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The Desk Drawer Tapes

by The Cucumbers

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John Niedzwiecki
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John Niedzwiecki A terrific collection of songs recorded during different stages of The Cucumbers music journey. I’m so thrilled about adding The Desk Drawer Tapes to my collection. So many of these songs were favorites of mine from The Cucumbers live shows. Highly recommended!!! Favorite track: You Are the Match.
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1.
Do it yourself Do it yourself Do it yourself, by yourself, by yourself Do it yourself Do it yourself Do it yourself, by yourself, by yourself Sometimes you’re not in the mood If you don’t want to, who else could It might be bad might not be any good But anything’s better than nothing Do it yourself Do it yourself Do it yourself, do it yourself Do it yourself Do it yourself Do it yourself, by yourself, by yourself Sometimes you’re not in the mood If you don’t want to, who else could It might be bad might not be any good But anything’s better than nothing Anything’s better than nothing Anything’s better than nothing Anything’s better than nothing Anything’s better than nothing Do it yourself Do it yourself Do it yourself, by yourself, by yourself Do it yourself Do it yourself Do it yourself, by yourself, by yourself Do it yourself Do it yourself Do it yourself, do it yourself
2.
You are too much Much much too much Late at night Early morning Every single every day You’re beauty from afar Beauty from afar Beauty from afar From afar I am discovered Newly uncovered For you only You will not be lonely I am inside you I am beside you I’m singing in your ear Singing in your ear And you hear what you want to hear What you want to hear Hands are warm Whisper here Near and far Far and near Strange obscure yet strangely dear You’re beauty from afar Beauty from afar Beauty from afar From afar I’m singing in your ear Singing in your ear And you hear what you want to hear And hat you want to hear Is beauty from afar Beauty from afar Beauty from afar Beauty from afar From afar afar afar
3.
I let my mind wander I let my thoughts stray I never knew it could take me so far away It’s bringing me up And it’s also bringing me down All I can is hold onto myself till the spinning slows down You think you know what you want Now try and go get it You think you know what you don’t Try not to regret it We both have our secrets We both have our jewels How do we let them shine and attract and what are the rules You want to stay open To what the next day will bring How do you protect what you have when the world is in spring You think you know what you want Now try and go get it You think you know what you don’t Try not to regret it You think you know what you want Now try and go get it You think you know what you don’t Try not to regret it I won’t say too much Because I don’t want to go too far I want to stay well in control of things as they are I know it’s easy to break What is hard to repair And the signs say proceed with caution and handle with care You think you know what you want Now try and go get it You think you know what you don’t Try not to regret it You think you know what you want Now try and go get it You think you know what you don’t Try not to regret it
4.
Tell me what you’re thinking Tell me what you do Tell me why I should want to hire you Do you like my jokes Do you know the rules Do you think I care about any of you fools I do it’s true I was once human too I do it’s true I was once human too Now I’m the boss, I’m the boss the boss You see I got to be friends With Mr. Big Owner And I found out he was just An old unhappy loner You see life had let him down He lost his faith his trust And now his only pleasure is to grind his workers into dust I do it’s true I was once human too I do it’s true I was once human too Now I’m the boss, I’m the boss the boss This is the boss’s song this is the boss’s song If I’m all right than nothings wrong And I’m the boss ‘cause I am strong And I want you to sing along (“Time is money, boy”) “Break is over, now!” (“I AM NOT SHOUTING INTO THE PHONE”) You plant and water You trim the tree You pick the fruit and then you give it all to me That’s the way it is and was and always will be That the way it is you think I feel no sympathy I do it’s true I was once human too I do it’s true I was once human too You work you sweat and what do you get You work you sweat and what do you get Now I’m the boss, I’m the boss, I’m the boss And all the bosses sing, they say This is the boss’s song this is the boss’s song If I’m all right than nothings wrong And I’m the boss ‘cause I am strong And I want you to sing along This is the boss’s song this is the boss’s song If I’m all right than nothings wrong And I’m the boss ‘cause I am strong And I want you to sing along I want you to sing along I want you to sing along
5.
Eight days ago you said you loved me so So you did so you did but you lied I’ve had seven lonely nights and I cry and cry and cry Where’d you go where’d you go honey my oh my How far can you go when you my heart loves you so Don’t you know you tear me up inside Eight days ago you said you loved me so Yes you did yes you did honey why oh why Sometimes I swear I feel you thinking about me Get a certain thrill inside and I fix on you Won’t you give me a sign am I tugging on your line Oh how I wish it could be true How far can you go when you my heart loves you so Don’t you know you tear me up inside Eight days ago you said you loved me so Yes you did yes you did honey my oh my Six are the moons we spent together Five times we danced through the night Now before you let me go there’s one thing I’ve got to know Was it real or was it just my own delight How far can you go when you my heart loves you so Don’t you know you twist me up inside Eight days ago you said you loved me so Yes you did yes you honey did you lie Yes you did yes you did why oh why Yes you did yes you did my oh my
6.
