Desperate Man

by Kevin Stokley

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released 04 March 2014

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“Kevin Stokley has magnified and glorified the intersecting sweet spot of love for distinctly country music, swelling guitar string arrangements and the tricky craft of writing songs that are both intensely personal and universally identifiable.”

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Track Name: Turn It Up
I pulled up like clock work at seven
After workin' a job I hate
Her daddy didn't like me much
So I'd sit and wait

She'd run out after fightin' with her mama
Get in and wipe her eyes
I'd ask her what's wrong baby
She'd say just drive

So with no destination
Just a radio and one good station

We'd turn it up, turn it up
Roll the windows down
There's somethin' about a song
When you're drivin' around
Make's everything better just as long as it's loud
So turn it up, turn it up
Turn it up right now

We wore those backroads out that summer
Hell-bent on gettin' lost
Lost in the heat of that backseat
I never dreamed the wheels would ever come off

She picked a fight after one of those nights
She told me that we were through
So I took her home, torn down the road
When you're mad as hell and heartbroke
There's only one thing you can do

Turn it up, turn it up
Roll the windows down
There's somethin' about a song
When you're drivin' around
Make's everything better just as long as it's loud
So turn it up, turn it up
Turn it up right now

You don't need a destination
Just a radio and one good station

Turn it up, turn it up
Roll the windows down
There's somethin' about a song
When you're drivin' around
Make's everything better just as long as it's loud
So turn it up, turn it up
Turn it up right now
Track Name: Holly's Gone Hollywood
On every corner of a magazine, on the big screen
Every billboard sign on Sunset and Vine
She drives a fast car down the boulevard
Paparazzi behind her
They always find her

She's every boy's American dream
There was a time when she loved me

Holly, Holly, Holly's gone hollywood
She's changed her style
She's a million miles
From this old neighborhood
Always knew that she might, that she could
And now I've lost her for good
Cause Holly's gone hollywood

I was at the late show flyin' solo
Another a Saturday night, I was feelin alright
'Til the lights dimmed and she faded in
Bigger than life, yeah I almost died

'Cause she used to be my girl
But now she belongs to the world

Holly, Holly, Holly's gone hollywood
She's changed her style
She's a million miles
From this old neighborhood
Always knew that she might, that she could
And now I've lost her for good
Cause Holly's gone hollywood

She went and chased her dreams
Left them for the Malibu shore
But to me she'll always be
The girl next door

Holly, Holly, Holly's gone hollywood
She's changed her style
She's a million miles
From this old neighborhood
Always knew that she might, that she could
And now I've lost her for good
Cause Holly's gone hollywood
Track Name: Desperate Man
Why are these daisies
Daisies in my hand
Why am I standing at your door

Why am I shaking
Shaking like a leaf
Why can't my feet feel the floor

There's somethin' 'bout your kiss
There's somethin' 'bout your touch
There's somethin' 'bout your way I want so much
There's somethin' bout this feeling I don't understand
You're makin' me a desperate man

Girl, what you doin'
Doin' with that dress
I'm tryin' my best to function here

And why'd you leave it
Leave it on the floor
Can't take it anymore

There's somethin' 'bout your kiss
There's somethin' 'bout your touch
There's somethin' 'bout your way I want so much
There's somethin' bout this feeling I don't understand
You're makin' me a desperate man

Why am I so crazy
Crazy over you
What's a man to do
What's a man to do

There's somethin' 'bout your kiss
There's somethin' 'bout your touch
There's somethin' 'bout your way I want so much
There's somethin' bout this feeling I don't understand
You're makin' me a desperate man
Track Name: Can You Feel It
This heart's like a well-worn map
I've been all around love and back
Every road's just a lonesome path to you

These towns start to look the same
I've only got myself to blame
Layin' alone in this bed I see the truth

Your kiss, like fire
Burnin' desire
Can you feel it
Can you feel it
That rush, that ache
I need the love we made
Can you feel it
Can you feel it too

I broke every rule they gave me
You tried but you couldn't save me
I drove like hell into that gypsy sun

I left her standin' there at that Texaco station
At night I wonder if you're still there waitin'
For me to turn around, for me to turn back
Tell baby, can we still love like that

