The Living Room EP

Album Credits

Tracks 1-5 by Joel Ansett

Joel Ansett: Lead Vocals, Guitar

Dan DeCristofaro: Piano, Synth, Vocals

Ethan Bates: Cello, Vocals

Track 6 by Joel Ansett, Dan DeCristofaro, and Ethan Bates

Dan DeCristofaro: Lead Vocals, Piano

Joel Ansett: Guitar, Vocals

Ethan Bates: Cello, Vocals

Outro: “The King of Love My Shepherd Is” – Public Domain

Text: Psalm 23

Author: Henry W. Baker, 1868

Composer: Michael Praetorius, 1610

Tune: “Ich dank’ dir schon

After many years of watering my musical garden, at long last, we have a sprout. Named after my earliest attempts at songwriting with my dear sister in the family living room, The Living Room EP starts with a question and ends with an answer, or at least the start of one. Here’s to hoping you see yourself somewhere in the story!

Lyrics and Credits

Loved at All

We were two unguarded hearts / so right from the start / we let our love grow
And you, a trusting loving friend / followed where I led / and I let you down

Oh I won your heart / and I let you fall
And I left you there / wondering if you’d been loved at all

I knew what I had to do / but I couldn’t follow through / I couldn’t quite cut ties
So, your hope stayed alive / consumed all of your mind
You pined away / I can’t forgive myself this crime

That I won your heart / and I let you fall
And I left you there / wondering if you’d been loved at all

If I saw you now I’d look in your eyes / do my best to apologize
For stealing your innocence / stealing your time
For stealing your joy / for making you cry
For promises broken / for failing to lead
For failing to look farther than I could see
For winning your heart / distracting your soul
For having your heart / and failing to hold it dear

Oh I won your heart / and I let you fall
And I left you there / wondering if you’d been loved at all

Song and Lyrics by Joel Ansett
Arranged by Joel Ansett, Dan DeCristofaro, and Ethan Bates
Joel Ansett: Lead Vocals, Guitar
Dan DeCristofaro: Piano, Vocals
Ethan Bates: Cello, Vocals

Hesitancy

We were two unguarded hearts / so right from the start / we let our love grow
And you, a trusting loving friend / followed where I led / and I let you down

Oh which way / don’t know which road I should take
Want someone to show me the way / so I’m not to blame

I’m so tired / I’m so tired of my cowardly ways
Saying I’ll make my move someday / but nothing has changed

Lately my thoughts are mostly unsure / of whether or not what I want is pure
Wants come from where we put our delight / delight in Truth and you’ll want what is right

Yesterday / I saw the loveliest face
Filled to the brim with grace / what was her name

I’m so tired / I’m so tired of my cowardly ways
Saying I’ll make my move someday / but nothing has changed

Lately my thoughts are mostly unsure / of whether or not what I want is pure
Wants come from where we put our delight / delight in Truth and you’ll want what is right

Oh deliver me / from my hesitancy

Lately my thoughts are mostly unsure / of whether or not what I want is pure
Wants come from where we put our delight / delight in truth and you’ll want what is right

Song and Lyrics by Joel Ansett
Arranged by Joel Ansett, Jordan Mart, Dan DeCristofaro, and Ethan Bates
Joel Ansett: Lead vocals, Guitar
Dan DeCristofaro: Piano, Vocals
Ethan Bates: Cello

The Garden-City

If this world never dies / and we’ll all be blessed or cursed / and there’s any place worth saving
Oh God, save New York first

Ride underneath her long tilled soil / New York / until you feel the subway’s pulse and beat
And see the living roots all kinds entangled / from Wall Street’s king to idlers off the street
Rise to face her eye level now / New York / watch clicking heels make the curb alive
Until you know what brings these people here / and what it takes a city to survive

If this world never dies / and we’ll all be blessed or cursed / and there’s any place worth saving
Oh God, save New York first

Stare hard and slow into her soul / New York / Until you see the wounded and forsaken
And all their longings told in honest art / stare until your bones are shaken
Listen to her from the subway to the sky / telling you that every road is a fork
Leading toward on garden-city or another / the question stands / which one is New York

If this world never dies / and we’ll all be blessed or cursed / and there’s any place worth saving
Oh God, save New York first

Song by Joel Ansett
Lyrics by Margaret Dowers
Arranged by Joel Ansett, Dan DeCristofaro, and Ethan Bates
Joel Ansett: Lead Vocals, Guitar
Dan DeCristofaro: Synth, Vocals
Ethan Bates: Cello, Vocals

Waterfall

Walking alone through the woods / there’s a roar that cannot be denied
Constant and loud / a sound that surrounds / it beckons you come and find

But you drown it out / so sure that it’s something you could do without
Your heart is still hard / so you disregard the loudest and loveliest sound

Oh won’t you come where the water is white / let it shove you under / let it steal your might
And when you surface downstream / for the first time / you will be free

You’re keeping busy so you stay sane / and were you to stop you would hear your real name
So stop your ignoring / come find the roaring / come back to from where you came

Oh won’t you come where the water is white / let it shove you under / let it steal your might
And when you surface downstream / for the first time / you will be free

Song and Lyrics by Joel Ansett
Arranged by Joel Ansett, Dan DeCristofaro, and Ethan Bates
Joel Ansett: Lead Vocals, Guitar
Dan DeCristofaro: Piano, Vocals
Ethan Bates: Cello, Vocals

Give Our Hearts Some Weight

Hearts like leaves they float along / where oh where do they belong
Hearts like leaves they float around / will they ever find the ground

Tired of winds that change my ways / won’t you give our hearts some weight
Won’t you give our hearts some weight / so we fall in the right places

Hearts like leaves they’re to and fro / hard to know where they will go
Aren’t you tired of floating on / floating ’til your time is gone

Tired of winds that change my ways / won’t you give our hearts some weight
Won’t you give our hearts some weight / so we fall in the right places

Song and Lyrics by Joel Ansett
Arranged by Joel Ansett, Jordan Mart, and Julie Kucks
Joel Ansett: Guitar, Lead Vocals
Dan DeCristofaro: Vocals
Ethan Bates: Vocals

Known & Loved

You’re in a place you think you know / surrounded but you feel alone
You have a place to rest your head / but not a home

Feels like you lost yourself again / sit in the silence of a friend
When you are fully known and loved / you have a home

The burden you choose to bare / keeping yourself from those who care
Problems and pride play hide and seek / you’re unaware
All of the things you keep concealed / one day are bound to be revealed
We paint a picture of ourselves that isn’t real

Feels like you lost yourself again/ sit in the silence of a friend
When you are fully known and loved / you have a home

In time / may you find / peace of mind / with me my friend

Song, Lyrics, and Arrangement by Joel Ansett, Dan DeCristofaro, and Ethan Bates
Dan DeCristofaro: Lead Vocals, Piano
Joel Ansett: Guitar, Vocals
Ethan Bates: Cello, Vocals