Nothing Doing

by The John Sally Ride

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The second album by The John Sally Ride.

Here's what was said about the debut release, A New Set Of Downs

"One of the 10 best albums of 2017"- Michael Giltz- Popsurfing-Huffington Post

"Whimsical, sardonic tunes with ear catching melodies"-Top Albums of 2017-John Borack-Goldmine Magazine, Shake Some Action 2.0

"Kinks-esque Brit Pop that once it starts it's hard to take off. One of the top five Power Pop Albums of the year" DW Dunphy- Popdose.com

"More harmonic pop than power, imagine a cross between Squeeze and The Monkees"- Top Albums of 2017-Don Valentine- I Don't Hear A Single

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released December 8, 2018

All songs written by John Dunbar

Produced By Len Monachello and The John Sally Ride
Recorded and Mixed by Len Monachello at Soundtronics, NY
Mastered by Paul Gold, Salt Mastering, Brooklyn, NY

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

Cover design- Jim Santo

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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: Embarrassingly Single
Embarrassingly Single

All the men out there
Leave her so cold and so umimpressed
Such moronic hair
And like a giant kid they are dressed
People set her up
Saying that she is such a catch
She won't raise her cup
She's seen what they think is a match

She's embarrassingly single
( but not a certified spinster yet )
Embarrassingly single

She sees couples pass
And there is no envy at all
The guy looks like an ass
One for whom she would never fall

She's embarrassingly single
( but not a certified spinster yet)
Embarrassingly single

In every photo she looks like crap
That's why she's never tried out a dating app
It's such a trap

Her last relationship
Was more than one decade ago
Her mother give her lip
"You'll be an old maid don't know"

Bad boys were never her cup of tea
Grown men with their act together she'd love to see
But where can they be?

She's Embarrassingly Single
Track Name: I Won't Let Failure Go To My Head
I Won't Let Failure Go To My Head

I won't succeed and won't cry again
But I will keep on hanging in there
All those old tears are dry again
You name the lowest point, I've been there
My upper lip can't be more stiff
This chin can take a mighty bashing
The smell of success, I can't get a whiff
Those smashes never started smashing

I'm going to dismiss those hurtful words I read
I won't let failure go to my head
Lose all reminders of the poor campaign I led
I won't let failure go to my head

Those passing grades are passing me by
Good thing I'm used to such rejection
Just take a peek, you can see why
I see it in my own reflection

The deepest, darkest thoughts I would take to my bed
I won't let failure go to my head
What used to drag me down, no longer do I dread
I won't let failure go to my head

I wish I had a fear of success
But what can't happen doesn't scare me at all
How would I be? I won't have to guess
I'm sure that fate's gonna spare me that call

Complete discouragement, It's about time I shed
I won't let failure go to my head
I hope I do believe all of the things I said
And not let failure go to my head
I won't let failure go to my head
Track Name: Nothing Doing
Nothing Doing

I'd never say "Nothing Doing", to doing nothing with you
I could sit and watch coffee brewing with you
All the flies could still fly around, as long as I am shooing with you
No, I'd never say, "Nothing Doing", to doing nothing with you

I'd never say, "Nothing Doing",to doing nothing with you
It is all applause and no booing with you
I'd prefer no one else around, just a private viewing with you
No, I'd never say "Nothing Doing", to doing nothing with you

But you want nothing do to with me
It appears that you're through with me
There's no fat that you'll chew with me
Won't share a cold brew with me

I'd never say, "Nothing Doing" to doing nothing with you
Lots of ahh-ing and lots of ooh-ing with you
I would go to the dollar store, if only to be queueing with you
No, I'd never say "Nothing Doing", to doing nothing with you

But you want nothing to do with me
It appears that you're through with me
This is all nothing new to me
But I still picture you with me

I'm nothing with you, but nothing without you
I'm nothing with you, but nothing without you
One more call goes ignored

I'm nothing with you, but nothing without you
I'm nothing with you, but nothing without you
This will go unexplored

I'm nothing with you, but nothing without you
I'm nothing with you, but nothing without you
But you are still adored
Track Name: You Wear Your Heart On Both Your Sleeves
You Wear Your Heart On Both Sleeves

You wear your heart on both your sleeves
And you refuse to roll them up, you are not a person who deceives

