Paper Window

by Jeff Pianki

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Paper Window is a collection of songs written with the intent of exploring memories. Some are mine, some are hers, some are yours. The songs all mean a whole lot to me, and were recorded in my bedroom in the last half of 2010.

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released December 15, 2010

All music and lyrics by Jeff Pianki, except for the Cello on "This Town", which was arranged, played, and recorded by Noah Capurso.

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Track Name: Missing Parts
It's been ten years
And I've got my new set of scars
From broken hearts and broken arms
From chasing after where you are

I've cried a couple tears
Been taking everything too far
And running around in the dark
Trying to finish what I couldn't start

So who's gonna love you now
That gravity brought you down
Now that I'm not around
Who's gonna love you now?

This is where you disappear
After playing all your favorite cards
A father, but just on my charts
You leave before it gets too hard

So what are you doing here
When everyone is at the bar
Filling in the missing parts
And here we are

So who's gonna love you now
That gravity brought you down
Now that I'm not around
Who's gonna love you now?
Track Name: Paper Window Dreams
Last Night I could not sleep
I thought about what you said to me
How memories are hollow seeds
Planting paper window dreams

And now I know just what that means
Most things don't last and love can leave
And if we hold on to these memories
Of broken bonds that could not be

Framed in paper window dreams

I remember christmas eve
When I got sick and could not breathe
Frosted windows and chattered teeth
A helpless heart stuck on a sleeve

Framed in paper window dreams

Everyone I've ever met
Has felt something I haven't yet
A cause, a cure, a deep regret
A face, a fear they can't forget

So now I know just what that means
Most things don't last and love can leave
And if we hold on to these memories
Of broken hands that could not be

Framed in paper window dreams
Track Name: On Forgetting
I forget more every day
All the names I can't put to a face
And memories of a certain place
Blurred in a curtain of haze until the moment strays

Try to picture when the days were long
An image of the setting sun
The darkness right before the dawn
Keep calling on the morning but it never comes
until the moment is gone


So this is how a moment ends
Recall and then forget again
The images all twist and bend
Recall and then forget again
Track Name: New York Or Here
Love will surround you my dear
In the autumn or spring
In New York or here
No matter how cold or distant some days may appear
Just know love is all around you my dear

And memories will fade away
The rainstorms in April might last into May
Though your head will grow tired and full of dismay
The love that surrounds you will stay

Love will surround you my dear
In the autumn or spring
In New York or here
No matter how cold or distant some days may appear
Just know love is all around you my dear
Track Name: This Town
I still remember this town
Though it's been years since I've been around
All the stores boarded up, changed names or burnt down
But I still remember this town

I still remember the storms
The fireplace burned just to keep our house warm
How we all felt so brave when we were misinformed
But I still remember the storms

I haven't forgotten this street
The burning, cracked blacktop beneath my bare feet
Through unbearable winters and covered concrete
I haven't forgotten this street

I haven't forgotten your face
So many memories time couldn't erase
And an old picture book holds each one just in case
But I haven't forgotten your face

I still can't remember my dreams
But recall you telling me yours frequently
And wishing I could pull one out of my sleeve
But I still can't remember my dreams

But I still remember this town
Rusted old streetlights and snow on the ground
Though the home I once knew is not the home that I've found
I still remember this town.
Track Name: Old Habits
Four days and a call that didn't come through
Cold air and a love that never grew

So why'd you keep me around?
why'd you keep me around?
Just stumbling in the dark, dear
Just stumbling in the dark

Four months and a man walks up to you
Forget every lie, just tell the truth

Why'd you keep him around?
why'd you keep him around?
Just stumbling in the dark, dear
Just stumbling in the dark

Four years and a new man falls for you
So why fight it when you think you might love him too?

Old habits die hard or never do
Keep lying 'till they all catch up to you

But you should keep him around
You should keep him around
Don't throw him in the dark, dear
Don't throw him in the dark