Streets Of Gold

by Kito Peters

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released May 30, 2019

We arranged, rehearsed, and recorded these tracks live during three days in February, 2019 at The Kitchen Sink Studio in Santa Fe. Some overdubs were added later. Big thanks to the team of Jon Gagan, Jono Manson, Paul Pearcy, and Kevin Zoernig! So great working with you all!

Jon Gagan - upright and electric bass

John Kurzweg - electric guitar on 2, 3, 5, 11

Jono Manson - tenor, baritone, and electric guitar; backing vocals

Paul Pearcy - drums

Kito Peters - lead vocals; acoustic guitar; backing vocals on 2

Kevin Zoernig - accordion, autoharp, omnichord, keyboards





Songs by Kito Peters

Arranged by Jon Gagan, Jono Manson, Paul Pearcy, Kito Peters, and Kevin Zoernig

Recorded and mixed by Jono Manson at The Kitchen Sink, Santa Fe, NM

Produced by Jono Manson and Kito Peters

Mastered by John Kurzweg at The Studio On The Hill, Santa Fe, NM

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: Divide
Divide

we’re all about the main chance
we’re all about free choice
anyone can make it big
the market’s god’s real voice

but all those whining losers
the immigrants and such
women and the darker hued
add little asking much

yes there is a great divide
and we will keep it so
as god rules the angel realm
so we must rule below

it’s always been a hard world
men striving for the top
just the best will stand on high
and that won’t ever stop

virtue is apparent
the rich take more it’s true
then that brilliance trickles down
a little scrap for you

chorus

it’s the way god planned it
the lion and the lamb
each of us astride the peak
each roaring yes i am

yes there is a great divide
and we will keep it so
as god rules the angel realm
so we must rule below
Track Name: Combat Love
Combat Love

moments i remember
but mostly i forget
back before the big collide
when i had no scars yet

she looked like a gypsy
she drank and fooled around
don’t know why i fell so hard
or broke when i hit ground

i wailed to the angels
i cursed the sky above
still i burn from her caress
the sting of combat love

we had something in the dark
that i had never known
but only there between the sheets
did any love get shown

she left just a stab wound
then later she came back
now we couldn’t spend a meal
without some crazed attack

chorus

i hear she’s in hedge funds now
and made a killing there
no i’d never seek her out
plumb nuts to think i’d care

i wailed to the angels
i cursed the sky above
still i burn from her caress
the sting of combat love 2X
Track Name: Channel
Channel

locked in a cathedral
to write his final piece
summing up the cosmos
at last the strain would cease

vodka in a thermos
berries in a cup
every time he sank down deep
his heart kept pushing up

god was speaking through him
or maybe just the muse
he could hear that distant call
so how could he refuse

no one came to see him
no doubt they feared his bite
he had left a bloody trail
when he’d run off that night

only sound could soothe him
the whisper and the scream
he intended to evoke
the spiral of a dream

chorus

he grew sick of failing
and solitude got old
plus he missed his pekinese
his condo hadn’t sold

art demands commitment
but really what’s the point
he prepared to call their bluff
and break out of the joint

chorus

now the channel sputters
the voices come and go
spread sheets clutter on his desk
some things best not to know

god was speaking through him
or maybe just the muse
he could hear that distant call
so how could he refuse
Track Name: Mail Order Bride
Mail Order Bride

i paid for the shipping
she took a peek and cried
i’d sent another’s photo
to my mail order bride

when she started cussing
my patience sure was tried
i demand all due respect
from my mail order bride

i knew she could love me
if she’d just give me a chance
once she dumped received ideas
of magazine romance

what i’d called a mansion
had one dirt floor inside
but i’d bought a brand new broom
for my mail order bride

maybe i’d not been up front
in fact i’d mostly lied
but how else could i woo and win
my fine mail order bride

chorus

she’s not spoken in a month
though i leave her untied
it seems harder than i thought
with my mail order bride

i knew she could love me
if she’d just give me a chance
once she dumped received ideas
of magazine romance
Track Name: Twin
Twin

wind blew down the canyon
snow fell on the ground
no way we could bury
the body that we found

i thought i was dreaming
and maybe i was right
we’d been hiding from the law
and running every night

he looked so familiar
almost like my twin
wasn’t that the same scar
i have on my chin

i remembered mother
she said i’d see a ghost
she would send a message
when i might need one most

i tried to understand it
but soon would come the day
we had to keep moving on
the dogs not far away

chorus

i looked back to see him
what could this all mean
i saw mist arising from
the creek side where we’d been

he looked so familiar
almost like my twin
wasn’t that the same scar
i have on my chin
Track Name: Boxes
Boxes

snow fell soft like feathers
the forecast threatened more
i was craving eggs and toast
when i pushed through the door

he sat in a corner
hair matted and torn clothes
no one would sit next to him
his eyes looked like they’d froze

all the others seemed like me
with roofs and their own cars
none lay out in boxes
beneath the frigid stars

