in Persona

by Charley Raiff

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This is the debut album from NYC-born singer-songwriter and pianist Charley Raiff. It features Raiff's urbane, acerbic songwriting done up in gritty vocals, massive piano chops with symphonic musical arrangements and cutting lyrics. The album tells the story of Raiff's personal journey of losing and finding himself in the static bustling of Manhattan-life, capturing the essence of city living in a manic blend of jazz/rock and blues.

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released March 5, 2016

All Songs by Charley Raiff
Produced by Dae Bennett
Mastered by Dave Kowalski
Recorded at Avatar Studios, NYC

Piano & Vocals: Charley Raiff
Bass: Nick Dunston
Drums: Connor Parks
Guitar(Tracks 8 & 10) : Lee Meadvin
Violin (Track 2) : Zosha Warpeha
Cello (Track 2): Danielle Merlis
Harmonica (Tracks 6 & 8): Yotam Ben Or

ASCAP © Charley Raiff, Fast Hands 2015

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Charley Raiff New York, New York

Singer-songwriter Charley Raiff’s music is informed by rock, jazz, and classical influences, but their true uniqueness derives from the fact that he's a born and bred New Yorker. The stories Charley tells in his songs are brimming with the bustling and manic overtones of the city that never stops, shaped by a classic New York sarcastic sensibility. ... more

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Track Name: Change The World
Waitin' for my blood to come
Things I could never dream of
Parents they die
with a closed eye
to rely on

Things ain’t that precious
but what is precious though is the time
Kids they die
with a closed eye
to rely on

If I could make it happen on my own
I would go to almost any place I know
and change the world
Imagine what it’d be like
if I changed the world.

Baby in Charleston
he had a toy but he did not know how the cow goes
people they die
with a closed eye
to rely on

If I could make it happen on my own
I would go to almost any place I know
and change the world
imagine what it’d be like
if I change the world

Waitin for heaven to arrive
things are gonna be just fine
the world needs a chance
to make a little song and dance

If I could make it happen on my own
I would go to almost any place I know
and change the world
imagine what it’d be like
if I change the world
Track Name: Sleeping Through The Daylight
There's a certain sound I wish to hear
Without love, without fear
And in the silence- the world is near

There's a fire that was lit just for you
Without it I don't know what to do
In the soul the sinking few.

But Livin ain't easy for the
Fortunate ones
Who have a rope tied around
The neck of precious sons.
Sleeping through the daylight living dreams without fear
As if my mind and it's vision couldn't be any more clear

I thought one day she would give me something
Something that I had never known
I turned around my head was a-throbbin'
And the sound came in all on its own


I know all the tricks
I know what makes you tick
But still I can't leave you alone
I know that I'm sick
I know I'm full of shit
I know that the truth is not at home

The silence is here just for you
If you don't come under its spell I don't know what to do
All my ideas seem to be so true

But Living ain't easy for the
Fortunate ones
Who have a rope tied around
The neck of precious sons.
Sleeping through the daylight living dreams without fear
As if My mind and it's visions couldn't be any more
Mind and its Visions couldn't be anymore
clear
Track Name: Tounges Out
There’s something about her
She’s really there for me

There’s something about her
Her love falls down onto my knees

Take out everybody’s
worry in the air
Feeling support of friends and family

Draws her so much closer to me

There’s something about her
Love takes it’s time

And in the end
The finale is bigger than the prize

Isn't there anybody to see
What you mean to mean to me

Isn't there anybody to see
What you mean to mean to me


Tongues out
The world is here
We face the fear
Inside us

Tongues out
We re lookin
We're cookin
A day at a a time


Isn't there anybody to see
What you mean to me

Isn’t there anybody there to see
what you mean to me


Tongues out
The world is here
We face the fear
Inside us

Tongues out
We re lookin
We're cookin
A day at a a time


Tongues out
The world is here
We face the fear
Inside us

Tongues out
We re lookin
We're cookin
A day at a a time
Track Name: Couldn't Find You Anyway
It's the last word I can take of a song
The words don't make me right or wrong
I've got a feeling that we're fine
With everything that's mine


Hey baby
Don't you feel alright

Hey mamma
You can't breathe too well?

Hey pappa
Where did you go yesterday
When I couldn't find you
Anyway

Suffering is my prize
Feelin' like I came to escape is not the charm

Take away the pain
I think we're gonna go pretty
Far


Hey baby
Don't you feel alright

Hey mamma
You can't breathe too well?

Hey pappa

Where did you go yesterday


Where did you go?
The other day when I saw you laughing here
Where did those butterflies in our stomach disappear
What worries me though is the time


Hey baby
Don't you feel alright

Hey mamma
You can't breathe too well?

Hey pappa
Where did you go yesterday
When I couldn't find you
anyway
Track Name: Be a Man
He's the one who told me
Ignorance was a state of
Glorified distraction.

He was the one who taught me
Life was a game
That only the stars played.

He was the man who cried
When I showed up to shake
His hand

I'm his vision of what it's like to be a
man.

