Ukulele Songs

by Alison Lutz

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02:33

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Tracks 1 through 8 recorded on 6/12/12 at 32 Pinebrook Drive
Tracks 9 through 13 recorded on 8/2/12 at 8 City Hall Place

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released September 1, 2012

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Track Name: Kentucky Boy
Wish I was in Kentucky
Where the fellows are so fine
And I would be so lucky
To make one of them mine.
He got hair of brown and eyes of green
And the prettiest smile I’ve ever seen
And he pick a banjo oh-so mean
He’s my Kentucky Boy.

Don’t know too much about him
But I liked everything I learned
Don’t want to live without him
Yeah, he makes my candle burn.
He got tattoos crawling up his arm
And we lay in bed, he kept me warm
But he’s leaving now to find a farm
He’s my Kentucky Boy.

And I only knew him for a day
I kissed him and I wished he’d stay
With me, but he had to move on.
Well I fell so fast and felt so free
I wonder if he thinks of me
Like I do now that he’s gone.

Don’t care what people tell me
Don’t care what people say
From the tender way he held me
I know we’ll meet again some day.
For the night we spent I’m not ashamed
I can feel him pulsing in my veins
Every time I hear the blessed name of
My Kentucky Boy.
Track Name: When We Were Kids
We don’t get braver, we just get more old
We don’t get stronger, we just get more cold.
We don’t tell stories, we just read them on a screen
We don’t draw pictures, ‘cause we’re too busy to dream.

And we don’t smile like we used to
We don’t laugh like we did
We don’t shout as loud or stand as proud
As back when we were kids.
And we all find the imperfections
We’re all dying to get rid
Of all the things that made us beautiful
Back when we were kids.

We don’t make presents, we just buy them at the store
We don’t believe in Santa anymore.
We don’t read comics, we just throw them in the trash
And we are scared we’re growing up too fast.

(chorus)

When we were kids we’d stay outside all day
Call the neighbors to our house to play
Now we don’t even know our neighbors’ names anymore
When we were kids it all was black and white
Was good or bad, was wrong or right
Now we’re struggling to regain that sight once more.

We don’t get better, we just find out who we are
We make mistakes, we fall in love, we learn guitar.
And if we’re lucky we will make it out okay
And maybe we’ll have kids of our own someday.

And they will smile like we used to
They will laugh like we did
They will shout as loud and stand as proud
As back when we were kids.
And they won’t find the imperfections
We’re all dying to get rid
Of all the things that made us beautiful
The things that made us beautiful
The things that made us beautiful
Back when we were kids.
Track Name: The 43 (Strangers)
We were strangers, nothing more,
I knew that nothing more we'd be
Thrust together at a bus stop waiting for the 43
On a rainy Sunday morning,
now it's just a memory,
But in another life I loved you,
cant you see? Can't you see?

It was January eighth and I had
nothing else to do
I was killing time and trying to find
a lover or a clue
To give me some idea of something bigger, anything would do,
Just so long as it was beautiful and true,
it was true.

But we were strangers, nothing more,
I knew that nothing more we'd be
Thrust together at a bus stop waiting for the 43
On a rainy Sunday morning,
now it's just a memory,
But in another life I loved you,
can’t you see? Can't you see?

And so I cast my eyes upon you
like a fisherman a fly,
Like a spider casts a web,
like a liar casts a lie.
It was tenuous and tragic as a silent lullabye,
The unspoken words between us-
you and I, you and I.

But we were strangers, nothing more,
I knew that nothing more we'd be
Thrust together at a bus stop waiting for the 43
On a rainy Sunday morning,
now it's just a memory,
But in another life I loved you, can’t you see?

Can't you see

That nothing is coincidence,
and nothing is unplanned?
We're standing here and the time is near
for us to take a stand
Against the tyranny of propriety
so, baby, take my hand
And we will ride the 43 until the sunset
meets the sand.

But we were strangers, nothing more,
and as you sat in back of me,
Caught a glimpse of your reflection,
though I couldn't really see.
Could've sworn I saw you smiling,
now it's just a memory.
But in another life I loved you
and you love me.
Track Name: Duck & Cover
I heard the news today
They’re taking all the books away
Shakespeare and Hemmingway
They’re all dead anyway.
I heard the news today
They’re stopping all the trains.
Indefinite delays
So I’ll stay in my place.

