Eros Ebb and Flow

by John Tabacco

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about

This is an ongoing compilation of relationship songs and or songs about love. Many of them co-written with my friends.
More specifically :

This CD was originally entitled Thermoil Chapter Three and then called The Other Side Of Sunrise eventually ending up as Eros Ebb And Flow. If you like songs about human relationships than this is a CD for you. It features the widest variety of singers I've had on a CD. Sherry Jean Waite and Chris Pati put in impressive performances on "Postcards of Places". Donna Bach-Heitner flawlessly belts it out on the rare Fuzzy Gray Logic country tune "Can't Change These Black Eyes". Nick DiMauro goes for a convincing r&b style on "Feel Like Love Tonight". Deborah Jones rips our hearts out with a spot on performance of "Sunrise Can Fool Me". Susan DeVita soaks us in her longing, lust fueled vocal in "Love Me Love Me Not" and the comedy of "You Shot Me With The Moon", of course I sing some wacky philosophical stuff regarding sex and marriage along with a jazzy / bluesy version of the Beatles' classic "Yes It Is". Variety is really the key here; something for everyone who likes popular song like material. Excellent collection for your next romantic mix tape! Sweet!

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released September 15, 2014

JT : Vocals, Instruments, Recording, Mixing, Editing
Donna Bach-Heitner : Vocals
Sheila Barkan : Phone Message
Susan DeVita : Vocals
Jim Dexter : Guitar
Gian DiMauro : Vocals, Programming, Mix
Nick DiMauro : Vocals, Programming, Mix
Brian Dunne : Drums
Marci Geller : Vocals
Sherry-Jean Waite : Vocals
Deb Jones : Vocals
Meryl Mathews : Keyboards, Vocals
Chris Pati : Guitar, Production
Anthony Pomes : Guitar, Bass, Vocals
Laura Tabacco : Voice

SA3 Mastering : Bob Ball and John Tabacco

Recorded at the following locations :
Backdoor Recording Studios, Huntington Station, NY
Jupiter Moon Studios, Commack, NY
Modern Voices Recording Studios, Centerport, NY
Presidents Street Studios, Centerport, NY
Sonic Underground Studios, Stony Brook, NY
Suburban Hermit Studios I, St. James, NY
Suburban Hermit Studios II, Stony Brook. NY

CD cover and design © 2007 by Farben Fosfeen Artwerks

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John Tabacco Stony Brook, New York

John Tabacco is a composer, singer-songwriter, producer, recording engineer, and graphic artist.

Like an unfolding musical diary / puzzle, Tabacco’s music and art are constantly being re-worked, juxtaposed and intertwined.

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Track Name: Song To A Waitress
SONG TO A WAITRESS

It’s a natural fact I love you
That’s all I really want to say
You may never think about me
But I can dream and I can pray

How many times I wish that I could tell you how I feel
How many times I wonder if you’re made up or you’re real

I’ll take a nice cold glass of water
And could you add a slice of lemon too
Could you take down one more order?
Anything so I am next to you
Another glass of water
My throat is dry (my flimsy alibi)

It’s a natural fact I love you
At least I hope by now you see
All my questions have no reasons other than to hear you speak

How many times I wish that I could get you all alone
How many times will fear prevent me
from calling you on the phone?

I’ll have a nice cold glass of water
And could you add a slice of lemon too?
Could you take down one more order?
Anything so I am next to you
Another glass of water
My one regret
It’s you I won’t forget


Now I know you’re seeing someone else
that’s the story of my life it seems
But before our orbits run their course
Let me make my feelings clear

It’s a natural fact I love you
You’re the high light of my day
That natural glowing that surrounds you
Puts every neon sign to shame

How many times have I been taken by your charm and grace?
How many times have I awaken to visions of your face?

