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Practical Insanity

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All The Things

[Verse 1]
Oh ever since I was a kid
Everyone picked on me
Growing up was the hardest thing
For a boy with no self esteem
So I found a little place
In the backyard of my mind
Disappeared without a trace
Didn't want them to find me

[Pre Chorus]
For every year that passed me by
There was less of me to recognize
I wish I made more room to grow
Instead I hid what did I know

[Chorus]
All The Things people say
All The Things people do
Bring you down when you let it get to you
All The Things you don't know
All The Things that make you fall
Won't matter when you rise above it all

[Verse 2]
Oh, now that I've become a man
You were there to walk me through
Facing each memory
Of those who, who harmed me
Now that I'm, I'm trusting you
I'm exploring everything
Emotions that may drown me
Like a river pouring out

[Pre Chorus]
For every year that passed me by
There was less of me to recognize
I wish I made more room to grow
Instead I hid what did I know

[Chorus]
All The Things people say
All The Things people do
Bring you down when you let it get to you
All The Things you don't know
All The Things that make you fall
Won't matter when you rise above it all

[Bridge]
Finished with the words that hurt
Finished with feeling like dirt
No use living in regret
Its best to, to forget

[Chorus]
All The Things people say
All The Things people do
Bring you down when you let it get to you
All The Things you don't know
All The Things that make you fall
Won't matter when you rise above it all
All The Things that people say (all the things)
All The Things that people do (all the things)
Bring you down when you let it get to you (all the things)
All The Things that you don't know (all the things)
All The Things that make you fall
All the things

Closer To Ourselves

[Verse 1]
Two AM the other night
We were focused on our faults
We reached the silent treatment
After damage done to the walls

[Pre Chorus 1]
You think that you know me
It ain't always easy
I've gone exploding

[Chorus]
Each word that we say
Opens us inside and brings us closer (closer to ourselves)
Each word that we share
Opens us outside and brings us closer
Closer to ourselves

[Verse 2]
Time we spend on working hard
Keeps us missing each other's smiles
We seek that special feeling
To try and stop the pain that we find

[Pre Chorus 2]
I think that I know you
I cannot assure you
You've gone exploding

[Chorus]
Each word that we say
Opens us inside and brings us closer (closer to ourselves)
Each word that we share
Opens us outside and brings us closer
Closer to ourselves

[Bridge]
Life likes to feed, the shadow of a doubt
I've let it go 'n' let you in
We've got this need, its what we're all about
Releasing fear of rejection

[Chorus]
Each word that we say
Opens us inside and brings us closer (closer to ourselves)
Each word that we share
Opens us outside and brings us closer
Closer to ourselves
Each word that we say (closer)
Opens us inside and brings us closer (closer to ourselves)
Each word that we share (closer)
Opens us outside and brings us closer
Closer to ourselves (closer to ourselves)

Favor Me

[Verse 1]
I'm here sittin' bein' bored
Run out to fill my mind some more
Bump in to friends who hang around
Look up to see your face is shinning down

[Pre Chorus]
Friends say I'm finicky
Friends say I'm jaded
Friends say I'm overly complicated

[Chorus]
So many things I want but what I need is for you to
Favor Me
I see the way you look at the others in the magazines
You're the one I crave and yet you tease I want you to
Favor Me

[Verse 2]
We go and cut a bit of floor
You come then go then ask for more
I know how you set the trends
Tell me why you change in front of friends

[Pre Chorus]
Friends say I'm finicky
Friends say I'm jaded
Friends say I'm overly complicated

[Chorus]
So many things I want but what I need is for you to
Favor Me
I see the way you look at the others in the magazines
You're the one I crave and yet you tease I want you to
Favor Me

[Bridge]
Drivin' in my car
You're acting like a star
Makes me wonder who you are
Who you are

[Chorus]
So many things I want but what I need is for you to
Favor Me
I see the way you look at the others in the magazines
You're the one I crave and yet you tease I want you to
Favor Me
You're the one I want but what I need is for you to
Favor Me (favor me)
I see the way you look at the others in the magazines
You're the one I crave and yet you tease I want you to
Favor Me (favor me)
You're the one I want but what I need is for you to (favor me)
Favor Me (favor me)
You're the one I crave and yet you tease I want you to (favor me)
Favor Me (favor me)
I see the way you look at the others won't ya (favor me)
Favor Me (favor me)

