The Vanity Project

by Steven Page

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1.
Hit & Run 04:10
Protest Song Everybody sang along Now they pan and scan And edit out the everyman Nothing matters, consensus scatters, it's all irrelevent now A soul redemption, the Last Temptation Goodbye, farewell, ciao Oh yeah Hit and Run Everybody knows who won If you're the chosen son Then you won't even need a gun The music died The singer lied The market lives The chairmen hide I have heard the sotto voce threats are coming true Whilst disenfranchised franchise holders Take it all from you Oh yeah Hit and Run Everybody knows who won If you're the chosen son Then you don't even need a gun
2.
Wilted Rose 04:40
I almost cried on the day my country died I almost tried to care They built a wall to protect them from us all We should have left them there Revolution is the first to go The rest is forced to stay Shall I cast this out, this wilted rose? Yeah, yeah, yeah, no, no, no Like Pierre Trudeau's walk out in the snow Can it be time to leave? I spent my youth thinking people spoke the truth Now, it's hard to think Was I naive to say I do believe That none of us should sink? They sold us out and they sold us short And we're the one's who'll have to pay Shall I cast this out, this wilted rose? Yeah, yeah, yeah, no, no, no Like Pierre Trudeau's walk out in the snow Can it be time to leave? Don't go, you know it's all The same to me these days I swear it's hard to care Revolution is the first to go The rest is forced to stay Shall I cast this out, this wilted rose? Yeah, yeah, yeah, no, no, no Like Pierre Trudeau's walk out in the snow Can it be time to leave? Shall I cast this out, this wilted rose? Yeah, yeah, yeah, no, no, no Like Pierre Trudeau's walk out in the snow Can it be time to leave? Don't go, you know it's all The same to me these days I swear it's hard to care
3.
These broken dreams are enough To make better people give up, but not us We soldier on like nothing's wrong Did we think that we'd last this long? Oh no We touched souls whilst walking across the coals If we give up nothing will be good enough If we never make love again Will you still want to call out my name? There is nothing left to explain When we admit that there's no one to blame You drove my car down the street Thinking you would never repeat all those lines I sat and stared into space But all I could see was your face above mine It's easy to hurt the one you love the most Stay with me, we're never giving up the ghost If we never make love again Will you still want to call out my name? There is nothing left to explain When we admit that there's no one but These wasted words, never to be heard Are we afraid that there's more to life than love? If we never make love again Will you still want to call out my name? There is nothing left to explain When we admit that there's no one to blame No one to blame
4.
So. Cal 03:16
It's even worse than I had feared Please go awaym there's no one here It's just a lonely day in sunny Southern California Every day just looks the same Another moves back east in shame Another lonely day in sunny Southern California Too old to lie about my age Too young to die upon the stage Another lonely day in sunny Southern California Put your hand in mine I'll introduce you to my pets, oh yeah This one's called They're Lying to Us All This one's called Regret, it is the patron saint Of Southern California What Could Have Been and What Never Was Conspire against us all because They love a lonely day in sunny Southern California Another lonely day in sunny Southern California
5.
She was lying on the grass, lying on the grass Watching all the cars go past The misery chords weep from the radio, ignored That's all, that's all That's all, that's all Before the fall, before we blew it all Walking down the street, walking down the street Kicking up the leaves, falling at her feet Summer seems like a lover leaving, oh, don't go That's all, that's all That's all, that's all Before the fall, before we blew it all She only wants to be happy She wants you to want to be happy too She's much too good for you That's all, that's all That's all, that's all Before the fall, before we blew it all
6.
Easy to stumble; harder to fall, Easty to bow to the flag on the wall, I pledge my allegiance to nothing at all And on the news they said the world has changed But you and I are staying home again And even though we're scared Everything's the same Everything's the same You wanted marriage; you wanted fame You wanted an hyphen after your name They put it in neon but nobody came And on the news they said the world has changed But you and I are staying home again And even though we're scared Everything's the same I know you were in the air While I was below Fourteenth street with moondust in my hair Do you know how it's going to end? Underneath the table with your friend And on the news they said the world has changed But you and I are staying home again And even though we're scared Everything's the same Everything's the same
7.
Glitterbug 02:38
Glitterbug with your mind everywhere I'm anywhere you want me to be Take your time but take care For in the end we're all history Don't be shy let everyone or me at least inside You'll be fine; you'll be fine in the morning sunshine Fine you will find if you're mine you might be free We shall see Glitterbug with your eyes through the grey There's something that I need you to say Could be Hi, go away Or anything that makes it okay From the ground you are the only star that shines tonight If you go you must know that you'll shine forever Come if you're mine you will shine eternally Wait and see From the bar to the stars Through the haze of a thousand wasted days You must be tired you've burned so bright So goodnight, goodnight Glitterbug
