Hearts and Pirates

by Paul Babin

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Debut album by singer / songwriter Paul Babin

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released August 15, 2014

Dedicated to Vickie Falcone, my Hot Volcanic Mama. I will always be Your Man.
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Produced by Jeff Croteau
"Austin Pell and The Drama Queen" and "You Kept Insisting" Produced by Jeff Pescetto

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All songs written by Paul Babin

Vocals - Paul Babin
Drums - Christopher Allis
Keyboards - Michael Smidi Smith, Paul Babin
Organ - Paul Babin
Bass - Jeff Croteau, Paul Babin, Jeff Pescetto
Lead Guitar - Paul Babin, Eric (Rick) Wilkins, Jeff Pescetto, Jeff Croteau
Rhythm Guitar - Paul Babin, Jeff Croteau, Jeff Pescetto
Harmonica - Paul Babin
Trumpet and Flugelhorn - Jens Lindemann
Backup Vocals - Tamara Silvera, Jeff Pescetto, Jeff Croteau

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Track Name: You Kept Insisting
You kept insisting
I was a dog
absent paws and fur
I went along
One day I awoke
you said, "say moo!"
But all I expressed
Was white man blues
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So, bark, baby baby
Moo, darlin' watchout
Meow, mama, mama
Now I'm a snake of love
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You kept insisting
That I could trot
A bit in my mouth
You said, "looks hot"
Enrolled me in shows
Saddled and groomed
Took home some trophies
Then your boredom resumed
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You insisted I conform To your
world conceived and born
Filled with should's and don't's
That pushed me out the door
Yasaid, I need for you to be
The one to complete me
Please don't make me get upset
If you love me be my pet
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One morning in June
I stared confused
Standing in litter
As you enthused
Nice kitty, kitty
go in the box
I did then my world
turned into rocks
That terrarium
turned out to be
The chance to fine-ly
shed skin and be
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A cold blooded male
A state of me
Clipped and restricted
And now set free
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You kept insisting
You kept insisting
You kept insisting
You kept insisting
Track Name: I'm Your Man
Woke up this morning
Had words with the man
Gave thanks for the sweet love
You and I have
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I told him, in our love
I get crazy with pain
When I think about losing you
Drives me insane
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He said I have to let go
Feelin' weaker than
Surrender to the truth
'Bout who I am
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He said we were destined
And who was I to question
He said look into her eyes
Hear your heart's confession
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And now in this moment
Inside you lost in time
As you give yourself to me
I see in your eyes
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I'm your man
Gonna tell it from the rooftops
I'm your man
It's all I need to know
'Bout who I am
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Now when another man looks at you
As though he had a chance
Of taking you, replacing me
I look at the fact
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That in this moment
I see who I am
Each cell in my body says
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I'm Your man
Gonna own it mama
I'm your man
Tell the world about it
I'm your man
It's all I need to know
Track Name: I Love You Ridiculous
I love you ridiculous.
I love you in truth.
I love you on Valentine's Day.
When I'm sleepy or blue.
When I'm happy or anxious,
irreverent or smart.
I love you ridiculous.
You open my heart
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It's clear to me now
I have seen the light. Your
loving me means. I
did something right
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I love you ridiculous,
When we're naked and
laugh. When we lose things together.
Or leave on the gas.
When we talk and cry
love tears. Stick our toes in the
mud. Get frightened and
hide out. From old feelings that
suck
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It's clear to me now
I have seen the light
Your loving me means
I did something right
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Yes, crazy ridiculous.
And beautiful too. And life giving, sacred,
Amazing - that's You
Stay with me always,
Magnificent us. In
love that's so good, it's
ridiculous
Track Name: A Naked Man With A Dustbuster
Oh Angeline, am I dreaming?
Or is this what my mental state fashioned?
Kiss me just once
Love the whack job that's me
While I tell you this morning what happened.
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A Naked man with a dustbuster
and an attitude to boot
dropped dead on my porch
just before dawn
as I was dreaming 'bout you
before he passed he murmured
a message I'll never forget
he said, don't ever let
your thoughts get the best
of your short time on earth unless
you want your life to consist of
a series of encounters with lists of
heartless attorneys, convicts and prom queens
and catered lunch with every loser you've met
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Angeline , his words freed me
and tweaked the view flowing into my head
Angie, let's take the time
Look into each other's eyes
prove that no one's being misled
And then our life can consist of
one moment, this now, and the bliss of
two hearts entwined
suspended in time
As the Naked Man vacuums inside
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A Naked man with a dustbuster
and the attitude to boot
dropped dead on my porch just before dawn
as I was dreaming 'bout you
before he passed he murmured
a message I'll never forget
he said, don't ever let your thoughts get the best
of your short time on earth instead
lead with your heart and remember
all that you are will be measured
by the love that you give
by the love that you live
busting dust that drops from your head
Track Name: Hot Volcanic Mama
You blows my skirt up
And I'm a dude who feels heat whenever you're near
Your jungle love explosions
I never fear
Of wanting, needing, having, holding love
'cause
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1. Love is you,
My hot volcanic mama
You make me quake
Cause you hot yes yes yes yes
Make me rattle, make me roll
Take the pieces, make me whole
Then burn, churn, kick and turn
We dance the night away
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2. Free my eruptions
My magma mama you give
Willies to the shakes
You hot, that’s what you do
Steam my veggies, bake my bread
Stop the cauldron in my head
It burn, churn, kick and turn
And dance the night away
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Stay with me, my hot volcanic mama
Stay with me, and hold me in your flame
Stay with me, my sweet volcanic mama
Singe my fears with fire
And burn my blues away
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3. Deep fry reluctance
Smoke it till it chokes
Make passionate love
From the embers that you stoke
