BETWEEN US, Vol. 1: YOU

by Stephen Bard

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Followup to CARAMELANCHOLYFLOWER.
Predecessor to BETWEEN US, Vol. 2: ME.

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released November 23, 2017

Written, Arranged, Produced and Performed by Stephen Bard.
Recorded and Mixed by Ryan Ball and Stephen Bard.
Remastered by Stephen Bard.

Copyright 2014, 2017. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Music (ASCAP).
Daily Natural Alternative Records. DNA 010.

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Track Name: The Truth Lies Somewhere In Between
I guess it's time at last to say hello again
And clear the cobwebs out of the machine
Was either tired of the grind or uninspired by my mind
The truth of course lies somewhere in between

But as long as you're alive you know shit happens
No matter how you try to keep it clean
it's either someone else's shame
Or maybe you're the one to blame
The truth of course lies somewhere in between

Oh I really can't believe we ended up here
Remembering a garden so serene
Was it heaven in the story or some kind of purgatory?
The truth of course lies somewhere in between

I'm in love but I'm also in a spiral
Heading down a hole in the latrine
On one hand deep affection
On the other disconnection
The truth of course lies somewhere in between

She's the hardest in this world to prove a point to
With the softest skin these eyes have ever seen
I either love her more than life itself
Or hate her like nobody else
The truth of course lies somewhere in between

Oh it's so hard to comprehend adult betrayal
Especially from the blind ideals of youth
It was spring and thick as thieves
Now it's blown as autumn leaves
Somewhere in between lies the truth

With friends like you I don't really need enemies
The most trusted knight vying for the queen
Were you scheming all the while
Or was it loyal in denial?
The truth of course lies somewhere in between

So i guess it's time at last to say goodbye my friend
And pay the man in the long black limousine
For years you were an answer
Now you've turned into a cancer
The truth of course lies somewhere in between

Oh I can't deny my confidence is shaken
I pray a force on high will intervene
Comes down to faith in the aloof
Or waiting desperately for proof
The truth of course lies somewhere in between
Track Name: Either Way We Win Or Lose
Started up this conversation centuries ago
Now somehow continuing despite more ebb than flow
I know you love me more than even I could ever know
Even so I still get the blues
So lately I've been feeling like I'm living on the edge of a knife
Never thought I'd be a fool for anyone let alone my wife
The pinch is that without her I don't see much point in life
Either way we win or lose

When I was young I never ever thought it come to this
Nightly on the precipice above the abyss
Discovering unloving truths inside a liar's kiss
This I'd skip if I could choose
And the trader's round the corner holding tight on to the rod
Things got so way out of hand they had to call the Brute Squad
He says, "I'm just the way God made me
And I don't even believe in God..."
Either way we win or lose

Pulled my head out of the oven
Pushed the gun aside
Thought for just one moment
What would happen if I died?
Everybody knows it's tough
With everything we're given
It'll all be over soon enough
Might as well keep living

Either way we win or lose

Faith is like a trash can on the curb without a lid
And the student believes more than the teacher ever did
Banging on the board behind which everything is hidden
Then again, this isn't news
So lately I've been trying to maybe better comprehend
Why the game takes such a toll
And how a soul might still ascend
Even in the faces of the fact you can't pretend
Things you've done ain't left a bruise
'Cause I know the things I've done
And I've a feeling you can see
Up their with your son who holds the key supposedly
Maybe I'll do better but the end reality
is either way
Either way we win or lose
Track Name: You Don't Have To Feel So Good About It
It's over babe
I know you're relieved
I guess you never loved me
Though that's what I believed
And I as I turn to go, I see the hint of a smile
You wouldn't want to send me without it

Honey put the gun down
You know I'm gone
Put that knife away, girl, I'm moving on
Honey honey honey I know this is for real
But you don't have to feel so good about it

I might have done you wrong
I might have done you right
I guess it doesn't matter as I slink into the night
And on the edge of my tears
I see the glint in your eye
You're free and you just want to shout it

It's over babe although I still must confess
I wish you every possible happiness
And maybe one day this will all fade away
The way you look tonight I doubt it
Track Name: You Never Change
In the morning the sun creeps up
Our charity pledge is still stoned
Drinking turpentine from a wooden cup
Smoking fraternity bone

You never change
You always say you will but you never change
You never change
i always think you will

In the evening the sun sinks low
And damn it you're still on my mind
You promise no more trouble at the rodeo
But then high up on that horsey you climb

You never change
You always say you will but you never change
You never change

You must think I'm a fool
And everybody knows in the neighborhood
And it's cruel
I wish I never met you, you do me no good
I really would forget you if I only could
I love you so I let you, you do me no good
Track Name: You Got The Open Road Now, Babe
You got the open road now, babe
Sat in that fucking traffic for an hour and a half
You got the open road now, babe
So ridiculous you had to laugh
You got the open road now, babe
Ain't nothin' gonna stand in your way
You got the open road now, babe
You got somewhere to go and something to say

