Faster Than The Days

by Andrea Peterman

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released January 6, 2015

Produced by Justin S Davis
Recorded, engineered, and mixed by Floyd Reitsma at Studio Litho (Seattle, WA)
Additional recording by Justin S Davis at Unanimous Blood (Seattle, WA)
Mastered by Rick Fisher at RFI (Seattle, WA)
Design by David Helfer
Photos by Erika Peterman

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Track Name: 100 Ways To Say Goodbye
How does it feel to be from nowhere
You ask me and I close my eyes
Do I ever feel forgotten
Do I wish I had a place to hide

Well I was born without the ties that bind
Never had a reason to look behind
A string of houses, stacks of cardboard boxes
Always something better down the line

Old habits never die
I’ve got a hundred ways to say goodbye

I show up looking like I’m longing to be found
And I’ll kiss you and throw you to the ground
A string of lovers and empty promises
Do you really want me now

Chorus

Don’t go thinking you’ll get close enough
Don’t mistake my attention for love
Heart in hands, you ask me for more
I always keep one eye on the door

Chorus
Track Name: Sister's Crying
Sister’s crying, wondering what’s become of her life
She’s so tired, caring for her children takes all of her time
Where have her dreams gone, gettin’ dusty on the shelf
If she’s lucky, someday soon she’ll get ‘em back down

Oh sister don’t you worry none
Oh sister don’t you worry none
Oh sister don’t you worry none
Hold on, hold on

Sister’s trying to fix the broken vows
She’s so tired of the fightin’ and the lyin’ and her family turned upside down
Where has the love gone, gettin’ dusty on the shelf
If she’s lucky, someday soon she’ll get it back down

Chorus

Hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on

Sister’s fighting to make ends meet holding three jobs down
Her debts are climbing, caring for her children on her own
Where has her joy gone, gettin’ dusty on the shelf
If she’s lucky, someday soon she’ll get it back down

Chorus

Hold on sister to the voice inside you
When the world outside denies you
Keep the fire alive inside you
Someday soon you’ll get it back down

Sister’s crying
Sister’s crying
Sister’s crying
Track Name: One Step
Standing on a corner, waitin’ for a savior
One hand in his pocket, the other holds a cigarette
Headlight beams high and low, people go by, no one he knows
Turns around and walks away down the avenue

One step, two step, three step, blue step
Five step, sidestep heaven again

Raised up in the mountains where the ore-stained rivers run
His father died when he was young and his mother died crying
His brother left to fight a war and his sister couldn’t take him on
Turned around and walked away down the mountainside

Chorus

Mile by mile and town by town
Sun come up, sun go down
Picked up work where it could be found
And he picked up stakes when the work ran out
He loved a girl with hair like sun, but she wanted a wealthy man
Money never stuck to him, so he turned and walked away

Chorus

Standing on a corner, waiting for a savior
Both hands in his pockets and a mind filled with regret
His legs are tired and his body’s old, it’s finally time to let it go
Turns his head up to the sky, prays heaven’ll let him in.

Chorus
Track Name: Highway
Highway rolls
Through a town nobody knows
Past a big white house
That you once called your own

River flows
Through a town nobody knows
Under the bridge past the corn rows and silos
Through the place that you once called your own

The highway rolls and the river flows and the wind blows
Seasons change and the weeks go faster than the days
Children grow and the city calls out their name
Highway rolls and the town fades away

Child runs through the field in the sun
All the cares of the world yet to come
Child runs down where the river bends
Wonders where it ends

Chorus

The highway rolls
The river flows
Children go
The highway rolls

Chorus
Track Name: I Used To Live Here
I used to live here
I used to laugh here
I used to love here
Now that love is gone

We used to walk here
We used to talk here
We used to dream here
Now those dreams are gone

Why do I walk these streets
Where it all came undone
Why did I turn around this corner
Where we stumbled and fell out of love

We used to lie here
We used to fight here
We used to cry here
Now those tears are gone

Chorus

We used to live here
We used to laugh here
We used to love here
Now that love is gone

