Eudaimonia

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released February 3, 2015

All songs Written, Engineered, Arranged and Produced by Fran Broderick

Mixed and Mastered by Brendan Simms

1. Over and Over Again (3:47)
2. Yippee Kai Yay featuring DJ Naps (3:05)
3. I'm Sorry God Didn't Make You Cool (3:41)
4. Just the Same (3:26)
5. Eudaimonia (1:35)
6. Across the Room (4:56)
7. Sadly Sally (3:07)
8. Not the Boat (4:11)
9. The Last Tree in the Forest (4:00)
10. The Roof (5:48)

Additional engineering: Brendan Simms; Danny Sheehan; Matt Blakely; Ben Rossi

Album Art Direction and Design: Matt Carbone
Additional design: Brian Simpson


LH2B is the creation of singer/songwriter/producer Fran Broderick (Friday In America; PilotSuits.). His debut album, Eudaimonia, pulls together his sprawling influences - Bob Dylan and John Prine ("Over and Over Again”; “I’m Sorry God Didn’t Make You Cool”), Biggie and Sam Cooke (“Across the Room”) and gritty soul and rock acts like The Velvet Underground (“Sadly Sally”) and Dr. Dog. Broderick wrote, engineered, arranged and produced each song, in the spirit of singer/songwriter-led productions from artists like The War on Drugs and Phosphorescent. The result is a mix of songs heavy on lyricism, haunting arrangements and memorable hooks, that seamlessly jump through genres.

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Left-Handed 2nd Baseman Rochester, New York

LH2B is singer/songwriter/
producer Fran Broderick (Friday In America;PilotSuits.).

The debut album "Eudaimonia," jumps through genres that include alt-folk, rock, soul, and hip-hop, and was engineered, produced and arranged by LH2B.
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Track Name: Over and Over Again
(Broderick)
Relax, play doo wop, I'll drive these empty streets
By this time tomorrow we'll be dancing in the trees
With backpockets full of memories we'll never review
an empty dinner table in a place I never knew

there’s only so many avenues and so much dirt below
i’m always singing sad songs they’re the only ones I know
I could have been a rock, I could have been a stone
Coulda been a contender I just didn’t need a throne

It’s like they say in the end, it happens over and over again
when you sing a song for a friend you sing it over and over again

I woke up in America and stumbled to my feet
like the last ones at a party we searched for a place to sleep
i never saw the bodies I never saw the blood
i only say the eyeballs looking out across the flood

i sang a song of sorrow, of primordial design
i stood above the ruins of the cities and the shrines

what good is a kingdom if ain’t nobody in it?
and I’ll always believe you even if no one see ya did it

Repeat Chorus
Track Name: Yippee Kai Yay
(Broderick)

Yippe Kai Yea it’s a bird it’s a plane are we going insane
no I think that we’ll make it
Yippee Kai Yay it’s a bird it’s a plane are we going insane
no I just think that were naked

I walked her home,I walked her home
A city to ourselves we walked alone

I think I found something x 2

C’mon and lets rage, jailbreak a birdcage
start dancin on stage like our bodies just caught fire

Let em call the cops ya know it’s all for not
theres another DJ playing in the parking lot

You know they aint got nothing x 2

Yippee Kai Yay it’s a bird it’s a plane are we going insane
no we’re dancing on a table
Yippee Kai Yay it’s a bird it’s a plane are we going insane
no but I think that we’re able

I grabbed her hand I grabbed her hand
Didn’t say a word just started to dance

I think I found something x 2
Track Name: I'm Sorry God Didn't Make You Cool
(Broderick)
Here we go with the fanfare and the noise,
you gotta let the whole world know that you're better off than your boys
You're trying to build a house by yelling at the tools
I'm sorry God didn't make you cool

You've got the job, two car garage, gym membership
money and time to spend, no one to spend it with
chalk it up to kids can be so cruel
I'm sorry God didn't make you cool