it seemed good they served him
all kindness a surprise
every gaze averted
the whole room in disguise

his waitress brought more coffee
and let him bide his time
he looked fixed and broken
beneath the rags and grime

chorus

who knew where he’d go next
what shelter might be found
i peered at my emails
the snow kept drifting down

all the others seemed like me
with roofs and their own cars
none lay out in boxes
beneath the frigid stars
Track Name: Kegs Of Hope
Kegs Of Hope

i am not as cool as she is
hip and poised and yet so young
can’t be easy in this climate
nightmares threaten everyone

i was watching her on youtube
nothing seemed to rock her cool
still some secrets that she’s hiding
tucked behind that vestibule

we try turning fear to pleasure
hip can be a way to cope
we are goofing at the picnic
drunk as hell on kegs of hope

i am glad that i’m not young now
it looks like a lot to bear
wondering what will be the future
getting hotter everywhere

wondering when they dream of children
what they think it could be like
sure they get to have their babies
such big danger down the pike

chorus

i am watching on my iphone
generations i won’t know
singing laughing just like we did
watching as the fires grow

we try turning fear to pleasure
hip can be a way to cope
we are goofing at the picnic
drunk as hell on kegs of hope
Track Name: Eden For A Few
Eden For A Few

i came to this country
and hoped to make a buck
i had heard of streets of gold
but i was out of luck

still i found a decent job
and sent the bulk back home
now they say they’ll throw me out
no mercy can be shown

they say that i’m stealing
this job that they won’t do
what a crazy frightened land
just eden for a few

how i miss my family
but they need me to earn
if i flew to hold my son
then i could not return

so i’m in this limbo
this place i have to stay
sometimes i just want to scream
and blow these walls away

chorus

i pray god will help me
but so far not so much
he got used to fancy food
and lost the common touch

they say that i’m stealing
this job that they won’t do
what a crazy frightened land
just eden for a few
Track Name: Big Box
Big Box

big box i’ve been working there
running to fulfill each sale
the only way to make it here
is get high every day

tried to look outside the box
all i saw was broken locks
won’t you tell me where the treasure’s hidden

you don’t know what i know about you
can’t you see what i hide
you don’t know what i learn about you
every time i look inside

big box i’ve been working there
frozen in an empty vault
everyone keeps telling me
that this life is my fault

but when i look outside the box
i see the school of easy knocks
one they never opened up to me

chorus

big box i’ve been working there
it’s safe to say that no one cares
there is only one thing that’s ka-ching

but when i look outside the box
i see the miles of dead end blocks
and further on those black clouds threatening

you don’t know what i know about you
can’t you see what i hide
you don’t know what i learn about you
every time i look inside
Track Name: Empath
Empath

she could take the others in
so they felt heard and seen
still she flew invisible
and who cared how she’d been

everyone was rushing
they all tried to play tough
heart and soul a hindrance
the sharks piled up more stuff

they don’t have the inner space
though god i wish they did
all the richest feelings
so much that we keep hid

still she watched and listened
and let the others flow
open to what pulsed inside
she found she longed to know

sometimes she felt lonely
her life a secret book
who would turn the pages
would someone ever look

chorus

such a solitary world
but still she shines her light
open to the deepest realms
and then alone at night

they don’t have the inner space
though god i wish they did
all the richest feelings
so much that we keep hid
Track Name: Passing Lane
Passing Lane

you zoom like they’re standing still
again the exercise of will
there’s so much to lose or gain
foot down hard in the passing lane

you ran late now you’re cruising fast
you shut em down as you shoot past
you glance back with some disdain
foot down hard in the passing lane

unless you conquer you get mad
way too low the place you had
a daily battle to ascend
miles of cars stretch without end

while you strive to beat em all
you might skid and hit a wall
but you push on through pouring rain
foot down hard in the passing lane

now you’re yelling on the phone
mouth set tight your eyes like stone
there’s no time left to explain
foot down hard in the passing lane

chorus

the city calls you in the night
got to get there make it right
figures jumping round your brain
foot down hard in the passing lane

unless you conquer you get mad
way too low the place you had
a daily battle to ascend
miles of cars stretch without end
Track Name: Mystical Lagoon
Mystical Lagoon

i ran down to see her
at the mystical lagoon
when i said i love you
she laughed it’s way too soon

i just think you’re lonely
or read too many books
stop with all the sighing
those deep and soulful looks

i pray she’s still uncanny
i owe her much i know
moves me to remember
sweet days of long ago

of course i felt offended
i’d just declared my heart
she smiled like i was a child
she’d done that from the start

and yes i wanted magic
so much seemed dull and cruel
she shone with such beauty
the perfect romance fuel

chorus

she said let’s go swimming
of course i plunged right in
when i splashed her in the face
she flashed the brightest grin

and it was true i loved her
and later she loved me
by the mystical lagoon
we cut each other free

chorus

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