Meddling Kid

by John Faye

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This record is a first for me.. I played every instrument and sang every note, with the exciting exception of inviting every former member of my band IKE to sing backing vocals on my remake of "Into Philadelphia." With my close friend Steven LaFashia as my recording and mix engineer, we made a record that serves to remind me of why I started playing music and why I continue to love what I do. I'm truly thank for having been given the opportunity to live my dream, pursue my passion, and have the support of so many music lovers like yourselves. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!

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released November 27, 2015

All songs written, arranged, and performed by John Faye
Recorded by Steven LaFashia at Philly Sound Studios (PHL, PA).
Assisted by Aaron Deming.
Mixed by Steven LaFashia at Forge Recording (Oreland, PA)
Mastered by Andy VanDette at Engine Room Audio.
Backing vocals on "Into Philadelphia" recorded by Brett Talley,
and performed by Brett Talley, Susie Steen, Jason Miraglia, Tommy Kristich, Cliff Hillis, Joann Schmidt, and Dave Anthony.

Photography by Sarah Eliz Herbert. Graphic design by Michael Leavy.

C. & P. 2015 It Keeps Evolving, LLC.

Thanks to all who made this record possible and to the Meddling Kid in all of us.

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John Faye Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

John Faye is forging an impressive DIY path in a career that has seen him reinvent himself time and time again. His enviable catalog of songs spans 3 decades and continues to grow. With sold out hometown shows and coveted support slots for acts like Nate Ruess of Fun, The War On Drugs, Soul Asylum, and Pat Benatar, John Faye is poised to bring out the "Meddling Kid" in everyone within earshot. ... more

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Track Name: Mere Mortals
Can you laugh?
Can you cry?
Can you act like you don't care if you should die?
Can you speak with your eyes?
Can you curse all of your blessings in disguise?
Can you keep a straight face when you finally realize..
That it's a tough tough job but someone's gotta do it
Get there faster than a speeding bullet
Know it all ahead of time but you really don't know why
Mere mortals need not apply
I can see, I can sense,
I can kill you with this thing they call suspense
I can jump over joy
Want to be your superhero not another misfit toy
When you realize that every man is still a boy
And it's a tough tough job but someone's gotta do it
Get there faster than a speeding bullet
Know it all ahead of time but you really don't know why
Mere mortals need not apply
I keep my friends close but I'll keep you much closer
I keep my friends close but I'll keep you much closer
And it's a tough tough job but someone's gotta do it
You gotta get there faster than a speeding bullet
and it's a tough tough love but someone's got to show it
plant that seed now we've got to grow it
it's another minor miracle you and me can still survive
dead or alive
mere mortals need not apply
Track Name: Back In The Day
It was a long, long time ago
When I should have said i love you so
But I didn't though
And now it's the price that I pay
I'm never one to reminisce
But I'm haunted by our only kiss
And I'll tell you this
I never should have let you get away
Back in the day
Back in the day
Remember the time when all our friends
Took a fistful of amphetamines
And we laughed at them
Cause we had no need to get high
Yeah they were the ones who never did
They just ran their mouths and kept talkin' shit
And I'm pretty sure they beat their kids
And they live for the lie
Back in the day
Back in the day
And it's only loneliness
And it's only clenching fists
And I'm sure you catch my gist
But that's just the way we roll
It was a long, long time ago
When you laughed and said "I told you so"
And I know you know
There were far too many shades of your gray
Back in the day
Back in the day
Track Name: D.N.A.
Everybody has a list of what they think they need
From a lover or a friend
Everybody wants to eat your heart out on their sleeve
But the head game never ends
I'm giving it all away
My blood and sweat and tears
All of the D.N.A.
Any trace that I was here
I will walk right out
I will cast no doubt
I will know that i was right
'Cause I don't need to fall for you tonight
Everybody has a choice they keep inside their head
But everybody hates to choose
Thank your god
For what you got
'Cause nothing is more dangerous than someone
With no one to lose
I'm giving it all away
My blood and spit and tears
All of the D.N.A.
Any trace that I was here
I will walk right out
I will cast no doubt
I will know that i was right
'Cause I don't need to fall for you tonight
I Don't Need Anyone to tell me
I Don't Need Anything to sell me
To quell me
Compel me like you do
And you do..
I'm giving it all away
All of the D.N.A.
I will walk right out
I will cast no doubt
I will know that i was right
'Cause I don't need to fall
I don't need to fall
I don't need to fall for you tonight
Track Name: Keep On Hanging Around
This is why I keep on hanging around
'Cause I can't stop trying to find my soul in the sound
Perfectly imperfected
Short and sweet and profound
This is why I keep on hanging around
This is where I wear my heart on my sleeve
I could make it up but I'd rather make you believe
The awful truth can hurt you
But it's better than being deceived
This is why I keep on singing
Get back up and keep on swinging
This is why I keep on hanging around
Take the melody, make the harmony louder
Commit a felony, make your family prouder
Drop me from your highest concept
To your lowest brow
And tell me truly how you like me now
Write a symphony
Live in infamy
Love your enemy
Have it in for me
Drink the anarchy
Eat society
Whack your piety
Take a breath and say yeah!
This is why I keep on hanging around
'Cause I can't stop trying to find my soul in the sound
Perfectly imperfected
Short and sweet and profound
This is why I keep on singing
Stick with bees that keep on stinging
This is why I keep on hanging around
Track Name: Church & State
Everything that you went through mama
You know it made me what I am
It's good to finally have that conversation
I finally feel like I'm a man
Now I'm starin' down the truth in the mirror
Naked and brutal in the sun
And my reality is so much clearer
I know there's nowhere left to run
There's nowhere left for me to run

They called it serendipity
But you knew it was fate
And that's the separation
OF CHURCH & STATE

Sinking down into the part of me
That's holding back the tide of years
It cuts into the very heart of me
They've all begun to smell my fear
And every lesson but I'm learning from you
The generations at my feet
Around in circles as we all become you
And now that circle is complete
And I am dying
To be complete.

