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by Joe Palen

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Please don't be alarmed by the sparse effects and instruments on these recordings. My goal in the studio was to simulate my live coffeehouse performances by just singing, playing acoustic guitar, and minimizing human interaction. -- Joe Palen

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released June 28, 2008

All songs written and performed by Joe Palen
Produced by Andy Machin and Joe Palen
Recorded at BigRock Studios, Escondido, CA

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Joe Palen San Marcos, California

As a child, The Beatles inspired me to play guitar. In my teens, I wrote my first songs. And then I rushed to the studio to record my debut album... at the age of 48.

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Track Name: Hey Joe
HEY JOE
by Joe Palen

When I came home yesterday,
had the urge to run away,
then I stopped and turned myself around.

Thought about the days gone by,
couldn't laugh and I wouldn't cry,
so I picked myself up off the ground.

Wonder what my friends would say
if they could see me act this way?

"Hey, Joe?
Whatcha gonna do with your life?
When you gonna act your age?
Ain't it time you did it right?
Hey, Joe?
Don't you have something better to do
than dream your whole life away?
When you gonna see it through?
Hey, Joe?"

I think a lot, but I don't do.
Will I ever get a clue?
I know you got to work, to get it done.

So I work for a little while,
walk a foot then crawl a mile,
all the time I know I should have run.

Wonder what the world would say
if it could see me act this way?

"Hey, Joe?
Whatcha gonna do with your life?
When you gonna act your age?
Ain't it time you did it right?
Hey, Joe?
Don't you have something better to do
than dream your whole life away?
When you gonna see it through?
Hey, Joe?"

Wonder what my friends would say
if they could see me act this way?
(And who gives a damn, anyway?)

"Hey, Joe?
Whatcha gonna do with your life?
When you gonna act your age?
Ain't it time you did it right?
Hey, Joe?
Don't you have something better to do
than dream your whole life away?
When you gonna see it through?
Hey, Joe?
Hey, Joe?
Hey, Joe?
Hey, Joe?"

---
©Joe Palen
Track Name: Live In Pain
LIVE IN PAIN
by Joe Palen

You blame your life on your brothers.
Never care to know all the others.
Never see the sisters, the daughters.
Only look through misty waters.

All you know is...

Live your life in pain.
Never see them again.

You cherish your isolation.
Never send out your invitation.
We all know to love is to be loved.
You don't care if you ever see love.

All you know is...

Live your life in pain.
Never see them again.
Again...

Locked up on the side of a mountain.
Figuring the days aren't worth countin'.
Live alone you can't live together.
Only friend or foe is the weather, now.

All you know is...

Live your life in pain.
Never see them again.
Never see them again.
Again...
Again...

All you know is...

Live your life in pain.

---
©Joe Palen
Track Name: On A Sunny Day
ON A SUNNY DAY
by Joe Palen

Just when I have all the answers,
all the questions change.
One day the world looks so normal,
next it looks so strange.

Looking over the ocean
on a sunny day...

I'd like to stay here forever,
it would be okay.

And life will continue to change,
you gotta get used to it.

You know it's all part of the game.
You win and you lose to it.
You gotta get used to it.

And life will continue to change,
you gotta get used to it.

You know it's all part of the game.
You win and you lose to it.
You gotta get used to it.

One day the world looks so normal,
next it looks so strange...

One day the world looks so normal,
next it looks so strange...

Looking over the ocean
on a sunny day...

I'd like to stay here forever,
it would be okay...

I'd like to stay here forever,
it would be okay...

I'd like to stay here forever,
it would be okay...

I'd like to stay here forever...

---
©Joe Palen
Track Name: Looking At Him
LOOKING AT HIM
by Joe Palen

I don't know why I feel this way.
I want it all to go away.
You are gone, I know that's true.
But I can't stop thinking of you
even if know you're looking at him...

Looking at him...

