Realizations & Declarations Vol. 1

by Scott Krokoff

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Realizations & Declarations is the follow up to Scott’s debut CD, A Better Life. The R&D project will be released as a series of EPs that will eventually culminate in a full length album. Producer Bob Stander is again at the helm and several musicians who played on A Better Life make return appearances along with a few new participants. The first EP, Realizations & Declarations Vol. 1, was released in November 2012 and contains 4 new tracks (tracks 1-4) and a bonus acoustic track (track 8). 3 tracks (tracks 5-7) are included from the A Better Life record as well. Production of the second EP (Vol. 2) is already under way and is slated for a spring 2014 release.

Track Listing:
1 - What The Hell
2 - Closed
3 - Don't
4 - The Vow
5 - I Know Your Story
6 - A Better Life
7 - Acid Rain
8 - What The Hell (acoustic)

credits

released 09 November 2012

Scott Krokoff – lead and backup vocals, acoustic guitar
Bob Stander – bass, electric guitar, tambourine, glockenspiel (Tracks 1-3, 5-7)
Shawn Murray – drums (Tracks 1-3, 7)
Steve Holley – drums & percussion (Tracks 5-6)
Paul Errico – Hammond b3, keyboards, piano, accordion (Tracks 1-3, 6-7)
Evan Closser – keyboards (Track 3)
Scott Yahney – Hammond b3 (Track 5)
Jon Preddice – cello (Track 4)
Robinson Treacher – backup vocals (Track 2)
John Michel – backup vocals (Tracks 5, 7)
Mark Newman – backup vocals (Track 7)
Mario Cruz – saxophone (Track 5)

Produced, engineered and mixed by Bob Stander
Tracks 1-4 and 8 recorded at Parcheesi Studios, Huntington Station, NY
Tracks 5-7 recorded at VuDu Studios, Long Island
Mastered by Gene Paul at G and J Audio, Union City, NJ

All songs except Track 5 written by Scott Krokoff. © 1996, 1999, 2003, 2010, 2011 Scott Krokoff (BMI)
Track 5 written by Scott Krokoff and Karl Hofmann. © 2004 Scott Krokoff (BMI) and Karl Hofmann
Published by Worry Bone Publishing (BMI)

CD Design and Layout by Pursuit Design and Round 2 Design

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Scott Krokoff New York, New York

Scott Krokoff (pron: Crow-Cough) writes and sings from the heart about dreams, love, the working world and other relatable themes. He is an acoustic based songwriter whose sound walks a tightrope between folk-rock and pop, weaving together influences like The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, Neil Young, James Taylor, and Tom Petty, with a vocal reminiscent of Jackson Browne. ... more

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Track Name: What The Hell
What the hell happened to me
That I find myself down here in misery
What the hell happened to me
For what it’s worth it’s here for you to see

What the hell became of me now babe
I had all these plans that never came to be
What the hell became of me
That my blood is so consumed by jealousy

To want as much as anyone, you gotta to work like everyone, I do
Worked as hard as anyone, wanted much like anyone
So why do I hurt more than you
Tell me why do I hurt more than you

What the hell did I not do
It’s not as if I never had a clue
What the hell did I not do
That my destiny’s the same as all of you

To want as much as anyone, you gotta to work like everyone, I do
Worked as hard as anyone, wanted much like anyone
So why do I hurt more than you
Tell me why do I hurt more than you

What the hell
What the hell…happened to me

What the hell happened to me
What the hell happened to me now
What the hell happened to me
What the hell became of me now babe

To want as much as anyone, you gotta to work like everyone, I do
Worked as hard as anyone, wanted much like anyone
So why do I hurt more than you
Tell me why do I hurt more than you

What the hell happened to me now babe
What the hell happened to me
Track Name: Closed
Overwhelming anger
and bitterness building steam
Full of every failure
Every slight and shattered dream
Have taken hold, buried me
In this place I hate to be

