Sincerely Yours​.​.​. Greatest Hits Vol. I

by Ernest Ernie & The Sincerities

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released July 24, 2015

Ernest Ernie D'Amaso- Lead Vocals

The Sincerities:
Marianne Cheng - Backup Vocals
Alisha Neverson - Backup Vocals
Dodi "Boomtown" Wiemuth - Drums
Lil' Stevie "Cropper" Woodzell - Guitar and Backup Vocals
Dan "Danielson" Kramer - Bass Guitar and Backup Vocals
Rob "Great Job" Farren - Piano and Organ


Additional Musicians:
Ivy Haralson - Backup Vocals
Nadia "Na-Na" Danielle - Backup Vocals
Aeisha Reese - Backup Vocals
Okema Na'omi Diaz - Backup Vocals
Guy Reavis - Tambourine
Eric Biondo - Trumpet
Jordan McLean - Trumpet
Morgan Price - Saxophone
Miwi Le Lupa - Trombone
Jerry Wallace - Violin
Mike Jackson - Violin
Elaine Price - Violin
Steve Woodzell - Violin
Vivian Chen - Viola
Terry Smith - Viola
Dave Bunting - Cello
Raj Gupta - Cello
Dan Kramer - Doublebass

Recorded at Fun City Studios, NYC
Engineered, mixed and produced by Dan Kramer
Mastered by Mark Alan Miller at Sonelab
Photos by Dave Bunting; Ashley Woo
Cover design by Steve Woodzell
Additional art design by Gina Freedman; Dan Kramer


Special thanks to: Dave Bunting. Ashley Woo. Sammy and Kirolos. L&B Spumoni Gardens. Modelo Especial. Bryan Smith. Guy Reavis. Jay Giacomazzo. Willie Chen. And all of our parents!

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Track Name: Talk About
When it was all about fun, we never got sleep
But now I think about love, and the feeling is deep
But it ain't too hard to see, I wear it all on my sleeve
For everyone to see just what you mean to me
And I'm a changed man, everybody tells me
Said, I'm a changed man, friends can hardly believe
What's happening to me, don't need a mirror to see
'Cause when I look in your eyes, I see the man I could be

CHORUS:
And I want more from you, honey, than company
If we're really talking, let's talk about us
And if I really told you how I feel
Would it even matter all that much?

When I let you know I'm in love with you
Turned around to go, now I know the truth
How hard romance is, how words can't do it justice
It's mystifying

CHORUS

Baby, I can't take it no more
Baby, now that you know the score
I've got to see just where your head is
Let's talk about it now
Baby let it out
Tell it to the world
Are you gonna be my girl?

CHORUS
Track Name: Give It To You
I missed the train when love was leaving
And love don't give no voucher
And now you're like the air I'm breathing
I can't live with you

So now I'm sitting here at the station
You might come around so I best be patient

CHORUS:
Baby, give me a chance, take my hand
I promise I'll be true
Baby, give me a shot, and all that I got
I'll give it to you

You say I'm sweet, but I'm bad for you
But girl, I ain't no confection
I'll do whatever I have to do
To get going in your direction

I know that you already passed me by
But Lord knows that a man has to try

CHORUS

Just say the word and I'll be gone
I'm not calling you a tease
But can't you see you got me on my knees
I'm begging, please...

CHORUS
Track Name: The Place To Be
I welcome you, my little ingenue
To a place where you can start anew
Where the people are comin' and goin'
And everywhere you go is open

Said the city's the place to be
It's got everything, everything
And the city's the place to be

I'm telling you, you gotta make the move
And in no time, you will find your groove
There's a reason why you were born
And if you really wanna grow...

