The Very Best of Streetcar Conductors

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Streetcar Conductors began in 2013 as the solo project of singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Moore. Over the years it has evolved into a band consisting of two guitars, bass, drums and synthesizers. “The Very Best of Streetcar Conductors” is a collection of personal favorite songs from throughout Jonathan’s two decade journey of songwriting and performing. The idea was to create an album that sounds like a greatest hits collection, culled from various releases spanning the time period from the 1990’s through today, with each song standing alone as its own individual production. For all its variety, there is a consistent pop sensibility to it all - catchy melodies, overdriven guitars, male-female sing along vocals, and analog synthesizer leads. The album is a timeless collection set to become the sing-along soundtrack of many summers to come.

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released April 27, 2018

All songs written by Jonathan Moore
Copyright 2018 Both/And (BMI)
Produced by Jack Norwood and Jonathan Moore
Recorded at Miracle Lake Studios, Camas, Washington
Mastered by Gus Elg at Sky Onion Mastering, Portland, Oregon
Photography by Jasmine Lazo
Model: Sheena Salazar
Layout/Design: Dot Dodd

Instrumentation:

Pushover
Jonathan Moore - Drums, Bass, Guitars, Percussion, Piano, Vocals, Mellotron
Carmen Charters - Synthesizer solo, Piano lead, Vocals

Let's Not (And Say We Did)
Jonathan Moore - Drums, Bass, Guitars, Piano, Synthesizers, Percussion, Vocals
Carmen Charters - Vocals

Throw Your Love Away
Jonathan Moore - Drums, Bass, Guitars, Percussion, Synthesizers, Vocals
Carmen Charters - Synthesizers, Vocals

Other People's Happiness
Jonathan Moore - Drums, Bass, Guitars, Electric Piano, Slide Guitar, Percussion, Synthesizers, Mellotron, Vocals
Carmen Charters - Vocals

Pictures of Ourselves
Jonathan Moore - Drums, Bass, Guitars, Synthesizers, Piano, Percussion, Vocals
Carmen Charters - Vocals
Group Vocal - Carmen Charters, Jimmy Ling, Michael Hollifield, Jonathan Moore, Christina Osborn

Staring at the Sun
Jonathan Moore - Drums, Bass, Guitars, Piano, Percussion, Synthesizers, Vibraphone, Electric Sitar, Vocals
Carmen Charters - Vocals

It Sounded Like the End of the World
Jonathan Moore - Drums, Bass, Guitars, Synthesizers, Vibraphone, Vocals
Group Vocal - Carmen Charters, Jimmy Ling, Michael Hollifield, Jonathan Moore, Christina Osborn

Summer, Whatever Became of You?
Jonathan Moore - Drums, Guitars, Piano, Air Organ, Percussion, Synthesizers, Mellotron, Vocals
Jack Norwood - Bass Guitar
Carmen Charters - Vocals

Losing Streak
Jonathan Moore - Drums, Bass, Guitars, Percussion, Synthesizers, Vocals

You Are the Brightest Star
Jonathan Moore - Drums, Bass, Guitars, Piano, Synthesizers, Glockenspiel, Vocals
Carmen Charters - Vocals

True Love, They Say...
Jonathan Moore - Drums, Bass, Guitars, Piano, Electric Piano, Percussion, Mellotron, Vocals
Jack Norwood - Acoustic Guitar
Carmen Charters - Vocals

The Absurdity of Life
Jonathan Moore - Drums, Bass, Guitars, Piano, Toy Piano, Synthesizers, Mellotron, Vocals, Whistling
Carmen Charters - Vocals, Tambourine, Synthesizers
Michael Hollifield - Vocals
Christina Osborn - Jaw Harp
Jack Norwood - "Saxophone"

Time to Let it Go
Jonathan Moore - Drums, Bass, Guitars, Synthesizers, Piano, Vibraphone, Vocals
Carmen Charters - Vocals

I Looked All Around
Jonathan Moore - Drums, Bass, Guitars, Synthesizers, Vocals
Carmen Charters - Vocals

