We All Looked Up: The Album

by Tommy Wallach

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This is the companion album to the novel "We All Looked Up," available from Simon & Schuster.

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released March 16, 2015

All Songs by Tommy Wallach
Produced by Lazar
Recorded at The Bunker Studio, Brooklyn, NY
Additional Engineering by Cedar Apffel at Alligator Lady Studio
Mixed by Ethan West at Color Study Studios
Mastered by Joe Lambert at Joe Lambert Mastering
Tommy Wallach: Vocals, Piano, Wurlitzer, Organs, Acoustic Guitar
Benjamin Lazar Davis: Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Moog
Alec Spiegelman: Saxophones, Clarinets, Flutes
Joan Wasser: Violins
Joanna Mattrey: Additional Violins
Ambyr D'Amato: Backing Vocals
© 2015, Tired Cliché Records

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Tommy is a writer and musician currently living in Brooklyn, NY. His songs have over half a million views on YouTube, and he's performed at the Guggenheim Museum and other neat places. "I Meant It To Be Sweet" (Rude Fox Records) is his first album since his 2008 self-titled EP (Decca/Universal Records). His first novel "We All Looked Up" will be published by Simon & Schuster in April 2015 ... more

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Track Name: A Natural Disaster
There is fiery death
Raining down from the sky
And before it lands
You must ask yourself why
Was it because you lied?
Was it because you stole?
Was it because you lost
All your self control
No…

This is just a natural disaster
Oh won’t you kiss me make my heart beat faster, faster, faster
It can’t handle the load
And it might explode

So here comes fiery death
Raining down from the sky
When we all look up
We see that twinkle in its eye
It says that we deserve
What it has in store
Says we brought it on ourselves
For being so self-absorbed
Oh no, no, no…

This is just a natural disaster
Oh won’t you kiss me make my heart beat faster, faster, faster
It can’t handle the load
And it might explode
Oh and it might explode
And it might explode

(Oooo…ooo…ooo…
Oooo…ooo…ooo…)

Watching as the world falls down
Only love can save us now
If even love can save us now
If even love can save us now (x2)

It might explode...

This is just a natural disaster
Oh won’t you kiss me make my heart beat faster, faster, faster
It can’t handle the load
And it might explode

We all looked up to see that ball of fiery death
(This is just a natural disaster)
We all looked up to see that ball of fiery death
(This is just a natural disaster)
We all looked up to see that ball of fiery death
Come crashing down
Track Name: Countdown
(Ten, nine, eight, seven, sev-sev-sev-seven…
Ten, nine, eight, seven, sev-sev-sev-seven…)

You say goodbye
As a matter of course
Do you think love
Is some infinite resource?
Go in for the kill
Cause fresh blood is easy to find
And easier still to spill

You crashed into me
Like a meteor
Your heavenly body
Creeping in through hell’s back door
You offered the moon
So where’s my fucking moon?

Oh it’s a countdown now how much you wanna bet?
How many lovers do you think you’re gonna get?
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
And you’re on your own

(Ten, nine, eight, seven, sev-sev-sev-seven…)

Boy I’ll admit
That you did a number on me
But give it some time
Cause I’ve got your number you see
You fill your cup
It won’t be long until your number’s up

Oh it’s a countdown now how much you wanna bet?
How many lovers do you think you’re gonna get?
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
And you’re on your own

Oh it’s a countdown now how much you wanna bet?
How many lovers do you think you’re gonna get?
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
And you’re on your own
Yeah you’re on your own

(Ten, nine, eight, seven, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one…)
This is ground control to Major Tommy
Track Name: No Stars
If I could give you forever
I’d love to give you forever
But I cannot give you forever
No one can

And if I could tell you your purpose
I’d love to tell you your purpose
But I cannot give you your purpose
I’m just a man

No stars, no moon, no sun
No empty words about some only one
All that I have is this beat inside my chest
I cannot give you the rest

If I could answer your questions
I’d gladly answer your questions
But I cannot answer your questions
Or my own

And if I could swallow your sadness
Fill all your long days with gladness
Oh I would, but to ask would be madness
Me all alone

No moon, no sun, no stars
No springtimes spent on Jupiter and Mars
All that I have is this scrap of life to live
What more would you have me give?

No promises
No vow, no ring
Cause every promise made
Is a debt that must be paid
And you don't owe me anything

No sun, no stars, no moon
No honeyed words, no sentimental tune
All that I want is this beat inside your chest
The best that you can do
To spend some fraction of this disappearing night with you

But no stars, no moon, no sun...
Track Name: Bad Bad People
Here’s the church
And here’s the steeple
Open it up and see all the bad people
Doing bad, bad things to each other
Bad things to their friends, to their lovers

And look at you
Ms. Independence
Once a victim, now you get your vengeance
On the bad, bad people
Who did a bad, bad thing
Oh…

Oh, you’re a devil, woman
Oh, I’m a fucking saint
Yes, it’s a simplistic position
Oh, is nothing sacred
Oh, is nothing safe
You say you didn’t sign up for an inquisition

But where were you?
And where was he?
What did you do and what did he get to see?
He saw a bad, bad woman
Who did a bad, bad thing

And did you like it?
Did he get his?
Did no one tell you what true love is?
It's not a couple good hours
Making a bad man sing
Oh...

