Stray Animals

by VALENTIGER

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released 12 July 2014

All songs written by BRENT SHIREY, ABOVEBOARD MUSIC, (ASCAP)
Published by ABOVEBOARD MUSIC (ASCAP)
Artwork by BRENT SHIREY.
Horns arranged by MARK LAGO & BRENT SHIREY

Recorded, mixed & mastered at JJ RECORDING in GRAND RAPIDS, MI from April 24, 2013 - April 30, 2014 by VALENTIGER & STEPHEN HOLSINGER

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
(c) (p) 2014 ABOVEBOARD MUSIC
www.valentigermusic.com

THANKS - Stephen, Joanie & Jack Holsinger, Mark Lago, Chris Schaefer, The Riders, The Shireys, Chris Ziebarth, Peter Fox, H.G. Shirey, Ms. Blaauw, West Michigan Band Instruments

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Valentiger plays charismatic pop rock that caters to a wide variety of sensibilities. Carefully crafted and effortlessly orchestrated, their collective confidence as a band is as deserved as it is tongue-in-cheek. Their infusion of wit and humor with an enlightened cultural outlook creates a product as reflective of their individual personalities as it is cloaked in surprising wisdom. ... more

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Track Name: The Dawn Just Ain't Enough Anymore
Well, the dawn just ain't enough anymore
Watch out for trouble you're heading for
Decide for change or the trouble in store
When the dawn just ain't enough anymore

Well, Sunday turns to Monday
And Monday to June
Got a lot of somedays
When somedays come through
Are few and far between, it's true
Well, I hope the dawn to be enough for you

If you're flunked, you're drunk, find yourself on the floor
If you're cried out, dried out, hung over the door
If you've sworn before and never no more
With colors swelling into the morn

Living is easier
Yes, living is more complicated
Your dead-end job, it could be worse
If the dawn is forgotten, haunted by windows shaded

You're perched on the steps with smoke in your face
Staring down like nothing takes place
Well, my friend, you've got fire in your hand
No shoes on and your socks full of sand
You may not own that home that you're in
But the dawn will be coming again
Track Name: CONNECTION
Well, I've been all brains
And no heart
I've been all stops
And NO START!
I can't find nothing like that

Sitting and drinking
Driving and thinking
I'm kicking it around
I kick it round and round
But I know I do know how

Shut up! Start up!
I wanna get up
But I don't

What do you want?
I know what I want
Can I go?

Now out of the trees
I receive the line
I've been crossing my T's
Now I'm just trying to find
Some good friction

Oh, please!
So, c'mon
Just say what you mean
I'm just trying to touch off and turn it ON!

What about you?
I've got to
What if we fall?
Well, I know
Maybe we could fly on

Ooo, CONNECTION!
All we got to make is CONNECTION!
Track Name: Monday Night
Baby, my arms are tired
All of my limbs are tired
I know you're tired, too
And we got nothing to do

Baby, the heat's been on
And I know that I've been wrong
We got our friends around
And, well, that's all weekend long

Now, I know you like to look over there
But I don't know I'll make it there

But I'll be your Monday night
Tuesday's still out of sight
Yes, I'll be your Monday night
Two can make that alright

I'll be your Monday night
Tuesday's still out of sight
Yes, I'll be your Monday night
Two can make that alright

I'll be your Monday night
I'll be your Monday night
We're two for the here and now
I'll be your Monday night
Track Name: Jim or Jason
I've been on trial
But I've been just adjacent to you
And I been trying hard
To find what I already knew
When I turn and face it
All I want is tried and true
Let my heart be just a Jim or Jason to you

Ooo, I'm onto you
And I can't hide it
All the way through
And I can't fight it
I'm coming through
But I've been beat up

Ooo, the saddest thing is coming
So, enjoy what's right in front of you

Ooo, I'm onto you
And I can't hide it
All the way through
I can't fight it
I'm coming through
Just as I breath in, breath out
Breath in, breath out
I will not be the one to let you down
I've been true
I've been true
As I ought to, and I want to!

We are true
If we want to
If we want to
And I want to
We are true!
If we want to
And I want to
Track Name: Ugly Side of Town (Neither Here Nor There)
If you're worried
I'll take you down
To the ugly side of town
Where motors groan and sirens whine
Two-fold both for those whom they toll and whom they remind

We'll punish our eyes
But there's no need of any kind
For our disguise
We'll bury lies
And we'll burn all our concern
With the ugly side of town

Well, I've always heard
It's not about where you're from
But I'm fairly sure
That's what makes you, boy
Oh, the answer's neither here nor there

Well, I've never been too concerned with time
As I'm sure I have never crossed that mind
And if you're wondering, "Where am I going and how?"
You had better ask of yourself, "Where the hell am I now?"

