Turning Keys | Essentials

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I turn the pages of an empty magazine I watch the time go by, tell me is this a dream I hear your whisper calling from the other room I know it wants you there and I plan to be there soon You can take me where I want to be Take my hand, lead the way I search my mind for thoughts of you Something's wrong, please explain Now I can remember why you left me Now I can remember that you needed me Now I can remember why you left me Now I can remember that you needed me I wasn't there I tear the pages of the empty magazine I pray for someone, someone to set me free I search the room to see what you've left of me All I find are lonely memories and insecurity I can take you where you want to be I'll take your hand, lead the way I fill my mind with thoughts of you Am I the one to blame? Now I can remember why you left me Now I can remember that you needed me Now I can remember why you left me Now I can remember that you needed me I wasn't there Copyright (c) 1992 Eric C. Powell
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Question Why 03:11
Girl did you understand what I meant When I said that you don't see things through In changing your ways you picked a hell of a time In ending it 'tween me and you My heart is calling, my friendship is falling I know you don't see things my way Though we're still friends I feel the love that you send And it hurts at the end of the day How could you cry when you were the one Who found the nerve to say goodbye My heart is failing Do you have to question why? I've seen the ways that you've taken the days And turned them around so unsure It must have been thousands of times that we shouted I'm not saying I'm wanting some more Oh can't you see what you're doing to me When you sit there with love in your eyes I've seen the past and I know it won't last But I wish we could try one more time How could you cry when you were the one Who found the nerve to say goodbye My heart is failing Do you have to question why? Copyright (c) 1992 Eric C. Powell
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Take From Me 03:23
I'm waiting for you To say to me that you love me too I'm waiting for you To come to your senses too All of this time You've been leading me on You've taken it all for granted And all of this time You've been leading me on We're done and I stand empty-handed Take from me What you want from me Take it all tonight Now I know What you want from me I'm too weak to fight I've wanted to see What you've been doing without me I've wanted to see The others you've broken before me All of this time You've been leading 'em on Taking it all for granted And all of this time You've been leading me on It's over and I'm empty-handed (disenchanted) Take from me What you want from me Take it all tonight Now I know What you want from me I'm too weak to fight Copyright (c) 1992 Eric C. Powell
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See my face in the mirror, I see you You are the only one As the image grows clearer, I see blue You are the only one I sold my soul to your heart You are the only one Now I am falling apart You were the only one Found the past in a picture kept away You were the only one Give my soul to have your love today You were the only one I sold my soul to your heart You were the only one Now it just tears me apart Now I'm the only one Now I stare out the window, is this me? Now I'm the only one Sold my soul, will you ever set me free? Now I'm the only one I sold my soul to your heart Now I'm the only one Now I am falling apart I am the lonely one I sold my soul to your heart You were the only one Now it just tears me apart Now I'm the only one Copyright (c) 1992 Eric C. Powell and Andrea L. Powell
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There you are, please follow me I'd like to show you Just what I see in her In this world, can you imagine All the voices calling Reaching out to me, "Let her go" I can't explain things I don't understand Remember our love we once held in our hands Now I've found the way to open up my heart There she goes so beautifully I wish that you could See what I see in her Isn't it a paradoxical Situation that we've wove Between these threads? I love her so I can't explain things I don't understand Remember our love we once held in our hands Now I've found the way to open up my heart Copyright (c) 1992 Eric C. Powell
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Grey Skies 03:47
I remember yesterday and All my times with you And no matter what you say I can't believe that we are through I recall what we both said But I guess promises aren't much these days I love you still and will until I die I remember paradise when We were here together We stared into the blue skies To hide away from others I know it's not something I have done I just want you here, with me love I want you here, I want you now, forever Ooo, I saw grey skies When you said you had to go away But you can make the sun shine If you come and make The grey clouds go away I lie down in the grass And I stare at stars above No one can see the tears in my eyes I've lost another love I don't know what to say to you Except that the love we had was true So don't forget what I meant to you Copyright (c) 1992 Eric C. Powell
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Without You 03:56
So you awaited my long return No longer now do fires burn I can recall a day such as this In all this time, what have I missed? Through every day I stared in your eyes I searched for your soul, so what did I find? Where could I go, how could I see? With passing of time there's no love for me There's a photograph of you And I don't know what to do If I take it to my heart Then I know I can't depart There's a photograph of you And I don't know what to do If I take it to my heart then I just can't find my way without you So it's related, my long return Has shown love can bind, has shown love can burn Look where we are, look where we stand Asking ourselves could this be the end I never counted (the) times I forgave The things you had done, the things you had said I should have known, I should have seen With passing of time, there's no love for me There's a photograph of you And I don't know what to do If I take it to my heart Then I know I can't depart There's a photograph of you And I don't know what to do If I take it to my heart then I just can't find my way without you Copyright (c) 1992 Eric C. Powell
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Her eyes are shining brightness I love the way she talks Her hair is golden brown I love the way she walks Will she still be there waiting for me? Will she call my name? Will she still be waiting for me? Will she feel the same when she's gone? I close my eyes And I fall into a dream My body's pouring sweat And I wake up with a scream Someday, someway I'll return Is the promise that we made Will she be there waiting for me? I already feel the pain Will she still be there waiting for me? Will she call my name? Will she still be waiting for me? Will she feel the same when she's gone? Copyright (c) 1992 Eric C. Powell
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You know sometimes I wonder how we began I never thought that love Could bring this much pain We’ve been told So many times it might end So here we are, We run and we’re fighting again Can’t we see the love that’s deep inside There’s no need for us to run and hide Can’t you hear me calling your name Can’t you hear me calling your name Can’t you hear me calling your name I guess it’s true That love is a two-edged blade But one end cuts And the other teaches the way I’ll never know how my Life would have been other days But I don’t care For as long as you love me I can wait Can’t you hear me calling your name Can’t you hear me calling your name Can’t you hear me calling your name Copyright (c) 1988 Eric C. Powell
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We used to be so young But time has passed us by And I don’t know where it’s gone I remember when we laughed I remember when we cried And the love down deep inside I know the days would pass more slowly Without you by my side I’ve seen the times you’ve cried before me And it hurts down deep inside Maybe once, maybe twice But I know I always hate to See you crying No it won’t suffice To lie back gently while Our love is dying We’re gonna make it And through each others’ eyes We‘ve learned to compromise And keep what’s ours at heart Days will pass us by And though you and I may cry We know we’ve made a start No one ever said that love was easy But if we take it to the heart I know our love will pass the seasons I’ll know we’ll never part Maybe once, maybe twice But I know I always hate to See you crying No it won’t suffice To lie back gently while Our love is dying We’re gonna make it Copyright (c) 1990 Eric C. Powell
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He lies praying in his room A letter smells of sweet perfume He reads the note again A tear falls from his eye He sees her face again They never said goodbye Goodbye’s a word they never knew Never questioned why or when or who Sometimes he calls her name Deep into the night He prays to God and asks Please Lord, tell me why? Why she had to die Tell me why, tell me why Tell me why, tell me why Tell me why, why she had to die Please God, don’t let me dream Of her again tonight Please God, don’t let me dream Of her again tonight Please God, don’t let me dream Of her again tonight Driving home at half past ten He didn’t see the streetlamp then Perhaps a bit too much Perhaps a bit too late The sound of thunder Breaking glass, he looked away The empty corners of his room Hold no promise, only gloom Sometimes he listens close And swears he hears her cry He prays to God and asks Please Lord, tell me why? Why she had to die Tell me why, tell me why Tell me why, tell me why Tell me why, why she had to die Please God, don’t let me dream Of her again tonight Please God, don’t let me dream Of her again tonight Please God, don’t let me dream Of her again tonight He sees the streetlamp every night Sometimes in sleep, sometimes in sight Morning finds them weeping For his body, it lay still There are no questions In his hand, he holds some pills They feel his pain and in the room There is the smell of sweet perfume Copyright (c) 1988 Eric C. Powell

