I Simplify

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released October 26, 2016

Produced by Kenny Selcer
Mixed by Matt Hayes in 2016, except for It's All Around You and Evelyn, mixed by Huck Bennert 2006-2007.
Recorded at Wellspring Sound, Acton, MA (Dave Rizzuti and Huck Bennert) and at Kenny's house, Lexington, MA (by Kenny Selcer) and Harvard, MA.
Mastered by Eric Kilburn at Wellspring Sound, Acton, MA October, 2016,

Kenny Selcer - all guitars, bass, keyboards, mandolin, all vocals, percussion, drum programming.
Mike Migliozzi - drums on 1, 3, 4, 7, 9,12,14
Andy Solberg - bass on 1, 3, 4, 7, 9,12
Chris Billias - keyboards on 1, 3, 4, 9, 12,14
Manolo Mairena - congas, percussion on 1, 3, 4, 9, 12,
Steve Gilligan - bass on 14
Roland Ochsenbein - piano on 7
Steve Peabody - drums on 2, 11
Rob Rudin - help on drum programming on 5

all music/lyrics ©2001-2016 Kenny Selcer, BMI

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Track Name: I Know It's Not Too Late
I Know It’s Not Too Late ©12/08 Kenny Selcer

Even when the well runs dry. Even when I can’t touch the sky.
Even though I might make a mistake,
I know it’s not too late.

Even when the sun don’t shine. Even when I walk the line.
Even when I miss your touch,
I know it’s not too late. I know it’s not too late.

Things they come and things they go.
Things go fast and then go slow.
Things go up and then go down
I’ll miss you all the same.

Even when I’m all alone. Even when I’m not feeling strong.
Even when I shed a tear,
I know it’s not too late. I know it’s not too late.

The future calls, I hear it so well, it’s clear as a bell.
I hear the sound, it’s all around, I want someone to tell.
Bring on the new, it’s happening to you, you know it’s true.
I know it so well, want someone to tell, so I’m talking to you.

-solo-

Things they come and things they go.
Things go fast and then go slow.
Things go up and then go down, well
I’ll miss you all the same.

Even when I’m feeling blue. Even when I’m not talking to you.
Even though my heart may break.
I know it’s not too late. I know it’s not too late.

The future calls, I hear it so well, it’s clear as a bell.
I hear the sound, it’s all around, I want someone to tell.

Even when the well runs dry. Even when I can’t kiss the sky.
Even though I might make a mistake,
I know it’s not too late. I know it’s not too late. I know it’s not too late.
Track Name: It's All Around You
It’s All Around You (A Thing Called Love) ©10/07 Ken Selcer

Baby, it’s cold outside. I wanna take you on a ride.
to the stars above, to a thing called love - it’s all around you.

I can see the future. I can see what’s to become of us.
We’ll ride the sun, and have some fun - it’s all around you.

Listen babe, we can’t be wrong.
Listen now, it’s in this song.
Have some faith in what’s in you strong.
How little do we know? How little we let show?

Baby, I’ll hold you tight. I’ll love you with all my might.
With the world in view, just we two - I’ll be around you.

Listen babe, we can’t be wrong.
Listen now, it’s in this song.
Have some faith in what’s in you strong.
How little do we know? How little we let show?

Another day, another battle to be won.
Another reason keeps you on the run.
Let it go, let it be just what it is
Something else to do, it’s better to be true.

Baby, It’s cold outside. I wanna take you on a ride.
Above the clouds, above the crowds, look it’s all around you.

A thing called love - it’s all around you.
A thing called love - it’s all around you.
A thing called love - it’s all around you.
Track Name: Fell For You Hard
Fell For You Hard 3/06 Ken Selcer

I saw my true love walking towards me the other day.
I saw my one true love.
I saw a dream coming putting me into disarray
Giving me quite a shove.

I was falling for you baby, falling for you hard.
falling for you baby, catching me off my guard.

Sweet memories fill my inner visions.
Sweet sunshine warm my soul.
You knocked away my natural indecision.
Reaching out was now my goal.

I was falling for you baby, falling for you hard.
falling for you baby, catching me off my guard.
I was falling for you baby, falling for you hard.
falling for you baby, laying out all my cards.

One minute I was thinking I was right here.
Next minute I was gone.
One second I was feeling like my own man.
Next moment I was wrong.

I was falling for you baby, falling for you hard.
falling for you baby, catching me off my guard.
I was falling for you baby, falling for you hard.
falling for you baby, laying out all my cards.

I got a thing for the whole situation.
I got a thing for you.
Good feeling for the whole situation.
Good feeling for you.

