A Better Life

by Scott Krokoff

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Scott's debut CD featuring 13 tracks of acoustic-based folk-rock/pop. Scott alternately plays mellow and energetic folk-rock in a pop voice, or what you get when you mix Paul Simon and Lindsay Buckingham.

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released 01 December 2007
Produced, engineered and mixed by Bob Stander
Recorded at VuDu Studios, Freeport, NY
Mastered by Gene Paul at DB Plus, New York, New York
All songs written by Scott Krokoff, except I Know Your Story and Do You Wanna Play, each co-written by Scott Krokoff and Karl Hofmann
CD Design by Pursuit Design
Photography by Melissa Dierna

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Scott Krokoff New York, New York

Scott plays Americana-flavored folk-rock and pop, primarily influenced by his love of music from the 60s and 70s. Vocally, he sounds like a combination of Jackson Browne and Glen Phillips. His acoustic guitar playing fuses the fingerpicking styles of James Taylor, Paul Simon and Lindsay Buckingham, and incorporates the country-rock of Neil Young and The Eagles and the roots rock of Tom Petty. ... more

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Track Name: I Know Your Story
I heard your voice today
It sounded softly through the walls
As if you were close to me
But I cannot see your face

Your words they told me
“I have some pain beneath my skin
and I need some time to try to figure out
if I should let you in”

She needs to take her time to deal with past mistakes
It’s cloudy in her mind
And though I know her fears part of me just wants to say
That it may all work out
Despite her doubts of late
For as more time passes, you’ll drop your baggage
So why not take a chance and have some faith?

I know your reasons why you are guarded and concerned
You’ve been through this before
There are lessons that you have learned
But don’t be frightened
I won’t be like your last boyfriend
Just give a chance to try and prove to you
That I will not be the same as him

I promise no more lies, no more tears for you to cry
No burdens on your mind
Don’t give in to fear ‘cause getting hurt’s just part of the game
And it may all work out and you’ll appreciate
Having took the chance to find romance and having kept your faith

Where are you now?
Come here before it’s over
Where are you now?
Let me see your face

I heard your voice today
It sounded softly through the walls
As if you were close to me
But I cannot see your face

I know your story
I’ve felt your pain beneath my skin
I’ve laughed your joys and cried your tears aloud
Won’t you let me in?
Won’t you let me in?
Won’t you let me in?
Track Name: Friend In Need
I wish you could follow me everywhere
Life seems much easier when you are around
Usually I’m doing fine but sometimes there are days that come
Where I need someone to look up to
You’ve never let me down

If there’s a question that I need to answer
You’re never far away
And I’m amazed at how you always seem to know
How to make it feel

You give me confidence and the drive I often lack
And in a world that needs some more commitment you’ve always got my back
I often go through times of aimless recourse without your guiding hand
‘cause I’ve got a lot of trouble with my problems
I know you’d understand

If there’s a question that I need to answer
You’re never far away
And I’m amazed at how you always seem to know
How to make it feel…ok

Sifting through the sands of many I’ve encountered
You’re very hard to find
And I’m amazed at how you always seem to know
What is on my mind

I feel your presence now
I’ve felt it for awhile
And when I see your image in my head
I can see you smile
And though I’m sure you’re doing fine
There might just be a day where you need someone to look up
I’ll never let you down
‘cause you are my friend and we need those things to share
I wish you could follow me everywhere
Track Name: A Better Life
Today I hurt due to the situation I’m in
And I am lost in the direction that I’m goin’
I work so hard for a better day, a better life
And it’s not enough for me to just survive

Don’t get me wrong for I am proud of my achievements
But success is hollow when it’s not what you believe in
So I’m longing for a better day while there’s still time
For me to be the one I dream of in my mind

Every day it all seems wrong, I can barely take it
It’s not the place where I should be
But I stop myself from fallin’ down, for I need to make it
To drive regret out to the sea and realize a golden dream

It is often that my mind has drifted elsewhere
Now if I can only find the way to get there
For if I could find the way from A to B
I am certain everything would change for me

In many ways I’m still a child who is full of wonder
Dreamin’ of what life can be about
But in other ways I’m just a man who is torn asunder
By strains of fear and endless doubt and I feel like screaming out

Destiny is in my grasp for I can see it
It is waiting there for me to simply reach it
I work so hard for a better day, a better life
And it’s finally time for me to feel alive and have a better life.
Track Name: Sparrows
Don’t ask me why I cry when the sky is blue
Don’t ask me why I lie when I speak of you
Don’t ask me why I hide when I see the morning dew
Oh what they say about those growing pains are true

I try to listen for your call
Wasting my time when it’s not there
Like the bird above that’s standing on the wire
I can’t bear looking down to see the concrete floor
I must find my nest
The sparrows want to fly away
Hoping they can find a brand new day

