The Man I'm Supposed to Be

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This album was born out of a love for analog recording and the honesty, the dirt, and the nostalgia that comes with it. Recorded on my dad's old reel-to-reel tape machine, The Man I’m Supposed to Be pays homage to my musical upbringing and love of music instilled in me by my family. It features two acoustic versions songs that are off our upcoming full-length record, The Times We are Living, and includes a track, “Good Love”, that is exclusive to this release. To learn more about the history and influence behind this album and the process that went into its production, please download our liner notes for this record, which include pictures and write-ups about how we went about making these recordings.

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released April 28, 2014

Recorded live on an Akai 4000 DS MK-II Reel-to-Reel Tape Machine in April of 2014 at our family home Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania.

Music and lyrics by Glen DeGeorge.

"Good Love" lyrics by Rachel McKee and Glen DeGeorge.

Mastered by Lucas Hope.

Produced by Portland Senator.

Distributed by Wedding Bell Records.

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"With a hint of Avett Brothers’ vocals and instrumentation with touches of Pearl Jam and The Decemberists, Portland Senator has created an honest and unique take on the indie folk-rock genre. The Philly locals have a hypnotizing air about them worthy of repeated listenings."
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Track Name: Man I'm Supposed to Be (As I Look Back Through My Life)
I am not the one you want to blame
For things that should have changed but stayed the same
And when your ignorance is gone, and you have the strength to carry on
Then we’ll have to go our separate ways

Things have been all right for me these days
The years have past but things have stayed the same
I’m still waiting at your door, I may never know what for
But something tells me I should sit and wait

So I’ll sit my self down gently and rest my back into a chair
And think about the man that I would like to be
It’s as someone who was with me played the part but was never there
As I close my eyes into the slowly setting sun
And that’s just not the man I’m to become

So I sit myself down gently and rest my back into a chair
And think about the man that I have now become
All the years I’ve put be hind me and the small mileage I’ve got left
Flash before my eyes as I drift off to sleep
And dream about the man I’ll never be

As I look back through my life
I question what have I done right
I’m looking at the past through a looking glass
As I look back through my life

As I look back through my life
All the pictures come to life
Illuminated on the screen again
As I look back through my life

All the pain that’s come to pass
All the pain that’s here and lasts
Am I stronger now because of it?
Let me look back through my life

All the joy reigned down on me
Two young boys, a family
I wish them better days than I have seen
As I look back through my life

As I look back through my life
I question what have I done right
I am not the man I was, or planned
And that’s quite all right with me
Track Name: Good Love
GOOD LOVE
What you hold there in your hand
Is the fragment of a moment
Compressed by time and space into a perfect gem

You see I left it there with you
To span the great divide
Between you and me
And your love and all your pride

Well you’re cordially invited to this parting little thought
That all your words can’t stop the setting sun
Because when the night surrounds you
It’s not the light you seek
It’s knowing that I’m hiding in the dark

Good love is hard to find
Good love takes work and time
But when you know the feeling’s right
Good love is what you’ll find

Well this love of yours and mine
It has stood the test of time
And don’t worry dear
I’ll be right here down the line

Good love will lead us on
Through the turning of the days
Through the happiness and the dust and the decay

We’ll I cordially invite you to this parting little thought
That all your words can’t stop the setting sun
Because when the night surrounds you
It’s not the light you seek
It’s knowing that I’m hiding in the dark

Well sometimes she may speak too softly or maybe not at all
Or he may leave his socks out on the floor
But these little things don’t matter within a grander scheme
It’s the love we have together and the bigger things unseen

Good love is hard to find
Good love takes work and time
But when you know the feeling’s right
Good love is what you’ll find
Track Name: The Times We Are Living
So wipe your tears
And take what you can
This is the end of it all
We’ve got nothing left

When your money’s all gone
And you can’t make your rent
I’ve been sleeping in bathrooms and bars
Just trying to cheat death

Cause these times we are living are slowly killing
My hopes and your dreams, as we silently scream
Where’s the hope we were promised and dreams we deserve
If we dismiss our past how will we ever learn?

When you can’t hold a job
Cause your industry’s dead
They’re closing the factories down
They gave you pennies instead

Cause these times we are living are slowly killing
My hopes and your dreams, as we silently scream
Well my mind is made up and now you’re crying out
As they take all your money and childhood house

So I’ll pack up my bags
I’m leaving today
I’m starting a family now
They can’t take that away

Cause these times we are living are slowly killing
My hopes and your dreams, as we silently scream
Well my mind is made up and now you’re crying out
As they take all your money and childhood house

Cause these times we are living are slowly killing
My hopes and your dreams, as we silently scream
Where’s the hope we were promised and dreams we deserve
If we dismiss our past how will we ever learn?