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Buddha Pesto Manifesto

by Dave Caruso

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Listen To This Words & Music © 2017 by Dave Caruso Listen to this song coming at you As you hang on every word Listen to this sound all around you Forget everything you've heard It's coming at you It will attack you It's gonna catch you Listen to This Listen to this song coming at you Getting stuck inside your head Listen to this sound roaring past you It's gonna be here when you're dead It's coming at you It will attack you You're like a statue It's gonna smash you It's coming at you Listen to This
2.
Boomer, Jenna & Lennie Words & Music © 2017 by Dave Caruso When they hurried you home from Riverside, just a baby And delivered you down at David Street, so safely You didn't have a care / Blissfully unaware They kissed your head / Then off to bed / They carried you upstairs Boomer / Before ya know / You'll be ready to go Boomer / The days will fly / Then it's time for goodbye With your mother's admiration And Daddy's dedication Whatever you do / It's all up to you To further your education So you scribbled your name beside the "X" like they told ya Felt as if you had the weight of the moon on your shoulder Your mom & dad agreed / You couldn't help but succeed Since you were small / Their love was all / You'd ever really need Jenna / You got the lease / They gave you the keys Jenna / And so, alone / You'll brave the unknown With your mother's trepidation And Daddy's desperation Whatever you do / It's all up to you / To advance in your occupation No pressure / Whatsoever / No botching Everyone's watching you now So you blew all your cash and wagered your per diem Seems you'll never retire until you're in a mausoleum A bill of goods was sold / Promises didn't unfold Been up the hill / Around the mill / You did what you were told Lennie / Forgive mistakes / Do whatever it takes Lennie / The future's yours / If you can open the doors You've got your Mother's imagination And Daddy's determination Whatever you do / It's all up to you / What we'll make of your generation
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The Girl Who Checks All The Boxes Words & Music © 2017 by Dave Caruso My mind and my body are barely on the same page My maturity keeps on forgetting to act my age My head assured me that my heart could never change Had I fallen out of touch? Or maybe I just wanted too much All my good friends were ready to knock this / They said it couldn't be done But I've found the girl who checks all the boxes Let me fill you in: She's the one Experience warned me, "Forget her -- you're not her speed" Confidence tried to convince me she's out of my league But Persistence promised me this time I'd succeed Because something about us clicked And now every single box is ticked Some of my friends were pretty obnoxious / They even bet me a ton But I've found the girl who checks all the boxes Let me fill you in: She's the one My voice had fallen flat And my two left feet weren't budging But now I'm singing like no one's listening And dancing like there's no one judging All my good friends were ready to block this / Told me to pack up and run But I've found the girl who checks all the boxes Let me fill you in: She's the one All my good friends were ready to stop this / They said it couldn't be done But I've found the girl who checks all the boxes Let me fill you in: She's the one
4.
Hanging With You Words & Music © 2017 by Dave Caruso Gonna tell my friends I'm leaving Gotta make some lame excuse Cause when I'm feeling this way I know what I wanna do I'm only happy when I'm hanging with you I could smile and feign some interest Or pretend to be amused I'm tired of fooling around I'm sick of faking it too I'm only happy when I'm hanging with you When I'm hanging with you And when I know you're happy I'll be happy too When I'm hanging with you Cause we know sometimes the world can be so cruel I can try my best to hide it I just hope I make it through While I pretend to be glad Everyone knows that it's true I'm only happy when I'm hanging with you When I'm hanging with you And when I know you're happy I'll be happy too When I'm hanging with you Cause we know sometimes the world can be so cruel So... gonna tell my friends I'm leaving Gotta make some lame excuse Cause at the end of the day I know what I wanna do I'm only happy when I'm hanging with you
5.
God's Green Acre Words and Music © 2017 by Dave Caruso Well, you can't stop thinking about her Still you hang your head in the air Cause you can't stand living without her And if pain was money you could be a millionaire Don't look under the mattress Better look for somewhere to run Cause she's one hell of an actress And you can't help but see the good in everyone She won't strike you down But she'll knock you good when ever you're not around Butcher, baker, troublemaker You believe her, I can't take her For all the honey in God's green acre You think you've got her attention And you wanna hold it so bad So you pray for some intervention And you grieve for losses you know you never had She won't strike you down But she knocks you good whenever you're not around Butcher, baker, troublemaker You believe her, I can't take her For all the honey in God's green acre For all the tea in China Beach For all the deals you make her For all the time you stand in line For a scheming little faker Just when you think you've got it made Prepare to meet your maker Butcher, baker, troublemaker You believe her, I can't take her For all the honey in God's green acre
6.
Go Ahead--Don't Listen Words & Music © 2017 by Dave Caruso Go ahead--don't listen to me, go ahead--don't listen to me Cause I've got nothing to say And it won't change anything anyway So go ahead--don't listen to me Go and see someone other than me But if you see your way clear to give me half an ear We might make something out of this time spent together And turn it into something better for you and me And while I've got your attention There's a chance we'll break some new ground And as long as you're willing to stick around I'm willing to see it through Oh yeah, for whatever we can do Or you can go ahead--don't listen to me Go ahead--don't listen to me Cause I've got nothing to say and it won't change anything anyway So go ahead--don't listen to me Go and see someone other than me But if the feeling's right, why don't you stay the night And if you wanna go, I don't wanna know But if you change your mind, come on anytime Or go ahead--don't listen to me Go ahead--don't listen Go ahead--don't listen to me Go ahead--don't listen Go ahead--don't listen to me
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Allendale 03:16
Allendale Words & Music © 2017 by Dave Caruso Allendale All I ever wanted is in Allendale Saved up the fare to make it there, on holiday Maybe it's my ticket back to yesterday The only place I miss when I'm away Can't wait for the time To share a drink friends of mine Feels great to know that I'm Gonna leave this mess behind So get ready! And I'll meet you down in... Allendale The sun is shining all the time in Allendale Don't unpack - just take me back I know the way I'll show you where or see you there We'll leave today It's the only town I miss when I'm away Can't wait to arrive Never worry, no concern Feels great to be alive So many reasons to return So get ready! And I'll meet you down in... Allendale The clearest skies you'll ever find are Allendale's A million stars at night to shine It never fails I've never known a place that's greater Hate to bail I've got to go, I'll see you later It's like a fairytale in Allendale So let's hit the trail to Allendale It's like a fairytale in Allendale So let's hit the trail to Allendale I've got to go, I'll see you later
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Getting Involved Words & Music © 2017 by Dave Caruso We test the waters and we test our wings We leave the safety of our precious things And on the way we face our fears Our insecurity and lack of years And here, deep within our minds Is strength we never thought we'd find This is getting involved -- in step but out of touch This is getting involved -- and could you care that much Now, turning loose upon a sleeping land A new maturity is in our hands And each decision is a blessing or curse To change our destiny for better or worse And so, buried in the snow Are days of easy choices and the life we used to know This is getting involved -- in step but out of touch This is getting involved -- and could you care that much This is getting involved – with someone you can trust This is getting involved -- and I need you that much And here, deep within our minds Is strength we never thought we'd find This is getting involved -- in step but out of touch This is getting involved -- and could you care that much This is getting involved – with someone you can trust This is getting involved -- and I need you that much
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Punctuating Shatner Words & Music © 2017 by Dave Caruso Egg shells & coffee grounds / Sizzling & percolating sounds / Quintessential Orange peels & toasted crumbs / Breakfast hurtles swiftly out of bounds Right on schedule Skillets, cups and dirty plates / Gathered up and ready to be scraped Monumental Harmony flits, flirts & flutters / Conversation b-b-backfires & sp-sp-sputters Consequential Cut the crap and quit the clowning This might be fun if we weren't busy drowning Why can't we speak the words like an ordinary actor? We're diagramming Goldblum and punctuating Shatner Hammering & clamoring / We babble on until we're blabbering / Masochistic Yammering & stammering & mumbo jumbo jibber-jabbering / Cataclysmic What's with all this useless tripe? We were never good at playing against type So disregard the fallout and disconnect the timer We're factoring for Einstein & dismantling Oppenheimer What are we going on about? (Awkward drama) We can't resist it There went another lovely moment (Oxford comma) Too bad we missed it Cut the carbs & quit the caffeine Small wonder we're the only ones not laughing Forget our codependent & stubborn complicity We're paraphrasing Passion & parsing Serendipity Oh, never mind the backchat and brush aside the banter We're diagramming Goldblum and punctuating Shatner Punctuating Shatner . Punctuating Shatner
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I Get to Make You Laugh Words & Music © 2017 by Dave Caruso I should wash my mind with soap whenever you go walking by It's always been the same I help you with your game You never look as happy going home as when you came That's part of what I'd say I'd tell you straight away But I know he's spoken for you, so it wouldn't be okay You flash a dutiful smile in his photograph He gets to hold you but I get to make you laugh It's hard for me to focus while I concentrate on your back swing I notice it begin The moment you lean in A million new vibrations buzzing underneath my skin If I could follow through I'd say these things to you But since you're taken with him, there is nothing I can do So who's to say which of us gets the better half? He gets to hold you, but I get to make you laugh Some guys don't recognize a good thing He sees how you make him look But I see you when no one is looking All this is nothing new I know a thing or two But you're beholden to him, so I won't be holdin' you So tell me: who is the "have not" and who's the "have?" He gets to hold you, but I get to make you laugh Yeah, I'm a winner at losing -- I've done the math He gets to hold you, but I get to make you laugh And while I might've lost sight of who's laughing last He gets to hold you, but I get to make you laugh

