Lovers, Losers, Loners

by Arden Rogow-Bales

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Five of my favourites from the last few years. Are you a consent champ or a huge creep? Crazy about people – not into people at all – maybe just into birds? There's a song here for you!

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released October 4, 2016

All songs written, performed, and recorded by Arden Rogow-Bales

dedicated to Captain Awkward, for teaching me something worth saying

with deep thanks to Jason, Cooper, Kali, Kaley, Susan, Gabrielle, Tom Cunningham & the Manhattan Choral Ensemble, and everyone else who made life in New York such a growing experience,
Helen Elliott and my parents, whose houses I recorded this in,
and Carmen, who told me to release this.

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Track Name: Ask Me
Wouldn't it be sexy
if you could read my mind?
Yeah, kind of —
but you can't.
If you knew just how I liked it,
and you never had to ask,
if we never had to say a word,
just twist and moan and gasp,
if we could shift by intuition
from position to position,
would be grand —
but we can't!

Oh, so, ask me how I want it, baby,
please don't try to guess,
'cause trying random shit can make an
awful fucking mess!
Ask me how I want it, baby,
that's the only way —
and you might just be surprised by what I say…

Maybe someone told you
that you'd only kill the mood?
Just try me —
and you'll see.
Ask me, and I'll tell you
how to make me burn and scream,
and I'll teach you tricks you'd never learn
in some bullshit magazine,
oh, you'll take me to the limit,
till there's nothing left to do,
and when we're through —
then I'll ask you!

Oh, now, ask me how I want it, baby,
please don't try to guess,
'cause trying random shit can make an
awful fucking mess!
Ask me how I want it, baby,
that's the only way —
and you might just be surprised by what I say…

[suggestive moaning]

Ask me how I want it, baby,
please don't try to guess,
'cause trying random shit can make an
awful fucking mess!
Ask me how I want it, baby,
that's the only way —
and you might just be surprised by what I say… eh-hey-hey!
Track Name: Not Now (Not You)
I've got a friend named Sarah, she's the sweetest girl I know,
and early on I asked her 'bout us giving things a go,
and she said, "Mmm... I'm really into being on my own right now."
But when I introduced her to my old buddy Tim,
it turned out she was really into him.

When she and Tim broke up, you know I thought I saw my chance,
so I asked her how she'd feel about us sharing some romance,
and she said, "Mmm... I'm not ready to date anyone right now."
But when I introduced her to my good buddy Paul,
it turned out she was ready after all.

Oh, when they say, "Not now", they mean, "Not you"...
it's sad but true.
You could wait your life away,
but what a silly, what a stupid thing to do (when life's so short).
Better save your time, go on and find someone new,
Mmm, 'cause when they say, "Not now", they mean "Not you."

When she broke up with Paul... well, some guys never learn.
and it kills me now to think how hard this must have been on her,
but she said, "Mmm... that's not the kind of thing I'm looking for right now."
It took till she got married for me to finally see
The "thing" she wasn't looking for was me.

Oh, when they say, "Not now", they mean, "Not you"...
it's sad but true.
You could wait your life away,
but what a silly, what a stupid thing to do (when life's so short).
Better save your time, go on and find someone new,
Mmm, 'cause when they say, "Not now", they mean "Not you."


I've got a friend named Sarah — god knows how...
Track Name: Precious
every time we hang, I fall in love a little more
every time we hug and say goodbye, I hold on for
a bit too long
pull in a bit too strong
and, god, I know it's wrong,
but I can't pull away...

& every time we hang, I find a way to toe the line
sprawled out on the sofa with your arm half curled in mine
cuddled close
& feeling fucking gross
(but) still drinking down the dose
that I won't turn away

if someday, someday I'll hold you
hold you, hold you and tell you
you're precious

every time we hang, I hope to god you'll call me out
smack me in the face and walk away, and kill the doubt
to let it go
move on and heal and grow
but then I'd never know if I asked you what you'd say...

if someday, someday I'll hold you
hold you, hold you and tell you
you're precious...
Track Name: Me, Myself, and I
I don’t need no girl no more,
and I don’t need no guy;
all I need is me, myself, and I.

Now when I meet someone new,
I don’t even try;
all I want is me, myself, and I.

I used to be a Casanova,
a regular Don Juan,
but now those days are over,
‘cause I’ve already got everything I want.

Don’t try rubbing up on me
or giving me the eye;
I’m all good with me, myself, and I.

(Yep!)
(I can do it all by myself!)

Bet you think I’m lonely;
I promise I'm not at all.
I’ve got my one and only —
and he’s already here every time I call — so,

I don’t need no girl no more,
and I don’t need no guy;
I'm all good with me, myself and I,
Me, myself, and I,
Me, myself and I...
Track Name: Songbird
Songbird, singing in the sky,
Crying out your song about how life’s passed you by,
& how when you look around,
All you see is winter and darkness everywhere;
Daytime and May-time, they’re all in the past...
How come the good times never last?

Songbird, if you only knew
That actually, I’m going through the same thing too —
If you felt my pain like yours,
You’d fly down to my arms,
Cuddle close to me...
Share this sadness we both understand,
Try to soothe this sad, sad man
Any way you can.