Big Thoughts in a Small Place

by Dan Florio

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released December 27, 2012

Dan Florio - Guitar, vocals, bass, mandolin, banjo, keyboard, djembe
Nick Powell - Drums, percussion
Mike Camacho - Drums (Passerby)

Music by Dan Florio. Recorded at Moose Track Productions and A Secret Place Studio. Recording engineers: Nick Powell, Mike Ditrio. Mixing engineer: Nick Powell. Master engineer: Nick Powell. Cover design by Dan Florio and Mike Liu. Photos by Mike Liu.

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Track Name: Clear as Day
Sometimes it's as clear as day
A story that unfolds
Like a manuscript, where every bit
Has something to be told

Like those quiet nights where everybody stares at the sky
Just like those quiet nights where no one really cares

And the melody, it sings to me
Like a mother to a son
And those deeper thoughts come crawling out
To the tip of my tongue

So I'm talking but I just don't understand
So I guess I'll just keep acting like I don't know who I am

La de da...

Just move on, there's nothing to see
Just a light summer breeze
In a field where we all go to dream

And spend those quiet nights where everybody stares at the sky
Just like those quiet nights where no one really cares

And the melody, it sings to me
Like a mother to a son
And those deeper thoughts come crawling out
To the tip of my tongue

So I'm talking but I just don't understand
I'm trying but I just don't understand
Yeah, I'm listening but I still don't understand
So I guess I'll just keep acting like I don't know who I am

La de da...
Track Name: Passerby
A street lamp hangs steady in the night
Showing images of a passerby
Your heart is racing you cannot breathe at all
Your imagination is running wild

Calm down, bring it down
To reality, to the ground
We've made it out
Now we're staring down the road
As time moves by we'll take it slow

Your shadow covers the air that we breathe
Making it hard to focus and hard to see
This has happened more than once before
You're panicking, can't take it anymore

Calm down, bring it down
To reality, to the ground
We've made it out
Now we're staring down the road
As time moves by we'll take it slow

Why are we so scared of moving along?
Why are we so scared that we don't belong here?

Calm down, bring it down
To reality, to the ground
We've made it out
Now we're staring down the road
As time moves by we'll take it slow
Track Name: Jessamine & Park
I lived by a busy road
A duplex with white-framed windows
Two blocks from the grocery store
It was great but I wanted more
Just wanted more

That year I turned twenty-one
My new life had just begun
But I sat quietly as the hours fled
Alone to think about what she said
Of what she said

Hiding away
Just for another day
Waiting to start
At the corner of Jessamine and Park

The living room was blank and torn
With a broken light and a splintered floor
And all that time I planned to fix things up
But intentions are not enough
They're not enough

Hiding away
Just for another day
Waiting to start
At the corner of Jessamine and Park

Hopelessly, so hopelessly distracted now
I'm fading out
Anxiously, so anxiously I wait around
Nothing left but wondering
I wonder if it's over now
And I've missed out
She was mine, oh she was mine
But no, not now
And I'm left on my own

I'm on my own, it's so sinister
You know how much I wanted her
Oh, now I can't get through to her
Do you know how much I wanted her?
Track Name: Brush it Off to the Wind
A sense of distress could be felt in the silence
When the conversation had stopped
And you walked away

The ticking time bomb that waited for no one
Made chaos in a beautiful way
So you won't understand

And just like the fire
That burnt itself out
Miles away from the sea
You won't even notice
You won't even remember me

But just so you know
I'm over here
I'm waiting near
That old meeting spot at the pier
And I'll give back the time
That I took when I called you mine
Just because I know

That just like the fire
That burnt itself out
Miles away from the sea
You won't even notice
You won't even remember me

So long my friend
I know that we'll meet again
I just thought it would never end
But I guess I shouldn't pretend

Just so you know
I'm over here
I'm waiting near
That old meeting spot at the pier
And I'll give back the time
That I took when I called you mine
Just because I know

That just like the fire
That burnt itself out
Miles away from the sea
You won't even notice
You won't even remember me
Track Name: So Sophisticated
We were interested in singing, stealing, laughing, lounging
'Round the center square that we called home
The tattered pavement passed by underneath our feet
As we pretended that we knew which way to go

But we didn't have a focus or a plan
Yet still we knew we'd always get there in the end
You were so laid back and proud
Why are you so sophisticated now?

There came a time when you seemed empty, vacant, void of energy
Your motivation gone to hell
I took your hand and tried to pull you to your feet
And take you out from the comfort of your shell

But you wouldn't go, your indecision showed
And silence fell upon you all too easily
You were so adventurous and proud
Why are you so sophisticated now?

Now you're always sick or something, tired, aching, other things to do
New excuses by the hour
You don't have time for me or for breaking bottles on the walls
Of some abandoned railway signal tower

We used to drive past all the warning signs
And jump right into raging rivers willingly
You were so beautiful and proud
Why are you so sophisticated now?
Track Name: Letter and a Brick
She heard the window shatter
As a brick came crashing through
Tied to it was a letter
At the end it read "I love you"

She looked out to the terrain
Just to see the leaving train
As her heart screamed out in pain

But still the wind whistled
And taunted her with black smoke
From the engine that carried him away

Ten years had gone behind her
Days crawled by and seasons moved
The fading memories were
All too hard to see and so few

There were flowers in her hands
She picked for another man
Thinking all had gone as planned

But still the wind whistled
And taunted her with black smoke
From the engine that carried him away

Wasn't ready for a change
It was too soon
Try as she might, she couldn't shake
The thought of when he left
That foggy afternoon

And still the wind whistled
And taunted her with black smoke
From the engine that carried him away
Track Name: Abysmal Attitude
By a river with a haunting glow
I move silently beside it as it flows
With black bruises and a fractured soul
I'll follow it, I'll follow it back home

But it goes on too far
Move along, move along, move along

Through the bushes, just to my side
There's a thousand foot drop in the mountain where it divides
But it's only ten feet wide
I think it's worth, I think it's worth a try

I make a landing on
The other side, other side, other side

And what do I find?
A new river flowing
The water, it shines
The current is slowing
And up in the sky
The sunlight is growing
Now suddenly I
Forget where I'm going

Is this the right way back?
I don't know, I don't know, I don't know

But I'm okay with that
So it goes, so it goes, so it goes