van gogh lends an ear

by the stolen picassos

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in what is shaping up to be a november tradition, the stolen picassos proudly present our third album, "van gogh lends an ear".

this follows our self-titled debut and its followup, "why lovers never wait", both released in successive novembers the past two years.

this one started out as 13 songs, but as we listened back we decided a more economical 9 songs was the way to go. we wanted them all to be keepers and repeaters. it's all balm, no chafe. 22 minutes of kiss kiss bang bang.

which, of course, means our next one will be a concept double album!

credits

released November 25, 2016

dave martin: vocals, guitars, bass, keys
davidmore richardson: vocals, drums, keys, sleigh bells

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

cover photo and design: mark ramm
"van gogh" on the cover: andrew bertilrud

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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: origin story
everybody has one
just like everyone needs oxygen
to breathe and live
live to tell their origin story

did we come from god’s son
or did we just emerge from the murky depths
of uncertainty and logic?

I’ve got a time bomb going off in my head now
I’ve been slow to make a change
I should have known it would all rearrange itself
in the end

I’m in love with life
I’m in love with loving you even twice as nice
as one of life’s sweet surprises

what’s your origin story?

we don’t get to decide when or where we’re born
but we can change our name if it’s wrong
we all must find where we belong
I’ve been longing to find someone who would sing my song
I’ve been here too long
Track Name: make it up
if you don’t know what you want to be
make it up
if it’s something that you just couldn’t see
taking up your time at night
or waking up on the bright side

if you count on something happening
don’t challenge the math
if there’s no one singing it there might be a rap on it

oh, what benefits you now?
ooh, don’t say it
what’s the genesis?
Track Name: that girl is just a couple of good friends
that girl
that girl is just a couple of good friends
the memories are plenty

that girl
that girl blind copies the entire world just before she hits send
that girl
that girl is just a couple of good friends
away from being friends with that girl

don’t make me choose
don’t make me lose you now to emotional altitudes

don’t make a choice

your love has multitudes
it multiplies in places you never knew
were a part of you

but the evidence suggest you knew more
than you let on
the sentiment we sometimes forget
the nasty stuff

some in love know how they got there
but not how to stay
most of us take truth over dare
but all of us could be better than we’ve been together
none of us can avoid the weather

that girl
that girl is just a a couple of good friends
now you see her, now you don’t
that girl
that girl
you tell her something once and she ends up reaching hundreds
with your message
that girl surely knows just how it’s going to end
‘cause she’s seen this mess before
over and over
that girl looks over her shoulder

and when you see her out in the street
tell her hi from me
now that she’s gone
there’s someone else you could be

that girl
that girl is just a couple of good friends
that girl
that girl
Track Name: phoning it in
connected in more ways than one
wireless yet wound up
always on the run

phoning it in
living the moment
remotely even though you’re there
phoning it in

all we have in common is the air
we share our minutes
there are limits to how much we care

phoning it in
living the moment
remotely even though you’re there
phoning it in

phoning it in
texting someone
while you’re ignoring who’s right there
phoning it in

sometimes you’re virtually not there
present in your mind but not in your stare

how can I gaze into your eyes
when you’re always looking at your phone?

phoning it in
living the moment
remotely even though you’re there
phoning it in

phoning it in
texting someone
while you’re ignoring who’s right there
phoning it in
Track Name: uppers and downers
somewhere there’s a calling
out to no one
in particular the blossoming
of romance just begun

nowhere there’s a warning
what’s about to come true
but never let the boring
hide the real you

uppers and downers
uppers and downers bring
uppers and downers
uppers and downers more than you think

uppers and downers
suppositions frowned on
but keep your chin up and your head down
and where you can be found

something I was wanting
was just within grasp
the distance can be daunting
if you have to ask

there’s no one who’s been wanting me
though some have come haunting
nocturnally

uppers and downers
uppers and downers bring
uppers and downers
uppers and downers more than you think

uppers and downers
uppers and downers sing
uppers and downers
uppers and downers
it’s always something

uppers and downers
oppositions sound off
but don’t you give up or let down
don’t you give up or let down
keep your chin up and your head down
don’t you give up or let down
Track Name: where the body ends and the spirit begins
I don’t understand where the body ends
and the spirit begins
Track Name: shakespeare was 12 women
none other stories ever mattered
only the ones with you
all of the hearts that ever were shattered
all of them broke into

the dream psychology
you sleep in
the mystery deepens

I don’t know why
but it makes more sense if shakespeare was 12 women
I don’t know why
but it makes me wonder what he might have written
I don’t know why
but it makes more sense if shakespeare was 12 women

history is rewritten daily
none of us is just one
on the seas of our memories are we sailing
captained by and captive to our tongues

the fake mythology
you believe in
is leaving nothing to chance

I don’t know why
but it makes more sense if shakespeare was 12 women
I don’t know why
but it makes me wonder what he might have written
I don’t know why
but it makes more sense if shakespeare was 12 women

I don’t know why but
Track Name: harbortown
let’s just take it to harbor
let’s just take it to harbortown
let’s just take the guitar out
let’s just take it to harbortown

it’s a nice day out
let’s just take it to heart
it’s a nice day out
let’s just take it to heart

let’s just take it to harbor
let’s just take it to harbortown
let’s just take the guitar out
let’s just take it to harbortown

and if I wanted I could knock the waters down
but it is so much easier
to go along with the flow that’s all around
you always come out much more clean

it’s a good day for fishing
let’s just take it to heart
you compliment/complement me so much – hush

let’s just take it to harbor
let’s just take it to harbortown
let’s just take the guitar out
let’s just take it to harbortown

let’s just take our love to harbortown
Track Name: we are allowed
the glimmer of hope gets dimmer
with each passing year
the conviction we spoke of
when we were young and loud and clear

despite life’s uncertainties
all you want to be is some place eternally
and so do we are allowed

I was afraid I wouldn’t know how you feel
of all the things we fake how do we know which ones are real?

despite life’s uncertainties
all you want to be is some place eternally
despite life’s uncertainties
for as long as you can be
and so do we are allowed

we are allowed to be the ones
we are allowed to stay at home
we are allowed rise above
we are allowed to fall in love
or to be alone

we are allowed