The Car Guitar EP

by Justin Daniels

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The Car Guitar EP is my way of getting out my songs from my first year of sharing my music. It was recorded in a 97 Bonneville and is the most stripped down music, which I hope shows the passion I wrote these songs with.

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released February 13, 2011

All songs written and performed by Justin Daniels
Recorded by Shelby Hughes
Mixed and Mastered by Mike "Spaceman Spiff" Markiewicz

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Track Name: Here
We walked along the coast
played who loves who the most
I don't recall who won that poorly played game

You sang out every word
and every word I spoke you heard
now I question if you caught onto their meaning

Yesterday came and went
I feel it was time well spent
but who am I to make that call

And I guess this is the night
where everything changes
I can do nothing to stop this
And I guess you're right
we'll do better with changes
I've got no say in this
This is the night
where everything changes

I stayed inside my room
played that song by Brand New
that suddenly did nothing but remind me of you

We both like where we're at
but I'll put a stop to that
damn my curious personality

Here was our state of mind
Left our worries behind
you can't outsmart your thoughts, they'll find you anywhere

And I guess this is the night
where everything changes
I can do nothing to stop this
And I guess you're right
we'll do better with changes
I've got no say in this
This is the night
where everything changes

I might as well move anywhere but here
I might as well start early on Christmas cheer
Fall built us up and it split us apart
and saying those words now doesn't mean much

I guess this is the night where
everything changes

We walked along the coast
played who loves who the most
does anybody ever win that game?
Track Name: Stained Jeans
It's stained jeans
and sleepless nights
and gauge on E car rides
that always reminded me of you

It's hanging on by a thread
and date nights filled with dread
I ditched these things when I departed from you

She used to think about me at 11:11
I guess our wishes must have cancelled out then
cause I don't think either of us got what we truly wanted

I didn't get what I wanted
I didn't get what I deserved
I don't think that a cloudy day will never make me happier

you didn't get what you wanted
you didn't get what you deserve
I hope that that time of year never makes you happier

It's countless hours on the phone
never leaving well enough alone
it's trying hard to fix something that's
fallen beyond repair

It's takin a chance, choosin your own adventure
taking a risk, not being scared of the future
I get the feeling I'm not the only one
trying to teach you this

I don't know what I wanted
I don't know what I deserved
I don't know if a cloudy day will ever make me happier

don't know what you wanted
don't know what you deserved
I hope that this time of year
never makes you happier

No matter how many times
you hear that song
you will never realize what I felt was wrong
when it comes to
the 2 of us

I don't know what I wanted
I don't know what I deserved
all I know is nowadays I find myself being happier

you don't know what you wanted
you don't know what you deserved
All I know is nowadays I've never seen you happier
Track Name: Get Well Soon
We watched the sunset
on your birthday
from 2 separate hotel
balconies in the city
and you always found a way to blame me

i got you a hallmark card
cause it made me laugh
did it do the same for you
cause I don't wanna be the only one
laughing anymore

I just wished for things to be perfect
wouldn't it be alright if things were perfect
it wasn't my wish to make
because that birthday cake was yours

You wished that I was somebody
well maybe I already am
just because i'm not the boy you met back then
doesn't mean this has to be the end

A night out with all of your friends
I wasn't invited, i guess i'll just stay in
and reminisce about when
i was still in style

different strokes for different folks
you never told your mom about us
so she still invites me over every
now and again

Maybe part of this was my fault
take every word that I say with a grain of salt
cause it's gotten to the point
I can't believe in my own heart

You wished that I was somebody
well maybe i already am
just because i'm not the boy you met back then
doesn't mean that i don't like who i am

Get up boy you can sleep when you're dead
but with her you're only going to get one chance
believe me
I used to know that lady pretty well

you cant love her right
until she loves herself
it wont take one night
shes gonna give you hell
is it gonna be worth it after all
you can bet your life it will be

