Bite A Lemon

by Stephen Britt

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1.
I saw mama dancing with the refrigerator door to Fats Domino She said 1, 2, 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 4 Here we go She said come on, won't you join in? Run and tell Uncle Sam you don't wanna fight no more It's the Elevator Toe Jam do a little new dance and slide across the kitchen floor The feeling in your soul They call it rock and roll The only thing you know that'll never go away I've done seen a lot of things and people never learn anything Not until it's knocking there on their door I've done made a few friends As humanist as humans get I don't really need anymore When we don't wanna think about How the world's been down and out When we don't really wanna feel anymore We hit the Elevator Toe Jam Do a little new dance and slide across the kitchen floor The feeling in our souls We call it rock and roll The only thing we know that'll never go away I saw mama dancing with the refrigerator door to Fats Domino She said 1, 2 1, 2, 3 1, 2, 3, 4 Here we go Come on wont you join in Run and tell Uncle Sam Where he can stick his little war It's the Elevator Toe Jam Do a little old dance and slide across the kitchen floor
2.
Let me tell you about Michelle She's the one for me She's electric Tangerine dream She got everything I need Well, she's a strong queen Like nicotine she keeps me put together Let me tell you about Michelle She's a really rare breed She's got a face for a magazine and a giving heart that just don't cease She's a beauty queen And she's got a body that's really put together She's holding me I'll let her hold onto me forever
3.
I've been trying to wrap my head around Living in an imaginary world filled with her sound When she says she loves me, her voice sings Living in an imaginary world where she noticed me I never could get her attention I never could get her love I've been trying to keep my head on straight Doing all I can to get through these days When I close my eyes, I see her face And it takes me away to a place that I have made with her I never could get her attention I never could get her love I've been trying to wrap my head around Living in a world without her sound
4.
I guess I’m just running through the motions again Sometimes I feel like I’ve been placed under mind control From somewhere I don’t know This is only the beginning of the imminent end That’s the way that it is As the insides drip from the kaleidoscope lens into the sands of the hourglass An hour has passed since I last started over again And have I been abducted by my alien friends They come and take me again to a place where they laugh out loud and crowd around to point out the chemical imbalance up my head I’m just devoid of all emotion again I should probably rent an apartment by the pharmacy Or better yet I should just move in I’m about to lose my senses What good is touch if you can’t feel Anything at all Here I am relying on a potion again To try to make some sense Of what we’re doing here It’s very unclear (It's very unclear)
5.
Happy Now 02:39
Said you never meant let me down You never meant to make me cry Those weren’t tears you just stole my crown And you spit in my eye I really hope you’re happy now You've been living off your daddy's dime You headed out to California Just to wait for him to die I’ve been thinking about your laugh I remember just how it went You told a joke to some folks you don’t know And it didn’t make sense Take a look at who’s laughing now Take a look at who made it right You say it’s spite just for me to wipe The spit from my eye When you feel the western breeze Does it make you think of me When I was there you didn’t seem to care You just kept blowing by me How long you gonna keep this up? How long you gonna tie me down? You keep a box on your bedside table Filled with jewels from my crown Hide away til you get old You’re better off on your own Tell your lies to a passerby And let 'em take you home Did you ever find any gold In the hills where I heard you cry Those aren’t tears I just finally know Somebody spit in your eye
6.
I came back to find you Lying on the chair It hit me I love you You sure look good lying there With the sunlight in your hair Like marigolds You're summer everywhere You woke up I told you I still hadn’t changed my mind There’s one thing I won’t do And that’s let you slip on by For that would be unfair When your light shines It’s summer everywhere The last time that I knew What winter was really like It got cold without you And then there came a time All I needed was the warmth the sun provides And you were there Summer everywhere I threw out my old coats I just don’t need them anymore Cause your love When it glows It melts me to the floor With the more that you pour from your heart and according to you There’s nothing like a pair With the more that you pour from your heart and according to you There’s nothing like a pair It’s summer everywhere  
7.
Bite A Lemon 02:57
