Choice

by Kito Peters

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03:21
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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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Track Name: Extend
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
Track Name: Choice
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
Track Name: Winner
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
Track Name: Ain't It Hungry
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)
Track Name: I Can't Change Your Mind
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
Track Name: Plain Of Smoke
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
Track Name: Friendly Fire
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
Track Name: Kid Decadence
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
Track Name: Visions
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
Track Name: Nothing To Live For
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
Track Name: My Head
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
Track Name: I Am Burning
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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