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released May 17, 2005

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The Rocket Summer Fort Worth, Texas

Over the past decade and a half, The Rocket Summer—masterminded by singer/songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist Avary—has built a rich and expansive body of work that's won the loyalty of a diverse and devoted international fan base that continues to embrace Avary's exuberant songcraft, evocative lyrics and adventurously layered soundscapes. The new album titled Zoetic out Feb 26th ... more

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Track Name: Move to the Other Side of the Block
So we try and try, all of our lives,
working with such pride, making cash just to survive.
As we race and grade and judge always - other folks mistakes...
makes us good to feel that way...

And don't you know it never stops, try to please the world and beat the ticking clocks but I, I'm not letting it happen this time...
No, no, Because they're rooting I'll fail, and rooting she'll bail, they feel
so secure when I'm in this jail but I, I'm not letting it happen this time.
So I'll... move to the other side of the block so we wont ever have to stop
making the rounds, having the laughs, singing the sounds of relaxing, and on the other side of the clock, the power switch will be turned off, and all will be well, and time will stand still, and I will be locked out from my jail.
Track Name: I Was So Alone
Don't just don't sit down, I'm wanting this to be a super natural flood of life and not just make believe singing about what's real to me - Gasping for air trying to breathe while being pulled from beneath. (ah ah)
While sticking oh so hard to just stay alive, treading over time, While I am slowly dying, I take one last breath and one last prayer to survive,
then the waves they break and the air it hits my face, my lungs then fill with this new found grace, I swallowed the air quick to awake
to such a beautiful day...

I was so alone, I was to myself, thought I was on my way, but I was missing you. So make it oh oh, break it out, take this wherever you want, and I want to go so just lead the way on this train on which I roll...
Oh Oh!
I was so alone, I was to myself, thought I was on my way, but I was missing you! So make it oh oh, break it out, take this wherever you want, and I wanna go...
Track Name: Around The Clock
Dance until we just can't clapping our hands to the songs and keep dancing around to the joyful sound that the band plays as his smiling face just shines away, it's moving through town as big as a train.

April, May, June and July we'll hang outside, August through February all the time talking our way through March, hanging out always 'til this starts over and over again, you promise that it won't end, so I will try to find a rhyme to thank you again...

And how I, I am not into the idea of living without you and I, I am not into the idea of being without you. And No, this won't be a sad song -
There's gonna be claps and singing along, 'cus sad song about now, well that would just feel wrong.

Beautiful colors they came from you, so this one goes out to the reds and yellows and blues And of course I can't forget all the beautiful colors on the day that we first met. So I will never know the right way to say thanks for all those nights and days you spend hanging out, but that's what this is about...
How I, I am not into the idea of living without you and I, I am not into the idea of being without you. And No, well this won't be a sad song,
There's gonna be claps and singing along 'Cus you're there when to talk and you're there not to stop, and you're with me...

Around the clock...You are! You are! Around the clock - Yes you are
around the clock...
And just so ya'll know Everyone else is not.

So I, I am not into the idea of living without you, and I, I am not into the idea... And No, this won't be a sad song. There's gonna be claps and singing along 'Cus you're there when to talk and you're there not to stop And you're with me... around the clock, all around the clock.
Track Name: I'm Doing Everything (For You)
D-d-d-d-d-d-d-do you ever do a thing or two just to wait?
When you don't have anything to say?
I'll try to take this slow, but I don't know... 'cus I d-d-d-d-d-don't wanna wait for time to look good for the folks who try to say that we "don't know until were old, 'cus that's how it goes" but I think I know oh oh oh oh, Please pick me I'm a terrible mess, You know I just can't help it and I just gotta confess, You do what you do and I can't ever rest.
So still I'm gonna do everything, I'm gonna make it right,
I'm gonna make it good, I'm gonna do it alright,
I'm gonna write it down, I'm gonna make a sound... yeah...

