Nitetime

by Julian Velard

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Self-released debut, 10 songs recorded live in Suffern, NY in two days in August 2002. Accompanied by a stellar, jazzy 5-piece (featuring Jeff Pierce on Trumpet, Roland Satterwhite on Violin, Dan Arnow on Bass, and Paul Triff on Drums), this laid back, listening vibe shows the origins of the JV sound.

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released January 1, 2003

JV - Vocals, Piano
Roland Satterwhite - Violin, Background Vocals
Jeff Pierce - Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Daniel Arnow - Bass
Paul Triff - Drums

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Julian Velard Brooklyn, New York

Julian Velard is songwriter, piano man, and native New Yorker. a biting 21st century wit in a stylish package—think Harry Connick, Jr. with the panache of a Brooklyn hipster—recalling Stephen Sondheim or Randy Newman at the peak of their talents.

His comedic timing and musical stylings have made him a regular on The Howard Stern Show and NPR’s Ask Me Another.
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Track Name: Nitetime
Stop it the closet is empty
Baby go back to bed
You been tossing and turning
You're learning the world is inside your head

You should ask the Boss why he made the nitetime, oh yeah
Because the sun's down doesn't mean it's the right time, oh yeah
Wonder what it costs to cover such a bright light, oh yeah
I'll never understand why he made the nitetime, oh yeah

Somehow I get the feeling
The boogieman's on your side
He's your other your secret brother
Your lost twin, the one you keep locked inside

Twenty years down I'm still afraid of the nitetime, oh yeah
Do I have what it takes to see the end of my lifetime, oh yeah
When I was your age I had the same set of bright eyes, oh yeah
But my questions remain about the heart of the nitetime, Oh yeah

Like why is dark outside?
And why does my face look back at me at the edge of the night?
I try to make some sense inside of me
Cause I gotta believe
That my loving is strong, it can carry along
All the people like me who will never belong
To a world that believes that it's right
When I know that it's wrong

Will I ever come to terms with the love of the nitetime
There is so much to learn from the light in my baby's eyes
How come with so much sun I never look on the bright side?
What I wouldn't give just to taste one last time
You just keep looking my way and I will keep us away
From everything that must stay in the nitetime
Track Name: Yeah, Yeah, Yeah (Work To Do)
Baby don't look that way
I'm going to go but then I'm coming to stay
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
I never know what to say
You make a sad face every time I go away
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Hold the fort for the night
I'll be back tomorrow babe
They always keeping everybody
Off the phones for the night
But I got a call I gotta make
I gotta get the word out on the street

Baby don't lose your sleep
Every little bit it goes a long way
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Tomorrow's another day
When the sun comes up it'll all be okay
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

I always know when I'm right
There's a feeling in my stomach
And my hands get sweaty
Tonight's the night for me to strike
I'd love to take a holiday but
Baby don't you know I got
Work To Do...

Never ask my reasons why
I'm doing what I do, no matter what I try
But it keeps my mind occupied
The city is alive, the city is alive with
Work To Do...
Track Name: Musta Been Somebody Else
I been listening for your footsteps at my door
I've done this kind of thing a thousand times or more
And after every time I tell myself it's over cause it
Doesn't feel right, it wasn't that funny but we
Laughed all night just like we been buddies
But what about before?
That musta been somebody else

My head is filling up with every kind of dream
A couple buckets I'll be bursting at the seams
So can't you tell me something certain
Something more than just it
Doesn't feel right, I know I'm not funny but you
Laughed all night, just like we been be buddies
But what about before?
You musta been somebody else

Hold on to your love
Cause that's what got you here
Cause that's what makes you tough
Hold on with your gloves
We got a hot one here
I didn't make this up

I been watching children play all afternoon
And I gotta say there are things I never thought I do
Like trip a little kid just to watch him fall
You know it doesn't look right, I know it's not funny but they
Laugh all night, so much for your buddies
And what about before
They must have been somebody else

