Revolving Door

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about

The boys met, quite by accident, one sunny spring day some years back. Perfect strangers before that fateful morning (or so the story goes), Paul, Cliff, Gil, and Waylan all found themselves sitting "patiently" together in a doctor's waiting room. At first they carefully avoided eye contact pretending to read the years-old "Sports Illustrateds" and "Peoples", but the ice was shattered when the doc -- who would turn out to be our very own Dr. Rhythm -- burst into the room and announced that all the day's appointments would be cancelled. "I'm quitting medicine to become a drummer!" he declared.

Well, the lads got to talking, and wouldn't you know. Turned out Paul, a budding songwriter, had been looking for a guitar player while at the same time Waylan, guitarist extraordinaire, was looking for a keyboard player. Gil, a classically-trained pianist, was seeking a bass player. And Cliff (who had never actually touched a bass before) was happy just to be in the room. The realization struck: they could start a band!

They dubbed themselves "Pabz" (later to be changed to "Pseudonym" on the heels of an ugly lawsuit from the Pabst Brewing Company). From there it didn't take long for things to click! They got a lucky break at the Illinois State Fair when headliners Hoosier Hattie and the Snow Cones pulled out at the last minute, realizing they'd accidentally showed up one state to the left. Our boys wowed the crowd with their unique blend of post-pop power-wave!

Soon after, the single "You're No Fun At All" from their debut album "Pabz" reached #62 in Croatia. And that was just the beginning! The follow up album "Pig Tail World" (under the now-familiar moniker of Pseudonym) sold multiple copies and saw heavy airplay in both Greece and Vermont. The featured single "Accident Prone" and its groundbreaking video managed to break the collective hearts of YouTube viewers around the world.

Building on the momentum of "Pig Tail World", the band quickly put out an EP of outtakes and factory seconds called "Stupid Star". And that, dear listener, brings us to the present date: the record you now hold in your (virtual) hands, Pseudonym's 4th release, is proof that the boys haven't missed a beat!

"Revolving Door" awaits. Prepare to enter a weird and wonderful world full of tasty sub-beats, delicious counter-harmonies, and of course a generous helping of yummy pop hooks.

Prepare to be Pseudofied!

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released February 12, 2015

Pseudonym is:

Paul Desjarlais - vocals
Dr. Rhythm - drums
Cliff Notes - bass
Waylan Solo - guitar
Gil Gullible - keyboards

(c) 2015 Trivial Pop Songs
All words and music by Paul Desjarlais except "The Only Living Boy in New York", words and music by Paul Simon (c) 1970, all rights reserved. All songs performed by Pseudonym, featuring special guest violinist Jennie Johnson on Idora Ave. All songs produced by Paul Desjarlais except Idora Ave, produced by John Gage. Recorded at the bottom of a lake, mixed in a blender, and mastered on Uranus (no jokes please).

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pseudonym San Francisco, California

Pseudonym is a band consisting of me, Paul Desjarlais, and other real or imaginary people. Back in Boston a long time ago I used to play bass for The Uncalled Four, and then for Haberland. After that I released a cassette album called Pabz, and later a CD called Pig Tail World. Now I live in San Francisco and I record songs when I get a chance and sometimes post albums online. ... more

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Track Name: art school lady
hey art school lady i know a couple things about her
she's outside suspicion she brings back around the doubters
if you're going down there anyway
since you're going downtown
don't leave without her

she walks every saturday down to the pear and lime store
and spends her attention on those others have no time for
it's a fashion from years gone by
and it's a sneaky lie
they could never imagine why
art school lady cries

i saw her on the 7:15 from allston to roxbury
could you ever imagine me
with art school lady

cuz hey art school lady i know 2-3 things about her
she silences skeptics she brings back around the doubters
if you're going down there anyway
since you're going downtown
don't leave without her
don't leave without her
don't leave without her
don't leave
Track Name: long goodbyes
in your day
it’s not that you weren’t ok
it’s only that you in some way
preferred the wrong disguise

then you find
it gained on you from behind
just enough to change your mind
regarding long goodbyes