And it’s hard, hard, hard, hard times
But we will be just fine
If we duck and cover

I can’t believe what I read
There’s cameras in the streets
Don’t do what you don’t want seen
That’s fine, I keep my hands clean
I can’t believe what I read
There’s soldiers in the streets
“Sir, will you come with me?“
But, I’m not hiding anything

And it’s hard, hard, hard, hard times
But we will be just fine
If we duck and cover

I keep on seeing guns in toystores on the shelves
Kids, get your parents one so they can defend themselves
For the enemy cometh and the enemy is strong
They even live among us, so trust no-one.

Hush now, don’t talk so loud
I’ve learned to shut my mouth
They’ve got it figured out
And it’s so much simpler now.
Hush now, keep your voice down
They’ll rip your tongue right out
I know you have your doubts
But it’s so much safer now.

And it’s hard, hard, hard, hard times
But we will be just fine
If we duck and cover.
Track Name: Chemicals
If we are mostly empty space,
Chemicals put in our place
Aligned to give the gods something to claim,
Then it should come as no surprise
That all our hands and toes and eyes
Are nothing, but the nothing is the same.
First comes love,
then comes marriage,
then divorce.

Distinctly I remember when
I learned what women do with men
In bedrooms, when the rings are on the hand.
I listened with revulsion to
The stories they all said were true
And I wondered if I’d ever feel the same.
First comes love,
then comes marriage,
then divorce.

And I’m still looking for a reason why
Whenever I’m alone I start to cry.

Maybe it’s because my eyes
Can’t comprehend or recognize
The beauty in the chaos of the world.
Shapes and colors, bit by bit,
They somehow make a perfect fit
And I am left a lonesome little girl.
First comes love,
then comes marriage…

And I had a vision many years ago
That nothing was impossible.
Well, what the hell did I know
‘Bout the changing of the tides?
‘Bout the chemicals inside of me?

So, split me open, take a look
My heart is like an open book
With pages missing, blowing in the wind.
I fuck it, face it, can’t deny
I’ve got nothing else left to hide
When you’re finished, just please stitch up my skin.
First comes love,
then comes marriage.
Track Name: Lille Song
Women with their orthopedic shoes
and greying hair
Shuffle slowly past me on their search
for cleaner air
To fill their lungs, and I am listening
The sound of silent suffering
Has found me, now the sound is everywhere.

Every morning I wake up
and try to leave behind
Dreams I had the night before,
but I can’t rid my mind
Of all these gilded memories of home
I’m lonely, but I’m not alone,
I’m searching,
but I don’t know what to find.

‘Cause every conversation sounds the same
My stunted French a sad refrain
I’m sorry if I seem a little slow.
It’s just that everything’s so
different from
What textbooks said, and I have come
To know that there is so much I don’t know.

Doubt and desperation
drive me to the nearest bar
Where everyone knows everyone
and everyone’s a star.
And it’s so evident I don’t belong,
I sit alone and write this song,
And listen to their voices from afar.

‘‘Cause every conversation sounds the same
Their fluent French a sad refrain
I’m sorry if I seem a little slow.
It’s just that everything’s so
different from
What textbooks said, and I have come
To know that there is so much I don’t know.

So in conclusion, I admit
I’ve made a grave mistake.
I sacrificed my body for
a foreign fist to take.
And if I come across a stranger who
Looks at me like you used to do
I’ll pinch myself until I fall awake.

(chorus)
Track Name: Walk Alone
Guess I’ll walk alone

From the bar to my home
‘Cause they’re turning the lights down low
And my friends left an hour ago.

So I guess I’ll walk alone.

Keep my eyes straight ahead.
Try to focus on the voice in my head
That tell me, “Just a little farther now.
Twenty minutes, you’ll be safe and sound,“

When I am walking alone.

But I can’t stop my hands from shaking,
Can’t stop to wipe these tears.
Well I can’t rewind or turn back time
To un-drink all those beers.
I shouldn’t have looked at him
like that, like that.
I shouldn’t have talked to him
like that, like that.
I shouldn’t have kissed him
like that, like that.
But I was lonely.

