Secret Handshake

by Anthony da Costa

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released April 10, 2012

Produced by James Frazee and Anthony da Costa
(c) (p) 2011 Anthony da Costa.

Engineered by James Frazee.
Basic tracks recorded at Headgear Productions in Brooklyn, NY, assisted by Kyle Boyd. Additional recording at Saltlands Studio in Brooklyn, NY, assisted by Aaron Rutledge, Hobo Sound in Weehawken, NJ, assisted by Frank Lopez, and at Aubergine in New York, NY.
Mixed by James Frazee at Hobo Sound, assisted by Frank Lopez.
Mastered by Warren-Russell Smith at The Magic Shop in New York, NY.

Band:

Anthony da Costa- vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, wurlitzer, synthesizer, banjo, glockenspiel, percussion
Brian Viglione- Drums
Shawn Setaro- Electric bass
Franz Nicolay- Accordion, organ
Emily Hope Price- Cello, bells
Rich Hinman- Pedal steel
Alicia Rau- Trumpet, flugelhorn
Emilyn Brodsky- vocals (2, 4, 11)
Anna Vogelzang- vocals (1, 2, 4, 10)
Ana Egge- vocals (9)
John Elliott- vocals (1)
Jonathan Byrd- vocals (2, 5)
Oliver Hill- viola (9)
Brandon Seabrook- bowed banjo (3)
James Frazee- percussion (5, 10), vocals (11)

All songs written by Anthony da Costa (BMI) (c) 2011 except "St. Therese" and "Secret Handshake", written by Anthony da Costa (BMI) & Jonathan Byrd (SESAC) (c) 2011.

String arrangements for "Nothing Will Bring This Down" and "Giver" by Emily Hope Price.

Design and Layout by Dan Grissom.

Thanks to:
All of the musicians, My family, Lindsey, everyone at Aubergine, Postcrypt, The Living Room (NYC), Richard Cuccaro/VIcki Peterman of Acoustic Live! (NYC), John-O, Raina, Dru, Trevor, the city of Austin, TX, Roach, Nels, Parks, Jbyrd, Em, and most of all, Mr. James Frazee, without whom this project would have probably been made on "Voice Memos".

Special Thanks to:
- Stewart Lerman & Tony Shanahan
- Joel Morowitz at Ecstatic Electric
- Scott Altizio
- Phil Collins
- Ricardo Pascoe

Oh, and of course, thank YOU!
We took our time with this one. We hope you enjoy it.

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Anthony da Costa Nashville, Tennessee

Anthony da Costa is a singer/songwriter from New York, currently living in Nashville, TN. He has released over 10 albums since 2005. You can find him on tour with Sarah Jarosz as her guitarist/harmony singer in 2017.

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Track Name: Nothing Will Bring This Down
In the summer,
you took your clothes off
and I watched you from your back to the front.
I told myself that you were the one
and I meant it.

We were happy.
And a little happy
never hurt no one, no not in the least.
Just as long as you can keep the peace
with your family.

'Cause now we are sitting alone at the top of the stairs,
praying to God or whoever that no one is there
watching, listening, suspecting.

Nothing will bring this down, now.
Nothing will bring this down

All the people,
the pretty people,
how we used to sit and watch them go by.
I was nervous; you were painfully shy.
Wonder why...

I'd say you've changed me.
You know you've changed me,
from the way I used to follow the crowd,
but now their talking, well, it's getting loud.
Hear the sound?

'Cause now we are sitting alone at the top of the stairs,
praying to God or whoever that no one is there
watching, listening, suspecting.

Ooooh
Nothing will bring this down, now.
Nothing will bring this down

You wanna know, how can I be so sure?
How can we lift this curse when there is no cure
I remember days when I'd go anywhere, just to be far
Just to be where you are
I should've never gotten into that car

I should've kept myself a promise
I should've kept myself alive
But I wanted it so badly
I sat back and let you drive

But I won't duck down in the passenger's seat no more
I won't hide from my mistakes
I'm gonna settle this score
I'm gonna kiss you where it hurts
I'm gonna tell it to you straight
I still love you and it's not too late

Nothing will bring this down, now.
Nothing will bring this down
If they throw it off course, there’ll be no remorse:
We’ll just pick it up and turn it around!
Nothing will bring this down
Track Name: St. Therese
The lights are off,
The record player’s spinning Billy Joel (it’s all I could find).
Nights ago, I went and taped your picture to the wall.

