Lyrics /

Sun Delay

It’s nothing like the past

It’s all in how you act

Complacency you grind

And this won’t change your mind

You treat me like a fool

For daddy’s little girl

For show and tell not truth

Behaving like you’re still in youth…so

Find out

Your doubt

Leave past

Your past

You have sewn in your truth

 

I can’t get past this flaw

I blame you for your genes

I know it’s not your fault

That you have more than me

I pull and then I push

At this I do excel

A loneliness by choice

That you won’t understand until

You find out your doubts

And leave past

My past

Find out

My doubts

You won’t hedge on your bet

 

It’s nothing like the past

It’s all in what you grasp

Complacency I grind

In leaving you behind

The movement slows ahead

It’s only a sun delay

And it won’t last too long

Or it could last all day

She's a Natural

Pissed off, pissed on

And just piss drunk

We were traveling, life unraveling

Pseudo-punks

 

The CTA man is sleeping

Moving past him we’re creeping

I can’t say this is much fun

And I know she’s not the one

But…

 

She’s a natural something

I can see it in her lies

This will lead to nothing

But no matter how I try

I can’t get away

 

Late night, last night

In a club downtown

Testing my comfort zone, we were not all alone

In sliding down

 

But the room is much too crowded here

And it’s a crime if we’re out there

So we push past the girls in line

(I hope you have a good time…)

 

She’s a natural something

I can see it in her lies

This will lead to nothing

But no matter how I try

I can’t get away

Love Your Pride

On our way to

Another waterfall

I’m with ten folks I really don’t know

I have been here

A dozen times before

I can’t say the changes show

 

Only another day without you

Feeling no rush of something new

Knowing that I am to blame

So you do

 

I could climb a tree

And know you’d follow me

Looked me over, you were not shy

Take your artistry

Make it work for me

But it’s much too late for me to try

 

Another song of lament

Wishing my time was wisely spent

Knowing that I am to blame-

All the same

Another grace I won’t know

I’m asking for things you’ll never show

Knowing that you’ll never call

All in all:

You think that the only thing

Worth saving is your pride,

So I guess it couldn’t have been different-

Even if I had not lied

And the next time that I see you,

I’ll be awkward

You’ll be snide

You love your pride

It Takes a Little Time

I can see how far from me you are

I can see you’re not at ease with where you are

 

It takes a little time

To stabilize your mind

‘Cause something good will someday come your way

Just don’t ask me how

Because I can’t give it away

 

Cross the sea, or cross the street, you cross your heart

And hopefully, you’ll cross your t’s and check your chart

 

It takes a little time

To read between the lines

‘Cause satisfaction comes in many ways

Just don’t ask me when

Because I can’t give it away

 

You’re moving oh-so slowly

And that’s okay

Don’t sweat the time

You’re not the one and only

To change your mind, so change your mind

Real Life Drama

Show me how one life can be disrupted

And he will show you many

Tell me how you waste away your weekend

And she will laugh at you

Picture all the ways in which you dally

And I will say, "What is new?"

And still we carry on

 

When the river meets the sea

And releases you and me

We will sing the same refrain

Nothing is lost

Nothing is gained

 

Taking in a movie, pick a drama

You pay your seven fifty

Staring at the faces on the posters

They seem so real to you

If only you could feel like Edward Norton

Or how he seems to feel…

You’d love to marry art

 

But when the river meets the sea

And releases you and me

We will sing the same old song

Nothing is right

Nothing is wrong

This Love Will Lead You Know Where

You took me by surprise

With the pull of your hand

Could a moment arise

That I would understand?

 

Because I will not look ‘round this corner

This love will lead you nowhere

And I would not portend or think you’d be there

 

You took me by surprise

But what you don’t comprehend

Is how these factors collide

And to this weakness attend

 

Because I will not look ‘round this corner

Your love will lead you know where

And you should not pretend or think I’ll be there

 

You took me by surprise

But what you don’t comprehend

Is that every moment of mine

Is a movie pretend

Beautiful People

Pushing back the bent-back tulips

Painted eyes and lips

This could be a tragedy

But likely it’s just tips

Working down the stares of this joint

Passionately hip

I could hide my eyes to turn

A universal quip

 

These pretty girls are useless

Each and every one

Pitch and climb, who’s got the time?

