Grope

by Vincent Tuckwood

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about

From 1995-97, Scott Haughie, Matt Haines and I played my songs live as Grope. Though we recorded a 3-song EP, the majority of our set was never captured. As with all things, time moved on and Grope evolved into a different band.

Fast forward...

Late December 2013, playing my 90s Strat, and the Grope songs begin to tumble from my fingers; like this guitar is possessing me, like this guitar is haunted.

I look up and see, as if for the first time, the Grope set-list framed on my studio wall.

Within days I'm recording these long-ago songs. I know them well, yet find them changed after nearly two decades of playing; I hear my younger musical self, knowing his journey in song was only just beginning.

So, with love and thanks to Scott, Matt and my Stratocaster, I offer these songs of then and now, in celebration of the journey.

~ Vince (November, 2014)

credits

released November 21, 2014

Written, performed, recorded, mixed and mastered by Vincent Tuckwood.

Special thanks to Isabelle Dunlop and Mark Henning (combinethevictorious.com), Anne Castellano, Tony Castellano, Elise and Kyra for lending their voices to Sheep (One Of Those Days).

All rights reserved, Vincent Tuckwood 2014

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Vincent Tuckwood New London, Connecticut

Vincent Tuckwood is a story-teller working in fiction, song and verse.

His records are:
- Turquoise Cyan Sapphire
- Writers Flow
- Grope
- Sparse

His novels are:
- Escalation
- Family Rules
- Karaoke Criminals
- Do Sparrows Eat Butterflies?

Vince blogs regularly at Vincet.net.
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Track Name: What Do They Know?
WHAT DO THEY KNOW? - VINCENT TUCKWOOD

People walking together
People walking hand in hand
Are they loving together
What do they know?

People laughing together
People laughing and joking
and jumping and pointing together
What do they know?

What do they know?
Are they laughing and joking at me?
What do they know?
Are they laughing at me?
Pointing at me?
Joking at me?
A punch and a kick in the gutter

I sit here an watch them
I sit here and wonder if I could be one
or walk among them
What do they know?

I long to be with them
I long to be with them
but this doorway is cold about me
What do they know?

What do they know?
Are they laughing and joking at me?
What do they know?
Are they laughing at me?
Pointing at me?
Joking at me?
A punch and a kick in the gutter

A punch and a kick in the gutter

Copyright 2014, Vincent Tuckwood
Track Name: Anywhere But Here
ANYWHERE BUT HERE - VINCENT TUCKWOOD

Let's take a walk
We'll walk and talk
We'll walk, yes we'll walk
Anywhere but here

Let's take a ride
Ride side by side
We'll ride, yes we'll ride
Anywhere but here

Let's see you smile
That stupid-ass grin
You'll smile, yes you'll smile
Anywhere but here

Let's take some time
Because time can fly
You'll fly, yes you'll fly
Anywhere but here

Seems so dreary, since I got out of bed
Makes me feel like, I should just talk to you instead

Because it seems to me
that we should be in heaven
Seems to me
everything should change
Seems to me
that we should be in sunshine
Seems to me
anywhere but here

Copyright 2014, Vincent Tuckwood
Track Name: Centre Of My World
CENTRE OF MY WORLD - VINCENT TUCKWOOD

Don't ask me how I'm feeling
You might get the truth
Leave you reeling
If you want to know
just look at the centre of my world

Check my temperature
Check the focus of my eyes
Check the way that I smile
In the centre of my world

Hang me on a hook
And leave me out to dry
But don't ask why
If you want the truth
just look at the centre of my world

If you want to know why
Just look in my eyes and watch me fly
And watch me smile
In the centre of my world

Copyright 2014, Vincent Tuckwood
Track Name: Painkiller Morning
PAINKILLER MORNING - VINCENT TUCKWOOD

Painkiller morning
My hands ache
I'll have to break them open today
Can't sign my name
Can't stir my coffee
Another painkiller day today

Painkiller morning
My guts ache
I'll have to take some pills today
Can't keep my food down
I've got a headache
Another painkiller day today

Painkiller morning
My hands ache
I'll have to break them open today
Can't sign my name
Can't keep that pen still
Another painkiller day today

And I can't remember the day
When my hands cracked
and flaked
and peeled
And I can't remember the times
when the lines on my palm
were written
And I changed

