Caught By The Sound

by Rick Amorphis

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CAUGHT BY THE SOUND is an album made up of songs I wrote for FAWM.org, primarily from 2015 & 2016. There are rockers and ballads and some in-betweens, because that was often the make-up of some of my favorite albums growing up.

While I was making this I went back and listened to some of my favorites in their entirety to see what I had liked about them. I played The Who Sell Out, Revolver, Face To Face (The Kinks), Rocket To Russia (Ramones), Blonde On Blonde (Bob Dylan), London Calling (The Clash), and Odessey & Oracle (The Zombies), just to name a few. I noted the subtle changes in tempo, in keys, and in mood from song to song.

These are the classics that inform many of the musical choices I've made and will continue to make. This was a labor of love for me, and I hope that comes through. Because after all, I'm just a rock 'n' roll fan who, at a very young age, was caught by the sound of guitars, drums, and vocal harmonies. Thanks for listening.

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released April 25, 2016

All songs written by Rick Amorphis except:

-The Flamekeeper's Lament (words by Morton Maehre, music by Rick Amorphis)
-Spinning On and On (words by Arthur Rossi, music by Rick Amorphis)

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Track Name: Bandcamp Album
I got a Bandcamp album
Grab it, it’s free
I got a Bandcamp album
With a whole lotta me
It’s my Bandcamp album
Ooh it’s my Bandcamp album

I wanted to fully realize
12 songs I hoped would mesmerize
They say the album is over, it’s a relic of old
But it’s still the highest art form in rock ‘n’ roll

It can be how I want it
I’ll lay all of my powers upon it
I’ll sing more harmonies if it needs it
I’ll get it right so the world’ll believe it

I got a Bandcamp album
Grab it, it’s free
I got a Bandcamp album
With a whole lotta me
It’s my Bandcamp album
Ooh it’s my Bandcamp album

Rewrite, rerecord, remix and listen again
Rewrite, rerecord, remix and listen again
Rewrite, rerecord, remix and listen again
Rewrite, rerecord, remix and listen again
Saw myself and I had to laugh
I’ve had headphone hair for a year and a half

It’s a lonely journey and no one cares
Why you’re in a dream world in a room upstairs
You worry ‘bout the sequence and what it will say
As if anyone still listens to albums that way
I will fix every lyric
I’ll make meaningless lines satiric
If I need help I might ask ya
I’ll make Sgt. Peppers look like Nebraska

I got a Bandcamp album
Of course it is free
I got a Bandcamp album
Freakin’ hey look at me
Got a Bandcamp album
Ooh it’s my Bandcamp album

I got a Bandcamp album
Will be here when I die
I got a Bandcamp album
They’ll say “hey what a guy,
He made a Bandcamp album
Yeah, he made a Bandcamp album!”
With the heart of a falcon
An amazing musical amalgam
It’s my Bandcamp album…
Track Name: Rejectee
When I heard about the things you said
I knew you meant them all for me
It was too hard for you to be my friend
And now it’s over all the world can see

There was a time we worked without a net
Back in my grin and bear it phase
Your rejection would have filled me with regret
And I woulda hung my head for days and days

But now I’m movin’ on
Like a trumpeter swan
Oh c’est la vie
I’m the rejectee

Then you grew your hair and attitude
Out in that California sun
I guess I didn’t show the gratitude
That you took for granted you had won

Oh and I wouldn’t lie
And you wouldn’t try
I couldn’t be
What you couldn’t see
I’m the fall guy
I’m the rejectee

I wrote your theme song and your epitaph
That joke’s for you to get
Lord knows it hasn’t happened yet

It’s a fact your ego could fill outer space
And I’ll be fine if I don’t see your face

Ever make a friend?
Ever make a mistake?
Baby you pretend
But I know you’re a fake
I’m on the outside
I’m the rejectee

All alone and free
I’m the rejectee
On a losin’ spree
I’m the rejectee
To the Nth degree
I’m the rejectee
From sea to shining sea
I’m the rejectee
Track Name: I Don't Want to Let Her Know
She takes her pigeons
Out walking
She knows what they say
Without any doubt
She understands
Stephen Hawking
She’s got a way
Of finding things out

I don’t want to let her know
I don’t want to let her know

She doesn’t stay
In her lane
She can’t be bothered with
Sentimental farewells
Says Amsterdam
Is overrated
She darns socks
She damns everything else

I don’t want to let her know
I don’t want to let her know
I don’t want to let her know
She reminds me of the sunrise

MID 8
In a world dark as night
How does she shine so bright
I don’t know
So sublime, I get shy
Every time she goes by
I become Marcel Marceau

She leaves her faders up
And her hair down
She’s still a mystery
Like the music she plays
I take the long way home
Down her street
Just to catch
A passing glimpse of her face