'Cus I'm doing everything for you because I love to be near to you,
something just takes me away to a place where I'm happy.
I'm doing everything for you, yeah you know that I adore you and I just can't take it anymore... oh,oh, 'cus you know I gotta know...
So I'll be making up things for you to see like romantic lights surrounding Italy, 'cus you deserve the very best, and I'll never rest,
so I'll be sure to pass that test.
And I just smile and say 'woah' 'cus you just gotta know
that every time you stay it never goes away
It reaches to the stars and shines right through the clouds and lights up this whole world. Bless your heart you've made me happy again,
It's been so long and I'm sick of pretending.
You've enlightened the brain in my head So still I'm gonna do everything, I'm gonna make it right,
I'm gonna make it good, I'm gonna do it alright,
I'm gonna write it down, I'm gonna make a sound...
'Cus I'm doing everything for you because I love to be near to you,
something just takes me away to a place where I'm happy.
I'm doing everything for you, yeah you know that I adore you and I just can't take it!
Cause I don't wanna wait for another day cause I can feel this is right,
I don't wanna make this go on for too much longer,
Cause you've got a ring-less finger, and I could go buy a ring right now... well, actually I don't have any money but that's ok, cause I can figure it out...
I'm doing everything for you because I love to be near to you,
something just takes me away to a place where I'm happy.
I'm doing everything for you, yeah you know that I adore you and I just can't take it anymore...
Track Name: Tell Me Something Good
Hey what you got? You don't know anything that I'm gonna say right now. 'Cause I'm not so sure why I'm here or why I want to keep on hanging around right now. Not that I'd do it now or any day, but sometimes I just get bummed out about lots of things and well, just doubt...

So tell me something good. You got it. Why am I so misunderstood?
'Cause I wanna know this.'Cause I'm confused and I do break into,
so tell me how about you? Hey, what you got? Something bad and I want it, even though I know it's wrong. But I won't be blessed yes I know this, so I can't have that,
So like good Job I gotta be strong. But man I don't wanna be able to breath, be able to see what's become of the wars of this world and the wars from my tongue...
So tell me something good. You got it. Why am I so misunderstood?
'Cause I wanna know this, I'm confused and I bruise yes I do so tell me how about you?
So please just tell me something good. You got it. Why am I so misunderstood? 'Cause I wanna know this, come on baby and race me
and maybe we'll just find ourselves... a home.

I wanna be, I wanna be like that mountain. I wanna stand taller and bigger than the rest. See, I just wanna be "it", a guy who wins all the time, I wanna be a big star, a king, and rule my own life, but God, I know that it's wrong so please just make my heart right, inside, and destroy my pride.
So you can tell me something good. You got it. Why I am so misunderstood? 'Cause I wanna know this, I'm confused and do break into so tell me how about you?
So please just tell me something good. You got it. Why am I so misunderstood? 'Cause I wanna know this, come on baby and race me
and maybe we'll just find ourselves...

Hey, what you got, something bad, and I want it, even though I know it's wrong...
Track Name: Never Knew
I just ran into a few someone's today, someone's that I never really knew. And I used to think that I had them all so figured out... But No,
none of it's true, 'cause I never knew you. And now, the truth of it is, is I wanna be like you. So "Hello, good friend. I wanna be next to you,
for my head, for my heart, for what's true."

So I'll burn all the thoughts of the things that I once said, because you tore down the walls that the world has put inside my head, and I just get sick of the things that we think we think we know...
But No, none of it's true, 'cause I never knew you. And now the truth of it is, is I wanna be like you. So "Hello, good friend. I wanna be next to you, for my head, for my heart, for what's true."

So take me, and save me, and change me, and then make me, and
embrace me, and then brave my heart for you. Because I can't go on without you and it's time for something new.

And no, none of it's true, 'cause I never knew you. And now, the truth of it is, is I wanna be like you. So "Hello, good friend. I wanna be next to you, for my head, for my heart, for what's true."

And as they strolled along, my heart broke out in song from all the
things and the thoughts and assumptions that I had wrong, so now I'll be on my way, to make this claim, "I'll make it famous in every way,
I'll make it stay, when I will say... That No, none of it's true, 'cause I never knew you. And now, the truth of it is, is I wanna be like you.
So "Hello, good friend. I wanna be next to you, for my head, for my heart, for what's true."
Track Name: Brat Pack
For about four years I've hated this town, yeah so much I just
wanna get out, since graduation was long ago, please somebody get me out of this hole. Cause I don't want to get stuck in here
when I am thirty-four just talkin bout high school years. No I don't wanna be there, and I feel so stuck right here, back and forth, side to side, oh my dear...
My foot to the floor I will drive to the place where I can kick it with friends through the night, a place we'll talk about now and the past what the future holds,hangin out with not much to do, just aimless
with each other - is what we do...

