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released May 18, 2018

All songs written by: Jefferson Riordan & Chris Toppin
“Pond” written by Nora & Jefferson Riordan
Produced by Riordan/Toppin
Additional production by TJ Wenzl, tracks 1, 3, 4, & 11.

Horn & reed arrangements: Riordan/Gelb/Cox/Israel/Weller
String arrangements: TJ Wenzl

LOVE LOVE is:
Chris Toppin: lead & backing vocals, acoustic guitar
Jefferson Riordan: lead & backing vocals, electric & acoustic guitars, bass on tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 8. Drums on tracks 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, and percussion on track 8.
Darren Ray: lead guitar
Chris Michaels: drums
Eric Schmider: bass
Tim Obetz: pedal steel
TJ Wenzl: sounds
Aaron Gelb: tenor sax, bari sax, clarinets
Jeff Cox: trumpet tracks 2 & 12
Ezra Weller: trumpet track 8
Cale Israel: trombone
Joe Klompus: bass track 13
Matt Tahaney: bass track 6
Nora Riordan: vocal track 9
Tanya Donelly: backing vocals track 7
Martha Marin: backing vocals track 8
Recorded at Q-Division Studios, Somerville, MA; Squid Hell, Jamaica Plain, MA; The Woods, Roslindale, MA; & BKitty Studios, Jamaica Plain, MA.
Recorded by Matt Tahaney (tracks 2, 6 & 7), Dave Locke (tracks 8, 9, 12, 13 & 14), Matthew Boudin (tracks 8 & 10), TJ Wenzl (tracks 1, 4 & 11), Pat DiCenso (track 10), & Chris & Jefferson (tracks 4 & 5).
Mixed by Pat DiCenso (tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 14) & Matt Tahaney (tracks 7, 12 & 13) @ Q-Division.
Mastered by: Dave Locke
Photography: Anna Rae

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LOVE LOVE Boston, Massachusetts

LOVE LOVE is a Boston band fronted by co-lead singers and songwriters Chris Toppin and Jefferson Davis. Lyrics of love, murder, and the overall mystery of life, compliment their lush and reflective sound.

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Track Name: Sleep Now
She came back on Monday
Didn’t hear a sound
Hadn’t been there since Friday
When she laid him down
Last words she heard him say,
I’m gonna sleep now —

She was searching for the perfect mate
Love of a lifetime
Arsenic in sweet pies they
Went down just fine
She was bored and someone had to pay
True love’s hard to find —

I don’t wanna know
I don’t wanna know
I don’t wanna know
I don’t wanna know
I don’t wanna know

Sleepy sleepy baby, I will pray
As I lay you down
Giggly Granny gonna take you away,
Put you underground

Last words they heard her say,
Let’s go to sleep now
Track Name: Home
She wants to go home
But not with you
She’d rather be alone
And so should you

It might be worse my friend
You might go home with someone
Who’s just pretend,
Think of yourself in the end
You gotta grow the love in you
Before you give it

You gotta be ok with ok with you
You gotta be ok with ok with you
You gotta be ok with ok with you

You’re never alone
If you know who you are
Go on and go home
Follow that star that’s leading you

It’ll never be right in the end
If you don’t give your love
Like you wanna get it,
Think of yourself in the end
You gotta grow the love in you
Before you give it

You gotta be ok with ok with you
You gotta be ok with ok with you
You gotta be ok with ok with you
Track Name: Somebody Sooner or Later
Daddy’s upstairs and he’s punching out words
Like he’s spitting straight at you
If he’s gonna write that book boy it better be soon
Cuz Mama over there with a blanket stare
She fixing up her room like a beautiful tomb
Everybody gotta be somebody sooner or later
Everybody gotta be somebody sooner or later

When I get tired I feel I wanna start all over again
Digging real deep but I see I’m only burying myself

Well he grew up straight, yeah crooked came late
Then he didn’t know what to do
Should he hide, open wide, or maybe go and live in an old woman’s shoe?
Cuz life’s sometimes like a fairytale
Everything beautiful behind the veil
Everybody gotta be somebody sooner or later
Yeah everybody gotta be somebody sooner or later
Track Name: Blind in the Sunshine
Wanting your eyes to meet mine
Blind in the sunshine
Nowhere and nothing but time

No angel guiding
No voices calling

I hear you crying at night Where did you go?
I am right by your side
I’ve got nothing but time Why did you go and
but time won’t make it right
I’m blind in the sunshine Leave me here all alone?

