It's Always the Quiet Ones

by Zapruder Point

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“Zapruder Point is about right up there with R.D. Roth amongst Chicago folk-rockers, and [It's Always the Quiet Ones] is a very solid collection.” –Mike Bennett, Fufkin.com. It's Always the Quiet Ones is the first Zapruder Point CD released on a proper label: Collectible Escalators, home to Machine Go Boom, Coffinberry and other Midwestern indie favorites. After the entirely rock-trio Spirit of 91 EP, Quiet Ones blends solo pieces among the full-band stuff, and often trades electric guitars for acoustic ones. The result is a home-made, hand-mixed bag of savory sweets, including fan favorites "Johnny without June" and "West of Western."

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released July 1, 2005

Dan Zapruder: Guitar, vocals, keyboards, etc. Tom Millard: Drums and vocals. Casey Riordan Millard: Violin and bass. John Aselin: Bass. Scott Phillips: Keyboards on "Roy G. Biv." Recorded on four-track in various locations. Mastered in Cleveland at somewhere, I forgot where. (Mike took care of that, which was really nice of him.)

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Zapruder Point Chicago, Illinois

Dan Phillips has been writing and recording as Zapruder Point in Chicago for over a decade. Singing simple yet heartfelt songs, he performs as a solo acoustic act, as a duo with drummer Larry Brown, and occasionally with a full band featuring Steve Frisbie on guitar and John Aselin on bass. ... more

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Track Name: Steps From the Lake
STEPS FROM THE LAKE

drive down
downtown
south and then back around
your hands hurt
your head hurts
the sunset makes it worse

and the landladies say
you're steps from the lake
steps from the lake

weekends
you make friends
you dance drink and pretend
up town
your hair down
you smile and sink into sound

and the landladies say
make no mistake
you're steps from the lake

so your year wasn't great
but you know either way
like the landladies say

you're steps from the lake
Track Name: They Want You or They Don't
THEY WANT YOU OR THEY DON'T

did she deal the final blow
was she aiming for the throat
you used to sing it slow
they want you or they don't

and when olympia got cold
and serious as smoke
you'd go and hit that note
they want you or they don't

summer skin is shown
you could feel alone
they chatter on their phones
they want you or they don't

until stone-quiet stoned
and stretched thin as hope
the song became a joke
they want you or they don't

and you just couldn't wait
was it so hard to wait

i see you reaching for your coat
itching just to go
but you of all should know
they want you or they don't

i see you reaching for your coat
itching just to go
you just should have known
Track Name: Johnny Without June
JOHNNY WITHOUT JUNE

i had a dream the other night
and i awoke in tears
no one had told johnny yet
his girl had disappeared
the nurse she pulled the covers up
and hummed a folsom tune
a farm without a farmhand
johnny without june

and like watching a movie
i'd come to know by heart
he just looked so innocent
i just fell apart
it's crazier than columbine
crazy like the moon
cars without america
johnny without june

and those long late hours will never settle in
i have to sleep again
i have to try but then
my hand upon my lover's back
the sun will be up soon
a babe without a blanket
johnny without june

a phone without a phone book
soup without a spoon
cars without america
johnny without june
Track Name: Jodi's Fine
JODI'S FINE

jodi's fine--so am i
in california
i cannot lie--jodi's fine
i'm only warning you

you're only trying to see if
maybe she's put on a little weight
she's gone from good as dead to
good as okay

jodi's fine--so am i
in carolina
i cannot lie--jodi's fine
so why'm i mailing her

i only want to see if
maybe she's put on a little weight
she's gone from good as dead to
good as okay

jodi's fine--so am i
we got a ways to go
Track Name: Good As Gold
GOOD AS GOLD

silver clouds and golden stars
pin the corners of the park
where you will mingle long past dark
'til you forget who you are
and that i.d.
slim and trusty
no-one ever asks to see

and some echoes
won't let go
good as gold
almost

and i guess if you were so inclined
i'd keep pace for one last time
round for round 'til i'm half-blind
but you wouldn't call on your dime
hey that cell phone
that you call home
gets no cheaper when you roam

and some echoes
echo so
won't let go
good as gold
almost
Track Name: It's Always the Quiet Ones
IT'S ALWAYS THE QUIET ONES

stuck in this country where
so north so west so fair
say it's always the quiet ones
and i'm here being quiet

