Unollected Pop (Volume 2: 2001​-​2005)

by Peter Saltzman

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The tracks on this album are not entirely "uncollected". In fact, 8 of the 11 tracks here were part of a 2003 release called "Things Better Left Said." I've updated two of those ("Light from our Dream" and "Blowin' in the Wind") with new lead vocals and other elements. I'm going to add some other tracks—live, demos, outtake, etc.—when I get around to it.

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released January 21, 2013

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Peter Saltzman Chicago, Illinois

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: Light From Our Dreams (remix)
Light from our dreams
Works its way through the seams
Of this fractured love
We thought to be unending

Worn by the years
And some newly created fears
We search above
But sense that doom’s impending

BRIDGE:
And then I see your face
The way I saw it then
A single glance could melt away
A glacier’s worth of pain
Our souls are intertwined
As when two rivers blend
Waters flow apart and
Then they meet again

Light finds it way
Through small fissures, and that seems to say
That if we live in love
We’ll find the openings

Caught in the snares
Of day-to-day that breeds despair
The path out is through
Light from our dreams

BRIDGE:

Light finds it way
Through small fissures, and that seems to say
That if we live in love
We’ll find the openings

Caught in the snares
Of day-to-day that breeds despair
The path out is through
Light from our dreams
Track Name: (Don't Wake Me Up) From My American Dream
I’ve got a poet’s soul
And a C.E.O’s greed
I’ll write a hit song
About your deepest needs
Call it cynical
Call it a scheme
Just don’t wake me up
From my American Dream

I’ve got a religious side
It’s a side I wear with pride
When hanging with folks
I’m trying to take for a ride
Call it blasphemous
Say I can’t be redeemed
Just don’t wake me up
From my American Dream

BRIDGE
Don’t say I’m irresponsible
Just waiting ‘round till I hit my big pay day
Anything here is possible
I may get rich as I wile the hours away…

INSTRUMENTAL

I get a hankering for junk food
When I’m watching Macbeth
And that’s not even
Close to being uncouth as I (can) get
Well you can call me uncultured
And call me untrue sir
Just watch out if you
Call me an American loser

BRIDGE

Well America is beautiful
America is sweet
You can fall right on your face
But still land on your feet

And while I may be a cynic
And I may be a schemer
I always fall asleep
As an American Dreamer
Track Name: Things Aren't What They Seem
Don’t make too much of the moon
Don’t make too much of the lovely weather
Don’t go on about the fact that we’re here together
Things aren’t what they seem

Don’t be enchanted by trees
Don’t hear deep secrets in from the whispering breeze
Don’t make too much of my hand brushing yours
Things aren’t what they seem

You are a melody,
A sweet melody,
So pure
Searching for harmony
I can't provide,
That’s for sure

Don't gaze in awe at the sky
Don’t be misled by the smiles passing by
Pay no attention to my bittersweet song
Things aren’t what they seem

Solo

You are a melody,
A sweet melody,
So pure
Searching for harmony
I can't provide,
That’s for sure

So when I say my goodbyes
Look to the moon, and try not to cry
Remember us as a sweet summer's dream
Things aren’t what they seem
Things aren’t what they seem
Things aren’t what they seem
Track Name: Agreeing Like That
Our meeting was fruitful
Though a little too long
We talked for three hours
Sipping coffee that wasn’t too strong

The café had bookshelves
Filled with old Gore Vidal
We agreed we disliked him
Historical novels and all

CHORUS:
But I don’t wanna go on agreeing like that
All of this high-minded, well meaning-chat
I don’t wanna go on agreeing like that
I’d rather be fighting that bored
Agreeing like that…

We criticized movies
We hadn’t yet seen
And bitched about movies stars’
Riches as we ate ice cream

We sighed about money
And not having enough
We then proudly split the lunch bill
In our enlightened love

CHORUS

I wanna be cantankerous
And difficult
With someone not so ironically detached
From the world
I wanna be uneasy,
Immature, sleazy
And not some bionically matched
Boy and girl

CHORUS

Got up from the table
Went our separate ways
But I was still hungry
So hungry for many long days…
Track Name: Quickens Your Heart (Slows Down Your Brain)
She moves kind of slow
To be sure that you notice the details
Wearing that glow
She acquired in her formative years

There’s no way she’ll want you
So you know that there’s nothing to gain
She quickens your heart
But man how she slows down your brain.

Her look may be stolen
From some second rate Hollywood picture
Still it is golden
When your dreams are all fading to gray

For she reignites fires
Like coffee when you’re feeling drained
She quickens your heart
But man how she slows down your brain.

BRIDGE:
The hours turn to days
And the days turn to months
And the months turn to fears
Many lost souls have been playing this game
For many long years
The names and the faces
And methods and places
Are different but still
You keep following heartbreak
To swallow the same bitter pill

(Guitar solo)

And her words give you purpose
Though to others they may sound inane
She quickens your heart
But man how she slows down your brain.

(BRIDGE)

So you new from the start
That your fantasy was all in vain
She quickens your heart
But man how she slows down your brain.
Track Name: Just for a Minute
Just for a minute
You'll wake up from the spell
Of post-graduate illusions
You learned to spin so well
At the university
Where they taught you how to dwell
In a multi-fractured world
And make it seem less like hell

And just for a minute
You'd gonna earn a little street cred
Act jaded like the black man
At the bar near school where he said
That "life sucks and then your dead"
And you knowingly shook your head
Then returned to music theory class
And practiced being a pin-head

(BRIDGE)
And just for a minute
You're gonna come alive
Not be so dammed contrived
Drop all the school boy jive
just for a minute
You're gonna lose control
And let the whole world know
You got some real soul
But just for a minute

Just for a minute
You're gonna dance like a fool
Snap fingers on the backbeat
Just like back in highschool
To Earth, Wind and Fire
But then you went and you grew
And learned it was more practical
To just pretend to be cool

(instrumental)
(Bridge)

Just for a minute
You'll recapture that smile
You wore way back in pre-school
When you hadn't mastered guile
And manipulating your friends
With your big-time salesman style
Feel some real emotions
And relax for a while...
But just for a minute
Yeah
Track Name: No Place Else to Go
Hamper overflowing
Broken broom in closet
Decks with fifty-one cards
Old Political pamphlets

Mismatched lightbulbs
On the broken chandelier
And sometimes it seems
We haven't spoken for years

There's entropy all over
Time is taking it's toll
But the truth of the of the matter
I got no place else to go

Million dollar dreams
Built on 99-cent schemes
We saw on TV screens
Or ads in slick magazines

With healthy young couples
In tropical scenes
Sometimes it seems
We wasted our best years dreaming

Yeah things fall apart
But the center seems to hold
But the truth of it is
I got no place else to go

BRIDGE:
Well that may not be
A romantic vote of confidence
But I'd rather be right here struggling with you
Than be living the good life filled with rich prentense

(solo on blues changes)

Got a new pair of jeans
And a new set of dreams
Maybe our blues
Will soon be turning to greens

Logged on to eBay
And sold off the clutter
Did it together
Found we still liked each other

Can't stop time
Can't alter it's flow
But even if I could
I'd have no place else I'd want to go