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Recorded in just 3 sessions that spanned from 2012 to 2014.

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released May 13, 2014

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All songs written by Jeffrey Simmons - Piano, acoustic guitar, organ, mellotron, 12 string guitar and lead vocals by Jeffrey Simmons - Drums, percussion, electric rhythm guitar and backup vocals by Stewart Gersmann - Bass guitar by Chris Stangland - Lap steel on Happiness and lead guitar on Alister Pine by Andy Santospago

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Jeffrey Simmons Austin, Texas

Jeffrey Simmons creates classic Pop music in the tradition of Harry Nilsson, Ron Sexsmith and Elliott Smith, complete with varied instrumental arrangements and rich vocals. Since 1999 Jeffrey has released 5 albums. Critics have compared his work to The Beach Boys, Elvis Costello, XTC, The Kinks and The Beatles. "Failure of the Horse and Buggy is close to pop perfection" Tape Op Magazine ... more

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Track Name: Hard To Tell
C G F C
We’re on our way, we must embark. Move to good times we worked so hard for
Dm C G C
All behind us and now a new door. A new life a brand new start
Gone the pain in both our hearts. Out from hiding out from the dark
It’s a new day from such a small spark. We’re just lucky we hit the mark.

CHORUS
Dm F C
We have both seen all the beauty inside
Dm F C
A life where only love and light can reside
Dm F C
But sometimes our past can’t creep up and smile
G F
It’s hard to tell, hard to tell
C
Hard to tell

VERSE 2
So today while we’re apart, I’ll hold tight to the memories that I’ve got
All the good things I know that won’t stop. All the bad things that really are not

Take a breath untie the knot let go of the fear that you held before this
Like a prisoner inside a fortress. We’ve escaped without a scar.

CHORUS
We have both seen all the beauty inside
A life where only love and light can reside
But sometimes our past can’t creep up and smile
It’s hard to tell, hard to tell

MID 8
C G F C
Maybe today we can leave it all behind
C G F C
Erase the past and the memories so unkind
Dm F
You’ll never know what we’ll find. It’s hard to tell

VERSE 3
Hard to tell, hard to tell. If this all will work out well
Gotta laugh at not ever knowing if we’ll just crash and burn instead.
Track Name: The Goods
E A B A E
We can argue back and forth try to settle just who’s wrong and who’s right
E A B A E
but we better cancel dinner plans I think that this might take all night.
E
We’re sensitive and stubborn,
B
but romantics ‘til the end.
A
We got lips that never stutter
Am
and a will that never bends but

E A B A E
We got the goods to go a long, long way
E A B A E
We got the goods to go a long, long way

(E A B dead stop on B)

We’ve had a few rough patches but we’re in it for the long run, yeah there’s no doubt.
We fuss and we throw fits but we always seem to manage to work things out
We bark but never bite
but cussed a few times I admit.
You’ve called me nasty things
and I’ve worn the shoe when it has fit but...

We got the goods to go a long, long way
We got the goods to go a long, long way

(instrumental verse 4X)

I tell the same old stories i can see how it just bores you blind.
You do the same to me too I don’t complain ‘cause I’m just not the hurting kind.
You got your fighters and your lovers
but we’re both an even mix.
Sharp words and such a thin skin
just leave broken hearts to fix but...

We got the goods to go a long, long way
We got the goods to go a long, long way
(instrumental verse 4X)

‘Cause we’re sensitive and stubborn,
but romantics ‘til the end.
We got lips that never stutter
and a will that never bends

We got the goods to go a long, long way
We got the goods to go a long, long way
We got the goods to go a long, long way
We got the goods to go a long, long way
Track Name: Ain't It Sad When Your Friends Forget You?
F C
Ain’t it sad, when your friends forget you? Ain’t it sad, when they all disappear?
Gm C F7 A#
They don’t ever seem to call or write. Always have some other plans at night.
Gm C F
Ain’t it sad, when your friends forget you?

VERSE 2
F C
Ain’t it sad, when your friends forget you? Friday nights, all alone with your beer.
Gm C F7 A#
When there’s not a thing on the TV, you have another beer then fall asleep.
Gm C F
Ain’t it sad, when your friends forget you?

CHORUS 1
C F
I tried to ring you but you never take my calls.
C Gm A#
Stopped by your office but secretary said you’re busy probably out with Jude or Lizzy.
A#m C
Seems I’m just not on your mind at all.

VERSE 3
Ain’t it sad, when your friends forget you? Off with wives and the kids and the like.
Could be I’ve become a bore with old age or maybe this is all just a short stage.
‘Cause it’s so sad when your friends forget you.

CHORUS 1
I tried to ring you but you never take my calls.
Stopped by your office but secretary said you’re busy probably out with Jude or Lizzy.
Seems I’m never on your mind at all.