so what's that halo worth
which pixels light up first
say it's always the quiet ones
but i don't think it's always
but you're so sure it's always

babe ruth's shadow lives in the stubble on your chin
and the way it's moving

and these shows just make you mad
all these gentlemen being had
real gentle just like dad
yeah he never was quiet

and no-one will call you out
out here there's little doubt
that it's always the quiet ones
but i don't think it's always
and you know it's not always

babe ruth's shadow lives in your bright and empty fridge
and your spotless closets

stuck in this country where
i'll soon be in mid air
say it's always the quiet ones
well i should have said something
Track Name: West Of Western
WEST OF WESTERN

shelves as deep as we are wide
little wonder we're alive
stuffed with our collectibles
books and tapes and videos
turn the television down
we've got friends from out of town
and maybe they don't wanna know
all the news that's fit to show

still they're coming to get
get us west of western yet
where the snow melts and it sets

in the alley on the stairs
kids pull out each others' hair
'til their parents knock 'em back
dinner's served from paper sacks
and what's the radio to say
fire half a world away
so pull the drapes a little more
pour the wine and shut the door

still they're coming to get
get us west of western yet
where the snow melts and it sets
Track Name: For Greg #3
FOR GREG #3

the call that morning didn't wake me up
but i found out about it soon enough
caught you staring out
from the kitchen couch

i worked a double and i tied one on
by the time i woke up you were gone
sailing so far east
on the briny sea

hollow as an empty coffee tin
the house feels like you might've never been
and the hardwoods ring
and the dishes sing

this type of thing just happened years ago
but no-one remembers so no-one knows
how it's supposed to go
with these piles of books and clothes

and they're sure to grow
all these piles of books and clothes
Track Name: The Idea Of Having Children
THE IDEA OF HAVING CHILDREN

you applied and you got in
and you did good and stayed thin
to get a guy who had a heart
and didn't lie and did his part
to get the jobs to get the stuff
and when it seemed you had enough
it was then the idea spoke up

but the idea did not include
all the abuse and attitude
that she can throw with such weight
slut clothes out late
and does she drink and does she smoke
and is she easily provoked
and this is how the idea just broke

and talking won't help
talking won't help
why start now

now she's applied so you just wait
until she's in another state
she's sure to call a lot to start
but you've done your part
she'll try to smooth whatever's rough
and when it seems she's all grown up
will the idea still feel this stuck
Track Name: Ghosts Of 98
GHOSTS OF 98

most had inklings that were hard to fight
woke up sweating in the middle of the night

and some had reservoirs hidden deep inside
but then their arches fell when they hit 25

and blood sweats alcohol and unemployment tans
the line snakes out the door for the world's greatest band


torching magazines in corners of the park
they set their watches back and pass out in their cars

yeah most had feelings 'til they dried up and flaked
cause there's no heaven if there's no heaven's sake

and i smell their smoke some nights on her fingers still
and i can only pray for all the days i've killed
Track Name: The Condensation
THE CONDENSATION

what's your poison
a clear or colored one
just enough to stun
and put off heading home

boys will caution
girls play silly songs
and you just nod along
but you're not fooling no one

cause back at the house
she'll have white string lights blinking out
back at the house
there's no reason to cast your doubts
around

the condensation
swells until it comes
down the building fronts
saying bless you son bless you son

and back at the house
she's got white string lights blinking out
back at the house
there's no reason to cast your doubts

you know you lucked out
Track Name: The O.M.
THE O.M.

there's the corner
and there's the corner store
i greet the owner
it's what the corner's for

and there's the station
and we're all stationary
so it's written
so it's plain to see that

oh we'll overwhelm

we're not on t.v.
and we're all colored differently
just not as brightly
as the folks on t.v.

and we're not famous
and we will never be
and i'm a million
and you're a million three but

oh we'll overwhelm
oh we'll overwhelm
Track Name: The Balad Of Roy G. Biv
THE BALLAD OF ROY G. BIV

hanging south of the underpass
such little wonder that
all circuits are dead
girls bored as bricks are red

and you're a tender one aren't you
you should get some orange juice
and go back to bed
sweating every yellowed edge

not as green as your money then
blue as a wonder twin
struck from the set
and no-one seems tired just yet

but it was never a sin to go
those first-storey windows
just mess with your head
it's not dark just violet

and when you get to the end
you run through them again