Don't Know Much

by Kito Peters with Jono Manson

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1.
Better Than You Know they did not protect you you came to believe the lies they told they did not embrace you but locked the door and kept you in the cold they did not perceive you you just served the ends that they desired they did not respect you you were bent to fit what they required we are sculpted we are made by the blinded wielders of the blade we are hammered we are wrought by twisted metaphors they taught you’re much better than you know though they haunt you from below 2X they did not support you but there was too much heart in you to die they did not define you fated best to love and testify we are sculpted we are made by the blinded wielders of the blade we are hammered we are wrought by twisted metaphors they taught they did not reflect you and you accepted you were base and wrong they did not sustain you and you grew up so fragile and so strong you’re much better than you know though they haunt you from below 2X
2.
03:16
Been So Long once i still believed in love or that was the name we used now i bless the gift of breath and i keep myself amused i embraced the words they sang of two entwined as one now i walk these barren hills wrapped tight against the sun been so long since wine and roses been so long since we fed the flame been so long since this heart exploded been so long since i heard her name no i’ve not forgotten how that cold ending burned i kicked up above the waves and i never have returned been so long since wine and roses been so long since we fed the flame been so long since this heart exploded been so long since i heard her name i received her letter which sped me back so far did we really drive away tin cans behind the car been so long since wine and roses been so long since we fed the flame been so long since this heart exploded been so long since i heard her name 2X
3.
Fundamentalists we’re the fundamentalists been chasing profits from the start everything objectified light years from the heart we’re the fundamentalists we hang the yoke upon the rest chewing up the natural world we know this way is best we’ve got ayatollahs sitting in the banks and we’ve got cold-eyed troops with guns if they try breaking ranks we’re the fundamentalists and our religion owns this state we pretend to honor god when wealth alone is great we’re the fundamentalists we claim that freedom is our creed we ignore the endless chains of one transcendent greed chorus we’re the fundamentalists but we won’t look that in the face we could take down everything and still keep at the race we’ve got ayatollahs sitting in the banks and we’ve got cold-eyed troops with guns if they try breaking ranks 2X
4.
04:13
Sanitorium it’s dark in the corridor there’s no one here but me still i often speak aloud to keep some sanity the hallways stretch out endless down wings that can’t be tracked i don’t recall one rumpled bed or any paint that’s cracked i’m all about forgetting the errors of the past but when i see those photographs the distance seems so vast who knows when i first arrived or how this life began i thought i saw a face one time that hovered as i ran i repeat a rumor that there’s a real outside but i believe it’s urban myth and probably they lied i’m all about forgetting the errors of the past but when i see those photographs the distance seems so vast i think i’m getting better here it’s sometimes hard to tell flashbacks come less frequently i do try not to dwell i so long avoided it the sordid world of men now i dream of crowded streets then i wake up again i’m all about forgetting the errors of the past but when i see those photographs the distance seems so vast
5.
Don’t Know Much don’t know much but it feels like this don’t know much but it went like that too many things got so confused and when i tried it all fell flat don’t know much but a point of view don’t know much but the same refrain the complex things get so confused until we find the crux again i hold onto what i gathered though the struggles i forget out beyond the gates of wisdom open wide and waiting yet don’t know much but i do go on don’t know much but i still believe the humdrum things get so confused til sweet lightning i receive i hold onto what i gathered though the struggles i forget out beyond the gates of wisdom open wide and waiting yet don’t know much and i never did don’t know much and i never will the lesser things get so confused but there’s a chime here sounding still i hold onto what i gathered though the struggles i forget out beyond the gates of wisdom open wide and waiting yet
6.
Walking In The Twilight walking in the twilight can’t believe how beautiful these hills my pulse is racing what a miracle just breathing is see the mountains shimmer feel the sunlight warm upon your skin right when it seems finished opening to grace helps me begin walking in the twilight a creature flowing at its natural best lost inside the rhythm a feverish mind now mostly come to rest i don’t need a purpose people often break your fragile heart now’s time for forgetting returning to the wonder of the start walking in the twilight can’t believe how magical this day i am blessed and blessing sweet creation take my breath away and i know i’m lucky having one true friend can soothe your soul here i’m in the glory just part of the pulsing of the whole walking in the twilight i will call you later and we’ll talk walking in the twilight all i got to do right now is walk
7.
02:50