I pictured me looking down
A bright light, a voice in the night
But I’m nothing and nowhere to be found

No dark forces
Demons or devils

I hear you praying at night Where did you go?
I can’t answer you
Right by your side, I’ve got Why did you go and
nothing but time, it ain’t right
I’m blind in the sunshine Leave me here all alone?
I’m blind in the sunshine Where did you go?



No all-knowing
God of the heavens
Track Name: Driving Song
Driving through the big open
Where we thought that we could never be
Now everything’s spread before us
The choices that we had were not easy, but they joined us

Many times I drove and dreamed
Never thought that you would be here
Next to me, dreaming and driving, wide open
We go so deep, spirits connected, it’s unspoken

I wanna drive, never stop moving
With you I feel alive, long as we’re moving

I look at you in the sun
We met old but you made me young
And we’re just growing younger every day now
By the time we reach San Francisco we’ll be golden
First time you kissed me I felt electric and home
You were my dream, I would go with you anywhere

I wanna drive, never stop moving
With you I feel alive, long as we’re moving
Track Name: Wide Open Girl
Wide open girl
I wanna live inside of you
Wide open girl
You took me in and I love you
Wide open girl
You love me for what I can do

I was frayed when I met you weaving
An enormous quilt for us and our dreaming
I will never fail you
I will never fail you
You believe in me I believe in you
Let’s get married

Wide open girl
I wanna live inside of you
Wide open girl
You took me in and I love you
Wide open girl
Loving me for what I can do

I was asleep, and I didn’t see you coming
You knew everything before I did
You believe in me I believe you
You believe in me I believe in you

There ain’t no doubt that we were meant for each other
We thought we could handle this love, but it was bigger than either one of us
I will never fail you
I will never fail you
I will never fail you

You believe in me I believe in you
You believe in me I believe in you
Let’s get married
Track Name: Rhode Island
It’s the smallest state in the Union but one of the most densely populated
It’s not really an island but it was first founded as one
It was the first colony to declare independence from Britain and my baby’s from there…

So let’s go to Rhode Island baby
That’s where you’re from
You can take me around to the places
You left when you were young

Let’s find a good bar my love
Open up the past
Talk about how grateful we are
We found each other at last

There was a nuclear explosion there in the ’60s
They make lots of toys in Pawtucket but for some reason cap guns are illegal
H.P. Lovecraft, Ruth Buzzi & Chris Toppin are from there…

So let’s go to Rhode Island baby
It just makes sense
I’m your Roger Williams baby,
And you’re my providence

Let’s party in the trailer park
Where you grew up
We’ll shower the place with our love,
Have ’em drinking from our loving cup

[solo]

There was Chalk Man who always came with his dog and doled out homemade chalk to the kiddies
There was the Trojan Tent where Miss B. danced suggestively to “Brick House”
Marilyn Chambers, Cormac McCarthy, and Tanya Donelly are from there

Let’s go to Rhode Island baby
Cianci was mayor
Never lost an election
But went to jail and left his hair
Let’s go to Rhode Island baby
It’s where you’re from
You can take me around to the places
You left when you were young
Track Name: Cold
Cold
I hold you cold to me
Like a big sack of gold
Old
You never wanted to be
I kept you to your word

Pillow over your mouth after you’ve kissed me
And looked into my eyes…
(It was all just lies)
Look into my eyes
(It was all just lies)
Look into my eyes —

Cold
Deceiving you baby
Was easier than I thought
Old
Eyes wide you couldn’t see
I had you from the start

Now your blood runs south as you feel me
Cold around your heart
(Love you till I die)
It was all just lies
(Love you till I die)
It was all just lies —

