One Liners

by Martin Shears

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1.
03:44
She - has a smile I can't forget She - took me higher than a jumbo jet She - could be my Juliet She - will be mine if you wanna bet And I need her So I'll swim across the Nile I'll get a cool hairstyle I'll walk right down the aisle for she She - always likes to make the scene She - looking good in leather jeans She - want to sink my submarine She - starring in my naughty dreams And I want her So I'll bring her lemonade I'd get her kitty spade Then sing a serenade for she I'd do a monkey dance Leave home without my pants All for a sweet romance with she And when she's feeling down I'll take away her frown And when she comes undone I'll sew her buttons on And if she breaks my heart I'll keep the biggest part She fits me like a glove I'm gonna give my love to - She So I'll go and mow the lawn Get rid of all my porn I'll take Hulk Hogan on I'll die and be reborn, yeah I'll mend her broken wing I'll wear a wedding ring I'll do most anything for - She
2.
04:18
Lets be us - Don't wanna be them The sum of all we've been since way back when I'll be you - and you can be me 'Cause through each other's eyes there's clarity Words will never show it You just feel it then you'll know it If you were me for a day You'd see all the beauty in you If you were me for a day You'd see how my love shines through But it's hard for me to tell you "Cause I haven't got a clue Not a clue - to get through to you Angry words will drive in a wedge Talk me down or push me off that ledge Where I fall impressions are made The one's I have of you I'd never trade Take you as I find you I'm always right behind you If you were me for a day You'd see all the beauty in you If you were me for a day You'd see how my love shines through But it's hard for me to tell you "Cause I haven't got a clue If you were me for a day You'd love you too Words will never show But alright, I'll have a go You're the voice inside my head You're the left side of the bed You're the Baileys in my cream You're the sexy in my dream You're the oxygen I breathe And the ace that's up my sleeve You're the first star in the sky You're the sin I can't deny You're the heart that fills my soul You're the rock inside my roll And after every dumb cliche There's only one thing left to say I wish you could be me for a day - Oh you know it! I wish you could be me for a day
3.
03:32
Well give 95 reasons to love you ‘Cause I’ve gotta be sure it’s for real You never know how you’re going to feel When the 94th reason is gone Give me 95 reasons to care ‘Cause I’ve gotta be sure you’ll be there When the push and shove of this labor of love Gets harder and harder to bear I don’t wanna doubt you But everything about you Makes me wanna run and hide I won’t be sticking around Long enough for an alternative “Cause even though you thrill me Forever might kill me Dead from my wounded pride I’ve had that headache before Now won’t you offer the cure? And give me 95 reasons to give you All the things that I’ll never possess Like the desire for wealth and success “Can’t Buy Me Love,” somebody once said So give me 95 reasons to care ‘Cause I’ve gotta be sure you’ll be there When all the tea in China Won’t easily change my point of view But 95 reasons will do Oh 95 reasons no more excuses Love and affection got a 1001 uses A sensible liar is all I require To make me believe again Hey, give me 95 reasons to be here ‘Cause you know I’ve been here before And when my fingers got slammed in the door I swore I wouldn’t go there no more So give 95 reasons to love you ‘Cause I’ve gotta be sure it’s for real When all the tea in China Won’t easily change my point of view But 95 reasons will do Hey hey, 95 reasons
4.
Empty and hollow Oh baby swallow it down Until the next one comes around They numb the senses Of the defenseless and weak Who love these gorgeous little freaks The fakers of the world are free They play with you and play with me And I can’t seem to make them go away Oh you beautiful Losers Covered in plastic Captain Fantastically vane You thrill the eyes and take the brain Another diva, another reason to choke Believe the hype, become the joke You tell me who and where and why How to live and when to die What to like and what I ought to hate Oh you beautiful losers Oh you beautiful losers Oh you beautiful losers Oh you beautiful losers So many losers around They’re selling souls by the pound From magazines to movie show TV screens and radio I can’t count high enough to calculate All you beautiful losers All you beautiful losers All you beautiful losers Oh you’re beautiful Oh you beautiful losers
5.
Give me the words and I will tell you something Something I know you’re longing to hear Give me the time and I will take you over Just chase away my fear Give me an inch and I will take a mile I know you’d never hold me down Don’t wanna wait ’til my clothes are back in style For love to come around There’s a place I’ve been in the space between Where you and I can run In a crowded room it’s like solitude Alone with Everyone Yeah but we’re having fun Give me a glance and I will tell a story With just a look I can read your mind Big brown eyes that always seem to floor me Leave my defenses blind Give me the chance and I will bring you flowers And to your lips, the taste of wine Don’t need a pill to make me go for hours Just your skin on mine, yeah your skin on mine There’s a place I’ve been in the space between Where you and I can run In a crowded room it’s like solitude But we’re having fun Alone with Everyone ‘Cause baby I know what you’re thinking Yeah I know what you’re drinking Oh you fill it up until it overflows And washes over me In the space between Where you and I can run In a crowded room it’s like solitude But we’re just having fun Staring at the sun Alone with Everyone
