Retrospective

by Kito Peters

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These are tracks I chose to represent my earlier work. My more recent CDs, starting in 2014, are available in their entirety on Bandcamp.

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released March 14, 2015

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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: Four Way Stop
FOUR WAY STOP

i drove hard down the cold blacktop
had to meet a man at the four way stop
a desperate rendezvous

no one can tell you which way to go
black ice lurks under virgin snow
meet me at the four way stop

devil on my left angel on my right
mystery straight ahead in the pale moonlight
waiting at the four way stop

i heard him yell as i hit the brake
he swerved up to me like a last mistake
my destined rendezvous

he flashed a gun and a savage grin
son you don't know what kind of hell you're in
gotcha at the four way stop

devil on my left angel on my right
mystery straight ahead in the pale moonlight
waiting at the four way stop

i spun quick grabbed for the gun
a shot rang out the deed was done
a final rendezvous

now i don't know if it was him or me
but something tortured got set free
grappling at the four way stop

devil on my left angel on my right
mystery straight ahead in the pale moonlight
devil on my left angel on my right
mystery straight ahead in the pale moonlight
waiting at the four way stop
Track Name: Bully On The Block
Bully on the Block

bully on the block
tender as a rock
bully on the block
gonna clean your clock

he’s gonna take your lunch cause he likes the flavor
he’s not going to kick your ass today as a special favor
bully really digs you you know it’s true
he’s wearing his ripped fatigues just for you oh bully

bully on the block
stripped down to his jock
bully on the block
loves to awe and shock

he likes to tell you the reasons why he’s the greatest
he’s gonna try to hit on or gross out your hottie latest
bully really digs you you know it’s true
that’s why he poured the gas over you oh bully

once i believed that everyone was good
that was before i moved into bully’s neighborhood

bully on the block
tender as a rock
bully on the block
gonna clean your clock
Track Name: Troubadour
Troubadour

a troubadour no point to sing
except the joy that naming brings
he sang his being like a bird
still it mattered what they heard

he tried to aim the looking glass
at lost ones living to amass
but once his post was overrun
he prayed his foolish task was done

goodbye to the last troubadour
he don’t play here any more
they say he still wrote in that book
but no one has the nerve to look

he’s a twig against the flood
a rising tide of coins and blood
beauty was for yesterday
now it’s time to fade away

so he sold his old guitar
a song can’t carry very far
in a world of steel and bluff
heart words don’t seem strong enough

goodbye to the last troubadour
he don’t play here any more
they say he still wrote in that book
but no one has the nerve to look

he feels these are final hours
troubadours must plumb their powers
they watched him wade across the bend
singing full out to the end
Track Name: Don't Get Me Wrong
Don’t Get Me Wrong

don’t get me wrong
i’m A-OK
still you know something broke
when it went down that way

i may look breezy
but i’m not quite the same
i believed we held the cards
to win the stupid game

you know i don’t miss you
but i miss what used to be
head held high i’m walking into mystery

don’t get me wrong
cause everyone feels pain
and i’m proud of how i stood
and gave it all again and again

for i have loved the ones i love
and let go when i must
sometimes it can stretch your soul
when all you want goes bust

you know i don’t miss you
but i miss what used to be
head held high i’m walking into mystery

unbound from the tether now
i found love again
we keep flowing forward
no point stuck in way back when

don’t get me wrong
i’d change it if i could
but i’m a lucky guy
my life is good
Track Name: Gettysburg
Gettysburg

we marched out of gettysburg
the war it just rolled on
and though i had my limbs intact
my innocence was gone

there’s a kind of battle thrill
i had come to know
all those brother soldiers prone
a ruthless wind their foe

war is god-like
war is hell
it’s what humans do so well

i’ve been scared and i was bold
we laughed around the fire
and there are things i think i did
best left in the mire

though they were our enemies
i felt both love and hate
they seemed just the same as us
fellow slaves to fate

war is god-like
war is hell
it’s what humans do so well

one day i’ll be walking home
and i hope i can find
something that competes with this
and scrubs it from my mind

war is god-like
war is hell
it’s what humans do so well 3X
Track Name: Kaleidoscopic Days
Tip My Hat