You look to me like you never saw this coming
Your trust in me was so naïve it’s still growing
To see your light going out turns me on
To see the right you conceived proven wrong

(Love you till I die)
It was all just lies
(Love you till I die)
It was all just lies
(Love you till I die)
It was all just lies
(Love you till I die)
Track Name: Pond
In the old pond there’s no moon
There’s no sun
There’s no happiness
In the old pond where I died
There’s no sun
There’s no moon
Track Name: Picture
He watched her hang her clothes on the line
A picture then formed in his mind of how she would die
Sweetness of her face in its last yearning
Burning of the place of her remains

He kept her face in a plastic bag
And once in a while he would tell it all his dreams
Sweetness of the night, spring flowers blooming
Looming monster right in the doorway

It looks all right when he looks at it
(The picture in his mind full of flowers and joy)
It looks all right when he looks at it
(Soft breezes, fresh cut lawns and kids playing with toys)
It looks all right when he looks at it
(The picture in his mind makes him feel like a little boy)
It looks all right —

It looks all right when he looks at it
(First love dreams, flowing streams, a boy walking his dog)
It looks all right when he looks at it
(Starry nights, party lights, a long walk on the shore)
It looks all right when he looks at it
(Innocence, picket fence, lemonade smiles and curly bows)
It looks all right —

Didn’t know why, would not explain
The picture he drew with her blood above the bed where she lay
Sweetest little face circled by flowers
Hours in her place, he spent the whole day
Track Name: Killer (Bring It)
Sitting up with my thoughts and my flashlight
Playing with your fear
Gonna tug at your thread like you like
How I like you’re sown up so tight

It’s not about who is wrong or who’s right
I just wanna be clear
You can tell me again and again how it’s
Just pretend, yeah that’s right

Time is not on your side
Time is not on your side
I am coming for you

I’m gonna bring it this time
I’m gonna bring it this time
I am coming for you

Touched me right in my soft spot, how’d you
Know where I would feel?
It’s that place of forgiveness given
Before the given plays out

Praying over the body, praying
Till the spirit appears
Giving thanks to the Giver
She made me as She’s day I’m night
Track Name: Turn
Keep a bag packed by the door
Keep your eyes up off the floor
Things could turn at any time —

Up all night with all our fears
Clouding over what was clear
We never see it coming —

I can’t stand when we turn away

Am I hearing what I say?
Is it coming out that way?
How come you look so scared of me?

We’re so close, why is there space?
Why the hurt upon your face?
Can’t we just get past all this?

I can’t stand when we turn away

I just wanna go back to what we knew
I just wanna go back to what we knew
I don’t wanna lose you

Put the bag under the bed
Pretend what we said wasn’t said
We didn’t mean it anyway

I’m so scared you’re gonna go
Away from me and what we know
Broken glass and ugly screams

I can’t stand when we turn away —
Track Name: She
She grew up in a trailer park
I grew up in a state of shock
Cold, cold world
Cold, cold world

Looking for some peace inside
I met her folks in their double-wide
Cold, cold world
Cold, cold world

I was always one to hide
In my room with dreams inside
Cold, cold world
Cold, cold world

She came with a morning vision
From that vision I started dreaming
Whole new worlds

She brings light and laughter in her eyes, those eyes
She brings loving morning, noon, and night

She grew up for me to find
I knew what was in her mind
Our new world
Our new world

And those who sit and judge on high
They don’t know shit, they just wanna find a
Cold, cold world

She brings light and laughter in her eyes, those eyes
She brings loving morning, noon, and night

I will lay beside you
You will watch me sleeping
Seeing what I’m dreaming
Dreaming what I’m seeing

She brings light and laughter in her eyes, those eyes
She brings loving morning, noon, and night

She grew up in a trailer park
I grew up in a state of shock
Track Name: Your Loving
When I die
All I’ve lived for
Your loving

I’ll have made
No fortune
Just your loving

In the sky
I see my sun
Your loving

It won’t die
It won’t be gone
Your loving

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