You wished that I was somebody
well maybe i already am
just because i'm not the boy you met back then
doesn't mean i make an awful man

I dont wanna sleep
I dont wanna die
I just wanna forget how i lost her that night

it was her birthday, things should have just gone right

I probably should have signed more than my name to the bottom of that card...
Track Name: Stick Around, Don't Get Around
You're smarter than that, baby
never forget
so why are you playing games for him

You reached a point where hope was all that remained
you tried and tried but it was all in vain

So ask yourself why
you said good night
when you'd never fall asleep without me

Stick around, don't get around
you give yourself the run around
your happiness cannot be found
when you fend for another, let him fend for himself
and leave false love on the shelf
there's nothing left to prove
i doubt that i'll ever believe you

You got caught in all of this this far
so might as well stick with it baby wherever you are
I don't know how you get caught up in this game
sometimes there's nothing left to save your name

So ask yourself why
you said good night
when you'd never fall asleep without me

Stick around, don't get around
you give yourself the run around
your happiness cannot be found
when you fend for another, let him fend for himself
and leave false idols on the shelf
there's nothing left to prove
i doubt that i'll ever believe you

It's too late for pleasantries, thank you
who do you think you are now?

So ask yourself why
you said good night
when you'd never fall asleep without me
Track Name: Vanessa
"Vanessa"

Called you up the other day
to hear you say you don't remember my name
I'm finding it hard to believe you're still
playing those games

Do you still live in the same house
do you still write of what true love is all about
Vanessa
I'm finding this hard to believe

Vanessa, you're saying
you don't remember
inside jokes
that we made in September
you're saying that my memories are wrong
I've been lying to myself
and the past 4 years are gone
Vanessa I'm finding this hard to believe

There's a note that I
never show to anyone
I don't know why I
keep that promise anymore
your handwriting, it shows the proof
I'm not lying about being close to you
I don't know why you hate admitting
that we were friends
I guess like Tom said
I know you've got your reasons

Vanessa, you're saying
you don't remember
inside jokes
that we made in September
you're saying that my memories are wrong
I've been lying to myself
and the past 4 years are gone
Vanessa I'm finding this hard to believe

Vanessa
your mom says that you're not around
and your best friends say that you can't be found
are you hiding from me or are you letting yourself down

Vanessa
was it something I did or
maybe it was something stupid I said
I wish you could forgive but not forget

Well forget everything
you've already gone and started with me
there's no use in trying to preserve my memory

Vanessa, you're saying
you don't remember
inside jokes
that we made in September
you're saying that my memories are wrong
I've been lying to myself
and the past 4 years are gone
Vanessa I'm just finding this hard to believe

Vanessa, you're saying
you don't remember
all the inside jokes
that we made in September
Vanessa I just keep finding this hard to believe
Track Name: A Weekend
Flashing back to fogged up windows
freezing nights I held you so close
good things come to those who wait
but we can get away with rushing today

I fight the urge to say those words
it's the one thing I've control over
but I'm losing it more and more
everytime

rushed breath and 20 minutes
i think you'd call us more than best friends
hands entwined and a class at 9
the perfect end to a weekend

I'll make this one less obvious
isn't that the phrase you said
when the 2 of us at 2 am
found ourselves alone in your driveway again

A secret that I'll always keep
between your dress and you and me
moving along to our own beat
I set the pace with my heavy breathing

rushed breath and 20 minutes
I think you'd call us more than best friends
hands entwined and a class at 9
the perfect end to a perfect weekend

Feel that touch rollin down your skin
feel those arms as they pull you in
take another deep gasp of your scent
and skip ahead, change the track
to number 11

rushed breath and 20 minutes
I think you'd call us more than best friends
hands entwined and a class at 9
the perfect end to a weekend

rushed breath and 20 minutes
the 2 of us and a weekend
the class entwined and a class at 9
it's the perfect end to a weekend

and it's rushed breath
and it's 20 minutes
and the 2 of us, we're more than best friends
hands entwined and a class at 9
and I think you'd call it a perfect weekend

rushed breath and 20 minutes
the 2 of us are more than best friends
hands entwined and a class at 9
it's the perfect end to a weekend

