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There Is Only Right Now

by Billy Pettinger

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1.
Losing You 03:48
It’s impossible to pinpoint the minute When everything fell apart There’s a timeline and somewhere within it We were a work of art Just like when a building’s abandoned You laid out your best plans Then drove me back to the airport I was holding your hand And now I don’t know What I’m supposed to do Am I letting go Or am I losing you Sometimes the days feel like weather And I’m still trying to get home Sometimes it’s all like a movie That I don’t wanna watch alone And now I don’t know What I’m supposed to do Am I letting go Or am I losing you And now I don’t know What I was trying to do Am I letting go Or am I losing you Letting go Losing you Letting go Losing you
2.
Ashes 03:08
Most of my life I’ve been chasing something Now I’m chasing a reason to stay All through the night I hold on to what I have It doesn’t feel the same It’s an impossible situation and I don’t blame them for leaving When everybody’s a world on fire there’s nothing to admire or breath in But the ashes Just the ashes Most of the time I hear echos calling me Of all that you used to say But no one talks like you and no one listens Nobody knows my name It’s a forgivable offense just meant to impress and affect one’s ego But I don’t want to burn up on the lips or in these eyes of all of these people Just watch the ashes The ashes Watch em as they fall and and fall Watch em as they fall and and fall You don't have to say it's over Ashes to ashes Ashes to ashes You don't have to say it's over now You don't have to say it's over Ashes to ashes Ashes to ashes You don't have to say it's over now Ashes to ashes Ashes to ashes You don't have to say it's over Ashes to ashes Ashes to ashes Watch em as they fall and and fall You don't have to say it's over You don't have to say it's over You don't have to say it's over Ashes to ashes
3.
Elijah 03:37
I walk all night Under the pines Search for the light Look for a sign Forever fumbling through the night The everglades shrouding me despite All of my sins for they Know for whom they should pray They won’t come looking for me The seasons have turned and the breeze It calls out my name Elijah It should have been you All of my faults beseech A clearing just out of reach Destined to walk these woods As if repentance could Obligate looking for me The dirt on my hands Won’t come clean But I know the truth Elijah It should have been you Elijah It was always you Elijah I know the truth They won’t know where to find me The dust in the halls The mist in the creek For I know the truth Elijah I’m coming for you Elijah And I’m waiting for you Elijah It should have been you Elijah I know the truth
4.
Days Go By 03:21
Does the time go by like it does for me The weather and the parting seas Do do you think about how we used to be Or does it just go by Does the sound of rain keep you up at night Do you wish upon that old street light Does your mother say just give it some time Or does she just go by Me, I’m just doing calculations You know how I love a problem I can fix But you can’t do nothing about this weather Just like I cannot do nothing about this Do the days fold up in a great big mess Do you try to start just to second guess Tell me what was it that you meant Cause I just forget I was doing calculations You always said I love a problem I can fix But I can’t do nothing about this weather Just like we can’t stay together for the kids
5.
Some People 03:18
When you were a young kid Trying to make your way They knew where they could find you By the interstate Under an overpass You’d sit and wait But the world moved on Didn’t they Your only possessions In a garbage bag Something new disappeared With every new day One shirt on your back They wouldn’t dare take Somebody tried to once But you were still awake That’s why they say Some people You just can’t save When you turned 18 They asked: “Where will you stay?” You’d been kicked out before But never that way Already in college Cause you’d skipped a grade To the welfare lineup It’s all the same That’s why they say Some people You just can’t save Some people Just take and take Now this is your corner It’s where you stay No one knows where to find you They can’t take that away Cops come and tell you to move About once a day Underneath their breath You can hear them say Some people
6.
Let Me Go 03:52
There’s a distant horizon Through the mist in the trees And it whispers my name Each night and each day And I carry that burden with me In the fields I remember When these hands were clean Then I lower my gaze and just get through the day For I know it should have been me Let me go Back to the river I know Let me go Do you still remember That it wasn’t me Who was charged with the task Of all you had asked And who dragged you and our child to sea On a day in December I knew you were gone But I’ve felt you my dear with each look in the mirror And you leave me in peace with each dawn Let me go Back to the river I know Let me go Let me go It should have been me I know Let me go Mary, I still remember Mary, I still remember Let me go Back to the river I know Let me go Oh let me go It should have been me I know Let me go
7.
Some Time 03:31
Tears in your eyes Told me that you’d be ok Girl I know a liar I wasn’t born yesterday You can take all night Staring into the black I won’t ask you why I’ll just keep coming back It’s gonna take some time To heal We don’t have to speak You don’t even have to say If you need a friend Cause I’ll be here either way And if you need a change If you say it’s time to go I’ll be right behind you I just wanted you to know Even if it takes some time Even if it takes some time Even if it takes some time To heal Even if it takes some time It’s gonna take some time It’s gonna take some time And that is alright It's gonna be okay Don't ask me how I know I'm telling you right now I'm never gonna let you go We don't have to talk Or you know we can talk all night It's whatever you want Cause I'm not gonna leave your side Even if it takes some time It's gonna take some time It's gonna take some time And that's alright It's gonna take some time It's gonna take some time Take some time And that's alright
