Amateur Blonde

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about

Amateur Blonde is the music of Ryan O’Toole, a singer/songwriter originally from Arizona, now living and performing in NYC. This is Amateur Blonde's first full length album, available on limited 12″ vinyl (as well CD/Download).

The one constant throughout this record is Ryan’s unique voicing. The layered harmonies give the production a powerfully rich and lustrous tone, which is supported by expert percussion, bass, guitars and organ sounds. This record represents the rising talent of a new band who are not bound to a singe genre of songwriting. Their tone often sways between ‘the beautifully tranquil’ and ‘the wild rock-out.’

AMATEUR BLONDE has performed more than 60 shows with a full band. Gigs posted on the right hand column of this page.

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released December 25, 2012

PERFORMERS:
Ryan O’Toole - Voices, Guitars, Drums, Pianos, Organs & Omnichord on all tracks, except for:
Jeff Gretz - Drums (Airplane Mode, Novocaine, Just Obey, Waiting Place, Chills, Scaffolding)
Seth Fragomen - Drums (Leaving Time)
Brent Cole - Drums (Sobriquet)
John Lang - Bass (Leaving Time, Novocaine, Airplane Mode)
Peter Brendler - Bass (Sobriquet, Just Obey, Chills, Scaffolding)
Matthew O’Toole - ‘Dobro’ Steel Guitar (Waiting Place), Bass (Waiting Place)
Philip Sterk - Pedal Steel (Waiting Place, Leaving Time)
Anthony Rizzo - Lead Guitar (Sobriquet)

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'Amateur Blonde' is the music of Ryan Roger O'Toole, who writes songs that are rocking, brave and often autobiographical in nature.

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Track Name: Sobriquet
‘Sobriquet’
By Amateur Blonde

A
I know, you’re a friend to me.
A G
Even though, you’re not friendly at all to me.
A
I knew you before I knew me.
A G
I knew that you would belong to me.

F7 G7
But now the foldaway’s
F7 G7 G#7/5 BEND
Where I choose lay my head down low!

C D7
Do you want to know, Do you want to know,
how they speak of you?
C D7
Do you want to know, Do you want to know,
The name they chose for you?

Am F7/9
Know! Do you really, really want to know?
What they’ve been saying?
Am F7/9
What your sobriquet... ... sobriquet is?

E7 F7/9
But now the foldaway’s
E7 F7 G7 G#5 BEND
Where I choose lay my head down low!

Am
I know, you’re NOT a friend to me.
Am F
And now we’re NOT friendly at all.
Am
I knew you before I knew me.
Am F
I now your name belongs to me.

E7 F7
But now the foldaway’s
E7 F7 G7 G#5 BEND
Where I chose to lay my head down low!

(Stops for solo x 4 bars)

Am F7/9
Know! Do you really, really want to know?
What they’ve been saying?
Am F7/9
Your sobriquet. Your sobriquet

E7 F7
But now the foldaway’s
E7 F7 G7 G#5 BEND END Am (whole note)
Where I chose to lay my head down low!
Track Name: Scaffolding
Scaffolding by Amateur Blonde (drop D)

(A, D, A, D intro)
(A, D, A, D band in)
A, D, A D
Tear it down, tear down,
the scaffolding holding up this town.
Tear it down, tear down
the scaffolding holding up this town.
C
Tear it down, tear down
C D
the scaffolding holding up this heart,

A, D (open up)
Da da da da da da da da da da dum.
Da da da da da da da da da da dahdahdah.
Da da da da da da da da da da dum.
Da da da da da da da da da da dahdahdah.
C
‘Cause I was born ready
I was born ready for you.
C
‘Cause I was born ready
I was born ready for you.

A, D
Since they fell down, fell down,
We’ve been flying flags and throwing fists again.
Since they fell down, fell right down,
What we've learned in war has been forgotten.
C
Since they fell down, fell down,
C D
We’ve been trying hard to be nice again.
And the idiots are singing...

A, D (open up)
Da da da da da da da da da da dum.
Da da da da da da da da da da dahdahdah.
Da da da da da da da da da da dum.
Da da da da da da da da da da dahdahdah.

C
‘Cause I was born ready
I was born ready for you.
C (stop)
Cuz I was borne ready.
I was born ready for you. Guitar riff and end
Track Name: Chills
Chills

D Db E F (snare roll)
F# A (B-E)
F# A D B
I can see by the size of the fire,
You’re not invested at all
You’re all about the green.

