Tiger Pop Ten

by John Brodeur

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A re-recording of John's debut album, on the occasion of its 10th birthday. Featuring members of The Suggestions and Maggie Mayday, plus string arrangements by Adrian Cohen.

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released April 5, 2011

Recorded by Brett Portzer, Ryan Slowey, and John Brodeur at North Sea, Albany NY except: Remains of a Heart, Confidentially and Peace recorded by Travis Harrison at Serious Business, NYC. Masterpiece recorded by Troy Pohl in Troyland. Piano recorded by Troy Pohl at Adrian's house. Synth recorded by John Brodeur at home. Wurlitzer recorded by Travis Harrison at Serious Business. Backing vocals on Infected and Dying for Me recorded by Prescott Kagan at KSK Studio, Chicago. Mixed and mastered by Troy Pohl. Cover photo by Angela Wieland.

MASTERPIECE
John Brodeur: vocal / Adrian Cohen: string arrangement, piano / Sam Clapp: cello / Ori Burger: violin / Dylan Canterbury: trumpet

INFECTED
JB: lead vocals, guitars, drums / Keith Hosmer: bass, backing vocals

REMAINS OF A HEART
JB: lead vocal, guitars / Jennifer McCarron: bass, backing vocals / Meghan Tully: drums

DYING FOR ME
JB: lead vocal, guitars / KH: bass, backing vocals / Jason Schultz: drums / Eric Halder: guitar solo / AC: string arrangement / SC: cello

SELFISH
JB: vocal, guitars / KH: bass / JS: drums

SUCKER
JB: vocals, guitars, drums, synth / KH: bass

KITTEN
JB: lead vocal, guitars / KH: bass, backing vocals / JS: drums / Thelonious & Maud: backing vocals

CHANGING YOUR MIND
JB: vocal, guitars, Wurlitzer, saxophone / KH: bass / JS: drums / DC: trumpet

IT GOES AWAY
JB: vocal, guitar / AC: piano / KH: bass / JS: drums

EASIER
JB: vocals, guitars, drums, synth / KH: bass

CONFIDENTIALLY
JB: lead vocal, guitar, Wurlitzer / JM: bass, backing vocals / MT: drums

PEACE
JB: vocals, guitars, drums / JM: bass / AC: string arrangement / SC: cello

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Track Name: Masterpiece
I've noticed a change in your gaze
It's telling me
Whatever it is has been on your mind for days
And I'm sure I know
That you're bubbling up from below
And about to explode

Confused and alone and ostracized
For telling me
"I think it's okay if we live our own lives"
And when I'm on the phone
You start to cry
Like you want me right back by your side
Like we both never lied
Why?

And from the eyes of a man
Who has been his share of cruel
Your courageous display
Is making you look like such a fool

The future is ours to make
The canvas is blank
You choose your favorite shade of nothing
And you start to paint
All the buildings burned down
All the rivers run dry
And there are holes in the earth
There are holes in the sky
Don't look to me and ask why
This picture has you terrified
Why?

Cause this is your masterpiece
Aren't you proud?
This is your masterpiece
Aren't you proud?
This is your masterpiece
Say it out loud
I'm alone and I'm proud
Track Name: Infected
I’m so in love with you
Infected by your smile
And all my biggest fears
They line up single file
And fall like dominoes
Into your abyss
I’m fractured by your voice
Complicated by your kiss

And when you turn your gaze upon me
I turn to stone
Yours are the bluest eyes
An ocean on which I can float away

I’m completely dazed
Stumbling like a drunk
I’m so into your scene
I want to be the only one
To watch you fall asleep
And be there when you wake
Worshiping my shrine
At the altar of your face

And when there’s nothing on the radio
I dream of you
You are the sweetest song
I sing along to you
(La la la la la la la)

So if you ever go
I will be lonely don’t you know
But I won’t crash and burn
Awaiting your return
‘Cause my heart’s open wide
And my feelings are true
Come on take a ride
I’m so in love with you
Track Name: Remains of a Heart
In a cold empty room
At the end of the hall
The remains of a heart
Are crying out into the dark

Shadows fall on the floor
By the light of the moon
The remains of a heart
Shut up in a room in the dark

Only sympathy could ever heal these wounds
When everything is all there is to lose
Sometimes sympathy makes you sing a brighter tune
But not all hearts are made to be reused

All the windows are closed
And nobody can see
The remains of a heart
Shut up in a room in the dark

Only sympathy could ever heal these wounds
When everything is all there is to lose
Sometimes sympathy makes you sing a brighter tune
But not all hearts are made to be reused

You can open the door
People they stop and stare
The remains of a heart
Shut up in a room in the dark
The remains of a heart
Are crying out into the dark
The remains of a heart
An empire falling apart
The remains of a heart
Labeled as a cheap work of heart
Track Name: Dying for Me
You had your chance to give me up
But now too much time has passed and you are stuck
The end of your rope is just a thread
You start to think goodbye is something that you should have said

Trapped inside the box
No no, you didn’t ask for this
And now your fate is sealed with a kiss

Spent all your life a bit off course
Followed a path that only led to locked doors
And your one chance is in your face
You want it so much but you’re so afraid to look the other way

Trapped inside the box
No no, you didn’t ask for this
And now your fate is sealed with a kiss

I can see you’re dying for me
I can see it in your eyes

This is the time, this is the place
It’s now or never, time to meet it face to face
The answer lies within your grasp
Don’t let this moment pass

I can see you’re dying for me
I can see it in your eyes
Track Name: Selfish
You gave me all I need
Now I want you to leave
This pressure burns my skin
Please don’t pass my way again

I’ve been here a thousand times
And I see places in my mind
Without you I’d be free
But what would you do without me

