Calvert Avenue

by A.J. Kaufmann

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Once upon a time in London, these are the original Calvert Avenue recordings.
Artwork by Justin Jackley justinjackley.com

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released December 12, 2016

A.J. Kaufmann - voice, guitars.
Justin Jackley - artwork.

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A.J. Kaufmann Poznań, Poland

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Artist photo by Barbara Janicka.

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Track Name: The Lens
The Lens

She woke up today with a spoon in her hand
Though she swore she ain’t taking hard stuff from the man
But I know what she wore and I know what she took
And it blew her away like some dust from a book
But she cried and she said that her best friend is dead
So she had to get high for the funeral ahead
But all she got was low
And all she took was death
Now all that it takes is one look through the smoke shaken lens

The jury is sleeping and swift is the land
Kaleidoscope swirling inside of her head
And I know what she sees when the season turns down
All the offers from beggars who would wish to kill town
So she stands there alone as the streetlight shines on
And her hands are deserted though the feeling is warm
Though all she gets is pain
And all she loves is chance
Now all that it takes is one look through the smoke shaken lens

The mirabel soldiers are entering streets
They fight for the money they die for her sweets
The city is changing a monster of time
We've counted it backwards now everything rhymes
And London is tired and clubs worn out beat
She's dancing somewhere in the naked but lit
And all she gets is fear
And all she has is a pence
Now all that it takes is one look through the smoke shaken lens
Track Name: Million
Million

I don’t know why I’m waking up today
It’s a bit too early for my kind of play
And I don’t know why I’m tired like I am
There’s a dying flower locked inside my hand

It’s just the city of a million names
It’s just a picture of a million frames
It’s just the city of a million names
It’s just a memory of a million games

How old is your ego - old demons come back
How hard is your feeling, we hope it won’t crack
Like humanity’s pillars carrying tons of lies
From the first dawn onwards to Armageddon heights

Tear off your mask, let the morning shine through
Walk through the door in this trap that you’ve built
Stand in the rays of a young rising sun
Knowing that you and the heavens are one
Track Name: A Failure's Unlike a Failure
A Failure’s Unlike a Failure

Meet me naked in the morning, let’s discuss another choice
Of your brilliant recognitions, of your sidewalks and your clothes
Though your kisses promise nothing they’re still giving me a chance
To be honest in this whirlpool, to be permanent in change
Still you keep your mind well chained babe and you think I won’t behave
So you say once more it’s over and I never made the grade

But a failure’s unlike a failure
And a prayer’s unlike a prayer
Yes a failure’s unlike a failure
And a prayer’s unlike a prayer

Meet me shadowless and hurried, like you’ve never seen me be
Oh I know you left this wasteland for the peaceful country wind
But I still can hear your footsteps and I still can see your eyes
And I’m talking to your mirror though reflections don’t come round
Still to kneel here is to have you and to have you is to sleep
In the presence of your sainthood, where the sun forever weeps

But a failure’s unlike a failure
And a thief’s unlike a thief
But a failure’s unlike a failure
And a thief’s unlike a thief

So you happen to be worried everytime we get too close
And you find another reason as I lose another words
Still to be there is to have you and to have you is to sleep
In the presence of your saints, in your sentimental digs

But a failure’s unlike a failure
And a thief’s unlike a thief
But a failure’s unlike a failure
And a thief’s unlike a thief

Is it really necessary, to become your favorite slip
And your conscience is exploding, oh keep amusing me
Just to rest inside your palace, or to fade into your arms
And that’s all I need today, and it’s all you’d need tonight
So I guess I must be goin’, see the moon is hangin’ low
And I got no time to waste, it’s a sorry little world

But a failure’s unlike a failure
And a word’s unlike a word
But a failure’s unlike a failure
And a word’s unlike a word
Track Name: Elevator's 2nd
Elevator's 2nd

I was bound to fly in an elevator
But I couldn't lift that mother up
I was bound to be your fascination
But you emptied out my cup

All the best to you
Congratulations
Good job
Now I know your second nature

We were bound to be like lotuses
In the waters of life and death
We were meant to be the waves upon which
We could ride so far away

