Squawk

by Geoff Zimmerman

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Tremendous thanks to Chris Gilley and Henry Redman (Geoff Zimmerman Trio (GZ3)) for making this record sound like a couple of friends playing together.

Additional thanks to Alexis Pastuhov, George Eisenhauer, Andy Barbo, and Amanda Gervasi (The Bailout) for breathing your bits of light into so many of these songs.

Patrick O'Connor. What can be said? You help in unconventional ways.

Thank you to everyone who financially supported the release of this album: Nick Meyer, Britney, Chris Gilley, Annie Cavallaro, Colin Edward Huggins, David Bass-Clark, Dylan Lewis John Martin, Colleen Clark, Rob Schreiber, Scott Brown, Joshua Hughes, Amanda, Chelsea Lee Gilbert, Lizzie Rider, Mary Smith, Squibb Medical Group, Shea Gunther, Jeremiah Lowengard, Keelin, David Michaud, Gifford Campbell, Donal Smith, Andy Barbo, Ryan Smith, Sherry Cavallaro, Dale Smith, Bridget, Perri Kapp, Louis Cornelissen, Camilla Mozo, Eric Bettencourt, Pete, Sandra Gilley, Samm Bahman, Richard Marcotte, Dan Aceto, Dana Smith.

And, of course, thanks to my friends and family. You do more than you know to keep me going. You listen to me talk endlessly about minor production details that you clearly don't need to know. You've heard these songs since they were just ideas. You've listened to me complain about countless all-nighters and marathon days. Thanks for the hugs and the smiles. I love you all.

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released June 1, 2012

All songs composed and arranged by Geoff Zimmerman
Engineered by Eric Bettencourt at Shadow Shine Studios
Additional tracking by James Whalen at The Studio and Geoff Zimmerman at ORE Sound Lab NE
Produced by Geoff Zimmerman of ORE Records
Mixed by Noah Cole
Mixing on #1, and #6 by Geoff Zimmerman
Mastered by Jim Begley at The Studio
Artwork by Geoff Zimmerman
Made entirely in Portland, ME

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Geoff Zimmerman Portland, Maine

Well... Geoff Zimmerman is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Portland, Maine. His urban-folk/indie-rock style is eclectic, finding inspiration from anywhere in time and space. Geoff has been writing songs for over 10 years and has earned a bachelor degree in music.

"By the time you face your fears, you will not get away from here."
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Track Name: Lightning Bones
I don't believe a word you say, I don't believe a word
I don't believe a word you say, I don't believe a word

I tried to change all my plans
But I had nowhere to go
And when I tell you the truth
I'm sure you already know

I find it kindof funny that I told myself "don't look back"
Regret was a word that I never knew and now it's just not true
Looking for the evidence, drowning in the present tense
Looking for the meaning in a song and now it just feels wrong

Lightning bones

I find it kindof funny that I told myself "you can't do that"
Singing songs was for the birds, at least they know the words
Sail away, sail away, down the river and far away
Sail away

Lightning bones
Track Name: Ah You Alright?
Hey you over there
Looking like a Mona Lisa
Come on over here
And tell me how you're really feeling

Tell me are you alright
Tell me why you're feeling down
Tell me why you look so blue
I really hope you're alright
Can we turn this thing around
Tell me what we're going to do

We'll glide across the floor
Turn your hurting into motion
Don't cry anymore
This dance is like a healing potion

Tell me are you alright
Tell me why you're feeling down
Tell me why you look so blue
I really hope you're alright
Can we turn this thing around
Tell me what we're going to do

Hey you over there
Looking like a Mona Lisa
Come on over here
And show me how you're really feeling

Tell me are you alright
Tell me why you're feeling down
Tell me why you look so blue
I really hope you're alright
Can we turn this thing around
Tell me what we're going to do
Track Name: Trinity
Will you let me sing or shall I weep
While the world is all asleep
In mourning of our recent cold defeat

Rise my darling lay ye not to rest
I live for the rising in thy breast
Of this I'm sure dear, in your love I'll invest