Said the city's the place to be
It's got everything, everything
And the city's the place to be

And you could be so happy, baby
I guarantee you that, I can't make it any clearer

Ain't trying to tell you what to do
But I got so much to offer you
Here's where you'll never need more
I'm trying to tell you some things that you really ought to know

Said the city's the place to be
It's got everything, everything
And the city's the place to be
You know why, you know why
It's got sights you can see, it's got lights...
And it's got me
Track Name: All Tied Up
Too many times, I thought you were mine
Too many times, I had you right by my side
Too many times we've been together
And you gazed into my eyes
Tell me we're birds of a feather
And then you fly right out of my life

CHORUS:
You know I tried to give you up (To give you up)
But you're always coming back to me
You've got me all tied up (I'm all tied up)
And I don't know if I'll ever get free

How many times (how many times)
Do I have to try? (do I have to try)
How many times (how many times)
Before you make up your mind?
Now I'm standing on my last leg (listen to me)
Will you stand right next to me?
I'm not a man who's known to beg
But now you've got me on my knees

CHORUS:

Too many times (too many times)
You've been all mine (you've been all mine)
Too many times (too many times)
I had to say "goodbye" bye-bye
And I can't get you out of my head (did you hear me?)
And isn't it plain to see?
You got a hold on me, and I will always be
Taking you back again

CHORUS
Track Name: The Doubletake
Now the winter is done and the flowers are blooming
We'll be looking for fun, maybe a little romance
Under the sun, I got the music booming
And it's time for me to tell you about a new little dance

CHORUS:
Now listen up, I'll tell you how to do it
Put your hands on your thighs and give those hips a shake
Now move your feet from side to side, there's nothing to it
But don't you hurt your neck for heaven's sake
When you do The Doubletake

I think you got it
All you little girls, I want to watch you get
Down on the floor, I gotta see you do it
I can tell you how to do those steps again

CHORUS

You got me taken for sure, the way you shake
You gotta shake it some more, do The Doubletake
Oh, what a show! I see those bodies moving
Over the shoulder, baby, look then look again

CHORUS
Track Name: Summer Blonde
Oh Summer Blonde, well the heat is on
'Tis the season of our love, I'm convinced
The feeling is strong, I've felt it for so long
Of the many, you're the one that I miss
Oh baby baby, never felt like this
Oh baby baby, need your tenderness
I can't ever get enough, how I wish
That I was in your arms, you little crazy thing
Summer Blonde, your love is like the spring, yes it is

CHORUS:
I can't help but basking in the warmth that you've been casting
By the time I knew what happened, I was standing next to you
Now I've got to ask ya, will you stay with me hereafter
When the summer's gone and past us, will the answer be "I do"?

You the best, baby, what do you want
I love you just the way you are, I accept
In a summer dress, and a silken scarf
She wears her hair down in a part, it's going right to left
And she's always sure, and she's always brave
Showed me how to seize the day, here I come now
You're all mine, I hope I'm not too late
Summer Blonde, you got such style and grace
Oh, I gotta say it baby

CHORUS
Track Name: Waiting
I've been waiting, waiting for a sign
I've been waiting, she told me to wait outside
For the light from her bedroom to shine through the blinds
I'll know what to do when that time arrives

Night turns to day, I don't know what to do
I just want to stay and wait for you

I've been waiting, waiting for a sign
I've been waiting, 'til the morning light
Is this just a test? If it's just -
Baby, I don't even mind
Any other guy wouldn't stand for this
Only lonely men, such as I

Night turns to day, and I don't want to leave,
Baby, please, I just want to stay and wait for you

On my way to keep on waiting
All the while praying that I'm not too late

I've been waiting, oh, for a sign
I've been waiting, waiting, all my life
But to my surprise, she comes up from behind
Said, she just lost track of time
Oh good God! I'm glad I didn't leave

Night turns to day, now I know what to do
I'm just gonna stay to stay and wait for you
I'm gonna stay, I can't just leave you be
I just want to say, I'll stay, and wait for you
Track Name: Fun Timers
There's a saying in this world that I know you must have heard
"All work and no play is a drag" You gotta burn it at both ends

CHORUS:
Fun Times - we take it seriously
Fun Times - It's what the world needs
High time we found a reason to play - I say!
Fun times each and every day

Got a mission in this world
Listen up you boys and girls
There's nothing that's so serious you can't laugh
Oh! Gotta make you understand that

CHORUS

It ain't a mystery, but maybe it's magic
Got to lose it like you never had it
And it's easy once you get in the habit
But what to do when everyone around you is so sad?

