Keep Talking

by Laura Tsaggaris

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When a singer-songwriter builds an array of songs, often arising from a solid pop foundation with a splash of blues, a touch of rock and a hint of soul, that affirms a genuine musical gift. - The Washington Post

'Keep Talking' is an inspirational, self-exploratory record that will ignite your imagination - a record comprised of moving, provocative songs wonderfully suited to a live setting. - Rebel Spirit Music

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released May 9, 2009

all tracks recorded at Osceola Studios, Raleigh NC
co-produced by Ian Schreier & Laura Tsaggaris
mastered by Brent Lambert at The Kitchen, Carrboro NC

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Laura Tsaggaris District of Columbia

Laura Tsaggaris is originally from Pittsburgh, PA. and resides in Washington, D.C. She has independently released three full- length albums, including Proof (2005), Keep Talking (2009), and her latest, EVERYMAN. Tour dates in support of EVERYMAN will be announced after its release January 22, 2013. ... more

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Track Name: Warning Signs
Warning Signs

you come for horoscopes
for helicopters’ ropes
so you can get by

you flood the so-called roads
where all the locals know
i’ll tell you that’s mine

i should’ve known that you’d follow in line
find you were sold and then call it a crime
that now you’re supposedly thought an immortal kind
i saw the warning signs…

and we both know
i do fully disclose
but it can take time

for every seed i sew
must come from me to grow
and it can take time

i could’ve told you you’d fall for the lines
mine them for hope and then toss them aside
cuz now it’s a joke from all but another life

i saw the warning signs…


© laura tsaggaris, 2007
Track Name: Out Of My Mind
out of my mind

i put it all together.
this would go on forever.
i’ll never keep you satisfied.

if it was only worth it,
i could be just as perfect.
but then i’d run into the ground
make it a full-time job somehow
just so you’d never have to find me happy

i’m believing i’ll reveal, in time,
all these feelings i’ve been feeling i can’t keep in mind.
i won’t need to call this even, i’ll leave you behind.

so, give yourself everything you’ll never get from me.
it might help if you’d ever get the nerve to see
i won’t be everything you’d hoped.

i love you! i know, i love you!
i love you! i know! i love you!
i know it’s unconditional
with one condition
you’ll never let me come find you happy

i’m believing i’ll reveal, in time,
all these feelings i’ve been feeling i can’t keep in line.
i’ll be free to call this evening; i’ll be feeling fine,

even if you may refuse to find
i won’t be needing an excuse this time,
cuz you’ll be out of my mind.




© laura tsaggaris 2008
Track Name: Roads
roads

i told my old lie just to then pursue the path to make you see each word is true.
all night, for hours i could ride only to still not get to you.

sometimes it’s sublime. i see you and i sing for you and you believe it’s true.
i’ve tried. i’ve paved these roads to drive smooth as my hand runs over you.

cuz you never live the same day
even if you start the same way
you have no control
this the superstitious have to know
they just fool themselves

but you can get better every day
this is in no way to say
take your hands and throw all your hopes out of the car window
no… you can save yourself

unlike some nights, i see you and you make me think nothing i say is true.
but, i’ll try. i’ll pave these roads to drive as soon as i’ve gotten over you.

cuz you can get better every day
this is just a way to say
don’t take your hands and throw all your hopes out of the car window
no… you can save yourself


© laura tsaggaris and tom tomshend 2007
Track Name: Go And Do Everything (Again)
go and do everything (again)


like an animal all night
you make the best of your confines

it’s always a fun time
all to give you just one rhyme

but, is this all another call to what you’ll never be anyway?
you’re living on another song that you’ll have to beg them to celebrate
and once it’s gone it won’t be long ‘til you’ll have to go and do everything

with a question of some kind
she leaves you guessing at one line

you keep your stake in it so high
for history’s to be made tonight!

but, is this all another call to what you’ll never be anyway?
you’re living on another song that you’ll have to beg them to celebrate
and once it’s gone it won’t be long ‘til you’ll have to go and do everything

just like you did the first time
repeat your patent reply
forget your hope of just twice
and, to be sure, you’ll debate this feeling!

so, is this all another call to what you’ll never be anyway?
you’re living on another song that you’ll have to beg them to celebrate
and once it’s gone it won’t be long ‘til you’ll have to go and do everything again

i’m living on another song
gonna have to go out and sell it




© laura tsaggaris 2007
Track Name: Keep Talking
keep talking

have you nothing to improve upon?
so, i guess i'm not the only one
i am here as who i am you see
shove compromise, it's not for me

and keep talking
tell me how a year has come, cuz it's gone
and here you are
and here i am my only

if you think that we could be in love
well, you best consult the stars above
ask them questions only you can answer
be open to influence and work

and keep talking
you may find that you don't know yourself at all
keep talking…
you may find that you don’t know anymore
who you are
or why i'm here and lonely

but keep this apart from me hoping to see you

be everything that you are not to me
everything that you could never be
i am sure that i can't change someone
it's just like a mother tells her son

so keep talking
tell me how a year has come
you may find that you don't know
tell me how a year has come, cuz it's gone
you may find that you don't know who you are
tell me how a year has come cuz here we are


