Someone I'll Never Meet

by Christine Cochran

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Tracked with a full studio band, Someone I'll Never Meet features ten original cuts that range from a sparsely- arranged portrait of the fallen to an up-tempo, zydeco-like song about a transgender person finding acceptance.

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released October 25, 2011

The CD features Rick G. Nelson of The Polyphonic Spree on strings and was mixed by NARAS Trustee and Grammy Nominee, Chris Bell, (Erykah Badu, Don Henley, Beyonce) at Luminous Sound (Dallas, TX) and mastered by Steve Fallone, (TV On The Radio, The Strokes, Sonic Youth) at New York’s Sterling Sound.

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Track Name: Burbank
Burbank

J. Christine Cochran
© 1995 Oh Brother Songs, ASCAP

Well the rent’s no cheaper in Burbank
I think somebody lied
And they keep saying L.A. is over with
It’s like someone had died

But the rich and fortunate
Like - plastic surgeons
They all seem to thrive
I’m just skating on the boardwalk today
Thinking hey, how strange I’m alive

There’s a lady getting arrested
She’s walking topless on the beach
There’s an old blind man
With his banjo in hand
Tip jar is well within reach

But the lost and restless
They get nervous
When the cops pass by
I watch the old men play chess
Hey, hey—we all get by

But the lost and restless
They get nervous
When the cops pass by
I’m just here on the pier today
Thinkin’ hey, I’d like to do more
More than survive

There’s a part of me gone missing
It left so long ago
Some town I’d lived in
Some childhood nightmare
Where it went ain’t nobody knows

But the voices of angels
They will lift me
When it’s my time to fly
I’m just here in the California sun
Thinking hey, hey—I guess I’ll try
Track Name: Subatomic Zero
Subatomic Zero

J. Christine Cochran
© 2002 Oh Brother Songs, ASCAP

Ya, I got the six free issues of your magazine
You wanna know the truth my friend?
It didn't change one thing
I saw my family converge and dissipate
I fanned the flames of love
Burned with fires of hate

Oh! Subatomic — feel a little small
Subatomic zero baby
Then you feel like…
Nothing at all….Ya

Ya, I used to stare out the window of the gym at my high-school
Singing "Sara" like Stevie Nicks
But not because it was cool
I knew I had to have a better life
Cos' that one was making me die
That song, it somehow gave me hope
Even now it make me cry

Oh! Subatomic — you feel a little small
Subatomic zero baby
Then you feel like
Then you feel like
Then you feel like
Nothing at all

Ya, I got the hotel record
I got your wrecking ball
I read the romance novel
I got the poster on the wall
I even saw the picture show how life's supposed to be
You get taken to the cleaners
Believe everything you see

Oh! Subatomic—feel a little small
Subatomic zero baby
Then you feel like
Then you feel like
Then you feel like…..
Track Name: Beautiful Tattoo
Beautiful Tattoo

J. Christine Cochran
© 1994 Oh Brother Songs, ASCAP

When she is drunk
She thinks that she can write like Dylan
And she dreams of a Paris France
With Anarchy
She never quite lived in

Her first boyfriend turned Buddhist….
The one after that
He turned gay
And although she’s still glad
Well, the last man she had…
He turned to stone today…

She’ll probably go back to school
But that’ll be next semester
Feelin’ kinda lost just now
Wanna be alone - remain sequestered

But see, she has a goal
See, she has a rule
She’s looking for
She’s searching for
The most beautiful
The most beautiful tattoo

Not to be stymied
By Man’s great Search For Meaning
She leaves no Skin unexamined
For her particular style of gleaning

Her best friend from grade school
Just got married
Second best...
Just got an MBA…(no way!)
And although she’s still glad…
Well the last friend she had...
She turned to ice today

She’ll probably go off somewhere but that’ll be later on
Feelin’ kinda lost just now
Like something she did was
Wrong…so wrong…no, no not wrong…not wrong…

But see, she has a goal
See, she has a rule
She’s looking for
She’s searching for
The most beautiful
The most beautiful tattoo

She’s looking for
She’s searching for
The most beautiful
The most beautiful tattoo

She’s looking for
She’s searching for
The most beautiful
The most beautiful tattoo
Track Name: What's There To Eat?
What's There to Eat?

