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1.
AIR, RUNNING BACKWARDS (lyrics: David Greenberger, music: Chandler Travis) Can't go much faster, can't make it right Think of you and drive into the night It's too hard to read a map, it tells too much It's all paper, I want your touch Touch my hand and touch my heart Drop into my world on a feather dart Made for two, just hang on and pull me up to you Air, running backwards More air, too late Air, inside of you Do you even know that you take mine away? When will it fall in place, maybe it can't Crazy to think it will when you hold out your hand Touch my hand and touch my heart Drop into my world on a feather dart Made for two, just hang on and pull me up to you Air, running backwards More air, too late Air, inside of you Do you even know that you take mine away? Can't go much faster, can't make it right Think of you and drive into the night (published by Modern Variety Music admin. by Bug-Farfy/BMI)
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ALL IN A DAY (lyrics: David Greenberger, music: Chandler Travis) Such a short time Then such another one No words can quite say what we see All in a day Never like this before As you’re looking right back at me Eyes that darted like birds might Holding still like a tree Finally seeing each other Perfectly Walking in rain At night on the city streets When that's the best place to be Words that we said Vanished into the air Cut loose from all talk we're free When the world is in silence Quiet like it is now Collapsing into forever All in a life, all in the world All in a day (published by Modern Variety Music admin. by Bug-Farfy/BMI)
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BABY COME GET YOUR CAT (lyrics: David Greenberger, music: Chandler Travis) I'm not a doctor So don't show me your paw You got me cornered Up against the wall And I don’t know how it got like that Baby come get your cat Don't look at me like that It's time to hit the road I get sick when you're around I won't be your toad And I don’t know how it got like that Baby come get your cat Sometimes I don't have a clue About just what you mean You're always boiling water Just to watch the steam And I don’t know how something so good Turned to something so bad Baby come get your cat It's always raining somewhere You can't pin that on me We’ve gone from bad to worse With nothing in between And I don’t know how it got like that Baby come get your cat (published by Modern Variety Music admin. by Bug-Farfy/BMI)
4.
I BIT THE HAND THAT FED MYSELF (lyrics: David Greenberger, music: Chandler Travis) I was barely looking I am prone to wander My mind on a trip all gone I got out the bread and I got out the toaster That’s where everything went wrong It went down like this: Bit the hand that fed myself It shocks me to tell: Bit the hand that fed myself I am so observant When it comes to such things But I missed this small detail You can ask my friends and You can ask my mom and They’ll all say how much I care It went down like this: Bit the hand that fed myself It shocks me to tell: Bit the hand that fed myself I bit the hand that was feeding myself I overshot my own toast I hold some regrets and Some embarrassments and This is surely one of those I admit it here and Do so one last time then I bring this all to a close It went down like this: Bit the hand that fed myself It shocks me to tell: Bit the hand that fed myself (published by Modern Variety Music admin. by Bug-Farfy/BMI)
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BY THE WAY (lyrics: David Greenberger, music: Chandler Travis) By the way, I’ve got much to tell you Like the way I was dreaming   By the way, the special things you do Like the way you know my meaning All the way, breakfast and the sky blue By the way, time froze Take away not one single moment That's the way we chose Tried to say how to slow the clock down By the way, you were dreaming On my way, nights turned into seconds It's ok, we were sleeping By the way, every star can find us On our way, o bright As the bay disappears behind us Another day held tight All the way, breakfast and the sky blue By the way, time froze As the bay disappears behind us Another day held tight (published by Modern Variety Music admin. by Bug-Farfy/BMI)
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CALLING ME BACK HOME (lyrics: David Greenberger, music: Chandler Travis) Sun comes up, sun goes down And it's the same all around A day ahead, a day behind I'm losing track if you are mine The cold winds blow, but I don't know I've felt this all before Here it is my rescue You're always calling me back home The bed is cold, this darkest night No stars are out, but there's still light I think of you and fall apart Return me to your sleeping heart How can it be a mystery So thoroughly confused Standing by for rescue You're always calling me back home Though I forget I do recall You told me not to want it all The hardest part of all of this What I want most is what I missed I'm learning but it's very late And just might do me in I'm dreaming of a rescue You're always calling me back home (published by Modern Variety Music admin. by Bug-Farfy/BMI)
