Welcome sucker to candyland

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por Marcelo Ferla

Estou escrevendo pra você, que não conhece a Gru.
Se não quiser ler, não tem importância, ouça Welcome Sucker to Candyland que, 10 faixas depois, vai saber tanto dela como se fosse um amigo íntimo.
O disco é a Gru, a Gru é o disco: uma coleção de melodias inteligentes, dinâmicas e grudentas como um doce de caramelo – mas desconfio que ela gostaria mais se eu citasse bolachas recheadas de morango.
A Gru é tão fã de doces quanto do Hanson, e ela adora dizer isso, porque não se importa de soar pop, muito menos trabalha pra se inserir em alguma cena musical que exija citações cool ou um clipe moderno ou uma foto filtrada do instagram – e se este é um disco com a cara dos anos 90, não é da parte que está “na moda”.
Se fosse pra soar cool, Gru me pediria pra sair logo escrevendo que adora Elvis Costello, Neko Case e Rilo Kiley e sua banda predileta não apenas é o Buffalo Tom como o baixista do grupo, Chris Colbourn, faz dueto com ela na balada “The Sweetest”. E se ele é efetivamente perceptível, todos os demais artistas citados são claramente referenciais nos sons de Welcome Sucker to Candyland, frase que a cantora country Loretta Lynn sugere que seja dito para o novo namorado de uma menina que não presta.
Aliás, a influência feminina (inclusive de garotas que prestam) é bem perceptível no disco, produzido por Gru e seu amigo de longa data John Ulhoa, e gravado no estúdio dele, o 128 japs, de Belo Horizonte (foi masterizado, online, por Mike Fossenkemper do TurtleTone Studio de Nova York). Além das garotas já citadas, há doses generosas de Aimee Mann na fábrica de doçuras sonoras. De alguma maneira, fico pensando que sons como “Just The Way you Are”, minha faixa predileta, caberiam como uma luva em seriados como “Gilmore Girls”. E que o Lemonheads, de quem ela também gosta, adoraria regravar “Bad Plot” – som que me remete ao Video Hits, cujo baterista, Mike Vontobel, é parceiro de “Feel Like Running” (John é parceiro de “Can't Fool Me”, que tem vocais de Frank Jorge).
“Ah, eu sou de Pelotas, tenho 30 anos, e fiz toda arte do disco, inclusive as fotos das balas”, me escreveu a Gabi Lima. Que é a Gru. Que é Welcome Sucker to Candyland.

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released May 2, 2013

Selo: Loop Discos
Produtor: John Ulhoa e Gabi Lima
Masterização: Michael Fossenkemper @ Turtle Tone Studio, NY

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Track Name: Sidecar
Such a beautiful night
Such a horrible feeling
You laugh nervously at me
And I laugh right back cause it's free

It was a matter of time before I felt my heart shrinking
Trying not to move won’t stop this quicksand that keeps me sinking

I’m riding in the sidecar
I'll never get to steer these wheels
Snapping photographs
Enjoying the view

You never spend nights alone
Staring holes in the ceiling
Counting pale green stars can never get you too far

How I wish Id never found out what true love is
Cause now I’m stuck with the pain of doing nothing about it

I’m riding in the sidecar
Snap some photographs
Enjoy the view
Your hands are busy steering the wheels

I’m riding in the sidecar
Wind on my face isn’t all I feel
Try to enjoy the ride
While we ignore what we feel

Fooling myself

Picturing a life I'll never know

I’m riding in the sidecar
Snap some photographs
Enjoy the view
Your hands are busy steering the wheels

I’m riding in the sidecar
Wind on my face isn’t all I feel
Try to enjoy the ride
While we ignore what we feel
Track Name: Boy In Love
This thing you chose
You chose for two
I’m not taking something I did not choose

You scrape together all of your money
Just to try to buy something that is not for sale
And theres no happy ending to this sad sad tale

Hes a boy and hes in love
But it’s got nothing to do with me
Its not romance
Its the oldest prank in history

Dont pet my dog
Shes not yours too
Dont buy me shoes just so I can walk all over you

