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This Better Be Good

by Peter Donovan

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1.
“This Better Be Good” VERSE ONE You’ve been lying now for some time And I’m familiar now with all your lines When I thought that I’d heard enough You cleared your throat and stood I said, this better be good… VERSE TWO I’ve been trying to remember when Me and you became us again You’ve been trying to make the case I wouldn’t leave you if I could I said, this better be good MIDDLE 8 I’ve been looking for some good luck Some good intentions and an honest buck You failed to mention that you’re good and stuck in your ways You always had such bad taste Bad habits and a double-face You said you’ve had it with this awful place. You’ve been misunderstood I said this better be good… VERSE THREE You’ve been dying now to get rich quick But occupations just don’t seem to stick Now you’ve been going on and on About the reasons why they should I said, this better be good MIDDLE 8 I’ve been looking for some good luck Some good intentions and an honest buck You failed to mention that you’re good and stuck in your ways You always had such bad taste Bad habits and a double-face You said you’ve had it with this awful place. You’ve been misunderstood I said this oughta be good… VERSE FOUR You’ve been lying now for sometime And I’m familiar now with all your lines When I thought that I’d heard enough You cleared your throat and stood I said, this better be good…
2.
“Sweet Trouble” VERSE ONE I finally got you talking, but your story wasn’t straight It was swerving all over the road like it was running late Those lies you tell, yeah you tell ‘em so well Oh what sweet trouble we could make VERSE TWO You lost yourself in discourse, you tried to make your case But the news was bad today, I could read it on your face Those lies you tell, yeah you tell ‘em so well Oh what sweet trouble we could make MIDDLE 8 What I propose tonight, after a couple cups of wine Let’s combine our assembly lines so we’re making double It’s clear to me, we’d be a model of efficiency Provided we’ll be making trouble VERSE THREE You finally got me talking, but I didn’t take the bait You said you were getting tired, I said, well it’s getting late Those lies we tell, yeah we tell ‘em so well Oh what sweet trouble we could make MIDDLE 8 What I propose tonight, after a couple cups of wine Let’s combine our assembly line so we’re making double It’s clear to me, we’d be a model of efficiency Provided we’ll be making trouble OUTTRO So let’s see what we could do, if we mixed me with you I bet we could start some trouble
3.
“You Told Me Not To Call (I’m Wasted)” VERSE ONE You told me not to call, but you still answered You asked what I was doing, and I said, “Nothing new.” I guess this is old news, and I’m sure that you’ve heard that I still miss you and I’m wasted… VERSE TWO I asked about your new friend, you said things were fine But when you told me you loved ‘em, I could tell you were lying I did all our old jokes, and I could tell you were smiling I said I miss you… and I’m wasted… CHORUS I’ve been stumbling down the avenue And I’ve been looking for you I’ve been looking for my baby… But, I’m wasted… and I miss you… VERSE THREE You asked about my new songs, and I complained I’ve been writing everyday, but they’re all the same Some five dollar words and a cheap refrain that goes I miss you… and I’m wasted… VERSE FOUR You asked if I was lonely, I said, “basically…” But I’ll never be alone, not technically The elephant in the room, yeah, he’s with me And I still miss you… CHORUS I’ve been stumbling down the avenue And I’ve been looking for you I’ve been looking for my baby I figured it was over, and I’d never make it through So I’ve been drinking it’s true And now I’m thinking it could save me But I’m wasted… and I miss you VERSE FIVE You told me not to call, said this was the last time But you might recall, you said that the last time In spite of it all, it’s a hell of a past time And I still miss you CHORUS I’ve been stumbling down the avenue And I’ve been looking for you I’ve been looking for my baby I figured it was over, and I’d never make it through So I’ve been drinking it’s true And now I’m thinking it could save me But I’m wasted… and I miss you…
4.
“Goodbye For Now” VERSE ONE We both know, we weren’t built to last We were running hot, but we burned out fast We were both on empty, when I watched you hit the gas I don’t know where you were going. I never thought to ask CHORUS Well I might say hello, if I see you down the road in some other town, but goodbye for now VERSE TWO A year ago, I was a mess You were lonely, and we were both depressed When I first kissed you, you made just one request You told me not to fall in love, I said I’d do my best CHORUS Well I might say hello, if I see you down the road in some other town, but goodbye for now BRIDGE This plan that we acquired, you know it might backfire Our hearts they might grow fonder There might come a day, when we can’t stay away I might be setting you around… but goodbye for now VERSE THREE A day ago, I got your text You were so happy, with someone you met My heart was breaking, I was hemorrhaging regret You told me not to fall in love, I said I’d do my best CHORUS Well I thought I’d say hello, I’ve been holding out some hope But now it’s understood… it’s goodbye for good