Don’t ask me why I run to where the sun goes down
I try to reach the star that I once found
Some people say that what you get is yours to hold
But my legs are growing tired and the story’s growing old

I try to listen for your call
Wasting my time when it’s not there
Like the bird above that’s standing on the wire
I can’t bear looking down to see the concrete floor
I must find my nest
The sparrows want to fly away
Hoping they can find a brand new day

I cannot listen for your call
Wasting my time when it’s not there
I wither like the rose whose petals have fallen down
You said you won’t forget, you said that you would call
But all I see here is my shadow on the wall
I am not remembered
The sparrows have flown away
Hoping they could find a brand new day
Track Name: Tomorrow's Coming
What a restless evening
I lay in bed in anticipation
‘cause when tomorrow finally comes my love awaits
I don’t remember being
So overcome with joy and elation
I’m anxious for the day to come ‘cause my love awaits

And it won’t be long for tomorrow is coming
When you and I can start living life like a fairy tale
And we will celebrate like it’s only beginning
As we share our lives as one for the rest of our days

I can still remember
What life was like before you were in it
I was still a lonely youth searching for the truth
But now that we’re together
I want to cherish life every minute
Regardless of what comes my way
‘cause I believe in you

I can hardly wait for tomorrow is coming
When you and I can start living life like a fairy tale
And we will celebrate like it’s only beginning
As we share our lives as one for the rest of our days

When I met you years ago
I really didn’t know
How much my eyes had closed
But when you opened them for me
It wasn’t hard to see a future for you and me

I can hardly wait for tomorrow is coming
When you and I can start living life like a fairy tale
And we will celebrate like it’s only beginning
As we share our lives as one for the rest of our days
Track Name: Glimpse Of Your Face
Rescue me from my sea of sorrow
That I’ve been drowning in for so long
Comfort me, be my blanket
‘cause I feel so cold without you

For many years I’ve been treading water
In this pool of tears that I’ve cried
But don’t let me face an eternity in here
I’ve been waiting all my life to see your face appear

And when I see the ocean fall down by the horizon
I can hear the ocean calling your name through the waves
I look up to the sky praying I might find you
‘cause I hunger just for a glimpse of your face

Come to me my unknown angel
Bring me some peace to my heart
Give me a chance to repay you
By treating you like the queen that you are

Be my guide, be my salvation
Be my everything, my inspiration
But don’t let me face an eternity in fear
I’ve been waiting all my life to see your face appear

And when I see the ocean fall down by the horizon
I can hear the ocean calling your name through the waves
I look up to the sky praying I might find you
‘cause I hunger just for a glimpse of your face

When, when will I know
When will I see where I should go
How long will it be? That I don’t know
For I would do most anything so I can be with you
Just to be with you
Track Name: Acid Rain
Walking in the rain…

I’m near my reflection so I can find my inner self
But I am afraid inside there might be someone else
Doesn’t my voice count
Or does it have no say
If I keep away from you only I feel the hate

I would start to walk away
Rivers move, I hesitate
I cover my eyes by the water
My reflection’s rising up and soon falls as acid in the rain

Some people have told I should change my attitude
Why should I care about them other point of views?
I shouldn’t change my ways, no matter what you say
Do I understand at all or should I walk away

There are thoughts that feel betrayed
Rivers flow over my face
I cover my eyes by the water
My reflection’s rising up and soon falls as acid in the rain

I’m walking in the rain…I cover my eyes…

I would start to walk away
Rivers move, I hesitate
I cover my eyes by the water
My reflection’s rising up and soon falls as acid in the rain

You’re the acid in the rain
Track Name: There's A Woman
There’s a woman that I adore
Who lately feels that she’s been ignored
And she needs some love and understanding
You see she fears that something is wrong
And it may keep us from moving on
And I believe she’s wondering about our fate

Sometimes uncertainty will come
And make you feel the best days have gone
But on and on we try to feel the pain together
Hoping all the troubles subside
So I think you ought to know that I am willing to try

Sometimes when I am alone
I hear your voice calling my soul
And I take a moment for reflection
And I wonder where I would be if your voice could no longer call to me
There would be another to take my place

Sometimes uncertainty will come
And make you feel the best days have gone
But on and on we try to feel the pain together
Hoping all the troubles subside
So I think you ought to know that I am willing to try

While there are fears that can divide
We must be able to decide if there’s a point where we both can compromise
For if there’s not we must forego
The chance to see if our love grows
And with that in mind, we’ll try to get by ‘cause she is my only one, my only one

Sometimes uncertainty will come
And make you feel the best days have gone
But on and on we try to feel the pain together
Hoping all the troubles subside
So I think you ought to know that I am willing to try
Track Name: Teresa Jane
Most will try to be the most that they are able
By steering past the pain and steering past the tears
But some will close their eyes while reading from the fables
That talk about persevering through the fear

I don’t understand why some things seem to be planned
Or why some pages always feel alive
Like when they first were read
Simple or complex
There’s one that’s neatly kept
With a girl I never met
Teresa Jane