It’s not your fault I’m lonely.
It’s not your fault I’m blue.
It’s not your fault that you don’t love me
the way I want you to.

When winter came, I thought I’d never see your face again;
I guess I was wrong.
Oh St. Therese, I’m going down in flames tonight.

It’s not your fault I’m lonely.
It’s not your fault I’m blue.
It’s not your fault that you don’t love me
the way I want you to.

Loneliness is listening to the record that you’ve got,
not the record you want.

It’s not your fault I’m lonely.
It’s not your fault I’m blue.
It’s not your fault that you don’t love me
the way I want you to
the way I want you to
the way I want you.
Track Name: Secret Handshake
A thousand boats out on the ocean
Every one is like a fire in the sunlight
Are you in the hold?
Would you be so bold as to signal to the shore?

Flashing tail lights on the freeway
Every one is like a star in the ether
Looking through the glass, every car I pass
Have you seen me on the phone?

Carve it on the door
All it takes is time
Give me half of yours
I’ll give you half of mine
If I could only find you

A thousand trains across the nation
Every one is someone leaving someone
Did you get your tea? Have you found your seat?
And can I help you with your coat?

Cause I can feel your body burning
Even from a thousand miles away
Wishing on a star, sleeping in your car
and if you find a place to stay

Carve it on the door
All it takes is time
Give me half of yours
I’ll give you half of mine
If I could only find you

So let me be your lost companion
You could be my summer constellation.
Track Name: Learning to Say No
Sometimes I want to be alone
Okay, that’s a lie
But sometimes you’ve gotta lie to keep yourself as your own
Find a place where you can go
I’m still learning to say no.

And she has got a hold on me
The kind of hold
where it’s hard to see the things you ought to see
Cause she’s so pretty and she knows
That I’m still learning to say no

Got a bird that whistles
Got a bird that sings
Got a bird, but that bird can’t sing me everything
Got a heart in a cage, and it burns every day
until she comes back home

So here I am, it’s twelve o’clock
Should I go home
or take a drive around that God-forsaken block?
From the party to her door
I try to separate the feeling from the one that I adore
Through this empty rain and snow
I think I’m learning to say no
I think I’m learning
Track Name: How Can You Love Me?
I come to your town
so anxious that I can’t sit down
so frightened, I can hardly breathe
You get the water

You say
“Love of mine, where’ve you been
what is wrong this time?
Is there anything I can do, for to ease the pain?”
And I say

How can you love me?
How can you love me
if I can’t love myself?
How can you love me?
How can you love me?
How can you love me now?

So I settle down
I swear I like having you around
You shine like a polished dime
the last one in my pocket

So put the coffee on
or maybe whiskey, we’ll be gone
‘til the morning comes, with bloodshot eyes
and a ringing in my ears
Singing

How can you love me?
How can you love me
if I can’t love myself?
How can you love me?
How can you love me?
How can you love me now?

I can’t decide why I don’t know which is worse:
To give it up or love when you know that love is cursed?
But who cares tonight
All the reasons why it’s just not right
The lights are off, the record’s on
and I don’t want to be alone

How can you love me?
How can you love me
if I can’t love myself?
How can you love me?
How can you love me?
How can you love me now?
How can you love me now?
Track Name: Me Plus You
I’d like to take you where nobody knows,
where nobody goes but my dream
And when I take you, I’ll hold you so tight
My heart, it just might bust a seam

And I will take care of you
Just like he’d never do
‘Cause together we’re better than he ever knew

Stuck on a boat that’s been out on the sea,
I’ve been waiting to see if you’d ride
Sailing our boat to nowhere land,
doing all that we can just to glide

And I will take care of you
Just like he’d never do
‘Cause together we’re better than he ever knew

