The Brians of the Operation

by CJ Sorg

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    - Microphone Test (outtake)
    - Circus Music (alternate mix)
    - Crime of the Century (alternate mix)
    - The One (demo / unreleased)
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A unique approach, a songwriter's album of acoustic-born "nerd-rock" recorded with love and mixed with care.
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It's hard to be clever without sounding clever. That's a line that many of my own favorite songwriters try to ride. I've written hundreds of songs, but wanted a collection that had no sore thumbs...songs that I truly believed in.

All of the songs on this album gave me the "spine-shivers" at some point during the writing process. You can't fake that. It's that little moment where you've written something and it's impossible to believe that you came up with it, because it feels more like it came to you.

I love these songs. I love the collaborations I had in recording them. I love that so many good talented people wanted to contribute just for the fun of it. There were no agendas in the making of this recording. Everyone just did what they do and it just worked.

This is a collection of happy-accidents.

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released May 21, 2013

CJ Sorg - lead & background vocals, acoustic guitar, keyboards
Barry Lawson - background vocals, drums, keyboards, percussion, electric guitar, engineering, mixing
Pat Buchanan - electric guitar, bass, keyboards
Jason Gantt - electric guitar, background vocals
Ben Strano - bass, electric guitar, drum programming, mixing, mastering, engineering
Scott Velazco - engineering, electric guitar
Tim Brennan - bass, assistant engineer on "Crime of the Century"
Tony Harrell - wurlitzer, B3, piano
Elisha Hoffman - drums on "Crime of the Century"
Dan Certa - editing

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CJ Sorg Nashville, Tennessee

CJ Sorg (born Charles James Sorg: January 19, 1973 in Elgin, IL) is an eclectic singer/songwriter that writes acoustic-born songs with a unique, often subtly comedic, perspective.

Major influences include The Beatles, Elvis Costello, Billy Joel, Hall & Oates and Barenaked Ladies among a multitude of other singer/songwriters.
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Track Name: Fork In the Road
I used to be so strong before things went so wrong
what you must think of me scares me half to death
are you holding your breath for me?

I've got a life long history of being just like me
so tell me what that’s worth for another sleepless night
hoping I was right for you

I've got a four leaf clover
and a heart made of gold
and off in the distance
there's a fork in the road
I'll either go on my way
or I'll just explode
either way I'm going down that
fork in the road

I wanted to give up
so I got stronger stuff
and finally I could see
all the things I thought were good
weren't really all that good for me

I've got a four leaf clover
and a heart made of gold
and off in the distance
there's a fork in the road
I'll either go on my way
or I'll just explode
either way I'm going down that
fork in the road

Do what you want
be who you are
it will only go so far
with your spoon
and your knife
you have got to learn
to live your life

And now my mind's at ease
and everyone agrees
just keep me from myself
there are reasons that we're here
but most are not that clear for me

I've got a four leaf clover
and a heart made of gold
and off in the distance
there's a fork in the road
I'll either go on my way
or I'll just explode
either way I'm going down that
fork in the road
Track Name: My Story
So I guess this is my story
In all its glory if you care
It all started in Chicago
Hell if I know exactly where

A boy and a girl
Out to change the world

So it wound up in divorce court
It was so short and that was that
So we moved on in with Grandma
Me and my mama and the cat

Most memories are good
I blocked out what I could

So I interrupt this program
With this breaking news story
And I know you're thinking oh damn
This sounds nothing close to me

In the year that I turned seven
They shot John Lennon and he died
And my mom she got remarried
I'll call him Harry 'cause he's shy (and he is)

While making up for lost time
My daddy fought crime

So I interrupt this program
With this breaking news story
And I know you're thinking oh damn
This sounds nothing close to me

It took all kinds of time
To make up my mind
Even now I still find
I'm lost

When I think about the answer
When I asked her to be mine
So together in the moonlight
Under the starlight we made a son

While my life goes on
My momma is gone

So I interrupt this program
With this breaking news story
And I know you're thinking oh damn
This sounds nothing close to me
Track Name: Circus Music
It's just circus music
And nobody cares
It's just a soundtrack
That floats through the air

And I'm just a clown here
I'm here to amuse
But it's getting harder
To fill these big shoes

I've got my popcorn
And watered-down wine
I drive a two-door
It seats about nine....teen.

