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Television's Golden Age

by P.J. O'Connor

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Eileen Campion Really diggin’ this new creative output from PJ O’C. Vocals and lyrics are so stellar, strong and clear and the tracks are so richly produced. Something wistfully nostalgic and uplifting, yet oh-so-contemporary about them, which i find really appealing.
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1.
I waited on Bleecker with a letter in my hand I've grown old trying to figure out the things I didn't understand Until a sea-coast town began to call my name I've been feeling isolation but I've only got myself to blame From the top of Salt Hill I was staring out to sea I've been hooked on pretty women who have never done a thing for me And then the city was hit by a quick moving summer squall It sent me running for cover but there wasn't any time at all I fear forgiveness is the reason On my heart it's open season It's all or nothing I found myself losing in the race against the clock I've been hearing lots of rumors 'bout the last house on the block I was searching for the answer in the bottom of a glass When you're living in a fantasy it's easy to rewrite the past. I hope you know that you're forgiven In this moment's where I'm living It's time to leave the past behind you I've waited for so long to find you It's all or nothing It's all or nothing It's all or nothing
2.
Your Vision 03:23
Your life was speeding like a downhill sled A list of unfulfilled plans Missed opportunities and things unsaid It's slipping right through your hands Skies are getting dark so soon Days much shorter than they seem Conflicts and impending doom Every day recurring themes Gazing back on darkened days The time for changes came long overdue You said you'd give it a try Set up a system that would work for you The best that money could buy Walls are closing in each day Problems only to increase Time to seek a better way Find yourself some inner peace Sun is fighting through the haze Lost in the clouds with your head stuck in the sand When the calls came in you chose to dig in your heels Noise was so loud so you headed for dry land You recall how free the truth could make you feel Your vision keeps improving every day You made yourself a new start Good fortune will be coming back your way The love returned to your heart Clouds are breaking up so soon Days much better than they seem Rainbow's end and crescent moon Has this all been just a dream? Just a dream... Gazing back on darkened days
3.
I woke that morn when you nudged me after dawn and you kissed my on my fore-head You loved my place but you left without a trace just when love was getting started You turned on a dime with excuses so well-timed made an ugly situation You took your new route, found the perfect substitute now you’re plotting domination Aaah… We like to dance downtown let the music spin us round look you in the eye and tell you I love you Tell you I love you And if you let me take you home, we can play our favorite song and we’ll sing along as I lay above you I lay above you May the lights of New York City shine on me wherever I go May the lights of New York City shine on me wherever I go Night-time comes slow in spring and the pigeons spread their wings waiting for their mating season Plans can change so soon ‘neath the indecisive moon and her impulse is the reason Day-break comes, sleep so rare and the traces everywhere through my dreams I kick and stumble “Neath the late summer sun in the city we were one and the heavens made us humble Aaah…. We like to dance downtown let the music spin us round look me in the eye and tell me you love me Tell me you love me And if I let you take me home, we can play our favorite song and we’ll sing along as you lay above me You lay above me May the lights of New York City shine on me wherever I go May the lights of New York City shine on me wherever I go May the light of Lady Liberty guide me to the place I call home May the lights of New York City shine on me wherever I go Oooo, ooo, oooo…
4.
Wolf Den 02:59
Springtime melts the snow but the streets are still gritty The north wind warms the faces on the streets of the city Like a hummingbird You like moving quickly, baby that's what you told me I let my heart get caught and I bought what you sold me Like a fool I bought it Like a lamb in a wolf den Well if I knew all the hell that you'd put me through I would have never messed around with a girl like you You got a sweet-talk nature but your game is deceiving Now you're crying out "Wolf" but there's no one believing And the wolf ain't getting weaker as the winter gets older Don't you know that late at night I walk the streets I'm looking over my shoulder Who's that behind me now? He's gonna find me now Like a lamb in a wolf den I gotta walk a little faster and keep my pace I can't wait around hoping that I'll see your face I see your heart went first and your bags were packed Because you had something going right behind my back I remember how you left me waiting New Years Eve Wondering what the fuck was lurking underneath your sleeve And I can't stop drinking but I'm in great shape Because I'm running from something that I can't escape In a wolf den In a wolf den In a wolf den In a wolf den
5.
There's a crossroads where we reach the end our our dreams Parting's been proposed now it's not as far as it seems I appear care-free, but my heart is burning inside With what you mean to me, the pain to lose your love I can't hide You gave me the courage I lacked The first time through and I never turned back I can't wrap my head around a life without you We kicked this can down the road On a young and ungrateful man you bestowed Foolish hopes and dreams he could never see through You burned your name inside my heart but I can feel you slip away How can we bear to be apart when I still miss you every day? When I wake from sleep I can't believe that you are gone My heart was yours to keep, far from me you chose to move on I played your heart like a game Now all I can do is hang my head in shame Can't face myself because I know that it's true I feel the weight of the world on my shoulders without you Drifting and maintaining is now the best that I could ever hope to do Now I get that guilt feeling when I look into your eyes Your intentions are revealing but your love is all I'm living for You burned your name inside my heart but I can feel you slip away How can we bear to be apart when I still miss you every day?
