Always Almost

by Tonopah

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"thinking sweet thoughts all the time..."

All our songs so far, in high-quality, just for you.

With love and thanks to:
The Gal Palace Gals, Rock n' Roll Camp for Girls L.A., Bay Area Girls Rock Camp, Paul & Harry Robbins, Supportive siblings, Our friend bands we are lucky to get to play with

An extra special thanks to those who have inspired a song in any which way...

©Tonopah 2015

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released December 5, 2015

Effie Ralli: Vocals/Guitar/Songwriting
Charlotte Nuqui: Bass/Vocals
Aerienne Russell: Guitar/Vocals
Alice Berliner: Drums/Percussion

All songs by Effie Ralli
Recorded, Mixed, & Mastered by Lawrence Menard & Clare Quinn at Mantle Records, Spring 2015
Album art by Helen Ralli

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Track Name: Clearly
I canʼt believe I am so close to what
Was always just almost and not
Ever really something very near

And every time I go to check the post
For news that you have left the coast
To head my way right as you write

And here we are (unlike before)
You got here magically (three)
Seems you were hoping (two)
Iʼm not saying youʼre the one but
Itʼs clearly meant (two)
Itʼs clearly meant to (three)
Weʼre clearly meanʼt (four)
Itʼs clearly meanʼt to be
To be

I nearly canʼt keep track of all
Those times way way back before
Back when I dreamt of myself here

And all the stars could never take your place
How you manage to fill up the space
That exists oh now in memories

And here we are (just like before)
You got here magically (three)
Seems you were hoping (two)
Iʼm not saying youʼre the one but
Itʼs clearly meant (two)
Itʼs clearly meant to (three)
Weʼre clearly meanʼt (four)
Itʼs clearly meanʼt to be
To be

Just called to say it (two)
And all you do to me (three)
Not sure what we're looking (four)
Let's see what we can find (five)

Itʼs clearly meant (two)
Itʼs clearly meant to (three)
Itʼs clearly meanʼt to be
To be
Itʼs clearly meant (two)
Itʼs clearly meant to (three)
Weʼre clearly meanʼt (four)
Itʼs clearly meanʼt to be
To be
Track Name: Dreamin'
My bedroom walls are covered with: pictures,
some things I have cut out,
and with postcards sent by friends,
as they were wandering about

I've got flags of many nations,
and maps of US states,
but I know there is no place,
for a night light turned on too late...

'Cause I do dream, and I do want to, awaken and recall,
and I won't let it keep me up instead of
keeping my nights full
of the memory of you holding me.
I keep on holding on to you, just holding me.

It won't keep me from my dreams,
'Cause sleep is all I need.
It won't keep me from my dreams,
'Cause sleep is all I need.

I'd rather stare into your eyes than stare up at the ceiling.
And if I wake up and you're there I'll know I'm still... I know I'm still...
I'll know I'm still dreaming

Cause I do dream, and I do want to, awaken and recall,
and I won't let it keep me up instead of
keeping my nights full
of the memory of you holding me.
I keep on holding on to you, just holding me.

I keep on dreaming every night and you are all I see.
Track Name: Hard to Hide
Should I try to seek a way?
Or keep on hiding Iʼm amazed?
I used to never speak at all,
And though I havenʼt told a soul

Quite hard to hide,
I have you on my mind.

Itʼs true Iʼm still the quiet type
And quite right, Iʼm mystified
I may never bring it up,
But I smile cause I canʼt get enough
Quite hard to hide,
I have you on my mind.
Quite hard to hide,
I have you here on my mind.

Suppose itʼs out in the open
That you fill my words unspoken
And I hope itʼs getting close to the time
When I get the chance to... (call you mine) wonʼt you ease my mind?

Quite hard to hide,
I have you on my mind.
Quite hard to hide,
I have you here on my mind.
Track Name: Rangpur Tree
Thought it was an orange tree
and that our love would be so sweet
but the green hint of lime,
only comes through in the spring time.

Will it roll right by your feet,
sweep you right off completely
like every girl you meet?

Oh, no.
It's just a bit of bittersweet

It's May again; that's your fate again.
Thereʼs no squeezing for you this season.
A Rangpur tree, filled with a nest of Maybees.
The usual teasing, for you this season...al blues

Woah
All blue
Woah

Woah
All blue

Reach up high to find some proof, within the foliage and fruits,
to see what you can find, be it an orange or a lime.

It's both.
It's just bit of bittersweet.

It's May again; that's your fate again.
Thereʼs no squeezing for you this season.
A Rangpur tree, filled with a nest of Maybees.
The usual teasing, for you this season...al blues.

All blue

If it's a lie and it's a lime,
Iʼm thinking sweet thoughts all the time...
It's bitter too,
when Iʼm not with you,
and so Iʼve got the seasonal blues.

All blue
It's just a bit of bittersweet.
Track Name: Just So New
You are just so sweet,
I knew it from that first time we did meet

You are just so fine,
I knew it from that very first time

To say it best
Iʼve got interest
and so I gave you mine.
I said to call me anytime.

Youʼre so new cause Iʼm so new
I want to discover if
youʼll come around again.

Youʼre so new cause Iʼm so new
in this town of avenues
hope the road wonʼt end.

You are just so smart,
I knew it right from the start.

You are just so swell, oh well,
I want a chance get to know you well.

But it's been a week
since we did meet
and so I wonder why?
Perhaps you are just shy...

Youʼre so new cause Iʼm so new
I want to discover if
youʼll come around again.

Youʼre so new cause Iʼm so new
in this town of avenues
hope the road wonʼt end.

You were just so nice,
so why'd I need to ask my friendsʼ advice?

You were such a dream,
some things are not quite what they seem.

