watch it fall

Produced by Joseph Eid & Brian Soucy

All songs written by Joseph Eid

Mastered by Gavin Lurssen

Recorded at Sunnyland Productions, Sherman Oaks, CA

Photo by John Hanson

Illustration by Christopher Rule

lyrics & band credits

THE BAND

Joseph Eid: Acoustic Guitar & Vocals

Vern Monnett: Electric Guitar, Lead Guitar, Pedal Steel

Lynn Coulter: Drums & Percussion

Steve Nelson: Bass

Bobby Crew: Piano & Organ

Craig Stull: Background Vocals (track 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

CC Treadway: Background Vocals (track 6)

Andy Najera (Saxophone track 4)

Brian Soucy (additional percussion track 4)

 

STARTING OVER 

With angry eyes you slam the door, I guess that’s it. The guilt arises fills the room you left me in and I’m alone, I’m alone again. So I draw the blinds, I shut the lights off, fall to bed. And no matter how many times I just can’t seem to understand why I’m alone,  I’m alone again. But I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel good.   And I won’t be crying cause for me, home is a new road. And I’ll clean this mess up fast cause you know I’m the best at  Starting over, starting over, starting over and over again. Once more I’m free, I swear it feels like I left jail behind me.  The thick steal bars of compromise, you know they just confined me. Sorry, I’m so sorry. But this time it’s me, hell it’s always me. I just can’t seem to comprehend. The middle part after the start and right before the end of the story, I’m so sorry. But I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel good.   And I won’t be crying cause for me, home is a new road. And I’ll clean this mess up fast cause you know I’m the best at  Starting over, starting over, starting over and over again. Someday somebody’s gonna make me stop this train. A love so deep will never let me get away and I will stay. I will stay. But for now I’m flying yes I’ll be flying solo With clear blue skies above and great wide open new road. It’s always a happy end when you’re a real good friend to  Starting over, starting over, starting over and over again.

TOMB (WALKED AWAY)

I picked a dream over us, I placed my bets on a future instead of love. I remember that night so well - heart broken, you’re eyes swelled up and I walked away, I walked away, I walked away.  It’s funny when you’re young, you think you’ll always win, You think you’ll keep on finding love again and again, So you chase that pot of gold but the chase never ends. Tonight I’m looking ahead but I see a future that’s dead. They wrote this on his tomb. . . ”he was brave but he gave up on love too soon, he chased his dreams to the moon. he was known, sand his songs, but he dies alone.”  I guess back then I didn’t have the clearest vision or it’s just hard to see when you’re blinded by ambition. It was hard last night at the bar, they told me you were getting married and I walked away, I walked away, I walked away. I guess I always thought one day we’d reconnect and if I ever settled down, it would be with you in the end but I guess I’m just a fool to think you’d wait around until then. Tonight I’ll be looking back (one last time) and then I’ll wish you the best.  They wrote this on his tomb. . . ”he was brave but he gave up on love too soon, he chased his dreams to the moon. he was known, sand his songs, but he died alone.

WATCH IT FALL

My neighbor down the hall knows the dirt on everyone,  he’s got secrets to tell, And the new guy who lives by the front door stands out there all alone, he’s got weakness to sell, And there’s the actress downstairs with the dog who’s dying, He cries and he cries when she goes out, And there’s a tattoo’d healer who’s more like a dealer of things you don’t wanna know about.  I watch it all fall fall fall down, From the roof to the walls to the ground ground ground, I watch a dream sink sink sink low low low, they keep on telling me “go.”  The old lady by the stairs been living there for 40 years, she’s got stories of fright, She tells tales of ghosts in the halls from tenants who lived here before and the way that they died, Then she touches my face and says “I remember the man in your place” and that’s when I slowly start to back out and I say “lady thank you for the history but I really gotta go, you see, there’s some things I don’t wanna know about.” I watch it all fall fall fall down, From the roof to the walls to the ground ground ground, I watch a dream sink sink sink low low low, they keep on telling me “go.”  But one day when I’m famous, I’ll finally move out of here, I first said ‘6 months’ but it’s been 6 years and I’m still here. . .  The composer on the 1st floor, he’s longing for something more there’s a pain in his eyes, When he walks by with his girl hand in hand he sneaks a look my way and I understand,  there is a light that he’s hiding, And there’s my friend upstairs from me with his theories of conspiracy and I always seem to run into him when I’ve been drinking and he says “just smoke this joint my friend and don’t bother making any plans cause this ship is sinking."  I watch it all fall fall fall down, From the roof to the walls to the ground ground ground, I watch a dream sink sink sink low low low, they keep on telling me “go,” they keep on telling me “go,” they keep on telling me, they keep on telling me they keep on telling me . . . “go.”

