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Between Us

It could be lost in a memory
Boxed up and carted away
It could be lost in a melody
We sang on some perfect day

I feel it all the time
I’ve nearly lost my mind about it
I feel it all the time
Don’t doubt
It’s you
And me
And everything in between

I wish I had all the answers now
That didn’t sound like clichés
Tell me why good isn’t good enough
And I won’t ask you to stay

I feel it all the time
I’ve nearly lost my mind about it
I feel it all the time
Don’t doubt
It’s you
And me
And everything in between


 

Bide Away

I’m keeping under covers
I’m pulling them up close
I’ve got some tasks before me, but I just want to doze

The light seeps through the curtains
It plays upon the floor
And everything else waiting is simply just a chore

Bide away
Passing the time like it is the goal
Bide away

I’ve got a light and bushel
It’s something that I hid
To talk about a talent, well - who are we to kid?

A life more ordinary
Is not to be laid low
Everyone’s ambitious - for what, I’ll never know

Bide away
Passing the time like it is the goal
Bide away

We’re making our own purpose
Or wanting to fit in
A joiner or a striver - if not, it’s called a sin

My arms are raised in deference
For what have I to show?
Seems everyone’s a zealot and why I’ll never know

Bide away
Passing the time, as it is the goal
Bide away

Nobody Else
 

I don’t want anybody else but you
I don’t need anybody’s help but yours
Though I have reservations
Yes I’ve got reservations

 

You could see I was cut adrift at sea
So you told me to make believe in you
Do you have reservations?
Is this my consternation?

 

I know I’ve rarely done the things that I should
This self-indulgence lead to nothing good
I built a house of straw that’s never withstood
Please tell me I’m wrong

I wonder now if it’s just something we do
Telling ourselves we search for something true
Or maybe sometimes we just want to be blue
And set it in song

I don’t want anybody else but you
I don’t need anybody’s help but yours
Though I have reservations
Yes I’ve got reservations

 

Getting Closer

For an hour, maybe more, only they speak
Talking a blue streak
Pacing the floor
But holding court does not enable listening
So half of it’s missing
Or just shown the door

Getting closer
Nearly there then I withdrew
Complications
Set me back a week or two
I surrender
Only so much I can do

No one gives their dreams away too lightly
They hold them tightly
Close to the chest
Even so they slip away on us nightly
And wrongly or rightly
This is our test

Getting closer
Nearly there then we withdrew
Obstination
Set us back a year or two
Don’t surrender
So much more that you can do

       

Facets

If this is love in all of its facets
Then take a long look in your heart
And tell the truth for a new start

I couldn’t tell you that you swept me off my feet
I didn’t notice when you had a grip on me
See, it came along without a song

If this is love in all of its facets
Then take a long look in your heart
And tell the truth for a new start

Each changing season found us in a place we made our own
Relentless motion surrounded but you stayed my lone touchstone
It held us close with nothing but prose

If this is love in all of its facets
Then take a long look in your heart
And tell the truth for a new start

Lost in the shuffle while we were always on the go
Finding your purpose – it’s something you can never fully know
So settle your mind and I’ll settle mine

‘Cause this is love in all of its facets
So take a long look in your heart
And tell the truth for a new start

Push The Tide Back Out

It was yet another empty night
Of restlessness ‘til morning light
It’s going to be another lonely day
When nothing you do feels okay

You pull the curtains on the winter grey
And wish to God for the sun’s rays
And something new to keep the blues at bay
Or something old a half a life away

But you might as well try to
Push the tide back out

You’re fond of saying that you paid your dues
All those years spent in painful shoes
It’s disconcerting when you’ve lost your muse
And all your efforts feel reused

Now you find you end up with the worry blues
In the evening when you watch the news
Find a new neighbor who can mend a fuse
Give it a shot, there’s nothing to lose

But you might as well try to
Push the tide back out
Push the tide back out

You give me a call
Nothing I can do at all

You might as well try to
Push the tide back out
Push the tide back out

It’s going to be another lonely day
When nothing you do feels okay

Over Now
 

Is it over now?

Should we throw in the towel?

I won’t think it unkind

To hear you've changed your mind

I’ve seen the breaking bough
Heard the words disavowed
Felt the quiet at night
Sure to prelude a fight

But I don't want to be the heavy

I don't want to be the one who's always bringing you down

I thought we were something steady

Guess I was wrong


I don’t want to confound
And the logic’s not sound
Maybe I’m easing my mind
Since I’m feeling resigned

I’ll take the stand anyhow
If the judge will allow
I’ll confess to the crimes
Even those that weren’t mine


’Cause I don't want to be your heavy

I don't want to be the one who wouldn't open the door

How did we get this unsteady?

We’re a long way from home


If it’s over now
Then unfurrow your brow
‘Cause it won’t be unkind
To say we’ve changed our minds

Tightrope (Maybe Not Today)

Restless

In the fading light

Push the curtains

Against the winter night

Is it over?

Or have you changed your mind?

These confessions

Are they yours or mine?

 

Half a life away

Or just like yesterday?

Is it over now?

Maybe not today

I don't want to be the one that always brings you down

But we might as well try

To push the tide back out

 

I'll take the stand

If the judge allows

The bough is breaking

Words are disavowed

I feel resigned

But the logic’s not sound

You could ease my mind

If you'd just answer now

Half a life away

Or just like yesterday?

Is it over now?

Maybe not today

I don't want to be the one that always brings you down

But we might as well try

To push the tide back out

Credits /

Performed by Kevin Carlisle

with


Beth Harris

harmony vocal

on Tightrope (Maybe Not Today) 

Billy Alletzhauser

electric rhythm & twangy guitar bits

on Tightrope (Maybe Not Today)

Recorded and Mixed by Kevin Carlisle

at Eclectic Electric Studio
Cincinnati, OH

 

Mastered by Patrick Osterday


Written by Kevin Carlisle
©2017 Kevin Carlisle, BMI

Push The Tide Back Out

was born out of a collaboration

with Anders Griffen

Billy Alletzhauser assisted

Tightrope (Maybe Not Today)
with lyric compiling


©2017 Kevin Carlisle

© 1991 - 2017 Kevin Carlisle

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