It's been two weeks since we did meet,
seems like an awfully long time,
but I suppose that's fine.

Youʼre so new 'cause Iʼm so new
I want to discover if
youʼll come around again.

Youʼre so new 'cause Iʼm so new
in this town of avenues
hope the road wonʼt end.

Youʼre so new cause Iʼm so new
Iʼm discovering you
wonʼt come around again.

Youʼre so new cause Iʼm so new
in this town of avenues
seems the road does end.

Well... who knew?
Track Name: Hesitations
Draw out the last lines of our conversations
Until weʼve sketched a grid of our quiet hesitations.
But power grids, they often fail,
and backup plans they fail as well,
and in the dark is where weʼll find
out what is really on our minds.

Make your move before I move away.
Make your move, though I cannot stay.
Donʼt need a point or line to follow
or an end in sight to start;
light the wick up
right before we part.

Before I leave to somewhere only stamps can keep in touch,
replacing the embrace I wished came from our lingering hugs,
let's fill up the time with what is on our minds,
take the xo off the page.
Not a board game - no need to guess-
“I do feel the same.”

So we say goodbye
"Goodbye"
and I wonder why
you say it's not our time.

Just make your move before I move away.
Make your move, say all you need to say.
Donʼt need a point or line to follow
or an end in sight to start;
light the wick up
right before we part.

This time...

Just make your move before I move away.
Make your move, say all you need to say.
Donʼt need a point or line to follow
or an end in sight to start;
light the wick up
right before we part.
Track Name: Shoobie Do (Won't You?)
(Shoobie doobie shoobie do won't you?
Shoobie doobie shoobie do will you?)

If I ask you then oh won't you,
do the things I hope you will do?
We both know that you won't do
anything that you wouldn't do
unless you wanted to
shoobie doo waa

You won't show up all and
if you do its 10 past 4
and we were always meant to meet at 2.
You have a funny way with words,
you never mean what I thought I heard,
but doesn't mean that I don't know you're true.

If I ask you then oh won't you,
do the things I hope you will do?
We both know that you won't do
anything that you wouldn't do
unless you wanted to
shoobie doo waa

shoobie doo waa...

You've never been one to plan
even though I hope you can
stick to what you say you want to do.

So while I'm waiting by the door
you've changed your mind from just before
and I wonder why I'm still awaiting...
and why it is that i'm still wanting...
and when it might be that you might come through.

If I ask you then oh won't you,
do the things I hope you will do?
We both know that you won't do
anything that you wouldn't do
unless you wanted to
shoobie doo waa

If I ask you then oh won't you,
do the things I hope you will do?
We both know that you won't do
anything that you wouldn't do
unless you wanted to
shoobie doo waa

shoobie doo waa
Track Name: Paradise Shuffle
Open up the curtains
Because I'm certain
You're the neon light that's coming through

And open up those windows 'cause goodness we know its getting warm in here for two
So blow me a kiss 'cause you can't miss oh Miss oh could I spend some time with you?
I'm your biggest fan oh so take a hand
And if you get a pair of hearts my dreams come true

Woah Miss I wish oh Miss I wish oh Miss I wish I do (I do, I do)
I wouldn't bet it on some gold
'cause our time is more valuable
Any hand but a straight flush will do!

Throw a pebble to my windowsill and maybe we can strike a deal
My luck was always bad 'til I found you
So I'd like to place a bet that from now until sunset,
All that I will do is think how to
Stop those sands from ticking time, oh you're one of a kind,
And I kind of think my shuffling days are through

Oh Miss I wish oh Miss I wish oh Miss I wish I do (I do, I do)
I wouldn't bet it on some gold
'cause our time is more valuable
Any hand but a straight flush will do!

Oh Miss I wish oh Miss I wish oh Miss I wish I do (I do, I do)
I wouldn't bet it on some gold
'cause our time is more valuable
Any hand but a straight flush will do!

Oh Miss I wish oh Miss I wish oh Miss I wish I do
And blow me a kiss 'cause you can't miss
And if you'll be mine then mine has diamonds too (woo!)

And I kinda think my shuffling days are through
Track Name: Little Things
Since I met you,
I'm finding little clues.
A chance, I must
Take to mean
It's not just me
That hopes that we,
Could be a thing

And it's the little thing.
The looks I see,
You give me,
Hope that there's,
More than what's there,
And that your glance,
Was a stare

Oh every time...

It's the little things
It's the tiny things
It's the minor things
That come through clearly
Bigger picture 's an obscurity

It's the little touch
I notice too much
It was just a brush
And not a stroke
Of luck for me,
And our make
Believe energy

Well gee...

It's the little things
It's the tiny things
It's the minor things
That come through clearly
It's the little things
It's the tiny things
I'll just sigh and sing
And keep on wishing
That we were more than just nothing

It's the little things,
And they're just, little things...
Track Name: Permafrost
Always search for the hidden ro***
Be brave and reveal some proof
of what is waiting inside
because its there, past the London Eye.

I would do whatever it took
to get back that magic look
but you were scared at least
but you know I tried everything.

They say you're no good for me but I know I'm good for you.
They say you're no good for me but I know I'm good for you.
Tell me the truth, are you good for me too?
Tell me the truth, will you be good to me too?

You gave up because of what you felt;
wanted to stop because my heart might melt.
But to lose, would mean to just get lost
and heading over the permafrost (with you)

They say you're no good for me but I know I'm good for you.
They say you're no good for me but I know I'm good for you.
Tell me the truth, are you good for me too?
Tell me the truth, will you be good to me too?

They say you're no good for me (but I know)
They say you're no good for me (but I know)

They say you're no good for me but I know I'm good for you.
They say you're no good for me but I know I'm good for you.
Tell me the truth, are you good for me too?
Tell me the truth, will you be good to me too?