Cockeyed Optimism

by Johnnie Ferro

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released June 6, 2012

TRACK INFO

IN THE AIR:
JOHNNIE FERRO—LEAD VOCALS/ACOUSTIC GUITARS
BEAU EVANS—PERCUSSION
RACHEL FROST—BACKING VOCALS

REAR VIEW MIRROR:
JOHNNIE FERRO—LEAD VOCALS/ACOUSTIC GUITARS
BEAU EVANS—PERCUSSION
ALEX PUENTE—PERCUSSION

FALLING:
JOHNNIE FERRO—LEAD VOCALS/6 AND 12 STRING ACOUSTIC GUITARS/ELECTRIC LEAD GUITAR
BEAU EVANS—PERCUSSION
KARI BRACISZEWSKI—BACKING VOCALS
DONNIE BAKER—PERCUSSION

STAND TALL:
JOHNNIE FERRO—LEAD VOCALS/ACOUSTIC GUITARS/ELECTRIC LEAD GUITAR
BEAU EVANS—PERCUSSION
MORNING ESTRADA—BACKING VOCALS

SHELTER:
JOHNNIE FERRO—LEAD VOCALS/ACOUSTIC GUITARS/ELECTRIC LEAD GUITARS/BASS
BEAU EVANS—DRUMS/PERCUSSION
KARI BRACISZEWSKI—BACKING VOCALS

LOW:
JOHNNIE FERRO—LEAD VOCALS/ACOUSTIC GUITARS/BASS
TOM VALDEZ—ELECTRIC LEAD & RHYTHM GUITARS
BEAU EVANS—DRUMS

INSIDE:
JOHNNIE FERRO—LEAD VOCALS/ACOUSTIC GUITARS/ELECTRIC LEAD GUITAR/BASS
BEAU EVANS—DRUMS

BLOW MY MIND:
JOHNNIE FERRO—LEAD VOCALS/ACOUSTIC GUITARS/ELECTRIC LEAD GUITARS/BASS
BEAU EVANS—DRUMS

TWISTED PICTURES:
JOHNNIE FERRO—LEAD VOCALS/ACOUSTIC LEAD AND RHYTHM GUITARS
ALEX PUENTE—PERCUSSION

WITHOUT YOU:
JOHNNIE FERRO—LEAD VOCALS/ACOUSTIC LEAD AND RHYTHM GUITARS
BEAU EVANS—PERCUSSION


ALBUM INFO

RECORDED AT ES AUDIO, GLENDALE, CA

ENGINEERED BY MORNING ESTRADA & DONNIE BAKER EXCEPT “TWISTED PICTURES”, ENGINEERED BY ALEX PUENTE & DONNIE BAKER

PRODUCED BY DONNIE BAKER & JOHNNIE FERRO

MASTERED BY BRUCE CHIANESE AT MAD COW MUSIC & SOUND, BURBANK, CA

ALL SONGS WRITTEN AND ARRANGED BY JOHNNIE FERRO

PRINCIPLE PHOTOGRAPHY & ALBUM DESIGN—CHARLES “PATCH” MCNALLY

COVER CONCEPT BY CHARLES “PATCH” MCNALLY & FIONA MCNALLY

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Track Name: In The Air
IN THE AIR
BY JOHNNIE FERRO

WAKE UP IN ANGER
HEAD OUT IN FEAR
THE DESERT'S CALLING
SO FAR FROM HOME

THE COFFEE'S BURNING
THE NIGHT IS RAW
MY FINGER'S ITCHING
IT'S TIME TO GO

AND I'M HEARING THE HORIZON CALL NOW
AS I SEE MY SHADOW FALL

BREATHE IN
I FEEL YOU IN THE AIR
WHO'S THERE
I DON'T KNOW
BEGIN
I'M ON THE ROAD AGAIN
BREATHE IN
I'M ALL ALONE

OUT ON THE HIGHWAY
DUST AT MY BACK
SNAKE SKIN AND METAL
NO STOPING NOW

BURN IN MY NASAL
THE SCENT OF YOU
THE ONLY BEACON
I WILL ALLOW

AND I'M HEARING THE HORIZON CALL NOW
AS I SEE MY SHADOW FALL

BREATHE IN
I FEEL YOU IN THE AIR
WHO'S THERE
I DON'T KNOW
BEGIN
I'M ON THE ROAD AGAIN
BREATHE IN
I'M ALL ALONE

I'VE BEEN WANTING
I'VE BEEN REACHING
I'VE BEEN COMING
FOR YOU SO LONG
I'VE BEEN WANTING, BABY
I'VE BEEN REACHING
I'VE BEEN BREATHING
FOR YOU SO LONG

