Unpopular Pop

by Blair Packham

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1.
You, yeah, you: this song’s about you I said that all the others were But that wasn’t really true You, yeah, you: this song’s about you Please don’t be alarmed It’s ‘cause I really miss you sometimes I hope that that’s forgivable And I know it isn’t logical But when something pretty magical Just turns to dust… You, yeah, you: this song’s about you… It’s nothing that I mean to chase Just something that I had to say Before you turn and walk away This one’s for you You, yeah, you: this song’s about you… Sometimes I got so mad Pissed off at you, sad with you But now that that’s gone away I can turn and say I miss you I bet you find it comical And think that I’m impossible Though very much predictable By coming ‘round at all You, yeah, you: this song’s about you…
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I don’t know why I feel this way Everything went upsy-daisy When the kitten came around Everything she do just drive me crazy Every move and every sound If I had my head on straight I’d turn and walk away I don’t know why I don’t Don’t know why I don’t know why I feel this way I admit I made a beeline When she rubbed against my leg She’s such a sleek and slinky feline She purred and ran away When kitten arches her back My train gets knocked off track And I don’t know why I knew the kitten is hot But I never ever thought She'd make me sweat With tomcats scratching down her door My body’s achin’ and I want some more Is it love floatin’ in the air Or kitten posing in her underwear? Everything went upsy-daisy When the kitten came around Everything she do just drive me crazy Every move and every sound If I had my head on straight I’d turn and walk away I don’t know why I don’t Don’t know why When kitten arches her back My train gets knocked off the track Don’t know why I don’t Don’t know why ---- © 2017 No. 1 Imperfects {SOCAN}
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Proof 03:17
Man’s a funny creature He wants spiritual insurance He’ll turn to the preacher For his immortal reassurance He’ll proclaim undying faith While filled with doubt and pain When all the proof he’ll ever need Is all around him In the name of his god’s heaven He’ll destroy his earthly kingdom The world that he was given The gift that his god gave him His self-righteous self-destruction Born of doubt and cynicism When all the proof he’ll ever need Is all around him The light reflecting off a million motes of dust The wondrous communion shared in music The beauty of a clear blue sky Makes me have to wonder why The sacredness of our existence Still needs proving You want proof of god’s existence? Adopt an orphan, have a baby Or fall in love without resistance No conditions in your heart And when disaster strikes and mistakes are made Watch strangers band together And all the proof you’ll ever need Is all around us The light reflecting off a million motes of dust… One love, one heart Turns to another in the dark And in a second, in a moment In a flash, in a spark All the proof you’ll ever need Is all around us ---- © 2009 No. 1 Imperfects {SOCAN}
4.
Other Side 03:35
People get ready I might be unsteady Been walking a straight but narrow line It’s time for a change, time to make new arrangements I want to go back to the other side of life The glass was half-empty surrounded by plenty I was making up reasons to grouse and gripe I finally decided to give in and try it I’d better aspire to the other side of life I tried walking alone for some time I’m trying to find my way home All the signs I see keep leading me back To the other side Day-to-day winners, the saint or the sinner I watched them parade with a bitter grin I envied the thunder of hundred-hit wonders In the warmth of the sun on the other side of life I tried walking alone for some time… To the other side… Now I look for good omens and teachable moments I bet my whole life on a shooting star I’m happy to say in my own modest way That I seem to have crossed to the other side of life I tried walking alone for some time... ---- © 2010 No. 1 Imperfects/Sony-ATV {SOCAN}
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Ego-surfing down every thread There’s an image of me or something flattering said Of course I had to let it go to my head I surrendered to all the love Bleary-eyed and tweeting away I got two million new hits just from today Don't read the comments don't care what they say I surrender to only the love Sitting neat in my hotel suite in the nude I've scaled the heights under sparkling brights Now I’ve done all there is to do A million compliments made it true And though sometimes, sure, I remember you Kissing me before the cheques came through When enough was almost enough Pundits and the polls never get it right My attention span disappeared the other night Is it time yet to trade in the wife? ‘Cause enough is never enough Sitting neat in my hotel suite in the nude I've scaled the heights under sparkling brights Now I’ve done all there is to do I see the world without looking up As I gargle champagne from the bathroom cup I've always said enough is never enough And I’ve done all there is to do Do doo doo doo doo doo doo doo… ---- © 2017 No. 1 Imperfects/Tea Guy Music (SOCAN)
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That weeping willow’s got nothin’ on me I start to tremble at the slightest breeze Hiding under covers, lost in my bed That same old song’s going ‘round in my head Second-guessing second chances As the seconds slip away And where does the time go? Where does the time go? Where does the time go? Can anybody say? Stacks of dishes that are filling the sink Long letters I mean to write in invisible ink Phone calls from friends Who have forgotten my name And everyone assures me we all feel the same Disapproval, disappointment, too I’ll only let you down But where does the time go? Where does the time go? Where does the time go? Can anybody say? Grow up Make a choice Just decide Use your voice And climb out of that hole That’s what they tell me But I don’t know anymore And where does the time go? Where does the time go? Where does the time go? know? Can anybody say? (Is anybody there?) ---- © 2016 No. 1 Imperfects (SOCAN)