© laura tsaggaris and tom townshend 2006
Track Name: Red Hair
red hair


is it just the way you made me say my name
that’s called to question all predictions made today
or your red hair?

i could see myself with you,
under sheets and blankets, too.
you’d led me there.

though only been seen in dreams,
i know i’ll speak of every thing.
i’ve felt prepared.

for, i could be party to this
and more than just whole-heartedly kissed.
you’ve left me scared.

© laura tsaggaris 2007
Track Name: Under The Gun
under the gun


i was blind leading two of a kind
like my soldier (i) thought you’d fall into line
i was betting you the horse i could ride

every second by myself was beside
every tick in every minute of time
from my lip i took the healthiest bite
cuz i was banking on the money as mine

when love isn’t under the gun

you can call it anything that you like
and wish i fit you like no glove you could buy
and think that hollywood’s been getting it right

but i’ve been working like a dog for a while
i keep talking ‘til i fill up the time
hold your breath until your heavens align
but i would take into a hand that was mine

cuz love isn’t under the gun
love isn’t under the gun
or made of regret,
something you said,
or something you should have when
you showed you can regress
under the threat of someone you should forget
you know, you can request only the best
with weapons of self-defense
it’s on you to remember

love isn’t under the gun



© laura tsaggaris 2007
Track Name: Winner's Curse
winner’s curse

just forget that you forgot cuz we will all remember
this is not how you could want it to be
who’s been calling you a selfish piece of shit?
man, you’ve set this up the wrong way!

just be all that you can be
be all that you can be in this army made of you and of me
take your cover in a friend when you see

i can make the case that you’d be guilty to survive
think of this as just the way I like to spend my time
now, it’s my goal to let you know that there’s no way you’ll keep this alive

it’s so related… there’s no mistaking
it’s been contemplated… these thoughts you’ve stated
it’s all to blame on you

there was nothing you could say… was not for you to say
they’d covered up and driven away
so, you think you had a hand in it?
damn, you’ve led yourself the wrong way!

there’s no fingerprints or hair to show
every inch of you was there to choke and deprive him of air,
but you know!

i can make the case that you’d be guilty to survive
and let you see i won’t believe until the opportunistic time

there’s no debating… it’s so related
it’s been consummated with thoughts you’ve stated
it’s hard to say that

you didn’t know you had it coming
you didn’t know it was about the money
didn’t you know?
you need to know!

and i can’t overstate it… it’s so related
you’ve left your right to say that it’s chance you’ve taken
on this road you’re paving, there’s no mistaking
you’ve been compensated

but we both know that you’ve overpaid


© laura tsaggaris 2007
Track Name: Get Yourself Right
get yourself right

i would have you say aloud
only half to hear the sound
for that you solely wish away will learn to hang around

when you’re home and in your house
could this load be weighed in pounds?
when you wake, are things you can’t control the ones you think about?

just give yourself time to get your self right
i’ll watch you hold me up to the light
if first you went wrong, you’ll learn you just might not be afraid to keep open your eyes
cuz what you don’t know you know you can’t fight

if they could they’d make a crowd
how they’d work and rake the ground
it was always more than just enough to be the one they’d found

but now you hold me in your mouth
i’m a bird that could get out
how you hold me in your arms… how could i have a doubt?

i gave myself time to get my self right
i watched you hold me up to the light
it didn’t take long to learn you just might get what you pay for most of the time
but, if you don’t look, you know you won’t find
and what you don’t know… you can’t fight

so, give yourself time

© laura tsaggaris 2007
Track Name: Catastrophic
catastrophic

i’m in place of royal mates that move
carve your shape and glue
i’ll be made for you

i could say it’s hard to stay in tune
call your name and prove
i can take from you

i’d already though this stuff was true
i thought we were through
i caught myself thinking you’d leave me or i you
i’m made to take this catastrophic point of view

© laura tsaggaris 2007
Track Name: Pilots
pilots

railroads have their trains
desert, sand in grains
pilots have their planes
and i'm afraid you mean that much to me
i'm afraid you mean enough to make me
i'm afraid you mean that much

if one must judge then let her name
her politics of private shame
i won't be shooed away
hers is a foolish take
cuz i'm afraid you mean that much to me
i'm afraid you mean enough to make me
i'm afraid you mean that much

cuz if you walk you could take yourself far away

but railroads have their trains
desert sand only comes in grains
pilots have their planes


© laura tsaggaris 2006