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Champion (Single)

by Dave Caruso

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    This 6-song CD with jewel case & shrinkwrap includes the single "Champion" from Dave's album, "Cardboard Vegas Roundabout," plus 4 bonus tracks of alternate mixes from the album, plus an early mix of "Listen to This," from Dave's "Buddha Pesto Manifesto" album. The cover art is a playful recreation of the Beach Boys' "Pet Sounds" classic album cover.

    Track Listing:

    1. Champion (Album Version)
    2. I've Tried To Write You (A Capella)
    3. Mystery & Sweetness (Vox Mix)
    4. Champion (A Capella)
    5. Champion (Vocal & Piano)
    6. Listen to This (Premix)

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1.
Champion (Words & music ©2014 by Dave Caruso) Hey, look at me--I'm a home-run ball that got lost in the weeds But there's a girl I can’t forget She just hasn't found me yet And I'm the one true thing she really needs Tried to be true to whatever it is that I was meant to do But how many tries will it take How many missteps and brave mistakes Before I find the girl who fits the shoe? How do you keep it light while peeling back layers of bittersweet insight? Introspection's all the rage But in your life story I'm an empty page Eh, could it be--I’m a lonely stretch of road you never stop to see? Until you find yourself burned out On some cardboard Vegas roundabout (around & about) Another disappointment on your sleeve I don’t believe in regret; I'm a little bit older but I'm not dead yet Looking my future in the eye But in the game of courage I’m a few points shy This place of mine could use a coat of paint And we could both use a woman's touch Fate missed again but not by much Wait and see--But I wonder: How much longer will it be? Am I too tough for my own good? // Am I just misunderstood? The meaning of this dance is a mystery But I won’t give up the fight // I punch in at dawn and I clock out at midnight A blackened eye and a bruised-up chin I know what it feels like to be a champion
2.
I've Tried To Write You (Words & music ©2014 by Dave Caruso) Funny how it all comes down to this It seems so obvious but I never dreamed you’d call it quits I wrote it down so I could make some sense I know things have gotten tense and I see what we’ve been up against There you are, so far away from me / Tell me now: Why does this have to be? I've tried to write you / Sometimes when I'm in bed Ideas from my head / Come rushing out that I can’t say aloud I’ve tried to reach you / But you’re all locked up inside We can’t face the things we hide / In love you don’t get points for having tried Sorry for the things I never said Breakdown dead ahead, baby, can’t we work it out instead? Can we find a way for you to stay? Can we give it one more day / Nothing’s ever solved by running away There you are, so far, so good to me / Tell me now: How can I make you see? I've tried to write you / Sometimes when I'm in bed The verses in my head / Come pouring out, but I can’t sort ‘em out I’ve tried to reach you / It’s tearin’ me apart Be still my breaking heart / I won’t sleep tonight until I get it right But it's not wrong to try and find / The love you left behind with me Cause though we're not together / The future will be better I've tried to write you / Sometimes when I'm in bed Whatever’s in my head / Comes rushing out and I just blurt it out But trying to reach you / Between quotation marks (Quotation marks) Is like matching socks in the dark (I’m in the dark) / I’m hangin’ on despite that last remark I’ve tried to write you / The things I never said (The things I never said) The shit that’s in my head (It’s in my head) / I lose my pen and still I try again I’ve tried to reach you / But it’s all locked up inside We can’t face the things we hide / In love you don’t get points for having tried Funny how it all comes down to this
3.
Mystery & Sweetness (Words & music ©2014 by Dave Caruso) This is how it starts – All tangled up in reason It shouldn't be so hard to find someone to believe in Don’t get smart // Use your heart Turning, spinning – back to the beginning Don’t disturb the mood; (someone to believe in) It’s all attitude No more weakness, just mystery and sweetness The less you think it through, the more it comes to you This is how it goes – you’re tripping on the meaning It’s right under your nose; can’t you figure out your feelings? Haven't you got a clue? Turning, spinning – back to the beginning Don’t upset the mood; (figure out your feelings) show some attitude No more weakness, just mystery and sweetness No need