The J. Lopez Collective

by Sofa City Sweetheart

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    The J. Lopez Collective is a DIY collection of acoustic demos, silly songs, and recording experiments from 2005.
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Annie stay home No one needs to know Why you stay at home While they paint the town but... You know, you know They're worse off without you You know, you know They're worse off without you Annie stay home There's no need to go Your cookies are warm And your mother is cold, plus... You know, you know They're worse off without you You know, you know They're worse off without you Annie stay home There's no place to go Annie stay home There's no place like home You know, you know, you know
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Stanley worked hard all of his life But before he died he turned to his wife and said "Shirley, I'm retiring Shirley, I'm retiring" But Shirley said "Stan, you're only 34 You've still got to work a little bit more Before retiring Baby, keep dreaming!" So Stanley waited Stanley waited But it turns out that Shirley wasn't right in the head Stanley was 73 and all but dead And he was retiring Stanley was retiring But Stan was a loving man and cared for his wife He waited on hand and foot the rest of his life His time spent retiring Naturally, went to Shirley Stanley waited Stanley, Stanley's still waiting Stanley... all for Shirley
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Even the most perfect reproduction of a work of art is lacking in one element: Its presence in time and space Its unique existence at the place Where it happens to be Where it happens to be This unique existence of the work of art Determined the history to which it was subject Throughout the time of its existence This includes the changes which it may have suffered in physical condition over the years As well as the various Changes in its ownership Where it happens to be Where it happens to be The traces of the first can be revealed only by Chemical or physical analyses Which it is impossible to perform On a reproduction The changes of ownership are subject to a tradition Which must be traced from the situation of the original The presence of the original Is the prerequisite to The concept of authenticity
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Days 02:25
All of my days have been slipping away from me All of my days have been slipping away from me All of my days have been slipping away from me All of my days have been slipping away Ahh... All of my days have been running away from me All of my days have been running away from me All of my days have been running away from me All of my days have been running away Ahh... Ahh... Do dat daah do da da
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Prelude 00:51
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Andy'n Me 03:49
Alright so listen up, there's something you should know Forever's not a word that means I'll let her go She makes me realize that life is more than living You should know best of all what it's like when she's singing, so... Tell me, waddya got against Andy'n me? I'll tell you anything to make you start to see Please let me know when I have changed your fickle mind I'm quite aware that it might take a bit of time I gotta let you know what it's like to be me Driving on a summer's day with Andy, so... Julie, waddya got against Andy'n me? I'll tell you everything I got to make you believe The soft wind in her hair The sunset everywhere The smile on her face I'll never leave this place So Julie, what's so wrong with Andy'n me? The dance steps in her feet Make her and I complete How could you possibly Deny all this from me? So tell me, what's so wrong with Andy'n me? Tell me, waddya got against Andy'n me? I'll tell you, every reason to make you believe Tell me, waddya got against Andy'n me? (Julie why won't you tell me?) I'll tell you, everything I got to make you believe (Julie why won't you tell me?) That Andy'n me Have got a good thing
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Guitar 00:58
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There was once this crazy cod With the most bodacious bod And he looked so good And he looked so fresh He was swimming by the bay When a worm went 'round his way And it looked so good And it looked so real But instead of swimming for the hills He turned around and got it through the gills Thank you Mr. Fishy for swimming in the sea Thank you Mr. Fishy for swimming home to me Thank you Mr. Fishy for swimming way down south Thank you Mr. Fishy for swimming in my mouth! And so he met a fisherman His new home was a frying pan And it looked so cold But then it got real hot And so he said "Please sir, I've got one wish I wouldn't like to be a dish You see, I've got this girl..." The man said "Say no more... "Go on, you really shouldn't stay Go on, before I change my mind and say: "Thank you Mr. Fishy for swimming in the sea Thank you Mr. Fishy for swimming home to me Thank you Mr. Fishy for swimming way down south Thank you Mr. Fishy for swimming in my mouth"
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Say goodbye to the butter baby Say goodbye to the butter baby Cause if you don't get to say goodbye, It might be gone forever Say goodbye to your mother baby Say goodbye to your mother baby Cause if you don't get to say goodbye She might be gone forever Say goodbye, say bye bye Say goodbye, say bye bye Say goodbye, say bye bye Say goodbye (Alright, let's go!)
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Eat a tree Eat a tree I just want to eat a tree (x6) Eat a tree Eat, eat, eat, eat, chomp a... Tree!
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Floating 02:09
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L-O-V-E 01:11
Love, L-O-V-E love Not H-A-T-E hate Come on let's celebrate Because I love you L-O-V-E love you Not H-A-T-E hate you Baby I'm gonna make you Feel my big ol' love L-O-V-E love I'm gonna push and shove My way inside your love Tonight, tonight Tonight!
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If you want us to stop singing Then give us money, money, money, money If you'd like us to leave your home Then give us money, money, money, money We sure love money and we know you have some so please give it up or we'll kill you We don't like working so we started stealing and we are so sorry we picked you But if you want to see your dog alive Then give us money, money, money If you'd like us to stop singing Then give us money, money We love money
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Paula 02:32
Paula, Paula, Paula Really oughta, oughta, oughta, be with me (x2) Paula, Paula, Paula Really oughta, oughta, oughta, oughta see (x2) And she knows it's true And she knows it's true Paula, Paula, Paula Really, really, really, oughta, oughta see That Paula, Paula, Paula's Gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta be with me
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The Bee 01:12
I love the bee and she loves me Oh how can it be? That I love the bee and she loves me? Oh how can it be? That she can see The good in everyone, including me And that is why I say: That I love the bee and she loves me? Oh how can it be? That I love the bee and she loves me? Oh how can it beeeee? Oh how can? Well it be!
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The Creep 00:54
(I'm going to get you) When you're asleep at night Don't open your eyes Cause you will see mine Staring right back
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Old Timey 00:57
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The City 01:05
You haven't made one thin dime in the city I think you'd do better out here Yes I think you'd do better Bout time that you came home away from the city I think you'd feel better back here Yes I think you'd feel better back here
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The Singer 01:48
I've traveled far and wide to ask you this But don't expect me to ask for a kiss I know you wish... Kellee, Kellee, won't you sing for me? Kellee, Kellee, won't you sing... For me your voice is the best that I know I've known this from the first time I heard you On my broken down radio Kellee, Kellee, won't you sing for me? Kellee, Kellee, won't you sing for me? Kellee, Kellee, won't you sing for me? Oh baby, please Kellee, Kellee, won't you sing for me?
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Do what you can While the light is still on While the light is still on Do what you can While the night is still young While the night is still young Do what you can While the light is still on While the light is still on Do what you can Because the light will go out Because the light will go out Because the light will go out Because the light will go out
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You never thought I really cared Thought I was always unaware When you were right there by my side But you, you were always on my mind You were always on my mind You were always on my mind
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I've been waiting Here for so long Just to see you go I've been dreaming Of the scene when You come running home So run back to me Come on home to West Covina Come on home to West Covina Come on home to West Covina town Come on home to West Covina Come on home to West Covina Come on home to West Covina Where there's Christmas times in every Christmas times in every month In every month Christmas times in every Christmas times in every month In every month Christmas times in every month
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Toffee delights will make things alright Toffee delights will make things alright Cause they're yum, yum, yummy in my tum, tum, tummy They'll make things alright in the morning, noon, or night Toffee delights will make things alright Toffee delights will make things alright Cause they're yum, yum, yummy in my tum, tum, tummy They'll make things alright in the morning, noon, or night
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This space is your space This space is MySpace From your own profile To the Cool New People From the crappy bands To the free iPods This space was made for you and me (By Tom... and his friends)
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Four Guitars 01:01

