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Love Songs For Loners

by LP Kelly

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1.
I've lain in lonesome graveyards on the Mississippi delta By the stones of fellows I have longed to meet I've walked among the cotton underneath an endless skyline The echoes of the blues beneath my feet Chorus I've traveled to the west, and I've traveled to the south and I've traveled where the streets are paved with gold Now I'm headed to the east, just to hold you to my breast Because heaven just ain't heaven all alone On the shores of the Pacific California redwood forest I've sat and counted waves upon the sea and a single human lifetime seems reduced to just a pinpoint Crushed between the ocean and the trees Chorus I've looked upon the river down in Zion's dusty valley From the cliffsides where the angels come to rest And standing there among that host, I've hung my head and cried For the only angel that I love the best Chorus
2.
Trails 04:41
The Cherokee, trekking through the trees Leaves his footprints, tracking herds of deer He's long gone; his time has traveled on Up the ridgeline, the road he made's still here Chorus Paths push forward, trails trace behind Get compacted over time We pave them over, follow well-worn lines Building highways in our minds A sheep that's hungry cannot be led To keep us tame, we must stay well fed We walk ahead, not seeing what we see And once we're lost, that's when we lead Chorus From our birthdays, down on through the years It seems too easy to trace this trail of tears We borrow habits from those who've gone before Not to question, never to explore Chorus
3.
It's peaches in the summertime Kisses sweet as Cherry Wine Berries blushing in the warm sunshine It's coffee in the morning, loving at night I love the way you love me right Put those arms around me, mama squeeze me tight And lay me down a pallet on your floor I'm riding high on the hog and I'll ride right to your door The light in me sees the light in you and all the things those lights could do when I'm with you, my light comes shining through Dance all night with a bottle in your hand dance right up to that baby grand in your arms, baby, I'm fit to beat the band It's jitterbug or zydeco 5 6 7 8 I don't know Just hold on tight mama don't you let me go Tomorrow you'll be on the road again But if you've gotta leave me, mama Leave me with a grin The light in me sees the light in you and all the things those lights could do when I'm with you, my light comes shining through Tomorrow you'll be on the road again But if you've gotta leave me, mama Leave me with a grin The light in me sees the light in you and all the things those lights could do when I'm with you, my light comes shining through when I'm with you, my light comes shining through
4.
Chorus Your lovin', it won't pay my rent I can't make bills on your good intent Your kisses may be heaven sent But your loving don't pay my rent Every morning I get up and I work from 9 to 5 Cos you know I wasn't born a rich man's child I work to live, I don't live to work, and we're both still alive But I'm bringing home the bacon while you're out there running wild Chorus It's true that you sometimes go out and buy me pretty things But you do it with the money that you borrow You say that we should go downtown and find a diamond ring And maybe we could pay it back tomorrow Chorus I know you've been trying real hard to find a job Or at least that's the way that you've been talking And I'm not trying to say that you're some kind of lazy slob But if the shoe fits, you better wear it, and those shoes are made for walking Chorus
5.
Another first date; second one this week You can't stand to settle down When the best might be around the bend, you wait Always get cold feet, But keep them hanging round In case you need to call them in the end Chorus Take your time on the ride you bought Some day you'll realize you over analyze Make your stand, give it your best shot If you keep trying to optimize, you won't be satisfied With what you've got 12 pairs of blue jeans, 24 brands of booze Leaves you wondering About all the things you didn't choose; let go I know it's tough But there comes a time To just let good enough be good enough Chorus When you open up your eyes, and the world it seems too wide You decide not to decide In bed, swiping through a screen You channel surf relationships, trying to find the perfect fit Instead, look in between Stop trying to make the perfect trade Love ain't ever found, it's only made Chorus
6.
Chorus I wrote you a song, it just ain't the one you wanted It's a love song, but the love it ain't for you Cos I love being free, and I sure love being me And I love the fact that you and I are through You said you'd love me till the end of time And I don't doubt you meant just what you said but now our time is gone, and so I'll be moving on to spend my time all by myself instead Chorus In your mind, you told yourself that I was it Then you tried to change me, tried to make me fit It's pretty plain to see the one you wanted wasn't me But the person that you thought that I should be Chorus The tighter that you held on to the leash The harder I would try to pull away You thought that you were sure, but you were only insecure You could make me sit, but never make me stay Chorus
7.
Bike Thief 04:03
You picked me up drunk and I spent the night I was anxious to leave at morning's first light I had no car; you were half asleep I crept into your garage while you were brushing your teeth Chorus I stole your heart, and also your bike But you played your part, you did as you liked I never lied, never said I would stay Now you're standing there all alone crying as I'm pedaling away You screamed after me that you'd call the cops It felt good to be free, so I didn't stop Across the fence line, where the grass looked much greener I hope you'll forgive me this one misdemeanor Chorus Hungover and tired, I could still smell your hair Got sick on the curb, and went downhill from there I guess in love, I never will win But nevertheless I've got a new Schwinn Chorus
8.
There ain't nothing wrong with making coffee for one In the warmth and the stillness of the noonday sun and there ain't nothing wrong with doing nothing at all In the cool of the morning of the early fall Well I don't mind sleeping all alone at night Pulling down the blinds, keeping out the morning light There ain't nothing wrong with having too much fun My mother thinks that I'm a loser but I think that I've won I'm rolling like a river and I'm blowing like the breeze I've got the whole damn day to do whatever I please Well I don't mind sleeping all alone at night Pulling down the blinds, keeping out the morning light There ain't nothing selfish about dancing till two I can do me and you can do you You've got your kids and your dogs and your color TV You can do you and I'll do me Well I don't mind sleeping all alone at night Pulling down the blinds, keeping out the morning light Well I don't care if you think that I ain't living right Cos I ain't scared, and happiness ain't black and white There ain't nothing wrong with making coffee for one In the warmth and the stillness of the noonday sun
9.
The sun in the west makes the evening shadows fall In the stillness of the night, I can hear the coyotes call I'm all alone, thinking dear of you Dreaming of the days that's gone by Chorus I wonder if you still miss me I wonder if you still care I'd do anything that you'd ask of me If you'd come and take away these lonely blues Instrumental The sun in the west paints a picture in the sky The reds blend into blues as the moon begins to rise I'm all alone, wishing you were near Wishing we could roll back the years Chorus
10.
Chorus You built your life from poetry and violence Now all that's left are cigarettes and silence Dim recollections of the stories that you made You thought you'd die before you had to own up You were a legend, but now your friends have grown up You thought you'd burn out, but never thought you'd fade You wandered the barrio with a samurai sword Took 25 sleeping pills on the guesthouse floor Kaolin and morphine seeping from the corners of your lips Started a brawl down at Archibald's bar Swinging in the car park with a blue bottle guitar Tits up in the mud before you'd loosen up your grip Chorus Seasick in a van with five other guys Passing out with a pen and a bottle of wine Slowly growing deaf, and it's probably just as well Rain Dogs clanking from the tape deck in the dash Head tipped back, your knuckles white with ash An aging lonesome rake who's lost his way to hell But goddam you could sing; goddam you could play Goddam you could hold a whole room in your sway God damned you to hell before you could die Now there's nothing but ghosts in your eyes Chorus

