Uncollected Pop (Volume 1: 1988​-​1991)

by Peter Saltzman

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about

All of the tracks on this album were recorded between 1988 and 1991. That's getting to be about a quarter century ago, to which I have to say one thing: SH*T!

They come from three sources: 1. An LP I released in 1988 called "Songs from Two States" (Studiomeida, Chicago); 2. An unreleased set of studio recordings from 1989 (River North Studios, Chicago); 3. Demos created in my twelve-track home studio in North Hollywood, CA.

The best work here are the five unreleased studio recordings, which is why I put them first. In these I more fully embraced my roots in jazz, blues, R&B and even classical (note the French Horns at the end of Mr. Morality.) There is the harmonic sophistication which comes naturally to me, and is a hall mark of my compositional style; there is the rich production; there's the more sophisticated lyrics; and, finally, there is the confidence in the performance which comes both from experience and being more comfortable in one's own skin (often one and the same.)

Having said that, there are some very nice things, particularly the first 3 tracks, from the early sessions. My favorite moment is the opening of "Little World".

The demo recordings are actually quite finished, at least to the extent that I'm done with them. Unlike the other tracks on this album (which obviously use real lie musicians) these are all MIDIfied tracks. This was 1991, and I didn't have the worlds greatest samples, but I think they're pretty musical nonetheless. "People without Souls" is probably the most absurd (and shortest) track from my "early" period.

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released January 21, 2013

All music and lyrics by Peter Saltzman
Produced by Peter Saltzman

Peter Saltzman—vocals, piano, keyboards
Michael Fiorino—bass
David Chelimski—guitar (tracks 6-10)
Heath Chappell—drums, percussion (tracks 1-5)

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Peter Saltzman is a composer, pianist, singer, and songwriter residing somewhere near Chicago. His music has been called "brilliant" by the Chicago Tribune, and "powerful stuff" by the Dallas Morning News.

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Track Name: History Was Calling
History was calling
And sounding rather grave
He said that we were falling
I said “Can You Explain”

He said he’s seen it all before
That we look much the same
“You’re only fighting bigger wars.
Why don’t just play games?”

History was screaming
We didn’t hear a word
Much to busy scheming
He sounded so absurd

“You just might look back now and then.
It wouldn’t hurt”, he said.
“If you only look ahead,
You all may soon be dead”

“You just might look back now and then.
It wouldn’t hurt”, he said.
“If you only look ahead,
You all may soon be dead”

History is calling
You better, you better,
You better pick up the phone
His story is appalling
You better, you better,
You better pick up the phone
Track Name: Mr. Morality
Mr. Morality
Knows his bible better than me
Says he read the constitution
And he knows its original intention

Mr. Morality
Has figured out our destiny
He says that we were meant to be
A great white nation of purity

Mr. Morality
Doesn’t Like The World he sees
So he got the Lord’s permission
To lead us back to some ancient tradition

Mr. Morality
Has got the answer for you and me
But you’ll have to pay him a bigger fee
If you want your soul set free

Mr. Morality
Mr. Morality
Mr. Morality
Mr. Morality

Mr. Morality
Is trying to save you from people like me
He says the fruits of my inspiration
We lead you unto your perdition
Track Name: Now I Got The Blues
I’m here all alone
I don’t know what to do
Found out that your were gone
Now I Got The Blues

Chorus:
But I still want you
And I still need you
I hope you want me to
But I don’t think you understand
What I’m going through

You through me a curve
I hit it straight back to you
I don’t know what that means
Maybe I’m just a fool

(Chorus)

I need some help from above
So what else is knew
Caught inside this dream of your love
Caught in a web spun by you

(Chorus)

I’m here all alone
I don’t know what to do
Found out that your were gone
Now I Got The Blues
Track Name: I'll Be Around
I see you there
What do you want me to do?
Act unaware,
Or get right here next to you?
I'll take you away
If that's what you want me to do.
Just point out the way,
I'll act on your every cue.

Chorus:
I'll be around
I'll be there for you
I'll be around
No matter what you do.

Look at me girl
I must look like a fool
Lost in your whirl
Like I'm back in high school
You take me away
With every little thing you do
No I wouldn't stray
Even if you told me to.