I’m leaving you today
We’re better off this way
I’ve taken all I can
You’ve made me a selfish man

Leave something else for me
A souvenir, no photos please
Your pretty face gives me chills
Your sweet prize a bitter pill

I’m leaving you today
We’re better off this way
I’ve taken all I can
You’ve made me a selfish man

You let me and I’ve taken everything
Don’t let me be cause I will take everything

You gave me all I need
Now I want you to leave
This pressure burns my skin
Please don’t pass my way again
Track Name: Sucker
You’re dirty, low-down and full of tricks
Like a used-car salesman in politics
No one could be better at selling a lemon
Telling me that hell is the back door to heaven

I’m such a sucker
And I fall for it every time

Two faces and a big, shiny, plastic smile
Sometimes you take ’em down hard, but that’s your style
Everyone’s a loser when they play by your rules
And I’m the one crowned John Doe, King of Fools

I’m such a sucker
And I fall for it every time
And you’re just a hole in my dirty little mind

Such a sucker, you know what that means
I’ve got to disconnect myself from my dreams
All bark and no bite as you breathe down my neck
And still I swallow what you say comes next

I’m such a sucker
And I fall for it every time
Track Name: Kitten
Kitten, baby
Don’t ever go
Kitten, honey
You ought to know

I am always here
Waiting for you
Come home soon
I’m waiting for you

Kitten, darling
I’d be a mess
Kitten, sweet thing
If you ever left

I’d be always here
Waiting for you
Come home soon
I’m waiting for you
Track Name: Changing Your Mind
I don’t want to say I told you so
But here he comes again and now you know
Sitting by myself at a table set for two
If you’ll be long I’ll order for you

No matter how many times you say
You’re not going back, no not that way
You crumble underneath the weight
You can’t be lovers, you can’t be friends
When will you put this to an end?
Don’t let me see you change your mind again

I’ve known you for years, I’ve noticed all the trends
You’ve always said we’re more than friends
So just humor me and take some sound advice
And get the hell away from him

(chorus)

I’ve always said
Do what you think is best for you
But now it’s time to do what’s best for me

(chorus)

Another feather in your cap—
I’ve heard it before, it’s a load of crap
Like a bug to fire, you run to hold his hand
You can’t be lovers, you can’t be friends
When will you put this to an end?
Don’t let me see you change your mind again
Don’t let me see you change your mind again
Don’t let me see you change your mind again
Track Name: It Goes Away
Wear a blindfold to block it out
I can’t see it and it can’t hurt me, it goes away
You’re not with him, you don’t know him
And I don’t know you anymore
What am I trying to say?

I think about you together
I have a drink and remember
Back when I had you forever

Empty faces, they all look like you
And in the mirror all I see is just a pale blue shadow
And pale blue tears fall full of pale blue memories
From pale blue eyes, oh linger on
And tell me that it’s not so bad

I guess I could have tried harder
And maybe I broke your heart
Why can’t we both be the martyr?

I can remember every smile and every teardrop
Every time you called my name
All these memories, I’ve had enough

I think about you together
And I have another drink
And remember, yeah

So let the cards fall, I’ve played my part
And I can’t see myself running back to you for any reason
Have I changed much? Yeah, but does it matter
When every day has become a bright and shining season?
Maybe I’m just fooling myself
I guess we’ll have to wait and see
Just one more thing—and this time I mean it
I loved you
But the time has come to let it be
Track Name: Easier
I wish I was as strong as you
If I was I might be someone
Who could deal with things that to you
Might seem so very common
Oh I am not the weakest soul
To ever walk this earth
But if I was as strong as you
Everything would be easier

I wish we had a place to live
Where everything was happier
And the trees were green and the skies were blue
And the fathers never raped their
Daughters who were innocent
And did not deserve such pain
But if we had a place to live
Everything would be easier

Don’t need no consolation or a place to lay
I don’t need you to tell me everything’s OK
And in a perfect world no one would mess with you
Sometimes it makes me wonder what am I to do
When there is no one in this world to look up to

I wish I had a piece of string
You could tie around your finger
To remind you that the pain you feel
Will most certainly linger
And in time might fade away
But the scars always remain
Like that little piece of string
Could make everything easier
Track Name: Confidentially
The way things should have been, how they should always be
The whole thing has become a mystery to me
The ups and downs, the yins and yangs have sucked me dry
While I should be asking how, I go on wondering why

And confidentially I’m not really in control
Keep it a secret, don’t tell a soul

I always thought I’d fall in love and that was all
Found out along the way it’s more about the fall
Nobody likes having no one to call their own
Sometimes it makes more sense for us to be alone

And confidentially I sometimes wish you’d stayed
Keep it a secret, don’t throw it away

I’m counting on you
I’ll keep it quiet and you should to
I’m counting on you

Confidentially I sometimes wish you’d stayed
Keep it a secret, don’t throw it away
And confidentially I think this is how it ends
Keep it a secret, don’t tell you friends
Don’t say a word, no matter what they say they’ve heard
Confidentially, my fingers are crossed
I hope this secret don’t get lost

I’m counting on you
Track Name: Peace
Hush now, it’s not over yet
And won’t be soon
Dry your eyes I’ve pondered
Poison colored blue

If it’s just a dream
You win, you win
I can’t keep the peace forever
If I had a choice
You know I would
I would keep you safe forever

Melancholy suits you
It seems so secure
Feelings come like flashes
Light and dark so pure

If it’s just a dream
You win, you win
I can’t keep the peace forever
If I had a choice
You know I would
I’d keep out the ghosts
I’d make your every day all sunshine and flowers
I’d bring you peace forever