The Everlasting War

by Billy Harvey

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HOLDING THE HORSES GIVE US THIS DAILY BREAD FORGIVE ME OF THE THINGS I SAID LOOK DOWN UPON US WITH COMPASSION AND LOVE SEE I KNOW NOT WHAT I DO DON’T DO TO ME AS I’VE DONE TO YOU HIGH HOLY ROLLER, BE GOOD FROM ABOVE CAUSE THIS MIGHT BE MY LAST CHANCE YEA IT MIGHT BE MY LAST CHANCE TO SAY THAT SHE’S MINE YOU REAP AND THEN YOU SOW I KNOW THAT’S THE WAY IT GOES BUT WHAT IF YOU RAKE & HOE & EDGE & CUT & PRUNE & MOW FORGET THE EVIDENCE I’M TALKING ABOUT SELF DEFENCE WHAT ABOUT THE SINNER THAT CONFESSES AND THEN REPENTS…WELL I DID AND THIS COULD BE MY LAST CHANCE YEA THIS COULD BE MY LAST CHANCE TO SAY THAT SHE’S MINE I’M SORRY X3 I’M SORRY BABY I’M SORRY X3 I’M SO SORRY BABY I KNOW IT’S A MATTER OF COURSE BUT WOULD YOU KEEP HOLDING THE HORSES FROM BRINGING DESTRUCTION AND LAYING TO WASTE ANNIHILATION TAKE THIS OFF OF MY PLATE WITH YOUR AMAZING GRACE I KNOW YOU COULD CAUSE THIS MIGHT BE MY LAST CHANCE DON’T WANT IT TO BE MY LAST CHANCE TO SAY THAT SHE’S MINE I HOPE IT’S NOT MY LAST CHANCE TO SAY THAT SHE’S MINE I’M SORRY X3 I’M SORRY BABY I’M SORRY X3 I’M STILL SORRY BABY
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HEADING FOR THE HILLS It’s a lie, when I say that I can leave you it’s a lie, when I say that I want to it’s a lie. It’s a lie. I’m running, heading for the hills but I don’t want to, I know I said I don’t care if I lose you...but It’s a lie, when you’re sleepin’ and I pretend that I am too, but I can’t, because I can’t take my eyes off you. It’s a lie, when I say I don’t mean it cause I do. When I say I don’t need you it’s not true. It’s a lie. I’m running, heading for the hills but I don’t want to, I know I said I don’t care if I lose you...but it was a lie. It’s a lie that I have to tell myself because I miss you, and time it moves so slow when I’m not with you so I lie.
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DESPERATION MAMBO Throw me out with the bad lovers, throw me out with the alcohol Throw me out with the scary monsters, check me out I’m not scared at all Throw me out with the dirty water, throw me out it’s the shoe that fits Throw me out you’re a politician, throw me out before it turns to shit Maybe you will be amazed when I return from the war…and I’ll have stories Throw me out I’m the diva-donna, throw me out while the cameras blink Throw me out I’m a wishya wanna. Do my hair so I don’t have to think Throw me out I think I found religion, throw me out and say your last goodbye Check it out I have a new relation, my heavens flag is flying in the sky Maybe you will be amazed when I return from the war…and I’ll have stories Throw me out with the desperation, mambo upon my grave Throw me out I’m an unwed mother, you can’t spend who you can’t save Throw me out with the bad lovers, Throw me out with the alcohol Throw me out with the wild wonder, don’t be afraid to delete it all
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BLIND MAN’S BIKE A million to one is one in a million It’s the cost of being fairly certain Is It the never is or the never was the impossible or the just because…because we wanted to I’m here for me and there for you I’ll lead the way and follow through Damn are we riding a blind mans bike Growing older as the pedals turn Never entering the race Wheels spinning in place Is Over easy under done who’s the least likely to be the chosen one down here Here in the land that time forgot with the leopard stripes and the tiger spots damn I’m never sure what to believe is it inner space or outer peace Damn we were riding a blind mans bike Growing older as the pedals turned Never entering the race Wheels spinning in place So we find were back to where we started before the day we first departed to But you’re here for me I’m there for you lead the way I’ll follow through
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MECHANICSVILLE I’ve been left without love in Mechanicsville I’ve been broken down on top of lovers hill I’ve cleaned my plate for the thrill of the kill There’s no surprises anymore x2 The parts are in the mail; my insides are suspicious I’m soaked in gasoline and melted chocolate kisses Cupid’s fat on wine, all his arrows have been misses There’s no surprises anymore x2 Close your eyes… There’s no surprises anymore except that I’m here and you thought I wouldn’t make it.
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ONE MISSISSIPPI ONE…TWO…THREE…FOUR I’M IN LOVE AND I’M GOING TO BE MARRIED BUT IT’S NOT LIKE I’LL BE TIED DOWN SHE’S THE ONE THAT I’VE WAITED FOR I NEVER WANTED TO BE AN ASTRONAUT I NEVER WANTED TO BE WHAT I WAS NOT I ONLY WANTED TO BE SOMEONE THAT SHE COULD TRUST ONE…TWO…THREE…FOUR I’M IN LOVE AND I’M GOING TO BE MARRIED BUT IT’S NOT LIKE I’LL BE TIED DOWN SHE’S THE ONE THAT I’VE WAITED FOR BREAK THE BREAD SPILL THE WINE STAIN THE BED BE MY VALENTINE… MY VALENTINE THE WAITING IS OVER NOW
