Love, War, and Other Mistakes

by Danny Whitecotton

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1.
Does she have that same old smile Maybe I could talk for awhile with you, with you I wanna talk to you Does she still have that same blue dress Or that wit that’ll make me guess about you, about you I wanna talk to you Since you went away There’s a hole in my heart That I can’t seem to fill Since she went away I haven’t had a sunny day And it’s such a shame you’re getting married I wanna talk to you I hope you’re not too committed to this guy I hope you find out that he cheats and lies on you, on you I wanna talk to you Since you went away There’s a hole in my heart That I can’t seem to fill Since she went away I haven’t had a sunny day And it’s such a shame you’re getting married I wanna talk to you Maybe now is not the best time To be talking while you’re dressed in white with him, with him I wanna talk to you Since you went away There’s a hole in my heart That I can’t seem to fill Since she went away I haven’t had a sunny day And it’s such a shame you’re getting married That you’re married I wanna talk to you
2.
Not Anymore 04:56
Never been good looking into the future But I see mistakes and you know I’ll make them Promises I’ll break them So many times I’ve been shot down And everyone has there reasons And every time it feels like treason Everyone wants whats best for me But I won’t let mistakes get the best of me Not anymore You see it happen so many times People get older and they lose their minds Its just not right From what I’ve seen the world keeps spinning Everyday I turn around and the day just ended It never said goodbye Gravity keeps pulling me down I used to think it would pull me straight into the ground Not anymore Never been good looking into the past It makes me sick at times To know that I’ve made you cry I know it goes without saying a word You’ve given me more than I deserved But I’ll be damned if love don’t hurt Not Anymore
3.
I swear to God I love you I wouldn’t change who you are A twenty something girl with a life worth living But life ain’t written in the stars You have a smile to admire A heart I wish I had So many times I have no intention But I go and screw it up bad Do you love me? Are you sure? Do you love me? Are you sure? Do you love me Or are you in love with a memory? I swear I had more muscle And a few less pounds You my girl still look like an angel One I’m shocked that I found It’s a tricky situation picking one for life Your choice girl the jury’s still out But mine I bet it just right Do you love me? Are you sure? Do you love me? Are you sure? Do you love me Or are you in love with a memory? I swear to God I love you And I won’t let go For 99 years or what we’ve got You’ll have someone to hold Now It’s a simple question But I’m scared to ask Because if you say no it would break my heart And this song would end so sad Do you love me? Are you sure? Do you love me? Are you sure? Do you love me Or are you in love with a memory? I said are you in love? Do you love me?
4.
My train is slowing down And I have no doubts This is the lowest I’ve been in awhile I need something to pick me up I need a little bit of good luck But there ain’t been none around Pick me up off the ground Cause I got things to do Can’t stop right now Until that train brings me back home to you The river is rolling softly As I look out my window tonight Looking black and white As the moon collides with the light Pick me up off the ground Cause I got things to do Can’t stop right now Until that train brings me back home to you Well I’ve said I’m going nowhere And you always know best Now my face is black and blue And I’m still in love with you New York you did it again Pick me up off the ground Cause I got things to do Can’t stop right now Until that train brings me back home to you
5.
He said goodbye in the pouring rain as the bus driver said “Its time to go” Nobody wants to say goodbye to a pretty little wife and four month old But he knows he’s got to try Cause there’s heartache in the future from the things he can’t buy He has to face up to the truth There’s so much in this life he wanted to do We never did such things we never did what we wanted to do We never did such things. Now we lie to ourselves till we think it’s the truth It won’t leave me alone Something that feels strange I’ll call you on the phone But there’s something in the future I can’t change He said “Yes Sir” to the Army man when they said to the front you will go He shot a man to save another now he’s considered a hero At times he wants to cry Because to take a life is to die inside Everyone says he was right But now he can’t look into his wife’s eyes Say I never did such things Only did what I was told to do I never did such things Now I lie to myself till I think it’s the truth It won’t leave me alone Something that feels strange I’ll call you on the phone Now there is something in the past that I can’t change So many times he stares at the wall seeing the bullet that started it all Thinks about the dreams that were lost he looks at his life. Was it worth the cost? I never did such things I never did what I wanted to do I never did such things Now I lie to myself till I think it’s the truth It won’t leave me alone Something that feels strange I’ll call you on the phone There’s something in the past that I can’t change
6.
Well it’s been raining And you’ve been saying It’s time to get out of here It’s been coming and maybe it’s been something You’ve said honest dear You’re not the kind to make a promise but this one you could keep The rain has been falling and I’m not stopping You from going out the door So go on and rain go on and cry Leave these blue tears behind You were nothing but a smile on my face You were nothing but a feeling that I can’t replace You were nothing but one of my best days So why don’t you go on? Go on and Rain You haven’t been trying and you’ve been lying Saying this will last forever but when the writing is on the wall and you don’t call forever just feels like never So go on and rain go on and cry Leave these blue tears behind You were nothing but a smile on my face You were nothing but a feeling that I can’t replace You were nothing but one of my best days So why don’t you go on? Go on and Rain You were nothing but a smile on my face You were nothing but a feeling that I can’t replace You were nothing but one of my best days So why don’t you go on? Go on and Rain
