Alternate Realities

by Kevin Simnacher

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released March 31, 2014

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Kevin Simnacher Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Kevin has played in various different bands over the years. Some just cover bands and a couple that actually wrote and recorded original material. One day, Kevin woke up, and decided to start his own album project, called "Window of Opportunity". Kevin has also released an all instrumental CD and is currently releasing songs for a third album, entitled, "Alternate Realities". ... more

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Track Name: Time For Plan B
"TIME FOR PLAN B" by Kevin Simnacher ©2014 SimRocker Music (BMI)

Like the tip of an iceberg
stuff they didn't teach in school
something's coming down the timeline
and it ain't the golden rule.
It's so hard to predict
unless it's frozen in time
the only thing that's certain
is it's gonna test your mind.

Time for plan B
take a look, turn around
Time for plan B
Don't you follow the herd.
Time for plan B
If it ain't working' out for you
Go with plan B
'cause it's time that you should.

Fairy tales & fantasies
are fine for the masses
who stare at glowing boxes
as they sit on their glasses.
Look at where you're join'

take a look at where you've been
it's your fault if you're not happy
with the state that you're in.

Time for plan B
take a look, turn around
Time for plan B
Don't you follow the herd.
Time for plan B
If it ain't working' out for you
Go with plan B
'cause it's time that you should.

Unseen things from within our dreams
they can happen anywhere
Study, pay attention to the simple things
you might unlock a treasure that's rare.

Time for plan B
take a look, turn around
Time for plan B
Don't you follow the herd.
Time for plan B
If it ain't working' out for you
Go with plan B
'cause it's time that you should.
Track Name: Crossing Over
"Crossing Over"
Kevin Simnacher/©2013 SimRocker Publishing (BMI). All rights reserved.

A brave young soul who's weary
gets cut down in his prime
All his friends and family
abruptly left behind.
Why did this have to happen?
This question still refrains
They live on with his memory
That's the only thing that remains.

He crossed over the centerline
and he went straight to heaven
crossed over the centerline
and he never came back.
He crossed over the centerline
and entered all eternity
and he never came back!

A wise old soul is weary
from the fullness of her days.
She knows her time is nearing soon
so she cherishes the days.
She's ready as she's gonna be
through faith of what's to come.
She'll miss her friends and family
when her Earthly time is done.

When you cross over the centerline
do you go straight to heaven?
Cross over the centerline
you will never come back.
Cross over the centerline
and enter all eternity
you will never come back.
Track Name: Better Than Before
"BETTER THAN BEFORE”
©2013 Kevin Simnacher
Casting Shadows on the faded past.
Prodigal sons and a fattened calf.
We’re older now.
Wiser now, better than before.
Chances taken on a different path
leads to fortune, but it may not last.
We’re older now.
Wiser now, better than before.
[Inst. interlude]
Some of us left
and some of us stayed.
Each had a different
song they played.
We’re older now.
Wiser now, better than before.
A twist of fate—
a common thread—
has led us home
to mourn our dead.
We’re older now.
Wiser now, better than before.
[Inst. interlude]
[solo section]
A few old friends
from long ago
cross paths once more
in their hearts they know.
They’re older now.
Wiser now, better than before.
A common bond
from a distant past
connect once more
Hope it’s not their last.
We’re older now.
Wiser now, better than before.
Track Name: Unfinished Business
“UNFINISHED BUSINESS”
©2013 Kevin Simnacher
It keeps playin’ in the back of your mind
and it makes you lie awake at night—
no matter what pill you take
you know that something’ just ain’t right.
You tell yourself it’s all in the past
there’s nothing you can say or do—
if ya had a chance to do it over again
you might wind up playin’ a fool.
Unfinished business
Always in the back of your mind
It’s that unfinished business
it can haunt you for the rest of your time.
Drives ya crazy from the inside out
and it rots your soul to the core.
No matter where you run or hide
it festers like an open sore.
You make a vow to try & make it right
but sometimes it just won’t do—
If there’s a next time,
make a better choice—
if ya don’t, you’ll be sure to lose.
Unfinished business
Always in the back of your mind
It’s that unfinished business
it can haunt you for the rest of your time.
Track Name: Groundhog Day
“GROUNDHOG DAY” - ©2013 Kevin Simnacher

It’s a brand-new day
do you feel it comin’?
Seems like we’ve been here before—
Same ol’ stuff
nothing left to say—
You’re stuck in a time-loop
and it’s Groundhog Day.

Feels like you’re always join’ thru the motions
just makin’ all the same mistakes.
Isn’t it time you got off that treadmill
Do you think you have what it takes?

There’s a “ripple-effect”
on a cosmic lake.
You never know the impact
for the choices you make.

It’s a brand-new day
do you feel it comin’?
Seems like we’ve been here before—
Same ol’ stuff
nothing left to say—
You’re stuck in a time-loop
and it’s Groundhog Day.

