False Ties and Nice Hoods

by Peter Fedofsky

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False Ties and Nice Hoods is a one-man-band bedroom-pop exploration of the sonic territory laid out by The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and Harry Nilsson. Most of the songs deal with new love, old love, losing love, and the profound impact that love has in our lives.

I'm not too into modern production stuff, and just hope to recreate the feel of my favorite recordings/artists from the '60s while still throwing in some fresh stuff now and again. It's really my love letter to albums like Beatles for Sale, Aerial Pandemonium Ballet, and Pet Sounds.

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released July 15, 2013

Well, I wrote, played, sang, recorded, mixed, and mastered every single second of this mess.

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Peter Fedofsky Seattle, Washington

Well, I'm in love with The Beatles, Brian Wilson, Nilsson, early Bee Gees, oh, I love love solo McCartney and The Zombies and etc. I record in my house and don't pay attention to having awesome gear or making everything picture perfect. I just want it to be 1965 again, so no need to get hyper about using the latest doo-dad or production flim-flam.

Let's enjoy silly pop music together, shall we?
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Track Name: Here Comes the Sun
We were out in the fields when the rain hit the ground
there was nowhere to hide to keep warm and dry
as the furrows were filled to cover our heels
the water poured in we were soaked to the skin

Because we were trapped in this terrible storm
without any way to avoid getting wet
we resigned ourselves to be washed clean
as the cloudbursts rolled above
oh, my darling when it breaks - here comes the sun

The storm rumbled on turning day into night
there was nothing to do but see this thing through
and the clothes that we wore were stuck straight to our skin
there was nothing to lose so we just pulled them loose

Standing out under the sky without anything on
in the rivers that flooded the field
we resigned ourselves to be washed clean
as the cloudbursts rolled above
hold on my darling look - here comes the sun

here comes the sun...
Track Name: Tracing the Moon
Once upon a time when the moon rose blue
above the rusted junkers on the lot of the drive-in
wheat colored weeds between metal frames
silently pinning them to the ground below

we were tossing rocks trying to shatter windows
that no longer steamed up in fits of passion
occasionally seeing them hit their mark
to the sound of brittle glass raining on the asphalt (yeah)

I'll trace the moon across the sky baby
I'll trace the moon across the sky

The Cadillacs and Chevys from a different age
chrome dinosaurs in the light of the moon
where your ancestors played their respective roles
in the drama that brought you here today

now age has taken a hold of the fins and fenders
warped frames sagging under stress of heat and time
they've limped along to this place where they lay in a heap
for us to weave in and out of their tired bodies

I'll trace the moon across the sky baby
I'll trace the moon across the sky
Track Name: Over the Next Hill
Over the next hill
the view could be better
the taste could be sweeter
than what you've got now

the dawn could break loudly
to chase off the dark clouds
that hound you to no end
all over this place

but don't turn your back
on those standing beside you
they're here with you now
for a reason you know

each passing day
is a rung on a ladder
and just where it's leading
is not for you to know

all that you've seen
is climbing and climbing
it may seem relentless
but you have to carry on

but don't turn your back
on those climbing beside you
they're here with you now
for a reason you know

and when the veil of the night takes your eyes
and the future ain't bright as it could be
just close your eyes and keep on climbing
there are those behind you to push you along
push you along

Over the next hill
the view could be better
the taste could be sweeter
than what you've got now

the dawn could break loudly
to chase off the dark clouds
that hound you to no end
all over this place

but don't turn your back
on those climbing beside you
they're here with you now
for a reason you know
Track Name: Nero
Under steel gray skies pushing down on you from above
your heart sinks heavy in the walls of your chest
word come over the wires - there would be no change
this year lined up with the last a mirror image

leaning on a shop window
a hiss of breath escaping
you sigh against the wind
it's never gonna happen
you sigh against the wind
it's never gonna happen

burn a pile of paper out behind your house
at least the words have use to give you some warmth
shuffle room to room dragging slippers on the rug
clutching the mug in your hand for some kind of comfort

make your bed and unmake it
let the laundry pile for days
you sigh another time
it's never gonna happen
you sigh another time
it's never gonna happen

