Between Love & Addiction

by Union Pulse

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I wish I was that cigarette pressed between your crimson lips Make you want to light me up and suck me down I wish I was those leather boots in between your dancing feet And the mud in which you move, you love to groove Okay, Liza, come run with me anytime you're feelin' free Okay, Liza, I need a hand...please don't try to understand I wish I was that denim, darlin', stretched across your best respects Crafted by the finest fingers (overseas) I wish I was that flask of whiskey in your pocket, quite discreet Dull your senses, stain your breath my favorite shade Okay, Liza, I'll ride with you anywhere you want me to Okay, Liza, I need a I don't start to stop and think
It's been one week and I can't breathe I see your smile when I close my eyes The last thing I know each empty night Is how your hands felt holding mine I don't need time, I don't need freedom Forget the past we left behind Just promise me this isn't over Give me your hand, and I won't let go I left my love one Sunday morn' And headed north before sunrise Across the plains that lonely dawn Shed little light upon these eyes Well now it's raining, the sky is fading Stare at the ceiling and I can't sleep Late night temptations toward bus stations So we both daydream a bit too deep I guess i'm crazy to cling so tightly To what you gave me one night with you But I just miss you, and I need to kiss you You saved my soul once, you know it's true
She bought a ticket on a cross-country train Just for a cowboy to kiss her again Like any love song, he won't soon forget He just might take his time paying off the debt It's funny how we dream of better days One day you've just got to let that train Take you away Once in the rain with a real pretty girl I was so high that I thought I owned the world But I'm not a king, and she's not around So that summer high is coming down It's funny how we're older every time I'm leaning on the shoulders that I once was Lifting high Krista's fifteen and she don't remember me Eight years ago I was watchin' over she Ten months from now she will paint this town red This fall's the last time she'll be alone in bed It's funny how the hands that I now hold Make me feel a little like I might be Getting old By now I've seen what I had not before Love's just like any drug, you need more and more It starts with a rush, then it slows to a drag And before too long we all just pack our bags It's funny how I'm singing this again Every time I start to, soon enough I reach the end
You got some kinda' shine I've never seen before If you'd been feeling fine, then you weren't anymore I had to run away, I couldn't take the shame But I forgot to say I'll always love your name If the rain puts out this cigarette, then I'll call you after work When the floors are mopped, and the garbage thrown away But if the skies are clear, and I can learn to breathe on my own Then you won't hear from me tonight I wrote you every day - that's so much wasted ink But winter has a way of changing how you think I fell in love again, a black-haired southern bell It felt like nicotine, but now it hurts like hell
In the back of the bar on a Friday night Around one in the morning, I spilled her beer Now it's only right that I got her another With a smile, because my money's no good here Now I can't quite remember if it was guilt or excitement But I'll probably never see her again So before I rest, I've gotta' confess That I was looking at her, but I was thinking of you You know, she gave her her address, and if it were a couple of years ago I might have signed a letter before I got home The funny thing is, I'm no less desperate I'm just lazy, and getting used to sleeping alone I'll admit she was pretty (in that imperfect kinda' way) Like the spark of a lighter that ran outta' fuel So before I rest, I gotta' confess that I was looking at her, but I was thinking of you It's been too long since I've held a pretty hand And every night my only friends are in my band I'm not that old, but you're too young to steal my heart But I guess you can borrow it There were holes in the highway the whole way home But the road flattened out as we pulled into town There's a time and a place for everything, and tonight it's rain on the sidewalk And the hope that we won't let each other down Now it's 4am, and I smell like an ashtray But I'll still complain when you light up tomorrow So before I rest, I gotta' confess That I was looking at her, but I was thinking of you
