MetroSongs, Volume 4: Multi​-​Tracking

by Jason Mendelson and the Open Doors

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Nine new songs, the first recording of Jason Mendelson and the Open Doors, the full live band you've come to know and love from performances of MetroSongs around the D.C. metropolitan area.

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released 12 July 2013

Jason Mendelson and the Open Doors:
Oren Levine - Keyboards
Karlin McNeill - Bass
Mort Rolleston - Drums
Ian Taronji - Lead Guitar
Audrye Tucker - Violin and backing voice

Drum set recorded by Dave Mallen at Innovation Station Music, Arlington, VA.
Grand piano and Hammond B-3 organ recorded by Jason Chmiola at Blue House Productions, Kensington, MD.
All other instruments recorded at home.
Mixed by Jason Chmiola.

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Track Name: Friendship Heights
Friendship Heights
(Levine/Mendelson/McNeill/Rolleston)

I saw an ad in the Post
Man those shoes they were the most
I’m going to Friendship
I need a use for my loot
Like a nice Armani suit
I’m going to Friendship
Friendship Heights, the Mazza Gallerie calls
Friendship Heights, forsake all other malls

It’s boring here in D.C.
I need some retail therapy
Let’s go to Friendship
You know it don’t mean a thing
Unless you got that Gucci bling
Let’s go to Friendship

Friendship Heights, the Mazza Gallerie calls
Friendship Heights, forsake all other malls

Shop like Fifth Avenue, feel like a star
Try to remember where I parked my car
Cuff links and tie tack, I’m dressed to the nines
They’re towing my Lexus

I think I must have enough
My card got maxed out on this stuff
I’m stuck at Friendship
I called my mom for a ride
It’s getting way too cold outside
I’m stuck at Friendship
Friendship Heights, I thought I had it made
Friendship Heights, just wait til I get paid
Track Name: Union Station
Union Station
(Mendelson)

Sky broken by the rising sun
Shine a light and interrupt the dawn
No use looking ‘round here for me
Cause by the time morning come
You call my name but I’ll be gone
You’re not the same you used to be

You’re like that runaway train on track 16
Completely out of control
Still building steam
You’re an unstoppable force
But I‘m a movable man
And by Union Station I’ll be free

I can’t watch you do this no more
Try to pick yourself up off the floor
Just to crash right through the basement
I got the feeling that you won’t get mad
Grab a bottle maybe call your dad
He can tell you what a fool you’ve been

Just like that runaway train on track 16
That Pennsy Federal Express
Worst thing we’d seen
You’re an unstoppable force
But I’m a movable man
And by Union Station I’ll be free

Watch out for this iron horse
Notify the tower and clear the concourse
Abuse your body, you abuse your soul
The life you’re livin’s gonna take its toll

You say you want another chance
You realize you’re living way too fast
I think you must have me mistaken
You think I’m the forgiving kind
But I’ve already done my time
This train’s already left the station

Just like that runaway train on track 16
That Pennsy Federal Express
Worst thing we’d seen
You’re like that runaway train on track 16
Completely out of control
Still building steam
You’re an unstoppable force
But I’m a movable man
And by Union Station I’ll be free
Track Name: Strathmore
Strathmore
(Andary/Curtin/Mendelson)

When I look out
Cast of thousands
Wish that one face
I might see

In 1965 I knew a girl who played guitar
She got famous and moved to L.A.

I’ve imagined
Moving in here
Sculpture garden
At my feet

Say hello to the girl with the flowers in her hair
She’s a long way from San Francisco

Every now and then she plays a show here in D.C.
I think this time I just might attend

Hold my breath to
Listen closely
Were you calling
After me?