So now I’m walking alone

From the bar to my home.
And my clothes reek of his cologne
Still another seven minutes to go,

As I am walking alone.

(chorus)

And he’s probably on his way home.
Does he know what he’s done?
Does he know it was wrong?
To leave me

Walking alone.

(chorus)

To leave me walking alone.
Track Name: Constant Beat of Change
Take your hand and
put it on your heart
Feel it beat and
recognize the start
Of a new kind of rhythm within
your ribcage
It’s the constant beat of change.

Take your hand and
put it to your ear
Listen closely,
maybe then you’ll hear
All the music around you sounds so beautiful and strange
It’s the constant sound of change.

Take your hand and
put it to your lips
Think of the last
time that they were kissed.
Was it someone you’re missing, wishing things could stay the same
It’s the constant love of change.

Take your hand and
put it in my hand.
Maybe I could
help you understand
All our stories are magic, tragic,
pulsing through our veins

To the constant beat of change.
Track Name: On My Back
With a face chiseled by a
Thousand kisses I take back
I take ‘em back, I take them back.
And the constellations made of
Stars and scratches on your back
On your back, on your back.

I was in love, and I couldn’t help but stare
The first time I saw you standing there.

Oh, my darling, I pick at these scars
I’m going down like a falling star
On my back, on my back, on my back.

But still I wonder if you’ve
Fallen under, or come back
If you’re back, are you back?
‘Cause the space between us feels like Galaxies, I cannot see you
Through the black, through the black.

I was in love, and I couldn’t help but stare
The first time I saw you standing there

Oh, my darling, I pick at these scars
I’m going down like a falling star
On my back, on my back, on my back.

On my back again, I’m looking at the sky.
I’m counting clouds to figure out
The endless reasons why.
We silly little creatures keep on
Telling the same lies-
It don’t make sense to me.

So without knowing, something
Green is growing in the cracks,
In the cracks, in the cracks
Of this broken heart I haven’t
Even started to put back,
To put back, to put back.

I was in love and I couldn’t help but stare
The first time I saw you standing there.

Oh, my darling, I pick at these scars
I’m going down like a falling star
On my back, on my back, on my back.
Track Name: Anymore
You could go and change your name
Pack your things and move away
But you’d still be the same
Person you were yester, yesterday.

And you could take some happy pills
Go and get a college degree
Find a way to pay the bills
But it won’t change any, anything.

And I’m tired of pretending
I am happy when I’m not.
Smiling when I’m close to tears
Is taking all I’ve got
And I don’t wanna live this way anymore.

Find a hole and crawl inside
Build a fence so no-one gets in
Join a cult and have six wives
But your skin will always, will always be your skin.

And I’m tired of pretending
I am happy when I’m not.
Smiling when I’m close to tears
Is taking all I’ve got
And I don’t wanna live this way.

No, I don’t wanna live like I’m already
Six feet underground,
Earthworms biting at my elbows in this graveyard of a town.
One day I’ll wake up and go somewhere
I can’t be found. But ‘til then,
Yes, ‘til then, I’ll stick around.

And I’m tired of pretending
Things are perfect when they’re not.
Smiling when I’m close to tears
Is taking all I’ve got
And I don’t wanna live this way.
No, I don’t wanna live this way anymore.
Track Name: Darlin' I am Hopin'
Darlin' I am hopin' for one more shot at you
Just give me time and you might find that you could love me, too.
'Cause even broken hearts are fixable with the right kind of glue
So let me put yours back together, good as new.

Darlin' I am hopin' that you will hear my plea
I'm wide awake and I can't take these nights of misery
'Cause when I sleep I dream of you, you are all I see
Why must you keep on haunting me?

Dalrin' I am hopin' that you have changed your mind
That you decide, despite your pride, to leave your hurt behind
And we could walk together with our spirits intertwined
Or at least my hand in yours, and yours in mine.

Darlin' I am hopin' when all is said and done
You'll look at me and you will see the person I've become.
I'm stronger now, and wiser, not as silly, not as young
But you still got my heart, and I got none.
You still got my heart, and I got none.