Funeral Tropicana

by Lesser Strays

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©2015 Lesser Strays
She leaves before spring has arrived. The lesser stray replaces the right side of the bed with red wine that costs more, but hurts less. How much more time he has now to record a new album, which is a thousand worded musical insult to the passionless love pretenders he’s met in the west. “I’m making a new record,” he says. (They are half interested or have heard that three times this week from other sons of bitches with a keyboard and Garageband.) “What’s the sound?” Tropical gothic 80’s revival. Long live synth marimba and delayed congas.

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released June 26, 2015

All instruments, composing, lyrics, recording, and mixing by Joshua Petroni.
Album Cover: Maggie Shiple

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Lesser Strays San Diego, California

Indie Folk, Electric project founded by Joshua Petroni. Lesser Strays relocated to Portland, Oregon after "Epoch" was released in the summer of 2013. The EP "Kid and The Queen" was released in April of 2014. The following year the 7-track EP "Heaven and Hell" was released. After a year of playing in Portland, the first full-length album was released, and the project relocated to Milan, Italy. ... more

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Track Name: Ouija
You never harm nobody, that’s what you want to think
And for political bodies, you call yourself the head shrink
But there’s a many shade of roses where the world begins
Who is this modern Jesus you hold within?
Well babe, I think you’re caked in sin
You never learned about an honest heart
Hide behind your walls of phony art
And you always run away when I say “Let’s play Ouija”
Oh but you know what’s right
and you know what to believe
Let’s turn out the lights and play on the Ouija
If you’re so convinced then show me the ghosts you see
Who do you impress with tattoos and ill fit clothes?
Stop pretending liberation comes with those
There’s a million different arms where I could have gone
and I admit now yours felt so wrong
But honey I just played along
And you always run away when I say “Lets play Ouija”
But you know what’s right and you know what to believe
Let’s turn out the lights and play on the Ouija
If you’re so convinced then show me the ghosts you see
Track Name: Winter Moons
Still I dream of the summertime
Sanctuaries to unwind
December month felt so cold
Hearts were born then grew old
Your summer eyes are like winter moons
Will the sea freeze you to soon, too soon?
In the morning we’ve gone too far
Where dreams fade with the dark
Well damn you for stealing
everything I believed in
Your summer eyes are winter moons
Will the sea drown you too soon?
Track Name: Funeral March
Thrown in dreams that are not mine
I see in color part of the time
Smoke stained ceilings and nursery rhymes
Drown my true heart in valleys of wine
Shelf the ruin of your birth
The rusty chains upon this earth
Swore I loved once, swore I lived
Who will remember what the world gives?
Light my candles, speak magic rhyme
I’ve built my churches out of bottles of wine
We all die just how we’re born
There’s always darkness before the morn’
Shelf the ruin of your birth
The rusty chains upon this earth
Swore I loved once, swore I lived
Who will remember what the world gives?
Track Name: Passionless
Opened your door for a heart of gold, but there was nothing
Passionless
And every soul that you ever loved, did you treat so?
Passionless
And I try not to be cruel, but I wanted to keep you
And I try not to feel blue, but your feelings were untrue
Do you remember the good nights?
I remember the good nights
The air in the bedroom felt so light
But the timing was not right
An empty bed, an empty heart, how it feels so
Passionless
I took you in my confused mind. Now that you’re gone I’m
Passionless
And I try not to be cruel, but I wanted to keep you
And I try not to feel blue, but your passion was untrue.
Track Name: Liaisoneers
I’ve lost the thrill of this city
Circus tents just hit the ground
She has a curfew at midnight
so her man don’t know what’s going down
I lose her every night—never “happy ever after”
Fairytale are out of sight—give me champagne and laughter
So run away, fly away, swim away, it’s okay
I say she just needs to be free
Well can’t I be your liberator? The world’s swallowing slowly
all your wills, all your wills—don’t fall asleep coldly
So freedom or protection? What will your life be?
And when I speak of perfection try to believe me
Track Name: Cry
She was knee-deep in the water, skin paler than a shell
I didn’t know it then, but all my other wants would go to hell
No I didn’t understand it, she caught me by surprise
The first time she made those tears come from my eyes
