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released March 17, 2017

The Northeastern Railroads is Tony Moureilles.

All music and lyrics written by Tony Moureilles, except Senseless Cessation, the lyrics to which are a poem written by Megan Reid.

All vocals, guitars, keyboards, and special effects played by Tony Moureilles, except Sketch No. 19, which includes bass guitar played by Ian Van Opijnen; Senseless Cessation, which includes rhythm guitar played by Kevin Villanova and bass guitar played by Jason Langshaw; and Hope, which includes bass guitar played by Jason Langshaw. All drums played by Justin Settlage.

Produced by Tony Moureilles and Ian Van Opijnen. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Ian Van Opijnen from October 2016 – February 2017 at The Echo Room Recording Studio, Worcester, MA.

All songs copyright © 2013 – 2017 Tony Moureilles. All rights reserved.

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The Northeastern Railroads Boston, Massachusetts

The Northeastern Railroads is an indie rock solo project started by Tony Moureilles in late 2012. Its influences are markedly from dream pop and shoegaze. Tony writes and records all songs, but he is joined by Jason Langshaw, Kevin Villanova, and Justin Settlage when playing live. Justin is also his studio drummer for his upcoming album, Hope. ... more

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Track Name: Sketch No. 19
Sketch No. 19
(Music and lyrics: Tony Moureilles)

Please fix me an Old Fashioned
I’ll loosen up my tie
And try to unwind
I’ll go request a song

Perhaps some Louis Armstrong
To start this evening right
I’m trying to save your night
Try to sing along

I know it’s tough to handle
A person like myself
By yourself
You do it much too well

I take it all for granted
And then I laugh it off
Sure enough
Can be your living hell

This party’s much too crowded
This room, anxiously small
I’m trying to stand tall
But losing ground instead

Please hold my drink while I try
To break us free from here
Don’t you fear
Of course we’ll cause a scene

Why would we waste our time
With those who can’t fly
We’re so cool; we’re sublime
Why would we waste our time
With people who won’t try
It’s too cruel; it’s a crime

This world won’t cut me slack, so
I will return its grace
And keep a straight face
I don’t like to lie low

Plus, I find sketching my life
On napkins in my mind
Feels so blind
I’d rather leap and dive

Why would we waste our time
With those who can’t fly
We’re so cool; we’re sublime
Why would we waste our time
With people who won’t try
It’s too cruel; it’s a crime
Track Name: Another Sighting
Another Sighting
(Music and lyrics: Tony Moureilles)

Wandering this morning
Around
A girl was walking
Downtown
Long hair, straight and
All brown
Didn’t see her blue eyes
I’m sure they were

A deep, deep sigh
Always follows these sightings
Every time
Your memory strikes like lightning
I can’t escape
Even though I’m nowhere near you
In this town
One thousand miles away from you

It’s times like these
That I ask myself
If you were there at all
Or if I made it all up
Because
I see you everywhere
I know you’re not
Because
You walk in places
Your feet forgot

And so I’m wandering
All over my town
And I keep on finding
You walking around

A deep, deep sigh
Always follows these sightings
Every time
Your memory strikes like lightning
I can’t escape
Even though I’m nowhere near you
In this town
One thousand miles away from you
Track Name: I'm Fine Here
I’m Fine Here
(Music and lyrics: Tony Moureilles)

I’ll stay inside
I have my records
And lots of wine
‘Cause I cannot hide
I don’t feel social
After nine

I think I’ll stay
I had a rough time
At work in vain
You go out and play
Your friends will miss you
Don’t make them wait

Darling
I’m fine here
When I’m alone
Listening to “Hello Dolly!”
Drunk on wine
I cease to feel sorry

Darling
It’s all clear
I want to drink bliss
And hear the stars shining
In the dark
I’ll find a rough diamond

I know
You want me there
But there’s too many people
And not enough chairs
I know
You want me there
But there’s too many people
And not enough chairs

You build your case
With concrete, metal
And bits of brain
With lots of grace
I swear I’d go
But I’d rather stay