I’ll have a nice cold glass of water
And could you add a slice of lemon too?
Could you take down one more order?
Anything so I am next to you
Another glass of water
Could you add a slice of lemon too?
Could you take down one more order?
Anything so I am next to you
Anything so I am next to you

My biggest fear :
One day you won’ be here
Track Name: Can't Change These Black Eyes To Blue
CAN’T CHANGE THESE BLACK EYES TO BLUE

Packed up my suitcase smoked my last cigarette
knowing your face is the one face I won't ever forget
Saved this old photo you slipped under the door
and it hurts me to know that you won't be there anymore

You can't change the old ways to new ones (aww no...)
You can't change these black eyes for blue ones
They say there's a town where everybody fools around
You can't change these black eyes to blue

Looked through my phone book to find some old friends
but all I could find me was bunch of loose ends
Seems that I've been there and back and then
Start the whole thing over making the same mistakes again

You can't change the old ways to new ones (aww no...)
You can't change these black eyes for blue ones
They say there's a town where everybody fools around
You can't change these black eyes to blue

I keep movin' on
Pack my bags again
Buyin' postcards of places that I’ve never been!

Now honey you're the reason I've been thinkin' so long
It took two thousand miles to see I've done you wrong
I was blinded by weakness while you were being strong
Now I'm left lonely, singing this sad & sorry song

You can't change the old ways to new ones
You can't change these black eyes for blue ones
They say there's a town where everybody fools around
You can't change these black eyes no...

You can't change the old ways to new ones (aww no...)
You can't change these black eyes for blue ones
They say there's a town where everybody fools around
No you can't change these black eyes no
No you can't change these black eyes
No you can't change these black eyes
They keep you blue...
Track Name: Yes It Is This Boy
YES IT IS

If you wear red tonight
Remember what I said tonight
For red is the color that my baby wore
And what is more, it's true
Yes it is

Scarlet were the clothes she wore
Everybody knows I've sure
I could remember all the things we planned
Understand, it's true
Yes it is, it's true
Yes it is

I could be happy with you by my side
If I could forget her, but it's my pride
Yes it is, yes it is
Oh, yes it is, yeah

Please don't wear red tonight
This is what I said tonight
For red is the color that will make me blue
In spite of you, it's true
Yes it is, it's true
Yes it is

I could be happy with you by my side
If I could forget her, but it's my pride
Yes it is, yes it is
Oh, yes it is, yeah

Please don't wear red tonight
This is what I said tonight
For red is the color that will make me blue
In spite of you, it's true
Yes it is, it's true
Yes it is, it's true
Track Name: You Shot Me With The Moon (Version 1)
You Shot Me With The Moon
If I was a river I would flow to your lips
If I was a slow dance baby
I would sway on your hips
But I’m just a silly rabbit with a taste for your Trix™
And I love it when you dazzle and confuse me

You shot me with the moon
You flashed me with the sun
You rolled me in the ocean
You dropped me from a tree
You kissed me like a train
You shot me and I’m laughin’

If I was a flower I would bloom from your breath
If I was a rain drop baby
I would get you all wet
But I’m just another loafer with my soul in a sweat
And I love it when you dangle and amuse me

You shot me with the moon
You flashed me with the sun
You rolled me in the ocean
You dropped me from a tree
You kissed me like a train
You shot me and I’m laughin’

But I hope the time will come when I can shake the coldness in your heart
And let you feel the warmth of my embrace
And shatter your iron curtain

You shot me with the moon
You flashed me with the sun
You rolled me in the ocean
You dropped me from a tree
You kissed me like a train
You shot me and I’m laughin’
Track Name: Flub In My Heart
FLUB IN MY HEART

Anthony Pomes and Debbie Genova :

...worked to hard to falter
And I won’t lie
I have shown my truest colors
So is it wrong that I should feel this way?
Have I wasted time or does it matter?
Is it wrong that I should feel this way?
When you set the rest of me on fire!
I don’t know what to think
I just know (laughs) there’s a space in my heart
I said the rest of you on fire - it’s best
I can’t do that. I don’t know...

Debbie :
You gotta stop.

Anthony:
Ok. I gotta do that again.

Debbie :
But actually...

JT (on control room mic) :
That was very funny.

Anthony:
What’s that?

Debbie :
Ha ha ha, you wanna keep that?

JT (on control room mic) :
I’ll keep anything.