Got together on your instigation.
Guess it was mine too.
I wanna make a final observation.
I know it’s long overdue.

Well, I fell for you baby, fell for you hard.
fell for you baby, caught off my guard.
fell for you baby, fell for you hard.
fell for you baby, layed out all my cards).
Track Name: I'm So Worried
I’m So Worried ©3-2008 Kenny Selcer

I’m so worried - I can’t talk to you about it.
I’m so worried - I can’t sleep tonight.
I’m up, my mind wandering like wild geese(birds) in the sky.
I can’t quiet the voices no matter how I try.

So I Say,
Come with me and help me through the night, baby.
This is no time to be alone I say.
Come with me and help me feel all right, baby.
I want to lose myself in your sweet love I say.

All I hear each day is pain and misery,
From all of the people I meet in my home town you see.
Their fate, and tomorrow, it’s not so plain to see.
Nobody knows - They say what’s to become of me.

So I Say,
Come with me and help me through the night, baby.
This is no time to be alone I say.
Come with me and help me feel all right, baby.
I want to lose myself in your sweet love I say

Trouble trouble all around us.
Trouble trouble can’t you see?
Trouble trouble it surrounds us.
Trouble trouble for you and me.

I remember the times when all was good around us.
It seems so very very long ago.
We stayed up every night, singin, talkin’ and lovin’.
Feeling like the times would never end.

So I Say,
Come with me and help me through the night, baby.
This is no time to be alone I say.
Come with me and help me feel all right, baby.
I want to lose myself in your sweet love I say.
Track Name: Evelyn
Evelyn (Drawing Me to its Light) 3/20/06 Ken Selcer

Evelyn, say goodbye or stay awhile
Let me know soon.
Evelyn, wave your hand or give a smile
Let me know soon.

The moon sits high in the sky
drawing me to its light.
Pulling me up and out and away, Evelyn
I wanna feel right.

Tonight is one of many many nights
I have been alone.
My memory stretches back to remember
those I have known.

Faces recede into the cloudy mists of time
and all those I’ve loved and have lived with
What’s the reason and rhyme?

The moon sits high in the sky
drawing me to its light.
Pulling me up and out and away, Evelyn
I wanna feel right.

We all make promises to ourselves we can’t keep.
We all take roads by ourselves that are too steep.

Evelyn, say goodbye or stay awhile
Let me know soon.
Evelyn, wave your hand or give a smile
Let me know soon.

The moon sits high in the sky
drawing me to its light.
Pulling me up and out and away, Evelyn
I wanna feel right.
Track Name: Without You
Without You ©12/06 Ken Selcer

Make no mistake I don’t want to live without you.
Make no mistake it’d be hard to live without you.

Sun rises in the east, sets in the west.
Sun high in the sky, the moon at its rest.
Stars show how long we’ve been on this earth.
Look around and tell me what’s it’s worth
without you, without you, without you.

Make no mistake I don’t want to live without you.
Make no mistake it’d be hard to live without you.

Mountains so large and events make us feel small.
Feeling low you don’t know who to call.
Ocean’s rising and sky’s about to fall.
Look around it’s so hard to feel tall,
without you, without you, without you.

I saw my reflection in the mirror this morning.
I saw my life as I lay in bed last night.
I saw the face of one who’s grown older.
I saw my life held out to the light.

Make no mistake I don’t want to live without you.
Make no mistake it’d be hard to live without you.

Every morning I wake to these blues.
Every morning I wake up to the news.
Pull some clothes on, put on some old shoes.
Walk downstairs, I’m still paying these dues,
without you, without you, without you.

Make no mistake I don’t want to live without you.
Make no mistake it’d be hard to live without you.
Make no mistake I don’t want to live without you.
Make no mistake it’d be hard to live without you.
Track Name: It Was You
It Was You ©Ken Selcer 8/2006

I saw the light, the other night
It was you, you were in my sight.

I was blue, without you
There you were, it’s all true.

Walkin’ down the city street, smilin’ at everyone I meet.
You could see just how I felt, listen now, I couldn’t be beat.

I got time, now that you’re mine
It was you, I’m outta my mind.

Witness to each season going back & forth & back.
Looking for a reason to ignore what I did lack.
I never expected it to come out this way at all.
See what I do see.

I got time, now that you’re mine
It was you, made me lose my mind.

Feeling so good, knew that I would
You’re in my arms, as you should.
-solos
Skippin’ round the city block, faster and faster, there is no clock.
I don’t care what you say, nothin’ you do will make me stop.