Baby, there's just five more miles to go
And I'll be standin' right outside your door

Your kiss, like fire
Burnin' desire
Can you feel it
Can you feel it
That rush, that ache
I need the love we made
Can you feel it
Can you feel it too
Track Name: Safe With Me
I can see the weight of the world weighin' you down girl
And it breaks my heart
I can feel the fear in your eyes
And how the trust inside has been torn apart
Baby, you are

Safe with me
I'm where you wanna be
I'll never do you wrong for as long as I breathe
Whatever this life will bring
It ain't gonna change a thing
No matter where you've been, where you go
I'll be your home
You will see that you're safe with me

When you're fallin' through life at the speed of sound
About to hit the ground
I'll be your parachute
When you're lost down some dark alleyway
You can't escape
I'll be the avenue that leads you

Somewhere safe with me
I'm where you wanna be
I'll never do you wrong for as long as I breathe
Whatever this life will bring
It ain't gonna change a thing
No matter where you've been, where you go
I'll be your home
You will see that you're safe with me

You're safe with me
Baby, you're safe with me
Right where you need to be
Whatever this life will bring
It ain't gonna change a thing
No matter where you've been
Where you go
I'll be your home
You will see that you're safe with me
Track Name: We'll Always Have Mexico
Hey nice to see you, how are you doin'
Wow, how long has it been
Last time I saw you you were leavin' for Boston
Thought I would never see you again

But here I am seein' your face
And it's all comin' back
Like it was just yesterday

And that song played
La da da da, la da da da
Remember that night on the beach
You laid next to me
La da da da, la da da da
Countin' stars and feelin' so free
You said to me
If this is as far as we go
We'll always have Mexico

Do you remember drinkin' so much tequila
You fell off your seat at the bar
Later that evenin' we danced in the moonlight
And you fell asleep in my arms

We had one hell of a week
I still think about you
Do you think about me

Singin' la da da da, la da da da
Remember that water so blue
Me kissin' you
La da da da, la da da
Oh, the lovin'
Havin' nothin' to do
I said to you
If this is as far as we go
We'll always have Mexico

La da da da, la da da da
You look so good in that dress
La da da da, la da da da
I know you got a plane to catch
So I guess this is as far as we go
But we'll always have Mexico
Track Name: There She Goes
I was there in the morning, terminal C13
Waitin' on a plane that was takin' too long to leave
She was pushin' her hair from her face
So beautiful I couldn't look away
She smiled at me then she boarded that plane
I was thinkin'

There she goes
Gettin' on a plane to God knows where
There she goes
Way up in the atmosphere
Heaven knows if it could've been love
If I would've just said hello
But there she goes

Everyday since then I've been seein' her eyes
I've been tryin' but I can't get her out of my mind
Why didn't I have the courage
To walk over and say 'darlin' what's your name'
Instead of sittin' there scared, just thinkin'

There she goes
Gettin' on a plane to God knows where
There she goes
Way up in the atmosphere
Heaven knows if it could've been love
If I would've just said hello
But there she goes

And ain't it funny what passes by in a moment
What you could have if you just try
She could've been mine

There she goes
There she goes

There she goes
Out of my life to God knows where
There she goes
Somewhere out in that atmosphere
Heaven knows if it would've been love
Or I should've just said hello
But there she goes

I was there in the morning
Terminal C13
Track Name: Scars
I can still hear mama sayin'
Don't go too fast down that drive
I can still hear that preacher preachin'
Boy, you better change your way of life

I remember my first heartbreak
When my best friend told me
She's the type to walk away
Oh, lookin' back now
I wouldn't change a thing

I drove 90 down a one way street
With the blue lights flashin after me
And I spent a night behind bars
And I loved a girl with everything I had
Did all I could to make it last
But she broke my heart
You can't live this life
Without a couple scars

Bossman said you're staying
But I punched out at five 'o clock
Yeah, I woke up the next morning
Drove to work and I didn't have a job

Yeah, I drank too much that friday night
And I found a guy and I picked a fight
I got a memory of his left over my right eye