It's the perfect end to my weekend
and the perfect end with a perfect girlfriend
Track Name: This Town
She said don't call until you get yourself together
but I left some parts of me at her place
she's just mad cause she wanted a reason
to go to confession on Sunday evening
and I wasn't gonna fill that role in her life

But if you want reasons to stay in this town
I'll be the first one to talk your ear off
distance won't tie up those loose ends
and new lovers can't replace all your friends
and think about what used to make you smile

She got strange voices in her head
said they better stop before we find her dead
she made up reasons to wear more makeup
thought less of God and more of her own lust
and told me questions that I just didn't know the answer to
but

If you want reasons to stay in this town
I'll be the first one to talk your ear off
Distance won't tie up your loose ends
and new loves can't replace old friends
and think about what makes you smile

It used to be this town
it used to be this town
You used to be the life of the party
till you kicked all of us out
you used to be a sight for sore eyes
now you're a sore sight for my eyes
tell me what's going on in your life
I don't really care about your adventures
I just want you to tell me outright
are you here for life
or are you in town for one night
baby don't lie

Cause if you want reasons to stay in this town
I'll be the first one to talk your ear off
distance won't tie up your loose ends
and new lovers won't replace old friends
and think about what used to make you smile

It used to be this town, it used to be this town
please stay in this town, it used to be this town
Track Name: Lately
Lately
I've been wanting to make your face shine
without the romantic connotation that implies

Lately
I've been wanting to know that you can do better
wanting to know that you can be stronger
wanting you to hold for just a little longer

sometimes
I know we all feel the world is too much
somedays
we get a little desperate for another's love
but i promise
if you hold for one more night
you'll find that you can get by
on what you have just fine

Lately
there's something that I wanna say to you
but I haven't found a way,
haven't found a way to get through

Lately
there's a few kind words I've been wanting to say to you

sometimes
I know we all feel the world is too much
somedays
we get a little desperate for another's love
but i promise
if you hold for one more night
you'll find that you can get by
on what you have just fine

Lately, Lately, Lately
there's a few kind words I've been wantin to say to you

Lately, baby Lately, baby Lately
there's a few kind words I've been wantin to say to you

sometimes
I know we all feel the world is too much
somedays
we get a little desperate for another's love
but i promise
if you hold for one more night
you'll find that you can get by
on what you have just fine

So lately
when you wanna be loved
just tell yourself to give it all that you've got
lately
there's a few kind words I've been meaning to say to you

Lately, baby Lately, baby Lately
there's a few kind words I've been wantin' to say to you
Track Name: Falling Down The Stairs
her bruises show her failures in his eyes
but they mark to me, my despise for him
and how she could do so much better

they say that I should just stay out of the way
but I'm not sure that's the best thing for me to do today

because when push comes to shove
she's getting hurt
and falling down the stairs again
but she swears it's love
makes excuses up
but i'm not buyin' them
because between her and me
the only clumsy mistake
was me not speaking up that day

his stature was big
but the inside was weak
he took out on her
the troubles of the week
and I only caught a glimpse
it was just a time or two
what was I supposed to do

because when push comes to shove
she's getting hurt
and falling down the stairs again
but she swears it's love
makes her excuses up
but i'm not buyin' them
because between her and me
the only clumsy mistake
was me not speaking up that day

And I hope I don't see her face
or see her name
on the headlining page
or on the 6 o'clock news
just a victim of abuse
just another girl
what could anyone do
I feel like it falls on me this time

because when push comes to shove
she's getting hurt
and falling down the stairs again
but she swears it's love
makes excuses up
but i'm not buyin' them
because between her and me
the only clumsy mistake
was me not speaking up that day

and between her and me
the only clumsy mistake
was me not speaking up that day
Track Name: Come To
Someday you're gonna get out of
that frame of mind and their house
and start making decisions for yourself

