Songs Between Friends: Volume 1

by Levi Kreis

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Being commissioned to write a song for someone is the most moving experience for me. There is no greater privilege for a songwriter than putting melody and words to someone else's life experience. A sincere thank you to all of you who have entrusted me with your feelings. This is Volume 1 of Songs Between Friends. I hope you enjoy.

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released November 24, 2015

Piano/Vocals by Levi Kreis. Recorded in New York City.

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An honesty like Levi's wants nothing more than a haunting piano and a brazenly confessional vocal. This formula has made Levi's music a perfect companion for shows like The Vampire Diaries, Sons of Anarchy, So You Think You Can Dance, and many more. Levi's classic piano/vocal lament about love and loss is only made better by his distinct ability to heal the wounds we've endured along the way. ... more

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Track Name: Always (For Dan & family)
Always
Written by Levi Kreis for Dan Moore

My dearest darling
I”ve been counting the days
I’ve been missing your face
For so long now
My sweetest darlin'
This bed is so cold
I don’t like sleeping alone
In this empty house

And if this storm wasn’t rolling in tonight
I’d be on that 7:30 flight

Back in your arms
Where I belong
It’s gonna be a long long time
Before I leave you again
These crying blues
Ain’t the life I choose
Baby I need you
I miss you
And I am with you always

My dearest darling
Do you remember those days
Afternoons by the lake
And you staring at me
So proud of our love
And the kids that we raised
All of those football games
And the little league

Oh baby, if i could only turn the hands of time
I’d be where I long be tonight

Back in your arms
Where I belong
It’s gonna be a long long time
Before I leave you again
These crying blues
Ain’t the life I choose
Baby I need you
I miss you
And I am with you always

I am standing by the water
Looking down across this great divide
Baby there’s no reason to believe that I’m not by your side
I never left your side
And very soon you’ll find

I'll be back in your arms
Where I belong
It’s gonna be a long long time
Before I leave you again
These crying blues
Ain’t the life I choose
Baby I need you
I miss you
And I am with you always
Track Name: Soulmate (For Greg & Christopher)
Soulmate
Written by Levi Kreis
Inspired by the love of Greg & Christopher

I wanna write you a love letter
I wanna ravish you with pretty words and clever lines
I wanna hear about your favorite poets
While we cuddle by the fire with a glass of wine
I wanna walk along a beach in Maine
Watch the fireworks burning up the northern sky
Just as long as you are holding my hand
Baby anything you wanna do is fine

It’s fine by me
As long as you’re here with me
I’m not one to believe in synchronicity

I wanna be your soulmate
I wanna be your soulmate
Won't you live, laugh, love with me
I wanna be your everything
Your soulmate

Let’s get away to Argentina
I wanna kiss you underneath the Buenos Aires moon
We’ll take a ferry to Colonia
Find a café and dream away the afternoon

But baby, we ain’t gotta go nowhere
Turn the TV on and lay your head up on my chest
You can sleep while I stroke your hair
I wanna give your heart a quite place to rest

It’s everything to me
Having you here with me
Baby I believe
You and I were meant to be

I wanna be your soulmate
I wanna be your soulmate
Won't you live, laugh, love with me
I wanna be your everything
Your soulmate

It's everything to me
Having you here with me

I wanna be your soulmate
Your soulmate
Won't you live, laugh, love with me
I wanna be your everything
Your soulmate
Track Name: Rebel Heart (For Martin & Nick)
Rebel Heart
Inspired by Martin and Nick

The city lights are beautiful and blinding
Here the party never has to end
Tailor-made to help evade the silence
When the shadows are too stubborn to amend

But here there are no parents to reject you
Here they love you just the way you are
Maybe too much comfort in a bottle
But at least it kept you distanced from the scars

Lately I can’t stop thinking about you
Friends reminisce and then the missing starts
I hope you found the happy you were missing
There on the other side of a rebel heart

We made some epic memories together
You always made me laugh until I cried
Now my tears appear to be more sadness
When I regret not making it alright

My friend, I wish I could have been your hero
And kept the waves from crashing to the shore
But there’s no way to save a man from drowning
When he can’t find a thing worth fighting for

Lately I can’t stop thinking about you
Friends reminisce and then the missing starts
I hope you found the happy you were missing
There on the other side of a rebel heart

On the other side where questions have an answer
On the other side where we all belong
You can play piano, I will sing
Younger than eternal spring
Where friends can laugh and never have to part
There on the other side of a rebel heart
I always did adore your rebel heart.
Track Name: Sweet Serenity (For Tom)
Sweet Serenity
Written by Levi Kreis
Inspired by Tom Hulse

Decode the matrix
Bend the bit string
Manipulate to fit my point of view
What I see is not sensible to you

Droning explanation
Retreat to isolation
You integrate with such passivity
You wouldn’t know how strange it is to me
And what for? What for?