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Turning Keys Essentials is 11 tracks never before available in a remastered digital format. This release features all the tracks from the 1992 Turning Keys sophomore album “Waiting” and the 1990 Turning Keys debut E.P. “Opening Doors."

From an amassment of original songs, the synth pop band was founded in 1989 by members Eric C. Powell, Jeffrey Gonzalez, and Andrea Matthews (now Powell). Turning Keys boasted several lineups over the years. Notably, Shannon O'Keefe (now Parish) joined in 1992 contributing vocals to "Waiting."

Turning Keys received acclaim and popularity in the early 90s at a time when electronic music had gone underground. Despite an anti-electronic sentiment in the music industry, a dedicated fanbase in Southern California gathered in small clubs featuring an array of synth pop, industrial, and techno bands. Turning Keys rose up from this scene sponsoring several Synth Tours and playing for such acts as "A Flock of Seagulls," "Depeche Mode," and "Missing Persons".

Mean Street Magazine wrote, "The synth band is proud to wear its New Romantic-era influences on its sleeve. Elements of Depeche Mode an A Flock of Seagulls creep in a just the right moments." Another review boasted Turning Keys' music as featuring "synths galore, outstanding vocals, and amazing hooks. Not a weak track to be found!"

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released February 1, 2016

Songs on Essentials feature Eric C. Powell on synths and vocals and Jeffrey Gonzalez on synths. Additional vocals by Andrea Matthews (now Powell) and Shannon O'Keefe (now Parish) as noted.

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Eric C. Powell + Andrea Powell are an award-winning indie synthpop synthwave duo.

Eric’s writing and production reflect his signature catchy synth tracks with strong vocals and penetrating lyrics to challenge any listener and delight synth enthusiasts. Andrea’s haunting vocals often express the longing of our hearts while saturating the soul. ... more

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