Fuzzy Gray Logic

by John Tabacco

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FUZZY GRAY BACKGROUND...

It all started on a cold, damp, gray day in the fall of '88. I was hanging out on a kids swing set while waiting for John to show up for our first writing session over at BACKDOOR RECORDING STUDIOS (that's another whole story). Anyway, he was a bit late and I was starting to wonder if it was going to happen at all that day. Well it did. We wrote "THE CLONE SONG" and FGL was born...well at least the idea was conceived. Our styles clicked immediately and soon the joy of recording together permeated our lives. As we forged onward, a sound became apparent and it was time to get other musicians involved. Donna Bach, a singer songwriter with whom I had collaborated over the years, began contributing vocals as well as some lyrics and melodies. Other players who have found themselves recording and or playing live with us, for not a lot of money I might add, have included : Gerry Palisi, electric guitar, Todd Reynolds, violin (in between European jaunts with Steve Reich), Drew Zingg (of Steely Dan Orchestra fame) on guitar, Todd Turkisher (drummer for David Byrne), Lady Gaga's bass guitarist Mitch Cohn and guitarist, friend and Tuesday morning 90.1 WUSB disc jockey Jim Dexter.

We thank them and everybody else who have been kind enough to participate in our musical endeavors. 3 Cheers
- Meryl Mathews
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Meryl and I had spent a year or two trying to come up with the perfect name for our collaboration or "group" as it were. At first we booked ourselves in a few coffee houses in the early 90's as "There's No Name". Nobody got it when they asked for the name of the group. So we then went under "Caught Between Two Worlds" which was sort of like "caught between two girls", Meryl - JT - Donna Bach. But that didn't stick. Eventually we arrived at Fuzzy Gray Logic because that was what we were. Our melding of influences was a bit fuzzy with a bit of twisted logic in the lyrics and "gray", referring to the sometimes cerebral qualities to our songs. I don't know. It was a long time ago. Maybe it just sounded good. Anyway, we were just a boy and a girl with similar background influences testing the waters, tossing around musical ideas that we thought would be fun to listen to... In fact, five of these tunes originated during one night long session we had at Backdoor Studios in Huntington Station, NY. That night sparked us to complete this collection.

For the continuity freaks out there: There are also a few lingering Fuzzy Gray Logic tunes that ended up on some of my solo CDs i.e. "Boson Kabloona Waiting Around", "Go Figya", "Eros Ebb & Flow", "A Presbyter's Dementia" etc... so if you like this kind of songwriting feel free to track down those discs as well.

As a side note, I had the great fortune to play in Bad Dobern, East Germany in 2002 at the 13th annual Zappanale and two FGL songs (2 Steps Forward, and No Folks Left From The Old School from this disc) were performed. Considering the language barrier they went over extremely well. A strong melody with sympathetic chords will do that.

-JT

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released October 9, 2014

All music produced and mixed by :
John Tabacco and Meryl Mathews

Engineered by John Tabacco
Recorded at Backdoor Studios, Huntington Station, NY
Modern Voices Recording Studios, Centerport, NY
Sonic Underground Studios, Stony Brook, NY
The Turkish Sweat Club, Lyers, NY

John Tabacco : Lead vocal, Acoustic guitar, Keyboards, Programming
Meryl Mathews : Keyboards, Programming, Vocals
Donna Bach : Vocals, Backup vocals
Marci Geller : Backup vocals
Heather Rushforth : Backup vocals
Jim Dexter : Electric Guitar
Jim Hickey : Electric guitar
Gerry Palisi : Electric guitar
Chris Pati : Electric guitar, Assistant engineer
Dave Soloman : Electric Guitar
Drew Zingg : Electric guitar
Mitch Coen : Bass
Mike Frost : Fretless bass
Greg Jones : Bass
Todd Reynolds : Electric violin
Todd Turkisher : Drums
Gian DiMauro : Assistant engineer, Backup vocals
Nick DiMauro ; Assistant engineer, Backup vocals












Scotto Savit : Grunts
Stan Delman : Saxophone



All music and lyrics by :
John Tabacco and Meryl Mathews - except :

