Above The Blue

by Vegas With Randolph

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"One of the coolest pure pop/power pop records of 2011 (and one that just narrowly missed making my year-end top 20) was Above the Blue by Vegas With Randolph. Led by talented songwriters John Ratts and Eric Kern, VWR play the type of music that made me fall in love with power pop in the first place: sticky-sweet melodies that sound as if you’ve been pals with ‘em for years, guitars that crunch, palpable energy and a big helping of fun. There are songs about trees, sippy cups and Marisa Tomei, as well as some keys and horns to spice things up a bit. It’s all pretty wonderful, but the standouts to these ears are the absolutely irresistible “Wondering” and the ridiculously hooky “Marisa” (about the aforementioned Ms. Tomei)."
Goldmine Magazine, April 2012

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released 31 July 2011

The 18 track "Above The Blue" was recorded between 2009 and 2011. The CD was produced by Vegas With Randolph and mastered by Don Zientara, and includes guest performances by Maxi Dunn, Vinnie Zummo, Wim Oudijk, Fred Leider, Pam Long, Mark Cornell, and Johnathan Beckett.

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Vegas With Randolph Washington, D.C.

Vegas With Randolph’s music has been called “ebullient, unabashed power pop”, “thinking man's party music,” and “blissful pop songwriting at its finest” and their music has been compared to Fastball, Sloan, and Fountains of Wayne.

In 2011, their second full length CD, the critically acclaimed “Above The Blue” was released. VWR is currently recording their third full length CD.
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Track Name: The Better Part
The Better Part
(Kern/Ratts)

You’re one in a million
A raft in an ocean
A small glimpse of heaven
In a world of weeds

A full moon at midnight
A lone ray of sunlight
A soft silver lining
On the gray edge of me

So I find you wandering ‘round my head
Looking down on where we could be instead
Though I honor the lives that we left for dead
I’m grateful…

And I know
You’re everywhere that I go
The sunlight through my window
The moonlight on my sea
And today
You’re the wind behind me
My open desert highway
The better part of me

You’re hope in a dark place
The end of the long maze
In a life full of Mondays
You’re Friday evening

If you find me wandering ‘round your mind
Dodging echos of things that you left behind
For the promise of all that we still might find
I’m grateful…

And I know
You’re everywhere that I go
My Venus de Milo
My Aphrodite
And today
You’re my life’s Salome
My open desert highway
The better part of me
Track Name: Above The Blue
Above The Blue
(Ratts/Kern)

somewhere above the clouds
the sky is blue
and so am i
down here with you
i know the sun is bright above the rain
but way down here
its not that way

i want to fly

life's a choice whatever will you do
tear it apart, or see it through?
the future may seem rough
but man, i swear
open your eyes
it's all out there

i want to fly
way up high
where the angels fly in sunlight
and the starlight meets the sky
i want to be high up and free
where the world won't trouble me
i'll see you
above the blue

won't you turn my sky
a little brighter
make my life a little lighter
there's a sunny day
not far away
if you can show a little kindness
i know happiness will find us
just me and you
above the blue
Track Name: Some Time To Live
Some Time To Live
(Kern/Ratts)

he gets up every morning at 6:30
so he can beat the traffic
try to get to work early
he starts in on the first thing but soon gets interrupted
by the time he's had some coffee
he's discovered fourteen others

well he's not back to that first thing
by the time his friends are leaving
so another time this week
he'll be staying through the evening again

he don't mind going early
he don't mind working late
he don't mind all the effort he gives
but he just wants some time to live

well they're not sure how it happened
but they barely see each other
with the groceries and the drop-offs
and the trying to be a mother
there's a meeting and a party
and a possible connection
then a visit to the doctor
for a bronchial infection
and the air conditioner's busted
so the baby's always crying
yeah they're both so busy running
that they feel their life is flying away

well they're fine with the cooking
and the driving and the parties
and there's nothing they won't do for their kids
but they just want some time to live

we spend our time on many things
we don't care about
god help us with all these little things
and what gets left out

it might be making music
it might be climbing mountains
it might be dancing barefoot
in the palace water fountains
so go fishing in alaska
look for incas in peru
it doesn't matter what it is
you've gotta find a way to do it

