Kind of Nice

by Julian Morena

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1.
Not My Thing 02:50
Down near her ribs there's a younger version of Anastasia who doesn't purse her lips or hate us for having fun she excuses herself before her turn comes We know why she left there was no reason to feel ashamed or embarrassed you see Stasia's a little inexperienced and this place is a cesspool But she can't comment on that I spent a night there once it was not my thing why would she feel her life's incomplete without a wedding ring or a husband and some kids of her own her dog Ginger's had a stroke its head leans to one side I think one more month or two poor Gingy will mmhmm And Yolanda Maria's ashes in the vase in the living room oh God, I could not ask if the bullet she did it with was in there too of course, she can't comment on that I spent a night there once it was not my thing why would she feel her life's incomplete without a wedding ring or some asshole and children of her own
2.
Garden 03:41
I could live my life in shadows show up to parties in disguise or I could wander past the limits and make my bed among the pines I would love to start a garden could easily live off of the land I wouldn't have to beg your pardon if ever things got out of hand and we could contemplate the pavement standing 50 stories high and we could wonder about obedience and laugh about the reasons why I would love to start a garden could easily live off of the land I wouldn't have to beg your pardon if ever things got out of hand why'd you make me feel so useless when it's not how I should feel now this undeserving audience hears a lesson no one wants to hear
3.
Fog 04:08
We heard there would be rain off and on all day decision time came decisions were made so we trekked up the mountain I yearned to hold your hand trading stories of our childhoods and of our motherlands you paused at a clearing to appreciate the view I stopped instead to look at you everything was new everything was new there's fog on the Atlanta skyline oh how I hesitate to make you mine we went out to the show you'd never seen before fireworks and rednecks they added to the score we'd come down the mountain to find ourselves a spot trading stories of some sentiment but also afterthought you paused when the lights went down to appreciate the view I stopped instead to look at you everything was new everything was new there's fog on the Atlanta skyline oh how I hesitate to make you mine oh I hesitate to make you mine
4.
She left in the car designated to her she had secrets buried so we divorced in the same courthouse where my parents married their plan was to move away she didn't want to leave their place so he took to the west on his own then saw her out with some guy in L.A. and all the trips she'd sent him on were fueled by guilt now he's saving all his gasoline I've got a good idea let's move to a small town we will be near your crazy mother you'll get the big house when we no longer love each other goodbye, I guess
5.
Capoeira Cara pisses in her shower where the disco light's installed beats me at everything then makes me wear her summer dress and twerk on her bedroom wall coincidentally Cara doesn't care Cara doesn't care for goodbyes so why should I Capoeira Cara exposes me to dirty broken phrases in Portuguese, flying kicks and cartwheels, circles of death, and chants in karate pants enlightens me with a cigarette that she bummed off a bum outside of Church after karaoke night apparently Cara doesn't believe in cancer Cara doesn't believe in goodbyes so why should I capoeira Cara crying in my shower although the water's fine champion of everything have I lost to her for the very last time
6.
Photo 03:17
She looked at the photo despite my strongest words her eyes were drawn to something familiar something hurt who's that girl in his picture the thin one wearing half a skirt? now I'm lying in her bedroom and I always tell the truth it doesn't matter who she is she's not as intelligent as you who's that girl in the corner whose face wears a knowing grin? well, it doesn't matter, but she's asking the question what is wrong with me, why does everyone I love do me wrong? I don't know, it's undeserved but it's her and I who are left and she's still thinking that who's that girl in his kitchen? they're always fixing fancy meals well, it doesn't matter, but she's asking the quesition what is wrong with me, why does everyone I love do me wrong? I don't know, it's undeserved but it's her and I who are left and she's still thinking that and I wonder should I stay does she think that I should stay all my friends say do not stay but I guess that I could wait until she's done thinking that
7.
Still 02:46