and I know if you go (if you go)
remember whosoever
several moons ago (moons ago)
said things that you can never
separate from what you are

and in time
the point of view seems fine
but the version of the storyline
no longer coincides

and you go
and fall for the average joe
get pulled into the undertow
and taken for a ride

but I know if you could (if you could)
you might take back that one day
funny that you would (that you would)
say things like those things you say
but I understood (understood)
you prob’ly feel the same way
different from what you are

so many people look your way
so many bloody people trying to fake out and make out

the sky there above you
see how it glows
if I didn’t love you
only god knows

but anyway although (even though)
it’s an endless endeavor
I know if you go (if you go)
remember whosoever
several moons ago (moons ago)
said something you can never
separate
or get it straight
from what you are
what you are
Track Name: better
i know someday we'll get a chance for a new direction
(ahh we're gonna take it)
maybe someday we'll just punch the morons in the eye
(ahh we're gonna make it)

so much better than today
screw what other people say

maybe someday we're gonna fly away across the stars
(no day will be wasted)
across the mountains over jupiter and mars
(ahh we're gonna make it)

so much better than today
(where do you want to go)
screw what other people say
(anyway it just ain't so)
and then we can throw away
what we don't know
from all our yesterdays

and in the infinite interim
where someday we can become
what we were supposed to be

i know someday we'll get a chance for a new direction
(ahh we're gonna take it)
maybe someday we'll just punch the morons in the eye
(ahh we're gonna make it)

(chorus)

so much better than today
(ahh gonna be OK)
Track Name: how do you like me so far
you take the wheel
and you drive yourself so far gone
that comedown gets you home again
it takes a psychic
to catch a mind reader on
the finer points of dreams

it sounds paranoid but I don’t think you’ll ever be
too overjoyed if I can’t ever offer a guarantee

I feel like you feel
it’s a crumbling deal and now
subtraction is the way to add
all at the same time
the thoughts arise
you’re happy cuz you’re mad

And I know it’s not easy come easy stay
but even so could you offer a glimmer just fire away

as I know you gotta know by now
how do you like me so far
what are you doing standing clear across the room
you only gotta tell me how
how do you like me now
what are you doing standing there

as I'm sure you probably know by now
how do you like me so far
what are you doing standing there
as I only gotta figure out
how do you like me now
what are you doing standing clear across the room
Track Name: fill up the sky
all of the smiles we had together
all of the smiles you and i
i could add them all together
and fill up the sky

out of the light you came to greet me
along a road very long
gave away your soul completely
for just a song

i never thought i'd see through your eyes
see anything the same
i didn't plan to try
to ever realize
you're not to blame

all of the smiles we had together
all of the smiles you and i
i could add them all together
and fill up the sky
i could add them all together
and fill up the sky
Track Name: other people
would not call that even steven
yeah
goes without seeing
knowing is believing
cuz other people have it
yeah

it don't seem right to ask it of the good lord
costs the same as something else i can't afford
yeah
but other people have it
yeah
other people suck
yeah

in the face of reliable information
we hold high all our unexplained explanations
yeah
and other people have it
other people have it
and other people have it
yeah
Track Name: elevator
oh i cannot wait no more
please hold the elevator door
i only need it to take me off of the second floor

and when it comes to take me away
i'll never ever have any negative word to say
regarding my time here

hey just take me for a ride
on the way we should get unified
and time oh time always pretending to be on our side

and when it comes to take us away
we'll never ever have a bad word to say
about our time here

and when it comes to take me away
i'll never ever have a bad word to say
about my time
about my time here
Track Name: revolving door
i didn't mean to say
and i don't know how it got this way
but we've gone this far before
it's always a revolving door

we don't have the time to waste
when all that we say becomes misplaced
cuz we've gone this far before
it's always a revolving door

i don't care who else you go to bat for
and I can't tell you to not walk out that door
and I only hope you stick around

i didn't mean to avoid
when expectation was destroyed
but we've gone too far before
it's always a revolving door

i don't care who else you go to bat for
and I can't tell you to not walk out that door
and I didn't want to see you cry
but you know that I
didn't mean to let you down
when i should have held my ground
and now i hope you stick around
Track Name: saving a place for you
the things you said do they justify
what you are doing now
should i go on
saving a place for you

the things you said were they just a lie
or did i miss something
should i go on
saving a place for you

should i
save a place for you
should i
save a place for you
should i go on
saving a place for you

cuz now the time has come to ask why
should i wait forever
should i go on
saving a place for you

