Shipwrecked Commotion

by Paul Starling

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released May 19, 2012

Produced by Chris Jago & Brian Bringelson
Mixed by Gabe Dulek & Brian Bringelson

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Paul Starling Thousand Oaks, California

Paul Starling writes & records original songs. He plays: guitar, bass, drums, piano, banjo, ukulele, & anything else he can get his hands on. Known for his 60′s vibe with a modern twist, Paul Starling creates what he calls ‘nautical pop’. It is music to sail, float, skip and even dance to. His new band Anchor & Bear is currently on tour now! ... more

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Track Name: Visions Of Drowning
sit down with me and break my heart
as our ship is finally off to sea
and don't lie to me we're miles apart
and we won't be sailing gently

it won't be too long now
till waves send us crashing
to shores we belong now
wine glasses are smashing both our hearts

don't wait for me i'll never come
i'll be drifting on the lonely sea
and words linger in the air for some
but the ones you say are near to me

we'll be in the ocean
a ship wrecked commotion
and suddenly sinking
too fast for thinking of both our hearts

i've been sinking down to the bottom of the sea
you've been sinking down to the bottom next to me

the airs leaving me i'll drown for sure
you've been holding me down much too long
and i won't say goodbye we never were
no we never did get quite along

cause you're into fashion
it's your one and only passion
for making people feel bad
for clothes that they don't have
oh you don't have a heart

i've been sinking down to the bottom of the sea
you've been sinking down to the bottom next to me
Track Name: Dress Me In Bowties
my heart is aching breaking for your love
the birds are falling from the sky above
and its a push and shove
a battle for your love that i can't lose

you sleep on beach towels to the tv's glow
your dad is speaking but its much to slow
and i already know
should you ever go i would be lost

amelia i need you it's true
oh dress me in bowties and you

you hunt for hats and vintage clothes on racks
i am allergic but i'd step on tacks
this town is full of hacks doing jumping jacks
i just want you

amelia i need you it's true
oh dress me in bowties and you
grant hill is waiting

i don't know
where we will go
jump in the water nearly every night
step out of shadow and into the light
visions of drowning start to cloud my day
but you can stop me and throw visions away
only you

and california is the home for me
it quakes and shakes and thunders easily
and if you'd stay with me
we'd wander endlessly, we'd lie around

come on and tell me that you'll stay right here
your folks are dentists they can spot veneer
and if i had you here, things would be so clear
all would be well
Track Name: Caroline
caroline takes me lots of places i'll never go
and she says i ought to know
how to get directions to where we go

and i think she's evil
sets me up for failure
she's evil
sails me with a sailor

caroline try to take me over
caroline sleeping on my shoulder
caroline gonna take me over tonight

caroline whispers to my parents to take it slow
and she says i ought to go
somewhere where they won't be alone with me

and i think she's evil
sets me up for failure
she's evil
sails me with a sailor

caroline try to take me over
caroline sleeping on my shoulder
caroline gonna take me over tonight

and she says we'll be together a long long time
i guess i'm glad i finally found she's truly mine
Track Name: All The Good Looking Girls Are Dead
all the good looking girls are dead
that's what i heard
cause all the good looking ones have fled
it's so absurd

have you heard about the ones
that lie and cheat a day or two
and try to leave behind the ones
that stay with just a girl too few
this does not apply to you

all the good looking girls are dead
they floated out to sea
floating sometimes can be misread
as drifting far from me

ships may sail to seas
and try to find a lonely day
but you look pale to me
i'm not the one to make you stay
i just will not be that way

ghosts are on the ceiling
just won't let me be
please just stop your leaving
you're the one for me
she is nuts we know now
tell her cut it out
she should really go now
no more to figure out

all the good looking girls are dead
they fell into a grave
a distant vision inside their head
something they never gave

ships may sail to seas
and try to find a lonely day
but you look pale to me
i'm not the one to make you stay
i just will not be that way

ghosts are on the ceiling
just won't let me be
please just stop your leaving
you're the one for me
she is nuts we know now
tell her cut it out
she should really go now
no more to figure out
ah darling stay awhile
you can live with me
i'm dying for your smile
i wanna shake your tree
i wanna shake your tree
i wanna shake your tree

i wanna shake shake
i wanna shake shake
Track Name: Where Are You Gonna Sleep Tonight?
call the doctor i'm feeling ill
there ain't no medicine
there is no pill and i got one question
where you gonna sleep tonight?

rest your head on my empty bed
i've got so many words that have
not been said but i've got one question
where you gonna sleep tonight?

on your table or on your chair
or on a couch that we both could share
or on your wood floor
or i don't care

put on "pets sounds" or put on squeeze
open the window and feel the breeze
but i've got one question
where you gonna sleep tonight?

show you my state you show me yours
open the key to my many doors
and i've got one question
where you gonna sleep tonight?
Track Name: I Don't Believe You
lets invite a michael over
let him stay a year or two
lets invite a michael over
in a bicycle built for two

you're a wild one
you're a lonely one
you're the only one i ever thought would stay
you're a critic of everything
and you always seem to get your own sweet way

i don't believe you
(i don't believe you at all)
oh no i don't believe you
(i don't believe you at all)
no i don't believe you

oh lets invite a michael over
you can break my heart just one more time
lets invite a michael over
give him everything that was mine

you're so artsy
you're so abstract
you're the minnesota ballroom queen it's true
you're a liar (judas)
you're a leonard
made me think of things i never thought i knew

i don't believe you
(i don't believe you at all)
oh no i don't believe you
(i don't believe you at all)
no i don't believe you
Track Name: Ballad Of A Raincoat
a single light was shining
i'm never good at timing
as she was looking for a key
in the pocket of my raincoat
where keys will sink and not float
to the bottom of the sea

she asked me "will you stand here?"
with a whisper in my right ear
as she was tying up my hands
i screamed to "call my brother!
who's looking for my mother
i hope my father understands!"

