Gretchen Peters

by Gretchen Peters

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released February 13, 2001

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Gretchen Peters Nashville, Tennessee

Gretchen Peters’ new album, 'Blackbirds,' features a who's who of American roots music: Jerry Douglas, Jason Isbell, Jimmy LaFave and more. But it's not the guests that make 'Blackbirds' the most poignant and moving album of Peters' storied career; it’s her ability to capture the kind of complex emotional moments we might otherwise try to hide and instead shine a light onto them. ... more

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Track Name: Souvenirs
I set out like Kerouac
In my American car
Carryin' a dream and a road map
Deep in my American heart
But where's them mountain majesties
Where's those waves of grain
Billboards from sea to shining sea
Man, it ain't the same

I've been searching for the promised land
But it's just another neon come-on roadside stand
Little tin toys that fall apart
That's all they got here
I come all this way to find my heart
All I get is souvenirs

They got Mount Rushmore on a cup
Everybody needs one of those
For a dollar more they'll fill it up
You can drink out of Lincoln's nose
They got the hard rock t-shirts
They got Elvis too
Sooner or later mark my words
They're gonna get you

Chorus

Baby I believed in you
I thought you believed in me
I thought we had a love that's true
Not a close facsimile
Now I don't want your dime store ring
Turns my finger green
I don't want your dimestore love
I want the real thing

Chorus
Track Name: In A Perfect World
Baby i’ve been thinking
About me and you
Baby i’ve been dreaming
Like we used to do
Things ain’t what they used to be
I can’t change them anyway
But the world would be a better place
If I had my way

Superman would win the fight
Everyone would do what’s right
And i would always be your girl
In a perfect world

Maybe we were crazy
Breaking all the rules
Maybe we were dreamers
Maybe we were fools
Maybe it was madness
To believe that we could win
But boy I would give anything
Just to feel that way again

chorus

Maybe this is all there is
Maybe we just pack it in
Spread our wings and fly
But baby that don’t make it right
That don’t get me through the night
I still believe in a perfect world
chorus
Track Name: I Don't Know
Quit my job and cashed my check
Pawned the pearls around my neck
And kissed it all goodbye
Gassed my car and fixed my flat
Told that boy just where it’s at
And had a real good cry
I got this feelin’ in my bones
It’s time for me to leave the comfort zone

I don’t know if I’m fallin’ or flyin’
I don’t know if I’m laughin’ or cryin’
I don’t know if I’m hurtin’ or healin’
I don’t know how I’m feelin’
But it sure feels good

Waitress pours my coffee black
Windshield wiper beats ‘em back
And the road goes on and on
These are things that i can see
These are things that set me free
And keep me movin’ on
I got this feelin’ in my bones
It’s time for me to put some distance on

I don’t know if I’m fallin’ or flyin’
I don’t know if I’m laughin’ or cryin’
I don’t know if I’m hurtin’ or healin’
I don’t know how I’m feelin’
But it sure feels good

How long have I been asleep
Are these my tears upon my cheek
Well I just don’t know
Is this my hand upon the wheel
I always wondered how I’d feel
If I just let go

I don’t know if I’m fallin’ or flyin’
I don’t know if I’m laughin’ or cryin’
I don’t know if I’m hurtin’ or healin’
I don’t know how I’m feelin’
But it sure feels good
Track Name: Love and Texaco
I had a big black pontiac
She burned a little oil but she flew
We had it all there in the back
Baby i burned for you
We were bulletproof
We were bathed in the neon glow
Underneath the stars of love and Texaco

You had a long dark history
Some of it was even true
Baby you were enough for me
And I tried to be enough for you
We were bulletproof
Nobody ever told us no
Didn’t need nothin’ but love and Texaco

And every night when the trucks’d go by
We’d gas her up, a kiss for luck and we’d let her fly

I have a sweet sweet memory
Of a boy I used to know
And baby it’s still a mystery
How I ever could have let him go
But we were living proof
That life is a long hard road
And you can’t run forever on love and Texaco

Tag: Just a little cash for cigarettes and gas
Love and Texaco
Track Name: Love Is A Drug
Baby where are you tonight
I’m lookin’ good i feel alright - yeah yeah yeah
I ain’t really missin’ you
It’s just a kind of deja vu - yeah yeah yeah

Me i’m out here in the clutch, i’m hangin’ on to nothin’ much
I’m hungry for that human touch, yeah yeah

Love is a drug, love is a drug, love is a
Oh yeah
Love is a drug, love is a drug, love is a...

Romeo’s on the internet
He’s searching for his Juliet - yeah yeah yeah
Got her picture in his head
He’s got her poster by his bed - yeah yeah yeah

And Juliet she’s looking cute and he just needs a substitute
For all of this forbidden fruit, yeah yeah

Love is a drug, love is a drug, love is a
Oh yeah
Love is a drug, love is a drug, love is a...

