Roses and Broken Hearts

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  1. 1 Lonely Teardrops 05:23
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  2. 2 Roses and Broken Hearts 03:30
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  3. 3 The Black Rose 03:38
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  4. 4 The Jester 04:03
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  5. 5 In The End 03:26
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  6. 6 Ain't Got No Home 04:49
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  7. 7 Blood On Blood 05:08
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  8. 8 The Rose 03:28
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  9. 9 Shades of Gray 04:10
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  10. 10 Dead End Street 05:13
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  11. 11 Dust 03:53
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  12. 12 War and Roses 04:50
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Roses cover
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1. Lonely Teardrops
 
Blue skies above me
Yellow sun hangin’ high
Your reflection lyin’ in my plams
Silence cast in your smile
There’s a girl standing on the corner
With a candle and tears in her eyes
 
It’s lonely teardrops
Lonely teardrops
Come home soon, say it’ll be okay
 
T.V.’s on in the next room
Phone lays silent on the chair
There’s an emptiness I feel inside
Somethin’s gone, somethin’s there
 
Lonely teardrops
Lonely teardrops
Come home soon, say it’ll be okay
 
Everyone’s callin’ no one’s talkin’
No one knows nothin’, no one’s heard nothin’
All this this time, here I am dyin’ inside
With only your mem’ry to keep me strong
 
As I lay here in bed tonight
I dream of a better life
In the distance the bells are tollin’
A congregation morns the lost
 
Lonely teardrops
Lonely teardrops
Will my eyes ever dry
 
2. Roses and Broken Hearts
 
Roses and broken hearts the skies painted gray
Ghostly statues cleansed in the rain
A handful of dirt fallin’ to the ground
Fallen without a sound
Another young life over before it starts
Roses and broken hearts
 
Streets a-lined with cars, a house full of noise
Missing in the commotion a familiar voice
Laughter and silent prayer
That smell still lingerin’ in the air
Another young life over before it starts
Roses and broken hearts
 
A candle flickers, a face frozen in time
Shadows in the mirror in the dead of night
Pale moon hidin’ in a sky of rust
Youth and beauty given to the dust
Another young life over before it starts
Roses and broken hearts
 
 
3. The Black Rose
 
Another late night at Connors bar
Mickey pours me another shot
Back of my mind’s painted in sorrow
My stomach tied up in knots
 
Tell me if the def can one day hear
And the blind can one day see
If you could see my soul
Tell me would you recognize me
Would I be another shadow
A faceless ghost in a crowd
Tell me could you recognize me now
 
Hung your picture on the wall
It’s the first thing I see when I awaken
That pillow that still smells like your hair
Lies on your side of the bed alone and forsaken
 
Can imagine heaven as a lovely movie scene
Skies of blue, clouds of white, cool rivers of green
Forests in the mountains, endless gardens in between
Only a black rose there where I should be
 
You were an angel gracing Gods fallen light
The North Star guiding me home in the cold, dark twilight
In a garden of pretty little things
All alone there is rain
With you I can’t go on, the black rose still remains

4. The Jester
 
The ghosts of the covenant echo
Down the darkened hall of indigo
Calling for a coronation, a new king falls victim of pride
The Jester claims his leather jacket for the ride
 
The knights enraged at the bishop
A house of cards shaking from an earthquake
The princess's hand maidens claim immaculate conception
As the stables engulf in sacrificial flames
 
The mime dances and mocks the queen
The Lords and Ladies have their own desires
As into town the Jester rides atop a mighty steed
Beside him the aspersion of his feeble minded squire
 
From the castle tower hangs Repuncils gentleman callers
Their hands clenching diamonds, their neck encircled in a noose
Prince Charming laughs insanely at their cowardly blank stares
His eyes glazed, he holds his sword loose
 
Excalibur lays on an altar dripping young mens blood
An ill wind holds the fate of the peasants secure
The generals all pledge secret allegiance
They send young men to die in the foreign lands in the Jesters war
 
The Jester drinks wine and calls it blood
Forsaking the creeds that rule this empire
A crusade against the pawns adorning black
He speaks of his recent "baptism by fire"
 
The white knight crosses the empty courtyard
And cries "one o'clock and all's well"
The Jester chuckles and whispers to the king
"Tis a fine night in the kingdom of hell"

5. In the End
 
Well you say you got a job to do
And people say that there ain’t no goodbyes
Just a friendly handshake
A smile and the promise of “I’ll write”
But I can’t say I don’t miss you
And that I’m not afraid
Will you be coming home again
Or will I see you in the end
 