you got me covered you’ve seen me treed
you spoon out all the dreams i need
when they come for me you block the door
you’re the one worth fighting for

and i’m not easy cause i know it all
the bricks at fault when i hit the wall
slipping down on a frozen rope
you’re the one pumped high with hope

i’d say i’m sorry but we’re way past that
when i think of you i tip my hat 2X

you got me grinning i don’t know why
just don’t leave me hanging out to dry
a chill wind chafes me i turn away
but i find strength in the course you stay

i’d say i’m sorry but we’re way past that
when i think of you i tip my hat 2X

signs on the road point left and right
but you drive straight on through the night 2X

maybe tomorrow we’ll pull top cards
or burst like diamonds a million shards
trust and fear make a manic show
you walk with me that’s all i know

i’d say i’m sorry but we’re way past that
when i think of you i tip my hat 3X
Track Name: Tarnished Chrome
Tarnished Chrome

creaking more and more repair
new worn out pieces everywhere
rust and dents you can’t see
and i’ve cruised way past warranty

i drove loud down highway nine
belching smoke feeling fine
just so long as i still roll
i haven’t lost complete control

oh baby tarnished chrome
oh baby i’m headed home

they say i’m a dying breed
and there’s a tune-up i sure need
but they’ll find bones in a hundred years
my chi still burning through the gears

oh baby tarnished chrome
oh baby i’m headed home

i got a motor just won’t quit
i got old wheels to carry it
and i crank tunes when off i ride
steering down the sunset side

oh baby tarnished chrome
oh baby i’m headed home 2X
Track Name: Hurricane
Hurricane

there’s a hurricane in the gulf tonight
big force is at play
there’s a hurricane in the gulf tonight
i never meant to head that way
but once the ball starts rolling
so little you can do
there’s a hurricane in the gulf tonight
hope we make it through

there’s a hurricane in the gulf tonight
waves surge for the sand
there’s a hurricane in the gulf tonight
i wonder which way lies dry land
once i knew direction
but now i’m out at sea
there’s a hurricane in the gulf tonight
howling down on me

there’s a hurricane in the gulf tonight
i should be home in bed
there’s a hurricane in the gulf tonight
sure looks bad the shortwave said
something drove me out here
some pull to satisfy
there’s a hurricane in the gulf tonight
whipping up the sky 2X
Track Name: Black Birds
Black Birds

don’t you see the fix you’re in
digging for a heart in this refuse bin
once the sacrifices start
you’ll burn next if you’re not smart

they drop bodies into the sea
and say those killings keep us free
down at the bank see the buzzards stare
they’ll strip your carcass anywhere

time has come to slip away
when the black birds rule the day

your friends are agents in disguise
keep them close and peel your eyes
risk some feeling if you must
but you can die from those you trust

time has come to slip away
when the black birds rule the day

crawl outside the city gates
flee the fate that sure awaits
seek the ones who share your plight
flickering pilgrims dot the night

time has come to slip away
when the black birds rule the day
Track Name: Fly Boy
Fly Boy

out here on a mission i’ve been swooping like a bird
and i would tell you everything but you can’t hear a word
i’m not doing what i want i’m doing what i must
i wish i had told you you’re the only one i trust

i became a fly boy to defend the things i love
and i’ve grown closer to my god soaring high above
still there’s such an emptiness the sky makes me afraid
if i float away alone will then my debt be paid

and i can’t claim i did it right
but while i drift off late at night
i think of you
please forgive me 2X

i have bombed their cities from a tranquil perch in space
when i veered toward the sun i only saw your face
once the family splintered i had nothing left to say
you thought i had grown too tough it only looked that way

and i can’t claim i did it right
but while i drift off late at night
i think of you
please forgive me 2X

i am sorry that my leaving had to make you cry
i just knew i had to go and couldn’t say goodbye
and all the other things i did still tumble through my head
maybe i’ll come back some day your fly boy from the dead

and i can’t claim i did it right
but while i drift off late at night
i think of you
please forgive me 2X
Track Name: Little Banksters
Little Banksters

