Shaking Off Monkeys

by Reto Burrell

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released October 10, 2002

produced by Adam Steinberg & Reto Burrell
recorded and mixed by Paul Antonell & Adam Steinberg
recorded at The Clubhouse Studios in Rhinebeck NY, Fuzzy Farm in Belmont MA and Fluid Studios in New York City NY
mixed at The Clubhouse Studios in Rhinebeck NY
mastered by Howie Weinberg at Masterdisk in New York City NY

all songs written by Reto Burrell

Reto Burrell: vocals, acoustic & electric guitars
Adam Steinberg: electric guitars, organ, wurlitzer, percussion
Charlie Zimmerman: electric guitars
Daniel Alexander: bass
Rafi Woll: drums
Andrew Sherman: keyboard, piano
Amy Fairchild: vocals on ‘Back Home’

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Track Name: Hey You
Hey You

Hey you, did you ever count the stars at night
Hey you, keep it up until the morning light
Hey you, why try to walk in someone else’s shoes
Hey you, dig your own cause they’re made for you

Well sometimes you get burned
Another lesson you have learned
Try to keep yourself on track
And shake the monkey off your back

Hey you, talking hard don’t make you tough
Hey you, what you’re giving it ain’t good enough
Hey you, I’m just trying to talk to you

Well sometimes you get burned
Another lesson you have learned
Try to keep yourself on track
And shake the monkey off your back
Even if you have it all
You ain’t got it made

You better pass the ball
Before you fall

Well sometimes you get burned
Another lesson you have learned
Try to keep yourself on track
And shake the monkey off your back

Hey you, did you ever count the stars at night
Hey you, tear it up and make it feel alright
Track Name: It Doesn't Mean A Thing
Doesn’t Mean A Thing

It doesn’t mean a thing
Doesn’t mean a thing
It doesn’t mean a thing

Half way there, flying to the moon
You’re better off to get there soon
If one door’s open, the other one’s closed
Caught in a labyrinth of fools

Whole lotta aching
You wish you could run and hide
All in all, you’re faking
And no one is on your side

It doesn’t mean a thing
Doesn’t mean a thing
It doesn’t mean a thing to you

Sad song’s singing and the blues ain’t swinging
Sounds different than the day before
Sucking the juice right outta you
And tell you what they want you to do

It doesn’t mean a thing
Doesn’t mean a thing
It doesn’t mean a thing to you

Whole lotta aching
You wish you could run and hide
All in all, you’re faking
And no one is on your side

It doesn’t mean a thing
It doesn’t mean a thing
It doesn’t mean a thing to you

It doesn’t mean a thing
It doesn’t mean a thing
It doesn’t mean a thing to me
Track Name: Baby Blue
Baby Blue

They all said her life was easy
And made her believe in those words too
Took everything for granted
Until her love was overdue
And no one asked the reason why

Baby Blue - What did they do to you
Baby Blue - Find someone to lean on
Baby Blue

She kept her feelings secret
And dreams were the one way out
Trying to escape it
Couldn’t move, hung up by doubt
She stayed sad
‘Til she went plain mad

Baby Blue - What did they do to you
Baby Blue - Find someone to lean on
Baby Blue

No matter what you try to do now
It’s time for you to break the chains holding your life
No one out there can help you
And even if they could, they don’t understand
Too long you lived a life planned

Baby Blue - What did they do to you
Baby Blue - Find someone to lean on
Baby Blue - What did they do to you
Baby Blue - Find someone to lean on
Baby Blue
Track Name: Simple Things
Simple Things

We overdo things sometimes
Better push ‘em back to a basic line
The more we learn, the less we know

No need to pay for dreams so far
Or make a wish on a falling star
Appreciate the simple things of life

Now laugh if you can
Your smile is your friend
And try to feel good and the rest will follow
Time after time, turn by turn

Not all that glitters must be gold
Even if it shines it still is cold
Your way is strewn with sticks and stones
Learn how to walk

And laugh if you can
Your smile is your friend
And try to feel good and the rest will follow
Time after time, turn by turn

Turn by turn

Now laugh if you can
Your smile is you friend
And try to feel good and the rest will follow
Time after time, turn by turn

Turn by turn
Track Name: Mr. Sorry
Mr. Sorry

I try to wear a smile on a face that’s bruised
I try to walk an old pair of worn out shoes

But that won’t hold long
‘Til I get there you’ll be gone
What can I say
Like I’m sorry every day

And I wish you would believe me
And I wish you could try
I say: girl oh please forgive me
Even though I don’t know why
I guess my name is Sorry
The man who makes you cry

I try to be the one who makes you strong
I try to put it right, but get it wrong

What can I say
When excuses came too late

And I wish you would believe me
And I wish you could try
I say: girl oh please forgive me
Even though I don’t know why
I guess my name is Sorry
The man who makes you cry

The reason why you cry
The reason why you cry

But I wish you would believe me
And I wish you could try
I say: girl oh please forgive me
Even though I don’t know why
And when all is said and done
We try to talk and get along
All I can say I’m sorry
For the reason why you cry
All I can say I’m sorry
For the reason why you cry
All I can say I’m sorry
The reason why you cry
Track Name: Take Me Away
Take Me Away

