Next Time Around

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Rick Parnell is a Canadian singer/songwriter who’s walking the road less traveled. Sidelining an enviable corporate career to pursue a passion for song, his music sprouts from the very roots of the Folk-Rock tradition and then subtly suggests new directions. Introspective and captivating, his songs most frequently evoke comparisons to Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and George Harrison. John Lennon and Johnny Cash are influences that also arise when describing Rick's vocal and song writing style ... Complex yet catchy lyrical phrases, solid melodies and impressionistic storytelling.

The Rick Parnell Band features singer /songwriter Rick Parnell with son Hart Parnell on lead guitar, Terry Martyniuk on percussion, and Ian Lopez-Ganoza on bass and backing vocals. Vocals from Harriet Frost and Deb Judas are also featured on this collection.

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released December 20, 2012

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Rick Parnell Vancouver, British Columbia

Rick Parnell is an original voice, with intriguing lyrics in the tradition of Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Donovan, with some Lennon, Nillson, Harrison and even Johnny Cash mixed in for good measure. Inspired by these musical heroes, Rick’s own music is textured and nuanced, blending a mid-lifetime’s experience with a youthful, poetic soul. ... more

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Track Name: Ticket on a Plane
Ticket on a Plane
Rick and Hart Parnell

Verses:
I would be there
If I could be here
but I am nowhere
to be found

I would hold you
If I could find you
And I would never
hold you down

There are places
I've never been to
Where even when it rains
The weather's fine

When I find you
I know I'll be there
Where the water
tastes like wine

Chorus:
Gonna stop taking poison for the pain
Wash my troubles down the drain
Buy a ticket on a plane
Fly somewhere to be myself again

Verses 2:
I'd like to be near
Another hemisphere
A warmer breeze
pushing my back

If I knew you
I'd hold on to you
Sip cool drinks
and share a laugh

There are places
That I could show you
Where people smile
Though times are bad

With you with me
I know I will be
Happy with every
thing I have

Chorus:
Gonna stop taking poison for the pain
Wash my troubles down the drain
Buy a ticket on a plane
Fly somewhere to be myself again

Verses 3:
Living will be easy
When you are with me
The world looks better
When we share

All those places
We've never been to
Will be right here
And we'll be there

Final Chorus:
Gonna stop taking poison for the pain
Wash my troubles down the drain
Buy a ticket on a plane
Fly somewhere to be myself
Fly somewhere to be myself
Fly somewhere to be myself again
Track Name: Next Time Around
Next Time Around
Rick and Hart Parnell

I was born at the wrong time
And I was born in the wrong place
If you can't see me now
It's because I was born with the wrong face

These are not my fingers
And these are not my toes
But I will work them for a lifetime
I will dress them in my clothes

And then maybe who knows
I'll catch you next time around

I never held you
in these arms
I couldn't serve you
or bribe you with my charms

This is not my body
These are not my eyes
Something tells me we have
witnessed the same lies

I shouldn't be here
It's all messed up
This is not my body
But I taste what's in this cup

And maybe who knows
I'll catch you next time around

I never held you
in these arms
I couldn't serve you
or bribe you with my charms

You won't see me now
This is not my face

But maybe I'll catch you
next time around
next time around
next...
time...
next time around
Track Name: Apple of Your Eye
Apple of Your Eye
Rick Parnell

Might have been a salesman
So many things people want to buy
Might have been a lawyer
I never learned to lie
I could be happy with you on my side
I'm taking shape to be the apple of your eye

Won't be asked to run for government
I'm not that kind of guy
Someone thought I'd fit the military
But I was never keen to try
May hide out till I can prove just why
I should be the apple of your eye

Some men are seeking peaches
Some are seeking plums
You pick that fruit too early
And it will never ripen up

Won't want to be a preacher
Though some find comfort in their zeal
Don't want to be in the middle
Pass on orders I don't feel
Might fail, but you know I have to try
To become the apple of your eye

I'd like to be a teacher
There's too much that I don't know
Maybe I could be a gardner
Take care and reap what I have sowed
But if you're walking through the garden then stop...
And let me be the apple of your eye

Yes, let me be the apple of your eye
Track Name: By These Blues
By These Blues
Rick Parnell

Verses:

I try to hold on,
but I know that it can't last,
As soon as I enjoy it
the moment has passed
Knowing we'll part,
I'm already missing you