Give us a kiss, give us a hug
Give us a fix, love is a drug

Up there on the senate floor
They’re kickin’ down the bedroom door - yeah yeah yeah
CNN is keepin’ score
Hey all is fair in love and war - yeah yeah yeah

So tell us how it’s come to this we wanna share your carnal bliss
Yeah give us all our daily fix yeah yeah

Cause love is a drug love is a drug love is a -
Oh yeah
Love is a drug love is a drug love is a...
Love is a drug love is a drug love is a...
Track Name: Like Water Into Wine
Baby open up that bottle
Come and lay down by my side
I don't have no special reason
Just this ache I feel inside
I wanna lose my inhibitions
I wanna lose those words we said
I wanna drink my fill of you babe
And let it go right to my head

Tonight I want to hold you
I wanna look into your eyes
I wanna watch these broken dreams turn into memories
Just like water, baby
Just like water into wine

Don't wanna think about tomorrow
Don't wanna count my last regrets
I can't hate you anymore babe
And I can't love you any less

Sometimes I've been ungrateful
Sometimes you've been unkind
But all the pain and sorrow and all the bitter tears
They're just water, baby
Just water into wine

So baby open up that bottle
Come and lay down by my side
I can't think of one good reason
We should not be satisfied

Jesus walked upon the water
Healed the sick, the lame, the blind
We are miracles of science, we are accidents divine
We're just like water, baby
Just like water into wine
Track Name: Eddie's First Wife
Eddie’s first wife was a vision
The bride on the wedding cake
Thought he was the luckiest man alive
That was his first mistake
He’d found him the perfect woman
That’s what he thought he had
Found him a girl just like the girl
Who married dear old dad

Where have you gone Betty Crocker?
Come back Brigitte Bardot
Eddie was in for a shocker
How was he supposed to know
About the secret life
Of Eddie’s first wife

Eddie came home one evening
She met him at the door with a drink
Said i got something to tell you baby
But you better sit down i think
She said I found me somebody
Someone who rocks my world
I’m in love and i don’t care who knows it
And she’s a good old fashioned girl

Where have you gone Betty Crocker?
Come back Brigitte Bardot
Eddie was in for a shocker
How was he supposed to know
About the secret life
Of Eddie’s first wife

She might look like the Venus de Milo
She might be the marryin’ kind
But you can’t judge a book by the cover
You got to read between the lines

Where have you gone Betty Crocker?
Come back Brigitte Bardot
Eddie was in for a shocker
How was he supposed to know
About the secret life
Of Eddie’s first wife
Track Name: Picasso And Me
Picasso's in the kitchen stirring up a stew
He pours himself a bowl and then he fixes me one too
And we sit out on the terrace and the birds fly through the trees
And he captures them on canvas and I capture them in dreams
And we pass a lazy afternoon, as happy as can be
With the brushes and the turpentine, just Picasso and me

He picked me up in Paris; I was scrounging in the streets
He shared his cream for coffee, and I curled up at his feet
And ever since that moment I've been his confidante
He says that it's uncanny how I know just what he wants
But we both like our freedom, and quiet company
In the end we're not so different, Picasso and me

Sometimes he gets angry when they say he's just a fraud
And he curses at the canvas, and he shakes his fist at God
Who are these rogues - who are these fools?
Who made this game - who made these rules?

The critics criticize him and the women come and go
They'll never understand him; they don't know what I know
They're just too damned demanding, they just won't let him be
And I'm glad to see them go, and then it's back to him and me
And the lazy summer afternoons, the sunlight through the trees
And the brushes and the turpentine and Picasso and me
Track Name: Lilies Of The Field
Billy had a yearning and an ache inside
So he got himself a Harley and he learned to ride
Purred just like a baby low and sweet and true
And he aimed it at the place where the blacktop turns to blue

Penny was a waitress down in Tupelo
They said that she was trouble - I don't really know
But something in her spirit touched something in his soul
And he took her to his heart and he never let her go

She said if I had an ounce of courage I would leave this town
Life'll get you nowhere til they put you in the ground

But the lilies of the field they neither reap nor sow
I wanna buy me a Winnebago and a map of Mexico
Go rollin’ down the highway where life's secrets are revealed
Dancin’ in the wind like the lilies of the field

Penny had a secret growin’ deep inside
And she'd never known a man to love another's child
Somewhere west of Tucson she just ran out of time
So she made a quick decision and she made him walk the line

She said if you had an ounce of courage, you would take a stand
Don't nobody argue with a pistol in your hand

Oh the lilies of the field they neither reap nor sow
I wanna buy me a Winnebago and a map of Mexico
Go rollin down the highway where life's secrets are revealed
Dancin’ in the wind like the lilies of the field

Billy pleaded guilty ninety-nine to life
Penny disappeared into the desert night
Then she took his pistol out on hwy 2
And she aimed it at the place where the blacktop turns to blue

She said if you had an ounce of courage, you would leave this town
Life'll get you nowhere til they put you in the ground

Oh the lilies of the field they neither reap nor sow
I wanna buy me a Winnebago and a map of Mexico
Go rollin’ down the highway where life's secrets are revealed
Dancin’ in the wind like the lilies of the field
Track Name: Waiting For Amelia
True north is hard to find
These long long nights play tricks upon the mind
I tried my best but I’m lost I guess
What I thought was freedom was just aimlessness

Now I’m waiting for Amelia
To come in from the west
Waiting for Amelia
And the light is fadin’ fast
C’mon Amelia
You have got this battle won
You know that only angels fly into the sun

I have never learned to wait
I yearn for skies my heart can’t navigate
It’s been so long since I held someone
And all my dreams of freedom they don’t keep me warm

Chorus

Maybe the night was dark
And the sky was a starry dome
Maybe she lost her way
Or maybe she just didn’t wanna come home

Chorus
Track Name: Revival
I went walking one night on tupelo street
All the way to the county line
Heard a sidewalk sermon and a blind man preach
And written on a cardboard sign

Revival, revival
This lamb has gone astray
Revival, revival
Gonna wash your sins away

Now I have done everything that I know to do
But you left a hole that I just can’t fill
And if God can forgive me baby why can’t you
But I guess you never will

Revival, revival
This lamb has gone astray
Revival, revival
Gonna wash your sins away

Baby you were my weakness and my saving grace
My salvation and my sin
And I would give anything just to see your face
Just to see your face again

Revival, revival
This lamb has gone astray
Revival, revival
Gonna wash your sins away