see the little banksters on the street
they’ll sell you your own dreams to eat
kill the language taint the land
they will strip your future just like they planned

hear the little banksters testify
they holster guns and smooth out their bow ties
and while they prep their next windfall
they proclaim their deep love for all

and you’ll play ball if you get smart
keep your mouth shut while they stomp your heart

see the little banksters rake it in
even though we’re tanking they still win
there is nothing they won’t do
to rip another ripe fruit from you

and you’ll play ball if you get smart
keep your mouth shut while they stomp your heart

hear the little banksters chip away
they hide tanks in every bright cliche
suction in the guise of good
locusts rampant in your neighborhood

and you’ll play ball if you get smart
keep your mouth shut while they stomp your heart 3X
Track Name: I Owe You Nothing
I Owe You Nothing

i owe you nothing
yeah i got the bill
if you want a blessing
you know i will

i found your letter
when i knew you were gone
i won’t play the white knight
again for anyone

the wind is howling
the rain streams down
quick the door blew open
and i stare out alone

i owe you nothing
i gave it all
it’s good you quit curling up
trying to act small

i got your postcard
i’m glad you’re doing fine
you write maybe we will meet
someday across the line

the wind is howling
the rain streams down
quick the door blew open
and i stare out alone

i owe you nothing
i owe you everything
there’s no other worldly joy
like feeling love can bring

the wind is howling
the rain streams down
quick the door blew open
and i stare out alone
Track Name: My Gulag
My Gulag

i sure got a gulag of people i resent
that makes me the victim of more land mine discontent
a t-rex in the morning stomp and chomp all day
for all their crimes against me someone has to pay

i’m the agent of my suffering
the snake in my own grass
yeah it’s better to forgive
but i still want to kick some ass

there is poison in me needs drainage all the time
if i didn’t have my words i might commit some awful crime
and all the new age hucksters who proselytize the light
while i chose to plumb the darkness maybe they were right

i’m the agent of my suffering
the snake in my own grass
yeah it’s better to forgive
but i still want to kick some ass

there must be a discipline a book on how to be
on ways to keep godzilla from taking over me
but when i went to yoga to calm my pounding head
somehow i woke up again on the pistol range instead

i’m the agent of my suffering
the snake in my own grass
yeah it’s better to forgive
but i still want to kick some ass 2X
Track Name: Bonds And Gold
Bonds And Gold

bonds and gold stocks and gold
the thrill of making money sleeping don’t get old

when i got out of college it was clear to me
making big bucks first priority
so i threw my paintings all away
and strapped on a tie for the big payday

soon i had a benz and a house on the beach
you can’t grab it if you never reach
and i was sure it’s only good i do
so thank me for the trickle flowing down to you

bonds and gold stocks and gold
the thrill of making money sleeping don’t get old

work was almost all i did
if i wanted more inside i kept it hid
the years flew by the coffers filled
meanwhile something somewhere chilled

then junior got caught in a foolish crime
selling bags of dope on the old man’s dime
when i bailed him out he stared with hate
they took your cut dad you’re too late

bonds and gold stocks and gold
the thrill of making money sleeping don’t get old

i was stunned that my wife would file
she’d seemed content to spend in style
she curled close in our giant bed
here’s what i learned from you she said

bonds and gold stocks and gold
the thrill of making money sleeping don’t get old 2X
Track Name: Flesh And Blood
Flesh and Blood

there can come a time
you want to leave this world behind
you want to soar so high
and flush it from your mind
but your heart’s bound up in flesh and blood

after the fall
when there’s no one left to call
you’re only semi-sane
though you try to rise again
cause your heart’s bound up in flesh and blood

i remember when i said i’d be your refuge
remember when i said i’d always break your fall
remember when i said so many foolish things
now there’s nothing left to say at all 2X

a wretched cosmic joke
it sure went up in smoke
tried to hold your ground
there was no grip to be found
and your heart’s bound up in flesh and blood

but you swore you’d see it through
and now it’s branded you
no matter what you try
you’re gonna feel it til you die
cause your heart’s bound up in flesh and blood