Tell 'em, thing they ain't so bad now
And you know they tend to change now
Thou shalt turn that frown around, yeah
That's that Fun Timer commandment

CHORUS
Track Name: All I See Is Black
I woke up today and the sun is shining
But for me, it's cloudy and grey, ain't no silver lining
But what can I say, my whole life's declining
Since she went away, I just sit here pining
Kids are singing out in the streets
With all their sweet little melodies
I hear their laughter on the breeze
But I'm crying

Clear blue skies as the sun is rising on the people
And on the beaches, where the peaches turn to browns
And in the town, the whitest gowns are in the steeple
But all I see is black 'til she comes back around

Beginning of spring, everyone is styling
But for me, it don't mean a thing, no you won't see me smiling
It's like I was a king who has been exiled and sent out to sea
No reason to sing, I'm all alone on this island

I see the fish swimming in the sea
Splish splashing so happily
And I'm alone and it has to be
Why I'm crying

Purple skies as the sun is rising on the meadow
Then it's red and orange setting on the sea
And when it's down and all the clouds turn pink and yellow
All I'll see is black, til she comes back to me

The sun is blazing and the days are getting longer
Flowers bloom and birds resume their symphony
It don't mean nothing while my love is growing stronger
All this beauty, well, it's truly sad to see
Til she comes back to me

Clear blue skies as the sun is rising on the people
And on the beaches, where the peaches turn to browns
And in the town, the whitest gowns are in the steeple
But all I see is black 'til she comes back around

Purple skies as the sun is rising on the meadow
Then it's red and orange setting on the sea
And when it's down and all the clouds turn pink and yellow
All I'll see is black, til she comes back to me
Track Name: Work For You
Loving you ain't easy, and I know it
Nothing more could please me
And I know that you already know
Nothing good comes easy, got to work it
Nothing more could please me
Got to work for your love, got to earn it

I put my back into it, baby, it's the truth

Loving you aint' easy, there'll be no slacking on the floor
Loving you ain't easy, but I know what I signed up for, listen!
Baby, I'm the guy for the job
Baby, I'm the guy that you want
Maybe we can work it on out
Guess I'll see if and when you respond

I put my back into it, baby, it's the truth
And I'll be glad, glad, glad, if I should work for you

I've been waiting so long for this chance
Proficient in love and patience
Just check my references, It's all there, baby, I swear!

CHORUS
Track Name: I've Got To Wonder
Oh baby, you're hard to read
I can't ever tell just what you're thinking
I've got to wonder what makes you feel alright
Every time now
It ain't right to deceive
I ain't ever got nothing for free babe
Oh, I've got to wonder how it is you're mine
I can't understand

CHORUS:
I've got to wonder
Always on my mind
I've got to wonder
Looking in your eyes
I've got to wonder
Why in the world are you here

Are you being sincere, my dear?
I've got to wonder, baby
I've got to wonder, yeah
I've got to wonder, baby

Coming up cold on the leads
But in time, I will find what I seek
'Til then, I'm staying under your wing and biding time
I can't lie

CHORUS

Are you being sincere, my dear?
I've got to wonder, baby

Word - the word on the street is I've done something right
They tell me, "don't overthink it" no, no, no

I've got to listen, I've got to think
You've got a message, you've got to mean it, yeah
You've got a love that's supernatural and
Oh babe, I want to believe
Girl you make me wonder...
Track Name: Stone Cold Stella
Stone Cold Stella, man, she's just so cold
I got so much to tell her, but it will never told
Now, I'm a regular fella, I'm just that bold
But Stone Cold Stella, she ain't got no soul