There’s no cats allowed in the lease I want a cat But a cat A cat don’t want me Such a drag when a cat A cat don’t want me Got a scratch and the skin split sweetly Panic attack I guess that’s a wrap on my day There's a cloud by my window and it cries as I nap No I don’t like that Paranoid You don’t have to try to annoy I get by fine when I avoid Anything that’s real A spinning wheel Of everything I’d like to feel Outraces me up the hill And I fall back down I fall back down Maybe I should bite a lemon There's no cats allowed in the lease I want a cat But a cat A cat don't want me Such a drag when a cat A cat don't want me Got a scratch and the skin split sweetly
8.
You left the party alone Saying “never again” You’ve come too far to go back where you’ve been Everybody said you had a good time You sure know how to act fine You feel it diggin’ at your soul You slipped up again You can always call me if you need a friend Everybody said you had an easy ride But they don’t know what it’s like You sure know how to act fine You’re gonna feel it Who’s gonna be there when you need it the most Who’s gonna use you just to see what they can take Who’s gonna take you home? You’ve been feeling real low So you went out again To lose control it only takes one sip Everybody said you had a good time But you don’t remember why And I saw you at a show With a bottle in your hand What you call dancing just distracted the band You thought everybody had a good time But now you’ve been banned for life You stumble into the night You’re gonna feel it Who’s gonna be there when you need it the most Who’s gonna use you just to see what they can take Who’s gonna take you home? It won’t be long before you’re dealing With the people you left feeling put out for so long And now you're reeling Blacked out on the side of the road Who's gonna take you home? Hoping for a good time Blocking out the sunshine in your window in the morning Cause it burns your eyes with the sunlight pours in
9.
Bath Song 02:53
She said, "Why don't you let me draw you a bath? The world's been dirtying you and you need some rest. We'll go to bed. Don't let it go to your head." She said, "Why don't you smoke another cigarette? What's been worrying you doesn't matter one bit. We'll go to bed. Don't sweat it. Just forget it if you can. Don't you let it go to your head." She said, "Why don't you let me draw you a bath?"
10.
Sleep 03:28
All I need is for something to work out right for me Endlessly it keeps my head from drifting off to sleep Before I can find peace in dreams Paranoia creeps in for another night spent holding me All I'm taking is a break from what you think I'm supposed to be I'm just taking a break from this before it ends up breaking me Before I can find peace in dreams Paranoia creeps in for another night spent holding me If I can get some sleep
11.
I tried my hardest to get through to you But every time I start the conversation’s through Working in your garden like you always do I tried my hardest to get through to you The only thing left for you to do Is just believe in me when I tell you these truths The only thing left for you to say You won’t act that way And we can have a good day How long until you make up your mind (You got to get it all together) Cause you know, you're taking too much time (You're not gonna live forever) And I hope I don't seem too out of line (I know I could do much better) The only thing I want is to make you mine All mine I tried my hardest to get through to you
12.
I could tell you I love you If that’s all you want I could tell you I need you If my lies don’t bother you none I could tell you that I’d fall apart if you were gone But I won’t Cause you know I hate to be wrong I could tell I’m sorry for all my little faults I could tell you don’t worry Someone’s gonna come along Someone who can handle all the hurt that you bring on But I won’t Cause you know I hate to be wrong You don’t have to listen to my songs But if you wanna know how I feel about you sing along Girl when I found you I could’ve sworn we got along But it’s true Because of you I hate to be wrong I could tell you were crazy Well, I’m crazy too None of that ever made me Any less crazy for you I could tell you were breaking When you cried all weekend long But I won’t Cause you know I hate to be wrong You don’t have to listen to my songs But if you wanna know how I feel about you then sing along Girl when I found you I could’ve sworn we got along But it’s true Because of you I hate to be wrong Girl when I found you I thought we would do it all But it’s through It’s not you I just hate to be wrong

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released September 25, 2020

Stephen Britt - Bite A Lemon - 2020

All words and music written by Stephen Britt

Stephen Britt: vocals, guitar, bass, keys

G.H.: bass on Elevator Toe Jam, Sweet Michelle, Left The Party, Bath Song // bass/keys on Bite A Lemon // backing vocals on Negative Space Exploration // guitar on Negative Space Exploration
Ben Survant: saxophone on Elevator Toe Jam and Left The Party
Little Sam: meow on Bite A Lemon
Michelle Kaiser: ooo's and claps

Recorded August 8th-September 8th 2020 in quarantine // Asheville, NC

Written, produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Stephen Britt

Album artwork: Michelle Kaiser

This album is dedicated to Sweet Michelle

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