The sickness comes and goes and keeps me in my bed
A fatal flower grows from deep inside my head
A single sniff and I go back to every single time it
Felt so right when it felt so funny it was
Strange and light like a feather on your tummy
When I think about before
I wish I'd been somebody else
Track Name: All in All
My number came up today
They're sending me across the Waves
I don't like the ocean, but I'm told that my emotions
Tend to lead me astray

Promise me you'll be my gal
You'll send a post just once in a while
You'll sleep beside my dirty clothing
Stay up every night just hoping I'll be okay
I'll make it but

All in all, it's all the still the same
I'm in love, you're not coming back to me
Hold me down, let the water run over all I've done
Till I'm back in your arms again

Hold the phone, you say I make no sense
Okay I'll back things up, I'm dropping all pretense
So let me start by saying, all I done with you
Was in the way of Self-defense

You see the world's been kind, oh but most times cruel
And I've lived long enough to know when I'm the fool
Baby if I'm going off to war I gotta know exactly
who I'm doing it for
So don't fake it

All in all, it's all the still the same
I'm in love, you're not coming back to me
Hold me down, let the water run over all I've done
Till I'm back in your arms again

Woah oh oh
I'm lonely love, lonely love
Let me know where you are
I'll go there no matter how far
I'll rise up from hell to your star
It must be love just because
It's the only thing I'm sure of

Do you remember when we stole the treasure chest?
Just you and me then, I like those times best
Would it matter baby if I said I die to go back there again
Would I pass your test?
Well girl I take what I can get cause...

All in all, it's all the still the same
I'm in love, you're not coming back to me
Hold me down, let the water run over all I've done
From the valley bold to the setting sun
Let the people see all that's meant to be
That I was right for you and you were right for me
Take me from the guns, and from the front
and back in your arms
Track Name: All Right For You
Lemme know, lemme know
Lemme be the one for you
You never know, there's a small chance
Maybe you're the one for me
Yes it may be true

Let it out, let it out
Let it out into the street
Let the people know the things you been thinking
Cause you never know who you're gonna meet

If it's all right for you
It's all right for me
Keep climbing up the family tree
When there's nothing to do
You come home to me
We'll keep it going to a modest degree
Is that so bad?

Turn around, turn around
Turn around and face the wind
Keep it down, don't you know
Each sound is a sacrifice?
Now start again

Come around, come around
Come around me night or day
You know it don't matter what the people think
And it sure don't matter what the people say

If it's all right for you
It's all right for me...

Light it up and let it float around the bay
Soon enough the candle boat comes back your way

All the time, all the time
All the time I live alone
I got so much stuff inside
Can I tell you that I'm terrified?
To let you know

If it's all right for you
It's all right with me...
Track Name: Jack
And here's the truth, Jack
She left one night for the barroom life
And she never came back
And your sister's got the new kitchen
She's got a guy they're gonna try for the kid, okay

You came uncouth, Jack
You cried all the time so we gave you a lie
And you turned it to your fact
Your mama don't play the drums boy
You know she never touched a tambourine

You gotta be a grown man to understand
You don't cry for mommy
Or we're gonna take your pictures away
You never reminisce, Jack, keep track
And don't cry for mommy
Can't you hear a single thing that I say, okay

Do you remember her face, Jack?
Or the shock white thatch that she hid slid back
In a black silk hair sack
You know she's by some jukebox
Sipping scotch with any underage boy
That comes in

Take a look at this place, Jack
It's a cold blue brick and linoleum trick
That you turned into your trap
And you crouch by the phone like a fireplace
Thinking she'll call make your body all warm

You gotta be a grown man to understand
You don't cry for mommy
Or we're gonna take your pictures away
You never reminisce, Jack, keep track
And don't cry for mommy
Can't you hear a single thing that I say
You gotta be a grown man to understand
You don't cry for mommy
Ain't no sense to being stuck in this way

