The World Becomes Your Mirror

by Adam Bernstein

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released December 9, 2011

These tunes were written while appreciating the trees outside my window. They are a reflection of where I was at between June 2010 and September 2011. I continue to be lucky to play with great musicians, who are also great friends. Thank you brothers and sisters! I am filled with gratitude. Reminder to self, time is fleeting! Gone. Gone. Let's make the most of living.


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Gassho, AB

1) The World Becomes Your Mirror
Jack Petruzelli – elec gtrs
Marty Beller – drums
AB – elec bass, ac gtr, keyboards, perc, vocals

2) Why Oh Why
AB – ac gtr, cellos, keyboards, perc, vocals

3) Bad News, America's Gone
Paul Carbonara – lead gtr, vocal
Jack Petruzelli - rhythm gtr
Marty Beller – drums
AB – elec bass, ac gtr, vocal

4) Lonely
Jack Petruzelli – elec gtrs
Marty Beller – drums
AB – elec bass, ac gtr, piano, organ, vocals

5) Here Comes the Big One
AB - ac gtr, elec gtr, ac bass, keyboards, loops, vocals

6) I'm Someone New Today
Jack Petruzelli – elec gtr
Michaela Anne Neller - vocal
AB – elec bass, ac gtr, piano, brushes on phonebook, vocal

7) You Look Good To me
AB - ac gtr, vocal

8) Before You Know It, You'll Be Done
Paul Carbonara – dobro
Michaela Anne Neller - vocal
AB – elec bass, ac gtr, perc, vocal

9) Electric Guitar
Paul Carbonara – elec gtrs (left channel)
Marty Beller – drums
Leanne Darling – violas
EJ Fry - percussion
AB –elec gtrs (right channel), elec bass, cellos, vocals

10) That's The Way the World Goes 'Round
Paul Carbonara – ac gtr
Ej Fry – perc
Leanne Darling – viola
Rachel Ries - vocal
AB –elec bass, cello, keyboards, bell, vocals

11) Lucky Boy
Marty Beller – drums
Leanne Darling – violas
Michaela Anne Neller - vocal
AB – elec bass, ac gtr, keyboards, vocals

12) Letting Go Of the Blame
Marty Beller – drums
EJ Fry – percussion
Ravi Best – trumpet
Erik Lawrence – tenor sax
AB – elec bass, elec gtr, piano, handclaps, vocals

13) Park Bench Letter
AB – Piano, vocal

Recorded between 6/2010 and 9/2011 at AB Studios, MB studios and PC studios! Whew.
Composed, arranged, produced, engineered and mixed by AB
Mastered by Scott Anthony @ The Viewing Room
Cover painting by Sharon Lignorner
All songs copyright 2011 Bu-Lee-Bu-Lee-Boo Music
All Rights Reserved.

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Track Name: The World Becomes Your Mirror
The World Becomes Your Mirror

Sometimes you just feel low
Sometimes you just don't know
Sometimes we just get caught
In falsehoods that we've bought
The world becomes your mirror
Sometimes I want you
Sometimes fear ensues
Motion gets denied
No matter how you try
The world becomes your mirror
And every truth just hurts to know
Anger fools you, it comes and goes
Things come untangled, habitual blues
Pleasures seem scripted like Hollywood
Sometimes you wonder why
Sometime you can't rely
On thoughts that weigh a ton
Bright as the noonday sun
The world becomes your mirror
Sometimes the air is still
Sometimes you wait until
Things are what they seem
And not an endless dream
The world becomes your mirror
Track Name: Why Oh Why
Why Oh Why

If you want to know
What went wrong with me
You dropped me on my head when I was three
And a need grew and grew
And insanity went through the roof
If you do believe
In fairy tales and lies
You can't understand what I despise
Everyday I look
At green trees and brooks that have gone dry
Why oh why do lonely roads just lead me back to you?
Why oh why do lonely roads just lead me back to you?
If your glass is half
Empty and negative
You may find it hard pressed how to give
Despite the pool of good
Life is easily misunderstood
Why oh why do lonely roads just lead me back to you?
Why oh why do lonely roads just lead me back to you?
Track Name: Bad News, America's Gone
Bad news, America's Gone

Bad news, America's gone
Took a trip to the coast, now it won't be long
Bad news, America's done
Like a high plains drifter off it went to the sun
Bad news, greed took its hold
Where potential stood
Got bought and sold
Bad news, the kool-aid was spiked
The air of reflection
Blew away with the night
You went blind; it's such a mystery
Your eyes died, and we couldn't see
There you stood on 42nd st
It was fate, history couldn't pull you
Bad news, there's no contingency plan
The resources we had
Were broken and damned
Bad news, the heat's gonna rise
Make no mistake
The devil's come to baptize
You went blind; it's such a mystery
Your eyes died, and we couldn't see
There you stood on 42nd st
It was fate, history couldn't pull you
Bad news, the wild's been tamed
Machine like medicine
Is calling your name
Bad news, you jumped the gun
The innocent stared
While it all came undone
Track Name: Lonely
Lonely, you look so lonely
You're believing the thoughts in your head
And troubles begun
No one, no one should have no one
Wandering around on your own
The troubles begun
And there's nothing that you mind can do
And there's no way left to think it through
Confusion takes the fight out of you and your way home
And you never seem to find a place
Where you trust the look upon your face
When you're floating in and out of the pace of the world
And you wait another day for the sun
You wonder when the night will be done
Hoping you won't come undone and be
Lonely, you look so lonely
You're believing the thoughts in your head
And troubles begun
Track Name: Here Comes the Big One
Here Comes the Big One

