Escape Into Life

by Tom Ricci

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“Escape into life” is all about great melodies, uncompromising rock and roll vibes and thought-provoking lyrics that add thickness and dimension to every track. From Earth-shattering rockers the likes of “Gave it all to you” to mellow and introspective tunes in the vein of “Don’t give up on yourself”, Tom set out to craft a diverse and accomplished record that will please rock fans of all backgrounds, from discerning underground punk rockers to arena rock fiends.

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released May 12, 2016

Music & Lyrics by: Tom Ricci

Produced & Mixed by: Ed Stasium
Co-Produced by: Tom Ricci
Engineered by: Ed Stasium, Glenn Suravech, Chris Gemora, Alex Degroot, Glenn Clancy, Mark Chen, Sergio Curioso
Partially recorded at Seahorse Sound, Los Angeles, CA
Mastered by: Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, New York, NY

Tom Ricci: Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keys, Synths, Percussion, Bombo(5)
Ed Stasium: Drums(5), Percussion, Backing Vox, Synth(6)
Chris Hoffman: Drums(1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7), Percussion
Chris Gemora: Pre-production demoing, Percussion
Noelle Brown: Backing Vocals(3), Clapping(7)
Taylor Brown: Clapping(7)
Puni Brown: Yelping(4)

Creative Consultant: Eric Maisel
Cover Art Design: Jacob Segerstedt
Photographer: Mark Chen

In addition to everyone mentioned above, I'd also like to give special thanks to Ana Chang, Ray Weston, Sasha, Leo, & Derek Nakamoto, whom without their love, friendship, and support, this album would not have been possible.

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Hailing from Southern California, Tom Ricci is a driven, passionate and charismatic songwriter with a unique approach to his work. His music is a balanced blend of rock and roll energy and deep singer-songwriter lyricism, in the vein of artists the likes of The Replacements, Tom Petty or Neil Young, just to mention a few. ... more

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Track Name: What Are You Saying Man?
I’m confused, don’t understand, what are you saying man?
I’m confused, don’t understand, what are you saying man?

Reflections from your childhood, are clouding up your mind.
Untarnished from the outside,
Yet there’s nothing behind those eyes.

I’m confused, don’t understand, what are you saying man?
I’m confused, don’t understand, what are you saying man?

Imaginary boundaries, you’re fencing yourself in.
Trying to go beyond the trivial,
But you keep on saying the same thing.

I’m confused, don’t understand, what are you saying man?
I’m confused, don’t understand, what are you saying man?

Pick yourself up, pick yourself up.
You can turn it around, you can turn it around.
Do what you love, but don’t do it alone.
Track Name: Tell Me (Who You Want Me To Be)
Tell me what you want, tell me,
What you think of me.
What's been on your mind, tell me,
Won't you let me be.

Tell me what you want, tell me,
I'm not good enough.
Never satisfied, tell me,
Is it all my fault?

I want you to know, that it pains my heart.
I want you to know, that I played my part.
Tell me who you want me to be,
Tell me who you want me to be like.

What can I do? Tell me,
Keep you entertained.
Where d'you wanna go? Just tell me,
For me it's all the same.

'Cause I just rather stay, home and safe tonight.
You can go away, any time you like.
Tell me who you want me to be,
Tell me who you want me to be like.

Tell me more lies, tell me,
'cause I won't find out.
Are you satisfied? Just tell me,
Now you're having doubts.

But I just want to know, how it feels inside?
Do you sleep at night, don't you wanna hide?

Now it's time you should know, that we're not the same.
I can't change who I am, and I'm not to blame.
Everybody can go, back to their own lives!
Just wanna be left alone, please don't ask me why.

Tell me who you want me to be,
Tell me who you want me to be like!
Tell me who you want me to be,
Tell me who you want me to be like!
Track Name: Fantasize
I think about hurting myself,
In order to feel alive.
Numb from the mess that you left,
The last time that you came around.

I close my eyes, I fantasize, I feel the high, don’t wanna die, oh no.
I close my eyes, I feel it now, I see the light, I fantasize, oh yeah.