BREATHE IN
I FEEL YOU IN THE AIR
WHO'S THERE
I DON'T KNOW
BEGIN
I'M ON THE ROAD AGAIN
BREATHE IN
I'M ALL ALONE
I'M ALL ALONE
I'M ALL ALONE
I'M ALL ALONE
Track Name: Rear View Mirror
REAR VIEW MIRROR
BY JOHNNIE FERRO

SHARP EYES OF A PRETTY STRANGER
CARS FLY THROUGH SHALLOW FACES
STARING HARD TO FEEL LESSER
TO THE LIFE YOU SEE IN THE REAR VIEW MIRROR

BITING, BLINDED, SLITHER LIKE A CHILD
JUST TO GET A TASTE OF HER WILD
APATHETIC FEARS SHINE CLEARER
AND LIFE'S A BITCH THROUGH THE REAR VIEW MIRROR

IT BRINGS A CALLOUS MAN TO HIS KNEES
TO KNOW YOU'D DO ANYTHING SHE PLEASED
CAN'T LOOK AWAY FROM THE ONE YOU DESIRE
MADE A SLAVE TO THE REAR VIEW MIRROR

LIFE SLIPS AWAY THROUGH THE REAR VIEW MIRROR
OPPORTUNITY FADES IN THE REAR VIEW MIRROR
SHE'LL TWIST YOUR MIND THROUGH THE REAR VIEW MIRROR
THROUGH SHALLOW EYES IN THE REAR VIEW MIRROR
SHE'LL MAKE YOU WILD THROUGH THE REAR VIEW MIRROR
YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAH!

(SCREAM)
Track Name: Falling
FALLING
BY JOHNNIE FERRO


SEE YOU
HEAR YOU, I
WANT TO
KNOW YOU, I
CAN'T DO
CAN'T BE
ALL THAT YOU NEED

I WANT TO
ADORE YOU
BUT I CAN SEE OUR STORY NOW
UNFOLDING
SO HAUNTING
I CAN JUST SEE ME FALLING NOW

YOU SPEAK
I CAN'T RHYME
YOU TURN
I'M ON FIRE
TOUCH ME
TEAR ME
DOWN AS YOU NEED

I WANT TO
ADORE YOU
BUT I CAN SEE OUR STORY NOW
UNFOLDING
SO HAUNTING
I CAN JUST SEE ME FALLING NOW

I WANT TO
ADORE YOU
BUT I CAN SEE OUR STORY NOW
UNFOLDING
SO HAUNTING
I CAN JUST SEE ME FALLING . . .

I WANT TO
ADORE YOU
BUT I CAN SEE OUR STORY NOW
UNFOLDING
SO HAUNTING
I CAN JUST SEE ME FALLING
I CAN JUST SEE ME CRAWLING
I CAN JUST SEE ME FALLING NOW
Track Name: Without You
WITHOUT YOU
BY JOHNNIE FERRO

LAST DAY TO LIVE
LAST DAY TO BREATHE
LAST DAY TODAY

LAST DAY TO FEEL
LAST DAY TO LOVE
NOW YOU'VE GONE AWAY

AND I'M SUCH A FOOL
TO EVER THINK THAT I COULD KEEP YOU
AND I DON'T KNOW WHY
GIRL, YOU MADE ME FEEL SO HIGH
AND NOW YOU'VE LEFT ME TO FALL

BY MYSELF
LOVE NO ONE ELSE
MY HEART HAS TURNED TO STONE

FALLING DOWN
NO ONE TO CATCH ME
CAUSE NOW YOU'RE GONE
AND I'M ALL ALONE

AND I'M SUCH A FOOL
TO EVER THINK THAT I COULD KEEP YOU
AND I DON'T KNOW WHY
GIRL, YOU MADE ME FEEL SO HIGH
AND NOW YOU'VE LEFT ME TO FALL

AND I'M SUCH A FOOL
TO EVER THINK THAT I COULD KEEP YOU
AND I DON'T KNOW WHY
YA KNOW YOU MADE ME FEEL SO HIGH
AND NOW YOU'VE LEFT ME TO FALL
Track Name: Stand Tall
STAND TALL
BY JOHNNIE FERRO

