The Hazards of Being Free

by Nancy Gardos

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recorded, mixed and mastered by S.Husky Hoskulds, Groundlift, DTLA

Christopher Allis - drums
Jason Chesney - bass

All songs written by Nancy Gardos except Lost Track
Music co-written + produced by Matt Brown
RoCoBro Studios, Marietta, GA
I Can’t Begin To Tell You How Wrong You Are, co-written + produced by Frank Padellaro and Brandi Ediss at The People Above the Stairs, Northampton, MA

Additional recording at Corner Office Studios, L.A.
Debra Tala recorded at Teeny Tiny Studios, Atlanta, GA
Paul Melançon at SuperActionGO! Studios, Atlanta, GA

A few of these songs were demo’d on Theme Music, the collaborative Facebook group started by our Fearless Leader, Matt Brown. Thank you Matt! for your 6-year music odyssey, its comic relief and continued virtual and in-real-life friendships. Keep making song, people!

I am forever in debt to my ‘rocking teenage combo’ Christopher Allis and Jason Chesney for keeping me in time and sharing bowl upon bowl of Sawtelle ramen goodness.

Very special thanks to Laurie Dworsky, Dinn Mann, Michelle Bader, Jasmine Jaffe, Babak Shokrian, Amanda Miller and Lisa Diamond for sweetening the pot so generously during our Kickstarter campaign!

A special nod to Otto aka ‘Captain Glide’
and my ever-supportive parental units, Dan and Sylvia Dworsky.
Max and Hannah..i love you to the moon.

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released December 25, 2017

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Nancy Gardos Los Angeles, California

I've been breathing Los Angeles air since day one and was raised on radio, from KHJ to KROQ. My last record was a collaboration between me and Matt Brown, (Uncle Green, Theme Music) -- my friend and collaborator both in person and over the wire. This new record, The Hazards of Being Free, is a smaller collection, self-produced and a bit more stripped down. Matt appears on Lost Track. Cheers! ... more

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Track Name: Watch The Sun Go Down
Come from Southern California
And I really outta warn ya
It’s as dry as a bone here
We could use all of the love you’ve got
But I’m never gonna stop, never gonna stop
Never stop being born here
Take you for a ride
Somebody cut the cord
It’s always you and I
Making our way on the west coast
Turn on that cruise control
And slide, slide
Over to me now
And slide, slide
Over to me now
And watch the sun go down
Oh, I could never sleep past eight in the morning
Like dust upon the interstate, I can’t lay still
Let’s pretend noone can find us
As we turn this engine over
Turn on that cruise control
And slide, slide
Over to me now
And slide, slide
Over to me now
And watch the sun go down
And watch the sun go down
And watch the sun go down
Track Name: Alone Together
I’ve been wrestling in this place
Of when I’m with you and without you
I feel your kiss as you leave
And the sun is still not up
A few more winks before the day starts
Interrupted lines in my throat
We need some time
To be alone together
Alone together
Alone
This broken pencil needs sharpening
Just like anything worth saving
We need a getaway plan
Baby step in my direction
Let’s finesse the next few steps

Make an elegant gesture
Toward a love that’s not fractured
Oh, we need to be
Alone Together
(together alone)
Track Name: Lost Track
Hey, is everybody awake now
Well, here we are
Could you pass me a light
‘Cause there’s a chill now
On the filter I have placed
To harbor what’s been wrecked to shreds
And salvage one more hopeful thread
Am I just to swallow this back?
‘Cause I have lost track of the world
That I thought I could recognize
But I’m not dead to it yet
No I’m not dead to it yet
I’m filling the hole with my friends
Hanging out with the constellations
Unimpressed and overfed
In my head I’m burning you with the sun
Using up my darkest days
To mastermind the next big phase
Am I just to swallow this back?
‘Cause I have lost track of the world
That I thought I could recognize
But I’m not dead to it yet
No, I’m not dead yet
Watch me fake it just a little bit
Where’s my stunt double when I need it?
Ill-fitting suits and hot pursuits will get you in the end
Ill-fitting suits and hot pursuits will get you in the end
Track Name: Saltwater
I’m fixing to change with the same old tools
I’m speaking in tongues, I should be listening to you
I wish it was easier
Think I’m drowning
Afraid I’m down in
Saltwater here it comes here it comes
I’m under, I’d give a fortune just to know
How to float
Will you float with me?
That wasn’t yelling yesterday with your door closed
Like Morse code between the dashes and the dots
Translating all my thoughts
Navigating them
Saltwater, here it comes here it comes
I’m under
I’d give a fortune just to know
How to float
Will you float with me?
The best part is knowing that we are better than this
Better than this
Floating
I’m floating
With you
Track Name: I can't begin to tell you how wrong you are
Beginning
I’m okay but sometimes
I tear like paper
Set me up sideways
Just to keep it together
I’m wild and restless
In this twisted age
You think you’re the winner
But you’re not
Well you played your weakest hand by far
I can’t begin to tell you how wrong you are
Well I’ll tell you how wrong you are
You are you are you are
Middle
The darkness all around
The sound of sweat and bass and drums
You think you’re gonna never tell
The bodies from the music all apart
You think you’re gonna fall in love
In love with the sound of sweat and bass and drums
And then the light
And then the light
And then the light
Ending
You need to know we won’t surrender
Until you go we won’t surrender
These are our friends we won’t surrender
Until it ends we won’t surrender
Track Name: Us and Now
There really is no doubt
That I have been figured out
It’s really not that hard
I am most myself with you
It’s all I ever wanted
Don’t change don’t change don’t change
Don’t change don’t change
This is real life in this house
This is real life in this house
There is only now there is only now
There is only now there is only now
Us and now
Us and now
Would you have loved me back in 1982?
When we could hardly say our names
Must’ve been a chemical reaction
I’ve got flaws your hands can take
Feel my weight as I sink in deeper
The deeper the sweeter the sweeter it tastes
It’s all I ever wanted
Don’t change don’t change don’t change
Don’t change don’t change
This is real life in this house
This is real life in this house
There is only now there is only now
There is only now there is only now
Us and now
Us and now
Track Name: Flyover State
Is this your seat for the impossible dream?
I am marked by the fall of my unsteady feet
Counting of sheep
I clutch the idea of being free
Falling just out of place
From a thousand miles in space
Bake me til I’m golden don’t leave me here
in this flyover state
I wanna see your face again again
I wanna see your face again again
I wanna see your face again, again
I wanna see your face again again and again
Bake me til I’m golden don’t leave me here
In this flyover state
I wanna see your face again, again
I wanna see your face again, again , again
I wanna see your face again
I wanna see your face again, again and again

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