Oh, you’re a devil, woman
Oh, I’m a fucking saint
Yes, it’s a simplistic position
Oh, is nothing sacred
Oh, is nothing safe
You say that you resent the opposition

But if there’s no such thing as bad
How else explain what people to do?
And now you’re stomping on my dreams
My love sometimes it seems
There’s nothing bad except for you

Oh, you’re a devil woman
Oh, I’m a fucking saint
Yes, it’s a simplistic position
Oh, is nothing sacred
Oh, is nothing safe
You say I’ve got a morbid disposition

But here’s the church
And here’s the steeple
Open it up
And see all the bad people
Track Name: I Will Watch
The way that I love you, I will never love another
Not a friend, not a soul, not a brother
The way that I love you...is pure

And I watch you from afar
Like an astronomer who’s watching the stars
You make me feel so insignificant
Nothing I do makes any difference

And I will watch another man make love to you
Just to feel close, just to feel close, just to feel close to you
Oooo, Oooo (x4)

And I follow you home, with that man by your side
He says you shouldn’t walk alone, he says I’ll give you a ride
And now you’re pushing him up against the alleyway wall
And I stand in the darkness, I don’t say nothing at all

And I will watch another man make love to you
Just to feel close, just to feel close, just to feel close to you
Oooo, Oooo (x4)

And I will transform into something I’m not
I will put on a show for you, if it’s a show that you want
And now you’re pushing me up against the alleyway wall
I told you I could take it, but I didn’t know you’d take me all

And I will watch another man make love to you
Just to feel close, just to feel close, just to feel close to you
Oooo, Oooo (x4)
Track Name: Bloodless Love
There’s no such thing
As a bloodless love
If there’s no blood
Then, babe, it’s a dud
Oh, babe, it’s a dud
Oooo

If somebody told you
He was winning a war
Without even fighting
That’s like lightning striking
No clouds in the sky
Oooo

So open a vein
And Lord let it rain
Open a vein
And Lord let it rain
You can’t have no pleasure
Without a little pain

You can board up your windows
You can lock all your doors
So no one can hurt you
Betray you, desert you
Get near you at all
Oooo

You can live in a tower
If you’re scared of the flood
But no one can love you
Or hell even touch you
If you’re scared of your blood
Oooo

So open a vein
And Lord let it rain
Open a vein
And Lord let it rain
You can’t have no pleasure
Without a little pain

Now you wanna complain
That somebody broke your heart
But you should just be glad
He didn’t tear your whole world apart
You wanna let that healing start?
Here’s how to let that healing start

You open a vein
And Lord let it rain
Open a vein
And Lord let it rain
You can’t have no pleasure
Without a little pain

So you open a vein
So oh oh oh

Cause there’s no such thing
As a bloodless love
Track Name: Photographer, I Love the Painter
Photographer, I love the painter
She doesn’t paint me as I am
She loves me better, loves me better than you

Photographer, I am so ugly
She paints me in fields of light
She loves me better, loves me better than you

Don’t see me as I am
Don’t see me as I am
See me as I try to be
I am a monster

Don’t see me as I am
Don’t see me as I am
See me as I try to be
I am a field of light

Photographer, I love the painter
She doesn’t paint me as I am
She sees me better, sees me better than light
Track Name: Seduce Me
It’s getting late now
Our friends are almost gone
We’ll be alone soon
I still don’t know what you want
You could drop me with a feather
Just don’t let me be
Let’s call a truce
Tonight, why don’t you seduce me?

I touched your hand there
As if by chance
I pulled your chair out
Asked you to dance
No more hide and seek now
No more wait and see
No more fast and loose
Tonight, why don’t you seduce me?

We’re standing close now
Outside the bar
It’d be a shame, love
To get this far
And not to chance it
I’ve waited patiently
No more bittersweet abuse
Tonight, why don’t you seduce me?
Track Name: Save It
Take all your dreams
And all of your wishes
All of your hugs
And all of your kisses
Want you to save ‘em
Save ‘em for someone who wants ‘em

All of your pasts
And all of your futures
All of your wounds
And all of your sutures
Want you to save ‘em
Save ‘em for someone who wants ‘em

And if you want a heart full of love
Well this one is busy pumping blood
This beat is what keeps me from dying
So if you’ve got some heartache to hock
Well baby there’s a pawn shop down the block
Get out of here; nobody’s buying

You take all your hopes
All your expectations
All of your lies
And all your reparations
Want you to save ‘em
Save ‘em for someone who wants ‘em

And all your ex-lovers
And all of your friends
All of your maybes
And all your depends
Want you to save ‘em
Save ‘em for someone who wants ‘em

And if you want a warm hand to hold
Well this one is clammy and cold
From tears that I shed over felons
Who offer that old bait and switch
Who offer you love and then, son of a bitch
You find out it’s just pain that they’re sellin’

So take all your cries
And all of your clinging
All of your songs
And all of your singing
Want you to save it
Save it for someone who wants it
Yeah
Track Name: Madeline
Madeline, please tell your sister
Tell her I’ll miss her
But I had to go

Madeline, tell her I love her
But please don’t tell her
What she shouldn’t have to know

How I fell in love with you
How my heart was seldom true
Just say I’ve gone across the sea
Then, Madeline, come find me

Madeline, you’ll hear her heart break
But please for her sake
You must stay strong

Madeline, you’ll hear her weeping
But if you weaken
Think of this song

How I fell in love with you
How my heart was seldom true
Then say I’ve gone across the sea
Oh, Madeline, come find...

And the day will come when she must learn the truth
And she’ll rail at how I stole away your youth
Then she’ll sail across the sea to find me with you
She’ll ask why
I’ll reply
That she reminded me of you

She was just your age
The very same stage
So soft, so pure

Madeline, I was a boy then
I had a sickness
You are my cure

How I fell in love with you
How my heart was finally true
When you’ve washed away her tears
Come sail across the sea
Oh, Madeline, there I’ll be