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released April 17, 2015

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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: Up In The Air
We get in a line
We get in a plane
At the start of the night

I try not to stare
At your rich brown hair
The empty seat to your right

You know how it goes
I move back five rows
For the rest of the flight.

Oh,we’re up in the air
(and) the sun’s coming out
(it’s) fading black to blue

I thought I caught your smile
But I’m stuck in my chair
I can’t get to you.

It’s like taking a test
I try my best
I pick the tray wrapped in green

I get some food on my sleeve
I try not to grieve
I need a washing machine

At least I’m alone
There’s no one to see
No one to laugh with me.

Oh, we’re up in the air
(and) the sun’s coming out
(it’s) fading black to blue

I thought I caught your smile
But the seatbelt light’s on
I can’t get to you.

The man to my left is sleeping on my shoulder
The man to my left is sleeping and I’m wide awake.

Oh, I’m just five rows back
(and) the window shade’s up
(it’s) fading black to blue

I thought I caught your smile
But the seatbelt light’s on
I can’t get to you.

I crane my neck
I strain my eyes
I see the back of your head

I wish we could talk
I wish we could laugh
Face to face instead
Track Name: Dance Party
Hello, pleased to meet you
It’s so good to see you
I know tomorrow we’ll be gone

Info from the sessions
Day-glo gene expressions
I know tomorrow we’ll be gone

Step left step right
Black light shines through the night
I want to dance
I want to dance with you

Bordeaux by your poster
My heart’s on a roller coaster
I’ve been watching you all day

Let’s go to the music
I’ll show you my high kick
I’ve been watching you all day

Step right on up
Let’s dance the night away
I want you now
I want you right now
Track Name: Puzzle Pieces
They’re puzzle pieces, this I know
Just wondering where they used to go

We’re headed for a storm at sea
I’m feeling scared but I’m feeling free

He’s trying to spell it out for me
But there’s static in the frequency

Just walking round in circles slow
I’m feeling lost but not feeling low

All the people that I know
I can’t remember where they go

They’re puzzle pieces, this I see
Just wondering where they used to be

These memories won’t set me free
I’ve found the lock but there is no key
Track Name: Right Here, Right Now
I’ve got some time to kill
Got a twenty dollar bill
I’m just hanging around
Just hanging around.

I’ve got a cocktail in my hand
I got both feet in the sand
I’m just hanging around
Just hanging around.

Cause I’m a man without a single care
I’m just watching the wind blowing through your hair
You’ve got a smile that really turns me on
You drive me crazy while I’m singing my song.

I know a place, not far
We can get there without a car
Let’s give it a try
Let’s give it a try.

I want to kiss your lips
Touch your skin with my fingertips
Let’s give it a try
Let’s give it a try.

We’ll watch the sun set low
We’ve got no place else to go
Right here right now
Right here right now.

The stars above will shine
I’m just happy that you are mine
Right here right now
Right here right now.
Track Name: You
You
You are
You are the one
That makes the sun
Come out for me.

I
I feel
I feel the fire
That’s in your smile
Right next to me.

And you said,
I don’t know
I don’t know
when or where to go

And I said,
Take my hand
Take my hand
And we’ll stay here
We’ll stay here together.

I
I see
Venus and Mars
You make the stars
Come out for me.

You
You make
You make me feel
This love is real
Inside of me.

And I said,
I don’t know
I don’t know
when or where to go

And you said,
Take my hand
Take my hand
And we’ll stay here
We’ll stay here together.
Track Name: Cabin Pressure
Breathe in, breathe out, relax.

Stow your
Luggage
Put it
Above and below

Look behind you
That’s the
The way you must go

Routine
Maintenance
Delays
You’ve been here before

White lights
Lead to
Red lights
Which lead to a door

Breathe in, breathe out, relax.

Seat belts
Locked down
Tables
All put away

Sky mall
Shopping
Will wait
For some other day

Sodas
Peanuts
Exit
Long before me

Take your
Cushion
Use it
To float in the sea

Breathe in, breathe out, relax.
The bag may not inflate.


Alt. lyrics about the two turtles that live at the bottom of the hill
Francis
Oscar
Turtles
Who live in the creek

Daring
Timid
Mood swings
Was bold but now meek
Track Name: That Dude (in the movies)
I wish I could talk like that dude in the movies
I would always know just want to say …. to you
A team of writers would perfect every sentence
and I’d always know just want to say …. to you

I wish I could drive like that dude in the movies
I would look into your eyes all the way... home
I wouldn’t need to steer, I’d hold both of your hands
and I would look into your eyes all the way... home

But I’m just me and I hope that’s good enough for you
‘Cause I’m just me and I pray that’s good enough for you
But I’m just me and I hope that’s good enough for you
‘Cause I’m just me and I pray that’s good enough for you

I wish I was cool like that dude in the movies
I would rescue you from harm all the time… check it out
I would have a black belt in every martial art
and I would rescue you from harm all the time… check it out

I wish I could dance like that dude in the movies
I’d be smooth and never step onto your toes... no way
I’d lift you up just like that scene with Patrick Swayze
I’d be smooth and never step onto your toes… no way

Lights shine on the silver screen
While you’re sitting next to me
Track Name: That Dress
You’ve got that dress I like on
You’ve got those high heel shoes on
You’re making your way over to me
Yeah you’re parting the sea

I look behind my left side
I look behind my right side
I’m looking at you looking at me
Yeah it’s got to be

Your smile glows in the moonlight
You make the stars fall just right
Each step you take takes you closer to me
Yeah you’re right on key

Just like on instant replay
Everything moves slow while we sway
I’m dancing with you, you’re dancing with me
Yeah it had to be
Track Name: Winter
Time to go.
Oh, no.
These days won’t last.

Summer’s moved
on and
winter comes fast.

Driving round
town with
old songs full blast.

Windows rolled
down. The
sound of your past.
Winter comes fast.

Falling down
Leaves change
One last bold task.

Like the trees
So strange
Your heart’s unmasked.
Winter comes fast.
Track Name: Turn On Your Radio
Turn on your radio
Transmission’s clear
Though you are far away
Your voice sounds near

I hear you calling out for me
On a holiday
I feel you reaching out for me
On a holiday

It’s cold and
snow’s falling
snow’s falling down.

It covers
the roses
it covers the ground.

Each moment
grows paler
without a sound.
I wish that
you were here
you were around.

So much time is always passing us
In the blink of an eye
Sending signals up the aerial
Across the sky

I hear you calling out for me
On a holiday
I feel you reaching out for me
On a holiday

It seems so
so long and
so far away

But when I
I hear you
It’s a warming ray

The snow will
fade from view
melt and make way

I know you’re
never far
on a holiday

Turn on your radio
Transmission’s clear
Though you are far away
Your voice sounds near

I hear you calling out for me
On a holiday
I feel you reaching out for me
On a holiday

Satellites are bouncing energy
From up high above
The dots and dashes spell
Tidings of love

I hear you calling out for me
On a holiday
I feel you reaching out for me
On a holiday