Debbie:
That’s what we’re afraid of.
Track Name: I Guess I've Fallen For You
I GUESS I’VE FALLEN

Never thought I'd find myself falling for you
But here I am questioning the choices I choose
How was I to know you had your mind set on me
Girl you know you turned me 'round now I can't see
Guess I've fallen for you...

Coulda been the wrong place
Coulda been the wrong time
Coulda said the right words
Coulda been the wrong, wrong line
Couldn't have to save face if I could follow the signs
I guess fate has ways of changing your mind

Now you say you know me, think you've opened my heart
Well, everyone's a stranger till you play in the dark
Try to get a handle on the things that are real
But the more I lose control it's hard to conceal
that I've fallen for you...

Coulda been the wrong place
Coulda been the wrong time
Coulda said the right words
Coulda been the wrong, wrong line
Wouldn't have to save face if I could follow the signs
I guess fate has ways of changing your mind

When it comes to love I was a diplomat
I was never one to break any rules
But your lovin' is a state that's got me losing track
I keep fallin’ for you
I'm fallin'

Coulda been the wrong place
Coulda been the wrong time
Coulda said the right words
Woulda been the wrong wrong line
Wouldn't have to save face if I could follow the signs
I guess fate has ways of changing your mind
Track Name: Postcards Of Places And Things
POSTCARDS OF PLACES AND THINGS

Life here at the campsite
Sixty thousand miles from home
I can’t believe the caves
I can’t believe the graves
Meanwhile in a city so very far away
He takes a glimpse through venetian blinds
And views this picture in his mind
And just when I feel neglected
He cooks it up - sends it off - delivers it soon
And then I show the folks the wonder
and the gift he has for drawing up those

Postcards of places and things he’s never visited before
Postcards of places I know he’s always gonna be a star
with those Postcards of places
Nice to know he’s watching when I’m feeling small

Met him through a window on some lonely barren plane
Where words are never spoke and dreams are never broke
I - I was a blank space lost and feeling cold
He pulled me in through his color wheel
I lost my sense of what was real
And just when I felt sedated he grabbed a pen,
He pinned me down caressing my face until it brought me back the wonders of a child in a floating frame, he drew :

Postcards of places and things he’s never visited before
Postcards of places I know he’s always gonna be the star
with those Postcards of places
Nice to know he’s watching when I’m feeling small
Nice to know he’s watching, keeping me at home
Track Name: Muck Hysteria In White Wine Sauce
MUCK HYSTERIA IN A WHITE SAUCE

JT and LT :
The pleasure is back 99% tar free BARKLAY!

Susan DeVita :
I decided to omit the ‘um succulent French fruits because as it turns out
they don’t have word for shoe raisin.

JT:
When love is an obligation
It’s time for the separation
Ya just gotta let it go
Wait a minute it’s right up your hole here...
Wait a minute
10% spinning wheel got to go ‘round
Track Name: Obligatory Marriages And It's Repercussions
OBLIGATORY MARRIAGES

Hi honey I’m home. Honey? Honey I’m home.
Honey? Hi hon.. Hey, what are you doing with that knife in your hand? Honey, what’s wrong? Hey. Hey! Put that down. Put that down!
Get that thing away from me!
Hey - hey Awwww!

Obligatory Marriages

Saint Cynic :
Marriage is the kind of institution where...
The woman and man find themselves buying a couch
and complaining about their sexual unfulfilled desires.

Tom Waits Impersonator :
Christ, you don’t know the meaning of heartbreak!
Take my old lady - married for fifteen years.
Never knew she cheated on the side with a bottle of Ex-lax™!
Christ, you don’t know the meaning!

Hired Babylon Sister Angels:
It looked so good on paper...............Ahggggggggg

Cliche wife complaining :
(under a poorly disguised version of “Here Comes The Bride”)
That’s the fifth time this week that you’ve come home late
after I’ve suffered over a hot stove!
I think there’s something going on!
You don’t find me attractive anymore.
I’m going home to mother!

Saint Cynic and the sympathetic choir of Obligeness:
Too bad for obligatory marriages
Obligatory marriages - TOO BAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(Under a poorly disguised version of “Love Will Keep Us Together”)
TW :
Christ, you were a tramp when I married ya and you’re still one!

