Never Gonna Have a Real Career

by Oh, that Patrick

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This is my debut album, recorded in my Santa Monica bedroom. On it, I play all the instruments, do all the singing, and did all the mixing/engineering. Does it sound like the work of a cloistered madman? Not really. It's buoyant pop, with a lot of late-Beatles imagination.

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released January 1, 2008

Ryan Gentry - mastering.

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Oh, that Patrick Los Angeles, California

Originally from the Maryland/DC border, Patrick moved to LA in 2006. Since then, he's been writing/recording songs as a one man band. His clearest influences are Ben Folds Five and The Beatles. He loves life and fears death. Most of his songs are meant to help people cope with fear/loneliness through appreciation of life's awesomeness. He plays in an LA-based band called Nerds & Jerks. ... more

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Track Name: Dog After Tail
One horizon to my back / Another rises up ahead
Eternity before my birth / Eternity again when I'm dead. / Meanwhile I'm just taking spins / Around the poles that keep me in / Tethered to my broken ways / Futility's the name of the chase / Of Dog After Tail,
I guarantee my methods to fail / After all, I'm really not intending to follow my advice / I may get lucky one time, but I probably won't twice / Looks like you could use a laugh. / In that case, you got the right guy. / Redundantly re-butting your ass, / If you're foolish enough to reply / Can't we find some common ground? / I'm tempted to admit you're cute. / Shall I bother to expound? / Or is this just the hopeless pursuit? / of Dog After Tail, / I guarantee my methods to fail / After all, I'm really not intending to follow my advice / I may get lucky one day, but it'll all be gone by night / Maybe this is nothing weird, / Maybe I am no one strange. / Maybe there's nothing to fear, / Maybe there is nothing to change / Some of us just play our parts, / Some of us just take our pills, / Some will listen to their hearts, / But most of what we call free will / is dog after tail...
Track Name: Visit Me in a Dream
If you run away from me, I'll follow / If you leave today, baby tomorrow / I will be beside myself with sorrow / I will never get back what you borrowed / And live upon the hope that you will visit me in a dream. / Everybody wants to think they're different / But there are just several basic blueprints / I can hardly think of what improvements / I would do to you if I could do them / So it's only fitting that you visit me in one of my dreams. / What the hell just happened? where did we go? / Was I lost behind a cloud of sweet smoke? / Leaving me, I'm feeling like you've revoked / All the points you added to my ego. / It's pathetic praying that you visit me in a dream. / It'll take a while to find another / Woman I'll consider as a lover / 'Cause Darling you know if I had my druthers / I'd be back with you under the covers / Instead of only hoping that visit me in one of my dreams. So it seems, the only way to get to you is my dreams. Lover, isn't that obscene?
Track Name: Stubborn Irish Soul
Please don't make me say I'm sorry / I hate to admit to my own fallibility / Let's just say we can't see eye to eye / And call off the search party for culpability / If you think you'll squeeze blood from this stone / You'll find yourself wrong and alone / We'd be better off just letting it go / Than trying to fix my stubborn Irish soul / It is no surprise to see you leave
I'm sympathetic I'm just not adaptable / Sometimes even I cannot believe / That my mentality is this intractable / I gave you no signs that I could change
Still you assumed I might that's strange / We both have no basis to complain / For trying to fix my stubborn Irish soul / We spent so long just crying / We spent so long just trying / We've spent too long just lying to ourselves / Walk me out your door and past your swing / Out of your driveway, then out of your life evermore / I'll make this last kiss worth everything / Because tomorrow I cannot have it anymore / Maybe we weren't really built to last / Still this goodbye came way too fast / Our laughter and love just couldn't outlast / Patience with my stubborn Irish soul
Track Name: Next Train Outta Town
Get outta my way, / I got nothing to say to a person like you.
Get outta my head, / I'll take silence instead of the words that you choose. / Get off of the thought that you might as well not 'cause there ain't no use./ You wasted my time and polluted my mind
with those words "I love you" / And if you wanna leave me now, I'm on the next train out of town. / Make up your mind what you're out here to find and then get back to me. / Meanwhile I'll be finding prosperity just independently. / And if someday you find you wished you would have stayed around / Forgive me if I smile but you're gonna have to track me down / No you won't ever find me unless you first find out I don't need you to remind me of what I'm all about.
Track Name: A Melancholy Song
Didn't I tell you a long time ago / that I love you excessively much Didn't our love continue to grow / with every successive touch / So ... how could you be leaving? How could this be true? / Everything that has any meaning for me begins with you. / Didn't you tell me that you love me back / a thousand times or more? / How many of those do you now retract / or should they have all just be ignored? / I'll never recover ... my faith in mankind. / If you can't trust a lover then trust isn't something available to find. / I would happily recite to you a list of reasons you should stay. / But if the words don't leave your lips your ears won't hear what they say. / Just like me, they're just selfish anyway. / Baby you know that I think you're the best So I'll always put you first place. / Maybe I don't measure up to the rest / of the runners that are running in your race. / How can you be leaving? / How can this be true? / Is life just deceiving me or am I really dealing with losing you? / How can you be leaving? How will life go on? / All I have is meaningless memories demeaning a melancholy song.
Track Name: Making it Up as I Go Along
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Someone just the other day (asked me for advice)
And I was tempted to say (some saucy reply)
Do I really look like a man (a man who knows shit)
Do I resemble a source of good information?
I'm just making this up as I go along
