Lyrics /

Listening Well

 

There are things that feel right and that is why we do them

The two of them are making a nest together, crossing paths up and down the tree

I’m watching the movement outside my window:

From the wind, leaves twisting upwards towards the sky

 

Time - see what you do to me, all the time

Time - look what you’ve done to me, everytime

 

And it's all in this motion

And it's all we can do

I lost something last evening

I hope it wasn't you

 

I’m listening well - what are the rules, when it's all in your mind?

The page has been turned, that is for sure; so what is it there for?

I can't leave it behind

Remember the shop near the corner that we would walk to?

 

 

So I spent the better part of today making a map of my heart

There were more sidestreets and alleys there then I ever could have guessed

But if I concentrate hard enough when I close my eyes

Maybe I'll discover how to plot the proper path

 

Time - see what you do to me, all the time

Time - look what you’ve done to me, everytime

 

And it's all in this motion

And it's all we can do

I lost something last evening

I hope it wasn't you

 

I’m listening well - what are the rules, when it's all in your mind?

The page has been turned - that is for sure, so what is it there for?

I can't leave it behind

Remember the shop near the corner that we would walk to?

Maybe I Was Wrong

 

When the leaves turn red

This melancholy creeps into my head

And all the things I said

Come rushing back to me

 

‘We were just kids’

Has been my rationale

All these years

No guilt would I allow

I was stubborn as a tree

Was it love I couldn’t see?

 

With your work sublime

You hit a stride and we were in our prime

Together all the time

You seemed so satisfied

 

Why wasn’t I?

I never took a stance

You asked for more

I pushed back at every chance

You pretended not to see

And I was hopelessly unfree

 

Maybe I was wrong

Maybe you were right

Maybe I was trying to pick a fight

Time was all we had

At least that’s what I thought we always had

The Fool

 

A warm summer night

The air was calm, the stars hung just right

And you

That's how I saw you at least in my mind

 

It was go, set, ready

You thought it fine, I found it heady

Who's to say?

If only I'd met you

When we weren't so young

And I was steady

 

I wasn't always the fool

I wasn't in love with you

Tell me if this isn't true

 

I wanted this dream

But wanting to shrug off the effort

It fled

I could have held it if I had tried

 

I lost my grip

On the things I knew were important

Now I know

I would have stopped you

If there was a way

And it was easy

 

I wasn't always the fool

I was just in love with you

Tell me if this isn't true

You Really Never Can Go Home

 

I always thought when I was young

That I would reunite

With all the kids I grew up with

And we wouldn’t tease and we wouldn’t fight

We’d shake hands and we would laugh

And exchange our old photographs

Maybe we’d get past our pasts

If only for a while

 

Mommy caught us when we fell

And kissed the place to make it well

It was all we ever needed

And everything would work out fine

In the yard on the grass

At the stars we’d look through glasses

And I saw our future and our past

Was it only in my mind?

 

But now I understand

Those days are gone forever

And you really never can go home

All this time we’re only on our own

 

On the days I found too hard

When I was forced to hide

I would seek a place of solace

To hold on to and to shore my pride

It was there in my own room

Where thoughts of this began to bloom:

These days would pass and they’d pass soon

And then I’d long to stay

 

Now I understand

Those days are gone forever

And you really never can go home

All this time we’re only on our own

She Waits For Me

 

'Round every corner

'Round every tree

Peeking and playing

She waits for me

 

Hiding and seeking

Until it's dark

Mother's voice quaking

But she waits for me

 

Even before I met you

Even before we kissed

Even after you were gone

There is nothing to regret

 

Yearning for lightness

Just one more spree

Push through the side gate

Where she waits for me

All You Have Left

 

All you have left
Are the choices you made
The things that you took
And the things you gave away

Credits /

All songs written by Kevin Carlisle
© 2011 Kevin Carlisle, BMI

Lyrics for 'She Waits For Me' by Amanda and Kevin Carlisle
'Rustle of Spring' based in part on Frühlingsrauschen by Christian Sinding

Produced and Recorded by Kevin Carlisle 2008 - 2011
at Eclectic Electric Studios, Cincinnati, OH (Westwood)

Performed by Kevin Carlisle, with:

Meredith Hogan: vocals on 'Listening Well'

Billy Alletzhauser: electric guitars, harmony vocals, and percussion on 'Maybe I Was Wrong'

Creative Consultation by Amanda Carlisle, Pat Osterday, and Billy Alletzhauser


© 2011 Kevin Carlisle

© 1991 - 2017 Kevin Carlisle

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