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released June 28, 2014

Graphics: Ron Jeffreys (www.ronjeffreysphotography.com)

Victor Montequin - Lead and Backing Vocals, Keyboards
Autumn-Rain Cricks - Lead Vocal (It's True), Viola (It All Comes Down)
Larry Vita - Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Bass, Mandolin
John Amein - Drums, Percussion
Lou Murray - Trumpet, Saxophone, Piano (Measure of A Man)
Andre Rawlerson - Güiro (I Ain't Got What You Got Blues)
Stef Kesic - Guitar (Askew, I Ain't Got What You Got Blues), Slide Guitar
Kail Maheswaran - Bass (Not Playing Games)
Scott Slomba - Electric Upright Bass (Special)
Rosandra Montequin - Backing Vocals (When Day Comes)

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Victor Montequin Lake Mary, Florida

I've been playing music for 35 years and writing poetry for about the same amount of time. As a songwriter I've only recently felt I was good enough to publish. Hope you like it!

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Track Name: Askew
Hey, yo diddle
caught up in the middle
playing second fiddle
to the natural flow

What's your mission?
Preaching your tradition
You're a politician
what do you really know?

Hey yo liar
You, the falsifier
Preaching to your choir
On the radio

You won't listen
'til everyone's christened
What in your head's missing?
Now it's your time to go

(Chorus)
Askew
But that's just what you do
Askew
Is how you see the world
Why don't you open up your mind
It may surprise you what you'll find

Hey, yo preacher
TV double-feature
Say you are a teacher
While you pocket all that cash

Scream some voodoo
Worshiping the hoodoo
But I see right through your
Hypocritical trash

(chorus)
Track Name: There For You
(chorus)
It's not where you may go
It's not what it is right now you think you know
You don't care what I say
You are not someone I molded out of clay
Time moves on, that I know
And you just aren't satisfied with status quo
Maybe I'm just naive
That that day won't come that you will choose to leave

But I've seen you grow from seed to tree
And the fear engulfs the pride in me
Time I used to have you stop and see
Now you seem to want to run away

All that time I thought I kept you safe
Now you wonder if it's all just fate
Or is it just that you can't keep it straight?
The world pulls up and down, every which way

(chorus)

I remember when you were so small
And the sleeplessness was worth it all
Holding my hand so you would not fall
Tugging at my sleeve to ask me why

But my shadow isn't on your face
And your future life you have to chase
So I'll leave you with this warm embrace
Just don't say I have to say...

(bridge)
Goodbye...goodbye...goodbye
I can see it in your eyes, see it in your...

Now I realize your life is yours
As you spread your wings, take off, and soar
'cause I know that now you needed more
All the things that I just couldn't do

But those times when you might feel some fear
And your future doesn't seem so clear
Just remember who is sitting here
Always there for you......always there for you

(chorus)
Track Name: Measure of A Man
Who told us only love could drive out the hate?
If you accept then evil you perpetrate
Who taught humanity as something we can?
He was the measure of a man

Who said with violence that we cannot win?
Judge by one’s character and not by one’s skin
Who had a dream and turned it into a plan?
He was the measure of a man

(chorus)
Who lead the marches, fought for our Civil Rights?
Who didn’t care if you were black, red, or white?
Whose three initials are M L and K?
Oh, couldn’t we use him today?

Who said that silence starts the end of our life?
Who helped us deal with the conflict and strife?
Who makes us want to visit where it began?
He was the measure of a man

(solo)

(chorus)

Who gave us hope to break the chain of despair?
Who taught us, in our hearts, what it means to care?
Who came and stood his ground while most others ran?
He was the measure of a man
Track Name: Special
I don’t run fast, sometimes I crawl
Or maybe I don’t walk at all
I get ignored, I get called names
But I have feelings just the same

I may not look you in the eye
It doesn’t mean that I can’t cry
I may not speak as well as you
You might think different if you knew

(Chorus)
Oh, they always stare
But include me, they don’ t dare
When I get cut, do I not bleed?
I have the same needs
But they just call me “special”
(Oh so special)

You keep away, you act unkind
But you don’t know what’s in my mind
You think that I should not be here
But I can’t understand the fear

(Chorus)
Track Name: Facts and Proof
I want the facts and proof
Not hacks and couth
I want to feel what is real
Not just told what's the truth