Your voice is loud, positions proud yet uninformed
you speak of sacrifice you speak of love and war
but what's the use of followers, if they're fools
I'm sorry God didn't make you cool

The playgrounds change, the bullies don't
They just grow up and pay for friends to laugh at all their jokes
but the only tragedy is playing by the rules
I'm sorry God didn't make you cool
Track Name: Just the Same
If you woke up howlin at the moon
or slept drunk through the afternoon
or if you leave this world to soon

Let those hours turn to days
Let those flowers start to fade
This beach I built was for your waves

I will love you just the same, just the same

We’ll lose our hair we’ll lose our minds
We’ll come unwound but we’ll rewind
you'll hurt me so bad i'll wake up on the floor

but having fun aint slipping up
moving on aint giving up
you say youve never been in love before

but I will love you just the same, just the same

I guess I ran out of reasons to pretend I'm not in love with you
Don't worry about where that river bends, darling I don't have a clue
Track Name: Across the Room
(Broderick)

Standing at the craps table throwin frozen dice/ mingling with debutantes and social types/ beneath the long pale glare of the smoky lights/ but every time he tried to walk away or stand off/ that’s when they would say let the man talk/ he couldn’t breathe and he felt like a greeter/ theyd say Id like you to meet him and id like you to meet her/ they were all wearing the same vapid demeanor/ laughing bout the future sayin who’ll need us?/ and he’d laugh even though it aint funny/ they say when you gonna settle down and make some money/ find a nice girl pretty and well studied/ he said one day I’m gonna find my honey/ but I’m a night man like I’m always Sunny/ and these birds don’t phase me they call me Sully

But then she walked across the room/ trailed by the afternoon/ he thought he’d gone crazy
Maybe it’s the way he was catchin his breath/ or the way her body moved through the hem of her dress, he’d found his baby


Stolen glances slow romancing a whole lotta talking but there aint no dancing/ her life had been planned in Manhattan mansions/ winters in Aspen, summer in the Hamptons/ but he was from the backstreets/ out beyond the taxis/ looking at a Daisy but feeling like a Gatsby/ he said ill be honest/ I don’t gotta a lotta dollars/ but I promise that for you my shoes will always be polished/ And Yea I went to college but I aint graduate with honors/ id just skip class kick back and chill in my pajamas/ but she talked of tel aviv and renewable energy/ and how she’d played the piano that paul used on let it be/ looked kinda like a young Jackie kennedy/ the type of face that just stay embedded in your memory/ said she’d studied abroad and helped refugees/ said shed studied law but that music was her specialty

shed say how can you not care/ hed say because lifes not fair/
shed say get off your high horse/ hed say get off your high chair

She took a deep breath and batted her eyelash/ looked away quickly to hide her shy laugh/ suddenly he felt like he was back on the right path/ like listening to a verse back like 'damn did I write that?'/wondered he wrote her if she would write back/ that loving feeling started hitting him like a spiked bat/ just like that his jaw and the beat dropped/ it was like he could see God up in a tree top/ writing a classic yea her lyrics were Reeboks/ and the honey in her voice was always hitting the sweet spot/ til the late night arguments and holes in the sheetrock/ the liquor and the pills and the drives and the bebop/ lights flicker while he'd whisper to rye liquor/ about the old times how he wished he could die quicker/ because the way things end aint the way they begin/ people are people and people don't make sense


But then she walked across the room/ trailed by the afternoon/ he thought he’d gone crazy
Maybe it’s the way he was catchin his breath/ or the way her body moved through the hem of her dress, he’d found his baby
Track Name: Sadly Sally
(Broderick)

As the ice storm held the building
I felt around for a pair of pants
woke up next to Sally, asked her if she wanted to dance
but Sally never seen a sunset, Sally never felt the cold
Sally never felt the unrest, Sally never rocked and rolled
and as the sun began to break through, like cops kicking in the door
Sally would curl against the wall and whisper “there must be something more”