You scrape together a lifetime of money
Just to try to buy something that is not for sale
And theres no thrilling point to this sad sad tale

Hes a boy and hes in love
But it’s got nothing to do with me
Its not romance
Its the oldest prank in history

Hes a boy and hes in love
But it’s got nothing to do with me
Its not romance
Its the oldest prank in history

He checks me out while I check the mail
He thinks about me I think Id sooner bail
Track Name: The Sweetest feat Chris Colbourn
I don’t expect you to say yes all the time
And you don’t have to second-guess where to find me
I know where to find you
Wherever I go
I keep you in a tiny safe box in my heart
Where no one else could play your part
Or take you from me
Just like the moon you’re always there
And I don’t have to look out my window
I know it in my heart

Every time you go away
I regret things I didn’t do or didn’t say
And they all start with
‘Yes, I do love you
Wish I could be there all the time with you’
Now I can see with better eyes
And it’s priceless when you smile
It feels like sunshine
I know what love songs are about
They must have found someone like you

And I am the luckiest
Cause you are the sweetest
The sweetest
The sweetest
You’re the sweetest

A tiny safe box in my heart
Where no one else could play your part
Or take you from me
Just like the moon you’re always there
And I don’t have to look out my window
I know it in my heart
Track Name: Bad Plot
I'll get myself out of your way
Before I even get the hang of forgetting you
Moving forwards by walking backwards

I don't care if it's raining or snowing
If I get in this car with you I know where this is going
Where guilt and heartache are selling by the pound

So I'm walking this town all the way back home
Yeah I'm walking this town all the way back home

Don't justify your reasons to me
Don't waste your breath with useless apologies
I know that talk
I've walked that walk

You get the feeling you're doing it wrong
When the only heart you're breaking is your own
Such a bad plot: you are mine but you're not

So I'm walking this town all the way back home
Yeah I'm walking this town all the way back home
Track Name: If It All Works Out
I walk these streets so aimlessly
I walk into the wrong party
Guided by a ghost that won’t let me be
So I put on my coat, drive out to sea
Forget just where I was supposed to be
Wherever that might be you should be there with me
So I call on your phone
Just to see if you’re still feeling alone
And I keep you up for hours ‘till you crack a smile

And if it all works out
If things go according to plan
Maybe we won’t fall in love
And we’ll remain best friends
And if it all works out
We won’t fall in love

I check my mail, I check my phone
It makes me forget I’m all alone
Driving my lonely way back home
Pretend we’re not worlds apart
Keeping your letters close to heart
I keep my heart away from false starts
Toblerone, jelly beans, twenty different flavors of ice cream
I want it all but I don’t want what isn’t mine

And if it all works out
If things go according to plan
Maybe we won’t fall in love
And we’ll remain best friends
And if it all works out
We won’t fall in love

And if it all works out
Maybe we won’t fall in love
And we can hold our heads high
So we can look above
These clouds of doubt that keep hanging over our heads
Think I’ll be contemplating your love ‘till I’m dead
Track Name: Sleepwalker
I don’t turn out the lights when I go to sleep
So why do they?
I don’t see no light
No I don’t see the light of day
All familiar faces in the streets
But I’m asleep
Don’t talk
Don’t jog
Don’t go out to walk
I’m in too deep

The dust that’s covering my life
I can’t shake it off my eyes
I just can’t see
All the things that pass you by
When you live not knowing why you’re on your feet

Go sleepwalker go
Dream your life away
Let life slip you by

When you should be awake
Go sleepwalker go
Chase that dream right out your door

Plastic stars have finally lost their spark
And their charm on me
How am I to start a brand new day
If I can’t get to sleep

I go sleepwalking through my life
I can’t open up my eyes
I just can’t see
All the things that pass you by
When you live your life just crawling round your feet

Go sleepwalker go
Dream your life away
Let life slip you by
When you should be awake
Go sleepwalker go
Chase that dream right out your door
Track Name: Feel Like Running
I am no Elton John
Im trying to find myself
Not sing a love song
You make me turn off my phone
Im getting outta this place
And you can't come along

