Realizations & Declarations Vol. 2

by Scott Krokoff

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1.
You wanna know how the hell you ended here Maybe it had to do with something that you feared Maybe you made certain moves that weren’t wise And now from sun-up to sunset you despise Maybe you took the path that everybody chooses But it’s not over you can still pursue your muse at The right place, the right time You just need the right place, the right time Some days are so tough you think you lost the will And when you’re feeling so empty it really kills But don’t you dare give in, you better try Or else from sun-up to sunset it’s all a lie Don’t wanna hear about all your lame excuses Just keep believing and you’ll see that you will do it at The right place, the right time There will be the right place, the right time I know it’s easy being comfortable And though you’re angry you’ll just get away by feigning That’s why I think you need to risk it all Or else you might as well get used to your complaining When you’re not happy but you always make excuses Then it’s a definite that all you’ll really lose is The right place, the right time You just need the right place, the right time There will be the right place, the right time
2.
Because of you I can see the way to forever And because of you my heart gave way and surrendered In all my life, I have never felt this right And when you are near, I never fear even in the worst times And now I observe this planet earth in a whole different light It’s all because of you If you ever fall, I won’t let your memory remember And through it all, I’ll be here with you through every endeavor While I’m with you, your love will I sustain And I’ll do my best to protect you from trouble and pain And those lonely times that you felt inside no longer remain ‘cause you’re with me I can’t wait for what’s in store I can’t wait ‘cause I’m not one anymore You’re here with me Throughout my life, often I have been told That you mustn’t settle for silver, that you must find the gold And that’s what you are my lovely star whose light I now hold I’m all because of you
3.
He was a scared little boy ‘Twas instilled from the time he left the womb Protected way too much in his cocoon So unaware that he’d be scared of the yellow moon And as a scared older boy Looking through his fearful eyes you would have seen All the ridicule that killed his self-esteem Causing the tears during the years when he was a teen Very self-conscious, his confidence sinking Withdrew in his shell, without even thinking The fire in his eyes was kept at bay His goals and desires put aside for another day As a grown younger man Fear would rule his timid life with an iron fist He didn’t even bother to resist And think of the things that he would miss…as a scared little boy He was reluctant to take many chances and soon was defined by his own circumstances The fire in his eyes was kept at bay His goals and desires put aside for another day As a frustrated man It was difficult for him to speak his mind And the consequences surely weren’t kind None of his stars ever aligned…as a scared little boy And the fire in his eyes was swept away His goals and desires slowly died from decay Now he’s an elderly man Wishing he can start his life anew again But his time is getting closer to the end Soon he will die wondering why he was a scared little boy
4.
Walter Mitty 03:09
Walter Mitty would be proud of me For duplicating his own legacy ‘cause nothing’s ever said it’s all stuck in my head and I don’t know how to say just what I need Don’t say nothing, ‘cause I fear the worst But it’s ironic, saying nothing hurts So I drift day to day With not much to convey ‘cause I don’t have what it takes to stand and lead But never fear ‘cause in my dreams I live in a world that’s so serene Where in my mind I am a star A trailblazer going far But back on earth I’m just a timid man I try to live inside my dreams But that kind of world’s not what it seems In my mind I’ve done it all But out here I’ve hit the wall And back on earth I’m just a timid man You might be thinking, yes, you may inquire Why I don’t tell you what my heart desires Something that I dread Those thoughts in my head May, after all, not amount to much for me It might be worse if I don’t succeed
5.
You were so cute as you stood there out in the night Snowflakes fell on your overcoat sparkling bright We had some sushi and finished a short time ago Strictly platonic, or was it? Not sure I know And I didn’t know ‘Cause I did nothing I did what was easy Did what was safe and not at all queasy Yes I did nothing, nothing at all And what did I get aside from regret? I got nothing Dressed in chartreuse you were singing to Bruce with the crowd A magical night at the Garden, a set list that wowed As you were leaving for who knows how long again If there was a moment to say anything it was then But then became when... because I did nothing I did what was easy Did what was safe and not at all queasy Yes I did nothing, nothing at all And what did I get aside from regret? I got nothing Being too cautious is something you should disallow Sometimes you must seize the day and just do it now Don’t be concerned about if you’ll succeed Just take a damn risk and see where it leads You’ll be doing much more than me Because I did nothing I did what was easy Did what was safe and not at all queasy Yes I did nothing, nothing at all And what did I get aside from regret? I got nothing
6.
Early spring we back our bags, left NY and flew across to France Went there with another couple hoping for a few days of romance On our flight we dreamt of Paris and the architecture we would see Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, Louvre and Jardin de Tuileries But as soon as we arrived our plans turned out all wrong Paris, France just left us in the cold And we were….pissed off in Paris As we came in from the airport our driver tried to overcharge us for the lengthy trip And the lovely weather we had read about was nowhere to be found Actually the trip had started fine near the district of Marais Lovin virtually every crepe and practicing our Est-qe vous avez But once we went to rent a car our good ideas went suddenly astray Between the lousy service reps and GPS we lost a fuckin day Yes, by then our good intentions had turned out all wrong Paris, France just left us in the cold And we were….pissed off in Paris As we came in from the airport our driver tried to overcharge us for the lengthy trip And the lovely weather we had read about was nowhere to be found Even rained out in Versailles Forget the gardens no shot we’d even try And by the end all we could do was shout and wonder why Yes, by then our good intentions had turned out all wrong Paris, France just left us in the cold And we were….pissed off in Paris As the final coup de grace our friend was throwing up his guts all day His steak had made him sick And the lovely weather we had read about was nowhere to be found
7.
Sparrows 04:35
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 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

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Realizations & Declarations Vol. 2, released September 2015, is the follow-up to 2012's Realizations & Declarations Vol. 1 and contains 6 new tracks and a new edited version of an oldie but goodie!

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released September 4, 2015

Scott Krokoff - acoustic guitar, harmonica, vocals
Bob Stander - bass, electric guitar
Paul Errico - accordion, keys
Steve Holley - drums
Jon Preddice - cello on "Scared Little Boy"
Alisa Rabbitt - violin, viola on "Scared Little Boy"
Adam Minkoff - String arrangement for "Scared Little Boy"
Shawn Murray - drums on "Sparrows"
Mark Newman - dobro on "Sparrows"
John Michel - backup vocals on "Sparrows"

Produced, engineered & mixed by Bob Stander
Mastered by Gene Paul at G&J Audio
All tracks recorded at Parcheesi Studios, Huntington Station, NY
except "Sparrows" recorded at VuDu Studios, NY

All songs written by Scott Krokoff (BMI)

CD Design and Layout by Pursuit Design and Round 2 Design

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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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