© 2019 by BENJAMIN CORTEZ

LYRICS


It’s 110˙ at 10:30 am

Hauling across the 60 just to come back ‘round again

It's deja vu every mile or two, on an endless road I find

I’m losing my identity and I think I’ve lost my mind


But from the ashen asphalt the Phoenix rises removing all my doubts

And now I'm lost in the glimmer

Of something bigger!
 

I wanna start from the place of my being

I wanna start from the place I was born

With my feet in the sand and my eyes on the rippling skyline

I’m wanna make something new

I’m wanna be someone new

Through the essence of being I’ll find that I’m seeing a life with you,

Arizona

With you right by my side, I no longer wonder why

I get up every day and start again on that endless drive
Your every desert road leads me closer to your heart
and your every destination takes me right back to the start

Back to that day when I first opened my eyes and found a paradise 
In the land that surrounds me
The land where I live proudly!

 

I wanna start from the place of my being

I wanna start from the place I was born

With my feet in the sand and my eyes on the rippling skyline

I’m wanna make something new

I’m wanna be someone new

Through the essence of being I’ll find that I’m seeing a life with you,

Arizona
 

I wanna start from the place of my being

I wanna start from the place I was born

With my feet in the sand and my eyes on the rippling skyline

I’m wanna make something new

I’m wanna be someone new

Through the essence of being I’ll find that I’m seeing a life with you,

Arizona


 

I thought I’d write a melody today

a little something just so I could say

To me you are the sun’s brightest of rays and the most brilliant of stars up in the sky

I love your every idiosyncrasy

and the way you live with such sincerity

and how wear your positivity

Like a little jewel wrapped around your neck

see the way the sunlight does reflect

and snap me out of worried introspection

to tell me of your infinite perfection  

What a joy it is to see your face

to center me when my mind’s all over the place

I love the way you wear your little jewel

 

Like the precious days of early spring

There is a certain kind of life you bring

The kind that does inspire me to sing and to do everything that I love best in the world

You elevate my spirit when I’m down

you always make me smile when you're around
you’re gorgeous you wear your kindness like a crown

And a little jewel wrapped around your neck

see the way the sunlight does reflect

and snap me out of worried introspection

to tell me of your infinite perfection  

What a joy it is to see your face

to center me when my mind’s all over the place

I love the way you wear your little jewel

It’s like a little jewel wrapped around your neck

see the way the sunlight does reflect

and snap me out of worried introspection

to tell me of your infinite perfection  

What a joy it is to see your face

to center me when my mind’s all over the place

 

I love the way you wear your little jewel 

Me and Vanessa, Me and Vanessa, Me and Vanessa

just going our way

Me and Vanessa on a summer day

 

Sun so bright I can barely see

Where do we go

it don’t matter to me

cause it’s Me and Vanessa on a summer day

 

Yes it's Me and Vanessa, Me and Vanessa, Me and Vanessa

on a getaway

Yes it's Me and Vanessa on a summer day

Marigold dress and an immaculate smile

She wears it the best, with the most elegant style

Yes it’s Me and Vanessa

 

on a summer day

my best friend

I can’t wait to see her again

Hope this day

never Ends

I can’t wait to see her again

 

Me and Vanessa, Me and Vanessa, Me and Vanessa

Me and Vanessa, da-da-da-da-da.

Well it's Me and Vanessa, Me and Vanessa, Me and Vanessa

everything is okay

when it’s me and Vanessa on a summer day

Every step that I take when she’s by my side

Is a pure delight, It’s a pure delight

 

When it’s me and Vanessa on a summer day

When it’s me and Vanessa on a summer day

When it’s Me and Vanessa


on a summer day

my best friend

I can’t wait to see her again

Hope this day never ends

I can’t wait to see her again

Cause today, my best friend, 
I can't wait to see you again.
Hope this day never ends

I can't wait to see you again.

Everyone wants you to be manufactured
Just the way they saw you on their T.V. screen
They think you're made in bulk using recycled plastic
Conveniently packaged for their every need
 

They're gonna put you inside of their shoes
Dress you up so they can look at their mirror reflection
Teach you how to say things with their own inflection
But you find that the shoes are too small
And the words that come out of your mouth don't mean a thing
When you don't speak the language at all

You were meant to wear what you wanna wear
To say what you want to say

You've got to realize that it's all in your hands
Nobody has exactly what you do 
You've got to realize that it's you in command 
'cause it's all in your hands

All you gotta do is figure out how the game works
Learn to dance the dance and land back on your feet
Then, once you're on the path
no one can take you on a detour
You set cruise control until your journey's complete

'Cause when I hold your hand in mine
And look upon your open palm and see all the constellations
All the beautiful designs in such unique formations
Tell me why it is you're wasting your time
With the people who simply want to redesign your image
Thinking they might have a shot at a total refinish
Of a masterpiece already set in stone

You hold the key in the palm of your hand
Don't let them distract you from their plan

You've got to realize that it's all in your hands
Nobody has exactly what you do 
You've got to realize that it's you in command 
'cause it's all in your hands

You've got to realize that it's all in your hands
Nobody has exactly what you do 
You've got to realize that it's you in command 
'cause it's all in your hands

 

Look to my windowsill

Just to see her sitting still

and flutter her wings, sending the gentle kiss of a cooling wind

every motion giving life and color to the barren land surrounding her

Early summer morning


Though birds of air and other creatures that catch my eye just move along,

carry on to something new

my butterfly never flies away

and every time that I see her she’s more lovely that the day before

She’s a remembrance of a memory I’m longing for

Out of slumber she pulls me through

to metamorphosis and life anew     

I give all that I am to you, my butterfly

I give all that I am to you, my butterfly

 

