Steady Now - Expanded Edition

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Album purchase gets you the free bonus track "Cactus", Sleepy Driver's cover of The Pixies classic.

Warren "Cat" Catlett - Radio Free Americana:
"Sleepy Driver, led by front-man Peter Hicks, have released a brilliant debut album, 'Steady Now', that reinforces the notion that much of the best American music comes from Canada. 'Steady Now' is chock full of highly accessible, radio-friendly songs with beautiful me...lodies and irresistible hooks."

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released April 26, 2011

All songs by Peter Hicks
Produced, recorded and mixed by Ethan Young-Lai, Mike Hatheway, and Peter Hicks
Mastered by J. Lapointe at Archive Mastering

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Sleepy Driver Fredericton, New Brunswick

Built on the solid foundation of front-man Peter Hicks' songwriting, SLEEPY DRIVER melds traditional and progressive musical influences together to create a truly original blend of songs which lurch with schizophrenic grace between sweetly tender ballads to darkly hopeful songs about life's wrong turns. ... more

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Track Name: Like A Weapon
You're heading out, you're getting out
Eyes blinking like a candle
You're dragging that old heart around
Like a suitcase by the handle
How long until it all goes down?
I gave you love, I gave you love
And you hold it like a weapon
You're colder than the blackened night
You're colder than the devil
How long until it all goes down?
I'm buzzing out, I'm fuzzing out
Like a radio searching for a station
And I need you, yes I need you
Like an answer needs a question
How long until it all goes down?
Track Name: Drowning In My Dreams
I'm tired of fences, tired of skies broken by the wires
I've been inside my whole life, looking through the bars
I took a woman's breath away; she was the girl of my dreams
But now I'm getting out, they're letting me out
No more drowning in my dreams
Driving through my hometown where everything has changed
I got to buy back my soul again, my parole officer said
I was on the main street, wasting time, my head was black with thought
I saw her in the window of the gas station restaurant
She looked just like the girl of my dreams
I asked her to the riverbank for a walk along the shore
Under the bridge, we sat awhile and talked about anything
I wrote my name upon her arm, she wrote her name on mine
We sat close, I smelled her hair, my head was black with thought
Trying to kiss the girl of my dreams
They found her on the riverbank; my name was on her arm
I was on the main street, wasting time, when everything went wrong
I'm tired of fences, tired of skies broken by the wires
I can't buy back my soul again, drowning in my dreams
Track Name: When The Lights Come On
I knew a girl named Twila, used to lay on her bed
Folded her arms across her chest
She would dress like it was Sunday, she'd pretend she was dead
But you can't predict the time, the good Lord said
It won't happen when you want it, you'll be sorry it's gone
If you spend your life wishing all your days were done
When the lights come on
They called him John the Butcher, he could cut to the bone
Spent his life drifting through halfway homes
He wore a bloody apron underneath his clothes
Said he'd lop your head just to spite your nose
And one day he went straight from his crooked ways
But he still holds a knife every time he prays
When the lights come on
Don't call the preacher, don't fill the pews
Don't let the tailor cut the back from my suit
The only undertaking I need is to choose
So give me the truth, man, give me the news
Show me what you're made of, nail your colors to the mast
And live every day like it was your last
When the lights come on
Track Name: Watch You Sleep
Last night I dreamed of you
You were by my side, shining like a treasure no dark of night could hide
And let me watch you sleep, I won't make a sound
Let me wake you up and kiss you on the mouth
‘Cause I love the way you smile, I love the way your eyes say "Hold me."
You're my dearest friend, you're my angel sweet
All the world around us will fall down to our feet
The clanging of the bell, the sounding of the horn
Like Christ upon the cross, you lead me through the storm
I love the way you smile, I love the way your eyes say "Hold me."
And when the road gets dark, baby I will be your man
I'm holding out my hand
Track Name: Lazy Eye
I was born with a lazy eye
And a lazy heart to match it
I made my way through the underground
With a switchblade and a hatchet
Get in my way, get in my way
I'll snap you like a matchstick
Been born again a thousand times
Somehow it's never lasted
But I don't want your love and I don't want your time
And I might earn your trust, but all I want is your life
I'm faceless like the devil
I'm shameless like the beast
And you invite me in and next I'm poisoning the feast
And attitude and gratitude won't get you very far
When blood is all that fills your cup
And violence is the law
Track Name: North Dakota
And I'm going far away, to where the radio still plays our song
And no better than today, I'm following that falling star
I'm gone and moving on, from that city of the lost
Of a devouring comfort that I don't want to know
And I'm jealous of the sun, 'cause it sees you every day
And I'm going to send it off, that letter with your name
