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about

This is what happens when singer songwriters move into the same apartment building.
Jon Beavers - Ian Merrigan - Casey Hurt - Mimi Boncato-Hughes and Chris Teft Hughes were neighbors and friends first, we partied, danced, played video games, and sang a lot. Then we started to create music together.

This album is part of the collection of songs we created around 2012 - 2013. A few of these songs have been used in TV and film, but this is the first time we have released them to the public. There are some more still snoozing in Tefty's computer. We are calling this volume one because we want to do it all over again!

Ian Merrigan - www.ianmerrigan.com
Jon Beavers - Search Google and Youtube for Jon
Casey Hurt - www.youtube.com/user/caseyhurt

These three men cowrote The Unfortunates musical. Teft produced the soundtrack. It ran in Ashland's Shakespeare festival and is opening in San Francisco in January.
www.act-sf.org/home/box_office/1516_season/the_unfortunates.highResolutionDisplay.html

Mimi Boncato-Hughes and Chris Teft Hughes
AKA Mimi & Teft and Bella BonCat
Find us on Google, Youtube and iTunes
youtu.be/1WGxMx8GkFo
youtu.be/Kt-biJfKYvM

TeftyTefty Games www.youtube.com/user/TeftyTeft

Orchestration and Producer:
Chris Teft Hughes
youtu.be/TBOgbJOGqBQ?list=PL9C77E2FE36549939

Thanks to Tyrone Gomes for his contribution on Move Like that and Lost My Faith.

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released June 24, 2015

Writers and artists:
Jon Beavers
Ian Merrigan
Casey Hurt
Mimi Boncato-Hughes
Chris Teft Hughes

Guest artist credit Tyrone Gomes on songs, Lost My Faith and Move Like That

Booklet Photography - Formal Photo credit Lauren Hurt Photography http:www.laurenhurtphotography.com

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Track Name: YOLO
Jon Beavers wrote and recorded this with Mimi & Teft. Jon raps the male verses.

AH I've to live my life
AH I don't get to live it twice yeah

I've been livin' many days in a row
tryin' to get a little bit of rise in the dough
so don't be trippin cause he's changing the flow
to the same money makin with his eyes on the goal
got a grip on the highs and the lows
so you never see a break in the stride of the road
but it's time that you know by the miles in the road
and how far a man will go to put a fire on your soul
So what ya gonna do with tonight, yeah
You wanna live better prove it tonight, yeah
Aint no telling when you're losing your life, yeah
No mañana gotta do it tonight, yeah
All my people with a story to tell
Live it for the tonight and the morning as well
Let em know your name til it's ringing the bell
and let me let me hear you yell

AH AH AH AH AH AH AH AH AH
I"ve got to live my life like
AH AH AH AH AH AH AH AH AH
I don't get to live it twice yeah
YOLO

I've been dreaming every night of my life
I could be a firework and write in the sky
Sky dark but the brighter I am
And all the people see my name in the lights
I've been waiting on a change in the times
but the time wan't waiting quite as patient as I
So instead I think I'm changing my mind
Got my life in my hand and I'ma change it tonight
So you want to see how far I'ma go, better
Step back, son, thought you would know better
Don't you never say stop to a go getter
I ain't never letting go, this is forever
Hands up, c'mon
Stand up, c'mon
All my people if you really understand, c'mon
Gotta do it right now 'fore the chance is gone
Let me hear you yell..

AH AH AH AH AH AH AH AH AH
I"ve got to live my life like
AH AH AH AH AH AH AH AH AH
I don't get to live it twice yeah
YOLO


I been waiting my turn been taking my time
but I don't got time for no more waiting
I'm about to get mine I hope you don't mind


AH AH AH AH AH AH AH AH AH
I"ve got to live my life like
AH AH AH AH AH AH AH AH AH
I don't get to live it twice yeah
YOLO
Track Name: Even When I'm Down
Jon Beavers, Ian Merrigan, Mimi and Teft wrote and recorded this song.

