Timid Hearts (single)

by Paul Gonzenbach

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Jn Fr intricate, intimate, haunting Favorite track: Timid Hearts.
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Brian M. Latimer Jarring in his subtlety, Paul Gonzenbach (of The Jim Yoshii Pile-Up, and Baby Panda) has been one of my favorite songwriters for close to a decade now. This EP is his first release in a little over three years. Favorite track: You Think You're Clever.
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released August 23, 2013

Written and performed by Paul Gonzenbach with Garrett Croxon on drums and Shana Applewhite on bass.
Produced by Erik Blood.
Mastered by Adam Straney.

This is the ninth release from Unspeakable Records.

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Track Name: Timid Hearts
Once you told me having someone there was the key. Once, it could be anyone. Now it’s always me. But the cold is tense, and it hurts you. And it all makes sense that I can’t help you. Once you told me having someone there was the key. Once, it could be anyone. Now it’s always me.

When you hear your friends accuse you of awful things, you assume that they’re true. And when you hear people laugh, you assume it’s at you.

The older I get, the more I understand that there is no plan. You hang all your hopes on a skinny boy from a broken home. A way to retreat to your bedroom and not feel alone.

When you hear your friends accuse you of awful things, you assume that they’re true. And when you hear people laugh, you assume it’s at you.

Words will always fail us. Give me your timid heart anyway. Time will always laugh at us. Give me your timid heart anyway.

There are not now and there will never be enough arms in the world to hold you tight enough. There is not now, and there will never be enough love to make you feel loved.
Track Name: You Think You're Clever
I can bear any pain as long as it has meaning. I can fight any fight that I’ll win. I can hear any words that echo my own feelings. I can care as much as I want to. A car at the riverfront, a glassy reservoir, and it keeps on coming back. I promised you not at home, but it keeps on coming back.

I can wait forever as long as I know I’ll get it. I’ll be kind when you’re kind to me. I can help when it doesn’t inconvenience me to do so. I can listen when it pertains to me. All this time, you read my mind. So I’m not so clever after all. It fades with time. It slips my mind. Oh, I’m not so clever after all.

Your health, your home, you’d lay it all down for me. Any money you’ve ever had, your life, you’d lay it all down for me.
Track Name: Just Smile And Play Along
So sew it up and note the time. The loose ends meet, the couplets rhyme. A stack of applications on your nightstand. Not exactly as you planned.

I know that look upon your face, the mirror in your eye. I know you lie awake at night and feel his breath on you and wonder why.

You wake up to the news at noon. Or you wake up to the afternoon chat shows. The degree hangs on the wall of the apartment that’s to small to hold the couch you hauled all the way from Pittsburgh and then left on the curb.

Now your friends don’t bother calling you. That moment they would have to talk to him to get to you is more, so much more than they can stand.
You wake up to the news at noon. Or you wake up to the afternoon chat shows. You brother said he’d visit you. Your cousin said she meant to. You’re hoping they will do the work and you can just smile and play along.