Cause this ain't where it's at, and my friends will second that, and I gotta admit sometimes it's pretty sad but it's like were our own "Brat Pack", were always kickin back, nobody can take that and that is that, it's like it's all we have...
Woah! Woah!

Come on say "Oh! Oh! Get on the floor! Dance till you got no more!"
I know it's there somewhere, don't worry, I'll be there - to rock the party all night, to rock it till there's light our fists in the air
fighting the good fight.
Cause we were singing along to Peter Gabriel's "sledgehammer" song,
you know it's clear that tonight we belong in this place so I
step back to reflect in this town I hate, and at least just for a second... I think I might stay.

This ain't where it's at, and my friends will second that, and I gotta admit sometimes it's pretty sad but its like were our own "Brat Pack",
we're always kickin back, nobody can take that and that is that...

So I'll run away to the hopes that I have but still I fall asleep in the
arms of my past and when I wake so helpless and thinking of that, I
just lay back down... again, everyday...
So maybe later today I'll know, what I will do with my life as I know it,
maybe for now I'll drive back to that place where I belong and hope to God it hasn't changed...

This ain't where it's at, and my friends will second that, and I gotta admit sometimes it's pretty sad but it's like were our own "Brat Pack", we're always kickin back, nobody can take that and that is that, it's like it's all we have.
Track Name: Treasures
Night has found its way here,and all I can hear are
memories shrill and clear... like today, a man had his
way, and stole and what I made he saw that I was sincere.
So use me up, then throw me away, build your careers
and "friendships", quote end quote, and frankly I'm
ashamed that I left my name on her lips... Cause when it
is, they'll swear it is.

So I'll fall asleep and try not to think twice, about all the
things that forever will kick me down these steps for
being too nice, Cause everyone's searching for treasure.
And they'll just dig, dig, dig, until they can't get out,
dying dirty diggin for treasure, but as for me I'm giving
up and I'll take my bow, and focus on my treasure forever,
yes, I know that my treasure is heaven...
Track Name: Story
Hear me when I speak, and just listen and try not to be,
some kind of self righteous high being or the opposite and mislead me,
to better your mind unseen, This is a story of how we can be...

They're building you up to tear you down, they won't admit it but it's true. Their smile and advice to end with your frown, 'cause they don't want what's best for you. It's sad I know, I know, but you know I know something else, and now it's my turn to just sit back and tell...that...

You don't know just when to stop,
You're living life to be on top,
So step back and be real, and just admit the way you feel,
And see that we are all one big learning gang.
And it's true that, we all wanna be the baddest,
We all have a little baggage, even though we hide it
and we always will deny it,
we are driving this float down main, in this pride parade...

And I'm not saying that I'm any better than you.
Sometimes I have motives that are just so stupid and I play the fool.
But man, you're killing me the charade has got to end,
so stop acting like you know everything, because you're missing the point, you are supposed to be my friend...

You don't know just when to stop,
You're living life to be on top,
So step back and be real, and just admit the way you feel,
and see that we are all one big learning gang.
And it's true that, we all wanna be the baddest,
we all have a little baggage, even though we hide it
and we always will deny it,
We are driving this float down main, in this pride parade...

Just drive, just drive, drive me away, take me to another place
where I know, I know, what's happening, to my head and to my dreams
'cause I want, I want, I need, I need, some peace of mind and clarity,
so just take, take my hand, and let's flee...

You don't know just when to stop,
You're living life to be on top, so step back and be real,
and just admit the way you feel,
and see that we are all one big learning gang.
and it's true that, we all wanna be the baddest,
we all have a little baggage, even though we hide it
and we always will deny it,
We are driving this float down main, in this pride parade...
Track Name: Goodbye Waves and Driveways
Just walk away, and gather your thoughts for the second wave,
of this argument on this epic, changing day, It's crazy to think that an hour ago all things were great. But we stand here both proud both wrong and right, throwing cheap shots in this stubborn fight, and our lives are so intertwined in one, but we're just so stuck in this moment its clear that we're coming undone.

And you see, it's hard for me to breath, when I get all worked up with these feelings, and I don't know exactly how it is, that we can be so mad we consider to not exist, when we both know there's so much love clenched within our fists.

The goodbye waves in the driveway just resonate, and yes I'm throwing it right back at her, while we're drowning in rivers from our faces we just wanna know if this, is this over? A trembling silence fills the air,
as we stand here, so impaired, but so aware.