Monsters you see them sidle down the avenue three piece suits they’re casing you now they smile wide but they’re vicious still no drawn guns but their words can kill they’re all ego and they’re false pride and they despise the tender side if you forget and show you feel soon their muscle gonna close the deal monsters monsters thrill to fight only weaklings care what’s right 2X when they call brother it’s time to run cause they’ll demolish anyone and don’t try reason or you won’t survive just back away quick you might stay alive seemed like a dream when i awoke like civilization just went broke outside i heard coyote cries i glimpsed the madness in those eyes monsters monsters thrill to fight only weaklings care what’s right 2X i looked in the mirror and oh my lord the creature in there snarled and roared but there’s no way that beast is me i’m nothing like my enemy monsters monsters thrill to fight only weaklings care what’s right 2X
8.
03:02
Chains a natural chain a chain of parts a chain of souls a chain of hearts a fragile chain a chain of goods a chain of chains it’s understood yeah we’re all connected yeah we’re all the same yeah we each feel separate sussing out the game yeah we’re joined by commerce the peasants and the king yeah the banksters scurry now and sew up everything a natural chain a chain of parts a chain of souls a chain of hearts a fragile chain a chain of goods a chain of chains it’s understood yeah the rivers join us yeah we share the seas yeah we know this mortal coil that binds us to release (break) yeah we need each other all joined up on a wheel spinning through the darkness such call for ways to heal a natural chain a chain of parts a chain of souls a chain of hearts a fragile chain a chain of goods a chain of chains it’s understood
9.
America Gonna Break Your Heart i watched the speeches on tv an endless con it seemed to me the fawning sponsors down the hall were selling tickets to the fall the kids were told they stood a chance until he ditched them at the dance mocked and scorned by the old elite their civic hazing near complete we had high hopes at the start america gonna break your heart 2X i watched the candidates online the bankers flashed a little sign then tweedledee hugged tweedledum and they both winked each raised a thumb they swore the streets still ran with gold but there are things you weren’t told indeed this was a better place once i glued on my white man’s face we had high hopes at the start america gonna break your heart 2X i fell in love she looked so fine she told me here’s the bottom line i want a tesla and your vote then slid her hand inside my coat while drones attacked the oil rich lands our corporate coup went just as planned their soldiers fixed me with a stare all praise the oligarchs affair we had high hopes at the start america gonna break your heart 2X
10.
Rumors Here Of Kindness rumors here of kindness that only kids believe stumbling down along the docks they say they saw her leave rumors here of kindness gentle as a breeze they say she’s deep in hiding now fled somewhere overseas ever since she left us lord it hasn’t been the same sometimes i wake up at night still calling out her name i’m still calling out her name rumors here of kindness arrested in a sting she was doing what she did uplifting everything rumors here of kindness they marched her far away huddled in a clearing and beat down every day ever since she left us lord it hasn’t been the same sometimes i wake up at night still calling out her name i’m still calling out her name rumors here of kindness still whispered in the hall but someone saw her body dumped out behind the mall somehow she still hovers lord even though she’s gone and now the children speak of her like a glow before the dawn she’s a glow before the dawn rumors here of kindness that only kids believe
11.
03:04
Oedipus he didn’t mean to marry mom he never meant to kill his dad that stranger at the crossroads such hubris made him mad the sphinx posed him a riddle he answered it with ease then he wed the widow queen her throne right there to seize we are all king oedipus trapped inside a knot i was blind to consequence and i earned what i got i understand the horror but i can’t feel the shame yes i see an act that spread this cosmic kind of blame and we’re spun in a tapestry the somber threads of fate though we fight against the flood can’t help but be too late chorus he put out his own eyes when he saw what he’d done and wailed his way to exile now shunned by everyone we are all king oedipus trapped inside a knot i was blind to consequence and i earned what i got
12.
Before We Came Here before we came here i looked down above the clouds on this bright town and i sure wondered how it might be to skip along so wild and free before we came here i forgot the midnight scent of forget me not and i sure longed to feel the thrill of that first kiss i remember still yeah you tried to tell me about good and bad but i was still a child of light in love with all i had before we came here i hadn’t heard a concert from the mocking bird and i believed that kids could fly like falcons in a golden sky before we came here i made a wish to dive so deep like a giant fish and what i’d find i couldn’t say those depths would take my breath away chorus before we came here i so longed to fall to earth where i belonged i couldn’t wait for it to start so i could know my beating heart yeah you tried to tell me about good and bad but i was still a child of light in love with all i had

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released February 1, 2017

Cesar Bauvallet - trombone

Jeremy Bleich - oud

Dave Devlin - pedal steel

Wally Ingram - percussion and drums

Brant Leeper - keyboards

Jono Manson - electric guitar; acoustic guitar; baritone guitar; backing vocals

Kito Peters - lead vocals; acoustic guitar; backing vocals on 3

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

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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