Chorus
Even when I'm down
Even when I'm down
you pick me up and put my feet on the ground.
Even when I'm down
Even when I'm down
Even when I'm down


Even when the world's spinnin against me,
a beast creepin out of the deep, killin my sleep
like a novel by Peter Benchley
And i can feel intensely the weight of the immensely
impending doom impeding my breathing. I know eventually
You're gonna lift me up and I'ma get
the panoramic view I've been avoiding so intently
Even when my mental state's demented
and bent out of line plenty
10 out of 9 times my ties are only incidentally
infectable. Infinitely I'm connected to the healthy divinity
which invented and sent me.
I been a point of contact to the demons and the gentry
so repeatedly, but even then you're there to free me gently
from my disbelief. You open me to me.
When i can't even see to see the sea
its sprawling there and how much greater is the all in thee
Even when I'm stalling or falling or brawling heatedly
You're always eagerly awaiting and calling me

Chorus
Even when I'm down Even when I'm down Even when I'm down you pick me up and put my feet on the ground.


I can be foolish
Might make mistakes
Bottle my emotions
My heart even aches
Don't want to feel this way
You look at me and say
'Oh c'mon girl
just get it outta your head
I will be your back bone
No worries let them shed'
Gotta be free
I gotta be me
You make me wanna
Believe
You make me wanna
Believe


He's got this tendency in him for soliciting grinnin'
And getting anyone with him to quit their miserable bitchin' a minute.
He give 'em vision with a positive spin if they listen.
And its a shock to their system; they call it 'opticalmism'.
But then when dinner is finished,
And 'oh the time, where did it go?
I guess its time to go with it' and they split,
Man, how quick he gets so cynical with it!
Falling victim, once again to 'geminiacal rhythms'.
And I've been trying to quit 'em,
But, man, you know what they say:
'History is just another hit of replay'.
And I'd have never thought I'd see a new day
'Til the day I saw the sun and she was coming my way.
She told me, 'reason is never strong as believin.
Love is a wave. You gotta change with the season and
When I feel my equilibrium leavin'
She pick me up and leave me even.

Chorus reprise
Track Name: Slow It Down
Ian Merrigan raps the first verse. Jon Beavers raps the second verse. Mimi joins in the chorus. Teft on instruments.

Video link https://youtu.be/TBOgbJOGqBQ

Now keep your eyes on the visual. The Prize is a residual effect of the sky on individual positions on the highway.
By day I play along with the game but by night I do it my way.
Minute by minute I script the sentence my pen fights the limits like right fist to finish line.
And when it’s time to end the story I’m ready but for now I’m taking my time.
Now sit back and feel the plot twist. The adversary checks his watch and watches,
the winners count losses, the lost cast lots, and the pawns turn profits. The list goes on, but I ‘m a stop.
It’s not that I’m not. Interested in success, I am. It’s just, why sell the well to buy the watering can.
And I’m down to run a race man. But when it’s finished I’m a have a Guinness and sit and kick it again.
       
       Chorus

Slow down everyone you’re moving too fast.
It’s hard to kick it with your foot on the gas.
Rest your feet up cause it’s time to realize
it’s a new day
       it's a new day
       So slow it down

Whoa Nelly, now don’t miss the smell of that primrose and elegant path He got you strolling on.
Didn’t look it at first, but get your coulda been worse on a second when checking the retrospective then ah.
Now you see then you don’t- like vision for a minute or an image in smoke.
I could see symmetry in it like encrypted in code but it goes like an evening or the fleetingest hope.
Now, good morning son, that’s the lead of a Ghost. Get to thinking you believe it, then believe what you know. 
And then drop all your worries, pick up all you can hold, and let’s go. Enjoy the journey, cause we’re hurrying, slow.
I know got places to go. On to the nest every fox got a hole but, these soles are learning to stroll, steady as a rock when we roll.
I know got places to go. On to the nest every fox got a hole but, these soles are learning to stroll,
And when you’re following the King of the road you move slow like-

       Repeat Chorus
Track Name: I Burn
Ian Merrigan wrote this one with Mimi and Teft

I burn
hotter than the midday sun
brighter than the daytime one
I burn
For you
every time you call my name
my hear is like an open flame
It's true

You take my hand
and the heat of the kitchen stove
Explodes like the 4th of July
I'll warm my heart
by the fire of your eyes
I'll never need a blanket in my lfe

With you
every days a mystery
we'll go down in history
Us two
And when
we get old and we feel weak
put your lips against my cheek
and then

You take my hand
and the heat of the kitchen stove
Explodes like the 4th of July
I'll warm my heart
by the fire of your eyes
I'll never need a blanket in my lfe

repeat chorus
Track Name: Head for the Sun
Jon Beavers wrote and performed this one with Mimi and Teft.