We launch the stuff our love creates
Up to the sky watch stars take shape
They burn, churn, kick and turn
We dance the night away
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repeat verse 1.
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dance the blues away
Dance the night time blues away
Hot volcanic mama
Your love will make me stay
Dancing the night away
Track Name: Austin Pell and The Drama Queen
AUSTIN PELL AND THE DRAMA QUEEN
She lived for the attention
in the footlight's glare
she was chaos and pretention
and her fan base grew each year
but other actors, one by one
began to leave her scene
the tide was turning
on the Drama Queen
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in the wings, a stage hand
named Austin Pell, kept faith
sixteen years, he'd loved the queen
she didn't know his name
She was a Drama Queen connected
only to herself
His love for her was all
one day he would confess, You're my
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chorus 1
Queen, my love and you'll
always be
The one for me
in my love you'd find another way to
eel, the heat
the love, the crush
the lights, the hush
you're not a one hit wonder
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Austin pulled the curtain
The Queen stepped on the stage
to the roar of boos and heckling
fans turned and walked away
her mascara ran like daggers
her heel broke and she cried
her wig, displaced, revealed some gray
Austin's heart was broken wide
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Austin Pell forgot himself
he walked onto the stage
took her in his arms and said
you'll never be disgraced, cause You're my
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chorus 2
Queen, my love and you'll
always be
The one for me
we'll find another way to
feel, the heat
the love, the crush
the lights, the hush
you're not a one hit wonder
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Backstage makeup mirror lights
revealed a woman on her own
free of glitz and artifice
a Queen without a show
Austin's eyes held hers, he said,
I'm casting you to be
a solo act, inside my heart
just one name on that marquee, You're my
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chorus 3
Queen, my love and you'll
always be
The one for me
in my love you'll find another way to
feel, to feel the heat
the love, the crush
the lights, the hush
Track Name: Only Love Can
ONLY LOVE CAN
You give me reason to face each day
to keep on living
in that way
that only love can bring
that only love can bring
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And so my darling, I play these chords
sing my gratitude
for being born
to feel this way
that only love can bring
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Sometimes, I think where I'm going
I'll stumble into on my own
Your love brings me right back to knowing
Where I go, I'll never be alone
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I'll love you forever, the best that I can
because loving you
creates a man
that only love can make
only love can make
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Sometimes, I think where I'm going
Is filled with darkness and pain
Loving you, brings back the knowing
I'll never go there again
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You give me reason to face each day
and keep on living
in that way that
in that way
that only love can bring
that only love can bring
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Track Name: Staggering Toward Grace
Hands tied, feet bound
Staggering toward grace
Fight, Flight, doing right
No chance /it was /too late.
Sleep starved, under armed
Face down on her door
Clear eyed, sanctified
She saw inside my core
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A good man under rated
A good man heart deflated
The good man I tried/to be
As I was drowning
In deadly self-doubting
1. She stopped to rescue me.
2. She turned and said to me.
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Locked out, shut down
Still running in place.
I, my, me, and mine
Building crosses from fate
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Wanna be, drama queen
Go big but on your time
Try, truth, if, you
Need help/ losing your mind
Her dance, my trance
Her soul touching my soul
Lips, eyes, melting sighs
She plucked me from the cold
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A woman who WON'T be sated
A woman whose love created
A good man resurrected in
Tune with all and meant to be
All that's meant to be
Hands tied, feet bound
Staggering toward grace
Track Name: A Simple Song
A SIMPLE SONG
It's a simple song to sing
Doesn't take remembering
Stop thinking; that's the start
Then drop into your heart and
Love, just
Love
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It's easier than war
Costs less, that's for sure
It makes things that are healthier for men. You're
asking how can I
Love what I despise? Stop
judging first, the doors will open then. You'll
be the child you were in love again
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Lennon, King and Gandhi, Walt
Disney, Christ and Barney
Every mother, son and daughter too are
asking you and me, to
see if we can be the
planet our grandkids will wake up to
A world where everyone says, "I love you."
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Put an end to accepting
The voices injecting
Upset and fear
That drive you insane
And originate
From between your ears
Take a breath and relax
Check out the facts
You got nothing to lose
In this final act
Living in love
Can bring us all back to the
Garden
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Yes, everyone is different, but
everyone's the same. We
all want certainty, but that can't be
Until we each become
The me in me that loves
On the other side of fear you will see
That loving you is really loving me
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It's a simple song to sing. Doesn't
take remembering. Stop
thinking; that's the start. Then
drop into your heart, and
love.
Track Name: It's Taken Some Time
The lies I told you came from days of pain
compounded shame conceived in blame
and it kept us apart.
It's tragic how I wasted all those moments dear
The times I could have let you know how clear was the
love in my
heart.
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chorus:
I know it's taken some time
to say I see you
it's taken some time
to show I care
it's taken some time
To say, 'I love you'
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my love for you has always been attached to
each breath that I take.
And reunited now I promise to be always
faithful in the truth that we are graced by God and
can't be replaced.
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chorus
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Having less no longer serves me; take me;
hold me;
Never let me go. Together, boldly we'll
rewrite the dream.
And sing this song, a requiem for fear,
that ends unknowing
shows us now a loving always flowing through
us, you, and me
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chorus
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But I do.
I love you.
I see you.
And I like what I see