Teresa preferred to spend her time helping others
As she was often seen defending peoples rights
But when it was time for her to look into the mirror
She would waste the hours drinking through the night

And while her mind’s adrift she wanders far from where she sits
And then she stumbles out the open door
Feeling all alone
The future seems too cold
So she makes a home in the falling snow
While the night fades

Teresa was well loved by those who came to know her
But she fell to the strain of living day to day
She confided to the spirits of the bottle
Hoping that they would conceal her dismay

I am unaware of the demon and the bear
But in time only one will stand and cry
That some will feel the cue
To take a sip or two
Don’t berate the fool
You might cave in too like Teresa Jane
Track Name: Holy Fire
I remember when we last embraced
I vividly recall the time and place when the fire once bloomed
Now it’s lost direction
I don’t know why you went and left me behind

Although rejection converts the ties
So? The two of us might shine like the ages before
We’re all connected to my surprise
That’s why the two of us might shine
And the bitterness will die

See the incandescence take its form
In the rays of light that greet the morn’
In the glow of your face
In all of your expressions
Most of the time, those visions aren’t far behind

Don’t waste the chances to reconcile
So the two of us might shine like the ages before
But fake advances are not worthwhile
That’s why the two of us won’t shine
And the bitterness survives

Holy fire you are laden with the lights that I’ve forsaken
I know a woman
She said my love’s responsible for all the things that she’s become
And she tells me
Holy fire you are laden with the lights that I’ve forsaken
I know a woman
She said my love’s responsible for all the things that she’s become
And she tells me so…she lets me know

Holy fire you are laden with the lights that I’ve forsaken
I know a woman
She said my love’s responsible for all the things that she’s become
She once told me so

I need protection against the tide
Currents reflect how my life deviates from its course
We’re all connected
Still who decides which pair’s fit to be the guide?
I hope it’s you and I
Track Name: Autumn Sky
Red and green fancy shapes they’re fallin’ down
So serene and without a sound
The winds flow effortless and don’t have much to hide
In the autumn sky
Why does autumn cry?
It’s hard to find a smile this autumn day

Slowly I walk down through the city streets where I live now
Few people know the way to go
So I slither by the ones who lie
And those that don’t have much to say

Before too long it’s time for the night
Where the strong will see the light
And they use their pawns to free themselves

There used to be so much to see around the town
So much to do with friends anew around the town
Those days were effortless, now some have much to hide
In the autumn sky
Why does autumn cry?
It’s hard to find a smile this autumn day

Before too long it’s time for the night
Where the strong will see the light
And they use their pawns to free themselves

Red and green fancy shapes they’re fallin’ down
So serene and without a sound
The winds flow effortless and don’t have much to hide
In the autumn sky
Why does autumn cry?
It’s hard to find a smile this autumn day
Track Name: You and Me
You and me we’ve been married for 3 years
This is just the start of what’s to come my dear
Ahead is a new world that’s only for you and I
Where I can spend my time with you as the days go by

It all seems like it happened yesterday
When we both exchanged our vows on our wedding day
Sometimes I still breathe the air of that afternoon
And bask in the glowing rays of the sun that June

And ever since I’ve lived each day so easily
For you and me have lived happily
And unlike when I was without you years before
I am not so lonely anymore

Now and then I reflect on how we’ve grown
As I view the pictures displayed within our home
Thinking of just where I’d be without you here
For differences between us have slowly disappeared

Looking toward the future now through time I see
You and me raising a family
And with each day that passes I’ll be thankful for
All the love you’ve brought to me forever more
For it’s become the core of you and me
Track Name: Do You Wanna Play
I spend my days as a legal hired gun
Giving all kinds of advice to everyone
Winning trials, closing deals, billing fees
Justifying my six figure salary
And though I’m working hard I really can’t complain
The future’s looking good for me at 28
Still something seems to be missing from my life
That’s when I turn to my guitar to make it right

Now and then I am wondering
Whenever I begin to play
What if I spent my time strumming chords and making rhymes
And singing songs throughout the day
The same question lingers in my mind
Do you wanna play?

Now I’m sitting in my office here at work
Spending the day choked by a tie around my shirt
And I start to wonder why I never trusted my own feelings
I stopped believing

Now and then I am dreaming
Of the kind of life that I would lead
Traveling across the land touring with my band
Is it just a lawyer’s fantasy
Or is it merely just the way I feel inside

Ain’t it funny how we spend the time
Always searching for the simple life
For some it’s having their own backward
For me it’s simply playing my guitar
And when I’m playing I can do no wrong
The only time when I feel at home
But my debt, my debt
Who’s gonna take care of my debt?

Now and then I am wondering
Whenever I begin to play
What if I decide to quit the 9 to 9
Would I be happier that way?
The same question lingers in my mind
Do you wanna play?