And I'm on my way. It's got to be today. c'mon, c'mon

Woke up late today
I ran fifteen blocks and still missed my train
and I started to think is this the life for me

Don't mean to complain
but I was waiting for the cabbie in the pouring rain
when I said to myself - Hey
When you gonna set me free

You and me we got some places we ought to see
We had best be on our way

Come on open road
you know where I want to go
Bring that ocean close
for me to see
Take these city lights
Leave them far behind
I made up my mind
and I believe,
I'm gonna head for the sun
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
I'm gonna head for the sun


I woke up late today
but I made it to the water time to catch my wave
and I started to think
Yea, this is the life for me

And i don't mean to boast
but I was sippin on a coconut with sand in my toes
and I heard that old voice say
hey you're quite a sight to see
Me and you we had an awful lot that we had to do
but now that's through and we're on our way

Chorus


Put my shades on  drop that top
off the funky old jalopy that I copped from the shop
and i'll be honest I don't know how many miles she gon last
but I gonna push to the last with my foot on the gas

And If you ask me Man, I don't need that much
I need a little bit to eat and somethin cold in my cup
I need a fire on the beach and someone snuggling up
and I'll be chillin like enough is enough

Chorus
Track Name: New York Song
Ian Merrigan wrote this one and Mimi sings it.

Rain on my window-pane
drum away the time
rain on my pillowcase
oh how’d it get in side
outside it’s pouring
but inside the storm’s in my eyes

I’ve got a picture of
the New York City skyline
Torn from a magazine
on my apartment wall
I pretend I’m in the backseat
of a bright yellow taxi
and the rain {is} in my rearview
the city lights are the real view

Take me through the traffic down broadway
through Chelsea to the people down town
They call to me and I can hear them tell me
No promises
but this is it
here and now
don’t wait around

lada/ooh

{I} just got a postcard from
my family in Missouri
it’s taped by the window
looking out my brooklyn loft
These days I take the subway
but sometimes on a long day
when it’s raining
i’m haling a cab and I say
Track Name: Chatter
Jon Beavers wrote this rap for Mimi. Jon does the vocal bridge. Teft on instruments on all tracks.

I don't know if you been told about what happened lately
But so and so and you know who, they bout to have their baby
And all the people on the TV goin' crazy sayin' Oh oh Oh oh
And what you heard about that singer with the hottest record
I heard she gave the cops the finger then she got arrested
And now she's sweatin cause they got her on possession saying' Oh oh Oh oh
But that ain't nothin next to what I'm bout to do this summer
I'm bout to blow, I got a show and got producers comin'
I wonder what I'm gonna do with all this money talkin' Oh oh Oh oh

So what's really goin' on?
Nothin's really goin' on
So what's really goin' on?
Nothin's really goin' on
Nothing's really goin' on
Cept what's really goin' on
But they ch ch chatter
Yea they ch ch chatter

Nothing's really goin' on
Cept what's really goin' on
Nothing's really goin' on
Cept what's really goin' on
If you think you got it right
then you're thinking bout it wrong
Nothin's really goin' on
but they ch ch chatter

And I don't know what you been hearing bout these politicians
but I done heard it from somebody in a top position that when they finished
they won't have a pot to piss in singin' Oh oh Oh oh
And you know that they can watch us through computer cameras
And when we talking' they be listenin on their big antennas
Better learn to talk in code so they don't understand us Oh oh oh oh
You see I'm tryin to take you with me if you want to follow
Yea I know i'm givin you an awful lot to swallow
But you can sign up for my blog and read it all
I call it Oh-Oh dot Oh-Oh
C'mon

Chorus
Excuse me. I can hear you speaking but I think you're about to lose me. Talking a lot of words and yet the purpose is confusing. You been getting loud and yet the crowd it isn't moving. Some of them are snoozing . Sorry if I'm bruising egos but I need to for the people who are seeking for the leaders. They're gonna motivate the sleepers so before you blow the speakers let me teach you what went wrong. Nothing really going on less it's really going on.
Chorus
Track Name: Move Like That
Jon Beavers, Ian Merrigan, Mimi & Teft laugh their way through this one with co-writer/singer Tyrone Gomes

Jon
Pardon a brother
it be way out of line
but I been noticing you noticing me
lookin so fine
When you move like that
Oh you like it like that
when you move like that
Oh you like it like that
Pardon my French but
Je ne sais crois
gotcha looking like your
spillin' your drink
dropping your jaw
When you move like that
Oh you like it like that
When you move like that
Yeah, yeah you like it like that
When you move like that
Oh you like it like that
When you move like that
cause you like it like that
when you move like that
girl you like it like that
now bring the groove back daddy

