Songs for Somethings and Someones

by Kevin Savino-Riker

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A collection of songs written for a purpose: Songwriting contests, collaborations, commissions, or anything else that isn't just music I wrote for myself.

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released February 14, 2010

Kevin Savino-Riker - songwriting, guitar, bass, drums, percussion, vocals
Sidney Robert Brown - fiddle

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Kevin Savino-Riker Anaheim, California

Hi, I'm a full-time day-job kinda guy who writes eclectic music on the side. I gig occasionally, I participate in songwriting contests when the mood strikes, and he sometimes speaks in the third person.

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Track Name: Wait Right There
Yesterday, tomorrow
Just abstract versions of now
Why do they make a difference?
When now's all we can experience anyhow?

Give or take, or borrow
There's a choice in how we share
No matter where you think you're headed
I choose to get you closer to getting there

I hear your call
You push my buttons
I'll come runnin'

Wait right there
(I wanna get up for you)
Wait right there
(I wanna meet up with you)
Wait right there
(I wanna get up for you)
Wait right there
(I'll make it up to you)

You look at me, so impatient
I could never take your stares
Won't let you down unless you ask me to
'Til then I'm yours to direct me anywheres

I hear your call
You push my buttons
I'll come runnin'

Wait right there
(I wanna get up for you)
Wait right there
(I wanna meet up with you)
Wait right there
(I wanna get up for you)
Wait right there
(I'll make it up to you)
Track Name: Requited
Nothing gets much better than this
Usually something goes amiss
But lately we make great chemistry
Some unforeseen unseasonal bliss

Inspired, excited
Desired, delighted me

After those eyes meet mine tonight
Blood pressures rise, lips nervously bite
Despite my slight fright, it's quite a nice sight
One touch of your skin means I'll be alright

Exotic, intoxicating
Amazing you

Tremendous, fulfilling
Stupendous and thrilling
Believed in, invited
Received, then requited, love
Track Name: Got Away
You were a siren in shinin' glass-scattered sun
I was a shy and silent distantly affectionate
Train wreck with training wheels on

I hid in my corner to fawn over the beauty only I saw
You were all exotic, had nothing to hide, you wore your
Insides like they were costumes at Mardi Gras

I was always a waiter, not much of a chaser
I'm no instigator

But I swore I saw your eyes flash invitation
To talk you later

You held my gaze
And I froze in place


And all because of my delay
You're the one who got away
You're the one who got away


I'd come back to see you, to greet you, try to meet you
In some better place

Found my first courage in the bottom of the coffee you
Served me with that Mardi Gras smile on your face

I'd climb my wall of nerves, push the ball of doubtful words aside
And tried to be my own cupid that day

But you eluded me, you did me a favor
Turns out you made a greater cupid than I did anyway

And as you slipped away
Right then I saw her face


Now I no longer have to say
"She's the one who got away"
You gave a gift I can't repay

You led me to find 'the one'
And I'm so happy this love's begun
And after all is said and done

I mean "thank you" when I say,
After all is said and done
"Happy Valentine's Day"
Track Name: Dinosaur Sam
I can call a man, get a job, earn a wage
And relax at the end of a long work day
For how much pay compared to what's made
By the gal next door who works as much if not more
I guess her glass ceiling is your glass floor

What makes me so special?

And I can ask that gal for her name, for her number
Ask her out on a date and if we relate we'll
Fall madly in love and there are vows we can make
Ain't that just the same as when two men feel that way?
But your good book ain't good enough to say that's okay.

What makes me so special?

You make these rules to govern over, curry favor
What makes you so special?
If you took this job to ensure you've got
More rights than others then

One thing I know for sure:
Uncle Sam don't represent me no more

You're a Dinosaur, Sam - your ideology needs
To die; no sore winners in my promised land
The youth will be your meteor, Sam
And the truth will set you free
Feel free to take your leave

I can have a drink or four and get into a car
And get pulled over and blow for the officer
And pay it away if I fail, I can stay out of jail
But if a bright young kid at the top of his class gets
Caught with some grass, does he get a free pass?
Not if it keeps your prisons filled, I guess

What makes me so special?

