The Best Damn Ride

by Charlie Leavy

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Welcome to my first official release. If you have been following my progress you'll know that I have written almost 100 songs now, so I really struggled to decide which ones to include. This may be the first Charlie Leavy EP but it definitely won’t be my last!

As you can tell from my lyrics, I mostly write about things that affect me. Things that my friends, family or I see, experience or hear about. All these stories, feelings and memories get stored in my mind waiting to come out in my music. It might take days, weeks or months, but my music definitely reflects these things.

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released August 1, 2014

Lyrics & melody: Charlie
Vocals, Acoustic Guitar & Bass: Charlie
Guitar & Percussion: Luke Haran
Drums: John Fitzpatrick

Production tracks 1 to 5: Prospect Studios, Bradford, UK
Mastering tracks 1 to 5: Michael Elliott

Sleeve Design & Artwork by Catherine Archer-Wills, www.carcherwills.com
Artist Photograph by Nicole Williams (@EliElicole)

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Track Name: The Way Life Is
Oh you think you're so clever when you walk around the town
Let me tell you why everyone's looking down
It's cos you're looking so dumb when you make a sound
Oh you're throwing out words that were better left unsaid
You'll wish you hadn't when you're laying on a prison bed
In a cell for a night 'cos you picked a fight

And your parents don't know where in God's name they went wrong
When you were young you were dancing and singing songs
And now you're skipping off school cos you think it's cool
And the gangs strut around wielding knives and blades and guns
What even happened? Why is this considered fun?
Terrorizing people 'til you're on the run

And I don't know why this is the way life is...

But it's not just you making havoc; untamed, uncurled
You're insignificant, just look at the wider world
How many lives will be lost, wasted and tossed
The problem is that people won't stop for a little while
To look at things that could help us progress a mile
The clock is ticking on a timer, just watch the dial

If you wake up everyday and you've already closed your mind
How are we gonna make a change ahead of time?
Just stop pretending that everything is fine
And if we keep on judging by our skin, our sex, our race
We are creating more problems we need to face
Because the wars and the hate are now our base

But I don't know why this is the way life is...

And there's people out living on the street, ain't got a home
There's people choosing diamonds; silver; gold or chrome
Between this verse and the last a child has gone
They've passed away due to hunger or disease
And we should care about things that people need
Instead of who's best dressed and having sex

I don't know why this is the way life is...
But this is the way life is!

Just put your hand on your chest, that is called a heart
Has the power to stop people falling apart
So do it good, you can change a lot of this
And the way life is
Track Name: Tongue Tied
Your crystal eyes, they satisfy
What's going on inside
The way you smile, don't even try
And you always deny

That there's someone in your life
That special girl you like
And I can't even, put into words
What is on my mind

I'm too tongue tied and I
Can't find the words to say
No matter how I try
The butterflies won't go away

But that's so me
And unfortunately
That's all you're gonna see
Because I'm too shy
Too shy and tongue tied

Tongue tied

The way you walk, the way you talk
And I don't wanna stalk
The way I don't know if you lie
Cos you always deny

That there's someone in your life
That special girl you like
And I can't even, put into words
What is on my mind

I'm too tongue tied and I
Can't find the words to say
No matter how I try
The butterflies won't go away

But that's so me
And unfortunately
That's all you're gonna see
Because I'm too shy
Too shy and tongue tied

Tongue tied

I just wish that I
Could say what's on my mind
Cos now, I feel
Empty and undefined
And I wish that you
Would show some kind of sign
That it's all good
And I don't have to be tongue tied

But that's so me
And unfortunately
That's all you're gonna see
Because I'm too shy
Too shy and tongue tied

Tongue tied, I'm tongue tied
(and repeat to fade)
Track Name: Summers Day Runaway
Smile for me
Am I dreaming?
Promise you're
Not deceiving

That smile
That smile

Hold my heart
Feel it beating?
Like a song, going on
Keeps repeating

That song
That song

My heart is beating out my chest
Just one more thing to make this day the best
The sun is shining in the sky
I'd get away if I could only drive

Stay with me
In the sunshine
In my arms
For all of time

Warm shine
Sunshine

Look into my eyes
Do you see it?
Can you read my mind?
Can you feel it?

