BETWEEN US, Vol. 2: ME

by Stephen Bard

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1.
Be With Me 02:42
Be with me in these deep silences Be with me Be with me No one needs to know The world is draped in shadow and violence Lord I need you so I need you so Be with me when the moon shines in Be with me Be with me No one needs to know The world is wrenched with terror and rife with sin Lord I need you so I need you so There’s a hole here ever widening Not big enough for all of you But small enough to hold me oh so tight I feel you deep within me Whatever you can give me is all I need tonight
2.
Hawk of a man with a bill in his hand Sucking all the good seed out of the land You don’t need to read the feed to understand And the world goes round Chopping down trees in the dirty breeze Dropping down a deep freeze overseas He says, “Hey I’m the big cheese and I can do what I please.” And the world goes round And I’m in love with you pretty baby Everything you do just drives me crazy But then again look at you, how could you blame me? I’m in love I’m in love I’m in love and the beat is strong Just want to move with you all night long We could just groove right into the dawn Baby come on baby come on Peeping Tom with a CDRom Learning how to make his own atomic bomb Sheep don’t sleep just trying to keep calm And the world goes round Chat is at an all time high disgrace A rat shouldn’t ever run the human race We got a flat screen face trying to fatten the space And the world goes round You say the sun is a she I must say indeed I do agree Giving all the light she can She’s too warm to be a man You say the earth’s her sister I want the men who’ve twisted her She’ll still be coming round long after they’re all in the ground Awed by the size of a baby’s eyes She smiled at her daddy and he’s hypnotized A universe of love he never realized And the world goes round Bigger than a name, bigger than the game Bigger than the bang from which everything came When we gonna realize we’re all the same? And the world goes round
3.
So I'm alone here again And I'm damned if I trust you Damned if I don't Just you wait You'll wait for me to come and I won't There will be a time when I won't So I'm the fool here again And I'm damned if I'll stay here Damned if I won't Every single day here i wait for you to change and you don't There will be a time when I won't You tell me that you love me You're always thinking of me And somewhere in your heart you mean it too But I can see it in your face You've grown quite fond of your space Who wouldn't want to have their cake and eat it too?
4.
Fourteen 04:13
You kiss like the summer when I was 14 I never felt so dirty, I never felt so clean Don't get me wrong There ain't nothing 14 about what we've just done But I'm nervous and sweaty and feeling so dumb Feeling so dumb And ain't that how it feels when you're 14 Tonight on the couch I just had to laugh You took all my worries and cut them in half Don't get me wrong I'm still worried some secret will steal you away Oh there's so many words and they're so hard to say And ain't that how it feels when you're 14 Ain't that how it feels? Flying so high I don't want to come down Falling so hard with my feet off the ground So shout it from the rooftops down to the street I must be in love, I can't sleep, I can't eat Don't get me wrong I should be fast asleep after what we've just done But I'm fixed on the moon with my mind on the run My mind on the run And ain't that how it feels when you're 14
5.
Woe Is Me 04:37
We finally did what I've been hoping we'd do For so long now and now we're done And it's abundantly clear that you don't appear To think that it was very much fun Woe is me So now as we reach that dreadful moment When you say we have to talk I can hardly believe that soon you will leave And I will never see you naked again Woe is me I love you Thinking of you No one above you For the rest of eternity I adore you Aching for you No one before you For the rest of eternity Woe is me
6.
Mountains piling up Shovels digging deep Puppets making promises you know they’ll never keep And while I usually can It seems tonight I just can’t sleep I don’t know what to do with myself Why don’t I light up some candles? Grab a hold of these handles You could diffuse many dramas If you’d just lose those pajamas I ain’t gonna lie to you baby I always feel much better when we’re naked I ain’t gonna lie to you baby You might think I’m crazy but I always feel much better whenever we’re naked Blue television light stirring up my brain A double shot of espresso in a mugful of insane A wired imagination is a runaway train The wheels feel like they’re gonna fly off Now I don’t want to barrage you But I would love to massage you Make it like the Bahamas Please let’s take off these pajamas I ain’t gonna lie to you baby I always feel much better when we’re naked I know I haven’t cried to you lately Though there’s plenty times I feel I just can’t take it I ain’t gonna try to convince you That the best thing we could do right now is make it But I ain’t gonna lie to you baby You might think I’m crazy but I always feel much better whenever we’re naked
7.
I’m in big trouble I’m in big trouble Worst I ever knew Don’t know what to do I’m in big trouble Big trouble ‘Cause I, I’m in love with you At first I didn’t want you So hard to admit But I knew you were the best thing I was ever gonna get Now I want you so bad Girl, I’m gonna go mad I’m in big trouble You don’t feel it too I’m in big trouble I’m in big trouble Worst I’ve ever known Feel so all alone I’m in big trouble Big, big trouble ‘Cause I, I’m in love with you Won’t you look at what God gave us? I keep asking Him to save us But there’s no answer here Only pain and fear You keep mentioning another Are you speaking of my brother? One thing I know for sure He ain’t my brother no more
8.
