Safe in Sound

by Jim Boggia

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ALL SONGS WRITTEN BY JIM BOGGIA scrApple Music Publishing / Bluhammock Music Publishing (ASCAP) except:
‘Shine’ with AIMEE MANN Aimee Mann (ASCAP), ‘Live the Proof’ with JULIAN CORYELL El Red Hat (ASCAP) and ‘Let Me Believe (Evan’s Lament)’ with PETE DONNELLY Stomper Music (BMI) and EMITT RHODES Emitt Music (ASCAP)

CO-PRODUCED by JULIAN CORYELL and JOE ZOOK, except
'SLOWLY' - PRODUCED by JIM BOGGIA and SHANE SMITH and
'WHERE'S THE PARTY?' - PRODUCED by JIM BOGGIA and SCOTT BRICKLIN

Most Songs:
RECORDED by JOE ZOOK
with ADDITIONAL ENGINEERING by ELAN TRUJILLO AND JULIAN CORYELL
RECORDED at SAGE AND SOUND, EL-DORADO and TRACK RECORD STUDIOS
TRACKING ASSISTED by ERRIN FAMILIA and BRIAN COMETA
ADDITIONAL RECORDING done at JIM'S HOUSE and JULIAN'S APARTMENT and CAMP SHANE ('Show My Face Around')

MIXED BY JOE ZOOK at TRACK RECORD STUDIOS
MIX ASSISTED by AI FUJISAKI

The Other Songs:
'SLOWLY'
RECORDED by SHANE SMITH, JOHN ANTHONY and JIM at CAMP SHANE, MAJA AUDIO GROUP and JIM'S HOUSE
MIXED by SCOTT BRICKLIN, MATT MUIR, and JIM at PALAIS ROYALE

'WHERE'S THE PARTY?'
RECORDED by SCOTT BRICKLIN, MATT MUIR and PETE DONNELLY at PALAIS ROYALE (mixed by ZOOK, see above)

Did I mumble?
You can find the answer to the question "What the hell is he singing?" by visiting www.jimboggia.com.

These people made this book:
Cover/Booklet Design: Julia Hoffmann
Etching: “Crossed Paths” by Emily Chatton
Photography: Greg Kessler

Who's Representin'?:
Representation (not Management, 'cause I'm unmanageable): Jack Leitenberg for dpe.
Legal (I'd rather you NOT sue me, but if you must): Nick Sciorra - Sciorra, Leaness, Averill and Rubenstein, LLP.


These are the folks I've remembered to thank:
Nick (Nicky Scissors) Sciorra, Jack Leitenberg, Mary O'Neill, Nicole Gwynn, Mandy Dollar, Jason Yamas, Josh Werblun, The Chattons, My family, 4 Way Street, Mike Frank, Aimee and Michael - thank you for lending an ear and please thank your ghosts for the lines, Jill Sobule, John Anthony and all at MAJA, Jill Weisenfeld, Rich Kardin and Jesse Lundy at the Point, Mates Cartage, Gary Gunton, Al and Tom at Track Record,

Did I forget to thank you? I do that sometimes, sorry. Add your name here:
And VERY special thanks to _________________________________________________________.


Wait . . . I’ve got some more to say:
Thank you. Emily Chatton. It’s more real now, but I love you more than ever.

Sounds about right,
Jim Boggia, February 2005



The original email sent out to promote the album:

'SAFE IN SOUND' RELEASE AND PARTIES

Hi Everybody,


There's a lot of stuff to tell you, but it's all very exciting, so read it all, okay? Thanks!


'SAFE IN SOUND' IN STORES 5.3.05:
I'm incredibly pleased about the imminent release of my new album, 'Safe in Sound'. It will be released nationwide on Tuesday, 5.3.05 on Bluhammock Records.

I was amazed at my good fortune in making this record. Armed with a duo of producers, Julian Coryell and Joe Zook, who really understood me as a musician and writer and who worked their asses off to capture all the crazy sounds I hear in my head, I think we made an album that you're going to really enjoy listening to and listening to again.

Core musicians on the album include Pete Thomas from Elvis Costello and the Attractions/Imposters, Justin Meldal -Johnson from Beck's band and Butch from the eels.

To keep it all feeling like home there's also big contributions from a bunch of my current and former Philly faves, including Mike Frank, Scott Bricklin, Pete Donnelly, Roger Cox and Shane Smith.

