Almost Mine: The Unexpected Rise and Sudden Demise of Fernando - Part 1

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released November 9, 2018

All songs written and composed by Ferruccio Quercetti, also known as Ferro Solo
except Got Me a Job written by Luca Giovanardi and Ferruccio Quercetti

All lyrics by Ferruccio Quercetti

Musical arrangements by Ferro Solo with help, support and assistance from Andrea Rovacchi, Sergio Carlini, Riccardo Frabetti, Luca Giovanardi, The Fernandos, The Doppelgängers, Lorenzo Moretti & Giuda

Recorded and mixed by Andrea Rovacchi with assistance from Gabriele Riccioni at Bunker Studio, (Rubiera, Italy) except
Got Me a Job – recorded and mixed by Luca Giovanardi at Toxic Tape Studio
He Spies - recorded and mixed by Danilo Silvestri at GreenMountainAudio

Produced by Andrea Rovacchi and Ferro Solo except
Got Me a Job - produced by Luca Giovanardi and Ferro Solo
He Spies - produced by Danilo Silvestri, Lorenzo Moretti and Ferro Solo

Mastered by Davide Barbi

Artwork, layout and photography by Francesco Polcini and Giovanna Eliantonio

Released by Riff Records and Fernando Dischi with support and contribution from Area Pirata and DeAmbula Records.

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Ferro Solo Bologna, Italy

My name is Ferruccio Quercetti. I'm based in Bologna, Italy. Since 1996, I'm playing in a band called CUT. A few years ago, I've started writing some music on my own again, under the name of Ferro Solo. These are the songs that kept me alive when nothing was making sense to me anymore. ... more

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Track Name: IT'S A GIRL
IT’S A GIRL
He always wanted his firstborn to be just like him
he wanted to teach him everything he'd learned to believe
he was bragging with his friends at the bar
about how cool it will be
to drive him around in his brand-new automobile

But when he walked into the room he had a little surprise
his wife wouldn't dare to look into his eyes
because

It's a girl
Mr. Dullhouse
it's a girl
it’s a girl
Mr. Dullhouse
it's a girl!
you gotta love her
for what she is
you gotta love her
but you never did

Since the first day she knew she was being put to the test
she knew her dad wouldn't take no second best
in school, she had to be at the top of her class
she got a job and a house and a man
she wanted nothing less

But as much as she would push she would still feel the regret
she knew her dad would not forgive or forget that

It's a girl
Mr. Dullhouse
it's a girl
it's a girl
Mr. Dullhouse
it's a girl!
and you gotta love her
for what she is
you gotta love her
but you never did

Then she moved to the city, that's where she found me
and I'm a fool because I could not see
she wanted something I once knew how to give
but I woke up too late and drove her away from me

So she set her sails for yet another town
she found a new man
who wouldn't let her down
because

It's a girl
Mr. Dullhouse
it's a girl
it’s a girl
and I'm a dumbass
it's a girl!
he's gonna love her
for what she is
he's gonna love her
like I never did
like I never did
like I never did
Track Name: GOT ME A JOB
GOT ME A JOB
Got me a job out of desperation
can't make a living in this damn nation
when you're playing rock and roll
no matter
if you can really do the stroll

Thirty-three and I could not cope
found a job 'cause I had no hope
each day get on the bus
sit there
and make no fuss

So I got me a job out of desperation
to pay for strings and fight inflation
but then you came along
proved it all wrong

Got me a job out of desperation
can't make a living in this damn nation
when you're playing rock and roll
no matter
if you can really do the stroll

So I got me a job out of desperation
to pay for strings and fight inflation
but then you came along
proved it all wrong
and then you came along
and it was still wrong
Track Name: HAMLETTE
HAMLETTE
Some people say they know a girl called Johnny
me, I used to know a girl called Hamlette

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are not dead yet
it's just their wisdom that's been left on the shelf
your lack of knowledge really gave you an edge
but you've ruined it all just to earn your badge

You said you live your life without a safety net
but that's not true, my little Hamlette

I've laid my life down, down at your feet
all the promises I just couldn't keep
protect your illusions, fulfill your dreams
I guess I'm too old for this kind of things

To live your life without a safety net
but that's not you, my little Hamlette

More blood on your hands than Lady Macbeth
but you don't care, do you Hamlette?

