Tied Tight

by Uptown Boys Choir

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1.
Bury Me 02:43
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
2.
Break In 03:01
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
3.
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
4.
Tied Tight 05:46
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
5.
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

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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 Washington, D.C.

Uptown Boys Choir is made up of four very different people whose experience and talents come together in unexpected ways to make heartfelt, urgent music that needs to be heard. The quintet’s sophomore release, Get Help, is at times introspective, self-deprecating, funny, and heartbreaking, and captivatingly dynamic and honest throughout. ... more

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