DIARY

You did it, went’ against your own mind, and you saw what you didn’t want to see.  Every little secret that was mine, turned up to the highest degree.  Didn’t anybody tell you, didn’t anybody tell you,  Didn’t anybody tell you not to pry?  But you did it anyhow, you crossed that line to sacred ground and you opened up Pandora’s box and now you’re tortured by your thoughts and you don’t know what’s true from what’s false but it’s too late, it’s in your head you gotta live, you gotta live with what you read. I admit it, we were falling apart but you only saw what you wanted to see and I tried to give it to you from my heart but you didn’t want to take it from me did you ever think to ask me, or have a conversation, before you decided to invade my privacy?  But you did it out of desperation, you did it out of lust and you broke down every wall we shared when you betrayed my trust, and now you’re swimming up a stream trying to save us but it’s too late, it’s in my head you gotta live, you gotta live what you did.  Didn’t anybody tell you, didn’t anybody tell you,  didn’t anybody tell you not to pry?  But you did it anyway, don’t you know there’ a price to pay when you stoop so low to satisfy your curiousity? and now you’re wishing you could go back to yesterday  but it’s too late, it’s too late. Yea you did it anyhow, you crossed that line to sacred ground and you opened up Pandora’s box and now you’re tortured by your thoughts and  you don’t know what’s true from what’s false but it’s too late, it’s in your head you gotta live, you gotta live with what you read.

ONE AND ONLY

Did you hear?  They’re taking turns, Breaking hearts and burning bridges. Picking up and tossing out like weeds and city lights will lead you right  to all your heart’s delights, at every corner you will find just what you need.  I found a new thrill but I found it won’t fill that craving for the next best thing and I’m tired of spinning around this fire. So would you be, you would be my one and only?  would you be, would you be my one and only?  Did you hear? They falling fast but nothing here seems to last. They pick it up and toss it out like trash and you can watch them across the fields how they explode with majesty but the earth is scorched like a heart with holes os deep. The seed of truth takes time and trust and the difference between love and lust and a longing for growing endlessly. So would you be, would you be my one and only? would you be, would you be my one and only? My one and only, my one and only.

LET ME IN 

Deep inside these woods, there’s a path for you. It was carved with love, it was laid out for you. You keep coming back but you don’t remember. It was carved with a plan that you can’t understand collect your sticks till they’re heavy as bricks hold them close to you like they’re your babies and the road gets hard and lonely and dark in the distance can you hear me?  I’m calling out, calling out to you.  It’s been lifetimes, I’ve been trying to get through But your world is loud, my voice is soft and you got lost, you got lost, you got lost.  There are places you will pass that you’ve been to before but you’ll forget it all when you knock on their doors and you’ll go in again, and you’ll play the same game but it keeps you away from the path that’s waiting. Collect your past and your worries and hold them close to you like they’re your babies and you feed them everyday and they grow and the weigtt gets too much for you to take, can you hear me?  I’m calling out, calling out to you, It’s been lifetimes, I’ve been trying to get through, But your world is loud, my voice is soft and you got lost, you got lost, you got lost. All these things that you held high These my friend have made you blind you look for proof, you look for signs but can’t you see the truth is standing by your side?  I'm calling out, calling out to you, it's been lifetimes I've been trying to get through your world is loud, my voice is soft, and you got lost, you got lost, you got lost. Let me in, let me in, let me in, let me in. Let me in. 

