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Elk​-​Lake Serenade

by Hayden Desser

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1.
Wide Eyes 02:11
I'm getting off at the next stop Will you leave with me so that we can be seen By my old love who's standing over there She left me so stunned that I walk around scared Wide eyes, I think that I've seen you And I need you to do this for me Wrap both your arms around me And act like I'm all that you need And so it went like that and she agreed to get off With me by her side, 3 blocks from her stop And we stepped to the street and she kissed my cheek And whispered words that I won't repeat Wide eyes, I think that she saw us But I didn't look up to see Wrap your warm arms around me And let's go get something to eat
2.
You're the one thing that I'm leaving That will come to my mind dreaming All along the highways speeding And up in the air as I far as I fly You're the first thing I'll be thinking When I'm taking off and landing In the cities that I'm playing To the people I won't ever know This is the last time out for me I don't want to find out we Drifted apart or lost our way I'll be home by Saturday Last night in New York City I met a girl almost as pretty And if I had one more whiskey Everything would have all just slipped away This is the last time out for me I don't want to wait and see If while away you've been untrue Have you found somebody new And if I'm wrong then don't you stray I'll be home by Saturday You're the one thing that I'm leaving That will come to my mind dreaming All along the highways speeding And up in the air as I far as I fly
3.
Woody 01:53
I'm just sitting here wasting my time Until you come home from your escapades In the backyard with your friends of late I'd be worried if you didn't do this every Spring When the grass grows And there's birds in trees And the sun shines And you don't need me I'm just sitting here wasting my time Until you come home from your escapades In the backyard with your friends of late
4.
This Summer 02:56
Remember when we were young And the summers felt like they would never end This one was like that again But only because so much was said Two I loved went away Not to come back any day In my life since the day it started Now I'm one of the broken hearted Since time has passed and thoughts have been thought I look at it from a different shot It was going to happen, it had to end The way it went down was the best for them And all I hope is the day I die I'm ready to face all that I've tried And I follow you right behind So no one is left killing time
5.
There is a girl outside my door I don't know what she's here for She's the star of the movies Now she's looking right at me Just like she does on TV I tell her I'm her biggest fan She tells me about her man How he cheats and mistreats her And how she can't see the future Unless I kill him and his two lovers There are two cops outside my door Oh, I know what they're here for I'm the one that they want So I go out on the lawn And tell them what went wrong They take one long look at me Start to laugh and say: "There's a movie on my street" And they're just directing the traffic And protecting the Hollywood ending
6.
Robbed Blind 02:17
I don't want to be here when you get back from Texas You've been doing some thinking and I know just where that leaves us A month ago we were doing alright Now I'm just trying to get by This is one of those times when you're forced out of submission And the choices you've made are coming to conclusions A month ago we were doing just fine Now I'm just left here robbed blind I don't want to be here when you get back from Texas You've been doing some thinking and I know just where that leaves us A month ago we were doing alright Now I'm just left here robbed blind Robbed blind
7.
Killbear 03:34
The afternoon light Was reaching down to the site As my old love stared Into the fire with her new love there Camping up North, the same place we shared Behind the van They heard the crashing of land And they looked to see A grizzly bear lurking amongst the trees Searching their ground for something to eat From what I'm told My old love just froze But her man got scared He started to run, thinking she had begun But he left her there, alone in the woods with the bear So the bear all surprised Looked right into her eyes And decided that She was its prey or some kind of threat So it followed its instincts to deal with it It charged up towards her And stopped just before her And stood up high Swiped at her shoulder and dragged her by the torso Around the site, And that's how my old love died If I'd been there I wouldn't have run from the bear That's the worst mistake I would've yelled and banged pots And made sure that my love wasn't taken that way
8.
I've got neighbours who argue terribly in the house And act like they're real nice When I pass them in the night Oh, you'd never know Oh, it's like this life The no one else has seen That neither of them dreamed It's sinking their esteem And they're ashamed of it I was going to tell them I can hear them through the rads All the fights they've had And most of what's been said But I couldn't
9.
Your legs are at the door I'm feeling good and I want more But you've got one thing on your mind It's leaving everything behind And I feel like starting over More now, as I'm older Come on now, come over to me Drop your skirt down past your knees If this is the last we ever meet Let's go out in style and see If you feel like starting over Or you'll look back when you're older At times we had together And realize there was nothing better And I feel like starting over More now, as I'm older Maybe some of that was a bit too much It's just that we won't stay in touch So come on baby, come over to me We should fuck and then we'll see
10.
Don't get down Don't waste time on things that you can't ever change I know we all do Write a song All your new ones are the best you've ever sung Write another one And all you need to do Is get away from everything Quit this sad old scene Come back when you feel the need We'll all be here for you Don't get let down Don't spend time with people you don't even like I know we all do Write a song All your old ones don't mean a thing if you don't sing Any new ones And all you need to do Is get away from everything Quit this sad old scene Come back when you feel the need We'll all be here for you And find something that will make you feel Like every day's too short We're only here for a little while You'd better make your mark
11.
Don't roll down that wave towards me. Keep the sun in your eyes I think you're the one here for me Everyone else can go by Don't roll down that wave towards me. Keep the sun in your eyes I think you're the one here for me Everyone else can go by
12.
My Wife 03:01
You're looking in on my life and I don't think I like you around here You're looking right at my wife like she's part of the dinner we're serving you You told me yourself over beers how you felt when you let her go When the choice was between a family and the way things were But nothing remains the same once decisions like that are made You're treating both of my kids like a prize that was taken away from you You roll into town, live off your sound and do what you need You live for the chase, just getting a taste of whatever you please Then you stay at my place and realize the choices you made were mistakes So look one more time at my love and you'll find that it's here to stay Your stupid lines and the thoughts just behind are not working today Get back on that bus, you'll forget about us in a week or a lay You're looking in on my life and I don't think I like you around here
13.
1939 04:44
I once saw a girl on my lawn She was so pretty and young She walked right up and just said "Your house is where I once lived" She asked to look around To see if she could find The part of her she left behind That she needed to move on I didn't want to let her down It was with her that I was found So I lead her into my place You should have seen her face She said her name was Sam And I let her know who I am She asked if she could bathe And I said: "Okay" An hour went by and the door opened wide And through the steam I saw her eyes She said: "You saved my life" It was with her that I was right A week maybe two disappeared She never came back around here I asked the old man living beside If he remembered Sam and he cried The beauty he described Was the girl I let inside But what he said after I'll never forget Until the day that I die The girl I met drowned in the bath In my house at 25 In 1939 It was with her that I tried
14.
I Can't believe that one thing changes everything And nothing will ever be the same Again The same Again
15.
I was driving North By myself feeling sad of course Off a 2-lane highway I was forced To get out of my car 5 police cars froze By the side of the road in a row Flashing lights all over snow Looking for someone who'd flown Out into the night 20 Miles before A family in a car Drove in front of me for an hour I got to know the kids from their smiles Looking back to me

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released May 18, 2004

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Hayden Desser Toronto, Ontario

For over 20 years, Hayden Desser has been making music on his own terms and on his own schedule. The three-time JUNO nominee has produced, engineered and mixed most of his records at home, creating a world of his own, exploring themes ranging from love lost and found to bear maulings and home invasions. ... more

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