Running Across America

by Ross Avant

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1.
Albert the wise was a young man Drawing pictures in the sand Looking for adventure Going to find it in some distant land Dreaming up stuff all night Cooked up inside his little head He’s not too lazy and he ain't crazy Just pack your things and go Fishing in a little stream Throwing rocks into the mud Night falls on the river’s edge t Trying to catch some lighting bugs Thinking ‘bout those bright lights Look at that star on the run He’s not too lazy and he ain’t crazy Just pack your things and go Albert the Wise
2.
Touching down in Dublin in a while Spent last night in old Carlisle Making your own sister smile The grass seems cut along the mile Have you heard the latest news The king is dead What do you say then It should be read and not said American Holiday Beaten tracks along the way American Holiday There’s no time to stray Shouldn’t you make this trip last Hold a memory to the past That you found love is just circumstance Trade old jokes for a congenial stance Have you heard the latest news The king is dead What do you say then It should be read and not said American Holiday Beaten tracks along the way American Holiday There’s no time to stray
3.
Love isn’t easy When you’re in love It’s only a game if you play And lose in the end It’s only a game Pictures round your room Smiling back at you Who’s gonna be the lucky one Who’s going to get to see you Who’s going to get to be with you I never said I loved you I never said how much I cared I’m still seeing your face everywhere Here in god knows where It's only for you It’s not a puzzle There’s no winners in the end It’s only for you There’s no big mystery I wish you could be right here Bright lights shining down on me A million miles away Would I still recognize your face From so long ago I hardly know I never said I loved you I never said how much I cared I’m still seeing your face everywhere Here in god knows where It's only for you It’s not a puzzle There’s no winners in the end It’s only for you There’s no big mystery I wish you could be right here
4.
Going down To an old friend’s place Way south South of San Antone Living easy Out here on my own You took the very best part of me Look at all these amber waves of grain Ain’t there enough to share Can’t believe that purple mountain majesty Well that’s all for me Running across America Driving through Californ-i-a Where all the streets are paved with gold Getting luck Here on the Vegas Strip Think I’ll take this pair of eights up to my room I see you out there in the freezing cold Why don’t you come stay a while Everything’s gonna be alright Just sit tight Running across America
5.
L.A. Freak 03:41
Sunlight hitting your backside Shooting up on the inside It’s Friday crunch time Downtown L.A. Play it up for the city All the boys think you’re pretty Living lies ain’t easy You ain’t in Kansas no more You’re my devil You’re my drug I’m in pain and I want your love You’re my poison You’re my fix I need you now so don’t call it quits L.A. Lover L.A. Freak Getting high on the weekend Maybe we’ll go do some surfing Call up your hot girlfriends We’re going out tonight Let’s drive down Sunset Get into the Roxy for free You’re my devil You’re my drug I’m in pain and I need your love You’re my poison You’re my fix I need you now so don’t call it quits L.A. Lover L.A. Freak
6.
Doesn't matter What I do I always end up winning Going back home I never paid my dues It's just the same old news Everybody Knows my name And they want some attention I'm a good guy So I can't refuse It's just the same old news My agent told me not to read the papers no more He said everyone loves me They loved me then and they love me now Nobody wants to hear my woes They all think I'm lucky Because I'm on a primetime TV show I don't hear them talking I don't hear them laughing They don't see me crying all the time If it weren't for the money I'd give it all up honey I don't really like it anyhow I've got my gun and my whiskey I don't think they'd miss me I might really do it this time But my credit card was just declined Driving down Limousine Snorting coke in the backseat Look in the window I can't believe what I see I'm everything that I ever wanted to be
7.
Red lipstick on the mirror Fancy another round of beer Has no one told you that love doesn’t exist outside Silly love songs Have another cup of coffee Go and have another line It doesn’t matter anyway at Harry’s tonight Are you feeling lonely Are you feeling blue We'll you see you right at Harry’s Tonight See reflections on the water Give the waitress an extra five It’s not yet over give it time It's going to be fine Have another cup of coffee Go and have another line It doesn’t matter anyway at Harry’s tonight Are you feeling lonely Are you feeling blue We'll you see you right at Harry’s tonight
8.
King Monk 02:59
Well I was born into royalty You see when I was three I was heir to the king I snap my fingers The job was done Don’t you see I was the main man’s son Staying up late all night with my mates we ruled the palace floor Diamonds and emeralds Rubies and pearls We made a score I was the king Until she walked out on me and I threw it all away I was the King As far as the eye could see Forest walls surround me Dark shadows Old bones I meditate on my own Looking for the higher plains Monkeys walk inside my brain The sunlight dies I survive The forest floor becomes alive I was the king Until she walked out on me and I threw it all away I was the king I was the king Until she walked out on me and I threw it all away I was the king
9.
Big Boy 03:36
Storm clouds on the eastside Frigid snow on the west Just come over and love me baby Put our love to the test I don't care about your problems I don't want to hear about your Dad Just come over and love me baby It'll be the best you've ever had You ain't no good baby You're like poison in my tea You ain't no good baby You make me blind so I can't see You ain't no good baby You mess with my mind You ain't no good baby You hypnotize I don't realize That you're the devil in disguise Gucci shoes for Christmas Versace purse for New Years Anything you want baby You know I'll have it here Shut up about your girlfriend Who cares about your childhood I only want your body baby Ain't that understood You ain't no good baby You're like poison in my tea You ain't no good baby You make me blind so I can't see You ain't no good baby You mess with my mind You ain't no good baby You hypnotize I don't realize That you're the devil in disguise You ain't no good baby You're like poison in my tea You ain't no good baby You make me blind so I can't see You ain't no good baby You mess with my mind You ain't no good baby
10.
Ever been out to Montauk Feel that cool ocean breeze I live and work in the city It's always suited me My girlfriend dances in Jersey In a club called Marie's Everybody loves her there I always get my drinks for free Heartbroken man I'm a heartbroken man Heartbroken man I'm a heartbroken man What do you do down in Tulsa I've got a friend in Santa Fe Don't let me do all the talking You must think a lot of me My son dropped out of high school My daughter went to NYU Now she works for a think tank He's going back to rehab soon Heartbroken man I'm a heartbroken man Heartbroken man I'm a heartbroken man
11.
On the very east side of L.A. There sits a bar Rarely used today And everyday about five There comes in this old man Always talking jive This is what he said There ain't no angels in Vegas Only pitchforks and horns There ain't no angles in Vegas Only part-time smokers and by-the-hour-loaners Finally that old bar closed But that old man still came He just sat on the ground As the local people walked by The old man say there He just waved and said hi And he told them There ain't no angels in Vegas Only pitchforks and horns There ain't no angles in Vegas Only part-time smokers and by-the-hour-loaners