Tabloid Affair

[Verse 1]
Punching crap into a computer screen waiting on that bell to ring
Racing everyone to the parking lot to be the first into the afternoon
The sun's been out clearing clouds an' blazin top's down hair is waving
Pickup my other half who's smiling two lanes flying as America zips by

[Pre Chorus 1]
Hey, I'm feeling butterflies as I explore your eyes
Its like a secret toy surprise
Now, I'm winding up inside as you expose your stride
You know I'm wantin' what this implies

[Chorus]
Lets find out what goes down
When we're the center of it all
Lets find out what plays out
In our Tabloid Affair

[Verse 2]
Making moves in to a higher position got a lot of rules and conditions
Adding everyone's number to the pot but you're my celebrity on the fly
Leaves are out changing colors an' blending step off the tarmac jet into the evening
Watch us catch the stars we look up to with the passing of the countries we run through

[Pre Chorus 2]
Hey, I’m seeing spots and hues as I explore taboos
Its like intoxicating brew
Now, I'm dealing with these clues as you expose tattoos
You know I'm reelin' from this view

[Chorus]
Lets find out what goes down
When we're the center of it all
Lets find out what plays out
In our Tabloid Affair

[Bridge]
Infatuation
Hesitation
Animation
Motivation
Anticipation
Presentation
Application
Collaboration

[Chorus]
Lets find out what goes down
When we're the center of it all
Lets find out what plays out
In our Tabloid Affair
Lets find out what goes down
When we're the center of it all
Lets find out what plays out
In our Tabloid Affair

Falling In

[Verse 1]
In the speechless hush of the 5 am
She'll spy upon what my sleeping brings in
If the coffee burns before we see again
Then she’d never learn how my feelings creep in

[Pre Chorus]
I better grab her with both arms
And hold on tight 'cause shes's

[Chorus]
Falling in to trouble
Falling in to my life
Falling in to fables
Falling in and it feels so right

[Verse 2]
In a crowd of thoughts I can wonder how
I'll figure out what may be in her head
If the world should end before we meet again
Then I'll never know what two lovers can hold

[Pre Chorus 2]
She better grab me with both arms
And hold on tight 'cause I'm

[Chorus]
Falling in to trouble
Falling in to her life
Falling in to fables
Falling in and it feels so right

[Bridge]
Through the course of the day
I think of things to say
And then they fade away
In the course of a fight
I feel things aren't right
Then it goes all night

[Chorus]
We're falling in to trouble
Falling in to our lives
Falling in to fables
Falling in and it feels so right
Falling in to trouble
Falling in to our lives
Falling in to fables
Falling in and it feels so right

Going Around

[Verse 1]
I could go on and on for days on end
About the phone calls we made while we're in bed
I would pretend to mend all your broken things
To make you more beautiful for what you bring

[Pre Chorus 1]
Along the way I got lost
The spark within my eyes must have turned to frost

[Chorus]
I’m giving you up
Then letting me down
We're stuck going around and around
I pull you back in
I'm smiling upside down
We're caught spinning around and around and around

[Verse 2]
You could go on and on like this forever
The trips we took the sharing in the bad weather
Your sincerity always shook me off my guard
And made me more confused for making things hard

[Pre Chorus 2]
You kept asking I put it off
The fire within your kiss dwindled in my fog

[Chorus]
I'm giving you up
Then letting me down
We're stuck going around and around
I pull you back in
I'm smiling upside down
We're caught spinning around and around and around

[Bridge]
Its always the beautiful ones
That hurt us the most
Why is it you had to be
So god damn beautiful to me

[Chorus]
I'm giving you up
Then letting me down
We're stuck going around and around
I pull you back in
I'm smiling upside down
We're caught spinning around and around
I'm giving you up (giving you up)
Then letting me down
We're stuck going around and around
I pull you back in (pull you back in)
I'm smiling upside down
We're caught spinning around and around and around

Days of Our Lives

[Verse 1]
A glass of leftover wine alone on the table
A random pile of shoes beside the couch
A game we use to unwind the cat and the mouse
That's how we play on Sundays around the house

[Chorus]
All of the places we are together in
The way that we smile defines the roles we explore in
The days of our lives go roaring by
Its the emotions that we share for
The goals that we use to refine the love that we long for
The days of our lives go roaring by

