citizens of contrary knowledge

citizens of contrary knowledge

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A return to what is inspiring about rock and roll. High energy rock with passion, groove, funk, and soul, and the musicianship and energy of the live show will leave you speechless.

Biography

Citizens Of Contrary Knowledge are a rare breed of rock band. The musicianship is top notch; a true ensemble that features the impressive and rare talents of each of its four members. With former members of Joe Walsh, Joan Osborne, Popa Chubby, and Rufus Wainwright their range defies our modern labels on music styles. Acoustic guitar woven with melodic soulful vocals that evolve into guitar driven rock interludes which erupt into vicious funk grooves and infectious rock licks; all the while bending the ear of the listener eager to hear how the story ends.
The band is reminiscent of the great rock, funk, and soul bands of the 70's, while carving their own uniquely free and contemporary style into that already solid foundation of rock.
Citizens' songs heard through the recorded medium set them apart from their contemporaries, but their live performances are what put them in the category of great rock and roll bands.

Lyrics

Complicated

Written By: Citizens Of Contrary Knowledge

if you think it's complicated now
baby wait 'til i get home
having trouble keeping stories straight
won't be the thing concerning you

i found out about your other man
did you think it wouldn't show?
now you're running out of alibis
and i'm two steps quicker than your lies

and it's so, so complicated
so complicated baby

i say some men think you're evil baby
but most, like me, they cannot get enough
you've never given me one thing i can use
but i still find myself running back to you

if you think it's complicated now
baby wait 'til i get home
having trouble keeping stories straight
won't be the thing concerning you

and it's so, so complicated
so, so complicated baby

why you gotta make it so
complicated
you know you need to have it so
very complicated baby

Real Love

Written By: Citizens Of Contrary Knowledge

she takes a photograph
and smiles at yesterday
and while her man is gone
she keeps him around that way
she needs him, she feeds him
the waiting makes it sweeter
and she knows

this is real love
nothing's quite the same
didn't know he could feel love
it's different now 'cause everything has changed

caught in a firestorm, he closes his eyes and prays
where is my family? they seem so far away
he can see her, he can breathe her
it's all in the way she believes and she knows

this is real love
nothing's quite the same
didn't know he could feel love
it'd different now 'cause everything has changed

nothing to fear
(i'll be there right beside you)
here and now and evermore
it's all within reach
(soon enough i'll be coming)
coming home to you

he takes a moment; then he opens up the door
and when she sees him there, she races across the floor
she shows him
she knows him
it's all in the way she believes
and she knows

this is real love
nothing's quite the same
didn't know he could feel love
it's different now 'cause everything has changed

Spread Yo' Wings

Written By: Citizens Of Contrary Knowledge

gather 'round the water
dunk your head, reach up for the sky
all you sons and daughters
getting what you want from when you try

free to be; not wonder why
kiss the girls and make them cry
everywhere you go, there you remain

you're what you wish you are
so spread yo' wings
we did not come this far for petty things
it's not a shooting star
that's gonna take you there
you're what you wish you are
so spread yo'

drink in muddy water
kiss the ground ; reach down through the sky
all our sons and daughters
leaving what they know, take to the sky

free to be...

you're what you wish you are
so spread yo' wings
we did not come this far for petty things
it's not a shooting star
that's gonna take you there
you're what you wish you are
so spread yo'

you're what you wish you are...

gather 'round the water
kiss the ground; reach down through the sky

free to be not wonder why....

you're what you wish you are

House of Cards

Written By: Mike Leslie

i hear the wind begin to blow
soon the moon will start it's glow
and as the sun begins to fade
turn off my light and draw the shade

don't slam the door, don't hit the wall
don't let this pretense start to fall
i never knew life was so hard
living in this house of cards

at first it's easy to believe
a window opens on it's eve
and all the neighbors hurry past
as a once peaceful street is strewn with broken glass

i choose my steps from room to room
this recking ball will be here soon
i never knew life was so hard
living in this house of cards

living in this house of cards

Lonely Hearts Society

Written By: Mark Hermann

was it my imagination, or where you calling my name?
think you control the situation, but it's a cat and mouse game
i could give you twenty reasons
for you to think about me
i'll be the color in your season
be the sparkle in your step
be the twinkle in your eye

i'll be waiting for you
in the corner of your mind
won't you come exploring
you don't know what we could find

she's got a wild infatuation with the boys in the band
but she don't need the aggravation, she's got it all in her hands
but that don't stop the girl from dreaming
when she gets lonely at night
'bout being the party for the band
so she can go and tell her friends
what she did last night

i'll be waiting for you
in the corner of your mind
won't you come exploring
you don't know what we could find

lonely hearts society
castaways adrift at sea
drowning in their fantasy
of finding love tonight

girl it's a miracle of fitness how you move in those jeans
i would love to be a witness; shout to heaven what i've seen
you could be my new religion
i'll be the answer to your prayers
i'll be your servant with a smile
who can go the extra mile
just say the word
i'll take you there

i'll be waiting for you
in the corner of your mind
won't you come exploring
you don't know what we could find

lonely hearts society
castaways adrift at sea
drowning in their fantasy
of finding love tonight

Friend

Written By: Chris Barczynski

start with yourself, if your looking for change. start with yourself, if you're looking for someone to love. but bring it to me when you need a friend. don't you know you can bring it to me when you really need a friend? and i will listen to you, hold you if you want to cry, tell you the truth...'cause a friend wouldn't lie. do it to them like you want it done to you. give them a hand like the hand you want to hold on to. and if you want to be loved, you better be someone who loves. and if you want your respect, you better be worthy of it. you better be. and i will listen to you, hold you if you want to cry, tell you the truth...'cause a friend wouldn't lie. when you're falling on your knees, and you're pounding on the floor; when the tears won't let you speak, and you cannot find the door, you can bring it to your friend. i'll wipe the tears from your eyes. i'll tell it to you true, 'cause a friend wouldn't lie. and i will listen to you, hold you if you want to cry, tell you the truth...'cause a friend wouldn't lie. a friend wouldn't lie. a friend wouldn't lie.

Discography

Just released their first LP, "You're what you wish you are..."
MP3's are available for download at: CD baby, Tower Records, Apple iTunes, Verizon Wireless, Arvato, Chondo, MP3tunes, Inprodicon, Emusic, MSN Music, GroupieTunes, Daiki (Music Online Corp), Rhapsody, YooPeDoo, PayPlay, BuyMusic, AudioLunchbox and MusicNet

Set List

Our 45 minute live set is a 9 song voyage through some of the best rock and funk songs you will hear on any stage, anywhere. As a featured act, we can perform up to 2 hours of original music.