One Liners

by Martin Shears

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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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Track Name: She
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
Track Name: Me For a Day
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
Track Name: 95 Reasons
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
Track Name: Beautiful Losers
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
Track Name: Alone With Everyone
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
Track Name: A Song For Adrian
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
Track Name: Mojo Knows
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
Track Name: Climb
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
Track Name: Lonely
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
Track Name: Fall Away
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