to think it through, it’ll come to you Well, lately meaning's meaning less Your house is in order, your heart's a mess If you can't be sure, well, then take a guess You can always settle later for Mr. Second-best This is how it is – You’re nervous and unsteady How can you resist? / It’s easy if you’re ready Don't say no / Just let go Returning, spinning – back to the beginning (show me, show me, show me) Don’t disturb the mood; (it doesn’t take a genius) It’s all attitude (tell me, tell me, tell me) No more weakness, just mystery and sweetness (show me, show me, show me) The less you think it through, the more it comes to you (tell me, tell me, tell me) And tell me, tell me, tell me it doesn’t take a genius Show me, show me, show me some mystery and sweetness Mystery and Sweetness. This is how it ends.
4.
Champion (Words & music ©2014 by Dave Caruso) Hey, look at me--I'm a home-run ball that got lost in the weeds But there's a girl I can’t forget She just hasn't found me yet And I'm the one true thing she really needs Tried to be true to whatever it is that I was meant to do But how many tries will it take How many missteps and brave mistakes Before I find the girl who fits the shoe? How do you keep it light while peeling back layers of bittersweet insight? Introspection's all the rage But in your life story I'm an empty page Eh, could it be--I’m a lonely stretch of road you never stop to see? Until you find yourself burned out On some cardboard Vegas roundabout (around & about) Another disappointment on your sleeve I don’t believe in regret; I'm a little bit older but I'm not dead yet Looking my future in the eye But in the game of courage I’m a few points shy This place of mine could use a coat of paint And we could both use a woman's touch Fate missed again but not by much Wait and see--But I wonder: How much longer will it be? Am I too tough for my own good? // Am I just misunderstood? The meaning of this dance is a mystery But I won’t give up the fight // I punch in at dawn and I clock out at midnight A blackened eye and a bruised-up chin I know what it feels like to be a champion
5.
Champion (Words & music ©2014 by Dave Caruso) Hey, look at me--I'm a home-run ball that got lost in the weeds But there's a girl I can’t forget She just hasn't found me yet And I'm the one true thing she really needs Tried to be true to whatever it is that I was meant to do But how many tries will it take How many missteps and brave mistakes Before I find the girl who fits the shoe? How do you keep it light while peeling back layers of bittersweet insight? Introspection's all the rage But in your life story I'm an empty page Eh, could it be--I’m a lonely stretch of road you never stop to see? Until you find yourself burned out On some cardboard Vegas roundabout (around & about) Another disappointment on your sleeve I don’t believe in regret; I'm a little bit older but I'm not dead yet Looking my future in the eye But in the game of courage I’m a few points shy This place of mine could use a coat of paint And we could both use a woman's touch Fate missed again but not by much Wait and see--But I wonder: How much longer will it be? Am I too tough for my own good? // Am I just misunderstood? The meaning of this dance is a mystery But I won’t give up the fight // I punch in at dawn and I clock out at midnight A blackened eye and a bruised-up chin I know what it feels like to be a champion
6.
Listen To This Music & Lyrics by Dave Caruso Listen to this song comin' at you As you hang on every word Listen to this sound all around you Forget everything you've heard It's comin' at you It will attack You It's gonna catch you Listen to this This is Dave Caruso You're listening to "The Big Show," on "Pop That Goes Crunch Radio."

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The single from Dave's album, "Cardboard Vegas Roundabout."

Satisfying Pure Pop
"I found the first jewel of the year: Dave Caruso's 'Champion.' Highly tuneful. Like eating frosting straight from the jar. Splattered throughout the song are Beach-Boys harmonies – even the “ba, ba ba ba” that the Beach Boys were known for and a high-pitched “wooo” that would make Brian Wilson swoon. Caruso has a knack for melody and harmony."
Peter Lee / Hooks & Harmony

Bonuses included with album download:
- Lyric booklet
- Song video

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released September 28, 2015

Dave Caruso: Vocals, keyboards, bass, guitars, drums

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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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