Still Here

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released April 10, 2011

Liner Notes for Still Here by Martinez & Guthrie
Vocals: Gus Guthrie
Harmony vocals on You Should've Asked Me and On and On: Joe Martinez
Instruments: Joe Martinez

Bass on It's Not Hard To See and You Could Be The Cure: Andy Bailey
Wurlitzer and B3 on On and On: Benjie Porecki
B3 on You Should've Asked Me and You Could Be The Cure: Benjie Porecki
Piano and B3 on It's Not Hard To See: Jon Carroll
Cello on I'd Say Go: Fred Lieder
Trumpet on After Regret: Joseph Brotherton
Saxophone on After Regret: Elijah Balbed

Lyrics on Tipping Point and You Could Be The Cure: Gus Guthrie (BMI)
All other music and lyrics: Joe Martinez /Ravensworth Publishing (BMI)

Produced and Recorded by Joe Martinez
Mixed by Jason Lehning
Hard To Believe (Not Hard To See) mixed by Mike Fisher
Mastered by Jim DeMain at Yes Master, Nashville
Legal: Eric J. Schwartz at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP
Cover Design by Dan Schuman at Lawrence Marie, Inc.

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Track Name: It's Not Hard To See
Why don’t you say what needs to be said?
You’re just fueling these arguments instead
We’re left to look at the sky with a roll of the eyes
and a deep breath we have to take
We explain why, it’s the same every time,
we don’t learn from our mistakes

I can’t say, that it’s hard to see
It might be hard to believe, but
it’s not hard to see

To be here right now, you know it’s too late
Crisscrossing these paths again we’ve made
We always hold to our lines - we don’t look around,
but it’s all there for us to see
We shine the light on hope and deny
that there’s anything we could’ve changed

I can’t say, that it’s hard to see
It might be hard to believe, but
it’s not hard to see

Forsake the obvious to wait and see
You’re talking yourself out of what you believe
What do you believe?

I can’t say, that it’s hard to see
It might be hard to believe, but
it’s not hard to see
It’s not hard to see
It might be hard to believe, but
it’s not hard to see
Track Name: Tipping Point
Little by little
Bit by bit
Another rock thrown on the pile
Another piece that just won’t fit
Grain by grain
Stone by stone
One gives strength to the other
Until it shifts, creaks, and groans

It’s gonna tip on over

One broken window
One tag left up too long
One more thug works the corner
One less cop to move them along
Shard by shard
Needle by needle
One more family cuts and runs
There goes the curb appeal

It’s gonna tip on over
It’s gonna tip on over

You know is starts as such a tiny thing
You don’t notice for a while
One day you wake up to find
What you know has gone out of style

Sideways glance
A wayward stare
Another case of wandering eye
Trying to see what else is there
Word by word
Jab by jab
Then one day the bill comes due
Guess who’s left to pay the tab?

It’s gonna tip on over
It’s gonna tip on over
It’s gonna tip on over
It’s gonna tip on over
When will it tip over?
It’s gonna tip on over
It’s gonna tip
It’s gonna tip on over
Track Name: I'd Say Go
I’ve been tempted
But I can’t wait for you
All your life
You’re gonna do what you want to
Take your time if you’re
Gonna leave it all behind
Take your time
When you leave it all behind
Just leave it all behind

I’d say
I’d say

And you know I’ll always listen to
What you say
And I will be there saying that it’s
okay
I can only pretend to hear
What you say
I can only pretend to understand
What you say
Understand what you say

But it’s not okay
No it’s not okay
No it’s not okay

I’d say
No I don’t think you need me
I’d say
No I don’t think you need me
Anymore
I’d say go
Track Name: You Should've Asked Me
I’ll wait a little while more
This I’ve said before
I rest too much upon what could be

You’ve got this figured out
You’re always sure to remind me
But you’d never recognize what I’ve seen
What I’ve seen

I guess I should
And I wish I would

Left with what’s on your mind
And to chase what you think you’ve been missing
I'll follow that end to a beginning

Let’s call it justified
Pretend it’s all worth giving
We’d better realize what should be
What could be

I guess I should
But I wish I would

Don’t you ever offer me
That what I can’t keep
In between what you think and what I’m thinking
You know you could’ve asked me

You could’ve asked me
You could’ve asked me
You know you could’ve asked me
You could’ve asked me
You know you should’ve asked me
You know you should’ve asked me
Track Name: On And On
Don’t wait until it’s too late
To pull up on the reins
You’re chasing down debts that you think you’ll repay
with your innocence

On and on we go around and I’m,
still here
On and on we go around and I’m,
just trying to see, what you want me to see

