Born To Live

by Low and Honey

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1.
Before I Go Down some people never get the chance to really shine some people never know what they’re lookin for I wanna take you by the hand while there’s still time I might not get another chance before I go down, I go down, I go down some people never find the words to put things right I mean they bottle up until they nearly explode I wanna talk about it all with you tonight I wanna lay it all down before I go down, I go down, I go down baby come with me, we’ll take it, take it, take it slow if we never try honey then we’ll never know it’s so beautiful how could I just walk away? and go down, and go down, and go down, and go down, and go some people always seem so bogged down in the mud some people never wanna wade in from the shore it’s time to jump into the tide taken at the flood into the shimmerin sea before I go down, I go down, I go down, I go baby come with me, we’ll take it, take it, take it slow if we never try honey then we’ll never know it’s so beautiful how could I just walk away? and go down, and go down, and go down, and go all the way, all the way some people always wanna look the other way but baby some things are just too big to ignore I ain’t afraid I’m gonna die some lonesome day I’m just afraid of being dead before I go down, I go down, I go down, I go baby come with me, we’ll take it, take it, take it slow if we never try honey then we’ll never know it’s so beautiful how could I just walk away? and go down, and go down, and go down, and go down
2.
03:27
Miss Seattle there’s a girl out west in the pourin rain with a purplish tinge that she can’t explain Miss Seattle it’s all a piece of what brings me to my knees and there’s a break in the clouds that I’m flyin through every damn week just to look at you Miss Seattle you’re soakin in through all three layers of skin the only uncool thing about you I can see is me there’s a girl out west that I’m dreamin of with a thrift store style that you know I love Miss Seattle you stole my heart in your Value Village cart and everyone in the street that you run into grows another inch all thanks to you Miss Seattle it suits you well, you got style oh I can tell the only uncool thing about you I can see is me bound on the beach with a look so delighted never really touchin the ground me with my heart on my sleeve unrequited happy just hangin around yeah I could lose, I could lose like a mother givin up before I begin or I could try, I could try to discover what makes her head spin, makes it there’s a girl out west yeah as I’ve been sayin soakin in the tub with the music playin Miss Seattle it’s so unfair that you’re livin way out there but there’s a break in the clouds that I’m prayin to every damn day to god knows who Miss Seattle I’m closin in on your sweet satanic grin the only uncool thing about you I can see is me bound on the beach with a look so delighted never really touchin the ground me with my heart on my sleeve unrequited happy just hangin around yeah I could lose, I could lose like a mother givin up before I begin or I could try, I could try to discover what makes her head spin, makes it makes it spin makes it spin makes it spin
3.
02:43
Blake Street on Blake Street she had a rock in her shoe for awhile on Blake Street down about a quarter of a mile I didn’t know her when she was livin in Denver but by her own account it was probably better that way she worked like a miner on the sadness inside her down in a hole everyday pick and a shovel she was poundin the rubble the dust was so thick that it was makin her choke chronic angina almost halfway to China just how far would that rabbit hole go? on Blake Street she had a rock in her shoe for awhile on Blake Street down about a quarter of a mile back on the surface little brother was nervous so he came in from Florida to see for himself and painted the factory that she shared with nobody with some paints he found on a shelf but wrapped in a sweater, well, he wasn’t much better and neither one shared all the trouble they’d seen yeah, with everything burning and Saturn returning she would just have to roll up her sleeves on Blake Street she had a rock in her shoe for awhile on Blake Street down about a quarter of a mile all in, fallin down on the way, all the way down clinical, chemical down natural, beautiful down cryin and cursin and her lungs nearly burstin her spirit was strong though she’d lost a lot of weight finally defeated her defenses retreated left her alone at the gate now some think depression’s a cry for attention and every emotion’s gotta have it’s say well, she made it to China, now that’s all behind her yeah, that was way back in the day on Blake Street she had a rock in her shoe for awhile on Blake Street down about a quarter of a mile on Blake Street, down on Blake on Blake Street, down on Blake
4.
03:56
It’s A Dream I was livin alone with nobody of my own but I started to dream when your picture hit the screen one long shot in the dark outside the bookstore on the park and I started to beam when you bounded over to me over to me and it’s a dream, it’s a dream yeah it’s a dream, it’s a dream, it’s a dream, it’s a dream we wandered about annihilating any doubt then you started to lean ever after into me into me and it’s a dream, it’s a dream yeah it’s a dream, it’s a dream, it’s a dream, it’s a dream or is this heaven I’m in? should I believe more in him? please never wake me from this just let me sleep in your arms perfectness oh look at us now, little baby’s on the prowl she’s lost in the dream, like her mother, like me like me and it’s a dream, it’s a dream yeah it’s a dream it’s a dream it’s a dream it’s a dream
5.
02:52
