Live at Sidewalk NYC [FREE CD]

by Allison Weiss

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    Review from Kissing Tigers

    Recorded last year at one of her live performances, this album is such a wonderful representation of singer/songwriter Allison Weiss. For those who were up until now unfamiliar with her work, it provides a delightful introduction. For those who are longtime fans of hers, it provides what so many people yearn for from their favorite artists; a live album that doesn't completely blow. It makes sense that an Allison Weiss record can multitask like that, because those who have had the privilege of attending one of her shows are given a perfect display of multitasking. She manages to fulfill the audience's need to hear good music while also making them laugh a few times, all the while completely kicking ass. She's no studio-only band, she's actually got musical prowess and it's on display for all to see (well, hear). Live at Sidewalk NYC is home to such gems as "I'm Ready" and "July 25, 2007," and like her friend and fellow musician Jenny Owen Youngs did on The Take Off All Your Clothes EP, includes a pretty bitchin' cover song. I won't spoil the surprise and tell you what it is, you'll know it when you hear it. Well, what are you waiting for? Get to clickin', already!

    For fans of: Jenny Owen Youngs, Madeline, Julia Nunes
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released August 5, 2008

Recorded live in August 2008 at the Sidewalk Cafe in New York, NY.

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Track Name: I'm Ready
Hey, you feelin' something?
I say I'm all for jumping
off this cliff. Yeah, this is it,
or could be, anyway.

Hey, don't act suprised.
I say let's take the dive
off this cliff. Yeah, this is it,
or could be, anyway.

I'm ready if you're ready.
Well, I'm ready, are you ready?
'Cause my heart is breaking
while you're taking your time.
No telling where we're going,
but I'm going if you're going.
Just tell me, baby,
am I wasting my time?

So, you're far away and
I make it through the day, but
head on my pillow
and I'm missing you to death.

Dreams can't get me close
to you and neither can the coast.
These beaches are no remedy
for missing you to death.

I'm ready if you're ready.
Well, I'm ready, are you ready?
'Cause my heart is breaking
while you're taking your time.
No telling where we're going,
but I'm going if you're going.
Just tell me, baby,
am I wasting my time?

And if you go
then let me know,
'cause I'll be right behind you. Now
is not the time to change your mind.
Are you in or are you out?

Say yes.

I'm ready if you're ready.
Well, I'm ready, are you ready?
'Cause my heart is breaking
while you're taking your time.
No telling where we're going,
but I'm going if you're going,
and I'm fine with waiting
while you're taking you're time.
Track Name: Try to Understand
Well I'm sitting here in silence
and I'm feeling so discouraged.
'Cause I only want to call you,
but I just don't have the courage.

And it seems like only yesterday,
things were going fine.
It's funny how our lives can change
in only seconds time.

And I know I'll miss the bad jokes,
and the way you never called.
I know I'll miss the way your TV glowed blue on the wall
as we lay there in the darkness.
Try to understand it all.
Understand it all.
Couldn't understand at all.

I'm sorry that I never could
quite say this to your face.
Always hiding behind melody lines,
hooks that keep me safe.

And I know this may be catchy
but I know you can't relate,
so what's possible's impossible,
and that I won't debate.

But I know I'll miss the bad jokes,
and the way you never called.
I know I'll miss the way your TV glowed blue on the wall
as we lay there in the darkness.
Try to understand it all.
Understand it all.
Couldn't understand at all.

So don't take this the wrong way.
This is nothing like the past.
I'm fine and I am okay
with the fact that this won't last.
And I'll try to fix my problem,
sorry I was so afraid
of what could've been,
what should've been,
oh what a mess I've made...

'Cause I know I'll miss the bad jokes,
and the way you never called.
I know I'll miss the way your TV glowed blue on the wall
as we lay there in the darkness.
Try to understand it all.
Understand it all.
Couldn't understand at all.
Track Name: July 25, 2007
I woke up at seven
Rode the bus until eleven
Called ex-lovers, and my brother
Hoping someone was awake
Circled around the campus
In a t-shirt and pajamas
As I stared out the window
And my heart began to break

But it's all good,
'Cause I'm no good
And believe me,
You don't need me.
It's a big world,
And I'm old news to you.