I won’t go out
Even a walk
Makes no sense around here
In this frame of mind
You’re too reluctant
To disappear

Darling
I’m fine here
When I’m alone
Listening to “Hello Dolly!”
Drunk on wine
I cease to feel sorry

Darling
It’s all clear
I want to drink bliss
And hear the stars shining
In the dark
I’ll find a rough diamond
Track Name: A Thousand Parties
A Thousand Parties
(Music and lyrics: Tony Moureilles)

This town tonight
Is hosting a thousand parties
And you... you’re gracing one somewhere

Don’t have much time
Feel like I’m drowning slowly, wondering
If you’ll find someone new there

I used to call
Very late at night when
All bars had closed
I just needed your warmth then

How things have changed
I keep thinking about how
You said I’m strange
‘Cause I laugh when all burns down

I have something to tell you
I’ve been meaning to say
I have three words to tell you
I hope I find you tonight

I’ve been through all
Of the parties ‘round Kendall
No trace of you
Just strangers with strangers

I can’t think straight
What the hell have I done here
I need to find you
‘fore you find someone new there

I have something to tell you
I’ve been meaning to say
I have three words to tell you
I hope I find you tonight
Track Name: Wet Streets Before Dawn
Wet Streets Before Dawn
(Music and lyrics: Tony Moureilles)

We ran down wet streets
Small world at our feet
Loud, drunk, and laughing
We looked so dashing

Your face glowed so bright
In that pale moonlight
I gazed in your eyes
Prayed the sun would never rise

No words were spoken
Down by the ocean
Your French blue dress dropped
You dipped and I watched

First time in my life
I stayed up all night
So young, so unwise
Thought the sun would never rise
Track Name: Sit Still
Sit Still
(Music and lyrics: Tony Moureilles)

Hey
You finally have something great
Going on in your life; right on
Right on

Hey
She’s the greatest girl you’ve ever met
She will even support your cause
Your lost cause

So sit very still
Sit very still
Doves will fly home
On their own

Why
You’ll find her standing by your side
Whether you’re sailing or in your dark place
Your dark place

Still
For heaven’s sake, sit very still
She even laughs at your dumb jokes
Your dumb jokes

So sit very still
Sit very still
Doves will fly home
On their own
Track Name: Senseless Cessation
Senseless Cessation
(Music: Tony Moureilles | Lyrics: Megan Reid)

I want to play you, playing me.
Beat you to the end.
stop the inevitable demise,
close the doors and collapse.

Spiraling down from nothing
into less than what is

Unmask the player,
be deluded like you
and come into myself.

See nothing at all.

Keep playing the game
Where there is no loser.
Because we both are.
Track Name: Hope
Hope
(Music and lyrics: Tony Moureilles)

Trees outside, walls inside
All have changed countless times
Ever since you went away

Skies of grey; they’ve grown blue
Seas have moved under my shoes
Ever since you went away

Shirts and my clip-on ties
I’ve outgrown; should have saved
Somewhere when you went away

Been known to hold my drink
Used to smoke; learned to think
Years after you went away

I still think
You’re somewhere now
You’re planning how
To come home
And see me

Hope I still
Will see you again
I’ll walk up to you
And say “hi,
How’ve you been?
Please stay”

Had I known you’d be gone
As I napped, I would have
Woken before you went away

You’d not have been alone
And I’d have brought you home
That day when you went away

I still think
You’re somewhere now
You’re planning how
To come home
And see me

Hope I still
Will see you again
I’ll walk up to you
And say “hi,
How’ve you been?
Please stay”
Track Name: Nothing Changed
Nothing Changed
(Music and lyrics: Tony Moureilles)

Grey light bleeds in
Through torn brown drapes
This room has been
Our world for days

Yet nothing’s changed

Let’s lay in bed till late
Let’s sleep, let’s wait
Pretend we’re young, we’re great
It’s our last date
Let’s drink, let’s toast
Let’s leave our ghosts

‘Cause nothing’s changed

Tonight might rain
So hard we’ll cry
Should help us train
For when we wonder why

Nothing changed