Don't Look Back

by Merlot Embargo

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Billy Joe Biberstein Jr. I absolutely love everything these guys produce! It is so original and they are such talented artists! They are perfect together with Scarlet's voice and Geoff's superb guitar playing along with the exceptional talents of their friends who help out.
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1.
Some things in life are gonna knock you off your feet Some things will taste more of the bitter than the sweet But you gotta keep on moving You gotta keep on moving Or you'll drown. Some things in life are gonna spit upon your grave And some things take all your freedom making you a slave But you gotta keep on moving You gotta keep on moving Or you'll drown Keep your head up, above the water Keep your head up above the water Keep your head up above the water Or you'll die Some things in life are gonna kick you to the curb And all you'll wanna do is curl up in a hole under the earth But you gotta keep on moving You gotta keep on moving Or you'll drown Sometimes this life will try it's best to undermine you And you'll want to throw the towel in, throw the game and just let hell win But you gotta keep on moving You gotta keep on moving Or you'll drown Keep your head up, above the water Keep your head up, above the water Keep your head up, above the water Or you'll die All this life is for is seeing if we've got the stuff it takes To rise above the hatred and the sinners and the saints And we can take all we've been given Of the blessings and the curses We can hold our own and see all that this life Has got in store if we just Keep our heads above the water Keep our heads above the water Keep our heads above the water
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Out of the woods we've come, so far we all have run What do you make of it? It's like we're having fun But in the morning there's lights on the edge of dawn We see it clearly now the fire has just begun And we all fall down And we just want to make a sound If it's the last thing that we've done But there is no one left to hear us 'Cuz we all fall down Our eyes have seen too much of death and victory Only the mighty win and it's their history And in the morning sun our arms stretch to the light It is a losing streak for all the rest of us And we all fall down And we just want to make a sound If it's the last thing that we've done But there is no one left to hear us 'Cuz we all fall down And there is no one left to pick us all up from the mud And there is no one left to hear all that we haven't sung And there is no one left to learn from all that we have done And we all fall down And we just want to make a sound If it's the last thing that we've done But there is no one left to hear us 'Cuz we all fall down
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Store up your treasures enough for months to come Take along a pack of dried goods   Make sure your walking feet are tied on tight And don’t look like a victim Practice shooting straight; don’t forget to lock the gate And don’t look back or slow down Don’t make friends out of the strangers if they’re stranger than you And don’t look back or slow down   Have a lot of hiding places; surround yourself with space And don’t forget to hone up on harpooning   Come up with a mantra that can get you through the night You won’t survive if you’re not sleeping Practice shooting straight; don’t forget to lock the gate And don’t look back or slow down Don’t make friends out of the strangers if they’re stranger than you And don’t look back or slow down Get to know the silence 'cause she’s all you’ll ever need And don’t scream during any of your nightmares  You’ll think about the friends you lost and all the hearts it might have cost If time had not decided to run out so Practice shooting straight; don’t forget to lock the gate And don’t look back or slow down Don’t make friends out of the strangers if they’re stranger than you And don’t look back or slow down
4.
Freaks on a circus train Waving to the people they pass in the rain No one seems to know any of their names ooh Jerks flipping Cigarette butts in the mud As they cat call the freaks on the train No one seems to know any of their names ooh Get your tickets to this holy escape Come experience the life of a freak on a train You don’t want to be the one standing out in the rain When he calls out your name When he calls out your name There’s no need to pack a thing It goes faster the less you bring Just grab a friend to help the days go bye ay ay Get your tickets to this holy escape Come experience the life of a freak on a train You don’t want to be the one standing out in the rain When he calls out your name When he calls out your name Watch as you wave goodbye to all the jerks They try to make us cry 'cause oh they know There’s no turning back from this life Get your tickets to this holy escape Come experience the life of a freak on a train You don’t want to be the one standing out in the rain When he calls out your name When he calls out your name
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Storms 03:13
I might have felt an earthquake when I met you I might have felt the world shake when I let you Kiss me under the moonlight Kiss me under the moonlight I might have felt a hurricane when I saw you I might have felt a little drop of rain when I let you Hold my hand against your heart and Tell me that you love me Storms might come to pass but I could get used to this with you And the seas might hurl us around and around this empty shell but I will always stick with you; I'll always stick with you Did you feel a little earthquake when you met me A little world shake when I let you hold me so close – kiss my lips Feel a little rain fall feel a little hurricane When I let you into my heart let you into my heart There will be storms in this life that will shake us to our core and Make us fear our best could wind up hurting us again There will be earthquakes and hurricanes, Lightning and thunder but I will not let you go I won't let you go
6.
Postcards were all I ever got from you In all your many trips around the world Searching for your girl Boat sails can only take you so far Till you’re sailing Gets you lost at sea Why don’t you get lost with me Get lost with me I’ll take you anywhere and Everywhere you long to be There’s no rest for the wicked And the weary keep fighting Looking for anything and everything That can keep them from sinking Anchors Aweighl; we all heard them singing As they hoisted up the sails And left the shores they knew Sing a song for the siren She wants to see you Wander, wander Why don’t you get lost with me Get lost with me I’ll take you anywhere and Everywhere you long to be Why don’t you get lost with me Get lost with me I’ll take you anywhere and Everywhere you long to be Sing a song for the siren; she wants to see you Wander, wander
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In The End 03:51
There will be peace little sister when life is looking like the bad guys gonna win There will be love in your future If you can let a little light shine it's way in Your road may veer off in a hundred misdirections but the way will always find you in the end And the clouds may cover every inch of all the sunshine But the truth will enter in and set you free And set you free There will be hope little brother When things are feeling like the tide is rolling in There will be good in your life time If you can see a little sweetness in the end So when the clock is running out And you feel there's nothing left Don't you give up on me, friend Don't you give up on me, friend My road may veer off in a hundred misdirections but the way will always find me in the end And the clouds may cover every inch of all the sunshine But the truth will enter in and set me free And set us free
8.
No one will ever see me cry ay ay Not till the rivers all run dry ay ay Can't show my colors like you do ooh ooh That's what makes all of this untrue ooh ooh Love is a many splendored thing yeah yeah Like a fiery ring yeah yeah These are the best days of our lives These are the best days of our lives No one can speak for all the dead The Kings have landed on their heads Stars are our only witnesses And hearts don't falter in the end And the bells, bells will ring All the souls echoing And the choirs of angels sing Love needs all that you can bring Love is a many splendored thing yeah yeah Like a fiery ring yeah yeah These are the best days of our lives These are the best days of our lives Love is a many splendored thing yeah yeah Like a fiery ring yeah yeah These are the best days of our lives These are the best days of our lives
9.
Once upon a Time Out in the West before it was won There existed a lonely man and his gun, And his gun But what is one man to do With only a gun for a friend Though it stood by him each day and night to the end, To the end He said this ain’t no way to live All of this taking is never gonna give Everyday I’m riding around, and the sun’s getting hot The sun’s getting hot Burned a town to the ground With only a magnifying glass All of them scurrying around like little ants 'Cause that’s what they were A hat too big for his head and boots that were only pretend Were the solitary things that gave him a chance To be somewhere else He said this ain’t no way to live All of this taking is never gonna give Everyday I’m riding around, and the sun’s getting hot The sun’s getting hot