Do you take the “fast-track” to find time to relax?
Do you work long hours just to pay more tax?
Are ya playin’ it “safe” ‘cause you’re fully insured?
You’re a fast-food junkie, heart attack on the verge…

Time to take a different route.
Eat a different food.
Think a different thought.
It could turn out good.

It’s a brand-new day
do you feel it comin’?
Seems like we’ve been here before—
Same ol’ stuff
nothing left to say—
You’re stuck in a time-loop
and it’s Groundhog Day.

[instrumental bridge]

[guitar solo— (same as a regular verse)]

Chorus (3X with drum fills in-between):
It’s a brand-new day
do you feel it comin’?
Seems like we’ve been here before—
Same ol’ stuff
nothing left to say—
You’re stuck in a time-loop
and it’s Groundhog Day.


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CHORUS







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CHORUSES
Track Name: Are You In or Out?
Are You In or Out? ©2014 Kevin Simnacher

Are you in or are you out?
Why does it really matter?
You can’t do both
so make a choice.
You say you will — but then you don’t.

You’re goin’ thru the motions
You’re taking up valuable space
you better stop wasting both our time
or just get outta my face.

Something seems to be holding you back
Your head’s just not in the game
We’re really getting nowhere, fast
Your commitment is just so lame.

Are you in or are you out?
Why does it really matter?
You can’t do both
so make a choice.
You say you will — but then you don’t.

I just wanna know — where you stand
You know that it just isn’t fair
You’re lyin’ to me & lyin’ to yourself
and it looks like you just don’t care.

I’m hanging out here in limbo
Rev the motor but you’re still in “park”
You can’t decide — you’ve got too much pride
so I’m gonna leave you after dark.

Are you in or are you out?
Why does it really matter?
You can’t do both
so make a choice.
You say you will — but then you don’t.
(repeat chorus)
(end)
Track Name: Wish I'd Known Back Then
WISH I'D KNOWN BACK THEN
Kevin Simnacher©2015 SimRocker Publishing (BMI) All rights reserved.

I could've made better choices
should've followed my heart
There were so many voices
holding me back at the start.

I wish I'd known back then
what I know now
It's better late than never
I'm finally coming 'round.

Wish I'd have taken more risks
wish I'd have had more fun...
bounced back quicker from setbacks
& spent more time in the sun.

I wish I'd known back then
what I know now
It's better late than never
I'm finally coming 'round.

My vision's getting clearer now
as I'm making it past the haze
I have less fear to do what's right
and I'll choose that for the rest of my days.

I wish I'd known back then
what I know now
It's better late than never
I'm finally coming 'round.

It's to bad you can't go back...
well, just do what you can.
Track Name: Over The Hill Again
No lyrics. This is an instrumental tune.
Track Name: Alternate Realities
"Alternate Realities"
Kevin Simnacher/©2016 SimRocker Publishing (BMI) All rights reserved.

Verse 1:
You and I, we aren't so different
relative to time and space
in choosing things that really matter
to this human race.
Behind the veil of a curtain
it's passing in the night.
And you can almost see the flicker
of a distant light.

Chorus:
We're living in alternate realities
we're like 2 ships that pass in the night.
We've both been searching for something
we can hold onto
before our dreams can slip out of sight.

Verse 2:
All the while you're living your life
and I live mine
maybe there will be a day
when our paths will intertwine.

While we both may share
the same space
we're never seeing "eye-to-eye".
We sense there might be something missing
and you're asking why.
Track Name: Play Your Own Game
PLAY YOUR OWN GAME - ©2017 Kevin Simnacher

Verse 1
Every day, every morning
turn off the snooze and turn on the news.
Wake up your head, drink some coffee
you look in the mirror (that’s what you do).
You’re getting older and time goes faster.
Take a deep breath and let go of the stress.
Remember a time when things worked better
back in the days when you were your best.

Chorus
So what’s the big hurry?
What you trying’ to prove?
There’s no need to worry.
You got nothin’ to lose.
You’ve got plenty of time
so don’t let ‘em push you.
There’s no need to hurry.
They’ll be gone when you’re through.

Verse 2
You play by their rules & they take all your money.
You paid up your dues & they give you the screws.
They’re making you pay for your own demise.
Follow your gut - don’t believe in their lies.
Watch what they do - it’s not what they’re saying’.
Search for the clues to keep from the blues.
Make it a choice to use your own brain.
Play your own game. Let you be you.

Chorus
So what’s the big hurry?
What you trying’ to prove?
There’s no need to worry.
You got nothin’ to lose.
You’ve got plenty of time
so don’t let ‘em push you.
There’s no need to hurry.
They’ll be gone when you’re through.

Bridge
It’s time to play your own game.
Not someone else’s.

Instrumental ending.