I will bear myself in front of you now The only thing that I can think to do now is to put it all aside Between us from all this miscommunication Lies such a grand canyon of frustration What can I do to cross the great divide? Thought it would bend but now it’s breaking I can see you on the other side It comes out wrong again and sets your eyes on fire The rapids rushed and raging, the river deep and wide Still I would never desert you Even if you hurt me or I hurt you across the great divide I believe that we could co-exist together If we learn to turn and twist together, it’s the magic carpet ride Can’t you see the effort I’ve been making? Failure is the risk I’m always taking But I’d risk it all to cross the great divide Thought I was clean but now I’m learning I can see the enemy is pride It comes out so mean and sets your tongue on fire The words are sharp and burning, they brand us deep inside But I will always choose you So baby please don’t let me lose you across the great divide I wake up in the morning with it all on my mind There’s nowhere I can run and there ain’t nowhere to hide No matter what I say or what I try to pretend I’m as guilty of this shit as much as anyone I said the truth lies somewhere in between And that’s all well and good for some bogus Hollywood scene The reality is that I’m still a slave to my fears And the truth is always there in between everyone’s ears It’s just whether or not you want to face it yourself I can’t blame the things I’ve done upon anybody else So it’s time that I just looked you baby straight in the eyes And tell you that I’m sorry – I’m so sorry, babe
9.
Feeling so right on the wrong side of town High as a kite, it was all crashing down A hand that I couldn't win, a heathen soul left for dead It was all closing in, you showed up instead So thank you for saving my life Reeling from trouble Man I couldn't find my feet You don't know which way is up Face down in the street Ain't no thing such as balance Out on the edge I'm just so lucky you climbed out when you did So thank you for saving my life I was dead in the water in the deep of the night A lamb to the slaughter, asleep on a knife It all was a struggle, nothing was right Until the glorious day you came and turned on the light Thank you for saving my life Now I know there's angels, devils too You said they're all really angels 'Cause they all can teach you There's nobody smarter in this world that I see Without you in my corner, who knows where I'd be? So thank you for saving my life
10.
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 bound Running from the mystery we've 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 I'm glad I ran into you 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 the honeymoon? Down the aisle in January Down the drain in June
11.
Those men over there have a brand new machine Sleek and it's smooth, ain't like nothing I seen This thing I got here, well it's lost most its sheen God knows it won't take me that fast And they're coming up over the hill with their plans Shouting about progress and making demands Where once was a field a city now stands My pa said the frontier was something incredibly vast Now it's a thing of the past Well he waited 'til every penny was spent Said the new trend would pass and the storm would relent Took it off of the shelf and out back he went All I heard was a lone shotgun blast Some people can see it before it arrives Others resist for what's left of their lives The ones who embrace are the ones who survive And why is a question that wasted his breath when he asked Now he's a thing of the past Oh change is the way of the world And you know that it's just because But how do you avert it when you know you prefer it The way you remember it was? We carried the stones that stood in our way Never knew why there were so many each day You'd think it'd get lighter the longer you stay 'Til you're crushed under all that's amassed Now I'm lost at a crossroads searching for clues How to bypass these black holes that fill up with blues Man I thought I were winning, no way we could lose Could've sworn it was real Could've sworn it was going to last Now it's a thing of the past
12.
I was thinking about the world and how all of us boys and girls Are just doing the best we can to follow somebody else’s plan Yet nobody really knows how the story really goes Until it's tearing you to bits You're scared out of your wits and you're ready to call it quits I had to stop right there and then 'cause it was going dark again I don’t like the things I’m tending to find In the void at the edge of my mind I think I know I mean ah yes – It’s an ocean of nothingness I'm standing alone on the shore and it’s shaking me to the core I don't know who put it there It's almost more than I can bear 'Cause no matter how I grow or how far or long I go It always just seems to know That I'm a prisoner of war and the want for something more And the fear of gaining sight or going blind In the void at the edge of my mind Couldn't you give me a break? I'm a good boy for heaven's sake Couldn't you show me a clue as to how someone might break through? I know I know I know – Life is so beautiful no matter what I say But every night and day, something’s in the way I just want to be OK, OK? I was thinking about the fact that you can't take nothing back And no matter how you live and no matter how much you give You’re always living with a fear It's the deal with being here So I took a walk outside thinking it might be best The sky was blue and wide, the sun setting in the west My lungs electrified, the wind inside my chest For a moment I was free of all the insecurity And the yearning inside of me undefined in the void I’m trying hard not to forget it hasn’t fully got me yet I’m just praying to God I don’t get left behind In the void at the edge of my mind
13.
My baby she loves Nicky Million I never knew love like this before He came around one afternoon She'd already made up her room 'Fore I knew it, she was out the door Running out to see him like a newly sprouted fawn I'm left here standing at the door My baby she loves Nicky Million I never knew love like this before What am I gonna do if he don't treat her right? Someone might be going in the ground tonight She got blue eyes shining like the ocean Forever deep, breaking on the shore She got a baby sister too Holds her like a kangaroo They go bouncing up and down the floor And he's out there playing on our next door neighbor's lawn Kicking things he just got from the store My baby she loves Nicky Million I never knew love like this before

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Followup to BETWEEN US, Vol. 1: YOU.
Predecessor to BETWEEN US, Vol. 3: THE OTHER HALF.

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released December 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 011.

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