I COULD NEVER PLAY FOR KEEPS:
Music by : John Tabacco and Meryl Mathews
Lyrics by : John Tabacco, Meryl Mathews, Donna Bach-Heitner

TOO MANY WASTED NIGHTS, PEOPLE OF THE 90’s, CAN'T CHANGE THESE BLACK EYES TO BLUE :
Music and Lyrics by Meryl Mathews, Donna Bach- Heitner, John Tabacco

SATIN LIES :
Music by : John Tabacco, Meryl Mathews, Todd Turkisher
Lyrics by John Tabacco, Meryl Mathews

LAST DAYS :
Music by Meryl Mathews

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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: Feels So Good This Time
FEELS SO GOOD THIS TIME

The forces of evil are piling up in the mailbox tryin' to make me paranoid
Pushin' and prayin' and just nearly makin' the payments is a pressure I can't avoid

But there's no use worrying baby
Life's too short and you're all mine

It feels so good this time
And all I had to do was find a stranger
It feels so good this time
I guess my fortune cookie didn't lie

Political - "riddicle" nothin' but typical saviors, they line outside my door
Sellin' me, tellin' me how i can do them a favor if i would write a check to the Lord

But there's no use writin' them baby
Life's too short and you're all mine

It feels so good this time
And all I had to do was find a stranger
It feels so good this time
Just enough to keep me out of danger

Rumors are flying
It's all in the timing
Stake out your claim and the good luck will find you
A new time's beginning
Programmed for winning
The sweet surrender of fortune around us
Feels so good

It feels so good this time
And all I had to do was find a stranger
It feels so good this time
Just enough to keep me out of danger
Track Name: Don't Run Away
DON'T RUN AWAY

I wanna know what's all that stuff in the sand?
Lots-a men in blue suits keep diggin' away
Lung fish for dinner never glowed like this in 85
Postman delivers and he always rings twice

When the old man screams perfection don't run away
There's a yin and yang connection weaving in and out of play
When the old man screams perfection don't run away
There's a yin and yang connection weaving in and out of play
At least that's what the paper's say

I wanna know what's all that stuff in the air?
Lots-a- men in white suits keep scheming away
Twin peaks of power pumpin' out confessions late at night
Postman delivers but she always rings twice

When the old man screams perfection don't run away
There's a yin and yang connection weaving in and out of play
When the old man screams perfection don't run away
There's a yin and yang connection weaving in and out of play
At least that's what the paper's say

It's all or nothin'
Cryin' doesn't pay the rent
Circles have no end
Never mind your tough friends
Don't believe in accidents
Anytime you make a move history will follow you
What I'm sayin' is: Don't run! Don't run!

Ozone revisions, sure to cast a nasty tan inside
Postman delivers and he always rings twice

When the old man screams perfection don't run away
There's a yin and yang connection weaving in and out of play
When the old man screams perfection don't run away
There's a yin and yang connection weaving in and out of play
At least that's what the paper's say
Track Name: I Could Never Play 4 Keeps
I COULD NEVER PLAY FOR KEEPS

You're on time
All mine
Promises that are sure to fade away
Too late
You're on the take
Should have saved for a rainy day
But when the truth hits ground
I'll be the first and last to say...

I could never play for keeps now honey
I could never play for keeps
You can give me all your lines and money
But i could never play for keeps

The soft sell - kiss and tell
At least you sharpen the blade before you strike
Your great feel - big deal
Do what you can just to be polite
But when the truth hits ground
I'll be the first and last to say...

I could never play for keeps now honey
I could never play for keeps
You can give me all your lines and money
But i could never play for keeps

I could never play it your way when the joker's on the roll
Capsized emotions
You hurt me and yourself along with everyone else

could never play for keeps now honey
I could never play for keeps
You can give me all your lines and money
But i could never play for keeps

I could never play for keeps now honey
I could never play for keeps
You can give me all your lines and money
But i could never play for keeps

No way!
Track Name: No Folks Left From The Old School
NO FOLKS LEFT FROM THE OLD SCHOOL

Make a move to a brand new place
Gather up all the muscle it takes
It's time to settle with your past
All your heroes packed away
Future trip down memory lane
Well for now the headlines say :

No folks left from the old school tonight
I don't know where they went to
No folks left from the old school tonight
I wish they'd all come back
No folks left from the old school tonight
I wonder if they will be comin' around... again
Will they be comin' around?