Extra special, "really, this is happening on my record?" moments include a song co-written with Aimee Mann, plus an appearance by Aimee on another tune - - my friend who I've learned so much from, Jill Sobule, singing some joyous background vocals - - working with a childhood hero, Emitt Rhodes, who co-wrote and sang backgrounds on a tune - - and having Wayne Kramer from the legendary MC5 come in and play some truly raucous guitar and then stick around and hang for a couple of hours and be the sweetest guy you could ever meet. If this record never came out, the experience of making it is still something I would remember for the rest of my life.

But it IS coming out, and despite all the names involved, I'm most pleased that it still feels like my record, my music, and pretty genuine and heartfelt at that.

I really hope you'll all dig it. If you can't wait to go to the stores on May 3rd, you can pre-order a copy at www.awarestore.com.

I look forward to hearing what you all think of it.


'SAFE IN SOUND' RECORD RELEASE PARTY - PHILADELPHIA - 5.4.05:
Well, if you're gonna go to all that trouble to make a record, you might as well have a Record Release Party. So, I'm gonna have a Record Release Party. It's taking place at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia on Wednesday, 5.4.05 at 7:30p.

This is going to be a big blow-out with a great band assembled just for the occasion. It's ALL-AGES, so don't let the fact that you're unable to legally drink stop you from coming out and having a good time (or at least not any more than not being able to legally drink prevents you from having a good time in any other situation). If you ARE old enough to drink, come out and snicker to yourself about how you're having a better time than all those underage kids who can't legally drink. It's okay, don't feel guilty - they're snickering at us because we're old.

Obviously, this is a really big deal for me and I hope that you all will want to come out and share it. It's been a long road to this point and you've been a big part of making it happen, so come out and pat your self on the back. I also encourage you to pat each other on the back. Hell, I may even go round and pat you all on the back personally - it's going to be that kind of night.

You can order tickets in advance by going to www.worldcafelive.com.


'SAFE IN SOUND' RECORD RELEASE PARTY - NEW YORK - 5.10.05:
Well, if you're gonna go to all that trouble to make a record, AND assemble a band and have a Record Release Party, why do it again the next week in New York City? Because my manager Jack said it would be a great idea!!! Also, I want to celebrate with all the great people in NYC who've made it a second home for me musically. In fact, that's why I'm playing there second!

So, I'm gonna have ANOTHER Record Release Party in New York City. This one takes place at Joe's Pub on Tuesday, 5.10.05 at 9:30p. It's also ALL-AGES, so all the same pros and cons apply for the good folks of Gotham, with the additional bonus that you will have to go outside to smoke. What could be more rock and roll?

Despite my flippant attitude (sorry - it's my DNA), playing in NYC has been a very big deal to me and I thank everybody who has been supporting me. I hope to see you all there.

You can pre-order tickets for this auspicious event at www.joespub.com.

The Recap:

'SAFE IN SOUND' in stores nationwide on 5.3.05.
Pre-order: www.awarestore.com

Wednesday, 5.4.05 - 7:30p
JIM BOGGIA - 'SAFE IN SOUND' RECORD RELEASE PARTY
World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut Street - Philadelphia, PA
215.222.1400
www.worldcafe.com
ALL-AGES

Tuesday, 5.10.05 - 9:30p
JIM BOGGIA - 'SAFE IN SOUND' RECORD RELEASE PARTY
Joe's Pub
425 Lafayette Street - NYC
212.239.6200
www.joespub.com
ALL-AGES

Believe it or not, there's actually a bunch more going on, but I'll let you digest this first and talk to you again later in the week.

Peace,
Jim

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released May 3, 2005

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SAFE IN SOUND
Shine
Live the Proof
Show My Face Around
Underground
Where's the Party?
Once
Made Me So Happy
Talk About the Weather
Let Me Believe (Evan's Lament)
Final Word
Slowly
Supergirl

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Track Name: Shine
Wake.
'Cause you can't afford to take
twenty minutes more to break the spell
before the bell.
So rise.
with the hair still in your eyes.
Start your day of compromise that you
committed to and

Shine.
Like the day you're going to shine.

Drive.
Watch the streets become alive
with the restless souls who, just like you,
are heading to
their job.
The part of every day that's robbed.
The million checklists that you have to do
to make it through to

Shine.
Like the day you're going to shine.
Every day has got a pearl inside,
so take the ride and
Shine.

You're okay.
It's alright.
Your nightmare's over.

Shine.
Track Name: Live the Proof
Let's begin with a fact.
Science tells us there's a pact
made between each action
and something that reacts.

