Life Of A Building Downtown

by CA Smith

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After 20 years of writing songs, I've learned to let the songs speak for themselves. Enjoy. Love, CA

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released August 22, 2015

Produced by Glover, Charles Watson and CA Smith at Tesla Studios. Mastered by Mike Timm.

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I was Mayor McCa. Now I'm myself. Writing as honestly as I can.

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Track Name: Life Of A Building Downtown
They built me up like a stack of cups
Brick by brick
With a box that goes up and down
In case you need a lift
They filled me up at infancy
No time to be confused
Thought hard at work I must admit
I like being used

I heard it told when thing are old
“Just tear the whole thing down”
But there I was and here I am
A building downtown

As time goes by business moves on
The visits less and less
I’ve heard they’ve made another one
And I start to feel a mess
I new it was bad when people left
And found a new place
I never thought they’d nail these boards
Across my face

When things are new and shiny
People come from all around
But look at me I’m not a pretty
Building downtown

Now it’s been years since I was born
Seems more since I fell ill
Almost gave up and now I’ve found
There is hope for me still
People struggled just like me
And I’m inexpensive
They bought me, cared- and fixed up
A place where they can live

They say that one man’s rubbish
Is a treasure if it’s found
By a person who has a dream
And wants to live downtown

I hope you remember the good
When the bad comes back around
And I am able to remain
A building downtown
Track Name: Son Of A Gun
Martha had eyes
A deep shade of blue.
Unfortunately, that’s
The way she felt too.
She was a friend
To me and to you.
Admired but always so tired.

Scott wasn’t sure
Why he felt so sad.
Surely these thoughts
Aren’t meant to be had.
When the feeling started,
Thought it was a fad.
I guess he’ll never know.

Steve said, “Don’t sweat
You’ll beat it I bet.”
Ali said, “Pet,
It’s normal, don’t fret.”
Paul said, “That’s life.
You’ll find a new wife.”

Mum said, “It’s fine,
You’ll get back in line.”
Dad said, “Don’t wine,
It’s a matter of time.”
Grandma said, “Why?
You’re such a great guy!”

Gordon was good.
He also was kind.
He wanted to see it
But he was blind.
His friends and his folks
Couldn’t see the signs.
Hindsight is a son of a gun.
Track Name: Best I Can Be
I took a risk when courting you
And I always told the truth
But I guess my best
Wasn’t good enough for you
You made me see the best in me
I know you saw it too
But I guess my best
Wasn’t good enough for you

I felt indestructible
I could do anything
The only thing I couldn’t do
Is make you wear my ring
You warned it would end poorly
You were right, the blues I sing
And I remember

You said, “no”
You weren’t ready for love
I thought I’d prove you wrong
And never let you go
Now it’s been so long
You have me beat
But you have made me strong
And you won’t see
The best I can be

I always looked my best
And only spoke when spoken to
But I guess my best
Wasn’t good enough for you
You made me think I was bright
In turn, I offered proof
But I guess my best
Wasn’t good enough for you

You made me see the light in me
I believed you when I said
“Anything is possible
Just don’t ask me to wed”
I knew this day would come
But now while we were sharing
A bed together

You said, “no”
You weren’t ready for love
I thought I’d prove you wrong
And never let you go
Now it’s been so long
You have me beat
But you have made me strong
And you won’t see
The best I can be

I moved across the world for you
Because I said I’d do
But I guess my best
Wasn’t good enough for you
I’d do anything asked of me
If you had told me to
But I guess my best
Wasn’t good enough for you

The best gift you had given me
Was one of self-esteem
I knew how good a man could feel
When you had chosen me
My next lover has her work
Cut out for her until then I’ll be lonely

You said, “no”
You weren’t ready for love
I thought I’d prove you wrong
And never let you go
Now it’s been so long
You have me beat
But you have made me strong
And you won’t see
The best I can be
Track Name: God Is Not My Friend
God is not my friend
He is nothing but trouble
He borrows more than I can lend
And then he’ll ask for double
He never writes an IOU
Just trust him til your days are through
I’ll get no payback in the end
Cos God is not my friend

God acts in spite
Alleges he is perfect
His actions aren’t that nice
And claims they all are a test
He acts like such a hypocrite
While making little children sick
Praise his majesty and might
God acts in spite

God’s out to make you mad
He teases and he taunts you
You know he will just laugh
When you give him what he wants
You know he’s out there seeking fame
When people kill in his name
I say it and I’m sad
God’s out to make you mad