[Verse 2]
There are those moments a smile says it all
A drop of the hat we're out the door and chasing the sun
We excite ourselves pretending to be fugitives on the run
Doesn't matter about the destination if the journey is fun

[Chorus]
All of the cars that we go drive in
The jobs that we work for define the roles that we play in
The days of our lives go roaring by
All of the movies that we watch and we cry for
The books that we read define the hearts that we care for
The days of our lives go roaring by

[Bridge]
I know I'm deep
She steal's my clothes to wear
Thinks I don't know
But that's her I smell on my shirts
Its her I should keep
She kisses with so much care
Thinks I don't know
But that's her always on my mind

[Chorus]
All of the music that blast and get lost in
The way that we laugh defines the roles of our friendship
The days of our lives go roaring by
All of the memories that we live for
The methods we use refine the dreams that we strive for
The days of our lives go roaring by
All of the places we are together in
The way that we smile defines the roles we explore in
The days of our lives go roaring by
Its the emotions that we share for
The goals that we use to refine the love that we long for
The days of our lives go roaring by

Searching For You

[Verse 1]
Its like an escape
The two hours in the dark I get with you
I believe we relate
Based upon all the roles you've taken

[Pre Chorus]
All the people that touch you
And those you touched
Its enough to make me fully blush

[Chorus]
While I'm spending my time
Searchin' for you (searchin' for you)
I'm usin' six degrees of separation
Searchin' for you (searchin' for you)

[Verse 2]
Its there every day
The words I can not afford to share with you
I will find a way
To invite you to this vision to play

[Pre Chorus]
All the people that move in
And then move out
Its the mystery that life's about

[Chorus]
While I'm spending my time
Searchin' for you (searchin' for you)
I'm usin' six degrees of separation
Searchin' for you (searchin' for you)

[Bridge]
You can laugh about it now
That my mark has been met
Without the screen between our eyes
This is life without the movie set

[Chorus]
While I'm spending my time
Searchin' for you (searchin' for you)
I'm usin' six degrees of separation
Searchin' for you (searchin' for you)
While I'm spending my time
Searchin' for you (searchin' for you)
I'm usin' six degrees of separation
Searchin' for you (searchin' for you)

Material Things

[Verse 1]
I've mulled it over and over inside my head
I don't know what drives some friends past the edge
The education or the money or the family fame
I feel let down learning of the drugs to hide the pain

[Chorus]
It always seems
The grass is greener with Material Things
From where I stand
Life ain't much sweeter with Material Things

[Verse 2]
I've heard it again and again through the family vine
Of how heroin drove your life across the line
The old addiction or the remorse or all the shame
Its time for 12 steps back to be clean again

[Chorus]
It always seems
The grass is greener with Material Things
From where I stand
Life ain't much sweeter with Material Things

[Bridge]
Back an forth six times in rehab
Glad to know the very next visit held those demons at bay
Now at home fight off a relapse
Sad to hear the very next victim was your girlfriend today

[Chorus]
It always seems
The grass is greener with Material Things
From where I stand
Life ain't much sweeter with Material Things (no it ain't much no it ain't much sweeter)
It always seems (always seems)
The grass is greener with Material Things (with material things)
From where I stand (where I stand)
Life ain't much sweeter with Material Things (no it ain't much no it ain't much sweeter)

Tracking Motion

Instrumental (make up your own words)

Splitting The Scene

[Verse 1]
I got a closet full of Memories
The good the bad the ugly and my tendencies
To be the one with the undying loyalty
Its in your eyes you want something more from me

[Verse 2]
I'm showing how I'm made its very clear
The light the life the passion and the things you fear
Are all rolled up inside but it won't change
We don't see eye to eye its time to leave this game

[Chorus]
Now you’re exposed and confused and its love that will lose
You been shouting and you're cursing and its angry words you've used
You can fight for the money and the television, things you think are right
Are your friends around you cause I'm splitting the scene tonight
Are your friends around you cause I'm splitting the scene tonight

[Verse 3]
I'm cleaning up my house and pushing out the trash
You're hot you’re cold you're extreme you're headed for a crash
If you're sticking to the path you're currently racing on
You'll never find anyone who'll give you what I give

[Chorus]
Now you’re exposed and confused and its love that will lose
You been shouting and you're cursing and its angry words you've used
You can fight for the money and the television, things you think are right
Are your friends around you cause I'm splitting the scene tonight
Are your friends around you cause I'm splitting the scene tonight

