Adventures In Retrospect

by Antony Rotunno

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1.
The Day 05:43
Now the day has come, the day we could never escape When I'm too far gone, and you'll go when you'd much rather stay And you're moving on, while I'm stuck in the same lonely spot And the time is right, when you leave me and I lose the plot Well I dream of a time as I've often said, when I'm flying away from fear I know in my heart and a wise man said that the truth is always near To dream a dream the night before is something I've never done before To build it up and get knocked down, you're above me and I'm so down You're over there and I'm over here, my mind has never known such fear That you'll leave me and I'll lose the plot And I'll be stuck in the same lonely spot (reprise first verse) And I'm mentally ill, I'm sinking but not a lot Just slightly mentally ill, but i'm going to stop But to turn back the clock, is an impossibility Yes, to turn back the clock is beyond our ability I dream of a time as I've often said, when I'm flying away from fear And I know that the heart of a wise man says that the truth is always near
2.
Sometimes in the evening light There's a touch of night in the sun's bright rays Daydreams long out of touch Replacement thoughts of nonesuch Sitting in the whistle stop cafe I know the reasons why it goes that way And I know the reasons why I never stay I know the reasons why I wrote 'The Day' But I can't get my head round All the love in my heart and the hate in my eyes The fear in my soul and my sympathetic eyes I get myself together and I think of whether I could really go out and do the things I can do .................................... But then it's gone, the faces are gone They're gone in a second, just disappear, they disappear Sometimes she's the greatest star, sometimes not even there But who's the real one, to think I don't even dare Another lie is told as my brain begins to strain I've wasted so much time on so many things I can't explain Leaving the room, done it so many times before Space out of mind, I hate this rug-infested floor The shadows fall, no one to call Bears the heel to spin, do it one more time again Sometimes in the early dawn When you've rolled along With stars on display Transient beams skip the rails As the caffeine fails In the whistle stop cafe How many chances will I get? How many times can she forget? Until it’s gone In the whistle-stop cafe
3.
Hard Road 03:27
Well If you're gonna catch me, you better make it quick 'Cause if there's one thing I hate, it's people who stick To the same little plans that they've got in life Which is to watch it go by and never try to do anything else 'Cause it's gonna be a hard, hard road And when you don't feel alright I'll be looking down at you And laughing hard at your sorry plight (And you'll be sorry you didn't fight) So you better move on to where it's really at 'Cause the word is greed and I'm telling you that In this time of hypocrisy You don't get nothing but ministries You've got a hard, hard road And when you don't feel alright I'll be looking down at you And you'll be sorry you didn't fight You know you make up, wake up, take up, go to school You're really nothing special and you never play the fool You're taking each day like it really ain't coming You're gonna meet people, keep the people, keep the same going But you really can't stand it 'cause you're just not knowing And now you're in heaven, and now seventh heaven
4.
People are life, are your wife People are grunts, back to front people are dreams, or so it seems And I can't take them right now Can't get out of my bed There's a thought crime running through my head Can't take these rules and people are fools Who believe what they read and believe what they see Believe what they see on the tv Opinions are like IPhones, everybody's got one And narcissists are like broken hearts, everybody knows one Wipe them out, wipe them out of my mind 'Cause I can't take them right now Believe what you read and believe what you see Believe what you see on the tv Don't believe them and don't believe me, I'm a tool Line them up and school them, give them the tools and they'll use them Line them up and school them, or give me a gun and i'll shoot them Most people are nice, fundamentally nice Believe in left and right, believe it's wrong to fight But they're still tools Rubber-stamped fake news A stain on your shoes And I can't take them right now Line them up and school them, give them the tools and they'll use them Line them up and school them, or give me a gun and i'll shoot them Are the schools shitting out fools who believe what they read and believe what they see Don't believe them and don't believe me, I'm a tool i'm your changes of mood, i'm a drug in your food Can't get out of my head There's a thought crime running through my head Can't take these rules and people are fools but I need them I desperately need them