I drove 90 down a one way street
With the blue lights flashin' after me
And I spent a night behind bars
And I loved a girl with everything I had
Did all I could to make it last
But she broke my heart
You can't live this life
Without a couple scars
Track Name: Feel The Rain
I could stare at you for a million years
Doin' all that I can do
Oh, there's nothin' I won't do
To keep you right here

And the way it feels, baby
I don't ever wanna let you slip away
And it feels so crazy
Yeah, you make me almost lose it
I wanna hold you close and soak you in all day
I wanna feel the rain

I have never known a girl like you
Oh yeah, I've always had a reason why
I wouldn't give, I wouldn't try
But then I met you

And the way it feels, baby
I don't ever wanna let you slip away
And it feels so crazy
The way you make me almost lose it
I wanna hold you close and soak you in all day
I wanna feel the rain

I wanna soak you in all day

'Cause the way it feels, baby
I don't ever wanna let you slip away
Oh, and it feels so crazy
Yeah, you make me almost lose it
I wanna hold you close and soak you in all day
I wanna feel the rain

I could stare at you for a million years
Yeah, there's nothin' I won't do
Oh, there's nothin' I won't do
To keep you right here
I'm gonna keep you right here
Oh baby, stay right here
Track Name: Leave The Light On
The way my Stones t-shirt's way too big for you
Showin' off them freckles God put on you
The beautiful

Don't wanna miss your eyes starin' right through me
I want you to see what you're doin' to me
I can smell your perfume
I can feel when you move

I wanna see everything
See your body lovin' me
So baby can't we leave the light on
Baby, leave the light on

Baby as perfect as you are to me
I don't wanna close my eyes with you lyin' beside me
I'm already dreamin'
So to hell with sleepin'

I wanna see everything
See your body lovin' me
So baby, can't we leave the light on
Baby, leave the light on

'Cause I wanna see everything
See your body lovin' me
So baby can't we leave the light on
Baby, leave the light on

Lookin' at you lookin' at me
I don't wanna look away
Don't touch the light, don't touch the light
Let it burn the night away
Track Name: Love Don't Run
This is gonna hurt
This is gonna hurt like hell
This is gonna damn near kill me
Sometimes the truth ain't easy

I know that you're scared of tellin' me something
I don't wanna hear, baby believe that I'm not leavin'
You couldn't give me one good reason

'Cause love don't run
Love don't hide
It won't turn away or back down from a fight
Baby, I'm right here
And I ain't goin' anywhere
Love's too tough, it won't give up
No, not on us
Baby, love don't run

Let's lay it on the line
I don't care if it takes all night
This is gonna make us stronger
It's gonna make forever longer

I know it'd be easier walkin' away
But what we got is real
And I wanna save us
Baby, we can do it
Baby, we'll get through it

'Cause love don't run
Love don't hide
It won't turn away or back down from a fight
Baby, I'm right here
And I ain't goin' anywhere
Love's too tough, it won't give up
No, not on us
Baby, love don't run

So come over here and lay down in my arms
Baby, tell me everything that's on your heart

'Cause I won't run and I won't hide
I won't turn away, I just wanna make things right
Baby, I'm right here and I ain't goin' anywhere
Love's too tough, it won't give up
No, not on us
Baby, love don't run
Track Name: The Man Upstairs
I've always been a sinner
Never been a saint
I can't be something that I ain't
I've done my best, I've done my worst
Lookin' in the mirror sometimes just hurts

But Jesus loves me, this I know
Though I just don't understand
Why I keep on walking down these roads
Takin' one step forward and three steps back
I guess the man upstairs ain't done with me yet

Well I've burned bridges
And I've crossed lines
Sold my soul for a good time
I've been found and I've been lost
Yeah, it's men like me that put a man on that cross

But Jesus loves me, this I know
Though I just don't understand
Why I keep on walking down these roads
Takin' one step forward and three steps back
I guess the man upstairs ain't done with me yet

I've always been a sinner
Never been a saint
There's just some things only God can change

But Jesus loves me, this I know
Though I just don't understand
Why I keep on walking down these roads
Takin' one step forward and three steps back
I guess the man upstairs ain't done with me yet