Shall I come to your house or not
tell me now what have I got?
shall you come to my house or not?
it's up to us to untie this knot

I've let you down so many times
now I'm here contemplating my crimes
you said to my face again and again
I'm not as cool as your man

To live a life without a safety net
that was just me, Hamlette
you said your choices were a risky bet
glad to meet your new man, Hamlette

Shall I come to your house or not
tell me now what have I got?
shall you come to my house or not?
it's up to us to untie this knot
Track Name: YOU DON'T HAVE TO TELL YOUR STORY
YOU DON’T HAVE TO TELL YOUR STORY
Baby I'm no magician
at best I'm a songwriter and a thief
but I just wanna be beside you
try and give you some relief

And you don't have to tell your story
you don't have to share your pain
I just wanna lie beside you
I can even take the blame

Look into the eyes of a stranger
look into the eyes of a beast
there is something deep inside of you
I will always find in me

We could see it in each other
it's the pain that brought us here
but all my boldness and my courage
have been now replaced by fear

To climb on top of the highest mountain
descend into the bowels of the earth
I know I deserted you babe
let me tell you I’ve got no worth

And you don't have to tell your story
you don't have to play no game
'cause even though we're apart now
I can still perceive your pain

Baby I'm no magician
at best I'm a songwriter and a thief
Track Name: PERFECT STRANGER
PERFECT STRANGER
I'd been hiding for almost twenty years
when a perfect stranger came looking just for me
she found her way into my empty world
tore down the walls, I was feeling strong and bold

When I was blind
she came and blew my mind
as I began to see
she ran away from me

Grew up so numb, I couldn't really feel
my insecurity, I'd learned how to conceal
her sweet persistence, you know it was so strong
It felt so natural, she disarmed me with her call

When I was blind
she came and blew my mind
as I began to see
she ran away from me
Track Name: THIS DADDY'S GIRL
THIS DADDY'S GIRL
Baby I know you're strong
stronger than I'll ever be
tougher than all the boys in town
harder than any grief

But even the restless soldiers
sometimes they need some relief
you don't have to prove anything to me
I know how strong you can be

So, if you're ever tired of being daddy's boy
if you're ever tired of being daddy's boy

You know that you can be
you know that you can be
you know that you can be

This daddy's girl
this daddy's girl

Baby I know you're tough
tougher than I'll ever be
so tough that you probably hate this song
and its sweet, sweet melody

But even the hardest rockers
you know, just like me
I said, even the hardest rockers
sometimes they need some relief

So if you're ever tired of being daddy's boy
if you're ever tired of being daddy's boy

You know that you can be
you know that you can be
you know that you can be

This daddy's girl
this daddy's girl

And if I had a bullet
I'd send it to your dad
how could he do you so wrong?
how could he ever treat you so bad?

Such a sweet thing like you girl
should be treated with respect
how could he ever understand?
Oh, men can be such scumbags

Baby don't get me wrong
love you the way that you are
you saved my ass so many times
I'd be dead if you weren't so hard

So the best thing I can do for you
in case you're feeling weak
is being right beside you
on your side of the street

So, if you're ever tired of being daddy's boy
if you're ever tired of being daddy's boy

Remember you can be
remember you can be
remember you can be

This daddy's girl
this daddy's girl
this daddy's girl
this daddy's girl
Track Name: HE SPIES (feat. Giuda)
HE SPIES
He's a fan of the Soviet Union
but back there he wouldn’t last a day
and you’ve disowned your first communion
just to be another kind of slave

'Cause he spies on you and me
and you don’t care you let him be
he spies on me and you
and you don’t care you let him go through
while he spies

You came to me for some kinky distraction
I guess my feelings got in the way
responsibility for your own actions
too hard to face, you threw it all away

'Cause he spies on you and me
and you don’t care you let him be
he spies on me and you
don’t have the guts to tell him what you do
with me

You let him rip through our intimacy
cause you never gave a fuck
never gave a fuck about me

Living under a major delusion
I thought my trust was in the safest place
my love was not some kind of illusion
to you it was just an expendable game

'Cause he spies on you and me
and you don’t care you let him be
he spies on me and you
and you don’t care you just let him go through
while he spies on you and me
and you don’t care you let him be
he spies on me and you
don’t have the guts to tell him what you do
with me

You let him rip through our intimacy
‘cause you never gave a fuck
never gave a fuck about me

No, you never gave a fuck
never gave a fuck about me

Never gave a fuck
never gave a fuck
never gave a fuck
never gave a fuck
never gave a fuck
never gave a fuck about me!
Track Name: DOPPELGÄNGER
DOPPELGÄNGER
I drove her to the airport that day
the kind of thing I used to do for her
so filled with doubts about myself
she was the only one to make me feel alright

She sent me videos from her hotel room that night
her naked body under water and cold light
those things meant so much to me
but I guess something happened overnight

Who would have thought you'd fall so fast
into the arms of a stranger?
I used to think that I knew you girl
now I'm stuck with a doppelgänger
stuck with a doppelgänger
here she comes
she's the Doppelgänger

Next day she got her fancy dress on
a working gala in faraway French town
she said ‘I’ve met someone he's just right
he's so special, he's way out of sight’

Was I being put to the test?
I lost my temper and I lost my faith that night
I said ‘Baby, do I have to worry now?’
she said ‘We've got bigger problems, it's alright’

Who would have thought you'd fall so fast
into the arms of a stranger?
I used to think that I knew you girl
now I'm stuck with a doppelgänger
stuck with a doppelgänger
here she comes
she's the Doppelgänger

She said ‘Baby, everything must change
some things are crazy, these things are just strange’
(I said) ‘but even though we were never about romance
do you really think you've ever given our thing a chance?’