Is that the sky, or
has the sun succumbed to the blues

I've got no reason
beyond this rhyme,
What you're doing to me now
masks a perfect crime
We took from each other
but I can't get back now

Is that the sky or
are the blues falling too somehow

Chorus:
Same as it always was
The past makes a perfect love
If it wasn't so damn warm outside
I'd be chilled by these blues
I'd be chilled by these blues

Verses:
I let go of everything
the moment we met
If there's no future
what meaning has a debt
Such beauty seeks
an always fresher gaze

The sky should be grey but the
blues have their hold on the haze

I don't blame you
for turning me away
We can both see clearly
with the light of this summer day
But I may call you
when the winter cold draws near

And the sky has lost all color, and
the blues have captured their last tear

Chorus
Same as it always was
The past makes a perfect love
If it wasn't so damn warm outside
I'd be chilled by these blues
I'd be chilled by these blues
I'd be chilled by these blues
Track Name: A Numbers Game
A Numbers Game
Rick Parnell

Highway 17 or 41
Colt 45 vs a tommy gun
Sweet 16 turning 21
Day at the beach or a midnight run

Smoke that cigarette and roll the dice
count the money - count it twice
if I had nickel for each bit of bad advice
Give it away to make things right

Cause I'm without you in this numbers game
Each mile seems more insane

snakes and ladders or a roulette wheel
old friends and lovers - no time to steal
TV channels without sex appeal
the price is right, let's make a deal

Without you in a numbers game

Rented room and a rental car
Tiny bottles in a hotel bar
Would you rather be rich or be a star
Either way it's a numbers game

(guitar solo)

Without you in a numbers game
Count the miles driving me insane


The fresh face in your mirror
The things you say when you want me nearer
Makes me ask "what am I doing here?"
Another shot to deny my fear

Fall leaves in a swimming pool
making music with power tools
living what I never learned in school
count myself on this ship of fools

It's a numbers game
Each mile gets more inane

Stuck without you in a numbers game
Count the miles driving me insane

(guitar solo)
Track Name: Back to You
Back to You
Rick Parnell

For all of my promise
For any of the pain
For all the words left unspoke
I'm sorry for it now

For any of your life unloved
For all that we might have been
If there's anything left undone
I'm sorry for it now

I know that the path we're on
is the best that I can do
I'll walk every rocky road
If it brings me back to you
Back home to you

For all of the busyness
And all of the storms
For anything I never meant
I'm sorry for it now

For all of my thoughtlessness
For any time you felt alone
If it ever seemed like carelessness
I'm sorry for it now

I know that the path we're on
is the best that I can do
I'll walk every rocky road
if it brings me back home to you
Back to you
Back to you
Back to you
Back to you
Back home to you...
Track Name: Another
Another
Rick Parnell

Caught by the ankle
At a twist in the road
She lunged for my soul
It had already been sold

There was a hole near my heart
So I welcomed her in
I offered her whiskey
She'd brought her own gin

Chorus:

And I swore I'd never touch another
Just one more chance
I'll never touch another

She drank till she couldn't
Even dance any more
I laughed till she cried
and my face met the floor

What she said cut through me
Like a mother's dying curse
hanging in the darkness
cornered by the hurt

Chorus:

I swore I'd never touch another
Just one more chance
I'll never touch another

She was gone in the morning
What she'd taken she'd left
I should have eaten
Though hungry felt best

The trail she'd left me
was already cold
From where I was now
I could never get home

Chorus:

I swore I'd never touch another
Just one more chance
I'll never touch another

Well chances come
As chances are
Roads get crooked
At the bottom of a jar

I surely knew of the others
In the end we're all doomed
Swept by the current
or under the broom

Chorus:

I swore I'd never touch another
Just one more chance
I'll never touch another

I swore I'd never touch another
Just one more chance
I'll never touch another

Never another
Track Name: Under My Feet (feat. Deb Judas)
Under my Feet
Rick Parnell

These are the stones
That I walk upon
Turns shape the road
That I am now on
If I don't look behind me
I won't notice that you're gone
Will I still be happy
with what I've done
Will I keep searching
For the road I'm on

These soles may be broken
By the fields they have torn
These eyes won't open
These eyes were never closed

These are compromises
I am making
To line the path
I walk upon
Each step I take
I'll be re-gifting
Should I regret
a path I never saw
Will I keep searching
for the road I'm on

These soles may be broken
By the fields they have torn
These eyes won't open
These eyes were never closed
These eyes were never closed

