Shaking Off Monkeys

by Reto Burrell

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1.
Hey You 03:26
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
2.
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
3.
Baby Blue 03:25
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
4.
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
5.
Mr. Sorry 03:35
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
6.
Take Me Away 04:24
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
7.
Habits 03:44
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
8.
Overboard 04:24
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
9.
Back Home 03:42
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
10.
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
11.
Amy, Amy 02:44
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

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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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