Born To Live I wanna live it with you, I wanna live it in two I wanna live it, live, live it in every way I wanna live it tonight, just wanna live it, alright I wanna throw myself into the fray I wanna live it and then I wanna live it again I wanna push it out like I was one of you live it, come on, like Iggy singin a song just wanna live, live, live, like I was born to live like I was born to live I wanna jump off a fence, don’t have to make any sense just wanna jump, jump, jump, and take you with me into the fire, oh baby, out on a wire I wanna light it up and watch it burn don’t wanna lay me to rest, I wanna live it to death I wanna grind it down until it’s sore so honey, let go the wheel, ’cause baby now it’s for real I wanna rip the brakes right off the fuckin floor like I was born to live, like I was born to live like I was born to live don’t wanna live in my head, I wanna touch it instead I wanna run my hand along the seam I wanna feel every curve ’cause now I’m hittin a nerve want you to bite my lip and watch it bleed I wanna live it with you, I wanna live it I do I wanna live it, live it, live it, in every way I wanna live it tonight, just wanna live it, alright I wanna live, live, live like I was born to live like I was born to live like I was born to live like I was born like I was born to live born
6.
Electrical Reasons she had electrical reasons, she had electrical fears she had electrical seasons, she had electrical years I didn’t know what was comin when she said, “honey, welcome to my world” oh my baby, my baby girl she had electrical friends and electrical fans she didn’t follow the trends, she never got with the plan she was my favorite obsession, a little mystery to unfurl oh my baby, my baby girl don’t matter to her if she can’t sing, she’s gonna sing it anyway don’t matter to her what you all think, she’s gonna blow you all away what matters to her ain’t of this earth, it comes from far away electricity, it’s a mystery she had electrical poise, she had electrical cool she didn’t bother with boys, yeah she was nobody’s fool I sang the body electric as she moved me slowly under hers oh my baby, my baby girl don’t matter to her if she can’t sing, she’s gonna sing it anyway don’t matter to her what you all think, she’s gonna blow you all away what matters to her ain’t of this earth, it comes from far away electricity, it’s a mystery she had electrical towers, she built electrical dams 
fifty megawatt hours in the palms of her hands she never mentioned the wires I noticed growin out of her oh my baby, my baby girl don’t matter to her if she can’t sing, she’s gonna sing it anyway don’t matter to her what you all think, she’s gonna blow you all away what matters to her ain’t of this earth, it comes from far away electricity, it’s a mystery electricity, it’s a mystery, it comes from far away electricity, electricity, she’s gonna blow you all away electricity, electricity electricity, it’s a mystery
7.
04:09
Jealousy I was loathe to let it show but I could not let it go I was blind but I could see blind with jealousy you might say it affects me more than you and I can’t control what others may do yeah I know it’s all a matter of degrees but baby please there was somethin in the air the way he touched you there was it real or was it me or just good old jealousy? but I swear I saw a twinkle in your eye and that feelin in my stomach don’t lie now I’m beggin for a little courtesy I’m on my knees is this really all just make-believe? ’cause I ain’t crazy, not yet baby please baby please you say it was okay baby it was only play and flirtin ain’t a crime right up to the line you might say it affects me more than some and I’d love to figure out just where it’s from but it’s hard to see the forest for the trees the way you tease the lady doth protest a bit too much I guess but all it really means is she’s as scared as me jealousy jealousy jealousy jealousy
8.
Same Old Story out in the kitchen, turn on the radio there ain’t no good songs they ever play so hop on the subway up to Delancey makin my way through Alphabet City listen to Tom play vinyl on Sunday funny how quickly it turns into Monday I see you walk in, alligator maybe someday I’ll see you later I’m ready to feel, I’m ready to fight I’m ready for love but it’s gotta be right I don’t wanna just fall into the same old story in my apartment starin at YouTube there’s gotta be somethin better to do takin a walk down by the Gowanus the smell a reminder that summer’s upon us I get a text sayin, ‘check out the full moon’ I’m lookin up but maybe too soon? god I want you, god almighty god I hope your mom’ll like me I’m ready to feel, I’m ready to fight I’m ready for love but it’s gotta be right I don’t wanna just fall into the same old story I’m back on my feet, yeah, back on my toes I’m back on the street now anythin goes I don’t wanna just fall into the same old story I may bend but I won’t break, I won’t make the same mistakes when it comes to love again I may run into a wall, I’m a human after all a fool for love until the end out in the evenin, out on the front lines careful not to step on the land mines out with a flashlight, out with a purpose down on the sidewalk scratchin the surface then I see you, fascinator waitin for me, alligator now we’re talkin, now we’re lookin now let’s get our asses back into Brooklyn I’m ready to feel, I’m ready to fight I’m ready for love, but it’s gotta be right I don’t wanna just fall into the same old story I’m back on my feet, yeah, back on my toes I’m back on the street now anything goes I don’t wanna just fall into the same old story same old story same old story same old story
9.