I keep to myself
All words not spoken
To light the path
and guide my way
Each breath I take
is just a toke in
Each step I make
Is not the one before
Each one is searching
for the road that I am on

Guitar solo:

These eyes won't open
These eyes will never close
These eyes will keep on searching
To know the road that I am on
These stones under my feet
These broken fields
These eyes that just keep searching
To know the road under my feet
To know the road under my feet
To know the road under my feet
Track Name: Never Knew Her Name
Never Knew Her Name
Rick Parnell

I know what I know,
It seldom seems like much
This town feels too big
But it’s great for finding lunch

That’s where I found her
In a café near the shore
I might have looked this way
I wished I'd looked like more

I never knew her name
Still I’m glad she came

With hair of sandy blond
It looked soft to touch
Her shoes didn’t match the bag
But the earrings matched her watch

I won’t say what I wore
But what she wore was green
I would have liked to speak to her
Would she know what I mean

I never knew her name
Still I’m glad she came

In the middle of her
beachless holiday
Instead of sleeping
She was being led astray
The lights were breathtaking
With her colours on display

I never knew her name
Still I’m glad she came

And the band played
And her tresses swayed
With that magic smile
She must have looked my way

I never knew her name
Still I’m glad she came

I guess that’s all there is
Though I might have wished for more
Just one smile built
To melt a cynic’s soul

I never knew her name
Still I’m glad she came
Track Name: Survive the Day (feat. Harriet Frost)
Survive the Day
Rick and Hart Parnell

Verses 1
Don't know how to start my day
Need to look the other way
I need someone
To divert my attention

I wish you'd find a better way
But the sky won't stay this grey
I 'll find someone
to redefine my direction.

Chorus
You want to make me pay
I'd like to see you stay
But if you walk away
I will survive today

Verses 2
Put the call out to my friend
Help me mend my fence
Remind me I have someone
I can rely on

My heart's too young to keep inside
I could find a welcome smile
With the right someone
I'll find the way to move on.

Chorus
You want to make me pay
I'd like to see you stay
But if you walk away
I will survive today

Verses 3
This day was meant to be
If not for you and me
There is someone
Who'll have the right reaction.

Chorus
You want to make me pay
I'd like to see you stay
But if you walk away
I will survive today

If you walk away
I will survive this day

Outro
. . . . .
Track Name: I'm Coming Home (2012)
I'm Coming Home
Rick Parnell

Verse:
Long ago and far away
Grass was green and the skys were grey
And life wasn't likely to go my way
Right would need another day

My umbrella was done
And I can't say who won
But then I was only having fun

The air was much too cold
I already felt much too old
I couldn't do what I was told

Chorus:
But now I'm coming home
I've been gone too long
I'm coming home again to you

Verse:
Flash of light and all around
Close but never touching down
Losing time with a dancer's song
When it was you all along

My umbrella was blue
The heat consumed the morning dew
And I was happy in the glue

The sun was much too hot
Life my way could be bought
I wouldn't do what I knew I ought

Chorus:
Now I'm coming home
I've been gone too long
I'm coming home again
I'm coming home again to you

Verse:
I can't let it be
Though I have everything I need
I just want to be
The one you have to see

Chorus:
I'm coming home
I've been gone too long
I'm coming home again

I'm coming home
I've been gone too long
I'm coming home again to you . .
Track Name: Not Your Man
Not Your Man
Rick and Hart Parnell

I said I’d be here, and so I am
I said I’d be here when we began
I said I’d be here to hold your hand
I said I’d be here and so I am

I said I’d be here,
Right ‘til the end,
But I’m not your man …

I saw that meaning, is hard to find
And when you’re near me, I might unwind
After what we’ve shared dear, don’t be so unkind
Life isn’t fair dear, but this one's mine

I said I’d be here,
Right ‘til the end,
But I’m not your man …

I knew your beauty when you weren’t shy
It wouldn’t leave you, hard as you try
I was innocent, deaf dumb and blind
After all the laughter we’ll share a cry

I said I’d be here,
Right ‘til the end,
But I’m not your man …

If there’s a way out, its almost here
We weren’t the first ones to show no fear
I know what your thinking, its so clear
I said I’d be here to wipe that tear

I said I’d be here,
Right ‘til the end,
But I’m not your man …

I said I’d be here,
Right ‘til the end,
I’m not your man …