J. Christine Cochran
© 2003 Oh Brother Songs, ASCAP

I turn off the phones
And I isolate
I stay home alone
I stay up too late

I watch all the re-runs
Of my favorite shows
I don’t really think about
They help me forget about
The good times I’ll never know

It’s too late to begin
It’s too late to win
It’s not fair
It’s too hard
I never could start
I always start strong
I finish weak….ya
What’s on TV?
What’s there to eat?

I see the celebrities
The lives that they lead
You’d think with all that money
They’d give some to me

I went to rob the liquor store
But they sent me to jail
Compared to all the movie stars
I’m sure my troubles seem pale

It’s too late to begin
It’s too late to win
It’s not fair
It’s too hard
I never could start
I always start strong
I finish weak….ya
What’s on TV?
What’s there to eat?

If life is a sideshow
For the small and the weak
Then who is the barker
For those who won’t speak?

We tally our losses
We fake a few wins
But some would rather fall and freeze on their knees
Than have to yearn and burn again

It’s too late to begin
It’s too late to win
It’s not fair
It’s too hard
I never could start
I always start strong
I finish weak….ya
What’s on TV?
What’s there to eat?

I said what’s on TV?
What’s there to eat?

I said what’s on TV?
What’s there to eat?
Track Name: Guitars Cadillacs (Documentary)
Guitars Cadillacs (Documentary)

J. Christine Cochran
© 2003 Oh Brother Songs, ASCAP

I been drinking scotch
It don’t take me much
Old man sang Dwight Yoakum’s song
A couple nights ago

It’s been rainin’ all through Labor Day
I just found out my aunt
She died today
When my lease is up
I’ve no idea where I’ll go

Guitars and Cadillacs
Pink hotels and heart attacks
All those summer times in Galveston
Like a black and white, grainy…a Documentary
Old poster of Paris France
I know I’m lucky cos I got to dance
Few signs of evolution
Never mind the pollution
In this Opportunity

Well, I been confused about you babe
Compared to me
See, I thought you had it made
But I see your situation —
That look on your face
Shows a different thing

It’s been runnin’ through my mind today
All the years that we sleep away
And when I grasp for answers
I see the past just turn, and wave, and walk away


Guitars and Cadillacs
Hearing’ that song makes me want you back
Roller-skating in Central Park
Like Houston after dark, a drunken, a Documentary
Old lawn chairs rust and fade so slow
I know I’m lucky cos I got to go

We’re seeking absolution
It’s part of the solution
In this Opportunity
No sign of intermission
But God I want permission
In this Opportunity, ya

Ya, ya
I still get blown away
My life’s in shades of gray
Ya, ya, ya
Like some Documentary
Track Name: Onus OReilly
Onus OReilly

J. Christine Cochran
© 2004 Oh Brother Songs, ASCAP


Onus O’Reilly sits on a fence
Contemplating suicide
Onus O’Reilly had been born a man
But wanted to be somebody’s bride

Oh Onus
Onus O’Reilly
So very manly and so very unlikely

Onus he likes to wear pretty dresses
He wears them when he is alone
Delicate under things
Make his manly heart sing
S’ like giving a dog to a bone

He bravely tries to hide it
Strongly tries to fight it
Thinks that it might leave him alone
But it always rears its lady-like head
It takes control of him instead
Now the dog’s being buried by the bone

Oh Onus
Onus O’Reilly
So very manly and so very unlikely

Onus decides to give a little push
And he ends up face down in the mud
He’s a little disappointed when he wakes up and he finds
Another job that he’s left undone

But he gets up and he shakes off
And he goes into the house
And he decides to start it all again
Now everybody driving by waves hello at the lady
Who was once stuck inside of a man, man, man

Oh Onus
Onus O’Reilly
So very manly and so very unlikely

Oh Onus
Onus O’Reilly
So very manly and so very unlikely
It’s unlikely
It’s unlikely
Track Name: Amazed - Astounded
Amazed - Astounded

J. Christine Cochran
© 2004 Oh Brother Songs, ASCAP

Baby I’ve been amazed
I’ve been astounded
I’ve been flying high on love
But now, I feel more grounded
Baby I’ve been confused
Frightened by the ghost of you
Twice too many times I’ve tried
But now, I see that was unwise

