BETWEEN US, Vol. 3: THE OTHER HALF

by Stephen Bard

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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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
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
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The Hard Way 04:59
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
6.
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
7.
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
8.
H 05:29
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..."
9.
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
10.
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
11.
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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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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