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the stolen picassos are two dave's strong. the stolen picassos is also the name of our debut album. flying in the face of single song downloads, this album was written and recorded to be heard in one sitting (34 minutes!). the idea is to experience it as a whole piece of which some songs blend together and some couldn't have existed without another. conjoined twins. free to download (or tip jar), free to share.

recorded in a marathon three day weekend in july 2014. yeah, 19 songs in three days. 'nuff said.

credits

released November 7, 2014

dave martin: vocals, guitar, bass
david richardson: drums, vocals, bass on "a perfect place to begin"

the stolen picassos was written and conducted by dave martin
recorded, engineered and mixed by david richardson at studio czar
mastered by shane taylor
cover layout and graphics by greg richardson
cover photo by barb trenda

david richardson would like to thank barb and the year of no metal.
dave martin showers thanks and love on alice for putting up with that racket in the basement, chuck stevens for lending me his gorgeous 12-string, and all those who contributed to this beast and lent us their ears.

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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: a perfect place to begin
and that’s the part that hurts the most
with a head start on the search
we still can’t close in

to a future state we all could live in
what a perfect place to begin
Track Name: an opening
can’t find an opening I like
this sweater’s too tight
sometimes some things too good to be true
are still happening to you
no matter what you do

can’t find an opening

can’t find an opening that’ll pay
at the end of an earnest day
what makes it all worthwhile in the end
is love and friends
and long weekends

can’t find an opening
Track Name: the stolen picassos are here to stay
the stolen picassos are here to stay
though they gone away to where we just can’t say
but one day we will find them
Track Name: down to the surface
we go down to the surface
is anybody nervous?
it might take a while to get to where you really wanna go
you know

I know I’ve taken the blame
for all sorts of your pain
I can’t keep it going down
it’s coming up now

down to the surface
this spiritual circus
we go down to the surface
our circular purpose
down to the surface

put the needle on the record
(put the pedal on the metal)
you’re playing chess, I’m playing checkers
(you’re playing rock, I’m playing metal)
I can’t keep it going down
it’s coming up now

down to the surface
this spiritual circus
we go down to the surface
our circular purpose
down to the surface
is anybody else nervous?
we go down to the surface
Track Name: more wonderful
it’s like you said before
I’ve been living in my own little world
you said you could love two people at the same time
with the same intensity

wondering how pure love could turn to a blend
did you ever think that we could be more than friends?

why would you second guess things
when you’re feeling them for the first time now?

the closer that you get to be the person that you want to be
I see that person standing in front of me!
will you never trust in things you cannot see?
that seem to be?

more than the most that you have ever had before
we had more
now that the coast was clear
we could continue as before

with more to say
more comfortable
every day
more wonderful

it’s like you said before
I’ve been living in my own little world
Track Name: they say
they say
I shouldn’t want to but I do
it’s sticking like glue
to everything you do

it’s the very thing you’ve sought
oh, a penny for your thoughts
somehow we got lost

you found jesus, I found myself
in the middle of it now
wondering how you could sleep tonight
I could tell
we attract when we rebel
Track Name: virtual trespassing
they say we got off too light
trading sound for pictures
colors for light

virtual trespassing
asking for money for what once was free

when love is all we mean
how easy to simplify
how appropriate to imply

how you want it to be is how it is
how you want it to be is how it is
how you’d like it to be is how it is
how you want it to be is how it is

virtual trespassing
asking for money for what once was free
Track Name: in the next life
in the next life I’m gonna be
everything that I was meant to be
in this life

in the next life we’re gonna say
everything that we should say in this life
this life

this life we can’t outlive
the time this life permits
this life we can’t unlive
the lie the truth forgives

in the next life we’re gonna be
so much better to each other than in this life
this life

in the next life we’re gonna believe
in the next life after that one
what matters is this one
this life

this life we can’t outlive
the time this life permits
this life we can’t unlive
the lie the truth forgives
Track Name: the stolen picassos are hiding out
the stolen picassos are hiding out
though we’re finding out more about their whereabouts
each and every day now
Track Name: actually pretty good
it’s actually pretty good
the way you make me feel I should
accidentally we could
break lots of records
making love in a way it should be
actually pretty good