Lots - a - hype for another trend
Who can say where it leads my friend?
I guess that only time will tell
Gotta keep the vision true
Hold tight your point of view
Just like the legacy before

'Cause :
No folks left from the old school tonight
I don't know where they went to
No folks left from the old school tonight
I wish they'd all come back
No folks left from the old school tonight
I wonder if they will be comin' around... again
Will they be comin' around?

No folks left from the old school
All our buddies are gone
No one's playing their songs anymore
And I wonder how long
Till we see them play again

No folks left from the old school tonight
I don't know where they went to
No folks left from the old school tonight
I wish they'd all come back
No folks left from the old school tonight
I wonder if they will be comin' around... again

I said :
No folks left from the old school tonight
I don't know where they went to
No folks left from the old school tonight
I wish they'd all come back
No folks left from the old school tonight
I wonder if they will be comin' around... again
Track Name: What's The Difference?
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?

Flashing white lights blind
Snap a finger make them disappear
It was written we would love and obey
Like a well worn line
A crack inside a perfect sidewalk
It grew old real fast when you turned away

Well the statue on your dashboard
Staring back - don't even know your name
Now there's no one left to blame
And I say:

Yo' mama, what's the difference?
I can't believe I've wasted all this time
How were we to know?
Yo' mama, what's the difference?
I can't believe I even love you
What's the difference when we're on the road?
And I say:
What's the difference?
Just get me home

Broken neon sign
In the window of a "mobile" church

Sparks a flash flood of our shared memories
Let the vision die
Nothing you can do will change the past
Time to move on and discover new ties

Well the statue on your dashboard
Staring back - can't wash away the pain
Now there's no one left to blame
And I say:

Yo' mama, what's the difference?
I can't believe I've wasted all this time
How were we to know?
Yo' mama, what's the difference?
I can't believe I even love you
What's the difference when we're on the road?
And I say:
What's the difference?
Just get me home

I've had enough of your attitude ways
You always come from a negative place
There's nothin' left to go by
Don't look surprised and ask why

Well the statue on your dashboard
Staring back - can't wash away the pain
Now there's no one left to blame
And I say:

Yo' mama, what's the difference?
I can't believe I've wasted all this time
How were we to know?
Yo' mama, what's the difference?
I can't believe I even love you
What's the difference when we're on the road?
And I say:
What's the difference?
Just get me home!
Track Name: Too Many Wasted Nights
TOO MANY WASTED NIGHTS

So many times
I've been meaning to sit you down and tell you
so many times
I’ve been thinking that it was easy for you to see
Now I walk around thinking about
The way we could have been together

Too many wasted nights
Too many words unspoken
Only I knew I Loved you so
Too many wasted nights
Too many words as tokens
Honey I never let you know

Nothing lasts forever
I heard that a long time ago
but to feel what i could feel
i should have learned how to let it show

One minute you're right there before my eyes
and the next they've got you climbing
the walls on the other side

Too many wasted nights
Too many words unspoken
Only I knew I Loved you so
Too many wasted nights
Too many words as tokens
Honey I never let you know

Hear the voices becoming your only sound
Silently slipping away from the love you've found

They keep you down
They keep you away
Now you'll never hear me say

We had...

