The Demos

by Noah Charles Stroup

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released September 8, 2011

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Noah Charles Stroup Portland, Oregon

Noah Charles Stroup grew up in North Dakota listening to classic rock while barreling down the highway in his '66 Mustang. Since then, he's been the lead singer of a Led Zeppelin tribute band, Stairway Denied, and his own rock trio, pseudoboss. Today, he continues writing and recording songs that express his dynamic range of musical tastes. Thank you for listening. ... more

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Track Name: Back My Way
You love me baby
So you let me fly
Couldn’t match your heart
Thought I’d find out why
Shouldn’t take too long
Maybe months or so
Then I’m back in your arms
To love you more

I ran to the crossroads
In the dark of night
Strumming my guitar
Looking for a fight
Didn’t take too long
Til I thought of you
Nearly bled to death
Wore my fingers through

You broke your heart for this music man
He’ll appreciate your love if you let him again
It won’t be easy to trust his mind
But listen to his words and you will find
The first thing that I thought of was you
When you were gone


I sat on that road til the break of day
My hands were numb I could barely play
But I found what I have come for
That soulful sound
Now all that I was needing was you around
Baby you were gone when I got back home
Thought you would be waiting sitting all alone
Now I’m on this porch nearly all damn day
Looking for my baby to come back my way

Oh, but wait a minute

Forget all my troubles
Forfeit all my pain
For my woman has come back again
Track Name: Devil May Care
They say devil may care but I know they’re wrong
Man’s got too many sins to call hell his home
Forgive him you can try but he’s not the kind to atone
They say devil may care but I know they’re wrong

When I held you / To keep you warm
The blood of my lover’s heart stained my arms

You told me you love me / And we’d meet again
But first I had to find your killer and my revenge

They say devil may care but I know they’re wrong
That man’s got too many sins to call hell his home

So I loaded / My only gun
And sped off desperate chasing down the setting sun

To find the thieving bastard / Whose wicked eyes
In a single errant gunshot stole my wife

They say devil may care but I know they’re wrong
That man’s got too many sins to call hell his home

When I get him / Square in my sights
I’m gonna turn his heartless living into endless night

I got a message / To deliver as well
You gotta have a god-damned soul to find a warm welcome in hell

They say devil may care but I know they’re wrong
Man’s got too many sins to call hell his home
Forgive him you can try but he’s not the kind to atone
They say devil may care but I know they’re wrong

They say devil may care but I know they’re wrong
So I’ll be bringing hell in my hand to send that killer home
I’m not afraid of what revenge will bring. I’m not too proud to atone.
Track Name: We'll Take Our Time
We'll take our time
We'll take our time
I don't wanna rush into your kinda love
Don't give me a push or give me a shove
We'll take our time

Well, easy is as easy does
And lucky for me how easy it was
To find you girl I knew right away
You could be my world if you do what I say
We'll take our time
Track Name: Ran To The Stars
Showed my lover my tender heart
She took it with her and ran to the stars
So I chased her roun'
She ran so far from me

(She) Thought I was kidding
hen I confessed my love
Not nearly beginning to see her dream's above
My simple life
and my happy home

So I abandoned my thoughts
On just who I wanted to be
If I ever wanted to be with her
I know it won't be easy
Cuz I won't be living for me

Since I didn't leave her
I have never known
How her kind of loving-measure-up against those
cold and
lonely nights

She has not forgotten
What I left behind
But if i could do it again
for a second time
I'd watch the skies
as she flew away

But I abandoned those thoughts
On just who I wanted to be
If I always want to be with her
I know it won't be easy
Cuz I can't be living for me
Track Name: Heavy Heart
There was a time when I thought I had it all
A love that was light like the wind
But the mind has a way of convincing the heart
That everything is better than it is

A young man in love doesn't know what's in store
With a siren whose eyes like the sun
Will burn right through him leaving him wanting more
It's hurts so good that he'll never run

CHORUS:
Your heavy heart is weighing me down
It's holding me under, till my breath runs out
Your heavy heart is pushing me round
And it's buried me in my grave

Tell me the truth, you mean to do me like this
Burn me up, burn me out of my mind
When our skins so hot that you can hear it hiss
But a cost so great that it's left me blind

I thought there was much more that I could learn from you
More than another lesson learned
Funny how things turn out, and how I never knew
It's not my love but my soul that you burned

BRIDGE:
I love with everything I've got
I hoped that you would see
That me being here with you
Is all you'd ever need

But you couldn't let it go
All the pain that came before
So you had to take it out on me
And try to settle the score
Track Name: If I Could
If you could only see the way you look at me
Then you'd understand I can't leave easily
It's not the empty space you're worried eyes will trace
It's your moistened lips as tears run down your face