Human

Produced by Joseph Eid & Brian Soucy

All songs written by Joseph Eid
Published by Joseph Eid Music (BMI)

Recorded at Sunnland Productions Studio (sunnylandproductions.com)

Mastered by Ron Boustead @ Resolution Mastering

Photos by Jacopo Manfren

LYRICS AND CREDITS

READY NOW
vocals & acoustic guitar - Joseph Eid
drums & percussion - Debra Dobkin
bass - Jennifer Condos
strings - Leah Zeger
electric guitar - Vern Monnet

 

I worked so freakin hard for you, but he's all that you wanted. I grew so many little hearts for you, but they died unattended. Well I've been watching you real close lately, been working out at your gym. And I've been talking to all your friends; they tell me that you broke up with him.
 

I think you're ready now, I think you're ready now, I think you're ready to love me. I think you're ready now, I think you're ready now, I think you're ready to love me.

 

The secret laws of attraction baby, I made a school out of them. I built my vision boards as high as heaven, I stuck you all over them. And my obsession never really died, it just grew silently stronger. And I won't rest until I make you mine, it ain't gonna take much longer.

 

I think you're ready now, I think you're ready now, I think you're ready to love me. I think you're ready now, I think you're ready now, I think you're ready to love me.

 

All the times I saw you together, it drove me mad but I had to fake it, and I'd smile but I couldn't take it. Are you ready now, are you ready now?

Now he's gone and I'm feeling better. Been working out for you, my body's aching. You're gonna die when you see me naked. I think you're ready now. I think you're ready now.

 

I think you're ready to love me.

 

I think you're ready now, I think you're ready now, I think you're ready to love me. I think you're ready now, I think you're ready now, I think you're ready to love me.


 
HUMAN
vocals & acoustic guitar - Joseph Eid
drums & percussion - Debra Dobkin
strings - Leah Zeger
Bass - Jennifer Condos
vocal harmonies: CC Treadway



We will find a way to kill our desires. We will find a way to keep getting higher. We will find a way to live like they say in the books with all the saints. We will do our best to pass every test. We'll deny ourselves of all good sex. And one day our bodies will freeze and our hearts will go numb. . . don't that sound fun?

 

Flesh and blood I'm human, and ain't it good to be human? I wanna live like one here on earth with no heaven or hell. And when I die, I got enough time to be an angel. To be an angel.

 

When I was young I heard of judgment day when God will come down and my sins will be weighed. They painted a picture of hate, and I learned how to pray cause I was afraid to be. . . 

 

Flesh and blood I'm human, and God it's good to be human? I wanna live like one here on earth with no heaven or hell. And when I die, yeah I got enough time to be an angel. To be an angel.

 

I don't want to fly, don't want to levitate. Don't want to be a mystic, a monk, or a saint. I just want to run free on my bare feet. Play under the sun and swim in the sea. And take you under that moonlit tree. And we'll bite from that apple cause it tastes so sweet.

 

Flesh and blood I'm human, and it feels good to be human? Let me live like one here on earth with no heaven or hell. And when I die, yeah I got enough time to be an angel. To be an angel.

 

HIT ME UP
vocals & acoustic guitar - Joseph Eid
Drums & Percussion - Lynn Coulter
Bass - Steve Nelson
Dobro - Vern Monnet
background vocals - Craig Stull, Alison Coster, Leah Zeger
 

I would love to spin you round and round on my dance floor. But I know how you love to spin your mind before you let go. Don't let indecision make you cold. It will hold you up and fold you up and make you grow old. 

