Bygones (Remastered)

by Levi Kreis

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I am overcome with nostalgia when I relive the complicated memories attached to these songs. Some are precious. Some are painful.

In searching for the words to explain this body of work, complicated feels like the truest place to start. More times than not I’m left sitting in the question than seeing a grand solution to life. Nevertheless, here is a detached assortment of thoughts I have after living these compositions.

Friendships matter. Cultivate them. Handle them with wisdom, with love and patience. See them as an opportunity to stretch beyond your perceived boundaries. Find out just how much you can give to another human being.

Don’t be afraid of darkness. Romance it. If you find yourself in the deep, it’s because the deep is calling you. Listen. Lay there in the silence and feel alive no matter how much it feels like death. This too shall pass and when it does, you will want to say you are the wiser for it. Don’t wish away your initiation into greater wisdom.

Anger is a higher vibration than depression. If you can’t get over it, get angry about it. Anger can fuel a renewed since of purpose and conviction. Use it to your benefit.

If I had one wish, it would be that we never give one more thought to what others think of us. How astounding the degree of self expression that would emerge if every fiber of our being could let go of this one simple fixation.

That is all. If you find just one song in this body of work that speaks honestly to your own experience, then I’ve done my job. As always, thank you for listening.

xo

Levi

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released November 2, 2007

Thank you to my guest writers Tonya Watts, Darci Monet, James Dean Hicks, Matthew Hayes, and Jonathan Watkins. Photography by Gabe Bowling. Graphic Designs by Leslie Hinton for sheBANG! Design.

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Track Name: Beside You
Beside You
Written by Levi Kreis & Austin Hanks

Life was good
Things were fine
Till the storm came
And tore your house down
Till all you believed in
Crumbled to the ground

And sorting through the rubble
You can't salvage any sign
Of truest love existing
To stand the test of time
I know it makes you sad
I know it hurts so bad

And I may not know the words to say
There may not be an easy way
But I wanna be the one to stay
Beside you
I may not know the how our whys
But baby I'll be on your side
Just reach for me and I'll right
Beside you

Words are frail
Hard to hold
When the meaning
Is never behind them
And your tired heart
Is too weak to listen

Well friend if you can hear me
I want to prove to you
That I will be a tower
Baby I will shelter you
You know it makes me sad
To see you hurt so bad

And I may not know the words to say
There may not be an easy way
But I wanna be the one to stay
Beside you
I may not know the how our whys
But baby I'll be on your side
Just reach for me and I'll right
Beside you

Well friend if you can hear me
I want to prove to you
That I will be a tower
Baby I will shelter you
You know it makes me sad
To see you hurt so bad

And I may not know the words to say
There may not be an easy way
But I wanna be the one to stay
Beside you
Beside you
I"m hear beside you
Track Name: The Word Goodbye
The Word Goodbye
Written by Jonathan Watkins

I don't wanna go through this
I've already made a plan
To never fall in love in life again
You may never understand
This could be a big mistake
And before we go to far
I have to say

I'd rather be lonely
I'd rather be blue
I'd rather be anything
Than being without you
I'd rather be a loser
I'd rather not try
So I'm doing everything I know to do
To never have to say the word goodbye

I know I should take the chance
Give myself just one more try
And see if you're the answer to my dreams
But it's too hard to feel again
I think I forgotten how
And the walls I've built will not be broken down.

