The Second One

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released 24 May 2013
Written, produced and arranged by Stefan Olofsson and Daniel Andersson

Recorded at White Cherry Hill Studios
Mixed and mastered by Stefan Olofsson

Cover design by Daniel Andersson
Artwork by Stephen Harrison
Photos by Daniel Andersson and Jonas Andersson

Horn arrangement on "In The City" by Per Bejstam
Flugelhorn solo on "Mister White" arranged by Hans Hjortek

Musicians:
Jay Graydon, Michael Landau, Bill Champlin, Ian Bairnson, Peter "Peppe" Olofsson, Pär Wretling, Samuel Muntlin, Lars-Erik Dahle, Christian Thomsen, Göran Turborn, Mikael Emsing, Marcuz Granberg, Sven Larsson, Peter Holmqvist, Per Bejstam and Peter Friestedt

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Track Name: This Time
Ace-to-five
Your declaration
The stakes are high
No calling station

The starting hand
You’re in command
Begin the master plan

This time, you’re gonna hold ‘em right
This time, it’s a big blind
This time, you’re on a rush tonight

Not for the weak
Here comes the showdown
The cards will speak
Slow roll in fold town

The second hand
You’re in command
Maintain the master plan

This time, you’re gonna hold ‘em right
This time, it’s a big blind
This time, you’re on a rush tonight
This time, prelogical mind

It’s not your game
You feel a head rush
Your claim to fame
Gone in a four flush

A crying call
You’ve lost it all
Pawn your car and bet once more

This time, you’re gonna hold ‘em right
This time, it’s a big blind
This time, you’re on a rush tonight
This time, prelogical mind
Track Name: In The City
A night where everything is right
The neon’s smiling bright
Without a trace of tragedy

And it’s true, I’m talking over you
‘Cause when the night is through
There’s nothing but a memory

In the city - no one knows your name
In the city - someone else is to blame
In the city - there’s no shadow on tomorrow

A dream of ending the regime
I woke up with a scream
And thought of years gone by

But alright, we’re out again tonight
The past is out of sight
No time to wonder why

In the city - no one knows your name
In the city - someone else is to blame
In the city - there’s no shadow on tomorrow

SOLO

In the city - no one knows your name
In the city - someone else is to blame
In the city - you can be alone
In the city - talk about it on the phone
In the city - you can strike it rich
In the city - then be jumping from a bridge
In the city - you can look aside
In the city - take your senses for a ride
In the city - you can be someone
In the city - who is known by no one
In the city - love is off the charts
In the city - enough to break your heart
Track Name: Mister White
I can follow every business chart
But I’m hollow deep within my heart
Always working ‘round the hour
Sucking up to those in power

Like a coin that’s flipped into the air
Like a word that’s slipped but no one cares
How do people stay alive
When they’re on a crashing dive

I chase the few and precious things
Like the moment someone rings

Call for Mister White
Then I’ll be just fine
Dialing 905
Help me kill some time

Much too busy, no time to reconcile
Getting dizzy, but standing all the while
My brain needs rest, my soul needs healing
But I’m out of touch with feelings

I chase the few and precious things
Like the moment someone rings

Call for Mister White
Then I’ll be just fine
Dialing 905
Help me kill some time
Track Name: Hard Goodbye
In the city you had to watch out for yourself
And rely on the help from nobody else
It was a cold, dark and lonely place
Far from the green embrace

Down the street your hab looked over the scene
Where the mobsters carried out their silent routine
It was a cold, dark and lonely place
Far from the green embrace

It’s a hard goodbye
When you’ve lost what you thought you knew
Janey, please reply
Was there something I could have done for you

Now the lights don’t shine from your window no more
There’s debris and rubble lying on the floor
In this cold, dark and lonely place
Far from the green embrace

It’s a hard goodbye
When you’ve lost what you thought you knew
Janey, please reply
Was there something I could have done for you
Track Name: Scofflaws
Three cheers for Norma
She’s a minor recluse
Never trust a girl who’s got nothing to lose

