American So and So

by Josh Kaufman

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American So and So will be released January 15th, 2013

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released January 22, 2013

Recorded at Native Sound

Produced by David Beeman

Engineering: Kit Hamon and David Beeman
Mixing: David Vandervelde
Mastering: Dave Gardner - Magneto Mastering
Photography: Nate Burrell
Art Direction: Nate Burrell and Karl Eggers

Drums: David Beeman
Guitar: Curt Brewer
Bass/Guitar/BGVs: David Vandervelde
Keys: Nate Jatcko

All songs written by Josh Kaufman
Copyright 2013 - All Rights Reserved

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Josh Kaufman Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

"Sweet-sounding... with hints of alt-country, The Beatles and Elliott Smith. Kaufman is a thoughtful songwriter, and his moves are intentional; he has the pop form down without following it to a formulaic end" - Pittsburgh City Paper

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Track Name: Stick with this Disease
It gives me courage to love like I’ve never loved before
It makes that much easier to sleep
It’s never underhanded and but its frequently naïve
Oh Lord I guess I’ll stick with this disease

Every time I think it’s beaten me with the swiftness of its hand
I wake up the next morning with a breeze
Gonna set the world on fire, maybe after 2 or 3
Oh Lord, I guess I’ll stick with this disease

Stick with this disease because it has always stuck by me
Cause someone told me once bout loyalty
It’s gonna have to get between my old first love and me
Before I’ll consider stopping, before I’ll see

It’s getting so much easier to find reasons to give in
This street is littered with opportunity
I’ll be better later but lets celebrate relief
Oh Lord I guess I’ll stick with this disease

Stick with this disease because it has always stuck by me
Cause someone told me once bout loyalty
It’s gonna have to get between my old first love and me
Before I’ll consider stopping, before I’ll see

Oh I’ve said some things I shouldn’t have, wild and absurd
I’ve disappointed more than I can see
Oh its not a blaze of glory its a constant burn for me
Oh Lord I guess I’ll stick with this disease
Oh Lord I guess I’ll stick with this disease
Oh Lord I think I’m stuck with this disease
Track Name: Novelty
All I’m searching for is a little novelty
Something tangible to help me fall asleep
It takes half the time as it does when I’m awake
Counting down the hours and counting my mistakes

I’m a little bit crazy
You can see it in my eyes
My mouth may betray me
It probably comes as no surprise
That I wanted you to notice
Just sharpen up your focus
Till it contains the both of us
Without blurring someone’s eyes
All I’m searching for is a little novelty
Track Name: Starting at One
I took advice that I never knew, would cost me years I’ve been given
I wasn’t of age where you understand that having plans isn’t living
Fortunately I found other retreats
The kinds where it’s hard to survive
I’m starting at one in this place but I’m barely alive

I’m still as lonesome as I was then, but now there’s 10 times the people
It makes it feel better to hear the street, feel the heat from the city
I can’t pretend that I’m over it yet
And there’s plenty more left to subside
I’m starting at one in this place and I’m barely alive

Lower your guns
We’re not fighting yet
But at least we’ve resolved to pick a side

I used to shuffle and drag my feet, with no relief at the finish
Cause everyone knows that it’s better when, you feel content when you’re in it
But now things have changed I’ve got no town to blame
So it’s never or now to arrive
I’m starting at one in this place and I’m barely alive
Track Name: Talk About Love
So you wanna know the reason I don’t talk about love
I’ll give you one hint honey its not what you’re thinking of
Frankly I’m surprised you haven’t guessed it yet
Baby you’re the reason that I don’t wanna talk about love

No one ever said that I’m the curious kind
I’ve got that cold hard ambivalence and it’s starting to shine
I wish that I could say that it was bad for me
Maybe that’s the reason that I don’t wanna talk about love

To talk about love is an easy thing to do
When you diluted yourself to think these things are true
I guess part of me is gone so lets refrain

I don’t wanna talk about love
Track Name: The Actor
Someone’s Daughter
Someone you may know
Feels like I do, Lord I have to hope
But it’s easy, just to show a smile
Taking pills to even out my mind

That I’m the actor in the play that learns his lines
But never really feels it from inside
He’s perfect for the ending when he cries
Oh, What am I?

Praying now that my cracks don’t show
Cause its better to live like no one knows
Read in books bout the ones that think like me
They are never the heroes I want them to be
Track Name: American So and So
She’s fine and she knows
That she’s dying nice and slow
She’s a better kind, I’m the broken one but no one knows
I’m blessed, so I’m told
With a way to grow so old
I’ll be happy then as an American so-and-so
But the brunt of it
Isn’t happening like the way they want it to
I’ll just stick with it, cause that’s what weaker men always do
I’ll try, just for fun
To live with purpose, but when I’m done
I’ll be paralyzed, as an American so-and-so
I’m not going to be
Mourned so gracefully as the ones we adore
Cause I’ve always heard you should leave a crowd wanting more
I’ve known, better stories
Better futures, better ends
I’m not one of them, I’m an American so-and-so¬¬¬¬¬