A parade of reactions marching in time,
to the beat of shame
We argue with answers that we both know are lies,
just to ease our way

On and on we go around and I’m,
still here
On and on we go around and I’m,
just trying to hear, what you want me to hear

All of the while, we’re left to mend
all the pieces that we tear ourselves in
Still I am bound to what you think you see, in me

On and on we go around and I’m,
still here
On and on we go around and I’m,
just trying to be, what you want me to be
What you want me to be
I’m still here
What you want me to be
I’m still here
What do you want me to be?
I’m still here
What you want me to be
Track Name: What You Don't Want To Hear
Between you and me we’ve got to have something
Even if it’s not what we think it could be
I’ve counted every last bit up
I’m up to nothing
But I find that I’m OK, having ended up here

I’m through
I’m through with this walking
With every step that I take on the tips of my toes in fear
of stumbling on to what you don’t want to hear

I saved you a seat, the front door is open
You don’t have to knock, come and go as you please
If you don’t know your way I’ll pick you up
Just get here
But you stand in the way of seeing past you to me

I’m through
I’m through with this walking
With every step that I take on the tips of my toes in fear
of stumbling on to what you don’t want to hear
What you don’t want to hear

I’m through
I’m through with this walking
With every step that I take on the tips of my toes in fear
of stumbling on to what you don’t
of stumbling on to what you don’t
of stumbling on to what you don’t want to hear
Track Name: You Could Be The Cure
Friday turned Saturday
I've been sitting here thinking
nursing my third lonely drink
Couples bump and bustle by
Mirror ball reflections
pinned me hard against the wall

Just then a perfumed breeze blows by
Turns the head of every guy
and every barstool swivels
the crowd melts like a wave
Oh Lord she's headed my way
quick think of something to say

I hope that maybe
You might glance at me
My eyes say baby
Come take a chance with me
I know that you could be the cure
for another long lonely night

Her eyes meet mine she smiles at me
Oh don't say something foolish
I'm looking down at my shoes
Mumbled greeting fumbled reply
Just a casual encounter
I watch my chance slip by

Is that the touch of her hand
Pulling toward the sound of the band
Sway of hip and skirt hem swishing
Move to the rhythm try to keep the pace
I'm swaying in her sweet embrace
I search the room for her face

I hoped that maybe
You would dance with me
My arms said baby
Come hit the floor with me
I know that you could be the cure
for another long lonely night
I know that you could be the cure
But I never got the nerve

I hoped that maybe
She might glance at me
My heart said baby
Just take a chance with me
Well I guess I should have known
That I'd end up back here again
I guess I should have known
That I'd end up back here again
I guess I should have known
That I'd end up back here again alone
Track Name: After Regret
No we don't agree
How the ends should meet
Believe what you believe
I'll wait patiently

So drop a smile on me
Take what you can from me
Take what you can and leave
I'll blame no one else but me

Won't you tell me where to find forgiveness
I'm lost in what you said
Don't tell me that it's not what you meant

Are you still afraid
Of what's left to gain
Counting every mistake
You crawl through another day

You can't stay away
Form the ledges you make
Don't expect me to break your falls
And make it okay

Won't you tell me where to find forgiveness
I'm lost in what you did
Don't tell me that it's worth it to forget

So I smile and say
Is this all you can take
I'll be here just in case
You need another promise to break

Won't you tell me where to find forgiveness
I'm lost in what you said
Don't tell me it's that it's not what you meant

Won't you tell me where to find forgiveness
I'm lost in all of this
Happily ever after regret
Happily ever after
Happily ever after regret
Track Name: Hard To Believe (Not Hard To See)
You won’t say what needs to be said
You’re fueling these arguments instead
We’re left to look at the sky with a roll of the eyes
and a deep breath we have to take
We explain why, it’s the same every time,
we don’t learn from our mistakes

I can’t say, that it’s hard to see
It might be hard to believe,
but It’s not hard to see

To be here right now, you know it’s too late
Crisscrossing these paths again we’ve made
But we hold to our lines and we don’t look around,
but it’s all there for us to see
We shine the light on hope and deny
that there’s anything we could’ve changed

I can’t say, that it’s hard to see
It might be hard to believe,
but it’s not hard to see

Forsake the obvious to wait and see
You’re talking yourself out of what you believe
What do you believe?

I can’t say, that it’s hard to see
It might be hard to believe,
but it’s not hard to see
It might be hard to believe,
but it’s not hard to see
It’s not hard to see
It’s not hard to see
It might be hard to believe,
but it’s not hard to see