Rise & Shine

by Scott Gagner

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A soothing Sunday morning record after a long Saturday night.

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released 23 January 2014

Produced: Scott Gagner
Recorded & Mixed: JJ Wiesler, Decibelle Recording, SF, CA
Additional Recording: Drew Zajicek, Decibelle; Ken Stringfellow, Crackle & Pop, SE, WA; SG, Midwife Studios, SF, CA
Mastered: Michael Romanowski

Musicians: Arnie Kim: Guitars / Jason Slota: Drums / Rob Shelton: Keyboards / Mark Anthony Calderon: Bass / Ken Stringfellow: Vocals, Piano, Bass, Vibraphone / Mark Clifford: Vibraphone, Keyboards / Jamie Riotto: Bass / Rob Dehlinger: Trumpet, Flugelhorn / Jessie Bryan: Vocals / Jon Chi: Lap Steel / Courtney Browne: Vocals, Cello / Alisa Rose: Violin / Scott Gagner: Vocals, Keyboards, Guitars, Badgering, etc.

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Scott Gagner San Francisco, California

Recorded live to 2" tape, this melodic and emotionally direct set of songs was born out of a love for 1970's singer- songwriters and pre-WWII standards alike. Recommended for fans of Ron Sexsmith, Nick Lowe, and Harry Nilsson. Guests include Ken Stringfellow (Posies, Big Star, REM).

“Absolutely gorgeous.” ~KDGE 102.1 FM

“The guy is a seriously good songwriter.” ~Dagger Zine
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Track Name: I've Taken a Shine to You
Like the honeybee to the marigold,
Like the sweet tooth to the sugar bowl,
Like the tide to the moon,
I’ve taken a shine to you

Like the summer sun to the skin,
Like the bow to the violin,
Like the drunk to the saloon,
I’ve taken a shine to you

I’ve taken a shine to you,
To everything you do,
I’ve taken a shine to you

Like the seasick to the land,
Like the fallen to the helping hand,
Like the broken heart to the blues,
I’ve taken a shine to you
Oh, little girl you know it’s true,
I’ve taken a shine to you
Track Name: Waterloo
How do you do?
It’s so nice to finally meet you,
Didn’t think I’d pull through

But this is my debut,
A whiter shade of pale blue,
Catheters and feeding tubes,
Monitors and flourescent lights

Breathing me out,
Breathing me in,
I don’t know where to begin,
Breathing out,
And breathing in on my own

So why all these tears?
Just when I think I am in the clear,
of fear itself

Such a big to-do!
How can I ever repay you?
Almost met my waterloo,
But now I finally see the light

Breathing me out,
Breathing me in,
I don’t know where to begin,
Breathing out,
And breathing in on my own
Track Name: Take It Easy on Yourself
The days are hard enough,
Without you beating yourself up,
So try to focus on something else,
And take it easy on yourself

Well it breaks my heart to overhear the things you say,
when you wouldn’t let anybody else talk to you that way,
So don’t you go and hit below the belt,
Take it easy on yourself

You don’t need to be your biggest fan,
Just don’t become your own worst enemy

If you’re feeling stuck, if you feel alone,
If you feel like you’ve drifted too far from home,
Don’t you be afraid to ask for help,
And take it easy on yourself
Track Name: Not Without Hope
Well I’ve got to be honest with you,
I can’t say that I like what I see,
Skies of blue have turned a different hue,
And it’s a little too gray for me,
But even though I find myself on a slippery slope,
As long as I’m with you, I’m not without hope

Well I’ve got a song idea and a microphone,
Some cigarettes and a bottle of wine,
So tonight I’m gonna party like it’s 1999,
And though it’s starting to seem,
Like I’m giving myself too much rope,
As long as I’m with you, I’m not without hope

Well I’ve got to be honest with you,
The time has come for the long view,
So I’m filling my prescription,
And I’m learning how to cope,
Because as long as I’m with you, I’m not without hope
Track Name: Moonlight Dancing
Oh, late at night I dream about,
The way we danced last autumn,
Arm-in-arm, away from harm,
In the fields outside Chanhassen,
While up above, the soft light of,
The moon cast two shadows on the ground,
There’s nothing I would rather do,
Than moonlight dancing with you

Your smile, your stare, your golden hair,
The way you’d sway and saunter,
Out there, i was your Fred Astaire,
And you, my Ginger Rogers,
While up above, the spotlight of,
The moon cast two shadows on the ground,
There’s nothing I would rather do,
Than moonlight dancing with you