Too many wasted nights
Too many words unspoken
Only I knew I Loved you so
Too many wasted nights
Too many words as tokens
Honey I never let you know
Too Many Wasted Nights - Too Many Words Unspoken
Only I Knew I Loved You So
Too Many Wasted Nights - Too Many Words As Tokens
Honey I never let you know
Track Name: 2 Steps Forward / 1 Step Back
2 STEPS FORWARD / 1 STEP BACK

Travel through the red zone
Scriptures fade to black
Searching for the hidden answers always set us back
Twisting to the surface
Unfamiliar faults

2 steps forward / 1 step back
2 steps forward / 1 step back

Open ended holidays stretching into years
Scattered piece of knowledge thrown beneath a wall of fear
When the wave of smoke thins
Hint of worlds to come
Begin:

2 steps forward / 1 step back
2 steps forward / 1 step back

Building block technology
Scores of disbelief
Visionary future set with promises of peace
Stumble into silence
Memory is old

2 steps forward / 1 step back
2 steps forward / 1 step back
2 steps forward and 1 step back etc...
Track Name: Somethin' To Believe In
SOMETHIN' TO BELIEVE IN

Out of the darkness into the blue light
Duckin' the social junk you learned i n school
Look in the mirror
Can't find an answer
Leaves you dry without a clue
Well, it don't take much for the spirit to give out
Can't keep on living this way

We all need somethin' to believe in
Gotta have truth in our lives
We all need somethin' to believe in
Savor the moment when ya turn out the light

Doin' the day job
Too many nightmares
You're dreamin' about a love you can't deny
Well, nothin' comes easy when you're a stranger
A stranger to who you are inside
Well, it don't take much for the spirit to give out
Hard to keep livin' this way

We all need somethin' to believe in
Gotta have truth in our lives
We all need somethin' to believe in
Gotta have truth in our lives
We all need somethin' to believe in
Savor the moment when ya turn out the light
Gotta get us to the other side

All the dreams that we put on display sometimes lose their meaning
All the dreams that we hold in our hearts open when we're feeling down

We all need somethin' to believe in
Gotta have truth in our lives
We all need somethin' to believe in
Gotta have truth in our lives
We all need somethin' to believe in
Savor the moment when ya turn out the light
We all need somethin' to believe in
Gotta have truth in our lives
We all need somethin' to believe in
Savor the moment when ya turn out the light
Gotta get us to the other side
Track Name: People Of The 90's
PEOPLE OF THE 90’s

Don't even think about it
Take another drag of your cigarette
Don't make a stink about it
There's already much too much too regret
All the different faces
I don't know how to recognize each one
When all that's left are traces
We're over before we’ve begun

Oooh, Oooh, Oooh - Don't Be Fooled
People of the 90's
Oooh, Oooh, Oooh - Don't Be Fooled
People of the 90's
Nothing makes a difference till they take it all away!

Don't even laugh about it
Tryin' to dissect the human race
You don't know the half about it
And it's getting harder to erase
All the wasted memories That we work so hard to forget...
Binging on "Oh' Henrys™"
Well you take what you can get

Oooh, Oooh, Oooh - Don't Be Fooled
People of the 90's
Oooh, Oooh, Oooh - Don't Be Fooled
People of the 90's
Oooh, Oooh, Oooh - Don't Be Fooled
People of the 90's
Nothing makes a difference till they take it all away!

Now, what if we shout about it?
From the inside out
They'll be no doubt about it
People of the 90's
People of the 90's
All together free!

Oooh, Oooh, Oooh - Don't Be Fooled
People of the 90's
Oooh, Oooh, Oooh - Don't Be Fooled
People of the 90's
Oooh, Oooh, Oooh - Don't Be Fooled
People of the 90's
Nothing makes a difference till they take it all away!
Track Name: Satin Lies
SATIN LIES (ON AND ON )

Who's that staring back at me in the mirror?
Is it me?
Is it you?
Tell me who told me how to break the rules
Who's that selling stories back in the parlor?
Always knowing what to say
Like a one act play

We just go on and on and on and on
For the brass ring roller prize
We go on and on and on and on
But it's all for satin lies

What's that lurking deep in back of the shadow
Is it real ?
Will it heal?
Can it steal hearts until they cannot feel?
Turned to me in a moment free of possession
Secret whispers tempting fate even if it's crazy

We just go on and on and on and on
For the brass ring roller prize
We go on and on and on and on
But it's all for satin lies

I can see my own reflection spinning 'round
In my mind
Through satin lies...