You make these rules to feel superior
What makes you so special?
If you took this job to ensure you've got
More rights than others then

One thing I know for sure:
There's not much time for you and yours

You're a Dinosaur, Sam - your ideology needs
To die; no sore winners in my promised land
The youth will be your meteor, Sam
And the truth will set you free
Feel free to take your leave
Feel free to take your leave

Feel free to take your leave
Track Name: Better Days
The best thing living in a maze
Around the corner there are better days

Feeling good means more to you
Than it ever could for those who never knew
The pain it takes to understand
Relief from pain you never planned

But you’ve found a way to make it through the day
To make it through the maze of you
Your mind and body
Straining through and through

But your battle’s not with me
So I cannot set you free
From this purgatory
All I can do for you

Is to give you something good to think

The best thing living in a maze
Around the corner there are better days
The best thing about being down
There’s room to lift yourself off the ground

And when you feel lost
In the maze
I’ll give the gift
Of straightaways

No matter what the cost
No matter what it takes
I won't let you miss
The better days

Pain is the feeling of winning the fight for your life
Track Name: Here At The Door
(Verse 1: 6/8 time)
I respect you
And I believe you try to do good

But you've gotten used to
A way of taking much more than you should
And we've let you
Get used to a comfort that more of us could

Enjoy, and feel
For once, for real
And to feel like
We're part of a team

So please please please
Understand what it means
That you're making a choice
In times like these
It will come like the tide
In a unified voice

We'll say...

(Chorus 1: 5/8 time, 3/8 polyrhythm)
...that we're here at the door
There will be many more
Don't be scared but be sure
We're prepared to endure

The wildest ride of all our lives
And if you'll fight don't be surprised
That we're hangin' on...

(Verse 2: 6/8 time)
In case you doubted
There are many more of us
Than you've counted
And we do know that it's crowded

In there but it's
Crowded out here
I just want a seat at this table
Looking for a place

That's stable enough
To stake my claim
To lay my foundation
And shout my name
So please please please
Understand I'm a friend

But I'll tell you again

(Chorus 2: 5/8 time, 4/8 polyrhythm)
That we're here at the door
There will be many more
If you just make some room
Then this place will grow too

And you could stand to clear the air
Just take my hand, there's room in there
And we're hangin' on...

(Outro: 4/4 time, 3/4 polyrhythm)
I respect you
But I have to ask you
Please hear me out
Don't you wrangle me down
Don't wrangle me down, or rein me in
Track Name: Slow Jam
I see you movin' hesitatin'
Almost dancin' in the kitchen
You're feeling lonely, only wishin'
That you felt that elation
That your feet would remember that sensation
Of being on the dance floor

I know what you've gotta do
Our bodies know what we need
So let your pulse quicken and listen
There's no language for the way it feels
But your body speaks and makes it real
This is what we dance for


This is what we dance for
Our bodies know what we need
So we listen when they tell us
To move, to move, to move

You've gotta dance like you've got something to prove

This is what we dance for
It's gotta be what you've gotta do
So call me, baby, call me
And I'll move, to move to you
I'll rescue you I'll take you to the club


You've got your hands in the air
Just like you're reaching for something
That's almost there but you're not quite sure
If you know where to go, take it slow
Let me show you how not to hurry, don't worry
Baby, we'll dance more

We've got all night so we can take our time
'Till we get it right; I can
Wait 'till the DJ plays a slow jam
You won't quite invite me home, but it's alright
This is what we dance for


This is what we dance for
I'll take you to the club, show me what you love
And I'll move to you
I'll move to you
I'll sing a tune
I'll dance with you

This is what we dance for
To move, to move, to move
Track Name: The Damn Breaks
It was never about winning
Our choice of direction affects us all
We'll steer ourselves to a new beginning
Or runaway straight toward a wall

And I thought I could be the one to pull the damn brakes
The one who saves face, not the one who raises the stakes
But you're in charge now and I pray your conscience awakes
Or consequences will cause a million heartaches

So what's your answer to me?

So much is riding on this
We'll scrutinize your every move
You've shown us how much you can promise
But you've got so much more to prove

You'll find you're hated and you're learning those are the damn breaks
You're in over your head and you're measured by your mistakes
You can't solve all of this with back room smiles and handshakes
It's time you listened to more than sycophant snakes

So will you listen to me?

