The Planeteer

by Julian Velard

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Self-released follow up to the Movies Without You EP. Originally recorded over the course of a year for Virgin/EMI, the album includes re-workings of Joni, Little Demons, the UK single version of Jimmy Dean & Steve McQueen, along with 5 brand new recordings, and new version of a classic track from Nitetime (All in All).

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released November 23, 2009

Produced by Steve Power and Roger Greenawalt
Mixed by Steve Power and Michael Brauer
All songs written by Julian Velard

Vocals, Piano, Keyboard - JV
Drums - Jeremy Stacey, Genji Siraisi
Guitars - Tim Van Der Kuil
Percussion - Luis Jardim, Genji Siraisi
Bass - Pino Palladino, Sam Dixon, Brad Craig, Jeremy Wilms, John Calvert
Horns - Jeff Pierce, Justin Flynn, Jamie Talbot
Backing Vocals - Ari Hest, Bleu

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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: Joni (New Mix)
Deep in my darkest hour
That's when I feel the power
That's when I know nobody can hurt me
Why don't you hand it over?
Take a load off of your shoulder
I think I can handle the weight of your worry

Cause you're all right Joni, all right by me
I can tell your lonely, you could use the company
I'm not gonna fight you girl, no I'm not like that girl

I'm not like other guys
So Joni don't act surprised
If I say something like I wanna get to know you
It's cause I wanna know you
I'm willing to shave and shower
Willing to buy you flowers
Willing to do anything that I have to
Not just cause I have to

Cause you're all right Joni, all right by me
I can tell your lonely, you could use the company
I'm not gonna fight you girl, no I'm not like that girl
You can go all night Joni, all night with me
You don't have to know me, what you get is what you see
Not gonna bite you girl, no I'm not like that girl

Joni I understand, I'm a full grown man, I am able
Joni I don't live far, we can leave this bar, I got cable

Everything works itself out
That's what this life is about
You're dead in the end and you can't take it with you
Don't try to take this with you
So until then if you need a place to crash
Joni if you need to borrow some cash
Go ahead take my keys, it's not an issue
I ain't got no problems with you baby

Cause you're all right Joni, all right by me
I can tell your lonely, you could use the company
I'm not gonna fight you girl, no I'm not like that girl
You can go all night Joni, all night with me
Can't you tell I'm lonely, can't you tell you're just like me?
No I'm not gonna do that number to you girl
Track Name: Automatic
I’m washing my hands
You’re wondering why
You don’t understand
How they’re gonna get dry
It’s automatic
It’s automatized
It’s automatic with my hands they automatically dry

There’s never a plan
When somebody dies
There’s never a plan
It always comes as a surprise
It’s automatic
It’s automatized
It’s automatic with each man he automatically dies

Just take a look at my hands
Take a look at my hands
Take a look at my hands and you’ll understand
There’s no reasoning why, no reasoning why

I’m taking a break
From troubles at home
I need to escape
She never leaves me alone
She’s so dramatic
Yes she dramatazizes
She’s so dramatic I can’t that thing she does with her eyes

I think you know what I mean
I think you know what I mean
I think you know what I mean when say that she’s a queen
Every time that she cries

I watch the tears as they rolls
Watch the tears as they roll
Watch the tears as they roll down her check and I know
There’s no reasoning why
No reasoning why
Lemme tell you now

It’s automatic
It’s automatized
It’s automatic
It shouldn’t be a surprise
Track Name: Little Demons (New Mix)
Things get said, your head
Will turn the words around
Slow em down and when
No meaning can be found
You find your mind
Has built a wall of bricks
Your mind plays tricks

Don’t go out tonight
The girls will eat you up
They bark and they bite
And their boyfriends beat you up
You’re tough enough
To take it all in stride
So please just stay inside

Believe in the little demons
Don’t you know they believe in you
Let go of the pain your feeling
Don’t you tell me that it isn’t true
I know that your heart is bleeding
I can see it in the way you smile
Believe in the little demons
Cause they’re gonna be with you for a while

