Touch The Ground

by Bad Rites

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Recorded by James Kelly Pitts at Studio Apt
Recorded by Dylan Wall at Soundhouse and The Old Firehouse
Mixed by Dylan Wall
Mastered by Chris Hanzsek

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released March 27, 2014

James Kelly Pitts - stringed things, programming, percussion, vocals
Brittany Wright - back ground vocals
Ben Morrow - live drums

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Bad Rites Seattle, Washington

Bad Rites is James Kelly Pitts and whoever else will bang and strum with him in an attempt to make something good while hanging out on earth.

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Track Name: The Lake
what was the name
of the game we all played
by the lake
and the look on your face
when you realized
your heart could break
the girls had cuts on their legs
they was starting to shave
you wanna say that you love them
but you're not that brave
you remember

looking back now
it's hard to imagine
we'd ever touch the ground

where was that tree
where you let me take
my first peak?
cause it's a national monument
if you ask me
the beat up old car
that I used to drive you into town
rests at the bottom of the ocean
I let it drown
you remember

looking back now
it's hard to imagine
we'd ever touch the ground
Track Name: Bruised Teeth
she says, “I gotta man
his eyes are big and blue and tan
the bruises on my teeth
are starting to show
but he lets on like he don’t know.”

where’s your baby tonight
as you lay by my side

she says, “it’s not so bad
that our love is short and sad
the salt and pepper tongue that I used to kiss
ain't a taste you’ll ever miss.”

where’s your baby tonight
as you lay by my side
Track Name: Which Ocean
as the night wound down
they were sitting in the corner of the room
he said, "I don't like goodbyes,
maybe I could just go home with you."

she said, "I wanna see the ocean."
he said, "We'll make it if we drive all night."

we'll make it if we drive all night.

she said, "I can't believe
the moon follows me wherever I go."
he smiled in his seat
and he put his hand out the window.

she said, "I wanna see the ocean."
he said, "We'll make it if we drive all night."

we'll make it if we drive all night.

she said, "I don't get it.
most of the time it just feels like I'm drowning."
he said, "I stay afloat, but I don't know.
I don't know which ocean I'm in."

we'll make it if we drive all night.
Track Name: Any Minute Now
I haven’t read a book
in over six months
but somehow I’m happy
ride around with my brother
passing back flasks
we ain't got nowhere to go
we don’t mind

any minute now
something will happen
but nothing
is ever happening

I’d lay down on the side of this road
were I that drunk
were I that bold
we finally found a place
we finally found forever
it’s a summer night
and I surrender

any minute now
something will happen
but nothing
is ever happening

we’re drunk driving
Track Name: Little Romance
we're in the backseat baby
c'mon and take it off
this kind of love is crazy
we can't shrug it off

I just wanna
I just wanna
I just want
I wanna little romance

I hear your heartbeat calling
bet we can make it stop
window fog and heavy breathing
this ain't the time to talk

I just wanna
I just wanna
I just want
I wanna little romance

I just wanna
I just wanna
I just want
I wanna little romance

we're in the backseat baby
c'mon and take it off
Track Name: You'll Get It
if that money you
intend to spend
is so important to
your happiness
then good luck my friend
and if we meet again
you can buy the drinks
but this rounds on me

I know you'll get it
you just don't got it right now

you aspire to
philanthropy
while avoiding the
wino on the street
working so hard
but your life is rotten
so caught up in the future
I think that you've forgotten

I know you'll get it
you just don't got it right now

one thing
I would like to say
as you're sifting through the dirt
looking for your payday

I know you'll get it
you just don't got it right now
Track Name: Nervous
I'm not afraid of the dark
just what lies beyond it
I'm not afraid of your face
just the look upon it
I'm not afraid of your gun
just your bayonet
I'm not afraid of the future
not yet

I'm not afraid
I'm just a little nervous

I'm not afraid of your soldiers
just the way they're walking
I'm not afraid of your words
just the way they're talking
I'm not afraid of an airplane
till it starts dropping bombs
I'm not afraid of the sirens
till they start singing songs

I'm not afraid
I'm just a little nervous
Track Name: She Don't Like Music
well she's from the east coast
if you know what I mean
drove her mom and dad crazy
with her "best James Dean"
sent her away to a boarding school
she got mean
fell in with a group of folkies
but she don't like music

she gets shifty sometimes
in fact I think she's a crook
writes curse words in the margins
of library books
she'll bend over sometimes
to give you a look
I say, "I wrote you a song."
she says, "well I don't like music."

her eyes are big and bright
walking main street at night
she likes to stare at the people
she hopes for a fight
she gets asked for a dance every time
you know she'd go and slide
but she don't like music
you know she'd go inside
but she don't like music
Track Name: Lost In America
she wants to know
can we still get lost
in America
the rolling plains
the golden wheat fields
have caught fire
when you run
the path is lit
from sea to sea
but they glow blank
as a TV

there are millions of people
but I'm not one of them

what could I say
we could drive
but they would run the plates
or we could dig
but pretty soon you've made
your own grave
getting out
feels more like
plotting our escape
but I know a place
we could drink ourselves away

there are millions of people
but I'm not one of them

bleeding hearts
on the table
c'mon and show
your hand
counter clockwise
digital
a new countenance

there are millions of people
but I'm not one of them
Track Name: Religions Of Cat Stevens
when you say you need love
and you don't have a reason
it's like the passing of seasons
or the religions of Cat Stevens

when I say that I've known you
cause we're from the same planet
it's not for you to laugh at
and I'd like to add a ring

do you remember
when the earth was flat
and your sweet voice
brought it back
I wanna make this spinning last