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" Cardboard Logic" (2005), the sophomore release from Andy Northrup did not disappoint. It was long anticipated by those who had already found that treasure in his first CD "Slow Burn Avenue". Andy continues his successful formula of masterly crafted lyric, earthy music and that genuine sincerity that has become his trademark.
 
"Cardboard Logic" covers a myriad of socially conscious subject matter from politics, war, age, equality, relationships, and even AIDS. Andy is not content with the obvious, he burrows under the skin of humanity, peels it back raw, and exposes the fear, guilt, deceit, honesty, hate, miscommunication, love and all the other emotions us humans like to hide.

"Cardboard Logic" was acknowledged and applauded by the industry and garnered Andy several awards, nominations and honors.

Contains the hit songs; Sometimes, These hands, It Ain't Easy, Wondering & Truth
Breaks Through.

SOMETIMES

Sometimes I stop when the light turns green
Sometimes I wait for the red
Sometimes this world just feels out of steam
Sometimes it's all in my head
 
But there's still room to dance if we push things aside
And the slopes kinda steep but I promise I'll try
Just as long as you know that I keep things inside
Sometimes

 Sometimes your hands might reach out for my loin
Sometimes they'll reach for my neck
Sometimes we'll play both sides of the coin
Sometimes we'll keep it in check
 
But there's a chance that we'll last if we stay in the lines
And it might even grow if we gave it more time
Just as long as you know that I might call you mine
Sometimes

Cause I've thrown a few curves and I've crossed a few lines
But I've tried not to burn that treated me kind
And I'm still in my skin and I'm glad that it's mine
Sometimes
 
Cause all we've got is sometimes

Lyrics & music by Andy Northrup
(c) 2002 R New House Publishing

THESE H ANDS

Sunrise and the whole world looks forward to the light
I sit in a broad-back chair, looking backward at the night
At something real, at something past
That once was strong, but somehow it didn't last
 
Strange how my world came down in a slow and subtle way
I take the pills that promise me a few more days
But this pain that runs so cold
And these tools that I have no strength to hold
 
Cause these hands, made a living doing what they know
A steady pace kept tried and true
Now they say there's nothing they can do
For these hands
And the times they've soldiered on
Coming through when they were called upon
But those days have come and gone... for these hands...
 
Dear Lord can you tell me what the future hold for me
Cause your plan took away the only thing that set me free
It's so hard, but it's so true
Tears fall and once more I look to you...
 
No choice but to try and hide the truth for one more day
But one voice and one hard will can't brush this all away
These hands have grown so cold
They once were strong but now all they feel is old...
 
Cause these hands, made a living doing what they know
A steady pace kept tried and true
Now they say there's nothing they can do
For these hands
And the times they've soldiered on
Coming through when they were called upon
But those days have come and gone... for these hands...
 
I know that the sting of this defeat is in my eyes
This game of chance that I'm forced to lose
But I'll be alright if I can hold on to the pride
That I know when I could put these hands to use...
 
Cause these hands, made a living doing what they know
A steady pace kept tried and true
Now they say there's nothing they can do
For these hands
And the times they've soldiered on
Coming through when they were called upon
But those days have come and gone... for these hands...

Lyrics & music by Andy Northrup
(c) 2002 R New House Publishing

QUICKSAND DECAY

I found a blanket and a feeling that was so strong
Said now's the time that I sit and write a wrong song
No more of this pleasing everyone but me
I could sleep if I took a bunch of these pills
I could breathe if the planet wasn't so ill
I'm buying these glasses cause I don't want to see
 
And I stabbed you in my sleep last night
Cause you smiled while you handed me that knife and told me
Oh baby could you please just tell the truth
Well I could babe.... but not to you
 
I wasn't trying to wake up in a new world
I wasn't crying or looking for a new girl
I'm sitting here peaceful in my tortured way
I wanna know how to right the old wrongs
I wanna grow; I'm wishing I could feel strong
My pulse is just racing in this quicksand decay
 
Cause I stabbed you in my sleep last night
And you smiled while you handed me that knife and told me
Oh baby could you please just tell the truth
Well I could babe.... but not to you
 
Do you wake and think about the feelings
Do you shake and stare up at the ceiling
I'm holding you hostage till you finally agree
I'm tearful at the lives you ruin
I'm fearful of the brine you're brewing
I wonder who raised you and who left you diseased
 
And I'll stab you in my sleep tonight
And you'll smile while you're handing me that knife and tell me
Oh baby could you please just tell the truth
Well I could babe.... but not to you.
 