We went to the carnival
We went as a pair
Someone called your name in the tunnel of love
I turned around and no one was there
And when we danced on the promenade
I tried to hold your hand
Someone walked by — you mumbled something
I never did understand

Time is never ending
Time is never free
It’s time I stopped pretending
That the ghost of you
Is dancing with the ghost in me

Baby I’ve been around
Ya I’ve danced all over this town
In the arcade I made some dreams
Polaroids of us by the sea
Baby I was unwise
I made the music to my own lies
A parade of charades it seems
Dance with the truth- the truth will you free

There is just one answer
Answer is for free
Answer run to river
River run to sea

There is just one answer
Answer is for free
Answer run to river
River run to sea
Oh I wish you ran to me
Track Name: Aloysius
Aloysius

J. Christine Cochran
© 2003 Oh Brother Songs, ASCAP

Seems I find it hard to forget you
Seems you float in on the breeze
Seems they still find ways to rob you
Like the tone of their voice as they say “tickets please”

Oh, Aloysius
King of the smorgasbord
Oh and all my fences
Should I want less…
Or desire more?

Seems I still find ways to follow
You and that crazy dance you lead
I wrote down all the reasons that I…
I love you
But the pen dropped when I got to 83

Oh, Aloysius
King of the final frontier
And all my wishes
What are the things…
That I should hold dear?

I took those flowers that you gave me
And put em in a pretty vase
Don’t you know that your words…
They always save me
They keep me in a state of grace

Oh, Aloysius
King of the smorgasbord

Ooh, Aloysius, king of the final frontier
Ooh, all my kisses
What are the things
Show me the things
What are the things
I should hold dear?
We should hold near?
Track Name: Dear Allen
Dear Allen

J. Christine Cochran
© 1998, 2004 Oh Brother Songs, ASCAP

(Nothing
Let’s talk about nothing
Talk about nothing
Gonna fade away
Oh yes it’s nothing
Let’s talk about nothing
When you talk about nothing
Gonna fade away)

Dear Allen
I’m getting married
I want to see if you object
Dear Allen
I…I miss your motives
I miss your need to self-protect

Allen I never knew
Why you withdrew
And took your sweet love away
You remember dancing down at Guido’s
While outside it rained?

(Nothing
Let’s talk about nothing
Let’s talk about nothing
Gonna fade away)

Dear Allen
I have not heard from you
I want to make sure you’re okay
Oh dear Allen
I ruined your idea of marriage
Did you think you’d see me here today?

Allen I don’t know why
It was always do or die
And your love you had to constrain
Like there was something else besides Guido’s
You thought you had to attain

(Nothing
Let’s talk about nothing
Let’s talk about nothing
Gonna fade away)

And Allen I don’t know why
It was always do or die
And you treated me like some stain
Spilling out of a bottle of beer at Guido’s
Cause you wanted cheap champagne

Hey Allen
Thanks for the memories
I hope you learned how to connect
Send a letter
Drop a postcard
Or be like me just call collect

Allen I think I know
Why it was you had to go
Took your sweet love away
I will always remember dancing down at Guido’s
Even after….the rain

Dear Allen
Dear Allen
Dear Allen
Track Name: You Run Deep
You Run Deep

J. Christine Cochran
© 1991 Oh Brother Songs, ASCAP


There were some running around everyday
Nothing to think about - nothing to say
Some were so scattered - nothing could be found
A disturbance of air - but no one was around

They were just looking to jump off some lovers’ leap
You on the other hand
You run deep
You run deep

We hear them talk of things in the past
I look ahead and want something to last
There are other worlds that I dream of
Wish one would take me – and I’d rise above

And prima donnas dream of diamond rings
But rarely do they sleep
You on the other hand
You run deep
You run deep

You water the roots of my soul
Tour the very heart of me
Always something to dream about
Always pleasant to see
When others were swept aside
And others did not stay
You were always by my side
Always had magic to say

Sinbad sails and Pegasus flies
Some things I never want to question why
Santa Claus he never wore a ring in his nose
St. Francis did he ever Vogue or Pose?

Maybe there is nothing here that I can keep
You on the other hand
You run deep
You run deep

There are stars that slowly change
Tumbleweeds flow out on the mountain range
Survey the horizon - all the world’s a stage
Reach inside get rid of silent rage

And I was just looking
For Someone I’ll Never Meet
You on the other hand
You run deep
You run deep