I’m tired of watching the snow on the pines
Your hand touching mine’s all I need
‘Cause while I’m watching those trees shiver and freeze
I fall to my knees, splinter and bleed

And I will take care of you
Just like he’d never do
‘Cause together we’re better than he ever knew
A me plus a you...
Track Name: Live While You Can
Thought I had nothing to say to you,
guess I’ve got a big mouth
Thought there was nothing that we could do,
nothing left to try and figure out

Yes, you go your way and I mine baby
That’s just what we said
You’ll be with him, I’ll be with me,
stuck inside my head

It’s too late for anything else but this
You better love yourself
at least enough to know that there’s no time to reminisce

Live while you can
You can never go back, you can never go back, so
Live while you can

Give me a reason to come back home
and one more to believe
‘Cause I know myself too well and that love is hell
This was never meant to be

He thinks he’s got a hold on you,
you think you’ve got a hold on me
We all should go leave each other alone
That’s what I call free

t’s too late for anything else but this
You better love yourself
at least enough to know that there’s no time to reminisce

Live while you can
You can never go back, you can never go back, so
Live while you can
Track Name: Don't Count Me Out
Where do we stand here? I don’t know
I think that I might need some air
So I step outside and you follow closely,
turn my cheek, and you kiss me there

You whisper something like,
“Please remember me”
Like you think I could forget
So I put my hand on over your heart, like
“Don’t you count me out just yet...not yet”

The moon is hanging on by a thread
I swear I can almost see the stars
It’s all the same as when we first met
Except it’s me who’s nervous and you who’s scarred

You whisper something like,
“Please remember me”
Like you think I could forget
So I put my hand on over your heart, like
“Don’t you count me out just yet...not yet”

Waves are crashing all around
But we’re still here
Hands are pushed under the ground
But we’re still here

You whisper something like,
“You should go now”
Like some kind of half-assed threat
So I kiss you hard and tell you, darling
“Don’t you count me out just yet.
Don’t you count me out...yet.”
Track Name: Mountain Range
Well sometimes I see them high above the trees
Flying ‘round in circles as they please:
My dreams of all the things we never did
I do my best to keep my feelings hid

But there was a time when I could be there
We’d watch the sun fall from the sky
I would show you to the rooftop
You would show me how to fly

And I know everyone looks different
I know everything has changed
But I will be your river valley
If you’ll be my mountain range

Well November was the worst time of the year
The crops were burned, the furnace fueled with fear
Cain had wrestled able to the ground
I had lost out on the love that I had found

But there was a time when I’d go with you
Soaring so high, we’d never come down
Laughing over all the people
that we left in that sad town

And I know everyone looks different
I know everything has changed
But I will be your river valley
If you’ll be my mountain range

I know everyone looks different
I know everything has changed
but I will be your river valley
if you’ll be my mountain range
Track Name: Giver
When you’re away, I’m more like myself
Lonely and desperate for something else
But when I’m with you, I’m more like a friend
No need to be careful, no need to pretend

So maybe I’m cured by the banks of your river
I wade in the water until I’m gone
And maybe you’d stay and wash me away
Holy river, giver, gone

Jesus, he cries each time that I speak
of dancing with you, dear, cheek to cheek
‘Cause Jesus, he knows what love is about
It’s giving your life, dear, to a world full of doubt

So maybe I’m cured by the banks of your river
I wade in the water until I’m gone
I wish you would stay and wash me away
Holy river, giver, gone

When you’re away, I’m more like myself.
Track Name: Love is Impossible
you can never be too sure
just how long your love will last
if i've learned any from the past
it's to be careful of making a promise

so she's leaving you today
so your love is gone away
you've gotta handle it, someway
somehow, they say

love is impossible
at times at best improbable
a natural disaster
a skill you can't master
love is impossible

so you're up and leaving town
all 'cause she won't be coming round
you can't stand to hear the sound
of your own name

same old story, same old blues
comb your hair and shine your shoes
you only have yourself to lose
much less to gain

love is impossible
at times at best improbable
a natural disaster
a skill you can't master
love is impossible
(say it again!)