I want a slick sleuth
Not someone that's aloof
I want the facts and proof
Facts and proof

Don't want to have to look
the answers in a book
Is it so wrong for me
To disagree

I want the facts and proof
Not hacks and couth
I want to feel what is real
Not just told it's the truth

(spoken)
So you tell me you know better
That I’m wrong, because I don’t follow the rule to the letter
That I should just obey and not question
But suppression at your discretion
Is not my creed, not what I need

I want the facts and proof
Not hacks and couth
I want to feel what is real
Not just told what's the truth

I want a real trait
In a natural state
I want the facts and proof
Facts and proof

To be allowed to doubt
Is what it's all about
I want a real debate
Not something you dictate

I want the facts and proof
Not hacks and couth
I want to feel what is real
Not just told it's the truth

(spoken)
Don’t turn me down, turn me away
Because you fear the words that I say
Just try thinking for yourself one time
Maybe you’ll find that it’s sublime
Not to be under someone’s thumb
Just beating your own drum

(solo)

I want the facts and proof
Not hacks and couth
I want to feel what is real
Not just told what's the truth

I want a slick sleuth
Not someone that's aloof
I want the facts and proof
Facts and proof

I want the facts and proof
Not hacks and couth
I want to feel what is real
Not just told what's the truth

I want a real trait
In a natural state
I want the facts and proof
Facts and proof

Facts and proof
Track Name: It All Comes Down
Lives caught, suspended in the crossfire
The innocents cry out because they don't understand
Lying in dirt with blood on their faces
While high upon that hill they have blood on their hands

The smoke is thick with fear and retribution
Dry eyes strain in the sunlight to see beyond the haze
The air up high is hot and thin and doubtful
The generals sit in comfort while the country is ablaze

(Chorus)
It all comes down to reason
Can the diplomats agree
Will it end eventually
It all comes down to reasons
Each one sitting on their hands
While the bombs drop in the sand

The cries for help float in the air, unanswered
Masked by the sound of war the sounds forever drowned
But, if there are no ears to hear the plees
The question for us all is: do they truly make a sound?

(Chorus)

(Chorus 2)
It all comes down to reason
And it’s something oh so rare
In a world filled with despair
It all comes down to reasons
Maybe someday they will see
That it all comes crashing down, eventually
Track Name: Not Playing Games (Candy Crush Queen)
When you stare through me, I feel
I'm made of stone
'cause I'm here wanting your love
but you're on your phone
Even when we're out together
I'm all alone

You may speak to me online
It's not the same
If you can't find your wifi
I'm not to blame
'cause this ain't my virtual life
and I'm not playing games

(chorus 1)
You may live your life
In your box on your 5" screen
But I ain't part of that life
I won't be a king to a candy crush queen

Why can't you just turn off
and turn me on
Let the sunlight fill your eyes
and make you strong
Cause I want to feel your touch
Before it's gone

You may think that happiness
Is unreal fame
You may feel it more or less
But it's not the same
'cause I'm not an avatar
and I'm not playing games

(chorus 2)
You’re anonymous
Hide your face behind that screen
But I’d rather know what’s real
I won't be a slave to your candy crush queen
Track Name: Embers
Sometimes I hold you
And sometimes I cry
A weakened man will hold you
A lonely man will try

(Chorus)
But even now, when you get that look
The one from long ago
The walls fall down, the sun peaks out
And feelings start to grow

(instrumental) C F C F

One time I told you
With you I was complete
Today those vows feel tossed away
And littered at our feet

(Chorus)
But there are times when I still feel the warmth
Of that forgotten fire
So take my hand, let’s just let go
And quench both our desires

(Bridge)
The embers are slowly burning down
But they don’t take too much
To come around

The river has deepness
From cold December rain
With layers of missing sentiment
To bury all the pain

(Chorus)
But even now, when you get that look
The one from long ago
The dam breaks down, the rapids burst
And love it starts to flow

(solo)

Sometimes I hold you
Sometimes I can’t deny
The flame we had can be relit
All we have to do is try
Track Name: I Ain't Got What You Got Blues
You took my job
Did it please you?
You took my car
Did it please you?
You took my home
Did it please you?
You took my world
Now what am I to do?

