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"MAKING MY WAY  " (2012), "Making My Way" took some time, but the long awaited CD from celebrated veteran singer/songwriter Andy Northrup. "Making My Way" contains some of the best tunes this prolific, award winning songwriter has ever penned. With a Folk-Rock vibe and a bit of Americana/Roots, this offering reflects the imagery of a hard-lived, well seasoned life. Andy has never been afraid to say what needs to be said, and this is evident from the poignant, honest, razor edged lyrics. Though all of the songs are top notch, some are sure to become classics including the well chosen title cut "Making My Way", "I've Been Busy", "Old With You" and the unforgettably moving "Stay If You Want To".

ING MY WAY

Early to bed early to rise early to feel this lonely
Early to have to watch it end
Surely to God you know you've always been my one and only
But that ain't what lies around the bend

Cause days like this it seems shame is all your up for giving
And it's a pain I still deserve
Try as I might to do what I can to get us back to living
You've had enough of roads that curve

(Chorus) So I'm making my way, Yeah I'm making my way,
I'll be making my way, I'll be making my way....

When I was down when I was broke when I was in the action
You always kept the pain inside
Keeping the faith, keeping me straight knowing no satisfaction
Hating the funnel clouds I ride

But now I'm clean and I believe that I've come back forever
I'm feeling wiser and alive
Whether it's you or whether it's me, whether it lasts forever
You could believe but you won't try

(Chorus)

All the things you want from this love I wanna try to be
But you're holding back and you will not say why
So go save your sanity
(Chorus)

Lyrics and Music - Andy Northrup
(c)  R New House Publishing.


SLOW BURN AVENUE

Debbie was amazing,
till she married a man who raised his hand
Thinking that she'd be Daddy's girl
Now she raises up her kids so they'll be just like him
Cause it's her only way to get back at the world
And now she lives on
 
Slow Burn Avenue,
There's a waiver in her voice
When she says she likes the view
Living on, Slow Burn Avenue
And she wonders what her life is coming too
On Slow Burn Avenue
 
Jesse was a farm boy with a need to be discreet
He really had no business being out there on the streets
But now a nervous man in a family van's
gonna help him find a room
In the morning there'll be cash to buy a key
So he can live on
 
Slow Burn Avenue,
Where he can hide from all those prying eyes
But the scars are showing through
Living on, Slow Burn Avenue
But he swears that he's the one who didn't choose
Slow Burn Avenue
 
Now some'll say they're crazy,
they don't have to live this way
Others say they're lazy;
those are easy words to say
I don't have any advice or any answers they could use
Cause the fact is I'm here living next to you
- on Slow Burn Avenue
 
You see I got tales to tell of a private hell
And I'm sure they'd bore you too,
living on, Slow Burn Avenue

And it scares me that I got used to the view
On Slow Burn Avenue
 
Lyrics & Music by Andy Northrup
(c)1995 R New House Publishing
 


LEAVE IT BEHIND

I play my CDs, you let the fridge go
I gave your winged friend the choice at the window
You're tearless and fearless in this type of matter
Cause you're rolling heart don't let the moss gather
 
And then you tell me how you got no excuse
And yeah, you're right, but I've still got this question for you
 
What runs through your vains, is it blood or is it water
Cause you spit out your disdain but is your mind any broader
Than the ones that you judge,
the ones that are still out there trying

And I gave you my name but I can't be your father
So I'll take it back again and you can try for another
 
But I think that you'll find that these questions
arise like they have now for us
As we leave it behind

Well I paid the gas bill, you paid your lawyer
I look like shit and you feel like Tom Sawyer
I'm wasted and weary and you check your futures
We ripped out the cancer but forgot the sutures
 
And now I see you with that smile on your face
It makes me think of all the times that you'll hear someone say
 
What runs through your vains, is it blood or is it water
Cause you spit out your disdain but is your mind any broader
Than the ones that you judge, the ones that are still out there trying (you know they're trying)

And I gave you my name but I can't be your father
So I'll take it back again and you can try for another
But I think that you'll find that these questions
arise like they have now for us
As we leave it behind
And we're leaving it behind.
 
Lyrics and Music - Andy Northrup
(c)1999 R New House Publishing.

BEING THE JOKE

I'm getting obnoxious in my older years
I still don't know when to hold my tongue
It�s always a toss between pride and tears
Or wondering when I'll come undone
 
But I don't mind being the joke
It's an easy role to play
As long as you laugh up your ass
Nobody hears you anyway
 
I used to be bitter till I saw the stripes
Of all of the drones in your reach
Gives me some hope for the kids today
Who learned to reject what you preach

So I don't mind being the joke
Cause it's a tiny price to pay
You might still have your throne
But your world's in decay
Oh yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
 
Bury the anger as I write this down,
Occasional demons still flare
Think of the mirrors that you must avoid
For fear of the things you'll see there
 
So I don't mind being your joke
It's a funny badge that I share
With the ones I respect
With the few that still care
 
