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about

secrets. mysteries. the million ways it could have been, but turned out this way instead. acceptance and questions. wishes and good kisses.

david richardson calls these songs "puzzles", which seems about right to me. and yet they were also the easiest to record of any album we've done.

it feels natural and familiar and yet a new sound arrives.

again.

credits

released July 16, 2017

all songs written by dave martin
recorded, engineered and mixed by david richardson
mastered by shane taylor

dave martin: vocals, guitars, bass, synthesizer
davey blaze: drums and absolutely no vocals whatsoever

special guest:
peggy longley: flute on "the loneliest mystery"

cover photo collage and layout by mark ramm
photos of each band member taken by the other band member

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the stolen picassos Chicago, Illinois

the stolen picassos are two dave's making music they love because they can't not.

their respective musical awakenings were quite disparate: dave m. (power pop) and dave r. (metal).

combined powers create the stolen picassos' mercurial heavy pop. it's got a kick to it.
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Track Name: free love ain't cheap
free love ain’t cheap
to keep
to be in love is to see above the deep
feelings
real lovers dream of each other while they sleep
and when they’re wide awake

we love free love
we love free love
you can take

but it might cost you in the long run
exhaust you with too much fun
assault your thoughts with the rights and wrongs
of doing what your body wants to do
and you do, too

we love free love
we love free love

free love ain’t cheap
to speak about in tones
of discovery of bones
of lovers, stones and lake

I’ve been alone every time I’ve been with others
I’ve know the ones who know everyone as lovers

(so that’s why I say)

free love ain’t cheap
each is unique
as rare as a 1,000-year-old bottle of wine
we drink tonight
and then turn out the light
Track Name: not-so-secret crush
this not-so-secret crush I’ve got
I try your number but the call gets dropped
rumors and innuendo, hush
we’ve gotten close yet still we’ve never touched

I’ve been afraid to show you who I am
I would have stayed if I thought you’d understand

this not-so-secret crush I’ve got
I feel so obvious, but apparently I’m not

I can’t break through
we get drive-thru instead of takeout
I can make do but I would rather make out

this not-so-secret crush I’ve got
I walk you to the gate but there I stop
this not-so-secret crush I’ve got
when I’m around you I talk like a robot

this not-so-secret crush I've got
when someone feels the same you know it’s love
and when it feels strange it must be love
Track Name: knowing my luck
the stage is set now you’re on the big screen
you’re all the rage now this is your big scene

step right up and take it
it’s yours
only this moment we have is assured

some might say that we will live again
but just today I want to give all I can

and knowing my luck it will happen
someday
just not today

and knowing you’re stuck
means you’re half the way there
tonight

what is the secret to your mystery?
I know you want to keep it far away from me

but knowing my luck you would have me
any way
you want me

and showing some pluck
when you’re tested to the bone
you’re halfway home

and knowing my luck
I probably don’t know
Track Name: everyone looks better with wet hair
she told me that she’s in love
she says love is not her game
I couldn’t tell her how many nights
I woke up calling out her name

I tried to get her to stop doing drugs
she says she’s got to do her bit
she says that life is way too short
so, she wears something that doesn’t fit

I heard that rain isn’t good
but take a look around the neighborhood
everyone looks better with wet hair

I’ve heard her say more than once
that all she wants is the perfect tan
I’ve never had the nerve to tell her
that all I want to be is her man

walking on the beach with her
is like walking with a lead foot
love is more important than clothes
but that’s not where it’s put

I heard that rain isn’t good
but take a look around the neighborhood
everyone looks better with wet hair

I want to be all over her

now another summer is all I can really hope for
every time I turn around, she’s out that door

she says I’m way out of fashion
I say you’ve got something else to find
because it’s just a matter of time before someone else
comes up with something else that someone thinks
looks somewhat better on someone else’s behind

everyone looks better with wet hair
Track Name: that's not what we mean by love
you love him all the same
yet wishing he would change
but that’s not what we mean by love

I was lost in the middle
and feeling terrible
but soon to be rising up

just like a train in the distance
that never arrives
you put up no resistance
then claim your rights

I’m on the run
belong to no one
it might not be today
but we all end up that way

there’s something in your tone
not matching with your words
and I’ve been thinking about my options a lot

we opened our relations
hoping new sensations
would bring us what we mean by love

it’s just the ones who need assistance
when they’re left on their own
everyone needs good kisses
and strong cologne

