21 / Noelle

by Dylan Roth

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"21 / Noelle" is the debut release from Dylan Roth's Deadshirt Records.

Dylan Roth is a singer-songwriter from Princeton Junction, NJ.
Raised on a healthy diet of classic rock giants, energized by snappy power pop and tempered by the sobriety of 90s alternative, Dylan Roth has a unique, personal songwriting style, which aims to be fun and witty but also introspective. Dylan performs solo in coffee shops crooning out heartfelt ballads, but most weekends he's out performing as Dylan Roth & the Duke Street Kings, a high-energy rock band that delivers loud, fast and compelling anthems to move to.

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released June 1, 2012

Music and lyrics by Dylan Roth
Recorded at Beanland Studios by Bruce Tunkel

Dylan Roth - Vocals, Piano, Organ
Vinnie Daidone - Guitar, Bass
Ben Rose - Drums (Tracks 1 & 2)
Louie Land - Guitar (Track 2)
Guy Patterson - Drums (Track 3)

(c) 2011 Deadshirt Records

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Track Name: 21
When I was 10 I was 20, when I was 20 I was 12
I spent four years of high school trying to be someone else
And then three years of college trying to learn whatever I can
Just to come back for another and find I don't give a damn
I never wanted to grow up, I swore I'd never break down
So I kept dancing in corridors trying to be someone's clown
I never raced for the finish, figured life would find a way
But now time's going faster, going faster every day
And all the storefronts are closing and drifting out to the sea
And I can't even think about what's gonna happen to me
I'm 21 in an instant, I got nothing to fear
And I wanna be 21 while 21's still here

I know I gotta look forward, I know I gotta finish school
But now we're running out of money, yeah, we're running out of fuel
I know the real world keeps turning, I don't wanna stand still
But I'm afraid if no one makes me move then I never will
I've shuffled and I've shambled through a quarter of my life
Before too long I'll have a mortgage, maybe kids and a wife
And all the suburbs will vanish and the coastlines will recede
And it'll be way too late for me to get what I need
Am I too late for adventure? Did I pass up my chance?
Should I have reached for that soft hand and asked her to dance?
I won't be 21 later, I'm only 21 now
And I wanna be 21 while I still know how

Now the world's tipping over, not much more time to be young
My daddy warned me I'd be finished before I knew I'd begun
I got one year left of freedom, 18 months at the best
Then it's a life full of compromise and working to death
I wanna cast of my worries, wanna scream 'em out loud
'Cause there's an old man who'd kill to be where I am right now
I wanna leap without looking, I wanna run some red lights
I wanna make love to a stranger and not spend the night
I wanna run like a child, I wanna walk like a man
I wanna put all my faith in a rock & roll band
I'm 21 for a moment, I'm 21 for a song
and I wanna be 21 before 21's gone
Track Name: Noelle
She’s just beyond me
She’d never see herself with me
She’s just a little bit out of my league
Playing her songs on the guitar
I know that I’d have to work hard
Just to be close to worthy

She’s just beyond me
So close to perfect is she
If she quit smoking that’s just what she’d me
Yes, I believe she could do it
I’d be her new nicotine fit
If only she would want me

But no
Noelle would never want me

She’s just beyond me
She’s just a little too alive for me
She needs somebody a little more free
Someone who isn’t afraid to
Give her the things that she needs so
Desperately
She’s just beyond me
Nearly a thousand miles away
And she never has long to stay
I’d catch a flight just to see her
If she would like I would meet her anywhere
But it doesn’t seem fair ‘cause

But no
Noelle would never want me

She’s just beyond me
She’s on a level just above
She makes me want to believe I’m in love
She understands how the world works
I only wish other girls were more like her
If just a little bit closer
Track Name: One Last Look
Heads up, kiddies, cuz it's time for something new
In a month and a half you'll be starving for something to do
Mighta felt like I was living in another world
At least I built me a band outta brothers and I got me a girl

The way I see it, this was a hell of a place to become a man
But I'm not done growing and this stage is too small for me
I won't regret a single hour I spent in this river town
But I walk this summer and it's not gonna get me down

Take one last look and then I'm gone

I've been discouraged but I've found enough reason to stay
Yeah, I got my piece of paper and now I'm gonna throw it away
20 years of letting other people take control
Now you're a wannabe bad motherfucker and it's taking it's toll

The way I see it, this was a hell of a place to call a home
But I'm not done running and this place is too far from the city
I won't regret a single hour I spent in this river town
But I walk this summer and it's not gonna get me down

Take one last look and then I'm gone

I wanna hear the class of twenty-eleven sing
BUST OUT, WE'RE GONNA BUST OUT TONIGHT
If you don't do it now, then you're never gonna get it right
Break out of the structure, break out of the spreadsheet lines
Toss out your maps and relish the flying blind
Cuz you're gonna have to make your own choices from now on
Because no one's gonna hold your hand, no no one's gonna show you how
You're young and you're free but you're not gonna be for long
Don't worry baby, don't worry now, it's gonna be alright, we'll BUST OUT TONIGHT

The way I see it, this was a hell of a place to become a man
But I'm not done growing and this stage is too small for me
The way I see it, this was a hell of a place to call a home
But I'm not done running and this place is too far from the city
So don't regret because you're not dead yet and you're never gonna go it alone
Don't worry cuz it's not gonna let you down