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Murray Hill

by Peca

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1.
Treason 03:21
I’ve been uppin' my game I’ve been doing the same I’ve been smoking again 'Cause I got feelings I’ve been losing my faith I’ve been having my way I’ve been riding this train Goes down in history I’ve been trying to hide It’s been crossing my mind It’s been messin' my shine 'Cause I’m a heathen There’s no magic There’s no treasure There’s no getting higher There’s no dreaming There’s no feeling There’s no trying harder ‘Cause there’s no wasting There’s no changing There’s no time to spare I’ve been driving my car It's been going too far I’ve been climbing a star 'Cause I got reason I’ve been turning the page I’ve been living the rage I’ve been fleeing the stage Yes, this is treason But when I come back There’s no way back I will gain my freedom This is fatal It’s a shaker It will give me meaning Gates will open Roads will shorten You will feel my treason You will feel my treason
2.
Murray Hill 03:48
Open the door In Murray Hill Asbestos wall Of Murray Hill History shakes Up Murray Hill While your heart breaks It’s Murray Hill Son, this birdcage is turning inside out While you may rearrange, well nothing’s gonna change Murray Hill’s a step down Foggy skyscrapers of Murray Hill Writing hiatus in Murray Hill Silent erection up Murray Hill Loss of direction down Murray Hill Well now you’re taking The easiest way out Cause your mind descends in This silent pace of waste Murray Hill’s a step down Down It’s so so So so You're on your own It’s so so All in all Murray Hill out
3.
Rooftop 04:57
You got out of there tonight And out into the wild The city’s kind With you tonight The light electrifies Check out all of those smiles This downtown vibe The mood is right You go running up the stairs of yet another subway stop You go talking to the girls from New Jersey as they drop And you feel just like the music playing in this vintage shop There’s no limit to the beats per minute in your heart You got high And you’re playing with fire You got high Come on Time is not a science Time is on your side But it flies With her tonight Brooklyn is asleep While you’re going deep You take a ride To a fast life She keeps reminding you of someone you still have to meet Or left behind in a past life that haunts you when you sleep She rolls a bunch of cigarettes, the red stairs to the rooftop She takes you by the hand and then she shares her smoke And you get high Higher and higher You get to fly And thirty years expire You’re so high See yourself You know this is medicine She takes you home You know it’s the final scene You try to smile, she will let you down Will she care You’re lost in her failing win? Will she see All the scars left by the dream Dead in you Or the truth? Now she cries But you can spot a liar While she dives Into her wild desire She’s so high The ocean makes it stop The sun comes right on top And in your eyes Clears all the signs Coney Island shines As you forget her eyes Just real life You’re all grown up Your home is far away from here there’s no point going back This salty air will do for now, the last stop on the track But then you realize there’s something missing from your heart Will this stupid teenage feeling ever gonna stop? And you get high Higher and higher Fade out light Smoking out the fire You’re so high Let’s go!
4.
Close Call 05:06
Runnin’ through that door Pinned up to the wall Something for the fall Oh darling, it’s a close call Not sure, but we’re not close at all Feeling so obtuse In search of an use Right across the hall Oh darling, it’s a close call Not sure, I might have guessed it all Out, breathing out, breathing in Scratch. Scratching scars that never heal Out, out of breath and out of here See? I find it hard to disappear But then I guessed it all That’s why I made this call Find out what I’m good for Oh darling, it’s a close call Then again, you know it all You know it all Fix the damage Lesson learned No, don’t look back She might break You take her fault Just like that Dream the dreams, They never last Don’t take it back Play it big And fail for that Don’t you look back Bid on every Thing you got Don’t you look back Don’t you look back
5.
Trains 04:43
I’ve been riding these trains I’ve been riding this city And with a heart of stone I’m not looking for pity I’ve been reaching for signs With my eyes closed I was not blind Now I’m riding these trains I am riding these stations And with a lack of hope I am testing my patience Looting souls, putting on a show for the Unknown Robbin’ stories, letting them go And it feels like they own me all Spittin’ jokes while hittin’ a low I’ve been lost in this train I’ve been lost in your pity And with my empty heart I’m all over this city Can you see I’m a prisoner I’m convicted for losing my time Doomed forever to fill the spot Of some other unlucky guy Who was riding these trains And was riding this city And with a heart of stone He never needed no pity Darkness reigns over your whole Do you want it anymore? Love can fill you like a sore Do you need it anymore? Darkness reigns over your mind You still want to stay alive Stations come, doors open wide One-way ticket for this ride You know, this is the night You know your stars don’t shine
6.
Question 05:17
