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Two Suitcases

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Two Suitcases

All these pictures bring back faded revery
But who’s this person, the one who made those memories?
Are you caught inside a picture frame
Or lost behind a window pane?

All these boxes filled with fragments from the past
Buried treasure she hoped would make the moments last
and now you’re trapped behind these plaster walls
Thinking maybe you were better off

With just two suitcases
And that rusty beat-up car
Two suitcases
And time to stare up at the stars
How these paths diverged so suddenly
Did I choose this or did it choose me?
Guess I’ll let those two suitcases be

Through these windows, there are marigolds in bloom
A mother’s present from a child who grew too soon
They explode upon these fields of green
And remind me of all these eyes have seen

This old piano, all the stories it could tell
About little fingers casting their first spells
I can almost hear those melodies
But I’m too lost in thoughts of what could be


Always speaking in past tenses
Peeking through the fences
Thinking of jumping to the other side
The grass there might look greener
‘Cause here the shade’s much deeper
I'll see it when I open my eyes
And then I’ll find a way to just put aside

Those two suitcases
and that rusty beat up car
Two suitcases
From here I still can see the stars
And I’ll cherish all those memories
Ya know they’ll always be a part of me
But it’s time to love the life I lead
And let those two suitcases be


from Two Suitcases, released November 16, 2019
Music and lyrics by Joshua Fialkoff

Joshua Fialkoff – vocals, piano, keyboards, claps
Ross Bellenoit – guitars, keyboards, percussion, vocals
Matt Keppler – bass guitar, double–bass
Alex Maio – drums
Nicole Tranquillo – vocals

Orchestration by Ross Bellenoit
Elliot Bild – trumpet
Hailey Brinnel – trombone
Korey Riker – saxophone

Ryan Calloway - album cover
Devon Rowland - photography

Produced by Ross Bellenoit
Mixed by Doug Raus
Recorded and mastered by Sean Svadlenak
Additional recording by Jeff Hiatt and Doug Raus
Recorded and mixed at Turtle Studios, Philadelphia


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Joshua Fialkoff Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Josh Fialkoff has been blending his smoky voice and soulful instrumentals for audiences since 2006. His music features a refreshing take on both traditional blues and jazz music as well as modern songs, and his arrangements blend these influences in a way that is neither stale nor abstract. ... more

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