I saw you standing in a crowd.
I fought to call your name out loud.
But then he came into view.
The crowd dissolved into just you two.
All I saw was you looking at him...

Looking at him...
Looking at him...
Looking at him...

Looking at him.

Can't get away from you, it seems.
You're even with me in my dreams.
When I wake, and you're not there,
I long to reach and touch your hair.
All the time I know you're looking at him...

Looking at him...
Looking at him...
Looking at him...

Looking at him.

---
©Joe Palen
Track Name: Can You Be The One?
CAN YOU BE THE ONE?
by Joe Palen

I've been having such a lovely time...
sitting, waiting here for you.
And I hope that you'll be mine...
before the night is through.

Can you be the one for me?
Will you be my one and only love?
Can this be the night I've been dreaming of,
or will we go in circles tonight?
Can this love be right?

You come in, your eyes meet mine, and then...
when you smile, the world just disappears.
In your arms, I fall in love again...
I hope this joy will never turn to tears.

Can you be the one for me?
Will you be my one and only love?
Can this be the night I've been dreaming of,
or will we go in circles tonight?
Can this love be right?

I've been having such a lovely time...
sitting, waiting here for you.
And I hope that you'll be mine...
before the night is through.

Can you be the one for me?
Will you be my one and only love?
Can this be the night I've been dreaming of,
or will we go in circles tonight?
Can this love be right?

I've been waiting so long.
Oh, it can't be wrong.
I've been waiting so long.

(So long.)

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©Joe Palen
Track Name: Song Never Changes
SONG NEVER CHANGES
by Joe Palen

Every time I try to write a song
it sounds the same.
But I keep on trying desperately
to play the game.

How can I be certain that I'll
find another rhyme?
It happens all the time,
but it never changes,
can't you see?

I'm trying desperately, but
you know the song never changes...
the song never changes.

So I try to put some words and music
to my soul.
All I get is emptiness,
I never reach my goal.

How can I be certain that I'll
find another rhyme?
It happens all the time,
but it never changes,
can't you see?

Trying desperately, but
you know the song never changes...
the song never changes.

Are you even listening to
all the words I say?
Well if you're not it doesn't
matter anyway.

How can I be certain that I'll
find another rhyme?
It happens all the time,
but it never changes,
can't you see?

Trying desperately, but
you know the song never changes...
the song never changes.

And if I play the music differently
you'll see...
that the song is still the same
as it will always be.

How can I be certain that I'll
find another rhyme?
It happens all the time,
but it never changes,
can't you see?

Trying desperately, but
you know the song never changes...
the song never changes.

---
©Joe Palen
Track Name: Time Ain't Money
TIME AIN'T MONEY
by Joe Palen

Well, I think it's kinda funny
when they say that "time is money"...
Means they want you to work all day,
even though they don't pay that way.

Well, I think it's kinda crazy
when they say that you are lazy...
Just because you have a life
and you'd like to know your wife.

Well, I've got just one thing to say
to "the man" who'd like to spoil my day...
reach in my pocket and take my time away...

Time ain't money!
(You can't save time)
Time ain't money!
(You can't save time)
Time ain't money!
(Free time is mine)
Time ain't money!

Everybody takes a lickin'
when the time-clock is a-tickin'.
But when the whistle blows,
it's out the door we go.

`Til they try intimidation
or some phony intimation...
Getting us to work for free,
saying we're like family.

Well, I got just one thing to say
to "the man" who'd like to spoil my day...
reach in my pocket and take my life away...

Time ain't money!
(You can't save time)
Time ain't money!
(You can't save time)
Time ain't money!
(Free time is mine)
Time ain't money!

Time ain't money!
(You can't save time)
Time ain't money!
(Free time is mine)
Time ain't money!
(Don't want to work for free)
Time ain't money!
(You ain't my family)
Time ain't money!
(You can't save time)
Time ain't money!
Time ain't money!
Time ain't money!

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©Joe Palen