This Postdiluvian World

by Rick Barry

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released 23 April 2013

Words and Music by Rick Barry
Produced by Andy Bova
Rick- Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Andy Bova- Drums, Guitars, Keyboards etc
Justin Borneman- Bass on "Luck" and "Our Mutual Friend"
James Stahon- additional guitars on "Our Mutual Friend" and "Luck"
Keith McCarthy- "Additional guitars on "Luck"
Emily Whitt- Guest vocals on "Our Mutual Friend"
Robert Butkowski- Lap Steel

Mastered by Roger Quinn For Classic Audio Mastering
Recorded at Simplesound Studios, Oceanport, NJ
Except for "A Curse," Tracked at RLS Music, Special thanks to Russ Scalzo

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Track Name: Our Mutual Friend
Darling, I think it's time to find shelter
Things won't get any better from here on out
There's miles and miles of sky falling between us
and nothing can heal us or help us now
You just leave it up to luck, you want me to believe
That if we leave it up to luck, we'll come out clean
Earthquakes, tidal waves and snow flakes,
darling for god's sake, there's a whole world outside.
So just keep dreaming and keep on believing
at least then you've got something, even if that thing you believe in's a lie.
You just leave it up to luck, you want me to believe
If we leave it up to luck, we'll come out clean.
You called me a "Black hole, too dark and too heavy"
that no light could escape me, well if that's true then I'm sure
That your just a tiny spec of star dust,
Just something that was once a part of something spectacular.
And you just leave it up to luck, you want me to believe
if we leave it up, we'll come out clean.
You left it up to luck and now you see,
That we left it up to luck and came out filthy.
yeah we left it up to luck and came out filthy
Track Name: Leave It Up To Luck
Darling, I think it's time to find shelter
Things won't get any better from here on out
There's miles and miles of sky falling between us
and nothing can heal us or help us now
You just leave it up to luck, you want me to believe
That if we leave it up to luck, we'll come out clean
Earthquakes, tidal waves and snow flakes,
darling for god's sake, there's a whole world outside.
So just keep dreaming and keep on believing
at least then you've got something, even if that thing you believe in's a lie.
You just leave it up to luck, you want me to believe
If we leave it up to luck, we'll come out clean.
You called me a "Black hole, too dark and too heavy"
that no light could escape me, well if that's true then I'm sure
That your just a tiny spec of star dust,
Just something that was once a part of something spectacular.
And you just leave it up to luck, you want me to believe
if we leave it up, we'll come out clean.
You left it up to luck and now you see,
That we left it up to luck and came out filthy.
yeah we left it up to luck and came out filthy
Track Name: A Curse
One climb up the apple tree and all seems to be lost
and if i could I’d make it go away at any cost.
When you left you put this curse on me, yeah when you left I could have died.
I find myself wishing that I had most times.
So low, So long. so low and long.
I don’t want to feel this cold and empty heart,
I just want to feel your arms.
I don’t want to feel, when it’s so much better just to not.
I just want to feel your arms.
Since i’ve slept it’s been three whole nights, maybe even more.
I keep thinking any moment you’ll walk through that door.
When you left you put a curse on me, a darkness i can’t shake
Funny how that’s the only thing you didn’t take
So low, So long. so low and long.
I don’t want to feel this cold and empty heart,
I just want to feel your arms.
I don’t want to feel, when it’s so much better just to not.
I just want to feel your arms.
Track Name: A Cautionary Tale
Deep down I think we knew it from the start,
we dug our stick into the sidewalk and we left our marks
the next day when the cement got hard, we knew our names would live forever.
The years have gone by and throught the sweet and sour,
your successes become my failures
still we embraced it all together for worse or for better
still, I won’t believe in God, until I can hold you in my arms
cause with you gone, I am so lost
Now, I was aware of the dangers when we started,
too many cautionary tales of the broken hearted
still my fears were disregarded when I first held you near.
Now the days are empty without you with me
there is no one left to contradict me
when I speak it feels like no one’s listening and my words just disappear
but you cannot blame yourself for the sadness that you felt
still with you gone, I am so lost
Now every passing moments an opportunity
to cast away the demons and set myself free
Still I don’t think I have the strength inside me for battle like this
cause if you take away the vices and the cowardice,
the self destructive nature and the arrogance,
I swear, there would be nothing left, I’d be a ghost hiding in the mist
where no one hears my cries, beneath that pale, fading disguise
And with you gone, I am so lost.
Track Name: Annie, In Stereo
As your body is lowered into the ground,
a crowd of mourners gather around
and the preacher takes center stage,
But we all know it's too late to be saved.
Still we stood there pretending
that this life is never ending
Oh Annie, you put up a good fight,
but on that summer evening, you finally succumbed
to the sickness you sheltered inside
But Annie, can't you see what you've done,
You're no longer now the loneliest one.
You made a mixed tape before you left,
I found it next to the letter on your desk.
It said, "If you're reading this I'm already gone."
and you claimed your life could be found in those songs.
All that happiness and heartbreak
on a ninety minute mixed tape.
Oh and Annie, all of those melodies,
from Jeff Buckley to Buffalo Tom,
when I hear them I feel weak and diseased,
still I find myself singing along
and you're no longer now the loneliest one.
You felt so sad and helpless,
you didn't see an end anywhere.
You even tried the path toward redemption
but you found no comfort there.
Now, I'm so vacant and lonely
this world has nothing left to offer me
Oh and Annie, where did you find the strength,
All those memories of days now long gone
and I don't have many more left,
but if I could only then it won't be too long
and I'll no longer be the loneliest one.