See Through

by Stephen Chopek

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released May 1, 2012

Written, performed, produced by Stephen Chopek

Recorded, mixed, mastered by Chip Johnson
at Alpine Red

Artwork by Sunday Rebel and Stephen Chopek

© ℗ 2012

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Track Name: Well Kept Secret
Don’t read, just write
Don’t bleed, just bite
Expensive toys are cheap prizes
For games we only choose to play at night

I thought for sure we’d have met by now
I know you’re lost, but you’ll get there somehow
Follow the cracks in the sidewalk
Listen closely you won’t forget the sound

A well kept secret
A well kept secret is worth a thousand words

Easily distracted
Lies have all been crafted
The line is down, the road is blocked
We’ve got to find a way to get past it

A well kept secret is worth a thousand words
Most things are better left unsaid
A well kept secret is worth a thousand words

How many different ways can you sat the same thing
Tell me how many more days until the ending

Don’t read, just write
Don’t bleed, just bite

A well kept secret is worth a thousand words
Most things are better left unsaid
A well kept secret is worth a thousand words

A well kept secret
A well kept secret
A well kept secret is worth a thousand words
Track Name: Looking For A Sign
There’s got to be a better way I’m sure
Making up is such a chore

I do not worry about the phone call I’m not getting
That’s just one less conversation I’ll end up regretting

I’m looking for a sign, so I can make up my mind
Let’s get it right this time, we’ll spring ahead and not fall behind

Sending you a letter
I hope it finds you somewhere better than when we left off

I’ve locked myself away in this jail
Where I’ll write you every day without fail

I’m looking for a sign, so I can make up my mind
If justice is blind, then loving you is not a crime

I need to take a break from myself
To forget about the past

Get into a stolen car
Drive to nowhere fast

I’m looking for a sign, so I can make up my mind
Let’s get it right this time, we’ll spring ahead and not fall behind

I’m looking for a sign, so I can make up my mind
If justice is blind, then loving you is not a crime

If justice is blind, then loving you is not a crime
Track Name: This Old Town
Nothing to do in this old town
It don’t take long to figure out, the dead are living above the ground

The bar scene is great when you’re in the mood for warm beer
If this were the last place on earth, I wouldn’t move here

Crime rates are high, nobody seems to care
They’re fading away like a dying neon sign, gasping for air

You can’t find anything decent to eat
Shops close early for the night

Look both ways before you cross the street
You might get hit by a fight

Nothing to do in this old town
It don’t take long to figure out, the dead are living above the ground

Trains don’t run on time, seeing eye dongs are blind
Convenience stores are closed, my electric blanket froze

I get dirty looks from old folks, no one knows any jokes
Automatic doors don’t open, every heart is broken

Nothing to do in this old town
It don’t take long to figure out, the dead are living above the ground

Youngstown is shrinking, New Orleans is sinking
This town is thinking, it’s seen better days
Someone should set it all up in a blaze

Dirt needs to be dusted, tap water is rusted
Banks are busted, government cannot be trusted

Nothing to do in this old town; it don’t take long to figure out, the dead are living above the ground
The dead are living above the ground; they’re dying to get out of this old town
Track Name: Miss You
Here’s what’s on the tip of my tongue
It’s hard for me to say it
You’re not the only one

Who’s been left alone
You’ve gone without a trace
I’m left with all these moments the future can’t erase

I know you won’t get his for a while, but I miss you now, and had to let you know somehow

Pictures don’t say anything
Words are meaningless
That’s all you have to offer
I’ll take what I can get

You’ll only run away from yourself
If you don’t slow down
I probably won’t be here
When you come around

I know you won’t get his for a while, but I miss you now, and had to let you know somehow

I know you won’t get his for a while, but I miss you now, and had to let you know

We’re traveling in reverse
Each in our own universe
I’ve lost the ties that bind
And lately just don’t have the time for you

I know you won’t get his for a while, but I miss you now, and had to let you know somehow

I know you won’t get his for a while, but I miss you now, and had to let you know

I miss you now, I had to let you know somehow

I miss you, I have to let you know
Track Name: Sense Perceptions
I’m glad I woke up when I heard you call
I dreamt I was dreaming and you broke my fall
I ran from the room, acting irrational

This place was here before we arrived
The biggest mistake was our sense of pride
Time to go, no place left to hide

Sense perceptions are limited; confusion imitates reality
Modern living is primitive; existence has become a parody

I can fill a whole book with pages of words
Most of it would be completely absurd
Eventually I’ll contradict everything you’ve heard

Let’s drink ourselves to death
Smoke until we run out of breath
Ask in vain for the priest to grant our last request

Sense perceptions are limited; confusion imitates reality
Modern living is primitive; existence has become a parody

Oh oh oh oh (x3)
Oh oh oh oh (x3)

I’m glad I woke up when I heard you call
I dreamt I was dreaming and you broke my fall
Why should we talk, silence can say it all

Sense perceptions are limited; confusion imitates reality
Modern living is primitive; existence has become a parody

Sense perceptions are limited; confusion imitates reality
Modern living is primitive; existence has become a parody
Track Name: Going On
I think something is going on
I can tell something is surely wrong
I think something is going on