Still trying to find chords that'll finish this song
Sometimes I get it right, sometimes I get it oh so wrong
Everyone's worryin' about (the meaning of life)
But it's easy to figure out, (it rhymes with "survive")
I don't need a script to react, so please understand
It's a total compliment if you tell me I have no plan
I'm just making this up as I go along
Still trying to find words that'll finish this song
Sometimes I get it right, sometimes I get it oh so wrong
World, what do you want from me?
Just a semblance of sanity.
I'd happy to appease, just point me in that general direction please
Oh, what will it take to find genuine peace of mind?
I think it just takes time. You've got yours, and I've got mine.
Everyone's got a unique genetic design
So necessarily, we've got different minds
If you flatter my point of view, your chances augment
Of being someone I consider cool and call a friend
I'm just waking on up after sleeping so long
I was better off dreamin' so snooze the alarm
I don't know what I did last night But I meant no harm
Track Name: Reductionism
There's a common axiom many minds have found that a human's just a spirit physically pinned down in a body as a vessel for a boundless soul, but the feeling and the form have symbiotic control. / It makes no sense to characterize souls as something individualized separate from their bodies. Every moment since conception variables I can't even mention have been forever changing my life's underlying equations. / But people, please, don't reduce yourselves to the close cooperation of some carbon based cells. / You can paint a pretty picture with a scientific brush but never clarify the way it feels inside to blush. That's consciousness: phenomenal, ephemeral, unteachable. Your moments of experience will always be unreachable by any explanations as to 'why' or 'how', 'cause the truth of your existence is what you're feeling right now. / The stuff I'm made of's been around as long as time. So the matter I inherit and bequeath was in fact never really mine. And we're all just animating stardust tonight settled in to objects, but, I swear, we're all suffused in light. / So people, please, don't reduce yourselves to the close cooperation of some carbon based cells. / Once upon a time in the Milky Way galaxy a star called Sun had an awful lot of gravity and spun a rock into a sphere of staggering complexity where endless forms of life and nature flirt with possibility. / It's maddening to try and wrap your head around the ridiculously complicated yet profound daisy chain of causes and effects that lead back to the ground you'll reunite with soon 'cause nobody stays in this town. / People please don't reduce yourselves to the close cooperation of some carbon based cells. Oh, people, please, don't reduce yourselves or your sisters or your brothers to the synergistic wonders of cells.
Track Name: Freeze Time
Thank you god, but I think I'll take it from here / you did a bang up job with those eighteen years / Now my life is such a joy to behold / I have lost all interest in getting old / If I could ... Freeze time ... Why wouldn't I
If I could ... Freeze time ... I would ...while I'm / Poor economically / Rich in autonomy / liberal minded in my thinking / got health and agility / social flexibility
and copious occasions for drinking / I'd be a nutcase to tell you I want to escape / I'd have a sick mind to willingly leave this behind / But I know that every now and then / I am bound to step on toes and offend / realize it's not my real intent/ I would rather be friends /Finally time is mine to manage and keep / Though I've been neglecting to scheduling sleep / Maybe that's because my heart is aware / that this part of life is without compare / If I could ... Freeze time ... Why wouldn't I / If I could ... Freeze time ... I would ...while I'm / Here on my mission to find some erudition /
sample the fruits of Mother Nature / Goin' through a pile of friends on speed dial / And asking them what they're doing later / I'd be a nutcase to tell you I want to escape / I'd have a sick mind to willingly leave this behind / But I know that every now and then / I am bound to step on toes and offend / realize it's not my real intent/ I would rather be friends
Track Name: When You're in Love
It was just last week I was at a party with my friends, and one of them was asking me about my new girlfriend. / He said "you waited so long I wanna know what you intend." / So I said ... I still haven't found a reason why I could leave her to another guy / That sounds weak but what I really mean is Being hers is keeping me serene / I don't know what it is, but I never have to second guess it. / Because you don't have to wonder when you're in love / You'll be too swept under when you're in love / You don't have to ponder why you're in love / You won't want to wander once you're in love. / You'll know when it fits like a glove. / In a few more weeks we'll be together for one year. And though the future looks bleak it isn't something I can fear. / I gotta let it all happen while making myself clear that I: Have never loved anyone else so much / I'm gonna tell her that with every touch / I'm never gonna underestimate / The lengths we may have to undertake / To keep this goin' while never knowin' where (China?) / Because you don't have to wonder when you're in love / You'll be too swept under when you're in love / You don't have to ponder why you're in love / You won't want to wander once you're in love. / You'll know when it fits like a glove. / Okay let's review!
Track Name: Never Gonna Have a Real Career
Your first mistake was giving me a guitar / And your second one was letting me perform in bars. / But your most egregious error was just lending me your ears
Now I'm never gonna have a real career. / My parents must have thought I'd get creative / Never fearing that I might become infatuated / And I'm sure sometimes they're proud of me but they correctly fear
That I'm never gonna have a real career / Rock and/or roll is no real vocation / It's just an excuse for self-glorification / I'm just a receptionist for the Muse / But feel like I'm licensed to broadcast my blues / Your third mistake was giving me a piano / And you sealed your fate, when I got my first studio/ But the quicksand that I'm sinking in is everybody here / Now I'm never gonna have a real career / Oh, yes, it's true, I am panhandling (Shine your boots, Gov'nor?) / But it's really just attention I'm demanding. / And because I wan't so badly to believe you when you cheer
I am never gonna have a real career