Months have passed since the last word
Things have changed here since I last saw you
All the things I wish we could’ve shared together
Here in my heart is where I carry you
I can’t say I don’t love you
And that I don’t worry
Alone in this town again
Promise me you’ll come home in the end
 
There’s a bar in town where people gather
And the men come for drinks after work
The veteran’s tell their old war stories
While I sit and drink my Jack and Coke
 
Jerry waves a hand from across the room
“Hey buddy what’ll you have”
As I get up to dance with Theresa
I can’t help but feel sad
Cigarette hanging from my lip
I sit down and close my eyes
I think of you on the other side of the world again
Praying you come home in the end
 
This hymn I sing in your name
My own heart I offer to the heavens above
Just so you know that I miss you
And you’ll always have my love
Just know you’re in my mind
And I wish you all the best
I want you come home safe to me again
I don’t wanna wait for heaven in the end
 
6. Ain’t Got No Home
 
On a dusty street
In a strange town
The suns burnin’ bright
The wings barin’ down
Your only protection
The fire in your guts
A gun in your tremblin’ hand
Your blood begins to rush
 
Tell me what do you do
When you feel like you’re alone
Where can you go, where can you turn
If you ain’t got no home
 
This blessed ground
Stained in blood and glass
You sit alone in the dark
Feel the minutes roll pass
Had a friend die on Tuesday
His wife young and bold
Left to raise three kids
Back in Jersey all alone
 
Tell me how does it feel
When a chill grab you by the bones
Memories can’t help when faith fades away
And you ain’t got no home
 
Mister I come from the Jersey shore
And mister I’ve got this girl
Sir, she loves me more
Than anything in this world
Now I know that I ain’t got much
Just these clothes and my pride
But I’d sell you my soul
To get me outta here alive
 
Tell me where do I run
I feel left here on my own
How can I live, how can I survive
Cause I ain’t got no home
 
7. Blood on Blood
 
Have you ever looked in a dying mans eyes
Have you heard his pleas as he lets out his final cries
Have you ever seen blood rush out of the vein
The wounds remain, your war’s a dirty game
 
Do you know where the battle is taking place
The enemy of you and me has a most familiar face
All smoke and mirrors the truth hidden within
Here we go its déjà vu all over again
 
This is a prayer for faith
This is a prayer for hope
There ain’t no use for blood on blood
 
You don’t know how it feels to save a life
Or to stand there helpless and watch a man die
Aren’t some prices too high in the end
Or are we doomed to suffer the same consequences again
 
This is a prayer for solace
This is a prayer for peace
There ain’t no use for blood on blood
 
Have you ever seen the moon dance at midnight
Or the stars twinkle in a starving child’s eyes
Can you imagine your child never coming home
Bullets fly, people die, the lies live on
 
This is a prayer for creation
This is a prayer for unification
There ain’t no use for blood on blood
 
8. The Rose
 
Today the skies fell, the streets began to flood
We fled to high ground caked in mud
Everything I ever knew just washed away
And the rain kept fallin’ throughout the day
Another fallen pedal from the rose
Another fallen pedal from the rose
 
I remember the way the sun light fell
Through the halo in the clouds
Oh father tell me it’ll be alright
I know helps comin’ but I got my doubts
Another fallen pedal from the rose
Another fallen pedal from the rose
 
And the water continued to rise
Still we stood here with desperation in our eyes
Will I live to see the sun rise again
 
They told us they just didn’t know
They said there was no way to tell
But they’re dry and they’re not here
Watching beloved heaven beatin’ to hell
Another fallen pedal from the rose
Another fallen pedal from the rose
 
9. Shades of Gray
 
Well mister I’ve always tried to live an honest life
I work hard every day, I’m good and true to my wife
There are so many shades of gray nothin’s ever white or black
When the dream keeps slippin’ away you tend to fall between the cracks
 
Away, away, my dreams are slippin’ away
Away, away, the dream is slippin’ away
Away, away, caught between the night and day
Oh my Lord just so many shades of gray
 
The banks closed on my mortgage, on my front lawn there’s a sign
I got nowhere to run to, got no place to hide
The money’s all gone now mister but the bills ain’t goin’ away
The colors keep on fadin’ leavin’ nothin’ but the gray
 
Away, away, my dreams are slippin’ away
Away, away, the dream is slippin’ away
Away, away, caught between the night and day
Oh my Lord just so many shades of gray
 
My daddy’s work for far too long and never wanted nothin’ in return
‘Cept to give his kids strong morals, provide a humble home
Daddy now I’m sorry I didn’t quite understand
Now I know all too well responsibility haunts a man
 