Changing winds and changing tides
The times you lie are the times you drown
When the waters decide to rise
You'll not be able to talk them down

No, you don't wanna be on top of the dam when the dam breaks
Foundations are fragile, imagine the toll our fight takes
The march of the masses are known for causing earthquakes
You're just our employee, don't forget the difference that makes

Don't forget the difference that makes
Don't forget the difference that makes

Now you answer to me
Now you answer to me
Now you answer to me
Track Name: Forgotten But Not Gone
I could spend a lifetime wasting away remembering good times past
I'd pretend it's like my greatest days again blurring milestones passed
And my thinking of late is it's safe to say there's a million I've amassed
But the thing that makes them glory days is the fact that they don't last

And it's over now, and I'm settled down, not by choice but the clock is ticking on

I'm forgotten but not gone
Track Name: Patient
VERSE 1
You have gotten good at counting
How many days it's been
And good at imagining
How many it will be 'till the end

And what it will be the the end of

You could have given in to doubting
Just waiting 'till when
It all starts happening
Too many attacks for you to defend

But that's not what you're afraid of

And you're not quieting your shouting
You're fighting to win
Bravely banishing
A nightmare curse again and again

You've shown us what you're made of

CHORUS
You're graceful as a bird
Emotions of a willow
As patient as a butterfly
to be well again

PART II / POST CHORUS
A thousand faces in a crowd
But not one in a million understands

A simple wish for a clearer head
A stronger heart and steadier hands


VERSE 2
I can't imagine what you're feeling
But you're not here alone
I'll give you anything
My strength and love my understanding

It's all yours for the taking

Why can't we take the hand they're dealing
And throw it all away
And find a better game
One with a brighter ending

A cure of our own making

CHORUS 2
And then without a word
Your head upon a pillow
A patient with the heart to try
You'll be well again

PART II / POST CHORUS 2
A thousand faces all around
And every one your family

Holding you up above the ground
We'll take you where you need to be

CHORUS 3
And if you haven't heard
Echoing from below
Shouting your name to the sky
You'll be well again

BRIDGE
Again and again I stop to recognize your beauty
The strength in your face when you uphold it like a duty

And I know, we'll look back and laugh that
we lived through the days of sickness
And cry for those that didn't
BUt you're gonna make it
You've shown me what you're made of

CHORUS
You're graceful as a bird
Emotions of a willow
As patient as a butterfly
To be well again.

Graceful as a bird
Emotions of a willow
As patient as a butterfly
You'll be well again
Track Name: Skultar's Blade
This is not my fate
But it's the fight I've taken on
I'm consumed by hate
And fueled by all the blood I've drawn
I've come to reclaim
This sacred ground you tread upon
You'll not know my name
But if you cherish life you'll run

With all your might
And if you dare to fight

My blade will taste you


If you defend your land
Then I will kill you where you stand
Then I'll find your friends
And tell them how you met your end
Then I'll kill them too
Then I'll kill you once again
Then I'll find your wife
I'll cook her dinner then I'll

Kill you one more time
This sword and I will dine

My blade will taste you

SKULTAR IS THE MAN WHO CAN
KILL FROM THE GRAVE!
SO FAR IF WE KILL HIM
IT JUST ADDS TO HIS RAGE!
MY GOD HOW CAN ONE MAN
LAY US TO WASTE?
QUICK RUN! HERE HE COMES
LOOK HOW HE WIELDS HIS BLADE!
Track Name: Kevin Savino-Riker (Feat. Sidney Robert Brown) - My Daughter
On a bright winter day
I awoke next to Molly as I heard her say
"Thank the heavens above, are you ready, my love?
The baby's on her way."

As I wiped the sleep from my eye
I turned to my Molly and I realized
That the love of my life, my beautiful wife
Was far more ready than I

On the day my daughter came into the world


Could you trade one life for another?
A husband and wife, now father and mother
Would I be prepared? I was terribly scared
On the day my daughter came into the world


As we raced out the door
My arms around Molly, I hugged her once more
To the doctor we went, and I learned what it meant
To be nervous like never before


Could you trade one life for another?
Would I be a good enough man for my child and my lover?
A responsibility, it had fallen to me
On the day my daughter came into the world


The next thing happened so fast
I heard cries from my Molly as the nurse ran past
Though the room became quiet, they wouldn't let me inside it
But then the doctor came out at last

As soon as I saw him I knew
Something happened to Molly, and she might not pull through
And the chances were slight that they could both be alright
Then he asked what I wanted to do


Could you trade one life for another?

I faced a choice no one should, that stayed with me for good
On the day my daughter came into the world


I can't believe how quickly she's grown
All her friends have mommies that treat her like their own
But someday she'll be old enough to ask me
About her mommy, my Molly, that she's never known

Will she see me cry
Or will she read blame in my eye
Or will I find a way to make it okay
And have the strength to tell her who died

On the day our daughter came into the world


For a moment we were a family of three
On a bright winter's day
Track Name: ToughJobs vs. IronGates
(Bill:) I've been at this awhile
'Been thirty-five years since
I climbed from a BASIC passion
To a worldwide influence

(Steve:) I've been there and gone
And come back again now
I'm on top of the world
And I'm still climbin'

