Hearts & Reason

by Paul Lesinski

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    Hearts & Reason is Paul Lesinski's second solo album. Thematically it addresses the push and pull between what we want to do and what we have to do. Recorded between February 2013 and August 2014, the release features Paul's core band of David Kendall on drums and vocals, and Mike Budd on bass. This digital version comes with a 16-page PDF booklet loaded with artwork, complete lyrics, credits, and who played what.

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released 23 January 2015

Paul Lesinski - vocals, guitars, keyboards
Mike Budd - bass
David Kendall - drums, vocals

with:
Asher Fulero - synth solo on Silver, piano on Safe, Hammond on Life in the City
Sean Nobel Flannery - saxophone on Safe
Mike Walker - Hammond on Hearts Gone Blind

Produced and Mixed by Paul Lesinski and David Kendall
Recorded at DJK Studios and Isorski Studios
Mastered by Steve Turnidge at Ars Divina/UltraViolet Studios in Seattle

All words and music by Paul Lesinski except Silver (music by David Kendall), and Hearts Gone Blind, by Jerry Joseph (BMI)

All songs copyright 2015 Paul Lesinski Music all rights reserved BMI, except Hearts Gone Blind, published by Pampoon Publishing Co (BMI)

Special thanks to my love Anne, my beautiful kids Alex, Cameron, Gabe, Michael, to Mom and Dad, and everyone who played on or otherwise had great things to do with this album! Thank you!

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Track Name: Silver
Well I can see you, in the morning
Your face is over mine
And I can feel you in the dawning
Your life and mine entwined
And I can find the way to tell you all
Tell you all that I love her
 
We could die trying to be perfect, accepting
Or we can fly from here on clouds of silver
 
Oh well you know me, I’m kind of crazy
Hard to read at times
I hope you see me, you see right through me
My soul is in the eyes
And I can find a way to tell you all
Say it’s true that I love her
 
We could die trying to be perfect, accepting
Or we can fly from here on clouds of silver
Track Name: Summertime in Desertland
Walls made out of pavement
With a 40 dollar view
When you drive for 16 hours
You know just what to do
 
Focus like a laser
Purpose like a priest
Aiming for perfection
Just a little for the least
A little beauty for the beast
 
The road breathes like a dragon
Screaming through the heat
Giant dogs with wings and claws
They circle for the meat
 
But with every mile in the rearview mirror
You breathe a little more
But the memory isn't fading
Of what you left behind the door
A little rock a little pour


Can you see me?
Staring from the blinds?
Watching you for signals
Waiting for a sign
Holding out in darkness
Clutching to my gun
Summertime in desertland
And the prince is on the run


It's a long night in the desert
Under black and star
I left my gun in the burning sun
Back there in the car
 
But things aren't right in the morning light
Something's coming thru the dust
Lift my head to see me dead
To satisfy the lust
Out here you just do what you must
Track Name: Reason
When I was a boy, I dreamed that I could run
Chase the leaves down Merritt Street into a never setting sun
Now that I’m a man I see things differently
The weight of the day and 1,000 choices come bearing down on me
 
When I got out of school, I dreamed that I could fly
Take the day like a bird of prey with just a shadow of a try
But now the truth comes home and it’s giving me the slip
And every time I gain and inch somebody makes me trip
 
And I can’t find the reason
And I can’t stop the bleeding
 
Now I look around, process what I see
Promise hope but they won’t give you rope unless it’s hanging you and me
Every town I go, the struggle is the same
Spinning wheels in second gear and then we turn and throw the blame
Track Name: Numbers Radio
Listening ‘cross the wire for numbers radio
Come in clear across the cold
Living for my time on numbers radio
Taken in the shortwave glow

And it’s something strange that comforts me tonight
Through the rhythm and the rhyme
Stay here just for me another world away
But it’s all right

In my darkened room for numbers radio
Getting ready for the show
Through the static, whispers, wisdom from the sky
Here with me yet so remote

Fell asleep again to numbers radio
Sent to slumber on repeat
Woke alive again from numbers radio
To save the day from its defeat
 
Track Name: Turn Around
Sometimes you gotta admit, it’s hard to quit
Sometimes you gotta remit
Don’t take the easy road out
White light on a shadow of doubt
 
Well I’ve seen it before, you turn and face it down
You got to be a fighter and
See things turn around
See things turn around
 
One time in the easy and bright, you got it right
One time all glory and light
You don’t take the easy road out
White light on a shadow of doubt
 
Well I’ve seen it before, you turn and face it down
You got to be a fighter and
See things turn around
See things turn around
Track Name: Safe
And the rain was coming down last night
Is the summer really gone?
Have I grown too tired to fight?
Or have I won?
 
And the trail winds to the ocean edge
And disappears into the sea
I’m hearing voices in the rising tide
But it’s only me
 
Things are falling down around me now
Tides will recede, what they leave to be found
And I don’t think I’ll ever feel safe in the clouds
 
Thrown like a frozen blade
The night hangs in the air
And I need a familiar face
But no one is there

Things are falling down around me now
Tides will recede, what they leave to be found
And I don’t think I’ll ever feel safe in the clouds
Track Name: Life In The City
The clouds broke away, the beginning of day
And time began to drag
Turned from the door, didn’t care anymore
Bent and picked up my bag
Headed down the road, just toting that load
Better running away than dead
Thought when will it end, ‘round which hidden bend
And where will I find my bed?
 
Suits and shoes and big city blues
Businessmen telling lies
Hit on by whores and drunks in their doors
Emptiness in their eyes
Lost half of my gear to a bum with a beer
When I stumbled right into a fight
Well, the city’s big when you don’t have a thing
And you pray to break the night
 
After a couple of days of black city haze
My spirits began to depress
What did I leave, I cannot believe
I’m stuck here in this mess
But then I woman I saw, she was against the law
With a body and eyes as wide
Yeah it became a joke, breathing her cigarette smoke
Was the closet to me getting inside, far and wide

There she stood like a dream
Green eyes bright like a queen
Led me down to paradise
Quenched my thirst cool and nice
Thought she’d always be my soul
Rescue me and make me whole
Then got bored and kicked me out
Took my wind so I couldn’t shout – what’s this all about?
 
Well I swore I’d get some strange revenge
Though her face I’d never see
And the human race is gonna suffer for this
Because happy I’ll never be
But then you gotta cool down, get your head off the ground
On the road you gotta carry on
But then being alive and trying to survive
Is a game that I’d never won
 
The clouds broke away, the beginning of day
And time began to drag
Turned from the door, didn’t care anymore
Bent and picked up my bag
Headed down the road, just toting that load
Better running away than dead
Thought when will it end, ‘round which hidden bend
And where will I find my bed?