Wife (sobbing) :
Well you’re the one who forced me under the steering wheel!
Ahh-haaa!
Track Name: Think It Ovahh
Another Midi clot excerpt and then...
KB and KG :
There they go right there!
Yo’ there going in the house right there!

THINK IT OVAHHH

They want to love it but instead they kill it
when they can not except that it’s theirs
They make excuses, disregard commitments
the first time they lose an affair.
I hope someday they’ll flash light the silhouette
that shadows the faith that they need
Regardless of what the epitaph this bastard is beggin’ you please

Try to to love it
Try to keep the feeding of it even when times may be hard
If left to grow up it can be your aces
when your deck doesn’t hold any cards
I’m not about to sell you a preacher’s line
I’m just telling you the facts as I see
Regardless of time and my enemies this bastard is beggin’ you please

Think it ovahhh..............
Think it ovahhh..............
Think it ovahhh..............
Think it ovahhh.............Ahhhhhh!

(Think solo)

I’m not about to sell you a preacher’s line
I’m just telling you the facts as I see
Regardless of time and my enemies this bastard is beggin’ you please

Think it ovahhh..............
Think it ovahhh..............
Think it ovahhh..............
Think it ovahhh..............
Think it ovahhh..............
Think it ovahhh............ Ahhhhhh!
KG :
...‘member I wuz tellin’ you about those kids that be doin’ those drop offs at the houses?
KB :
Yeah, yeah
KG :
Yo’ I got the word dat they doin’ a drop off tonight
KB :
Word?
A slower, dryer JT :
In heaven there’s a nozzle constantly discharging royal Freeze Dried Baby Surprise
Mulch and unripe tomata in red eye
Little Freeze Dried Baby Surprise
Add a dash of vigara™ and dry ice
Little Freeze Dried Baby- ayyyyy
Go on give it a try. (kiss)
Track Name: Dreaming Of
DREAMING OF...

When the whistle blows and sleep is in my head
What will I be dreaming of?
When I pull the shades and you’re not in my bed
What will I be dreaming of?

For you and I have magical ties
A kiss, a flame, a tattered buckle shoe
And every storm ridden night
We held each other tight
Was that more than a passing train?

When you leave the Earth to find another skin
Who will you be dreaming of?
When the whistle blows and pages take the wind
What will you be dreaming of?

For you and I had three things in mind
A kiss, a touch, a double sided rule
Where the devil in our hearts melted like a fool
Maybe this was more than what we hoped for?
Now the ride is through and only clouds remain
What will we be dreaming of?
What will we be dreaming of?
Track Name: Feel Like Love Tonight
FEEL LIKE LOVE TONIGHT

The moment I met you
I knew inside my heart it was forever
Tried so hard to get you
To hold you in my arms and feel you close to me
I need you in my life and girl you know it’s true
I know deep in my soul that you want me to want you

Hiiiiiiiii... Feel like love tonight
Hiiiiiiiii... Feel like love tonight

When we come together
all at once the passion starts to flow
Giving you pleasure
Watching as we both start to let go
It’s worth everything to see that look in your eye
Both of burning, now I can’t deny that....

Hiiiiiiiii... Feel like love tonight
Hiiiiiiiii... Feel like love tonight
Hiiiiiiiii... Feel like love tonight
Hiiiiiiiii... Feel like love tonight

Waking up together, our hearts beat as one
Can we keep this precious moment alive?
Then I hear you calling out my name
And I know I’m here for you again
Now I know that we were meant to last forever

Hiiiiiii feel like love tonight
Hiiiiiii feel like love tonight etc...
Track Name: Nobody Says Sweetheart Anymore
Nobody Says Sweet Heart Anymore

I wanna be your star
I wanna be your moon
Glow on your pillow
Crawl down your sheets and sleep like spoons

And when the morning comes
I wanna shine your sun
Rain in your shower
Steam up your tea and breathe on you

But nobody says sweet heart anymore
And nobody says I do
Nobody says sweet heart anymore
Sweet heart do you?

