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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?
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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
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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
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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
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Lazy Eye 03:52
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
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North Dakota 03:47
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
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Architects 03:58
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
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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
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Let You Down 04:21
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
10.
Only Water 03:35
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
11.
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."
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Scars 04:18
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
13.
"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
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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 melodies 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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