Always Room

by Zapruder Point

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Always Room is a concept EP based on the "characters" from the short-lived PBS reality series American High (2001). In an attempt to replicate the breathless, explosive feel of adolescence, songs were completed quickly, and the lyrics (peppered with lines from the show) were treated to minimal rewrites. The results swing from the romantic hopelessness of "I Could Make You Great" to the abject hedonism of "The Height," to the quiet desperation of "I'm Not Crazy." Upping the immediacy, Always Room was recorded live in one day into a single microphone.

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released November 1, 2004

Dan Phillips - Guitar and Vocal
John Aselin - Mixing

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Zapruder Point Chicago, Illinois

In 1999, Dan Phillips created Zapruder Point, writing and recording under that alter ego / band name for 17 fruitful years in Chicago. Now settled in the Northside neighborhood of Cincinnati, he’s begun to feel his way around his beautiful new city while performing as a solo acoustic act. Originally from Cleveland, he's performed with Bill Fox, Jason Molina, Bowerbirds and others. ... more

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Track Name: Never Graduate
NEVER GRADUATE

you'll probably never graduate
you're making everybody wait
stupid smile stupid face
you're making everybody wait

you're just the kind of boy I hate
the baddest brother off the lake
turn around and show your face
you're making everybody wait
Track Name: I'm Not Crazy
I'M NOT CRAZY

home is coffee and leather
and garlic when it's cold out
and it's cold out all the time now

i try to keep it together
but it's hard when you hold out
and you hold out on a dime now

but if i try too hard it'll count too much
and if i try too hard it'll count too much
and then soon enough you'll think i'm crazy

i've been singing so well
well enough to find out
at the try outs down the interstate

but meanwhile back at the hotel
boys are coming by now
don't know why now they put me in a state

'coz if i try too hard it'll count too much
and if i try too hard it'll count too much
and then soon enough you'll think i'm crazy
don't think i'm crazy
Track Name: Four Eyed Friend
FOUR-EYED FRIEND

she is psyched
got a slot on tonight's open mike
got a song bout a boy that she likes
gonna toss in her bed til it's light

and she's probably gonna call to confide
she's probably gonna call four eyes wide

and it's some kinda love that i send
she's a friend she's a girl she's a friend
gonna fight gonna beat bitter ends

and she's probably gonna call four eyes wide
she's probably gonna call four eyes wide

wanna run wanna go get away
canada mexico and the states
gotta hold gotta pause gotta wait

she's probably gonna call four eyes wide
she's probably gonna call four eyes wide
but ain't nobody ever gonna fall four eyes wide
hey who maybe didn't need to fall
Track Name: I Could Make You Great
I COULD MAKE YOU GREAT

sheets distressed by my hand
things won't work out as planned
i don't understand

i hit a button…it made a noise
like any button…on any toy

miles to go go 'til i wake
you've made a big mistake
i could make you great

so much time…such little boys
there's so much time…in illinois

take me out for a spin
trade those coke bottles in
am i far too thin

or will i sink in…his corduroy
there's so much time…in illinois
Track Name: Car Keys
CAR KEYS

can't stop me
i'll be going out when i'm going out
can't stop me
i'll be coming back when i'm coming back
can't stop me
can't stop me

can't stop me
i'll be hanging out with who i'm hanging out with
can't stop me
i'll get my fingers wet and steal some street signs
can't stop me
can't stop me

can't stop me
i'll be going out when i'm going out
can't stop me
i'll be coming back when i'm coming back
can't stop me
can't stop me
can't stop me

now just tell me where are the car keys
Track Name: The Height
THE HEIGHT

scoring like a figure skater
brushing off the player haters
we'll collect the empties later
don't be afraid of one last blowing-out

high hopes and low resistance
the height of my existence
tell me can i get a witness
sucks for you man all the liquor's gone

geeks feeling up cheerleaders
two-liter bottom feeders
looking sweet but sounding sweeter
i'll write it all down if i remember

gimme smoke inhalation
gimme college preparation
dim switch the dim relations
man if they could only see me now

but they're not coming back
to check up
Track Name: South For Spring
SOUTH FOR SPRING

just south of florida
sleep three to a bunk
they drink like they're broken but
they're so young you're so young

and it's hard to be happy
when they're having such fun
you stare all your daggers but
you're still pulling every punch

aim lower next time
and you'll be fine

she's all by her lonesome
she's just a short walk
you used to be closer but
you never talk and now when she talks

you're made to feel something
when you're made to feel dumb
spring might've broken but
it feels more like a midwestern midsummer sun

aim lower next time
and you'll be fine
Track Name: Always Room
ALWAYS ROOM

been looking at the corners of my envelopes lately
like they'll be sending me off to sea
been spending every extra minute with my baby
and she's been spending them all with me
it's got me feeling like a freak

cause she shouldn't want to put all of her money down on me
and she don't wanna be seventeen either, by the way

been studying the angles of your cameras lately
how will they edit it all out west
been thinking you'll be thinking i'm a sure-fire maybe
will he be getting the girl i guess
we're gonna have to wait and see

but there's always some room when the year comes to an end
maybe you and i could still be friends
you know it