Choice

by Kito Peters

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1.
03:12
Extend i get raw so easy don’t take much to take me down i get raw so easy tear drops hit the ground and then i want to fire back or hide away from more attacks and then i go and fire back naming every flaw it goes better when i extend i don’t break when i can bend it goes better when i extend when i stay clenched the pain don’t end it’s not a question of what’s right how i respond to any slight it’s not a question of what’s right it’s what will help me sleep tonight it goes better when i extend i don’t break when i can bend it goes better when i extend when i stay clenched the pain don’t end can we try to talk it through i don’t need this fight with you yeah can we try to talk it through so maybe we both win it goes better when i extend i don’t break when i can bend it goes better when i extend when i stay clenched the pain don’t end
2.
02:48
Choice it was hard to quit but you couldn’t stay still you feared the blind highway your hometown got way too small still so tough to leave them all and they say please just stay in touch but you suspect it won’t be much cause once you walk out that front door nothing’s like it was before you made a choice you pay the price every choice is a sacrifice 2X so you smile wide and wave goodbye you act cool but you want to cry yet you can’t wait for what’s ahead gain and loss each place we’re led you made a choice you rolled the dice every choice is a sacrifice 2X brought in touch by circumstance each new gang’s a different dance til you’re severed by the flow drawn in close then letting go you made a choice it will suffice every choice is a sacrifice 2X
3.
02:58
Winner we moved up here to the house on the hill my third wife’s daddy he paid the bills now i look down on the lights below the pains and pleasures i used to know rich man’s problems rich man’s games they say i’m a winner but it’s not the same i wanted the good life with a tended lawn where the surface glistened and the stress was gone i drink fine whiskey now i swing sleek clubs the maid serves dinner no more dead beat pubs chorus something still vacant in this showpiece home while she lies peaceful i gaze out alone my great escape another high end day you can buy the ticket but you can’t get away chorus 2X
4.
Ain’t It Hungry? tonight i fear i’m living small i listen to an inside call time speeds by the body fails soon the now runs off the rails i submerge and see what’s so coral canyons where i go but there’s a steel flotilla too that fallen world i’ve paddled through oh ain’t it hungry oh is it real oh so much longing did you give the love you feel dreams descend in word and song below the strips of right and wrong i pull the blinds and tune within bread crumb trails tell where i’ve been while far above the buckled street the future creeps on taloned feet and i hear chanting in the square slogans glazing thousands there chorus i refuse and disagree still the madness shadows me glinting armor in the light while zombie legions seize the night chorus (did you give the love you feel 2X)
5.
I Can’t Change Your Mind you see red where i see blue there’s no talking sense to you i’m sure you feel much like that too we both know just how it is and it don’t matter much the facts the ways the lizard brain reacts and no sweet talks or cruel attacks are gonna move us now i can’t change your mind though i think your thinking’s blind no i can’t change your mind what you believe is what you find you see black where i see white you see day in the dead of night but does that mean we’re bound to fight or could we let it go we’re both fixed in what we learned all the other templates spurned and even if our maps get burned their spirit still holds on chorus could we shrug and disagree or do we each need an enemy surely this war won’t set us free when no one really knows i can’t change your mind though i think your thinking’s blind no i can’t change your mind what you believe is what you find
6.
Plain Of Smoke i heard a voice from a nearby world i watched the setting of twin suns i spoke of nights i’d never known i felt the tremor of the guns i walked along a howling lake i saw dark specters wheel and dive i hid inside a giant shell i pinched myself was i still alive they said what’s real is stone and blood with all i knew swept in the flood 2x i sat atop a wall of wire i trembled as the storms blew through i wriggled from an old cocoon i danced between quick blades to you they said what’s real is stone and blood with all i knew swept in the flood 2X i shouted words that broke like glass was it goliath i awoke i clutched a pillow filled with dreams i strode across a plain of smoke they said what’s real is stone and blood with all i knew swept in the flood 3X
7.
Friendly Fire we can’t agree we both feel right there’s no one listening here tonight we walk alone still hand in hand i feel the squeeze from my wedding band we’re each one world that spins in space who need translation now face to face and sometimes i still sense her soul hid way down deep like a vein of coal i ask too much the stakes get higher til love falls dead from friendly fire my friends tell me hey can’t you chill but there is something that i need still and once we seemed to breathe as one before our day to day begun i ask too much the stakes get higher til love falls dead from friendly fire 2X maybe i’ll have to let her go or change my heart mister i don’t know maybe back then i made her up now i’m polluted from my own crazed cup i ask too much the stakes get higher til love falls dead from friendly fire 2X
8.
Kid Decadence i am called kid decadence so now the rulers doubt aware deep down of all they did i just try to hide out it got hard to not conclude there is something wrong still the family powers forth i never did belong i still reap the benefits of all the dead souls give so i critique but i hold on their leavings where i live i am called kid decadence cloaked in drugs and booze i wish i’d never understood too paralyzed to choose still i like to quote old marx and drive my beamer fast it works best when i pretend the thefts lie in the past chorus i am called kid decadence no sutures from the start trying in vain to merge the poles that have to push apart i still reap the benefits of all the dead souls give so i critique but i hold on their leavings where i live
9.
04:09
Visions there is nothing out there at least not what i see there are only patterns that spring to life in me there is nothing out there not what i think i know tribal definitions conjured from the flow there’s a mad world i replace inner visions i embrace 2x there is nothing out there at least not what they say all the phantom boundaries keep getting in the way canaries in the coal mine peering past the veil sensing something different they begin another tale there’s a mad world i replace inner visions i embrace 2x driving through the dead zone where mammon was imposed dreaming up more dynamite for all the pathways closed there’s a mad world i replace inner visions i embrace 3X
10.
Nothing To Live For i got nothing to live for another mystery day changing chords of consciousness kaleidoscope at play i got nothing to live for and that seems kind of great i’m not looking to something else no shift on which i wait oh baby now can’t you see that i’m a setting sun oh baby now can’t you tell i always was the one i got nothing to live for i chased my share of dreams bumped my head and pricked my pride no quest quite what it seems i got nothing to live for no purpose or intent i sought meaning everywhere and nothing’s all it meant chorus i got nothing to live for my biggest debts got paid what’s the next adventure now when i am not afraid i got nothing to live for that breeze soft on my skin maybe when it all seems done that’s where we best begin chorus i got nothing to live for the snow falls through the trees i stop in the stillness and sink down to my knees
11.
03:21
My Head my head’s a dangerous place to be crank ideas assailing me my head’s a dangerous place to be with so much fuse inside my head’s a dangerous place to stay but still i’m stuck here every day my head’s a dangerous place to stay with so much frayed inside once we knew some common good once we had a chance now it’s the war of each against all doing that switchblade dance my head’s a dangerous place to live when only fools and suckers give my head’s a dangerous place to live with so much raw inside once we knew some common good once we had a chance now it’s the war of each against all doing that switchblade dance my head’s a dangerous place to know if it’s like yours it just might blow my head’s a dangerous place to know with so much heat inside once we knew some common good once we had a chance now it’s the war of each against all doing that switchblade dance
12.
04:36
I Am Burning i am burning in a lake of flames i am burning on a tree-lined street i am burning on the showroom floor i am burning in the blistering heat i am burning down the avenue i am burning like a silent bomb no one seems to sense a thing til i blow up this brutal calm more compassion less contempt an open heart is heaven sent more compassion less contempt that’s the way the wise ones went i am burning in the airport lounge i am burning on a wooden pew i am burning in the central bank i am burning where the shadows grew i am burning with a secret glow i am burning while the sun slips down i am burning in my attic room i am burning to ignite this town chorus i am burning while the fear rides high i am burning though the powder’s wet i am burning cause i had enough i am burning cause i can’t forget more compassion less contempt an open heart is heaven sent more compassion less contempt that’s the way the wise ones went 2X