When your lonely sighs are matching desperate cries
It's the heartless men who'd ever leave your side
Since I'm not one of them, I'll pull you in again
And hold you to my skin in hopes your heart will mend

If I could, then I would, but I can't
So I guess I won't
If I could, then I would, but I can't
So I guess I won't

I dive to catch your fall while backed against the wall
Who knew the greatest acts of love could be so small
But you noticed it, if only just a bit
You told me sincerely how dark your days could get

How many times been scared of men who never cared
Waiting for them to leave with _ the end declared
I, too, have felt the fear of having love so near
Now that it's in front of me, I have never seen so clear
Track Name: Let Me Be Your Guy
Will you be my lover?
Much more than friends
Could be forever
Might be the end

Never know if I don't ask
Couldn't hurt to try
Will you be my girlfriend?
Let me be your guy?

There are many stories
Of how love began
Sometimes they're boring
Some of them legends

Ours might be neither
If we never try
Will you be my girlfriend?
Let me be your guy?

I've heard ever after
IS the way to go
It's the final chapter
As we're growing old

Never know if I don't ask
Couldn't hurt to try
Will you be my girlfriend?
Let me be your guy?

Let me be your guy.
Track Name: Nightcrawler
I never would have thought
That you and I would dance
But cupid took the shot
So I should give it a chance
G-give it a chance

I should warn you babe
I’m not what you might think
My favorite part of day
Is when the sun sinks
The night is for kings

They've fallen in love
So easily before
Just know right now
You’re warned

I don’t why you would love me
Cause I am not your type
I run around getting drunk and buzzing through the night
But if you want to be here
I won’t push you away
I’ll keep you safe from me until the break of day

And when the sun comes around
I’ll be your loving man
You know I’m there for you until the night again
'Cuz I’m a nightcrawler babe and that’s the way it is
If you can handle me and take your chances
I’ll come home to you
Track Name: The World to Me
You have everything
I have ever wanted
You make my heart sing
That means all the world to me

Shortly after we had met
You showed me your heart beating
I felt how hot you get
That meant all the world to me

If you ever thought that
I could never fall in love


I have found a lover who can take my breath away
She will blow my cover since I never talk this way
But, I have given up on thinking I can save my face
To fight against this sort of feeling that her love creates

Every time we kiss
I feel you lean in closer
Whispering tenderness
That means all the world to me

You told me you would be mine
When I was on my knee
A whole lotta love for all time
That means all the world to me

Bridge:
Time showed me just what I was waiting for
So in doubt I just wait for a little more
When I see I’m right where I need to be
I never thought I could be so patiently

Wondering what I had been searching for
When your smile comes walking through the door
If I had to I could wait for you forever
Track Name: Where You Are
How could I have ever known
When it's darkest at the dawn
That our love story would need
You to walk out on me

Rarely love is a curse
But it felt like it at first
Not enough to say I'm naive
That I just stood there and watched you leave

But it was so long ago
When I think back on that day
Love was too much trouble
For a young man to take

Til I sat around writing love songs
To my broken heart
That's when I realized
I want to be where you are

I wanna be where you are
Felt so lost staring at the door
Now I pray love can come back my way
And we can be where we are

I wanna be where you are
It was your love I was looking for
If you're not gone, then come on home

I wanna be where you are
It was your love I was looking for
If you're not far away, the come on back and say
You wanna be where you are
Holding tighter in my arms
Track Name: Compassion
Bearing a child, in her arms
Mother has love in her heart
Willingly she begs on her knees
One last soul, she pleads

Leave me but take my little one
(This) world isn’t fit for my son
Compassion filled her eyes
Now tears, they come in the night

Please forgive me
I love you
Endlessly
My child

She hopes he knows, she did her best
Letting him go, to heaven’s blessed
She speaks to him, I miss you so
But thankful for the hurt you’ll never know

Please forgive me
I love you
Endlessly
My child
Track Name: Loosely Focus
Usually
Loosely focus
On horizons
Rising to the air

Strangers
Floating past you
Passed a whisper
Whisper to your ear

BRIDGE:
So why
So why
So high
Up here

VERSE:
Strange you’re
Walking fast-ah
Way to nowhere
Wearing on your feet

Useful intuition
Keeps you aimless
Lessons you taught me

BRIDGE:
So far
Away
Away
From here

CHORUS (x2):
Can we measure days
In a different way
So that I may
Spend all night with you

VERSE:
Restless
Weary rambler
Blurring silence
Silent as we speak

Slowly soaking
Kingdom calling
Falling gently
Gentlemen on his knee

BRIDGE:
No way
To
Describe
This place

CHORUS (x2):
Can we measure days
In a different way
So that I may
Spend all night with you
Track Name: The Only Way
Sleepless, sleepless I lay here silently
Forget, forget everything you said to me
Constant, constantly waiting for me to
Say sorry, sorry for what I did not do