You wear your heart on both your sleeves
They could be short or quarter-length, we'll be well aware of all your peeves

People know where you stand
And it makes them run
You always show your hand
Before the game starts, we know they've not won

You wear your heart on both your sleeves
And it is clearly on display when they're playing What A Fool Believes

I've heard some people say
"We find him pathetic "
But we think you're okay
We understand you, we're sympathetic

You wear your heart on both your sleeves
( do you think it would be best
if you were dressed up in a vest
or a tank top might be smart
it could be a place to start
so we cannot see your heart? )
Track Name: Watching Fingers
Watching Fingers

I would stare at pictures of the legendary kings
Studied all the shape they made while touching certain strings
When someone who played guitar would show up on TV
All the close-ups never were close enough for me

I kept on Watching Fingers, I kept on Watching Fingers
I worshipped all six-stringers, and kept on Watching Fingers

Like sign language, I could not communicate that way
Till someone gave me a book written by Mel Bay
I would count the days until my calluses would form
This obsessing on guitar I figured was the norm

I kept on Watching Fingers, I kept on Watching Fingers
I would ignore the singers, and kept on Watching Fingers

Today I watch long solo breaks
My eyes are focused to detect the small mistakes

Now I'm teaching what I know to kids who want to play
I get paid to do what I'd be doing anyway
But the brightest that my star has ever got to shine
Is when the students that I have keep their eyes on mine

We keep on Watching Fingers, We keep on Watching Fingers
The fascination lingers, We keep on Watching Fingers
Track Name: Consider It Considered
Consider It Considered

Your plans I'm entertaining, My interest isn't waning
I can't make a decision right now
I'll keep my options open, I wonder how you're coping
There's only so much I can allow

I confess, you're convincing
But this won't be an easy thing

I know of your intentions, And everybody mentions
That I better make the right call
I'm sleeping on it nightly, I'm looking so unsightly
Am I heading straight for a fall?

In my deep contemplation
I believe that I'll never win.

Consider it Considered, Consider me considerate
Consider it Considered, I promise I'll consider it

As I keep consulting, I hope I'm not insulting
That's not my intention at all
I tend to overthink things, And all the strain that it brings
Has me always dropping the ball

I'm not deliberately deliberate
One day I'll get the hang of it

Consider it Considered, Consider me considerate
Consider it Considered, I promise I'll consider it

Please don't try to get your hopes too high
I'm known as quite an indecisive guy
There are answers that I'm soon to find
And when I do I'm bound to change my mind

Consider it Considered, Consider me considerate
Consider it Considered, I promise I'll consider it
Track Name: All Or Something
All Or Something

Coming on too strong or too weak
Is a fear that isn't unique
I know how to be patient, I will wait for my turn to speak

Little can go a ling way with me
No need to spend the whole day with me
I'll take whatever is given, and that will be okay with me

Nothing is worse than nothing at all
Sounds like a dumb thing
So when it's time you're ready to fall
I will be fine with all or something
I will be fine with all or something

Sure I may be besotted by you
And anytime that's allotted by you
Whatever will be our story, it will be plotted by you

Nothing is worse than nothing at all
Sounds like a dumb thing
It's looking like it will be your call
And I will be fine with all or something
I will be fine with all or something

Nothing is worse that nothing at ll
Sounds like a dumb thing
You can act now or you can just stall
I will be fine with all or something
I will be fine with all or something

I'll take all or something
Track Name: I Usually Eat Alone
I Usually Eat Alone

You need something to eat
So let me buy it for you
We can go down the street
I'll break my diet for you

Let's try another place
This one's looking way too empty
It's too dark to see your face
So that I can let it tempt me

Don't like the looks of that joint
So let's just keep on driving
I hope we get to the point
When we say we're arriving

I don't think I'm a funny guy
So maybe that is why I'm funny
So people really try
And that just makes them tragic honey

I'm saying things that really should stay unknown
Forgive me please, I usually eat alone
I usually eat alone

If the truth should be told
I'm not a person who courts
If I could be so bold
I mostly eat in my shorts

Before you came around
I thought I was the one in trouble
But now it seems I found
Someone who can make it double

If the check's too high, I might ask you for a loan
Forgive me please, I usually eat alone
I usually eat alone

