Inside Of Blue Buildings

by Jeremy Gloff

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This album marks twenty years of making and releasing music. As the songs were written I compared them to those on my first album, TRUE STORIES, from 1993. It was interesting to realize that in many ways I was writing about some of the same things - 20 years later.

These songs were written inside my beloved home of fifteen years - a blue apartment building off of 50th Street in Tampa. I do believe everyone metaphorically lives inside their own blue building. What true stories do you keep to yourself? - Jeremy Gloff - February 13th, 2013.

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released September 29, 2013

All songs written by Jeremy Gloff except FORCE OF NATURE (Jeremy Gloff/Ashley Lash),STUPID THING and LIFE AND LOVE (Jeremy Gloff/Jill Jones), and TRUE STORIES (Jeremy Gloff/Sandra Lolo).

Everything by Jeremy Gloff except:
Additional Guitars: Jimmy Reese (track 6) and Sandra Lolo (track 8) + Organ: Paul Catala
(track 3) + Keyboards and Electroniques: Daniel "DDtMM" Gimenez (track 9) + Bass: Lukas Ames-Diaz (track 3), Mark Nikolich (tracks 4, 11, 13), Brian Flanagan (tracks 6, 10), Sandra Lolo (track 8) and Steven Garrett (track 12) + Snare Drums: Keith Ulrey (track 2) and Brian Flanagan (track 10) + Hand Claps: John Skalberg (tracks 3, 10) + Violin: Dani Schmier (tracks 6, 12) + Duet Vocals: Ashley Lash (track 5) and Sandra Lolo (track 8) + Additional Vocals: Kathy McGuire (track 1), Danielle Merkle (track 2), Voluptuana (track 3), James Ratliff (track 6), Melissa Carroll (track 9), Hollis Smith (track 11), and Steven Garrett (track 12)

Recorded, Engineered, and Mastered at Atomic Audio by Mark Nikolich

Album Photography:
Front Cover: Jeremy Gloff
Back Cover: Kim Hicks
Drawings by Peter Botti
Cover Layout: Tanya Creel

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Jeremy Gloff Tampa, Florida

Jeremy Gloff is an independent musician and writer residing in Tampa, Florida. Since his first album in 1993 Gloff has released a respectable 17 solo albums on his own Riotboy Records label. In 2013 released his 18th solo album INSIDE OF BLUE BUILDINGS - celebrating twenty years of making music. ... more

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Track Name: Where Is The Love
(written by Jeremy Gloff)

I stayed home last night
Thinking that I’ve done it all
Thinking that I’ve seen it all
And it don’t impress me
That monotonous beat
Pounding in the night
Loose but so uptight
It is unending...

And millions of people
Broken and shattered
And do you remember when
We used to matter?
They're selling us hope but
Don’t scan in the check out line
Don’t wanna waste my time...

Chorus:
Tell me where is the love
Where is the love
Where is the love
I want to find it
Where is the love
Where is the love
Where is the love tonight?

And check my scars
If you’ve got the time
I’ll tell you a story of mine that I’ve been vaulting
Or we can dress up, go out, then go home alone
We can dress up, go out, and go sleep alone
Life remote controls me

And millions of people broken and shattered
Do you remember when we used to matter?
You say you’re a monster but
I just want someone who breathes
Bring me to my knees....


Little baby
Don’t want a one night obsession
Little darling
Wanna feel warm tonight....
Track Name: My Life Is Perfect
(written by Jeremy Gloff)

Rich man
Help my mother she can’t find a job
She is worried she won’t have a home
That’s what our country looks like now

My home
In my favorite neighborhood
There’s black people so it’s called the hood
That’s what our country feels like now

My life is perfect
My life is perfect

Tall one
You are someone I could never love
Been burnt so much that I have given up
That’s what my heart it looks like now

Stay home
My favorite show is on DVD
People they don’t do too much for me
That’s what my night it looks like now

My life is perfect
My life is perfect

The drunk on my couch has gone...
The drunk on my bathroom floor has gone...
The drunk atop my bed has gone...
It’s just me.