Things that seem out of range
all obey a law of change.
Put thought into motion
and watch things rearrange.

Live the proof.
We can create our circumstance.
Live the proof.
Nothing is ever left to chance.
It's no dream,
we can create a world anew
here and now.
Live the proof.

Every thought left unsaid.
Every wish kept in your head.
Every other option
you’d rather see instead.
Lift them up,
set them free.
Go into the world you see
like it's already
the way that it should be.

You view the problem like you’re stuck inside it.
But what if you had power to rectify it?
Would you make the choices to apply it?
Would you try it?
Track Name: Show My Face Around
I pop out my head then run and hide
where I'm alone. Where I'm alone.
Pass up night with friends to stay inside.
My room I roam. My room I roam.

'Cause I don't like to show my face around.
'Cause I'm afraid I'll let some people down.

Cut myself off from my family.
Avoid the phone. Avoid the phone.
Frightened by the things that they might see.
I can't go home. I can't go home.

'Cause I don't like to show my face around.
'Cause I'm afraid I'll let some people down.
So, I just go off in my world of sound.
I'm safe in sound.

When I'm forced to go outside,
I may even look you in the eye
(I've taken time and learned to play the role).
You'll probably think that I'm okay.
(As an actor, I'm Olivier.)
Still, inside the monster's taking hold.

Drag myself onstage and face my fear
I strike a pose. I strike a pose.
Sometimes I pretend that you're not here.
My eyes are closed. My eyes are closed.

'Cause I don't like to show my face around.
'Cause I'm afraid I'll let you people down.
So, I just go off in my world of sound.
I'm safe in sound.

I'm safe in sound.
Track Name: Underground
A Chicago girl of well-heeled means.
At the movement’s front still in her teens.
She looked at the world and drew her lines
and she broke on through to the other side.

With the Freaks - An army by her side.
In the streets - revolutionary times.
They were free
and they'd soon be going down to the

Underground.

The pigs killed Fred Hampton in cold blood.
And that flicked the switch that set them off.
So they’d blow-up buildings, settle scores.
It was their way to bring home the war.

They were freaks - an army side by side.
In the streets - revolutionary times.
They were free - Free - FREE!
And they’d bring the system down from the

Underground.

Well they slowly faded out of view
as the ‘60’s “we” turned “me” and “you”.
But she was still believing even when
she went to the Feds and turned herself in.

No more freaks - the revolution died.
Now the streets - they await another try.
Who will be - be - be
the next generation bound for the

Underground?
Track Name: Where's the Party?
Where were you last night? ‘Cuase we had a ball.
At least from what I recall.
We all went to Sean’s. The mood was just right.
His whole place is lit by candlelight.

He says he doesn’t have the bread to pay the bill to keep the lights on.
But then I watch him give mthat guy some money for a bag of blow.

Hey, where’s the party?
Let’s get together with the crew. We don’t start ‘til after 2.
And we’re still going strong by 9. So get in line for your next line.

Did you hear the news? That Dan lost his mind.
He did it up big this time.
Thrown out of our spot. He threw punches at Scott.
And then he fucked up Lee’s car.

Reminds me of the time that Nora did too much and kicked the door in.
A lotta paronoia - watch it, boy you’re gonna lose your friends.

Hey, where’s the party?
Let’s get together with the crew. We don’t start ‘til after 2.
And we’re still going strong by 9. We tell ourselves we’re doing fine.
Yeah, we’re all doing fine.

A lot of us would rather play at Rock Star than to work to be one.
A lot of talent wasted. Getting wasted then just wasting time.

Hey, where’s the party?
Let’s get together with the crew. We don’t start ‘til after 2.
And we’re still going strong by 9. And it’s exactly like last time.

Where were you last night? ‘Cuase we had a ball.
At least from what I can recall.
Track Name: Once
Once in your life
you find
a love.
The kind
they write about in stories that begin:

“Once upon a time . . .”
and then
continue in
an extraordinary course
of events.

Once in the bluest moon.
Once in a dream come true.
Once in a while
Fate smiles on you.

Two of a kind,
we are.
So good, so far.
For once as good as it appears
to be.

Now once and for all
it’s ours -
not mine, not yours.
A love of perfect reciprocity.

Once in the bluest moon.
Once in a dream come true.
Once in a while
Fate smiles down on you.

Though once is rare - Believe.
It only needs to happen
Once.
Track Name: Made Me So Happy
This isn’t one of those songs written in response to something
that you’ve done.
I used to do that all the time back when I was with such a
bit-ter one.

