Don't Know Much

by Kito Peters with Jono Manson

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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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Track Name: Better Than You Know
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
Track Name: Been So Long
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
Track Name: Fundamentalists
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
Track Name: Sanitorium
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
Track Name: Don't Know Much
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
Track Name: Walking In The Twilight
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
Track Name: Monsters
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
Track Name: Chains
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
Track Name: America Gonna Break Your Heart
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
Track Name: Rumors Here Of Kindness
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
Track Name: Oedipus
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
Track Name: Before We Came Here
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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