[Bridge]
You're not the first you're the last
To try and mold me to your vision
Its not your fault I'm not to blame
We parted ways from cupid’s mission

[Chorus]
Now you’re exposed and confused and its love that will lose
You been shouting and you're cursing and its angry words you've used
You can fight for the money and the television, things you think are right
Are your friends around you cause I'm splitting the scene tonight
Are your friends around you cause I'm splitting the scene tonight
Now you’re exposed and confused and its love that will lose
You been shouting and you're cursing and its angry words you've used
You can fight for the money and the television, things you think are right
Are your friends around you cause I'm splitting the scene tonight
Are your friends around you cause I'm splitting the scene tonight

Say Goodbye

[Verse 1]
The end of the world has come and gone
We're standing imagine that
Off by a year or fate 's plain wrong
Do you wonder where its all at
The seconds keep coming two by one
Ignorance is blissfully fat
Positively speaking its all ok
Positively thinking its all today

[Chorus]
Try as you to change
Its best to Say Goodbye
Do all you can to rearrange
Its best to Say Goodbye
Say Goodbye

[Verse 2]
So call me a realist without a view
Time for standing on either side
Love my world or run and hide
Get a view of what I give to you
The seconds count down two by one
Common sense has blissfully died
Positively breaking what is dear
Positively craving our yesteryear

[Chorus]
Try as you to change
Its best to Say Goodbye
Do all you can to rearrange
Its best to Say Goodbye
Say Goodbye

[Bridge]
Positively seeing our colors stand
Positively feeling my brother's hand
Positively caring across that line
Positively sharing effort of time

[Chorus]
Try as you to change
Its best to Say Goodbye
Do all you can to rearrange
Its best to Say Goodbye
Say Goodbye
Try as you to change
Its best to Say Goodbye
Do all you can to rearrange
Its best to Say Goodbye
Say Goodbye
Do all you can to rearrange
Its best to Say Goodbye

Liner Notes:

All The Things:
Writers: Jody Whitesides, Greg Watton
Publishers: Too Much Music, UEMG
Producer: Jody Whitesides
Drums: Donny Gruendler
Vocals/Guitars/Bass/Synths/Additional Drum Programming: Jody Whitesides
Mixer: Jody Whitesides
Mastering: George Leger III

Closer To Ourselves:
Writer: Jody Whitesides
Publisher: Too Much Music
Producer: Jody Whitesides
Drums: Donny Gruendler
Vocals/Guitars/Bass/Synths/Additional Drum Programming: Jody Whitesides
Mixer: Jody Whitesides
Mastering: George Leger III

Favor Me:
Writer: Jody Whitesides
Publisher: Too Much Music
Producer: Jody Whitesides
Drums: Donny Gruendler
Vocals/Guitars/Bass/Synths/Additional Drum Programming: Jody Whitesides
Mixer: Jody Whitesides
Mastering: George Leger III

Tabloid Affair:
Writer: Jody Whitesides
Publisher: Too Much Music
Producer: Jody Whitesides
Drums: Donny Gruendler
Vocals/Guitars/Bass/Synths/Additional Drum Programming: Jody Whitesides
Mixer: Jody Whitesides
Mastering: George Leger III

Falling In:
Writer: Jody Whitesides
Publisher: Too Much Music
Producer: Jody Whitesides
Vocals/Guitars/Bass/Synths/Drum Programming: Jody Whitesides
Mixer: Jody Whitesides
Mastering: George Leger III

Going Around:
Writer: Jody Whitesides
Publisher: Too Much Music
Producer: Jody Whitesides
Drums: Donny Gruendler
Vocals/Guitars/Bass/Synths/Additional Drum Programming: Jody Whitesides
Mixer: Jody Whitesides
Mastering: George Leger III

Days of Our Lives:
Writer: Jody Whitesides
Publisher: Too Much Music
Producer: Jody Whitesides
Drums: Donny Gruendler
Vocals/Guitars/Bass/Synths/Additional Drum Programming: Jody Whitesides
Mixer: Jody Whitesides
Mastering: George Leger III

Searching For You:
Writer: Jody Whitesides
Publisher: Too Much Music
Producer: Jody Whitesides
Drums: Donny Gruendler
Vocals/Guitars/Bass/Synths/Additional Drum Programming: Jody Whitesides
Mixer: Jody Whitesides
Mastering: George Leger III