I said, I wish I never met you
Oh my girl, you make my heart so blue
Sail me across the ocean
Sail me from this commotion
I never wanted both of us to lose control
Especially not me, the heartbreak was mine
to give to you on your dime
I knew you never could be true
Oh my girl, you make my life so blue
Why do you make me cry?
Track Name: Sea of Love
If I could go back, you know I’d do nothing the same
If I had the chance I’d change our faces and our names
My bitter love, my bitter heart
I damned us both from the very start
Now it’s a game, it’s a knife right through my brain
I’ve thrown my love into the sea
Sea of love drown me tenderly
I was waiting for your submarine
but the ghosts of sharks got the best of me
If I had the spell I’d change the apples of your eyes
If I could my dear, your world I would hypnotize
My bitter love, my bitter heart
I’ve damned us both from the very start
Fold the masts, this ship will sink
a lonely heart filled with ink
I was one, you were not one
to rest your arms with the setting sun.
Roll away, roll away
roll your eyes like the rolling waves
I’ll die in lies, die in truth
Either way I drown in you
And I’ve thrown my soul into the sea
Sea of love drown me tenderly
I was waiting for you submarines
but the ghosts of sharks got the best of me
Yeah they did.
Track Name: Lying Heart
Cut up your love, I’m a fraction in the past
All your other boys, you’re a liar to say it would last
All your words, I don’t believe them
True love, you can’t conceive it
I know your lying heart
Our world tears my flesh I hate you for owning my dreams
And every night in my bed, your kisses are never what they seem
Real touch, you don’t give it
True love, you don’t live it
I know your lying heart
You’re fading in the world I’ve fought for so long
I’ve lost you, I’ve lost you. You’re gone.
All your words I don’t believe them
True love, you can’t conceive it
I know your lying heart
And though you’re the devil I keep you in my head
Though you’re the storm, I’d swim in your bed
I take you with the harm, you lay chains onto me
I’m a sailor of the world and you’re haunting every sea
Every sea.
Track Name: Lights of L.A.
Cold water runs through me
It waterfalls over secret caves
I’m dying, she’s smiling
doesn’t know the misery
Who’ll be the one to fight it out?
Who’ll be the one to leave?
I’m on the bridges, I’m on the knife’s edge
Waiting for courage to set me free.
Singing “ladadedadada”
“Ladadeda” into the sea
I said you were silly for believing in ghosts
But now I see one in front of me
Haunts my mirror, haunts my bed sheets
I know it better than the dreams in me.
I’m begging you to leave the old world behind
It’s a sand trap over the grave
We can talk about Los Angeles each night
But first we got a burning ship for us to save.
Yeah I lost you before we were babies
Yeah I lost you before we were even born
Now all these words seem so silly
Just like all the emotions we brought on during our war
Give me the lights of L.A.
Give me an easy love
Who knew we’d float so distant?
The mighty winds killing our doves?
Track Name: Hungry Hearts
When the rain of the country kisses your cold shoulders
In the eyes of stone will you find no embrace?
If our hearts go hungry tonight will you feed it with our history?
When your eyes were always in sight, but we were falling to misery
You hurt like an ocean crashing on boulders
The tide moves with the eclipse of your face
If our hearts go hungry tonight will you feed them with our history?
When your eyes were always in sight. We were falling in misery.
Was your heart in ruin? Is that so?
And it wasn’t hard to let it go away?
When the rain falls warm on your dark eyes
And the old soul wants to see again
If our hearts go hungry tonight will you feed them with our history?
When our eyes were always in sight, but we were falling in misery
When the rain falls warm on your dark eyes
And the old world wants to live again
But there’s ghost everywhere and they’re in disguise
There’s nowhere but the past to find a friend.
Track Name: Prehistoric Love
What must I say? What must I bleed? When I talk loud and they walk from me. All who I know, they walk like sheep all in someone else’s dreams. If you call in the afternoon, I’ll sing you a sad simple tune. One of magic mystery in an autumn night and a singing moon. All I wanted, oh it could never be true. We’ve just wasted time, all of us wasted fools. All the damn books I ever did read were always caked in tragedy. So if you must go, please wear a frown. Show me that I’m going down. All we wanted, it’s too much and more. Anyway we’re evil. What do you think we deserve more for? All of the love I ever did need forgot to crawl out of the sea, walk on the shore with opening eyes, feel the wind, see the sky, evolve into a fantasy, now dream the dream so tenderly.