I thought I wanted yesterday
but now it's all too late
And that's the separation
of church and state
Church and state
The necessary evil I love to hate
Church and state, church and state
That's the separation
That's the separation
Ohhhh

Whatcha say, whatcha say
I'm listenin'
Whatcha say, whatcha say
I'm listenin' now
I'm listenin' now
Heaven knows, heaven knows
I'm shiverin'
Heaven knows, heaven knows
I'm shiverin' now
I'm shiverin' now

So please don't leave me hanging
Outside your pearly gates
I need disintegration...
I need disintegration...
OF CHURCH & STATE
Church and state
The necessary evil I love to hate
Church and state, church and state
That's my separation
That's the separation
OHHHHHHHH
Track Name: Meddling Kids
You never have to say you're sorry
When you've done nothing to regret
And when you lure me with that siren song
Every time I fall off track
Looking for the new new black
Something always brings me back
Those meddling..
Those meddling kids
So can you teach me not to worry
About things that haven't happened yet
I've been unlearning everything I know
Every time I fall off track
Looking for the new new black
Something always brings me back
Those meddling..
Those meddling kids
Love, love, love, nothing but love, love, love
For meddling kids
How'd you come up with that song
Everybody sing along..
Every time I fall off track
Looking for the new new black
Something always brings me back
Those meddling..
Those meddling kids
Those meddling kids
Andrenaline lives
In those meddling, those meddling
No ritalin
In those meddling kids
Track Name: Gemini, Change Your Mind
I know there's something about you
And it's so, so hard to define
Thinking back to the day that I met you
I should have seen the sign
Tell me what's your sign
Maybe I'll tell you mine
I know there's something inside
And it's not so easy to find
Tug of war on the days that dog you
You shock and awe
And if you're so inclined
Gemini, change your mind
Gemini, change your mind
You could change it yesterday or somewhere down the line
Or maybe you could change it just in time
I know there's something about you
Let's me know we're gonna be fine
Thinking back to the day that I met you
I should have seen the signs
Tales of twins entwined
Gemini, change your mind
Gemini, change your mind
Your timing is impeccable
Your instinct indisputable
To be quite honest I just like your eyes
Won't you come around
Oh, you could change it yesterday or somewhere down the line
Or maybe you could change it just in time
Yeah maybe you could change it just in time
Gemini, change your mind
Track Name: Feisty
There was a time I couldn't see you
Lost you behind the search for your smile
Deep in those days I wondered about you
Did you ever think of me once in a while
20/20 hindsight's funny
This time I'm gonna put up a fight
But if you're feeling kinda feisty
I can send you a dream tonight
I spend my days sleeping and smoking
Candy cigarettes you know they get me so high
You think I'm strange, well maybe I'm broken
But I can take you to a place
Where we can chase ourselves a perfect sunrise
Rear-view image, what's my damage
You promise you ain't gonna bite
But if you're feeling kinda feisty
You can send me a dram tonight
Have another cherry bomb
And chase it with a cherry bomb
And tie me in a know with your tongue
Kiss me with conviction and ignore the contradiction
All around I found the sound of you name
Is everywhere at once
We'll get badder but it don't matter
I promise you I ain't gonna bite
But if you're feeling kinda feisty I can send you a dream tonight
Track Name: Platonic
I DON'T WANNA BE PLATONIC ANYMORE
I DON'T WANT A DRY-LIP KISS
NEXT TIME I WALK YOU TO YOUR DOOR
I'M TRYING NOT TO SOUND IRONIC
SO HAVE ANOTHER VODKA TONIC
'CAUSE I DON'T WANNA BE PLATONIC ANYMORE

I DON'T WANNA BE CAUGHT DEAD IN THE FRIEND ZONE
I DON'T WANT A HUG OR HANDSHAKE
OR A FIST BUMP WHEN YOU GO
I'M SORRY IF I SOUND SARDONIC
IT'S PLAGUING ME SO BUBONIC
'CAUSE I DON'T WANNA BE PLATONIC ANYMORE

PLATONIC
PLATONIC
PLATONIC

YOU WANNA SHOW ME HOW OUR FRIENDSHIP FITS
I WANNA GIVE YOU ALL MY BENEFITS
I DON'T WANNA BE PLATONIC ANYMORE

THE SHIFT IS GONNA BE TECTONIC
OH!
SO PLAY IT LIKE THE PHILHARMONIC
OH!
IF YOU DON'T WANNA BE PLATONIC ANYMORE
PLATONIC
..ANYMORE
LATONIC
..ANYMORE
ATONIC
..ANYMORE
TONIC
..ANYMORE
ONIC
..ANYMORE
NIC
..ANYMORE
IC
..ANYMORE
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Track Name: Into Philadelphia
Baby do you wanna take a ride
Wanna take a ride
Into Philadelphia
Think I may be wanna take a ride
Wanna take a ride
Into Philadelphia

All the girls are fast asleep
Way back in no mans land
In the middle of the day
So it looks like it's just you and me
With hours on our hands
Little man what do you say

We'll slip away, We'll slip away
And they will never know it
Baby do you want to take a ride…

5 o'clock it's almost dark in February
Got a shadow on my face
Cast by a son
Doesn't know he's the one
Whose open eyes might save me
When we make our great escape

It eats away, it eats away at me
Until I'm starving
Baby do you wanna take a ride…
Into Philadelphia
Into Philadelphia
Straight into the belly of a dream

Do you wanna take a ride
You wanna take a ride?