BETWEEN US, Vol. 1: YOU

by Stephen Bard

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1.
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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
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
5.
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
6.
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
7.
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
8.
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
9.
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
10.
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?
11.
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
12.
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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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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