispers

Love is a negotiation
Sensitive situation
Open to interpretation

Love is a negotiation
Sensitive situation
Open to interpretation
Track Name: Falling Apart Again
I might be falling apart again
I might be falling apart again

I might be falling apart again
I might be falling apart again

I might be falling apart again
I might be falling apart again

I might be falling apart again
I might be falling apart again
Track Name: Back Track
Silence is golden, but eventually gets broken
Patience please America, leaders have spoken
Thanks for all the superstars, green grass and front yards
Bet with your salary a down payment on a house of cards

Winter on the east coast and go west for summer
You moved out to Brooklyn, but kept your New Jersey number
Up to your old tricks again, I’ve been there before my friend
See you soon and we’ll make pretend

I’ll be right back, stay calm we’re both on the same side
It’s a runaway track, sit still we’re in for a long ride

Growing old don’t hesitate to ask another question
Never underestimate the power of suggestion
Pimp needs a prostitute, feeds on forbidden fruit
Boss traded in another guy for a substitute

I’ll be right back, stay calm we’re both on the same side
It’s a runaway track, sit still we’re in for a long ride

Circus is over, it went by so fast
Next time go slower, you’re heading for a crash
Got what you came for, won the game with a perfect score
Had your money’s worth, a miracle virgin birth
Proved the conspiracy, Lincoln shot Kennedy

I’ll be right back, stay calm we’re both on the same side
It’s a runaway track, sit still we’re in for a long ride
Stay calm we’re both on the same side
Sit still we’re in for a long ride
Track Name: Action Speaks
Human nature is no excuse for animal behavior
Good things come to those who wait gives hope when preparing for a savior

This one lives, that one burns
He forgives, she returns
Teary eyed, with regret
Dying to forget

Action speaks louder, knowledge is power

You have received without paying, so give without being paid
Work starts first thing at sunrise, money tree won’t provide any shade

Pessimistic pacifist
Narcoleptic narcissist
Raise your hand, make a wish
Your name is on the list

Action speaks louder, come down from your tower

Too late now for sleeping
Leave behind what’s not worth keeping

Lessons are best learned by the way of experience
Dog bites hand that feeds, then begs for obedience

Time flies on the run
Tell me when we’re having fun
There goes the starting gun
Step up to get some

Action speaks louder, knowledge is power
Action speaks louder, come down from your tower
Track Name: Nothing Happens
Time is on my back
Breathing down my neck
Turning blue skies black
Making me a nervous wreck

Nothing happens when you’re not looking
Fire burns in the kitchen cooking
Nothing happens when you’re not looking

Placed upon the shelf as part of your collection
Who what and when where will be your selection
Verbal contract is only worth the paper it’s written on
Then we have contact, disbelief is gone

Nothing happens when you’re not looking
Fire burns in the kitchen cooking
Nothing happens when you’re not looking

Love the one without, those who get hit are within arm’s reach
There can be no doubt
Love the one without, those who get hit are within arm’s reach
There can be no doubt, of the things we cannot teach

Time is on my back
Breathing down my neck
Turning blue skies black
Making me a nervous wreck

Nothing happens when you’re not looking
Fire burns in the kitchen cooking
Nothing happens when you’re not looking

Nothing happens when you’re not looking
Fire burns in the kitchen cooking
Nothing happens when you’re not looking
Track Name: Only Here
Glad to be home
Even if just for a day
Moving in fast forward isn’t always ideal
I would not have it any other way

Close the door, leave me alone
Do not disturb on the telephone

Never quite sure what state I’m in
Plenty for the consumer, not much for the citizen
Eyes of glass, ears of wax
Great American stories lie beneath the facts

Close the door, leave me alone
Do not disturb on the telephone
Only here for a little while
Dry your eyes and try to smile

There’s no present like the time spent being here
Sending all my love out to you loud and clear
Staying in one place too long gives me the chills
There’s gold in them there hills, gotta go dig to pay those bills

Northern star neon guiding light
Laundromat entertainment on a Sunday night
Slept through breakfast, had a nap for lunch
Last minute of the eleventh hour and another time crunch

Close the door, leave me alone
Do not disturb on the telephone
Only here for a little while
Dry your eyes and try to smile
Track Name: Foget About Familiar
Close enough to save, far enough to misbehave
Trade in your cradle for a grave
If you want to help yourself
Then start with someone else

Forget about familiar
Nevermind the future

Drinking for two whenever I’m not with you
Same old story nothing new
Repetition is the spice of life
If it works once than do it twice
Take a chance roll, roll the dice

Forget about familiar
Nevermind the future

Forget about familiar
Nevermind the future
Track Name: Slower You Go
Pray for your soul
Trade your silver for gold

Sunlight shows you what you reap
Full moon rise tells you when to sleep

Slower you go the faster you get
Slower you go the faster you get

Freedom from choice
liberates you from the sound of your own voice
Thread the needle on a low flame
take a look where you’re at no reason to complain

Slower you go the faster you get
lead with your faith and watch your step
Slower you go the faster you get
don’t run away we’re not over yet

You make the money I will spend it
if you need some love I’ll be happy to lend it
Cross the line you’ve been walking in
crime to chaos and back again
After all these years
still being judged by a jury of your peers

Every season has a right to life
in spite of suffering, turmoil and strife
Devil put God in exile
and hungry, poor huddles masses out of style

Slower you go the faster you get
lead with your faith and watch your step
Slower you go the faster you get
don’t run away we’re not over yet

Slower you go the faster you get
lead with your faith and watch your step
Slower you go the faster you get
don’t run away we’re not over yet
Track Name: Rant
I stole your picture, framed it in a photograph
I threw it all away, I knew it wouldn’t last

Running from your life, not the only way to cope
Cultivate curiosity, sentimentalism is a slippery slope
There’s no harm in hope
It won’t do you much good when you’re choking on the end of a rope

If it’s being sold it’s not with buying
Politicians promises are probably lying
They’re having a party, don’t get excited
You will be paying, but will not be invited
It’s going to be a wonderful celebration
Guest of honor is economic segregation

I stole your picture, framed it in a photograph
I threw it all away, I knew it wouldn’t last
Journeys begin with a simple task
Time is now and it’s going fast
Spare me your stories of the treasured past