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released January 1, 2007

Music and Lyrics by Trevor Exter (BMI)

Voice and Cello: Trevor Exter

Produced and Engineered in July 2006 by Julie Last at Coldbrook Studio
Mastered by Mark Dann
Cover art by David Bias

©&℗ 2007 Trevor Exter

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Trevor Exter New York, New York

Trevor Exter always played different things but kept coming back to the cello. He sits with it and sings, playing it like a tiny bass or big ukulele.

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Track Name: Let Me Hold You
When these wispy days evaporate
Just like you always knew they would
And the sunshine’s a little too bright
And the rain, when it comes it just breaks you

Nobody says I Told You So
Nobody says I Told You So
Nobody says I Told You So

You know it’s never gonna matter more
If you don’t say it when you mean it
And I’m never gonna shut the door in your face
Just ‘cause you got afraid for a minute
The tears we both cried
Only go to show that it’s right
So let me hold you for one more night
One more night

I need to hide from myself sometimes
Just like you do
I need to wish away the pain
When the windows rattle in the wind
Choose the battles you know you can win
And those other times it’s cool to just give in

Becasue nobody says I Told You So
Nobody says I Told You So
Nobody says I Told You So

You know it’s never gonna matter more
If you don’t say it when you mean it
And I’m never gonna shut the door in your face
Just ‘cause you got afraid for a minute
The tears we both cried
Only go to show that it’s right
So let me hold you for one more night
One more night
one more night… let me hold you….
Track Name: The Money Men
Mr. Primadonna has stuff to take care of
Even after you dragged yourself to town
Just getting him to look at you is some triumph
He’s got you back on the ground where you belong

Words don’t come easy these days
Especially when there’s nothing to say – like now
Do you live too much in dreams
Or does everybody else
If someday they win you over then watch out, watch out

The hardest part of getting what you want is knowing what it is
Love’s an addiction like any other
I love coming home and not having to answer the phone
I love being alone

Since I moved to New York City
I can’t stop wondering why I came
So many crowded places
Where nobody knows your name
So many empty faces
Where did you leave your dreams?

Words don’t come easy these days
Especially when there’s nothing to say – like now
If someday they win you over then watch out, watch out

The hardest part of getting what you want is knowing what it is
Love’s an addiction like any other
I love coming home and not having to answer the phone
I love being alone
The hardest part of getting what you want is knowing what it is
Love’s an affliction like any other
I love coming home and not having to answer the phone
I love being alone

na naa na na
na naa na na
na naa na na
na na na na na

——-
Track Name: Afterlife
Each day he goes up to the fire
And he comes back empty-handed
But the people smile for him
And they sing they sing they sing
These bells are made for whistling

Who’s going to take the fall I’ll give you one guess who
I thought I’d love you like a rock until I split in two
Soon I will outlive my usefulness
And be bidden farewell
Or maybe just fare –
… for all you care

I was always looking for the answer
Missing the glory of the question:
There’s a tapestry of loose ends
The busted always on the mend

So I handle my music with care
Like a bartender who doesn’t drink
Or a dealer who doesn’t use
And I wear my broken heart
Like my favorite pair of boots

Yeah who’s going to take the fall I’ll give you one guess who
I thought I’d love you like a rock until I split in two
Soon I will outlive my usefulness
And be bidden farewell
Or maybe just fare –
… for all you care

Each day he goes up to the fire
And he comes back empty-handed
But the people sing for him
These bells are made for whistling
I will go and live on my mountainside
I will I will I will
You can call it running away
But I’ve been running so long I can do it standing still
Yeah I’ve been running so long I can do it standing still
Yeah I’ve been running so long I can do it standing still

——-
Track Name: What Happened To The Man? (solo)
So it comes to this
The same temptation wearing a different face
You think you can fool me – uh uh

The jailhouse door is swinging open
But I’m just staring out through the bars
The jailhouse door is swinging open
But I’m just staring out through these bars

What happened to the man
I thought I was becoming?
Now my heart is trapped
My arms are wrapped
Holding an empty bag of dreams

Thought I’d let the past become the past
When I was so young and stupid
To think I was any different
I thought I had you fooled

The jailhouse door is swinging open
But I’m just staring out through the bars
The jailhouse door is swinging open
But I’m just sitting here watching TV
The jailhouse door is swinging open
But I’m just sitting here playing cards
The jailhouse door is swinging open
But I’m just staring through goddamn bars

What happened to the man
I thought I was becoming?
Now my heart is trapped
My arms are wrapped
Holding an empty bag of dreams

Thought I’d let the past become the past
Thought I’d let the past become the past
Thought I’d let the past become the past
Same temptation
Oooh same temptation
Oooh same temptation

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Track Name: Grow Up
You think you’re free but you’re just loose
Think you stand apart in a roomful of fools
Never thought yourself to be afraid
But look it’s going to rain on your parade

CHORUS:
Turn me round and around tie me up throw me down
I can laugh at you
Laugh ‘cause I know power stiffens the hips
And it dries your lips
And the reason you look so confused is
The voice in your head telling you what to do
May not be the one that you think it is
You lose more of my respect by needing to be right
Than you could ever expect to get if you ever won your fight
The price of being a son of man is already high enough
So along with being born again my friend you can try to grow up

You made it to your mountain top
Followed in the footsteps of your mom and pop
And you’re up there trying to catch your breath
So you can smoke your cigarette
All my hard-earned money you have spent
Preparing for your great experiment
You say you heal the sick and raise the dead
And you hear Jesus’ voice inside your head

[CHORUS]
WHY NOT JUST GROW UP!

Na Na Na Naa Naaaa
Na Na Na Na Naaa
Na Na Na Na Naaa na Naa
Na Naa

You’re righteous in your little world
Standing up for daddy’s little girl
But you always gave your second best
Never put your good side to the test
You think you’re free but you’re just loose
Think you stand apart in a roomful of fools
Never thought yourself to be afraid
But look it’s raining all on your parade

[CHORUS]

You can try to grow up, why not just grow up!

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Track Name: Water
I remember the first time I met you
Stuck your head out of the clear blue water
You could have been my first love

Swimming in each other’s eyes
Thought we could not compromise our freedom
But freedom’s what I’m afraid of

Many miles across the ocean
I’m still swimming in our emotion – water
We never had enough

And in my homeland war is brewing
From every angle men are spewing talk of
Taking off the gloves

Oh water
Oh water

I’m gonna pull myself together
‘Cause the future reads stormy weather
Everywhere I turn there’s something new to burn
Maybe my heart or my money
Maybe my country or my body

In the desert in the blinding light
Most of the songs they glorify water
‘Cause that’s what they have the least of

But in this land of blacks and whites
Of rights and wrongs we testify and we sing songs
We sing songs of love

Oh water
Oh water
Oh water
Oh water

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Track Name: At Last
At last there’s silence in my mind
I’ve been dreaming so much about you
And your sweetness again

A nest, you let me nestle in your skin
I’ve been waiting so long without you
Let this moment begin

We give into it for awhile
There is no reason not to
Now we can eat the fruit
From our very own tree

So lost, we went our separate ways
In our moment of agony
We never could stop the pain

The time belongs to us for now
No one can say to let go
Now we can come alive
I hold you you hold me

At last there’s silence in my mind
I’ve been dreaming so much
Waiting so long
Dreaming so much about you
And your sweetness again