Went to collect her at the airport
the kind of thing I used to do for her
the door opened and finally she walked out
but I guess something was different now

Her eyes and smile I could recognize
I thought it had to be the same girl
but something changed in the way she greeted me
all of a sudden she was cold and distant

I had to beg just to get a clue from her
she was acting like she never met me
she said ‘I gotta go back to my man’
it turned out she had different plans, somehow

Who would have thought you'd fall so fast
into the arms of a stranger?
I used to think that I knew you girl
now I'm stuck with a doppelgänger
who would have thought you'd fall so fast
into the arms of another stranger?
I used to think that I knew you girl
now I'm stuck with a doppelgänger
stuck with a doppelgänger
here she comes
she's the Doppelgänger

The Doppelgänger
The Doppelgänger
The Doppelgänger
Track Name: INDIFFERENCE
INDIFFERENCE
Indifference
indifference
indifference
it comes so easy to you
easy to you
indifference
indifference
it comes so easy to you
what can I do?

When you pass me by
and you pay no mind
how can I play your game
when you're not the same?
indifference
indifference

I saw you cry for me
now you barely see
the way I die inside
swallow my pride
for your indifference
indifference
it comes so easy to you
easy to you
indifference
indifference
it comes so easy to you
what can I do?

Each day your ‘how are yous?’
only give me the blues
tried to be your friend
the pain just never ends
for your indifference
indifference

And the secret we share
it's just for me to bear
and It kills me to see
how fast you turned out to be
so indifferent
indifference
It comes so easy to you
easy to you
indifference
indifference
it comes so easy to you
what can I do?

We share the same workplace
what a big mistake
it used to be a drag
now it's living hell
for your indifference
indifference

But I won't forget
this time I can't forgive
and when you least expect
you’ll find me to be
so indifferent
indifferent
it won't come easy to me
but I'll pretend to be
indifferent
indifferent
like I've never been
it's time to begin

Indifference
indifference
indifference
indifference
indifference
Track Name: GALA
GALA
Baby I know I'm not supposed to be here tonight
and maybe I should have stayed home
watching politicians fight
but here I am
in the only jacket I can wear
waiting for your grand entrance
with someone for whom you really care

Because I sneaked in at your gala
just to see you parade around with him
oh yeah, I sneaked in here at the Gala
and I'm not even dressed properly
oh, why is this happening to me?

Baby it still hurts to see
just how beautiful you are
still intoxicated by your sting
I knew I wouldn’t get too far
so here I am
in the only clothes I can wear
wishing, just for a moment
to be the one for whom you really care

That's why I sneaked in at your gala
just to see you happy beside him
oh yeah, I sneaked in here at the Gala
to watch you shine in his company
oh, why am I doing this to me?

Baby I know I'm not
as good as your man most times
but I'll prove you that I can love you
'til the sun and the dark star will shine
in the sky above your gala
on a red carpet without me
It ain't my place
here at the gala
but you're as beautiful as one can be
oh, why are you not still beside me?

It must be because
I could never dress properly
yeah that's because
I could never dress properly
guess that's because
I could never dress properly
Track Name: BETTER THAN ME
BETTER THAN ME
I was hoping I could give you what you really want
but I've tried too hard and now you've already gone
can't walk, can't think, can't talk, can't sing
and the bottom line is

He's something to you I could never be
something to you that I could never be
and this is why everybody's better than me

Everybody's better than me
superstar in my mediocrity

Fool enough to think that you really cared
but you left as soon as you got your share
of fun and dreams or so it seems
and the bottom line is

He's something to you I could never be
something to you that I could never be
and this is why everybody's better than me

Everybody's better than me
superstar in my mediocrity

All I wanted baby was a solid chance
all I'm left with is your cold, cold stance
your eyes don't lie, this is goodbye
and the bottom line is

He's something to you I could never be
something to you that I could never be
and this is why everybody's better than me

Everybody's better than me
superstar in m my mediocrity

He's something to you I could never be
something to you that I could never be
and this is why everybody's better than me

Everybody's better than me
superstar in my mediocrity
Track Name: ALMOST MINE
ALMOST MINE
I still remember you singing naked in my room
it might have been the Rolling Stones
or maybe a Janis Joplin tune

Like a ghost you slowly grew inside of me
I was living for the first time
now someone would care for me

Still can't believe,
those days gone by
for a little while
you've been
almost mine

We’ve never ever got to walk side by side
I was your dirty little secret
a mistake you had to hide

All of a sudden you were gone for evermore
you said you'd go back to your man
but you were lying all along

Still can't believe,
you left me here to die
when for a little while
you've been almost mine
almost mine

So I wrote these songs
to let folks know
‘bout that time
when you've been
almost mine

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