If I gave right into to you,
and prayed to God,
Fall down on my knees.

E B D A
E B D E
[screams]

F# A D B
You can drink my blood,
You could throw me right under the bus,
It’s not a big leap.
F# A D B
You can fill my head with smoke,
Steal some time to discuss,
Wipe me clean.

D Db B A (G# - Gm -F#) (snare roll)
[scream]
F# D (bass and drums) (rockout middle)
You could shroud my eyelids in vestments.
Rob my innocence by suggestion.
Avoid your prison time and urge the mob to deceive!

(Lead Guitar rockout line)
F# A (pounding bass scream guitar)
It burns my skin to touch,
sends chills down my spine.
What’cha given me to read.

Slows my guts to a crawl.
Mixing blood and wine.
Flesh and wheat.
F# A (drums back in)
I can see by the size of the fire,
You’re not invested at all
You’re all about the green.

If I gave right into to you,
and prayed to God,
Fall down to my knees.

F# D - B
F# D - B
D Db E F (snare roll)
[scream]
F#
Track Name: Just Obey
‘Just Obey’ by Amateur Blonde

Am (D) Asus2 Em (guitar + voice only)
The World
Is turning fast,
And home is 2000 miles away
And there is no reason for my rage now.

Am G Em
Where is the reason for my rage.
Where is the reason for my rage now.
Where is the reason for my rage.
Where is the reason for my rage now.

Am (D) Asus2 Em (x 2 BAND IN)

Am (D) Asus2 Em
The Law says,
Turn your face down
Show us your hands and behave.
Though there is no reason to behave now.

Am G Em
There is no reason to behave now.
There is no reason to behave.
Where is the reason to behave now.
Where is the reason to behave.
F# (transistion chord)

C Bm D
The hope is gone and all that’s left is your word and,
Dm C#m C Bm
Pray you don’t find yourself lost,
Am G F#m
Waiting in line
Am G F#m
Waiting in line.
F#m C (no words breakdown)
F#m C

Am (D) Asus2 F#m
The State
Give us your rights
Believe in heaven and pray.
Though there’s no reason to pray.
Am G F#m
But there is no reason to pray now.
There is no reason to be praying.
There is no reason to pray now.
There is no reason to be praying.
F#m (transistion chord)

C Bm D
The hope is gone and all that’s left is your word and,
Dm C#m C Bm
Pray you don’t find yourself lost,
Am G F#m
Waiting in line
Am G F#m
Waiting in line.
F#m C (no words breakdown)
F#m C
F#m C (no words breakdown)
F#m C
Bm (End)
Track Name: In a Minute
In a Minute by Amateur Blonde

G9 G (x2)
A D# G
And I followed you from Arizona
And I followed you to Colorado
And you followed me to California
And I followed you all the way to London
D# G
In a minute
In a minue

F9 F7 G (x2)
F9 F7 G
And I had you as a roommate
And I had you as a mother may
And I passed time with warm beer
And I thought of moving away
D# G
From the city
To the country

G9 G (x2)
A D# G
And I followed you from Arizona
And I followed you to Colorado
And you followed me to California
And I followed you all the way to London

F9 F7 G (x2)
F9 F7 G
And I followed you over an ocean
With our dog safely stowed away
And I followed you to Manhattan
That’s where I gave you away
D# G
In a minute
In a minue

F9 F7 G (end)
Track Name: No Worries
‘No Worries’ by Ryan Roger O’Toole © copyright 2012

Fm A E Bm
You made your bed,
Now just sleep in it,
And dreams will cut the words out.

Fm A E Bm
I grind my teeth,
grind my teeth to chalk,
finding words to say to you.

Fm A E Bm
Any fool,
Fool can carry on,
with grand delusions.

Fm A E Bm
Any dog,
Dog like me could find,
the best way through the fence...
You just don’t think about the time.
You just don’t focus on the time. Oh,

Fm A E Bm
Of all the things you planned and never did.
Of all the things you asked of me...

A E Bm
While you worried 'bout the time.
You just worried 'bout the time.

Oh, oh, oh
Ohhhhhhhh

Fm A E Bm
This neighborhood,
This hood’s a border town,
Plagued by numbers.

Fm A E Bm
This fallen tree,
Tree turned into boards,
boarding-up the doors to you.

