MetroSongs, Volume 4: Multi​-​Tracking

by Jason Mendelson and the Open Doors

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1.
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
2.
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
3.
Strathmore 02:38
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
4.
Deanwood 03:24
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
5.
Bethesda 03:51
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
6.
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
7.
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
8.
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
9.
Brookland 05:28
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

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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 July 12, 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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Jason Mendelson Washington, D.C.

Multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer Jason Mendelson of Alexandria, Virginia created MetroSongs in 2010 with the goal of writing and recording a unique original song for each of the DC area's 91 Metro station locations, based on local history and character. The project was completed in April 2017 with Volumes 7 & 8. ... more

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