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THE CRUTCH OF MUSIC (lyrics: David Greenberger, music: Chandler Travis) The money doesn't jingle anymore My hands fell fast asleep at the wheel There’s a shiver with my name on it somewhere Somebody scrubbed my deal, the deal is dead Time to count up all my winnings Where's my great big golden shiny bean? I’ve been waiting but I’ve had it You can keep this two-bit showbiz scene Off I go in a cloud of dust Waving high my crutch at the academy Livin’ like I know I can Wave my crutch while I’m standin’ up I might be chewing and chomping at the bit Their offer was a little unfriendly, clumsy at best And the worst is way too glum to really dwell I was told I'd love it, love it to death Just a little bit of moonlight Make it ten times stiller than a flash That’s the kind of light to grow on Look at it - louder than cash Off I go in a cloud of dust Waving high my crutch at the academy Livin’ like I know I can Wave my crutch while I’m sittin’ down Wash their dishes with money, I'm doing mine in the creek They think they dream up everything, but they miss their sleep I don't want to watch the fat man swim laps in the pool There’s always someplace else to go where I feel less of a fool Ideas? I've got a headful of ’em You can run them up your flagpole someday It all comes out completely dreadful But there’s some chance then they’ll go away (published by Modern Variety Music admin. by Bug-Farfy/BMI)
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GRACIOUSLY (lyrics: David Greenberger, music: Chandler Travis) I was up getting dressed Putting on all these fine clothes Goodness, yes I almost missed the show But I'm glad I got here Now let's go Soon there will be a chorus So fine you will adore us Graciously Then you all on the dance floor Will get everything you came for Eventually Fantastic full of pep Makes my moves go crazy Every step The music suits you well makes you stand a little taller Truth to tell Hey! Goodness me-oh-my-oh Sing it loud and high-oh Graciously Hey! We'll sing that again-oh That goodness me-oh-my-oh Graciously Call me a lucky guy Fortunate and happy All the time Here comes my favorite part You're really gonna love this Cross my heart Hey! Goodness me-oh-my-oh Sing it loud and high-oh Graciously Hey! We'll sing that again-oh That goodness me-oh-my-oh Graciously (published by Modern Variety Music admin. by Bug-Farfy/BMI)
9.
I'LL WAIT (lyrics: David Greenberger, music: Chandler Travis) Look, here's what I've got It's a mind full of very lovely thoughts Unannounced I know, but please just hear me out She might need to know that I'm at her door Please, give her a call She'd vouch for me and I know invite me up That's the way she is, or at least the way she was Many years gone by, but I don't forget She was my friend That's no lie, I don't lie If she's not here Then won't you please Let me in, please I'll wait Life gets out of hand Once there was a girl who told me many things Talk of mountain ranges all across the world Haven't been there yet, but I know the way I like the outdoors That's why I'm still strong, or at least I try to be All the things I know, they serve me pretty well But I should have taken what she said to heart She was my friend That's no lie, I don't lie If she's not here Then won't you please Let me in, please I'll wait I could leave a note Or maybe I'll try back some other time. (published by Modern Variety Music admin. by Bug-Farfy/BMI)
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JANUARY (lyrics: David Greenberger, music: Chandler Travis) Snow is on the ground and ice is on the walk It happens every year Please be extra careful going round the block Though later it may clear Ever since you slipped and fell and broke your arm In Paris years ago You’ve been seeing winter as potential harm But really it’s much more I’ll tell you why Years goodbye filled and we still count them all, I will Remember We walked across the winter spring summer fall Bye bye December, bye January I get weak at the knees, because You’re from there I don’t miss a single leaf covered tree When I am in your care Thirty-one days standing in a single file The sun is sitting low Bundled up I’d gladly walk an extra mile Wherever you may go Won’t you hold my hand if I forget the way As this may well occur Voices growing fainter though I have to say You are my only cure I’ll tell you why January I get weak at the knees, because You’re from there I don’t miss a single leaf covered tree When I am in your care Button up my darling, snow is everywhere We'll walk, and then we’ll rest. (published by Modern Variety Music admin. by Bug-Farfy/BMI)