I don’t want to let her know
I don’t want to let her know
I don’t want to let her know
I’ve been lonely for her only

I don’t want to let her know
I don’t want to let her know
I don’t want to let her know
I’ve been dreaming of her only…
Track Name: The Year Gerald Ford Was Shot At By Two Women
If you told me he was struck by lightning
Five times in one day
Or maybe hit two lotteries
Though I doubt he’d even play
Those things would be easy to believe
Next to what I can’t quite conceive
It left the country mystified
That he’d be targeted twice from the distaff side

The year Gerald Ford was shot at by two women
The year Gerald Ford was shot at by two women
He said our national nightmare was over
But his had just begun
The year Gerald Ford was shot at by two women

All alone little Squeaky Fromme
Set out to have her say
She was thinking of the redwood trees
As she drew her gun that day
She yelled, “It didn’t go off, can you believe it?”
No bullets in the chamber to achieve it
Her semiautomatic .45
Was ill-prepared as she; Ford was still alive

The year Gerald Ford was shot at by two women
The year Gerald Ford was shot at by two women
It’s a time that is best remembered
For Quaaludes and hash
The year Gerald Ford was shot at by two women

Sarah Jane was a bit insane
But she didn’t wear a sign
She was a part-time radical
And a snitch for the FBI
She used a gun that wouldn’t pass inspection
When she fired a shot in Ford’s direction
Every husband looked twice at his wife
A statistical anomaly had come to life, it had come to life!

The year Gerald Ford was shot at by two women
The year Gerald Ford was shot at by two women
Way to go, California
On such a winter’s day
The year Gerald Ford was shot at by…
Gerald Ford was shot at by…
Gerald Ford was shot at…by two women
Track Name: Schitt's Weak Dog
Schitt's weak dog
(repeat)
Track Name: Amy I Won't Be Around
I ran for dealer Dan
I knew he was your man
Late at night we’d rendezvous
I learned a thing or two
One night he went too far
I saw him hit you inside his car
I knew the day would come
Me, him, and a loaded gun

I’m tired of the way
He puts you on display
And then he cuts you down
If he only knew
The time I spent with you
While he was out of town

You gotta be strong
Whatever happens now
Don’t care if we’re wrong
It’s gonna get better, but
Amy, I won’t be around

One day I saw you bruised
Down on the avenue
We’d leave this life of crime
We said we’d bide our time
But careless is the yearning heart
All our plans I’d disregard
What was I supposed to do
Look the other way
When he raised a hand to you?

I’m tired of the way
I see him everyday
And I just can’t let on
What we have in store
Is a little more
Than he’s counting on

You gotta be strong
Whatever happens now
Don’t care if we’re wrong
I know we made plans but
Amy, I won’t be around

In the alleyway
Shots rang out and soon
We had a firefight
One of us was dead
But it wasn’t you, it wasn’t me
That died that night

You gotta be strong
Whatever happens now
Don’t care if we’re wrong
They took me away so
Amy, I won’t be around
Track Name: Maybe This Was Too Soon
It’s been a long time since I stood at your door
Hoping that you would answer
I remember the time when I helped you move in
With your roommate the ballet dancer

I said I would wait forever
I was thrilled it didn’t take that long
But since we’ve been back together
I get the feeling that something’s wrong

Maybe this was too soon
Maybe we should have saved it longer
Maybe this was too soon
Baby our love’s too good to squander
Maybe this was too soon

I did what I thought you wanted
Took you to a restaurant and
You had words with the waitress
All these years I lived and died you
Now I barely recognize you
When did you become so shameless?

I wanted to feel the feeling
We had before we broke up
But lately your words are revealing
And they’re leaving me all shook up

Maybe this was too soon
Maybe we made a brilliant mistake
Maybe this was too soon
Baby we’re headed for more heartache
Maybe this was too soon
Maybe this was too soon
Maybe this was too soon

Do you remember like I do girl
That December when we had the world
Or has time played an evil trick on you
And taken away all your memories of me and you?
Maybe this…

Maybe this was too soon
Maybe I’m hangin’ on for nothing
Maybe this was too soon
Baby please tell me you feel something
Maybe this was too soon
Maybe this was too soon
Maybe this was too soon
Track Name: The Flamekeeper's Lament
1) The moon’s gone to hiding
I find myself riding
Toward something I can’t explain
A Chevy’s my horse
And I feel no remorse
As I run from a lifetime of pain

2) The headlights are shining
Hypnotic and blinding
The road’s like an arrowhead
I find a motel
To rest a spell
In a vibrating bed

3) The owner looks tired
His help has been fired
He says it’s one hundred a night
If you need an hour
With some sweet young flower
I’ll cut you a deal alright

CHORUS
When the sun goes down
The road goes on forever
When I leave this town
The ghosts on the highway
Will follow me on my way home