Rain for days on end
With no sign of sun in sight
Then one day the rain ends
And your future shines so bright
But watch out for cracks
As the sidewalk starts to expand
You mother’s back is in your hands

Believe in the little demons
Don’t you know they believe in you
Let go of the pain your feeling
Don’t you tell me that it isn’t true
I know that your heart is bleeding
I can see it in the way you smile
Believe in the little demons
Cause they’re gonna be with you for a while

Get out of the rain, I can hear momma calling
Get out of your brain my child
Look out for the frame, TV Crews come a calling
Look out, look out, look out

Things get said in bed
Who knows where they come from?
The words fly out of your mouth
And your first base becomes a home run
Then you’re left freezing cold
In the darkness of your room
Who hell is this person next to you?

Believe in the little demons
Don’t you know they believe in you
Let go of the pain your feeling
Don’t you tell me that it isn’t true
I know that your heart is bleeding
I can see it in the way you smile
Believe in the little demons
Cause they’re gonna be with you for a while
Believe in the little demons
Cause they’re gonna be with you for a while
Believe
Track Name: End Of An Era
Stop holding my hand
I get the feeling you don't understand
Cracks in the ceiling, snakes in the sand
Something too good to be true can't be planned
Go open your eyes
I gotta ruin the big surprise
You were a shoe in for the Nobel Prize
If only you knew that the judges had been bribed

Girl it's over and it's been for a while
We are older but we're both still in style
We can make it if we take a little time for ourselves
Cause there's nobody else

Do you remember that night
With us in the mirror and the neon light
It was clear something wasn't right
Overlooking the corner of 42nd and 9th
Don't cry anymore
I'm leaving you lying on the hotel floor
What's keeping you from trying to open the door
And putting it all behind

Girl it's over and it's been for a while
We are older but we're both still in style
We can make it if we take a little time for ourselves
Cause there's nobody else

Love is not a lie
Breaking your heart is how you learn to survive
I know it's hard to take your own advice
Take it from me and get on with your life

Girl it's over and it's been for a while
We are older but we're both still in style
We can make it if we take a little time for ourselves
Cause there's nobody else

Baby it's over, you're older
My shoulder, it is not gonna help you
You get over just take a little time for yourselves
Cause there's nobody else
Who can tell what you felt
And there's nothing to do
It's what you gotta go through
It's the end of an era and the start of something new
Track Name: Jimmy Dean & Steve McQueen (UK Single Mix)
The world has gone and changed on me
Destoyed my whole philosophy
My faith was strong it never shook
One levee break was all it took
Lemme float away into a sunset fading on a silver screen?
Can you show the way?

Georgie sold us out today
For a pair of sneakers and a full week's pay
The landlord wants me out of town
Else he gonna put you in the ground
Can we run away to a blue sky hanging on the scenery?
Can you show the way?

Save me Jimmy Dean, save me Steve McQueen
Wake-a me from this dream, show me what it means
Three runs down in the bottom of the ninth
If I could pick two guys to have on my side
It would be Jimmy Dean & Mr. Steve McQueen

The world is getting awful strange
People get their faces rearranged
High cheekbones and a plastic nose
But I like Mike when he was 10-years old
Can we take it back to the time inside our parents' photographs?
Can you bring it back?

Save me Billie Jeam, save me Steve McQueen
Wake-a me from this dream, show me what it means
Three runs down in the bottom of the ninth
If I could pick two guys to be on my side
It would be Jimmy Dean & Mr. Steve McQueen

Just tell me yes or no
How does this story go?
Whether we take it fast or we take it slow
I hate to ask, but there's one thing I've got to know

The world has gone and changed on me
The way things were is history
1 and 2 came crumbling down
We act as if they're still around
Can we move ahead and forget about the images inside our heads?
Can we wake the dead?

Save me Jimmy Dean, save me Steve McQueen
Wake me from this dream, show me what it means
Three runs down in the bottom of the ninth
If I could pick two guys to be on my side
Four runs down in the bottom of the ninth
If I could pick two guys to be on my side
Five runs down, six runs down, seven runs down, eight runs down
Nine runs down, ten runs down
I dunno how we're gonna turn this game around...
Track Name: Merry Go Round
3 in the morning
I'm in foreign hotel room
You keep calling, wondering what the hell I'm doing
Baby we been in this place before
Drawing circles on the bedroom floor
What for?