Who's that painting promises in the bedroom?
Was it me?
Was it you?
Was it too late to plan for breaking news?
Who's that screaming back at me in the mirror?
Maybe we will never know
But we're always destined to go

On and on and on and on
For the brass ring roller prize
We go on and on and on and on
But it's all for satin lies
Track Name: Another Nite Out On The Town
ANOTHER NITE OUT ON THE TOWN

Touching down - marked the end of holiday
Homeward bound - always good to get away
Drink in the warmth of Indian summer
Take a stroll - stand beside a web of innocence
Then the shock
Your whole world gone
It makes no sense

Another nite out on the town
Inner city never ever sleeps
Another nite out on the town
Can't you feel it?
Don't you steal it
It comes around


Silent screams fill the void inside your head
Dare you think of the stranger who wears your Sunday best
Wondering why - where's the god they promised me?
Reach inside
Summon up more phantom energy
Spend all night
Play detective on the street

Another nite out on the town
Inner city never ever sleeps
Another night out on the town
Another nite out on the town
In a place where it's hard to earn your keep
Another nite out on the town
Can't you feel it?
Don't you steal it
It comes around

Hungry eyes drinking in the priceless take
Passerbys like a viewing at a wake
Desperate for change
Watch their toothless faces as it starts to rain
Bottled up anxiety
Taste the pain
Wait for violins on the street

Another nite out on the town
Inner city never ever sleeps
Another nite out on the town
In a place where it's hard to earn your keep
Another nite out on the town
Can't you feel it?
Don't you steal it
It comes around
Track Name: Stage Fright Lover
STAGE FRIGHT LOVER

Somethin' in the air was feelin' right
All alone just me and you
Standin' there naked in the light
Just seemed the thing to do
Thrilled by cheap emotion like the peep shows on tv
Falsified devotion
When your wall falls down you can bet i won't be around

You're a stage fright lover
Another gypsy - you're a dance hall tease
Stage fright lover
Just like a cover of a magazine

You always make yourself perform
You need a front row audience
Take another curtain call at dawn
The scenarios get intense
Lead me on on Monday
Tuesday comes and goes
Wednesday ya sayin' no way
Another week goes by
And it's time for you to fly

You're a stage fright lover
Another gypsy - you're a dance hall tease
Stage fright lover
Just like a cover of a magazine

Loose lips lead to nowhere
Like the blue prints in your head
And I won't paint by numbers
When the game breaks down
Do you think that I'll be around?

You're a stage fright lover
Another gypsy - you're a dance hall tease
Stage fright lover
Just like a cover of a magazine

Why did you have to act it so good?
Well your off screen reviews were so bad
Track Name: 3 Cheers 4 The Cadillac
3 CHEERS 4 THE CADILLAC™

3 cheers 4 the Cadillac™
3 cheers 4 the brave young marionettes
3 cheers 4 the Cadillac™
Not afraid to take some chances for the dreams they hold inside
Tell the driver not to slow down while they are still alive

3 cheers 4 the Cadillac™
3 cheers 4 the neighbors out on parole
3 cheers 4 the Cadillac™
As the days keep moving faster and your friends all act surprised
Better do what really matters before the years pass you by

And now that you're older is this where you expected to be?
3 cheers and it's over just like the night before

Well 3 cheers for the Cadillac™
3 cheers 4 the girls out on the streets
3 cheers 4 the Cadillac™
Not afraid of new romances with a taste for the bizarre
If you wait for second chances you may regret where you are
You just may regret it

And now that you're older is this where you expected to be?
3 cheers and it's over just like a night on TV

Well 3 cheers 4 the Cadillac™
3 cheers
3 cheers 4 the Cadillac™
Don't be afraid to make some changes for the plans inside your mind
Tell your conscience not wait up while you are still in...
Drive

Well, 3 cheers 4 the Cadillac™
3 cheers
3 cheers 4 the Cadillac™
3 cheers...
Track Name: Sometimes I Wish I Had A Clone
SOMETIMES I WISH I HAD A CLONE