My life is perfect
My life is perfect

Time keeps swinging me back and forth
Don’t it feel so good
Track Name: Don't You Run Away
(written by Jeremy Gloff)

Hey hey hey don’t you run away
There’s a monkey on my back
And I think he’s gonna stay
Hey hey hey don’t you run away
There’s a monkey on my back
And I think he’s gonna stay

Remember the time it got in my blood stream
And we were so young - so hard to fight it
Beautiful times beautiful chaos
And I cannot lie - all of me loved it
I felt crazy - it was my fault
When we go crazy - it’s our own fault
Cause the sun still shines in the morning
It shines in the morning

Chorus

Remember the night - it was a ripe one
And eyes baby blue - so inconsistent
Glorious fights - struggled and strangled
And I had to learn can’t force someone to love me
Not sure I will love again
Not sure I will feel again
But the moon still lights up the night sky
It lights up the night sky

Chorus

Don’t mourn what is broken
Don’t mourn what was stolen
All that is left is boredom
All that is left - me and you

Don’t you run away
Track Name: Paper Towel
(written by Jeremy Gloff)

I begged and I begged
Let me come over
And so I did
I begged and I begged
Pay attention to me
Yes you did

Could you see my eyes
Pushing my head down
I never smiled
While the lights were off
I should’ve stayed home
I should’ve stayed home
These are the rules don’t talk too much
Keep your mouth open don’t talk too much
I should’ve stayed home
I should’ve stayed home

For thirty days
You didn’t write back
Sometimes you do
If you chased me
The way I chase you
I’d ignore you too

Just another night pushing my head down
I never smile when the lights are off
I should’ve stayed home
I should’ve stayed home
Time and time it’s been the same
The interest dies once we came
It’s late and we should go home
It’s late and we should go home

But now I’m tired
I think I’m getting tired
I’m finally tired
Of being a paper towel
Track Name: Force Of Nature (feat. Ashley Lash)
(written by Jeremy Gloff and Ashley Lash)

I feel the air I see the sky
The rain is falling down
Overcast I’m feeling lonely
Time is rolling by
I feel the wind beneath my skin
As it holds me tight
See the sun drift away
It’s on its way tonight
I see it coming...I feel it coming
(I feel it coming and it feels so good)

I try to run to my surprise
There’s no place to hide
Moving quickly didn’t know
If the storm was on my side
Lifted up thrown so fast
It’s all so tragic and comforting
Good and bad never last
Frightened into euphoria
I see it coming...I feel it coming

Hurricane - spin me around again
Earthquake - I’m on the ground again
As much as I hate feeling down
As much as I hate feeling cold
It is home

Now it’s gone and I’m still here
Changed but still the same
Sorta blurry sorta clear
A wearable insane
I feel the air I see the sky
A bittersweet goodbye
Smiling brightly kissing chaos
See you next time
When are you coming...and I know you’re coming

Hurricane - cyclone - tornado - earthquake
Up down - spin around - dizzy dazed - twist shake
As much as I hate feeling down
As much as I hate feeling cold
It is home
Track Name: Dear Dad
(written by Jeremy Gloff)

Dear dad
Had a dream last night
You asked how I’m feeling
It felt like you wanted to hear
And I woke up crying
It felt like you wanted to hear

You showed up in the hallway
Where they were punching my head
You showed up in the hallway
Where they were punching my head
And you made ‘em stop
You made ‘em stop
You made ‘em stop
Papa you made ‘em stop
You made ‘em stop
But then i woke up
I’ve given up trying

Dear dad
Had a dream last night
I said how I’m feeling
In the truest of words
And I woke up crying
In the truest of words

You showed up in the alley
Where he was banging my head
You showed up in the alley
Where he was banging my head
And you made him stop
You made him stop
You made him stop
Papa you made him stop
You made him stop
Then I woke up
I’ve given up trying...
Track Name: Stupid Thing
(written by Jeremy Gloff and Jill Jones)

All of the time I spent on your shoulder
All of the years play over and over
I think I lost my way to my own heart
I can’t believe I’m watching you leaving
Try to look blank and swallow my feeling
As you tell me
I gotta make a brand new start

So goodbye - I’ll leave your shirt out for you
So goodbye - I’m one less thing to trouble you
So take the keys - I know that you won’t follow me
It’s a silly dream
That love would conquer everything
What a stupid thing

I see the girls with smiles on their faces
I know you’ll find a way to replace me
Wish you’d find your way back
Into my heart
What’s left to be said?
In an empty apartment
In an empty bed

Repeat Chorus

Are you sleeping while I lie awake?
I keep thinking why’d you throw it all away?

