Year of Change

by Bird Mancini

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1.
Wrong People 04:58
Wrong People ©Billy Carl Mancini (aka Bill Mason), Bonk Zone Music ASCAP What can I say about feeling this way I’m looking for something that got away I’m looking here, I’m looking there I’m looking all around I think that my life got up and left this town I know where to go, I know what to do I know the reason why I’m feeling so blue, blue, blue I gotta sing the kind of thing That makes me feel alright I gotta search inside myself and turn the shadows into light I’ve been hangin’ ‘round all the wrong people I’ve been seen I all the wrong places I’ve been talking to too many wrong people Please help me find some smiling faces I have neglected to be the one thing that I am I have rejected the things that I feel in my soul I have elected to compromise all of my friends And I expected to be one of the chosen men I’ve been directed too long by the wrong people I’m gonna step into some brand new shoes I’m gonna break somebody else’s rules I’m gonna fight with all my might And everything I say will come out right Right as the stars at night I’ll leave this place, I’ll leave this town And catch the next train to New York City It’ll make me or break me But one thing’s for sure I’m never turning back to where I’ve been before You know I’ve been talking to the wrong people You know I’ve been seen with all the wrong people……..
2.
You’re My Obsession ©Billy Carl Mancini (aka Bill Mason), Bonk Zone Music ASCAP When I was young and inexperienced I tried to think of any way to get close to you I used to sneak around the back and look over the fence And I’d do anything just to talk to you I guess I’ll have to admit to myself You’re my obsession Well I eat you and I breath you everyday Now that I have you I just want to push you away But I need you like a needle needs a good vein Now that I have you, you won’t ever go away You’re my obsession I guess I should have listened to the twilight man He said, “Be careful what you wish for cause it might come true” Now there’s only one thing that I understand And that’s the pain that I’ll feel if I ever lose you I guess I’ll have to admit to myself You’re my obsession
3.
Don’t You Fall ©Billy Carl Mancini (aka Bill Mason), Bonk Zone Music ASCAP Once in a lifetime you will meet somebody Don’t let them slip through your grip You’ll meet a lot of folks who want your body They like the way you move your hips But don’t you fall for that Don’t you fall for just anyone Don’t you fall for that Don’t you fall before you have begun A man might say to you “I’ll make you big time” With dollar signs in his eyes Get you anything that’s in your pretty mind I wouldn’t tell you no lie It’s so easy to hear what you want to hear Believe what you want to believe See what you want to see Do what you shouldn’t do But when the right thing comes along And the feeling doesn’t feel wrong You’ll know you haven’t fallen You know it’s where you belong
4.
Oh, Babe 02:55
Oh Babe ©Kevin Mahoney, Feet and Powdy Music ASCAP Way back in the day, and when she found me I'd say I was a rudderless ship in a hurricane In spite of her kindness I was comfortably blind. Yes, it was easy livin' like I was insane. Insane, but no more than any fool such as I before me No more dwelling on it, 'cause it bores me. It just bores me. Now, I can say for sure I've never felt so secure In fact, it's actually quite amazing to feel (for a change) Quite unexpected, my head and heart connected She respects it like she does, 'cause it's real It's real all over. The pain and the pity all over Well, what's come over me - she's got the best of me Oh, Babe! So glad to be back in your arms Oh, Babe! Can't wait to kiss you again Oh, Babe! When you hold me I feel so sure This is where I am supposed to be Arm-in-arm and you and me Flash like lightning through an evening tree Rocks up in our beds and the voices in our heads and our work and our play and all that day-to-day... People always say just what they think you wanna hear They stick it in your ear, but the message ain't clear It's so easy-To get caught up in It's so easy-although they're full of shit It's so easy to laugh because I know where I fit Oh, Babe! So glad to be back in your heart Oh, Babe! Can't wait to have you again Oh, Babe! When you take me, I feel so sure This is where I am supposed to be Hip-to-hip and you and me Flash like lightning through an evening tree
5.
