Apt A9

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Song Concept: This poetic tragedy is a story of a man infatuated with his neighbor, whom he's never met. As he hears her day by day on the other side of his wall, and as he sees her come in and out of her apartment, he becomes increasingly more obsessed and is falling deeper and deeper in love. Struggling with his own insecurities and self-doubt, he eventually gathers the courage to approach her, only to find her apartment flooded with police officers and paramedics - the scene of an apparent suicide.

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Opening:
Man (to himself): Tell her
Girl: Never seen you here before
Man (to himself): Don’t let her walk away
Man: Hey
Man (to himself): Never let her go
Girl: Looks like you’ve had a rough day
Man (to himself): Tell her
Girl: That bad, huh?
Girl: It’s never that bad
Man: Have a good night
Man (to himself): Never let her go, don’t let her get away

Verse 1:
The wonder of love lies in the lies that believe in it
Beneath this bleeding heart believes the life of love and living it
The bravery it takes to love is way above my limit
I’ve coveted courage, but can’t say that I’ve committed it
It makes me a pussy but I guess that I’ve admitted it
The wickedness ain’t living man
I’m fittin’ to be rid of it
Just to tell you the beauty you behold is ever more
A woman of legend every man has ever adored
Yet here I stand trying to justify the reasons why
My fear stands between the life the Lord designed for you and I
But who am I?
Just a brother petrified
I keep wasting your time
You keep passing me by
My dear my dear my dear
You do not know me but I know you very well
I listen to your laughs
I’ve even heard you cry
This is my last chance at making my first try
Never asked for the last dance
Or had a chance to say goodbye
Goodbye

Chorus:
You’re the love I never met
I miss your touch
Never have we kissed
But I miss those lips so much
You held me down
But I never embraced your clutch
A love I’ve never known
And it hurts so much

Verse 2:
I never made it to hello
I stepped away
I’m so afraid
I’m persuaded to evade it
I’m complicated by the way you make me feel
I couldn’t tell if I truly love it or hate it
I meditated, calculated what my fate is
I’m sick and tired
I’ve decided I’m sick of waiting
For tides to turn while I’m wading in troubled waters
Of rivers and oceans of emotions that run deep
Man (to himself): I’ve got to find you
Awoken from my sleep by the somber tone of hearing you weep
I wish I was there
Near to me to keep your tears from ever reaching the floor
The wonder is not enough so I’m reaching for more
What could I ever tell you when I get to your door?
That we never met but there’s so much to explore?
Lately days are likely to be darker than days before
I’ve tried giving up but you’re the one I’m living for
Man (to himself): I can’t take it

Chorus:
You’re the love I never met
I miss your touch
Never have we kissed
But I miss those lips so much
You held me down
But I never embraced your clutch
A love I’ve never known
And it hurts so much

Dream:
Man: Come here
Girl: Hey baby
Man: Say hi for the camera
Girl: Hi
Man: What you wearing?
Man: What’s wrong? Look into the camera
Girl: Nothing, you just have a camera on
Man: Stop. Come here
Girl: No really. No, no, no.
Man: What you shy? You speechless? Tell me you love me.
Girl: I love you

Verse 3:
All dreams of nightmares when life bares
The beauty you desire’s just another bright glare
It all felt so real
How could I let you disappear
Man (to himself): Where did you go?
All the while divided by fear
You’re but a flight of stairs
Separated from love so I’m making my way up
Man (to himself): True love
Thinking of making love
Memories to make up
But I discovered you naked face up
Wrists bleeding, paramedics pleading for you to wake up

If this was a dream I could blink away the pain
Blink away the thought of you
Your beauty would remain

I lost a love I’ve never known
To think I never knew your name

An officer came by as tears fall from my eyes
He asked me who am I
I’m just here to say goodbye
Goodbye

Chorus:
You’re the love I never met
But I miss your touch
Never have we kissed
But I miss those lips so much
You held me down
But I never embraced your clutch
I lost a love I’ve never known
And it hurts so much

credits

from Peace In Death, released August 19, 2008
(A. Maldonado)

Rhyming: Aronic
Production: Zack Hemsey

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