All they know is fun

 

Landing here I had a reason

But I guess we all do

Slowly it’s escaping me

As it will do to you

Honey flows like water, not wine

Twice as sweet as tea

I should be used to this now

But they’re still Greek to me

 

Pretty boys are useless

Each and every one

It might be made-for-TV

And likely it’s fiction

 

Saturday night in the Village

I lived for this scene

Taxi down, look around

Look at me! Look at me!

Scripted

Raindrops on my window begin to dance

As I pull out onto MLK

Alone, with you

On my mind

 

Still I can’t keep from smiling about the things

That we said we would one day become

I know that we

Were naive

 

I pine for a homeland, where we could be

But a place where no one knows our names

Somewhere where we’d

Start anew

 

Feels like it’s been scripted

You and me

Me and you

Though space and time have shifted

I conceive

That we’ll still know just what to be

 

The cost is not in dollars, it is in sense

Each is wealth I will never possess

To pay this price

Is obscene

 

Feels like it’s been scripted

You and me

Me and you

Though space and time have shifted

I believe

That we’ll still know just what to be

Avon Fields
 

In my own life

You won’t even join me

For a day trip

You travel lightly

You don’t take a thing

I am always packing

Set to leave

 

I see Avon Fields

 

I feel I’ve been nineteen

For the last ten years

Too fast then too slowly

Too quick to the floor

We go to the same bars

We drink the same drinks

We see the same people

Do we ever leave?

 

Just for Avon Fields

 

There is a park

Not far from here

I heard that it’s pretty, but I’ve never been

My things are in order

I have what I think I need

But I only want what I have not got

 

Is it Avon Fields?

Commonplace
 

If there’s anything that you want from me

I will try to make it true

You know you have my empathy

So don’t look as if you’re blue

I don’t care if it is commonplace

Or if it’s something new

I only want to spend my time with you

Seeking things that we both can’t see through

 

You said: “I can say, ‘I knew you when…’”

But I want you to say

That you will be there with me then

And never go away

I don’t care if it is commonplace

Or if it’s something new

I only want to spend my time with you

Seeking things that we both can’t see through

 

If we took a walk along the riverside tonite

Never in your shadow could I be that kind of light

Yes, it’s true that I’m beholden

And I’m very lonely, too

I only want to spend my time with you

Seeking things that we both can’t see through

The Same Mistakes
 

Push me away

Don't give a reason

But I'm not that thick

And you're not that clever

It's a new day

Of a new season

And my new place has

Made you uncomfortable

 

It's the same old story

Only the names have changed

We make the same mistakes

 

‘Back in the day’

Or so you might call it

We were so close

And we shared everything

Now I find that peace comes

When you least expect it

Old floorboards

Or a nap on Saturday

 

It’s the same sad story

Only the names have changes

We make the same mistakes

 

University is falling

Wind is hauling little pieces over bigger ones

No one really knows the reason

Credits /

All songs written by Kevin Carlisle
© 2001 Kevin Carlisle, BMI

Produced by Kevin Carlisle with assistance by Pat Osterday
Recorded by Kevin Carlisle June, 2000 - September, 2001

at Eclectic Electric Studios, Cincinnati, OH (O'Bryonville and Pleasant Ridge)
Additional tracking with Kris Brown at Family Sauce Studios, Cincinnati, OH

Performed by:

Kevin Carlisle: vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, drums, bass, keyboards, loops and programming

Kris Brown: bass on 'She's a Natural,' 'Real Life Drama,' 'Commonplace,' and 'The Same Mistakes,' electric guitar on 'The Same Mistakes,' and pedal steel guitar on 'Avon Fields'

Chris Freson: drums on 'Love Your Pride,' 'It Takes a Little Time,' and 'Scripted'

Mike Roesch: drums on 'The Same Mistakes'

Thanks to Amanda Hogan, Kris Brown, Pat Osterday, and Eric Falstrom

Cover photo by Shirley Carlisle, 1977

© 2001 Kevin Carlisle