A Better Life

by Scott Krokoff

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1.
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?
2.
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
3.
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.
4.
Sparrows 05:06
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
5.
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
6.
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
7.
Acid Rain 03:35
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
8.
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
9.
Teresa Jane 04:33
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
10.
Holy Fire 04:08
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
11.
Autumn Sky 04:18
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
12.
You and Me 03:15
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
13.
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?

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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 December 1, 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

With a rich and melodic sound drawn primarily from his love of 60s and 70s music, Scott Krokoff (pron: Crow-Cough) weaves elements of folk rock & country pop into confessional and compelling Americana. He is an evocative and introspective songwriter, and a deft finger-picker in the vein of James Taylor and Paul Simon with “an edge of Replacements styled alt rock to his strum” (Hiplanta). ... more

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