Father, son, and holy ghost
The three that I fear the most
The holy trinity of whom I can't be host
Track Name: The Very Same
Hear you in stereo, I hear you crystal clear
You make me want to go so far away from here
But when I think about the things I'll leave behind
Well you just scream and shout, and make me change my mind

And tell me everything will be the very same

Teach me to sing the blues, bend the strings the way I feel
Read me the daily news, show me your sex appeal
Pretend I'm the only one in the room you see
Hold me when the day is done, sing beneath the apple tree

And tell me everything will be the very same
Track Name: Why Can't I?
It's hard to feel the way I feel, it's hard to say the things I mean when there is nothing to hold onto
I'm getting too old for this shit, maybe I'm too young for their game, no one plays as hard as I do
My nerve endings never seem to end, my eyes are wide but I can't see, I didn't know till someone told me

Why can't I feel it?

Give me a minute to unwind, compose my thoughts I'll hurry up, but there's no use rushing creative minds
I heard the clocks begin to chime, I was surprised to see you here, you never call before you show up

This has been a pleasant little phase for me, but the lights are fading
When you say your love is pure and true, why can't I hear your voice

Why can't I feel it?
Track Name: Amber Moon
Winter fades to milky grey, when you step outside I'll say
Close your eyes a big surprise awaits you as the sun escapes you
Through the magic looking glass, a million colors could not pass you
By the time you face your fears, you will not get away from here

Winter fades but you'll remain just another coffee stain
On second thought you find you're not the type of man you're looking for and
Through the magic looking glass, a million colors could not pass you
By the time you face your fears, you will not get away from here

By the light of the amber moon

Winter fades but you'll remain just another coffee stain
On second thought you find you're not the type of man you're looking for and
Through the magic looking glass, a million colors could not pass you
By the time you face your fears, you will not get away from here

By the light of the amber moon
Track Name: Dream Palette
End of the world, couldn't care less
Wouldn't know the difference anyway and
I must confess I'd help it along
If I thought it meant our souls would carry
On and on and on, free to pass on by
Through, within, over and under
The pristine canvas that we call the sky
The palette of our dreams
The overflowing sea of musing
Flowering from the seams

It seems our dreams are only these

Words are meant to be and not to fall
Down between the cracks of reason
Please don't drop the holder of the ball
The bearer of the style
The one who never sees you wanting
The one who sets you free just for a while
You watch your garden grow
The things you've come to wonder were the
Things they never wanted you to know
The palette of your dreams
The overflowing sea of musing
Flowering from the seams

It seems our dreams
It seems, it seems our dreams
It seems, it seems our dreams are only these
Track Name: Hanna
Sun up to sun down
And everything in between
Seems like lately these four walls
Are the only ones I've ever seen

Hanna you're stealing my days
Hanna you ruin my nights
Hanna I feel like a slave
Oh, Hanna can you hear me alright?

Full time, you're a full time thief
But you won't apologize
I can hear you laughing every night
I can see it in your eyes

Hanna you're stealing my days
Hanna you ruin my nights
Hanna I feel like a slave
Oh, Hanna can you hear me alright?
Track Name: The Best Part
I feel like I'm falling for the first time
And looking down I cannot see the ground
This is the start of something good
But the bottom of the barrel is the end
So I'll just soak it in while I can
Because the journey is the best part anyway, anyway

It's the best part anyway

It seems like only yesterday when we were only children playing
Without a care and nowhere to be, nowhere to be

Nowhere to be
Track Name: Piercing Eyes
Can't get you out of my head
Can't dream you out of my thoughts
Can't keep you out of my songs
No matter how much I fought

And you haunt me now
I can't get away
When you're singing out
Each time I wake
With your piercing eyes
And your cold, dark soul
I try to strategize
And take it blow, by blow, by blow

I tried to change all my plans
But I had nowhere to go
And when I tell you the truth
I'm sure you already know

And you haunt me now
I can't get away
When you're singing out
Each time I wake
With your piercing eyes
And your cold, dark soul
I try to strategize
And take it blow, by blow, by blow