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10 original songs
Dave's 3rd studio outing
His 2nd self-produced effort
The first album recorded in Dave's Detroit studio

"Caruso has a slick pop sound informed by Elvis Costello, Squeeze, and of course The Beatles and he puts those influences to good use in 'Boomer, Jenna & Lennie' (which also reminds me of Mark Bacino), 'Hanging With You' (which could be a Beatles '65 outtake), and 'God's Green Acre' (a lovely chamber-pop ballad). Elsewhere, Caruso's gift for Costello-like wordplay comes to the fore with 'Punctuating Shatner.' But Caruso's appeal on this album can be summed up by the title of one of its better tracks, 'The Girl Who Checks All the Boxes,' as he checks all the boxes when it comes to fans of smart, melodic adult pop."
Stephen Ferra / Absolute Powerpop

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released October 27, 2017

Written, Arranged, Played, Sung, Produced & Recorded by Dave Caruso, DaveCarusoMusic.com.
Mixed & Mastered by Andy Reed, ReedRecordingCompany.com

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Dave Caruso Detroit, Michigan

Dave Caruso is a melodic pop songwriter, indie recording artist & music educator from Detroit, MI.

Dave offers a series of livestream songwriting courses at his website.

He's also the creator and host of SongwriterStories.com, a songwriting and music discovery podcast, featuring fascinating interviews with songwriters like Matthew Sweet, Marshall Crenshaw, Vicki Peterson and Tony Macaulay.
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