5.
“Phone Call From A Ghost” VERSE ONE I got a phone call from a ghost And I’ll tell you what It scared me straight It scared me straight VERSE TWO We raised a glass to toast And I’ll tell you what We drank to fate We drank to fate CHORUS When the past is coming at you like a runaway train And the future ain’t much brighter than a stoplight in the rain Well now’s the time to get off before it all goes up in flames I got a phone call from a ghost and it knew my name VERSE THREE I got a letter from a man He said he saw you last It wasn’t good It wasn’t good VERSE FOUR The doctor was moving slow And you’d been driving fast It wasn’t good It wasn’t good CHORUS When the past is coming at you like a runaway train And the future ain’t much brighter than a stoplight in the rain Well now’s the time to get off before it all goes up in flames I got a letter from a man and he knew your name BRIDGE This house was always haunted That’s why it never was a home We felt ‘em grow, from head to toe And it shook us to our bones CHORUS When the past is coming at you like a runaway train And the future ain’t much brighter than a stoplight in the rain Well now’s the time to get off before it all goes up in flames I got a phone call from a ghost and it knew my name I got a phone call from a ghost
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“White Lies” VERSE ONE There was a black dress on your pillow There were some white lies on your lips You put a record on. You made me sing along You put my hands on your hips CHORUS Now, my memory’s faded, my best days are gone But I’ll always remember that song VERSE TWO We drank white wine and I watched the wind blow Then you blacked out and you let it slip And in your blue eyes, I saw grey skies The record began to skip CHORUS Now, my memory's faded, my best days are gone But I’ll always remember that song VERSE THREE You were caught red handed. You thought the grass was greener You said you made a mistake As soon as you spoke, my heart broke And all the color left my face CHORUS Now, my memory's faded, my best days are gone But I’ll always remember that song Yeah, I’ll always remember that song
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“I Won’t Just Stand There” VERSE ONE I won’t just stand there and watch you go I’ll be kicking and screaming like a tornado I’ll be huffing and puffing. I’ll be ready to blow. I won’t just stand there and watch you go I won’t just stand there and watch you go VERSE TWO I won’t just stand there and watch you leave I’ll be moaning and groaning like you’d never believe I’ll be begging and pleading. I’ll be down on my knees I won’t just stand there and watch you leave I won’t just stand there and watch you leave MIDDLE 8 I’m keeping my head buried I’m keeping my eyes closed ‘cause I don’t wanna worry I don’t wanna watch you go VERSE THREE I won’t just stand there and let us quit We’ve been coming and going through the thin and the thick Let’s keep it together, ain’t got no reason to split I won’t just stand there and let us quit I won’t just stand there and let us quit MIDDLE 8 I’m keeping my head buried I’m keeping my eyes closed Because I don’t wanna worry I don’t wanna watch you go VERSE FOUR I won’t just stand there and watch you go With my hat in my hand and a lump in my throat I’m the reason you’re leaving, I broke us I know But I can’t just stand there and watch you go
8.
“Gonna Miss You” VERSE ONE You said you got a lot on your mind, you got a lot on your plate The future’s always running behind and you don’t wanna wait You don’t wanna waste more time VERSE TWO You tried to make a name for yourself, but your name was Mudd You gave ‘em all your sweat and your tears but they wanted your blood You don’t wanna waste more time CHORUS You were humming, you were humming along They were coming, they were coming on strong When you’re gambling with your life, you better get it right ‘Cause if you’re wrong We’re gonna miss you when you’re gone VERSE THREE You said if you could stomach the pain you would swallow your pride You told me when the world was fair, then you’d open your eyes You don’t wanna waste more time CHORUS You were humming, you were humming along They were coming, they were coming on strong When you’re gambling with your life, you better get it right ‘Cause if you’re wrong We’re gonna miss you when you’re gone BRIDGE And all the tangles in the trees They were screaming in the breeze CHORUS You were humming, you were humming along They were coming, they were coming on strong When you’re gambling with your life, you better get it right ‘Cause if you’re wrong We’re gonna miss you when you’re gone
