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Worth Imagining

by The Printing Press

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It has been said, by many wise individuals, that one often treasures much more strongly that for which one has had to work very hard. Three years in the making, Worth Imagining certainly qualifies. The Printing Press' sophomore album, it goes much further than their first, Exhibit A, in musically and lyrically exploring spaces to which the band had not previously traveled. From the first track, through "I Thought I Died", from which the title is sneakily educed, through the pensive and heartfelt "Song For Saving," Worth Imagining eschews genres and refuses to be pigeon-holed.

The addition of James and Matt to the band has allowed The Printing Press to expand their songwriting repertoire, and Worth Imagining demonstrates the value that both new members bring to the table.

All told, this album plays to the band's strengths, and has something for everyone: old or young, big or small, green...or red.

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released July 16, 2010

All songs written by The Printing Press
Piano, Keyboard, Organ & Vocals: Jonathan Bright
Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar & Vocals: Jeff Hume
Electric Bass, Electric Guitar & Vocals: James Everett
Drums & Percussion: Matt Butash

Produced by The Printing Press.
Recorded in three living rooms, two basements, and a sauna.
Mastered by Dylan Bell at FreePlay Studios.

Cover art designed by Dara Skolnick.

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Track Name: Green (Red)
Green hat, red hat, glass of wine;
Statues, paintings, the perfect crime.
Napkins, papers on the table there;
Light in the door, shadow on the stair.
Men come, men go, music halls.
Shocking writing on the wall.

Wind in the trees overhangs the street
Cracks in the sidewalk, between my feet.
Girls in white dance a different beat,
Making mistakes we all repeat.
< repeat ad nauseam>

Red chairs, green chairs, take a shot.
Lemons line this table top.
Blackboard, white board, sleepy eyes:
Social contract, truth and lies.
Red head, green head, glass of beer;
Wonder what I'm doing here.
Track Name: Chronicles
I said:
"Did you mean it when you said that we were through?"
She said:
"I didn't, but maybe I will soon."

Ba ba dadee da ba dadee dadee da ba ba dee da
Ba ba dadee da ba dadee dadee da ba ba dee da

Went to visit a friend in prison; said:
"What did you do?"
He said:
"I didn't like someone, and they didn't like me too."
"You didn't really answer me, well, did you?"
"Well, if I told you I'd have to kill you.
No one visits but you."

Ba ba dadee da ba dadee dadee da ba ba dee da
Ba ba dadee da ba dadee dadee da ba ba dee da

Went home, took off my jacket, and pulled up a chair.
Fixed myself a drink, 'cause no one was there.
Maybe I'll go out and get a breath of air;
It might be good for me, but I'm not sure I care.

Ba ba dadee da ba dadee dadee da ba ba dee da
Ba ba dadee da ba dadee dadee da ba ba dee da
Ba ba dadee da ba dadee dadee da ba ba dee da
Ba ba dadee da ba dadee dadee da ba ba dee da
Track Name: I Thought I Died
While I was tearing leaves off a four leaf clover,
I thought I died, and the world started over.
While I was staring at stars in an endless sky,
I thought I died and the world passed by.

And somewhere in this crazy thing
Is something worth imagining.
They tell me I'm believing it,
But it's not worth a single thing.

So I took a walk down Fifth Avenue.
I thought I died, and the world looked just like you
So I took a ride in my 1960 Chevrolet.
I thought I died, and the world got in the way.

And somewhere in this crazy thing
Is something worth imagining.
They tell me I'm believing it,
But it's not worth a single thing.
Track Name: Comes Around
Rainy day woman, number 52,
Takes a field trip to the laundry room.
Outside, her man is looking for a fight.
Let's hope he gets one, before he comes home tonight.

I don't wanna be there when he comes around.
I don't wanna be there when he comes around.

I saw a couple in the parking lot.
They looked so out of it - I don't know what they've done.
Knock on my window in the middle of the night;
They're quick anger, and quick to fight.

I don't wanna be there when they come around.
I don't wanna be there when they come around.

I'm in a mess, I just want to talk a while.
I'll explain the rest when I get to see you smile.
When I get off the phone, I'm gonna get in the car.
It wont be long, you really don't live that far.

I hope you'll be there when I come around.
I hope you'll be there when I come around.
'Cause you know I'd be there if you came around
'Cause you know I'd be there if you came around
Track Name: Ghosts From The War
Got ghosts from the war,
And all these bad dreams I've seen,
I've seen them before.
Can't take it anymore.
if you speak I will break,
And I'll break all over the floor.

I've got poison from the store.
I went to the doctor, and he says:
"I've seen it before."
I'm gettin' kinda bored,
Sittin' around just waiting for something else more.

I'm livin' by the shore,
And the cold lake, now,
Just feels kinda warm.
I guess I'm torn
Between the light, and the dark, and the way I've tried before.