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All music perfomed By LP Kelly except:

Matt Labarge (matthewlabarge.com): Keyboards on 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10
Thomas Bryan Eaton (thomasbryaneaton.com): Pedal steel on 4, 9
Chris Printz: Mandolin on 7
Paul Herling: Fiddle on 9

All songs by Liam Patrick Kelly (BMI) except:
"Sun In The West" – Alfred Dean Reed / Liam Patrick Kelly

Recorded and Mixed by LP Kelly at the Panorama Ballroom, Blacksburg, VA
Mastered by Jeff Lipton and Maria Rice at Peerless Mastering, Boston, MA
Design and layout by LP Kelly
Front photo by Rick Krajnyak - Back Photo by LP Kelly

Big thanks to Matt Labarge for all of his assistance throughout the process. Thanks to: Natalie Spears (nataliespears.com) for help with arrangements and encouragements. Thomas, Chris, and Paul for sharing their talents. Dean "T-Baby" Reed for his friendship and hot guitar chords. All of my IndieGoGo backers for funding this project. And as ever, thanks to all of the musicians, dancers, writers and artists who make this world a richer place.

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released February 14, 2021

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LP Kelly Blacksburg, Virginia

The sound of LP Kelly (formerly Old Man Kelly) comes from the early days of American roots music: when bluesmen sang from front porches on hot afternoons; when swing bands played dances in speakeasies late into the night. Kelly has worked to encourage a renaissance in music that has a history and a place – music that demands the listener dig deeper to find its roots in geography and time. ... more

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