Greene Street

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released May 3, 2017

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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: All I Ask
It’s late at night
I try to fight but I can not sleep
It’s dark, can’t see
But I hear you breathing right next to me
My head replays
Each mistake I wish I never made

Sleep, peaceful sleep, it’s all I ask, all I ask
Please, just one night, it’s all I ask, all I ask

It’s cold outside
Got to make it through these winter nights
My ghosts come out
Dancing around they won’t let me be
I pace the floor
And I can’t believe it’s only five past three

A brand new day
I’ll try to scare these ghosts away
A brand new day
Is worth the wait

It’s late at night
I toss and turn but I can not sleep
Track Name: Now or Never
She wakes up
At the crack of dawn
Sees the sunrise
Through the fog

Makes her way
Down the road
Towards a light
That’s changing red

She said
“I need to run away, find something better
This old town can’t hold me down forever.
I want to be someone people remember
I want to stand out from the crowd”

She puts on
her uniform
Tries to smile
while she counts your change

You can tell
She’s far away
While she dreams
of a different life

She said
“I need to run away, find something better
This old town can’t hold me down forever.
I want to be someone people remember
I want to stand out from the crowd”

She doesn’t know what she is after
But that doesn’t seem to bother her, no.
She thinks it’s now or never
To start something new, something new.
Track Name: Rachel's Song (the ballad of Hazel Motes)
Met a man named Hazel Motes
Back at a roadside bar
Selling bibles from his trunk
and moonshine from a jar

He said the spirit burns within
A fire deep inside
He bragged about his great past
I’m pretty sure he lied

He had a way of looking wild
And in a little trouble with the law
You knew that it was coming soon
The day that he would take his fall

He drove the car all night long
But he couldn’t hide
He said that he would change himself
But I don’t think he tried

I guess that’s how it goes
I guess that’s how the story goes

Many years came and went on by
That’s the little funny thing about time
I heard that Hazel had gone blind
From a mutual friend of mine

He said he knew it in his blood
He didn’t need to see
I couldn’t tell if it was just a scam
Or an honest plea

I guess that’s how it moves
I guess that’s how the spirit moves

I saw him right before his end
He finally cut the chain
He whispered to me “Grace is change
And change is pain”.

I guess that’s how it ends
I guess that’s how the story ends
Track Name: Deal With It
Nice guy says “hi”
There doesn’t need to be a reason why
Just let him be
Take the compliments he gives for free
You think he’s a flirt
So you drag his name through the dirt

You’re insecure so deal with it
Don’t bring me down, don’t bring me down, don’t bring me down
Just deal with it
That’s your problem deal with it
Don’t make it mine, don’t make it mine, don’t make it mine
Just deal with it

His words are kind
You just twist them up inside of your mind
He’s wrong you say
And you’re gonna have to make him pay
You think it’s true
That world revolves around you

That’s just your ego deal with it
Don’t bring me down
Just deal with it
That’s your problem deal with it
Don’t make it mine
Just deal with it

Don’t fix what’s not broken

You’re insecure so deal with it
Don’t bring me down
Just deal with it
That’s your problem deal with it
Don’t make it mine
Just deal with it

That’s just your ego deal with it
Don’t bring me down
Just deal with it
Track Name: Say Your Goodbyes
Airplane leaving first thing tomorrow
“Sure thing”, he said he’ll take her there
Sharp pain, all mixed up with sorrow
He wonders if he’ll see her again.

One way coach ticket to Paris
He walks her to security
He tries to act as if he could care less
He wonders if he’ll see her again.

It might not be for years
It might not be forever

Postcard of half naked statue
Flips it over reads a note to him:
“Food’s great, and so is the fashion”
He wonders if he’ll see her again.

Did she need to be free?
Did she need to go?
I remember her smiling
Smiling at me
Why did she leave?

He keeps up, sees her pictures on twitter
Looks like she’s having quite a time
Seasons change, his memory is fading
He thinks he’ll never see her again

It might not be for years
It might not be forever
So say your goodbyes.
Track Name: Another Day
Police man knocks
He’s been asking
Where have you been?