It's time to play pretend it's easy to do when you're surrounded by all the like-minded who will not second guess but me, I'm cynical and restless and I question all I hear I look around and wonder at the things you hope and fear but when the loved ones fade out, then my swollen eyes will tear so I'll still thank god you are here I'll still thank god you are here sure I'll come along if you don't mind my questions and my friends they're full of logic and scientific facts they'll throw them in your face and we may congregate and snicker at the things that you hold dear we'll hold our heads up high while you have yours bowed in prayer but the wrinkles on our faces are proof time does disappear so I'll still thank god you are here I'll still thank god you are here oh, I gotta wonder all the stories in your good book you recount as if they were real all the crazy things your pastor says you take with no appeal but when life provides no answers I just stare into my beer so I'll still thank god you are here I'll still thank god you are here
8.
It Would 02:17
I may rush I may tire though I know it's not required I may blush I may perspire but I will not be made a liar but it could feel so good, it would it would feel so good, it would settled dust what I've acquired doesn't mean I'm not inspired but it could feel so good, it would it would feel so good, it would it would feel so good, it would it would feel so good, it would
9.
Travels 02:39
I left my home, two dogs, and a bank loan I left them following a girl I thought I loved but I've been told I was only running but if I was running what was I running from please tell me if you, like, feel the way I do or tell me if I should stop asking you and I suppose I'll still remember when I'm old the way I felt before I had to go cause she said no, we both got what we needed the circumstantial love has turned me off please tell me if you feel the way I do or tell me if I should stop asking you I left my home, two dogs, and a bank loan I left them following a girl I thought I loved but she said no, we both got what we needed the circumstantial love has turned me off
10.
From Me 03:57
Send my love to Erin she's the girl with the scarf and gloves she doesn't know what I'm thinking or maybe she does send my love to Erin should it be summer when you call that should pose no problem spirit glints from her eyes it dances on her hands you'll know Erin and she doesn't seem to say anything she doesn't want to say except for that one thing she acts to honor logic and sense of right but in so doing makes a sacrifice she doesn't realize send my love to Erin she'll find some good in almost any try and direct you to the beauty of a moonlit sky at night to all the people she has touched she sends handwritten letters so here is my offer in return but she doesn't seem to be anything she doesn't want to be except for that one thing she acts to honor logic and sense of right but in so doing makes a sacrifice she doesn't realize or does she realize? send my love to Erin send my love to Erin please give my love to Erin because she won't take it from me
11.
Wooden tables on the street the asphalt scrapes your feet you've gone to buy their goods and wares things that you find interesting but when you said, ooh I thought you said, aah I thought you said all the fried food on the sticks and everything we hid from each other kids with faces painted on, you shed your mask you must be dying of shame you tried to save, ooh the face you made, ahh was so unnatural so I made my way into town per your request 35 minutes en route when I thought that I should pick up the phone I've been thinking I'd rather not live this way I commanded all to flee started a stampede I regretted it right then your face against the chain link fence you tried to yell, ooh it was too late to yell, aah it was too late to yell why don't we go home?

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Kind of Nice is Julian Morena's first solo album after being in the Atlanta music scene for over a decade with bands The Ruination, Bird City Revolutionaries, Boo Reefa, and KingRat. The album was recorded between August 2015 through March 2017 at When Will Studios in Atlanta, GA.

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released May 13, 2017

All songs written and performed by Julian Morena with help from Will Mitchell (keys, banjo, additional guitars, backing vocals, and more), Eric Rogers (trumpet), Phil Floyd (saxophone), Eric Brown (percussion), Waylon Elsberry (lap steel guitar), Shim Gartner (lead guitars), Joseph Koubek (lead guitars), Thomas Sulkoske (violins), and Jaron Pearlman (drums and additional percussion).

Produced and engineered by Will Mitchell in the one and only magical Atlanta. Additional engineering by Jaron Pearlman.

Album artwork by Laura Leidner.

Thanks to all of my friends and family who encouraged this adventure from the very beginning and supported me along the way.

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