Us

by Kevin Heider

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This latest EP is a reflection on love, from its first glance to its earthly parting. At times fun, funny, endearing, honest, and tragic, the story of "Us" works as a fitting follow-up, a thoughtful appendix to Part II of Kevin's 2013 double-album "The Spark."

While only a few songs from this brand new EP are available for preview here, the full track list includes:

1. The Man Who Refused to Dance
2. Permanent Valentine
3. For Those I'll Leave Behind
4. The Secret of Enjoying Life (Chesterton)
5. Down by the Sycamore Tree
6. Theresa's Waltz

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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 Music. All songs [except "The Secret of Enjoying Life (Chesterton)"] written by Kevin Heider.* © Copyright 2015 by Kevin Heider.

* "The Secret of Enjoying Life (Chesterton)" is an excerpt/sample of a reading by G.K. Chesterton of one of his essays ("The Spice of Life") from a BBC radio broadcast now in the public domain.

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Track Name: The Man Who Refused to Dance
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"
Track Name: Permanent Valentine
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?
Track Name: For Those I'll Leave Behind
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
Track Name: The Secret of Enjoying Life (Chesterton)
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.
Track Name: Down by the Sycamore Tree
"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
Track Name: Theresa's Waltz
(instrumental)