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1.
5400 VALENTINE ROAD Let’s drive too fast down streets we both know too well Let’s tell ourselves that nothing ever dies, that we’ll always be the same Let’s pick out names (I know, we barely know each others' names But let’s dream of ever after) Let’s open up! and show each other all the shit we hide so well from everyone else Cause I don’t know if I could ever tell anyone, admit that I’m afraid Let’s pick out names (I know we barely know each others' names But still I wanna lie in fields of flame with you) Cause I know that I’m already changing I know that I’m already changing I knew from the first moment I saw you That everything had changed Let’s drive too fast down streets that only ever seem to lead to our son’s grave words & music by Frank Cruz Frank Cruz - vocals, acoustic guitar, Hammond E-182 organ, sampling, drums & percussion Chris Dixon - electric guitar, bass, background vocals Produced and engineered by Robbie Kimzey, Chris Dixon, and Frank Cruz at home and at The Lab in Oakland, CA Organ engineered by Frank Cruz at his mother in law’s house in Ventura, CA Mixed by Willie Samuels at Studio Trilogy in San Francisco, CA
2.
No NAME WALTZ I'm gonna sleep beneath the stars tonight and wonder where you are Cause every time I hear the freight train cry I say, "I love you, too" It don't feel much like a conversation anymore but I guess it has to do I guess you can’t change the past Sometimes I forget that, I think I gotta go back To the way that we were before we heard the words Those awful words I'm gonna crash into the waves today, get swallowed by the sea And if the ocean spits me out again I catch my breath, breathe out and in I feel so much smaller but in the end, the problems are just the same I guess you can’t change the past Sometimes I forget that, I try so hard to go back To the way that we were before we heard the words Those awful words I’m gonna drink till I don't feel no more, make love until I'm tired Cause there's no such thing as moving on, there's only getting by So I can't blame you for wanting me to try words & music by Frank Cruz Daniel Casentini - drums Frank Cruz - vocals, keyboards, sampling, percussion, background vocals Chris Dixon - electric guitar, bass, glockenspiel, sampling, percussion, background vocals Robbie Kimzey - outro electric guitar Produced and engineered by Robbie Kimzey, Chris Dixon, and Frank Cruz at home and at The Lab in Oakland, CA Mixed by Willie Samuels at Nu-Tone Studios in Pittsburg, CA
3.
JEREMY DREAMS OF TIME MACHINES (for Barbara and Jeremy) It was forty days and forty nights I was wandering through the desert alone This ain’t no fairy tale, I never heard the voice of god But I’m not complaining cause I found my way home But I was empty and I was restless Didn’t know just where I belonged Familiar things didn’t seem the same With you gone And I know I just got back And so I hate to say, so long But I gotta go back on the road Find the place that we went wrong It rained for forty days, it poured for forty nights I thought the desert heat was bad but it’s got nothing on the cold I saw the river rise, I met a whale, got ate alive But by the time he spit me out I guess I missed that old rainbow Cause I was empty and I was restless Didn’t know just where I belonged All the good things didn’t feel so good With you gone And I know I been making excuses now For way, way, way too long Could you forgive me If I never come home? Bridge: Cause Jeremy dreams of time machines (And baseball cards, and space wars, and his best friend’s eyes) Jeremy dreams of time machines (And race cars, computer games, and deep blue skies) But me, I never dream, and if I do I see earthquakes, and endless wars, and open graves, I don’t see you So let’s just let him sleep, I know just what he means He’s just trying to find a way to turn back time words & music by Frank Cruz Frank Cruz - vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, keyboards, glockenspiel, Zachary’s handmade rain stick, drums & percussion Chris Dixon - electric guitar, bass, sampling, bowed cymbal, background vocals Joel Levin - pedal steel Khalil Sullivan - harmonium Produced and engineered by Robbie Kimzey, Chris Dixon, and Frank Cruz at home and at The Lab in Oakland, CA Pedal steel engineered by Frank Cruz at Joel’s house in Ventura, CA Mixed by Willie Samuels at Nu-Tone Studios in Pittsburg, CA
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AMBER'S HIGH WIRE BLUES She said, “I am an acrobat Walking around on a high wire act Stumbling somewhere between the present and the past” She said, “I know there’s no going back With the first goddamned step you’re committed to act It don’t seem to me that the past stays past So I swear the distance from here to there ain’t so vast” So if you’re out there on the ropes And it feels like a long way to go And the men you meet keep on buying drinks To keep themselves from feeling anything When you’re out there on the ropes We all know you really just wanna go home But you smile polite and try to say something nice And wait for the morning to see you home I said, “I ain’t ever been an acrobat Cause I’m afraid of the heights on the high wire act But I know how it feels when it all gets too real So you try to move forward cause you know there’s no going back” Cause when I’m out there on the road And it feels like a long way to go And the friends that I meet keep on pouring me drinks Cause they know that I remember everything So I’m out there on the road And I don’t know which way to go home So I smile polite, try not to fuck up their night And wait for the Lord to take me home words & music by Frank Cruz Frank Cruz - vocals and acoustic guitar Lewis Patzner - cello Produced and engineered by Frank Cruz and home in Oakland, CA Strings engineered by Scott Goodrich at Nu-Tone Studios in Pittsburg, CA Mixed by Scott Goodrich at Nu-Tone Studios in Pittsburg, CA