she threw me with a quite a lot of motion
how could she in the depths of the great ocean
all she needed was a single old brass key
i pleaded at the bottom of the sea

drowning drowning drowning drown
someone save me from the sea
sinking sinking sinking sink
was the fate she cast on me
drowning drowning drowning drown
at the bottom of the sea

under water i was frowning
that life's not meant for drowning
cause all i wanted was to be
a singer with a raincoat
and a girl to keep me afloat
all she really wanted was the key

soon a sailor did untie me
as he did he whispered gently
i need the key as a reward
so i soon did hand it over
barnacles lay on his shoulder
he tied the key right to his sword

light found me
as i made my way up to land
sincerely
she laid a kiss upon my left hand
walking away
a single tear she did afford me
nothing to say
now that no one has the key
quite rightly

drowning drowning drowning drown
someone save me from the sea
sinking sinking sinking sink
was the fate she cast on me
drowning drowning drowning drown
at the bottom of the sea
Track Name: Shipwreck
the ancient walls were cracked and broken
nothing was revealed
the silent shipwreck now has spoken
the letters have been sealed

no no no
the water found us
no no no
it was all around us
no no no
our graveyard is the sea

i don't have time to stand beside you
she once said to me
while on this boat i won't be lied to
i could finally see

no no no
the water found us
no no no
it was all around us
no no no
our graveyard is the sea

we are lost inside a shipwreck
broken bodies with no suspect
the sea is full of foolish things
that moon and tide and current brings
and i would wait for you
though you'd never want me to
and i don't know what to say
but a shipwreck sounds ok
cause at least then you would stay

in the dead of night i sometimes hear you
in the middle of the sea
and i try so hard to just be near you
why can't you try for me?

no no no
the water found us
no no no
it was all around us
no no no
our graveyard is the sea

we are lost inside a shipwreck
broken bodies with no suspect
the sea is full of foolish things
that moon and tide and current brings
and i would wait for you
though you'd never want me to
and i don't know what to say
but a shipwreck sounds ok
Track Name: Mark Twain Boat
oh couldn't you be so near me
i'm holding you sincerely
ah couldn't you see how we'd be
lying in a mark twain boat

we'll read our lips together
reading letter by letter
ah things will be much better
lying in a mark twain boat

and the books we wrote will start to get us back to shore
and a long lost note wishing you had just said more
and more oh

dylan sings satchmo cries
father sails and mother flies
ah kennys tall and judy lies
lying in a mark twain boat

and the books we wrote will start to get us back to shore
and a long lost note wishing you had just said more
and more oh

in a mark twain boat
in a mark twain boat

i heard you say
things started getting rough
you turn away
said things are much too tough
but all on your boat
stay on your boat
Track Name: Day Of The Dead
walked into a room it was on fire
and up from the ground or maybe much higher
the walls were aware of the faint sound of a drum

carpenter was wise she was much wiser
skulls from the west couldn't disguise her
i found myself in a wheelchair it was crazy
i felt kind of lazy
just staring at her wall
i felt rather small

she said woah settle down
kick your feet up here
you're much too close to the ground
her walls were dead
day of the dead
she wanted me to be next to her in her dead bed
i said no
i gotta go

pictures on the wall of hearst castle
to leave turned out to be such a big hassle
we sat and played with bones
yeah real bones on the floor
i looked for the door
my friends disappeared
it all became too clear

mark twain comes and mark twain goes and
leaving here and no one knows and
mark twain comes and mark twain goes and
leaving here and no one knows and
Track Name: All Of My Heart
and i would give her all, all of my heart
and i would make it soon
we'd never part
and i would give her all, all of my heart
yes i would

laurel & hardy are safe in their beds
so we can run now from green blue and red
lay down your weary arms
i'll hold you instead
and we'll be happy
like brian wilson said

and i would give her all, all of my heart
and i would make it soon
we'd never part
and i would give her all, all of my heart
yes i would
and i would make her see, she's the only one for me
and i would show her now, that i'd never leave
and i would give her all, all of my heart
yes i would

yes i would, yes i would, yes i would

oh bring your records we'll listen to them
and bring your big eyes i know where they've been
we'll shake to otis and his backing band
booker t and the mgs oh you'll understand

and i would give her all, all of my heart
and i would make it soon
we'd never part
and i would give her all, all of my heart
yes i would
and i would make her see, she's the only one for me
and i would show her now, that i'd never leave
and i would give her all, all of my heart
yes i would

yes i would, yes i would, yes i would

i'm so tired of being the boy with the broken heart
easy living is an easy thing to start
when everybody else loves everybody else
i fall apart
Track Name: Water Levels
we're all up in arms
over october nights
before the kettle warms
and the room ignites

all your days seem numbered now
and your nights go on and on
and your money starts piling up
while the water level hits your neck
and what did you expect
ships don't stay afloat forever

the whispers buzz your ears
you can hear them speak to you
and don't go breaking mirrors
its not the logical thing to do

when you're cold and lonely please
don't decide to turn me off
it's the end of statue phase
and the water level hits your neck
and what did you expect
ships don't stay afloat forever

holding on
to the words of carol kaye
she's playing songs
yeah we hear them everyday
and we can not turn away
cause you're bitter

the boats are catching fire
the water is a sizzling mess
inside an empty tire
floats a damsel in distress

when you're cold and lonely please
don't decide to turn me off
it's the end of statue phase
and the water level hits your neck
and what did you expect
ships don't stay afloat forever

holding on
to the words of carol kaye
she's playing songs
yeah we hear them everyday
and we can not turn away
cause you're bitter