Choice Nuggets

by Joshua Starmer

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Jamie Thanks for the track. “Happy days” reminds me of a dear old friend and the happy days that didn’t look all happy back then. Favorite track: Happy Days.
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These are the songs that I've recorded so far for 2018.

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released June 18, 2018

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Joshua Starmer Chapel Hill, North Carolina

A native of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Joshua Starmer is a cellist, composer, and singer whose eclectic sound recalls the string-led pop of Andrew Bird and the quirky compositions of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra, both of whom he cites as influences. A cellist since the age of seven, Starmer eventually wove himself into the fabric of North Carolina's vibrant music scene. ~ Timothy Monger ... more

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Track Name: Love Song
When I am feeling down
When I am exhausted
When I am at my end (again)
When I have been broken

When I am feeling scared
When I’m full of worries
When I can only doubt (myself)
You come to me
You come to me
You comfort me

When I am overwhelmed
When sadness becomes me
When the simplest of things
Brings me to ruin
A feather in the wind
and life turns to ashes
When the things I love can’t last
You come to me
You come to me
You comfort me

When you are in my arms
Your head on my shoulder (near my heart)
When I feel you close to me
When you ease my burden
When you hold my hand
It feels right for the first time.
When you smile at me
You bring me calm
You bring me calm
You comfort me
Track Name: Sunday Best
Driving down south, I’ve got the windows open
The radio’s on, but I can’t hear it playing
Church is on the right, across from a run down school yard
The wind in my is ear telling me keep on driving

Open your hymnal, there’s a song that we used to sing
On Sunday mornings we’d raise our voices every one
And turn our backs on what we didn’t want to believe
I still remember the song

Do or die, just don’t ask the preacher why
He singled me out for special attention
I was confused, was it just a game he’s playing
I wish he had stopped before it went too far

Years went by, I tried to keep my distance
Some things fade, some burn brighter
Drive away, it’s all that I can think of
Maybe then I’ll think of something better.
Track Name: Darling Of Mine
Darling of mine
You were the last one standing.
Whisky and wine
That we drank at Sean’s landing.

And I can’t breathe
I am stuck in this moment
And I can see and I can’t feel
My way home from here

Darling of mine
I saw a man sing the strangest blues
About Higgs-Boson
And his car, and his memories

And people reached out
They put their hands right on his chest
While the music played
On the stage. It really freaked me out

Darling of mine
Would you tell me if it wasn’t real?
Cause I can’t tell and I can’t say
Someone stirred it up.

And people reached up
They grabbed at what they thought was theirs
While the music played
On the stage. Will you wake me up?
Track Name: Hey Dom
Hey Dom,
I know it’s been a rough
Couple of weeks
The kind that stop a freight
Train in its tracks
I wish that I could call
You on the phone
But I don’t know what to
Say to you
Everything’s broken.

This song’s all I can do for you
You give so much that gets me through
I wish that I could give you more

Hey Dom,
You’re waking up to
Silence
The kind of sound that
Crashes in
You’re starting at the
Bottom of a hole
And I don’t know what to
Say to you
Everything’s broken.

Hey Dom,
Have you found enough
Time to cope
Have you found enough
Time to cry
You’re starting at the
Bottom of a hole
But I don’t know what to
Say to you
Everything’s broken.
Track Name: A War That We Can Win
She said “a storm’s on its way
A mean rain that’s gonna stay.”
She said “now’s the time to pray.
and you better know what to say.”

But when I knelt down on the ground
I saw a sky that never ends
(and) I tried my best
to sort the righteous from the sin
She said “can’t you see?
It’s a war that we can win.”
Is said “To tell you the truth
I wouldn’t know where to begin”

Either way the sun is sinking down
And we’ll keep spinning till it comes back around
In the morning

She said “the world’s all gone wrong
The storm’s coming, it won’t be long.”
She said “the good’s come and gone”
I said “maybe it’s not that bad”
Track Name: Joe and Sue
Hey ho, did you hear about Joe
He can’t get his act together
I know that some folks are slow
But nothing can last forever

It’s like a stop-light that never turns green
We are waiting and hope that he sees

Hey Sue can you tell me what’s new
Have you made it past all of your anger.
It’s true that life loved you less
But there’s more than yourself that’s in danger

Like an airplane that never takes flight
We just hold our breath till she sees the light

Say goodbye my friends
Say goodbye and walk away, don’t stop it’s all you’ve got to do
Say goodbye my friends
There is nothing you can do about the mess that you have made
Say goodbye my friends
It’s time to go I know you know it in your hearts so say goodbye

Oh say, can you see what I see?
A joke but there’s nobody laughing.
Time heals when you’ve skinned up your knee
But now I’m not sure what will happen

It’s like a stop-light that never turns green
We are waiting and hope that they see
Track Name: Happy Days
Kids run’n round making noise being loud
That’s just the way some are
Others are shy and keep to themselves
That’s just the way some are

Sometimes these sights make me cry
Sometimes the simplest things make me think of my youth in the saddest of ways
Sometimes I wish I knew why
Sometimes I wish I could turn all these tears into smiles

Climbing a tree down by the creek
Those are the things I did
Dreaming about a day I could fly
Those are the things I did

Sometimes these thoughts make me cry


I’m full of regrets and need time alone
That’s just the way I am
I’m scared of the dark and scared of success
That’s just the way I am

Chorus
Sometimes I wish I could cry
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Track Name: Miss Carolina
How does your garden grow?
It’s choking, full of weeds
You thought you’d run away
While anger interbreeds

Hey Miss Carolina, when are you gonna come back home? Now
you left your forsythia in the yard now it’s everything I see.
Your trail’s a parabola that swings you far but it’s never what you need. Hey Miss Carolina, when are you coming home?

The pretty maids all in a row
Each one to supersede
The ground beneath is dark and moist
Tilled by a centipede

Hey Miss Carolina, when are you gonna come back home?, Now
I saw your forsythia in the yard and it covered everything
Your trail’s a parabola, swung around by the changes in the wind
Hey Miss Carolina, when are you coming home?
Track Name: Little Red Fiat
Driving around
In your rag top
You take me to school
It’s the best part of my day

Combing my hair
Out the window
Your big blue comb
It’s the best part of my day

Little red Fiat
On the passenger side
Little red Fiat
Thanks for the ride
But you know the best part
was always the driver

The wobbly stick
Wobbly rearview
The wind all around
It’s the best part of my day

Flooring the gas
On the on ramp
Can’t hear a thing
It’s the best part of my day
Track Name: You Mean So Much
You mean so much to me
You do so much for me
Track Name: Christmas Morning
Woke up Christmas morning
saw that you were gone
You left without warning
I wonder what I did wrong

I got you a gift
Wrapped it up tight
I put it underneath the Christmas tree last night

I thought it was good enough for you, but I must have been wrong

I stared at the ceiling
I let teardrops fall
I felt my heart reeling
I wished you would call

Let out a yawn
Went to the tree
The gift was gone
You took my heart from me

It must have been good enough for you. I guess I was right

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