Streetcar Conductors would like to thank: Any and all who have made this album possible, loaned us things, shown their support or helped us in any way! That includes: Jack Norwood, Skyler Norwood, Juanita Swartwood, Daniel Riddle, Christina Osborn, Mandy & Ally Payne, Gus Elg, Dot Dodd, Sheena Salazar, Darcy Williams, Ramune Nagisetty, Jeanine Moore Cowan, Erin Miller, Laryssa Birdseye, Lewis Harding, Heather Hanson, Marie Cimmiyotti, Lisa Mychols, Karen Ward, Leah McHenry, Robert Richter

Jack Norwood would like to thank: Jonathan for taking us on an amazing musical adventure, Terri for her support, Skyler for his impatience, Carmen for being the last piece of the puzzle, family, friends, and a host of others!

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Track Name: Pushover
You can put me in your back pocket
Save me for a rainy day
You can put me in your back pocket
Honey just don’t throw me away

You can hang me up in your closet
Get me out when it’s time to play
You can put me in your back pocket
Honey just don’t throw me away

I know I’m such a pushover
Why don’t you hit me with your bulldozer
I know I’m such a pushover
Don’t you hit me with your bulldozer

You can put me in your back pocket
Save me for a rainy day
You can put me in your back pocket
Honey just don’t throw me away

I know I’m such a pushover
Why don’t you hit me with your bulldozer
I know I’m such a pushover
Don’t you hit me with your bulldozer

You can put me in your back pocket
Save me for a rainy day
You can put me in your back pocket
Honey just don’t throw me away
Oh no, honey just don’t throw me away
Track Name: Let's Not (And Say We Did)
I used to be so sure that we were meant to be
Lowering the standard to sheer mediocrity
Statistical analysis has opened up my eyes
To the probability of our future demise, oh

‘Cause in all likelihood we’re already on course
For a loveless marriage and some terrible divorce
Which would traumatize my things, split apart the kids
No, no, no, let’s not and say we did
Let’s not and say we did
Let’s not and say we did
Let’s not and say we did
Let’s not

Of all these factors, we could not control a thing
Determinalistically she’s a puppet on a string, oh

‘Cause in all likelihood we’re already on course
For a loveless marriage and some terrible divorce
Which would traumatize my things, split apart the kids
No, no, no let’s not and say we did

Let’s not and say we did
Let’s not and say we did
Let’s not and say we did
Let’s not and say we did
Track Name: Throw Your Love Away
I cannot live without you
The world revolved around me and you
I think I’ll throw your love away

I thought I had found another
Regret was soon uncovered
In the early light of day

Throw Your Love Away
Throw Your Love Away
Throw Your Love Away

I cannot live without you
The world revolved around me and you
Why did I throw your love away?
Track Name: Other People's Happiness
Wonder what you are doing here
As they greet you with a synthetic smile
Such a wonderful view from here
Wish you could live in this kind of style
The wide world waits outside
While you sit and watch vacation slides
Swirl and cover up a star-filled sky
Where laughter makes you cry

‘Cause you cannot stand
Other people’s happiness
People and their stupid happiness

So you go out to see a show
Forget about things for a while
Observe somebody else’s dream fulfilled
Think “how did I forget mine?”
The sound of symphonies
Just remind you of those broken dreams
You try to sing along but you just scream out
“What the hell is wrong with me?”

I cannot stand
Other people’s happiness
People and their stupid happiness
Other people’s happiness
People and their stupid happiness

Everybody wants to know how to get it right
Messaging the neighbors with distant satellites
Pictures of the greener grass from the other side
We forgot how to live a real life
Everybody wants to know how to get it right
Messaging the neighbors with distant satellites
Pictures of the greener grass from the other side
Show me how to live real life again
Track Name: Pictures of Ourselves
Pictures of Ourselves
Pictures of Ourselves

It’s a demonstration of the perfect pair
(Pictures of Ourselves)
Give the bathroom mirror your intense stare
(Pictures of Ourselves)
Holding up traffic while you fix your hair
(Pictures of Ourselves)
Let the world know you’re really going somewhere
(Pictures of Ourselves)