I know you need me to be
So strong I won't break
Our hearts so heavy, they weigh down this place
Let go of all that we've faced, it's our only way

The only way to, forgive everything eventually
Moments, moments can change us gradually

I know you need me to be
So strong I won't break
Our hearts so heavy, they weigh down this place
Let go of all that we've faced, it's our only way

Calm down, our hearts must rest
They've weighed us down enough I guess
Sleep now 'cuz I'm right here
To hold our hearts for you my dear

I know you need me to be
So strong I won't break
Our hearts so heavy, they weigh down this place
Let go of all that we've faced, it's our only way
Track Name: Ghost Inside
Slowly let go
Holds me undertow
Shadows of who
Kept me from my truth

Even though I know
Your shadow in a ghost
Haunts me now says to wait
"Shouldn't go that way"

What might come time will tell
If I'm better now by myself
What other life might have been
If I'd left your ghost inside my head
Track Name: They Don't Know
They don't know about me and you
They don't know what we've been through

They don't know the depths we've seen
They don't know the heights we've dreamed

Save for the scars, they don't know anything about us
Save for the tears, they don't know anything about our fears

They don't know about me and you
They don't know what we've been through

They don't know the depths we've seen
They don't know the heights we've dreamed

Save for the scars, they don't know anything about our hearts
Save for the tears, they don't know about about us, dear


Try, try as you must
To explain our senseless love
Heartache and pain
Couldn't make us change
Cry, cry out at night
We will hold each other's light
They, they will never know
Just how far our love can go

They don't know about me and you
They don't know what we've been through

They don't know the depths we've seen
They don't know the heights we've dreamed

Save for the scars, they don't know anything about us
Save for the tears, they don't know anything about our fears
Save for the scars, they don't know anything about our hearts
Save for the tears, they don't know about about us, dear
Track Name: Long Years
Why wait for so long dear
We have held on for so long dear

I know it’s hard through these long years
Further along there are still more tears

Because you believe it’s all worthwhile for me
Through these long years
I’ll give it back once my life has a map
Through these long years

Could you
Dream of
Me
Tonight

Holding
So close
We might

Why wait for so long dear
We have held on for so long dear

I’ll give it back once my life has a map
Through these long years

Could you
Dream of
Me
Tonight

Holding
So close
We might

Feel the
Heartbeat
Of our light

Warming
Over
Our lives
Track Name: Into The Night
Into the night we fall
Heeding the wild winds call
Enchanted by our name
Lucidly life explained

Whispers of blinding light
Float to the stars we might
Have to stay there long
Humming our own swan song

Through to the end as planned
Holding each hand in hand
Into the night

I vowed to love you forever
You swore that I would never be alone
We promised to be together
For all of our lives

Together for our lives
Together for our lives
And into the night
Track Name: So Impossible (Demo)
I won't lie
I've had my eye
Upon you
For a long time
But, I've waited
For so long now
That I've made it
So impossible
Track Name: Into The Night (Acapella)
Into the night we fall
Heeding the wild winds call
Enchanted by our name
Lucidly life explained

Whispers of blinding light
Float to the stars we might
Have to stay there long
Humming our own swan song

Through to the end as planned
Holding each hand in hand
Into the night

I vowed to love you forever
You swore that I would never be alone
We promised to be together
For all of our lives

Together for our lives
Together for our lives
And into the night
Track Name: pseudoboss (Remix)
I’m a man who thinks that
You should not cross me
I’ll take your book back
And make you beg for mercy

I have no time for
Your pointless thoughts on
Who I should bow to
And hope to see when I’m gone

You can call it chaos
But now it’s anarchy
I’ll let you know my thoughts
And the kind of mood I’m in

I don’t have to take your shit
Or seem to really care
I decide my own damned fate
So you better say your prayers

You did not lose me
I’m am not to blame
I won’t go idly by
While your try to guilt me to shame

It may seem like I am lost
But I know who I am
I’ll meet you at the cross
And find out who is condemned
Track Name: Home To Me
Mother, I remember
At night you held me tight
You said
Have courage my dear
When you leave here
I'll always be by your side

You said
The wind may change direction
The tide pull out to sea
The sand may shift beneath your feet
You can always come home to me

Once your baby boy
I'm now an eager man
I face the world with gentle eyes
And find love where I can

Mother, I must thank you
For the life I have been given
Now I do my best to make you proud
With every song I'm singing

You said
The wind may change direction
The tide pull out to sea
The sand may shift beneath your feet
You can always come home to me

I know
The wind may change direction
The tide pull out to sea
The sand may shift beneath my feet
You're always home to me