So shake your head and stare
Yeah shake your head and stare
What makes you think that I care
 
Lyrics and Music - Andy Northrup
1999 R New House Publishing



NORMAL

He works every day at a job that she hates
He's not really using her time
He sweats over trivial politics
And she swears that he's losing her mind
 
And he tells her that's all there is to his life
She tells him his life is a bore
But surely to God there's a remedy somewhere
There has to be something more

That's his junk in the corner, that's his crap on the shelf
That's his bunk she keeps taking, that's her wishing he'd help
They hang around knowing that it's hardly worth it
They hang around knowing it's strained
He's rather hang with a noose round his neck
She's rather wallow than change

It hurts him to know that she's just status quo
His pennies are stacked in her pile
His babies smile at her now and then
And sometimes it all seems worthwhile
 
But he knows inside there's a pain she can't hide
It shows in the look on his face
And hard as she tries he refuses to lie
And its harder to run in the race

That's his junk in the corner, that's her crap on the shelf
That's his bunk she keeps taking, that's her wishing he'd help
They hang around knowing that its hardly worth it
They hang around knowing its strained
He'd rather hang with a noose round his neck
She'd rather wallow than change
 
And she can't seem to wake up
He can't seem to dream
She'd love him to leave her
But he'd rather scream
That's his junk in the corner, that's her crap on the shelf
That's his bunk she keeps taking, that's her wishing he'd help
They hang around knowing that its hardly worth it
They hang around knowing its strained
He'd rather hang with a noose round his neck
She'd rather wallow than change
 
Lyrics - Northrup/Music - Northrup/Campbell
 (c)1982

CONSPIRACY

My neighbor watches carefully as I rake up my yard
His TV tells him what should raise concern
I wave hello, talk real slow, the clues I leave are hard
Serves him right cause he won't ever learn
 
That it's a conspiracy, it's a conspiracy
The mother-ship will land one day and then I shall be free
It's a conspiracy, yeah it's a conspiracy
It's close encounters of all kinds and they're all starring me
It's a conspiracy
 
My neo-fascist paper boy, swastika on display
Says he resents his regiment and how he's being swayed
By power fags and bull dyke hags that infiltrate his head
Apparently he's unaware who helps me make my bed
I'm a conspiracy, yeah I'm a conspiracy
But I must admit, I'm kind of miffed that no one e-mailed me
Bout the conspiracy, bout the conspiracy
I'm unconvinced that I should
take responsibility for the conspiracy

Well I know there's someone in control
but I don't think they're here
And neither is the fat-assed jerk you voted in last year
I sigh a lot and wait for news, it never seems to good
If Christ showed up the government would likely buy the wood
Now there's a conspiracy, there's a conspiracy
They trash the poor
and make damn sure they blame bureaucracy

It's a conspiracy, it's a conspiracy
They promise anything they like and wait for the stampede
It's a conspiracy, it's a conspiracy
Thank god my pills are waiting on my night-stand for me
It's a conspiracy, yeah it's a conspiracy
But don't you fret cause I'll just bet you're on the sign-up sheet
For the conspiracy, yeah!!!!!!!!!
 
Lyrics and Music - Andy Northrup
(c)1999 R New House Publishing.



DESPERATE

It's hard to see through all that plastic
It's not as though I haven't tried
The words get lost or come out spastic
I'm holding everything that's real inside
 
I wanna know if this is over
Or do I hope that we'll connect again
I wanna look at you and feel some hope
But all I see is a revision of the same old game
 
And I can't fathom what you call survival
I only know how desperate this place feels
So if this love has gone beyond revival
Then keep your precious little secrets
And make your deals - I'm going home
 
I used to laugh when you'd rave on how I'm so pent up
And brush me off like some deranged artiste
But piss me off and see what's lying in your teacup
I may have lost my mind but I've still got my teeth
 
And I can't fathom what you call survival
I only know how desperate this place feels
So if this love has gone beyond revival
Then keep your precious little secrets
And make your deals - I'm going home
 
Once I believed in your vision and I had no doubt that we'd win
Lately your lies are revealing and I'm not prepared
You know I ain't prepared to give in
Cause I can't fathom what you call survival
I only know how desperate this place feels
So if this love has gone beyond revival
Then keep your precious little secrets

And make your deals - I'm going home
I'm going home

Lyrics and Music - Andy Northrup
(c)1999 R New House Publishing




NEVER ALONE (TILL TONIGHT)

Way back in my wasted childhood,
Way back in my not so sleepless nights
Way back when it always seemed so easy,
When I only did what pleased me or felt right
 
Back then, you would smile when I'd see you,
Back then you were always at my side
Somehow there was never cause to feel blue,
It kind of felt too good to be true and I was right
 
Because, you asked for forever and I had to say never
And you left me without a fight
So blind to your heartache and so blind to my mistake
So easy to live my life, but never alone till tonight
 
