Sad Ballad Souvenirs

by Brian Koenigsknecht

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1.
2 a.m. an empty dance floor Morning's creeping 'round the corner of the bar Some are leaving lucky and the rest of the world Is as lonely as before Smoking ashtrays and empty beers line the bars like souvenirs A tired band and waitress They're all that's left of the night Broken hearts and broken curfews Beneath these lights it's easy to get burned We'll sing a song of heartache We'll sing a song longing to be heard Broken hearts and curfews They're all that's left of the night
2.
In Blue 04:54
I tend to write love songs in blue I sing like the rain when it falls out of tune Then along comes a girl she's like a rainbow But what would she want with a sad singing boy like me I want to be the one to make her smile when she sings I want to be the one to make her dance around the room in blue I tend to dream love songs in blue I'd write rock and roll but it ain't easy to do Then along comes a girl she's like a rainbow But what would she want with a sad singing boy like me I am in love with a girl and I'd die for the chance Just to make her dance around the room in blue
3.
Bartime 03:23
Stories told the night unfolds A blanket of falling stars It's bound to leave somebody cold It's last call for happy hour The bar time only knows Who's going home alone There's no sign of rescue In the bottom of the glass The smoke dances slowly But the clocks are set here fast The bar time only knows Who's going home alone
4.
Old man plays the violin down on College Street Kids walk by and roll their eyes Blind and deaf to the beat On their way to the DJ'd bars Where they'll dance on buried guitars Old man serenades them home Where he's waiting for some change We'll close the bar We'll close this sleepy town long after they're gone The stars will shine The stars will fall down again on the avenues And we'll all run for shelter to the last of the venues Heard the legendary guitar man On the outskirts of town Serenades the night and gals And gathers quite a crowd Sawdust flew from his fingertips Then settled down like rain Into an empty guitar case Where he's waiting for some change We'll take back the last venue From every last DJ Dig up them buried guitars Beneath the bar light rays In here it's safe and warm The only light on in town Tonight's the night We're gonna set it up and tear it down
5.
Heartbreaker 04:16
I was captured by a fallen angel She had the tattoo of a broken black heart She had an engaged smile and loaded blue eyes She was well armed She levitated a little bit more From where the rest of the world was standing She fired a shot and when the smoke had cleared She gave away the ending She wasn't even mine to loose She was throwing me rhythm Moving like the rain Dancing there with him Right in time with my pain My little heart breaker of mine Well I stumbled to the stage with my band Strapped on my guitar And I played her game with a broken string Poured out my bleeding heart She levitated a little bit more From where she danced in the arms of another She fired a shot and when the smoke had cleared I was left to love her I was left to sing the blues Only she could break my heart
6.
Baby there are no words that I can hold to you You're pretty enough without words of love My sweet serenade Oh sing me tonight Melody Baby you got the blues that can make my cry Still I could never dream without your lullaby My sweet serenade Oh sing me tonight Melody Crazy love You go on to my head and go on to my heart
7.
El train rolls down the tracks Shakes the houses on Bourbon Street 12 A.M. we're riding high In a dream through this city Small town eyes realize No Sleep could conquer this town We raise our beers and start to laugh Yeah we probably could have Here's to the dream we have and the chance we remember tomorrow Here's to tonight and the Kings of Chicago Walk along the streets tonight Beneath the buildings and city lights Upon the stages across this town Are the stars shining down on the bars El train rolls down the tracks Back to our home on Bourbon Street 4 A.M. we're riding high In a dream through this city Half-mast eyes realize No sleep has conquered this town Pretty girls and marquee lights Yeah we probably could have
8.
Souvenirs 03:19
Everybody's got a secret They're like shadows in this place Some pray to fall in love Some a stranger's embrace The lonely and desperate The last smoke and last beer There's more darkness than light And all the faces disappear Some pieces of the night Come up missing around here It's like a carnival with no prize at all Just the same old souvenirs Everybody's still waiting For what it is they're looking for Another chance to love or dream Whatever next walks through that door

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Rocking bar anthems and heartbreaking ballads make up the album Sad Ballad Souvenirs. Inspired by the years of performing in smokey bars and music clubs with his band A.M. Static, Brian and Doug Paluch produce an album that echos the sounds of The Jayhawks, Whiskeytown, and early Wilco.

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released January 1, 2004

All songs written by Brian Koenigsknecht

Recorded & Produced by Doug Paluch

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Brian Koenigsknecht Kalamazoo, Michigan

Brian Koenigknecht is a Michigan treasure, that rare breed of singer-songwriter who can make you feel every human emotion – every tear, every smile – so intensely that you feel he’s written his songs about you. – John Sinkevics, LocalSpins.com

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