Chorus
Track Name: Lord Have Mercy
I walked into the blinding street
I saw children huddled on cold concrete
I saw empty faces and no relief
And I fell down to my knees

I left the crumbling towers behind
I crossed barren fields under a darkening sky
I heard tired voices and muffled cries
And I fell down to my knees

Oh Lord have mercy on me
Lord have mercy on me
Oh Lord have mercy on me

I walked down to the river’s edge
Stepped into the riverbed
I felt the cracked earth with my fingertips
And I fell down to my knees

Chorus

I saw one tree in the distance
I saw one tree in the distance
I saw one tree in the distance
And there I took my rest

Chorus

That night I dreamed of rain on my face
I heard laughter and music playing
And in the air the winds of change
I wept on my knees

Chorus
Track Name: Charlie
Charlie once upon a time
You and I walking through Shadyside
Charlie you were a beacon in my night
That summer you were always by my side

Charlie I remember how you loved to dance
And the rain and the way you made me laugh
Charlie you were a gentle soul
I thought you were beautiful

Well the earth still turns and the trees still grow
And the ocean churns and the waves crash below
And the sadness that lingered behind your eyes
Is it gone

Charlie I only knew you for a little while
But I carried you through the years and miles
Charlie you thought I was good enough the way I was
I miss you

Well the earth still turns and the trees still grow
And the ocean churns and the waves crash below
And the sadness that lingered behind your eyes
Is it gone, are you home

Charlie I’ve been trying to recall
The last time I saw you, sunflowers in the hall
Charlie I’ve been wondering
The last time you wrote, did you say goodbye
Is that what I read between the lines

Well the earth still turns and the trees still grow
And the ocean churns and the waves crash below
And the mountains burn and the ashes fly
And the songbirds all sing lullabies
The songbirds all sing lullabies
Track Name: What A Fool
What a fool I’ve been to think that you were my friend
What a fool I’ve been
All of this time you’ve been telling me lies
What a fool I’ve been

In my life I’ve met my share
Of no-good liars and snakes
But I didn’t see what you were doing to me
What a fool I’ve been

Chorus

You’ve taken me on quite a ride
Using friendship as a guise
For your falsehearted schemes, how could I be so naïve
What a fool I’ve been

Chorus

I’d like to think I’ve got it in me
To forgive and forget, but I don’t this time
This is the end, you’ll never see me again
What a fool I’ve been

Chorus

Andrea Peterman: vocals
Justin S Davis: acoustic guitar, harmony vocals
Trevor Krieger: fiddle
Robert Lee Mitchell: piano
Keith Lowe: acoustic bass
Travis Yost: drums
Matt Hayes: harmony vocals
Tulip Hayes: harmony vocals
Track Name: Bitter/Sweet
You found me in the doorway
Shattered, arms ‘round my knees
You look to me with questions
You’ve never seen me with tears like these

I wrap my arms around you
My words bound and tied
So much beauty right before me
So much lost inside

It’s bitter, and it’s sweet
It’s kind and it’s mean
It’ll lift you to the mountains
And bring you to your knees

So easy to get lost
So easy to forget
There were never any promises
What did I expect

Chorus

You lay your head on my chest
I tell you I’m okay
I carried you into this world
You carry me today

Chorus
Track Name: Where Are You Now
In the quiet of the evening, kiss the children goodnight
Step out on the back porch as daylight fades from the sky
The coolness of twilight, sweet scent in the air
Awakens a memory I barely knew was there

Where are you now, why do I care
Your name crossed my mind out of nowhere
It was so long ago, I’d almost forgotten
Where are you now

My thoughts travel backward to a distant land
Up on that rocky cliff where I once held your hand

Chorus

Time keeps forging new forks in the road
The world keeps turning, people come, people go

Where are you now, why do I care
Your name crossed my mind out of nowhere
It was so long ago, I’d almost forgotten
Where are you now

Where are you going, where have you been
Do you think our paths will cross again
Where are you now
Where are you now
Where are you now