george (EP)

by c.l. blake

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Welcome Friends! Thank you for discovering this site and listening to my new EP, "george".

From what began as a routine one-off acoustic show in New York City, a magical chain of events was set in motion that led me to Ken Coomer, an old label-mate of mine at Sire/Reprise - and not to mention a founding member of Wilco - who agreed to not only produce, but also play on the EP. Ken assembled an amazing group of musicians and recording professionals to help bring this project to life!

"george" was released on October 16, 2012 and I am currently looking at the option of partnering with an independent record label.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Ira

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released October 16, 2012

All songs written by Ira Katz © 2012 except "Say What You're Thinking" written by Ira Katz with contributions from Kevin Kadish and Craig Nacho; arranged by Ira Katz and Ken Coomer

Produced by Ken Coomer
Engineered by Patrick Miller
Mastered by Jonathan Pines

c.l. blake is:

Ira Katz: Vocals, Acoustic Guitars
Pat Buchanan: Electric Guitars, Acoustic Slide on "22" and Background Vocals on Say What You're Thinking
James "Hags" Haggerty: Bass
John Lancaster: Keys
Ken Coomer: Drums, Percussion
Erik Kaustel: Buddha Bell on All We Are

Cover Photograph: Lukas Vasilikos
Cover Design: Tiff Kallenberger

Recorded January 18 - 21, 2012 @ Creative Workshop Studios, Nashville, TN
Mixed Spring/Summer 2012 @ Creative Workshop Studios, Nashville, TN
Mastered Summer 2012 @ Private Studios, Urbana, IL

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c.l. blake Baltimore, Maryland

What do c.l. blake (Ira Katz from The Greenberry Woods), The Ramones, Madonna, The Pretenders, and The Smiths have in common? They were all at one time personally signed by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame music executive Seymour Stein to his Sire recording label.

Ira has now teamed with Frank Corl, Shane Grimm, and David Vespoint to record "Transmissions", an EP set for release in November of 2014.
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Track Name: All We Are
I don't remember being born
I'm in the same old clothes I've always worn
It's too cold to turn the engine on
The sky is warning of a storm

Give it up for heaven's sake
Or take your feet up off the brakes
Just like a circle never loses shape
All we are is what we make

We've taken walks along the Seine
But I won't go there with you again
Still I can't help thinking now and then
Of consequences we unintend
Track Name: Say What You're Thinking
Don't let it go
Don't hide what you know
'Cause I can read your mind

How does it feel?
Tell me how does it feel?
When they leave you far behind

Why don't you say what you're thinking?
Why don't you say what you're thinking now?

Look what you've found
It's bringing you down
And it just won't leave you're head

You know you can slide
You're rotting insde
And you might as well be dead

Why don't you say what you're thinking?
Why don't you say what you're thinking now?

It's okay
Don't back down
It's okay
Don't back down

Say what you're thinking
It's alright
Track Name: Closer To You
I've been giving you hints so long that I'm starting to doubt
Maybe I am some you can live without
Can it really be that you don't understand what I'm trying to do?
I'm just sitting here thinking of ways of getting closer to you

Closer to you
Closer to you
I'm just sitting here thinking of ways of getting closer to you

I remember a time when I thought you was feeling the same
Now it feels like I'm really falling short of being true to my aim
Can't it really be that you don't understand what I'm trying to do?
Baby I'm just sitting here thinking of ways of getting closer to you

Let it go
There's a time and place for everything
Let it go
And that times not now
I gotta let her go
She's got not time for me in her life now
Track Name: Waiting on a Lover (Tressa)
Tressa steps outside
She breathes a sigh
And wipes away her black mascara

All at once
She'll realize
The days of bows and ponytails have gone
And how they didn't last that long

Tressa tries to hide away
From anything
That might cast her reflection

She's afraid
That everyone will notice
She's got nothing left inside
And that's where Tressa likes to hide

She's worn down
She's worn thin
She doesn't know where to begin
She's so tired
Of waiting on a lover

She wants out
She wants in
She doesn't know where to begin
She's so tired
Of waiting on a lover

And all the pictures that she keeps of her
Are old and faded
And all the promises of those she loved
Are now outdated
Her father told her that
The only one you have in life is you

She's worn down
She's worn thin
She doesn't know where to begin
She's so tired
Of waiting on a lover

She gives out
She gives in
She doesn't know where to begin
She's so tired
Of waiting on a lover
Track Name: "22"
There's no safe place in the City
You anonymously blend with scene
Attracted to the noise from the incandescent boys
Who have taken more than you've ever dreamed

You close your eyes on top of some high rise
And you wonder what it feels like to fly
The wind's blowing through and it whispers to you
It's says: "You're beautiful, you're beautiful"

So take this 22 caliber water gun
You put it in your mouth and pretend you're gone
And in the morning when you wake up and see the sun
You'll have won

You don't recongnize yourself in the mirror
There's a sadness you can never relate
You're covered in the scars that you picked up in the bars
And you know that you cant carry the weight

You close your eyes on top of some high rise
And you wonder what it feels like to fly
The wind's blowing through and it whispers to you
It says: "You're beautiful, you're beautiful"

So take this 22 caliber water gun
You put it in your mouth and pretend you're gone
And in the morning when you wake up and see the sun
You'll have won