ANOTHER FALLS
WHO HEARD THE CALL
LEFT THERE BY HIS BROTHER TO CRAWL

ANOTHER DIES
TO SATISFY
THE APPETITES OF CORRODED MINDS

FIGHT! FIGHT!
FOR YOUR SURVIVAL
FIGHT! FIGHT!
FOR OUR REVIVAL

STAND TALL
BREATHE ON
FOR WHAT WE'RE WORKING FOR
MY SON
NO GUN
I WON'T LET YOU BE THE NEXT ONE

ANOTHER GIVES
AND HOPES TO LIVE
AS STEEL FLIES PENETRATE HIS SKIN

ANOTHER SIGN
ANOTHER LINE
IS ALL IT TAKES TO MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT

FIGHT! FIGHT!
FOR YOUR SURVIVAL
FIGHT! FIGHT!
FOR OUR REVIVAL

STAND TALL
BREATHE ON
FOR WHAT WE'RE WORKING FOR
MY SON
NO GUN
I WON'T LET YOU BE THE NEXT ONE

FIGHT! FIGHT!
FOR YOUR SURVIVAL
FIGHT! FIGHT!
FOR OUR REVIVAL

STAND TALL
BREATHE ON
FOR WHAT WE'RE WORKING FOR
MY SON
NO GUN
I WON'T LET YOU BE THE NEXT ONE
Track Name: Low
LOW
BY JOHNNIE FERRO

BEEN THINKING
BEEN SINKING
IT'S BEEN ON MY MIND SO LONG

HOW EASY
IT COULD BE
IF I COULD RIGHT THIS WRONG

OH, OH, OH
I'M DOWN SO LOW
DROWNING
I'VE REAPED WHAT I HAVE SOWN
OH, OH, OH
I CAN'T LET GO
REACH ME
BEFORE I LOSE MY SOUL

COLD SPLINTER
DEAD WINTER
THIS BARREN WORLD I'VE MADE

INTERNAL
INFERNO
THESE SINS I ONCE FORGAVE

OH, OH, OH
I'M DOWN SO LOW
DROWNING
I'VE REAPED WHAT I HAVE SOWN
OH, OH, OH
I CAN'T LET GO
REACH ME
BEFORE I LOSE MY SOUL

BEEN THINKING
BEEN SINKING
IT'S BEEN ON MY MIND SO LONG

MY PITY
WITHIN ME
IT DIES NOW WITH THIS SONG

OH, OH, OH
I'M DOWN SO LOW
DROWNING
I'VE REAPED WHAT I HAVE SOWN
OH, OH, OH
I CAN'T LET GO
REACH ME
BEFORE I LOSE MY SOUL
Track Name: Inside
INSIDE
BY JOHNNIE FERRO

BEHIND DARK GLASSES, FANTASIZE
SHE CAME TO ME TO GET A RISE
SAID TAKE ME
YEAH, TAKE ME
I WANT YOU TO TAKE ME THERE
TAKE ME THERE IF YOU WANT TO

I SEE YOU
I FEEL YOU
I WANNA BE WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND
I SEE YOU
I FEEL YOU
I WANNA BE IN YOUR MIND

SAID SHE'D BEEN WATCHING FOR AWHILE
AND THEN SHE WHISPERED WITH A SMILE
SHE TOLD ME
SHE TOLD ME
OH GOD, SHE TOLD ME THEN
FOUND OUT RIGHT THEN JUST WHAT SHE WANTED ME TO DO

I SEE YOU
I FEEL YOU
I WANNA BE WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND
I SEE YOU
I FEEL YOU
I WANNA BE IN YOUR MIND

JUST LET ME IN
LET ME INSIDE
JUST LET ME IN
I WANNA HIDE

I SEE YOU
I FEEL YOU
I WANNA BE WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND
I SEE YOU
I FEEL YOU
I WANNA BE IN YOUR MIND
Track Name: Blow My Mind
BLOW MY MIND
BY JOHNNIE FERRO

WHEN THE WORDS WON'T RHYME
AND THERE'S NOTHING LEFT TO FIND
EXCEPT THE WORLD IS OUT TO BLOW MY MIND

GONNA BURN
GONNA TURN
NEVER GONNA FUCKING LEARN
GONNA HEAL THE WORLD WITH GENOCIDE

TURN IT UP
TURN IT ON
BEND US INTO YOUR WILL
MAKE US INTO YOUR MIND

TURN IT UP
TURN IT ON
BEND US TO YOUR WORST DESIGNS
AND BLOW MY MIND

YOU CAN COME IF YOU PLEASE
YOU CAN BEG AT MY NEED
YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL, BUT ALL IN TIME
YOU CAN'T COME THOUGH YOU SEE
YOU CAN BURN BY MY NEED
YOU CAN'T HAVE IT ALL BUT WHAT YOU FIND

SEE INSIDE YOUR PRIME
LOOK INTO WHAT'S MINE
TOUCH AND LOSE, THAT'S OUR GAME, OR CRIME
WIN AND BURN
LOSE AND LEARN
TAKE THIS WORLD FOR ALL IT'S WORTH
GOTTA MAKE IT NOW, DON'T WASTE MY TIME

