Tied Tight

by Uptown Boys Choir

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released April 10, 2015

1. Bury Me
2. Break In
3. Simple As a Song
4. Tied Tight
5. One More Good Thing*

Kevin de Souza: Bass, Guitars, Organ, Vocals
Joe Morra: Piano, Electric Piano
*Jarrett Nicolay: Electric Guitar, Piano
Scott Robinson: Drums, Percussion, Organ
Natalie York: Vocals

Music and Lyrics by Kevin de souza, ASCAP

Engineered by Scott Robinson
*with assistance from Jarrett Nicolay
Recorded at The Buzzlounge in Beltsville, MD
and Pickup Productions in Kensington, MD
Mixed by Scott Robinson at Guest House Studios in North Hollywood, CA
Mastered by Charlie Pilzer at Airshow Mastering in Takoma Park, MD

Artwork by Zia Hassan

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uptown boys choir is the music of kevin de Souza, a washington, DC-based bassist and songwriter.

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Track Name: Bury Me
I was alive when they buried me
beaten so bad, I could barely see
but i clawed my way out from six feet deep
searching for fresh air and clarity

I was a boy when i broke her heart
i wish i could take back that old, ugly part of us
but i’d never ask to go back to the start
All of those scars make us who we are
Made her a name that’s been sewn on my heart

Still, all I can think when I lay down to rest
Is how much I’m missing her head on my chest
A sensible heart, twenty-nine minus three
In search of somebody to bury me
I’m looking for someone to bury me

She might be no angel, and I’m no dove
But that don’t mean we won’t fit perfect in love
The truth is when pushes have become shoves
She’s something I want to be part of

When I’m soaked in blood, sweat, and spit from this work
But all I can smell is her hand on my shirt
If you see a redhead brunette, five-foot-nine minus three
Would you ask if she’d like to bury me
I’m looking for someone to bury me
I’m looking for someone to bury me
Track Name: Break In
You’re throwing pots and pans at me, like I’m trying to rob your house
All ‘cause those words dropped out, fell like bombs from my open mouth
You’re taking all your injuries, you’re laying them at my feet
And some blame belongs to me, but I can’t be the only one

Would it be so wrong if we belonged
What if we both felt better

I’m not trying to break in where I shouldn’t go
I’m just trying to make my way back home

You place your calls when you’re alone, when self-control’s out of town
At midnight your walls break down; you dial all on your own
I know exactly what’s in store: our strange mix of sharp and sad
It comes out in cuts and stabs, but I’m taking what I can get

It’s taken you so long to feel this strong
How come you just seem weaker

I’m not trying to break in where I shouldn’t go
I’m just trying to make my way back home
Track Name: Simple As a Song
When she left I was still vibin’ on that Ben Folds song
So sure that if she sang, the birds and bees would come and sing along
But when I went to see her in that colder clime
It was pretty clear that when she sang, the songs weren’t hers and mine

We were young and we were vibin’ on that Foo Fighters song
But if we thought it out at all we’d know we had it thought out wrong
When you breathe out and I breathe you in
It’s only just a little bit of poison that you give me for my lungs to hold in (hold in)

I’m looking for a secret in the songs
That might help me hold on
Might take a while to get it right
Love ain’t as simple as a song; it don’t mean we don’t try

I had a good good love, but the whole thing stalled
Turns out I didn’t say it best when I said nothing at all
I’m breaking World Records on how fast a thing can break
Started congratulating myself when I only make a new mistake

I’m looking for a secret in the song
That might help me hold on
Might take a while to get it right
Love ain’t as simple as a song; it don’t mean we don’t try

I’m looking for a secret in the song
That might help me hold on
Might take a while to get it right
Love ain’t as simple as a song...

But we’re not coming down in chains, not going back
Not coming down in chains, we’re through with that
We’re not coming down in chains, not going back
Ain’t simple; it don’t mean we don’t try
Track Name: Tied Tight
Let’s start out by saying
We’re so different that sometimes I laugh
We both know that I move slow
And you move so fast, sometimes I can’t keep track
But I hope and pray
The day might come around
Where I speed up
And you slow down

And we can say, Hi, it’s been a while
Won’t you tell me about your life
Who you’ve become, and what you’ve decided to do
It’s been a while
I like the way that you changed up your hairstyle
Yeah, mine’s still the same, but I’m making changes too--i’ve got some stories for you

Don’t get me wrong, but I hope there’s times
When you miss having me on the phone
I can joke with lots of folks
But without you, I still feel alone
And I know there’s lots to tell
After so many year’s apart
So if you’re over whelmed
I know where you could start

You could say, Hi, it’s been a while
How I’ve missed you, and your crooked smile
Thought I always believed that I’d get to see it again
And it’s been years since we’ve stood in this place
It’s taken so long, but I’m making some headway
In seeing God’s face, and finding my place in His plans--I’ve got stories, man...

There was this time I almost died getting caught out in the rain
And after Easter Sunday down here, Jesus never looked the same
And all these gentle people struggling aginst a sickness that’s too strong
And if I ever felt like clicking my heals, I’d turn on your songs

It’s been years since we’ve stood in this place
So much has changed, still I know I can say
After all of this time, you’re still tied tight to my heart
Track Name: One More Good Thing
so i see
you've got it figured out
you've got your heart next to your head, and buried in the ground
you say you you don't need it anymore
you've got your job, you've got a few close friends
and when you say good night, you climb into your twin-size bed
don't need the queen, not anymore

anyone can see your life is good
but you're not looking outside, and i think you should

there could be one more good thing you've got going
one more good thing you've got going for you

you're all closed off
you've got your armor up
it hasn't been too long, but i already see the rust
the cracks, they're showing through to who you are
so beautiful, so sad, so broke for what you had
you say it's never coming back
you say you might as well step back from all of this

no, you didn't sell it hard enough
when you said, "i think i'm done being in love"

there could be one more good thing you've got going
one more good thing you've got going for you
if you would just let me stay through the morning
i could be one more good thing you've got going for you

you're living all right
but good enough's no good tonight