Troubled mind, troubled heart
Trouble in knowing where to start
Troubles come, troubles go,
Don't it show
In the past, lies were told
Love is empty, often cold
Aint no wonder, things are off
don't you know?
Ancient laws, laws of men
Laws of tricksters, laws are bent
This is left, this is right
Where to go
Angry eyes, angry grins
school yard bullies, bust your chin
When in doubt, madmen shout
Into space
Here comes the big one
Mountains are moving
Like a paper floating on wind
It's hard to imagine
But there's a truth here
in the quiet
Love is real
In dire times, down is up
Beggars beg, just for the cup
Makes no sense
To turn away from all you know
Words can love, words can kill
When the marksmen has the skill
We take aim, then we hurt
Friend or foe
Track Name: I'm Someone New Today
I'm Someone New Today

I'm someone new today, just look at my face
I held your hand in mine, the past was soon erased
No need to search the interstate
I'm someone new today
I walked into the light, I heeded your advice
I heard the neighbors fight and curse the day
Sometimes the piper must be paid
So the wise folks say
Honey, how could I ignore, you were knockin' on my door
Your eyes were so aligned with the sun
Sometimes you find a pool so still
The meanings easy to distill
Its clear that only love alone can fill it
I emptied out my heart, of things I kept apart
My jealous thoughts unkind and mean remarks
Words dipped in pain
Will often leave a stain
When the road you started from, turns back on itself
Gates and empty shelves, hold something new
But we're not alone in the universal home
Track Name: You Look Good to Me
You Look Good to Me

Thirty years and nothings changed
Your eyes still blue and green
The new lines on your face betray
The pain that you'd been in
But you look good to me
You look good to me
You look good now that you're free
Your dad was mean
Your mom insane
Your brothers never around
But you did hide your vulnerability
And how it brought you down
But you look good to me
You look good to me
You look good now that you're free
We were kids holding on
Holding for dear life
Medicated all day long, questioning at night
I didn't know you
And you looked right through me
It's amazing we could love at all
When we were lost behind a wall
Its no ones fault when you're only fifteen
Time turned out to love us both
The parents we never knew
When we recalled just why we met
We were so puzzled anew
But you look good to me
You look good to me
You look good now that you're free
Track Name: Before You Know It, You'll Be Done
If you want to walk the path of darkness
If you want to warm your bones with sun
You may find surprises bloom
Before you know it, you'll be done
Missed the train at the station
Don't see no Cadillac car you won
Empty pockets don't buy your lunch
Before you know it, you'll be done
(chorus)
Everyone's got a razor blade
Tucked into the recesses of mind
You're better off letting tall tales fade away
Maybe then you'll do just fine
Ain't no mines at the jewelers
Can't shoot no bullet without a gun
Food can't fill the hunger in you
Before you know it, you'll be done
All day wishin' and hopin'
Letting desire come undone
You know your love could set you free
Before you know it, you'll be done
Track Name: Electric Guitar
Electric Guitar

I'm playing electric guitar
Don't care about nothing
My baby says I'm a big star
I started believing
Some days when we were broken
We weren't that cuddly
Now we're just like the king bee
We're living on honey
Show me how you want to move me
Hold me to the light so I'm less hungry
Playing electric guitar
Guitars are made of diamonds
They cut illusion
When you want friends to talk to
You won't be deluded
You've heard of Cain and Abel
You've seen the explosions
Electric guitar has spoken
When will I listen?
I'm playing electric guitar
Don't care about nothing
My baby said I'm a big star
I started believing
Track Name: That's the Way the World Goes 'Round
That's the Way the World Goes 'Round

Every time I look at you
Something in the world comes true
Love can finally settle down
That's the way the world goes 'round
Struggle with what life presents
Surely that don't make much sense
Dance your sorrows to the ground
That's the way the world goes 'round
(Chorus)
Happily I'll sit beside you
Long as I can
Love is inscribed in the sand
Watch the way we move through time
You never reach the finish line
Some are poor and some renown
That's the way the world goes 'round
All we have is what we know
Hopefully we'll let it go
How could you hold down?
That's the way the world goes 'round
Track Name: Lucky Boy
Oh such a lucky boy, born at the right time
Born to the right folks of right mind
Oh such a lucky boy, you seem strong and able
To carry you through the tough times
I wonder now just who you'll be
When love comes a calling when you need
Oh such a lucky boy, while others are wandering
Hungry and lost around mealtime
Oh such a lucky boy, you set the example
To face down the firing line
I wonder now just who you'll be
When love comes a calling when you need
I couldn't help but feel glad
As I wished that I were you
Things weren't easy
But I made it through
And so will you
Oh such a lucky boy, I'm seeing the next time
Raising the right boy of right mind
Oh such a lucky boy, when storm clouds are gathering
You will be there with sunshine
I wonder now just who you'll be
When love comes a calling when you need
Track Name: Letting Go of the Blame
Letting Go of the Blame

Rain it falls, I don't mind
Worries done, there's too little time
We meet like lovers do
And dance the whole night through
Letting go of the blame, that you can bank on
Letting go of the pain, let that be your main vow
Letting go of the blame, on that you can rely.
Sun was up, all day long
Shining light, on things done wrong
But you held me anyway
Just like yesterday
Letting go of the blame, that you can bank on
Letting go of the pain, let that be your main vow
Letting go of the blame, on that you can rely.
Mama, mama, mama, I'm building a house for you
Mama, mama, mama, I'm doing all that I can do.
Track Name: Park Bench Letter
Park Bench Letter

It's been so long
How did you do?
Did you find the world's been fighting you?
Did you hold on to someone warm?
And hold their heart?