TURN IT UP
TURN IT ON
BEND US INTO YOUR WILL
MAKE US INTO YOUR MIND

TURN IT UP
TURN IT ON
BEND US TO YOUR WORST DESIGNS
AND BLOW MY MIND

YOU CAN COME IF YOU PLEASE
YOU CAN BEG AT MY NEED
YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL, BUT ALL IN TIME
YOU CAN'T COME THOUGH YOU SEE
YOU CAN BURN BY MY NEED
YOU CAN'T HAVE IT ALL BUT WHAT YOU FIND

YOU CAN COME IF YOU PLEASE
YOU CAN BEG AT MY NEED
YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL, BUT ALL IN TIME
YOU CAN'T COME THOUGH YOU SEE
YOU CAN BURN BY MY NEED
YOU CAN'T HAVE IT ALL BUT WHAT YOU FIND

WHAT YOU FIND
YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL
YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL
YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL
BUT WHAT YOU FIND
Track Name: Shelter
SHELTER
BY JOHNNIE FERRO

YOU ARE SO VISIONARY
FROM DEEP WITHIN YOUR HEART
REVEAL OUR LIFE'S DICTIONARY

AND FROM OUR TWISTED MINDS
REMOVE OUR DEEPEST FEARS
AND CLEAR AWAY DISTORTED LINES

SHELTER
YOU ARE MY SHELTER AND MY SHADE
SHELTER
YOU GET ME THROUGH TO FINER DAYS
SHELTER
BRING ME TO LIFE

YOU MADE IT POSSIBLE TO BE
DESTROYING ALL CONSIDERATION
RESTORE IN US THE WILL TO SEE

AND THROUGH THE DARKEST DEPTHS OF TIME
YOU BRIDGED THE GAP OF IGNORANCE
IN GOLD AND GREEN AND RED AND WHITE

SHELTER
YOU ARE MY SHELTER AND MY SHADE
SHELTER
YOU GET ME THROUGH TO FINER DAYS
SHELTER
BRING ME TO LIFE

HOW MANY LOST BEFORE YOU?
THEY NO LONGER DIE IN VAIN
THE PATH NOW LAID BEFORE US
PUT THERE BY YOU TO END THE PAIN
NO MORE WILL HATE ENDURE
NOR WILL VIOLENCE BE ALLOWED
ACROSS THE OT BRIDGE
YOUR ARMY NOW WILL LEAD THE CROWD

SHELTER
YOU ARE MY SHELTER AND MY SHADE
SHELTER
YOU GET ME THROUGH TO FINER DAYS
SHELTER
BRING ME TO LIFE

SHELTER
BRING ME TO LIFE
Track Name: Twisted Pictures
TWISTED PICTURES
BY JOHNNIE FERRO

THESE GRAY WALLS SURROUNDING
WITH MY EMOTIONS HOUNDING
SEEMS LIKE IT'S BEEN SO LONG SINCE I'VE SEEN YOU SMILE

I SAID I WOULD DO ANYTHING
I GUESS IT DIDN'T MEAN A THING
JUST THOUGHT THAT LOVE WOULD BE ENOUGH TO GET US BY

THOSE TWISTED PICTURES RULED MY MIND
THOSE TWISTED PICTURES RAN MY LIFE
THOSE TWISTED PICTURES MADE ME WILD
BUT THEY CAN'T HOLD ME WHILE I CRY

THESE FADED VISIONS CROWDING ME
OF ALL THE THINGS WE SAID WE'D BE
WE SAID WE'D MAKE IT TO THE END AT ANY COST

I'LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU HONESTLY
AND I BELIEVE THAT YOU'LL LOVE ME
WE WILL LIVE ON THROUGH THE GOOD TIMES THAT WE'VE LOST

THOSE TWISTED PICTURES RULED MY MIND
THOSE TWISTED PICTURES RAN MY LIFE
THOSE TWISTED PICTURES MADE ME WILD
BUT THEY CAN'T HOLD ME WHILE I CRY

THAT HAPPY ENDS IN WHY IS NO COINCIDENCE
NOW IT ALL MAKES SENSE
AND AS OUR LIFE SUBSIDES
ALL THESE PICTURES NOW COLLIDE
AND I SIT AND CRY
CAUSE I KNOW IT'S FOR THE BEST

THOSE TWISTED PICTURES RULED MY MIND
THOSE TWISTED PICTURES RAN MY LIFE
THOSE TWISTED PICTURES MADE ME WILD
BUT THEY CAN'T HOLD ME WHILE I CRY

WHERE ARE YOU NOW?
WHERE ARE YOU NOW?