Music Elevator

by OTiS

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released November 18, 2011

MUSIC ELEVATOR copyright OTiSRock Records, 2011

Produced By David Lowenthal and Craig Schoenbaum

Recorded by David Lowenthal and Ryan Blumstein at:
SIR 25th Street New York, NY
SIR 36th Street New York, NY
M-Phonic Labs Brooklyn, NY
The Creation Station Queens, NY

Mixed By David Lowenthal at M-Phonic Labs Brooklyn, NY
Mastered by Butch Jones at Beathaven Brooklyn, NY
Album art designed by Nattallie Schiavo
Photography by Inga Moren

OTiS is:
Craig Schoenbaum - Guitar, Vocals
Theo Moore - Percussion, Background Vocals
Dominick Magnotta - Drums, Additional Percussion
David Lowenthal - Bass, Additional Guitar and Keyboards
Justin Etheredge - Keyboards, Background Vocals

with:
Sylvester Onyejiaka - Tenor Saxophone, Flute
Joe Scatassa – Trombone, Horn arrangements
Gerad O'Shea - Alto Saxophone
Randy Newman - Trumpet
Tim Stocker - Baritone Saxophone

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Drenched in soul, nestled deep in a groove, OTiS is the product of time and experience. The band strings together sounds that have deeply influenced their lives to create music inspired by everything from soul to funk and back again.

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Track Name: A New Addiction
THERE'S SOMETHING GOING ON
YOU CAN'T TELL IF IT'S WRONG OR IF IT'S RIGHT
YOU NEED MORE LIGHT TO SEE WHAT'S UP AHEAD.

YOU'VE SEEN IT ALL BEFORE,
AND SO YOU CAN'T IGNORE THE WRITING ON THE WALL.
AND ALL AT ONCE YOU'VE STARTED UP AGAIN,

SO IT'S NO WONDER,
YOU CAN'T EXPLAIN YOURSELF.

A NEW ADDICTION HAS TAKEN HOLD OF YOU,
THERE'S NOTHING YOU CAN DO NOW,
YOU'RE HELPLESS, YES.
A NEW ADDICTION HAS TAKEN ALL CONTROL,
DEEP DOWN IN YOUR SOUL YOUR
MEMORIES ARE FADING AWAY

NOW LET'S BE SENSIBLE, YOU CAN PUSH AND YOU CAN PULL
BUT EVENTUALLY YOU HAVE TO COME TO TERMS WITH WHAT YOU'VE DONE.
IT'S NOT INTENTIONAL, YOU'RE UNCONVENTIONAL
AND EVERY TIME YOU RUN-
YOU FIND YOURSELF BACK AT THE STARTING LINE

SO IT'S NO WONDER,
YOU CAN'T EXPLAIN YOURSELF.

A NEW ADDICTION HAS TAKEN HOLD OF YOU,
THERE'S NOTHING YOU CAN DO NOW,
YOU'RE HELPLESS, YES.
A NEW ADDICTION HAS TAKEN ALL CONTROL,
DEEP DOWN IN YOUR SOUL YOUR
MEMORIES ARE FADING AWAY
Track Name: How It Is
LET'S KEEP IT SIMPLE
NO LET'S NOT COMPLICATE IT
OH, WE CAN WORK IT OUT
I SAID THAT WE CAN WORK IT OUT

CAUSE THAT'S HOW IT IS
YEAH, THAT'S HOW IT IS

STOP YOUR COMPLAININ'
WHY BOTHER SAYIN'?
OH WHY NOT MAKE THE BEST OF IT?
WHY DON'T WE MAKE THE BEST OF IT

CAUSE THAT'S HOW IT IS
YEAH, THAT'S HOW IT IS

I CAN EXCEPT IT, CAUSE THAT'S HOW IT IS
IT'S NOT UNEXPECTED, NO, THAT'S JUST HOW IT IS-
IT'S WHAT YOU MAKE IT FOR YOURSELF
IT'S WHAT YOU MAKE OF IT

YEAH, THAT'S HOW IT IS
OH, THAT'S HOW IT IS
Track Name: Stuck
WHEN YOU DIAL MY # UP ON YOUR TELEPHONE
I TELL MY FRIENDS TO SAY THAT THERE'S NOBODY HOME

