Love, War, and Other Mistakes

by Danny Whitecotton

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released 06 August 2013
Recorded at SoundMIND Audio, Bennington, VT
Producers – James Kinne and Danny Whitecotton
Also, M.R. Poulopoulos on “Not Anymore”
Engineered by James Kinne
Mixed by James Kinne
All Songs Written by Danny Whitecotton (BMI)

Photos by Jim Miller, Desolation Road Studio

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Danny Whitecotton East Glenville, New York

Born and raised in Texas, Danny Whitecotton has been playing his mix of indie rock and alt country to the coffee shop junkies and bar patrons of New York and Vermont since his independently released first album "Go On and Rain" debuted in May. Whitecotton has shown himself as a songwriter that won't shy away from the darkness of the human struggle or the potential light in everyone. ... more

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Track Name: Wanna Talk To You
Does she have that same old smile
Maybe I could talk for awhile with you, with you
I wanna talk to you
Does she still have that same blue dress
Or that wit that’ll make me guess about you, about you
I wanna talk to you
Since you went away
There’s a hole in my heart
That I can’t seem to fill
Since she went away
I haven’t had a sunny day
And it’s such a shame you’re getting married
I wanna talk to you
I hope you’re not too committed to this guy
I hope you find out that he cheats and lies on you, on you
I wanna talk to you
Since you went away
There’s a hole in my heart
That I can’t seem to fill
Since she went away
I haven’t had a sunny day
And it’s such a shame you’re getting married
I wanna talk to you
Maybe now is not the best time
To be talking while you’re dressed in white with him, with him
I wanna talk to you
Since you went away
There’s a hole in my heart
That I can’t seem to fill
Since she went away
I haven’t had a sunny day
And it’s such a shame you’re getting married
That you’re married
I wanna talk to you
Track Name: Not Anymore
Never been good looking into the future
But I see mistakes and you know I’ll make them
Promises I’ll break them
So many times I’ve been shot down
And everyone has there reasons
And every time it feels like treason
Everyone wants whats best for me
But I won’t let mistakes get the best of me
Not anymore
You see it happen so many times
People get older and they lose their minds
Its just not right
From what I’ve seen the world keeps spinning
Everyday I turn around and the day just ended
It never said goodbye
Gravity keeps pulling me down
I used to think it would pull me straight into the ground
Not anymore
Never been good looking into the past
It makes me sick at times
To know that I’ve made you cry
I know it goes without saying a word
You’ve given me more than I deserved
But I’ll be damned if love don’t hurt
Not Anymore
Track Name: Do You Love Me?
I swear to God I love you
I wouldn’t change who you are
A twenty something girl with a life worth living
But life ain’t written in the stars
You have a smile to admire
A heart I wish I had
So many times I have no intention
But I go and screw it up bad
Do you love me?
Are you sure?
Do you love me?
Are you sure?
Do you love me
Or are you in love with a memory?
I swear I had more muscle
And a few less pounds
You my girl still look like an angel
One I’m shocked that I found
It’s a tricky situation picking one for life
Your choice girl the jury’s still out
But mine I bet it just right
Do you love me?
Are you sure?
Do you love me?
Are you sure?
Do you love me
Or are you in love with a memory?
I swear to God I love you
And I won’t let go
For 99 years or what we’ve got
You’ll have someone to hold
Now It’s a simple question
But I’m scared to ask
Because if you say no it would break my heart
And this song would end so sad
Do you love me?
Are you sure?
Do you love me?
Are you sure?
Do you love me
Or are you in love with a memory?
I said are you in love?
Do you love me?
Track Name: NY Black and Blue
My train is slowing down
And I have no doubts
This is the lowest I’ve been in awhile
I need something to pick me up
I need a little bit of good luck
But there ain’t been none around
Pick me up off the ground
Cause I got things to do
Can’t stop right now
Until that train brings me back home to you
The river is rolling softly
As I look out my window tonight
Looking black and white
As the moon collides with the light
Pick me up off the ground
Cause I got things to do
Can’t stop right now
Until that train brings me back home to you
Well I’ve said I’m going nowhere
And you always know best
Now my face is black and blue
And I’m still in love with you
New York you did it again
Pick me up off the ground
Cause I got things to do
Can’t stop right now
Until that train brings me back home to you
Track Name: Bullet That Started It All
He said goodbye in the pouring rain as the bus driver said “Its time to go”
Nobody wants to say goodbye to a pretty little wife and four month old
But he knows he’s got to try
Cause there’s heartache in the future from the things he can’t buy
He has to face up to the truth
There’s so much in this life he wanted to do
We never did such things we
never did what we wanted to do
We never did such things.
Now we lie to ourselves till we think it’s the truth
It won’t leave me alone
Something that feels strange
I’ll call you on the phone
But there’s something in the future I can’t change
He said “Yes Sir” to the Army man when they said to the front you will go
He shot a man to save another now he’s considered a hero
At times he wants to cry
Because to take a life is to die inside
Everyone says he was right
But now he can’t look into his wife’s eyes
Say I never did such things
Only did what I was told to do
I never did such things
Now I lie to myself till I think it’s the truth
It won’t leave me alone
Something that feels strange
I’ll call you on the phone
Now there is something in the past that I can’t change
So many times he stares at the wall seeing the bullet that started it all
Thinks about the dreams that were lost he looks at his life. Was it worth the cost?
I never did such things
I never did what I wanted to do
I never did such things
Now I lie to myself till I think it’s the truth
It won’t leave me alone
Something that feels strange
I’ll call you on the phone
There’s something in the past that I can’t change
Track Name: Go On and Rain
Well it’s been raining
And you’ve been saying
It’s time to get out of here
It’s been coming
and maybe it’s been something
You’ve said honest dear
You’re not the kind to make a promise
but this one you could keep
The rain has been falling
and I’m not stopping
You from going out the door