8.
You've got a lot of problems I tried my best to solve them But mostly I've just made things worse We've built a wall around us Turn on the hose and drown us It's only swimming in reverse But you and I are fools For thinking we could change Someone broke the rules And someone's making strange Thank you for sharing your nightmares with me Thank you for choosing to leave peacefully Thank you for losing your last shred of dignity Thank you for coming out You came from Merriweather Your parents stayed together Both of them hating every day So what should be repeated When it can be defeated We're smart enough to walk away But you and I are fools For thinking we could change Someone broke the rules And someone's making strange Thank you for sharing your nightmares with me Thank you for choosing to leave peacefully Thank you for losing your last shred of dignity Thank you for coming out Happy he who hopes for better You and I are fools For thinking we could change Someone broke the rules And someone's making strange Thank you for sharing your nightmares with me Thank you for daring to leave peacefully Thank you for scaring the hell out of me Thank you for coming out
9.
I want to take a drive I want to feel alive I know I can't survive without the radio I'm taking no left turns I'm number one with zero burn I've learned to love to learn to love the radio I love to hear that song Even though it's number one on the radio R-A-D-I-O Baby loves the radio I want to leave this town Just put the pedal down And head where the ground meets the radio The whole wide world I'll see From the golden gate to NYC It's all the same to me on the radio I love to hear that song Even though it's number one on the radio R-A-D-I-O Baby loves the radio The radio is playing When cheating and when praying Forgiveness for all I've done wrong I can't escape the radio song R-A-D-I-O Baby loves the radio Theis song's in heavy rotation On every radio station Across this whole wide nation I'm beginning to lose my patience
10.
She was the most beautiful woman I'd ever known She was the most beautiful woman I'd ever known She died by the roadside, I cried She was a princess, defenseless Another senseless crime She was the most beautiful woman he'd never known She was the most beautiful woman he'd never known She died by the roadside He tried to deny that he was guilty Till he called anonymously When they found him asleep in his car At the side of a road with her dreams in a jar He knew from the cuffs on the wrists That he'd never existed till now After searching her place They dismissed his case They'd found her note That's all she wrote
11.
This teenage kid, I almost ran and hid When he says to me I recognize you from TV (You're all that I don't want to be) Be aware that I really use to care I'm no grocer of despair, in fact I'm lighter than the air And you're so young, so wrong, so so long Epitaph, a hostage to his craft His talent down the drain Spent his whole life on the train (Just to get out of the rain) Rain came down and washed away my youth You thought that it would last You thought it was the truth But you're so young, so wrong, so so long I read your book and I stole your look And now it's sad how much like dad You are a star who's burning out No doubt, you burned out long ago You know, you once stole the show But now you steal my youth Just to keep yourself alive, you are me at thirty five I thought it best not to hold him to my breast And say, sunshine, I'm not the only one who's dying (Everything's going to be fine) Fine, instead I let it all go to my head I leaned across and said I too thought my soul was dead But I was young, I was wrong, I grew up, I wrote this song You're so young, you're so wrong, so, so long
12.
Tomorrow never comes It's always here today and yesterday But if tomorrow stays everybody pays For there'll be no more days She was in the front room of her Mother's house in somewhere, nowhere The world will always turn And dinner always burns But tomorrow never learns That nothing ever changes I was in the backwoods Looking forward to the bright lights When I thought I saw a face Deep in outer space But it was just a case Of mistaken revelation Tomorrow never comes It's always here today and yesterday But if tomorrow stays everybody pays For there'll be no more days There'll be no tomorrow

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Originally released in 2005 under the fake band name The Vanity Project, this is Steven Page's first solo album, co-written and produced with Stephen Duffy.

Originally released by Flagship Records in the US and Warner Music Canada in Canada.

©2005 Fresh Baked Goods

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released June 21, 2005

Produced by Steven Page & Stephen Duffy
Recorded by Steven Page & Paul Forgues
Mixed by Adam Kasper
Mastered by Bob Ludwig

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Steven Page Manlius, New York

Steven Page is a Canadian singer and songwriter known for songs like "Brian Wilson," "The Old Apartment," "It's All Been Done," "Jane" and many others he recorded with Barenaked Ladies, the band he co-founded in 1988. A solo artist since 2009, he's gone on to release four solo albums as well as two with the Art of Time Ensemble, toured both as a singer and as a speaker focusing on mental health. ... more

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