Until the grid goes black and the lights all go
The servers explode, 'cause they can’t possibly hold all the

Pictures of Ourselves
Pictures of Ourselves
All your coolest friends are having a good time
It’s an image and it took years to refine
Pictures of Ourselves
Pictures of Ourselves
And that’s the legacy you're gonna leave behind
Pictures that make life look like a party all the time

Fishing for approval with a cryptic flair
(Pictures of Ourselves)
Flipping off the camera ‘cause you just don’t care
("IDGAF," "Right")
Absurd, obscured insecurity
(Pictures of Ourselves)
Striking all the poses you want us to see
(Pictures of Ourselves)

Until the grid goes black and the lights all go
The servers explode, they cannot possibly hold all the

Pictures of Ourselves
Pictures of Ourselves
All your coolest friends are having a good time
It’s an image that took years to refine
Pictures of Ourselves
Pictures of Ourselves
And that’s the legacy we’re gonna leave behind
Pictures that make life look like a party all the time
That’s the legacy I’m gonna leave behind
Pictures that make life look like a party all the time
Track Name: Staring at the Sun
When I close my eyes, your smile is all I see
In a shutter’s flash it has become this missing part of me
Now if ever it goes away, in my heart I will keep it safely
Burned into my eyes like I’ve been staring at the sun

You held my hand, I died, time slipped away from me
I fear the real world has become some alternate reality
If I wake up and you go away, in my heart I will keep you safe
You’re burned into my eyes like I’ve been staring at the sun
You’re burned into my eyes like I’ve been staring at the sun
Track Name: It Sounded Like the End of the World
Back before the turn of the century
Bored with the usual toys
We begged our parents for instruments for Christmas
We made such a terrible noise
We didn’t know about the majors or minors
Or even old 1-4-5 (1-4-5)
The neighbors cursed and covered up their ears
But we gave each other hi-fives (each other high fives)

Thank you for listening to me butchering
“Thank you for letting me be myself again”
I know it sounded like the end of the world
I know it sounded like the end of the

They had the nerve to call us nerds and
Dad’s over now making a scene
We knew the lyrics to the two chord songs
And we didn’t yet know what they mean

Thank you for listening to me butchering
“Thank you for letting me be myself again”
I know it sounded like the end of the world
Track Name: Summer, Whatever Became of You?
Summer, whatever became of you
Tell me where you ran off to
We were just becoming friends

Summer, I still think of you
Do you think about me too
And lament our season’s end

I still wonder how you feel about me now
I still wonder how you feel about me now
I still wonder how you feel about me now
And would I still feel the same way if I knew

I still wonder how you feel about me now
I still wonder how you feel about me now
I still wonder how you feel about me now
And would I still feel the same way if I knew

Summer, whatever became of you
Tell me where you ran off to
We were just becoming friends
Track Name: Losing Streak
Late nights sitting up in the bed now
All alone, regrets in my head now
By the time I finally close my eyes
I see the light from the sunrise in my window
So I just get up and right it down now
Feeling like I’m running out of time now
What’s the point of looking for love
If everybody, everybody, everybody dies alone

Is this a dead end, ‘cause I’m losing sleep
Do I play the game, or does it play me
The house always wins and I’m still too weak
Predicting the end of a losing streak

Suddenly I’m looking for romance now
On the phone begging for an advance now
Money only buys you cheap thrills
Like the love of a machine or a trophy wife
Mile markers going to my head now
But the finish line fills me with dread now
And there’s a hooded figure
In my rear-view mirror with a scythe, going
“It’s later than you think”

Is this a dead end, ‘cause I’m losing sleep
Do I play the game, or does it play me
The house always wins and I’m still too weak
Predicting the end of a losing streak

Is this a dead end, ‘cause I’m losing sleep
Do I play the game, or does it play me
The house always wins and I’m still too weak
Predicting the end of a losing streak
Track Name: You Are the Brightest Star
You are the brightest star that ever shone on me
Metaphor is useless, so I'll try the simile
You’re like the brightest star that ever shone on me
But words are useless to describe reality