(chorus)

hang on is all i ever do
how long do i need to
keep on hanging for you

(chorus)
Track Name: caught on fire
being in this forever is what you’re fate is
so why complain
being in it together seems overrated
what does that change

cuz when you feel like you’re caught on fire
with all of the times you tried to say
when it got away
you still don’t know
but the promise we saw in the future now
seems long ago

cuz when it all comes down to the wire
and only remains there day after day
now consolation is long expired
and sympathy’s just a nice cliché
never mind you were trying to say

and you lie down for a while in the sun
maybe you’re not the only one

but then it feels like you’re caught on fire
and all of the times you tried to say
and when it all comes down to the wire
and only remains there day after day
when it got away
you still can’t say
so never mind
the nice cliché
never mind
the nice cliché
Track Name: idora ave
nice enough dream
a discussion on the radio
a deep breath in
when the day won't go away
mindlessly grab some clothes to wear now
put them halfway

a cold blue fire
burns a cold black frying pan
the water runs
it does not get very far
wander down the corridor now
step on the guitar

idora ave
glaring up in my eyes
come out typical people
existing rules apply
idora ave
glaring up in my eyes

step out the door
and it's all downhill from here
the man upstairs
he's been at it once again
grab a quick word on the way now
if he'll listen in

(chorus)

rise up typical people
guess everyone knew
earth revolved and
there's so much to do

(chorus)
Track Name: there can be no doubt
there can be no doubt
there can be very little doubt
Track Name: feel
what all we said
you knew we could
you were the only one
who really understood
so why now don't you get
why don't you realize
it happened for our benefit
it was for our own good

i'll spare you now
the song and dance
you were the only one
who gave a passing glance
but if we go back now
if we go back now
we missed our opportunity
we missed our only chance

so don't think about it
just seal the deal
don't worry about it baby
just feel the way you feel

now it's a spot
i can't brush aside
you were the only one
who ever even tried
but if we go back now
if we go back now
everything comes unraveled
everything comes untied

(chorus)
Track Name: the only living boy in new york
tom get your plane right on time
i know that your part'll go fine
fly down to mexico
and here i am
the only living boy in new york

i get all the news i need from the weather report
oh i can gather all the news i need from the weather report
hey i've got nothing to do today but smile
and here i am
the only living boy in new york
the only living boy in new york

half of the time we're gone
and we don't know where
and we don't know where

ahh here i am

tom get your plane right on time
i know that you've been eager to fly now
hey let your honesty shine shine shine now
like it shines on me
(here i am)
the only living boy in new york
the only living boy in new york

ahh here i am
Track Name: overrun
in this fix together now
possibly forever
oh say how'd it take you so long
things go on without you

stopping just a fraction makes
such a bad reaction
for god's sake
that wasn't so bad
ten thousand
give or take a few

where life will be overrun
get undone
only confused cuz i thought we won

say how'd it take you so long
things go on without you

big boss sold the mission with
lots of clever fiction
for god's sake
what took you so long
things go on without you

and life will be overrun
get undone
only confused cuz I thought we won
Track Name: want you more
knowing i could go anywhere
don't have no ties to here
i don't care
what i would give to be able to say
what i would give to believe

could go around with anyone
i choose them they choose me
don't care how it's done
what i would give to be able to say
(i want you more)
what i would give to believe
i want you more

could cross the border
go to the mountains
go to the desert
go cross the ocean
across the highway
go to the end of the world

and be free to do anything
no reason for staying or leaving
what i would give to be able to say
(i want you more)
what i would give to believe
i want you more
i want you more