some days you're Nero and you're watching Rome burn all around you
some days you're puttin' out the fires
I will make you a promise
it's never gonna happen if you don't let it burn
no it's never gonna happen if you don't let it burn
no it's never gonna happen if it doesn't burn to the ground

under still gray skies that are moving slightly
your heart feels lighter than it has in years
words carry more weight the longer they linger
and this year goes slowly and the words still matter

leaning on a shop window
a hiss of breath escaping
you sigh against the wind
who knows when it will happen
you sigh against the wind
who knows when it will happen'
Track Name: When Love's Involved
When there is love involved
I don't think we're responsible for all our decisions
when there's a heart on the line
you don't go playin' favorites with the ghosts of your old ways

even if there's a chance it's gonna break you in two
you do what you have to do
you do what you have to do

I walked around in a fog
looking for something to break the silence
it went on and on
for years on end I lived a quiet existence

even if there's a chance it's gonna break you in two
you do what you have to do
you do what you have to do

Like a dialog in the same key
that's played in a different way by you and me
moving together in harmony
some of the notes fall out of place or get played too late
but we're playing the tune in our way
the way it's meant to be

When hard times come again
the reason's not important - it never has been
we look them straight in the eye
don't ever back down and give in to the problem

even if there's a chance it's gonna break you in two
you do what you have to do
you do what you have to do

Like a dialog in the same key
that's played in a different way by you and me
moving together in harmony
some of the notes fall out of place or get played too late
but we're playing the tune in our way
the way it's meant to be
Track Name: Young Love
Walking over to your place
Roads and streets were passing underneath me
Wondering what was gonna happen
When I show up at your door

Wandering past the sleeping shops
Shut up tight against the night air
Neon signs are lighting the way
In for a landing on your stoop now

Oh young love – as it happens to you
Oh young love – in cardigans and converse shoes
Oh young love

Shaking hands clutch at the flowers
Bundled tightly under my arm
I see the light in your apartment
Cast reflections against the windows

The city’s slowed down to a crawl
I take the stairs two at a time now
Up one flight straight up another
Down the hall and to your door

Oh young love – as it happens to you
Oh young love – in cardigans and converse shoes
Oh young love
Oh young love

Maybe if we stick together
You and I could get our own place
Stand beside me against the world
Nothing’s ever going to shake us
I know these things don’t ever work out
But we are gonna change that somehow
I’m standing here outside your door
Kiss me darling kiss me darling
Kiss me darling kiss me darling
Track Name: Atlantis
I was barreling down the highway
listening to the radio in the dead of night
and in between the bursts of nonsense
and the screaming deals that I could not miss
there was a perfect song about a broken heart
that filled my body from the floorboards up to the open sky - up to the open sky

Somewhere above in the indigo darkness
the sky was coruscating in time with the music
and whoever was singing their own sadness
they were serving it up with a side of sighing
deliciously resigning them self to a life
where they were gonna be lonely forever more
-forever more
- forever more

It took me to a place where the kisses fell on deaf lips
and every sweet endearment was turned away
turned away from my ears
back to the age old question of why we fall
for the ones that are gonna tear us like paper
when they walk away - when they walk away

I was waking from a slumber brought on by a night
of treating myself to a bottle in front of me
and in between the waves that washed over the deck
I was steadying myself on any wall that would have me

a perfect song was running through my head
it filled my body from the floorboards up to the conflicted sky
-up to the conflicted sky

It took me to a place where the kisses fell on deaf lips
and every sweet endearment was turned away
turned away from my ears
back to the age old question of why we fall
for the ones that are gonna tear us like paper
when they walk away - when they walk away


somewhere below the ocean in an unmarked grave
there's a city that's buried far beneath the waves
and a box that was coming from a different age
it's hinges are rusty but they're holdin' the same

now tell me what do you think is tucked away
at the bottom of the ocean lost and forgotten
it's the broken hearts
the pieces of the broken hearts
all of the broken hearts
the pieces of the broken hearts