Unchecked
Your mail piles up
Where have you been?

A week went by
We finally found you
In a hospital room down town

The cancer came on
Swift and strong
But you’ve been through wars before

Take a look out your window
It’s another day
The sun’s crescendo
It’s another day

I know
I know it’s painful
I know it hurts

So much
Is quickly changing
All for the worse

I feel so helpless
Don’t know what to say
So I’ll look out the window
For another day
Track Name: Maybe It'll Go Away
It’s a sticky situation
I see that I’m just a piece in the game
All the white pawns surround me
Everything moves but stays the same
The castle is in his corner
The queen’s shifting in and out of the frame
I don’t want to cause no problems
I don’t want to be the one that complains

There’s just one thing on my mind
But maybe it’ll go away

I think there might have been a mistake
A little thing that eats away at my soul
I thought it was a cut and dry case
But now it’s taking more and more of a toll
I swear that I think I’m climbing
But I keep sinking into this hole
I wish I didn’t have these problems
I wish I didn’t have to be on the dole

There’s a pain deep in my side
But maybe it’ll go away

I look around for the answers
(But) everyone says I should be fine
I think I might be going crazy
Chasing a tail that could be mine
I try to trust intuition
I see a curve when I should be seeing a line
I need to move past my problems
I need to move past the block in my mind

A stabbing ache that makes me blind
But maybe it’ll go away.
Track Name: Nasty Weather
The lights are out and no one’s home
There’s no one fighting through the night
There’s just a shell dried on the shore
It’s just the calm before the storm

I see the clouds forming
We’re in for nasty weather
It’s headed right this way

Despite our great intentions
You know as well as I do
We see it yet we stay

It wasn’t always like today
When he moved in, the ring in hand
He was on his knee dreaming big
But the bottle was too strong and won the war

It’s too late to turn back now
What’s done is done, it’s time to move on
The morning sky is blazing red
Track Name: Roses
You tried so hard
You fought in every battle
You mend your wounds
You mend his too.

When will your roses bloom?
You planted seeds so long ago
When will your roses bloom?
When will your roses bloom?

You tried to be fair
He saw that as your weakness
You didn’t stand a chance
You waved your white flag

You cried so hard
But he would only mock you
When you signed your name
Your family split in two

When will your roses bloom?
You planted seeds so long ago
When will your roses bloom?
You've waited so long
Track Name: I Love You
Sun’s going down
I’m alone but I’m thinking of you
While the sky turns a darker blue
Tonight

Crossword unfinished
It’s not the same when you’re not around
The solution just can’t be found
Tonight

I love you

Do you remember
That you cried when you cooked for me
Cause you wanted everything to be
Just right

Well now you know
That each teardrop touched me through
Cause I feel the same for you
That’s right

I rest my head
There’s a space that I’ve saved for you
Until the sky turns a lighter blue
Tonight

I close my eyes
In a dream I see you smile
While you walk to me down the aisle
That’s right

I love you
Track Name: The Coldest Day of the Year
I think it was the coldest day of the year

Grandma’s in the kitchen, she’s been cooking all day
The smell comes in waves and waves and waves, I can hardly wait
Setting the table, passing the plates
Polishing the silver forks and knives till you see your face

I think it was the coldest day of the year
A cloudy sky, snow and ice outside
You started a fire using the embers from yesterday
A glowing light spreading warmth inside

Here comes the family inside from the snow
Look at your youngest daughter now, see how she grows
I think that next year we’ll need to get a bigger table
Please help your mother take her seat, you know where she goes

I think it was the darkest day of the year
Noon and night seemed the same outside
The warmth from your fire built with the embers from yesterday
The perfect way to spend a day inside

Let’s take a moment to think of the friends that can’t be here
Let’s all be thankful for the love that we have
Track Name: Today's Your Birthday
Today’s your birthday and I’m thinking of you

Though there is a sea that spans between us
A vast and empty space that goes for miles
There’s a memory that I can lean on
And in that place I see you close to me.

Today’s your birthday and I’m thinking of you