And I'm just a clown here
I'm here to amuse
But it's getting harder
To fill these big shoes

Could I entertain you
Into taking me seriously
I just need to follow my nose

I can't walk a tightrope
Just juggle and try
My life is a circus
And I'm just a guy

And I'm just a clown here
I'm here to amuse
But it's getting harder
To fill these big shoes
Track Name: Someday Monkey
The same old progression is my new obsession
I hope that that's OK with you
A G down to F# an Em C
Then put your capo on fret number three
And that's a D

So, just open your mind and I hope that you find
That there's someway that we can relate
I'll unravel a story that may not be true
And hope that it has some affect upon you
And that's a D

I see monkeys in a room all playing piano
Coming up with better songs than this all day
And of course I'd really love to play piano
With a monkey any day

Now, I'll try to convey in the words that I say
All the feelings I have deep inside
There's no better way than to say it in song
But sometimes it comes out all messed up and wrong
And that's a D

I see monkeys in a room all playing piano
Coming up with better songs than this all day
And of course I'd really love to play piano
With a monkey any day

Play piano with a monkey

Someday monkey play piano song
Track Name: Point of No Return (turn right here)
We lost the experiment
And I have my own theories
You don't need a lab coat to know
It's just bad chemistry

It was all right in front of us
Cart followed donkey
But we found the wheels were all square
And it went down from there

We ran all the stop signs
And sped into darkness
But we saw the light up ahead
The green one means go

So now here we are
At the point of no return
We've come so far
Now there's nowhere left to turn - right here

It's more than just housework
And it sucks like a vacuum
But we've got to clean this all up
And start over again

So we'll have a garage sale
And sell off the memories
But I don't remember giving up
my Night Ranger tapes

So now here we are
At the point of no return
When you stand your ground
There's a lesson to be learned
We've come so far
Now there's nowhere left to turn - right here

We opened for business
without this resistance
to what was our mission plan
As we search for happiness
Everything wrong with this
Will be alright again

So now here we are
At the point of no return
When you stand your ground
There's a lesson to be learned
We've come so far
Now there's nowhere left to turn - right here
Track Name: Crime of the Century
You did your time
It was the crime of the century
Nobody noticed me
You made up your mind
Turning me in was a sin
so you said with a grin (you said)

* I acted on my own
The fact is I work better all alone
But I acted all by myself
The fact is I did not have any help

Two at a time
Both of us breaking and entering
I wasn't focusing
I tripped the alarm
Trapping you safely inside of the
safe and you said yourself

*(Chorus)

Don't get upset - you get what you get
1936 will soon be 1974
I heard what you plead
it went straight through my head
I got to thinking I was blinking
when I should have played dead

Blue collars and stripes
There have been nights where I've
thought about ending it all
It's so far from fair
I'll often stare in the distance
and hear your insistence

*(Chorus)
Track Name: Say Goodnight
Now it's time to say goodnight
So goodnight and sleep tight
You should know before I go
The closet monster is listening ...and he's hungry

Beneath your bed there is a door
That opens up into an other world
You should know before you go
There's no return, that bridge will burn ...but there's candy

Saddle up your rocking horse
Of course you'll need to be ready
Just in case there's a reason to run

Brighten up, the chances are
You'll be alright for tonight
Bet the odds are a million to one
that you'll be done...2...3...for.

Now it's time to say goodnight
So goodnight, don't let the bedbugs bite
Or murder you. You should be fine
I've tucked you in, and kissed your chin ...for protection

Saddle up your rocking horse
Of course you'll need to be ready
Just in case there's a reason to run

Brighten up, the chances are
You'll be alright for tonight
Bet the odds are a million to one
that you'll be done...2...3...for.

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