Im going nowhere fast without you

Jump up
Jump off the roof
I'm leaving you behind
Cause you're living proof
That people like to hurt you
Like to see you in pain
So they can feel like they're on top again
Fell like I belong somewhere
But it's not here with you
I'm not under your care
So you drink your beer and dance at bars
While I pack my stuff and travel to Mars

Im going nowhere fast
Going nowhere fast without you

Every time I see your face
I feel like running
Feel like running away
A situtation I just can't embrace
I feel like running
Feel like running

Got a huge lump down my throat
This life is a sea
I capsized the boat
My palms are sweating
My feet are cold
I'm falling hard
Can I get a rope please!

Falling down again
This feeling is strange
But it's not new to me

Every time I see your face
I feel like running
Feel like running away
A situtation I just can't embrace
I feel like running
Feel like running

You're alone in this world

And so am I
Feel like running across the borders of Mexico

Every time I see your face
I feel like running
Feel like running away
A situtation I just can't embrace
I feel like running
Feel like running away

I feel like running
Feel like running

I feel like running
Feel like running away

I feel like running
Feel like running

I feel like running away
Track Name: Just The Way You Are
All we are
Promises and secrets
And it's all we are
Inside jokes that linger
Late night lullabies
Glad you're not the jealous kind
So place them cymbals on the left
Push your elbow to the right

Cause this is all we have
Our memories of each other
And it's all we have
When we fuss and fight like brothers
And we carry on
Pretending that there's nothing wrong
(and there isn't really)

Cause it's just the way you are
And folks back home like you just the way you are
So there's no need for changing
And now that we have come this far
Not sure where we're going
But you can't get off the car
So you might as well turn on the radio

We worked through
A couple misled kisses
And we stayed strong
Through all the hits and misses
And you only own a couple pair of shoes
Fancy and everyday use

You always laugh whenever I get pissed
So I piss you off back
We don't talk for hours that seem like weeks
And you don't have to ask
Whether I do miss you
I always do matter of fact
And we can't go back

Cause it's just the way you are
And folks back home like you just the way you are
So there's no need for changing
And now that we have come this far
Not sure where we're going
But you can't get off the car
So you might as well turn on the radio

(Just the way you are)
Your heart is filled with kindness, gratitude and no regrets
Never leave the house, buy what you need off the internet
Pictures, comics, records, that just won't let me forget
My best friend

Just the way you are
And folks back home like you just the way you are
So there's no need for changing
And now that we have come this far
Not sure where we're going
But you can't get off the car
So you might as well turn on the radio
You're the voice on my radio
Track Name: Can't Fool Me feat Frank Jorge
So they say that we don't know when we're happy
But it's easy to tell when we're not
You can't fool me on this
Please no longer resist
Ice cream cones and my true love for you

When it's hard to find comfort in yourself
Then it's time that you looked somewhere else
You'll find me by your side
With a smile hard to hide
Raise your eyes
And you'll see that it's true

Let's skip all the sad chapters
And go straight to the end
When despite all misfortunes
Your forever after
Starts with your best friend

New Year's day is just another day off work
And your thoughts wonder lost in the murk
Clear your sights
Look at me
There's a reason for everything
My embrace and a kiss
Will fill your heart with tenderness
And a love that you just cant dismiss
Track Name: Not Done
I hope you understand
I have to say I love you
While I'm still your friend

I think you'd better run
And throw your arms around me
While it is still fun

You've gotta face your fate
I have to kiss your lips
Before it gets too late
And our morning star slowly fades

I'm under your command
I just need you to tell me
Where to put my hands

I'm sure you know by now
That I will never let you go
Until you have no choice
But start pretending
The world's revolving around this room

Cause I'm not done with you
I'm not done with you yet
You know I'm not
You know I'm not

I'm not done with you
I'm not done with you yet
You know I'm not
You know I'm not

And you said
"Don't do it please
Don't do it please
Cause I'll miss you too much
When it's time for you to leave"