If you're down
I'll pick you up
We'll go straight down through
To where they pour an eight-dollar cup
We'll get just one
And drink as slow as the midday sun
Yes, just one before anymore has a chance to have begun

Well, you're nowhere if you're unaware
Above all it's all neither here nor there
Ooo, we are, dear, neither here nor there
Yes, we are, dear, neither here nor there
We're floating in the air
Ooo, we are dear, neither here nor there
Track Name: Stray Animals
Let's not let
Our words get
In the way of what we don't need to say
I am trained
To read your terrain
Avoid the bumps in the road if I may

Now, anyone can kiss
Without a basis for what is
And to everything, well, it's best
But even beauty must rest
And if you're waiting up
Then you're weighted down

Ooo, it's good ain't it?
Ooo, I wouldn't change it

Now, being honest is only trouble's finest way of inviting you in
A sure thing: MISTAKES MUST STING IF YOU WANT TO LEARN ANYTHING!

Ooo, it's good ain't it?
Ooo, I wouldn't change it

Rain down
Rain down on me
Rain down on me

If you can't decide
What is on your mind
That's just fine
As long as you got a heart that don't stop
I'm on top, I'm on top, YEAH!

Ooo, it's good ain't it?
Ooo, I wouldn't change it

Cause we're stray animals
Yeah, we're stray animals
Track Name: Have You Seen Her Cry?
Oh my, oh my
Have you seen her cry?
We all come crashing down
In the blink of an eye

But who don't mind a little rain?
And who don't take a little change?
Well, I don't like it every day
No, no
But I welcome the change

Oh my, oh my
What a day I've tried
And I know, and I know it's going
But I want it to just pass me by

Well, who don't mind a little rain?
Who don't take a little change?
Cause just when I think it can't get no worse
It comes back better than the first time
I know you gotta welcome the change

Who don't mind?
Who don't mind a little change?
No one decides when they're a crying shame
Who could deny a little rain, change?
Who don't mind?
Track Name: (All We've Got Is) The Trouble We're In
All that you are
All that it was
All I have ever done without because

Whether we go
Well, we don't know how to get there
Or where we're going

But all we want is, well, somewhere to get back to
How, we fall into
Tomorrow, too

All we've got is the trouble we're in
Have we all been lost?
I'm not sure at all how it came to begin
Oh, but here we are

All of the polls
Coming through
Five times fine I knew
All we want is, well, someone to get back to
Who we fall into
When our day goes through

All we've got is the trouble we're in
Oh, and who we are
I'm not sure at all how it came to begin
Oh, but here we are

Oh, a start
In upswing now
Well, it must come down
Back where it came to

Oh, my body
Is haunted by
What it cannot see coming and understand
But, ooo, all is fine
We come to find

All we've got is the trouble we're in
Oh, and who we are
I'm not sure at all how we got where we've been
Oh, but we are not lost

How we roll through, we make what we can
A shot in the dark
Oh, my God, we're in trouble can't you see?
Oh, it's who we are
Track Name: Here It Comes
Here it comes

Here it comes
The most ridiculous thing I've ever seen
It come to me, knocked me down, it blow right through me
I say, "Uh! How cold!"

Here it comes
The most generally brilliant thing I've ever heard of
It's called love
Swing in above
All the mean things the wind bring in

Sister of mine
I heard you had a bad night
Well, just believe me
Oh, when I say I've had a bad night
Just in a different way
We're all the same
No matter what we say "Blah, blah, blah"
Here it comes

Here it comes
You can't run
Here it comes
Lookout!
Track Name: When You Come to an End
When you come to an end
Will you call it an end?
Or will you let it begin?
When you come to an end

Well, I have called you a friend
And you have called me a friend
But I've been where you've been
And you are what I pretend

Thought I was getting by
Well, turns out I was kidding myself
Thought I was getting by
Well, turns out you were shittin' my friend

When you come to an end
With your cup emptyin'
You return so meagerly
And over-eagerly now
Well, I hope you figure it out
You're gonna have to be bigger now

When you come to an end
Will you let it begin?
When you come to an end
Good God, don't you call it an end

Well, I hope you figure it out
Good God! Put your cigarette out!
And find some new business to attend
Cause we've come to an end