Under

by Anthony Aparo

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This album was mostly recorded at The Bakery Sound Studio in Nashville, TN with the exception of a few songs cut in various houses around Atlanta. I’d like to thank everyone mentioned for all of their hard work, dedication, and investment into this record. I’d also like to thank Jonathan for playing cello and hanging out through the process, Nick Rosen for playing piano on “Under” and adding such a beautiful spirit to the recording, Nirvana Kelly for arranging the strings on “Under”, My father-in-law Randy Harper for playing piano and organ throughout the record, Bill Drake for allowing us to mix at Whetstone, Tim Friesen for investing so much personal and emotional equity into presenting these songs, and last but certainly not least I’d like to thank my wonderful wife, Casey, for singing these songs with me for months before they were ready, and my incredible band for living in these songs with me for the past year.

Some of these songs are older than others, but I hope they tell a story in a way that moves you.

-Anthony

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released June 3, 2016

All songs written by Anthony Aparo
except for “I’ve Got Plenty” with Casey Harper and “It’s A Mystery” with Angie Aparo

All songs arranged by Zach Pyles, Tim Friesen, Jacob McCarthy, and Patrick Anderson
except for “Under” by Nirvana Kelly and Nick Rosen

All songs produced by Paul Ebersold and engineered by Josh St. Moblo
except for “Under” by Patrick Anderson

All songs mixed by Tim Friesen
except for “Under” by Zach Pyles and “Rust” by Anthony Aparo

All songs mastered by Chris Griffin

Album art by Jonathan Splitlog

Acoustic Guitars - Anthony Aparo
Electric Guitars - Jacob McCarthy
Auxillary Vocals - Casey Harper, Jacob McCarthy
Bass - Tim Friesen
Rhodes/Synth - Zach Pyles
Drums and Percussion - Patrick Anderson
Organ and Piano - Randy Harper on “Why Would I Run?” and “Brother”
Piano - Nick Rosen on “Under”
Cello - Jonathan Gwaltney on “Brother” and “Rust”

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Anthony Aparo Atlanta, Georgia

From a young age Anthony was encouraged to pursue the arts by his parents. His father introduced him to music at a very early age—sharing with him records from Nick Drake's "Pink Moon" all the way to Outkast's "ATLiens." The depth of this diverse listening pallet along with his father's mentorship led to an intense study of lyric, melody, and the craft of songwriting. ... more

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Track Name: Why Would I Run?
If I could turn back time,
I don’t know that I would.
Somethings may never change,
But I know that it’s good, you and I.

Honestly I’m scared,
Cause I’ve seen it all before.
But this time, something’s wrong;
There’s a fire in my chest burning strong.

Why would I run?

Somedays I feel old,
Other days I’m relieved.
I’ve tried my hand at growing
To a man I never thought I could be.

So I’ll build my home right here,
On a rock inside your heart.
And if I stumble down,
Could you sing until your words, they fall apart into my hands.

Why would I run?

And to think I’ve barely met you,
I feel so self-assured.
Like a dog tied up in the back yard
Free’d from the leash of humankind.
From tossing, turning, and yearning
To knowing your heart near mine
Can’t shake it, deep in my gut
Just to know know you’re mine.

Why would I run?
Track Name: I Can't Find
Who am I,
Who am I to tell;
Who I am to take back
All the promises I’ve made;
Who am I to fake this lack
Of pain inside my chest?
I couldn’t be anybody
I'm supposed to.

I’ve been lost,
I’ve been awake.
I just wanna go home.
To see my momma and daddy
together again.
I just wanna go home.
I can’t find my home.

What am I,
What am I to do?
I feel a chill
In my bones
From the wind
And the dust
Beneath my shoes.
I’ve been walking
This way for so long -
I’m so sorry,
So sorry, I am.
I couldn’t be anybody
I'm supposed to.

I’ve been lost,
I’ve been awake.
I just wanna go home.
To see my momma and daddy
Together again.
I just wanna go home.
I can’t find my home.
Track Name: I've Got Plenty
I’m ready to go.
I’m ready to leave this city.
Make the country my home,
Settle down where the oaks grow steady.

No need for sympathy,
I’ve got plenty.
In a few short years,
I’ll forget being lonely with you.
But only if you want me to.

I’ve heard the worth of a man
Is the love of his family,
Things that he’s built with his hands.
And I find that strange;
I’ve no children, no buildings,
Just songs and guitars to my name

No need for sympathy,
I’ve got plenty.
In a few short years,
I’ll forget being lonely with you.
But only if you want me to.

I wanna live, I wanna live,
I wanna die with the sun in my eyes.
I want to trust that my love
And the things I’ve made to stand will suffice.
Cause I’ve broken these bones
And they’ve grown back a hundred times.
I can feel, I can feel,
I can feel for the very first time.
Track Name: Brother
There’s blood on the ground.
Our father was ill.
You just laid there dead,
I was standing so still.
I wish it was me.

Could you paint me a picture
With deep reds and blues?
I’ll keep it in my pocket
To remind me of you.
To remind me things change.

Under the shade of the trees,
I take up my bed.
While the depths of the seas
Fill the edges of my head.
Oh, what have I done?

