Aftershocks

by bluefront

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1.
High Time 04:06
Come a little closer Let me be very clear I’ve got something to tell you that you might not want to hear It’s now or never Do or die Your kryptonite won’t work this time so go ahead and cry   It’s high time we get this right And it’s high time if not tonight Then it’s all been in vain and I’m losing this game It’s high time   I’m tired of spinning in circles To catch a glimpse of you Just because you say it girl now that don’t make it true Take yes for an answer Take me at my word Well that’s the sound of the clock ticking in case you haven’t heard   It’s high time we get this right And it’s high time if not tonight Then it’s all been in vain and I’m losing this game It’s high time Those three words                   The ones you care so much about Will cost you more               Than you can ever live without If you don’t find                 A way to make it all ring true I will not       I cannot           Face another minute with you   So that’s my story No more benefit of the doubt It’s all up to you now So tell me     How     It works out It’s high time we get this right And it’s high time if not tonight Well it’s high time It’s high time.
2.
Your Letter 04:56
Staring as the credits roll Knowing the music will take its toll Thinking my mind should know better And it takes me back To the night That I wrote Your letter Should have sent it on its way Would have changed the world that day Could have played it so much better And it takes me back To the night That I wrote Your letter That I wrote Your letter Somewhere out in the afterglow There’s a face that I’ll never know Somewhere out in the afterglow There’s a face that I’ll never know Still staring but the words are gone Reaching for a way to hold on Wishing the stars lined up better And it takes me back To the night That I wrote Your letter That I wrote your letter That I wrote your letter
3.
Aftershocks 04:15
Could you believe In something you can’t see Or in a time Where the edges aren’t as sharp as they used to be I’ve grown tired of this rusted armor Worn down by the constant stain it leaves behind Still the aftershocks take their toll long after the reason’s gone They grab hold Never let go They taunt you Then haunt you Until the next comes along Could you find a bridge To the other side of the price you paid Or to solid ground Where the beginning doesn’t seem so far away I’ve grown tired of this rusted armor Worn down by the constant stain it leaves behind Still the aftershocks take their toll long after the reason’s gone They grab hold Never let go They taunt you Then haunt you And now it’s Gas on fire But the stakes are higher Here’s that rainy day Show me what you’ve saved Here’s that rainy day Show me what you’ve saved Here’s that rainy day Show me what you’ve saved So here’s that rainy day Come on now show me what you’ve saved Still the aftershocks take their toll long after the reason’s gone
4.
A know-it-all better with the dish than the take Who only listens when it’s much too late Been around enough I’ve seen a thing or two You point one at me there’s three right back at you Keep your powder dry Look me in the eye This may hurt so please remember I’m just the messenger You’re peddling snake oil to a party of one With each headless nail you can’t see what you’ve done Keep your powder dry Look me in the eye This may hurt so please remember I’m just the messenger Erased it all not how you planned It’s the part you’ll find hard to understand So let the light of the keyhole Take your hand You won’t think about it this day could be your best But you won’t think about it and it could be worse than all the rest All the rest Keep your powder dry Look me in the eye This may hurt so please remember I’m just the messenger I’m just the messenger
5.
It always starts with the Best intentions Until you find they’re just Your inventions Your white knuckles Let slip on by So you pretend Now that you’ve come to the end of The lie You stir your cocktail of Expectations But now your head aches with Resignation To the bedrock You sold but couldn’t buy So you pretend Now that you've come to the end of The lie The key You hold Wasn’t meant For this place Look around Its written All over Your face It’s written All over Your face You turn the page on the Next December How many must pass ‘till You can’t remember All the things That turned to waive goodbye So you pretend Now that you’ve come to the end of The lie
6.
Can you help me       I think I just woke up from a dream She was there But out of reach and not quite as she seems   One in a million More like a million to one Never mind it doesn’t matter she was never really here to be Gone   All my hopes Wilt with the flowers in her hand And all those changes Well I look around but I’m right back here where I stand   One in a million More like a million to one Never mind it doesn’t matter she was never really here to be Gone Well maybe I had it coming I put it her hands Maybe I had it coming I believed again Maybe I had it coming I looked passed every warning Maybe I had it coming to me   One in a million More like a million to one Well ever mind it doesn’t matter she was never really here to be Gone Can you help me          Can you help me please                  Can you help me        I think I just woke up from a dream
7.
Hello it’s me again Hello it’s your long lost lonely friend And I’ve come to see this to the end I still see your face when you said I’d make you cry Right before you turned around to say goodbye Without the hint of a reason why Do you remember What I can’t seem to forget Sometimes when it’s over It’s not over yet Am I throwing good time after bad A devil’s bargain if ever one was had Indecision it’s driving me mad I hear it’s only brightest when it’s dark Is the tunnel ending or is that the last vestige of a spark It’s sure to leave a mark Do you remember What I can’t seem to forget Sometimes when it’s over It’s not over yet Drunk on the lies that get me through the day Keep telling myself I’ll find that place Sixes and sevens I pray to the heavens but it just won’t go away Do you remember What I can’t seem to forget Sometimes when it’s over It’s not over yet

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“Alan Zreczny is a force to be reckoned with, draping innovative chords and strumming with narrative poems that can swell from breathy intimacy to epic grandeur, often within the same tune." Radio One Chicago Local Music Radio

Alan Zreczny’s songs are narrative poems set to spirited melodies, which he performs on the guitar and piano, solo and with his band bluefront. Aftershocks is bluefront’s second release, a journey into the reverberation of emotional aftershocks in shimmering melodies and instrumentation.

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released May 23, 2019

On CD and pressed on vinyl by Chicago’s very own Smashed Plastic. Recorded at Electrical Audio, mixed at Garden View Sound Studio by Scott Steinman for Studiomedia Recording. Mastered by Matthew Barnhart at Chicago Mastering.

bluefront is Alan Zreczny, Jason Steele, guitar, Nick Kabat, drums, Mark Burns, bass.

Band photo by Brian Kabat

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Alan Zreczny’s songs are narrative poems set to spirited melodies, which he performs on the guitar and piano, solo and with his band bluefront.


Aftershocks is bluefront’s second release, a journey into the reverberation of emotional aftershocks in shimmering instrumentation.
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