Herman Put Down the Gun

by Sonia Tetlow

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Recorded on April 12 & 13, 2008 in New Orleans, LA. thanks to spuntv.com.

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released June 29, 2009

Sonia Tetlow: guitar/ vox/ mandolin
Lee Kennedy: bass/ vox
Linda Bolley: drums/ vox/ mandolin/ guitar

Engineered by Chris Finney and Chris Bailey
The Music Shed (New Orleans, LA)
Mastered at Earthshaking Music (Atlanta, GA)

All songs by Sonia Tetlow.
©2009 SonicGrrl Music, BMI

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Track Name: 29
Come on in
I have been waiting
All my life though it feels like yesterday
29
I feel the earth rotating
All the while my feet
Planted in the ground
I’m standing still

Come on it
There are no secrets
Everyone knows I died here long ago
29
and weaker than the weakness
that built this bed of mine
planted in the sound
I’m standing still

I can’t move
I can’t move

Come on come on come on come on

Come on in
Our time is going
Purchase the parchment and write it all down
29
and nothing worth showing
but a temple in the trees
planted in the ground
and standing still
Track Name: Gimme
Gimme some gimme some gimme some gimme some gimme
Gimme some gimme some gimme some gimme some gimme

Give me a reason to live
Something to give
my sad heart a sounding board
give me a reason to hope
something to hold
onto while worlds go spinning round

and I don’t mean to go on like this
I don’t mean to be selfish
I just don’t know how long
I can walk these weary days

Oh Gimme some gimme some gimme some gimme some gimme
Gimme some gimme some gimme some gimme some gimme

Give me a reason to believe
That everything we need
Is not just a chance offering
Give me a sign of your love
Not just flesh and blood
Turning the water to wine

and I don’t mean to go on like this
I don’t mean to be selfish
I just don’t know how long
I can walk these weary days

Gimme some gimme

Give me something I cannot name
Peace without pain
Love without shame
Fire without flame
Words without blame
Fire without flame
Peace without pain
Love without shame

and I don’t mean to go on like this
I don’t mean to be so selfish
I just don’t know how long
I can walk these weary days
Track Name: Incessant
You gotta take I on the chin baby
Fight until you win baby
Be until you been baby
Gotta love gotta love gotta love gotta love

You gotta chase it in your mind baby
Come up from behind baby
See until your blind baby
Gotta love gotta love gotta love gotta love

You gotta kiss it with your tongue baby
Sing it til it’s sung baby
Write it til it comes baby
Gotta love gotta love gotta love gotta love

You gotta wing it in the air baby
Use kamikaze care baby
Dream it til it’s there baby
Gotta love gotta love gotta love gotta love

You gotta take it on the chin baby
Fight until you win baby
Be until you been baby
Gotta love gotta love gotta love gotta love
Gotta love gotta love gotta love gotta love
Gotta love gotta love gotta love gotta love
love love love
Track Name: Soul Searching
I been knocked down dragged out broken-hearted bitter
Drinking the well dry
I been a black-balled balled-up suicidal quitter
Tripping every lifeline
But I ain’t walking that wire no more
I’m going to cut it down down
Black-balled balled-up broken-hearted bitter
Time to turn it around

Cuz I got a heart still beating
Got a love worth keeping
Got a soul still searching
Still searching
Got a heart still beating
Got a love worth keeping
Got a soul still searching
Still searching for more

Is it ever too late
To make a change
To stand in the presence of your past
without shame
To soar towards the sun
Sober as a stone
Holding tight to love
With no fear of letting go

Cuz I’ve been knocked down
Raised up
Rock starred
Made up
Hollowed
Hungry
Glutton
And whore
I’ve been bitten
Faithful
Righteous
Banal
Wanting
Weary
Wasted
And I don’t know why

But I got a heart still beating
Got a love worth keeping
Got a soul still searching
Still searching
Got a heart still beating
Got a love worth keeping
Got a soul still searching
Still searching for more

I’m still searching for more
Track Name: Snakebite
It’s winter in the hollow, the roads are slick with ice
Black as tarwater glistening in the night
and I am racing towards the city and the bed in which you lay
burning up with fever in the fire of your faith

Scenes of just yesterday are spinning through my head
Your face as beautiful as it’s always been
and I grow cold with the memory, so cold I cannot breathe
when I finally reach you, will you still remember me

Oh my god how sweet the saving grace that taught my heart to fear you

One more time for the healing now, one more chance tonight
lay your hands on the chosen one, lift him to the light
and you will speak in the tongues of angels, dance with the holy ghost
and Jesus will hold you and never let