So go on and rain
go on and cry
Leave these blue tears behind
You were nothing but a smile on my face
You were nothing but a feeling that I can’t replace
You were nothing but one of my best days
So why don’t you go on?
Go on and Rain

You haven’t been trying
and you’ve been lying
Saying this will last forever
but when the writing is on the wall
and you don’t call
forever just feels like never

So go on and rain
go on and cry
Leave these blue tears behind
You were nothing but a smile on my face
You were nothing but a feeling that I can’t replace
You were nothing but one of my best days
So why don’t you go on?
Go on and Rain

You were nothing but a smile on my face
You were nothing but a feeling that I can’t replace
You were nothing but one of my best days
So why don’t you go on?
Go on and Rain
Track Name: Desperate Soul
Well I found a cure for my desperate soul
Staring right back through the window
I’m leaving on a train at a quarter of 8
I’ve got to go back to work I’ve got to keep myself busy
The day flies by but I still think of you
and all the women walking round in their brand new shoes
I meet a friend for a drink I try to take it easy
But I wind up drunk you know its so damn easy
On the train back I sleep in my coat
Then I go to a movie so I don’t feel alone
I could have you back but I think this is best
It’s probably about time to put us to rest
Walking up late to the front door
I hear the phone ring and its staring back through the window
I run grab the receiver the voice is yours
Staring back through the window I found my cure
For my desperate soul
For my desperate soul
For my desperate soul
For my desperate soul
Track Name: Hard Lesson To Learn
State the facts. What’s your name?
Why did you kill? Are you sane?
You left a long trail behind
Of motives to unwind
Can you tell us where is the knife
That you used to take his life?
Please help us to understand
Why you did this to this man?
He took away my life. Why wouldn’t I take his?
Incorruptible, impenetrable, this is pure justice
To take away my love and leave nothing in return
I don’t know what you would do, but it’s a hard lesson to learn
So you admit you did the deed
If everyone thought like you where would we be?
We have a moral obligation to uphold
You can’t turn on those who turn on you and kill them cold
Tell me why I can’t when I don’t care about him?
Why should he live while I die?
I was at a point of no return
A single match that burns
Well I don’t know what you would do, but it’s a hard lesson to learn
You sit in the shadows while I take the fall
For killing your lover you did it all
I’ll do this for you because I love you
I’ll wait for you. Will you wait too?
One last thing before I go
You admitted but I have to know
What happened to the knife
That you used to take his life?
Track Name: Permanent Rain
Let me start at the end, after the dust had risen
When truth ripped through the sky
The troops marching, I saw lightning
And it brought out your smile
Remember that night, When you said goodbye
You thought it was the only way
How could you know, through life I’d go
Singing the blues in a permanent Rain
How many died, fighting for what they thought was right?
I thought I was the only one
Put my heart in the ground, put your guns down
And step into the sun
The fortune I’ve seen, I can’t take any of it with me
For the debts I have to pay
So long my love, I hope I’m the one your thinking of
When you feel the permanent rain
So lets begin, now that you know the end
To the path that I strayed
The dust hadn’t risen, the leaves were falling
So begins the permanent rain.
Track Name: Ghosts
There’s a ghost in these hills .Been moving all around
There’s a fire in your hands when the devil comes to town.
He has a long long reach into your soul
When you’re drinking along the boulevard
I thought that I had a reason
But sometimes that’s just the way you are
There’s a ghost in this house. She’s never quite satisfied.
She comes to me in dreams where in the darkness you can’t hide
It’s been a long long night in fear
Reading about places you’ve never seen
You have a picture on the wall of yourself
And wonder if it’s the man you ever been
But light will conquer the darkness when the morning comes
Forget all the answers, tonight you won’t find a single one.
There’s a fire in your heart. I hope it never dies.
Be mindful of the ghosts. They’ll try to steal the light.
It’s been a long long night in here
And I’m losing ground at 3am
I thought that I could find the answers
But that’s not the way I am
Light will conquer the darkness
When the morning comes
Forget all the answers
Tonight you won’t find a single one
Track Name: Can't Change The Way You Feel
Looking back I see the cars lined up at the coffee shop where you used to play.
Sitting next to a girl who was your world who laughed out loud and would always say.
You take yourself to serious you’ll go delirious wondering what everyone thinks.
What everyone thinks.
Who’s that guy singing up at the lights he seems happy
Caught him in a day dream he’s just staring out at the stars
He can’t change the way you feel about him
He can’t change the way you feel about him
Not living in a comic book and the strength it took you wouldn’t call him superman
Working on a day dream it’s always happening washing the windows so you can see in
And its always surprising to you
And hard work Its always surprising to you.
He can’t change the way you feel about him
He can’t change the way you feel about him
He can’t change. He can’t change.
He can’t change the way you feel about him
Looking back I see the cars lined up at the coffee shop where you used to play
Sitting next to a girl who is your world who says there are things you can not change.
He can’t change the way you feel about him
He can’t change the way you feel about him
He can’t change. No I can’t change.
I can’t change the way you feel about me.