What do you know about nothing Doesn’t everybody know something Maybe everybody just knows nothing But I know something Just when I think that I know something What I find out is I know nothing What I know is all an illusion Focus in it’s so confusing Just when I think that I know what I’m doing Then I see that I’m trampling on you and Do I stop or do I continue If you were me now what would you do If you were me now what would you do If you were me now what would you do If you were me now what would you do If you were me now what would you do If you were me now what would you do What would you do What would you do What would you do
7.
You are the match and I am the book You are the catch and I am the hook You are the knot you are the rope You are the wish and I am the hope And all I want is you and all the things we do You make me laugh you make me cry You drive me crazy I don’t know why You are the key and I am the lock You are the time and I am the clock You are the salt and I can be sweet You are the drums and I am the beat And all I want is you and all the things we do You make me laugh you make me cry You drive me crazy I don’t know why Don’t ever let me go, don’t ever let me go Don’t ever let me go, don’t ever let me go And all I want is you… you’re all I want… all I want is you You’ve got the spark and I’ve got the fire You are the juice and I am the wire I am the flower you are the tree You are the waves and I am the sea And all I want is you and all the things we do You make me laugh you make me cry You drive me crazy I don’t know why Don’t ever let me go, don’t ever let me go Don’t ever let me go, don’t ever let me go
8.
True For Me 03:28
You sit there and you think oh they all know I didn't win You sit there and you think about why you didn't win You sit there and you think I should know why you didn't win But I look around me No one's racing now You sit there and you think that you deserve the luck you've had You sit there and you think that you deserve it good or bad You sit there and you think that you deserve the luck you've had I look around me And know I'm damn lucky It's true for me True for me I sit here and I sing to you it's going to be all right I sit here and I sing to you, you know it's going to be all right I sit here and I sing to you it's going to be all right When I have no idea at all What's going to happen But I'll be here with you and you'll be here with me I'll be here listening so you listen back to me I'm going to be right by your side that's how it's going to be That's all there is that's all there is that's all there is that's all there is That's all there is Well it's true for me True for me
9.
I’m still thinking of midnight and your green eyes I’m still thinking of stars and me oh my You sing such a sweet sweet song Let the song go on and on and on Are you thinking of midnight and my brown eyes Are you thinking of stars and me oh my I know all kinds of songs Let me sing your favorite one Midnight midnight I’m thinking and I don’t have a doubt You know what I’m thinking about It’s only good if you want me too If you want me like I want you… do you… I’m thinking of midnight Wishing for midnight Longing for midnight Dreaming of midnight
10.
Our love is over and done Our love is just begun Our love is what we are Our love is on and on Did I tell you I loved you way back when Can I tell you I love you now and tell you I always shall Plans we made, things we never say Time is stronger than I thought it could be But time happens and it happened to me Our love is over and done Our love is just begun Our love is what we are Our love is on and on Is your heart as tender as you wish it to be Is my heart as tender as you wish it from me I’d like to be I’d like be Oh how I would like to be Our love is what we are It’s over and done but it’s what we are It’s just begun because it’s what we are Our love is what we are It’s what we are What we are
11.
I want to cry, I want to cry Because of what I learned Sometimes when you’re quiet You’ve got to shout to be heard I thought that you were like a bird and you were getting ready to fly away I thought that you were ready to fly away I didn’t know you didn’t show I thought you were happy Sometimes when you’re quiet You’ve got to shout to be heard I thought that you were like a bird and you were getting ready to fly away I thought that you were ready to fly away Do you think that you can find the words to say all the things you’ve got to say Can you ever find the words to say all the things that you’ve got to say Can you say it can you can you say it can you say I want to cry I want to cry I didn’t know I didn’t know You didn’t show you didn’t show I thought you were happy Sometimes when you’re quiet Sometimes when you’re quiet You’ve got to shout to be heard
12.
I am so ready so ready so ready I am so ready so ready to go I kept you waiting you waiting you waiting I kept you waiting ‘cause I’ve been so slow But now I am ready I’m ready I’m ready Now I am ready I’m ready to go I want to go to the next level I want to go to the next level I want to go to the next level To the trees to the sky to the sun to the rain High up up high high high high I kept you waiting you waiting you waiting I kept you waiting ‘cause I’ve been so slow But now I am ready I’m ready I’m ready Now I am ready I’m ready to go So come and get ready get ready get ready Come and get ready get ready to go I want to go to the next level I want to go to the next level I want to go to the next level To the trees to the sky to the sun to the rain High up up high high high high High

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“The Desk Drawer Tapes” is a collection of previously unreleased songs, recorded from 1988-2005.

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released June 4, 2021

Produced by Jon Fried and Deena Shoshkes
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Artwork by Ann Shoshkes
Mastered by Scott Anthony at Storybook Sound

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Jon Fried & Deena Shoshkes started The Cucumbers and found a home in the 80's indie pop scene in Hoboken, NJ. They have created many varied musical projects, which are presented together, here. We hope you enjoy our new music, and newly re-mastered old recordings. ... more

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