'cause you and I will blink
and we will all be dead or eighty
and nobody ever says
"i wish i'd only worked my whole life away"

you know we've all got to die someday
so in the space between now and then
we just want some time to live
we just want some time to live
we just want enough time

c) 2011 Wandering Songs / BMI
Track Name: Supergirl
Supergirl
(Ratts/Kern)

i thank god i'm alive
everytime i drive
i look both ways
to catch a glimpse of her

closing fast she appears
a miracle in the mirror
she never looks sideways
she never slows down

she's my supergirl, she's super hot
she's got super speed, that's what i want
she's super sweet bouncing to a beat
in the car next to me
and i'm waiting for her to look left
before the light turns green

she pulls up in the line
almost side-by-side
she sees right through me
man, she sure can fly

she passes me on the right
and just makes the light
i'm caught behind
a slow dodge grand caravan
damn

she's my supergirl, she's super sweet
like a supermodel in a magazine
she's supersonic, almost bionic
just like Lindsay and Lee
and i'm waiting for her to look left
before the light turns green

she's got a lane-changing nascar
driving ability
and it seems my only superpower's
a slow car in front of me
i've got two hands on the wheel
and two eyes upon her car
i'm a hazard on the road
and she's a stop sign on my heart

she's my supergirl, she's super hot
from the superhighway to the parking lot
she's super sweet in her rollbar seat
in the car next to me
and i'm waiting for her to look left
before the light turns green
Track Name: A Lesser Fool
A Lesser Fool
(Kern/Ratts)

A lesser fool is living my life
is wearing smiles
that should have been mine
and stays at what would have been my place
sipping my champagne

A lesser fool sits on your couch
And laughs until the sun comes out
Listens to your CD collection
And never hears you speak of me

A lesser fool than I is loving you
And I hope you’re very happy, too
With a lesser fool

A lesser fool is living my dream
and he isn’t as dumb as he seems
You’re the first sight he sees in the morning
And the last voice he hears at night

A lesser fool stays by your side
And he doesn’t over-analyze
A lesser fool would know a good thing
From the log that’s in his eye

A lesser fool than I was overdue
So I wish the very best for you
And a lesser fool

Hey
Sometimes it just happens that way
And there’s nothing you can do
But start again on page two…
Track Name: She Does It For Me
She Does It For Me
(Ratts/Kern)

yeah, she does it for me
she turns me on
she shakes my world up
like a nuclear bomb
her love knocks me over
like a wrecking machine
yeah, she does it for me

you know they say there's
someone for everyone
between you and me
i wasn't looking for an only one

i'm starting to see
i think i believe
she's got me on hold
she's got a hold over me

yeah, she does it for me
she turns me on
she shakes my world up
like a nuclear bomb
her love knocks me over
like a wrecking machine
'cause she does it for me

love is strange
love is incomprehensible
her je ne sais quoi
is quite indispensible

and now i can see
i know i believe
she's got me on hold
she's got a hold over me

and that's why
it literally blows my mind
every time she walks by and smiles
i'm happy for a little while
there's no way
i'm ever gonna be ok
in my velvet handcuffs and chains
i always want to feel this way

yeah, she does it for me
she turns me on
she melts my heart down
like a nuclear bomb
she's all that i want
she's all that i'll ever need
Track Name: Summertime
Summertime
(Kern/Ratts)

where were you
when the bottom dropped out
were you hiding
when the walls came down
were you on your way
to a brown bag day
well can't you taste the sun
the summer has begun

right now
the whole world's going crazy
and i can't hear a thing
flags flying and people everywhere
and you're in the center ring
feels like the whole world's celebrating
come on it's summertime
i'll meet you there i'll meet you there
i'll meet you there

feel like you've been asleep all winter
it's been so long since the sun came out
get beyond the gray
that was yesterday
what you were before
don't matter anymore

right now
the whole world's going crazy
and i can't hear a thing
corks popping and people everywhere
and you're in the center ring
feels like the whole world's celebrating
come on it's summertime
i'll meet you there i'll meet you there
i'll meet you there

and the sun beats down
and the waves wash the warm sand
and then melt into the horizon
like a message in a bottle
there's a sudden shot of light
and a single engine omen
pulls a promise across the sky:
there' s gonna be a show tonight
there' s gonna be a show tonight
there' s gonna be a show tonight

right now
the whole world's going crazy
and i can't hear a thing
hips shaking and people everywhere
and you're in the center ring
it's like the whole world's thrown a party
come on it's summertime
i'll meet ya there i'll meet ya there
i'll meet ya there
i'll meet ya
Track Name: Marisa
Marisa
(Ratts/Kern)

i'm in love with marisa
or maybe its the idea
of being in love with marisa
either way
i'm in love with marisa tomei

another long day
finally got home
grabbed a beer and turned on the tv
the show is alright
nothing special
until i see marisa smiling at me

i'm in love with marisa...

