Tender Beats

by Conrad Merced

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1.
Tender Beats 03:10
Wish I could turn back time You read me a nursery rhyme I was standing next to you I was standing next to you Bury my head in your arms Cause it felt like home Pick a random star in the sky Follow it down as it goes by Is it cold where you are And do I seem that far? I put my hand on your hand And it felt like stone I was standing next to you I was standing next to you Put my hand on your palm Watch the day go calm Throw the night light in the fire Watch the flames as it goes higher Is it cold where you are And do I seem that far?
2.
Thirty Five 03:42
No one expects you to drive when you’re 35 You just come along and stay for the ride Sun in my eyes With you by my side And Lake Michigan on the passenger side Everyone I know goes away to hide Sometimes stay inside to pass the tide See all my friends We've got no money to spend But we try to see each other from time to time Dreams and promises you made back in the day Sometimes they get lost along the way But you my dear We’ve got no demons to fear And we can ride together throughout the years Road signs will pass, until we run out of gas Until then we’ll have to make the time last Fall back in time I won’t repent for my crimes And when the song is over we can hit rewind
3.
You can leave me lying right beside her When Southern California was always on fire But do you remember? Walking away before the Storm And can you, confined to Washing it away Until it’s gone (and think nothings wrong) Save us from dark you brave cave divers Like Thai soccer player Chilean miners
4.
Well don’t stop here for me darling You can take it all the way home So much for always looking up Than feeling down you can take it slow Don’t come home Until you’ve washed ashore On a beach with palm trees hanging low Forget your name And I’ll do the same Well don’t stop here if you’re hungry You can drink along on the path She always said that what you give is what you get but what do you need
5.
I’m chasing you when your running around I’m up when your down. Your taking it out on me And when I’m tired I’m down on the floor Can’t take it no more, Keeping the score on me But I still love you Even when were against the grain And I’d still tend to you Even if you forget my name But it’s alright now. It’s alright now And we’ll be alright we’ll be alright now somehow Feeling weak when you’re looking at me We feel a bit free. Wrapping your arms around me And at night, when it feels about right Passing the time, When you’re resting your head on me
6.
Dragonfly 03:29
There’s nothing to do when you’re away There’s nothing to hide when you go inside There’s nothing at all that you can take There’s nothing I have that you’d want Feels like no one’s around when I’m with you And we can take it day by day And if the world around us starts changing We wouldn’t care anyway There’s nothing to fear when you’re by my side We can fend them off for another day And there’s no mountain I wouldn’t climb I’d do it for you, dragonfly Feels like no one’s around when I’m with you And we can take it day by day And if the sky scrappers start falling We wouldn’t have to get out of the way Feels like no one’s around when I’m with you When we’re walking hand in hand There’s no safer place than to be next to you We can do it together, dragonfly
7.
In 1990 and 1991 my father fought in a war called Operation, Desert Storm My mother was a nurse and she worked all night, she came back home and slept throughout the day, when my sister would play And I thought, is this the American Dream Is this what we forward to It’s alright by me And I don’t have a dog in the fight But that's alright, at least for tonight I didn’t matter that no one looked like me, I watched Scottie Pippen on the Television screens, back in 93 Asking girls to skate at the Roller Rink All my neighbors were Irish Catholic, but Emily, she was protestant And I thought, is this the American Dream Is this what we forward to It’s alright by me And I don’t have a dog in the fight But that's alright, at least for tonight And I don’t have a single regret For who I am, my parents the blood and sweat It didn’t matter what my teachers said to me I watched my all favorite bands on MTV, back in 93 Fond memories and good times I had back then All my neighbors were Irish Catholic, except for Jonathan, he was lutheran
8.
How are things in music city? From what I hear this time is pretty Are the bright lights keeping you company Does the whisky make you see clearly That When you left that day I could have asked for you to stay But I just wasn’t wired that way How are things in New York City Does the Subway make you feel gritty How are things in San Francisco Does it remind you of the places that we’d go When you realized that we Were just never meant to be I should have asked if you were okay But I just wasn’t wired that way Things are feeling fine in Chicago I often go to the places that you know When I think of you in the distance I often wonder in this instance That what you’re searching for is true I only wanted the best for you But I’m glad that things turned out this way Cause I just wasn’t wired that way
9.
Ghostwalking 04:59
You always asked me if I was warm When you called me on the phone Chicago winters are relentlessly merciless freeze you to the bone And I can’t feel I’ve been ghost walking in your footsteps lately Down a cold and darkened path And I can’t see My visions blurred I’ve been sleep talking in proses lately But I can’t be seen or heard And I wake up much later in the evening Street shadows on the ceiling I wonder where you are But not before I take a moment and remembered what you did Laying down the foundation in front of me Back when I was a kid
10.
The bitter sweetness comes and goes I always think of you when it snows And I can’t find a time Where I can hide from you Just like the stars when they come to shine The flowers blossom and then they die But you play the game And I feel no shame I’m free You held me close under vinyl eyes You fed my mind under painted skies Just like the stars when they come to shine The flowers blossom and then they die And time will pass me by But the light shines in me I’m free
11.
I’ve been stuck on you. We’ve been in it through and through And I’ve missed you, all these days But after all this time, I still can’t walk away When you came to me, you made my fingers bleed When we are argue, we put it on display But after all this time, I still can’t walk away I thought my rivers were dry But you stayed by my side You’re an ocean I can hardly swim I thought I lost you when the lights went dim Wanna give it just another try and then we can run and hide I can’t let you be, will you still inspire me? I look through you and I’m here to stay But after all this time, I still can’t walk away

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released July 23, 2019

Recorded and mixed at Handwritten Recording and Clinton Complex
Music and lyrics by Conrad Merced
Mixed and mastered by Rick Riggs at Handwritten Recording

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Conrad Merced Chicago, Illinois

I live in Chicago and write songs about being cold.

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