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HEREAFTER I gotta try a little harder And get myself together “Be thankful for things I have” Cause is it here, hereafter I can put it back together? I’ll finally get the answer I waited for so long We gotta try a little harder Do your best to remember A time we didn’t always have to try so goddamned hard Is it here, hereafter We can put it back together? We’ll finally see our sunshine We’ll forget it ever rained Till then I try to remember to breathe I block out the evidence this don’t mean a thing Cause I know I can’t pretend it’s any worse for me Sick of waiting for Jesus to speak to me I gotta try a little harder And get myself together “Be thankful for things I have” words & music by Frank Cruz Daniel Casentini - drums Frank Cruz - vocals, acoustic guitars, tremolo guitar, Wurlitzer electric piano, percussion Chris Dixon - electric guitar, background vocals Michael Musumeci - keyboard Anton Patzner - violin John Snapp - bass Produced by Frank Cruz, Chris Dixon, and Scott Goodrich Engineered by Scott Goodrich at Nu-Tone Studios in Pittsburg, CA Keyboard engineered by Michael Musumeci at his house in Pittsburg, CA Mixed by Scott Goodrich at Nu-Tone Studios in Pittsburg, CA
6.
BALLAD FOR A FRIEND Sad I’m a-sittin’ on the railroad track Watchin’ that old smokestack Train is a-leavin’ but it won’t be back Years ago we hung around Watchin’ trains roll through the town Now that train is a-graveyard bound Where we go up in that North Country Lakes and streams and mines so free I had no better friend than he Something happened to him that day I thought I heard a stranger say I hung my head and stole away A diesel truck was rollin’ slow Pullin’ down a heavy load It left him on a Utah road They carried him back to his home town His mother cried, his sister moaned Listenin’ to them church bells tone words & music by Bob Dylan Copyright © 1962, 1965 MCA, Renewed 1990, 1993 Songs of Universal, Inc. (BMI). All rights reserved. Used by permission. Frank Cruz - vocals, acoustic guitar Chris Dixon - acoustic slide guitar Produced by Robbie Kimzey, Chris Dixon, and Frank Cruz Engineered by Robbie Kimzey at home in Oakland, CA Mixed by Willie Samuels at Studio Trilogy in San Francisco, CA
7.
THIS IS JUST TO SAY Your baby brother’s not a baby anymore Man, he’s growing like a weed He’s asking questions I can’t answer So I just tell him how we used to be And your momma’s getting older But she’s aging gracefully She’s talking about another baby She’s finding reasons to believe And me, I’m writing you this letter Between faith and misery Man, I get lonesome here without you Between what is and what ought to be And me, I’m trying hard to get myself together I been praying for peace To some god I don’t believe in anyways But desperate men do desperate things And now the bottle’s almost empty So I guess I’ll get to sleep But right before I close my eyes I see you suddenly alive I linger in-between to watch the way you used to be words by Frank Cruz music by Frank Cruz and Chris Dixon Frank Cruz - vocals, acoustic guitar, keyboards, AM hand-cranked radio, glockenspiel, drums & percussion Chris Dixon - vocals, electric guitars, samples & MIDI programming Produced by Chris Dixon and Frank Cruz Engineered by Scott Goodrich at Nu-Tone Studios, Pittsburg, CA Additional engineering by Chris Dixon and Frank Cruz at home and at The Lab in Oakland, CA Mixed by Scott Goodrich at Nu-Tone Studios in Pittsburg, CA
8.
AN ATLAS OF THE DIFFICULT WORLD Took a plane ride to London Hopped a train to Italy Caught a speed boat and sailed off to sea I saw the temples of Athens The lights of Paris Saw some sunsets you would not believe I ordered whiskey and water I drank tonic and gin In every town, behind the bar, I found a friend I stayed up till the morning Made my days into nights Anything that was wrong the maid made all right I tried to burn myself out Like a moth to the flame But every wonder I saw said your name So I guess I’ll stop running Try to stay in one place I’ll probably never stop seeing your face I said, there’s no use in running Besides where would I go? So I’m learning to live with your ghost words & music by Frank Cruz Frank Cruz - vocals, piano Chris Dixon - upright bass, electric guitars, background vocals James Leste - drums Joel Levin - harmonica Produced by Chris Dugan, Chris Dixon, and Frank Cruz Engineered and mixed by Chris Dugan at Jingletown Recording in Oakland, CA Harmonica engineered by Joel Levin at his house in Ventura, CA
9.
HEREAFTER I gotta try a little harder And get myself together “Be thankful for things I have” Cause is it here, hereafter I can put it back together? I’ll finally get the answer I waited for so long We gotta try a little harder Do your best to remember A time we didn’t always have to try so goddamned hard Is it here, hereafter We can put it back together? We’ll finally see our sunshine We’ll forget it ever rained Till then I try to remember to breathe I block out the evidence this don’t mean a thing Cause I know I can’t pretend it’s any worse for me Sick of waiting for Jesus to speak to me I gotta try a little harder And get myself together “Be thankful for things I have” words & music by Frank Cruz Produced by La Practica De Familia at home in Oakland, CA Sequencing and MIDI programming by La Practica De Familia Mixed by Scott Goodrich at Nu-Tone Studios in Pittsburg, CA credits

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Haunted and hopeful, "Ofrenda" by Frank Cruz and the New Deal borrows the symbol of an offering for the dead from the Mexican tradition of Día de los Muertos. It is the first full length from Frank Cruz since the passing of his 5 year old son, Zachary, in 2009. Honest songwriting and impassioned performances bear witness to the enduring power of love between father and child. Available on limited edition vinyl and digital download on Día de los Muertos (11/1) 2014.

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Frank Cruz & the New Deal are Frank, Chris, Wes, and Ari. An indie folk rock band from Oakland, CA.

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