Levi Petree

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Do What You Want

You say, “No way, never again”

I say, “Ok” and just give in

Try to move on, find someone new

Succeed, you plead for a redo

A year goes by without a word

The blame, I take, the higher road

You write and say, “Hey, I miss my friend”

Put myself out and you’re gone again

 

This coming and going, it’s not your best showing

Leaving me out in the cold

 

(Chorus)

Do what you want cause I’m back on the shelf

Say what you will, I found someone else

Take anything you feel belonged to you

But take it to heart when I tell you we’re through

Do what you want, say what you will but we’re through

 

A year goes by and not a word

This time it’s real … or so I’ve heard

I write and say, “hey I miss my friend”

Put myself out, you’re gone again

 

Tugging my heart strings, whispering sweet things

Thinking you’re back in the fold

 

Eyes So Blue

Yeah, it’s true

I get lonely, too

Ya never would’ve known it from my eyes so blue

But it’s true . . . I’m lonely without you

I get sad, when I think bank

Our time together was the best I had

Such a drag

To be livin’ in the past

 

(CHORUS)

Oh, it’s true, it’s true

I get lonely, too

Ya never would’ve known it from my eyes so blue

But it’s true . . . I’m lonely without you

 

I’ve grown thin, feel loose in my skin

Friend’s tell me I’m as tiny as I’ve ever been

Yet, I feel like I’m carryin’ a wagon wheel

I go to work, the minutes tick

The passing of time just makes me sick

And it hits

I’m so fuckin’ over it

 

CHORUS

 

Getting’ by and just enough

Seem to be the only effort I was capable of

And with age …

Seems to be catchin’ up

Lafayette seems so long ago

Lost are the summers I knew in Chicago

Where they’ve gone

Pissed away while pissin’ on

CHORUS

 

Fight On

Through east bayou marshes and west Texas skies

New Mexican deserts and Montana nights

I bunched all my blessings and launched a grenade

Determined to walk away

From things I had loved and from those who loved

To loosen the grip of this pre-destiny

Searching for answers to the question why

We’re gifted only to die

 

(Chorus)

Yet we fight on, like soldiers at war

As if it’s an oath that we swore

Fight on, defending the pain

As if there were something to gain

 

Making the most of a deck that’s been stacked

Crossing a border and being sent back

Losing a child and turning to hope

For reasons why we should cope

With the weight of the world when you’ve outlived your dreams

Knowing you’re stung, overlooking the sting

Watching your dog as he runs towards his death

But still, in that last breath

 

(Chorus)

 

Grasping for control

Over mind, body, and soul

Nowhere left to go

 

I think of my daughter who’s new to this world

I think of my sisters when they were just girls

I failed as a brother, made no difference

Lord, give me another chance

To right all the wrongs I have done in my day

To live with the consequences I have made

The bed it was mine and my hands bear the blood

I ask before you judge

 

Let me fight on, like soldiers at war

Who know what they’re now fighting for

Fight on, defending the pain

Cause we’ve all got something to gain

 

I Know You’re Gonna Haunt Me

(lyrics by Levi Petree - Music by Sean Novak, Levi Petree, John Salgado, Tony Sancho)

It’s happened again

I couldn’t say exactly how these things begin

Love’s all fun and games

Til broken hearts are on the mend, torn and frayed

Don’t be sad, you were the best I ever had

Don’t be cruel, my love

It’s not the kind of thing it’d suit you to become

 

I’ll see you again

I couldn’t say exactly where, or let you know when

Time’s a funny thing

You think you’ve got it figured it out, it’s a rubber ring

but time enough

You’re still the one I’m thinking of

If we never meet again,

I know you’re gonna haunt me til the very end

 

Don’t be sad

You were the best I ever had

Don’t be cruel, my love

It’s not the kind of thing it’d suit you to become

I’ll see you again

I couldn’t say exactly where, or let you know when

Life’s a funny thing

You think you’ve got it figured out, it’s a rubber ring

Time’s up, you’re still the one I call my love

If we never meet again,

I know you’re gonna haunt me til the very end

 

Lover’s Cove

Drown yourself in Lover's Cove

We've still got an hour til that last ferry goes

Drown ourselves in Lover's Cove

Let the ocean drag us round

 

Hear the waves grow bigger from the storm

hear'em crash against the banks and make the rocks reform

they're pullin' on the stones, you can hear the heavy sound

but the earth can't seem to keep them on the ground

 

Oh, let's just stay the night in Lover's Cove

We can wake up in the mornin' and walk along the unpaved road

If the rangers come a'callin' we'll hop in down below

And keep each other warm in Lover's Cove

 

I can see the last boat leavin' and it won't be comin' back

If we wind up here forever, Honey I'm alright with that

 

