A New Life

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released May 17, 2011

Cedric Sparkman: Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Percussion, Handclaps
Laurence Adams: Lead Guitar, Synthesizer
Jason Matuskiewicz: Bass, Guitar, Synthesizer, Drum Machine
Robby Cosenza: Drums
Duane Lundy: Percussion, Guitar, Synthesizer
Justin Craig: Celesta, Acoustic Guitar
Rachael Yanarella: Violin
Emily Hagihara: Backing Vocals

Produced and mixed by Duane Lundy
Mastered by Fred Kevorkian

Cover Design by Mikey Buchanan

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Candidate Brooklyn, New York

Based in Brooklyn, NY. Candidate makes anthemic, hook-laden rock 'n' roll with generous helpings of melody. Candidate's songs are catchy, poetic, passionate and concerned with heartbreak, heartache, survival and triumph.

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Track Name: A New Life
Let's leave tonight
Or we'll never find the time
I know every thought and sigh
Runnin' through your loving mind

We'll make believe
The city's for you and me
Times sure have been up and down
I've not always been so proud

So what do you fear?
Do we just give up right here?
Bein' bad feels pretty good
So don't ask me if we should

I could give a million reasons
Why you're better off stickin' with me than him
Or we can go right now
And never think of it again

Where no one knows my name
I'll pretend I don't know yours
Our old lives will be over
We won't need them anymore

Asleep for half
Of everything that I've asked
A world remains at large
Nonetheless is still in charge

They're the same words
Understood but never heard
The kids always forget
Against the house you never bet

I'll never again
Apologize for who I am
For every one of my mistakes
All the credit I will take

I could give a million reasons
Why you're better off stickin' with me than him
Or we could go right now
And never think of it again

Where no one knows my name
I'll pretend I don't know yours
Our old lives will be over
We won't need them anymore
Track Name: I'd Come Running
I was a disembodied soul
Floatin' everywhere I’d go
Till I finally grew some feet
And promptly hit the street
Looking to find
A world outside my mind

And whenever you should call
I’d come running
Even to save you from them all
I’d come running
There is no need to ask
I’d come running
Even for the smallest task
I’d come running

Me and my brother disappeared
Into the depths of fear
In Error’s darkest wood
We did all we could
Looking to find
A world outside my mind

And whenever you should call
I’d come running
Even to save you from them all
I’ll come running
There is no need to ask
I’d come running
Even for the smallest task
I’d come running

I won’t go back to cornfields
Open skies and stars
To open wounds old
And relive my scars

And whenever you should call
I’d come running
Even to save you from them all
I’ll come running
There is no need to ask
I’d come running
Even for the smallest task
I’d come running

Even for the smallest task
I'd come running
There is no need to ask
I'd come running
Track Name: Need It Most
I remember way back when we were all made of hydrogen
And when the stars exploded they made all of us up
We're made up of charges 1-2-3, start our hearts with electricity
A dream of space that is undefined by lines

A new career in a new town

No one ever really knows why the senses always lie
When lying self destruction feels so right
One day I'll reach the clouds, grab 'em up and tear them down
We'll build all over our dreams burned down

I remember suns would shine and the light would intertwine
And when the fire started it blew all of us up
It was that process set us free, always reborn through tragedy
A choice in life that is matter over mind
Is it cause or is it chance that can make these puppets dance?
And when the moment happens our time will sure be up

A new career in a new town

No one ever really knows why the senses always lie
When lying self destruction feels so right
One day I'll reach the clouds, grab 'em up and tear them down
We'll build all over our dreams burned down

Our dreams burned down
Our dreams burned down
Our dreams burned down
Track Name: When We're Gone
Asleep among the starlit roads
In fields of time, oh how they grow
I'll wait with you until it goes
When we're gone
When we're gone

My eyes have seen no more
Than memories of faded suns
My eyes have seen no more
Than memories of faded suns

Are you gone tonight and all the sane men fight and everyone I thought was lost is gone and now I everyone I thought that every night I knew that every one I ever knew would be gone, would be gone

My eyes have seen no more
Than memories of faded suns

And the gold of the water,
Every drop is a sparkling jewel
The breath of the wind
In the cool of autumn

And the dark of the night
Every memory is a luxury
And you're holding on to fight
But there's no need
Track Name: Nothing Ever Made Me Cry
All my life I've been haunted
By men, expressionless and vague
Black and white inside the temple
They won't let me leave their paradise

Oh well, oh well
Oh, oh

Nothing ever made me cry
Nothing, nothing

Watch the clocks as they smile
They always laugh as they lie
The metronome and the pendulum
Insist on swinging back and forth

Oh well, oh well
Oh well.