Too soon, I was back into the good times,
Finding someone else to take the ride
And too soon, I was too confused to notice
I had sunk down to the lowest of my life

But meanwhile you watched all of this happen
From a distance while I threw it all up in your face
Deep down, you were willing to forgive me,
You were scared but you believed that we were fate
 
But only, I made you be my fool and I acted so damn cruel,
I laughed at the way you cried
So blind to your heartache and so blind to my mistake,
So easy to live my life but never alone
 
And you waited for a long time
You tried so hard just to keep the pain away
You waited for a long time
Till it seemed that you had thrown your life away
 
But today you went walking down the aisle,
In white, looking like something reborn
So sure that this had to be the right thing,
He had hit your heart like lightening in a storm
 
And meanwhile I watched every move that you were making
And I watched every time he looked your way
And I saw everything that I denied you,
Everything I couldn't give you in his gaze
 
And now he's asked for forever, and you've never seemed better
And I've finally seen the light
And I wish I could tell you, it's so late but it's so true
I'll leave and get on with life
But never alone till tonight,
No never alone till tonight
 
Lyrics and Music - Andy Northrup
(c) 1999 R New House Publishing




THE MOMENT THAT YOU KNOW

Where is she now, why did he go
Same old excuse and you both sunk so low
Battle it out and let it sink in
Make the amends thinking you'll let them win,
But something's come down that alters the show
And now it makes sense just to go it alone
It's not that you lied, it's still a surprise
It's just the moment that you know

You gave your all of that you're so sure
So why does it seem you both needed more
Now it's so strange this turn about
It used to be you who worked these things out
There's no need to prove who threw the first stone
Life does go on, you'll just face it alone
With no pretty lies, you're empty but wise
In the moment that you know
 
Cause the moment that you know there's no easy answer
The moment that you know, the turn of the tide
Every cliche' is fading away and you realize
The moment that you know you hold back the anger
But the moment that you know won't let you disguise
The loss that you feel, your eyes will reveal
The moment that you know
 
But something's come down that alters the show
And now it makes sense just to go it alone
It's not that you lied, it's still a surprise
It's just the moment that you know
 
Cause the moment that you know there's no easy answer
The moment that you know, the turn of the tide
Every cliche' is fading away and you realize
The moment that you know you hold back the anger
But the moment that you know won't let you disguise
The loss that you feel, your eyes will reveal
The moment that you know
 
Lyrics & music by Andy Northrup
(c) 1999 R New House Publishing

THE LONG ROAD HOME

I ain't feeling quite so good this morning
I got the sunlight blazing in my eyes
And I got me a memory and a warning
From a woman I cannot seem to leave behind
 
Cause she's strong and she's true, and giving me the blues
Cause she laughs when I tell her I'll be going home to you
 
She ain't all that big on conversation
Not when she's got cravings
The sweaty weak kneed kind,
And I give in to her physical revelations
And now she's staying with me as the fuel behind my lies
 
And I'm trying to stay clean; I'm trying to stay free
Tonight I'll be laying down my head, praying I don't dream
 
And we can't go back to where we were
Though you won't hear me speak of her
And I can't be the man I was, I know that I can't lie
So all I do is wait for your goodbye
 
No I ain't feeling so good this morning
The pain that's been creeping up gets stronger all the time
And I know that there won't be too much warning
Till you can't pretend anymore that love let's you be blind
 
And it's not like there's a plan, it's not like I'm her man
She may know she twists my soul, But she likes how weak I am
 
And we can't go back to where we were
Though you won't hear me speak of her
And I can't be the man I was, It's pointless if I try
So all I do is wait for your goodbye
 
No I ain't feeling quite so good this morning,
I got the sunlight blazing in my eyes
 
Lyrics - Northrup Music by Northrup/Campbell
(c) 1999 R New House Publishing



PEACE OF MIND

Make it up, turn it on, push it out, get ahead
Be aware, never care, never get left for dead
I don't see anyone trying to be more than this
Is it me or is it we really are forced to exist - without
 
Peace of mind, cause it seems a lot to ask
Peace of mind, now everything is so fast
Peace of mind
And then I wonder, am I really alive
When all I seem to do is just get by without - Peace of mind
 
Waking up, tuning in, turning on left us old
And buying up, everything that we see left us cold
Why do I wanna cry, every time people shout?
And who am I thinking I'd ever get by without
 
And I can't wait around to hear no gospel in the sky
There's too many demons propping up that God and you know
You tell me I'm selfish when I lend a hand
But I need
 
Peace of mind - is it so much to ask
Peace of mind - see I can't live this fast
Peace of mind
 
But I'll move on I'll put this dread aside
I'll face the day, I'll make myself survive
But still I wonder who else is trying to find - a little

Peace of mind - cause it's not too much to ask
Peace of mind - I just can
t live this fast
Peace of mind
 
Lyrics - A. Northrup Music - Northrup/Maisonneuve/Campbell
(c) 1999 R New House Publishing

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