A Quiet Man

by Henry Lee Schmidt

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1.
A Quiet Man 02:40
A Quiet Man I’ve been hiding, I’ve been hiding from the crowd ‘cause they all talk very loud, and they never seem to stop I’ve been hiding, but I don’t want to hide no more neither want to start a war, I just want things to be calm I’m a quiet man, I’m a quiet man I’m a quiet man, I’m a quiet man that’s what I am Now I’m searching, I am searching on a map for a place where I can start but It is harder than I thought Then I’m driving with a promise in my heart, only following my gut, so I think I will head north I’m a quiet man, I’m a quiet man I’m a quiet man, I'm a quiet man Would you keep it down just for a bit? I need quietness, I need silence I ‘m a quiet man, I’m a quiet man, yeah I’m a quiet man, oh oh oh I’m a quiet man, I need quietness but they all talk very loud, very loud to me I’m a quiet man, oh oh oh I’m a quiet man, I need quietness Would you please just keep it down, keep it down for me? I’m a quiet man.
2.
Love Is Not Everything Love isn’t everything, we must look beyond far from the words we’ve learned in silly pop songs There are many things in this world that are worth to be lived but one thing is certain: love’s just one of them Love isn’t what you think, you’re chasing a ghost One that you must have watched in some TV shows Where actors are playing their roles and they make it look easy When will you wake up? Love’s not everything If you have found somebody, I hope it’s going great for you I really do but if you are lonely please don’t believe that life is so cruel ‘cause that is so far from the truth Love isn’t what it seems, what glitters’ not gold if you don’t have it, breath, ‘cause not all is lost you still have a life of your own so don’t waste it, don’t waste it And hear what I’m saying: Love’s not everything Instead of being happy you stay here waiting for the one the only one But if I am honest, I’d say that you have got it all wrong You're missing a great deal of fun! Love isn’t everything, we must look beyond far from the words we’ve learned in silly pop songs There are many things in this world that are worth to be lived, yeah Love isn’t everything, is just one of them Love isn’t everything, not everything We all know it’s just a tale for kids
3.
One Tear 03:34
One Tear Well, at first the pain was strong but it didn’t last too long just a bit, enough to make me want to disappear but not to make me a shed one tear Though I should be furious ‘cause what you did was hideous the effect was the opposite of what you could expect So I guess, I should say thanks I’ve got to say that your betrayal was liberating in a way To this day I don’t care much if you meant to hurt or not There’s a hole where I put the ones that I’ve left behind I’ll make sure that you’re inside I’ve got to say that your betrayal was liberating in a way I’ve got to say that your betrayal was liberating in a certain way And there’s one other thing: in case you’re listening, you’re fucking dead to me you’re fucking dead to me you’re fucking dead to me you’re fucking dead to me you’re fucking dead to me That’s right
4.
Good In The Middle There are days when it looks like everything works but some other days are a riddle I know how it goes all the highs and the lows so I’m trying to stay in the middle See, generally I stay out of extremes except when it comes to my freedom that’s the one case where I’ll go all the way otherwise I’m in the middle In the middle I’m fine, In the middle I'm good I don’t like it raw, nor overcooked If there was a line meant to be crossed I wouldn’t take sides, I’d stay in the middle See I don’t need to yell because I prefer talking what matters is if they listen tell me, why should I run if I’m better off walking I’m happy with being in the middle So moderation is what this is about never too much nor too little for there is a point that will make us all join and that point is right in the middle In the middle I’m fine, In the middle I'm good I don’t like it raw, nor overcooked If there was a line meant to be crossed I wouldn’t take sides, I’d stay in the middle I will be alright if I stay in the middle I’m good in the middle I’m good in the middle
5.
While I Play 03:08
