A Friend of a Friend (EP)

by Chris Koza

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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

In Oct. 2014, Koza will release his 5th studio album "In Real Time" and support Ingrid Michaelson on select US tour dates.

Over the last several years, Koza and his band Rogue Valley have released a total of albums and EP’s.

International musicblog Americana UK gave Koza’s most recent solo release, The Dark, Delirious Morning, 9 out of 10 stars, calling it “an unpretentious little masterpiece.
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Track Name: After Work in Early October
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
Track Name: Morning Moon
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?
Track Name: Slow Learner
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
Track Name: July
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
Track Name: Redwood Skyline
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?
Track Name: Foothills
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