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One By One

by Hop On Pop

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1.
Break my heart I want to feel what you’re feeling Break my heart And steady me as I go reeling Break my heart I want to know what you’re going through So break my heart It’s the only way I’ll understand you The only way to make you see Is to show you what you can do to me So rip my chest open wide And tear out what you find inside Break my heart And use the pieces to put yours back together Break my heart I know I’ve said this all before Still, break my heart Then pick me back up off the floor Just, break my heart I want to be inside of you So break my heart And let me know what you’re going through Just shatter me upon the floor Because I don’t want to exist no more I cannot do this all alone So, all that’s mine, take as your own And… Break my heart Then use the pieces to put yours back together (solo) Break my heart I really don’t know what else I can say So break my heart And give me hope for another day Break my heart Even though I don’t deserve it Break my heart What you gave to him, I want to earn it I know he hurt you really bad But I can give you more than you’ve ever had You never really had a clue Of all that I could give to you So… Break my heart And use the pieces to put yours back together
2.
The Key 02:05
Take a walk with me It’s been so long since we’re side by side We’ve got nowhere to go So let’s get lost, then maybe hitch a ride We’ve been walking down this road for so long Holding hands and singing our own song We may not know what key it’s in But at least we’ve found the key Take a bath with me Even if you think I’m all wet The water’s fine And it hasn’t pruned me up, just yet We’ve been soaking in this thing for so long Splashing around and singing our own song We may not know what key it’s in But at least we’ve found the key (solo) We’ve been sitting on this thing for so long Holding hands and singing our own song We may not know what key it’s in But at least we’ve found the key Yeah, we’ve been walking down this road for so long Harmonizing and singing our own song We may not know what key it’s in But at least we’ve found the key Or two Or three
3.
1. Well I’ve been tied up Now I’m tied down And I’m tangled up in knots But you know, it ain’t the worst place I could be ‘Cause I’ve been busted up And broken down And lost everything I’d got But now I’ve got someone to share their debts with me 2. Well, I owe a lot She owes a lot And we’re never catching up But I’ve never felt the need to save my face We know we can’t keep up With what we’ve never caught And, besides it’s way too late But now we’re old enough to know this ain’t no race (bridge) The Joneses were born with spoons in their mouths So they could pay for their head starts And their daddies all strapped rockets to their backs But we could barely pay our entry fee So when the gun went off We were left behind—at the back of the pack… 3. And now we can’t keep up With what we’ve never caught And, besides it’s way too late But now we’re old enough to know this ain’t no race ©2017 Todd Leiter-Weintraub
4.
When we pushed Out of winter We went right through the summer And straight into the fall Then we fell And kept on falling The world was a blur As we tried to grasp it all But we couldn’t find the handle And it all just sort of slipped away We were flailing in the dark And smashed whatever got in our way The more that we touched The more we smashed to dust But we do what we must AND WE’RE SPINNING WE’RE SPINNING WE’RE SPINNING BUT WE’RE STANDING STILL We smashed Through our changes Until we came upon a time When there was nothing left to change And we broke All our mirrors But the same old faces Looked right back our way But we couldn’t find a quiet spot To get another start Every new beginning Very quickly fell apart And the more that we touched The more we smashed to dust But we do what we must AND WE’RE SPINNING WE’RE SPINNING WE’RE SPINNING BUT WE’RE STANDING STILL The more that we touched The more we smashed to dust But we do what we must AND WE’RE SPINNING WE’RE SPINNING WE’RE SPINNING BUT WE’RE STANDING STILL
5.
If You Knew 03:15
1. I put on my outside smile As I step out the front door And I’ll admit that it’s been harder But I won’t say a whole lot more If you felt the things I’m feeling If you saw the things I saw You would let me throw my cards out Then let me draw, draw, draw, draw, draw 2. I smile through the morning And I grimace through the day And I’ll answer all your questions But I won’t have much to say If you felt the things I’m feeling If you knew the things I know Please don’t read too much in to it Just let it go, go, go, go, go (bridge/solo) 3. These things I carry on my shoulders They fit underneath my shirt And they say it will make me stronger But they don’t say how much it hurts If you felt the things I’m feeling You just might never want to feel If you lived the life I’m living It’d make you reel, reel, reel, reel, reel If you knew the things I’m knowing There’s things you’d never want to know But please don’t read too much in to it Just let it go, go, go, go, go Let it go… ©2017 Todd Leiter-Weintraub
6.
I was uninspired I was just about done There was nothing left in me I had finished my run Then you came and you showed me All new ways to be strong SO YOU’RE THE ONE WHO WROTE THIS SONG I couldn’t get myself moving I didn’t know what to do I felt old and I was tired But you helped me pull through You lit something in me And it moved me along SO YOU’RE THE ONE WHO WROTE THIS SONG I’ll give you full credit Words and music — all you You did the impossible You made me feel strong SO YOU’RE THE ONE WHO WROTE THIS SONG You’re the one You’re the one You're the one I’ve told you before, and I’ll tell you once more You’re the one
7.
Looks like we made it to the middle I never, ever thought That we would get this far Never get the chance to solve the bigger riddles Push a little further and collect more scars It’s a dead man’s world Life is just a break A time in-between Until we finally get to take That long, long nap After years of being awake Become, once again A part of the mud Looks like we made it to the middle I never, ever thought That we would get this far Never get the chance to solve the bigger riddles Push a little further and collect more scars The road left behind Is littered with mistakes But we keep moving on And raising the stakes And we ‘ll use the lessons we've learned On the roads we've still to take Breathe it all in And keep the windows open Looks like we made it to the middle I never, ever thought That we would get this far Never get the chance to solve the bigger riddles Push a little further and collect more scars
8.
I'm trying to find my way back home But I don't have a home I'll just search out the closest road And I'll set my feet to roam Is that alright? Is that alright? I was born with a spoon in my mouth But I still don't know what kind It might've been silver, but I spit it out And I never bothered to find Is that alright? Is that alright? I know damn well what's good for me But it don't taste quite right I can't get it down, but I'll get around And I'll live until I die Is that alright? Is that alright? Yeah, that's alright

about

The natural progression from 'Chicken on a Bicycle,' 'One By One' is a compilation of songs recorded in various places at various times with various people.

Power pop. Country. Experimental pop. Acoustic. Electric. Whatever.

I'll keep putting all the new songs that I record in here, until I hit 10 songs or 35 minutes, whichever comes first. At that point, it's an ALBUM!
***All pre-final purchases reserve you a copy of the completed, mastered release which will be sent to you (in the same format as your pre-release purchase) as soon as it becomes available.***
So, if you bought a digital download of the album when it only had 6 songs, as soon as the completed, mastered album is complete, all songs, in their final form, will be immediately sent to you. Same with a CD.
It's only fair.

credits

released June 1, 2014

All songs written and produced by Todd Leiter-Weintraub (BMI)
Todd plays guitar and bass and sings
David Kling: drums, percussion, keyboards
Other folks, where noted.

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Hop On Pop Chicago

Currently recording and releasing 1 song at a time, for the ever-evolving HoP album One-By-One.
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Hop On Pop is singer/songwriter/guitar player Todd Leiter-Weintraub and drummer/multi-instrumentalist David Kling.
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