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released July 1, 2016

Mark Clark - drums

Jason Crosby - piano

Barry Daniellan - trumpet

Craig Dreyer - tenor sax; baritone sax

John Kurzweg - slide guitar on 5

Brant Leeper - electric piano; organ

Jono Manson - electric guitar; lead electric guitar on 3,10, and 11; backing vocals

Josh Martin - bass

Kito Peters - lead vocals; acoustic guitars; backing vocals on 6

Kevin Trainor - lead electric guitar on 2,4,5,and 7


Songs by Kito Peters

Produced, arranged, and mixed by Jono Manson and Kito Peters
Recorded by Jono Manson at The Kitchen Sink, Santa Fe, NM

Horn arrangements by Craig Dreyer
Recorded at Mighty Toad Studio - Brooklyn, New York

Additional piano tracks recorded at The Electric Company, Santa Fe, NM

Mastered by Dominick Maita, Boulder, CO

Packaging Design by Willy Magee Studio, www.mageestudio.com

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Kito Peters Santa Fe, New Mexico

Kito Peters has released (like doves!) quite a few CDs, has received a number of awards (including twice winning Best CD Of The Year from the New Mexico Music Awards), and has garnered his share of esoteric radio airplay. He is a big fan of Harry Bosch, Al Kaline, and Laura Nyro. ... more

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