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My usual excuses Are usually enough But tonight my biggest critic Is made of stronger stuff If you ask me for my story Then you say it’s all a bore Then, baby, what'd you come here for? Subtext kinda baffles me: What is it that you mean? Tell your truth directly, please And free of mystery I’m sick and tired of asking I won’t beg but I’ll implore: Baby, what'd you come here for? Baby, what’d you come here for? To sit me down and tell me how your heart got torn? Baby, what’d you come here for? Were you expecting we’d add up Like two and three makes four? Your expectations aren’t my business And I won’t change for you no more So baby, what'd you come here for? I’ve wrestled tinhorn tyrants Drawing lines across the sand And bettered backroom bullies Shaking babies, kissing hands I hate to play the victim After winning every war So baby, what'd you come here for Baby, what’d you come here for? To sit me down and tell me how your heart got torn? Baby, what’d you come here for? Were you expecting I’d add up Like two and three makes four? Your expectations aren’t my business And I won’t change for you no more So baby, what'd you come here for? My usual excuses Are usually enough But tonight my biggest critic Is made of stronger stuff If you ask me for my story Then declare it all a bore Baby, what'd you come here for? ---- © 2017 No. 1 Imperfects {SOCAN}
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He’s a fast-talking Johnny, a Jack-of-all-trades He’s a good-time Charlie whose future is made Spending valuable party time Handing out the same old lines To giggling, middle-aged ladies He’s a one-trick pony, a horse with no name He’s a slippery eel who knows just who to blame When circumstances start to close in When the wicket gets sticky again And those ladies they start to complain I don’t know what you’re talking about I don’t know what you’re talking about I don’t know what you’re talking about I don’t know what you mean I don’t know what you mean at all He’s an ego on wheels spinning stuck in the snow And when he gets moving he’s soon out of control Still, he shrugs off concern from his friends Who shake their heads and pretend That the party won’t come to an end I don’t know what you’re talking about… He’s a sorry sack of shit, a bag of old bones He’s a dollar-store Romeo you can’t reach on the phone ‘Cause his wife she would object And he’d lose all self-respect The little he still has left I don’t know what you’re talking about… ---- © 2014 No. 1 Imperfects {SOCAN}
9.
I need to know what I should do I need to know what I should do I can’t let go but I can’t keep holding on I want to hold you, keep you safe Take my hand, we could run away (They’re not just empty words in a foolish song) But if you were mine the stars would shine So much brighter If you were mine I wouldn’t mind if storms would blow Rain could come and go as long as we’re together I long for you with every breath Every thought, every little death But I wonder if you ever long for me But if you were mine the stars would shine So much brighter If you were mine I wouldn’t mind if storms would blow Rain could come and go as long as we’re together I don’t blame you: you belong to someone else I can’t change you: the only choice you’ve left for me Is to look out for myself I need to know what I should do I need to know what I should do I can’t let go but I’m barely holding on But if you were mine the stars would shine So much brighter If you were mine I wouldn’t mind if storms would blow Rain could come and go as long as we’re together ---- © 2013 No. 1 Imperfects {SOCAN}
10.
Sliding down the slippery slope It’s a long way down, a long way down I could use a hand or maybe some rope It’s a long way down, a long way down I fall in love too easily: I get dizzy from the height, too blind to see That when I land eventually Well, it’s such a long way down The slide begins with a single kiss It’s a long way down, a long way down And I know even before she touches my lips It’s a long way down, a long way down I could make friends with gravity I could just let go, start fallin’ free And maybe that’s just the entrance fee But it’s such a long way down And what am I so afraid of I might fly I might soar With the one I adore And when they call it “Falling in love” Well, it’s just a metaphor, isn’t it? Just a metaphor I fall in love too easily: I get dizzy from the height Too blind to see That when I crash eventually It’s such a long way down But I guess I’ll give it one more chance It’s a long way down, a long way down Stop being a wallflower and join in the dance It’s a long way down, a long way down Start moving forward and stop just making plans Start giving back and stop making demands Stop thinking of myself as a victim of circumstance Start asking my heart and not just my pants But it’s such a long way Such a long way down Oh it’s such a long way Such a long way down ---- © 2011 No. 1 Imperfects {SOCAN}
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Loved By You 04:04
I don’t know what I’ve been doing And I don’t know where I went wrong And I don’t know that I will ever, ever know Just when it seems that the answer Must be out on the horizon It disappears every time that I get close And that mirage is my torment As I wonder what it all meant From the words I said to ones I never spoke Every nighttime turns to dawn Every day will turn to dusk But I can’t seem to move on Even though they say I must Every sinner has a future Every saint has a past People change Well, many people do But they weren’t loved by you Second-guessing big decisions Rarely setting any goals Merely letting life just wash all over me Confused about my purpose Not even sure if I possess one Only half-convinced I should just let it be The past it can’t be sifted Through your fingers just like sand Trying to find the gold amongst the dirt Every nighttime turns to dawn… And I don’t need a watch to know the time And I don’t need a map to know just where I am I’m nowhere without you Every nighttime turns to dawn… ---- © 2014 No. 1 Imperfects (SOCAN)

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released May 18, 2017

Blair played and sang most everything, but he had some serious help from Craig Northey, Ron Sexsmith, Steven Page, Mark Kelso, Simon Kendall, Sascha Tukatsch, Roger Travassos, Tim Timleck, Tracy Richards, Kevin Fox, and Jonathan Marks.

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Blair Packham Toronto, Ontario

Thirteen years after his last release (2004’s “Could’ve Been King”), Blair Packham has returned with a collection of clever and always satisfying songs, called “Unpopular Pop.” A bit Beatle-y, with shades of Elvis Costello, Blair’s new songs are undeniably all his. He made the record at home and then called on Ron Sexsmith and ex-Barenaked Ladies’ Steven Page to make vocal appearances. ... more

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