So I'd rather be lonely
I'd rather be blue
I'd rather be anything
Than being without you
I'd rather be a loser
I'd rather not try
So I'm doing everything I know to do
To never have to say the word goodbye

Cause goodbyes are never easy
And I've had enough
See I don't wanna live without your love

So I'd rather be lonely
I'd rather be blue
I'd rather be anything
Than being without you
See, I'd rather be a loser
I'd rather not try
So if I never fall in love with you
It's the only thing I know to do
To never be the one to say
The word goodbye
Track Name: I Don't Wanna Be Your Friend
I Don't Wanna Be Your Friend
Written by Tonya Watts & James Dean Hicks

I gave you a shoulder to cry on
When you were all alone
And no one was around to love you
I gave you everything
Why can't you give me anything
Don't you know how much I looked up to you

All your broken promises you made
Finally gave me the strength to say

I don't wanna be your friend
Another day broken-hearted
I'm so tired of hearing you say I'm sorry
I don't wanna close that door
This isn't how we started
You said you'd always be there
Till the very end
I don't wanna be your friend

You slapped me in the face
You kicked me down and walked away
And all I wanted was for you to love me
All your lies that I believed
You are as selfish as you seem
Do you even know the ways you've hurt me

We used to laugh but now I cry
It's time we both say goodbye

I don't wanna be your friend
Another day broken-hearted
I'm so tired of hearing you say I'm sorry
I don't wanna close that door
This isn't how we started
You said you'd always be there
Till the very end

Damn you, you never loved me
I begged, I kicked, I've screamed
But you'd rather die than see

I don't wanna be your friend
Another day broken-hearted
I'm so tired of hearing you say I'm sorry
I don't wanna close that door
This isn't how we started
You said you'd always be there
Till the very end
I don't wanna be your friend
I don't wanna be your friend
Track Name: If I Can't Let Go
If I Can't Let Go
Written by Jonathan Watkins

I want to make this one the perfect romance
In the face of forever, I think we have a chance
But it happens each time I put myself on the line
Don't wanna lose my faith in you
I don't know what to do

Cause I just can't let go anymore
My heart has had enough
I just can't lay down
And forget about this love
The harder I try to hold on
The more I'm pushing you away
It's something I have to do
It's you that I stand to lose
If I can't let go

I have a vision that you are the right one for me
And if that's true I know I gotta be free
So I'm saying a prayer
That you will be there
Will love see us through
Will I be with you

Cause I just can't let go anymore
My heart has had enough
I just can't lay down
And forget about this love
The harder I try to hold on
The more I'm pushing you away
It's something I have to do
It's you that I stand to lose

I've never been this close
To letting all my fears subside
As I'm here with you
Baby I'm trying to

But I just can't let go anymore
My heart has had enough
I just can't lay down
And forget about this love
The harder I try to hold on
The more I'm pushing you away
It's something I have to do
It's you that I stand to lose
If I can't let go
If I can't let go
Track Name: Make Believe
Make Believe
Written by Levi Kreis, Darci Monet, & Matthew Hayes

You have the truest smile
And your eyes are the deepest ocean
Your body drives me wild
So much that I can't help knowing
You are the kind of girl
That I would give my heart to
And never look over my shoulder

Then again the truth sets in
And I find that I stand here broken
You never speak my name
You may not even know it
Every time that you pass my way
It seems my soul is dying
Over and over and over
Somewhere inside I realize

You're the girl that I'll never know
Though I'd give you my heart and soul
But I guess that it's not meant to be
So I'll go on living in make believe

Wish I could make you see
All the things that you've been missing
Show you how it feels to be
With a man who needs your kisses
If I had just one chance
Then maybe you would notice
How patiently I have been waiting
To be the reason you smile

You're the girl that I'll never know
Though I'd give you my heart and soul
But I guess that it's not meant to be
So I'll go on living in make believe

If I had just one chance
Then maybe you would notice
I've been here, I've been waiting
Wanna be the reason you smile

You're the girl that I'll never know
Though I'd give you my heart and soul
But I guess that it's not meant to be
So I'll go on
Yes I'll go on
Yes I'll go on
Living in make believe
Track Name: Handcuff My Soul
Handcuff My Soul
Written by Tonya Watts

Handcuff my soul to a cross
Cause according to them I am lost
That's okay cause I know truth
It's not what they taught me in my youth

If only this peace will last
I wouldn't fall away so fast
I won't let it get me down
Cause God loves me for who I am