Year of Change ©Billy Carl Mancini (aka Bill Mason), Bonk Zone Music ASCAP When I look at all the things around me The familiar seems to be the strange It’s as if I never really knew you In the year of change All the things that seemed to me important Make me smile before they fall from grace And I wonder what is yet to happen In the year of change It’s the year of change Say it like a prophet in the rain It’s the year of change Now that you are leaving, nothing is the same In the year of change Time is all that separates us Now that you are everywhere Still the sun keeps rising in the morning And the sky still opens up with rain Part of me remains forever lonely In the year of change It’s the year of change Say it like a prophet in the rain It’s the year of change Now I cannot stop it because nothing is the same In the year of change I’ll embrace the feeling, I’ll embrace the pain In the year of change Now that you are leaving I’ll go on In the year of change
6.
Sirens In The Night ©Billy Carl Mancini (aka Bill Mason), Bonk Zone Music ASCAP I remember a life that used to run Like a rolling river, like the rising sun Part of the race to get to the top I should have stopped now and then but I gave it no thought Where is my house? Where are my friends? Where is my wife who used to sing? With the voice of a siren reaching out to me Now it is silenced and there is only me Well I wish the time would come When you would call me to your side I can feel your breath upon me And it feels so warm and nice I can hear your voice so clearly Just like sirens in the night The wheels are turning so slowly now White ghostly figures making ghostly sounds Where is my family? Where are my friends? I’m ready siren, just tell me when
7.
Love Holds On ©Billy Carl Mancini (aka Bill Mason), Bonk Zone Music ASCAP I know that someday my ship will come in Even in stormy seas Rain keeps on falling the flood waters rise I float above with ease Because love holds on to me Because love holds on to me When I am falling through black winter skies You are my parachute Dark forces calling to tell me their lies My ears believe they’re mute I am so glad that you’re here When I need you to tell me Everything’s fine You know the buttons to push When a smile is forgotten
8.
River of Sighs ©Billy Carl Mancini (aka Bill Mason), Bonk Zone Music ASCAP Well it’s cold out my front door Everyday And waking up from my slumber is such a bore I wanna stay In a place where my friends don’t die And no one lies And you won’t go away Well I can float so far away You won’t even know I’m gone On a river of sighs When it’s time to face the day, it’s good to know Everytime That I look in your eyes, they’re gonna show Me just why I should keep my life on track and not look back And you won’t go away If it’s got to rain If it has to pour I can shut the windows You know it’s always worked before Float me on a moonbeam Dripping down from the sky Rattle on your love beads I don’t have to tell you why
9.
You’re Not Alone ©Kevin Mahoney, Nancy Delaney, Kate Seavey-Feet and Powdy Music ASCAP Some may say that life's a shame It's a fixed race and a losing game If that's all there is - hit me, I'll play No one got much to hide behind But if it's the truth, I guess that's fine Heaven or Nirvana wasn't built in a day You're not alone if ya got the blues You're not alone if ya got the blues Setting up and breaking down Taking trips just to get around Mood swings low - how can you fake it? Pretty words for pretty thoughts You're pulling crimes and you're getting caught Don't take much to see that it's faceless You can walk a thousand miles You can wait a million years You can scream about it all Or you can cry a billion tears Everybody's got a pair of Shoes that don't fit It's how you deal with it Try to be real with it Because you know it’s not exactly front page news
10.
Just Wait and See ©Ruby Bird, Bonk Zone Music ASCAP Not taking any chances on this broken highway Just trying to find my way to True and Free There’s a new road a coming up just around the corner And I’m gonna get there, just wait and see Well this old world ain’t getting any better Spelled out to the letter in prophecy But there’s a new way a coming just over yonder And I’m gonna get there just wait and see I can’t be good, at least not all the time I can’t go it alone, need help you see… But there’s a man long ago, He paid my ransom And the least I can do now is just believe We’re riding into End Time, signs all around us But the next town over is called True and Free And I’m gonna get there, gonna ‘round that corner Though the road to True now don’t ever seem to cease… I’m gonna get there, just wait and see