We were old enough to know better,
But not old enough to stop

While up above, the cold light of,
The moon, and just one shadow on the ground,
Oh what I’d give for one more night,
Of moonlight dancing with you
Track Name: I'll Be Drinking This Christmas
Well, I don’t see no snow upon the ground,
Yeah, the jingle bells are ringing,
But I don’t hear a sound
And though I can’t say why you left, I can say this,
I’ll be drinking this christmas

Well I’m making a list, and I’m checking it twice,
Bourbon, Scotch, Brandy and plenty of ice,
So when my friends, they ask me what I’m doing on the 25th,
I tell ‘em I’ll be drinking this christmas

No chestnuts roasting on an open fire,
No walking in a winter wonderland,
‘cause I’m rudolph the red nosed asshole,
Too drunk to understand

I don’t see you when you are sleeping,
I don’t know when you’re awake,
I don’t know if you’re being bad or good,
Or if I’m making a big mistake

Ain’t no “White Christmas” playing on this radio,
Ain’t no lips to kiss under this mistletoe,
So until you come back, I’m afraid I must insist.
That I be drinking this christmas
Track Name: Few and Far Between
I’ve searched high,
And I’ve searched low,
I’ve seen women come and women go,
And if there’s one thing,
I’ve come to believe,
It’s that girls like you are few and far between

I could cry and I could moan,
I could fill the pages of an epic poem,
With broken tales,
From that old scene,
Where girls like you are few and far between

Few and far between,
You rescued me from the brink
Few and far between,
Water water everywhere,
But not a drop to drink

Sometimes I almost feel,
Like I’m living in a dream,
‘cause girls like you are few and far between
Track Name: Catching My Breath
I picked a fight I knew I could never win,
When the punching started, I took it on the chin,
I stayed on my feet as long as I could,
When I hit the ground, I finally understood

That all of this excitement,
Is boring me to death,
So I’m throwing up my hands,
And catching my breath

I felt as rusty as a weather vane,
I felt as spun out as a hurricane,
I saw someone in the mirror I didn’t recognize,
And I saw something slowly dying behind those eyes

Another wasted night,
Another last cigarette,
Another chance to ask myself:
“How dumb can you get?”

Now all of this excitement,
Is boring me to death,
So I’m throwing up my hands,
And catching my breath

Now all of this excitement,
Is scaring me to death,
So I’m throwing up my hands,
And catching my breath
Track Name: Good Friend
Well I can see the time has come,
For you to be where you belong,
But it won’t be easy to set you free,
Cuz you’ve always been a good friend to me

When I shut down, you opened up,
When I was thirsty, you filled my cup,
Yeah, in a world that’s rich with enemies,
You’ve always been a good friend to me

Well I can see that you’re not one for long goodbyes,
And this sun needs to set before another can rise,
But before you go, just remember one thing,
You’ve always been a good friend to me
Track Name: I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire
[Lyrics available online]
Track Name: Dreams
I dream of you most every night,
And I dream of you during the day,
I dream of lying by your side,
Though you’re so far away,
Yeah, for now all that I can do,
Is dream these dreams of you,
Until my dreams come true

In my dreams I wake up next to you,
And I can feel the beat of your heart,
These dreams they feel so real, so true,
Though we’re so far apart,
Yeah, for now all that I can do,
Is dream these dreams of you,
Until my dreams come true

Oh, tell me when I’ll be free,
To make these dreams of mine reality

Well I dream we’ve turned this ship around,
And we’re heading right back to your shore,
I dream of kissing the ground,
And knocking on your door,
But for now all that I can do,
Is dream these dreams of you,
Until my dreams come true
Track Name: Sentimental Lullaby
Hush my darling,
Don’t you weep,
Close your eyes and go to sleep,
Dream a little dream,
Of mik streaming down from the sky,
While I sing this sentimental lullaby

Rock-a-bye baby,
Don’t you cry,
Let the cradle drift on by,
Until it does,
I’ll be by your side,
And I’ll be singing this sentimental lullaby

Goodnight little feet,
It’s time to stop running in place,
Goodnight little hands,
It’s time to stop throwing shapes

So don’t you fuss and don’t you fight,
For it is time to say goodnight,
Because the sandman is coming soon,
Guided by the light of the amber moon,
And he’s singing a familiar tune,
This sentimental lullaby