Alright, alright, alright-yeah Won’t you shut up, shut up while I play? Alright, alright, alright-yeah Won’t you, shut up, shut up right away? I don’t know if you got bored but it’s obvious something’s wrong ‘cause I watch you from above and you’re talking on and on alright-yeah while I play I can only hear your voice through the cheering and the noise Is this all part of a plan? for I’m getting paranoid alright-yeah while I play It’s a pretty nasty habit that’s affecting everybody everywhere and the next time that I see you I will tell you right to your face: Alright, alright, alright-yeah Won’t you shut up, shut up while I play? Alright, alright, alright-yeah Won’t you shut up, shut up right away? Have you heard about respect? I don’t care that you have payed I will give your money back Just to see you go away go away for heaven’s sake It’s a pretty nasty habit that’s affecting everybody everywhere Now the next time that I see you I will tell you right to your face: Alright, alright, alright-yeah Won’t you shut up, shut up while I play? Alright, alright, alright, alright Alright, alright, alright, alright Won’t you shut the fuck up right away? Won’t you shut the fuck up right away? Won’t you shut the fuck up? Shut up!
6.
First thing I would like to state that neither of us were in shape those were violent days of fight and rage Other than that there’s the fact that passion does not ever last we were both inside a car about to crash I kissed her lips But she kept them shut That wasn’t like I expected then I slipped my hand down her skirt that was so awkward The smarter thing would have been to stop before it got worse But for some reason unknown we carried on It was like hugging a rock without a soul or a heart Other folks might see the fun but I me, I don’t There is anguish in her eyes This is not torture, should be nice Don’t worry I won’t insist I’m a gentleman, I know where my place is The saddest fuck in the world That’s what it actually was The saddest fuck in the world the blame is on us Although I’m probably not the sexiest man she has known the saddest fuck in the world the shame is on us da-da-da-da-da-da-da The saddest fuck in the world the joke’s on us da-da-da-da-da-da-da The saddest fuck in the world the joke’s on us
7.
The Fraud 03:37
The Fraud It’s a game and we’re playing along by pretending we’re all big stars it is childish and went for so long but I’m taking no more of this farce When they speak about you and your work you should never believe one word Put your trust in the few ones you’re close with for the rest are a fraud, such a fraud You can say what you want but we are all involved we are all involved in the fraud I have lost all the patience I had And I’m not willing to waste more time So I’ll sit and I won’t move a finger It is all one big lie, a big fraud You can say what you want but we are all involved we are all involved in the fraud It is hard to admit but in fact we have all being played from the start You can say what you want but we are all involved we are all involved in the fraud In the fraud In the fraud In the fraud In the fraud
8.
Unbearable 03:40
I’m standing here in this silence now that you are all gone and I can’t help looking backwards at all the things that I’ve done the things that I did for love don’t know if it was worth it or if I’ld do it again I only know that it’s over there’s nothing left to be said It would be wasting my breath Yeah, of course I cried ‘cause I held on tight to the thought (and I couldn’t make it go) that I have beared the unbearable for you don’t know if it was worth it or if I’ld do it again I only know that it’s over there’s nothing left to be said Just waiting here ‘till I’m dead Yeah, of course I cried ‘cause I held on tight to the thought (and I couldn’t make it go) that I have beared the unbearable for you but I didn’t die and the next day came up right Like it did the other time I think I’ve learned a lesson: to never carry more than you can hold Because you’re gonna get hurt

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Band:
Óscar Sánchez: double bass, backing vocals
Alba Sola: fiddle, backing vocals
Leyre Aranda: backing vocals
Henry Lee Schmidt: main voice, harmonica, snare drums and guitar

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released November 6, 2017

All songs written by Henry Lee Schmidt, except for "Out Of Step" and "Straight Edge", by Minor Threat, and "I Wanna Be Your Dog", by The Stooges.
All Arrangements by Henry Lee Schmidt, Óscar Sánchez, Alba Sola and Leyre Aranda.
Recorded live and produced by Pau Paredes at Fluxus Studios (Madrid) during three days of June 2017.
No instrument was plugged in during the recording of the album.

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