The Everlasting War

by Billy Harvey

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released June 11, 2009

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Billy Harvey Nashville, Tennessee

Billy Harvey has been playing his own brand of Post Modern Pop, working not only as an artist but also as a musician (Patty Griffin, Courtyard Hounds), or a producer (Charlie Mars, Bob Schneider). Harvey's latest effort "Dear Danger," is his most personal to date, this record plays like any classic vinyl you've just rediscovered from your collection and then fallen back in love with. ... more

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Track Name: Holding the Horses
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
Track Name: Heading for the Hills
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.
Track Name: Desperation Mambo
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
Track Name: Blind Man's Bike
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
Track Name: Mechanicsville
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.
Track Name: One Mississippi
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
Track Name: Let This Be the Day
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
Track Name: Digging for Icicles
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
Track Name: Turn Turn Turn
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
Track Name: The Greatest Escape
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
Track Name: The Everlasting War
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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