Call me a pirate's fool
Steal all my treasure too
But don't call me fickle
My offers stand tried and true for you

But nobody says sweet heart anymore
And nobody says I do
Nobody says sweet heart anymore
Sweet heart do you?

Tried to forget it
I tried to let go
Sometimes that's a hard thing to do
The world that we know is not always as it's seen through other's eyes
I wish you could see through mine
Would you? - Could you?

But nobody says sweet heart anymore
And nobody says I do
Nobody says sweet heart anymore
Sweet heart do you?
Sweet heart do you?
Track Name: You And Your Voice
YOU AND YOUR VOICE

I don't like feeling depressed from waiting around, it's boring
And I'll tell you - I must confess I get pretty loud when I'm snoring
I don't like falling asleep at the wheel when there's things to be done
And I feel like a middle-aged creep whenever I'm out on a run

I could end it all - at least I think I could
But my temperament is such that I won't

Surprise surprise my cellphone rings
Surprise surprise
Surprise surprise my heart beat sings
A perfect distraction from this mood I am in

And all of sudden it's not boring
I feel energized and free
My life takes on a new meaning
These ups and down are what makes me be me

All because of you
You and your voice on the end of this phone

JT : "Hello".

SD : "Hello".
Track Name: Love Me, Love Me Not
LOVE ME LOVE ME NOT

Do you love me or love me not?
If you know, why don’t you show me?
If you love me or love me not
Flowers and time is all I’ve got

The wind kissed me and I thought of you
I always do
Have you missed me
Or did I blow away like the pedals at my feet

Do you love me or love me not?
If you know why don’t you show me?
If you love me or love me not
Flowers and time is all I’ve got

I’m your prisoner for a secret crime that wasn’t mine
Those foot prints on your heart were there before I walked in

Barefoot in your temple
Naked in your rain
Palms up at your waterfall
Did you feel the same?

The wind kissed me and I thought of you

Do you love me or love me not?
If you know why don’t you show me?
If you love me or love me not
Flowers and time is all I’ve got
Track Name: Polyamory
POLYAMORY

Polyamory
Could it work for me?
Polyamory
Could it set me free?

I don’t know but I’m willing to try
I don’t know but I think I might just open up my heart
And see if it is torn by jealousy and fear
Or commitments of monogamy that I’ve harbored since my birth
Pre-conditioned to see my worth with one relation at a time
How can I be free if I live with this restriction
Should I check my inhibitions out the window?
Track Name: I Remember Easter
I REMEMBER EASTER (preamble)

JT :
I see that they have like this little… these pages.
You can, can continue the Bible apparently after it’s over.

ND :
(laughs) - Continue the Bible..

JT :
Here it says...

ND :
In case something happens.

JT :
This is line number twenty, Revelations.
It goes : He who testifies to these things say...
Says, surely I am coming.. (laughs)

ND :
Like a mad man

JT :
Like a racehorse and...

ND :
Ha ha ha ha ha...

JT :
And, and Jesus can not stop me.

ND :
And Jesus can not even stop me...

JT :
The grace of Lord Jesus Christ be with you all, Ahhh...

ND :
Let me see that book for a second.

JT :
It’s interes..., I can’t find Zekiel at all.

ND :
It’s “E” – zekiel


I Remember Easter

I remember Easter
And that Easter day parade
When magic bunny sparkles caught our eyes
And since that happy Easter
Those sparkles still - a - shine
I hope that Easter magic never dies

I remember Easter
Watchng rain clouds turn to sun
Both of us enraptured by a kiss
And like a page from a teenage Bible
The two became a one
I remember Easter in the sun

We all know time can change the way we feel
It can make some try to find a better deal
But a love that’s true is never bought and sold
It’s wrapped up tight just like this band of gold

Well I remember Easter
Though some things are not the same
All our friends have gone their separate ways
Yet, here’s another Easter with my one and only friend
I hope this happy Easter never ends
Well, I hope this happy Easter never ends
Well, I hope that this happy Easter
never ends!