Never thought I’d be the last to know
How troubles rule my life and where it goes
Sometimes I feel I’m stuck inside myself
Then you came in my life

Take me away
Show me that there’s something more
Make me a man
Different then I was before
Show me the way to be
To make you stay
You’re the one, take me away

Now I feel that my time has come
For me to face myself not turn and run
There you are, you give me all I need
Love, hope and dreams

Take me away
Show me that there’s something more
Make me a man
Different then I was before
Show me the way to be
To make you stay
You’re the one, take me away

You’re the one for whom I’d change

Take me away
Show me that there’s something more
Make me a man
Different then I was before
Show me the way to be
To make you stay
You’re the one, take me away

Take me away
Take me away
Take me away
Track Name: Habits
Habits

We never really talked about it
About the habits we all have
It don’t matter what they are now
As some are good, some are bad

I wish I had the bad all packed up
On a freight train leaving town
And hope that it’ll never come back
But that won’t work, not right now

And I gotta let go
Get me under control
In a river of regrets
My sorrows, they will flow
I gotta let it go

It seems that you’re always looking out
To see who’s life’s good and who’s not
To find your peace in someone else’s waste
But that ain’t right, oh no

And I gotta let go
Get me under control
In a river of regrets
My sorrows, they will flow
I gotta let it go
I gotta let it go

And I gotta let go
Get me under control
In a river of regrets
My sorrows, they will flow

And I gotta let go
Get me under control
In a river of regrets
My sorrows, they will flow
I gotta let it go
Let it go
Track Name: Overboard
Overboard

Always knew life was hard
But I wish it shed some light on me
I try to fix the broken parts
With these left hands of mine

I’m overboard
And sometimes left behind
Even as I’m sinking in deep blue
Here I go again

Forgot to read between the lines
On a blank paper full of empty promises
Maybe I’m too blind to see
How it trapped me once again

I’m overboard
And sometimes left behind
Even as I’m sinkin’ in deep blue
Here I go again

I’m overboard
And sometimes left behind
Even as I’m sinkin’ in deep blue

I’m overboard
And sometimes left behind
Even as I’m sinking in deep blue
Here I go again

Here I go again
Here I go again
Track Name: Back Home
Back Home

Now that I’ve been to different places
Now that I’ve seen a million faces
All I want to do is get back to you, ooh
Driving those crooked miles, chasing crazy dreams
The rebel in me lost it’s faith
And it ain’t the way it seems

Question:
Why does it take so long
On my way back home to you
Why does time stand still
And you know it’s jilted me
On my way back home to you

How come I’ve been fighting through long nights
Nothing’s wrong, but don’t really feel right
Counting all the minutes apart from you, ooh
Still this last picture of us
Saying: See you soon
Hasn’t faded away on me
And finally will come true

Question:
Why does it take so long
On my way back home to you
Why does time stand still
And you know it’s jilted me
On my way back home to you

Now I am heading to a town with streets I know
The one that you and I, call our home

Why does it take so long
On my way back home to you
Why does time stand still
And you know it’s jilted me
Why does it take so long
On my way back home to you
On my way back home to you
On my way back home to you
Track Name: Take It Or Leave It
Take It Or Leave It

I see you standing by the road side
Waiting for luck to come and finally pick you up
But no one cares, no one gives a damn
‘Cause you ain’t Alice and there’s no wonderland

When you catch yourself with tears in your eyes
Don’t try to swallow ‘em down
Don’t worry about your pride

You can take it or you can leave it
And what’s done is done
There’s no turning ‘round
You can take it or you can leave it
Step by step go forwards
There’s a reason why
And boy, you should try

Did you ever look in your eyes
I mean, did you really and believed the mirror lied
Face to face, is something you should go for
And if you really want it, shout it out
And pull it up the pole

You can take it or you can leave it
And what’s done is done
There’s no turning ‘round
You can take it or you can leave it
Step by step go forwards
There’s a reason why
And boy, you should try

When you catch yourself with tears in your eyes
Don’t try to swallow ‘em down
Don’t worry about your pride

You can take it or you can leave it
And what’s done is done
There’s no turning ‘round
You can take it or you can leave it
Step by step go forwards
There’s a reason why
And boy, you should try
Hey boy, you should try
Track Name: Amy, Amy
Amy Amy

Sometimes I wake up late at night
Gotta get out and go for a ride
Drive my car down to your house

Standing underneath your window
Waiting for you to open up
And look at the stars or down to me

Amy, Amy
Can’t you hear me
Calling out your name

Amy, Amy
Can’t you see
How much I love you

I’ve written you a thousand letters
Wishing you could read ‘em all
But I’ll never let ‘em go

Even if you don’t know me
Even if you can’t see me
Will I ever be a part of you

Amy, Amy
Can’t you hear me
Callin’ out your name

Amy, Amy
Can’t you see
How much I love you