What It Is

by A Don Piper Situation

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released December 5, 2015

Recorded on a weekend in April 2013 at Brooklyn Recording
Engineered and Mixed by Andy Taub
Tracking assisted by Rick Kwan
Mixing assisted by Cameron Alexander and Nick Nagurka
Additional engineering by Don Piper and Joe Pisapia
Snow On Me and Nobody You Know mixed by Don Piper
Mastered by Simon Lancelot

Musicians
Don Piper : Vocals, Guitar
Konrad Meissner : Drums
Matthew Horn : Banjo, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Vocals, Percussion
JD Foster : Bass
Gary Langol : B3 organ, Lapsteel
Matt Trowbridge : Piano, Wurlitzer
Ray Sapirstein : Cornet, Valve Trombone, Washboard
Briana Winter : Vocals
Peter Salett : Vocals
Syd Straw : Vocals
Andy Taub : Mandolin, Glockenspiel
Joe Pisapia : Pedal Steel
Mary Rowell : Fiddle
Chris Speed : Tenor Sax
Laura Poe : Vocals
Stephen Maglio : Vocals

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A Don Piper Situation New York, New York

Don Piper is a guitarist, producer/engineer, songwriter and singer. As leader of 'a don piper situation', he has recorded a few albums, the brilliant pop-rock "saturate" for Capitol Records and the muted and beautiful but unmistakably pop "inside a change." He just released his latest album called "What It Is" that is a real soulful organic set of songs recorded live in the studio. ... more

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Track Name: Aged and Wise
26 I knew my name
A woman I kissed. She did the same
A love did grow without a fight.
We moved together in the city light

With a bang, with no fuss
On a train, in a bus
All the years hello goodbyes
What a joy, what a trip
All the love that we sip
from a bottle aged and wise

Always laughter, always trust
Never dull, never rust
The road is swift around the bends
The people places never ends

With a bang, with no fuss
On a train, in a bus
All the years hello goodbyes
What a joy, what a trip
All the love that we sip
from a bottle aged and wise

20 years a bond for good
far and wide we knew we would
perspective leads our wandering feet
to foreign lands new food to eat

With a bang, with no fuss
On a train, in a bus
All the years hello goodbyes
What a joy, what a trip
All the love that we sip
from a bottle aged and wise
Track Name: Free To Grow
With a piece of the heart
Looking into the new
Beginnings i'll start
The winnings I'll part with you

Understanding the seam
Is it any wonder we dream
of dreams to share
Believing to dare to fail

We're free to go
We're free to sow
We're free to grow
We'll see the wind blow

All my desires outside
Hoping for wild and easy
I'm learning to jive
I'm living a life with seasons

With this bread I will make
Share it with you and you
No reason to hate
The pressures I'll take in stride

We're free to go
We're free to sow
We're free to grow
We'll see the wind blow
Track Name: A Fair Shot
Set off to faraway faces
Are we just racing
Fall out of touch no one bothered us
Only fathered us

Giving it a fair shot
Giving into what's not all there
It's all there

Clap hands for all of your sharing
Ooh i dare you
Families and love celebrations with all nations

Giving it a fair shot
Giving into what's not all there
It's all there

Giving it a fair shot
Giving into what's not all there
It's all there

Say hi to all of our neighbors
So many flavors
Track Name: Float Thru Passersby
Following footsteps to a better place
The haste that moves you amounts to a little sting
Reassuring that its ok, you say
The reasons are more important than what I can ever bring

Sacrifices are the fuel for lasting love
Dramatizes all the rivers, flowing fear
What do you hear?
The givers are near
But we still float through passersby

Throw away comfort for a new found frontier
We hear about wonders (harmony).
We hear about tears
Rainy Septembers adding weight to all the shame
It came with some baggage leaving only me to blame

Sacrifices are the fuel for lasting love
Dramatizes all the rivers, flowing fear
What do you hear?
The givers are near
But we still float through passersby
Track Name: Dying To Be Old
I am cold in this late race
The weather is clear
when no one is here

I am told in a strange way
Everythings near
Everyone's here

The legions to deceive
The seasons shall unfold
The weak are on their knees
always dying to be old

All the times that we save face
A frosty debate
A world I just hate

In a way that I'll never never understand
The people are free
with eyes that can't see

The legions to deceive
The seasons shall unfold
The weak are on their knees
always dying to be old
Track Name: Nobody You Know
In a perfect world, you might find a common place to understand
Everything that falls, will it be the fault of someone's under hand

Nobody you know
Nobody you know

All over the place we are pulled into a TV coliseum
In your face, the race is to be the top, the best, the idol being

Nobody you know
Nobody you know

To be taken for granted
Hand it to you
It's slanted
Is it fool proof?

Nobody you know
Nobody you know

Opportunities lend a helping hand to seekers of a dream
Feeling out the seas of a storm exaggerating laser beams

Nobody you know
Nobody you know

Times a wasting away for the masses sinking into a boring hole
Dealing with the hate is a constant flame that burns like the night is cold

Nobody you know
Nobody you know

To be taken for granted
Hand it to you
It's slanted
Is it fool proof?

Nobody you know
Nobody you know
Track Name: Yes I Do
With a love that I found in you
It frames me like you do
Long asleep in a haze, so it seems
The first time, the last time we dream

We roll on our years
we face all the tears
that we let free

We go everywhere
the stories to share
for all to see

I love you
yes I do
I love you
yes I do

Fill my cup to the brim, let it flow
A stream runs wild, watch it go
All the play that we find in one another
The perfect plot for our show

We roll on our years
we face all the tears
that we let free

We go everywhere
the stories to share
for all to see

I love you
yes I do
I love you
yes I do
Track Name: Snow On Me
On a day of fine winter beauty
Set the wheels of footsteps to sea
On a hill with no sign of a fruit tree
Over brooks over banks under free

Snow on me, snow on me, snow on me

With close friends by my side on this new year
Safely, surely no fear
With the sky falling down everywhere
Making this season so dear

Snow on me, snow on me, snow on me

Frozen when the skies touch the ground
Oooh

Evergreen with your new coat of winter
Do you stand for the need to survive?
With a sea of branches in splinters
So serene, so still, so devine

Snow on me, snow on me, snow on me
Track Name: The Less I Know Is Real
I didn't know any better than a fool
Reaching for something that I thought was cool
Oh the times we live in, a terrible charade
Spreading a message that all is god made

I follow my gentle side
The sorrow I try to hide
The safer you make me feel
The less I know is real

Freedom is failing a world that we once knew
Reason is trailing a path to nowhere soon
Understanding the meaning of wrong and of right
Pleasing the millions will always feed the fight

I follow my gentle side
The sorrow I try to hide
The safer you make me feel
The less I know is real

The sea is rising
rising up above me
The sea is rising
over me

I follow my gentle side
The sorrow I try to hide
The safer you make me feel
The less I know is real
Track Name: In My Lifetime
In my lifetime, the fearless beware
Every station, every stare

In my lifetime, the peaceful shall rest
Everybody sends you their best

In my lifetime, you did what you said
The feeling is shared
The greed is all dead

In my lifetime, the heart of surprise
Good news and bad news
Hellos and goodbyes

In my lifetime, the past will make sense
The pill of my body swallowed in trance

In my lifetime