I’m on the run
belong to no one
it might not be today
but we all end up that way

I want to take you right now
to many places and crowds
and celebrations
and staycations abound
I want to take you right now
Track Name: put on a pop song
if you need a little lift
for your perspective to shift
put on a pop song

if there’s something in your heart
not on a doctor’s chart
it’s in a pop song

a pop song tells you what you want to hear
right when you need to hear it
and then it tells you again and again
and again and again and again

with a whiff of wisteria
a mystery appears
right in front of your eyes

through the mist of hysteria
the crowd disperses with a collective sigh

but someone’s got a radio up to ten
someone knows the benefits of drowning out the din

but don’t turn down life’s offer now
keep the volume up
I dig the sound

just a hint of hesitation
makes that sweet sensation
even sweeter

put on a pop song and wash the moment away
watch the ocean sway
wash that moment away

the secrets in the stars
are commonplace on mars

and somewhere there’s a song that’s sung just for you
and the lyrics, you know all of them
but no one knows the secrets in your heart
‘til you start showing ‘em!
Track Name: are you okay with the fact that i'm okay with that?
I’m drowning here
I’ve been lost a long time now
washed up on the shores of your love
I’ve lost a lot of time

chasing demons, racing dreams on their terms
I couldn’t face the stern glances
the spurned romances

are you okay with the fact that I’m okay with that?
are you okay with the fact that I’m okay with that?
I’m okay with that

thread the needle, spin the truth
spin the bottle
question is the mystery half the battle?

how to get along with those who test your mettle?
how to compromise, how to settle?

are you okay with the fact that I’m okay with that?
are you okay with the fact that I’m okay with that?
I’m okay with that

and I’m okay with the fact
that you’re not coming back
are you okay with the fact that I’m okay with that?

I’m okay with that
Track Name: the loneliest mystery
somehow my memory just ain’t what it was
yesterday I am more familiar with what’s gonna happen when it does

you pretend not to notice
then you feign surprise
you suspend all good judgment and take the ride

you only go around once
you only get one shot at this thing called love
'cause the one that you have right now
is better than the rest
for this part of the quest

the loneliest mystery I have ever known
is if you love me?
the phoniest history I could invent
was that you loved me

from the moment I met you
that’s when I knew
I could never forget you
though I might miss some clues

that’s how it goes
no one goes back
everyone knows
suspicion from fact

that’s when it’s love
when you love back
nobody knows
just what they lack

the loneliest mystery I have ever known
is if you love me?
the phoniest history I could invent
was that you loved me

though the evidence collected
is circumstantial at best
we might still yet catch the villain
or recover the missing chest
Track Name: almost positive
I'm almost positive
I need to be more careful, I know it
I'm almost positive
most of my time is spent trying not to blow it

I'm almost positive
I can't remember some of the things I just did
I'm almost positive
I've been this way ever since I was a kid

I'm just about to give in
and give up
hope that you'll return my love
to the place we once belonged
in a beautiful song

I'm almost positive
I'm not contagious anymore but don't hug me
I'm almost positive
I'm now addicted to the kisses you drug me with

I'm almost positive
I see the glass as half full though it's empty
I'm almost positive
I would reciprocate if you recommend me

I'm almost positive
there is a different planet on which we could live
in a beautiful song

do we know our futures as well as our past?
no!

but we know enough to be dangerous
Track Name: what's the rest like?
this part is good
what’s the rest like?
it won’t be there for long
you either take it or a respite

I want to write the wrongs I have uttered
the wounds we’ve uncovered will heal again
in the open air

this looks so good
what’s the next sight?
when will I see you again?
just like the moonlight reflects the night
I reflect you
as I suspect you do too

this part is good
what’s the rest like?
why would we be there alone?
I don’t know why it perplexes me
that you would call my name above others
the love we discovered
we find again

the some we almost gave all our love away
blind to friends
who were trying to help
but instead we felt as one, just once

it would be enough
if indeed we felt as one, just once

I was drowning in the stuff
but then you pulled me out with your love
it was the perfect fit

you think this is it
and then another layer reveals itself

to be all you can be
and indeed if we could feel as one, just once