The Ampersand EP

by Nick Blaemire

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SHE'S YOU music video:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwQP1K9-XeQ

EVAPORATE lyric video:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6XGIuzzzeY

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released January 24, 2017

songs and lead vocals - nick blaemire
arrangements - packy lundholm
production - chris leon and packy lundholm
mixing - chris leon, bill prokopow and noam wallenberg
original arrangements - jesse vargas

bass, guitars, synths, percussion - packy lundholm 
keys - nathional warren
drums - paul hall
alto/tenor sax - mark fullerton
trumpet - parris flemming
trombone - edwin velazquez
backup vocals - jo lampert, ava delaney
additional guitars, keys, percussion - chris leon 
additional bass - antoine katz

graphic design - stephanie layton
tracking - rax trax & tight eye studios in chicago, illinois
& chris leon productions in nyc
mastering - chris gehringer at sterling sound in nyc

DEEP THANKS to the original hustle for their original hustle. to paul, nate, edwin, parris and mark for constructing a magnetic and abiding vibe out of thin air (and to edwin’s kids for the spongebob sketches). to jo lampert and daniel watts, for two transcendent weekends of midwestern hangtime and in-booth majesty. to tricia small, for your infinite inspiration and support. to ava delaney, for the smokey vokes and tiny-hand jokes. to suzi dietz, for always being up for pushing me forward. to brian mazzaferri, for your big brian brain, and for letting me borrow every single one of your family and friends. to magoo leopold, for your real talk and real bad singing. to adela mazzapold, for looking like a sci-fi morph of your parents. to zia hassan, for endless imessage return volleys. to bill prokopow, for your ears, your interior design and your last name. to chris leon, for the millions of mornings, for always leading with “yeah i like that,” and for taking this thing to the next level. to packy lundholm, for being the even keel captain of chicago, for your taste, your instincts, and for adapting to every single crazy thing i threw at you, dude. suh. leo thomas mcgarry, for all the lonely hours waiting for me to get home from recording. IOU buddy. to my love, my lady, my wife, my life, ana nogi: this thing is about and for you. and finally, to everyone listening: thanks for adding these songs to the soundtrack of your lives. be good to each other. it's a team sport.

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Track Name: She's You
she doesn’t care what she wears, or how her hair looks in the morning
and she’ll be sure not to look before she leaps without a warning
she knows a lie by those eyes so don’t try to keep a secret
but she can’t believe the heart that’s on my sleeve is hers and she can keep it

she isn’t anyone ordinary
she isn’t anyone new
she isn’t anyone
she’s you
she’s you, you, you
she’s you, you, you
and my most favorite girl to see is her with me as long as she is you

she doesn’t fight, because she’s always right and I don’t like to argue
cuz she’s too sweet and even if I could compete I wouldn’t want to
she knows my lies in these four eyes so why wouldn’t I be true
when everytime I do she comes through

yes she does and it’s all because
she isn’t anyone ordinary
she isn’t anyone new
she isn’t anyone
she’s you
she’s you, you, you
she’s you, you, you
and my most favorite girl to see is her with me as long as she’s

open to the rhythm that is driven by her hips
and she’s closing both those eyes, cuz she never lies with her fingertips
opens both her arms cuz she knows I’ll be ready
and she’s right, yeah every night I’m a teenager going stead, cuz

this isn’t something I take for granted
this is a love that is true
she isn’t just anyone

she’s you, you, you
she’s you, you, you
and my most favorite girl to see is her with me as long as she’s
you, you, you (she’s a red hot mammajamma man I wanna be her lovah)
she’s you, you, you (gotta get her lovin, got it bad for my mammajamma)
and my most favorite girl to see is her with me as long as she is you
Track Name: Evaporate
duckin through the city with our heads down
people say your name but we dont even turn round
try to be alone in the crowd
but alone's not allowed

smothered by the judges on the sidewalks
make a single move and everybody's eyes talk
guess the only way to be here
is if we disappear

so why dont we evaporate?
why dont we evaporate
wouldn't it be great to be gone?

no one would be able to be jealous
cuz we'll be too invisible for them to tell us
we'll be gettin lost for a while
in a different style

why dont we evaporate?
why dont we evaporate?
wouldn't it be great to be gone?

gone
high above the crowds
floatin through the clouds
where nobody can find us
we are in the air
nowhere near a stare
and the stars are there to remind us
that we're gone

sure, the awful truth is still that we are stuck here
but there might just be a backwards stroke of luck here
if layin low is what we gotta do
i might as well lay low with you

why dont we evaporate
wouldn't that be great?
why dont we evaporate
wouldn't that be great?
Track Name: Balancing
all of the roads
all of the options
all of the things to say
where you could go
where you are goin
aren’t the same way

we are balancing, baby, balancing
always too much, never enough balancing

staying the night
leave in the morning
dont wanna let her in
it isn't right
but that's not important
dont wanna let her win

we are balancing baby, balancing
the black and the white, the wrong and the right, balancing

ohh no
we're gripping and flipping and slipping away
oh no
not today

we are balancing baby, balancing
you're at the helm and its overwhelming balancing
all of the roads
all of the options
all of the things to say
Track Name: Headturner (feat. Daniel J. Watts)
she reminds me of a spy who i could love in a fantasy
a thunderball with a goldeneye so fly im suprised she noticed me, oh oh oh...

im murdered by her stare which paralyzed better guys than i
with a license to kill she is willing to live and let you die
oh oh...

cuz all she needs is a character to play
she's fuckin with my dreams a thousand kinds of ways

man she's a headturner, and i wanna know her name
a headturner, my neck'll never be the same
i cant blame guys for tryin, cuz they're right
she’s a headturner, and she's gonna be mine tonight

she's better from a distance cuz there you can carefully fantasize
sees you in an instant and instantly you wish you could live twice, oh oh oh...

we meet at a café some repartee, then in bed all day
and then she's gone without a warning in the morning, far away

it's better when she's closer, but can i keep her, no sir

cuz she's a headturner, and i wanna know her name
a headturner, my neck'll never be the same
i cant blame guys for tryin, cuz they're right
she’s a headturner, and she's gonna be mine tonight

(daniel rap)

man that girl's a headturner, and i wanna know her name
a headturner, my neck'll never be the same
i cant blame guys for tryin, cuz they're right
she’s a headturner, and she's gonna be mine, goodnight
Track Name: Trouble
hello there pretty lady, do you know my name?
do you realize how far you are inside my brain?

we're in this situation so let's stay in it
we made this bed, so why dont we just play in it
what am I to do?
go home, or go with you?

we could cause some trouble
we could cause some trouble
i could use some trouble
i could use some you

i know this kind of loving isnt logical
but the sun is washing over and it's magical

and the moment that it rises we will have to go
so the rest of what we do today we may never know

so unplug your busy mind
just unbutton and unwind

as we cause some trouble
can we cause some trouble?
no i dont want trouble
but i do want you

to know that it should be you and me, indefinitely
one day we may behave badly out of fear
but just for tonight, let's stay right here
where it's clear that we're

in all kinds of trouble
since the only the trouble
will be all the trouble
that we'll get into
since the only trouble that i need is you

no i dont want trouble...