I talk about everything except what I want to talk about
Like when I first looked at you I knew there was not an ounce of doubt
I told myself, "There she is. That's the girl I'm in love with.
She is the only one I can be hand in glove with"

I should hold back, but now all my cards are shown
Forgive me please, I usually eat alone
I usually eat alone
Track Name: I Know, But I Haven't Been Told
I Know, But I Haven't Been Told

Well I know, but I haven't been told, Yes I know, but I haven't been told
Hope I live before I get too old
Yes I know, but I haven't been told

Well I know, but I haven't been told, Yes I know, but I haven't been told
All the methods did not take ahold
I know, but I haven't been told

Not that I would listen anyway
Won't pay the price that so many pay
As I buy into so many things that can't be sold
Yes, I know, but I haven't been told

Well I know but I haven't been told, Yes, I know, but I haven't been told,
No one would bring me into the fold
Yes, I know, but I haven't been told

Not that I would listen anyway
I don't expect to have any say
Finding warmth in the things that I heard are awfully cold
Yes I know, but I haven't been told

I guess it's all instinctual
And you become just what you will
The perfect teacher I have sought
But the best lessons are self-taught

Well I know but I haven't been told
Track Name: The Laughs We Had
The Laughs We Had

Don't say you don't understand
This did not go as I planned
I will not bother you anymore, don't fear
And all the names you were called are what you won't hear

Seeing you is hard enough
Don't think I'm calling your bluff
I had to face you and tell you that we are done
It wasn't always easy, but we had fun

All of the battles fought were pretty bad
I have a plan before it gets too sad
I keep remembering the laughs we had

Both up and down on my knees
You heard all my desperate pleas
You said I wasn't the man that you once fell for
It soon turned into a contest of who'd yell more

We mastered how to drive each other mad
I always hated when you called me "Dad"
I keep remembering the laughs we had
Guess this relationship was just a fad
There really isn't more that I can add
I keep remembering the laughs we had

I'll try to forget the tears, I'll try to forget the tears
We cried
And try to forget the years, And try to forget the years
We tried
Track Name: Don't Flatter Yourself
Don't Flatter Yourself

I see that you're at it again
So when will you ever say when
It seems that you can't take a hint
Like somebody offers a mint
I think we know how this will end
I don't see a break in the trend
It's something I cannot defend
But you never did learn how to bend

Don't Flatter Yourself

I hate to burst your bubble, it is one huge bubble
That's in need of popping
You have caused such trouble, All this causing trouble
It's time to be stopping
Do you know what is true, Can you tell what it true?
Are you a denier?
Maybe no one told you, Someone never told you
What you sell has no buyer

Don't flatter Yourself, Don't flatter Yourself
What gave you the big idea
That you're playing what they want to hear?

You must have a huge pair, I must say a huge pair
To try what you are trying
And a brashness so rare, a brashness that is so rare
To eye what you are eyeing

Don't flatter yourself, Don't flatter yourself
What gave you the big idea
That you're saying what they want to hear?

You are not the first choice
And not the third one
Can you hear your own voice?
It's no assured one

Don't Flatter Yourself
Track Name: I Love You, MInnie Moore
I Love You, Minnie Moore

I see your lovely smile, It's wider than a mile
I can't believe you're walking down the aisle
You're gonna marry me, Yes, ugly, scary me
I can't believe you're gonna marry me

You're gonna say, "I do", You're gonna say, "I do"
I can't believe I'm gonna say it too
I love you, Minnie Moore, I love you, Minnie Moore
I love this day and will for many more

I may not be so well groomed, but I am gonna be your groom
As we're exchanging our vows, I'm over the moon
Soon we'll be somewhere laughing, and our mothers will be right there
But we'll just keep on dancing, let everyone stare

I love you, truly you, I love you, truly you
I can't believe you me truly too
We'll have a family, we'll have a family
Great little kids who come from you and me

I see a bunch of children wearing hats, running all around
We're outside celebrating the love that we found
I see a picnic table, both of us blowing up balloons
I'd say that's not so bad for a couple of loons

You're gonna marry me, You're gonna marry me
I can't believe you're gonna marry me
You're gonna marry me, You're gonna marry me
I can't believe you're gonna marry me

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