5.
6.
We had many conversations Talked of many things I broke your concentration And you made me sing We sat watching the wind blow We sat out in the park Saying all the sad things That we kept in the dark We knew our time was limited To the time it took to cry I knew that you'd be leaving And it was all one long goodbye Oh, where you goin'? In all that rain We always felt together But we never felt the same 3 days is all i have to get my thoughts together 3 days is all i need, 3 days and change 3 days is all i need and all you need is me But you cannot see Well nothing's doing And everything has been done You never listened to me Now everything's gone wrong We had many conversations Talked of many things I broke your concentration And you wanted me to sing Olivia, so young and sweet and free Olivia, got a better tan than me Step forward to the future I believe in you, believe in me 3 days is all we have to get ourselves together 3 days is all we need, 3 days and change One life is all i need and all you need is me But you cannot see That it's really me
7.
Beside You 03:48
She left by the same door she always used, she didn't like being seen She got in the car with her junkie son, they made an invincible team And with her hair in pigtails everybody thought she was clean Pray for more rain, i can't stand the sun, I'm tired of sitting around I went and looked for a friend in need and you are all that i found It's taken 7 years but i think your feet are back on the ground Fall back on your bottle, it won't hurt when your face is numb You can fall into your stupor now the work is done I find it doesn't thrill me the same way that it does for some Paint another smile on, it covers the emotional scars I hope you remember how to lie when people ask you how you are Look forward to the future, you never know we could go far Stay clear of reality, it only interferes with our plans you can always talk to me, i'm a last resort but talk if you can i don't know how you're feeling but i think that i could understand So much for your heroes, they disappear as soon as you call I hope you remember where i am, next time you fall I'm staying right beside you, i'm your friend you owe me nothing at all
8.
City Blues 04:46
I'm in the city, struggling to find my feet Moving through the train cars, where'd you find a seat? Well save me from my stupor, and let's get a bite to eat I came here last week, with all my dreams intact Bought a one-way ticket, intending to never go back Just like Joe Buck and his radio, going round and round the track Well if you see a space, please go and take it for me I've got a mean head, of all this noise I'd give my life to be free And shake, shake, shake me from my compounded misery (that's why I came here) I'm eating something tasty, strictly nutrition-free It's going down a storm, all seems fine to me But inside my guts are suffering, might need a pill or 3 Well get out of my way, I've got things to do and people to see Moving at breakneck speed, got no time to look around and see Well nature is fine but I've got a concrete cage and endless coffee (well, we all need a drug) City blues, ohhhhh, city blues So much life here, can't find a way to choose Well the clouds are turning rainy, seeps right down to my shoes (they're made in China) I've had enough of this madness, hearing voices from home Come back soon son, you can't leave us here all alone So like Joe I'm gonna find a job, put on a suit, be normal, skim some stones Nooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!
9.
This city, everywhere I go, I see faces I know All in their different zones As we're flying through this world underground And my eyes are wide shut, I'm not hearing a sound Time standing still Surrounded by sad hearts unfulfilled Empty places for the disenchanted Pass and fade away Distant dreams, distant dreams As they echo, echo, echo, in my head Distant dreams, distant dreams As I'm falling out of time I still have distant dreams here in my mind Faces distorted by pressure Everyone forced together, spilling out through the doors No more spaces, it's a dog-eat-dog world And a mad free-for-all, maybe room for one more Time standing still Surrounded by sad hearts unfulfilled Empty places for the disenchanted, pass and fade away Distant dreams, distant dreams As they echo, echo, echo, in my head Distant dreams, distant dreams As I'm falling out of time I still have distant dreams here in my mind
10.
Life Goes On 04:28
Life goes on dear, please be strong dear....
11.
So I rolled a fat one to take away my fears But all it did was make me feel like I don't need a beer It transferred my paranoia And split my selves apart I hit the wall, dropped the ball I was right back at the start