CAUSE YOU'VE GOT SO DEEP INSIDE MY HEAD
AND YOU KNOW THAT I WOULD RATHER BE DEAD,
THAN TO BE WITH YOU, GIRL

YOU USED TO HAVE ME TIED UP IN YOUR BACKYARD
YOU ONLY CAME TO LET ME OUT WHEN YOUR FEVER'S HOT

WAS BLIND BUT NOW THAT I CAN SEE
YOU NO LONGER HAVE YOUR HOLD ON ME, SO JUST A GO ON HOME, GIRL

I MAY NOT BE A PERFECT MAN,
BUT YOU'RE SO FUCKED I DON'T KNOW
WHERE TO BEGIN

SO IF YOU'RE THINKIN' THAT I'LL GIVE YOU ONE MORE CHANCE
THAT YOU MIGHT JUST GET YOUR PAIN INSIDE MY PANTS

I CAN'T MAKE IT ANY CLEARER THAN THIS
IF YOU CAME TO ME FOR ONE FINAL KISS...
I'D PROBABLY LET YOU

CAUSE YOU'VE GOT SO DEEP INSIDE MY HEAD
Track Name: Makin' Love Easy
I'm not afraid for all the world to see,
That you mean everything to me.
I can't hold these feelings up inside,
There's no need to run and hide-

When you're makin' love easy,
Makin' love easy.

It doesn't always have to be so hard,
It doesn't always have to fall apart.
When we met, right then and there I knew-
I would always be with you,

Cause you're makin' love easy
Makin' love easy.

There's got to be some give and take,
Everybody's gonna make mistakes.
But I can say, with certainty-
That it's just me and you
And you and me,
Cause you're makin' love easy.

Sing a song for all the world to hear,
It's a sunny day, crystal clear.
When I'm with you, I feel so high-
And you know the reason why

Cause you're makin' love easy
Makin' love easy.
Track Name: Gone Away
HIGH ABOVE THE CLOUDS, AND EVEN WITH THE SUN
I FEEL LIKE THIS JOURNEY HAS JUST BEGUN
A MOMENT I SHARE WITH EVERYONE, THOUGH
NO ONE IN PARTICULAR

I CAN REMEMBER THE LOOK IN HER EYES
JUST BEFORE HER LIFE PASSED HER BY
DID SHE, OR DID SHE NOT REALIZE THAT
HER TIME HAD COME?

SHE'S GONE AWAY
SHE'S GONE AWAY FROM HAPPINESS
SHE'S GONE AWAY
WHERE THEY WON'T FIND HER

SHE'S GONE AWAY
SHE'S GONE AWAY THERE'S NO LOOKIN' BACK
SHE'S GONE AWAY

AS THE DAY BREAKS ON MY FACE
I'M LOOKIN FOR A PATH THAT I CAN TRACE
UNSATISFIED WITH JUST A TASTE, NO
NO, I WANT EVERYTHING

AND STILL MY MIND CAN'T HELP IT'S WANDERING
HAVING TIME TO IMAGINE IS A BEAUTIFUL THING
NEVER FORGET, CAUSE REMEMBERING IS THE ONLY WAY TO IMMORTALITY

SHE'S GONE AWAY
SHE'S GONE AWAY FROM HAPPINESS
SHE'S GONE AWAY
WHERE THEY WON'T FIND HER

SHE'S GONE AWAY
SHE'S GONE AWAY THERE'S NO LOOKIN' BACK
SHE'S GONE AWAY
Track Name: Automatic People
OH, PEOPLE THEY LOOK YOU UP AND DOWN
READ YOU COVER TO COVER
PEOPLE, THEY TAKE A LITTLE PEEK, THEN
THEY KNOW ALL ABOUT YA.

IT'S THOSE AUTOMATIC PEOPLE
IT'S THOSE AUTOMATIC GUYS

OH, THEY SEE YOU-
AND NEVER REALLY CARE IF YOU'RE PAYIN' ATTENTION.
THEY SEE YOU WHEN YOU'RE WALKING DOWN THE STREET-
CAN'T YOU FEEL THE DISSENSION?

