Gardenia

by Altadore

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1.
My Noel liked Sundays and the paper And painting in the kitchen Daytime television My Noel left a lifetime in the rear view Now I’m driving without someone to talk to My Noel and all your spells, you’re all I need And my someone to talk to in the morning Walk to in the morning My Noel left a white sheet in the garden And her glasses on the mantel A flicker in the candle My Noel like a sunbeam looking just right In the bona fide and beautiful morning light My Noel and all your spells, you’re all I need And my someone to talk to in the morning Walk to in the morning
2.
Do you ever miss Diane? Or the freckles on her hand? Do you feel mad every now and then? When you wish away the could-have-beens? But in no time you figure it out Know that you are the one Know that you are the sun The living light of love Do you ever miss Joanne? Or the crumbles in her hand? Do you feel like you might fade away? When you think of what Diane would say? Know that you are the one Know that you are the sun The living light of love Know that you are the one Know that you are the sun The living light of love
3.
03:28
But in the night it can get easier Open your front door But you’re not sure Stay in alone Think of your pretty girl That fell out your pretty world Some days are long But in the night it can get easier To pull the curtain down a certain window Silly way I’m feeling Living in this big cloud all the time There’s a deepened sadness It comes and goes but mostly stays Living in this big cloud day to day Living in this big cloud all the time It’s better in my mind Sit in the front lawn It’s how you get on Sunshine is gone You pick up the telephone Each time you get alone The world will pass you by But in the night it can get easier To sleep away the misbehaving little achy way I’m feeling (Would-ya-could-ya kind of feeling) Living in this big cloud all the time There’s a deepened sadness It comes and goes but mostly stays Living in this big cloud day to day Living in this big cloud all the time It’s better in my mind Living in this big cloud all the time It’s better in my mind
4.
You got all that weight on your shoulders Take a breath, have a laugh, think it over It ain’t all bad that you're older You got all that ache in your temple Stop losing your mind like you’re mental It ain't all bad with the candle burning out And may all these things that concern you fly In time you won’t be here and that’s all right You got all that life in the mirror If you look real close you can see her Waiting in line at the theatre She’s got all that look in a smile And something that says just stay a while A flicker in the kitchen tile And may all these things that allure you fly In time they won’t be here and that’s all right You got all the time in the whole world Just you and me and our little girl Looking at those little curls
5.
Once in a while I think of you I always do Early in the morning Got things to do When I think of you With gardenia and wine While I waste my time with you With the mind of a child I’ll think of you once in a while Silent, I’m walking Through a field of white I see your eyes And you're floating down by me When all I hear Are empty years With gardenia and wine While I waste my time with you With the mind of a child I’ll think of you once in a while
6.
Smelling you, on my back Fell asleep under a tree In the park of the neighborhood elementary Sunlight on my feet, on my face And I'm so tired Guess I'll go my own way How come nobody can tell Why you're out there? How come nobody can tell Why you're out there When I'm right here? Seeing you every day While asleep on foreign trains In the hills and the english plains They’re all the same Moonlight on my face Such a silly a thing to do Waste the day and think of you How come nobody can tell Why you're out there? How come nobody can tell Why you're out there? When I'm right here? How come nobody can tell Why you're out there? How come nobody can tell Why you're out there When I'm right here? When I'm right here?
7.
Oh I’ve been searching for a while Hopping over trouble with a smile Feeling I’ve been slipping Hope to nothing I miss it Sometimes Oh I’ve been tripping for a while Flopping like a flounder on the tile Seeing I’ve been living Hope to nothing I miss it Sometimes To ever know I’d be loving you To ever know I’d be loving you Sometimes I think it’s true I’m loving you Oh I’ve been searching for a while Hopping over trouble with a smile Feeling I’ve been slipping Hope to nothing I miss it Sometimes
8.
02:24
I’m only lonely in a song But Diane’s on her own I just want to be her ordinary boy In the back of a taxi cab With the windows down And she’s looking back I’m always right where I belong When Diane laughs along I just want to be her ordinary boy In the back of a taxi cab With the rain outside And I’m holding back I’m only lonely in a song When Diane moves along She’s looking at an ordinary boy Through the back of a taxi cab With the windows down And I’m looking back
9.
Driving around Not in my part of town Thinking maybe I should play that hopeful sound The one you used to know every single note And now you don’t It’s the way it should be Now you don’t It’s the way it should be Hear my cry You know it’s just my time Feeling fortune in the weight of new sunshine Now the party’s done, I guess we had our fun What a run It’s the way it should be Now it’s done It’s the way it should be What a run It’s the way it should be Now it’s done The way it should be

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released April 24, 2020

All songs written, performed, arranged, and co-produced by David Katz

Produced and engineered by Graham Barton

Additional engineering by Brian Harvey and David Katz

Additional writing on Light of Love, Big Cloud, and The Way It Should Be by Graham Barton

Horns, strings, and winds arranged by David Katz and Graham Barton

Mixed and Mastered by Graham Barton

Additional Musicians:
Violin performed by Kyleen King
Cello performed by Brian Sanders
Clarinet performed by John Nastos
Horns performed by Farnell Newton, Kyle Molitor, and Machado Mijiga
Guitar solo on Noel in the Garden performed by Brian Harvey
Guitar solo on Big Cloud performed by Graham Barton

Recorded in Portland, Oregon

Photo by Jess Cassady
Artwork by D.Norsen

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