Dusting off my Bible and now it's clean
No longer thirsty if you know what I mean
I'm drinking the words and my heart's drunk
Beautiful insights are taming my tongue

If only this peace will last
I wouldn't fall away so fast
I won't let it get me down
Cause God loves me for who I am

The story ends and it's all good
The message of love understood

If only this peace will last
I wouldn't fall away so fast
I won't let it get me down
Cause God loves me for who I am
Track Name: Hello
Hello
Written by Tonya Watts and Kevin Fisher

Sometimes I see things no one else can
Something I say things that I don't understand
Feels like I'm screaming in the middle of a crowded room
No one looks up, no one cares, no one even moves
And I'm all by myself.

Is there anybody out there
Who feels the way I do
All alone, nowhere to run
And no one to talk to
Is there anybody out there
Sending you a prayer
Cause if you feel the way I do
You need to know that someone cares
Is there anybody out there
Is there anybody out there
Is there anybody out there
Hello, hello hello

I am ashamed of my past regrets
Sometimes I smoke more than cigarettes
Feels like I'm running, but my feet never touch the ground
Stuck in sin with so called friends knocking me down
And I'm all by myself

Is there anybody out there
Who feels the way I do
All alone, nowhere to run
And no one to talk to
Is there anybody out there
Sending you a prayer
Cause if you feel the way I do
You need to know that someone cares
Is there anybody out there
Is there anybody out there
Is there anybody out there
Hello, hello hello

And I'm all by myself

Is there anybody out there
Who feels the way I do
All alone, nowhere to run
And no one to talk to
Is there anybody out there
Sending you a prayer
Cause if you feel the way I do
You need to know that someone cares
Is there anybody out there
Is there anybody out there
Is there anybody out there
Hello, hello, hello
Hello, hello, hello
Hello, hello, hello
Track Name: Gabrielle
Gabrielle
Written by Levi Kreis

Gabrielle
Was Monday morning just another crazy high
Or the way we felt at ease make inhibitions fly
Somewhere away

Gabrielle
Was the novelty of you and me what reeled you in
Or the serotonin nudging you into my skin
Until we came

And it's just fine
Yeah, It's great with me
It was exactly what it was meant to be
So I keep a piece of you right here with me

Gabrielle
Now the sun is burning hot against the window pain
I grab a napkin, write some scribbles and a name
Then I say goodbye

Gabrielle
If you run to find me or never pick up the phone
Just one night was more than I believe I've ever known
Cause I feel so alive

And it's just fine
Yeah, it's great with me
It was exactly what it was meant to be
So I keep a piece of you right here with me
Gabrielle
I'll keep a piece of you forever here with me
Gabrielle
Gabrielle
Track Name: More
More
Written by Levi Kreis

Your waters run so deep so clear
It's refreshing to find someone
Who could cool my thirst
It's been so good to have an ear
Who could here all the tears I cry
And understand the hurt
It's been a hard road
So glad to find a friend
But what I can see
If you're telling me
The romance stumbled in along the way
Maybe it's time to say

Baby that's more than what I got
I'm afraid I've led you on
Baby that's more than what I got
You're beautiful but I can't be the one

Now I don't want to steal your smile
When I know all you're looking for
Is to give your heart
But maybe we should take a little while
To allow things to cool way way down
Before it goes to far
You've had a hard road
So glad to be a friend
But I'll never see why you're wanting me
To try to go where I don't wanna go
By now you oughta know

Baby that's more than what I got
I'm afraid I've led you on
Baby that's more than what I got
You're beautiful but I can't be the one

You've had a hard hard road
So glad to be a friend
But I'll never see why you're wanting me
To try to go where I don't wanna go
By now you oughta know

Baby that's more than what I got
I'm afraid I've led you on
Baby that's more than what I got
You're beautiful but I can't be the one
You're beautiful but I can't be the one