But I'm gonna make it easy, you know you got me. Don't make it harder, if you want me, don't think it over, just come on over. Hit me up, Hit me up, Hit me up, Hit me up.

I know that you're dying but too shy to walk in my door. But I know all your hesitations cause I've been there before. Don't let indecision waste your time. Stop resisting your instincts and come meet mine.

 

Make a decision, you know you got me. And my intuition tells me you want me. Don't think it over, just come on over, hit me up, hit me up, hit me up, hit me up. 

 

There was a time when I sat and waited. I took a simple matter and I complicated but love don't wait so please don't wait. 

 

You don't wanna look back and say you lost me cause baby I want you now like you want me.  Don't think it over, just come on over, don’t think it over, just come on over.  You can think it over but don’t take forever.  Don’t take forever to hit me up, hit me up, hit me up, hit me up.

 

 
SOMETHING REAL
vocals & acoustic guitar - Joseph Eid
Drums & Percussion - Debra Dobkin
Keys - Bobby Crew
Bass - Jennifer Condos
background vocals - Karen Tobin, Craig Stull

You say I don't communicate, but I only like to speak from my soul. You say things with your words but you never say them with your eyes, and I guess that's how this story goes. You're like a robot one, two, three. You read books on how you should feel. You got a gifted mind but it ain't connected to your heart and I wonder sometimes if you're real. 
 

But maybe it's your generation and your text is conversation and you love me so so good when you're on facebook. And I only say it if I mean it and I get close so you feel it. My words may be far between but baby I'm for real.

 

Nothing good in life is free, so you got to work to know me. I like to take my sweet time, I don't spill it all out like cheap wine. You got to earn this love degree.

 

And baby it's like alien nation when your texts are conversations and you love me so so much with your itouch. And I only say it if I mean it and I get close so you feel it but my words may be far between but baby I'm for real.  Yeah, I’m for real.

 

And I don’t have a problem with emotion.  I just don’t like to rub it all over like lotion.

 

You say I don't communicate but I think there's a time there's a place. You sent me a real cute youtube and you put it all up on twitter too but baby this bird needs some face to face.   Yeah yeah yeah…

 

And maybe it's your generation and your texts are conversations and you love me so so strong on your iphone and I only say it if I mean it and I get close so you feel it and my words may be far between but baby I know that we're digital but darlin we're still human after all and I like to use a phone sometimes to make a voice call and I don't want to spend my deepest moments alone with a screen just hitting 'send.' You know I like to see your face react when I tell you something real. Cause baby I'm for real.


 

The Rock
vocals & acoustic guitar - Joseph Eid
violin - Leah Zeger
bass - Steve Nelson
 

Tell my mother I loved her the most. Tell my father I know he did his best. Tell my lover who broke my heart, I never stopped loving him.

Tell my sister she should have been a poet. Tell my brother how guilty I felt when I ran off from home to chase all my dreams but I left him back there to pick up the pieces.

They say that rock is heading our way, they say that rock is as big as LA. It don't look like we'll make it. It don't look like we'll make it.

 

Tell the mailman I'm sorry but I forgot to give him his Christmas card. You know it's sitting on my shelf along with everybody else's, in my dusty pile of good intentions.

 

They say that rock is heading our way, they say that rock is as big as LA. It don't look like we'll make it. It don't look like we'll make it. They say that rock is heading our way, they say we got, we got three days to live. What are you gonna do, what are you gonna say? Whatcha gonna give? Whatcha gonna give whatcha gonna give?

 

Whatcha gonna give?

 


TAKE A BREATH
percussion - Lynn Coulter
bass - Steve Nelson

 

Focus on here, focus on now, focus on freedom, focus on love, focus on your third eye, focus on the light, focus on peace, breath it inside.

 

Take a breath in, take a breath out, take a breath in, take a breath out, take a breath in, take a breath out.  Take a breath out.