Hop along now...
Track Name: Song To
Song To (Poem by Edgar Allen Poe)

I’m father Tom Hartman over 28 years of being a priest I’ve witnessed over 4000 weddings and I frequently get a chance of standing in the sacristy with the groom. He tends to be nervous. He’s wondering. And then he walks out into the church and from the back of the church, the music in the background he sees his beloved coming down the isle.
Ah, the love. The smile. The anticipation. “Song to”....


I saw thee on thy bridal day
When a burning blush came o'er thee,
Though happiness around thee lay,
The world all love before thee:

And in thine eye a kindling light
(Whatever it might be)
Was all on Earth my aching sight
Of Loveliness could see.

That blush, perhaps, was maiden shame
As such it well may pass-
Though its glow hath raised a fiercer flame
In the breast of him, alas!

Who saw thee on that bridal day,
When that deep blush would come o'er thee,
Though happiness around thee lay;
The world all love before thee.
Track Name: How Can A...
How Can A...

How - how can a man be holy?
Tell me how
How can a man be holy when the only thing he cares
Is the growth of stocks and shares
And the things he can buy

How - How can a man be lonely?
Tell me how
How can a man be lonely
When his lover’s by his side, and with him ‘till he dies
And he’s on his way

Well get’em back to where he started from
From the mountains to the sea
It’s a fact we’re always on the run
It’s a terminal disease

How - How can a marriage stay true
Tell me how
How can a marriage stay true
when people are meant to change?
Philosophies re-arrange
And they go their own ways

Well get’em back to where they started from
From the mountains to the sea
It’s a fact we’re always on the run
It’s a terminal disease

I get frustrated hunting for answers
Scoping the endless waves
Can’t see a reason, though in a heartbeat
It can carry me to my grave
By design or by proxy
I’m left with questions...

So get me back to where they started from
From the mountains to the sea
It’s a fact we’re always on the run
It’s a terminal disease
Track Name: The Other Side Of Sunrise / Highway 64
THE OTHER SIDE OF SUNRISE

JT :
Once a month I have to take a look and make sure
I don’t forget my sexuality.

Joanne Worley :
I’ve lost my head over you.

JT :
I look over my stomach and say there’s my dingle dangle
jingle jangle jingle jangle jingle jangle jingle jangles.

ND :
My winkus!

JT :
Those are my family jewels that I can no longer use.
I can polish them off but I can’t use ‘em anymore.
Maybe if I cut them off and give them to my daughter
it’ll be good fertility luck.

ND :
Fertility luck!

(Meryl Mathews piano improvisation juxtaposed over a Celeste Paul’s Oddball Odd out take)

Debbie Jones :
With a dream that has been shattered to the bone.
Yes, the life I knowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww....

(She actually holds that note out
without me having to loop it)

Debbie Jones :
Sunrise can fool me a like serious fist of dandelions.


Sheila Barkan :
Hi Paul.
Oh, what a lot of messages you have.
Ah, I just wanted to repeat in case you missed it.
Ah, the message I left last night,
that the eggplant in Walbaums, in Setauket, they’re holding it there for you at the ah, service desk.
You know, where you return the bottles and buy the stamps?
And they put it in a bag with Barkan on it.
So if you could pick that up on your way back.
I think you’re not too far away.
Thank you very much. Bye, bye.

Debbie Jones :
Oh nooooooooooooooooooo....

Highway 64
(A heavenly type of instrumental written on Roland™ D-70)
Track Name: Sunrise Can Fool Me (Deb Jones Version)
SUNRISE CAN FOOL ME

Sunrise can fool me like a mystery kiss on Valentines
Sunrise can fool me like a serious fist of dandelions

Sunrise is truly one of nature’s best disguise
The start of a new beginning
The end of an old demise

Sunrise can fool me like a mystery kiss on Valentines
Sunrise can fool me like a serious fist of dandelions

Sunrise is truly one of nature’s best disguise
Sunrise can fool me
Sunrise can rule me

When I’m lost - I’m alone
With a dream that has been shattered to the bone
Yes the light from sunrise saves me now
From the fear of the dark unknown

Sunrise can fool me like a mystery kiss on Valentines
Sunrise can fool me like a serious fist of dandelions