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"Don't Look Back" is the debut album from Los Angeles pop/rock duo, Merlot Embargo.

Here's what it's not: programmed beats, thick layers of synthesizers, or songs assembled from samples.

Instead, "Don't Look Back" is a journey through both the serious and the silly, with songs made the old-fashioned way: good hooks and thoughtful lyrics, performed by a band with a deep pocket and a singer with a real sense of soul. Listeners who enjoy Adele, Brandi Carlisle, John Mayer, The Beatles and other groovy artists will find a lot to love about this album.

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released August 20, 2016

Musicians:
Scarlet Biberstein - Vocals; Geoff Gross - Guitars, Vocals, Percussion, Keyboards, Handbells, Banjo, Glockenspiel, Kalimba, Horn & String Arranging; Jeremy Burgan - Electric Bass, Double Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocoder, Vocals, Handbells, String Arranging; Ben Stanton - Organ, Guitar, Trombone, Handbells, Vocals; Horn & Choral Arranging; David Stanton - Piano, Glockenspiel, Vocals, String Arranging; Lonn Hayes - Drums, Percussion; Rita Soultanian, Anna Schubert, Monica Leon, Ian Batstone, Rebecca Wolfgang, Sarah Schuessler, Marissa Moniz, Ananda Dillon - Vocals; Laurann Estevez - Violin, Viola; Korina Davis - Violin, Viola; Hannah Yim - Violin; Billy Tobenkin - Cello; Aaron Doyle - Tenor Saxophone; Chris Shaheen - Trumpet


Production:
Music and Lyrics by Scarlet Biberstein
All songs produced and engineered by Geoff Gross, except We All Fall Down (Jeremy Burgan & Geoff Gross), These Are The Best Days Of Our Lives (Ben Stanton & Geoff Gross), and All Who Are Lost (David Stanton & Geoff Gross)
Mixed by Matt Weiss, except Freaks On A Train, All Who Are Lost, In the End, and Billy The Kid mixed by Geoff Gross
Mastered by Chris Athens, except These Are The Best Days Of Our Lives, mastered by Colin Leonard
Artwork by Ani Akopyan
Photography by James Jonson

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Merlot Embargo is a collective of human beings from Los Angeles who use guitars, voices, glockenspiels, fiddles, drum kits, horns, pianos, and bits of junk to create anthems for 21st century ailments. Though Merlot Embargo exists in a modern age of tweets, synth pop and Keurig coffee machines, they seek to create music that is both classic and current. ... more

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