You gotta ask that question, You gotta ask it all around You gotta crack the tension You really gotta take it down You gotta own that situation You need to feel the city You really need to go to town You always need the motion You’ll make it if you ask around It’s just the same old question You forgot How does it feel to never have the real thing? How does it feel to never feel the best of it? How does it feel to be the one who’s always left out? You gotta shake that feeling You gotta turn this thing around You gotta go through motions Your heart will never settle down Don’t mind the loneliness that comes with it Shout it out loud, that’s gotta be the real thing Wreck the place down, you gotta feel the best of it See it all go, it never stays the way they say it would How it should And you still dream the thing that makes it worth while Though the proof has been scarce and you’re simply just tired To believe you are more than just work for hire And to think it is all about aiming higher But your ears still hear the words of your father Though they’re gone you have never stopped taking cover Worn your heart until there was nothing to spare Now you’re longing for something or someone to care Still you look and you find that nobody’s there You don’t care You don’t care No one’s there And it seems like your sins kill your dreams Yes it seems like your sins kill your dreams Higher and higher you get away and out of it Lighter and starker you shake right into it Climb all the ladders until all you find is a rope Tied with hope You gotta ask your question You gotta ask it all the time And fight the indecision This weakness that destroys your prime Unless your attitude don’t break your spine You need to feel the city You really need to go to town You always need the motion You’ll make it if you ask around It’s just the same old question You forgot (How does it feel not to have love?)
7.
Here and there and everywhere It seems I just can’t figure what my place is Sniffing hope on a rope I don’t belong to any of these streets My self-exile is out of time Looks like I’m here a while, I just can’t reach it I take a glance, leave it to chance And then I see you run and disappear Going downtown, downtown Downtown And you remain a stranger Yes, you remain a stranger Going downtown, downtown, Downtown I’ll take this back, I’m gonna pack My thoughts and dreams are laid on paper But it just feels like all these fears Are all too real not to escape again Going downtown, downtown Downtown ‘Cause you’ll remain a stranger Yes, you remain a stranger Going downtown, downtown Downtown I don’t know how to do this with more grace The world is staring back at me erased I’m looking but I cannot see Unless you’ll keep me warm And show me grace Just don’t remain a stranger Don’t you remain a stranger Lost way downtown, downtown Downtown (Stealing pictures Wrong ideals Moving houses Downtown)
8.
An old scrap from my book says I’d survived A footnote I think mentioned failed suicide Stories of faith, stories of dark nights Stories of depression, too many lows and highs And Lady Loneliness just took her time To teach me about love once in a while I was amused by just how much she tried To get me out of bed so I could rise and shine But I got nothing, I got nothing, I I’m not even gonna try I got nothing, I got nothing, I Am the luckiest man alive I got nothing, I got nothing, I Think that now it’s just the right time ‘Cause I got nothing, I got nothing, I Don’t have anything to hide But that’s fine ‘cause I got nothing to call mine And just in case you missed the end I never thought ‘bout being president I wrote my stories, yes they took my time While Lady Luck just closed her one blind eye I think I also met this small brunette Who tricked me once, made me her lonely pet She summoned me to get into her bed Then pulled the cover and I woke up dead So I got nothing, I got nothing, I I’m not even gonna try I got nothing, I got nothing, I Am the luckiest man alive I got nothing, I got nothing, I Think that now it’s just the right time ‘Cause I got nothing, I got nothing, I Don’t have anything to hide I have years to burry And a casket of love I got fluffy wings Shot and filled with holes I got many dreams All dressed in torn jeans I have certitudes Like the simple things You do say I owned I never explored Possibilities That all of this exists Only in your dreams! But I got nothing, I got nothing, I I’m not even gonna try I got nothing, I got nothing, I Am the luckiest man alive I got nothing, I got nothing, I Think that now it’s just the right time ‘Cause I got nothing, I got nothing, I Don’t have anything to hide I'm the luckiest man alive That’s what my scrapbook said one night ‘Cause I got nothing to call mine
9.
She’s someone else’s bride, In someone else’s life She’s someone else’s news In someone else’s shoes But she’s still Taking all those chances Winning all those races While the picture is thinning She just keeps on winning Someone else’s soul And someone else’s call She’s someone else’s fight And someone else’s bride ‘Cause everything is slow You’re taking all the chances While dropping all defenses And now she’s not asking to go And it’s scary how The moon somehow Gets in her eyes Drops the disguise It’s scary how Her love somehow Slipped through the cracks Making time wild It’s scary how This world somehow is coming to get you With the loneliest howl But it’s kind of fun When you look at the sun To see what she’s done For she’s still on the lookout And you’re still on the run And while you turn away You still remember that day Ten years ago today When she told you the thing that You never thought You never thought she’d say
