A New Set Of Downs

by The John Sally Ride

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All songs written by John Dunbar
Produced by Len Monachello and The John Sally Ride
Engineered and mixed by Len Monachello at Soundtronics, NY
Mastered by Paul Gold Salt Mastering, Brooklyn, NY
Graphic Art and Logo Design- Tracy Dunbar

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released February 24, 2017

Sal Nunziato- Drums, Percussion and Backing Vocals
Sal Maida- Bass
John Dunbar- Vocals, Guitars and Keyboards

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The John Sally Ride New York, New York

Each time John Dunbar put out a new solo album he first played it for his close friend, and fave drummer, Sal Nunziato, He always hoped Sal would ask to play on the next record. Each time Sal heard a new Dunbar record, he wondered why he was never asked to play on it. They both always dreamed of playing with mutual friend, Sal Maida. After the unspoken was spoken, The John Sally Ride was formed. ... more

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Track Name: One Of These Days You'll Have One Of Those Days
One Of These Days You'll Have One Of Those Days

One of these days you'll have one of those days
Where mistreating you has turned into the latest craze
One of these days you'll have one of those days
When you're getting all Fs and you're desperately needing some As

And when it ends may you say
"Today's the reversal of yesterday"
And when it ends may you say
"It's worth what I had to pay"

One of these days you'll have one of those days
Where the colors you see are the dullest and ugliest grays

And when it ends may you say
"Today's the reversal of yesterday"
And when it ends may you say
"There's no need to hide away"

The clouds will cloud the air
The way you'll fare will be unfair
You can't avoid the void
Annoying how you'll be annoyed

And when it ends may you say
"Today's the reversal of yesterday"
And when it ends may you say
"I love what's addressed today"
One of these days you'll have one of those days
Track Name: I Didn't Know I Was Saying Goodbye
I Didn't Know I Was Saying Goodbye

Little did I know when I was gazing at you
That it would prove to be my very last view
Little did I know when you were caught in that gaze
That after that there would be no more displays

Now my lows are staying low, my highs no longer high
You would've seen me shake, you would've seen me cry
I didn't know I was saying goodbye

The note we ended on just dogs could hear
Could be that's why it wasn't perfectly clear
Never has a sign been so poorly misread
Following your lead has left me badly misled

What is the ugly truth I'm wishing was a lie
I'll never understand, I shouldn't even try
I didn't know I was saying goodbye

I know why I still ask, "Why?"
I didn't know I was saying goodbye

Oh, you'll never know, you'll never know
You'll never know the last time
Now you'll never show
And missing you will be my brand new pastime

I know why I still ask, "Why?"
I didn't know I was saying goodbye
Track Name: Your Closest Friends
Your Closest Friends

Your closest friends are the people it takes the longest time to learn you don't like
Your closest friends are the people you never got around to telling, "Take a hike"

They know your insecurities and what you fear the most
"How can you be friends with them?". is what you hear the most
They know where your buttons are and how to push them in
They say you're looking fat although you know you're looking thin
And they keep bragging about what a good friend they've been

Your closest friends are the people it takes the longest time to learn you don't like
Your closest friends are the people you never got around to telling, "Take a hike"

To stay their friends some say that you're nuts
If you met them now for the first time you'd hate their guts

You have always said he's more a brother than a pal
Did you know he hit on everyone you called your gal
They are always talking every time your back is turned
They're another bridge long ago you should've burned
To put you down is a right that they feel they have earned

Your closest friends are the people it takes the longest time to learn you don't like
Your closest friends are the people you never got around to telling, "Take a hike."

They throw your weaknesses in your face
They will remind you of when you were in disgrace
Don't fear that you are way past the point
Of tracking down a new best friend you can anoint
Track Name: She Walks Her Dog In Pajamas
She Walks Her Dog In Pajamas

It such a familiar sight
Any time of the day
We can tell if she's taken flight
Or if she;s back to stay
She might be a somnambulist
That could be an excuse
A plastic bag is tied to her wrist
She won't put to use

She walks her dog in pajamas
She walks her dog in pajamas

I guess she rolls out of bed
And grabs for the leash
Then follows where she is led
She's formed her little niche

She walks her dog in pajamas
She walks her dog in pajamas
We don't know they used to be her mama's
Does she breeze through life's little dramas

We're free to care why she's so carefree
Or worry who holds her spare key
We all discuss and often guess
Does she go to sleep in a lovely dress?

It's strange when we see her pass
In regular clothes
Does she go to work or class?
Seems nobody knows

She walks her dog in pajamas
She walks her dog in pajamas
We don't know they used to be her mama's
Does she breeze through life's little dramas?