4) So I park my car
Then find me a bar
In a forgotten old town
Where losers and talkers
And lonely sleepwalkers
Are trying their best not to drown

5) A newsman’s been drinking
He tells me he’s thinking
That no one believes what he says
A woman is bragging
‘bout men she’s been dragging
To sink/swim in the Sea of Cortez

6) An old Vaudevillian
With skin so reptilian
Says “tell us who you used to be”
They all buy me beer
They ask why I’m here
And what am I trying to see

(CHORUS)

SOLO

7) I tell them a tale
Of how I used to fail
At everything I’d ever do
They listen intently
And smile too gently
They think I’m telling the truth

8) The sun’s gone to hiding
The moon is providing
What little of light’s left to share
I’m ready for Hell
In an asbestos shell
Maybe it’s all better there

CHORUS
When the sun goes down
The road goes on forever
When I leave this town
The ghosts on the highway
Will follow me on my way
All gone now
Ever bound for nowhere
They’re all gone now
I’m a day sleeper
I’m just a flame keeper alone
Track Name: You Don't Rock 'n' Roll
Came here about eight years ago
You cut your hair
Like the girl in “Caroline, No”
Uh-oh
What’s it all for?
You don’t rock ‘n’ roll enough for me anymore

Your popularity’s been on a surge
Your latest song sounds
Just like a funeral dirge
Boo-hoo
One thing’s for sure
You don’t rock ‘n’ roll enough for me anymore

CHORUS
You don’t rock, roll
Baby you don’t rock, rock ‘n’ roll
Baby you don’t rock, rock ‘n’ roll
Baby you don’t rock, rock ‘n’ roll

Got bored with all that jazz
Don’t need to know every
When, what if, and whereas
Oh no
Take it away
You don’t rock ‘n’ roll enough for me anyway

It’s all just like you designed
You call it growth, I think you’re
Stone cold outta your mind
Hey you
Ms. Music du Jour
You don’t rock ‘n’ roll enough for me anymore

Peggy Sue and Maybellene
Good golly Miss Molly and
A sweet sixteen
Oh no
Where did it go
You don’t rock ‘n’ roll enough for me anymore

(CHORUS)
Track Name: The Winter of Our Discotheque
Started out on a journey
In the winter of '79
Me and my rock 'n' roll band
In a Ford Econoline

Everything was goin’ easy
Till the van started breakin' down
Saw a mansion up on the hillside
On the outskirts of the town

The winter of our discotheque
That Ford was such a wreck
The wind blew cold
The winter of our discotheque

We climbed up to the doorway
Asked if we could use the phone
We heard the pulsing disco beat
Of 'Miss You' by The Stones

'Shakedown Street', 'Heart of Glass'
'Another Brick in the Wall' all made us shake
Kiss's 'I Was Made For Lovin' You'
Jesus that one took the cake

Beneath the dancefloor is where they tried to lead us
Tales of pop suckcess they tried to feed us
"Bands come in these doors with guitars…
But leave here as lobotomized disco stars"

The winter of our discotheque
Miles from Quebec
The wind blew cold
The winter of our discotheque

SOLO

In the laboratory they tried to keep us
I said, "thanks for the food, I hate to be rude
But we gotta go right now”

The winter of our discotheque
Neither Shakespeare nor John Steinbeck
Saw what we saw
The winter of our discotheque

Was it some kind of nightmare
I wondered when I finally came to
Our drummer’s feet played a disco beat
I said, “tell me friend, when did they get to you?”

The winter of our discotheque
Short as Toulouse-Lautrec
The wind blew cold
The winter of our discotheque

The winter of our discotheque
High as we could get
The wind blew cold
The winter of our discotheque
Oooh, the winter of our discotheque
Yeah, the winter of our discotheque
Track Name: Too Much About You
I
Know
Too much about you
It’s true

You
Go
Spilling your guts
On my shoes

I keep hangin’ around
I keep hangin’ around
It’s true

I
Know
I’ve spilled my guts too
It’s true

I keep hangin’ around
I keep hangin’ around
It’s true
Track Name: Spinning On and On
There are so many silly things
That make people rack their brains
There are so many wedding rings
I've seen becoming prison chains

There are so many broken hearts
That make good people cry
So many friendships torn apart
It has to make you wonder why

pre-chorus:
Some things may drive you mad
Some things will make you hurt
Injustice, pain and misery
Everywhere in this world (I see)

chorus:
Do we fight heroically?
Do we take it stoically?
What else can we do
You know it's really up to you
I try to keep my head
No matter what goes wrong
The world gets up and
Keeps on spinning on and on
On and on and on
On and on
On and on and on

There are so many tales to tell
And wise words to be said
So many things we thought would work
But went so fawking wrong instead

pre-chorus
chorus