I started healing
Soon as I regained the feeling
In my fingers pressed so hard
Against that steel the night before
I wrote another love song
But my heart, it wouldn't sing along
My head agreed, I didn't need
To try and right the wrongs

But it's all good,
'Cause I'm no good
And believe me,
You don't need me.
It's a big world,
And I'm old news to you.

I woke up at seven
Rode the bust until eleven
Called ex-lovers, and my brother,
Hoping someone was awake
Track Name: Let's Leave
Well I never took a shortcut out
I don't know about you
And looking back is so damn hard
But I still manage to
And I'm quick to call you over
When I'd rather call you mine
So I'll meet you in the middle
I just a little time

These days are keeping me up at night
No way you're taking me down
Let's stay awake through the morning light
Let's leave this town

And you keep me for the lonely days
I swear to God it's true
I can't blame you 'cause I've done the same thing
Many times to you
There's a truth that we cannot deny
'Cause fate don't lie, my friend
You're the reason for my rise, my fall,
My beginning, and my end.

These days are keeping me up at night
No way you're taking me down
Let's stay awake through the morning light
Let's leave this town.
Track Name: Time
I found the Holy Bible on a bench outside the courthouse
And I am scared because I do not think of God, no no
The thoughts that cross my mind
Are neither holy, nor divine
Just simple human longings for the boy who does not believe
He once believed in me

So I walked on and stuffed that heavy new book under my arm
And then I got in my car and drove on home
I thought of words he said
'Bout where we're going once we're dead
But other worries fill my head
It's selfish and I know I'm wrong
But I'll miss him when he's gone

Yeah I still fear the black
But there's no looking back
And if I'm dying, I'm just dying for you, dear
Can't tell which way to go
I doubt we'll ever know
Let's take advantage of the time that we've got here
'Cause time's all we've got here

I made it home, unlocked the door, and tossed that book onto the floor
Where it sat waiting like I'm waiting for the truth, so
I put it in a box under my bed, with all those silly things I've kept
And I will leave it there unread, so I can get back to
Figuring out how I'll get through today and tomorrow

Yeah I still fear the black
But there's no looking back
And if I'm dying, I'm just dying for you, dear
Can't tell which way to go
I doubt we'll ever know
Let's take advantage of the time that we've got here
'Cause time's all we've got here

And if it's just gonna end, what's the point of it all?
Call it quits, cut out early, this is surely your fault
When I fall back to you, I am through, I am through
Oh but I do...I do...

Yeah I still fear the black
But there's no lookin' back
And if I'm dying, I'm just dying for you, dear
Can't tell which way to go
I doubt we'll ever know
Let's take advantage of the time that we've got here
'Cause time's all we've got here
Track Name: Yer Goin' Down
I've got a feeling
I know it all too well
I'm getting even
And I'm going straight to hell
For all the thoughts that I'm thinking
I think I'll stick around
I found a ship to sink
And you're going down, down down

I've got a feeling
I think I need your touch-
-me if you feel it
Oh god it hurts so much
To be the bearer of bad news
We barely left the ground
I know you did what you had to
But you're going down, down, down

So lie your way out of this one again
Cry? I think I won't this time.
I'll take you for all that you are.

All that you are
All that you are
A fading scar
Won't leave a mark

I'm off the deep end
Still swimming fast and hard
Against your current
But my current state
Won't get me far
I'll keep you closer now
You bring me down
But I don't care
Don't bother lookin for me
You won't find me anywhere
You won't find me anywhere
You won't find me anywhere

I've got a feeling
I know it all too well
I'm getting even
And I'm going straight to hell
For all the thoughts that I'm thinking
I think I'll stick around
I found a ship to sink
And you're going down, down down
Track Name: I Had To Do It
If I had another choice
I'd make it in a second
if I had another chance
I'd make it from the start

If my heavy heart was strong enough
I'd stay and let you keep it
But to know you is to love you
And I don't want to love you anymore.

