Promises [ALBUM 2019]

by Paul Cargnello

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released May 3, 2019

Recorded @ Upper China Studios.

Dedicated to the legacy of Clem Horatio Evans, Prince Rogers Nelson , David Robert Jones, & Malik Izaak Taylor.

Producing, Mixing, Recording, Mastering, Lyrics, Music, Vocals, Guitars, Programming, Drums, Keyboards, by Paul Cargnello, except where indicated.

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Paul Cargnello Montreal, Québec

Paul Cargnello is one of Montreal's favourite prolific troubadours. He has always been able keep the critics on their toes, and the fans wanting more.

Paul Cargnello est devenu l’un des troubadours les plus prolifiques du Québec. À chaque album, Il trouve une façon de surprendre les critiques et repousse sans cesse ses propres limites, au grand plaisir des fans.
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Track Name: Enemy (Intro)

I said, Ooh, don't you wanna party with me?
Well baby my time aint free.

You call me up on some telephone
you want me out the door, you want me in your home
In life we are all alone
until we step outside, into the danger zone
You say 'pretty pretty please
put your party face on
for the cameras say cheese.
Now, watch your BFF become your enemy
Well, I hear you loud and clear
Now there's a knock on your door
baby guess who's here.
Track Name: Promises

Promises, they're all meant be kept
every time that I've broken one, I swear to you I wept

Promises, all the hurting is done upfront
trying to be the pick of the litter when really your the runt

Promises, are not just more than just that
every tear I shed, I kept hidden under my hat

Promises, they'll expose what' underneath
like behind every pear of lips there's a mouth full of teeth

My word and my pen are as tough as they come
they put a hole right through the frame
like a weapon

I promise you the mind
I promise you the world
I promise you the body, I promise that it twirls
I promise to be honest
and if I promise you you're right
I promise that I lied, I promise not tonight
I promise you your lucky
I promise you've got game
I promise you don't deserve it, but it's a promise all the same
I promise you the money
I promise you respect, I promise the material things will decay in their neglect
I promise you no mercy
I promise to stay alert
I promise you the truth, I just can't promise it won't hurt
Track Name: Hooked On You
Hooked On You

I can't stop staring it's true
all of me is hooked on you
I'm burning up you're so cool
all of me is hooked on you
Won't you carry me through
all of me is hooked on you
I know you're feeling it too

C'mon baby, won't you give me light
C'mon baby, give me something new
C'mon baby, let's get higher
C'mon baby, give me something to do

I feel so good, I wanna shout it out
There ain't no word, for how I feel
Hear me out
Track Name: Seperate Ways
Separate Ways

I don't want to, but I need you
and I don't want to let you down, no
you've been talking 'bout how
you'll be walking out now
there's just nowhere else to go
but on our separate ways

I thought I knew what you said was true but
that's just not your style, hey
we've been dancing 'bout now
talking circles 'round how
our directions got to change
on our separate ways

It's hard to tell 'cause I know you so well
but you will reap just what you sew
I won't hold you back
take you off the track
there's just nowhere else to go
but on our separate ways

we're on our way
Track Name: Nothing But Another Day
Nothing But Another Day (For Clem)
Featuring Aiza.

You wake up with the sun in your eyes
your problems unfixed no big surprise
I'd like to tell you that it's under control
but, everybody's talking 'bout the one two three
everybody's talking 'bout uncertainty
everybody's talking with their thumbs on a screen
broken dreams baby, if you ask me it's
Nothing but another day, nothing but the only way.

You step outside time to start your week
pretending like a winner on a losing streak
I'd love to tell you that it's understood
but, everybody's walking in their own direction
everybody's searching for that lost connection
nobody knows how it all goes down
but we know it's 'round the corner
we can hear that sound
Nothing but another day, nothing but the only way.

Here you thought that the world would end
little did you know that no one would attend
I hate to tell you but I'm not surprised
'cause we all got lost on the way to the spot
we had to work late then we just forgot
we had that other thing
never heard the phone ring
didn't check the message
now everybody's singing that it's
Nothing but another day, nothing but the only way.
Track Name: (Don't) Let Me Drown
(Don't) Let Me Drown
(Music: Paul & Christopher Cargnello, Lyrics: Paul Cargnello)
Wurlitzer preformed by Christopher Cargnello.

Carry me out, take me way downtown,
take me to the deep, but don't let me drown.

If you get close I won't turn away
our time to hesitate that was yesterday
I'm all lost in your city scape
I can see my home taking shape
A mystery is all around
in your winding streets
and the night sounds
passion leads me everywhere
I feel the heat waves, you take me there

Here I am deep in the depths
my heart pounds between the breaths
I won't lie I need you here
without you things just aint clear
there's always a sound coming though that door
a moan or a shake in the ceilings and the floor
to all things there is a rhythm
I can hear the sound waves, I have given in
Track Name: Goddam Crusifixed
Goddam Crusifixed

Don't think of me while you sing
Don't think of me while you weep
Don't worry about me lying awake
Don't dream of me while you sleep

I know, I know what you're thinking
you're thinking that I hate your guts
well hate's a strong word
and I'd like you more
if around the edges you weren't so rough
Well I know, I know what you're saying
even though it's a little long winded
it's not as if any law's been broken
just a bit bent but now it's mended
You know, you know what I mean
I'm not so goddam tightfisted
I said it right, right one time
but the words came out all twisted.