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“In Another Life” VERSE ONE In another life, I might have another name I might be some kind of expert. I might be critically acclaimed. In another life, I might not be such a geek I could wipe the floor with anyone. I could sweep you off your feet in another life. CHORUS There’d be so many things to do I’d be a better man. I might be braver too. In another life, I might have you VERSE TWO In another life, I might not be such a mess I might get myself a haircut. I might learn how to dress. In another life, I might get my slice of pie I’d be peaches and cream. I’d be the apple of your eye in another life. CHORUS There’d be so many things to do I’d be a better man. I might be braver too. In another life, I might have you BRIDGE I might have you right by my side And towards the western winds we’d ride And we’d be okay. We’d triumph every time And we’d sleep right through the night We’d be okay, yeah we’d be alright… In another life. VERSE THREE In another life, I might have nerves of steel I’d be firing on a cylinders. I’d have both hands on the wheel In another life, I won’t push you away I swear I’ll pull you tight, I’ll love you everyday in another life. CHORUS There’d be so many things to do I’d be a better man. I might be braver too. In another life, I might have you In another life, I might have you
10.
“Don’t Drag Me Down” VERSE ONE Back then I had nothing to lose I had a pair of loose lips, a couple loose screws I’d bring you bad news And you’d bring me luck VERSE TWO These days I got something to prove I’m looking on the bright side. I’m getting in the groove I’ve been singing the blues But things are looking up Yeah, things are looking up CHORUS So don’t drag me down Don’t drag me down Let’s turn the page. I’ve been up all night, but it’s a brand new day So don’t drag me down VERSE THREE Back then I wore my heart on my sleeve I had blood on my hands. I was down on my knees I’d always say please And you were always grateful VERSE FOUR But these days you know I lie and deceive I take what I want, but it’s not what I need I just gotta believe Things are looking up Yeah, things are looking up CHORUS So don’t drag me down Don’t drag me down Let’s turn the page. I’ve been up all night, but it’s a brand new day So don’t drag me down BRIDGE I don’t know what you’re talking about I don’t know what you’re trying to say But I find myself listening to you anyway I don’t know why you’re feeling so low I don’t know why you’re feeling so stuck I’d like to remind you, things are looking up Yeah, things are looking up CHORUS So don’t drag me down Don’t drag me down Let’s turn the page, I’ve been up all night but it’s a brand new day So if you wanna stick around… then don’t drag me down
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“If I Knew Then” VERSE ONE If I knew then what I know now If I knew then what I know now I still would find a way to screw it up some how If I knew then what I know now VERSE TWO Looking back you know I could’ve done better You’ve been doing a lot of growing since we been together You were carrying all the weight, I was floating like a feather Looking back you know I could’ve done better VERSE THREE It cost a pretty penny, but was not a pretty sight You drew me near ya, you said it’s be alright I didn’t hear ya, I was looking for a fight It cost a pretty penny, but was not a pretty sight MIDDLE 8 I should’ve know that you were only trying to do your best to stick around On this side of town I didn’t know that you were lonely, you were unimpressed and that I’d let you down But I know now… VERSE FOUR Over time you know we went our separate ways You’ve been doing just fine, I’ve been miserable for days The house we bought together went up in a blaze The sirens were screaming, but we had nothing left to say MIDDLE 8 I should’ve know that you were only trying to do your best to stick around On this side of town I didn’t know that you were lonely, you were unimpressed and that I’d let you down VERSE FIVE If I knew then what I know now If I knew then what I know now I still would find a way to screw it up some how If I knew then what I know now…

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released April 29, 2022

written by Peter Donovan // Muppet Shoals Songs (BMI)

produced, mixed, and recorded by Bradley Laina at Strange Earth Studios // Seattle, WA // August - November 2021

Dune Butler - bass guitar, synthesizers
Kate Dinsmore - vocals
Peter Donovan - vocals, acoustic guitars
William Mapp - drums, percussion
Cole Schuster - electric guitar
Owen Thayer - pedal steel
Charles Wicklander - pianos, organs

additional guitars, keyboard, percussion & vocals by Bradley Laina

mastered by Kim Rosen at Knack Mastering // Ringwood, NJ

photos and original cover design by Nikki Barron of Kittenteeth

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debut solo record - "This Better Be Good" - out now via Red Parlor Records!

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