No calls today or any other days
You gotta leave the phone, you gotta leave it alone
You gotta quite crying and learn to face the pain
Track Name: Can't Stand For This
So here we are this summer night
The sticky tabletop takes the light
And makes your cheek so sleek so tight
Your sister's off and to the left
She's whispering promises to my friend
He buys a round for us again

Your hair hits my head which I hide
Deep inside my sleeve
I need a big break from your big face
You turn to your sis with your lisp
Say you're done with this
And fly into the street
As I come up for a peek

You go from store to store buying skirts that just don't fit
Startup silly conversation in the hope I never notice
Your thigh that's moving out as I move in for the kiss
I told you before I can't stand for this
I call you on the phone asking when we can begin
You say you keep your evenings open hoping love will fill it in
Then to find you making dates with this South American
I told you before I can't stand for this

Woke up my head man it sure hurt
Left my Walkman in your purse
Hit your place not calling first
Marched four flight of broken stair
Only to find you lying there
In your Colombian love affair

You stay half asleep with your cheek
Pressed against his chest
You freaked when you saw my crumbling face
You say that it's best not to stress
But you're all a mess
Your makeup runs a race
And your cheek has lost its place

You say things are still the same but your heart is so unsure
You just keep on playing games but you're running out of quarters
You're working through the words but his spit is on your lip
I told you before I can't stand for this
Now your eyes are up in mine and there's nowhere I can hide
I can feel them digging down taking razors to my insides
Are burning like a bitch but you're giving me my fix
I told you before I can't stand for this so

What have you got to make this love survive?
I said now what have you got make this love survive?
I said what have you got make this love survive? I got nothing

I look at the break In your nose
I was taken by your glow
When I ran my finger down
That was then, this is now, and somehow
We got lost between
It seemed that things were right
Even if it was one night

And your bags are all but packed driving back to old LA
Cross the country with your man in his second hand Mercedes
Is up stealing cross the street and I'm feeling like I missed
I told you before I can't stand for this
The illusion makes me sick and I know that I'm to blame
Hope you're happy with his love hope you're happy about my pain
I will throw it all to you cause I hate myself to bits
I told you before I can't handle this but

But what have you got to make this love survive?
Track Name: How I Became A Pirate
I am plastic man
I become the bridge you walk on
And I’m your bedroom lamp
I can guard you while you sleep
But I don’t understand
Anything about the
Export business
The troubles with tariffs
Or formal dinners
Your father holds me to
The marriage has been set
For the fourth of this December
That’s forty-eight more days
I’ll be cleaning the latrine
I’m always up on deck
I’m so tired of these
Frozen oceans
And broken hearted sailors
And all their sailing terms
Love has just become some used up word
I dream about a world that’s something better
A paradise of Booby-Filled Pudding Desserts
A land where all the sand is clean
There’s not a single footprint to be seen
I’d like it if you came along
I don’t think I can go there on my own
I don’t know where this is going
so let’s go slow yeah
Oh my god
I think I’m flowing yeah yeah I
I wish I’d known before
That your mouth’s an open door
Oh now every crewman knows
How they whisper through the night
And they’re planning a revolt
Cause they’re tired of your
Mother’s sweater
She makes us wear them
They’re all the same type
Black and white stripes