It took me to a place where the kisses fell on deaf lips
and every sweet endearment was turned away
turned away from my ears
back to the age old question of why we fall
for the ones that are gonna tear us like paper
when they walk away - when they walk away
Track Name: Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
Clothes, I want to take off all your clothes
Head, shoulders, knees, and toes
Wanna love every bit of you tonight

Hands, gonna take you by the hands
Gonna make you understand
without using a single word

No, we're not getting younger
let's get this straight right now
Our days just might be numbered
so I'm done fooling around

I've got nothing in my pocket but the truth
nothing up my sleeve but the truth

Words, I've piled up all these words
I even wrote some down
but I haven't had a chance to use them yet

Now, I'm through with all these words
these goddamn useless words
don't mean as much as when you're in my arms

No, we're not getting younger
let's get this straight right now
Our days just might be numbered
so I'm done fooling around

I've got nothing in my pocket but the truth
I've nothing up my sleeve but the truth

either or or I don't know
pick an answer c'mon let's go
I've been waiting for this for so many years

Touch, I want to touch you now
To hold you close to me
can't you see I'm right in front of you

Dreams, the girl of my dreams
my dark and scattered dreams
they come to me in pieces these days

No, we're not getting younger
let's get this straight right now
Our days just might be numbered
so I'm done fooling around

I've got nothing in my pocket but the truth
I've nothing up my sleeve but the truth
Track Name: we commute and it was sunny
In the morning when you drop your feet down to the floor
push yourself a'stumbling to the bathroom door
your face in the mirror doesn't look so fine
splash some water on it 'cause you're out of time

As you hop into the car and turn the crank
Listen to the sputter from the fumes in the tank
It's being held together by duct tape and hope
'Bout a few dozen miles it's hit the end of the rope

But still
- it seems the sun is pushing through the fog
Still
- this shit ain't never gonna keep you down
I've got it down as a fact
that there's no one or nothing left to hold you back

As you stumble through the motions that pass the day
Instinct tells you that you're pissing it all away
Man, your time in this prison is an albatross
Hanging heavy round your neck as each day is lost

On the freeway home each car is busy getting gone
And each driver stuck in traffic wants to be farther along
Every head stuck on a body stuck inside a car
Has the need to break free from exactly where they are

But still
- it seems the sun is pushing through the fog
Still
- this shit ain't never gonna keep you down
I've got it down as a fact
that there's no one or nothing left to hold you back

All down the streets as you get closer to home
They are lined with trees in the evening sun
And the church bells ring from their tower
High above the mess below

Across the lawns birds weave in an out of bushes
And the bugs will dart and hide from their prying eyes
This is the way it's always been
the way it's always gonna be

Another morning as you drop your feet down to the floor
And you push yourself a'stumbling for another day more
This is how you get it done, man
It's been this way since time began

As you're heading out the door to face this down
You're an old prize fighter in for another round
Man, it's one more bout where you take it on the chin
And have another chance chance to swing back now and again

But still
- it seems the sun is pushing through the fog
Still
- this shit ain't never gonna keep you down
I've got it down as a fact
that there's no one or nothing left to hold you back
Track Name: 'Til He Comes Back
Though they were never in love
she always had a fascination
with a man she knew

he'd been gone for some time
she'd forgotten all about him
now he's back again

her resistance it just folded like paper
givin' in to the ache that wouldn't quit
in the pit of her heart
she's convinced of the course that she's gonna take
wasted years be damned my friend

Though he was never in style
he always had a way about him
let's call it confidence

wasn't looking for love
wasn't looking for anything
when she came around

his resistance was high couldn't see what she was up to
and she froze dumb with a smile on her face
not one single damn word was said between them
as they stood there
wasted years ahead my friend
more wasted years ahead my friend

so he was back on the road
a distant speck on the horizon
but she was dreaming still

maybe there was a chance
he'd make his way back to her someday
she could explain herself

her resistance it just folded like paper
giving in to the ache that wouldn't quit
in the pit of her heart
now she's convinced of the course she should stick to

however long ever long
it's gonna be til he returns
however long ever long
she's waiting for the day to come

however long ever long
she's hoping for the day to come
however long ever long
even though he's unaware of any of this

however long ever long
it's gonna be til he returns
however long ever long
she's waiting for the day to come