Show me the magic in the madness
Show me the meaning in the mystery
Oh, Sweet serenity
Sweet serenity

Turn my head around
Save me from a meltdown
Your point of reference never stays the same
No I don’t take kindly to change

Clear the crowd, it’s getting loud
Are pointed questions not allowed?
I can’t get black and white from all this grey
Is it always going to be this way?
How come? Help me hold on.

Show me the magic in the madness
Show me the meaning in the mystery
Sweet serenity, oh
Sweet serenity

Precious Omniscient
Let my knowing sore beyond the questions
Reason puts the sickness in remission
And all I need is what for. What for?

Show me the magic in the madness
Show me the meaning in the mystery
All I every wanted life to be
I pray that you might show your face to me
Oh, Sweet serenity
Sweet serenity
Track Name: Mercy Break (For Jeanne)
Mercy Break
Inspired by Jeanne Chance

Uncross these rusty wires
Draw me a conclusion
Endless bitter whispers
From a childhood of delusion
Silence these years
Hold out your scars

So splendid at engaging
The mask, the myth, the mother
I didn’t see the daughter
Till the sickness fell upon you
How pretty your eyes
No time for disguise

Here I am
Seeing you
Slip myself into your shoes
And I walk until forgiveness falls like rain
Let mercy break, let mercy break the chains

No more judge and jury
Acquitted of these sins
A proverb I am reading
Told me peace is found within
Silence these years
I hold out my scars

It never was your mission
To make me feel complete
We’re all contaminated
By the same twisted pathology
But saved by grace
We say goodbye this way

Here I am
Seeing you
Slip myself into your shoes
And I walk until forgiveness falls like rain
Let mercy break, let mercy break the chains

Beauty for ashes
Freedom for tears
Now I can thank you
For loving me in your way
For giving me time to say

Here I am
Seeing you
Slip myself into your shoes
And I walk until forgiveness falls like rain
Let mercy break, Let mercy break the chains
Let mercy break, Let mercy break the chains
Track Name: Part Of Me (For Mel)
Part Of Me
Written by Levi Kreis
Inspired by Melanie de Jonge

Silence is easier than facing all my fears
But here in this moment
I want you to see me
Feels like forever I’ve holding back these tears
Don’t know if you know it
But it hasn’t been easy to hide
And I’m running out of time

Take all I am
Take all I’ll ever be
Baby I don’t wanna live
If you’re not a part of me
This heart of mine
Has a missing piece
But it could all come together
If you were a part of me
Part of me, part of me, yeah
Part of me, part of me, yeah

Baby, forgive me if I’m coming on too strong
But here in this moment
I need you to hear me
I tried to run but I’ve been holding out so long
Something inside me
Believes that you feel me and I
I wanna make it right

Take all I am
Take all I’ll ever be
Baby I don’t wanna live
If you’re not a part of me
This heart of mine
Has a missing piece
But it could all come together
If you were a part of me
part of me, part of me, yeah
part of me, part of me, yeah

All the years, all the might have beens
I don’t want to lose this chance again

Take all I am
Take all I’ll ever be
Baby I don’t wanna live
If you’re not a part of me
This heart of mine
Has a missing piece
But it could all come together
If you were a part of me
part of me, part of me, yeah
part of me, part of me, yeah
Track Name: Legacy (For Jim & Bob)
Legacy
Written by Levi Kreis
Inspired by Jim LaVeck & Bob Meek-LaVeck

I knew a man
He had a smile like the sunrise
A sweetness in his eyes
& Open arms
He always said
This time here is borrowed
Don’t wait till tomorrow
To make your mark

Cause there’s someone out there waiting to believe
& what you got to give may be the very thing they need

So flash a little smile
Show a little kindness
Give a little love along the way
Hug a little tighter
Shine a little brighter
Be the one to make it a better day
Take a little time to make a difference
And soon you’re gonna see
That love is gonna be your legacy

Days like these
I think about what he gave us
The memories that made us
The years of our love
What I now know
Is to pay it all forward
To carry it over
To someone else

Cause when everything we touch just fades away
Love is gonna be the only thing that remains

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Love lives on
In the eyes of the children
In the words of a good friend
In a strangers smile
Love is forever
When we give to each other
It’s bigger than you and me

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