[a tear and a sneer]

by Oats

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    "This record rocks and is a 'heart on your sleeve' experience, complete with pick scrapes, feedback and MELODIES!!" - Kevin Heuer
    "In the fine, unfortunate tradition, Todd Olsen's muscular and tuneful power-pop is borne of unhappy times and lost love ..." - Jeff Elbel
    "I like this album. It has good songs and the first 'Tried & Failed' is a hell of a song. Some power pop style mixed with sounds of the 90s...well worth a listen.." - Power Pop Action! blog administrator- 7 out of 7 stars.

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"[a tear and a sneer] is at its heart a chronicle of the five stages of grief. I tried to explore those feelings without flinching and express what for me was inexpressible in any other way."- oats

"in mixing [a tear and a sneer] my approach was simple- i just continually asked myself 'how much guitar can i possibly get on there?'. when in doubt i turned it up."- oats

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released November 16, 2011

produced and mixed by oats
drum engineering by ryan potesta
additional engineering by dalan robertson
all instruments and vocals by oats except:
drums by brock evans
bass on 'all inside your head' by clark leake
violin by dena gaddie
childrens voices by jessica, canaan, katherine and jaden ramos
all songs written by oats
photography by jessica ramos
graphic design by danny cavanaugh
photo editing by laura wick
original logo by oats from 5th grade art class

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Oats Atlanta, Georgia

Todd 'Oats' Olsen began his career by co-founding the CHR band, The Waiting which toured internationally for a decade and garnered five #1 hits nationally in the US.
Oats continues to record and play spot dates with The Waiting and has produced dozens of other artists. His debut solo release, [a tear and a sneer] was released in November 2011.
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Track Name: tried & failed
tried & failed

i tried, i failed
of course you bailed
i breathe, im frail
but i never gave up on you
it's sad but true
never said goodbye to you
i loved, i cried
but i tried

here's a stupid song about not giving up
when the disappointments come around
got to keep standing on the inside
even though outside your sitting down

here's a song to say don't let em think for you
give em all the finger and stay true!
love is all you need to be a real success
lisa you know my success was you

love- like a weed- grows up through the cracks
strongest thing the world has ever known
facing a fury that hell doesn't have
strong enough to break your heart of stone!

i tried, i failed
of course you bailed
i breathe, im frail
but i never gave up on you
it's sad, but true
what else would a loser do?
i loved, i cried
but i tried
Track Name: not the end
not the end

the first time that i met you
well you weren't free but you wanted me
guess we both knew it was a sin
and then i talked to you
and you're just like me- a female version
that's when i knew i had a twin

the next time that i saw you
we walked through the park down by the lake
and we were touching on the grass
the sun was shining down
a perfect day as i remember
with all the people walking past

ooo wheres the girl that i once knew?
i know i pushed it way too much
wanted to be with you true
to share my whole life and such

last time i talked to you
you were getting free but you didn't want me
you were on point-the pain was rife
to say i cared for you- so ridiculous an understatement!
you were the love of my life

so just raise your hand and swear
that you'll be mine till the end
that;s all i'll ever ask of you
and when this time/life is through
you might find you have a friend
and maybe that the end is not the end
not the end!
Track Name: everything
everything

i find it so hard to forget
i saw forever in your eyes
and i guess that's unforgettable
i find it hard not to regret
the pain that came from that mistake
but your love was unmistakable

i find it hard to understand
the way it went from love to woe
but i guess its understandable
the wicked way we started out
bound to cause a shadow of doubt
and our parting was not sweet- just sorrow

you meant everything to me
what did that mean?
cuz you were everything
so how can everything mean nothing?
you were everything to me
what does it mean when
you know everything?
so how can everything be nothing?

you meant everything to me
what did it mean to you?
you meant everything
so how can everything be nothing
you said everything to me
what does it mean when you know everything?
so how can everything be nothing?
Track Name: i suppose
i suppose

ten months- and almost to the day
since you called to tell me you had gone away
you don't look back- no you just move on
do you recall my place? was it all so wrong?

you gave me some books- my favorites
i gave you my lunchbox and my sentiment
what happened- jesus would only know
but i still see your face because i love you so

i suppose i lost my way into your heart
i suppose i don't always do what i am supposed to
i propose you're not as right as you are smart
so i suppose it will be your way- and your way is the highway

im a ghost on your highway
just a ghost on your highway..
Track Name: want to
want to

once
once i crossed the line
and stood outside your door
like a beggar to a thief i came to you
and i realize you care for me
wonder if i'll ever let you
do what you do?