Material Things:
Writer: Jody Whitesides
Publisher: Too Much Music
Producer: Jody Whitesides
Drums: Donny Gruendler
Vocals/Guitars/Bass/Synths/Additional Drum Programming: Jody Whitesides
Mixer: Jody Whitesides
Mastering: George Leger III

Tracking Motion:
Writer: Jody Whitesides
Publisher: Too Much Music
Producer: Jody Whitesides
Guitars/Bass/Synths/Drum Programming: Jody Whitesides
Mixer: Jody Whitesides
Mastering: George Leger III

Splitting The Scene:
Writer: Jody Whitesides
Publisher: Too Much Music
Producer: Jody Whitesides
Vocals/Guitars/Bass/Synths/Drum Programming: Jody Whitesides
Mixer: Jody Whitesides
Mastering: George Leger III

Say Goodbye:
Writer: Jody Whitesides
Publisher: Too Much Music
Producer: Jody Whitesides
Vocals/Guitars/Bass/Synths/Drum Programming: Jody Whitesides
Additional Drum Programming: Jeff Van Dyke
Mixer: Jody Whitesides
Mastering: George Leger III

All The Things:
Director: Byron Turk

Falling In:
Director: Byron Turk
Illustrator: Kim Whitesides

Trivia:

All The Things:
Meaning: We get down sometimes, the trick is to bounce back.
Trivia bit #1: A former guitar student of mine was the director of the video, while in film school.
Trivia bit #2: Was told on a major Los Angeles radio station that my backwards guitar solo was done better than something backwards by the Beatles.

Closer To Ourselves:
Meaning: Be honest and open with the people around you.
Trivia bit #1: Was told by an A&R person that the piano intro was extremely cool.
Trivia bit #2: A different A&R person said this song needed a pre-chorus that was twice as long - which is why it's 8 bars in the released version.

Favor Me:
Meaning: Unrequited teenage love.
Trivia bit #1: Originally written for a teen female artist.
Trivia bit #2: First song where I had a breakdown chorus.

Tabloid Affair:
Meaning: We all fantasize about dating a celebrity right?
Trivia bit #1: Difficult to sing live due to the rapid fire lyrics, this is where P90X helps a lot - stamina.
Trivia bit #2: One of my favorite bridge sections - ever.

Falling In:
Meaning: Someone is so into you, they watch you sleep - not creepy like.
Trivia bit #1: The melodic guitar riff was created as a dare that guitarists couldn't slap and pop like a bassist.
Trivia bit #2: Have been told this song makes me a victim of my own coolness.

Going Around:
Meaning: Breakup, get back together, rinse, repeat.
Trivia bit #1: To play the main guitar riff requires a 7string guitar.
Trivia bit #2: Based on several relationships I had at the time it was written.

Days of Our Lives:
Meaning: Complete compliance and adventure with your better half.
Trivia bit #1: Drum part in the bridge took Donny 20 minutes of practice time to do what I asked for - awesome job.
Trivia bit #2: A performance of this song is what got me connected to Maurice Starr.

Searching For You:
Meaning: Actress stalking at it's finest.
Trivia bit #1: If I were to stalk an actress it would probably be Jessica Biel - but no I won't.
Trivia bit #2: Irony, I've been stalked, by a guy - it's not pleasant.

Material Things:
Meaning: Get control of your life.
Trivia bit #1: Written after an old friend went to rehab.
Trivia bit #2: The verse contains and odd chord change that was inspired by a Van Halen song.

Tracking Motion:
Meaning: Let your mind wander its own path.
Trivia bit #1: Originally written for a DVD menu soundtrack.
Trivia bit #2: Never played this live at a show, but the backing tracks to play are part of the setlist.

Splitting The Scene:
Meaning: When you've finally had enough of someone's antics.
Trivia bit #1: The woman I wrote this about ended up losing all her friends, who weren't really friends, when she latched onto me.
Trivia bit #2: My first song where I programmed out the entire drum part and kept it in a commercial release.

Say Goodbye:
Meaning: Stand tall no matter the event.
Trivia bit #1: One of my favorite guitar solos to perform.
Trivia bit #2: Was the closing song on the Practical Insanity tour - leave 'em on an energetic note.