Underneath

by Kurt Gunn

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1.
04:53
Made to wake in morning haze, sunshine lays behind And gently draws out subtle shapes, tracing their outlines Focus is on memory to hinder the surprise Wait for break the North she’ll take within her eyes confined All at once, always, fall back to younger days; pull your weight call her soul All at once, always, remember further days Marching to the beat that she called And it makes no difference where she is you know you are not there And it makes no difference what you say you know she won’t hear And all at once, always, you’ll find the solace chased Clean from the paths that you wore And all at once you never knew all the gardens that you grew Strong through the drought and the flood And it makes no difference where she is you know you are not there And it makes no difference what you say you know she won’t hear And it makes no difference where she is you know you are not there And it makes no difference what you say you know she won’t hear Now you are here, and she is there, and all the space between Is living proof of contrast; it’s living proof of need Ice will take to rivers still flowing underneath Come up for air but no one’s there, you slip back to the deep And it makes no difference where she is you know you are not there And it makes no difference what you say you know she won’t hear And it makes no difference where she is you know you are not there And it makes no difference what you say you know she won’t hear And it makes no difference where she is you know you are not there And it makes no difference what you say you know she won’t hear And it makes no difference where she is you know you are not there And it makes no difference what you say you know she won’t hear
2.
03:48
Abraham, alone at night Pens a letter by candlelight Moon spills over the wooden desk His war has put him to the test North and South, Blue and Grey, Black and White Cannons blast on battlefields where young men die Lydia Bixby, of Boston Mass Her five sons fought then returned back In wooden boxes, aboard a train She watched them lowered in their graves North and South, Blue and Grey, Black and White Marching drums on battlefields where young men die Abraham, alone at night Pens a letter by candlelight He grieves the woman with words to sooth Try to ease the pain of ones you loose North and South, Blue and Grey, Black and White Cannons blast on battlefields where young men die And still Ms Bixby finds herself alone in morning light What can he say to make that right?
3.
Baby, where do you want me Put me down where I don’t take up so much room Baby, why do you call me Every night when we are both just drunken fools And I know I shouldn’t but I do Every time when it comes to you Baby, you got me spinning Like a record that skips right at the end When you go on pretending That we are lovers when we both know we’re just friends And I know I shouldn’t but I do Every time when it comes to you And I know I shouldn’t but I do Every time when it comes to you Baby, this night is a villain When we are both left inside it in the end The small hours, are gonna take me Up your driveway, through your door, into your bed And I know I shouldn’t but I do Every time when it comes to you Yes I know I shouldn’t, but I’m a God Damn Fool When it comes to you…
4.
Come a little closer if you please Come inside this moment with me We can find the resolution If you want it this is where it will be Open up your mind to these things Come inside the moment they bring We can find their evolution If you want it this is where it begins Looking at the pictures you found Trying to keep your feet on the ground You can feel the pulling gravity If you let it it will hold you down And all these things, it's like we’re seeing for the first time And what it brings, clarity, and peace of mind And what we find is everything that goes around Is gonna pass our way again If I hold your love, it better be enough Don’t let it be cold as hell in my hands If I hold your love, it better be enough Don’t let it be cold as hell in my hands So come inside this moment with me Clear your mind of all you believed We can find the absolution If you want it this is where it begins And all these things, it's like we’re feeling for the first time And what it brings, clarity, and peace of mind And what we find is everything that goes around Is gonna pass our way again
5.
And I loved you, yes I did, like no other Time and distance, the gravity When we lost each other So tell me what it takes to fill your empty space In these arms of mine And tell me why I stayed When a lesser man would’ve run away to hide You were cleaning out your past Those stacked up boxes While I stayed here writing prose out on the page Now everybody says I’m better off to live Without the hurt I’m just a bare root rose, so come on back And plant me in your earth Just plant me in your earth… Na, na, na yeah Just plant me in your earth… Na, na, na yeah I’m driving down your street of white tract houses See those black trees silhouette against the grey Just come on back my way I’ll try my best to be what you deserve I’m just a bare root rose, so come on back And plant me in your earth Just plant me in your earth… Na, na, na yeah Just plant me in your earth… Na, na, na yeah Just plant me in your earth… Na, na, na yeah Just plant me in your earth… And I loved you, yes I did, like no other
6.
Leaves fall to the ground, breath rise to the air Footsteps leading out fade then disappear I close my eyes to steal away The memory for another day, when I’ll need it most That cold Chicago ground on Michigan and Lake Is when you realized this was more than a mistake So you called you on the telephone Said I missed you more than I ever thought I could I need you here There’s airplanes, fast trains, rent a cars Just find a way to get out here to me. I guess I missed the fact That you were looking for a change Couldn’t see it were I was That your preparations had all been made Behind my back, and to my face Slipped through the cracks, and from this place Far away from here. On airplanes, fast trains, rent a cars You ran away on me So where’s that freedom now, you swore you had to have Can you see it where you are Is it staring back from the city glass When you’re walking down that windy street Lake Shore Drive can sure be cruel I hear this time of year. I ain’t gonna rent a car Ain’t gonna ride a fast train There will be no airplanes…

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released October 16, 2014

Produced, Engineered, Mix and Master by Paul Hanna
All Songs by Kurt Gunn

Kurt Gunn- Vocal, Acoustic Guitar
Chris Hanaway- Bass
Eric Johnson- Drums
Paul Hanna- Guitar, Vocal
Riki Schulz- Guitar
Alex Drossart- Piano
Amanda Gorbette- Vocal

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Kurt Gunn De Pere, Wisconsin

A pure songwriter, equally informed and introspective. A talented guitarist and composer, from a climate that compels musicians to devote compassion to their craft. From solo performer to bandleader, with a style alternately whimsical and weighted, Gunn’s range will draw you in and keep you in his crosshairs. ... more

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