Don't think of me while you dance
Don't think of me on your deathbed
Don't let me break, break your heart
Don't believe every word that I've said

I know, I know how you're feeling
you know that I can feel it too
you feel like you're getting wiped away
like you're some piece of shit on a shoe... and it might be true
Well people get connected, and people get made
other people got debts that got to be payed
some people reach out every time they see a flame
some people like to feel the heat
but they don't want to take the blame
People get gone, people disappear
other people give in to things they fear.
Well now summer is here
and I'm not king of the cross
yet I feel so goddam crusifixed
just 'cause I'm at a loss.
Our daily bread has grown stale
the dark night has grown pale

Don't think of me while you sway
Don't think of me in my hay-day
Don't think of me as your guiding star
Don't remind me of who you are
Track Name: Trouble
(Music: Paul Cargnello & Richard St. Aubin, Lyrics: Paul Cargnello & Thomas Roderick Claudius)
Featuring Shash'U & Mello G.

Creation stepper, in the sun
reach the endgame, I ain't done
back at yard, here I stay
banton wind, watch the leaves sway
fist some coil, likkle large
we buck up, know who's in charge
downpresser hands red stain
trouble no set like rain

trouble never set like rain

Rude boy loved, rude boy lost
rude boy lied, at what cost
rude boy cried at the side of the road
rude boy carried a heavy load
rude boy stumbling, unlocked the gates
security didn't like his state
proud as a lion, in his mane
trouble no set like rain

trouble never set like rain

trouble never set like rain
never know the minute
an it over when it happen
all you a look
you'll never see it coming
never know 'cause you never can tell
got to be prepare
mi say might as well
call when it happen
might it mek ya words sail
'cause trouble never set like
trouble never set like
Track Name: Two Nobodies
Two Nobodies
(Music: Paul & Christopher Cargnello, Lyrics: Paul Cargnello)
Guitars, Bass, Drums, Wurlitzer, Celeste performed by Christopher Cargnello.

Two nobodies talking about nothing
in the middle of nowhere
dreaming about something

No flash no cameras please
unless you think you got the guts
he walks a fine line
all the way up in the motherfucking front
he got battle scars
and he stumble and he slump
nowhere to land
did he fall or did he jump?
He's a papa now
ticking tocking with time
his own son will one day
be living off his dime
and when it burns so good
all of this is like his flame
and when it's bad he's left fading
in the lifelong blame

It's what he do
he just don't like to break through
it's like the concrete teeth
chewing him up from underneath
the weight he can barely stand
the bullshit he can hardly see
he's trying to branch way out of his family tree
his reality fades
no one will judge him on what's real
emotions will rearrange
no one will care about how he feel
and when the going get's good
he moves to the back
it will only take time for his facade to crack
Track Name: Dead
(Music: Paul & Christopher Cargnello, Lyrics: Paul Cargnello, Tamara Hector, Stephane Pierre-Dufour, Yassin Alsalman)
Keyboards performed by Christopher Cargnello.
Featuring Karma Atchykah, Sereni T, Narcy.

Heart heavy, like lead
cement pound, hard head.
watch me now, in the valley of your dead
judge me forever for what I just said.
Feet to the fire
like punishing a liar
rhythm’s broken out
of the limitless doubt
forget me not, I'm coming in hot
calm the fuck down
you're hero, my clown.
Like one sees what one sees
psycho diagnostic ink blot
American blind, what a precious spot
Outside the patriotic light beam
slipping slyly through the tear
in the seam, of a flag
draped around a casket
time to find a better racket

My legs hurtin' me
Yeah I'm running out of time
'cause we're running in line
with those who want to strive
and those with the drive
oh me oh my
such casualty's, now we're dead
searching for the bread that we cannot eat, ah sheesh
I guess that's just the way life goes
doors open and close
those who chose
they chose for a reason
I'm a little hot sauce for the season
and when it's summer time
I'm a focus on the streakin'
not running naked stupid,
my game is on that provin'
and I have proven that you can't do this
life at times is ruthless,
but we keep it moving
gas pedal no cruising or perusing
steady on perusing while we die a little on the inside
Do this, do that,
there's a race going on
I'm a win it
for through boom bap
you keep telling me 'bout your life standards
hit the books and start living round twenty five
stop the pressuring,
want me to do it like this,
me no like that.
Started last, might be the first to party
but I'll be right back,
step outside of the race
tie up my laces and pick up the pace
judged as a failure but far from the case
Now, don't tell me I'm out the loot
they'll try and say your dumb
'cause you dropped out of school
there's no race to be won, so get off me
no rushing my flow,
that's simply not me
It's all about keeping the pace
reaching a high state
let it take time, it's worth the wait

Feel like I’m Manga and four foot
I been waiting I’m all good 
Follow a Couple Rules
Number 1
Never Play Jenga with George Bush,
You Bound to Lose
Number 2
There is heaven in all hoods
Let’s move on 
see it as you may
gemini, the hymn of I is 8
I am great
Mere mortal
they are meeh, more of the same
you cannot compare
I was born in waves like music and
my daughters hair, I swear
To the sound of
my own horn
notes of what I’m proud of
we don’t mourn
but hope is what i’m out of
So sue me
Woo me like rumi
let love pursue me...

There's always work to be done
buildings to raze, rum to run
there's just so much work to do
a never ending mystery,without a clue
there's work up ahead
till the money's all spent
and we're all dead

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