Us

by Kevin Heider

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1.
Excuse me, darlin', I couldn't help but notice That you were looking my way Am I mistaken, or were you just fakin' That smile you put on your face? I won't ask if you'd like to dance Even though I think you're pretty and all that stuff 'Cause I can't dance and I won't give you the chance The chance to call my bluff But I'd really like to take you to dinner We could see a show or two I hear them moving pictures are really something to see Well, darlin', so are you Theresa, my darlin', we've been together For quite a long time now it seems But oh, when you look at me, what is it you see? Do you see the man of your dreams? I ask because I've loved you as long as I've known you And I have now for three whole months Theresa, I swear to thee that, if you marry me I'll dance with you at least once But before you answer, let me be clear When I say "at least once" I mean this: That I will dance with you on our wedding day And then never again Please, say "yes"
2.
We talk for a minute on the phone You say you wish I was already home I know you don't like it when I'm gone Well, I don't like writing these lonely songs So baby, come with me down to Tennessee I'll be the King of Music City, you can be my queen We'll pretend to write hit songs, we'll make a fake fortune And then we'll head upstate to Ohio And find a place to live or something, I don't know, baby Where it is that we'll end up But I know we'll end up together The road's been kind when push has shoved But I'm looking for a different kind of love I need an accomplice, a partner in crime I need a permanent Valentine Well, tonight I'm driving down to the Carolinas If you wanna come with me, I'd love to ride with you With a pretty girl like you selling my CDs, I'd make a real fortune And with the money I'll fly out to California I got some friends gettin' married, but I should warn you I'll probably get some good ideas about what to do with you When we say "I do" If you know what I mean And I think you do That sounds good to me Does it sound good to you? Well, let's head down to the Florida coast Or maybe Indiana to that place I love the most Or we could cut some place of our own With your good looks and my charm Let's shoot for the stars Well, if you marry me, honey, up in Maryland You'll never have to be alone ever again And I can make you mad every day And you can forgive me the right way If you know what I mean And I think you do That sounds good to me Does it sound good to you?
3.
Some men die trying to make it to the moon Others croak choking on a silver spoon From the cities to the desert towns There ain't no way to get around The fact that my death is coming soon Well, I was born in the land of the free I will die where the Spirit carries me It could be right here on the floor Or on some distant, sunlit shore I don't know when, I just know that it will be I will go, I will go I will bleed my heart I will go, I will go I will leave my mark I will go, I will go I will fight the dark For all those I'll leave behind Some men say that you've all the luck you will Others say you must kill or you'll be killed But what good are faith and trust If love gets buried in the dust Kicked up by a fearful heart that's never filled? (Let's fill it up!) I will go, I will go I will bleed my heart I will go, I will go I will leave my mark I will go, I will go I will fight the dark For all those I'll leave behind And at that hour when Death for me doth come I'll be thinking of all I've ever loved As sure as the sky is blue My darling wife, I'll think of you You're my home, you're that place where I am from You too must go, you must go You must bleed your heart You must go, you must go You must leave your mark You must go, you must go You must fight the dark For all those you'll leave behind (Come on!) I will go, I will go I will bleed my heart I will go, I will go I will leave my mark I will go, I will go I will fight the dark For all those I'll leave behind For all those I'll leave behind
4.
by G.K. Chesterton I have enjoyed, like everybody else, these sports and spices of life. But I am convinced that neither in your special spices nor in mine, neither in honey pots nor cork pots, neither in mustard nor music nor any other distraction from life is the secret we are all seeking: the secret of enjoying life...You have got to be happy in those quiet moments, when you remember that you are alive.
5.
"Meet me down by the sycamore tree" Was the last thing she said to me So that's where I go at night when I can't sleep I'll lie in the grass and look up at the sky As the branches glow in the soft moonlight In a perfect world she'd be lying next to me But no one ever said this was a perfect world And who would ever claim such a thing? Certainly not me We'd walk to the tree at the foot of our hill She'd lie in my arms, silent and still She was it, if ever I did something right We'd dream of a world a little more assured Where they'd find a cause, where they'd find a cure Where there'd be less uncertainty in the night But no one ever said this was a perfect world And who would ever claim such a thing? Certainly not me All things in time will pass away That's the nature of the gift, I'd say It's the love we love behind that never dies "Meet me down by the sycamore tree" I still hear her voice when I can't sleep Oh, how I miss her lying right here at my side But despite all the hurt, this is a beautiful world And who would ever disagree? Certainly not me
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An EP about love, US tells the story of a relationship from first glance to earthly parting. Featuring 5 songs in 5 different styles, it plays as a fitting appendix to part 2 of Kevin's 2013 double album THE SPARK.

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released November 3, 2015

Recorded at Sony Music Studios and Bella Via Studios in Nashville, TN. Engineered by Allen Parker and Josh Ditty (assistant engineer). Mixed by Allen Parker at Gnome Mans Land. Mastered by Luke Gilfeather at The Mastering Studio in Nashville, TN. Produced by Allen Parker and Kevin Heider.

This EP was made possible by Jimmy Mitchell + the patrons of Love Good. All songs [except "The Secret of Enjoying Life (Chesterton)"] written by Kevin Heider.

© Copyright 2015 by Kevin Heider

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Kevin Heider Dayton, Ohio

Creator + host of the popular Song & Story podcast, Kevin Heider is a singer-songwriter from Dayton, Ohio.

Whether he's writing hymns or drinking songs, his music is imbued with an earnest social consciousness.

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