Unplugged @ Uncorked (5​.​09​.​2009)

by David Ullman

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“He didn’t want to hear any of the recordings. He wanted to experience it first and foremost live,” David Ullman says of a friend he took to a Damien Rice concert in 2004.

Foreshadowing? Perhaps.

While so many of us feel that we know our favorite artists as well as the best friends we hang with on the weekends, still the most revealing experience of a musician and his work is that of the live performance with all its spontaneous energy.

David Ullman is no exception, and although he has already released a few studio recordings, those recordings fall short of the David that I know, having myself come to his music first and foremost through the live experience. Barring that chance to hear him in person, “Unplugged @ Uncorked” is the next best thing. A recording like this, which accurately captures that experience, has been long overdue.

What makes a David Ullman performance so special is that he’s not just performing; he’s genuinely forging a connection and having a conversation with you. Songs and banter blend together in a seamless chat with the audience, commiserating about a trying work week, or the day-to-day trials of relationships past and present, or just sharing some of his favorite songs and artists.

Many of his shows take place in intimate settings—cozy neighborhood cafés and bars—and the very nature of these venues practically forces audience participation and a sincerely shared interaction. On “Unplugged @ Uncorked,” you really experience a crowd-pleaser like “Mulletman” or a signature song like “Déjà vu” as David urges everyone to sing along to some U2.

Here, finally, in this live recording, that magic, that sense of genuine friendship shows through in the David Ullman that everyone deserves the chance to get to know.

-T.M. Göttl

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released October 30, 2010

Recorded & Mixed by Kyle Collins at the Uncorked Wine Bar in Akron, OH May 9th 2009

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"Too rock for folk" and "too folk for rock." Embracing both extremes.

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Track Name: Secondhand (Live @ Uncorked Wine Bar 5.09.2009)
I’ve been searching, can’t seem to find my way
Seems the nights get darker each and every day
This time I’ve wandered too far from home
Friends all around me, but I feel alone

I feel lost and broken, bent out of place
Shall I stay, or do you need some space
Different means all lead to the same end
How can we even try to pretend

I need a secondhand heart
Only slightly ripped apart
I need someone who will always be around
Unrequited from the start
Feel I was born to play the part
Give me someone who will never let me down

Sure I don’t miss what was missing
But oh how I miss kissing you (of course I do)
I miss your lips, your hips, your thighs
Miss the sparkle of your eyes
I know it’s gone now but I don’t know why
How did this become of me
How was I too blind to see
That the one you loved was no longer me
Was my heart in your hands just a pawn
Feelings faded like the night at dawn
Where was it that we went wrong
How am I supposed to heal
When I don’t know what it is I feel
Was it really ever real
I know kindness is contagious
So come on be courageous
Give your love away

With a secondhand heart
Only slightly ripped apart
Gotta somehow get my feet back on the ground
Unrequited from the start
No one’s born to play that part
Just find someone who will never let you down
Don’t let me down
Track Name: Safe (Live @ Uncorked Wine Bar 5.09.2009)
Here I sing just trying to express
In the way I hope that I do best
All these ideas, they are floatin’ round
Trying to keep one, I gotta choke it down
Still I’m not saying that I feel fine
About the way you waste your precious time
Transitory, just like shooting stars
All the deepest wounds seem to leave no scars

Do you believe you’re safe from me?
Be what you want to be
All I want is for us to remain

Times are tough, and love it is always rough
You give your all, but your all is not enough
Like a book on tape, digital escape
Won’t you be my TV-dinner date
Culture satiated with celebrity
All trying to look like the models in the magazines
Where normallacy is the fallacy
Why can’t we make this dream reality

See things as they are
Not as we’d like them to be
But as they were
Were they really

Do you believe you’re safe from me?
See what you want to see
All I want is for us to remain

Do you believe you’re safe from me?
All I want is to believe
That what was lost just might be regained
Track Name: Start Anew (Live @ Uncorked Wine Bar 5.09.2009)
Come on make me feel like I believe
A blind man once, but now I see
Oh you set me free
Won’t you set me free

Come on make me feel like I belong
To feel like this just can’t be wrong

And if you say you want me to
I’ll spend my life with you
Oh to be with you
With you I’ll start anew

Together forever and a day
For you I’ll find a way

Carry on my wayward one
From behind the clouds bring forth the sun
And with you I’ll start again
Both my love and my best friend

You make me feel like I’m alive
And for you I’ll take the dive
Oh to be with you
With you I’ll start anew

And if you just say the word
Sweetest voice I’ve heard
It cuts right to my heart
We will never part

And after all is said and done
My dear, my only one

Come aboard my sweetest friend
On this trip that never ends
Ocean of love strong and true
Rolling waves brought me to you

You make me feel like I believe
Once a blind man now I see
What you’ve done for me
And how you’ve set me free

Now I know where I belong
And to you I sing this song
How happy we will be
Come away with me