met a nice girl
at a party
she said she'd go to the movies with me
i know i shouldn't
but i can't help it
the new tomei film's what we're gonna see

'cause i'm in love with marisa...

and though this may sound lame
i know she feels the same
i don't know how i know
if we never meet
still she makes me complete
every time i turn on her show

'cause i'm in love with marisa
or maybe its the idea
of being in love with marisa
either way
i'm in love with marisa tomei
Track Name: Lagavulin for Christmas
Lagavulin for Christmas
(Kern/Ratts)

when i was a little boy
i used to dream of christmas toys
as i grew up, more naive
i'd dream of love and world peace

but now i've gotten it all together
santa, just forget the sweater
and bring me what will make it all
better this year

lagavulin for christmas
twelve days of islay peat
lagavulin for christmas
a dram beneath the tree
me and lagavulin this year
beneath the mistletoe
lagavulin fot christmas
gives me that yuletide glow

you ever stop to wonder why
he stays so warm on christmas night
did you ever want to know
what it is that makes a reindeer glow

well whats making you so red and jolly
flying from boston to bali
leave some of that
beneath the holly this year

now again i can believe
in a night of hope
called christmas eve
a miracle in the morning
the perfect malt lagavulin

if you're thinking i'm merry
there's a reason
it's my spirit of the season
here's a toast
to all thats pleasing you this year

lagavulin for christmas
twelve days of islay peat
lagavulin for christmas
a dram beneath the tree
me and lagavulin this year
beneath the mistletoe
lagavulin for christmas
gives me that yuletide glow
Track Name: The Tree Song
The Tree Song
(Ratts/Kern)

Would You Happen To Know The Way
To The Place I’m Going
Autumn Leaves Are Blowing
And Smiles Surround You Everywhere

Will You Ever Find The Time
To Follow Where I’m Going
Let Your Life Start Slowing Down
To View The World At Hand

So If You’ll Come Along With Me
We’ll Slowly Turn Ourselves Into Trees
Forever Our Branches Blowing In The Breeze

And On A Sunny Day
We’ll Branch Out Together
Or Just Enjoy The Weather
And Sing "It’s Not Easy Being Green"

And When The Rain Does Fall
It Won’t Bother Us At All
Growing Roots Right Next To You
There’s Nothing I’d Ever Rather Do

So If You’ll Come Away With Me
We’ll Slowly Turn Ourselves Into Trees
Forever Our Branches Blowing In The Breeze
Forever Our Branches Blowing In The Breeze
Track Name: Above The Blue Reprise
(Ratts/Kern/Leider/Oudijk)
Track Name: Bonus Track: The Sippy Cup Song
The Sippy Cup Song
(Ratts/Kern)

its a sippy sippy cup
you're drinking up
drink it all day long
its a sippy sippy cup
you're drinking up
drink until it's gone

cause you know your mom will
fill it right back up
fill it right back up
when you need a great big drink
your mom is right there at the sink
with more
watch her pour

its a sippy sippy cup
youre drinking up
drink it all day long
its a sippy sippy cup
youre drinking up
drink until its gone

cause you know your dad will
always help you out
all you have to do is shout
when you've got a great big thirst
you know your dad is always first
with more
watch him pour

you can turn it upside down
you can roll it on the floor
you can lose it in the couch
and you can throw it out the door
you've really got to love it
for its clever plastic top
and mom and dad are happy
'cause it never spills a drop

its a sippy sippy cup
you're drinking up
drink it all day long
its a sippy sippy cup
youre drinking up
drink until it's gone
Track Name: Wondering (single)
Video of entire DoublePlay medley, with Lyrics:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZ27hkpwbX0