It's selfish and I'm sorry,
But you know I had to do it
And I'll miss you every second,
But you know it's for the best.

If my weary heart were well enough
I'd stay and let you keep it
But to know you is to love you
And I don't want to love you anymore.

You know I never meant
To go and throw away our future
And I guess I can't expect
To ever hear from you again

If my broken heart were brave enough
I'd stay and let you keep it
But to know you is to love you
And I don't want to love you anymore.

I'm doing better now,
I know you'll be okay without me.
Track Name: What I Need
I've got plans to make
But planning might be risky
I've got time to waste
if you will waste it with me
And I know
I dont
know you well
but this could
be good
I can tell

So won't you keep me company please?

Lately I've been spending my time
under the covers
wishing you were
hiding with me
wash away the world cause
nothing that I've ever felt
compares to what is happening now
maybe I am crazy
but I'd like to be your girl

So strange to finally feel like what I need

is there
and I'm no longer scared
yeah all my inhibitions
vanish into the night air
and you and me
will be what we will be
only time will tell
so I guess we'll see

twenty years
is long to wait
I've battled broken hearts
I'm great
at being really independent
but its not as fun as
sharing songs
and sharing thoughts
and making out in parking lots
and being so inspired by the things that we could do

So keep me by your side, i'll stick with you,

I swear
cause I'm no longer scared
and all my inhibitions
vanish into the night air
and you and me
will be what we will be
only time will tell
so I guess we'll see

and all the problems we have to endure
I've been through all kinds of problems before
and these are nothing at all I assure you
the good outweighs the bad, times a million yeah!

I don't care
cause I'm no longer scared
and all my inhibitions
vanish into the night air
and you and me
will be what we will be
only time will tell
so I guess we'll see
Track Name: Umbrella (Rihanna cover)
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Track Name: I Don't Want To Be Here
Every time I think I'm feeling better,
I feel better off alone.
I'm better off alone.

Every time I go out thinking,
"this could be the night",
I change my tone.
I'm better off at home.

I'm better off alone.
I'm better off at home.

'Cause I don't want to be here.
I don't want to see you
have the time of your life,
the time of your life.
And I just want to let go,
but you had me from the get go.
Have the time of your life,
the time of your life without me.

Every time I feel like giving up
you always seem to change my mind.
It happens every time.

And every time I think we're going forward
we start going in rewind.
It happens every time.

It happens every time.
And so I'll change my mind.

I don't want to be here.
I don't want to see you
have the time of your life,
the time of your life.
And I just want to let go,
but you had me from the get go.
Have the time of your life,
the time of your life without me.

Without me.
Without me.
The time of your life without me.
Track Name: The End
Boy, you make it easy to forget we ever met
All this talk of keepin' touch, there's been no talkin' yet
So tell me when you're ready, man, and I'll call you my friend
But I don't mind
Calling this the end

Boy, you make it easy for a girl to lose her head
Losing sleep, and losing time, hey, losers never win
So shake my hand, call it a tie, and I'll call you my friend,
But I don't mind
Calling this the end

Boy, you make it easy for a memory to bend
Fact and fiction fading into one confusing blend
So I'll remember good things now, and I'll call you my friend
But I don't mind
Calling this the end

There are people who have changed my life
And there are people I have left behind
If you ain't up to it, I'll let it die
But it's up to you
to change my mind

Boy, you've got it easy, leaving, starting over fresh
Abandoning beginnings that you brought to life and left
So pack your bags and say goodbye, and call me sometime, friend
'Cause I don't mind
Calling this the end

The End.
Track Name: The End pt. 2
I don't care where you're coming from.
I'm never going back.
You could beg
And you could plead
But I wouldn't recommend that.
The day has come
To say my piece
But calm and quiet, I will keep
Your secret's mine
And I won't be the one
To try and raise the dead
So rest your worried head
Remember what I said
You chose to do
The things you did
Back then
And this is just the end
My stranger, not my friend
No, you are not my friend.

I know, I know about the girls before
I know, I know what happened on my floor
So stay in Boston, babe. Don't hold your breath.
I already forgot we ever met.