And if you say you want me to
I’ll spend my life with you
Oh to be with you
With you I’ll start anew
Track Name: Half-light (Live @ Uncorked Wine Bar 5.09.2009)
What are we to do
Do you think we’ll make it through
All the mileage and misgivings
Just me and you
Are we falling too fast
Into a love that won’t last
This beautiful sunset
Too must pass

Into the half-light
With shining stars, bright
Dreaming out loud in the moonlight
Do you wish today
Do you wish tonight
To fall in love
Before daylight

Does greasy diner food
Get you in the mood
Is your heart already full
Can you still make room
Cause in the slow-burn of night
This feels so very right
As the space between us closes
Day conquers night

But in the half-light
We’ll stay all night
Making love by moonlight
I think we may
I think we might
Fall in love
Before daylight

Or are you already through with me
Is this not what you thought it would be
Are you thinking to hell with it all and
To hell with me

Are you tired
Are you torn
Do you feel like you’ve been dying
Since before you were born

Have you lost love
Have you found hope
Have you given up the guilt
You’ve held so close

But in the half-light
Tonight
Maybe we two wrongs might get it right
I think we may
I think we might
Have fallen in love
In the half-light
Two shining stars, bright
Living out loud in the moonlight
I think we may
I think we might
Have fallen in love tonight
Track Name: If You Can (Live @ Uncorked Wine Bar 5.09.2009)
Failed by the foolproof
Trying to face the truth
Can’t cope or relate
Consumed by anger, hurt and hate
Shrouded in shame
In the wind I hear your name
Crouching coward
Crippled Christ
Meet me in paradise
Help me make it right

Dream with the dreamers
Bleed with the bleeders
Dry as stone
Hard as bone
Shattered and split
2x4 buy six
Get one free
To be who i am
Not who you want me to be
Can’t you see

I’m in and out of time
In and out of mind
The break must be made
The one who lost his way
Pity the password
Pain is the key
Change the lock love
Just don’t forget me
If you can
If you can
Be the woman and
I’ll be the man

Is it in your skirt
Is it in your shirt
Is in what you do for work
Is it in the eyes
Is it in the thighs
Or is in what between there lies

Is it in the hands
Is it in the feet
Is it in the space between your teeth
Is it in the arms
Is it in the stance
Is it the size of what’s in your pants

Is it in knowing nature
Is it in knowing cars
Spending hard-earned money at the bar
Is it being strong
Is it being tough
Is it never wanting to grow up

Is it in the glance
Is it in the stare
Is in the way you wear your hair
Is in fashion
Is it in style
Give you an inch and you take a mile

Is this about money
Is this about love
Is this the bottom line or above
Is this about guilt
Is this about sex
Don’t wanna be like all of the rest
So tell me if you can
If you can
Be a woman and
I’ll be a man
Track Name: Déjà Vu (Live @ Uncorked Wine Bar 5.09.2009)
I feel I’ve been here before
Staring calmly at the open door
I knew you’d be back this way
You spoke softly, said you couldn’t stay

You’d hoped to find me a changed man
I know I haven’t; please understand
It’s in the way you move me
Running in circles, and I can’t break free

I can feel it coming ‘round again
Love begins just to end again
Around and around, here we go again
Love begins just to end again

In every path there comes a time
When past and present meet and roads divide
Which way are you gonna go
Left or right, high or low

When did you know
That this was the end
And how can I go
When we were just beginning
To end …again

I can feel it comin’ down again
Love begins just to end again
Against the tide it’s sink or swim again
Love begins just to end again
Begins …to end …(here we go) again
Track Name: Mulletman (Live @ Uncorked Wine Bar 5.09.2009)
Mulletman’s on the march again
Wearing designer shoes and a spray-on tan
Six-pack abs and frosted hair
Wears his pants low enough to see his underwear

Mulletman can pick a fight
He’ll slap you about just to prove his might
An all-star athlete, he’ll make the pass
Knock you flat, yeah he’ll kick your ass

He’s so handsome, sugar sweet
Sweeps the girls right off their feet
Mulletman, he’ll make you swoon
Unrefined, beautiful baboon

Mulletman, he’s got a plan
Gonna pick you up at a quarter-to-ten
He’s feelin’ frisky for romance
Knows a hundred ways to get in your pants
Gonna drive you to a secluded spot
He’ll give you every line he’s got
To get what he wants, he wants it all
In the morning promises he’ll give you a call

He’s so sexy, sugar sweet
Treats you like a piece of meat
How can other boys compete
He’s got it all, he’s such a creep

But this groovy gal, she’s on the prowl
Meets his pouty stare with lurid scowl
What he don’t know, he’ll soon find out
She’s the only one who knows what he’s about
She’s gonna drive him to the breakin’ point
Leave him all alone just to prove her point
That he’s not all that he thinks he is,
He’s just an unkind, dressed up, unchecked id.

He’s so sexy, sugar sweet
Sweeps the girls right off their feet
How can other boys compete
He’s got it all, but can’t you see

Mulletmen are everywhere
Seems the mold is broken beyond repair
Behind a plastic smile that’s two-feet wide,
The monkey-man-child is trying to hide
A two-faced façade, worn for all to see
It might fool her, man, but it don’t fool me