I sit in this house alone with fresh photographs, I just can't relax.
And like cigarette smoke, I'm starting to choke on this,
that half of my souls is on the road in a car with a girl in a dress...
And it's making it hard for me to breath, when I get all worked up with these feelings, and I don't know exactly how it is, that just to say I'm right, you're wrong, we both lose to win.

The goodbye waves in the driveway just resonate, and yes I'm throwing it right back at her, while were drowning in rivers from our faces
we just wanna know if this, is this over? A trembling silence fills the air , as we stand here...

So hey now, maybe we're just being stupid, hey, maybe we're being dumb, hey, maybe it's time that we stopped and we realized like a flag in the wind we are one, and how at first it's made so pure and lovely,
but in battle can be torn to shreds, but with time and with patience and love and affection can be fixed with needle and thread.
Because I love you, and you love me, and nothing will make this leave,
I said I love you, and you love me, and nothing will make, make, make, make this leave, so remember me, remember me, remember me...

and don't walk away.
Track Name: Show Me Everything You've Got
Slide your feet create the shock, touch another watch it pop.
Live a little live a lot, and show me everything you've got. Oh!
'Cus it takes sometime and just a little bit good reality won't hurt for longer than it should, talking about pain that is there, face the fact and don't act like you don't care.

'Cus you gotta stop and show it, just so I know you know it,
maybe just a little bit, oh, come on admit it right now, 'cus I know that it won't be over till it's gone, so let it be gone...

And show me everything you've got I know you're scared but let your walls just drop you gotta take that step and your heart just let it pour out.

Now I know it's hard, to be something that you don't think you are.
But it's hard for me to even try to understand why you are beating your own heart, 'cus you gotta try, just try to be honest, and I will be honest all these things that I say, and I'll listen clear, whether brave or you're modest I'm here, don't hold back, don't hesitate, don't disappear!

And show me everything you've got I know you're scared but let your walls just drop you gotta take that step and your heart just let it pour out.

And show me everything you've got I know you're scared but it's time for you to stop, you gotta take that step, and your heart just let it make sound.

So hey, just let it pour out, and don't let your past begin to let you down. Just sing it out, just let it make sound, and as it will hurt it will be healed and found... 'Cus it's normal that emotional pasts can spawn
emotionless dads, mothers, and nation's flags, so just show your face, no don't be afraid, no don't be afraid to show your face...

After all these things I've learned, bad things I do and don't deserve,
can easily just shape my life, or shape the way I start to die... No! 'Cus it's up to me if I'll dwell much longer than I should, and I'll hold my tears for years thinking it's doing me good, so just start right now, just make a vow, you'll let your heart just sing it out, sing it out!

And show me everything you've got I know you're scared but let your walls just drop you gotta take that step and your heart just let it pour out.

And show me everything you've got I know you're scared but it's time for you to stop, you gotta take that step and your heart just let it make sound.
Track Name: Destiny
I started to feel while I was walking down the street, yes I did,
and I started thinking about my destiny,
and how maybe, maybe, just someday, I could repay, all the times, you sang... All of your warm colors have painted all my days,
and all of the tragic tears you took off of my face, see I've fallen off these train tracks, and nearly seen my death, and I stand here with a song that's left...

This will be my destiny, you will be my song and I will sing, so don't cover up your ears, hear me, and what I have to tell, I hope that these words they find you well.

I know, I'll know, when I see it I will know, it's home, that I'll go,
when it's my turn to clock out, It's almost like dreaming,
but so real I can't explain, that it's almost hard to think or say
to try to be a different way...

This will be my destiny, you will be my song and I will sing, so don't cover up your ears hear me, and what I have to tell...

So you, do you know what it is you do?
I assume, that you're thinking, "Why, yes, I do."
Well I just hope, and pray that you change that soon,
And I would hope and pray if I were you...
If I were you, If I were you, If I were you, If I were you,
I'd be asking every single person I knew to just please say a prayer for me, 'cus I will most assuredly die this century, and in this opportune filled life that I will leave, I hope to God that I lived for you and not for me...
Track Name: Christmas Present
What a perfect ending, to this film we are watching,
'cus she loves her boyfriend, like he has loved his girlfriend,
just like the night sleeps on by,
just like the sun wakes the sky,
they are so in love, like we are so in love.
So hug it tight and embrace it, don't let the world deface it,
just let it shout with amazement, as we dance tonight...
just like the cold becomes spring,
just like the perfect daydream,
just like your pretty eyes gleam, we are so in love...