Lyrics and Music - Andy Northrup
 2000 - R New House Up North Publishing



WONDERING

I been wondering where ya been my friend
I been thinking that I might have judged you harshly in the end
Could it be that I caused the problems
Now it's up to me to solve them
I been wondering where ya been my friend
 
I been wondering where ya been my girl
I been thinking might be nice to offer you my world
Spent some time listening to the wrong songs
Now I'm wondering if I waited too long
I been wondering where ya been my girl
 
Cause I've been awash in sight and sound
Still looking up but falling down
here in the chains that keep me bound
But I come around, Yeah I come around
 
I been wondering where ya been my son
I been thinking it was me that handed you that gun
Troubled land, sent you to watch it
Let you die for some cardboard logic
 
I been wondering where you've been my son
I been wondering where ya been my lord
I been thinking that it might be time you told us what's in store
Hear them calling me a doubting Thomas
Cause I'm expecting you to keep your promise
I been wondering where ya been my lord
 
Cause I've been awash in sight and sound
Still looking up but falling down
Here in the chains that keep me bound
But I come around, Yeah I come around
I been wondering where you been my friend
 
Lyrics and Music - Andy Northrup
(c) 2000 R New House Up North Publishing


 

THE LOVE YOUR HEART NEEDS
 
All alone but I hear the heart laugh,
You're the one who's gonna leave the party last
Big time, where's mine
Straight ahead when we're finally heading home
Brush it off and you throw the dog a bone
Same line, everything's fine
 
There's too much mystery with no reward
And all I ever do is hang around
There's too much history in that heart of yours
And this time I can feel it coming down
 
And it's a shame, it's a scam
Your playing someone else's hand
I never know what to believe
You can lie, you can hide
But if you look your pain inside baby
I'll never know if it could be
The love your heart needs


When you call and keep me on the phone
When you say you're afraid to be alone
You use, big news,
Would it change if I laid it on the line
Would you say you were only passing time
You know, that we'd lose
When the candles catch the longing in your eyes
I try to tell you the way I feel
But you freeze and say it's only in my mind
 
And it's a shame, it's a scam
Your playing someone else's hand
I never know what to believe
You can lie, you can hide
But if you look your pain inside baby
I'll never know if it could be
The love your heart needs

 I'd wait forever if only
I thought I might break through your fear
But how can I hold on to nothing
So here's where I'm stopping all those tears...

And it's a shame, it's a scam
Your playing someone else's hand
I never know what to believe
You can lie, you can hide
But if you look your pain inside baby
I'll never know if it could be
The love your heart needs...
 
Lyrics - Northrup Music - Northrup/Campbell/Garrick
(c) 1999 R New House Publishing

 

IT AIN'T EASY

You think it's easy, you think it's plain
Just like the frown upon my face
Implies the faggot knows his place
And it's that easy
 
You think it's easy, it's in the plan
To hide the truth of how you hate
I represent the reprobates
And it's that easy

But the world is changing faster than you know
I can sense your consternation as it grows
You deny the history of who I am
Taking comfort in the way that I'll be damned
To face eternity in darkness and in fear
 
A world in doubt, a world obscene, a world without a way to dream
 
But that's too easy, it's almost trite
To hide behind the will of God
A different faith, a different fraud
It's all too easy

And it ain't easy, you're too afraid
To take some ownership and try
To move beyond or compromise
Cause that ain't easy
 
A world in doubt, a world obscene, a world without a way to dream
 
You can't see what kind of monster you've become
You can't understand that love is all you've shunned
You avoid the lessons learned in days gone by
Paranoid perpetuation of the lies
About the nature of the beast you see in me
 
It seems so easy, it seems so plain
And though you speak of higher love
It's up to me to rise above
But it's not that easy.
 
Lyrics and Music - Andy Northrup
 (c) 2003 R New House Up North Publishing



SAME DREAM


Morning comes and I'm aware that time is passing by
Sun is warming up the day
Radio says I should go and gives me reasons why
Pillow tells me I should stay
 
And it's got lines on what I need
A promise that I trust
Cause it's got ways of giving me
The chance to feel your touch
 
I simply have the Same Dream - I'm haunted by it
The Same Dream - of your lips on my skin
The Same Dream - No, you never leave me
I make no excuse
It's something that I choose
 
Gotta find a way to save the way I'm feeling now
I might need it in a while
Things that get me through the pain of now it's over
I could add it to the pile
 
Friends tell me I'm losing sight
Of why I should let go
They all fear my conscious choice
To close my eyes cause then I know I'll have the
 
Same Dream - I'm haunted by it
The Same Dream - of your lips on my skin
The Same Dream - No, you never leave
Why should I return - to the world of crash and burn
I can save a lot of tears if I just have the Same Dream - the Same Dream
 
I know that you're out there letting some poor fool think it's real
But I can't criticise much baby I know, just how he feels
 
Friends tell me I'm losing sight
Of why I should let go
They all fear my conscious choice
To close my eyes cause then I know I'll have the
 