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Dripping with soulful melodies, unique pop hooks and punctuated with his trademark vocal style, all of Avant's songwriting abilities are on full display here in this sensational debut album.

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released September 1, 2019

St. Magnus Records
Music and Lyrics by Ross Avant
Produced, Engineered and Mixed by Ted Young
Mastered by Jessica Thompson
Recorded at Orb Recording Studios
String Arraignments by Jesse Chandler
String sessions recorded at Echo Canyon West

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(listed alphabetically):

Ross Avant: Piano, Lead Vocals
Andre Black: Percussion, Drums
Rockyanne Bullwinkel: Background Vocals
Jenny Carson: Background Vocals
Rachel Golub: Violin
Megan Gould: Violin
David Grissom: Guitar
Evan Jacobs: Keyboard
Yoggie Musgrove: Bass
Eleanor Norton: Cello
Jordan O'Connell: Timpani
Eric Swanson: Pedal Steel Guitar
Brannen Temple: Drums

Photography and Album Art Direction by Ross Avant

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Ross Avant New York, New York

Ross Avant is a multitalented composer and actor. His work has been influenced by a wide range of composers including Elton John, Clara Schumann, Randy Newman, Anthony Braxton, and Philip Glass. He holds an A.B. in religion and philosophy from Trinity University and is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA, The Society of Composers and Lyricists, and The Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies. ... more

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