I’ve been around, I’ve heard the sound
Of my heart beat, go pound and pound.

You are the one, the only one
To make my heart feel, second to none.

Witness to each season going back & forth & back.
Looking for a reason to ignore what I did lack.
I never expected it to come out this way at all.
See what I do see.

I saw the light, the other night
It was you, you were in my sight.

I was blue, without you
There you were, it’s all true.
Track Name: I Simplify
I Simplify ©2007 Ken Selcer

I’ve been walking down this road too long, time keeps slippin’ away.
I’ve been kicking back my heels too long, I’ve been waiting to find my way.

Every day I seem a bit confused, a little used and somewhat diffused
Every day I draw the light from the dark trying in my way to light a spark.

I’ve been living on the edge too long, I’ve been feeling out of step.
But I’ve been thinking that the signs are strong, I’ll move along & get there yet.

Every time I wonder why I think this way, you know it’s do or die.
Every time I have to try to not deny, so I simplify.

I’ve been making it very hard for myself, spending all my time alone.
I’ve been taking it on all by myself, I’ve been sinking like a stone.

Hear the wonders of all the sounds
See the pretty girls who still astound
See the sparkle in your eye
Like sunshine on leaves in mid July

I smell the rose of your skin - Feel the things that might have been
Touch the core of what unifies - Touching you I simplify

I’ve been working in a dream too long, I’ve been working all my life.
I’ve been holding back a scream too long, I’ve been quiet all my life.

Every day I seem a bit confused, a little used and somewhat diffused
Every day I draw the light from the dark trying in my way to light a spark.

I’ve turned the corner after it’s said and done, no stopping of what’s begun.
I’ve turned the corner there’s no alibi, nothin’ to do but simplify.
simplify, simplify, simplify, simplify
Track Name: Take Some Time
Take Some Time ©7/10 Kenny Selcer

Take some time to see all the things we can do together.
We can do anything at all.
Take some time to see what’s really really important to us all now.
We can be anyway we want.

Feel the winds blowin’ through to you.
Feel the sun shinin’ bright.
Feel the touch of my fingers on your skin.
There is no time or reason to wait.

Take a look at the writings on the wall, it’s comin’ down soon
it seems so clear.
I don’t know if there is any hope of stopping what’s to become of us
I can see the fear.

Feel the touch of my hands in your hair
Feel the rhythm of the Earth.
Take a breath let it out, let it go
There is no time or reason to wait
There is no rhyme or reason to hate.

I’m going back to where it started, it stretches out in front of me.
Won’t you come along, come along now.
I’m goin’ to fly into the place where dreams are made and come alive.
Won’t you come along, come along now.

You’ll always be the part of me that moves me and reminds me of
what I can do - it’s all for you - and it’s all for me.
I’m goin’ to the place where I can be together with my thoughts of you
and my thoughts of me.

Take some time to see all the things we can do together.
We can do anything at all.
Take some time to see what’s really really important to us all now.
We can be anyway we want.

Feel the touch of my hands on your face.
Feel the rhythm of the Earth.
Take a breath let it out, let it go
There is no time or reason to wait
There is no rhyme or reason to hate.
Track Name: Lift Me Higher
Lift Me Higher ©6/05 Ken Selcer

I don’t want to drag behind, wondering how I could change your mind.
I forget how much I’m doing, I look around it’s all in ruin.
Find out where I went wrong. live without it makes me strong.
Look within one more day, I know there ain’t no reason to stay.
I ask you...

Lift me higher then I’ve ever gone before
My one desire is to see you once more.

Talking about what’s plain to see, I don’t want you to carry me.
Walking ‘round lost in doubt, I guess I know I am worn-out.
Feeling happy, feeling sad, feeling lucky, don’t make me mad,
just...

Lift me higher then I’ve ever gone before
My one desire is to see you once more.

Waves are breaking
Rain is falling down.
Earth is shaking.
Looking for solid ground.

What can I say? It’s all been said, looking back at the life I’ve led.
Different ways to see what’s past, hangin’ on to make it last,
Finally something to break the spell, pick me up from where I fell
and....

Lift me higher then I’ve ever gone before
My one desire is to see you once more.

Waves are breaking
Rain is falling down.
Earth is shaking.
Looking for solid ground.

Lift me higher then I’ve ever gone before
My one desire is to see you once more..

Lift me higher....
Track Name: Comin' Back To You
Coming Back To You ©11/19/10 Kenny Selcer

Happy Happy, my feet can’t stop movin’.
My hands and arms are waving all over the place.
Happy Happy, my smile can’t get no wider
I’m coming back to you - coming back to you.