(Bill:) You'll find me everywhere
Opening windows and doorways
To an easier way to live
And I'm bound to find more ways

(Steve:) iDo what iWant to
Because iKnow what's
Better for you
than even you do

(Bill:) I'm trying to get
Our world in Sync

(Steve:) I'm trying to change
The way we all think


(Both:) Different means than my rival
Different schemes but the same goal
Different schemes and different dreams
Although we're not on the same team

And I’m gonna try
And I’m gonna have to try


(Both:) I'm trying to save the world
From being led astray
From a consumer's doomsday
I'm trying to save the world from you


(Steve:) Your heyday is past
So don't hold your breath
and you're turning blue from
Your blue screen of death

(Bill:) You're locked down and Controlling
Like you think that we're all lost
Yeah you make it look so pretty
But it’s at a hell of a cost

(Steve:) My stock's achieving
Unprecedented gains, yeah

(Bill:) I've already got more money
Than a dozen Bruce Waynes

(Steve:) I shine a Green Lantern
On manufacturing process
My products are so clean
Eco-friendliness rocks!

(Bill:) I'm not Waiting for Superman
Or for sanitized objects
By the way have you seen
My Uncanny X-Box?

(Steve:) I'm saving the world
F rom poor user experience
My offerings testify
That I'm a perfectionist

(Bill:) I'm saving the world
With product proliferance
I earned all this wealth
To become a philanthropist


(Both:) I'm trying to save the world
From being drawn to the other guy
I'm trying to save the world
Don't know if I can but I have to try
I'm trying to save the world
From being saved by you
Track Name: Crimefighter
I'm ashamed of all the bad with which we share this world today
To see constantly just a glimmer of the good and it's buried beneath such oppressive pain

Hatred and sinning and anguish and fighting
Where the hell are the good people hiding?
An uphill battle under water when all I wanna do is breathe in
And now that i met you It's just one more sin.

It's a sin not to love you, now that I know you better,
And it's my mission to break through, to bring a storm to fight this weather
And it's a crime.... we're not together

But I'm a crimefighter, baby


It's so lonely at night I don't know why I go at it
vestigial vigilantism purely out of habit

Just when I think my chivalry's subsiding
You gave me a reason to keep on fighting


I want to provide you just one beautiful minute
Wanna make it a better world for you 'cause you're in it


And it's a sin not to love you, now that I know you better,
And it's my mission to break through, to bring a storm to fight this weather
And it's a crime.... we're not together

But I'm a crimefighter, baby
Track Name: Thunder
Asphalt and heat
It's been searing hot and blinding
On this summer street
I got back on my feet

He's been chasing me
Every time I turn I see him
On his rusted dark machine
A metal beast

His musket flailing fast
Conducting an orchestra
of concussive blasts
A bullet grazing past

Muscles burning hot
The gun made awful thunder
as he fired another shot

I had to stop
...Oh, I stopped

I turned around
Shouted to him as I held my ground

Oh, mister monster
You've been chasing me all day
Is there something, anything, I can say
Is there any chance
I could walk away?
Or have I truly found
My way inside a nightmare
Am I in some kind of hell where
There's truly no hope for escape?

And he said

It's more of a carnival
And you're just an animal
We monsters have to have our fun too
And ooh oh, there's thunder for you
I'm coming for you
Better run run run run run run run

No hope for rest
I slowed only as much as I dared
just to catch my breath
Or face certain death

I found a parking lot
Got lost among the cars and wondered
How much time I bought
An alarm went off

Such a shrieking sound
His monster snapped attention
And began to bound my way
I turned around

I turned around
My fear betrayed my plight and he stood there
Savoring the sight of the
Frightened little boy that he had found
I looked up at him
As he trained his gun I spoke again
Are you some kind of demon?

And he said

I'm more of a cannibal and
It's something mechanical
It's just a part of how you made me
And oh ooh, I hunger for you
I'm coming for you
better run run run run run run run

I froze in shock
Our eyes were locked
As the weapon's hammer cocked
I was made of rock

He took aim
I had to dive I tasted asphalt
When the thunder came
The bullet called my name

A shattered spine
Fleshy tatters in a jagged line
And I'm
I'm lying there and all I feel is

Asphalt and heat
It's been searing hot and blinding
On this summer street

I got back on my feet
Track Name: The Tin Knight
The one the townsfolk called "The Tin Knight"
Was a withering warrior who wore old armor
Who captured a child's imagination
And challenged killers and terrors

A terrible creature threatened the kingdom
The king called out to all to conquer the treachery waiting outside
The old tin knight was the only one to answer the call and arise