You Didn’t Know Me you didn’t know me, I can see it in your eyes it’s that look of mistrust interwoven with surprise you got a vision I’m the devil in disguise you knew me but you didn’t know you didn’t know me, yeah I think it’s pretty clear baby with there’s a blind spot ringin in your ear that drowns out the words that would move you dear you knew me but you didn’t know me you didn’t know me, I can hear it in your voice just a note, and I quote, “you’re like every other boy” someday baby you’ll just have to make a choice you knew me but you didn’t know you didn’t know me, even scientists agree it takes about a year to clear out the debris of every other lover that’s been down our street you knew me but you didn’t know me well I’m no angel and you’re no baby blue but are you ready for me, baby, and am I ready for you? you didn’t know me, yeah I think it’s fair to say there’s a lotta fear gettin in the way come on baby put your fingers in the clay you knew me but you didn’t know you didn’t know me, it’s okay you didn’t know we mighta started walkin, there’s still so far to go it doesn’t scare me, no it only goes to show you knew me but you didn’t know me
10.
On The Attack I love you baby, I love that we met I love you baby, how much you wanna bet? I love you baby, don’t you ever forget I love you baby I love you baby, right from the start I love you baby, right in the heart I love you baby, ’til death do us part I love you baby, I love you baby I love you baby, down at the bar I love you baby, in back of the car I love you baby, right wherever you are I love you baby I love you baby, out on the town I love you baby, just paddin around I love you baby, yeah I worship the ground I love you baby, I love you baby ah you got yourself a plan make me a better man yeah I know you make your bed in heaven meanwhile I’m rollin lucky sevens I love you baby, on the attack I love you baby, or flat on your back I love you baby, it’s a matter of fact I love you baby I love you baby, it’s outta control I love you baby, just so you know I love you baby, body and soul I love you baby, I love you baby ah but times are tough most days just can't seem to get enough you know I miss you when you're not around with your mama’s brown eyes and your sister’s old hand-me-downs you know what I’m gonna do for you? I’m gonna make you some rice and beans sweet plantains and collard greens yeah girl I got your breakfast on goddamn, goddamn I love you baby, on the attack I love you baby, on the attack I love you baby, on the attack I love you baby, I love you baby
11.
Someone Like You I won’t be the one that runs away this time baby I’m inclined to stay with you I won’t make you cry, I won’t make you cry I’ll just stay by your side I won’t be the one that lies to you what’s the point if I can’t tell the truth to you? I won’t make you guess, I won’t make you guess I’ll just say it like it is ’cause you don’t need another boy sitting on your fence you don’t need another boy pleading his defense and I have waited all my life just to find someone like you I won’t be the one you have to fight I’ll just be your one love satellite and I won’t float away, I won’t float away I’ll keep spinning around you, babe ’cause you don’t need another boy you dated in your past you don’t need me to tell you that ain’t going to last and I have waited all my life just to find someone like you I won’t be the one that leaves you flat no I’ve forgotten all I know when it comes to that I will stick around, I will be your friend thick as glue me and you ’cause you don’t need another boy messing up your plans you don’t need another boy, you just need a man and I say I just want to love you baby, ’cause there’s no one above you baby I’ll give you the best of me if you’ll forgive the rest of me I won’t be the one to break your heart but we can put it back together for a start and I won’t be afraid, I won’t be afraid ’cause I have waited all my life just to find someone like you oh I’ve been waiting my whole life just to find someone like you someone like you, someone like you, someone like you
12.
04:20
drivin to my baby’s house, another quarter mile thinkin of her Andalusian smile she gets me so wound up like a puppet on a string yeah I think I’m onto something big arms around my baby, hers surroundin me I think she could save me, so does she out there is a world of trouble, I don’t even care all is well ’cause baby’s over there lyin on the sofa wearin nothin but a grin yeah I think tonight we’re stayin in arms around my baby, hers surroundin me I think she could save me, so does she, so does she defies my comprehension welcome to the fourth dimension way beyond relativity young and brutish, dumb and foolish, always in the right then one day you wake and see the light someone out there sent the answer to your little prayers now you got your baby standin there arms around my baby, hers surroundin me I think she could save me and now we’re gonna see who cares if she’s crazy? I guess crazy’s what I need I don’t need to find a reason to believe

credits

released August 1, 2013

BRAD HAMILTON: Guitars, Vocals (all tracks)
AUSTIN SCHUMACHER: Drums (all tracks except Blake Street, Born To Live, Same Old Story)
JOSH LATTANZI: Bass (all tracks except Arms)
DAVE SHERMAN: Keyboards
BEN RICE: Guitars (Someone Like You, Electrical Reasons, Blake Street); Backing Vocals; bass on Arms
ANDREW BURNS: Drums (Blake Street, Born To Live)
GLENN HEALY: Drums (Same Old Story); Additional Percussion
DANNY MALONEY: Backing Vocals (On The Attack)

Produced by Ben Rice and Brad Hamilton
All songs written by Brad Hamilton
Published by Stingy Machine Records (ASCAP)
Recorded and MIxed by Ben Rice at Degraw Sound, Brooklyn
Additional recording by Brad Hamilton at Studio 385, Brooklyn
Mastered by Dale Becker at Bernie Becker Mastering, Pasadena, CA
Package Design and Photography: Brad Hamilton

© Brad Hamilton ℗ 2013 Stingy Machine Records

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Low and Honey is the alias of Brooklyn-based musician Brad Hamilton.

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