Misadventures (part one)

by Joshua Cook & The Key of Now

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released November 5, 2013

All songs written by Joshua Cook
except 1, 3, 9 & 10 by Joshua Cook & Molly Taylor.

All instruments and lead vocals by Joshua Cook,
with a little help from his friends
Tamika Fields, Molly Taylor, and Ryan Beebe on backing vocals.
Recorded with the Pepperland Mobile Studio in
San Francisco CA, Oakland CA, Cotati CA, and Roslyn WA

Mixed by Andy Freeman at his studio in North Beach, SF.
Mastered by Alex Lowe at Red Tuxedo in the ATL.

Cover design by Joshua Cook, with kind assistance from Geoffrey LaPenna and Lauren Matley.

Inside photo by Matias Vargas.

Special audio consultation by Jerad Paul Fox, Esq.

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Joshua Cook & The Key of Now Oakland, California

Former lead guitarist and back-up vocalist of The Soft White Sixties, Joshua Cook is a veteran of soul-infused rock and roll. He stripped his sound down but turned the blues up for his solo band, The Key of Now, and sounds and looks comfortable as the front man of his own outfit, driving each rhythm and blues-flavored tune with attitude-drenched vocals and endless guitar licks. ... more

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Track Name: Coming On Strong
Oh when I met her last winter
I took a sip from her lovin' cup
Until she said I had to quit her
The scale had tipped
And I couldn't get enough
She can't be satisfied
And she's never wrong
Come come, she comin' in strong tonight

She wears a bad-locket locket
Of secret spells that nobody knows
She keeps her hand in my pocket
So she can tell
When I was ready to go
And when the lights go down
She'll go all night long
Come come, she comin' in strong tonight

Now I got a clearer indication
How I fell for her infatuation
Bow to the mistress of temptation
She said, "Ooh....."

But who can really blame her
When she's so young?
Come come, she comin' in strong tonight!
Track Name: Look What She Done to Me!
I met her ramblin'
Down near Natchez
She had a candle
And I had matches
And her eyes aflame
She saw through my game

She said she rolled in
From Alabama
As she was holdin'
A silver hammer
And she crushed my brain
When she said my name
Look what she done to me
What she done to me

We met a preacher
Down near Clarksdale
He tried to teach her
By the cross and nail
And he took us in
And we fell into sin
Look what she done to me
What she done to me
Look what she done to me
What she done to me

When I whispered in her ear
My heart was on her shelf
She looked me in the eye and said,
"Boy, I did it for myself."

She caught the last train
To Atlanta
She gave me more pain
Than I could grant her
And she kissed my face
As we parted ways
Look what she done to me
What she done to me
Look what she done to me
What she done to me
Track Name: All Bad Things...
Been on a cloud
Of uncertainty
I'm comin' down
To the harsh reality
I wanna climb out of this poverty
I wanna find out what's goin' wrong with me
Cuz no doubt no doubt no doubt
All bad things come in threes!

I got no work
The city towed my guitar
I sunk so low I even stole
A twelve-string guitar
I wanna know why
Life's got it out for me
I wanna cry
Someone say a prayer for me
Cuz no doubt no doubt no doubt
All bad things come in threes!

I met a fine girl
I took her out for drinks
I spilled the wine, my card's declined
And I threw up in the sink
I wanna know why
Life's got it out for me
I wanna cry
Someone say a prayer for me
Cuz no doubt no doubt no doubt
All bad things come in threes!

Baby, take a look at me,
Can't you see I've got a dream
Yes, I'm gonna be a star,
Just like we all are!
But now I feel so down and out
That it makes me wanna shout
Don't close that door,
I need you more
Than ever, ever, ever, ever, ever before!
YEAH!

I wanna know why
Life's got it out for me
I wanna cry
Someone say a prayer for me
Cuz no doubt no doubt no doubt
All bad things come in threes!
Track Name: Don't Push
Lost on the central coast
Dead of night and the lines you wrote
Scared me like a ghost...

Bled of the life I once led
Daily lies running wild inside my head
At least that's what you said...

I let go of all I thought I knew
I held out my hand to you
As I turned my life around
Cause that's all that's left of me
When I die...