She walks her dog in pajamas
She walks her dog in pajamas
We don't know they used to be her mama's
Does she breeze through life's little dramas?
Track Name: Not Taking Credit
Not Taking Credit

You say you don't bring up your little acts of charity
The modest role you play has got to be a parody
You do so much when no one's looking like you do not care
But you are sure to leave your fingerprints everywhere

And you want credit for not taking credit
You want credit for not taking credit for the things you do
Those caring things you do

You like to keep it to yourself is what you always claim
But then you always seem to accidentally sign your name
Your favorite saying is "give credit where credit's due"
That's why it is so hard when nobody credits you

And you want credit for not taking credit
You want credit for not taking credit for the things you do
Those loving things you do

You never do it from the goodness of your heart
Turn insincerity into an art
You never do it from the goodness of your heart
You're only filling up your karmic shopping cart

Your secret credit rating is the highest score around
But you have turned into the single biggest bore around

And you want credit for not taking credit
You want credit for not taking credit for the things you do
Those loving things you do
You want credit for not taking credit
Track Name: From Expectation To Surrender
From Expectation To Surrender

You are set to give the towel a toss
All you're losing is nobody's loss
You had your run
And now it's done
You had your run
And now it's done

There's no need to feel so damned depressed
This has turned out just the way you guessed
You had your run
And now it's done
You had your run
And now it's done

From expectation to surrender
From hope to denial
From expectation to surrender
Put away the file

You keep hearing, "Well, you tried your best"
But you were willing to cheat on your test
You had your run
And now it's done
You had your run
And now it's done

From expectation to surrender
From hope to denial
From expectation to surrender
Time to change the dial

Some hold out longer than the others
Which one of them will you turn out to be?
Still convinced you're bound to have your druthers
Or face reality and do not disagree

Well at least it's such a short way down
It's not like you'll be handing back the crown

From expectation to surrender
From hope to denial
From expectation to surrender
Thrown upon the pile
From expectation to surrender
From hope to denial
From expectation to surrender
It's taken quite a while
Track Name: I Can Really Disappoint You
I Can Really Disappoint You

Things I start always remain undone
I lose what should be won
Stick around, see all your hopes fall down
Wave as you watch me drown

You'll be cursed with high hopes for me
But you'll lose them eventually
You'll be asking, "What did I see?"

'Cause I can really disappoint you if you let me
I can really disappoint you, wanna bet me?

See the dumb moves and decisions made
You'll never say, "Well played "
Your head will move always from side to side
But you can't claim I lied

First impressions just might impress
Soon there's issues you must address
I'm telling you so you won't have to guess

'Cause I can really disappoint you if you let me
I can really disappoint you, wanna bet me?

I can really disappoint you if you let me
I can really disappoint you, wanna bet me?
Track Name: Buddy Boy
Buddy Boy

Buddy Boy, I know the best of cards you've not been handed
Buddy Boy, you never gave into what was demanded
Buddy Boy, throwing up your hands at what you've become
Buddy Boy, I know you're smart enough to wish you could be dumb

Those you don't worry about are who you should worry about
I will keep checking on you, never should that be a doubt
Buddy, Buddy Boy
Buddy, Buddy Boy

Buddy Boy, I really hope you get past this new nightmare
Buddy Boy, it's about time you learned life does not fight fair

Those you don't worry about are who you should worry about
If I can be of some use, you better hurry and shout
Buddy, Buddy Boy
Buddy, Buddy Boy

Buddy Boy, you never thought your life would turn out this way
Buddy Boy, you never thought you'd be at this point on this day

Still working on the art of moving on
I hope you get there Buddy Boy
There's many things you are improving on
So please don't stop now Buddy Boy
Still working on the art of moving on
I hope you get there Buddy Boy
There's many things you are improving on
So please don't stop now Buddy Boy
Track Name: The Girl You Won't Leave Your Wife For
The Girl You Won't Leave Your Wife For

You tell her that the time is soon
When it will be only you two
But you only share the afternoon
Yet you're the one she is true to

I love the girl you won't leave your wife for
She is the one I'd lay down my life for

Are you stringing her along?
She thinks she's part of your future
Are you bringing her along?
Don't know how you can refute her

'Cause I love the girl you won't leave your wife for
She is the one I'd lay down my life for

Don't be threatened by me
She's always telling me how much she loves you
I know she isn't free
And she's not the kind of girl who loves two

How long will she have to wait
To get what she is deserving
The way she's swallowing your bait
Is a little unnerving

I love the girl you won't leave your wife for
She is the one I'd lay down my life for
I love the girl you won't leave your wife for
She is the one I'd lay down my life for
Track Name: Forgetting That I Am Forgotten
Forgetting That I'm Forgotten

Oh how I miss how it feels to be missed
For way too long I've been scratched off the list
Why didn't somebody mention today
Nobody has the attention to pay

And I keep forgetting that I am forgotten
I keep forgetting that I am forgotten

I shouldn't mind that I'm so out of mind
Nobody's looking so no one will find
My point of view is no longer in view
All that I am in, no one's is into

And I keep forgetting that I am forgotten
I keep forgetting that I am forgotten

Invitations gone
Desperation's on
Bells will not be rung
Sing and stay unsung

Is there a mind I might stumble across
I'm losing track of what's seen as a loss
I really hope I'm not holding out hope
I keep on coping when I cannot cope

And I keep forgetting that I am forgotten
I keep forgetting that I am forgotten

The past is not what's next
Clearly quite perplexed
I've shared more than my share
And where is anywhere?

I keep forgetting that I am forgotten
I keep forgetting that I am forgotten