6.
Adrian, can you come out and play? Adrian, can you make it today? Your bed is all made Your room painted blue Oh Adrian, the world waits for you Adrian, we bought you some clothes For ten little fingers and ten little toes And when you open your eyes The first thing you’ll see Is your pretty big sister, your mommy, and me And may you always know laughter May you always know love And always find comfort in heaven above Oh Adrian, here’s a message for you There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do Well I’ll chase all those monsters from under your bed I’ll kiss it all better, that bump on your head I’ll teach you to sing and play the guitar And when you grow up you’ll be a rock ’n roll star But I wouldn’t mind if you don’t climb a tree Yeah, I wouldn’t mind if you look just like me A beautiful baby, a bundle of joy Oh Adrian, you’re my little boy Oh Adrian, you’re my little boy
7.
03:24
You’re growing up fast And as the year fly past Like a shooting star You’re going twice as far Whatever you do You’re gonna do it With your own finesse Oh I’m so impressed ‘Cause Mojo knows what she wants to be The greatest doctor in history The scientific discovery she’ll find Will save all mankind Our Mojo will blow your mind And as you mature You can be sure we’re standing By your side, filled with pride That look in your eyes So deep and wise But then your heart of gold Is only twelve year old ‘Cause Mojo knows what she wants to be The queen of egyptology And oceanic authority A novelist with a P.H.D. Yeah Mojo knows how to live the dream The rising star of the stage and screen If you can’t see it I’m sure you must be blind So she’ll leave you ass behind Our Mojo will blow your mind Yeah Mojo knows how to get to me She dances weird and sings out of key But once she captures the harmony You’ll find a women so refined Your heart to hers she’ll bind And if she’s so inclined Our Mojo will blow your mind She’ll blow your mind
8.
03:50
Think I was taken unaware Think there was something in the air Out of the mystic comes a deeper side of two Out of the darkness I reach for you But I wanna climb the walls around you I wanna see through your disguise I wanna break the chains that bind you I wanna feel our worlds collide Are we the opposite cliche? Here tomorrow, gone today Every step that takes me further out of view Is one more step that brings me back to you And I wanna climb the walls around you I wanna see through your disguise I wanna break the chains that bind you I wanna feel our worlds collide ‘Cause every smile inebriates me Look at me stagger around your heart Every thought of you sedates me ’til I’m defenseless to your charm, yeah Every step that takes me further out of view Is one more step that brings me back to you I wanna climb the walls around you I wanna see through your disguise I wanna break the chains that bind you I wanna feel our worlds collide And I wanna climb, oh yeah I wanna break, yeah I wanna feel ‘Cause every smile inebriates me Look at me stagger around your heart Every thought of you sedates me Bringing me back
9.
04:33
We got a thing had the world on a string Don’t say goodbye We got a love they’re all in envy of Don’t say goodbye I know I’ve been a fool It wasn’t kind to be cruel But what we share there’s nothing can compare Don’t say goodbye So if you want me to crawl I won’t say anything at all And if you want me to bleed Just cut out my heart It ain’t something I need to be lonely You had a light that never burned so bright For all to see There was a glow that always seemed to flow Between you and me It was a difficult day That took your sparkle away But if I can sing and light you up again Don’t say goodbye So if you want me to crawl I won’t say anything at all And if you want me to bleed Just cut out my heart It ain’t something I need to be lonely What else can I do? ‘Cause every moment with you Brings me closer to who I’ve always wanted to be If you want me to crawl I won’t say anything at all And if you want me to bleed Just cut out my heart It ain’t something I need Oh I wish you believed Oh baby don’t leave me lonely
10.
05:02
Tripped up tumble down Fall away and hit the ground Content just to take a ride Don’t know how to stop the slide Down the drain You lost yourself again You’re just pretending it’s ok ‘Cause you talk a perfect game Mimic love deflect the blame So good living in denial Wink an eye, fake a smile And swallow up your pride Just enough to hide All the things that messed you up inside When you fall away You fall away so far Every night I sit and wonder why Why you had to fall so far away You waited for the wind to blow Wound me up and let me go I spun like a 45 Left for dead, half alive When you said you were through It wasn’t me, no it was you That cut me deeper than I ever knew When you fall away You fall away so far Every night I sit and wonder why Why you had to fall so far away I wanna wipe you from my memory A love lobotomy, but it’s hard to let it go ‘Cause you missed me I could sympathize I’d look into your eyes, but you’d never let it show So what’s a boy supposed to do living with the ghost of you? Well, I drove by. No-one home Grabbed a fifth, drank alone And thought about the time Back when you were mine Man, I thought those days would never end But they fall away They fall away so far Every night I sit and wonder why Why you had to fall so (You fall so far) And why you’ve been so awful (No good for you now) And why you had to fall so far away You fall so far away You fall so far away (So far away, so far away) So far away

