Running Across America

by Ross Avant

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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

Musicians
(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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Track Name: Albert the Wise
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
Track Name: American Holiday
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
Track Name: It's Only for You
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
Track Name: Running Across America
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
Track Name: L.A. Freak
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
Track Name: Same Old News
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
Track Name: Harry's Tonight
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
Track Name: King Monk
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
Track Name: Big Boy
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
Track Name: Heartbroken Man
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
Track Name: There Ain't No Angels in Vegas
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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