Ain't nothin' like the highway
Stretching out all wild and free
Ain't nothin' like the highway
Exactly where you ought to be

You got the open road now, babe
You got the window rolled down and the radio on
You got the open road now, babe
Yeah I woke up this morning, you were already gone
You got the open road now, babe
Ain't nothin' rolling down on either side
You got the open road now, babe
I hope you're feeling satisfied

Ain't nothin' like the highway
Stretching out all wild and free
Ain't nothin' like the highway
I'm thinking that we're history

You got the open road now, babe
It's time you got some peace of mind
You got the open road now, babe
Don't even matter that you left me behind

Ain't nothin' like the highway
To put some distance between you and the past
Ain't nothin' like the highway
When it's open and you're going real fast
Ain't nothin' like the highway
And even though you know it ain't gonna last
You got the open road now, babe
You got the open road now, babe
Track Name: Pay For It Later
Never seen a string of winters like these
Pretty hard to make it snow when it's 50 degrees
It's probably too good to be true
Maybe even too great
Better enjoy it now
You're gonna pay for it later

The scene at the bar is as loose as it gets
You're even digging on the cheap perfume and cigarettes
It's clear she's a freak and how
The way she swallows the bait
Better enjoy it now
You're gonna pay for it later

Does anybody ever learn anything
Or do we all keep spinning around?
That kind of honey don't matter when you're deep in the ground

Hey you hog on the hill making and breaking all the rules
Binging on the bacon while you're bailing out the fools
You say it'll trickle down
We'll just have to wait
Better enjoy it now
You're gonna pay for it later

Does anybody ever learn anything
Or do we all keep spinning around?
That kind of money don't matter when you're deep in the ground
That kind of money doesn't matter six deep in the ground
Track Name: Great Expectations
You were young
You knew it all
So sure you would do it all
Don't great expectations yield disappointment?
I'm sorry you're not the star
You seem to think you are
Don't great expectations yield disappointment?

Where is the faith now?

It's so weird to look in the mirror
There was no fear, there was no doubt
Just a puzzle now that gets no clearer
You're having trouble working it out

You want love and affection
She got the love baby, wrong direction
Don't great expectations yield disappointment?
I'm sorry you're not the one
She wants when she's done
You know great expectations yield disappointment

Where is the faith now?

Used to like what you saw in the mirror
You didn't treasure what you found
It's tombstone blues as the night draws nearer
Maybe the new day will turn it around

You were young, you knew it all
Most days now it's just screw it all
Don't great expectations yield disappointment?
I'm sorry it's not the end
You thought it would be, my friend
You know great expectations yield disappointment

Where is the faith now?

Show me the faith Lord
Track Name: Baby Be Strong
Didn't want to write this one
Thought about it all night long
When you're trying to find your way
But you haven't got a clue
You look for me but I'm gone from you
Baby be strong

Don't know what you think is right
Making you think you're wrong
Smoke is in your eyes and they criticize what you choose
You call to me but I don't answer you
Baby be strong

Gonna come a time you feel so alone
Question your faith so far from home
I can't hold you in my arms and make it alright
Blanket you from doubt through a fever in the night
Besieged by foes with faces like friends
Searching for the truth through a lie that never ends
Dispair descends - a thick, foggy murk
Nothing to prescribe because nothing will work
Your mind is a shovel that only digs the hole
Deeper and deeper 'til it empties your soul
No way out and nowhere to hide
So many feelings with no one to confide in
A million miles more and nothing to ride in
Relief don't come no matter what you do
And you call to me but I don't answer you
Baby be strong
Baby be strong
Be strong baby

When you're in darkness
Clutching for air
Look deep in the silence
I'll be there
Track Name: Glad I Ran Into You (In G)
King John fat upon his lofty perch
Eyes on every birdie passing by
He says, "How I love a parade."
He's one hell of a guy
He's got Miss Lucy right beside him
Yeah you'd think she'd have a clue
She got no idea on earth what he's about to do

In a world where we're all running round
Running across the icy ground
Running from ever feeling down
Running from the mystery we found
Running lines and running dares
Running out of time and running scared
Running blind and running mad
From any chance it might go bad
Glad I ran into you

The groom is sweating at the altar
These days it's a 50/50 chance
Better odds than Vegas trouble's looming
Like a cobra in his pants
And the question hangs so heavy
How long, how long the honeymoon?
Down the aisle in January
Down the drain in June
Track Name: All The Patience In The World
A funny thing occurred the year you and I were born
At the dawn of the newly Aquarian age
Soul brother and soul sister so seamlessly torn
You got the goodness and I got the scorn
A marriage of kindness and rage

And what do we now my beautiful little girl
When you've got all the patience in the world?

Oh I try so hard to temper this increasing bad temper
Always it seems I come up a bit short
Given the nature of sour behavior
It's unlikely even with you as my savior
They'll see me in heaven's high court

And what do we do then my beautiful little girl
When you've got all the patience in the world?