Look to the girl right next to me

And see the essence of the earth’s beauty

I witness the answer to my humanity right there before my eyes

everything that I ever want to be

ever want to share

is close enough for me to reach out and hold, and yet I’m not there

Late-night summer evening  


Your presence is healing miracle

You are a gentle prayer, a painting to the eye

Just a short glimpse of you sends shockwaves through my being

It warms my spirit

Illuminates the darkest hour

Makes my days more meaningful

than they ever had been before

Out of slumber she pulls me through

to metamorphosis and life anew     

I give all that I am to you, my butterfly

I give all that I am to you, my butterfly

Out of slumber she pulls me through

to metamorphosis and life anew     

I give all that I am to you, my butterfly

I give all that I am to you, my butterfly

I feel so free

When you talk to me

‘Cause you’re cool like a breeze

Everything that you say

In your particular way

Gives me joy and peace

I Know, I don’t always say it, but

I’ll show you how much you mean to me


I felt so complete

With your love so sweet

From the day that we did first meet

You have made whole

The void within my soul

And my imprisoned heart, you’ve freed

I Know, I don’t always say it, but

I’ll show you how much you mean to me


Only you can take my worried mind

And give it needed rest, my friend

Only you can take my broken heart

And put the pieces together again

 

Darling, you make me a better man

It feels so right, when you’re by my side

Cause you’re so divine

When all is said and done,
I know that you are the one

You’re the love of my life


I Know, I don’t always say it, but

I’ll show you how much you mean to me 


I Know, I don’t always say it, but

I’ll show you how much you mean to me 


I Know, I don’t always say it, but

I’ll show you how much you mean to me 

I catch your gaze in a crystallized daydream

Peering intently at the far and away

Seems that you are in a world apart from me   


Locked behind the azures of your crystalline irises

I know there’s something that you’re trying to hide

it’s okay

you don’t have to say a word cause the silence speaks loud and clear

 

How dare you take me for a fabricator

What will it take for you to abdicate your throne

step down from your pedestal and talk to me

 

You can keep on hiding from the times that you confided

In me when he made you cry

You can go on feigning that there’s nothing here remaining

But deep down you know it’s a lie
 

Because I remember (the words you said)

I remember (the words you said)

I remember (the words you said)

I remember every word that you said.

 

I told you what I’d been wanting to say

Baby, you just heard what you wanted to hear

It’s ok

I know you have a habit of doing so

I don’t want to just wake up one morning

Finding you gone, but it’s seeming like that’s not so far away

From me today
Cause your silence is loud and clear


Baby, you cut me deep with your jumped conclusions

You’ve made my bed in your head, you think that I have let it go

But you’ll find that I haven’t at all

 

You can keep on hiding from the times that you confided

In me when he made you cry

You can go on feigning that there’s nothing here remaining

But deep down you know it’s a lie
 

Because I remember (the words you said)

I remember (the words you said)

I remember (the words you said)

I remember every word that you said.

 

Please don’t forget what we were

For if you take back your words

I’m reduced to nothing,
I’m reduced to nothing

You can keep on hiding from the times that you confided

In me when he made you cry

You can go on feigning that there’s nothing here remaining

But deep down you know it’s a lie
 

Because I remember (the words you said)

I remember (the words you said)

I remember (the words you said)

I remember every word that you said.

I used to think maybe that you were the one

Who was gonna be the hero whose praises we'd sung

But now you do recline in your white collar womb,

and whose gonna heal our wounds?

Who is gonna heal our wounds?
 

I fell for what was on the surface,

but now I know your smile is just a stupid artifice.

And after all the lies you've been breeding,

why should I believe in you

when you tell me it's gonna be ok?
 

Cause that's the way it is

with empty promises.

Monday morning ain't what they said it'd be,

Tuesday morning is more of the same

And that's the way it is

with empty promises.

Take it from me

it's all superficiality

and I don't wanna play this game


Now, I look around at all my good friends

and it seems the uncertainty will never end

Underpaid, overworked, dignity undermined

Is that what you had in mind?

What did you have in mind?
 

We can't take any more of the sweet talk

It's just a glass of heartbreak that's served on the rocks

And as you sugarcoat every word,

your pathetic insincerity is clearly heard

We can hear it loud and clear, yeah!

 

Cause that's the way it is

with empty promises.

Monday morning ain't what they said it'd be,

Tuesday morning is more of the same

And that's the way it is

with empty promises.

Take it from me

it's all superficiality

and I don't wanna play this game

I used to think maybe that you were the one

but now I can see much clearer, yeah yeah yeah

That's the way it is

with empty promises.

Monday morning ain't what they said it'd be,

Tuesday morning is more of the same

And that's just the way that it is

with empty promises.

Take it from me

it's all superficiality

and I don't wanna play this game

CREDITS

Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Hammond B3 Organ, Korg MS20, Piano, Farfisa, Pump Organ, Melodica, Clavinet, Bass Guitar, Drums, Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Percussion, and Vocals by BENJAMIN CORTEZ

Tenor Saxophone by AUSTIN KLEWAN (Track 7)

All Songs Arranged, Recorded, and Mixed by BENJAMIN CORTEZ

Mastered by JEFF THOMAS
Cover Photo by CYLER RESENDEZ

Cover Design by BENJAMIN CORTEZ AND DYLAN EWING

Recorded at ROXY'S DEN STUDIOS in Mesa, Arizona

 

All Music and Lyrics by BENJAMIN CORTEZ, except "I Remember", lyrics by BENJAMIN CORTEZ and BENNY ROTHSCHILD