One more chance for the healing now, one more time tonight
lay your hands on the chosen one, lift him to the light
and you will speak in the tongues of angels, dance with the holy ghost
and Jesus will hold you and never let
Jesus will hold you and never let
Jesus will hold you and never let go
Track Name: Savior Sacrifice
She's got a way with her wishing that defies all her wants
and the cost of ambition is more than she has lost
cuz there ain't no getting everything right before it's wrong

And she's heard more than her share of if and only when
but the time's long gone when she cared to listen
cuz she's the only one who knows what life she's gotta live

it's just a calling darling
savior, sacrifice
a calling darling

So roll with the punches and ride with the rain
cuz the tables always turn but the rules remain the same
play the hand you're dealt, never dwell on the odds of the game

then it don't matter that much in the end if you lose
cuz every day you win when every day you choose
to make something out of nothing so nothing makes nothing outta you

it's just a calling darling
savior, sacrifice
a calling darling

it's been a long time coming down these roads
a long time coming around
it's been a long time coming down these roads
and I ain't giving up no ground

cuz I won't apologize anymore
i don't care if you dig it I don't care if you're bored
i don't care if I scare you or if you've heard it all before

it's just a song, just a sound, just a heart breaking down
just the fever, the fire, the cadence of desire
it’s just everything I am and everything I ever ever want to be

it's just a calling darling
a savior, a sacrifice
a calling darling
call it what you like
it's just a calling darling
Track Name: Lonely Street
Somewhere long ago
in a place I don't ever want to go again
I lost what little sense I had
Stubborn as a stone
Fragile as a home broken by pain
a pill-popping shame

and if you find me walking down Lonely Street
would you stop and remind me, "Hey!
what cha doing in this place?"

I was just a kid
and everything everyone else did
seemed so much better than my own half-hidden heart
Silent as a still picture
fading over time ticking away
like my invisible face

and if you find me walking down Lonely Street
would you stop and remind me, "Hey!
what cha doing in this place?"

Cuz in the morning
it all looks so different
and the marks upon your arms
become the scars that you'll overcome
so stop
put down the razorblade
flush all your shame away
just give yourself the break
you'd offer anyone else

and if you find me walking down Lonely Street
would you stop and remind me, "Hey!
quit staring down at your feet!"
cuz all around you are the dreams that will set you free
and you'll be fine
so just don't f*ck it up this time
Track Name: Stuck in a Rut
I been stuck in a rut for a very long time
bleeding from a head wound I’m losing my mind
and I don’t care about what they say
nothing feels better than to fade away

I don’t care - move a little closer
I don’t care - I’m doing just fine
I don’t care - tell me what’s your poison
I don’t care - for killing time

I feel like a sucker for believing it would last
so I’m stealing from the future to get back to the past
smoking it up and drinking it down
with a little something stronger on my next time around

I don’t care - move a little closer
I don’t care - I’m doing just fine
I don’t care - tell me what’s your poison
I don’t care - for killing time

well jimmy jimmy cocoa pop jimmy jimmy rock
jimmy got a fever that ain’t never gonna stop
when the going ain’t gettin’ and the gettin’ ain’t gone
and it feels so right then it’s gotta be wrong

I been stuck in a rut for a very long time
Track Name: Summertime
I've been four years old
at the end of a gun
scared shitless, helpless, hopeless
cuz I could not run
But I don't care
baby I don't mind
I'll take a hole in the head
over a knife in the back anytime

My skin is crawling
with memory
in the dead of the night
my bed feels like a hundred degrees
how do you know
baby how can you tell now
if the lesson you learn just burn you
like this heat from hell

Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!

I need to relax
get out of the grind
a-go online offline into space
and out of time
in the belly of a bird
or on the wing of the sea
just take me out of me
into you out of you into me

Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!

Cuz I felt four years old
at the end of that gun
scared shitless, helpless, hopeless
cuz I could not run
but I don't care
oh baby, I don't mind
I'll take a hole the head
over a knife in the back anytime

Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!
- s-s-s-summertime
Track Name: Come Back
Judging by the morning light you'd never know the distance
from me to you that grew late last night
it's funny how quick change feels even when you know it's been coming on for so long
but you're never quite ready for the hammer to fall

come back
come back
come back

Strange this crossing into apparition
was it the pain or was it what you took for it
cuz somewhere along the way you just up and seemed to disappear
and now I fear you may be gone for good

come back
come back
come back

Restless as the wind my heart grows, restless and weary
wandering alone out here among the stones
but I will wait forever in the faith that will not falter
from me to you tattooed long ago

come back
come back
come back