about

"A treasure trove of early material and forgotten gems. The record moves from wistful Beach Boys style ballads (Annie Stays Home) and Kinks-esque chug-a-longs (Stanley Waited) to the intertwining vocals of 'Andy'n Me' and the seasonal glow of 'Christmas Times.' Keep your ears open for this musical maverick."
--Make It Mag

"What stands out most is the sincerity and purity of the recordings. Songs like “Stanley Waited” (about an elderly man who cares for his ailing wife) and “Annie Stays Home” are lyrically solid and gorgeously sung by Lopez’s falsetto. Lo-fi quality of the recordings, and brevity of demo tracks aside, J. has a voice that could stop an entire room in its tracks.

Cute songs like “The Brontosaurus Boogie” and “Thank You Mr. Fishy” make this 30 track CD (priced at $9.99) well worth the price of admission."
--Birdhouse Reviews

“Pure pop for now people from the City of Angels. As sumptuous as some of your fave Badfinger songs, with a singer more reminiscent of Dwight Twilley. Feels like a cool breeze caressing my cheek from 1975, a time of blissful ignorance and silly simplicity, blowing a promise of hopeful things to come…”
–Russel Forster, Pirate Cat Radio

credits

released April 6, 2010

All songs written & recorded by J. Lopez at Habib’s Room Studios, West Covina, CA, except “This Space Is MySpace,” music by Woody Guthrie. Most songs recorded between 6/05 - 12/05. Mastered at Casa de Lopez, West Covina, CA, 10/09.

Original text from “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” by Walter Benjamin, 1935. Translated from the German by Andy Blunden. All instruments/vocals by J. Lopez, except additional chorus vocals on “Andy’n Me” by Sergio Lopez. For more information on this recording, please visit sofacitysweetheart.com.

© 2010 by J. Lopez. Published by Casa de Lopez (ASCAP)

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Sofa City Sweetheart is the indie pop/rock project of singer/songwriter Juan Antonio Lopez. For fans of Elliott Smith, The Kinks, and Jon Brion.

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