Repeat Chorus
Track Name: True Stories (feat. Sandra Lolo)
(written by Jeremy Gloff and Sandra Lolo)

You close your eyes and think of another time
The summer when the storms came out
In a room with all the windows shut
This is not happening
In a town with all the windows shut
A bomb keeps ticking
A bomb keeps ticking

All the true stories that we keep to ourselves
All the true stories that we keep to ourselves
All the true stories that we keep to ourselves
That we never tell

Haunted by twelve hundred miles
The fading of teenage hopes and smiles
Your heart was open but his mind was shut
So nothing was happening
For twenty years you’ve had your curtains shut
And time keeps ticking
Time keeps ticking

Repeat chorus

Silly girl - it’s time to open your heart
Silly boy - it’s time to love again
Bury the storms in your back yard

Silly girl - it’s time to open your heart
Silly boy - it’s time to love again
Go find the stars in your suitcase
Track Name: Itching
(written by Jeremy Gloff)

Lying in bed - 12 am
The second hand is not my friend
Itching but my skin remains untouched

Fingers press into the bed
Movies dancing in my head
A case of just too little and too much

Where’s the comfort that I seek?
It only stops when I'm bleeding
I just want to go to sleep
One thing left to say
Itching itching go away...

Time it whispers one o’clock
I want to roll without the rock
Me and desire never got along

Feet - they dig into the bed
Numbers stabbing in my head
Oh this feeling never was my friend

Itching my scratches again
Here the hunger comes again
I just wanna go to sleep
Some things never change
Itching itching go away

I’m getting old and it scares me
My body’s not what it used to be
When did we stop dancing?
And my friends are changing

Now it’s just half past two
I’m doing what I always do
Call the troops there certainly is a war
Fingers reaching for the phone
Tomorrow night I’ll stay alone
Temptation always gets the best of me
I feel it go away...
Itching itching go away
Track Name: Control Tonight
(written by Jeremy Gloff)

Spent too much shopping yesterday
I keep texting and there’s no replies
My shelves are full - I’m completely empty inside
Buying lust and I’m wanting love
Eat like crazy and I weigh enough
It’s a shame I’m such a failure

And it felt so good when I was being bad
The night after’s always quiet and sad
It’s not meant to be that’s the story of my life
Oh well

I want control tonight
I’m a failure when I turn off the light
I want that love around me yeah
I want control tonight

I was sober and my friends were drunk
On my cell just trying to hook up
A warm body will pause the drone of my senses
And I’m sleeping late and I’m looking chewed up
I’m diggin’ deeper - yes I’m really screwed up
I’ve got so much frost bite there’s times I wish I’d die

And it felt so good when I was being bad
The morning after’s always quiet and sad
Maybe next time - that’s the story of my life - oh well

I need control tonight
I’m a loser in the middle of the night
I want those arms around me - yeah
I need control tonight

I shouldn’t go out tonight
I really should stay at home
I know I’ll be alright alone
Gotta get treated
From feelings climbing into me
Burrowed into me
Seeing things I shouldn’t see
You’ll see me across the room
In just a little time
Before I start feeling fine.
Track Name: Happy Ending
(written by Jeremy Gloff)

Found a little love
In an old tin jar
You almost missed it
Saw a bus driving by
Heard a plane in the sky
World kept moving without you

All the friends you lost
All the peace you found
Still working out the stains
Never really wanted to die
Wanted to rush life’s prizes
Minus the surprises

Chorus:
No matter how far your hands reached out
Was nothing to grab on to
No matter how much your heart spilled out
That kind of spill was endless
Oh you were defenseless
A kite lost to the wind
Found a place to go
It’s home ‘til your credits roll

A million people to sleep with
A thousand people to talk to
Figure who the friends are
Some took your breath away
Some saw you bleed out loud
What more could you ask for?

Repeat Chorus

Thanks for listening
Thanks for listening
Smile and go back home...
Track Name: Life And Love
(written by Jeremy Gloff and Jill Jones)

Way below
From the surface I could see
You didn’t know
How to handle me
Erase me off
And shake your bones
The same old wounds
Open fast as they close
Piss on my territory

And you seem so tough so hard
As you watched me go
What you didn’t know

Darling now - if I can’t be your friend
I hope you know I’ll always rise again
Cause life and love oh love
Yea life and love oh love
Still mean too much

I come and go
In and out of sanity
Childish hopes
Adolescent fantasies
As you shake me off
And break my bones
With sticks and stones
Must build a new home
Piss on my territory

And you seem so tough so hard
As you let me go
You watched me go

Repeat Chorus