A child called out to the wall as the knight walked through
"I'm a tin knight too"

"I'll conquer the thunder, the terrors and wonders
I'll tear them asunder
Wild and courageous, I'll win the crusade against
The things I'm afraid of when
When I'm asleep"

The knight went outside the castle walls
In an instant the creature attacked
Chainmaille clinked as it weakened its chinks
Though terribly wounded, the knight was able
To kill it in its tracks

The king then commended the knight's courageous acts
The tin knight wavered on aching knees, cried out, "I won...",
and collapsed

All the townspeople circled around and timidly asked aloud,
"Who will keep the kingdom, who can act as our custodian?"
One of them already knew -
The child cried out to them all, "I'm a tin knight too"

"I'll conquer the thunder, the terrors and wonders
I'll tear them asunder
Wild and courageous, I'll win the crusade against
The things I'm afraid of when
When I'm asleep"


"I'll be a tin knight too"
Track Name: The 12th Man
GO GO BUFFALO GO GO BUFFALO
GO GO BUFFALO BILLS!

Here's a warning to our rivals:
Upon arrival you will see
Blue and red fills the stands
You're facing Football's Greatest Fans
The Bills Backers always back their team

You will fear us come game time
At the same time it gives you chills
As thousands of us stand
We become "The 12th Man"
Charging right behind the Bills

To the end zone!
To the A-F-C!
To the Super Bowl!
To victory!
We'll keep marching, marching forward
And we're always marching right behind the Bills!

With victory in sight we will yell with all our might
As the Bills make history!
Track Name: Kevin Savino-Riker (Feat. Sidney Robert Brown) - Lovers, Fighters, Survivors
(Intro - American acoustic pop)
Dancing through these album pages
Fingers grazing old picture frames
It's the way that paper memory ages
Yellowing photos of Linda and James

I stand transfixed and stare
It's almost like I was there
If I look closely I can see
How all of this came to be

(Narration 1 - Ukrainian / German folk)
Anna Korlinchek came from Kiev, Ukraine
And Donald Arthur Riker came from Kiel, Germany
They met in the United States, fell in love, and married.
I never knew her, but I have memories of him:
He always called refrigerators 'Frigidaires'
And he always called me 'Snipe'.
There's a photo of the two of them
Leaning against a beautiful brand-new car.
I like to think that it was blue.

...I turn the page...

(Narration 2 - Italian classical)
He was born 'Modesto Tomaso Giuseppe Valentino Savino'
He went by 'Tom' for short.
His family emigrated to America
From a small town called Bari
In the heel of the boot in southern Italy.
He joined the Navy and fought in World War II
And came home to marry his high school sweetheart.
He loves wine and garlic
And cutting hair.
He's 83 years old now, and still works as a barber
Three days a week.
And he golfs the other four.

...I turn the page...

(Narration 3 - Irish folk)
Joyce Kathryn Hanlon's family hailed from
The County of Armagh in Northern Ireland.
She served as a nurse in World War II
And after the war ended,
Her sister married her high school sweetheart's brother
And she married her high school sweetheart.
And the two families became very very close.
She loves laughter so much,
That even when she swears, it sounds adorable.

...and after all this...

(Conclusion - American acoustic pop)
Donald and Anna had a baby boy
Who they called James
Thomas and Joyce, they had a daughter
Linda was her name

Savino met Riker....

Then Linda and James, they had a baby boy...

Looking back, I see traces of my identity:
Lovers, fighters, survivors
And all of them in me
This is my family tree
Track Name: The Ballad of Andrew Meyer
Senator Kerry, I have a question, and I have a right to know
In 2004 you won the election, but the Right suppressed the vote
They rigged machines, shunned communities; GOP stole the show
How could you concede? Our democracy was dealt a crazy blow!

My candidate betrays me so!
But the facts are hazy, though...

Like your opposition to George W.; the man should be your foe!
And what about his plan to invade Iran? Can you stand to let that go?
I can't believe you refuse to impeach him; as a Yalie you should know
That it seems like these are the acts of a fellow member of Skull & Bones

Oh, thanks for cutting my microphone...

I know I'm being kind of an asshole, but I don't really think I'm doing anything wrong

Get your hands off me; he isn't answering! People, please, just gaze below
His veiled pleasantries to see his secrecy - how he plays the show
Now they're arresting me, I didn't do anything! You don't faze me, no...
Oh, someone help me please, police brutality!

Don't tase me, bro!

Oh, ow, ohh

Please let me go!

Please, let me go!

Just let me go!

Let me go!