lyrics

Keep Your Ways

One night I went out to take a walk 
To clear my mind 
I looked down to the ground but I could feel somebody’s eyes 
From behind 

It was a girl that I once knew 
Happy as the sky is blue 
Made me think to myself 
Well she has got so far to go 
She don’t even know 

Well that night thunder broke 
Lightning flashed and the rain fell from the sky 
And drowned the night 
I didn’t know where to go 
Who to hold what shelter I could find 
To stay dry 

Well that girl said, “hey you listen here” 
I’ve got something I could share 
The love I know it may be old 
Something you thought you’d outgrown 
But it never lost its hold 

And you’ve got to keep your ways about you, 
Your ways about you 
And sometimes they may not understand you 
They may not understand you 

Well I stared at her and she stared at me 
Soon I felt a familiar feeling creeping on in 
There’s a sadness behind those eyes from something buried deep inside 
And kept from mind 

Well I know I’ve felt this way before 
But these revelations are becoming a bore 
She told me this was nothing new 
And I’ve got to find some way, some way to push on through 

And you’ve got to keep your ways about you, 
Your ways about you 
And sometimes they may not understand you 
They may not understand you 
But you’ve got to keep your ways about you, 
Your ways about you
 And sometimes they may not understand you 
They may not understand you 

Well one night I went out to take a walk 
To clear my mind 
I looked down to the ground 
But only found the rocks and cracks 
Staring on back

My Mind Has Gone and Wandered

Sometimes when we speak 
I think it comes out of me 
Our conversations are drenched 
In this curiosity 

There are things I notice 
Well I don’t think you know 
Like the way your skin escapes from around your clothes  

Well my mind has gone and wandered 
And ended up in bed, with you 
Something in this real life
I know I can never do 
But I continue to play this fantasy out 
Imagining my touch
And the feel of your mouth 
Yet I must hold on to a sensible nights end 
And simply say goodnight my friend  

I just want that moment
My touch would give me 
In my mind I know
You would let me in so easily 

You could comfort that part of me
I’d forgotten and missed 
The excitement and gentle hesitation
Of that first kiss 

Well my mind has gone and wandered  
And ended up in bed, with you  
Something in this real life 
I know I can never do  
But I continue to play this fantasy out  
Imagining my touch
And the feel of your mouth  
Yet I must hold on to a sensible nights end  
And simply say goodnight my friend  

I have no idea
The consequences that would arise 
But given my desire
I do imagine from time to time 
To jeopardize our journey
With this energy driving us ahead 
Well I would not sacrifice it
For a chance of you in my bed 

So I’ll let my mind go and wander
And end up in bed with you 
Something in this real life
I know I can never do 
But I’ll continue to play this fantasy out 
Imagining my touch
And the feel of your mouth 
Only to smile and hug you tight 
And bid you a wonderful goodnight 

Goodnight 
Goodnight 
Goodnight 
Goodnight

Myself

Well I tense up and I forget my lines 
And you just sit there trying to read my mind 
And I think to myself 
What did I do this time? 
I need to take a pause and then hit rewind 

But I can’t, so I won’t 
And I bleed cause I’m broke 
And I hope cause if I don’t 
One by one hearts begin to realize 

And two by two
People’s lives become intertwined 
But I find myself alone at the end of the day 
Feeling like a kid when no one can come out and play 

And the games aren’t as fun 
When you’re not playing with someone 
How can you stop something that has already begun? 

Oh, quiet tears can only
Be explained in the rain 
And a heavy mind sinks down in time 
But the heart can’t hold the weight 
Oh, quiet tears can only
Be explained in the rain 
And a heavy mind sinks down in time 
But the heart can’t hold the weight 
Can’t hold the weight, can’t hold the weight 

No it can’t and it won’t 
And it bleeds cause it’s broke 
And I hope that you know 

Well I’m gonna laugh and cry from time to time 
Whether you sit there or leave I’ll be just fine 
I take a look at myself 
And stop pulling apart the lines 
I have what I have and life is letting me get by 

Gotta sort through the thoughts 
What I am, what I’m not 
Live the sound and the moment

Perfect Ending

Taking a walk with you
Might be the best thing to do 
Cause we can only go as fast as our shoes 

And at the end of the day
If you still want me to stay 
And I’ve liked what you’ve said
Then it will be the perfect ending 

And I’ll do something nice for you
If you’ll do something nice too 
And we’ll be better off you see
Than we have ever been 

When the weeks are too long
And the days are too short 
And my memory won’t hold near enough 

When the sun goes down
If you still want me around 
And you like what I’ve said
Then it will be the perfect ending 

And I’ll do something nice for you 
If you’ll do something nice too  
And we’ll be better off you see 
Than we have ever been 

I will go home
And you will be waiting for me 
And we’ll do all the things
People do when they’re happy 