I see the look on her face that says "leave me alone"
If I ever caught her gaze, it would turn me to stone, oh yeah
It could turn me to stone
And when she's walking my way, I get a chill to the bone
I see the look in her face that says "leave me alone"
If I ever caught her gaze, it would turn me to stone

I say, My, my, my, my, my, my
I just sigh when I see that look in her eye
That says, "leave me alone"

Stone Cold Stella, she's always catching my eye
Walking with her umbrella, not a cloud in the sky
Now, I'm a regular fella, so I ask her why
But Stone Cold Stella, she don't even reply

I see the look in her face that says "leave me alone"
If I ever caught her gaze, it would turn me to stone

I say, My, my, my, my, my, my
I just sigh when I see that look in her eye
I'd say "Hi" but no matter how I try
I just die when I see that look in her eye
That says "leave me alone"
Track Name: Can't Stay Falling In Love
There was a place, there was a time
I lived for the chase, back in our prime
And there ain't no mountain I wouldn't climb
To feel your embrace, it was sublime
But everything changed, baby, lately
(it all changed, ain't the same)
Sometimes it kind of feels like you hate me
(It's a shame)
No one to blame, can't be angry
(No one to blame for what it became)
You just can't stay falling in love

CHORUS:
The fire can't keep on burning
The more you grow, the more you learn
And yes, it's tough
But you can't stay falling in love

Back at the start, back in that time
You stole my heart, it wasn't a crime
I gave it up freely, it was fine
How you'd complete me, but there's a line
And we crossed it, no going back
(it's a fact, no going back)
And we lost it - that thing that we had
(Thing that we had)
I'm exhausted, and it's sad
(Too bad, it's so sad)
But you can't stay falling in love

CHORUS
Track Name: Out Of The Pack
When you called me, well, I came and ran away
So I could run with the wild things
But now that I run with the pack, I feel in the back of my mind
I'm a lone stray not even the pound would take

CHORUS
Now I'm sorry
Never meant to be cruel
Out of the pack, I'm running back to you

And I was so so so bad, I know I made you feel sad
Now I want you back here around me
All I aim to do is please you, my aim will be true
Think twice, I bit once, don't put me down, baby

CHORUS

Baby you know that I never really wanted romance
Dear God, it was not in my plans
But now my fate, it's all in your hands
Honey, give me one more chance

And all I will do is please you
And my love, honey, my love is true
Think twice, I bit once, don't put me down, baby

CHORUS
Track Name: Rocket Car
Rocket rocket rocket car
Rocket rocket rocket car

Welcome to the world now, baby
I will be your guide
Climb into my rocket car, baby
Let's go for a ride
And it's alright
We're cruising in my rocket car, baby
Feel the wind on your face
Don't need to wish upon a star, baby
We're gonna blast into space
And it's alright
It's all night
And it's alright

CHORUS:
Driving fast, alive at last, flying past the stars
Riding free through the galaxy, rock with me in my rocket car

Moving fast in my rocket car
Moving fast in my rocket car
Moving fast in my rocket car
Moving fast in my rocket car

You got that Haley's Comet style, baby
You come but once in a while
You need the sky like I need to drive, baby
And we're going for miles
And it's alright
And the people say:
Would you look who's coming around
(who's coming around)
Turning heads all over town
(all over town)
With a ride so fast and loud
(so fast and loud)
Just for you we could leave the ground
And it's alright
It's all night
And it's alright

CHORUS:
Driving fast, alive at last, flying past the stars
Riding free through the galaxy, rock with me in my rocket car
Driving fast, alive at last, flying past the stars
Riding free through the galaxy, rock with me in my rocket car

Moving fast in my rocket car
Moving fast in my rocket car
Moving fast in my rocket car
Moving fast in my rocket

And it's alright
It's all night
And it's alright

CHORUS:
Driving fast, alive at last, flying past the stars
Riding free through the galaxy, rock with me in my rocket car
Driving fast, alive at last, flying past the stars
Riding free through the galaxy, rock with me in my rocket car