Sadly Sally, you are mistaken/ the world is waiting/ for you to come downstairs

She was consumed by vague paranoia, schizophrenic John Birch blues/ she said she don’t read the news no more, cause they don’t print no good news/ but only a fool think if they close their eyes that it’s the same as if they sleep/ I told her I don’t know where I’m going all I know is you’re a one way street


Sadly Sally, you are mistaken/ the world is waiting/ for you to come downstairs

The world is waiting (Sally we’re waiting) x4
Track Name: Not the Boat
60 on the back nine, yea you threw it all away
a totem pole of Southern soul you stare at everyday
A deck of cards reflects the stars, and you know the best part, of not knowing where you’re going is not knowing where you’re getting off
That’s why I’m tip-toeing through eternity with a bottle of spray paint, so I can tag my name on those stars and watch it fade away
I feel great today, cause I know this isn’t it

So you meet Suzie Q in a room with a view, and she ain’t got a clue that you do what you do, cause you’re worried the truth, she won’t approve, and the snake in you’s confused cause she’s some kind of flute
Well we all play the game, we’re all one in the same, a bunch of bums on a train, headed for the slums of our brains, numb from the pain of thinking “this aint it”

but if you fall before you reach the stage
if your future stalls, or your plans misbehave
send a signal out along the last airwave
and I will sing this song to you

You don't know what you don't know
you're the ocean, not the boat
your bloodflow is the undertow
the moon will move you to and fro
all you need to know is where you want to be

but when all you feel is her touch
the orchestra erupts
and though you don't know much you think you know enough
about where you wanna, where you wanna be
Track Name: The Last Tree in the Forest
(Broderick)

Everyones a kid til the money runs out, shit hits the fan and the guns come out/ some sit around waitin for the sun to come out/ drownin in delusion til the summer runs out/ flames flicker out from patio candelas/ buried kites beneath the boardwalk with the broke sand dwellers/ the sadly shrinking shadows of the Martins and the Mandelas/ but there’s a secret they got that they can’t tell us/ nights eating licorice and whispering gibberish to apolitical dissidents proud of their ignorance/ running in ripped socks and broken flip flops/ trying to keep time with a broken wrist watch/ overreacting to an empty audience/ an empty tip jar beneath an old accordion/ on an empty street, the last auditorium

they cut down that last tree in the forest
We build a boat from the branches leave the rest for the florist
baby don't you know why they never caught us
because we sang a chorus that nobody taught us


The sun shown, me running alone into the unknown/ with silly school girls trying to tell me to come home/ reading me love poems like it’ll make a difference/ a fate ain’t wisdom/ I can see straight through prisms/ I’d lie and watch a fountain drop from the Cliffside of a mountaintop, I listen for the sounds and rocks/ until the suddenly the sound it stops.


they cut down that last tree in the forest
We build a boat from the branches leave the rest for the florist
baby don't you know why they never caught us
because we sang a chorus that nobody taught us
Track Name: The Roof
(Broderick)

45 degrees from the fault line that divides my piece of the pie
And I can read a book without trying
Or bewilder the best minds alive

But you cant read a book about power
If you wont read a book about love
You cant stamp out the flowers
Cause you tower above

Just cause you’ve got a roof doesn’t mean it aint raining
I always put my stock in the sound
I think it’s time to forget your training
For your feet were meant to leave the ground


Sticks in the sand where the plays got designed
We were just executing a call
And you still havent found why youre taking your time
While they're writing our names in the flames on the walll

A Kick to the system
From a life before this one
If ignorance is bliss
Oh Hells just infinite wisdom

Just because you’ve got a roof doesn’t mean it ain’t raining
I always put my stock in the sound
I think it’s time you forget your training
For your feet were meant to leave the ground

We we’re fugitives seeking asylum
But we looked like shit from the storm
And I could always keep quiet
I just couldn’t keep warm

Repeat Chorus