VERSE 4
Ain’t it sad, when your friends forget you? So awkward when you see them on the street.
try to talk but don’t know where to start. Too much time I guess we’ve grown apart.
Gm C
Ain’t it sad, when your friends,
Dm F
ain’t it sad when your friends,
A# A#m C
ain’t it sad when your friends forget you?
Track Name: Happiness
F
I tell you that I’m happy and again you don’t believe me boy I still can’t seem to figure out just why
A#
With every good thing that I do and in the gleeful way I’m telling you I thought by now you’d see it in my smile
F C C#m C A# C
but now I guess that I’m the fool and I shoulda known the golden rule, that happiness is just a
D
state of mind.

A# F C F
Happiness it’s not something to mumble
A# F C F
Happiness shouldn’t be so rough and tumble
F C C#m C
it’s much sweeter than sugar and it’s bubblier than bubbles
A# C F
Happy, happiness

All the wine and roses, all the dances and cool poses don’t do anything to illustrate my joy
You think that I’m tricking you, some grand scheme I’ve plotted through but I’m not smart enough for such a ploy.
so here’s the truth I hope it fits, I do admit I’ve rehearsed a bit, ‘cause this has been a role that I’ve enjoyed.

Happiness it’s not something you should mumble
Happiness shouldn’t be so rough and tumble
it’s much sweeter than sugar and it’s bubblier than bubbles
Happy, happiness

I did my best gave it a shot but all is lost it’s gone to pot and now I’m left here drying my sad eyes
my back is hunched my body slack a listless empty old sad sack. you said hit the road get outta sight.
so next time i’m around your way, I’ll grin at you, be sure to say, “hey, OK We know that you were right.”.

Happiness it’s not something to mumble
Happiness shouldn’t be so rough and tumble
it’s much sweeter than sugar and it’s bubblier than bubbles
it’s giggly and it’s goofy and its cuddlier than bunnies
it’s much sweeter than sugar and it’s bubblier than bubbles
Happy, happiness
Track Name: Some Burden
V1
D A aug
I could lay right down here and die
Am B aug
But I’ll be sure the door’s left open wide
Em G Em G
there’s better ways I’d rather, to make sure the flies to gather
A A aug
but in the end, does it even really matter?

V2
and I know I have lived a good life
a couple kids and purdy little wife
wasn’t rich but things were stable, wasn’t skilled but I was able
but have I left enough to put food out on the table

instrumental verse 1X

V3
Now, when it is I see my demise
don’t dress me in a some stuffy suit and a tie.
lay me down on magazines, newspaper with some gasoline
light a match and tell a tale about me

G A D G
Please don’t you say, you’ll miss me tomorrow when you can’t stand me today?
E7 A A aug
They always seem to love you the most, when you’re not around.

V4
please don’t let my passing hang and loom
maybe it’s cocky to posthumously presume
I know I wasn’t easy to be around to please me
I could be a bastard, yeah my nature wasn’t breezy

Why is it you say, you’ll miss me tomorrow when you can’t stand me today?
They always seem to love you the most, when you’re not around.

instrumental verse 1X

V5
I could lay right down here and die
But I’ll be sure the door’s left open wide
there’s better ways I’d rather, to make sure the flies to gather
but in the end, does it even really matter?
Track Name: Dream Another Dream
VERSE 1

Dream another dream and when you wake you know I’ll be there
I’ll be there by your side
rest your weary head and close your eyes and hear my heartbeat
relax your always racing mind

CHORUS 1
and when your bad dreams make you scream out please have no doubt,
that if you wake up sad and lonely begging “console me”
you know I will

VERSE 2
count as many sheep as you might need until your eyes tire
leave your day of troubles behind
tuck yourself in tight draw the blinds don’t let the light in
the light that big, old moon shines

CHORUS 2
and when your bad dreams make you scream out please have no doubt,
that if you wake up sad and lonely begging “console me”
you know I will

VERSE 3
Dream another dream and when you wake you know I’ll be there
I’ll be there by your side
Yes I will be there by your side
Track Name: Whatever Dreams That May Come...
A E D E A E D E
sometimes you get what you want sometimes you don’t but please don’t scream and shout
A E D E D E
take a moment take breath take it easy what’s the fuss about

Bm D
if simple words don’t get you by
Dm E
no matter how hard that your try

A Bm D E A D E D
whatever dreams that may come I know they’ll come true, at least for you
A Bm D E A D E D
whatever dreams that may come I know they’ll come true, at least for you

A E D E A E D E
Give these things a little time eventually it’ll all work out
A E D E D E
Tomorrow or today, take a step away, I know you’ll say, you’’ve lost all doubt.