Happy Happy, my eyes see what’s comin’
My thoughts are whirlin’ twirlin’ round in my head.
Happy Happy, the sun is a risin’, ‘cause
I’m coming back to you - coming back to you.

Dancin’ Dancin’, get up and move your body
I promise everything will be all right.
Dancin’ Dancin’, everyone is ready
Feel the rhythm and the beat
movin’ to the rhythm and the beat.

We’ll go down to the river, watch the sun leave the sky.
We’ll dream of tomorrow, it’ll happen by and by.
We’ll bask in the moonlight, feel the wind brush our skin.
Sync our breathing to each other, letting love begin.

Happy Happy, everyone is singing
All our voices reaching clear up to the sky.
Happy Happy, can’t wait to touch you
I’m coming back to you - coming back to you.
I’m coming back to you - coming back to you.
Track Name: Street Night
Street Nights ©2007-2011Kenny Selcer

As the night whips my passion into a frenzy.
I walk the streets looking everywhere for you.
The wind whispers your name in my ear and though I am alone, you are everywhere.
The shadows reflect my heart as my thoughts of you slip away beneath the light of the moon.
Behind the building windows, I imagine couples embracing and I hear the moans in the swaying curtains.

I can't take it anymore. I want to shout no more.
I want to be alone again with my thoughts without you
sneaking your way into everything I do.
But I can't. The night whips my passion into a frenzy. I want to shout - no mas.

I stumble on into the night as my visions of a time when the pain is no more lead my way.
My thoughts vacillate back and forth between wanting to continue this game of love with you or finding a way out of the maze that I've created for myself.
I want to shout no mas.
I want to be alone again with my thoughts. But I can't.
The night whips my passion into a frenzy.

My visions of you float down in the snowflakes that have started to fall around me.
The ice beneath my feet keeps my feelings slipping in and out of focus,
daring me to plant myself firmly one way or the other.
The empty streets remind me that there is nothing with me except my dreams and desires
waiting to be filled with anything I want to do and wherever I want to go.
But the night whips my passion into a frenzy,
and I keep shuffling through the streets looking everywhere for you but finding only myself and the tearing of my heart.

I stagger out into the light of the street lamps, my shadow splaying on the wall as if drunk, changing shape as the light hits me as I move to some ancient unspoken hunger.
My vision gets confused as the light dims with heavy falling snow and my thoughts are overcome with a yearning that pushes my mind out and away.
I can’t tell if the wetness on my face is tears or the melting of the flakes hitting my skin.
The wind whips my passion into a frenzy.

I hear a bell in the distance that momentarily awakens me from my delirium.
I recognize the ringing of a clock that reminds me of the reason for my emotional frenzy.
Your chimera mixes with my shadows on the buildings and beckons me once again to
continue my search for you in my thoughts and feelings.

I can't take it anymore. I want to shout no more.
I want to be alone again with my thoughts without you
sneaking your way into everything I do.
But I can't. The night whips my passion into a frenzy. I want to shout - no mas.

and I continue to shuffle through the streets looking everywhere for you but finding only myself and the tearing of my heart.
Track Name: Stay Awhile
Stay Awhile ©10/00 - 2/01 Ken Selcer

Game over - she told me as the light streamed through the morning window.
Game over - she told me as the sun beat down on the freshly fallen snow.
Move over - you can’t stop me from walking - she headed for the door.
Game over - time stood still as the sun brought forth a brand new day....

I’m tryin’ to find the words to make it all better - I know I was wrong.
I’m cryin’ out baby, listen please listen to what I have to say.
It’s starting to come clear, everything about you is turning me around.
& I’m tryin’, it’s all about to change, I feel it in my bones....

Save the last dance for the one who loves you more than you know.
Save the last chance for the one who loves you most of all.

Stay awhile, stay while - it’ll be worthwhile, to
Stay awhile, stay awhile - you’ll make me smile.
Stay awhile, stay awhile - I want to know if you’ll
Stay awhile, stay awhile - please don’t say no.........

Sun shinin’ - vivid are the worlds I’ve traveled with you on my arm.
Ice melting - the hardness of my heart is finally starting to dissolve.
Wind blowing - I’m bending all the rules, baby, I’ve set for myself.
It’s all a wonder - everything around me always reminds me of you,
reminds me of you.

Save the last dance for the one who loves you more than you know.
Save the last chance for the one who loves you most of all.
Save the last dance for the one who loves you more than you know.
Save the last chance for the one who loves you most of all.