Chorus:
Track Name: You Are Here For Me
Some of this world
Is a playful celebration
And some of this life
I spend in meditation
But most of this world
Is a maze of our frustration
And most of this life
Is a life of desperation

Chorus:
And then I slowly realize
You are hear for me
You are hear for me
And then I slowly realize
You are next to me
You are next to me


Some of my days
I can leave the past behind me
And some of my nights
I feel such peace inside me
But most of my days
I search for answers blindly
And most of my nights…
Track Name: Free Yourself From Yourself
It’s all you ever could ask for
A high-powered job and a fancy car
Looks like your birthright has taken you far

You’ve got the gift of persuasion
You use big words and your ten feet tall
So smart, you’re sure that you never could fall

But then it’s all taken ‘way from you
And you feel so lost
The image you had wasn’t really true
And you can’t accept it

Chorus:
Free yourself from yourself
Free yourself
Free yourself from yourself
Free yourself

Now you are batting ‘o for twenty
Your touch of gold has turned to mud
You hit the bottom floor with a thud

Poor guy, you’re feeling so sorry
You think the world is so unfair
So bad, they must of made an error somewhere

But say it’s all given back to you
Would you feel good then
Why depend on what’s outside of you
When it’s all a dream world

Chorus
Instrumental
Chorus
Track Name: Little World
Little world
How I love the way you turn
It turns me on
And litle girl
I revolve around the world
That you live on
Your little moon
I can’t help myself
Your pull is much too strong
Give me a whirl
And I’ll let the sun shine on you
All day long

You turn and spin
In all of your circles
You don’t have a care
While I’m swirling
All around you
And your not even aware
Thoough I’m trying
I just cannot find the strength
To dissapear
Please let me in
I’m about to burn up
In your atmosphere

BRIDGE:
Little world
I’m so lonely
Little girl
Your my only
Little me
I’m so lonely
But if only
You would be my
Little girl
Little world

You turn and spin
In all of your circles
You don’t have a care
While I’m swirling
All around you
And your not even aware
Thoough I’m trying
I just cannot find the strength
To dissapear
Please let me in
I’m about to burn up
In your atmosphere

BRIDGE:
Track Name: I Don't Lie
I will only say
What I need to say
Buts it’s not
That I don’t really care

And I’ll only do
What I what I want to do
It’s just me
I’m not being unfair

CHORUS:
I don’t lie
Though I say some things
That sound a little strange to you
I don’t lie
Though from day to day
My words can always change

People talk away
My mind tends to stray
How can I
Help it if I offend

Or I walk away
When I’m supposed to stay
Maybe I just don’t know
How to blend

CHORUS:
Track Name: Meant To Be
Every time I’m near you
Something feels so right
Like I’ve known you
For a million years
But even as we feel this love
With all are might
You let those feelings
Lose out to your fears

And so you talk about it
Try to find a way around it
Even thought it’s clear for all to see

Chorus:
That we were meant to be
I wanna sing about it
And there’s no doubt about it
When your near

Everytime you call my name
I hear a song
About a love
That never disappears
But you always
Find some reason
To prolong
Are you gonna wait
A million years?

And so you think about it
Try to find a name to call it
Even thought it’s clear for all to see

Chorus:
Track Name: Can't Hold Back
I just don’t know what I’m going to do
To get me any closer to you
I’ve run short of the right things to say
So why don’t you take me any old way

Open your heart and don’t hold back
How can you doubt such a feeling
I might have something that you lack
And it’s real if you feel

CHORUS:
Oh, it will be heaven
You’ve got to believe me
Girl, you’ve got me reeling
And I can’t hold back any more

You’ve got me dangling here by a string
Like I’m some little baby’s play thing
I’ll play this game for only so long
Then you’ll be hearing another man’s song

Open your heart and don’t hold back
How can you doubt such a feeling
I might have something that you lack
And it’s real if you feel

CHORUS:

Can’t hold back any more, etc.
Love, love, love, here it comes
Track Name: People without Souls
People without souls
Are no fun at all
People without souls
They make your skin crawl
People without souls
Have no sense of humor
They’re hearts eaten ‘way
By a life hating tumor

And people without souls
Are often in power
People without souls
They always turn sour
People without souls
You know what is said
They don’t have to die
They’re already dead