You look at me
As if I've just woken
You turn your head
Like I haven't spoken
You say, just get up
But my bootstraps are broken
If you could step inside my shoes
Maybe you'd know what's really true

(Chorus)
And now I'm left
Sleeping under last week's news
That's why I got
The I ain't got what you got blues

I'm looking for food
But they can't feed me
Need someplace to sleep
But no one can keep me
I ask for some help
But they just tease me
I scrawl on a sign
Cause that's all you'll let me do

I see the children
But you ignore them
I had a family
I used to adore them
I fear the police
My friends abhore them
But they just do
What they are told to do

(Chorus)
I rub my feet
Worn from the holes in my shoes
That's why I got
The I ain't got what you got blues

You know I remember
When my friend was alive
We clung together
Just to survive
But he met his end
At some teenagers knives
So now I'm pleading
I don't want that to be me too

Some people believe
all they hear in the news
That all I want to do
Is buy drugs and booze
But if you could see
What's left of my socks and shoes
Maybe you'd change your mind
cause I ain't got time for these blues
Track Name: It's True
I told you this before
but then you didn't believe me
no, I'm not surprised
not surprised

I said it once again
but you chose to ignore me
but I cannot hide
this is my pride

I'm quitting my disguise
I don't care what you think because
I'm coming out

(Chorus)
It's true, It's true
It's true, It's true
It's true, It's true
I'm true

You know that I've been lying
Saying to myself the this just
Can't be me
It isn't me

But all the time pretending
Trying to just fit, thinking
I'll change someday
If I just pray

I'm ready to admit it
I'm ready to just scream to the world
this is me

(Chorus)

(Bridge)
Wandering the world confused
Spirit lost and ego bruised
Digging through the ceiling, looking for the sky
I want to fly. I want to fly.

(Chorus)
Track Name: Superman Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Punkin, it’s all about to fall
Standing on your blue rubber ball
When it goes I’m gonna try to catch you, protect you, help you through
But I may fall too

Sweetie, I just don’t have the touch
To change the world so it doesn’t hurt so much
When you go I’m gonna try to catch you, protect you, help you through
But it hurts me too

(Chorus 1)
But Superman doesn’t live here anymore
His cape is torn and dirty on the floor
His eyes are getting old
And he isn’t quite so bold
No, Superman doesn’t live here anymore

Sometimes I try to do my best
To get the highest score on the test
Then I go, I’m only human you see, it’s me and no one else
My mind, my heart, myself

(Chorus 2)
No, Superman doesn’t live here anymore
He’s wondering what he’s been fighting for
He isn’t quite so fast
As locomotives go past
No, Superman doesn’t live here anymore

(Bridge)
I try with all my might
But those lights just seem so bright
I think the hero that you need just isn’t me
You know I give my all
But those buildings seem much taller
Than they used to be

(Verse)
Please look into my eyes maybe you’ll see
That my vision isn’t what it used to be
Sometimes I don’t see what you need, and I don’t have the speed
And life sometimes beats me

(Chorus 3)
No, Superman doesn’t live here anymore
He can’t predict what we will have in store
He can’t hear through walls
Sometimes he doesn’t hear at all
No, Superman doesn’t live here anymore

(Chorus 4)
Superman doesn’t live here anymore
He’s feels it’s time to just give up the war
‘cause he can’t bend the steel
If he can’t take time to heal
No Superman doesn’t live here anymore
Track Name: When Day Comes
When day comes, do you dare to smile?
Or shine a light through darkened aisles
Or offer hands to those who simply lost their way
When someone’s life may seem so bleak
And they don’t have the strength to speak
Do you turn the world around from night to day

(Chorus 1)
We have the strength to generate
A love to overwhelm the hate
And live our lives making the world a better home
For every soul that is in need
And every hungry mouth to feed
It’s far too easy to just walk on past and act like you’re alone


When someone hurts, do you help heal?
When you see pain, what do you feel?
Do you have strength within your hands
to help the weak?
When you have all you need to live
Does your heart tell you how to give?
Can you be a guide for what the helpless seek?

(Chorus 1)

For every note that’s not in tune
For every night that has no moon
Do you sit and grumble why it must be you?
‘cause every mind and heart you touch
Would just appreciate so much
For it isn’t what you think, it’s what you do

(Chorus 2)
You have the strength to generate
A love to overwhelm the hate
And live your life making the world a better home
For every soul that is in need
And every hungry mouth you feed
Just think the soul that someday could be in need may just be your own.