I tried to write you a letter,
But I couldn’t sign my name.
You know I’m not hiding,
I just can’t stand the shame.

Oh I wish it was me,
Laying dead on the ground
With my head in my hands.
Then I’d know that I’m not alone.
Track Name: Don't Be Late
I wish we didn’t always fight
On the same old stupid things
Sometimes it’s touring, other times
It’s all those poorly fitted rings
I’m tired and down
But there’s no chance
I won’t be sticking around

So darlin’ don’t be late
Cause I don’t think I can wait
Something’s bound to change
If we make it right
And yes, it’s true
I’ve always been in love with you
I wish I didn’t feel so blue,
Can we just make it right?

I had to wait so long
Just to hold your hand
I had to fight with myself,
I had to change up all my plans
Cause I needed someone
You were the only one I could pursue

So darlin’ don’t be late
Cause I don’t think I can wait
Something’s bound to change
If we just make it right
And yes, it’s true
I’ve always been in love with you
I wish I didn’t feel so blue,
Can we just make it right?

Sometimes it drives me kinda crazy
When you’re walking out of the door
Cause I know how it goes,
It’s a cold and un-compassionate road
There’s never any exit signs
I keep on counting the state lines
Until you come home
Track Name: Red Rain
Can you take her hand in yours,
Let the blood drip from each pore?
Will you love her like I’ve tried before?
She is yours.

Let the rain fall down on us.
Let the rain wash over us.
I have plowed this land,
For what it was worth.
I’m still not ready,
No, no, not ready.

I was so young
When Jonathan died.
I was only 14,
We were only 14.
And I cried and I cried,
But nothing would bring him to life.

So I lost my faith,
And picked up guitar.
I wrote a few songs
And it got me this far,
Still I tried and I tried.
Nothing would bring me to life.

Let the rain fall down on us.
Let the rain wash over us.
I have plowed this land,
For what It was worth.
I’m still not ready.
Track Name: It's A Mystery
I don’t know how many times
I have seen these dotted lines,
And I’ve taken up my pen
In hopes to write or re-define.

Like the potter with his clay,
I can bend, and mold, and shape.
Take your heart into my hands
And try to find the words to say.
But I enjoy you too much.

I could be so many things,
Like the trumpets bloomed in spring.
Like a book upon the shelf,
Or be the song you love to sing.
It’s so close now to my heart,
That I’m not sure where I should start.
Should I lay it down and walk away,
Or chase you through the dark?
Cause I enjoy you so much.

What could it be that I see?
It’s a mystery.

Now I’ve made up my own mind.
I want you in the right time,
But not to wait to long and miss the chance
Of knowing you were mine.
So I’ll open up my hands
And I hope you’ll do the same.
Take a risk with me and jump across
The sea onto the sand.

What could it be that I see?
It’s a mystery.
What could it be that I hear,
When you speak to me?
It’s a mystery.
Track Name: All Hotel Ceilings Are White
Here you are,
At the edge of the world.
Selling plastic
For diamonds and pearls.
Here you are,
At the edge of the world.
Here you are at the edge.

Door to door,
Home to home.
Vagabond,
Worth atoned.
Pockets green,
And on your feet.
Soilent green,
From the city sky.

Ceilings white,
Well-marketed lies.
Hotel rooms
And sleepless nights.
All alone,
Brochures and free-trials.
900 miles
On an empty heart.

Here you are,
At the edge of the world.
Selling plastic
For diamonds and pearls.
Here you are,
At the edge of the world.

I don't feel ready;
My palms are so sweaty,
My lips dripping blood
And it's still only 10 in the morning.
I'm wasting my time
Running on county lines.
I'd trade all these miles
Just to spend some more time with my baby.

I'm tired of selling
These shit household products
And magazines.
If God saves the poor
And the destitute,
Well what about me?
What about me?

Here I am,
At the edge of the world.
Selling plastic
For diamonds and pearls.
Here I am.
Track Name: Under
Who do you love,
At the dawn of the day
With the sun held high?
Is it me that you love when you’re high?

Who do you love,
At the end of the day
With your head hung down?
Is it me that you love when you’re down?

I have torn my heart,
Now I know my worth.
I am broken glass,
I am dust and dirt.
I extend my hands,
I won’t take no for an answer.

Why do you cry,
When the sun and the stars
Take their turns to rise?
Oh why do you cry when they rise?

Do you know my heart,
Do you know my worth?
Oh, sweet love of mine
That was made from the earth.
I’ll extend my hands,
I won’t take no for an answer.

Under the sheets
Staring back at me,
Go away.
Under those sheets,
Is the boy I used to be.
Go away from me.

I’m much better now,
From where I used to be.

Under those sheets,
You first spoke to me.
And you touched me
Like no body had done before.

Then You broke me,
My spine laying on the floor.

And You killed me.
Track Name: Rust
I was buried
Long before my death.
Overwhelmed and under-dressed
At my own funeral.
As I lay
My fingers turn to dust.
As I sleep
My blood begins to rust.

In the dirt
I woke up from my sleep.
All alone and body cold
From being down so deep.
There in the wood,
A man hanging on a tree.
Shouts of joy and kicking up
The dust beneath my feet.
I started singing.