about

This collection of songs has been years in the making. It spans not only time, but people, relationships, the human condition, my personal condition, love, faith, pain, aspiration, despair, joy, and so many other experiences that force one to look within for meaning and thereby drive a cathartic need to write lyrics & melodies. I am grateful for these experiences and to those whose shared them with me.

The Thank-yous

So much love and thanks to my wife Gogo and our children Mojo and Adrian for your unwavering love, support, patience, and inspiration. Thanks to Ike Marr, my counterpart in Ike & Martin, for your friendship and sharing a stage with me all these years. Thanks to The Scones alumni Gary Bruzzese, Ronnie Winters, and Jeff Owens, for your musicianship, fellowship, friendship, and funny shit. Thanks to Les Scott and Andy Kern for your contribution and expertise. Thanks to Andy Barrett for your mentorship. Thanks to David Lawrie for helping me finally finish this record. Thanks to Andy Wilson for the bang up mastering job. And a great big thanks to you for listening, coming to shows, connecting, loving music, and being the best fucking fans and friends in the world. I love and appreciate you all.

This record is dedicated to my Mother & Father Jean & Bill Martin.

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released May 15, 2020

Produced by Martin Shears
Recorded and mixed at Brilliant Recording, Ishikawa Media, and Red Mountain Studios.
Mastered by Andy Wilson
Photography by Bill Martin
Illustrations by Ally “Mojo” Cody
All songs ©2020 ASCAP

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Martin Shears South Lake Tahoe, California

"I tend to write songs from my experience with human weirdness whether it be my own or somebody else's. We're all just trying to figure out how to contribute to each other without losing ourselves. People are complicated and I enjoy trying to capture that in 4 minutes or less." ... more

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