I know you're not that kind of girl
You know I'm not the whole wide world
We got both feet on the ground
But how do we stop the Merry Go Round

5AM you still got me on the phone
You want me to lie, want me to tell you I'm alone
Is it ever going to change?
Grown ups playing these children's games
It's kind of strange

I know you're not that kind of girl
You know I'm not the whole wide world
We got both feet on the ground
But how do we stop the Merry Go Round

Round and round we go
Like horsies on a pole
We been in this place before
I'm getting pretty dizzy, not feeling very merry anymore

I know you're not that kind of girl
You know I'm not the whole wide world
We got both feet on the ground
But how do we stop the Merry Go Round
Track Name: Do It Alone
It's not because I miss you
I'm buying a box of tissues
I need to blow my nose
Need to blow my nose
Think I'm getting cold

Safe beneath the covers
Dreaming about my mother
She's talking on the phone
She's talking on the phone
It's great to be back home, yes it is

I'm gonna rent a movie, gonna order sushi
Gonna do it alone
Gonna goto a cafe, gonna get some coffee
Gonna do it alone, gonna do it alone

Pain is what I'm feeling
There's a pattern on my ceiling
Of tiny little stars
Tiny little stars
The kind that glow in the dark

You told me what could happen
To men intent on mapping
The corners of their hearts
The corners of their hearts
They tear themselves apart

I'm gonna take a train ride, gonna leave the east side
I'm gonna do it alone
I'm gonna get to Vegas, I'm gonna make it famous
Gonna do it alone, gonna do it alone

I'm gonna move a mountain, gonna swim in the fountain
Gonna do it alone, I'm gonna do it alone
I'm gonna start a business, gonna celebrate christmas
Gonna do it alone, I'm gonna do it alone
You don't gotta be Jewish, oh you just gotta do do it
Gonna do it alone, I'm gonna go it alone
Don't ask me if I miss you, you know that's the issue
I gotta do it alone, gotta do it alone
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: A Dream (New Mix)
Last night I had a dream about you
The dream took place inside a zoo
You were opening cages, setting animals free
You released every beast
Every beast but me

Last night I had a dream about love
It was everything I’d been dreaming of
It was a fabulous party with lots of balloons
It was everybody
Everybody but you

Last night I had a dream about God
And he played the Piano like Elton John
He was making a comeback
He was selling out shows
I was the opening act
You were sitting in the front row

Don’t get me wrong
I know you’re gone
But in my mind, sometimes, the facts are not so clear
In my mind, sometimes
I think you’re still here

Last night I had a dream I was dead
Somebody put an arrow through my head
They going for the apple
But I guess that they missed
Couldn’t help be reminded
Of the first time we kissed

Last night I had the strangest dream
And I’m not exactly sure what it means
We were out having coffee and I got up to go
Then you asked me to stay and my body just froze
I didn’t know what to say, I didn’t know what to do
Last night I had a dream babe
I had a dream about you
Track Name: Been This Strange
Settle down and let's begin
Every good time's got to end
I think it's time for you to know
All the people you call friends
Do nothing more than just pretend to
Shake your hand and let it go

Just look around and use your eyes
In every store is nothing more, a cheap disguise
Don't act surprised cause all along it's been this strange

Loosen up and take control
Tonight's the battle for your soul
So choose your side and stand atop
The choice is easy once you see
That everybody disagrees on everything
It never stops

So make it stop, take my hand
And guide me through the storm into the promised Land
Now understand that all along it's been this strange
To sing a song and nothing changes

I'm overlooking town, the sky is clear
I have to say it's wrong to raise a family here
A day will come along when you will leave my side
I could be wrong but we're not tied together

But coming on from deep inside
The beating heart that stops and starts, It's still alive
You can't deny that all along it's been this strange
To sing a song and nothing changes
Well I could be wrong, but I think it's changing
Changing, changing, changing...