7.
Well I found a cure for my desperate soul Staring right back through the window I’m leaving on a train at a quarter of 8 I’ve got to go back to work I’ve got to keep myself busy The day flies by but I still think of you and all the women walking round in their brand new shoes I meet a friend for a drink I try to take it easy But I wind up drunk you know its so damn easy On the train back I sleep in my coat Then I go to a movie so I don’t feel alone I could have you back but I think this is best It’s probably about time to put us to rest Walking up late to the front door I hear the phone ring and its staring back through the window I run grab the receiver the voice is yours Staring back through the window I found my cure For my desperate soul For my desperate soul For my desperate soul For my desperate soul
8.
State the facts. What’s your name? Why did you kill? Are you sane? You left a long trail behind Of motives to unwind Can you tell us where is the knife That you used to take his life? Please help us to understand Why you did this to this man? He took away my life. Why wouldn’t I take his? Incorruptible, impenetrable, this is pure justice To take away my love and leave nothing in return I don’t know what you would do, but it’s a hard lesson to learn So you admit you did the deed If everyone thought like you where would we be? We have a moral obligation to uphold You can’t turn on those who turn on you and kill them cold Tell me why I can’t when I don’t care about him? Why should he live while I die? I was at a point of no return A single match that burns Well I don’t know what you would do, but it’s a hard lesson to learn You sit in the shadows while I take the fall For killing your lover you did it all I’ll do this for you because I love you I’ll wait for you. Will you wait too? One last thing before I go You admitted but I have to know What happened to the knife That you used to take his life?
9.
Let me start at the end, after the dust had risen When truth ripped through the sky The troops marching, I saw lightning And it brought out your smile Remember that night, When you said goodbye You thought it was the only way How could you know, through life I’d go Singing the blues in a permanent Rain How many died, fighting for what they thought was right? I thought I was the only one Put my heart in the ground, put your guns down And step into the sun The fortune I’ve seen, I can’t take any of it with me For the debts I have to pay So long my love, I hope I’m the one your thinking of When you feel the permanent rain So lets begin, now that you know the end To the path that I strayed The dust hadn’t risen, the leaves were falling So begins the permanent rain.
10.
Ghosts 04:04
There’s a ghost in these hills .Been moving all around There’s a fire in your hands when the devil comes to town. He has a long long reach into your soul When you’re drinking along the boulevard I thought that I had a reason But sometimes that’s just the way you are There’s a ghost in this house. She’s never quite satisfied. She comes to me in dreams where in the darkness you can’t hide It’s been a long long night in fear Reading about places you’ve never seen You have a picture on the wall of yourself And wonder if it’s the man you ever been But light will conquer the darkness when the morning comes Forget all the answers, tonight you won’t find a single one. There’s a fire in your heart. I hope it never dies. Be mindful of the ghosts. They’ll try to steal the light. It’s been a long long night in here And I’m losing ground at 3am I thought that I could find the answers But that’s not the way I am Light will conquer the darkness When the morning comes Forget all the answers Tonight you won’t find a single one
11.
Looking back I see the cars lined up at the coffee shop where you used to play. Sitting next to a girl who was your world who laughed out loud and would always say. You take yourself to serious you’ll go delirious wondering what everyone thinks. What everyone thinks. Who’s that guy singing up at the lights he seems happy Caught him in a day dream he’s just staring out at the stars He can’t change the way you feel about him He can’t change the way you feel about him Not living in a comic book and the strength it took you wouldn’t call him superman Working on a day dream it’s always happening washing the windows so you can see in And its always surprising to you And hard work Its always surprising to you. He can’t change the way you feel about him He can’t change the way you feel about him He can’t change. He can’t change. He can’t change the way you feel about him Looking back I see the cars lined up at the coffee shop where you used to play Sitting next to a girl who is your world who says there are things you can not change. He can’t change the way you feel about him He can’t change the way you feel about him He can’t change. No I can’t change. I can’t change the way you feel about me.

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released August 6, 2013

Recorded at SoundMIND Audio, Bennington, VT
Producers – James Kinne and Danny Whitecotton
Also, M.R. Poulopoulos on “Not Anymore”
Engineered by James Kinne
Mixed by James Kinne
All Songs Written by Danny Whitecotton (BMI)

Photos by Jim Miller, Desolation Road Studio

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Danny Whitecotton Wilmington, Delaware

Danny Whitecotton is a native Texas singer/songwriter currently based out of Wilmington, Delaware that writes and plays songs about love, loss, and possibility with a blend of folk, country, rock, and blues.

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