And we'll find a place in Lover's Cove

We can laugh at all the tourists, watch the locals all grow old

We'll buy a boat, something small to suit our load

And sink, or swim for life in Lover's Cove

 

Rockaway

Tell your Dad you’ve gone to Rockaway

Say it’s someone else you’re spending the day with

We don’t wanna bring up questions, or second thoughts

I’ll pick you up outside the corner store

You bring the parasol you did before

We don’t want you turnin’ red like I seem to do when I’m with you

 

I remember the first glimpse I caught of you, Hayley girl

What I thought were only dreams could be true

 

You lay your blanket out across the sand

You fill my heart with just the touch of your hand

I’ve picked the ring and I hear the bells start to chime with you in mind

We feed the birds, it causes such a fuss

Those people pissed at us use hurtful words

You make me sweat so much that I’ve tripped up my best rhymes

It happens now and then

 

It’s the only thing in me confused, Hayley girl

I’m as sure as sure can be when I’m with you

 

All my friends know that I’m in love with you

Yes, they do

And they say they see it, too, in you

All my friends know that I’m gone, gone for you, Hayley girl

And they say they see it, too in you

 

Now we’re headed back from Rockaway

I’m grateful for the time we spent today

I’ll drop you off and be on my way, keepin’ my promise to you

I can’t wait to spend my life with you

 

The Habanero Do-Si-Do

She caught me lookin’ up her skirt

I played it off like no big deal

She wasn’t threatened by a glance

In turn she asked me for a dance

I was the one to give a squeal

I offered scotch to loosen up

But, she insisted on Modelo

Her hair was done in skull-crossbows

She took my hand and here we go

The Habanero Do-Si- Do

 

And she sang the song so sweet

In the style of old vaqueros

We step in time to my heartbeat

Skin so brown it made her eyes glow

Her accent music to my ears

A smile that told me all I need to know

Now we’re dancin’ toe to toe, pickin’ up words as I go

Habanero Do-Si- Do

 

She took me home to meet the fam

Nobody cared I was a gringo

Brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts

All takin’ turns, we did the dance

And partied til the sun had rose

 

And they sang the song so sweet

In the style of old vaqueros

We shared a love for Morrissey

“Oye Esteban, Pendejo!”

We crossed the border in the night

Wouldn’t stop until I got her home

Hoppin’ fences in the cold, pickin’ up words as we go

Habanero Do-Si- Do

 

Now she’s the singer in my band

And every night’s a different story

As for what that song’s about

Haven’t got that figured out

But I can tell it’s meant for me

 

And she sings the songs so sweet

In the style of old vaqueros

She’ll melt your heart right off its sleeve

Just don’t tell me where your mind goes

Settled down on First and Boyle

Had a baby named Fernando

Now he dances toe to toe, pickin’ up words as he goes

Habanero Do-Si- Do

 

You never try, you’ll never know

Just comes to you as you go

The Habanero Do-Si- Do

 

The Rapture

How can you swim with your head under water

Your head under water and the rapture sinkin’ in

How can you have faith when your heart says you’re gonna

Heart says you’re gonna be the first to give in

 

(Chorus)

Today is the day we all say goodbye

Let’s clear the air that’s between you and I

If I had a choice how I would die

It’s with you right by my side

 

I know where you are and where you wanna be,

But maintain your honesty

When you walk away at the end of the night

Are you living honestly?

 

(Chorus)

 

Now, if we should outlive this prophecy

You might mean a little less to me

I can live for the end if I know that it’s near

But, I can’t live any longer with your fears


Chorus

 

What’s It Gonna Take

Well, it finally came to my town

And with it came the Governor                                                                                        

Who did his best to tell us we'd all persevere

And be there for each other

If this all seems to familiar    

And we've heard now's not the time

Well, it's getting harder to swallow, my friend

When the blood's not yours, but mine

 

(Chorus)

What's it gonna take?

Whatcha gotta learn?

Is a thought just so off limits to your talking points it just

sits there in some urn?

Whatcha gotta feel?

Who've you got to lose?

Should it mean anything less because it hasn't happened

yet to you?

 

I know about tradition

I understand protection

My Daddy showed me where the safety was and to point in which direction

First time I heard the shot ring out

I didn't get a thrill

And it stayed with me the only reason it exists is meant to kill

 

(Chorus)

 

Twenty kids nothing to show,

Every day in Chicago and in the Southland

Chattanooga, Baltimore, down to Charleston,

That same story we've all heard,

Word for word, word for word, word for word

 

What's it gonna take?

Whatcha got to lose?

Would a conversation hurt you any more than what it is we're going through?

Whatcha have to see

With your very eyes?

Cause I have a friend whose mother's wishing she could u see what she saw tonight

Yeah, I have a friend who's mother's wishing she could unsee what she saw tonight

 

With You By My Side (Rapture Reprise)

See “The Rapture”

 

 

 

“Chorus”