Copyright 2014, Vincent Tuckwood
Track Name: Hollow
HOLLOW - VINCENT TUCKWOOD

I am these follicles
I am turning grey
I am this creasing face
I am broken down by age

I am these aching limbs
I am not so slim
I am presented before you
I am this hollow thing

And it seems all this time
that you've been running away
from the truth of what I am
and what you have today
If you open your eyes
If you open your heart
You might see
I'm everything you need

Everything you need

Copyright 2014, Vincent Tuckwood
Track Name: Tequila In The C Field
TEQUILA IN THE C FIELD - VINCENT TUCKWOOD

You
You are turning inside of me
you are laughing and joking
Joking and hoping
You are one up on me

You are winding me up
Chilling me down
You are grinding me with your teeth
You can smile and I'm laughing
But it's all too brief

You
You are churning inside of me
You are cutting and slicing
Dicing and biting
You are puking up on me

You are pissing me down
Winding me up
You are grinding me with your teeth
You can smile and I'm retching
But it's all too brief

I can't focus
Your words are turning me green
The trees are grinning at me
Bending over
Laughing

Copyright 2014, Vincent Tuckwood
Track Name: Sheep (One Of Those Days)
SHEEP (ONE OF THOSE DAYS) - VINCENT TUCKWOOD

They're telling you what to do
They're telling you what to day
They're telling you not to do thing your own way

They're telling you where to go
They're telling you who to know
They're telling you not to be such a so and so

They're telling you what to think
They're telling you what to eat and drink
They're telling you not to kick up such a stink

They're telling you where to go
They're telling you who to know
They're telling you not to be such a so and so

They're telling you what to say
They're telling you what songs to play
They're telling you not to sing them your own way

Have you ever had one of those days
The smile seems nailed to your face
And everything aches with the effort it takes
Have you ever had one of those times
You feel like you're learning your lines
Time after time you tell them you're fine

Don't be a sheep

Ba-ba-baaaaaa!

Copyright 2014, Vincent Tuckwood
Track Name: Over The Moon, Brian
OVER THE MOON, BRIAN - VINCENT TUCKWOOD

Did you really think
I would walk away?
That is not a game I'd play, not me
Did you think?

Did you really think
I would trip you up?
I would steal all your good luck from you
Did you really feel that weak?
Really feel that weak?

Did you really think
I would knock you out?
You might stumble, I might shout at you
Did you think?

Did you really think
I would knock you down?
Kick you senseless to the ground, not me
Did you really feel that weak?
Really feel that weak?

I'm waiting for you
You to call me out
I'm strong for we two
You just have to shout

Because you send me over the moon

Every time I turn around

You send me over the moon

Copyright 2014, Vincent Tuckwood
Track Name: Sideways Step
SIDEWAYS STEP - VINCENT TUCKWOOD

Oh no, here we go again
Accusation followed by
counter-accusation
We're running around
A caucus race
Neither of us getting closer
to a winning tape

Oh no, here we go again
I'm trying to explain
yet finding the words so hard
You look in my words
Reach out to take the things
you need to fire right back
in my face

Why do we shout?
Why is it we scream?
When all the time
there is space between
Between us

Just take a sideways step
Look at the place you've left
Does it look different?
Or is the line of your thought
always one step behind you?

Not one more
word will I say
Until you prove
that you're listening to me
Not one more
time will I try
to open your eyes
Force you to see

You should take a sideways step
Look at the place you've left
Does it look different?
Or is the line of your thought
always one step behind you?

Copyright 2014, Vincent Tuckwood
Track Name: Walking In Circles
WALKING IN CIRCLES - VINCENT TUCKWOOD

Round and around and around and around
And never finding each other
Up and down and up and down
And never passing each other
In and out and in and out
And never touching each other

Walking in circles
We're never finding each other
Walking in triangles
We've come to this point
Walking in squares
We're backed into this corner
Walking in circles
Around and around and around

Round and around and around and around
And always getting dizzy
Up and down and up and down
And I feel like falling
In and out and in and out
And I'm claustrophobic

Walking in circles
We're never finding each other
Walking in triangles
We've come to this point
Walking in squares
We're backed into this corner
Walking in circles
Around and around and around

Copyright 2014, Vincent Tuckwood