Nothing ever made me cry
Nothing, nothing
No one ever knocked me down
No one, no one
Track Name: You Never Listen
How many times will you stay it out
With a full deck of cards in your hand?
Hanging on to every word
Waiting for your perfect chance

You got stars up your sleeve
But you never roll them up and let them out
But your setup is perfect
Every detail planned ahead and thought out

But every time your heart breaks in two
Every time your heart breaks in two
And you're done

You, you never listen
You, you never listen

You count every step you take at night
When you walk home late from work
But you can't recall the last time
You kissed first

All the notes are in your head
Carefully arranged, beautifully arranged
But when it comes time to play they are
Scattered on the page

And every time your heart breaks in two
Every time your heart breaks in two
And you're done

You, you never listen
You, you never listen

I've been waiting to catch you
But you never let yourself fall
And when I tell you that I'd love you if you'd let me
You don't hear me at all

You, you never listen
You, you never listen
Track Name: Last Night
On these miserable streets of empty syllables
Programmed real in the flesh
The moon could eclipse the ancient sky
But nothin' can take my breath

You came along and felt it out
A stranger to all I had known
You took away my innocence
But you didn't take my soul

It's all right, it's all right
Don't worry about me none
One day I will be somethin'
You will see me having fun

With no time for losers
On a hurry to get out of here
Carryin' the world upon my shoulder
Livin' without fear

Last night you said that you felt alive
But really you've always been dead
A beautiful shell that's been hollowed out
Goin' wherever it's lead

I lift myself away with dreams
I'm ready for success
Keep it together and always remain
Calmly unimpressed

It's all right, it's all right
Don't worry about me none
One day I will be somethin'
You will see me having fun

With no time for losers
On a hurry to get out of here
Carryin' the world upon our shoulders
Living without fear
Track Name: You Still Love Me
It wasn't you, it was your plan
To never do what you should instead of what you can
Summon up everything and try to understand
I need to learn how to be a man

Ideas inside of me play hide and seek with make believe
Baby, say you love me
What I am isn't what I'll be and someday soon you will see
Baby, you still love me

I got lost in foreign lands
Thinking about what I was instead of where I am
Under the influence of the fight against the bland
I had to learn how to be a man

Ideas inside of me play hide and seek with make believe
Baby, say you love me
What I am isn't what I'll be and someday soon you will see
Baby, you still love me

Oh, if you'd only let me know,
I'd have changed a long time ago

Ideas inside of me play hide and seek with make believe
Baby, say you love me
'Cause what I am isn't what I'll be and someday soon you will see
Baby, you still love me

You still love me
You still love me
Used to love me
Track Name: Never Get Enough
Standing in rain deep inside the wasteland
As April turns to May I thrive
Living this way in dreams that make a prison
The images will stay in mind

I never get enough
Of you, of you, of you my love
I never get enough
Of you

Still they will stay, though nobody will want them
All the words they say are lies
The games that they play use corpses as the pieces
Still they are dressed all day in ties

I never get enough
Of you, of you, of you my love
I never get enough
Of you

I never get enough
Of you, of you, of you my love
I never get enough
Of you

One day we might,
Maybe, who knows why?
The sun always shines
And evil likes good

I never get enough
Of you, of you, of you my love
I never get enough
Of you

I never get enough
Of you, of you, of you my love
I never get enough
Of you

My love
Track Name: Shortly After Dawn
As I awoke I found myself alone
In my little yellow house, left here on my own
With her smell still on the air shortly after dawn
I realized she's everywhere now that she is gone

And I could not accept she wasn't comin' back
I lost my fuckin' mind and fell so far off track
Sought refuge in the words of doctors of the mind
Stared off to distant stars as if I wasn't blind

Time, you don't phase me
My mind will heal all my wounds
Time, you're amazing
The way you pass so fast is comin' none too soon

What are you supposed to do when true love is dead?
When the plans you made for life need new ones instead?
And can we still be friends? Well I just don't know,
'Cause I hate you with my head, but I love you with my soul

And as the days roll on these memories will fade
I hope to hold them dear for all remaining days
And though it has to end, it shouldn't take away
From the time that we once spent and the fact that it was great

Time, you don't phase me
My mind will heal all my wounds
Time, you're amazing
The way you pass so slow is comin' all too soon