The Pessimistic Troubadour

by Richard Strater

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I wanted to record an EP that represented me as a solo act as accurately as possible. When I perform, I almost never have someone performing with me. I even more rarely will have a full band. That's why the only audio you will find on this EP is the sound of my guitar and the sound of my voice. I chose to use Strawberry Skys in West Columbia,SC not only because they are close, but because they have years of experience. Hootie and the Blowfish recorded their first album with Strawberry Skys recording studio. I wanted to work with someone who had a proven track record of producing excellent sounding recordings. It's this same policy that lead me to choose Sean Rayford as the photographer and Marlin Carpenter as the designer.

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released November 29, 2014

All guitar and vocal parts by Richard Strater. Recorded by Gary Bolton at Strawberry Skys recording studio in West Columbia,SC. Photography by Sean Rayford. Design by Marlin Carpenter.

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Richard Strater Columbia, South Carolina

Richard Strater was born in West Palm Beach, FL but has lived the majority of his life in or near Columbia,SC. He loves to meet new people, make new friends, travel, & to play shows. The shows he has played have ranged from as far south as Miami, FL to as far north as Boston, MA. Richard Strater hopes to be performing in a city near you in the near future. ... more

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Track Name: Carry On
Music Is
Bigger than you
It's bigger than me
It's all around us
It's all around us
From Moscow Russia
To the coast of Chile
It's all around us
It's all around us
From the punk rocker in Chicago
To the Mariachi band in Mexico
It's all around us
It's all around us
So don't you tell me
That my dreams are stupid
My dreams are foolish
and I'm a joke
So don't you tell me
That my dreams are stupid
My dreams are foolish
You're the one's the joke
We Carry On
We Carry On
Through Cold and through poverty
We Carry On
We Carry On
We Carry On
We're losing band members
We're not getting bigger
We Carry On
We Carry On
Through Cold and through poverty
We Carry On
We Carry On
Through Cold and through Poverty
We Carry On
We Carry On
Track Name: Something New
It seems we're all hypocrites sometimes.
In this society of lies
We encourage the differences in others
But can't seem to find them in ourselves

Everyday and every night
I walk through these towns
I see the same old things
I hear the same sounds
The kids all dress the same
It's all the same
So give me something new
What have you got to prove?
That you're just like him?
Over and over again?
So give me something new
What have you got to prove?
That you're just like him?
Over and over again?
So give me something new
Show me what makes you
Un-ordinary, extraordinary
Track Name: Stuck
I'll wait forever to be with you
Maybe someday you'll love me after all
I'll wait forever to be with you
No matter what you have done
I'll wait forever to be with you
'Cause forever is never too long
I'll wait forever to be with you
No matter what you have done

Oh I can't believe I was such an idiot
Can't believe I thought you were my way out
But today is a new day and I'm packing my bags
I've got to be carrying on

Oh I can't believe you took advantage of me
Took advantage of me when I was depressed and down
You saw I was weak and so you pounced upon me
Thought you were the solution to all my problems
Turns out you're just another one of them

Oh I can't believe I was such an idiot
Can't believe I thought you were my way out
But today is a new day and I'm packing my bags
I've got to be carrying on

Oh my friends say I should doing this
I should stop hurting myself like this
But I can't stop loving you
Can't stop being myself like this
And I know I'll probably regret it,
but I'll do it any way

Now that I'm smarter I know
That I will never be with you
Because you you are a terrible person
No I never will be with you
No matter what you do
No I never will be with you
because you you treat me like crap
No I never will be with you
No matter what you do
Track Name: Losing Game
It's a losing Game
This game we play
It's a losing Game
Day after back

But we don't back down
No we don't give up
Maybe someday
I'll make something of these dreams
with my last breath
I'll make something of this
It's a losing game
This game we play
It's a losing game
Day after day

Oh and work really sucks
I'm late for work again
There's always something to complain about
There's always something to be done

It's a losing game
This game we play
It's a losing game
Day after day

Oh and the end is near
This world will soon end
Oh guess what?
You only live
So live while you still can
The city flood from the atlantic to big apple
What's really coming next around that curb

It's a losing game
This game we play
It's a losing game
Day after day
Track Name: 2013
So 2013 is turning out to be quite the bitch
Kinda wish this world would have ended last december
Or maybe it did and this is hell
Maybe it did and this is the apocalypse

Didn't think the economy could get any worse
Guess I was wrong again
Seems corporate America is taking over
If it's not corporate, it's not worth a bail out

Really shouldn't have to worry about whose
Gonna get shot up next
Parents shouldn't have to worry like
They should be able
To send their kids to school
Not have to worry if they'll seem again

Really wish the politicians would stop fighting
Wish they could agree on something
Maybe then the world really would end
Things shouldn't happen like this