God is jealous and weak
He’ll do things to confuse you
I never hear him speak
He’ll bring you down to hurt you
His only voice is human sound
And if I’m wrong then strike me down
His agenda is incomplete
God is jealous and weak
I get no payback in the end
Cos God is not my friend
Track Name: We're All Gonna Die
We’re all going to die
It ain't no lie
You will have to make due
With the rest of your life

A man in the sky doesn’t keep me in line
I am able to make up my own mind and there
Is no master plan, no heaven, no holy land
It may cause you sorrow
There is no tomorrow

We’re all going to die
It ain't no lie
You will have to make due
With the rest of your life

When you feel you’re close to death straight from birth
A tune in your head tells you what life is really worth
Your existence is something you own
When you are buried you’re buried alone

We’re all going to die
It ain't no lie
You will have to make due
With the rest of your life

Know your words when you sing your song
Your loved ones will sing it long after you’re gone
Just a look and you won’t be surprised
Your ideas live on in young peoples’ eyes
Track Name: Getting Old
When I was teased in school
My folks said, “Someday you’ll
See the unimportance these
Early young years hold”
Now when I look back
I see they were correct
My life is fine
I don’t mind getting old

I worked hard while you were having fun
Now that we are grown check out who won

Saw you the other day
You act like we were mates
You reminisce
Like school days were so gold
I guess that was your prime
Luckily not mine
And that is why
I don’t mind getting old

Looking back I find myself amazed
You peeked so early back in our young days

It’s easy to see
Two thumbs in front of me
I’ve aged like wine
I don’t mind getting old
The future is mine
I don’t mind getting old
Hooray for time
I don’t mind getting old
Track Name: Grandad Is Sleeping
Grandad is sleeping and he won’t get up
His eyes won’t open, it seems they’re stuck
No matter what I do his eyes remain closed
When you get older it’s tiring I suppose

Grandad is sleeping for too long a time
I’ll give him to ten and I’m almost at nine
I gave him a tickle, I thought it might help
He is good at pretending my fingers aren’t felt

Grandad is sleeping and he will not move
I hope he stops playing this game pretty soon
His bottle of candies are almost empty
I wish that he had thought to share them with me
There is some more water he has left in his cup
Grandad is sleeping and he won’t get up
Track Name: Picking On Me
Why is everybody always picking on me?
Is this the way it’s supposed to be?
You would be surprised at things
You'll think of doing
When everyone's always picking on you

I thought childhood was just a growing thing
You start out small and turn into something
My friends said, "Relax, sorrow is just a phase
One day life will catch you amazed."

Why is everybody always picking on me?
Is this the way it’s supposed to be?
You would be surprised at things
You'll think of doing
When everyone's always picking on you

I moved back in with my parents
I have no cash so can't afford rent
Give up before I try
I'll get the same outcome
What's the point of life
If it's no fun

Why is everybody always picking on me?
Is this the way it’s supposed to be?
You would be surprised at things
You'll think of doing
When everyone's always picking on you

Got some dreams but have no know how
Success would have found me by now
I'd try but fear what they would say
If I'm no good
I raise the chance
To be misunderstood

Why is everybody always picking on me?
Is this the way it’s supposed to be?
You would be surprised at things
You'll think of doing
When everyone's always picking on you
Track Name: Happy Birthday (To Me)
Happy birthday to me
Happy birthday to me
I love my Grandpa
For taking off his thumb
And putting it back on again
For me
He punched sharks in the teeth

We all like having fun
But when your time is done
You hope you figure it out

Happy birthday to me
Happy birthday to me
I love little baby brothers
For kissing and
Taking by the hand
Take them to the beach
And watch them eat sand

We all like having fun
But when your time is done
You hope you figure it out

Happy birthday to me
Happy birthday to me
I love my baby
For keeping me in line
I tell her all the time
That I love her
And I'll say it again
I love you

We all like having fun
But when your time is done
You hope you figure it out
Track Name: City Life/ Ontario
This city life is gonna bring me down
The long buses and the fast trains
Will slowly drive us all insane
I need to find a place where no one sounds

This city life makes me something I’m not
Time is quick and life is fast
And bound to cause a heart attack
This city life never ceases or stops

This city life will be the end of me
The constant bills and rent that’s high
Will make you run until you die
The city wins the battle finally

Ontario
I’m coming home
Where we can roam
And children grow
I miss the snow
Where I was born
Ontario