11.
MAKE THE SMALL THINGS PRETTY (lyrics: David Greenberger, music: Chandler Travis) She drives away, saddened by the things that won't stop falling down Road’s turned to mud, barely still a road, at least it goes away Hats never off, faded banners mark lost time going round and round The glares, the growls, she doesn’t cower and she's never been afraid Oh how she likes to let the big things slide, how nice All covered up, make the small things pretty Inside, outside, inside What do they know, all those busybodies making everything such bother She gets so mad, it saddens her when no one seems to right their wrongs Can’t look away, she only looks closer so it looks like water Put things away, she feels better when it’s all where it belongs Oh how she likes to keep it all inside, how nice All covered up, make the small things pretty Look away, look away, look away Lights flashing by, sweet sounds in the air that never catch her fancy Distracted? No, she never falls for whistles and bells Nothing can tempt, she shrugs off kisses, wine and candy She knows her mind, keeps to herself, there’s no one that she needs to tell (published by Modern Variety Music admin. by Bug-Farfy/BMI)
12.
WHEN THE ROSES SHINE IN PICARDY (lyrics: David Greenberger, music: Chandler Travis) The Earth Is wide To hide The moon It covers up the sun I’m sorry every day can’t be A diamond When the roses shine in Picardy Your eyes Are moist They hoist Me up To see the sparkle Oh darling can’t we remember Anything When the roses shine in Picardy The roses are shining in Picardy From the ocean to the sky Walk with me and we’ll count each one P-i-c-a-r-d-y Those dreams That bloom And ruin The view Are only nightmares Just lie still morning brings relief Forever When the roses shine in Picardy The roses are shining in Picardy From the ocean to the sky Walk with me and we’ll count each one P-i-c-a-r-d-y (published by Modern Variety Music admin. by Bug-Farfy/BMI)
13.
SHE LAUGHED (lyrics: David Greenberger, music: Chandler Travis) I put money in my pocket Drew comb teeth through my hair I felt like a lion Stepping out of his lair I checked the hour, checked the fuel Buffed the car, my teeth and shoes All systems said go, seemed no way I could lose And she laughed; she laughed Sure felt like I was aces As I broke out from the pack I had 'em up and roaring As the dust flew off my back I turned into a speeding blur as I shot around the curve Won the race, checkered flag, time to test my nerve And she laughed; and laughed She laughed and laughed I'm not a funny guy And no one thinks I am, except for her I'm not a funny guy And no one thinks I am, except for her You ought to hear her laugh I opened up my wallet And unfolded a large bill Then I smoothed out all the wrinkles For a little thrill She reached into her travel bag And drew back out her fist Brought it to her mouth and blew And gold dust filled the room And she laughed; and laughed She laughed and laughed She laughed and laughed She laughed and laughed (published by Modern Variety Music admin. by Bug-Farfy/BMI)
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THE STRONGMAN OF NORTH AMERICA (lyrics: David Greenberger, music: Chandler Travis) Yelled at feet to wake them. that worked out fine Trinkets dropped by pathways, found them every time Down a long, tile hallway, little hand drops free Barefoot as the waves are chased back out to sea While I’m not the man I was, here I am because I once was the Strongman of North America Alphabet, new letters I made up for you Riddles in a bottle, everything was new Writing down the numbers as the clock tells Watch the glowing stars fade, one by one they fell While I’m not the man I was, here I am because I once was the Strongman of North America When you thought the chimney might be falling So frightened That’s when I stepped up into my calling The strongman When you let the world of love embrace you Completely Then was time to set aside my costume You made me The strongman Retired The strongman for you These things I remember to my last day Nothing else has mattered, these thoughts never stray Down a long, tile hallway little hand drops free Barefoot as the waves are chased back out to sea While I’m not the man I was, here I am because I once was the Strongman of North America Who would know a shortcut through a cornfield? The strongman I drove with both hands on the steering wheel The strongman I would like a glass of water please, and thank you Barely like a strongman, I am weak But you made me The strongman Retired The strongman For you (published by Modern Variety Music admin. by Bug-Farfy/BMI)