Friday night hit like a train I woke up to the sound of the rain Rachael's gone, she long over me Not in love, but neither in pain Light one up and finish my beer Cheap champagne and a happy new year She's the best that I ever had Broken hearts make the best souvenirs I'm not in love, as strange as that sounds It's just me and I'm bringin' myself down I've been lucky just to make it this far Christmas eve, and it's time to leave town Late last night on the highway I prayed For the strength just to wake up today There's no girl lonely waiting for me So I'll take a moment to say that I'm not in love Seventeen, my guitar in hand That young man did not understand April wind and Lucy's lost eyes Caught my heart at the old baby grand We've grown up, we've both come so far But tonight I'm alone at the bar And by now, you're a long way from home So happy birthday, wherever you are If I could rewind, turn back the time Divine peace of mind just to say That the years are unkind but we learn from our crimes And one day you find you're doin' okay
Some evenings I can't go to sleep, tired as I am When close my eyes and drift, relax and release I need antacids and kisses, lullabies and lilacs Home once shadowed every footstep I took, now home is her hand It was over before it began There's a girl down in texas whose eyes pierce and words fumble It's the cutest combination, until I picture her passion Deadly, potent, sexy as hell: snapshot of this unlikely angel Tempting straight through a teardrop, salty and warm It was over before it began The days getting shorter, her patience is thin The nights getting longer, the world closing in The moonlight is laughing, it's harder to smile Today's almost over, just a little while We need something stronger to open our eyes We need something smarter make us feel wise I want you to feel like there's hope for you yet Deserve something better and I wish you'd let Let me be your drug
When do you leave for L.A.? I wanna' see you before you go When do you leave for L.A.? I wanna' know Does it make you sad that I love you like the falling snow? When do you leave for L.A.? please don't go Would it be alright if I just stare for awhile? Do you think he'd mind if I held your hand? You're the only one who's always been so kind No contention in those eyes, just a smile
It's a strong southbound wind carryin' me through From a cold northern city back home to you I've been waiting for hours to hear your sweet sigh And the sunset is fading in the interstate sky Still a long way from happy, and even further from right But I'll bet my last dollar that it's all for you tonight I've been dreaming all morning, all day and all night, of this feeling I can taste all the blood in my veins, and it's starting to race Like a beautiful brand new disease, and I don't think it's healing There's a not-so-fine line buried somewhere inside the your sweet grace Between love and addiction. It's been nearly ten years, but I sustain You've got something inside you that kills the pain From a crease at your lips to a spark in your eye You're the perfect escape, and a beautiful lie Still a long road to freedom from a heart on a chain Like a flare on a highway in the morning rain I've got a story to tell you about trust More than jealous or greedy, this is lust When you tell me you love me I get weak And it's all I can do just to part my lips and speak If there's a God up in heaven, you can save own soul From all your broken convictions...and your sad self-control
Well, I'm not much to pray Monday to Saturday And most Sundays, I just tend to rest But here's one I need to send up to my only friend might as well be my last request Oh God, please take me now - I don't suppose it matters how Just make it quick, I'll count to three! And God, bless this crazy girl with the prettiest eyes in the whole wide world Let her be the last thing that I see. Twice now the morning sun has sparked my heart to gun Down every back road in my brain But this time I held her hand so I've got to take a stand Before my luck goes down the drain Sometimes I wonder why some people never cry Seems like my generation's way We fall in love too fast, can't make these feelings last Tomorrow will soon be yesterday I will not shed a tear in my domestic beer If she don't call me back tonight 'Cuz I know I'm on her mind - and she knows she's on mine But one last thing before first light


The fourth studio album by mid-western alt-country group Union Pulse.


released February 9, 2009

Recorded at Studio 516 by Tad Unold and James Tristan Redding. All words and music by James Tristan Redding, all percussion designed and executed by Tad Unold. Words and music copyright 2009 by James Tristan Redding. Registered with BMI. All rights reserved.


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Union Pulse Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Founded by singer-songwriter James Tristan Redding, Union Pulse was an idiosyncratic icon at the intersection of Americana, roots rock, and alt-country. The band embodied James Redding's soul bound lyrics and leg bending rhythm. In their decade of recording and touring they released five original albums (and one live EP) and delivered over 700 performances throughout the lower 48 states. ... more

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