Same Dream - I'm haunted by it
The Same Dream - of your lips on my skin
The Same Dream - no you never leave me
Easier to cope in a world that's lost it's hope
I can save a lot of tears if I just have the
Same Dream - Same Dream
 
Lyrics and Music - Andy Northrup
(c) 1997 R New House Up North Publishing



Concrete Alibi

Well, you won't respond to missives
But you might respond to this
No face to face resistance
So I'll seal it with a kiss
 
And hope you understand it's scope
Or hope it helps you see
The future laughs at all of us
Especially you and me
 
And I chose to never burn you
And I chose to testify
And I chose to just return you
To your concrete alibi
And I hoped you'd see I'd never change
Or push this to an end
I thought I was a worthy soul
You'd call upon as friend
But now that's just too much to ask
It's too close to the bone
It's more than just my flaws
That have me sitting here alone
 
So I'll just eat this silence
Without a reason why
This judgment you're so quick to serve
Eventually will die
 
But now it's tinged with this regret
The cause I'm left to guess
Connection has a lofty price
It seems a hard request
 
But I chose to never burn you
And I chose to testify
And I chose to just return you
To your concrete alibi
And I hoped you'd see I'd never change
Or push this to an end
I thought I was a worthy soul
You'll call upon as friend
It must be just too much to ask
It's too close to the bone
It's more than just my flaws
That have me sitting here alone
 
I guess it's just the circumstance
But I feel so denied
This small defeat has winded me
I wanted us to try
 
Lyrics and Music - Andy Northrup
(c) 2003 R New House Up North Publishing



ALL TO YOU

You woke me with a kiss this morning
Then disappeared without a warning
Left me with this cup of blackness that's been trying to melt my spoon
I wanna be the one you sing to
but all I am is the one you cling to
Swimming through the sea of ego that'll toss you to your ruin
 
How much more should I expect to take in stride?
And what made you forget that I might need my pride
Cause every selfish lie that I once held up as true
Is asking for the reason I gave it all to you
 
Trying to resurrect the old trust
Is like sifting through the dirt for gold dust
Swallowing the things that help me see it like a dream
Weary of the old excuses
Leary of the jacks and deuces
Looking for the darker truth in every nervous scheme
 
I've spent so many years explaining it away
I still can hear myself when I said I chose to stay
But times like now arrive and all that I can do
Is try to find the reason I gave it all to you

Who's on the other side of all that you hold dear
Who's on the make, who's in the way
What underhanded move will justify my fear
Who's gonna change our rules today
 
I'm listening to the wind that's blowing
Trying to keep my mind from closing
The future is the one decider that never shows it's hand
It's easy being sad and lonesome
But love is for the ones who've shown some
So here I am, a silent witness who never takes the stand
 
Cause time's been leading us along it's railway line
And we still have some laughs and sometimes we still shine
So if I calm my head, my heart might see what's true
And I pray I find the reason I gave it all to you
Cause God knows I need the reason I gave it all to you
 
Lyrics and Music - Andy Northrup
(c) 1999 R New House Up North Publishing



TRUTH BREAKS THROUGH

Benny thought he'd found the perfect stranger
Someone new to take the night
He's addicted to the hint of danger
That he senses in her eyes
 
But life is gonna show him something cold
He might be warm tonight but that'll soon get old
Benny's gonna have a different point of view
When the truth breaks through, when the truth breaks through
 
Katie wasn't anybody's baby
Soon enough she'd play that scene
Katie thought herself a special lady
How she laughed at staying clean

Now she's telling me that life ain't fair
She tries to blame the world but the world don't care
Katie thought she'd have a say in what she'd lose
But the truth breaks through, yeah the truth breaks through

What's the point in hanging on in life?
When all the lines are crossed between wrong and right
You're the only one deciding what you'll choose
When the truth breaks through

Music and Lyrics - Andy Northrup
(c) 2000 R New House Up North Publishing


HARSH (But True)

I don't understand your game
Fool another heart one more to tame
Bring it in with tears or what it takes
Use it for awhile knowing you'll watch it break
 
I don't understand your pain
Or why you seem to feel the world is to blame
Or why you need to fight to feel alive
Why you play my fear so you can reclaim your pride
 
And you use it more and more everyday
You disregard you conscious pointing the way
And you still can't decide
Why you're empty inside
But your not convinced that you've been denied
And it's another lie, yeah it's another lie
 
I don't understand myself
Or how I once believed that my love might help
Cause you don't think it's real enough to try
Any depth it had has now been so compromised
 
And it looses more and more everyday
I wish you'd realize that it's slipping away
Cause the ways that you hide
And the trophies your prize
Hurts me more than I can describe
So I'll just say goodbye, yeah I'll just say goodbye
 
I don't understand your game
Fool another heart one more to tame...
 
Lyrics & music by Andy Northrup
(c) 1996 R New House Publishing

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