My love
My love

My heart is beating out my chest
Just one more thing to make this day the best
The sun is shining in the sky
I'd get away if I could only drive

That windy road
You by my side
Twists and turns
The best damn ride
Feel your heart beat
Next to mine
As we race away...

My heart is beating out my chest
Just one more thing to make this day the best
The sun is shining in the sky
I'd get away if I could only drive

My heart is beating out my chest
Just one more thing to make this day the best
The sun is shining in the sky
I'd get away if I could only drive

My heart is beating out my chest
It just can't stop it needs a rest
And I don't wanna say goodbye
But it's okay, I've seen you smile
Track Name: Falter Baby
You say you want me baby
I said I want you baby
But things could never be that easy

Cos I won't have you baby
When you keep saying maybe
You know things worsen when you tease me

Because there's something in my heart
Which always brings us right back to the start

Cos I keep trying and trying to make you fall for me
There's something about me that you just can't see
Trying and trying to make you fall for me
Why won't you falter baby?

Trying and trying to make your heart agree
It's better for you if you stay with me
Trying and trying to make you fall for me
Why won't you falter baby?

You say you want me baby
I said I want you baby
My stomach's tied in knots, it's no good for me

And I'm pacing in circles
My face is turning purple
Cos things could never be that easy

Cos I keep trying and trying to make you fall for me
There's something about me that you just can't see
Trying and trying to make you fall for me
Why won't you falter baby?
Trying and trying to make your heart agree
That it's better for you if you stay with me
Trying and trying to make you fall for me
Why won't you falter baby?

Time goes slow when you won't let me know cos I can't
Let you go, no matter how long it takes I'll be here waiting
Time goes slow when I spend nights alone cos I can't
Let you go, no matter how long it takes, how long it takes

I keep trying and trying to make you fall for me
There's something about me that you just can't see
Trying and trying to make you fall for me
Why won't you falter baby?
Why won't you falter baby?

Trying and trying to make your heart agree
That it's better for you if you stay with me
Trying and trying to make you fall for me
Why won't you falter baby?

Trying and trying to make you fall for me
There's something about me that you just can't see
Trying and trying to make you fall for me
Why won't you falter baby?
Why won't you falter baby?
Track Name: Running My Mouth
I'm always running my mouth
The race between it and my brain
Is a race that's always won
By stupid words

I wish my legs would run the same
To clear my mind of all these stains
Of when I harmed you
Unintentionally

The guilt eats me inside
And there's nowhere I can hide

Cos recently all I've done is cause you pain
Sleepless nights, no sun, just rain
And nothing else but crying through your dreams
And recently there has been no fun and games
Just lonesome tears, and fear and pain
And nights alone - so many silent screams

I should know better

I'm always writing things down
My words are always making sense
When they're not coming
Direct out of my mouth

But I wish my mouth would be the same
And something would speed up my brain
So that I didn't have to hurt you
No more

The guilt eats me inside
And there's nowhere I can hide

Cos recently all I've done is cause you pain
Sleepless nights, no sun, just rain
And nothing else but crying through your dreams
And recently there has been no fun and games
Just lonesome tears, and fear and pain
And nights alone - so many silent screams

I should know better

And I hate that I haven't been a better friend
I know you so well, I should've known which rules to bend
But I've been tugging on the broken strings
Instead of singing with your sweet heart strings
And I'm sorry that I didn't stop myself

I'm always running my mouth
The race between it and my brain
Is a race that's always won
By stupid words

Cos recently all I've done is cause you pain
Sleepless nights, no sun, just rain
And nothing else but crying through your dreams
And recently there has been no fun and games
Just lonesome tears, and fear and pain
And nights alone - so many silent screams

I should know better
I will know better, for you