Oh I watch you at work and I watch you at play
The closest revealed is a bright summer day

I sit here in silence, in envy and awe
How with mostly a smile you greet life's demands
I know that I have goodness but it comes out so raw
I struggle and stumble, I scratch and I claw
A surgeon without any hands

And what do we do now my beautiful little girl
When you've got all the patients in the world?
What do we do now my beautiful little girl
When you've got all the patience in the world?
Track Name: All Worthwhile
There's a pain in the hole where God should be
I'd have faith but it seems it's not my style
The road is hard and comfort don't come easy
Feel the gravity increase with every mile
But then I see your eyes of the ocean and the sky
Chestnut mountain sage
Blue snowflowers

You make it all worthwhile

On the radio the news is never good
Cannot find a single song along the dial
That makes me feel alive, in tune or understood
Or reminds of when I was a child
But then I hear your voice piercing through the dark
Honey true and wild as the rising sun

You make it all worthwhile

I don't get life and I'll admit it's hard to cope
So much you see these days so frightening or so vile
Folks out of work, out of love or out of hope
Others in debt, in jail, in pain or just denial
Still I'd rather never die
But when the day comes that I do
I will think of you and softly smile

You made it all worthwhile
Track Name: You Don't Fool Me At All
You know you really could have if you'd wanted to
Thrown out all those paper clowns that taunted you
Blown out all those melodies that haunted you
But you waited in your bungalow too long
And now you're in a fishbowl feeding on regret
Your nosy neighbors come by sometimes and watch you sweat
They get some vicarious thrill eyeing you trying to forget
The fact you let it go so very wrong

But you don't fool me at all
No you don't fool me at all
You try to keep it locked up inside
That sweaty mix of shame and pride
That blinds you to the writing on the wall
You don't fool me at all

The plans you made were bigger than you thought at first
The act should go without a hitch if well rehearsed
But it's not enough to just figure that the bubble won't ever burst
Even when the pressure's on that strong
And now you're left with a broken bag and an ugly mess
A cheap excuse and the memory of some deep caress
Faith like that is more like suicide I guess
Especially when you're playing them along

But you don't fool me at all
No you don't fool me at all
You keep your sins all to yourself
in that diary up on the shelf
But you ache so much for somewhere else to scrawl
And you don't fool me at all

Those freaks they knock upon your door come Halloween
But you're by far the freakiest they've ever seen
Standing there with your goblet full of Listerine
And the scratchings of some nearly finished song
But everyone involved knows it will never be
Performed for all the world to hear collectively
No it'll go unfinished in your dungaree
Along with all the other scraps gone wrong

But you don't fool me at all
No you don't fool me at all
You paid your dues, you even grew
That fire burns inside of you
But you don't know where to go or who to call
And you don't fool me at all

Yeah she was all you ever pictured love could be
Nurtured you until you couldn't even see
Stayed through every heartbreaking catastrophe
When your ego watched her dance and rang the gong
But there are insults even saints cannot abide
And if you're such a genius why couldn't you decide
Whether or not to take that beauty as your bride?
Yeah you figured just keep stringing her along

But you don't fool me at all
No you don't fool me at all
You knew she was the best you'd find
Still you couldn't keep your mind off
Every single never-ending behind you could ball
You don't fool me at all

The battlefield is strewn with broken carriages
The refuse and remains of long fought marriages
And the surviving children see how it disparages
Any hope that might ever get along
With anyone who even makes it past their thorny gate
The overwhelming impulse is to fear and wait
Until the line is shattered between love and hate
And the left no longer know what's right or wrong

But you don't fool me at all
No you don't fool me at all
You blame it on the love brigade
The parts mommy and daddy played
And all those rushing ins and walking outs that made you crawl
But you don't fool me at all

The night drops like a body falling a bridge
Robotically you fetch some coldcuts from the fridge
You don't know if it's poverty or privilege
And the shame within comes bubbling up real strong
The bags collect like garbage now beneath your eyes
From all the trash encountered on the compromise
The fact you sucked some tit offers no consolation prize
Nor does this overblown and underwhelming song

Yeah but you don't fool me at all
No you don't fool me at all
You feel like you've been left to rot
The emperor that time forgot
You're just like Bonaparte Napoleon but not as tall
And you don't fool me at all

Now you say you're ready for your punishment
You're headed off where all the others like you went
It's name is Still Anonymous and all of time is spent
Playing all these oh so boring songs
Your technicolor world in all its majesty
You say has drained out of your eyes and now you only see
in jaded blues and faded hues of gray reality
So you don't know where your broken dream belongs

Yeah but you don't fool me at all
No you don't fool me at all
So what the world chose not to squeal
Hysterics over your appeal
That doesn't mean you have to lose your faith and feel so small
The only fool's the fool who takes the fall
And you don't fool me at all

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