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TAKE ME WITH YOU (lyrics: David Greenberger, music: Chandler Travis) Forgive my failing memory Forget my falling days Lift my spirits gently With twilight ways I meant to fix the front step I meant to patch the wall This will always be a dream house Even when it’s about to fall Take me with you Take me with you I wouldn’t leave you here Some days are like eternity Most are not too long I hear the boy next door singing Such a pretty song He loves a pretty little girl She’s blushing at his gaze I’m falling down remembering All your wondrous ways Take me with you Take me with you I wouldn’t leave you here Turn out the light Sitting on the sofa Let’s listen to the wind Blankets wrapped around us Your head under my chin The room is cold, the windows tight We’re falling tired too You won’t wake, nor will I At least I sleep with you Take me with you Take me with you I wouldn’t leave you here Turn out the light
16.
THIS IS HOME (lyrics: David Greenberger, music: Chandler Travis) Hello there I know you At least I guess I think I do Perhaps you are a good friend of mine Long ago? Where you from? Were we friends when we were young? Tell me all you know, please tell me What’s your name? My old friend Sit right down I’m so glad you came to town Excuse me, I just can’t place your name See my friends This is good They’re all from my neighborhood While I don’t know how we all got here, This is home How’s Dot? How’s your mom? The Oldsmobile, is it still running? Sure is hot That’s alright Take it slow, must be August. Thanks a lot For what you brought I’d put it away but I just don’t know where it goes See, I tend To my things But there’s so few things to tend I’ve got boxes of stuff somewhere else Everywhere That I see Seems like someplace new to me Everyone that comes in says hello This is home A family In a frame Don’t know any of their names And I can’t find a way to recall Photograph From the past They’re all flying by so fast Everyone that comes in says hello This is home (published by Modern Variety Music admin. by Bug-Farfy/BMI)
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TYPOS (lyrics: David Greenberger, music: Chandler Travis) Screwed around around the lake Drank more wine than she could take Went to work but got there late She's at her desk but not awake And making typos T-t-t-t-typos Ever since she learned to spell She knew better, she could tell Teachers taught her very well But she told them to go to hell And started making typos T-t-t-t-typos What goes up must come down She fell out of her evening gown Took on strangers by the pound 'Til the words out ‘round the town She's been making typos T-t-t-t-typos She had a guitar in her hand Up the stairs onto the stand "Name your key!" said the band 'Til she let some notes fly, less than grand She was making typos T-t-t-t-typos Out past midnight every night Looking for weaklings she can fight Straight for the neck to plant a bite Wailing screeches, such a frihgt There goes another typo T-t-t-t-typos (published by Modern Variety Music admin. by Bug-Farfy/BMI)
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WATERS OF THE WORLD (lyrics: David Greenberger, music: Chandler Travis) Something always seems to cast a shadow on me And you Something makes the stairs and walkways dangerous to do It's true I’m sure, that I’d be blind if not for my loving you I can pilot ships through seas and lakes Only if your hand Is hand in hand in hand in hand with mine Help me navigate the waters of the world I’d travel railways, airways, thruways, rivers, and roads Go to Wherever you are I am on my way to you now I’d be Stone still, locked and lost if not for my loving you I can find my way through darkest night Only if I am Side by side by side with you As the sun replaces moonless skies with light (published by Modern Variety Music admin. by Bug-Farfy/BMI)
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(YOU AND ME) PUSHIN’ UP DAISIES (lyrics: David Greenberger, music: Chandler Travis) Hands full of wrinkles with knuckles grown large Eyes open wide at the wheel of a car Driving for pleasure, never for work In casual dresses and casual shirts We'll grow old by not being lazy And our hearts will beat until they stop Bury us close but leave room at the top For you and me pushin’ up daisies My chin will be double and your teeth will be few My joints will have trouble and yours will too My legs will grow tired and your hair will turn gray We won't even see the changes as the time slips away We'll grow old by not being lazy And our hearts will beat until they stop Bury us close but leave room at the top For you and me pushin’ up daisies I'll see you now, I'll see you then There's never been a doubt Eyes open wide, the light shines in 'Til the light goes out The wine from our wedding past fifty years old We'll drink it one winter when it’s snowing and cold The ice on the lake, a half a foot thick We'll cross it on skates and we'll never get sick We'll grow old by not being lazy And our hearts will beat until they stop Bury us close but leave room at the top For you and me pushin’ up daisies (published by Modern Variety Music admin. by Bug-Farfy/BMI)

