Nitetime

by Julian Velard

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1.
Nitetime 03:30
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
2.
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...
3.
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
4.
All in All 04:37
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
5.
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...
6.
Jack 04:43
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
7.
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?
8.
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
9.
Maybe Baby 04:20
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
10.
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

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Nitetime is step one of the Julian Velard experience: an eclectic jazz-pop odyssey featuring his earliest lyrical ruminations on love and life ("Nitetime," "All In All," "Musta Been Somebody Else"). This self-released album was recorded with a five-piece jazz combo, including unique solos for trumpet and violin.

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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 New York

Julian Velard's musical stylings and comedic timing have made him a fixture in both the comedy and music scenes, and have created cult followings overseas.

He’s toured alongside Jamie Cullum, Paul Carrack, and has shared the stage with comedians Will Ferrell and Paul Scheer.

His ability to transition between worlds has led to regular appearances on The Howard Stern Show and NPR’s Ask Me Another.
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