Every time I'm coming you say see me later
Later and later and on and on
Though we both know best and I know frustration
That there ain't no later coming at all
Track Name: Ocean Song
Ocean Song

Calm the waves, I’m headed home
Tell the girls that I’m finally alone
Tell my friends that I paid my dues
Tell all the city that I’m singing the blues
Let the ocean sing with me
Let the ocean sing with the breeze
Let the ocean sing with me
About everything
About everything
About everything

Had my time, I drank half the moon
Had some fun with a small golden spoon
On the beach in the light of the world
Or at home in the coldness of snow
Let the ocean sing with me
Let the ocean sing with the breeze
Let the ocean sing with me
About everything
About everything
About everything

Dressed in vine, I ran with the night
Couldn’t see no dawning blue lights
Tell the prying I’ve nothing to hide
Just a fool who’s in love with the dark
Let the ocean sing with me
Let the ocean sing with the breeze
Let the ocean sing with me
About everything
About everything
About everything

Steer me right now, help me decide
Home is closer than old suicide
Let me never regret what I’ve done
Let me laugh in the face of the sun
Let the ocean sing with me
Let the ocean sing with the breeze
Let the ocean sing with me
About everything
About everything
About everything
Track Name: No Moves Made
No Moves Made

Well you know I’ve been around for a thousand years
And you know I got the ticket and I know your fear
Well we met somewhere near the autumn’s end
All the bridges were broken and they’ll never mend them

No moves made and I’m falling apart
Closer to the source, I’m far from your heart
No moves made and you can’t be mine
Well I’d like to change the road, but you ain’t got the time

Well you say you wanna help me, but it hurts me more
And I don’t need compassion or your solitary love
Well you took me high and you promised me too much
Now I’m not allowed to look where I could freely touch you

No moves made and I’m falling apart
Closer to the source, I’m far from your heart
No moves made and you can’t be mine
Well I’d like to change the road, but you ain’t got the time

Well I offered up my body to your restless flame
And you earned your reputation in lover’s game
But I’m sure I’ve gotta quit you, you just bend my mind
There are evil things inside you, I don’t think I wanna find them

No moves made and I’m falling apart
Closer to the source, I’m far from your heart
No moves made and you can’t be mine
Well I’d like to change the road, but you ain’t got the time
Track Name: Roma Mirando
Roma Mirando

Roma Mirando takes you a wandering
The gate is wide open and so is her heart
Dark oceans flowing, Roma Mirando
The stones she has gathered deep in the garden
Roma Mirando, she takes you a wandering
The garden's OK in her breezes of night
Underground rivers, Kilkenny shivers
The hearts we've been breaking, the view is alright

Roma Mirando
Roma Mirando
The sweetest pretender
Demented arranger
Roma Mirando
Roma Mirando
Roma Mirando in flight

Roma Mirando, the Gypsy outlander
Typewriter logic in shades of her touch
Dark oceans flowing, her heart never showing
Running in rushes, she's blushing too much
Roma Mirando, my mandolin chick
Starts round the midnight, runs with a whip
Dancing on coals, playing with knives
Rush of the river, her vast ocean heart

Roma Mirando
Roma Mirando
The darkest pretender
Demented arranger
Roma Mirando
Roma Mirando
Roma Mirando, the love of my life

Roma Mirando
Roma Mirando
The sweetest pretender
Demented arranger
Roma Mirando
Roma Mirando
Pass all the news, hear all the plights
Track Name: In Mirrors Black
In Mirrors Black

In mirrors black we're all the same
We're wearing orchid scented skin
We memorize precisely what we’ve
Stolen with our master’s rings
We're staring at horizon lines
Queued up to the fear machines
Bullets rip through peaceful shrines
Entertainment guaranteed

But we could beat them if we wanted
We could make the railroad run
Shoot ourselves against the fences
Hit and run against the sun
And dance

In mirrors black we're all the same
We're hung upon a sheet of sand
We’re trying to heal our staircase hearts
With love that waits where beauty ends
Waiting silent with the snipers
Grateful for the bullet flight
In corridors of secret hope we
Pray they end this pointless fight

