BETWEEN US, Vol. 3: THE OTHER HALF

by Stephen Bard

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

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released March 21, 2018

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

Copyright 2018. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Music (ASCAP).
Daily Natural Alternative Records. DNA 012.

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Track Name: Peace In Our Time
See them walking in their 3 piece monkey suit
So highly civilized, so worldly recognized
Shaking hands for all the photo opportunity
Tonight on MSNBC and CNN and
Peace in our time is just a joke on all the Chamberlains
Who actually believe that you could reason with a lunatic
It's not a question now of whether there would be a revolution
It's just a question now of when

Feed the democracy
Starve the bureaucracy
Peace in our time
Ban the hypocrisy
No aristocracy
Peace in our time

You want to stop the wolf?
Well all you have to do is feed the hungry people
Who don't know peace, who don't know music in the street
Who don't know what it's like to listen to The Beatles
How lame
You want to stop the wolf?
You give 'em Rock and Roll and baseball
Tell the men to stop mistaking slavery as love
And while you're at it,
Tell the women that the world is really theirs
And never should they have to walk in shame

Feed the democracy
No aristocracy
Peace in our time
Show what a woman's worth
Make all the men give birth
Peace in our time

When I was young I used to hear them on the TV
Going on and on and on about the never-ending winter
The nightmare image of an old and broken mustache
With a finger on a button in a bunker underneath the sea
And now they're saying they've discovered proof inside the DNA
That everybody is essentially genetically the same
If that's the case then I for one feel really quite relieved
Because it means most people they just want to live in peace

Show what a woman's worth
Make all the men give birth
Peace in our time
Stifle the enemy with alternate energy
Peace in our time
End all the poverty and you know there's got to be
Peace in our time

Put up a sign for peace in our time
Track Name: Smile On A Girl
I don't really want to be a superstar
Don't need to drive a flash expensive car
Don't want to travel very far from where I call my home
I don't need to know the meaning of everything
Or go where the scene's real happening
Or be some spoiled all-colorful media king
On a gold and platinum throne

All i want to do is sing that song
That puts a smile on a girl
Get into the mouth of a girl with my song

I don't really want to run for president
Can't help but feel a little hesitant
Don't really trust the government
Don't think I ever could
I don't want to work the big machinery
Don't want to blow apart the scenery
Don't want to devastate the greenery
Or nuke the neighborhood

All i want to do is sing that song
That puts a smile on a girl
Get into the mouth of a girl with my song

All I want to do is sing that song
I happily will do it all night long if you want me to
All I want to do is sing that song
That puts a smile on a girl
Track Name: The Baggage Car
The man in the ring across from me
Likes making time with strangers
The girl right next to him
Breathes a little too hard from the rush
Johnny Junk Runner is finally going home now
And Betty Bag Lady is collecting coins for God knows what

The baggage car is slipping off the track
No one says a word except the drunk in back
And he just rambles on about a boy in Hackensack
Oh no, I don't think I'm going to sleep tonight

Broadway Rae is looking way too thin and tired
Mom's still glad she came home for holiday
Rae's washed up but she can still stick it right to Jimmy
"You're a mama's boy, Jim, and everybody thinks you're gay."

The baggage car is slipping off the track
No one says a word about Daddy's six pack
And he just rambles on about the Teamsters and Iraq
Oh no, I don't think I'm gonna sleep tonight

Sister Rae's so filled with rage, she got no room for food
She's just like Dad
She really loves him but she sure don't like herself
Brother Jim is shy like Mom
He and Rae just don't get on
Where I'm from is harder to explain
Must be way back on the train

The man on the couch across from me is snoring very loudly
Rae is gone, you know she left in quite a huff
Jim and me and Ma just sit around playing Palace
Pretending everything's OK like that's enough

The baggage car is slipping off the track
No one says a word although the hull's about to crack
The snow outside is virgin white
The sky is starless bible black
Oh no, ain't no way I'm gonna sleep tonight

The baggage car is slipping way off track
And no one says a word
It's either love or lunacy that keeps me coming back
I don't know, but I don't think I'm going to sleep tonight
Track Name: I Don't Got You (I Don't Feel Good)
I got my starched white button down
A jeep to cruise me into town
A job that could pay both of our bills
I got a boat sitting in a dock
A future sitting in a stock
My eye upon this house in the hills

