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I Stand Tall With My Eyes Wide Open

by Christina LaRocca

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1.
Freddie (free) 04:28
Freddie I just want love to come my way Tired of all these little boys & all the silly games They just like to play Sophisticated mama I ain't afraid to speak my mind But as time passes on I'm starting to doubt I will ever find The one who will treat me right The one to make love to all night A real man to make me his queen When will I find the man of my dreams Hands that will hold me tight Never ever starts the fight Sweeter than sugar & cream between the sheet he makes me scream Oh, oh, oh, oh x4 Now I'm not really lookin' cuz if is meant to be when he looks me in my eyes It'll happen naturally Love has come, Love will go Yet I'll always hold my head high But as time ticks through that hour glass I'm thinking cupid is a liar Common boy come find me make Me a happy girl I'll satisfy your mind & body I'll be your diamond shining pearl Be the one you always reach for when you dream of the world at night and the warmth of my love will soak you up like daylight...
2.
Oh so tired of feeling like a fool I was in love with you a man that didn't respect me he was overpowered by jealousy I put him first over me it took a while but now I see I'm the one I need to care for I'm the one that I should adore Got dreams & aspirations over tired complications ladies this is our year, have no fear you are beautiful and don't need to make love a career I'm an independent lady Boy you know that's what I am, I am (That’s what I am baby, that’s what I am) Treat me like a real woman Common take me as I am Take me as I am I don't need a man to support me Material things or money I want love, respect and devotion a heart deeper than the ocean If he's truly the one that deserves you his words should always be true and that isn't a lot to ask, in fact you shouldn't have to no no, oh oh I'm an independent lady Boy you know that's what I am, I am Treat me like a real woman Common take me as I am Take me as I am Baby girl aint nothin I wouldn't do for you.. you beautiful from your thoughts to your cuticles.. Got dreams and goals yup you can do em too.. All you need is a little room to move.. 4 and boo, ima give it to you. cuz you deserve it.. Every word and curve close to perfect.. I chose these words because I wanna express.. ..The way I feel I can't keep it in check.. 8 I wanna date for real I see that you get the best.. Don't wanna play the field you sittin me on the bench.. But. I don't mind cuz you on my mind.. Pretty much all the time more than the sun shines.. 12 skin like butter spread yes don't tempt me.. I'm cool with your number one rule gotta respect me.. .Fillin up my cup don't leave me empty.. you I N D E P E N D E N T
3.
With You 04:09
With You Lonely is my heart And time doesn’t heal a god damn thing I was told from the start I should see love doesn’t covet and I should bring Myself above this mess Move forward with my life cuz this is just a test I know I am strong But I was blinded by love so I went along …With you Lonely are these arms Longing to hold you instead I hold on To what I know is true Your charms might have worked then But now I am gone and I’m not Coming back Said you don’t deserve me and that is a fact Don’t call me I don’t care What’s new in your life Find someone else to share it …With you Lonely are you You’re well aware of what you lost And now you can watch me from afar All I’ve left are pieces remnants of my ghost And I’ll you haunt you all your days I’ll live in your memory like a broken record that plays On & on, and on again I’ll be on the other side of the world instead of in hell …With you
4.
Destiny 03:57
Oh…oh….yeah yeah Nothin’s gonna stop me now Nothin’s gonna stop me now I made it to this point somehow Nothin’s gonna stop me now I look across the water and all I see is the world’s greatest city staring back at me Times are hard & moneys tight but I got these words to keep me through the dark cold lonely night A woman of my word and Imma tell ya this gonna take it to the top so fast you might miss me As I blur by don’t need a man my family’s love is what keeps me higher Music my rage the lights hit the stage my guardian angel, glaze is an urban sage This ride is never gonna end, death before I put down this pen This world will take you out like an avalanche if you don’t keep pressin on you gotta move fast If you wanna take it to the top just don’t stop – be ready! Fearless, alone in the world, yup, we're peerless/ hear this, we're commandeering what you hold dearest/ here is the manifesto let's go, other rappers try so hard, we the best though/ cuz we be swimmin in beats, lyrical breaststroke/ we stay playin the angel, Depeche Mode/ and from the top of the mount, it's the sermon, flames coming out of my eyes, they still burnin/ it's been destiny way before i came along/ we got the cards, now hope we don't play em wrong/ but if it's fate there's no way we could mess it up/ so we break this bread and bless the cup, what! There were moments that I thought I just might die, return to earth & watch my spirit fly And maybe god will forgive my enemy of his sins but after all that pain no one wins Manipulation, aggrevation, spent days in detention, been a prisioner for too lnog, bruised and battered So fuckin’ wrong! Your depiction of the world but it’s okay yeah, it just made me stronger There’s a flame inside it burns it yearns words come music flows everywhere my mind goes Wind blows the sailing ships across the water to a destination, their destiny I see what I need to see (oh-oh) I know where I gotta go (I know where I gotta go) I’m on my way working harder everyday Nothin’s gonna stop me now don’t ask how!