IT'S THOSE AUTOMATIC PEOPLE
IT'S THOSE AUTOMATIC GUYS

OH PEOPLE, YOU BETTER TURN AROUND
CAUSE THEY'RE SNEAKIN' UP ON YA.
I SAID PEOPLE, YOU BETTER WATCH YOUR BACK,
CAUSE THEY AIN'T GONNA WARN YA.

NO, NO, NO, NO, NO

IT'S THOSE AUTOMATIC PEOPLE
IT'S THOSE AUTOMATIC GUYS
Track Name: Creeping
SHE WALKED IN AND NEVER LEFT YOU
ALL OF THIS TIME, SHE HAS BEEN BY YOUR SIDE
NOW YOU LOOK BUT YOU CAN'T SEE HER
BENEATH THE SURFACE IS WHERE SHE RESIDES

YOU FEEL IT WHEN YOU'RE SLEEPING
A THOUGHT YOU JUST CAN'T SHAKE, NO
AND WHEN IT COME A CREEPING
IT'S YOUR CALL TO MAKE

SHE WOULD WHISPER THROUGH YOUR SOUL YEAH
SHE TURNED YOU FROM A BOY INTO A MAN
LATELY WHEN SHE'S SPEAKING THROUGH YOU
IT'S IN A LANGUAGE YOU CAN'T UNDERSTAND

YOU FEEL IT WHEN YOU'RE SLEEPING
A THOUGHT YOU JUST CAN'T SHAKE, NO
AND WHEN IT COME A CREEPING
IT'S YOUR CALL TO MAKE

YOU THINK SHE IS ONE FOREVER
BUT ALL THIS TIME SHE HAS BEEN BY YOUR SIDE
NO CONNECTION HAS BEEN SEVERED
SHE'S JUST A PASSENGER INSIDE YOUR MIND

YOU FEEL IT WHEN YOU'RE SLEEPING
A THOUGHT YOU JUST CAN'T SHAKE, NO
AND WHEN IT COME A CREEPING
IT'S YOUR CALL TO MAKE
Track Name: Every Story
I CAN'T HELP, BUT THINK HOW I'VE MADE THIS MISTAKE BEFORE
GOT TOO CLOSE THE SECOND TIME AROUND
AND COULDN'T SAY NO TO MORE

TELL ME EVERY STORY THAT YOU KNOW
I'M COMING BACK AGAIN

WANDERING AROUND WITH YOUR HAND IN MY COAT
GOT NO PLACE IN MIND
WE WERE HAVIN' FUN, UNTIL THE NEXT WEEK
WHEN YOU LEFT FOR THE SECOND TIME

OH, I DON'T KNOW WHAT I SAID,
OR DIDN'T SAY
IF I COULD GO BACK I WOULD
JUST TO FIGURE OUT...
JUST TO FIGURE IT OUT

TELL ME EVERY STORY THAT YOU KNOW
I'M COMING BACK AGAIN
Track Name: Other Man
YOU DON'T HAVE TO STEP ON MY TOES
TO GET TO WHERE YOU WANT TO GO
YOU DON'T HAVE TO TURN UP YOUR NOSE
BECAUSE I DON'T WERE THOSE FANCY CLOTHES
OH, I JUST WANT YOU TO LET YOURSELF GO
AND REALIZE WHAT YOU ALREADY KNOW
YOU DON'T HAVE TO PUT ON A SHOW
JUST BE YOURSELF AND THE REST WILL FOLLOW

ALL YOU REALLY NEED TO DO IS
REACH OUT, YOUR HAND
AND LIFT UP THE OTHER MAN
REACH OUT, YOUR HAND
AND EVERYONE WILL MASTER THEIR PLAN
IF WE JUST REACH OUT-

WHY OH WHY IS IT SO HARD TO SEE
IT'S NOT YOUR MONEY THAT SETS YOU FREE
IF YOU WIN AT MONOPOLY
YOU'RE ALL ALONE, SOLITARY
WE CAN LIVE IN THE SAME TREE
YOU CAN BE YOU, AND I CAN BE ME- BUT THEY SAY,
'IT AIN'T SO EASY IN REALITY'
BUT, WE MAKE IT HARDER THAN IT HAS TO BE