But I don't got you
No I don't got you
And while it's not as though my choices are few
Still I don't got you

I got a suite at the Marriott Marquis
And that's not all I got
Just name the club, I'm there VIP
I got a six week paid vacation
Any time in any nation
i don't make no difference to me

'Cause I don't got you
No I don't got you
And how to get you, girl, I don't have a clue
Said I don't got you

I got this friend who says I'm losing it baby
You know we used to go out cruising it baby
It just ain't that fun anymore
I'm waking up each morning with my head on the floor

I got this woman who would be my wife
The rest of her entire life
I'm talking 'bout some 36D
She's as hot as she is elegant
MIT intelligent
It don't make no difference to me

'Cause I don't got you
No I don't got you
I'm sitting here dejected and blue
'Cause I don't got you

It's not as though my choices are few
How to get your ass I don't have a clue
I don't know what the hell I'm gonna do
'Cause I don't got you

You walked in and ruined everything
Track Name: The Hard Way
Maybe you get what you want
Maybe you get what you need
Maybe you don't get either
It ain't guaranteed
Maybe you don't know the difference
Maybe you do and you don't admit it
Maybe you hold on 'cause you got nothing else
It'll kill you to quit it

Either way it's turning
Ain't nobody learning 'less it's the hard way

Maybe I sold us out
Though the memory endures
Maybe i lost what was mine
So fixed on what was yours
Maybe I didn't know the difference
Between what's right and what is wrong
Maybe I tripped on what was short
'Cause I knew I couldn't go long

Either way it's burning
Ain't nobody learning 'less it's the hard way

I know I bitched and bitched
About all the time I thought I was doing
Sometimes the road to recovery
Feels like just a road to ruin
Trying to win your heart, baby
All I've done is lose my mind
The truth is hard
But if you look hard enough for it
Damn sure ain't too hard to find

Maybe you get what you want
Maybe you get what you need
Maybe you don't get either
But if at first you don't succeed
You can always try again
With somebody more in sync
Maybe I think too much
At least I think that what I think

Either way it's turning
Lord knows I am learning the hard way
Either way it's burning
Lord knows I am learning the hard way
Track Name: I Went Back To The Devil
I went back to the devil having been there once or twice
Your mind it starts to wander trapped in paradise
Now I can't tell you why an honest man would have such doubt
I went back to the devil - he chewed me up and spit me out

Love only love only love

I went back to the devil with a heartache full of lust
And I saw the wicked panic as their kingdoms fell to dust
The slaves were round the fountain scrambling to get their fill
I went back to the devil - he fixed my vein and broke my will

Love only love only love

I went back to the devil 'cause I thought I'd seen it all
Gone without a face or trace
I couldn't hear the call
And now I'm on my back without an ally or a friend
And I wonder if my fair-weathered faith will reach the end
Track Name: I Think I've Seen Enough
I think I've seen enough to know that she don't love me anymore
I think I've seen enough to show our parting was inevitable
I mean I just walked in
The prick was deep within her skin
She was cold and it was rough
I think I've seen enough

I think I've seen enough to know
They'd break me if they had the chance
I think I've seen enough to show
It takes more than just a little song and dance
The judges tire quick
They need their daily fix of power, greed and lust
I think I've seen enough

I'm thinking maybe that I wanna buy a ring for you
I'm thinking maybe I could do just anything for you
I'm thinking maybe you're a queen and I'm the king for you
I'm thinking maybe there's a baby I could bring for you

I think I've seen enough to know he's not the one you're waiting for
I think I've seen enough to show that look in your eyes
Says you're not sure
All I know is
When the walls we're crashing down
And the dam was broken through
And the colors of my shame came bleeding out
That's when I turned to you

I think I've seen enough to know
You're the one I should be keeping with
I think I've seen enough to show
You're the one I should be sleeping with
Every night darling
Your eyes are made of sky
Mine are made of earth
I think I finally understand what this truth is worth
Don't want any others love
I think I've seen enough
Track Name: H
Joey B. and Jaime
One and only friends
Hung down by the station
Joint coming to an end
Don't want to see a movie
They're all crap anyway
Going down to the city
Score ourselves some H
Going down to the city
A push is all it takes

And Joey said, "My old man threw me out again.
He needs someone to blame.
I can't see eye to eye with him.
We're just too much the same."
"Is that how you got your eye that way?"
Jaime asked him in the rain
"He has like six too many and talking ain't his game.
We're just too much the same."