10.
Observation 05:05
This is where I’ve been This is what I’ve noticed This is what I’ve seen A number of doors This is where I’ve maybe Fallen from the staircase This is what I tried A number of times This is where I went And it took my intuition to see That this is what I strived for What I would’ve died for Years ago Well, I don’t mind I don’t mind I’m blurry inside just as long As you see it too This is where I stayed Where I stayed for ages But you never cared for me And that’s the truth This is what I said I tried to be precise then And that’s when you came back You came back to me But I don’t mind I don’t mind I’m blurry inside just as long As you see it too This is what I stole I stole on one condition That I’d never change again That’s why I have been so strange This is what I see This is my observation There’s a lot to need The need to be free But I don’t mind I don’t mind I’m blurry inside just as long As you see it too Take it from the top Be a real man now Take it from the top You’ve been wasting life Make it from the top You’ve been wasting On a dream
11.
You keep on hearing life will finally take its course Things work out for the best, eventually you pay all tolls But why does it seem sometimes your heart’s just too heavy, it’s so scary When you roll the dice There is no surprise The results are never what they seem on first sight The game is rigged, there’s no love behind your eyes And as you get older the world just turns out an unbearable mess But you’re a success While you do your best When is this going to end? When is this going to end? When will the bruises all mend? When is this going to end? When is this going to fade? How long is it going to take? When is this going to be OK? Don’t tell me that old story “til death do us part” All misery needs company, what a pile of crap (so fuck all that!) I’m sick and tired to be sold this product of Love and the Lord They conquer us all ‘Cause this is a war Why don’t you pick up the phone? Yes, my friend, I know you’re home Tired of walking alone? Why do you think you belong And I don’t? What will it take to just stop? The rest of your life is a fraud! What makes you think you’ve been chosen by default? You are a winner Who just killed the dreamer Took the sins you had On a holiday And this whole nation On permanent vacation Watches on TV how You shoot out your way Maybe this is justice Or maybe just a practice The wound is deep And they’re gonna pay The end is near It will disappear No escape car And no getaway There’s no getaway, no It’s no getaway, no Get away Get away Get away
12.
God knows I’m right God knows I'm right Nobody feels like the real thing by my side Nobody gets to be the savior of my kind Only God knows I’m right Through the alleys of the city I get by ‘Cause I’ve been facing the facts While love’s waving away Maybe it’s a sign of weakness My permanent stay And I’m hiding myself Camouflage all the way Through the darkness I find Disarray Only God knows when I’m wrong Only God can show me the door Nobody fails, nobody moves Nobody changes, they all get real too soon It’s just me on the side Contemporary warfare Cause you can get so jealous And scared Yeah, but God knows I’m good God knows I’m good I’ll get outta here, I’ll make it all heal I'll get outta here, I'll make it all heal Until freedom disappears, well Through the thirtieth year I haven’t had a good time All I have to do is make up my mind To the love of a woman To the city at night Raise this glass and leave it all behind This the age of the serpent This the feast of your death All I need is to wrap up and forget ‘Cause God knows I’m right Only God knows I’m right Oh, God knows and that’s alright Through my darkest hour tonight shines a light Shines a light Shines a light Shines a lie Shines a lie Lie
13.
Late Song 03:23
Your brain is tired Watch the machine You keep on losing personal history Walking on over down To the screen This is another Vain medicine You are unlikely to make the cut You’re just unlikely to make the cut Outside the city is spinning around The stars are warped and you’re just all Grown, grown, grown Grown, grown, grown Grown, grown, grown Grown, grown, grown You are just wandering sacred and calm While your creation keeps breaking you down What if the thing is the messenger’s gone What if she just won’t answer the call?

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Murray Hill was home-recorded between April 2012 and September 2013 in NYC and Bucharest. All songs have been composed and arranged by Peca.

The bonus tracks "Acrobats" and "Treasoner" are included with the purchase of the whole album.

This version was remastered in August 2016.
All rights reserved peca.ro (2012-2016).

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released August 31, 2016

Sounds recorded and mixed on Ableton Live 8 & 9. Mastered on Cubase 5. Samples used from Ableton Live 8 & 9.
All keys, guitars, bass & drum arrangements by Peca.

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Peca is one of the most important voices of Romanian playwriting. Besides writing for the stage Peca has been writing and home recording lo-fi songs, with a DYI attitude, experimenting with different genres and sounds in an unique way. His recent albums include "Lo-Fi" (2011), "Murray Hill" (2013), "Basic Instructions for Love" (2013), "Basic Instructions for Death" (2014) and "Pieces” (2021) ... more

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