ALL YOU REALLY NEED TO DO IS
REACH OUT, YOUR HAND
AND LIFT UP THE OTHER MAN
REACH OUT, YOUR HAND
AND EVERYONE WILL MASTER THEIR PLAN
IF WE JUST REACH OUT-
Track Name: Sophia
SOMETIMES I'M SLEEPING
MY EYES ARE CLOSED
SOMETIMES I LIE AWAKE ALL NIGHT
DON'T MAKE NO DIFFERENCE TO ME
YOU'RE ALWAYS ON MY MIND

I NEVER ASKED YOU TO UNDERSTAND
AND PERHAPS I NEVER WILL
YOU'VE ALWAYS JUST BEEN THAT SWEET LITTLE LOVE OF MINE

SO LET ME ASK YOU A QUESTION
WHAT KEEPS YOU HANGIN' ROUND HERE?
PLEASE DON'T BE HASTY TO ANSWER
CAUSE I NEED SOME TIME TO REARRANGE THESE THOUGHTS INSIDE MY HEAD

I MISS YOUR LOVIN, AND I'VE NEVER BEEN SO BLUE
I NEVER RECOGNIZED THE GOOD THING I HAD IN YOU

SO IF I CALL YOU TOMORROW
WOULD YOU BE ON THE LINE?
OH HOW THOSE COLORS HAVE FADED
WITHOUT YOU BABY, I THINK I'VE GONE AND LOST MY MIND

SO THAT'S THE STORY, SO BITTER SWEEET
AND YEAH, I'LL KEEP MYSELF AMUSED
BUT OH LORD, HOW LONG MUST I KEEP ON
SINGIN' THE BLUES?
Track Name: Bump
WE'RE COOLIN DOWN AFTER MAKIN OUR SOUNDS
YEAH WE'RE JUST DOIN WHAT WE DO.
BUT WELL, IT'S GETTING LATE AND WE CAN'T SEEM TO SHAKE
THIS STROBE LIGHT HONEY'S STUCK TO YOU

I AM RUNNING OUT OF THINGS TO SAY
MAYBE WE SHOULD TRY ANOTHER PLAY?

WE'RE STEPPIN' OUT WHEN I'M HEARING HER SHOUT
SHE'S ASKIN', 'WHERE WE GOIN TO?'
IT AIN'T NO LIE, I JUST TRIED TO SAY GOODBYE
BUT I'M JUST NOT GETTING THROUGH

I AM RUNNING OUT OF THINGS TO SAY
MAYBE WE SHOULD TRY ANOTHER PLAY?
BUT TAKE IT EASY... WAIT UNTIL SHE TURNS THE OTHER WAY.

I AM RUNNING OUT OF THINGS TO SAY
SO START BELIEVING
IF WE DO NOT FIND ANOTHER WAY
WE'RE NEVER LEAVING
Track Name: Can't Explain
I'M NOT NOT MAKING ANY MONEY
BARELY PAY THE RENT
IT'S HARD TO SAVE FOR A RAINY DAY
WHE OUR MONEY'S ALL BEEN SPENT
BUT YOU MAKE THAT SUNSHINE
ON A COULDY DAY
SOMETIMES THIS CITY MAKES MY SUNSHINE GO AWAY

I'M GONNA TAKE YOU AWAY FROM THIS PLACE,
I SWEAR I'LL TAKE YOU AWAY FROM THIS PLACE

NOW, SOMETIMES I COME HOME
MY MOUTH IS FULL OF DIRT
GOT EMPTY POCKETS
AND SOME STAINS UPON MY SHIRT
BUT I LOVE MY CITY
IT'S A LOVE I CAN'T EXPLAIN
BUT I'D LEAVE IT ALL BEHIND
IF IT CAUSED YOU ANY PAIN

I'M GONNA TAKE YOU AWAY FROM THIS PLACE,
I SWEAR I'LL TAKE YOU AWAY FROM THIS PLACE

NOW I'D NEVER LEAVE YOU
WHY WOULD I GO
TO BE THE LEADER OF A WORTHL;ESS ONE MAN SHOW
CAUSE I LOVE MY LADY
IT'S A LOVE I CAN'T EXPLAIN
AND WITHOUT MY LADY
THEN MY CITY HAS NO NAME