Cuban Chevy

by Gabe Lehrer

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Cuban Chevy is an album in two halves: the first explores the realm of Americana/Folk, with sweet songs that call to mind the Milk Carton Kids and James Taylor. The second half is more experimental, exploring Hard Rock, Reggae, Latin, Funk, and Indian styles.

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released April 3, 2016

songs by Gabe Lehrer

recorded by Gabe Lehrer and Daniel Naiman
mixed and mastered by Ryan Kemmer

art by Gabriela Yadegari

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Track Name: Let It Fly
I hope I never see
Who you'd rather be
Walking around here wearing your clothes

Or in the morning gold
When it's still cold
Do you remember where we stood?

When we fell with shoes untied
Up there bathed in city light

Your heart on my chest
My lips on your neck
It smelled like pinecones and your shampoo

And we could speak
Shirt to cheek
It wasn't complicated

But then I said too much
I said too much

People like to talk
About forever
As if to act out some cliche

But you and I
Can just let it fly
We don't need to think that far in advance

I know things change

If we let evaporate
Those few words still in the way
And oh, if you fall out of love 
Sinking like an injured dove
I'll still catch you on the ground
In these arms, you're lost and found
Track Name: Ohio
The muddy clay
And the folky way
The banjo plays
The nights that we spent pillowless
In a room without a roof
The only truth
And that fleeting moment stairwell kiss

My, oh my
My mountains and sky
While the cold wind blows
In Ohio
My, oh my
My mountains and sky
While the cold wind blows
In Ohio

The forest path 
We walked around
That tiny little eyelash sound
Our arbitrary toothpaste wars
The way you make me so unsure

My, oh my
My mountains and sky
While the cold wind blows
In Ohio
My, oh my
My mountains and sky
While the cold wind blows
In Ohio

If you still can't leave things unexplained
Then just abstain
Put your head to rest my dear
Loosen your own chains
Loosen your own chain
Track Name: Just A Kid
Years ago
We would sit by the lake
And talk
Just to fill the space
Light filled the waves
And I didn't have to choose
Which me 
To be
For you

Fires swim along the path
Going home at last
A wayfaring soul
With nothing to hold
But old words
A letter from you

Don't be cross
And if you feel lost
Know that peace is inside
Promises made 
On a day by the lake
May slow
But never will die

Fires swim along the path
Going home at last
A wayfaring soul
With nothing to sing
But a song
Written for you

Some things, these days
Find it hard to stay
Like our hearts
Which gave us away
But I never knew
My life fit in a suitcase
Just a kid, missing you
Just a kid, missing you
Track Name: Maybe
Maybe the seas will rise
And we'll all drown
Maybe the plants will die
And we'll all starve
Maybe we'll stay inside
And turn up the AC
When it's too damn hot for February
Too damn hot for February
Too damn hot for February
Track Name: Nostalgia (The Dirty Dishes Song)
I remember cops and robbers and our bicycles and
When you told me you thought you could talk to animals
I remember dirty dishes in the sink
And watching drying ink

I remember when you broke your arm and when it healed and
When we took her lucky charm and when you squealed
I remember dirty dishes in the sink
And watching drying ink

I remember all the lawyers with their useless words and
All the times I wished that I was just a bird
I remember photographs of another time
When cops and robbers ruled the world

I remember when you told me she had died and when we
Sat around and when I couldn’t cry and when you
Tried to wash the dirty dishes in the sink
I remember drying ink
Track Name: Faster Than The Rest Of Us
You got a call on the phone
And when you got home
You were already crying
You told me she was dying

Faster than the rest of us
Faster than the rest of us
Faster than the rest of us

Picturing her smiling face
Trying not to let it fade
But she ain't even gone yet
No, she ain't even gone

Death is hard for the ones who survive
But death reminds us to be alive
She didn’t fight it when it arrived

Aha
Track Name: God Knows
God knows
Oh, God knows
God knows
I suppose

Did carrot steam rise through the air
As a sullen cook sat in her chair
Tending the stove of the debonair
Lords of Château de Montaner?

God knows
Oh, God knows
God knows
I suppose

Do ants' nostrils cool with the breath
On the leaves of the trees in Bangladesh
As a rose takes wind near Budapest
And flies from the best man's vest?

Did a starry wind shape the earth
And catalyze the first cell's birth?
Are there crinkled towns inside this ground,
And shreds of air within this sound?
And isn't God more than a pronoun?

She, He, They, She, He, He, Us, Them

God knows
Oh, God knows
God knows
I suppose
God knows
Oh, God knows
God knows
I suppose
I suppose
Track Name: Transience
The future's inconceivable
The past is irretrievable
And the present just won't stay
Track Name: Quiet In The Library (!)
Mint machines coining
Oh, what an elegant conjoining!
But have they a future?
Please, think about it now

Quiet in the library!!
Shouted the apothecary
Coke please, no Pepsi
That is the trick for Baron Kelsey
But where will the moon go?
Please, think about it now

Love
Be in love
Be in love

A hand moves, unsteady
Holding a fork of twirled spaghetti
But where has the sauce gone?
Please, think about it now

Let's ask the yeti
What a wonderful confetti party
He threw for Bigfoot last night

Love
Be in love
Be in love
If that's what you like the feeling of
Love
Be in love
Be in love

Wears long-stemmed glasses
Swims through a sea of cold molasses
An autodidact
Who takes an inordinate amount of classes
Has he real knowledge?
Please, think about it now

*BREAK IT DOWN*

Danish confections
Oh, what a delicate perfection!
But won't they be eaten?
Please, think about it now

Crest please, no Colgate
Open the larger bubble floodgate!!
Down through the sinkhole
A bubbly stream will pass

Oh, my sweet Horton
Hero of sizable proportions
Where have their hearts gone?
And can love really be wrong?

If I'm sure of its centrality,
Must I ponder its legality?
If I'm sure of its finality,
Must I ponder its legality?
If I'm sure of its morality,
Must I ponder its legality?
And where have their hearts gone?
And can love really be wrong?
If I'm sure of its morality,
Must I ponder its legality?
And where have our hearts gone?
And might love be wrong?