I don’t wanna be without you now
No I don’t wanna be without you now
I don’t wanna be without you now
I wanna be the man beside you
Oh yeah, I wanna be the man beside you

You are the brightest star that ever shone on me
Metaphor is useless, so I'll try the simile
You’re like the brightest star that ever shone on me
But words are useless to describe reality

I don’t wanna be without you now
No I don’t wanna be without you now
I don’t wanna be without you now
I wanna be the man beside you
Oh yeah, I wanna be the man beside you
Oh yeah, I wanna be the man beside you
Oh yeah, I wanna be the man beside you
Oh yeah, I wanna be the man beside you
You are the brightest star
You are the brightest star
You are the brightest star
Track Name: True Love, They Say
True love (they say)
Is far away (they say)
Like some message in the sky half-written by an aeroplane
And true love (they say)
Is close to me (they say)
In the air I breathe, it’s never-ending, bigger than a dream

Filled with fear, I fade away
Can you help me out, I think I’ve lost
I’m afraid I’ve lost my faith

That true love is more than just some sentimental dream
And that true love never fails, it’s not just something to believe in
Although it caused my greatest pain,
I still can’t let it fade away, ‘cause I wanna believe
That it’s the only thing I really need

Filled with fear, I fade away
Can you help me out, I think I’ve lost
I’m afraid I’ve lost my faith

That true love is more than just some sentimental dream and that
True love never fails, it’s not just something to believe in
Although it caused my greatest pain,
I still can’t let it fade away, ‘cause I wanna believe
That it’s the only thing I really need

She said, “true love is more than just some sentimental dream”
There was nothing I could say; I know love is a state of being
To tell the truth I’m sad to say
'Cause when I think of love that way
It’s true, and I feel
That nothing I have known is real
Track Name: The Absurdity of Life
First off there was a blinding light
Someone smacked my ass to make me cry
I know I’m alive but I don’t know what for
Now I’ve got to fight to find subsistence
Amidst the scrambling of my egg-zistence
“Please God, I never asked you to be born”

Rolling boulders with a smile
Or shaking your fist at the sky
Do I laugh or do I cry at the absurdity of life?

Where tyrants live and children die of cancer
Every religion says it’s got the answer
Tony Robbins said "the answers are within"
The daily violence, I can’t keep track
I gaze into my heart, the void stares back
We search to find the greatest clowns and crown them kings

We get a chance, but we still won’t try
We barely get to live before we die
So do I laugh or do I cry at the absurdity of life?

The absurdity of life
The absurdity of life
The absurdity of life
The absurdity of life

Please, God, please, these puzzle pieces never will fit right
And if you are real, then why must I deal
With the absurdity of life?
Tell me you are real, ‘cause I just can’t deal
With the absurdity of life
Tell me you are real, ‘cause I just can’t deal
With the absurdity of life
Track Name: Time to Let it Go
Oh my love, I tried
To kill the memories of our time
And then I'll change my mind
Clinging to the few that still survive

You were the nightmare spinning in my head
I never was good at tying up these loose ends

But I can't take this anymore
I've lost my mind; can I lose more
I guess it's finally time to let it go

Did you move away or die
Your poison darts stuck in my mind
Then return with arms out wide
Like you're the one who's crucified

I led you to believe I hated you
I guess I was still hoping that your love was true

But I can't take this anymore
I've lost my mind, and I'll lose more
I guess it's finally time to let it go
I guess it's finally time to let it go

I'll give up now, alright
I'll let you go
Track Name: I Looked All Around
I looked all around
Everywhere for love
Yet somehow it passed me by
I guess I’ll give this one last try

I’m searching all around
Like there’s something I can find
To make a sad excuse for a life worthwhile
Something I can do to make an old heart new again

The roller coaster spins you ‘round
And thrills before it throws you down
I bled my heart out to prove it once was true

I looked all around
Everywhere for love
Yet somehow it passed me by
Is there nothing I can do
To make an old heart new again

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