i remember when i said i’d be your refuge
remember when i said i’d always break your fall
remember when i said so many foolish things
now there’s nothing left to say at all 2X
Track Name: The Last
The Last

walking in the sun
today could be my last
no point trying
to outrun the past
i fought so long
i was such a fool
they said kill or die
that’s the golden rule

i’m the last
i’m a dying breed
call me up baby
i still got what you need

i got rich
then i blew it all
hard times hustling
on the far side of the fall
and i loved deep
but all of that got lost
i spent every ounce
no matter what the cost

chorus

i crawled low
and i soared high
you don’t take nothing with you
when you die
and i don’t see no angels
crowding over me
i got no regrets
so you could call me free

i’m the last
i’m a dying breed
call me up baby
i still got what you need

i cursed god
i ran through hell
i had my moments
of heaven here as well
my family all is buried
near where i was born
when i breathe my last
no one’s gonna mourn

i’m the last
i’m a dying breed
call me up baby
i still got what you need
call me up baby
i still got what you need
Track Name: Long Way Home
Long Way Home

snow fell soft on a quiet street
where i walked slow in stunned defeat
the world i’d known had just slipped away
now there was nothing and so much to say

and it’s a long long long way home

you only lose when you never try
i said to myself but i wanted to cry
snow meant oblivion white for forget
but i wasn’t ready to let it be yet

and it’s a long long long way home

out on the avenue cars barely moved
i wondered what all our suffering proved
maybe we’re passions and useless at best
maybe we’re children who need to be blessed

and it’s a long long long way home

next i remember cold key’s in the door
kicking off snow as i climbed to my floor
i felt the sadness but something else too
fluttered inside me and soared up anew

and it’s a long long long way home 2X
Track Name: Bastille
Bastille

there’s the life i really lived
and there’s what might have been
all the forays never known
comprise my biggest sin

there’s the world we meant to build
and here’s the hell we got
profits running everything
with humans their subplot

storming the bastille
nothing else seems real
poisoning the deal
bring em down

there’s the prison we embrace
of spinning all alone
trying to ignore the stench
while laughing on the phone

there’s the screen on my tv
a solid flow of lies
are we drugged and stupid
or can we still surprise

storming the bastille
nothing else seems real
poisoning the deal
bring em down

there’s a fragrant dream of fools
i can’t seem to shake
we might hear the big alarm
and just in time awake

storming the bastille
nothing else seems real
poisoning the deal
bring em down 2X
Track Name: Empty
Empty

i’m empty like the desert
in a squall of sand
drift up a river
where’s the promised land

vacant in the sunlight
with eyes half-mast
hose down the present
while the leaves float past

i hid here when you looked for me
always hoped i’d make you see

i¹m empty like a crater
on the moon’s dark side
trade wind mocks
the words i tried

vacant like a crevice
where the womb began
empty in fullness
i’m your pregnant man

i hid here when you looked for me
always hoped i’d make you see

i’m empty in the quiet
of the final time
curled under cover
while the cracked bells chime

i’ll be here when you look for me
always hoped i’d make you see
Track Name: Capital Dreams
Capital Dreams

we are the children of capital schemes
we hemorrhage interest dream capital dreams
and now the malls empty like ghost towns of old
cyberspace tumbleweeds all bought and sold
once the thing’s rolling it’s so hard to stop
and all of our rats own rooms at the top
and so a depression swims back into view
spinning in free fall now who has a clue

and i stand outside the inside
i stand where eagles won’t fly
i stand for no national anthem
i stand with beacons held high

we got our scapegoats religion and race
while everyone tells you class has no place
we all should be rich so if we are poor
that means we’re laggards and losers for sure
and we don’t make anything much anymore
though looters and scammers still scare up a score
so i can’t imagine where we go from here
hoping like moses a path will appear

and i stand outside the inside
i stand where eagles won’t fly
i stand for no national anthem
i stand with beacons held high

i heard them passing in packards of rust
nabobs of industry risen from dust
and i saw a hooverville burst into flame
and when i awoke so much looked the same


and i stand outside the inside
i stand where eagles won’t fly
i stand for no national anthem
i stand with beacons held high
i stand

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