 

I've been living long, come from centuries ago. I've been trying to let go, I've been trying to let go. I've been living long come from centuries ago. I've been trying to let go, I've been trying to let go.

 

Take a breath in, take a breath out, take a breath in, take a breath out. Take a breath out. Take a breath out.

 
RAIN
vocals & acoustic guitar - Joseph Eid
acoustic lead guitar - Vern Monnet
drums & percussion - Debra Dobkin
bass - Jennifer Condos
background vocals - Karen Tobin, Craig Stull

  

In every corner of my heart, there's a piece of history. In every corner of this world, there's a piece of me. I can live in isolation now and pretend I'm free, but I know my true salvation's out across the sea.

 

I love the sound of your foreign tongue when you call my name. I feel at home when I'm flying on an airplane. Ooo oo ooo can you feel me passing through these lands. I'm coming down like rain.

 

Baby baby your eyes were so deep, behind you Mediterranean seas. When I kissed you I felt a thousand lifetimes rushing through me. We can live in separation now, we pretend we're free but I'm dreaming of just one nation yeah, baby you and me.

 

I love the sound of your foreign tongue when you call my name. I feel at home when I'm flying on an airplane. Ooo oo ooo can you feel me passing through these lands. I'm coming down like rain.  Just like rain.

 

I won't miss you baby when you're far you know I just close my eyes. And I'll fly right to where you are, can you feel me on the rise. Don't miss me baby don't miss me baby when I'm far away. Just look up to the sky and feel me coming down, I'm coming down like rain.

 

I love the sound of your foreign tongue when you call my name and I'm flying on an airplane. Ooo oo ooo I said can you feel me passing through and I, I'm coming down. . . just like rain. Just like rain.

 

 
WHAT WILL YOU DO?
vocals and guitar - Joseph Eid
keys - Bobby Crew
drums & percussion - Lynn Coulter
bass - Steve Nelson
background vocals - Craig Stull, Alison Coster, Joseph Eid

  

I wanna love you and call you more than I should. I wanna go further than the distance. I wanna say whatever is on my mind, my mind, my mind. To fall in love, to take the pain and feel good. To see my light, you've got to feel my dark side. I'll make you laugh but I might make you cry, cry, cry.

 

Somebody said 'the hardest thing to do in this life is just to be yourself.' I hid my heart and I covered my soul for you, I was trying to be somebody else. But the truth has taken a stand. And it placed my heart in your hand. 

 

What will you do now? What will you do now?

 

We don't belong in any situation. Old world, new world, any generation. And even though, you know we kept on trying, trying, trying to fit inside and walk in your straight line. But I would rather swing to the side see. I ain't gonna run and I am not gonna hide, hide, hide. 

 

Somebody said 'the hardest thing to do in this life is just to be yourself' well I hid my heart and I covered my soul for you, I was trying to be somebody else. But the truth has taken command and I'm hoping you'll understand. 

 

I wait for your now. What will you do now? 

 

Somebody said 'the hardest thing to do in this life is just to be yourself' well I hid my heart and I covered my soul for you, I was trying to be somebody else. But the truth has taken command and I'm hoping you'll understand. 

Yeah yeah yeah, I’m hoping you’ll understand.

 

What will you do now?  What will you do?

 

I wait for you. I wait for you now.

 

 
DON'T LEAVE
vocals & acoustic guitar - Joseph Eid
pedal steel - Vern Monnet
drums & percussion - Debra Dobkin
Bass - Jennifer Condos
additional acoustic guitar - Rob Larkin
vocal harmonies and adlibs - LC Jones
 

I don't ask you how you're doing, you've had much brighter days. And I know you'll soon be going somewhere far away cause baby, you just don't know how to stay. And when the weather gets a little stormy, you pack your bags and you leave.

 

And when I ask you how you're feeling, you say 'I need a change. And my life will get much better after I rearrange' and baby, I know you're starting to feel that breeze. And when the weather gets a little stormy, you pack your bags and you leave.

