A Friend of a Friend (EP)

by Chris Koza

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1.
uneven sidewalks bad shocks and park blocks orange colored leaves as the river extends vanishing skyline a city that's not mine too polite and pretend a friend of a friend thinking of road trips of moments just like this the car crash the sirens the streetlights the first kiss what if my foot slips? the pedals and my grip and steering can't prevent and encounter with a cliff my tires swerve and stun my nerves and memories run like eggs undercooked
2.
Morning Moon 03:40
by the misty morning moon I see your breath travel in the dull penumbra I wait for you to wonder out loud if you can't wait to see me again tonight by the misty many shaking blades of grass and the winds that comb through the shadows I wait for you to wonder out loud if you can't wait to see me again tonight wet socks, wet feet sweaters damp and dirty jeans in the middle of a soccer field falling asleep and watching the city stars but they're never as bright as they were just last night the morning bell and color guard routine sweeps aside the misty morning I wait for you to wonder out loud if that flag will really be burning if it hits the ground oh my summer skin, oh my sweet july how I never knew all of my songs would lead to you the celebration rockets shooting off on this anniversary of independence I wait for you to whisper in my ear are we independent now, or what is it that keeps you here?
3.
Slow Learner 04:06
I probably should go to sleep and let these eyelids close I suppose it's all I ever need but I watch another hour go by and its just my guitar and I trying to write a perfect lullaby oh momma, oh papa, oh sister, oh brother how has it been so long? I'm always thinking of leaving and it's making me crazy but I don't know anybody here it's just my guitar and I trying to write a perfect lullaby I slip into the kitchen and I rummage through the drawers potato chips, old birthday cake, a box of wine flipping through a book or two I've meant to read since last June I've got another I should be starting soon oh joshua, oh vincent, oh randy, oh aaron how has it been so long? go away bad dreams, not tonight go away bad dreams, not tonight I probably should go to sleep and get a couple hours this guitar won't even stay in tune anymore but I watch another hour slip by it's just my guitar and I trying to write a perfect lullaby it's just my guitar and I trying to write a perfect lullaby
4.
July 03:39
goodbye my darling affectionate friends I can't go with you so i'll sit here and wave and let us part clumsy newspaper boat the clamoring current sends you out to report but you don't see what I see you don't need what I need but you come lay down next to me goodbye my lovely desirable dreams I've been good to you so now be there for me and let us part simply without any review your words wild in water and blur the point but I've tried to see what you see to need what you need but you come lay down next to me goodbye my sweetheart of impossible odds you've been elusive no matter what i've thought keeping you close has been no mistake but folding you up and watching you break and bend has shown me a trend that you're so much more than just a means to an end
5.
up above the burning sun the darkness waits for you collecting the recorded thought and keeping it for no further use memory is no remedy but an exercise in captivity up above the burning sun the darkness waits for me singing my oh my my my my, my my my my my how good it feels, to be alive rainy mornings after holed up in a little neighborhood cafe dirty floors and creaky doors underscores the melancholy day love is another crossword puzzle written in a secret alphabet in walks your rosetta stone who understands your secret dialect it don't last long it don't last long so don't be sorry, don't be sorry and like a ghost, it will pass through and it will leave you I was laid out underneath a glow-in-the-dark sticker sky when an earthquake shook the city shaking out every last light when the fit had past I ran outside and looked, happy to be free up above the silent trees I see the moon and wonder does it see me?
6.
Foothills 02:39
stole a page out of the atlas in your den marked a route, random in blue-ink ball point pen you and me, albuquerque will keep the winters from ruining your car head out towards the clear, southern hemisphere until we reach the coast past the sands, the cities and second-hand antiques weeks pass on, better to go then get cold feet don't be shy, the california sky won't fall if we change our course turn and chase the dawn, while we whisper on about what we miss the most you were born at exactly the right time born to change these static ways of mine

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released October 21, 2006

Compiled from a couple different sessions:
"Foothills" engineered by Joseph Logsdon in Nashville, TN; Mixed by Joseph Logsdon in Nashville, TN
"July" engineered by Paul Marino and Joseph Logsdon in Cannon Falls, MN; Mixed by Joseph Logsdon in Nashville, TN
"After Work in Early October", "Morning Moon", "Slow Learner", and "Redwood Skyline" Engineered and mixed by Chris Koza in Minneapolis, MN
Mastered by Bruce Templeton for Magneto Mastering
(c) 2006 Chris Koza, ASCAP Little Radios

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Chris Koza Minneapolis, Minnesota

Both solo and with his band Rogue Valley, Chris Koza has supported and shared the stage with artists such as Brandi Carlile, Ingrid Michaelson, The Jayhawks, Neko Case, Kathleen Edwards, Dan Wilson, Stephen Kellogg, This is the Kit, and Tift Merritt, among others. His song (Rogue Valley) The Wolves and the Ravens was featured in Ben Stiller’s film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. ... more

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