I do my best to not compare
I prefer to give everyone their fair share

Just when I thought it had all been heard
Now I’m hanging on your every word

I think something is going on
I can tell something is surely wrong
I think something is going on

I found myself a brand new high, you’re still on the same old low
I guess this is goodbye, at least we tried

You’ve always been a mystery
You’re no longer what you once appeared to be

I think something is going on
I can tell something is surely wrong
I think something is going on

I think something is going on
I can tell something is surely wrong
I think something is going on

Change is the only thing that remains the same
Change is the only thing, it’s really not that strange

A day apart feels like two
I’m not sure how, but I’ll pull through

I think that something is going on
I think that something is going on
I think that something is going on
I think that something is going on
Track Name: Stand Clear
Through the door another hall
Darling dear my dearest of all
Through the door another hall

Love passes time
With time love passes
Dusk to dawn and dust to ashes

Stand clear, step aside, make room
It’s gonna be happening soon

Close your eyes
Tell me what you see
Close your eyes

Caution wires, faulty lines
All of these are beautiful
Sometimes

Stand clear, step aside, make room
It’s gonna be happening soon
Stand clear, make room

Antagonize, apologize
A process we all recognize

Stand clear, step aside, make room
It’s gonna be happening soon
Stand clear, make room
Track Name: Reminder
If I say what’s on my mind, please don’t mind what I say
No such thing as wasted time, but you took up a lot of mine

All is fair in love and war, I can bend before I break
I told you more than once before, there’s just so much of this I can take

I need a reminder
I need a reminder to remember

Ice cold couch or a bed of nails, love unattended will slip off the rails
Ups and downs gave me something to do, now nothing is the same without you

I need a reminder
I need a reminder to remember

I need a reminder to remember
Find her and not to forget her

I was hoping to figure out the distance between right and wrong
But never thought twice about skipping over your favorite song

I was hoping to figure out the distance between right and wrong
Chances came and went, now they’re all gone

Be the answer to your prayer, be the rhyme in your poem
It doesn’t matter where you’ve been, as long as you come home

I need a reminder
I need a reminder to remember

I need a reminder to remember
Find her and not to forget her
Track Name: Walk First
Out of my head
Out of money
I suggest you stay out of my way

Stop and stare
If you’d care to listen
I might have a few words to say

Walk first, then run
The one thing to depend on

You get what you have and you want what you need
So little food but so many to feed

The young fall in love while the old fall asleep
Take it all now before it’s too late to keep

Walk first, then run
The one thing to depend on
Walk first, then run

What you look for has always been there
Ten directions you’ll find it everywhere
What you look for has always been there

Walk first, then run
The one thing to depend on

Walk first, then run
The one thing to depend on
Track Name: Pieces
Long distance caller from the end of the world
You can shout and holler, but why bother

The signal is faded, kids are all jaded
Mom and pop lost their shot at the house and the car

It all seems so far
They’re spending their last pennies at the corner bar

Let’s go into pieces - I seem to have forgotten your name
Let’s go into pieces - All this waste is such a shame

Don’t believe in ballads, mirror never lies
Damages we’ve done come as no surprise

A prayer to the almighty might help you slightly
There’s no quick fix for mental sobriety

Let’s go into pieces - I seem to have forgotten your name
Let’s go into pieces - All this waste is such a shame
Let’s go into pieces - We’ll put down the torch and take the blame
Let’s go into pieces – There’s nothing to lose, everything to gain

If you feel the same, we can play the game

All I want is to see you, hear your voice
If I had a choice, it would be so clear

When you’re near
There is no fear

Let’s go into pieces - I seem to have forgotten your name
Let’s go into pieces - All this waste is such a shame
Let’s go into pieces - We’ll put down the torch and take the blame
Let’s go into pieces – There’s nothing to lose, everything to gain

It’s still the same, new rules for old game
Track Name: Everything Finds A Way
All together now, the seething heart is mine
I’d like to show you how to be the loving kind

Patience wearing thin; days are short, walls close in
Can’t turn around, don’t look down

Everything finds a way back to itself

Highways, byways, roadside driveways
Another night spent hanging on the fence

Just beneath the surface of priceless and worthless
One day this will all make sense

Everything finds a way back to itself

Priceless, worthless will all make sense

Everything finds a way back to itself
Everything finds a way back to itself
Track Name: Go Home
Half the time I don’t know where I am
The other half I don’t know what to do
Waiting is fine, I can follow your plan
At least I know where I stand with you

Making time go faster
Can only result in disaster
History has taught it well
You can only serve one master

Take shelter, take heed, take all the things you need

Hypothetically speaking, you’re aesthetically pleasing, but absolutely freezing
I just wish you’d go home

I keep so busy wasting the day
So much to do, life gets in the way
My angels all left early, my devils have extended their stay
And they just won’t go away

Save money, save space, save your falling from grace

Hypothetically speaking, you’re aesthetically pleasing, but absolutely freezing
I just hate to be alone

Thoughts are always reeling; the heart takes it’s time with healing
My world moves from place to place; where ever I go, I still see her face

Making time go faster
Can only result in disaster
History has taught it well
You can only serve one master

Take shelter, take heed, take all the things you need

Hypothetically speaking, you’re aesthetically pleasing, but absolutely freezing
I just wish you’d go home, but I just hate to be alone, so I just wish you’d go home with me