 

I know the rain is pouring down on you baby, and I know this life and it can get so hard. You never stay but I'm thinking this time hey maybe, we'll get together and it won't be so hard.

 

The weather might be better in Paris or in Rome but I've seen the greatest beauty in the eye of the storm so baby, I'm begging you this time, please... when the weather gets a little stormy, don't pack your bags and don't leave. You gotta have a little more faith in me cause I ain't ever gonna leave. 

 


THE ROCK (REPRISE)
vocals & acoustic guitar - Joseph Eid
electric guitar - Vern Monnet

 

There were things on my mind, there were hearts on the line, there was so much I never told you. There were times that I tried but I'd get so uptight when I wanted to hold you. 

So I held it all back like I always do like I got a brick wall around me, but with a chisel in my hand I try to break through but man, it's so hard for me. 

 

It don't look like we'll make it. It don't look like we'll make it. 

 

Times I let go when I should have said no cause I never believed them. But I stood by and I let them lie cause I wanted to fit in, and I held it all back like I always do like I got two hands chocking me. Like I know what to say and the words are there but I just can't speak them.

 

It don't look like we'll make it. It don't look like we'll make it.

 

All these regrets and unpaid debts will only hurt me if I let them. So I'll strike this match, I'll burn this past, and I will forget them. Take these days left and make them our best, take off our armor. We'll stand face-to-face and flesh-to-flesh and let the truth disarm us. I'm gonna sit on your couch and let it all out and I hope you'll hear me. And I hope it's not too late to find my way back to you and me.

 

 
GREATEST LESSON
vocals & acoustic guitar - Joseph Eid
keys - Bobby Crew
percussion & drums - Lynn Coulter
Bass - Steve Nelson
strings - Leah Zeger
background vocals - Craig Stull & Joseph Eid

 

 

It's funny how the leaves keep growing every year after the storm ends, it's funny how life keeps rolling on, but we keep holding, we keep holding on. It's funny how that tree gets taller, every year it just gets stronger, but I keep holding, I keep holding on.

 

It's funny how we try, It's funny how we try, It's funny how we try so hard.  It's funny how we cry, It’s funny how we cry, It's funny how we make it so hard.

 

We're running now, my friends and I, some chasing love, some just chasing time, and the more we run, the more we fall behind.

 

It's funny how we frown, we lay our battle ground, we don't back down and we will work so hard. I watch the last of the sunlight, it don't put up a fight as it gives itself away to the dark. 

 

Funny how they fly, they don't ask how or why, I love to watch them birds go by. And me I sit in the sand, and I bow to them, for teaching me my greatest lesson.

 

 
IT'S ONLY LOVE
vocals & acoustic guitars - Joseph Eid
percussion - Debra Dobkin
bass - Jennifer Condos
pedal steel - Vern Monnet
vocal harmonies - LC Jones & Joseph Eid

  

She went all over the world. She was looking for love. She searched the sea, the sky, and all the stars above. But nobody told her love can never be found. It's like the sun, you see, it's all around. 

 

It's free, easy, and it's not some rare-occurring thing. Lately, there's so much more I'm thinking of. It's only love, It's only love, It's only love.

 

And he spent seven years singing the blues. He convinced himself that no one else would ever do. But life is a funny little thing cause in the end, he woke up deep in love with his best friend.

 

So come on, get free, this ain't just about you and me, baby, there's so many friends I'm thinking of. It's only love, It's only love, It's only love.

 

It's in the laugh with a friend at the end of a long hard day on the clock. It's in the smile in the eyes of the old guy sitting at the coffee shop. It's too small to find but it's too big to hide and you can feel it anytime of the day or the night if you just stop. 

 

It's free, easy and it's not some rare-occurring thing, lately there's so much more I've been thinking of. It's only love, It's only love, It's only love.  It's only love, it's only love, it's only love, just like the sun. Just like the sun.