Say hello to the girl with the flowers in her hair
She’s a long way from San Francisco
Track Name: Deanwood
Deanwood
(Levine/McNeill/Mendelson/Rolleston/Taronji)

Walking down Hayes where lights are new
49th Place has got ‘em too
Never did the future seem so bright

Papa rained down his broken soul
A child, I resist his grim control
I see nothing but a cruel, peculiar king

Up to the Howard to see the Duke
Back on the corner Ella’s on the juke
But mama saved me by helping me to sing

High school where it all began
Watts Branch where I joined the band
It’s time to be leaving home

Deanwood still misses you

Home from the service back on my street
I hate washing dishes to make ends meet
But I found a big break working with Bo

I got a new song to make me a star
Mar-Keys, gonna go so far
More then Okeh, next stop Chicago

Deanwood still misses you

Driving down Burroughs and passing the park
Inner city blues so vivid and stark
Deanwood still misses you
Track Name: Bethesda
Bethesda
(Levine/Mendelson/Tucker)

When Bethesda wakes up in the morning
All the guilt melts away in the sun
Jealous lovers forget what they started
Lonely women forget what they’ve done

William still overseas for the White House
Lisa wonders how long she can stay
Katie’s swimming some laps in the moonlight
All in all it’s an average day

In the chaos there’s a calm unbroken silence
Strangers passing in the crowd
A quiet blindness
And they find their way home

In the offices people are dying
When they no longer care how they live
Marking time as they go through the motions
All receiving much more than they give

Many ways to construct many buildings
This foundation may soon wash away
Come together let’s start this thing over
All in all it’s no average day

In the structure there’s a calm unbroken silence
Strangers passing in the crowd
A quiet blindness
And they find their way home
Track Name: West Hyattsville
West Hyattsville
(Levine/Mendelson/Rolleston/Taronji)

I see in the distance
Redcoats approach getting pretty close
Look at other soldiers
We’re not sure how many will return

Today the river flows to bring us war
Bladensburg, the British burn

Haven’t fired this old shotgun
Since my dad took us hunting squirrels
I pray to the heavens
With so much rust and dirt
Let it please still work

If we fail and the city burns
Don’t close your eyes
Load your gun but turn and run
No one dies

Your very own private hell
The War of 1812
Your very own private hell
Bladensburg still fell

My shame is a shared one
Such a pathetic defeat
Last line retreat
What’s the point in surviving
Just to see your town burnt to the ground

Your very own private hell
The War of 1812
Bladensburg still fell
Your very own private hell
Track Name: Farragut West
Farragut West
(McNeill/Mendelson/Taronji)

This is the truth about last Friday
You’re not so crazy after all
I’ve been avoiding this for weeks now
I’m not so careless after all

No octagon or square could hold us
That isn’t what I’d call our best
FDIC you at the Blackfinn
So I get off Farragut West

Pretending I thought you said somewhere else to meet
But K is a two-way street
And if I can’t tell the truth
Then I don’t deserve you anyway

It takes a lot of light to see here
It’s not exactly wasted time
No pylon told me how to find you
Blisters and signs all work just fine

Pretending I thought you said somewhere else to meet
But K is a two-way street
So if I can’t tell the truth
Then I don’t deserve you anyway

This is the truth about my crazy
I’m not so Friday after all
Track Name: Minnesota Avenue
Minnesota Avenue
(Levine/McNeill/Mendelson/Rolleston/Taronji/Tucker)

She told a story
how her parents left familiar roads behind
over ocean, over plain
the whistle of the train
past Lake Superior’s shore
to their new home

Minnesota, Minnesota
You make your place
You find your way
Minnesota, Minnesota
You may have left but something stays

I hear her story
As I see the only place I’ve ever known
Cross a bridge of rusty steel
The clacking of the wheels past Anacostia’s shore
I’m almost home

Minnesota, Minnesota
You make your place
you find your way
Minnesota, Minnesota
You may have left but something stays

The stops go by
I think of a place I haven’t seen
What if I left my city streets
Would I adapt or freeze?
Or do I stay and dream
Of frozen lakes and streams
far as eyes can see

Minnesota, Minnesota
You make your place
You find your way
Minnesota, Minnesota
I may have left but something stays
Track Name: Brookland
Brookland
(Mendelson)

Valerie carefully reflected
Pointing her lens
Framing the shot
With palm trees

But when a car backfired
She lost track of the butterfly
So much for the perfect outdoor day

She needed peace
Not the rat race
Everyone can see it
But no one really understands
A thousand miles away from Brookland

Valerie thoughtfully inspected
Aspects of her entire life
She was so assured of

And in a quiet place
With nuns and monks
It was clear what she had to do
Gladly leave it all behind

She needed peace
Not the rat race
Everyone can see it but no one really understands
A thousand miles away at Brookland

In the garden it all came down to this
She had a fascinating vision there
Giving her life in service for
All the people who needed it the most