Well how can a fella dream, when he’s too scared to sleep
How can an honest man survive in a world so full of greed
They took everything away now only death and debt remain
Oh, oh, just too many shades of gray
 
Away, away, my dreams are slippin’ away
Away, away, the dream is slippin’ away
Away, away, caught between the night and day
Oh my Lord just so many shades of gray
 
They took everything they could take now only death and debt remain
Oh oh just too many shades of gray
 
10. Dead End Street
 
I got hired to the force back in ‘05
Ten months later I took Maria for my bride
We bought a little house, such a beautiful place
The bank approved the mortgage with an adjustable rate
Soon we’ll hear the patter of tiny feet
In our house on a dead end street
 
Now the towns had some tough choices to make
Mine was one of the jobs that couldn’t be saved
A shake of the hand, “Sorry Jose, I did the best that I can”
Maria she tried her best to understand
Been reading the want ads in the cool shade of the trees
In the yard of our house on a dead end street
 
There just ain’t no work for a guy like me
With a BA in a recession economy
Unemployment doesn’t give enough pay
Now me and Maria have another on the way
Sleepless night that betray our dreams
Has become life on a dead end street
 
11. Dust
 
Banker man said there was no more time
Politician says there ain’t no work
So I took a couple gallons of gas and a match
And burnt my life to the dirt
Grounded by seeds of greed
Raked with doubt and fear
Give in to the anger
Hear the devil whipserin’ in your ear
Let there be blood
Let the foundation rust
Let it fire, let it burn
Down to the dust
 
Night fell, the stars faded
The moon hid behind the clouds
Smoke rising into the sky
From where we built this house
Grounded by seeds of greed
Raked with doubt and fear
Give in to the anger
Hear the devil whisperin’ in your ear
Let there be blood
Let the foundation rust
Let it fire, let it burn
Down to the dust
 
Air, air, getting’ harder to breathe
Life denied by the dark heart of the dream
The whole world’s gone to hell
I grab my twelve gauge and fifteen shells
 
Our last night together
I kiss your neck as you unbutton your blouse
Passion lost within blind rage
And nothings gonna save me now
The tears that we’re cryin’
This time I ain’t gonna miss
I’ve got them in my sights darlin’
Revenge tastes as sweet as your kiss
Grounded by seeds of greed
Raked with doubt and fear
Give in to the anger
Hear the devil whisperin’ in your ear
 
 
12. War and Roses
 
Woke up this morning with that bitter taste on your tongue
We all knew what was goin’ on
We placed our hearts in the wise mens hands
Even though we knew somethin’s wrong
 
Blind faith in anything will get you killed
Blind faith in anything can be explosive
It can destroy everything around you ‘til
All that’s left is war and roses
 
We drove that dark highway of no return
To where the trees whisper and the moons always red
You followed them into a desert of blood and bone
And they laid you to rest
 
Blind faith in anything will get you killed
Blind faith in anything can be explosive
It can destroy everything around you ‘til
All that’s left is war and roses
 
They led us through the valley of Megiddo
And said “Eden lies just across the border”
And we followed them in search of resolution
All we found was a river with no water
 
Tonight as I drive down this road
Between the truth and the lies
To my left I see the sun risin’ in the distance
And bodies piled in the dirt to my right
 
Blind faith in anything will get you killed
Blind faith in anything can be explosive
It can destroy everything around you until
All that’s left is war and roses
All that’s left is war and roses
All they left is war and roses
 
A last chance at makin’ it work
The devils fixed in the rear view mirror
There’s a split in the road up ahead
Better make a choice before you disappear
 
Diego Allessandro-Vocals, Guitars, Harmonicas, Keyboards, Shakers, Bass.
Jimmy Farkas-Drums, Pedal Steel Guitar.
Daniella Fischetti-Violin.
Marissa Cohen-Vocals on "Dead End Street."
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered at Orange Sound Studios by James Dellatacoma.
All songs written by Diego Allessandro. Produced by Diego Allessandro.

Thanks to all the wonderful and talented people who lent themselves to this project.
Thanks to my parents for their support and patience. Thanks to my sister, Lauren, for
her love and support. Thanks to my family for the good times we've had and will have.
Thanks to James Dellatacoma for his time, dedication, patience and tutelage;
I love you cuz. Thank you to Laura McCullough, Chris Cavallaro, Dr. Aaron Furgason,
and Ron Frangipane for their instruction and friendship; the coolest professors ever.

A special thank you to Keith Heimann for teaching a man with soul how to sing.

Thank you for purchasing this album\song and supporting independent music.

This album is dedicated in the memory of Nicholas "Honey" Allessandro and
Frieda "Chow Mein" Allessandro, I love and miss you.