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The Chandler Travis Philharmonic has kept a low profile the past couple of years while Chandler has enjoyed developing two great new bands, the Catbirds and the Chandler Travis Three-O (the latter being a smaller, satellite version of the Philharmonic -both delivered critically acclaimed debut albums in 2013), but we're back with a vengeance in 2015, with two new albums: "Bocce & Bourbon: The Comfortable Songs of Chandler Travis & David Greenberger" coming in March; and "Waving Kissyface Vol. 1", coming this summer or so.

"Bocce & Bourbon" is, on the one hand, a compilation of 19 examples of Chandler's best work with his favorite lyricist, David Greenberger (also of Men & Volts and Duplex Planet fame), that spans more than three decades and includes both the Chandler Travis Philharmonic and Three-O as well as the Catbirds and the Incredible Casuals; but about half of it (nine new songs, plus a re-imagined alternate version) is brand new. The lyrics share compassion, warmth, and inventive imagery, echoed in music that is gently but firmly idiosyncratic, and the whole is surprisingly coherent -hard to catagorize, perhaps, but not hard to get.

We're very proud of this collection, and the CTP and 3 both plan on touring and spreading the word as extensively as possible for rest of 2015.

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released March 4, 2015

all songs written by David Greenberger and Chandler Travis, published by Farfy / Modern Variety, admin. by Bug / Farfy / BMI

Sal Baglio - guitar & recording of said guitar (7)
Rikki Bates - drums (3, 5-14, 16)
Fred Boak - vocal (1, 2, 8-11, 14)
Matthias Bossi - drums (4)
Mark Chenevert - tenor saxophone, clarinet (6, 8, 9, 16)
Dinty Child - mandocello, mandolin, accordion, pump organ, violin, vocal (1, 3, 5-9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 19)
John Clark - string bass (1, 2, 5, 6, 8-12, 14) vocal (10, 11)
Phil Clements - piano (6-8) clavinet (9)
Jay Cournoyer - vocal and timbales (3)
Tim Dickey - mandocello, guitar (19)
Jon Evans - bass (4)
Ken Field - alto sax (8) horn arrangement (16)
Dave Harris - trombone (8)
Keiichi Hashimoto - trumpet (16)
Carla Kihlstedt - vocal (4)
Steve LeFebvre - trumpet (8)
Berke McKelvey - saxophones, clarinets, keys, (1, 5, 9-12, 14, 18) vocal (11)
Mike Peipman - trumpet (2, 14)
Bob Pilkington - trombone (8, 9, 14, 16)
Aaron Spade - guitar (13, 15, 17) vocal, (13, 15)
Johnny Spampinato - guitar, vocal (13, 15, 17)
Cliff Spencer - keys (2, 5, 14)
Keith Spring - woodwind arrangement (12)
John Styklunas - string bass (3, 16)
Marybeth Travis - vocal (1)
Sam Wood - drums (1, 12)
Steve Wood - guitar (7)
Chandler Travis - the remainder

Rikki Bates - recording (13, 17) at Bay Farm and Vinny's
Chris Blood - recording (10-13, 15, 17) co-mixing (10, 13, 15, 17) at Trout Towers Casino
Ducky Carlisle - mastering, recording (1, 2, 14) recording & mixing (3, 5-9, 16) mixing (11) at Room Nine, Dimension, Rear Window, Ice Station Zebra
Joe Stewart - recording assist (2, 5, 14) at Dimension
Tom Tracy - piano recording (1) at Tom Tracy Music, Brewster, MA
Jon Evans - recording, co-mixing (4) at Brick Hill
Bill Scheniman - recording, mixing (19) at Berklee, Maclean Studio, Longview Farm
Chandler Travis - recording (on all except 3, 8, 16, 19) mixing (2, 12, 14, 18) co-mixing (4, 10, 13, 15, 17) at Kelp Manor

SPECIAL THANKS: Rikki Bates, Steve Berkowitz, Fred Boak, Chris Blood, Denise & Rich Borden, Gip Hoppe, Bruce Maclean, Nell Mulderry, Belinda Rawlins, and to all bands and humans involved, without whom these songs wouldn't sound so good

Jeff Towne - cover photo
Susan Fanjoy Leach - CT photo
Barbara Price - DG photo
David Greenberger - design

3, 16 from Let's Have a Pancake (1999)
6 from After She Left (2009)
7 from Catbirds Say Yeah (2012)
8 from The Chandler Travis Philharmonic Blows (2010)
10, 11 from This is What Bears Look Like Underwater (2012)
13, 17 from The Future Will Be Better Tomorrow (2000)
15 from It Is Balloon (1995)
19 from Ivan in Paris (1998)
remaining tracks previously unreleased

All albums containing the previously released tracks are available at www.chandlertravis.com

I hate to admit it, and I'm only going to say it once, but all of my best songs were written by David Greenberger, who is also younger than me. He's been a constant annoyance for decades.

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THE CHANDLER TRAVIS PHILHARMONIC is a 9-piece technicolor extravaganza from Boston that includes a horn section, string bass, mandocello, guitar, keys, drums, accordion, and valet. George Carlin and NRBQ are among their longtime supporters; others include Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, Of Montreal, Ween, and yer mother. ... more

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