Someday you're gonna come to
and realize that what you wanna do
and what you ought
well they're really not the same things

But that'll be just fine
cause we'll change together
alright now
change will come but it will be just fine
cause we'll change together

Someday I'm gonna come to
and realize that I shouldn't want you
but I'm not so sure that's what I wanna do

Someday my dreams will come true
and I'll own a house of my own with you
but I'm not so sure
cause my dreams never come true

That's just fine
cause we're gonna change together
coming to's not a bad thing
long as we come to it together

Someday you're gonna come to
and realize that you don't need to be doing all of this stuff to yourself
someday you're gonna get out of that frame of mind
and their house
and start making decisions for yourself

without messing it up for once
can you do it without messing up for once
for once?

Change will come but it will be alright
cause we're gonna change together
change will come but that's just fine
long as we change together
Track Name: Great Expectations
Let me just apologize
for one more time
cause I hate the way
I delivered that line
in that song I wrote
and dedicated to you

I know I should keep my mouth shut
but I can't keep secrets of love between us
I've gotta tell the jaded ones everyone wins
in the end

I don't believe in love at first glances
but she believed in second chances
and that the third time's the charm
just listen to how she says it

She said
It's just like riding a bike
you don't forget how to love
after the first time
when you fall down and out
you get back up and try again

I hope an apology
scribbled on a note
slipped under your door at home
will amend all mistakes
that the both of us have ever made

There's no excuse
for what's been said
I see your face
lit up in red
I'd hate to think this is how
you'll remember me by

A guy who just knows
how to shout
A guy who just can't
figure it out
A bedroom player
who just hates to have it made

She said
It's just like riding a bike
you don't forget how to love
after the first time
when you fall down and out
you get back up and try again

She said
It's just like riding a bike
you don't forget how to love
after the first time
when you fall down and out
you get back up and try again

And I know it's been stated more eloquently
and all you were looking for was "sorry"
but I can't deliver
I can't always deliver

I don't think Bell had this in mind
when he invented the telephone line
I think he'd like us to treat each other
civilly

She said
It's just like riding a bike
you don't forget how to love
after the first time
when you fall down and out
you get back up and try again

She said
It's just like riding a bike
you don't forget how to love
after the first time
when you fall down and out
you get back up and try again

I can't try again
unless you hold my hand
I can't try again
unless you hold my hand

I'm sure I'll get the hang of it
with just a little bit more practice
I'm sure I can get the hang of this
I'm sure I'll get the hang of it
with just a bit more practice
I'm sure I can get the hang of this
long as you hold my hand
Track Name: Dancing In The Park
It rained all day when you left town
I feel I should've been there to see you off
There's no excuse that goodbyes are too hard for me
I've never heard from anyone who says they're not

And it seems like such a long time
since I've seen the sunrise
and in my mind true beauty
only looked good in your eyes

To borrow a phrase I'm holding on
to can't let go's
and patiently awaiting my friend's
"I told you so"
She promised me things will be better next year
She said you've gotta lose to prove
that you care

There's no shapes to find in these clouds
believe me I've been looking all day
Without you here to point them out
they all just look the same

I don't go out at night anymore
there was more fun when there
were two of us on the dance floor

When I smile I feel like
I'm livin' a lie
the only true forever was in your eyes

They said she's letting go
she's stopped ignoring the "I told you so"
She promised me things will be better next year
I'll believe it when I see it
She said you've gotta lose to prove that you care
That's not what I wanna hear

I'm playing that song and going
back to all of those nights

Where nothing went wrong
and it seemed like every little thing went right

After all we've been through
why am I falling into hate with you

We've wasted so many hours
just afighting over the truth

so don't let go
pay no attention to I told you so's
I believe you when you say
this will all be better next year
please don't ever think
that I don't care

Is there any doubt in your mind
that I still care

Please don't ever think that I don't care