5.
Like a cigarette resting between my lips you set my soul at ease God damn you know I love the feeling but it’s slowly killing me I sit and watch that smoke disappear in the breeze Crazy emotions getting my high I just can’t leave him and I know why I love ya baby Now I know you are the lover for me It comes so naturally Been through so much in so little time Our loves the color of a good glass of red wine Sometimes…life sets in and takes us for a spin I stand tall too proud and then I fall in your eyes What we got’s so strong it never dies cuz I love ya baby Love isn’t simple people are people livin’ their lives What we got you don’t find everyday Like the music in my bones common & feel what I say Love isn’t simple people are people livin’ their lives What we got you don’t find everyday Like the music in my bones common & feel what I say
6.
I know you want it It’s evident and clear Now earn it Before I disappear We can get high Dance above the stratosphere Move with me And sweat until you hear me Call Your Name Like a fire in the brush This love can’t be tames I’ll take you In my arms And I’ll be yours You will hurt no more When I call your name I know you’re in it When my heart is beating near Come closer (come closer) Our bodies will adhere I will stay A new world we’ll engineer Don’t be afraid Where’s there’s love there is no fear I know it’s love And if you’re quiet you will hear every note Symphonic in your ear Time will tell Where we’ll go from here Follow my voice & you will know Exactly where to go
7.
You know & I know where it comes from where it goes Find yourself in the back seat of a whip on the way down to Mexico See colors you ain’t never seen So vibrant in your eyes Bask in the sun allow yourself to be hyponotized Don’t let the memories fade away Keep them with you till your old Till your old & gray Embrace the good times Forget about, forget about the past Feel the love and let these moments These moments last Time grows the clock knows Not everybody gets a second chance The wind blows & with the world I wanna move I wanna dance Feel every color hear every word See every little thing My blind eyes allow me to see Take it as it comes & hold on to it Don’t let go (you never know when it may fade away) Life will surprise you time & time again It’s an unknown road And were driving with our eyes closed
8.
Like a vampire you suck the blood from the living You take what you can as long as they keep giving Opportunities never slip through your cracks Your turning friends & lovers Into midnight snacks Gotta get away Gonna run away I can hear him now he must be hungray Gotta get away Gonna run away You know I’m shooting some silver bullets his way The sun sets & I know that it is almost time I’ve counted all the exits I know every staircase to climb Your confused cuz you always catch your prey Well you should just go back to the hole from which you came Cuz it ain’t happenin today no, no, no no Gotta get away Gonna run away I can hear him now he must be hungray Gotta get away Gonna run away You know I’m shooting some silver bullets his way X2 I’m ready now got all the amo I need Gonna end this tonight You’re the one that’s gonna bleed Here he comes my target is all I see Common you undead heartless bastard I dare you BITE ME Gotta get away Gonna run away I can hear him now he must be hungray Gotta get away Gonna run away You know I’m shooting some silver bullets his way
9.
Tonight 03:36
Tender touches blood rushes Warm hands graze foreign lands Conversation long Connection strong You lucky boy I think I’m gonna take you home with me tonight Twilight it just feels so right From your head into my bed (my bed) Lips to face you kissed me with grace So sweetly surely we agree you should be Coming home with me tonight The next day I could still feel your body on mine But boy your not calling me your keeping me on the line I know your scared but I promise, I promise not to hurt you I just want you here with me tonight Arms wrapped were just two lovers trapped In a moment our hearts are bent (are bent) My guard falls yet im receiving no calls from him Tell me pretty baby are you thinking of me To-night (Tonight, tonight) Yes, to-night (tonight, tonight) Yes, to-night (tonight, tonight) tonight tonight tonight
10.
i am what i am my past is my past i stand tall with my eyes wide open judgement cast on circumstances i can never change you look past me and fire at my life like a target at a shooting range i can't be everything you want and more but i'd rather be alone than be your whore not sure what you are looking for all you know is that it isn’t there your mind’s been closed up for repairs go complain to someone that cares I can't expect you to understand you're young inexperienced and just a man put in the corner for way too long sometimes it seems right but im usual wrong I don’t know what you want from me let me know when you and yourself agree i just needed a friend just needed a friend early is the end i just needed a friend... my love doesn't pretend...