Don't push my love
Don't push my love away
Don't push my love
We need another day

Seeds of the summer breeze
Yielded no more than a haggard memory
Drowned in Sargasso seas...

I let go of all I thought was true
I held out for you, and only you
As I turned my life around
Cause that's all that's left of me
When I die...

Don't push my love
Don't push my love away
Don't push my love
We need another day
We need another day
Track Name: A Prayer for You
Once, when I was brokenhearted,
I turned to my lover and I sighed,
"Soon I will have departed
From this world, and I'll have no place to hide,
So please, don't turn me away from your doorstep
'Cause I wanna stay where your heartbeat can be heard --
Then I don't need to say another word."

Soon my lover replied,
"How do I know that you'll be true?"
Oh, I felt crippled inside,
But I realized exactly what to do:
I said, "Please, don't take away my pillow
'Cause I wanna stay where your heartbeat can be heard --
Then I don't need to say another word."

A prayer for you is a prayer for me
Coming 'round and 'round eternity.
A prayer for you is a prayer for me
Going 'round and 'round eternity.

Please, don't turn a deaf ear to my sorrow
'Cause I wanna stay where your heartbeat can be heard --
Then I don't need to say another word."

A prayer for you is a prayer for me
Coming 'round and 'round eternity.
A prayer for you is a prayer for me
Going 'round and 'round eternity.
Track Name: Here Comes Love
All night long, all I see:
The town rolls up its ornamental streets
I'm down on my luck and dead on my feet
You, babe!
How you shine like a light!
Hey!
Here comes love!
Calling:
Do-do-DOO!

All you got is all I need:
I got no stock in property
I got my guitar a car and some weed!
You, babe!
How you shine like a light!
Hey!
Here comes love!
Calling:
Do-do-DOO!

Don't let go holdin' my hand:
Givin' you up is not in the plan
We're gonna fly off to never never land
You, babe!
How you shine like a light!
Hey!
Here comes love!
Calling:
Do-do-DOO!
Track Name: Only Summertime
I had no money, I had no ties
Daylight was runnin' into the tide
Into the tide

You stopped to listen
To a voice in the night
Carelessly driftin'

And now you know why
It's hard not to cry
It's only summertime
With you
I live in the sun.

Cold winds keep blowin' ghost ships and chimes
Time waits for no one and no one has time
No one has time.

This is the reason
Only love is the fire
Now is the season

And now you know why
It's hard not to cry
It's only summertime
With you
I live in the sun
Free, free and easy

And now you know why
I don't want to hide
These tears in my eyes
It's only summertime
With you
I live in the sun.
Track Name: (I Hear the) Pouring Rain
Rain
A million little pindrops
Fallin' on my rooftop
I hear the pouring rain

Sun
I wish it would surround me
The golden rays would drown me
Instead of pouring rain

Summer days are made in the shade
But they washed away
All that's left for me to do
Is paint the sky in shades of blue, and
Fade into the night with you, and

Rain
Fallin' on my rooftop
Callin' like a ticktock
I hear the pouring rain
Track Name: Ruins of My Life
Oh mama, please, I feel so sad
I lost the best friend I ever had
When she said goodbye, my heart sank low
Cuz I know, I know I gotta let her go
She left me standin' all alone in the night
But not empty handed: every note that she wrote
Was a light
When i had no sight
Of all the ruins of my life

So when it's time to ride to the sun --
When the painting's dry and being hung --
At the curtain call, when I bid you all adieu,
Well I'll leave a little souvenir or two, allelu.
I won't look back at the paths I left behind,
So don't cry for me, I move fast, in the blink of an eye,
I'll be standing high
Above the ruins of my life.

I cast my memories to the side with this lullaby
And what do I see? No more tears! No more pain! No more time!
Above the ruins of my life
Track Name: Lay Me Down
All our yesterdays
Are buried in the ground
And though I'm here today
Tomorrow lay me down

I was born
Born of love and death
Now I see the door
With each and every breath

As I rest my head
On this hollow bed
Waiting for the sun
For to rise again:
Mama, Mama, Mama!
When my time has come
I know you'll be awaitin'
In the setting sun,
That's where we're all gonna go

All good things
They must naturally end
Just like the springtime
Turns to winter again

All our yesterdays
Are buried in the ground
And though I'm here today
Tomorrow lay me down