Say I see a brand new start, from the bottom to the top
All blue sky and country as I lay on the lawn
And I'm bound for North Dakota
To where they got more sky than ground
‘Cause I'm tired of California and that dirty little town
Yeah I'm bound for North Dakota
To where silence is the sound
And I want to take you with me
‘Cause I like your kind around
And I'm sleeping in my car
With the radio on and the windows down
And I'm up before the dawn
Before this heartache gets the best of me
I'm gone and moving on, from that city of the lost
Of a divide and conquer that I don't want to know
Track Name: Architects
This town is getting smaller all of the time
It's getting kind of hard, hard to avoid you
Your silence is a wall that I won't climb
And just because I'm hurt, doesn't mean I love you
‘Cause everyone has decided, and everyone is misguided
When it comes to you and it comes to me
And it comes to how I leave
You're getting further away all of the time
And distances we make, they tend to harden
I'd turn the car around if I saw you
And just because I'm hurt doesn't make it okay
‘Cause everyone has decided, and everyone is misguided
When it comes to you and it comes to me
And it comes to how I leave
And the architects who designed us
They never taught us how to fight this
When it comes to you and it comes to me
And it comes to how I leave
Track Name: Get Right With The Lord
It's hanging over me right now
It's hanging over me right now
Yeah, all the things you did and baby, all the things you done
It's hanging over me right now
'Cause I bought myself a pistol, I bought myself a gun
And I don't want to talk anymore
I don't want to talk anymore
'Cause I heard all your excuses, man, I heard them before
And I don't want to talk anymore
'Cause I bought myself a pistol, I bought myself a gun
And you better get right with the Lord
You better get right with the Lord
You better learn your Bible from the back to the front
You better get right with the Lord
'Cause I bought myself a pistol, I bought myself a gun
And I don't want to talk anymore
Track Name: Let You Down
Things that I remember and things I won't forget
I miss you on the one hand, but I'm scared of what comes next
Why do we hold the longest to things already lost
And spend our days not thinking of the cost?
It's been two years this December since you went away
But some thing never falter and some things never change
My heart is where you left it, buried in my side
I said I wouldn't love you but I lied
And I won't let you down
I'm picking at the sutures of where you used to be
I'm dreaming of the futures I know we'll never see
Why do we hold the longest to everything gone wrong,
Then try to put it down in a song?
And I won't let you down
Track Name: Only Water
And so she said, "We're never getting out of this.
"We've gone too far, and now we lost our way."
This road I've led is littered with regrets
If you see my picture, these ain't tears that I'm crying, yeah
Hello my daughter, take care of your Mom
Hello my son, be sure that they are strong
Don't let your neighbors fill your heads with lies
If you see my picture, these ain't tears in my eyes
It's only water, it's only water
Like rain on my face
And I want you to know that I'll be fine
Hello my daughter, take care of your Mom
Hello my son, be sure that they are strong
I got your letters, I got your valentines
Yeah I could never stay inside the lines
Track Name: And The Gravedigger Says
Baby's got her shoulder to the wheel
She's pushing on the raw end of a deal
She's never going to win
And now it's sinking in, sinking in
Baby hears the ticking all the time
It's in her head most every day and night
She's so afraid of dying
That she can't close her eyes, close her eyes
And the gravedigger says, "Welcome home."
Hello to the sun and hello moon
I said Hello to December, goodbye June
How can the nights be long
When the years keep moving on, moving on?
And the gravedigger says, "Welcome home."
Track Name: Scars
The lights down the valley all shimmer like they're stars
This town feels like suicide, it's covered us in scars
But we'll find a way around
The fires of the factories, they keep us up at night
It feels all our time is spent and all our days gone by
But we'll find a way around
I carry the cross all the way home, lay it on the bed
Sat in the dark all night long, just wishing you were there
I'm wishing you were there
Our hearts are like a hand-me-down, wearing at the seams
Yeah, goddamn the media for filling us with dreams
But we'll find a way around
I carry the cross all the way home, lay it on the bed
Sat in the dark all night long, just wishing you were there
I'm wishing you were there
Track Name: Where You Are
"Baby, take your time."
From the bottom of my heart,
All the canyons I would cross to the garden of your arms
On the promise of a smile, on the promise of a kiss
I'd drive a hundred thousand miles for the chance to be forgiven
Ah but darling dry your eyes and take your time
Now I'm dizzy from the highway, from the cigarettes and joe
I know you're sleeping on my pillow with your head next to the phone
And I'm scared of burning bridges and I'm scared of being wrong
But sometimes you've got to fall just to find out where you are
Ah but darling dry your eyes and take your time
Ah be careful what you ask for and be thankful what you get
Because there's no regret in comfort and no comfort in regret
Ah but darling dry your eyes and take your time