Going down to the city
Score ourselves some H
Going down to the city
The whole thing's just a pain

"I'd hang with you forever and hold hands in the rain."
They huddled close together
The 11:15 train
"All this pain inside me, Jaime.
I can't even explain.
I feel like I'm dying.
I don't feel anything."

Joey B. and Jaime
One and only friends
Shot up in the alley
Jaime just fell asleep there
Her Joey at her knees
The last thing that he ever said was,
"Sailing on a breeze...I'm sailing on the breeze..."
Track Name: Euphoria Song
You know I had to praise the sun
For I discovered she was much brighter than me
Had to praise the moon for all her gravity
And her hold upon me
Turned round and raised my hands in tribute to the sky
And all her paintings
Bent down and praised the earth who takes you when you die
When you die

And I say
Mine is not to question the river or the mountain
Or why it is the rainclouds fill the sky sometimes
I'm drinking up the waterfall
Naked in the fountain
And I don't need no lies to get me high

Euphoria - Euphoria
I live my life to feel you Lord
Euphoria - Euphoria
Open my eyes

Danger in the air
Hard not to let it get you down sometimes
You feel it everywhere
In the papers, on the TV, in security
You just want to crawl away and hide
But the good outweighs the bad, don't it?
I mean it's got to
Or else the world would just stop spinning round
And fall right out the sky
You've got to believe in love, babe
You've got to believe in people
At least you've got to try
Track Name: This One, I Believe
This one's for anybody who ever felt the pain
This one's for the broken heart left standing in the rain
This one's for the cab driver who whisked that girl away
And this one's for the fools like me who don't know what to say
This one's for the starry sky that whispers in the night
And this one's for every one of us just trying to get it right

Yeah, yeah, yeah

Listen

I believe I should be able to believe whatever I choose to believe
I believe it ain't nobody's place on earth to tell me what to believe
I believe that everyone will get to have their day in heaven's court
And I believe you've got to slam it
Because Goddammit, life is short
I believe in Ramadan and Hanukah and every Xmas eve
I believe that above all else
You just got to believe

This one's for that little girl waiting on a deadbeat dad
And this one's for her dad who never knew just how much he had
This one's for the kids in school learning how to read and write
And this one's for all the crazy lovers rolling through the night
This one's for the lonely moon pulling on the tides
And this one's for the Jersey shore and all them boardwalk rides

Yeah, yeah, yeah

I believe that if you got more than you need
You should probably give
I believe that the hardest and highest thing in life is to forgive
I believe that in the end you really are just what you eat
I believe you've got to taste it
Because Goddammit life is sweet
I believe there's a time to dance, a time to sing
And a time to grieve
I believe that above all else, no matter what
You've just got to believe
Track Name: A Woman's Touch
Feeling pretty good about the brand new place
Smile in the mirror as I wash my face
Over breakfast I realize I really like the space
Worked five years saving up for this
To have something of my own was at the top of my list
Baby I can't help thinking maybe something's still missing
Something's missing here

Had the folks over to christen the home
My dad said, "I'm proud of you, son.
The best thing is to own."
Ma said, "It's awfully big to live here all alone."
Deep down inside I know what she means
If you're climbing by yourself up a big mountain of dreams
Even if you get to the top
Does it really add up to more than a hill of beans?
I don't know

That's why I'm here tonight
I want to ask you a favor
Maybe you come by some time and check the place out
Tell me what you think
Spend a little time
I would like that so much
Ain't no other way for me to say it
i need a woman's touch

Feeling pretty good what you've done with the place
Smile in the mirror when I see your face
Making dinner together I realize I was right about the place
Deep down inside I knew I couldn't wait
When you know you want something
Why on earth hesitate?
I look at my life now and I'm just so grateful
So grateful

That's why I'm here tonight
I want to ask you a favor
Would you lay here by my side every night
For the rest of our lives?
Tell me what you think
Put your lips to mine
Oh I would like that so much
'Cause darling there is nothing in this world
Like a woman's touch
There ain't no other way for me to say it
I need a woman's touch

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