The state of mind you're always in, I know is old
You never change the pink flamingo curtains in the stall
But that isn't the problem
It's a deeper running sore
There's nothing worse than faking your attention when I talk

Well sometimes I wish I had a clone to listen up when I'm screamin'
At least that's warmer than a stone
Well sometimes I wish I had a clone
I know it's hard to believe it
But you can't relate to me at all

The simple things that make us click, I know are small
And friend to friend a mutual agreement has it's toll
But that isn't the problem
It's more the way the crossing falls
From time to time you cut off your commitments when I call

Well sometimes I wish I had a clone to listen up when I'm screamin'
At least that's warmer than a stone
Well sometimes I wish I had a clone
I know it's hard to believe it
But you can't relate to me at all
Well no!

Traces of the heart is a game for a stranger
You roll the dice to avoid any danger
I can see a train light growing brighter not dimmer
Like the truth in the eyes of a sinner
Traces of the heart is a game for a stranger
You roll the dice to avoid any danger
I can see a train light growing brighter not dimmer

Painting lies...
Breaking ties...
Changing sides!!!

Well sometimes I wish I had a clone to listen up when I'm screamin'
At least that's warmer than a stone
Well sometimes I wish I had a clone
I know it's hard to believe it
But you can't relate to me at all
Well, sometimes I...
I wish that...
I wish I had a clone!
Track Name: Things Are Looking Up
THINGS ARE LOOKING UP

Drop kick a little lower
Sometimes actions can't be mended in your sleep
And you're not the kid you used to be
Get a little older
The reflection on your stain glass is complete
Now dispense those painful memories

I know, this game plan last forever
No more holdin' out - What it's all about
Is to break new ground and sing out loud

THINGS ARE LOOKING UP
(WHEN I SEE THOSE COMETS FALLING)
THINGS ARE LOOKING UP
(WHEN I HEAR THOSE NATIONS STAND TOGETHER)
THINGS ARE LOOKING UP
(WHEN I FEEL A PAST LIFE CALLING)
THINGS ARE LOOKING UP
(WHEN I'M TOUCHED BY MOMENTS OF CONNECTIONS)

Bite down a little harder
There's a candy coated karma screaming through
All the garbage you've been fed for years
Jump start another lover
For a six pack of affection in your hand
Is the driving force behind your fears

Well, we know this game plan last forever
No more holdin' out - What it's all about
Is to break new ground and sing out loud

THINGS ARE LOOKING UP
(WHEN I SEE THOSE COMETS FALLING)
THINGS ARE LOOKING UP
(WHEN I HEAR THOSE NATIONS STAND TOGETHER)
THINGS ARE LOOKING UP
(WHEN I FEEL A PAST LIFE CALLING)
THINGS ARE LOOKING UP
(WHEN I'M TOUCHED BY MOMENTS OF CONNECTIONS)
Track Name: Knew That I'd Find Love In You
KNEW THAT I’D FINE LOVE IN YOU

A brand new chapter is a good reason
To move on and lay my feelings on the line
I hear the ticking of a new season
Dig deep inside to connect
And wonder what’s next

The light is crystal clear
Sure as I’m standing here
Knew that I’d find love in you
And every drop of rain
Will wash away my pain
Knew that I’d find love in you
Knew that I’d find love in you

One step closer to a completion
Of years searching leading me to you
Constant craving for a deletion
Of a dark place so deep inside
I know I can’t hide

The light is crystal clear
Sure as I’m standing here
Knew that I’d find love in you
And every drop of rain
Will wash away my pain
Knew that I’d find love in you
Knew that I’d find love in you

Intensity ignites
Crumbled wall in the night
Time be still, turning point
Eternally we’re joined

The light is crystal clear
Sure as I’m standing here
Knew that I’d find love in you
And every drop of rain
Will wash away my pain
Knew that I’d find love in you
Your light keeps drawing me
Bound by your energy
Knew that I’d find love in you
Sure as I’m standing here
I will get past the fear
Knew that I’d find love in you

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