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LET THIS BE THE DAY It’s so hard to walk away from here, Insides seize my eyes grow tears The ground below my feet clings, my eyes sting Time breaks in to edible pieces, moves across the sky like demons Ghosts in trees, heart shaped leaves. Let this be the day that we start over Let this be the day that we begin to begin again Let this be the day that we say anything at all Anything at all…say There’s a wall I run my hand across As hard as concrete as cold as loss The ground below my feet still thirsty The ground that holds proof of my memory Seconds tick away by the millions People multiply by the billions Get lost go broke, you live, let go Ch Life can also pass behind your eyes Life can also pass behind your eyes Life can also flash behind your eyes I found the road that I had lost, a winding river of stakes Stake their claim and never move, just keep the possible in view. I want you to be here with me, desire feeds the fire of the sun Wishes are the clouds that blow away and blind the faith in everyone We’re all made in India; we’re all made in Mexico, We’re all made in the motor city; some of us are made in Tokyo We’re all made in Canada we’re made in Alaska too What’s good for me? What’s good for you? Ch
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Digging For Icicles Have you heard the voice of the new king yet, it sounds like things will be better You look at me and it still takes my breath, and the world can all go to hell With a little luck we’ll lean on the sky and the sun will fall to the floor With a little luck we won’t be digging for icicles anymore The wedding gown’s frosted like the cake it came from, a miniature mountain of snowflake and rum and the promise of anything better to come, our hearts are still pressed to the ground With a little luck we’ll lean on the sky and the sun will fall to the floor With a little luck we won’t be digging for icicles anymore The winds of change are always furious and they can really blow you down And time is getting close to running out on us And I still want you around With a little luck we’ll lean on the sky and the sun will fall to the floor With a little luck we won’t be digging for icicles anymore
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Turn Turn Turn Sleepy eyes staring at the starry sky Pluck the moon out with your thumb Promise I won’t tell anyone you did Harmony, sing it one more time for me Your voice is like a key That unlocks the mystery I feel Let’s turn…till there’s no turning back It’s the future we lack I picture you by the sea I picture you here with me I can’t see a thing I can see anything Let’s turn…till there’s no turning back Bring your collapsible plans I’ll bring my backpack Deep as our love goes, Underground overgrown by time and space, Where few are safe Let’s turn…till there’s no turning back It’s the future we lack
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THE GREATEST ESCAPE The day died Clutching its chest Gasping for breath Headed toward the light Leaving us the night Firey flames and sirens and chains Lets be good baby Like you know we could baby The greatest escape The greatest escape I feel you I know that you’re there I don’t have to see you I won’t move, I won’t move Behind these doors I have always been yours Lets be good baby Like you know we could baby The greatest escape
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The Everlasting War Don’t be afraid to love, the whats below the who’s above Falling is only landing on the ground Memory may not prevail, history’s not pass or fail Quiet is finding stillness for the sound Don’t be afraid to love It’s hot and then it’s cold again The mercury is not our friend A shining vial filled with moments The softness of your stare, the haunted flower there keeping eachothers darkest secrets don’t be afraid to love there’s you there’s me there’s everything that was before there’s you there’s me fighting the everlasting war I saw you once I saw you twice I saw you for all time You live without you lie within Where we go from here Still Lumbering still queer I find that I am aching to begin …to love

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released June 11, 2009

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Billy Harvey Nashville, Tennessee

Billy has worked as a musician, accompanying Patty Griffin, Kim Richey, and The Courtyard Hounds. Produced records for Crystal Bowersox (finalist on season nine of American Idol), Charlie Mars, Bob Schneider, and Pat Byrne (winner of the The Voice of Ireland). Without knowing it, you’ve heard his work in TV shows, commercials, movies, and even Super Bowl 50.

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