11.
Long Gone Blues ©Billy Carl Mancini (aka Bill Mason), Bonk Zone Music ASCAP I’d like to sing like some old black man Sittin’ on a Mississippi porch I’d like to play like a white albino Tearing up a Texas honky tonk I don’t got no black cat bone I don’t have to be rambling on But I sure can feel the blues It comes upon me whenever you’re gone I get the long gone blues Creeping up my backbone, what can I do About the long gone blues Maybe someday I can be long gone too Set you down for a spell As long as you’re here let’s forget about the past I know it’s just as well To put some space between us ‘cause we knew it wouldn’t last Maybe for one night We can remember the love from our long gone past I might be walking on a tightrope I might be falling on down to the floor But I like to dream and I like to hope That someday my baby’ll come back for more I hear the rain and the black cloud’s thunder I hear that Mississippi man I hear the howling hounds down under It comes upon me whenever you’re gone
12.
Freedom Soul 04:19
Freedom Soul ©Billy Carl Mancini (aka Bill Mason), Bonk Zone Music ASCAP I have been striving for that lucky pot of gold And it’s no lie that I have surely sold my soul Just who the owner is I haven’t got a clue But a million dollars in my pocket Won’t give me a love that’s true I know I’ll find a life that’s empty as a shell And I will try to fill the space with something else The time will come for me to change the path I’m on All the worldly things around me Won’t give me a freedom soul I have searched from near to far And listened to the lies that are Just spurting forth like steaming geysers That’s not what I’m looking for I need a freedom soul That’s what I’m looking for That’s what I’m living for
13.
Someone Like You ©Billy Carl Mancini (aka Bill Mason), Bonk Zone Music ASCAP Everybody’s knocking at your door What am I gonna do? I’m not trying to be the jealous kind I’m not trying to make you blue But all I wanted from the start Was to make you feel it in your heart So many times I thought to myself That I needed someone like you That I needed someone like you That I needed someone like you to love It would seem, yeah, that we are worlds apart To a person who doesn’t know But we’re really like a dream, you know Taking things very slow
14.
The Future’s Begun ©Billy Carl Mancini (aka Bill Mason), Bonk Zone Music ASCAP There comes a time in life when friends are strange And every morning seems to be the same Down in the sandpits where we used to play Is where the memories will have to stay I’m tired of winter and the endless night Dead end jobs that barely keep me alive The only thing that makes me feel alright Comes in a ziploc bag that costs a dime Follow the highway, run to the sun Then you will find that the future’s begun Splashes of color hot as the sun No need to worry the future’s begun I’m at the borderline, I know I won’t go back To living the same old way And now I’m feeling fine, my mood is not as black As when I began today So I sold my 8-tracks and my records too Trashed my box of memories of you Said my good-byes to everyone I knew I hit the highway and forgot my blues

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Heartfelt vocals--Soaring guitar solos that grab your attention like a freight train--Songs that are powerful, playful, and unabashed rock and roll.

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released September 1, 2004

Engineered and mixed by Bill Mason with assistance from Ruby, Nancy & Kevin.
Recorded and mastered at Second Story Studio, Boston, MA

Cover art: painting by Charles B. Goss / photo collage by Billy Carl Mancini / photos by Ms. Donna, Mr. Curt, Pierre Spy & Billy Carl.
Inner tray painting: detail from “Birds Out of Nest” original size 30x40 acrylic on canvas by Tommey.
Back cover photo by Mr. Curt Graphics: Tim Casey
Produced by Bill & Ruby Mason

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Bird Mancini Boston, Massachusetts

“…a cosmopolitan fusion…pop music in the most adventurous, inclusive sense of the term.” -The Boston Globe

Ruby Bird and Billy Carl Mancini, better known as BIRD MANCINI, Boston's acclaimed accordion/guitar rock duo/band features eclectic and at times a bit psychedelic rock with lush vocal arrangements, blues-tinged guitar, accordion, harmonica, and a variety of percussion, bells and whistles.
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