Avi Wisnia Presents:

by Avi Wisnia

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In the summer of 2007, after earning an enthusiastic following performing live, Avi gathered a few of his band members in the sanctuary of the New Jersey synagogue where his father serves as rabbi to record this EP, “Avi Wisnia Presents:”. In 2 days, 7 tracks were recorded. The CD was released in the fall with sold-out shows at The Bitter End in NYC and The Tin Angel in Philadelphia.

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released November 2, 2007

vocals/piano – Avi Wisnia
guitar – Toru Takiguchi
percussion – Curt Garey (Tracks 1, 2, 6)
percussion – Nathaniel Smith (Tracks 3, 5, 7)

engineering, mixing – Stuart Binder
mastering – John Mailloux at Bongo Beach Productions
design – Daniel Ketchum

all songs © 2007 Avi Wisnia

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Think Ben Folds meets Norah Jones, if they had a lovechild in Brazil.

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Track Name: Something New
cinnamon was seated by a shady tree
waiting for the breeze to roll by
she had everyone down on their hands and knees
searching for a piece of her time

now all the lonely people
they couldn’t bear with seeing her frown
and she never noticed yeah sure they could stop
but they’d miss the pain of bending down

everyday is the same as tomorrow
and every tomorrow is yesterday’s news
that’s cause we’re always singing the same old song
i guess it’s time for something new

cinnamon worked in a movie studio
that’s where she fell in love with Joe how it happened I don’t know
he was a boom operatah, a boom operatah

they’re making a sequel with the same plot as the first
only with different actors saying the lines
if there’s anything i’ve learned he says
it’s that only the weak survive

joe left cinnamon later that month
because he couldn’t pick her out in the crowd
he couldn’t find her latte in the sea of frappucinos
so he left her there to figure it out

go on now Joe walk out the door
don’t turn around now cause you’ll only cry
you’ve got to pull out on that high road get yourself to kinkos
and buy a box to think outside

it was saturday in the car
and joe was kicking his dust to the wind
with the windows down the unfiltered air will take him
wherever he’s never been

all he had was this tune in his head
but not knowing how to make it his
and as he drives into the sunset every single station sings to him how
ironic it is
Track Name: I Wish That I Could Stop Writing Songs About You
i’m sitting down now putting pen to paper just trying to think of something
else to say
but instead of words come pictures like stills from a movie
or reruns of an episode I’m trying to erase
so I jot it down kind of sketch it out and it looks like the present I once
knew

wonder where my days have gone as it’s turning towards the dawn
i know it’s time to move along but it’s dark
after all is said and done I still end where I’ve begun
yeah I wish that I could stop writing songs about you

why do I bother there’s other fodder more relevant and pressing still to say
there’s war and inaction and disaffection and ignorance and hatred
and injustice to name away
see I’ve tried it all tried to switch my mind’s track but it seems that all I got
is only one

wonder where my days have gone as it’s turning towards the dawn
i know it’s time to move along but it’s hard
after all is said and done I still end where I’ve begun
yeah I wish that I could stop writing songs about you

i better sew my mouth shut better hold my head up
better go ahead and lock my heart away
but I just can’t keep it down yeah it keeps breaking out
and I’ve got no other choice but to let the gates give way
so I’ll just give in even though it kills me
in the meantime I’ve got page after page after page after page……

they say take it easy and spur me on
i know it’s time to move along but I just can’t see
yeah I know that there will be a melody suited more for me
but for now I just can’t stop writing songs about you
yeah I wish that I could stop writing songs about you
yeah I’ll probably never stop writing songs about you
Track Name: Sunday Afternoon
it’s warm warm enough not to be cold for fall
you take my hand and we stroll along
spread the blanket and reach with your eyes to the sky
while all around us the children are playing in a slow motion

sunday afternoon

who knows how old is this general tso’s i found in my fridge
you munch on focaccia i boughtcha at the farmers market
i look at you and i wonder where you came from
but you just laugh and sometimes our legs intertwine

sunday afternoon

sunny days sweeping those clouds away
we’re on our way
Track Name: Rabbit Hole
some day this will be funny we’ll look back and laugh
how we humped just like bunnies now look at the problems we have
yes we dug ourselves silly as we made our way through
well it looks like I’m stuck in this rabbit hole with you

how did we end up here I thought we were fine
turns out you’ve got some issues and you can’t deal with mine
see I hate the words you feed me you hate how loud I chew
but it looks like I’m stuck in this rabbit hole with you

i’d throw in my towel we don’t see the same way
but underground dwellings aren’t selling well these days
yes we dug ourselves silly with mud on each shoe
so it looks like I’m stuck in this rabbit hole with you

you know it’s a good thing we’re in here it’s starting to pour
and I’ll show you my worries if you show me yours
yes we’re in these close quarters but somehow we’ll make due
well it looks like I’m stuck in this rabbit hole with you

so where do you think I’m going I’ll give you one clue
i’m going to bring the rest of my things
back to this rabbit hole with you
Track Name: The Back Of Your Hand
thinking back to the way it all began
that i already knew what i know now
except blinded by possibility

you took a chance yeah you went out of your way
you showed your cards enough to make me stay
you opened me up to a pretty little thing

just as the fools rush in you won me over
i was right where you wanted me to be
but then you skipped town guessing I would figure it out
and so you fade away

brush off the rest of my heart
with the back of your hand let’s say
there’s no use in crying when it’s over
the rest of my heart
with the back of your hand let’s say

everybody changes nothing lasts forever
send it in a postcard write it in a letter
so next time i hope you tell him at least when it’s over
cause my door will be closed a while
and i’m turning the key

brush off the rest of my heart
with the back of your hand let’s say
there’s no use in crying when it’s over
the rest of my heart
with the back of your hand let’s say
Track Name: Goodnight
this is where i say i have to leave you
this is where we’ve both run out of time
this is where you’ve always known it’s going
so we wave our hands and say goodnight

if i just had one more day to borrow
you and i could watch the sun arise
even though i know that thinking’s wishful
don’t mind if i watch you say goodnight

i’ll be gone and dreaming on the ocean
while some other’s sure to cross your sight
you should know that if another finds you
darling please look back and say goodnight
Track Name: Moving
they’re kicking bodies to the street i cover my face
let every major man concede that i am so aimless
get your hand away from me but I need your help
it’s time to cash in all my chips

i’m moving to the east side
i’m trying hard to see sky
i only need the free ride
and i’m gone

picking hearts up off the street it doesn’t make sense
well everybody look at me i’m straddling fences
doesn’t it hurt me on my seat you’d think that it would
well how can i avoid these cookie cutters

i’m moving to the east side
i’m trying hard to see sky
i only need the free ride
and i’m gone

everybody move your feet
they’re kicking bodies to the street