Ian
Oh my god
It's hot
The spots obnoxious
The crowd rocks
The sounds rawer than ground chuck
I got a couple of bucks
Getting looks
From a couple of chicks
Who look down to (what?)
Now when you move like that
I swear to god
I'm like a lightening rod
And all my timbers shiver
And yo ho I'm new to the coast
But every bone in me knows
This is a forecast for
Earthquake weather

Jon
Whether or not
your ready to drop
all your little inhibitions
and admit that your hot
you can stop with the pretending
you ain't clocking my walk
sweat a broth like atlanta
when you hawk let's talk
so how you move like that
you see, he gets it from his papa
the pied piper plain the ladies proper
and once he gots ya
he's setting ya free
so finish the drink mama
and follow me

Tyrone
I thought I told you
I ain't playin around
now imma treat you like your father
I ain't stayin around
act right I got one night in this town
Plus ever since I stepped up in here
you've been staring me down
I hit the bar and started staring right back
you saw me licking my lips
I like the taste of my yack
I don't need to work
cause where I'm from
I'm badder than bad
this ain't me spittin game
this is a matter of fact
So, what's it gonna be
you or your friends
they be eyeing me too
I'm choosing you if you win
When you move like that
Oh (take a second baby girl and let me answer this call)

Ian
Yo Tyrone
I'm so glad you answered your phone
I met these couple extra chickens
and they followed me home
When you move like that
Oh you like it like that
When you move like that
Oh you like it like that

Tyrone
Yo, tell me something
are they skullin or bucking
cause I found me a dime
but a flock of nine's are what's up man (mang)

Mimi and all
when you move like that
do you like it like that
when you move like that
do you like it like that
when you move like that
do you like it like that
when you move like that
I know you like it like that
when you move like that
Now bring the groove back daddy

Teftyteft's one vocal in this entire album....
Yes ma'mam
Track Name: Call Me Out
All five of us are on this song. Ian Merrigan takes the lead rap joined by
Jon Beavers, Ian Merrigan, Casey Hurt and Mimi. Teft on instruments

And I been mindin my business and expectin the same
but these jokers keep on yellin my name
Oh why they call me out
Oh Lord they call me out
He got that animal in him can't you see he's insane
Try to hold it got my foot 
on the chain
Oh why they call me out
Oh Lord they call me out

And if a dog don't bark 
Leavin lyin in the dark they say
Until he want it
Then you finish what he start
But I can't abide a robber
In the streets I send my daughter to play
So the rules have been abolished
for the slaughterin 
and this is how it oughta been
you mindin your business and
me mindin my business
no offense no repentin
but this tendency in me
to snatch a villian by his throat
got me volatile to all the bones 
and promises you broke
imma bomb it til it smoke
bring the drama kill the joke
watch you eat the words you vomit
til you swallow
til you choke
when you offer me apologies
you probably should know
hey yo, i cannot stop it
when the monster is provoked

CHORUS (repeat)

Pre-Verse 2
Somebody stop before I blow
I'm losing hold of my control
and homie I don't want have to let it go
but these suckers gotta know
cause that I told them once before
and the second time around I aint laying low
so here we go

Verse 2
and I don't wanna have to drop a hammer on a fool
but I aint afraid to do what I gotta
plus I brought the proper tool
yall can call it cruel if you wanna
but there aint a lot of room for a lot of me
with a lot of you
well I catch a lot of talk from an awful lot of dudes
and to tell the truth homie they aint brought a lot of proof
so go on and make it do watch ya gotta
I'm a spit the gospel in the booth while yall set the gossip loose

Chorus (repeat)

Bridge

Oh I don't know why 
they wore me crazy
but Lord who will save me
when I slip away
they call me out
they call me out
Oh I don't know why
they wore me crazy
but Lord who will save me
when I lose my way
they call me out
Oh Lord they call me out

Vocal Chant
Track Name: Lost My Faith
Tyrone Gomes writes and takes the rap lead on this song with Jon Beavers, Ian Merrigan, Mimi & Teft


Lyrics? We're looking for them
Track Name: No Chance for Goodbye
Casey Hurt wrote and sings this ballad with Mimi. Teft on instruments.