about

Thank you, thank you, thank you:

Nothing in life is easy, and if you wait around for everything you are striving to achieve to float into your lap, you will be waiting for a long time. For those that know me well, know I work extremely hard to continue doing what I love, however I could not do any of it without the love and support of the following people.

First, I would like to thank my parents. I am truly blessed to have them in my life and I don't think I will ever come close to repaying them for their constant encouragement and influence they have had on my life. I would like to thank long time friend, Christian Reinsch AKA Teskt of The Higher Concept, for letting me record this album in his home, The House of Dreams, and for introducing me to J Glaze.

I would also like to thank Julia LaRocca, Paul Munoz, Kat Pac, Ted Maniatakos <3, Mike McHugh, Tatiana Moroz, Dorian Lake, Carl Gallagher (& anyone that ever played a note for Heavy Weather), Dan Grigsby, Kristin Pitanza, Marissa Devito, Chris Daversa, Valerie Berry, my current band- Satchel Jones, Caitlin Gray, Sean Pokress, Jackson Twain for helping me bring this project to life, Melissa Q, Wu, Amy Eckstein, Jessica Macauda & Who is Gail Laine? for believing in me and pushing me to try harder when the road seemed uncertain.

Many, many thanks to everyone that had any part of creating this record especially Ari Raskin, and of course Josh Glazer. For two years we've worked on this record- every beat, every word, until it was perfect, and now it is finally finished. Without you, your creative vision, and patience, this album could have never happened.

All my love to anyone who has ever bought a CD, destructed property with one of my stickers, came out to a show. You are the best and I am blessed to have you in my life. Thank you.

credits

released October 25, 2011

"Independent Lady", "With You", "Like a Cigarette (I Love Ya Baby)", "Call Your Name", "Memories (Don't Let Them Fade)", "Tonight", "Early is the End" written by Christina LaRocca.
"Freddie", "Silver Bullets" & "Destiny"- Lyrics & Melody by Christina LaRocca, Music by Josh Glazer
Copyright 2011, L Rock Entertainment. BMI.
I Stand Tall With My Eyes Wide Open was Engineered, Produced and Mixed by J. Glaze Productions
Additional Mixing on Tracks "Freddie", "Independent Lady", "Destiny", "Like a Cigarette", "Memories", and "Silver Bullets" by Ari "R.E. Thuggz" Raskin
Mastered by Ari "R.E. Thuggz" Raskin at Deepwater Studios, NYC
Additional Engineering on “Silver Bullets”- Christian Reinsch
Executive Producer- Christina LaRocca
All Tracks Recorded at The House of Dreams, Staten Island, NY.
Music from “Tonight” was record at Tainted Blue Studios and engineered by Sax DMA.
Graphic Design by Valerie Berry
Photography by Shervin Lainez
Vocals & Guitar- Christina LaRocca
Trumpet- Josh Glazer
Lead Guitar on Tracks "Destiny", "Like a Cigarette", "Silver Bullets"- Frank Bianco
Cello on Tracks "Memories" & "Early is the End"- Wes Swing
Bass on Tracks "Independent Lady" & "Memories"- Ted Maniatakos
Rap on “Independent Lady” - Matty J of The Higher Concept
Rap on “Destiny”- The Higher Concept
“Tonight” is Carl Gallagher (guitar), Daniel Gallagher (bass), Jackson Twain (keys), Mike Sutton (drums)

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Christina LaRocca Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles based, international touring artist, Christina LaRocca, has just released a brand new her full-length album 'These are my Whiskey Dreams...' on July 12th, 2019. Born and raised in NYC, These are my Whiskey Dreams... paints a colorful picture of her journey from the east to west coasts, a move she made in 2014.
"Vocal Tour De Force" - Glide Mag
"Transcends genre" - Americana Highways
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