I don't know what changed,
But something did.
And now I feel all alone in the wind.
I don't know how to cry.
I don't know how to laugh.
I don't how to feel, it's all gone too fast.
Track Name: Talk Is Cheap
Well, talk is cheap.
You say you don't worry, but you just don't sleep.
You say you're gonna try, but then you just get by.
It's easier to do when all your friends are high.

You wont live another day,
If you wont come outside and play.
Yeah, you may crack, but I wont fall.
Your Humpty's on another wall.

So, take it off!
Your head is so hard, but your brain is soft.
Be careful with your fame, 'cause we all know your name.
You think you won the battle,
But you lost the game.

You wont live another day,
If you wont come outside and play.
Yeah, you may crack, but I wont fall.
Your Humpty's on another wall.

When you gonna talk about it?

You wont live another day,
If you wont come outside and play.
Yeah, you may crack, but I wont fall.
Your Humpty's on another wall.
Track Name: Rest For The Wicked
There's no rest for the wicked,
Cause 'wicked' is only a name.
But you know, when the shoe fits,
They'll call you it just the same.

And this ending is already come and gone.
When you're young, you're young for once.

Morning never sees sundown.
When he's awake, she's asleep.
And all their little children
See a little of each.

And this ending is already come and gone.
When you're young, you're young for once.

Nothing really matters.
Nobody's to blame.
When there's rest for the wicked,
They'll come a'calling my name.

And this ending is already come and gone.
When you're young, you're young for once.
Track Name: Song For Saving
I've gone along,
And I've been wrong.
And I will go on, without blaming.

I tried to be strong,
So I wrote a song.
I wrote a song for saving.
Oh, I.

They say it's the law,
For those who are lost:
Can they right their wrongs without aiding?

So I wrote a song
For those who are lost.
I wrote a song for saving.
Oh, I.

I watched,
I watched.
I watched it all go away.
I watched,
I watched.
I watched it all;
I watched it all go away.

I woke up from the storm,
I got up to warn
Those people to stop their forsaking.

So I wrote a song
For those who are gone.
I wrote a song for saving.
Oh, I.

I wrote a song,
I wrote a song.
I wrote a song for saving.
I wrote a song,
I wrote a song.
I wrote a song for saving.
Track Name: Killing Me
How can you say, beyond a reasonable doubt, that I'm guilty?
How can you profess to know the inner workings of my mind?
How can you say this noose you're tying won't just kill me?
How can you say that this noose you're tying won't unwind?

Baby, your lies are just killing me (killing me).
I can't disguise that you're killing (killing me, killing me)!
No surprise that I'm
Willing to say I despise you
Now I realize that you're killing me.

Baby, all you wanna do is run around and have some fun,
But maybe your wings of wax are too close to the sun.
Baby, I'm just not the kinda guy to buy a diamond ring.
Diamonds are a girl's best friend, but they're not everything.

Baby, your lies are just killing me (killing me).
I can't disguise that you're killing (killing me, killing me)!
No surprise that I'm
Willing to say I despise you
Now I realize that you're killing me.
Track Name: Fifty-Eight Pianos
She went out for dinner on the caravan,
And woke up for breakfast with another man.
You can't see when your eyes are closed.
So tell me - tell me now - how to strike this pose.
My mother told me something, I remember that"
"La dee da dee da and the cat in the hat."

And oh,
I remember standing
By the river yelling,
That sunny day.
And oh,
I remember singing:
"You can't be winning,
So keep running away."

She tripped up again, like she did before.
And no-one even hears the knock at the door.
Walking into work on a holiday,
Wrapping up hope in a ball of clay.
58 pianos and a baseball bat -
La dee da dee da and the cat in the hat.

And oh,
I remember standing
By the river yelling,
That sunny day.
And oh,
I remember singing:
"You can't be winning,
So keep running away."

<egregious piano solo>
Track Name: June 26th
I saw my old lover today
She smiled and said, "hello."
Her eyes were as beautiful
As the day I saw her go
'Cause two years ago
She told me to get out the door
And for two years I thought
I would see her no more.

But I guess sometimes we get it wrong.
And now an older soul sings you this song.

The old guy who lives next to me
Almost died today, I swear.
But they say that you're safe in your home
And no-one can hurt you, there.
But his chances are slim
Though he's lucky, I'm sure you'd agree
Sure, a robbery's grim
But they even took his dignity

And I guess sometimes we get it wrong
So now a worried soul sings you this song.

I came to a decision yesterday
I told myself I'd let bygones be bygones
And I'd say to anyone who asked me
What I thought about the world I know
I know I'd tell them that it's very rarely right
And goes to show: when even people fight
We've really got a long, long way to go.

And I hope that we don't always get it wrong.
And I hope that we can learn how to be strong.
But I know, without a place that I belong,
A lonely soul will sing this lonely song.