but now
now it's time i got respect from you once more
and i wont come with my head down like before
and i realize you're angry Lis and it is no mystery
the way i do what i do

yeah
want to be near
want to be close
want to be clear
want to be there
want to be close
i want to feel you
but i'll come w my hat in hand no more/
but i won't come with my hand out anymore
want to be true
want to be new
wanna be with you
Track Name: all inside your head
all inside your head

love's an ocean deep
in this vessel of life we set sail
a tempest in the tea
even captains courageous could fail
is everything a dream
don't you think that its better to look
and believe what your eyes see?

a dove will still fly free
even if there is nowhere to land
she'll perch upon the sea
no branch for a bird out of hand
faith is a tapestry
she's weaving a home in our hearts
or is love just a dream?

is it all inside your head?
is it all inside your mind?
is it all inside your head?
cause it's still here in my heart.
Track Name: let it go
let it go

when you came it was the beginning of a dream
i tried to realize for you
when you left you shoulda known id be sticking out my tongue
you know me- what else would i do?

when i looked in your eyes i looked into your soul
i saw the beauty that's in you
but in this world of ours there's beauty everywhere
with these words you told me what to do

you said let it go but just let me say
ill miss you my friend until my final day
cuz i know that we're meant to be
ya dont give up so quick when you're a punk like me

let it go- but just let me say
that tenacity is another word for faith
cause i know we're meant to be
ya don't give up so quick if you have loyalty
you dont let it go

love that surrounds me so divine
not that i deserve that grace
it heals my heart it frees my mind
takes me to a higher place

where i can let it go
Track Name: a different road
a different road

a different road for me to travel
a mystery you cant unravel
a different time, a different place
that distant look upon your face
a different road for me to travel

a distant light that shines upon us
a difference you might see among us
riding high- full of grace
a daring look upon my face
a distant light that shines upon us

in daring dreams you see forever
a silver strand you cannot sever
with aching bones not for this place
its only you you have to face
in daring dreams you see forever

its up to me to see the colors that you bring
all the confidence of spring
its up to you to do the things you have to do
whether false or whether true
i will always love you
Track Name: so you're gone
so you're gone

i'm in shock that i should think of you
it feels like years are passing
the days and weeks collapsing
i look back- tear in my eye
the way you laugh, the way you sigh
wonder why i ever met you
how can i ever forget you?
how can i still feel you girl when you acted so bad?
i guess i'm still thinking about everything that we had

so you're gone
i am so sick of whining
but whatcha gonna do when you are pining?
me thinks i doth protest
to your behavior when you left
my hearts a jewel- that was a theft
so you're gone

as for the wrong we did
well you were there you did your share
you act like it is all on me though
like it just takes one to tango
now you write me off with shame
won't see my face
won't speak my name
forgive me first- then ill forgive you
ill act as adult as you do
how can i still feel you girl when you acted so bad?
i guess i'm still thinking about everything that we had

so you're gone
you took me for granted dear
looking back its all too clear
i guess you knew that i'd be here
you swore you'd always be my friend
at minimum until the end
but on your word i can't depend
so you're gone

you were the light behind my eyes
how am i supposed to see you now?
i was not convenient in your life
should i be surprised you kicked me out?

i know i only make you mad
but in a way that's just too bad
i guess that's why i'm sad
Track Name: a tear and a sneer
a tear and a sneer

we fell in from the start
love was a wave combing our hearts
all too soon i would know
the storm in your eyes- the undertow
never knew that you'd let me go
never knew that i'd miss you so

we surely shared a laugh
conversation, a photograph
how could i walk away
with so much to lose so much left to say?
now i know why you had to go
now i know how you suffered so

my inane words of wisdom
can you ever forgive them?
how foolish could i be?
thought you were bored with me
i should've set you free but it has been...

so long my friend
there/here at the end
would not let go/
want you to know
i was wrong
but you know me
punk as can be
apology is a song/
my apology is this song

so long my dear
year after year
ill think of you each may
but you know me
dumb as can be
regret fills every day
so long
i leave you with a tear and a sneer
Track Name: ghost on your highway
ghost on your highway

i suppose i lost my way into your heart
i suppose i don't always do what i am supposed to
but i propose you're not as right as you are smart
so i suppose it will be your way
and your way is the highway

i tried, i failed
of course you bailed
i bleed, i'm frail
but i never gave up on you
its sad, i'm blue
what else would a loser do?
i loved, i cried
but i tried

i'm a ghost on your highway
just a ghost on your highway