If your pool of hope has dried
i know you’ll still get by

whatever dreams that may come I know they’ll come true, at least for you
whatever dreams that may come I know they’ll come true

mid 8
E D A
learn to leave that hurt behind you
E D A
and you will find a love that’s true
E D A
fight the urge to hold your sadness
Bm D E
and there’s nothing you won’t do.
Track Name: When the World is Quiet
B F# E Em
I like waking when the world is quiet, when the sun’s still down and the moon’s still high.
B F# C# flat5 E G A B
So if you haven’t had the chance to try it, try waking when the world’s still quiet
i like waking when the world’s so still, street lights are still on before the sunlights spills
and I like knowing the world is laid down dreaming so I wake up when the world is quiet
I wake up when the world is quiet

CHORUS 1
Esus2 Eb m
Perhaps to you it’s just a silly thing
C#m G#/G# 7th
to wake before bells ring, even times when you don’t have to
Esus2 Eb m
and see the world before most have a chance,
C#m F#
before we start day’s dance and city’s singing fills the air

VERSE 2
I like waking when the world still sleeps, still caught up in their dreams
after counting their sheep
the reasons quite simple though it’s a sleep deprived diet
when you’re waking when the world is quiet

Intro 2X

CHORUS 2
Maybe for you it’s all too much to ask
with all the day’s tough tasks, it’s never fun when you’re so weary
See the world before most have a chance,
before we start day’s dance and city’s singing fills the air
Track Name: Alister Pine
Alister Pine (capo 6th) piano tab
A#
Alister Pine, a man short on time
D# A#
or at least he had convinced himself so.
Fm Fsus2 F 7sus4 D# sus2
To most life’s a gift to him it’s just weight to lift.
C# C A#
Pennies tatood on the lids of his eyes,
this is the life of Mr. Alistar Pine

He had a secret to share just like the scar that he wears
a kind of sadness that he barely could hide.
With the time he had left to heal the hurt, did his best
but with the world there was this great divide
the lonely life of Mr. Alister Pine

CHORUS
D# sus2 A# G# A#
Memories fade and as the years slip away.
C# C A#
Some things get lost over time,
C# C A#
but I’ll remember Mr Alister Pine

Lived in a house on my street,
just 2 doors down from me.
That victorian it was 3 stories high
The paint had long chipped away,
just like the man that did stay.
with grass that had grown ‘bout knee high
it’s the house of Mr Alister Pine

(Break- - verse progression)
The whispers we heard carried the darkest of words
what went on where that man did reside.
but they were rumours you’d find made up in some child’s mind
we could see his eyes peek through the blinds
Something sinister about Alister Pine

Memories fade and as the years slip away.
Some things get lost over time,
but I’ll remember Mr Alister Pine
(solo- chorus progression)

Alister Pine, a man short on time.
hair thin of black grey and white.
the lines on his face don’t put the story in place
at least that’s what we thought at the time
We thought we knew that old Alister Pine. I won’t forget you ...
Track Name: All I Need
VERSE 1
D G C D
It’s your eyes I miss and your lips I long to kiss.
Bm A D
You just don’t know, oh ooh oh.
With your skin so fair and that smile don’t need repair.
It’s just like gold, oh ooh oh.

CHORUS 1
Bm
And I want you now.
E7 A
I want you so bad I can’t see
D
You’re all I need.

VERSE 2
So I made my list and not a thing I would dismiss.
Not a note.
Sorry if I stare and I apologized in pairs.
But it took its toll.


CHORUS 2
And you turn me down.
A disappointment I believe.
You’re all I need. (FULL STOP)

VERSE 3
What a thing to ask, “when did a kiss become a task”?
Your cover’s blown


CHORUS 3
So I know it now. It’s hurt so bad that I can’t see.
You’re all I need.
Track Name: Back Here With Mine
A# F A# F
If you could wait right here for a minute I don’t this will take too long.
A# F A# C F
I gotta throw another load on in the laundry and I’m bound to do something all wrong
A# F A# F
There bills to pay and a pile of dirty dishes and and kids to walk out on to the bus
A# F A# C F
so here’s a message out to all my friends old and current and the ones that don’t want to grow up
G7 F
but I’m quite alright, even though I might
A# C
have been gone for awhile

A# F
and the worlds just wasting time in search of something
A# F
while life just passes them by
A# F
but I stay out of trouble living life simple and humble
A# C F
just being back here with mine

If I could get just one night of rest now, maybe we could go out
but when the time comes to do it, I’ll probably just say screw it and watch TV on the couch
So drop by anytime and visit with the kids and I. don’t take my reply as too curt
we’ll talk of all our memories if only the kids let me I hope you’re feelings aren’t hurt

‘cause I’m not the type, to wait up all night
C A# A G
waiting for someone to call

and the worlds just wasting time in search of something
while life just passes them by
but I stay out of trouble living life simple and humble
in time i know I’ll be fine
just being back here with mine.