My head rings from all that you said,
Now shut your mouth and let me sing.
You tell me you’re so sorry,
Well that’s ok.

I close my eyes, I fantasize, I feel the high, don’t wanna die, oh no.
I close my eyes, I feel it now, I see the light, I fantasize, oh yeah.
Track Name: Gave It All To You
My time is your time, do anything you want with it.
Your tongue in my mouth, stay as long as you want in it.
Been addicted to your spell, 24/7.
Gave control of the well, I gave you everything.

I gave it all to you! I gave it all to you!
I gave it all to you! I gave it all to you!

Been standing long in line, before I got my turn.
Everyone pairing up, didn't seem so absurd.
Now I feed them every day, portions of fiction.
Even I believe my lies, so there's no deception.

I gave it all to you! I gave it all to you!
I gave it all to you! I gave it all to you!

Anything you want, anything that you need.
Anything you ask, I gave it all to you!

It's been quite some time; that I make no decisions.
I've handed over the reins, of my destination.
The dreams I had of you, never came to fruition.
Dropped the ball long ago, 'cause I lacked the ambition.

I gave it all to you! I gave it all to you!
I gave it all to you! I gave it all to you!
Track Name: Doomed From The Start
Repeated disappointments get harder to ignore,
Been rolling with the punches, but I want something more.
(I’ve) been doing the heavy lifting, since the day I let you in.
Kept getting knocked unconscious, time and time again.

Maybe we were doomed from the start, doomed, doomed.
Maybe we were doomed from the start, doomed, doomed.

Late hours at the office, at home is getting tense,
Attempted conversations, all end up in defense.
I keep lying to others, am I lying to myself?
Came to the realization, you were into someone else.

Maybe we were doomed from the start, doomed, doomed.
Maybe we were doomed from the start, doomed, doomed.

Should have seen it coming,
Should have known instinctively.
But I feel much happier now.
Better alone, than in bad company.

Maybe we were doomed from the start, doomed, doomed.
Maybe we were doomed from the start, doomed, doomed.
Track Name: Don't Give Up On Yourself
Because the only thing we have to fear, is fear itself...

Fear is here, when he’s near, I feel fear.
Fear is here, when he’s near, I feel fear.

I lied awake in bed, I craved to numb the pain,
Had been building up for years.
Felt that I couldn’t wait, though it’s never too late,
To forgive and end the hate.
Struggling with my breath, tears running down my face,
I tried to gather strength.

But before the end of days, an angel came my way,
And this is what she said:

Don’t give up on yourself, today.
Don’t give up on yourself, today.

Fear is here, when he’s near, I feel fear.
Fear is here, when he’s near, I feel fear.

Don’t give up on yourself, today.
Don’t give up on yourself, today.
Don’t give up on yourself, Don’t give up on yourself!
Don’t give up on yourself, Don’t give up on yourself!
Don’t give up on yourself, just give it another day.
Don’t give up on yourself, it’s worth it for you to stay.

Don’t give up on yourself, don’t give up on yourself!
Don’t give up on yourself, don’t give up on yourself!

Fear is here, when he’s near, I felt fear.
Track Name: You Can Have it!
Turn you fears into a ladder, climb out of the rut.
Let them fuel that inner fire, passion in your gut.

If you want it, you can have it.
Feel it, it’s all yours.

Be determined as a child; scrambling on a bike.
Don’t depend on any other, pedal ‘till you take flight!

If you want it, you can have it. Feel it, it’s all yours.
If you want it, you can have it. Mean it, it’s all yours!

Find your strengths and hidden powers; hone them with resolve.
Life is never kind to cowards, get out there; be bold!

If you want it, you can have it. Mean it, it’s all yours.
If you want it, you can have it. Believe it, it’s yours!

So put it on yourself, and nobody else, go for it and do it.
Life is what you make, even your regrets, go ahead and do it!
Yeah, yeah, yeah!

If you want it, you can have it!