about

Thank you for listening to and/or buying this album

The production was quite an unusual one. Following the completion of my first album, 'Butterfly Dreams', we started working on an acoustic EP of 5 songs in October 2016, using cajon along with acoustic guitars and minimal percussion.

In February this year I met and began rehearsing with drummer Ernesto Pestana and soon the plan was hatched for him to overdub drums onto some of the cajon songs (which he did very impressively) and for me to put together some song fragments into finished songs as well as writing brand new material. In this, I was greatly aided by my main musical cohorts Kester Jones and David Ernsberger.

As had happened last year, the new songs were honed through being performed live throughout the period of recording by my musical project known as 'The Backfield Plan', now including Ernesto.

Aside from the aforementioned, I also called on the services of many other fantastic musician friends, most of them members of the woefully untapped expat music scene in Madrid, namely:
Bruno Ragone, Julianne Athon, Mike Ursin, James Jarman, Ines Faneka, Andrea Assandro, Victoria Rose, Padraig O'Connor, Maria Martin and Hugh Kearns (FULL CREDITS BELOW)

So there you have it, truly a labour of love and the product of much musical effort

Payment for this album is of course not obligatory but if you like it, I would ask that you share it with others

Released December 16th 2017

Produced, mixed and mastered by Kester Jones at Alcala Studios, Madrid
Album artwork by Ines Faneka
Photo Credit: Claudia Romeo



SONG CREDITS

THE DAY
Antony Rotunno- elec rhythm/lead gtr, mellotron, vocals 
Kester Jones- elec lead gtr, bass, hammond organ 
David Ernsberger- acou gtr, backing vocals 
Ernesto Pestana- drums 
Jarman- backing vocals 
Bruno Ragone- percussion

WHISTLE-STOP CAFE
Antony Rotunno- acou gtr, bass, vocals 
Kester Jones- elec piano, elec gtr, spanish gtr 
David Ernsberger- harmonica, backing vocals 
Ernesto Pestana- drums 
Bruno Ragone- percussion

HARD ROAD
Antony Rotunno- acou gtr, piano, percussion, vocals 
Kester Jones- acou slide gtr, bass, percussion, backing vocals 
David Ernsberger- harmonica, backing vocals 
Andrea Assandro- cajon

THE FOOLS GUIDE
Antony Rotunno- acou gtr, elec rhythm gtr, piano, vocals 
Kester Jones- elec lead gtr, hammond organ, zither 
David Ernsberger- backing vocals 
Ernesto Pestana- drums 
Julianne Athon- accordion, backing vocals 
Jarman- backing vocals 
Mike Ursin- bass 
Bruno Ragone- percussion

NEW WORLD
Antony Rotunno- spanish gtr, elec gtr, bass, vocals 
Kester Jones- elec lead gtr, organ 
Julianne Athon- backing vocals 
Ernesto Pestana- drums

CONVERSATIONS
Antony Rotunno- acou gtr, percussion, vocals 
Kester Jones- acou bass, piano, percussion, backing vocals 
David Ernsberger- harmonica
Victoria Rose- backing vocals 

BESIDE YOU
Antony Rotunno- acou gtr, acou bass, organ, percussion, vocals 
Kester Jones- acou lead gtr, ukelele, percussion 
Padraig O'Connor- backing vocals 
Andrea Assandro- cajon

CITY BLUES
Antony Rotunno- elec gtr, vocals 
Kester Jones- hammond organ, elec gtr 
Mike Ursin- bass 
Ernesto Pestana- drums 
Hugh Kearns- harmonica 
Ines Faneka- backing vocals

DISTANT DREAMS
Antony Rotunno- acou/spanish gtr, backing vocals 
Kester Jones- elec gtr, bass, piano 
Julianne Athon- vocals 
Ernesto Pestana- drums

LIFE GOES ON
Antony Rotunno- acou/spanish gtr, bass, piano, vocals 
Kester Jones- organ, glockenspiel
Inés Faneka- backing vocals
María Martín- violin, backing vocals
Bruno Ragone- cajon, percussion

ROLL HER UP
Antony Rotunno- acou gtr, vocals 
David Ernsberger- backing vocals, harmonica 
Kester Jones- acou lead gtr 
Bruno Ragone- cajon, percussion 
Victoria Rose- backing vocals

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released December 16, 2017

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