She was the woman
The first one to take me into her arms
teach me the ways to relate.

She was the one
To make a heart stop bleeding
By dinner at eight.

She was the woman who sighed
When misery found its way to my hand
(And she said)
Im her vision of what it's like to be a man.


And my brother explained to me
where I was going
Last year to the
unlimited sand
He showed me to the desert
Of things I'll never get on an
unlimited plan.


He's the guy who cried
then shot down some old man
And I'm his vision of what's it's like to be a man.

to be a man...
to be a man,

to be a man.
Track Name: Stare
The sledgehammer
He takes me out in Vegas he's a wrestler
I forgot about 911

There's a child in all our hearts
And we must tailor
All the parts of our disguise

when you
Stare
At me through lenses
Stare
At me in the shop
Stare
At me when I can't
Quiet my own thoughts
Just stare.


Remember all the
Sundays at the ball game?
Do you do you remember on
the streets out by the sidelines?

with all these

Thoughts that I
Wanted to break with the palm of my hand
Seeping through my fingers like a tomato
I squished off a vine somewhere in France

Figure you've got me covered now
I don't want you anymore

oh
Stare!
At me through lenses
Stare
At me in the shop
Stare
At me when I can't
Quiet my own thoughts
Just stare

At me through lenses
at the shop
Stare
At me when I can't
Quiet my own thoughts,
Just stare
Track Name: Busy Livin' It Up
This ain’t the kind of place you wedge yourself into,
Just because you left your last place, you outgrew it,
This place demands more respect than you give it.
If you’re not busy dyin’, you’re busy livin it
Up,
You’re busy livin’ it up.


Tick tock goes the clock,
Make it stop time always eavesdrops,
You shouldn’t live here, You shouldn’t be here,
My situation would get a little less severe.


Find another friend,
Cause I won’t be with you to the bitter end,
I can only take the message,
Won't take through this voyage
If you’re not busy dyin’, you’re busy livin’ it
Up,
You’re busy livin’ it up.


“When will you go home?”
I said again yesterday.
“Come on, get on with it,
Find another place to stay,”

But you weren’t listening,
Time to be moving on.




Find another friend,
Cause I won’t be with you to the bitter end,
I can only carry the message,
I can’t take you through this voyage
If you’re not busy dyin’, you’re busy livin’ it
Up,
Bb
You’re busy livin’ it up.


“When will you go home?”
I said again yesterday.
“Come on, get on with it,
Find another place to stay,”

But you weren’t listening,
Time to be moving on.


This ain’t the kind of place you wedge yourself into,
Just because you left your last place, you outgrew it,
This place demands more respect than you give it.

If you’re not busy dyin’, you’re busy livin it
Up,
You’re busy livin’ it up.
Track Name: Tell Me
Fairy tales are fairy tales for a reason
Jail have bars so we don't die
Heaven has a place for those who breathe in
And those who breathe out are sayin' bonsai

Truth hurts but we can't all be very square
Life is a game of truth or dare
Now I'm sitting in Paris with ma bon frere
It's a good thing the city has a little light to share


Tell me what to do
Tell me what to say
And I'll say it
Tell me you lose
I'll put plug in the jug
and I'll pray it


There's nothin left to lose
Except a days hard earned pay
But as long as you tell me what to do
I'll do it today


I put my cape on in front of the mirror
I leave out the mask and whip
I take my sword into a slumber
And then I crack it wide with my shit


Tell me!
Tell me!


Tell me what to do
Tell me what to say
And I'll say it
Tell me you lose
I'll put plug in the jug
andI'll pray it
There's nothin left to lose
Except a days hard earned pay
as long as you tell me what to do
I'll do it today


Tell me what to do
Tell me what to say
And I'll say it
Tell me you lose
I'll put plug in the jug
and I'll pray it
There's nothin left to lose
Except a days hard earned pay
as long as you tell me what to do
I'll do it today
Track Name: Change Isn't Easy
I've let the cold get right into my toes
I'm in the summers heat there's a chill in my bones
I feel the sun swinging in between dead trees
Like the grim reaper conducts a symphony.


There's a Glass when I'm starin' at your face
There's unease in my stomach tied in lace
I've got a couple cigarettes behind my ear
And I just want them to disappear.


Change isn't easy
But nothing is
I got 100 percent
Of what's mine
Can God please remove a couple of locks
Cause I need to find a way to break out of this box.

There's firefighter right around the bend
and he's got enough nerve to not know when
The girls gonna be comin' down the pole
He's feels a jumping bean it's in his secret soul.


Dismiss these words mamma
And I'll never be grateful again

He plays his guitar like a Santana
But when are those riffs gonna end?

I've let the heat reach my fiery lips
There's no room for a breeze, just noise
There's a fight happening right down the hallway
And I'm going to referee these boys
And I'm going to referee these boys


Change isn't easy
But nothing is
And I've got 100 percent
Of what's mine
Can God please remove a couple of locks
Cause I need to find a way to break out of this box.

Out
of this
box!