I can't remember the last thing I said
but I'm afraid that I lost it all
how could one taste
linger so sweet
but the bitterness is all I recall
your skin so graceful
your voice the sea
but I can feel the storm begin to rise
I feel this tempest seducing me
Oh it's singing me away from shore

with no chance for goodbye
with no chance for goodbye
with no chance for goodbye
Oh think of all you can see
with no chance for goodbye
all the secrets the secrets we'll keep
I know you're afraid girl but just follow me
with no chance for goodbye
with no chance for goodbye

You stole one kiss
but I fill the crime
though but I tasted blood
nothing satisfies
I'll be your slave
if you'll be my vice
though I know I had enough of you
just one more fix
and I'll be precise
Oh I'm not doing any harm

with no chance for goodbye
with no chance for goodbye
with no chance for goodbye
Of think of all we can see
with no chance for goodbye
all the secrets the secrets we'll keep
I know you're afraid girl but just follow me
with no chance for goodbye
with no chance for goodbye
Track Name: All Night
Jon and Ian rap the verses on this song. Mimi does harmony. Teft on instruments.

And she run and she run and she run

CHORUS
We gonna make this up all night
Go ahead and break down baby
It’s alright, we gonna make it
We gonna make this up all night
wont let you run away baby
It’s alright, we gonna make it we gonna make it
It ain’t over till the music say it’s over
and she run and she run and she run and she run

She like living where the lights at
Cranberry and vodka
She say she’ll be right back
I already lost her
Sorrow like a blackness
What I got to offer
I try to be patient
She call me the doctor
Later when the lights low
Yeah, I know she wants to
But she looking vacant
Kinda thing that haunts you
Baby, where’s your mind at?
Now she says she leaving
Try to say I love you
She just won’t believe him
Baby, what’s your heart say?
Told me that its broken
Threw away the key so
Now it doesn’t open
Hopeless and she knows it
Told me she don’t know why I care
And I said baby I ain’t going no where

CHORUS
Track Name: Favorite Sweater
Oh oh oh oh.......
Lets run away together
you drive until your tired
I'll sing til you get better
you'll see those stars in my eyes
you bring your favorite sweater I'll bring my old guitar
I'm fading like a feather
I'll land where ever you are
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh .....

(Repeat V1 male vocal)
lets not stop until we reach the stars
if I'm with you then nowhere seems to far I feel the distance and its calling me something about it makes me believe
oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh ...... (yup - that’s the chorus)
Lets run away together
we could stay out all night
it sure makes me feel better
if i know your by my side
you bring your favorite sweater I'll bring my tambourine
Our songs can last forever
it's like a movie scene
lets not stop until we reach the stars
if I'm with you then nowhere seems to far I feel the distance and its calling me something about it makes me believe

Chorus
Track Name: Halo
Casey Hurt and Mimi sing this duo. Casey is also on piano.

Livin out loud with my lights and my headphones
Friends at the party blowing up my cellphone
I should  roll out
I should roll out
I should roll out

Walked in the club and the bands playing my song
Drinks at the bar staying faded all night long
I should stay out
I should stay out
I should stay out

All at once life's got hold of me
Sayin child you got to be free

Hey yo
You need to let go
Let down your halo
Let down your halo
You know
The moments so close
Let down your halo
Let down your halo
Oh Oh Oh
Oh Oh Oh
Halo

Beats like a drug keep It coming til day light
Can't get enough of the music It's so right
Imma stay out
Imma stay out
Imma stay out

Caught loves eye
And it staring right at me
Sparks on my step
And the dance floor calling
You should come out
You should come out
You should come out

All at once life's got hold of me
Sayin child you got to be free

Chorus

Let the movement take control
It's our heart and soul
So close your eyes and go
This moments all we know

Chorus
Repeat V1
Track Name: Can't Quit
Jon Beavers, Ian Merrigan, Mimi & Teft are on this track.
The dog ate the lyrics
Track Name: Meet Me On Time
I'll wait
I'll wait for you
I'll wait under our oak tree
we carved our names and I knew
that we would be together someday

I said I'll wait for you forever
so young
maybe I don't know any better
but I find that you're worth dreaming for
in my mind I know you'll meet me on time

there
there you are
standing under our oak tree
years have passed between us
you're smile has always stayed with me

I said I'll wait for you forever
so young
maybe I don't know any better
but I find that you are worth dreaming for
in my mind
I know you'll meet me on time

time
oh time
meet me right on time

time
oh time
meet me right on time
here we are again
under the silver moonlight
reading poetry
and oh the letters that you wrote me

I said I'll wait for you forever
so young
maybe I don't know any better
but I find that you're worth dreaming for
in my mind I know you'll meet me on time
Track Name: Hot Times
Lyrics! The dog ate them