Before You Knew Me

by Sam Kogon

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Special thanks: Andrew Nerviano, Andrew's Grandma, Joe Jakubowski, Dan Powell, Frank Hegyi, Finnegan Shanahan, Grennan Milliken, Brett White, Jordan Caulfield, Callum Browne, Adam Straus, Olivia Fox, my father, my mother, my dog, and clowns, and James Dufficy.

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released September 18, 2015

All songs written by Sam Kogon
Recorded & produced by Andrew Nerviano
Recorded at Ishlab Studio in Brooklyn, NY
Album artwork by Beatrix Urkowitz
Sam Kogon - vocals / guitars
Frank Hegyi - drums / percussion
Dan Powell - bass guitar /backing vocals on "Before"
Finnegan Shanahan - violin on "Thinkin' of Cars" & "Before"
Joe Jakubowski - keys / timpani / marimba / glockenspiel / backing vocals on "Odd"


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Track Name: Before
I was in the army
now I’m just a vet
at one point I was homeless
till you paid off my debt
so I picked up my coat of arms
and I built up my name
I was seeking fortune
I was seeking fame
these are the things I did before I knew you, well
I knew you
these are the things I did before I knew you, well
I knew you
so I worked in a factory
I worked on a farm
I fell into order
there was no need for charm
and life was so simple
I was never crude
and all I had to care for was sleep, rest, and food
these are the things I did before I knew you, well
I knew you
these are the things I did before I knew you, well
I knew you
you were just leaving
I was coming in
searching for a cure
settling for gin
it was then that our eyes met
you pulled up a char
never mind my face
never mind my hair
these are the things I did before I knew you, well
I knew you
these are the things I did before I knew you, well
I knew you
Track Name: I Could Never
I could never say goodbye to you
and I could never tell a lie to you
it’s love in your eyes it’s no disguise it’s true
and I could never rectify hurting you
and you
you’re so good to me
it’s true, I do
it’s love in your eyes it’s no disguise it’s true
and I could never rectify hurting you
and you
you’re so good to me
it’s true, I do
Track Name: Plans
well my plans backfired
I didn’t mean that you looked bad, just tired
and I am sorry
but baby if the world’s a stage
who says that we got to act our age
oh please listen
you can never tell
before this heaven turns to hell
where’s the one that I fell
in love with
got lunch with
had a laugh with
took a bath with
now if you count to three
then you know that you can count on me
oh please listen
you can never win
when did we even begin
to fall
and I love you
and I need you
don’t wanna haunt you
just wanna flaunt you
and I do, I do, I do
Track Name: All You Wanna Do (Is Go Back To School)
button my shirt like you told me so
kiss you on the cheek before I go
you say I love you I say I know
my love waits, all day, for me
you hate work and the city’s so cruel
all you wanna do is go back to school
you think that worries me I’d have to be a fool
no change of plans could ever unmake me your man
so dry your eyes
whenever I’m upset I rest my head on your chest
run your fingers through my hair how you do it best
we can be so quiet when we rest
Track Name: Thinkin' Of Cars
I was alone thinking of cars
why don’t you stay
why don’t you stay
things ain’t half bad when you’re on my arm
why don’t you stay
why don’t you stay
things are better when you’re near
when I’m alone my thoughts get all queer
and you know better off then to leave me alone
but you say
and if I was yours I would stay
and if I was yours I would play
but now that I am yours and you are mine
there’s no time
ooo ooo ooo
now I’m alone all by myself
why don’t you stay
why don’t you stay
something about the way that we are
why don’t you stay
why don’t you stay
things are better when you’re near
when I’m alone my thoughts get all queer
and you know better off then to leave me alone
but you say
and if I was yours I would stay
and if I was yours I would play
but now that I am yours and you are mine
there’s no time
Track Name: Baby Hear Me Out
if it’s true I hurt you so
trust me that I didn’t know
and even if I had a clue
I still could never lie to you
god you never hear me out
you never wanna hear me out
you never wanna hear me out
you never wanna hear me out
it’s so hard to go on
each day that you’re gone
for you are the one, the one, the one
you are the one, the one, the one
you got a doubt
let me out
it’s so hard to go on
each day that you’re gone
for you are the one, the one, the one
you are the one, the one, the one
god you read me like a book
even from a single look
no words I said were ever fake
you’re mine I said for goodness sake
Track Name: Odd
odd , I think it’s very odd
I don’t mean to play god
but years ago I did
when I was just a kid
I met a giant squid
please listen to my voice
I didn’t have a choice
he made an awful noise
when my harpoon hit his head
an inch closer he’d be dead
and just before he fled
he memorized my face
and swam off with ancient grace
and left without a trace
except for some black ink
it lasts longer than you think
last longer than you think
dear old friend
when will we meet again
and will we make amends
or will you seal my fate
doomed as the kraken’s bait
how much longer will I wait
been here since February
ran out of stationary
and now im writing in the sand
odd , I think it’s very odd
I don’t mean to play god
but years ago I did
when I was just a kid
I met a giant squid
please listen to me
odd , I think it’s very odd
I don’t mean to play god
but years ago I did
when I was just a kid
I met a giant squid
please listen to me
ooo ooo ooo ooo
Track Name: On The Ceiling
why don’t I get paid
I’m not your slave
don’t you know
I try to behave
but my vices always take control
no I cant accept it
I’ve lost the thirst for putting others first
a very very long time ago
and was this ever in my cards
please believe
I need to leave
and get away from all of this for now
for now
somebody is creeping
everybody’s sleeping
I am on the ceiling
looking down below
below
somebody is calling
catch me I am falling
falling into your emerald ocean eyes