Quarter Past Midnight (Anthology)

by Bruce Cook

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Highlights and Curiosities from the archives. Recorded in livingrooms, basements, and other odd places. (Apologies to the neighbors.)

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released October 2, 2016

Eddie Estrin: Percussives
Glen Jaffe: Lead Guitar
Billy Katz: :Lead Guitar
Mark L. Jonsson: Bass
Bruce Cook: Voices, Keyboards, Guitars, Drums

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Bruce Cook Minneapolis, Minnesota

Bruce Cook is a musician, singer, songwriter, educator, and technologist. His musical ventures have taken him from showcases on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, to video game soundtracks, to medieval renaissance compilations, to ambient soundscapes, to pop and rock explorations. He currently teaches on the faculty at McNally Smith College of Music in Saint Paul, Minnesota. ... more

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Track Name: Chasing the Day
Baby said she's coming home tonight
She been so long away
I thought she might

Stay awhile this time to comfort me
Somehow I know she won't
Realize she don't
Belong with me

She's free to wander round the world
She's everybody's girl
A late flight for LA
Leaving me chasing the day

Heaven only knows what's on her mind
I started out today
Can't be left behind

Living in my car along the way
That's how the west was won
You drive into the sun
Never catch the day

She's free to wander round the world
She's everybody's girl
The light begins to fade
Leaving me chasing the day
Okay

Now baby says she's leaving late today
I wonder where she'll go
I think by now she knows
I'm on my way

She's free to wander round the world
She's everybody's girl
A late flight from LA
Leaving me chasing the day

She's free on a late flight from LA
Track Name: Begin Again
When the lights are fading fast
When the luck don't seem to last
When freedom is on its knees
When the fire begins to freeze

When their hearts have turned to stone
When God's left you all alone
When the flag burns to the ground
When the voice won't make a sound

You got nothing left to lose
So turn up, turn up the gain

File away your regret
It's time to get down to it
Oh lay the first stone
No, you're not finished yet

When the sky begins to fall
When words mean nothing at all
When the vow begins to shake
When the whole world's at stake

When pieces no longer fit
And so-called friends make a day of it
When water don't turn to wine
When your hear is on the line

You got nothing left to lose
So turn up, turn up the gain

File away your regret
It's time to get down to it
Oh lay the first stone
No, you're not finished yet

Begin Again.

Yesterday is just a dream
It's time that you were changing the scene
I know you can begin again
I know you can begin again
Track Name: Prospect Park
You walk away in the fields of Prospect Park
The day just slips away and the fields grow dark

And all the songs you play
Fade like the day
And all the words you say
Begin to turn grey

You stop to search for peace that's so hard to find
You stop and stare at all you've left behind

And all the songs you play
Fade like the day
And all you ever knew
Is changing today

It's time to go no time to laugh
It's time to find your better half
It's time to run for cover once again

The sun comes up again in Prospect Park
And through the trees your life begins to spark

And all the songs you play
Start playing again
And all the words you say
Come back again

It's time to go no time to laugh
It's time to find your better half
The wheels go 'round
It's time to run again

The sun comes up again in Prospect Park
The sun comes up again in Prospect Park
The sun comes up again in Prospect Park
The sun comes up again in Prospect Park
The sun comes up again in Prospect Park
The sun comes up again in Prospect Park
The sun comes up again
Track Name: Get it Right thisTime
One just stands alone in the California night
One just sees the stars in the cold deserted sky
I don't even know why the fields keep blowing free
When the rain is falling down all around you won't find me

Get up and change the world
Cause it's an uphill climb
You've won and lost a few
So get it right this time

Woke up with the thought that you're never coming round
Still trying to reach the sky when it's falling down
Mama said you've gone to the land across the sea
When the paper's falling down all around you won't find me

Get up and change the world
Cause it's an uphill climb
It all comes back to you
So get it right this time
Track Name: Opening Night
Maybe a smile in this scene could help hide
How you're feeling inside 'til the stunt men arrive
Have you forgotten the lines
Is the role not quite right
Never thought in rehearsal
The lights were much too bright
So here you are on opening night

So put on that face
For all the passers-on-by
And in Act IV
For the ladies who cry

It's opening night
Where's the leading lady
What'd she used to say to you
In the middle of her song
You know the show it must go on

There's a full house tonight, you better be good
I've been there before and it's understood
That it's out of your hands written so long ago
And who could come up with a scene so true to life
Here you are on opening night

So put on that face
For all the passers-on-by
And in Act IV
For the ladies who cry

It's opening night
Where's the leading lady
What'd she used to say to you
In the middle of her song
You know the show it must go on
Track Name: Great Divide
You're still the child of destiny
Everyday I see you shine
Voices from a nation's scar
Twist the truth of what you are
So darlin' don't you feel so sad

What ever you do
Don't let them keep you
From coming through

The great divide
Maybe someday the sky will open
Their one track minds
Might see the thread that ties us all
Together, together
Don't you let them keep you down

Still you've got to understand
Still the old ways die so hard
Now the innocence you find in youth
Brings you closer to the truth
Keep searching for some common ground

What ever you do
Don't let them keep you
From coming through

The great divide
Maybe someday the sky will open
Their one track minds
Might see the thread that ties us all
Together, together
Don't you let them keep you down

Still the old ways die so hard
Just remember who you are

You're still the child of destiny

The great divide
Maybe someday the sky will open
Their one track minds
Might see the thread that ties us all
Together, together
Don't you let them keep you down

Just remember who you are