In mirrors black no strangers gaze
They’re sifting through our alley suns
But we’re no fools with thoughts restrained
We laugh at memories of the gun
So don’t believe the last remorse
Is rescue given reinforced
There’s no reward for your ordeal
In mirrors black a few dare feel
Track Name: Slightly High
Slightly High

I look in your eyes, and what a surprise
The color has changed reflecting the difference
Somewhere inside
Oh how you smile when you lie
I speak to you, I'm nervous and tense
And I can't fake what I would like to say
So instead unpleasant words arrive
Cut like a knife

I taste what you speak, in fact there's not much
In fact you hide behind a waterfall of words
So gently unkind and that's all...
You put the straw 'twin your lips
Sipping your coffee, your hand on your hips
You're in a hurry, well so it seems
Running out of time
I'll never begin...

I look in your eyes, and what a surprise
The color has changed reflecting the difference
Somewhere inside
Oh how you smile when you lie
Slightly high...
Track Name: Hearts on Flame
Hearts on Flame

Broken vows and heavy clouds
Weakness in the faceless crowds
Passions pure and lovers blind
Kiss the lips I’ve left behind
Just my coat and no-one else
Just my words and silent bells
Just my fear of losing you
To this cruel and aimless view

Hearts on flame
Hearts on flame
Hearts on flame

Thoughtless march of drifting fools
They were taught to keep it cool
Feelingless they walk around
Always kept close to the ground
Lovers meet and lovers part
Where you laughed I lost my heart
Never found a friend again
Laughed insane from all this pain

Hearts on flame
Hearts on flame
Hearts on flame

Dawn is near, the city sleeps
As I walk deserted streets
Unfamiliar mannequins
Crowd the alleys of my dreams
What’s behind the shady door
I can’t take this life no more
Just my fear of losing you
Keeps me living like I do

Hearts on flame
Hearts on flame
Hearts on flame
Track Name: Pleasure Cruise
Pleasure Cruise

I've seen people changing fast
And I've seen loves that couldn't last
Fake confessions from the chest
And no reasons are the best
For you to wait till I confess
Why I've made your heart a mess
Well why you've torn apart my soul
No confessions to control

But this is the dawn
This is the dawn
This is the dawn
This is the dawn

Coming closer to an end
It seems you've lost another friend
It seems you need another hand
It seems you need another plan
I feel like coming through a fence
Of barbed wire sentiments
I feel like coming through a fence
Of barbed wire sentiments

And this is the dawn
This is the dawn
This is the dawn
This is the dawn

Who’s the man that you admire
Who will dance inside your fire
Who will keep you warm
Who will take you home

This is the dawn
This is the dawn
This is the dawn
This is the dawn

I've seen people changing fast
And I've seen loves that couldn't last
Fake confessions from the chest
And no reasons are the best
For you to wait till I confess
Why I've made your heart a mess
Well why you've torn apart my soul
Those confessions I control

No confessions to control
But this is the dawn...
Track Name: Calvert Avenue
Calvert Avenue

When I touched the ground in London
I had little things to do
I just watched some fashion channels
With a girl I thought I knew
Like a lady landlord charriot
She enjoyed the passing views
Said why don't we stay much longer
Down on Calvert Avenue

Where the air is always windy fresh
And the mint cubes taste the same
We could pawn a million telephones
Just to keep the maker sane
We could try and cross out wistfully
All the old and broken names
Of the underground noise scene in the rain

When I met my teenage heroes
They were brittle and so few
Some malaise have burnt their bodies
But their spirit sang anew
Like a pirate radio drifter
From my basement in the clouds
I received a strange transmission
Cosmic whispers of the stars

Where the air is always windy fresh
And the mint cubes taste the same
We could pawn a million telephones
Just to keep the maker sane
We could try and cross out wistfully
All the old and broken names
Of the underground noise scene in the rain

With the teenage air at Shoreditch
I forgot which year we had
And I packed myself a suitcase for
All the sunrises in my head
I thought baby don't you stop now
We've got lifetimes whole to prove
While we trick another morning
Down on Calvert Avenue