Cause we can never forget
The time we spent apart for so long 
Cause we’ve got the perfect ending 

 And I’ll do something nice for you 
If you’ll do something nice too  
And we’ll be better off you see 
Than we have ever been 

take me on

 Little leaning flower 
Looks like your blooms to heavy for you 
And I’ve been spending the hours 
Trying to find a way to uplift you 

So you can face the sun 
Enjoy it like that other flower does 

Oh oh don’t let nobody, don’t let nobody 
Don’t let nobody, don’t let nobody 
Don’t let nobody, don’t let nobody take you on 

Well I can’t help caring about you 
Your smiling eyes do me good 
But I’ve got things to work thru 
If you could help I know you would 

So I can face the sun 
Enjoy it like an honest person does 

Oh oh don’t let nobody, don’t let nobody 
Don’t let nobody, don’t let nobody 
Don’t let nobody, don’t let nobody take you on 

Well my eyes have been shut 
For days on days 
But now I feel strong enough 
To open them up 
Yes to open them up 

Pain will always find its way to the heart 
And that’s a reality we can’t let go 
But I’m gonna feel every part 
Only with the rain will I grow 

So I can face the sun 
Appreciate what it does 

Oh oh don’t let nobody, don’t let nobody 
Don’t let nobody, don’t let nobody 
Don’t let nobody, don’t let nobody take you on

Things Change

Things changing all the time 
What you thought forever has died 
But I really wouldn’t want it any other way 
So please don’t let that change 

I don’t really know what to say 
You don’t have to understand anyway 
Cause it’s really hard for me
To finish what I started 
But I know if I don’t I won’t go anywhere 

You can’t live in that memory 
You can’t live in that song 
You can’t hope that everything 
Will turn out how you planned long ago 

Say hello and goodbye to people 
Let them in and let them go 
But don’t forget what you had
And what you learned 
But don’t let it be all you know 

You can’t live in that memory  
You can’t live in that song  
You can’t hope that everything  
Will turn out how you planned long ago 

Everything everything will be alright 
Everything everything changes

Things changing all the time  
What you thought forever has died  
But I really wouldn’t want it any other way  
So please don’t let that change 

Talk like you don't know

Talk like you don’t know
Let it walk right out your mouth 
Put your foot in it, and have a taste 

Talk like you don’t know 
Isn’t it funny how easy it flows 
When you don’t know and there’s space to fill? 

Well I’m the kind of person
Who will take some time to think about it
Before I shout it
Less I be the fool
I always give myself some room if I can help it 

This ain’t the first time
And it sure won’t be the last 
We’ll just give it some time and I know it’ll pass 

When your heart’s in the right place
Why does your brain just seem to run
In circles all day never knowing what to say? 

Well I’m the kind of person 
Who will take some time to think about it 
Before I shout it 
Less I be the fool 
I always give myself some room if I can help it

I talk like I do know
What I think is what I say 
I’ve had my foot in my mouth more than twice 

I’m glad you know where my heart is
You know those circles wear me down 
Thanks for knowing what I mean when my words get turned round. 

Well I’m the kind of person 
Who will take some time to think about it 
Before I shout it 
Less I be the fool 
I always give myself some room if I can help it
Well I’m the kind of person 
Who will take some time to think about it 
Before I shout it 
Less I be the fool 
I always give myself some room if I can help it

Talk like you don’t know
Let it walk right out your mouth 
Put your foot in it, and have a taste 

Talk like you don’t know 
Isn’t it funny how easy it flows 
When you don’t know and there’s space to fill?

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Recorded at Full Tilt Productions in Mechanicsburg, PA  
Engineered by Jason Shaffer  
Mixed and mastered by Jason Shaffer 

All songs written by Kyleen Downes 
Produced by Kyleen Downes 
Co-produced by Jason Shaffer and Nathan Veshecco 
Drum arrangements by Spencer Rowland 

Kyleen Downes - guitar, vocals, percussion, ukulele, piano 
Spencer Rowland - drums, percussion 
Jason Shaffer - bass 
Nathan Veshecco - vocals, Asus2 chord on Myself 

 Cover photo by Kyleen Greene 
Graphics by Charley Skira

released July 15, 2016 

thank you

I want to recognize the people instrumental in getting me to this point in my musical life:  Garry Ball, Steve McColaugh, Jim McCutcheon, the fantastic community of Dayton musicians and supporters, and each of my dedicated and dynamic students.

I want to thank the people instrumental in making this album happen:  Natan Veshecco, Spencer Rowland, Jason Shaffer, Charley Skira, Janelle and Dustin Daniels, the Tebbe Family, Dave and Nancy Gentry, the generous backers of my Kickstarter campaign, and the people close to me that kept reminding me I could do it.

Most importantly, I am extremely grateful for the people instrumental in making me happen:  My mom and my dad.

photo gary mitchell

photo gary mitchell