Chorus
My heart is closed, closed shut
My heart is closed, closed shut
Don’t pry it open, you might get cut
My heart is closed, closed shut

Echoes of each rejection
Reverberate within the walls
Deep in every chamber
Suffering fills it all
A broken heart isolates
When it feels second rate

Chorus

Bridge
Why was it hard to ever get appreciation
By being nice I paid the price…humiliation
The good in me has disappeared with no traces
Taken flight away from here on a permanent basis

Time has left me cheated
Of everything of which I prayed
Thus I have retreated in this wounded man’s barricade
Heaven knows I stood my ground
But in the end I’m shutting down

Chorus
Track Name: Don't
Everyday ebbs and flows
Like an open wound that can never close
But believe me
It’s only motivated me
‘cause I’ll never quit
will I ever? no

Doubting me is inadvisable
Follow me, see the impossible
Don’t believe me? You’re underestimating me ‘cause I’ll never quit
Will I ever? No

Just like me you can set your sights on what you want
But don’t believe, then you may never know
'cause if you don’t you’ll never know why

Hear me out, don’t you ever coast
Or else you lose the thing you want the most
Don’t believe me?
It’s your missed opportunity
Don’t you ever quit
If you ever, don’t!

Just like me you can set your sights on what you want
But don’t believe, then you may never know
'cause if you don’t you’ll never know why

How do you feel when you are barely alive and the world’s making no sense at all
Starting today do something bold don’t be pigeonholed, no way now

Just like me you can set your sights on what you want
But don’t believe, then you may never know
'cause if you don’t you’ll never know why
And if you don’t you’ll never know, yeah
And if you don’t you’ll never know why
Never quit, or else you’ll never know
Don’t ever quit, or else you’ll never know
Hear me out
Don’t you ever coast
Hear me out
Do what you love the most
Track Name: The Vow
We've been gathered here today
on this lovely autumn day
To see 2 people joined together
And see their dreams turn into reality
At the altar there they stand
Waiting for their moment at last
Soon they will be joined together
And we sit silent as the groom begins to say…

I have searched for you all my life
Now at last you’ll soon be my wife
You’re the only one I’m meant for
You’re the only one I trust with everything
There is nothing I need to hide
I can say what I feel inside
I can tell you all my fears
I can cry out all my tears
‘cause I know you’ll be there for me.

After his vow is spoken
He slowly takes her hand
And tries to see her hidden face
For now the time has come to hear his bride say…

When I met you I knew at once
That for me love had finally come
Whenever we are not together
It’s as if forever has come and gone
Is this real or is this a dream
Or is this simply how love is meant to be
I’ve waited for this time to come
So I can be with you, my love, for the remainder of my days

After her vow is spoken
He slowly lifts her veil
And sees the warm glow of her face
And their new life begins with a kiss and embrace
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: 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: 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: What The Hell (acoustic)
What the hell happened to me
That I find myself down here in misery
What the hell happened to me
For what it’s worth it’s here for you to see

What the hell became of me now babe
I had all these plans that never came to be
What the hell became of me
That my blood is so consumed by jealousy

To want as much as anyone, you gotta to work like everyone, I do
Worked as hard as anyone, wanted much like anyone
So why do I hurt more than you
Tell me why do I hurt more than you

What the hell did I not do
It’s not as if I never had a clue
What the hell did I not do
That my destiny’s the same as all of you

To want as much as anyone, you gotta to work like everyone, I do
Worked as hard as anyone, wanted much like anyone
So why do I hurt more than you
Tell me why do I hurt more than you

What the hell
What the hell…happened to me

What the hell happened to me
What the hell happened to me
What the hell happened to me
What the hell became of me now babe

To want as much as anyone, you gotta to work like everyone, I do
Worked as hard as anyone, wanted much like anyone
So why do I hurt more than you
Tell me why do I hurt more than you

What the hell happened to me now babe
What the hell happened to me