I can tell you’ve never been picked on
(or picked for)
or picked up quite your keep

all your bad habits, now I’m sure you’ve kicked them
but it’s making it so much harder to sleep

it’s actually pretty good
the way you make me feel I should
accidentally we could
break lots of records
making love in a way it should be
actually pretty good

the something you wanted you could never quite get
when you’re drowning you don’t care about getting wet
you just wonder where the next breath is
or was that the last?
your body just relaxes

there is never a good time to say this
there is never a bad time too
but what some might mistake for courageous
was actually just something you felt you had to do

it’s actually pretty good
the way you make me feel I should
accidentally we could
break lots of records
making love in a way it should be
actually pretty good
Track Name: good at looking good
you’re good at looking good but not at much else
you’re good at feeling good but not at what I felt
when everything’s in service to the surface should just gleam
trending on a topic of an optical dream
you’re good at looking good and getting seen

you’re good at looking good
but not at seeing it my way
you’re really good at taking my breath away

one of us is affordable, the other one is free
you’re good at looking good but not at looking at me
when you’re looking good what do you see?

you bat your lashes like you’re battening down the hatches
you hit on victims like for a batting average
you’re good at looking good at looking right past the cause
I don’t understand you now but no one does
you’re easy on the eyes but hard to love

you’re good at looking good at looking good
Track Name: a sense of home
I’ve been living for the time
when I could call you mine
I have been looking for the day
I think I’m finding my way

and I’ve been thinking very hard
and I don’t think I’m very far
I’m coming home

I’m starting to lose my sense of fear
and I’m starting to sense that you’re near
I love you more than you know
I’m finally gaining a sense of home

I’d walk 10,000 miles for you
and I hope you can sense that I’m true
and if there is a time when you’re alone
you’ll soon sense that I’m coming home
Track Name: the tomorrow
the tomorrow I know
is the tomorrow I don’t know
the promise of each morning
by the midday
it never obeys
hell, it seldom behaves

the tomorrow that we want
is what we make of today – what do you say?
the solace of each evening
is the time we get to spend here
it’s the price
of the fear
of the unknown
Track Name: asked and answered
asked and answered
do we not agree?
some things get censored for the majority
of the user base, losing face
some things take precedence
but nothing takes your place

asked and answered
the point is moot
you’re stealing glances like you’re running away with the loot

asked and answered
who are you talking to?
I could be shouting at a wall for all it seems to mean to you
asked and answered
on the count of three
if you can’t listen you should listen to me

asked and answered
do I repeat myself?
well, yes, sometimes I do it quite well
and often seem lost in dream
the calendar says something else
but you’re still living in your teens
Track Name: a little bit frightening
it’s a little bit frightening
you know me so well
it’s kind of exciting
you know me better than I know myself
it’s a little bit frightening

let’s turn down the lighting
I’ve got a secret you should never tell
let’s firm up the timing
you live someplace but never dwell
let’s burn now the findings

these long days and lonely nights
you know
you know I’ve known them too

blind dates and slowing losing your sight
you’re seeing things too
you’ve got so much to do
Track Name: you used to be able to smoke at shows
you used to be able to smoke at shows
you know, you know
Track Name: ripe for a remake
why do we even try at all?
against all odds
and not the movie either
though I must say
if we made it and it made a killing
what would be your take?
ripe for a remake

and now I’m gone again
‘til god knows when
but your secret is safe with me
you’re lips probably not
if you speak the magic words
the spell it shall break
ripe for a remake
Track Name: the stolen picassos send back false positives
the stolen picassos send back false positives
about where they live and who they love
maybe you could see them from above
what you remember