They call me Captain
And pledge their devotion
And plot out courses
To fix their divorces
Now why did you tell them?
They’ve gone and changed everything
There’s no more pudding
There’s hardly anything ‘cept
All their worries
And petty insecurities
I don’t have what it takes to
Make your parents
Walk that long wood plank
Track Name: Maybe Baby
I been stuck in the doctor’s office
I been kicking around the sick kid’s pen
And you finally came by yesterday
Asking if we can be friends
It was fall this time last year
When you up and left me dear
And I’m still waiting on my appointment
Well a world has changed between us
People come together people fall apart
As you see I’ve joined the society
For the liberation of tinker toy art
You always said there was a need of applause
A life for a crowd instead of a cause
You say I’m such a disappointment
And I say “Maybe baby,
Girl you drive me crazy
But I’ve just got to tell you that I love you a lot!”
And I say, “Lady, save me,
I feel like such a baby
But baby you’re the one thing that this boy just don’t got!”
Baby what’s the use of talking tell me
What could you possibly have to say?
I know you took the Doctor to Morocco
And you used up all of my severance pay
I got canned for crying all of the time
You had me standing on the loverboy line
And now I’m waiting on unemployment
Babies all around me teething and screaming
I’m drowning in all of the tears
And mommies lick me up and down
They’re hungry cause everybody’s single in here
Well I could have another mother lover each week
But you’re the only mom I want touching my cheek
Cause none of them got your diaper rash ointment
And I say, “Maybe Baby,
Girl you know I’m crazy
But I’ve just got to tell you that I love you a lot!”
And I say, “Lady, save me
I feel like such a baby
But baby you’re the one thing that this boy just don’t got!”
And I need more
I need all you’ve got and I still want more
Too much is not enough
In all the world there’s just one world
There’s just one world
Sugar let’s go back to college
We could do the rewind we could play from the start
Booger pick apart your knowledge
We know you never meant to break my heart
Lovely you were gone so long
That I can’t remember if you were real


Now the office walls come-a-tumbling down
But I don’t remember how I’m supposed to feel
I don’t understand you said I misunderstood
You tell me I can well babe I would if I could
But I girl I’ve lost my patience with all your patients
And I’m not feeling good
So I say, “Maybe Baby,
You’re Doctor says I’m crazy
But I’ve just got to tell you that I love you a lot!”
And I say, “Maybe Baby
It’s all because I’m lazy
But all my voices tell me you’re the one thing I got!”
And the voice say hoo!
And the voice ain’t talking to me he’s talking to you now
And the voice he tells you all the things I do now
He say “Babe you know he’s doing it all for you now!”
He say “Steve don’t leave can I please stay here with you now!”
I’m so scared out there I don’t know what to do now
Yabba Dabba Dabba Dabba Dabba Dabba Dabba Dabba Dabba
Do now yeah do now yeah!

I said I do now yeah, I do now yeah
I said do now yeah, I do now yeah
I said do now yeah, I do now yeah
What a world, what a world, what a wonderful world,
What a world, what a world, what a wonderful world,
What a world what a world what a wonderful world for you
Track Name: Ghosts In The Water
I am riding on this bus tonight
The kind with all the advertisements
Painted on outside
They clothe the window with a
Sheet of dots that make the lights
Out on the highway look like
Glowing spots of shifting life
I am watching how the moon can change
How smooth she sprouts two arms and
Reaches out to touch my face
She tries to tell me
Everything has always looked this way
She tries to tell me we are
Ghosts in the water baby
That’s all we are
Only spirits rolling by like the
Headlights of cars
That are drifting past my window
Sifting super slow
We are Ghosts In The Water baby
I am listening to this cheap Walkman
It won’t keep closed I have to
Clench it tight inside my hand
If I let go the tape will
Slip and make the music bend
And all the faces here will
Drip into piles of warm wet sand
I am climbing from my reclining seat
I step on top of heads and
Hop my way to the driver’s seat
I take the wheel I try to
Steer us clear to keep things neat
I steer me clear of all these
Ghosts in the water baby
That’s all we are
Lonely puddles in the potholes
We’re waiting on an arm
That can pull us like a power line
I tried but I wasn’t in time to save the
Ghosts in the water baby
I walk back down the aisle in shame
The people stand they smile with pain
And as I pass they pat me on the back
They say it’s okay, okay, I’m okay
I am driving deep inside of me
My heart is working hard
It’s learning how to love for free
Each time I reach for her
My arm comes off goes soft and weak
Ghosts in the water baby
It’s just too much
To be stuck inside a snow globe
With nothing to do but touch
When we hold each other safe
We change each other’s shape
We are ghosts in the water baby