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Live Takes [EP]

by David Ullman

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    This exclusive, expanded "Definitive Digital Archive Edition" has been remixed and remastered from the original 2005 two-track recordings. Download also includes a bonus track ("Safe") and a newly created, photo-rich 12-page lyric-and-liner-notes pdf
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I feel I’ve been here before Staring calmly at the open door I knew you’d be back this way You spoke softly, said you couldn’t stay You’d hoped to find me a changed man I know I haven’t; please understand It’s in the way you move me Running in circles, and I can’t break free I can feel it coming ‘round again Love begins just to end again Around and around, here we go again Love begins just to end again In every path there comes a time When past and present meet and roads divide Which way are you gonna go Left or right, high or low When did you know That this was the end And how can I go When we were just beginning To end …again I can feel it comin’ down again Love begins just to end again Against the tide it’s sink or swim again Love begins just to end again Begins …to end …(here we go) again
I’ve been searching, can’t seem to find my way Seems the nights get darker each and every day This time I’ve wandered too far from home Friends all around me, but I feel alone I feel lost and broken, bent out of place Shall I stay, or do you need some space Different means all lead to the same end How can we even try to pretend I need a secondhand heart Only slightly ripped apart I need someone who will always be around Unrequited from the start Feel I was born to play the part Give me someone who will never let me down Sure I don’t miss what was missing But oh how I miss kissing you (of course I do) I miss your lips, your hips, your thighs Miss the sparkle of your eyes I know it’s gone now but I don’t know why How did this become of me How was I too blind to see That the one you loved was no longer me Was my heart in your hands just a pawn Feelings faded like the night at dawn Where was it that we went wrong How am I supposed to heal When I don’t know what it is I feel Was it really ever real I know kindness is contagious So come on be courageous Give your love away With a secondhand heart Only slightly ripped apart Gotta somehow get my feet back on the ground Unrequited from the start No one’s born to play that part Just find someone who will never let you down Don’t let me down
She’s weighed down by the colors of the wind A bird so afraid to fly, regretful of her sins She thinks of what she’s done, all she can’t undo “I can’t say these things (she says), not to you” Words… without eyes to illustrate Words… nor voice to communicate Words… telling a story she’s told a thousand times in silence Her fingers are stained with unspoken fears She struggles to see the page through the falling tears Unformed thoughts dance upon her tongue The hurt’s not over yet, the healing has just begun in Words… without eyes to illustrate Words… nor voice to communicate Words… telling a story she’s told a thousand times… Words… without eyes to illustrate Words… why can’t you communicate in Words… a story you’ve told a thousand times
Failed by the foolproof Trying to face the truth Can’t cope or relate Consumed by anger, hurt and hate Shrouded in shame In the wind I hear your name Crouching coward Crippled Christ Meet me in paradise Help me make it right Dream with the dreamers Bleed with the bleeders Dry as stone Hard as bone Shattered and split 2x4 buy six Get one free To be who i am Not who you want me to be Can’t you see I’m in and out of time In and out of mind The break must be made The one who lost his way Pity the password Pain is the key Change the lock love Just don’t forget me If you can If you can Be the woman and I’ll be the man Is it in your skirt Is it in your shirt Is in what you do for work Is it in the eyes Is it in the thighs Or is in what between there lies Is it in the hands Is it in the feet Is it in the space between your teeth Is it in the arms Is it in the stance Is it the size of what’s in your pants Is it in knowing nature Is it in knowing cars Spending hard-earned money at the bar Is it being strong Is it being tough Is it never wanting to grow up Is it in the glance Is it in the stare Is in the way you wear your hair Is in fashion Is it in style Give you an inch and you take a mile Is this about money Is this about love Is this the bottom line or above Is this about guilt Is this about sex Don’t wanna be like all of the rest So tell me if you can If you can Be a woman and I’ll be a man
Still clinging to a past Now called into question Rejection (of affection) More times than I care to mention I’m so tired of this loneliness This aching need that is never met It’s been so long and I’ve hurt so much Feel small and ugly and out of touch Will I know When it’s really happening again Will it show If it is real or just pretend Wounds are weeping Beneath a bruised and blackened sky Like a broken bone (never set right) A broken heart lingers like an endless night Seems by now there should be a cure A better way to endure To put together what’s been torn apart How I wish I could change your heart You know I don’t believe in regret Just trying to remember to forget Taking each day as it comes No looking back, now I’m moving on But will I know When it’s really happening Will it show Might I mistake it for a dream Will I know When it’s really happening again Will It show If it is real or just pretend
Here I sing just trying to express In the way I hope that I do best All these ideas, they are floatin’ round Trying to keep one, I gotta choke it down Still I’m not saying that I feel fine About the way you waste your precious time Transitory, just like shooting stars All the deepest wounds seem to leave no scars Do you believe you’re safe from me? Be what you want to be All I want is for us to remain Times are tough, and love it is always rough You give your all, but your all is not enough Like a book on tape, digital escape Won’t you be my TV-dinner date Culture satiated with celebrity All trying to look like the models in the magazines Where normallacy is the fallacy Why can’t we make this dream reality See things as they are Not as we’d like them to be But as they were Were they really Do you believe you’re safe from me? See what you want to see All I want is for us to remain Do you believe you’re safe from me? All I want is to believe That what was lost just might be regained


Originally available in a limited-edition of 100 hand-signed-and-numbered CD-Rs. Re-issued with new cover art for 2006 Kent State Folk Festival, with “If You Can” and “In Dreams” in reverse order.

Bonus song, “Safe,” was also recorded in July 2005 during the same sessions.


released January 25, 2006


Recorded live, without any overdubs or edits, as 'best takes' by David Ullman. July 2005.

All songs written by David Ullman

Remixed in 2019 by Brian Ullman
Mastered with LANDR

Photos by Matt Jackson


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