6.
As we look over the precipice, can't you feel the change in the air? Man pushes the breaking point so consumed with daily affairs Magma flows beneath the surface I can't quite feel it burning my toes We're so conditioned to fear ourselves, cynicism's cup overflows Cynicism's cup overflows, cynicism's cup overflows Faith and fortune coming to blows, cynicism's cup overflows In television's golden age compassion has become so passe Disdain is Mount Vesuvius and New York City's the new Pompeii Generation's evolution has started taking steps in reverse We threw our souls in a microwave now we have to live with the curse Cynicism's cup overflows, cynicism's cup overflows Rage and wisdom unlikely foes, cynicism's cup overflows What you fear about everything Is what you hear and you believe it to be true What you fear about everything Is what you hear and you believe it to be true Fall in line on the conflict to keep all the powers that be I wake up in the morning to a future that terrifies me Man paves a new history rescued from the brink of despair Our loving hearts can mend fatigued relationships in need of repair Time is nature's only healer the riddle of the ages echoes While we drown in superbia, cynicism's cup overflows Cynicism's cup overflows, cynicism's cup overflows Faith and fortune coming to blows, cynicism's cup overflows
7.
Rogue Waves 04:37
Oh steady rain, come to my door I can't bear to feel the sun anymore Off in the distance, and borne of the sea I have no resistance to your misery When I was young, I never knew All of the pain that we put people through The clouds bring me comfort, the rain brings relief The sun is a sinner the moon is a thief Rage, rage, Mother Ocean Sing, God of the Sea, your menacing roar Rogue waves of emotion Cascade over me, alone ever more Oh steady rain, patient and strong The gales are so heavy, the dark days so long Clap of the thunder, the lightning so near The spell that I'm under won't soon disappear Rage, rage, Mother Ocean Sing, God of the Sea, your menacing roar Rogue waves of emotion Cascade over me, alone ever more Oh steady rain, you answered my prayer I craved isolation and no one was there My instincts have hardened, I'm prone to deceive Offer no pardon and grant no reprieve Rage, rage, Mother Ocean Sing, God of the Sea, your menacing roar Rogue waves of emotion Cascade over me, alone ever more
8.
Wreckage 04:24
Smoke and incense burning on the 4th day of July Fire flowers, Roman candles bursting in the sky You kissed me on the way back home The whiskey warmed my blood Help each other hop the fence and sneaking in the pool Would I get the chance before you headed back to school? You didn't have to say a word My heart was thumping through my chest The wreckage in my wake is severe The need for affirmation gets in the way I only wish that you were still here To tell you all the things that I couldn't say Lean against my shoulder just to keep from falling down Running through the streets to catch the last train out of town They're rubber-necking in the station It's hard to look the other way A certain kind of pain the can linger When everything I wanted was in my hand I let it slip away through my fingers A difficult decision to understand I loved you since the day I met you I missed you since the day you left The wreckage in my wake is severe The need for affirmation gets in the way I only wish that you were still here To tell you all the things that I couldn't say
9.
Waiting for weeks for the air to change season Old Man Winter still got work to do The window's closed and the radiator's wheezing Went looking cross the river for a girl like you I tried to make amends but I don't know where to begin Days are short and the list is so long I'm hitting new lows but I gotta keep digging Never would have figured things could go so wrong Now I've been looking to turn my fortunes around real soon I'm saving up for dry cleaning on my 3-piece suit I'm sleeping under the bridge downtown under harvest moon Just wait till one of my scheming trees bares fruit Always had a hard time staying out of trouble Made my reputation breaking into locked cars Drank my pay until my eyes were seeing double Dreamed about you underneath a blanket of stars The New York winters are colder when you can't make the rent It's like I'm pushing a boulder up a steep hill Thoughts of you are the only way I get through the day The loaded gun to my head is just my own self will
10.
The latest assessments aint looking so good Walking in circles and misunderstood Buried an old friend too young to be dead Now I'm pulling my bed sheets up over my head Gotta keep myself from falling Things are changing every day I can't shake that voice that's calling And it never goes away Stop to smell the rose Can't rewrite the past Learn to let it go Life keeps moving fast Became so vindictive and took it too far My new expectations had lowered the bar Pampered my ego for God knows how long Blurring the difference between right and wrong Now I've dug myself a hole here I began to decorate Hanging all my dreams and old fears All alone I celebrate I'm just thinking of myself Speaking victim-ese Crying out for help Always aim to please Stop to smell the rose Can't rewrite the past Learn to let it go Life keeps moving fast The greatest gift I'll ever get To live a life without regret To touch a heart along the way By reaching out to strangers every day

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'Television’s Golden Age' is an LP of bright, intimate songs that reveal the soulful heart beating behind NYC’s chaotic, gritty exterior.

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released November 12, 2020

Produced, recorded, and mixed by Vic Thrill at The Vivarium in Williamsburg Brooklyn

Mixed by Jonny Taylor at Beacon AV Lab Beacon NY

Mastered by Paul Gold at Salt Mastering Brooklyn NY

All music and lyrics written by P.J. O'Connor

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“vivid lyrics, intense vocals, an impressive debut” - @relixmag. NYC’s native troubadour + drummer for The Bogmen, Radio 4. Solo album 'Television’s Golden Age' out now! snd.click/hhyn45v

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