8.
I wake up, I look outside Nothing’s going to change my mind I’m going to be happy for my whole life I make a list of things to do And then I just don’t follow through I want to be happy I guess I’m alright Then the phone rings and it’s more bad news I try to think of something I could do Fold my clothes, walk around Yell at my guitar: “Would you just make some sound?” Yeah I’m happy But I might be out of my mind. Put on my shoes, and grab my coat But there’s nowhere left that I can go Now it’s happening and I’m not alright Then the phone rings and it’s more bad news Try to think of something that I could do Is it my frame of mind, is it my point of view I can’t feel anything, there’s nothing I can do I sit back down, I stand back By now, you’ve probably heard enough I want to be happy I swear I tried I want to be happy For the rest of life Maybe I’ll never be happy Even if I try
9.
A Quiet Year 02:45
I'm always running out of time But that's all any of us got What did I do with mine Nothing that I really want It feels like nobody listens They just want to talk talk talk over me I see a change in the distance Something left still to perceive Let's have a quiet year Spend a lot of time indoors Let's have a quiet year Don't act like you did before Hunker down, ante up Finally go through all your old stuff And let's have a quiet year I'm always cutting people off But that's not who I want to be I don't know to stop And so I sit here silently You learn way more when you listen You don't have to talk talk talk to agree Embark upon a new mission Notice all the forests made out of trees And have a quiet year Spend a lot of time outside Let's have a quiet year Start with sorting out your mind Throw it down, step it up A lifetime sometimes isn't enough Write it down, set it off Time may be all any of us got Let's have a quiet year Ok?
10.
2am on the boulevard Maybe you could catch a cab if you didn’t try so hard End up walking Starts to rain I am never coming back to Brooklyn again You make it up the stairs Without your keys But not without the management giving you the third degree The phone is ringing before you get inside I might never make it out of Brooklyn alive Sounded like a gunshot from behind the wall Grab a single suitcase and you’re back down the hall Thinking Brooklyn Brooklyn Where did we go wrong The driver doesn’t ask you where you wanna go With everybody watching he’s on a need to know Heading for the airport With the only things you own Thinking Brooklyn Brooklyn Brooklyn I should have known Sounded like a gunshot from the car behind Forget about the suitcase and the other guy Brooklyn Brooklyn Brooklyn Goodbye
11.
Stay 03:13
If you don’t hear me did I speak Am I alive without if you’re not listening For all the noise out on the street It gets so quiet here when I can’t sleep Even in darkness I am not afraid Because you stay It feels like I could disappear I keep making sure that you’re still here Even as I’m breaking down I send you all the pieces that I found I don’t feel like a relic At the end of the day Because you stay I’m still a little bit jaded You said it’s ok You even like me better that way Because you stay I might be ok Because you stay It might be okay If you ever feel this way I want you to know I will stay
12.
In my mind I can do anything But I never really do The more things change The more I’d trade everything Just to see you I can’t think about it I can barely breathe And I wait up for a sign That you forgive me Am I just wasting time Another day I try to keep on moving But everything’s breaking down I can’t think about it I can barely breathe And I’m waiting for a sign Can you forgive me Or am I just wasting time Waste my time Come on and waste my time Come back and waste my time Waste my time Come back and waste my time I can’t think about it I can barely breathe And I’m waiting for a sign Say you’ll forgive me Or am I wasting time
13.
Someday 03:02
Someday I’ll have a big old garden I’ll grow whatever I want to grow One day I’ll go wherever I want to go Don’t ask me where now Cause I don’t know If we make it out alive I won’t waste any more time Someday Can I have one more Sunday With you Someday Can I have one more Sunday With you And something to do Somewhere There’s a world we were meant to know I swear I’ll get it right this time One day It won’t feel so out of control We’ll take a deep breath and walk outside If we make it out alive I won’t waste any more time Someday Can I have one more Sunday With you Someday Cause I have one more Sunday With you And something to do
14.
Timelines 04:02
All the medicine I don't take All the choices I'm scared to make Every moment I walked away Going over everything I didn't say There will always be a great big world Full of possibilities yet to unfurl So many options So many paths There's a future where you left who you were in the past And it's just another timeline So afraid you won't get it right It wears you down until you're paralyzed It's just another timeline There's a brave new world outside Everytime that you close your eyes And it's just another timeline What if it's never been too late For you to let it go For you to start again Nothing's ever been built to last Right now is where you leave who you were in the past And it's just another timelines Just another timeline All the medicine you don't take All the choices we never made It was just another timeline Every moment I walked away Going over everything I didn't say It was just another timeline What if it's never been too late For me to let it go For me to start again Nothing's ever been built to last Right now is where I leave who I was in the past And it's just another timeline Just another timeline

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released September 4, 2021

All Songs by Billy Pettinger (BMI)
Written, Recorded, Produced and Mixed by Billy Pettinger
Mastered by Jamie Sitar at Outta Town Sound
Bass by James Menefee
Drums by Nigel Powell
Design by Rich Jones

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In January I wrote 31 songs in 31 days. Patreon supporters voted for which songs should get recorded.

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