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Before & After Silence

by Speed the Plough

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I miss rush hour I miss crowded bars, loud music and funerals... How do we say goodbye to those we lost? I miss your presence in every crowd Will you let me sing you this song? I miss rush hour, with you by my side
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Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should Some things break like glass It’s just a small mistake Some things fade away Like they never were Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should Keep me close at hand Like a glove that fits Lock me in your heart Where I wanna be Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should Just because you should, doesn’t mean you can
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On the 11th day in May under a silver moon I had important things to say, but they’re not important now On the 11th day in May someone clings to life take me away, I’ve seen enough take me along for the ride ch. It’s not the way I wrote that script It’s not the ending I intended It’s not the way you looked at me It’s not the way you said it’d be ‘Cause they said it would be such a beautiful place On the 11th day in May in a room I knew pratically off and on my way I saw a picture of you On the 11th day in May you were smiling back at me and every time I look at it that’s exactly what I see bridge They never seem to get it straight even in the clearest moment all that I can do is wait to see if you’ll come home again
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Open Door 03:29
Say a prayer for the people going underground Say a prayer for all the lives in the lost and found Say a prayer for all the times you said a prayer Say a prayer until we all come up for air Ch- There will be a day when we meet again The stars will burn away I’ll see you then Shed a tear for the people all around you Shed a tear for those you don’t even know Shed a tear just because you can cry You can have it all without even trying
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Once 04:29
V- Once you walked away you were so gone nothing to say Twice you came back to me What you were on took you away Once I had a dream (right there) in my head something well fed Twice I turned back to see if you were just laughing at me ch- Turn to the page where the words are just right (you can) read it again and again if there's light V- Once you said you'd stay you'd be in my way I'd tell you to go Twice circling the park pedal my bike leaving no marks Once you rang your bell as if to say I'll race you to hell Twice It's just as nice as you ride away I'll catch up some day
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Verse 1: The coffee’s on, the day’s begun, the train has left, you’re all alone, What happens next? The bird has flown, you’re on your own, you close the door, and still there’s more, What happens next? Chorus: It must be summer cause the love’s all burned away and romance dies on the vine. This can’t be love because it feels so good today I’ll take a rhyme that isn’t mine. Verse 2: You ask yourself, a question once, inside your room, tell the truth, What happens next? Fit me in your prayers tonight, throw the lock, turn out the lights, What happens next? Chorus Instrumental verse Chorus
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Broken Glass 04:39
White tail in the morning Jail break through the tall grass Take heed follow me home again Follow me Thru way on a new day Day trip in the sunshine North bound where we’ll meet again Corn field (chorus) Feels like it’s happening all over again Feels like a dream ’til I open my eyes I’m losing my way when you’re not around I asked you to stay to see what I found (Repeat first verse) Wondering always wondering Why we I’m still wondering Waited why we waited so long So long Time lapse in the evening Stories by the fireside Wake me see you in the morning Mornings (chorus)
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Soul To Keep 04:33
Take away my devils I’ll lose my angels too If not for counting blessings There’s nothing else to do Out beyond the breakers You’ll see a moon so round If you wait a little while It lifts you off the ground Ch. It’s pretty hard to go to sleep Praying for your soul to keep It isn’t for the feint of heart Let it all just fall apart I can’t see that far Even if I try real hard I remember you Hoping all your dreams come true Something fell apart Broken from the very start Life’s a deeper green Insects scraping on the screen
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Here in my arms there’s a love song being written nearly every minute you and I are in it Take me away there’s a roadmap in the glovebox a dollar on the dashboard a sparkle in your eye I’ll drown in your gold there’s rain on the horizon leaving and arriving I’m slipping and I’m sliding (chorus) Stand back when I’m closing the door back where I’ve been once before back in the throes in the glow of the sun of the one I’ve been waiting for I’ve taken a shine and I remember the feeling rising to the ceiling tethered to your smile I’ll drown in your gold there’s rain on the horizon leaving and arriving I’m slipping and I’m sliding Take me away there’s a roadmap in the glovebox a dollar on the dashboard a sparkle in your eye (chorus)
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A collection of the songs recorded and released during the Covid pandemic, with a host of local and long distance contributors. Guests include Mayssa Jallad of Safar, Matt Piucci of The Rain Parade, Tara Key of Antietam, Brenda Sauter and Stanley Demeski of The Feelies, Jon and Deena of The Cucumbers, Rebecca Turner, Scott Anthony, Ed Seifert, Matt Davis, and STP alums John Demeski, Dan Francia, Ian Francia, Marc Francia, Christopher O'Donovan, and Richard Barnes.

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released October 1, 2021

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Speed the Plough Hackensack, New Jersey

Speed the Plough is a New Jersey-based chamber pop band that has been playing since 1984. The band was formed by John & Toni Baumgartner and Marc Francia, the founders of The Trypes, a mainstay of the ’80s Hoboken scene, which included most members of The Feelies. STP has released 9 full-length albums (Coyote, ESD, Dromedary, and Bar-None), a single on French label Acetone, and a self-released EP. ... more

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