Back then, my head was filled with quite a lot of rage.
I’d take my anger and I’d throw it on the page.
But since we’ve met my anger's faded out of view.
Tell me what am I supposed to do?

‘Cause I can wax philosophic
‘bout my troubles and my pain.
Go on and on and on
when I’ve got reason to complain.
But every time you’re near me
it’s beautiful day.
You made me so happy I’ve got nothing left to say.

I used to spend a lot of time thinking about the way things
might have been.
That kind of thing often inspired me to sit down with paper
and a pen.

But now the only thing I ever want to do
is spend every moment I can being with you.
And now I never write - I’m too blissed-out to try.
Because of you my well has run dry.

I know it’s wrong of me to ask you for a favor
because all you ever do is make me smile.
But the label wants a single and I haven’t got a thing will you please
try to piss me off once in a while?

La la la la la la la la.
Track Name: Talk About the Weather
One more empty exchange
where we fail to connect.
Everyone endlessly
spinning their wheels as we

talk about the weather.
As though we’ll have forever.
As if our time’s not racing by.

One more year of our lives
lost to fits and starts.
Throwing our days away,
lost like our breath when we

talk about the weather.
We think we have forever.
But all the while time’s racing by.

We’re so devil-may-care.
Wasting time - unaware.
Until it’s one less day in our lives.

Our regret realised
too late - we’ve spent our lives

talking ‘ bout the weather.
We thought we’d have forever.
But now we find time’s passed us by.

(Bye bye.)
Track Name: Let Me Believe (Evan's Lament)
Evan knew he had no chance
as soon as they began their dance.
She'd be his but for a moment.
Within a dream, within a trance.
Well, when in Rome you need romance.
He got choked up with emotion.

He said "Let me believe this lie.
I want to pretend she's mine.
Reality step aside
and let me believe this lie."

Holding her, he lost himself.
Pretended he was someone else
who could hold her for a lifetime.
(Imagined himself as the prince who rode in.)
He was all the things he knew he wouldn't, couldn't ever be.
But it was only in his mind.

He said "Let me believe this lie." (You're doing pretty well.)
"I want to pretend she's mine." (Go on and fool yourself.)
"Reality step aside" (Who's got a dream to sell?)
"and let me believe this lie."

What could he do to win her over?
Maybe if he just held her closer
she would begin to share his hope for
one more dance.
Track Name: Final Word
This is a cautionary tale.
I've tried to no avail
to make you change your heart.
I was a little bit too late
with my attempt to wipe the slate
and make a brand-new start.
Now I know
about the point
of no return.
Now it's dead.
Now you've said
your final word.

It always takes me way too long
to see how I was wrong.
The lesson learned was hard.
So, I'm the fool that got away.
I know what you would say,
that it wasn't in the cards
that we played
every night
'cause you're daddy's girl.
So, I fold.
For I've been told
your final word.

I was right there.
I watched it happen.
Still, I don't know what to say.
I was holding
all of my dreams.
Then I threw them all . . .

You want to hurry this along.
I want to write a song
and make the time stand still.

I would give
every note
I've ever heard
for the chance
to change my circumstance,
to be part of your plans -
your final word.
Track Name: Slowly
I’m empty. I’m empty.
I’ve got nothing inside.
And I’m starting to slide.
I’m going under.
Slowly going under.

I’m hurting. I’m hurting.
But it’s behind a wall.
So I feel nothing at all.
I’m disappearing.
Slowly disappearing.

I’m lonely. I’m lonely.
I’ve got no one to hold.
And I’m out in the cold.
And I am freezing.
Slowly I am freezing.

I’m hungry. I’m hungry.
And I ache to be fed.
Put some love in this head.
I’m growing weaker.
Slowly growing weaker.

There’s voices. There’s voices.
And they’re calling my name.
Though I feel I’m still sane,
they’re getting louder.
Slowly getting louder.

I’m empty. I’m empty.
Track Name: Supergirl
Wait - I’ve got some more to say.
As you’re going on your way.
Take this along.

You - gave me more than just desire.
You lifted me and inspired.
So, take this along.

As you go
off in your role as Supergirl.
As you go off to save the world
always remember there’s someone you saved
at home.

I - can never repay this debt.
But I’m not done trying yet.
So, take this along.

As you go
off in your role as Supergirl.
As you go off to save the world
always remember there’s someone to save
at home.

Now - it’s much later than before.
I know you can’t wait no more.
So, take this along.