Fm A E Bm
Of all the things you planned and never did.
Of all the things you asked of me...
All the things you said, and never did.
Oh all the things you promised me.
Track Name: Airplane Mode
'Airplane Mode' by Ryan Roger O’Toole © copyright 2012
Intro
C# F#m x 4
C# A G#m F#

E E6
Time moves on
Kills what we know you wanted to do.
Time is a stone.
Rolling away from you
G#m B (x 2)
With no regard. Ahhhh.
E E6
Time is the man
digging a hole for things you planned.
Time has an edge on you
A blade to take you away
G#m B
With no regard x 2

B E G#m F# + B E G#m F# E
We move over
For a safer point of view
There’s no more question.
We know all the answers to
Pay attention to
The things we did for you
When you went into

G#m F E x 3
Airplane Mode
Air!
Airplane Mode

E E6
I’ve got a lot I’m going through
You found a way of moving on.
G#m B
On, on and on x 2
F# G#m F# G#m
C# F#m x 2
Ohhhhhhh!

B E G#m F# + B E G#m F# E
And we move over
To a safer point of view
No more question.
Now there’s no one and nothing to
Pay attention to
Things they did to you
When you went into

G#m F E x 3
Airplane Mode
Air!
Airplane Mode
Track Name: Waiting Place
‘Waiting Place’ by Ryan Roger O’Toole (capo on F#)

B F#m
How long,
How long must we be made to wait.
To pay down,
Pay down the debt for mistakes they’ve made.

B7 F#m + B7 F#m

B F#m
Never
Never the one to complain.
You know,
You know it wont change a thing at all to complain.

B7 F#m + B7 F#m
No it wouldn't

C#m
Praying,
B F#m
Pray for the sun in your face.
C#m
Pray now.
B F#m
Pray you don’t die in this place____
(F# - G# - A)

A E B F#m
‘Cause we can do, is wait.
A E B F#m
All we can do is wait_____.
(F# - G# - A) (A - B - C - C#m)
C#m B F#m
C#m B F#m G#7

(band stops)

B F#m (humming + finger picking)
Mmmmmmmmm
Mmmmmmmmm (continue under next 2 lines)

B
Never,
F#m
Never the one to complain.
B (band builds)
You know, (Harmony again)
F#m (band back in)
You know it wont change a thing at all to complain.

B7 F#m + B7 F#m
No it wouldn't + No it wouldn’t (high harmony)

(solo) B A E B (then quiets down)

B
This, (no harmony)
A
This is the place,
E B
The place where we were told to wait.

B
But how, (harmony)
A
How long,
E B (hold on whole note)
Will we be made to wait.
Track Name: Novocaine
Novocaine (capo on G#) by Amateur Blonde
(written by Ryan Roger O’Toole copyright © 2012)

Late at night
The Trauma Light
Starts it’s beeping

Whose gonna pay for this?
Whose gonna pay for,

Twenty-two
Out of ten
The pain is seething

It’s unbelievable.
They’re unbelievable,
The less they know,
the more they say,
and what they mean,
gets locked away.

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Throw the shoe away
and trade it in for Novocaine
So not to speak the words
The words of mercy

If you cried out,
If you give in,
There’d be nothing left
to believe in.

And you didn’t plan for this
And you couldn’t plan for this
And you didn’t plan for this
And you couldn’t plan for this

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
Track Name: Leaving Time
Leaving Time by Amateur Blonde (written by Ryan Roger O’Toole copyright © 2012)

(capo on A - top string D tune)
G Am + G Am + G (A, B, C) + G, Am
G
So long, so long
It’s time for leaving
I know the grass is greener
But in my dreams it’s...

C, B, Bb, A
Home.
A real home
Leave New York on it’s own.
C, B, Bb, A
For a home.
A real home.
Leave New York with it’s Grand Central Stations.

G
I’ve been waiting for this day to call,
The things that I’ve avoided for so very long are finally
here.
G Am + G Am + G (A, B, C) + G, Am

G
So long, so long
I’ll soon be leaving
That time I had to beg for money.
And I don’t what you kissed me for,
Standing in the rain, the rain was leaking through the my holes in my
shoes.
C, B, Bb, A
We hope, we hope, to
Hope to be let down easy,
C, B, Bb, A
We hope, We hope,
We hope to be let down
easy.

[Solo] A , (A, B, C, D) + A, (A, B, C, D) + A , (A, B, C, D) + A, (A, B, C, D)
G Am + G Am + G (A, B, C) + G, Am

G
So long So long
It’s time to leave you
That time I had to beg you for money.