Spud’s not a liar
Spud’s not a crook
He just don’t think that you can live all by the book

Four losers in a conjugation
A party for investigation

In a cloud of blue smoke
We’re off in the Mini Moke again
Another adventure awaits at the end

Did you meet Lucky
He’s one unlucky guy
Been a jailbird now since 1959

Can you remember
Your nick was “The Brain”
On reflection it was one sarcastic blame
Track Name: I Got Myself Together
I was a liar
Down at the Street
Used to get high on
New ways to cheat

Wearing the bright white collar
Chasing the Yankee dollar
Then one day I
Stepped out of the beat

CHORUS
I got myself together
The rage is over
It’s going so much better

I bought the illusion
That greed is good
Amidst the confusion
I misunderstood

Inside my head was reeling
I had this gnawing feeling
That nothing was the way it should

CHORUS
Track Name: Finally Fair And Balanced
I’ve been watching the wolves
Preying on the sheep
Like a voyeur aloof
Every effing week

With the light of the screen
Fluorescent with fluff
But when the color goes green
I just can’t get enough

But I’m finally fair and balanced tonight
Now it’s understood
To be finally fair and balanced, right
Had to turn it off for good
To be finally fair and balanced
Finally fair and balanced tonight

I can’t remember just when
Now can they, can you
Opinions came to be king
And knowledge lost its value

A daily dose of assertive
Conditioning is tough
But when Old Grimy comes on
I just can’t get enough

But I’m finally fair and balanced tonight
Now it’s understood
To be finally fair and balanced, right
Had to turn it off for good
To be finally fair and balanced
Finally fair and balanced tonight
Track Name: Center Of The Sun
It’s a jump to the left
And a step to the right
through a hole in folded over space and time

Cause I’m leaving the home base
And I will be presumed MIA
In a Cobra MKVII hyper bound

They call me son of a gun
A privateer on the run
But its fine with me cause I’m heading for the center of the sun

With a cargo of counterfeit goods
Passing overgrown green backwoods
where the gravitation makes it an endeavor

Through a vision of smoke
I can see that it’s no joke
That the war we fight is going on forever
Track Name: California Gold
Wandering through the city
Disguised as Klondike Kids
The yellow disc would shine upon us all

Fooled like a forty-niner
I should have known by now
There’s no use in waiting for a call

When I look out on the prairie
A vision made to blind
The tide is rising up
I can’t unwind

California Gold
Until the night gets old
I long to see the sight of silence

Surfing on the Pacific
The tears of broken dreams
Is it ever a wonder why you’re blue

I was somewhat prolific
At least in Hollywood
What remains when history is through
(What remains forever
Only you)?

When I look out on the prairie
A vision made to blind
The tide is rising up
I can’t unwind

California Gold
Until the night gets old
I long to see the sight of silence

You’re a Midas touch for the winner
A beater’s skin for the loser
But all in all it all works out
As long as we stay twenty carat based on merit
Track Name: Nineteen Eighty-one
Ten out of ten would give fair warning
And trust in every public eye
You took the train in early morning
And raised the question high and dry

Writing the diary of a madman
For your eyes only, Mrs Blonde
Escaping tinseltown rebellions
Like a raider on the golden pond

CHORUS
Where were you and and what’d you do back in 1981
Did you have a DeLorean and the world under your thumb
Were you working nine to five underneath the big black sun
Was it all so different back in 1981

George saw the task unto completion
The dude turned into sticky slime
But dared he chase the movement backwards
The healing principle of time

Put your faith into Columbia
And be all the you can be
It’s time to turn the pages over
Don’t turn your back on MTV

CHORUS 2
Back in 1981 three quartets would be played
The hero of production was a certain Jay
While the transfers of Manhattan sang like nightingales
And a beacon in the night made AJ break away