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All These Things

by Theresa Peterson

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1.
Taking walks and chewing gum An oldies song I like to hum Curlers and Toyota trucks Sun tea and Diet Coke Lullabies in church pews Ankle socks and tennis shoes The stripes in the swimming pool House paint and gardening tools You are all these things And all these things are you A cemetery gate A baseball field when it's getting late A hokey country song A sermon that lasts too long Robert Redford movies Ghost stories and history Belt buckles and snakeskin boots A turn of phrase that tells the truth You are all these things And all these things are you PBS and cans of peas An Oldsmobile with fabric seats Ruffled pillows and satin scraps Clothes that you sew by hand Fancy pins and birthstone rings House phones, answering machines Coffee in the afternoon Marble jars and Sunday school You are all these things And all these things are you You're any empty swing set Made up words I can't forget The subtle wave in her blond hair Baby dolls and clothes they wear Easter eggs and birthday cakes The smile on his sun-kissed face Little hands and little spoons Lemonade and purple rooms You are all these things And all these things are you
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I've never seen anybody run so fast Like wherever you were going you were never coming back But I was too afraid to ask Now I'm feeling hopeless Cause I'll never know and We're as frozen as an icy pond I don't know if I can wait until the summer thaw Even though it won't be long Till it's not as cold I don't know if I can hold on You're as charming as you want to be There's no limit to the things you could get out of me I would do it happily If you told me wait up I would gladly stay Copper pennies and silver dimes I'd pay anything to know if you were mine The only thing you want is time And if I can afford it I will give you more of mine You're as fickle as a house cat too Never knowing what you want or what you want to do Now my mind is changing too But when I try to see straight Still all I can see is you Copper pennies and silver dimes I'd pay anything to know if you were mine The only thing you want is time And if I can afford it I will give you more of mine
3.
High 05:10
Well who the hell are you To come walking straight through Did you sense what I was hurting for And what you want from me You can take everything There's so little that I need anymore I don't need A goddamn thing But I still keep you around to get me High High High Well how did you get in Was it a broken fence A busted lock or did you have a key Maybe I let you in Like a sometimes friend But I just can't seem to make you leave I don't need A goddamn thing But I still keep you around to get me High High High High High High I can't keep from listening when you speak Can’t keep from following your lead I’m still hanging around, I’m still hanging around I can't keep from listening when you speak Can’t keep from following your lead Tell me what’s that suppose to mean I don’t need A goddamn thing But I still keep... I don't need A goddamn thing But I still keep you around to get me High High High High High High
4.
See that old truck turn the corner But it's too far for me to see If it's dented on the back bumper like yours used to be I hate that it brings me comfort To think I might see you around To think about how we still share the streets of this town I worry, but I'm glad That I'll never stop wanting to see you again I still go down to the bookstore But it's close to your job so I try To go on the weekends when I'm sure you won't be walking by I know there's no chance you'll be there Still I imagine what I might do If I come around an aisle and happen to run into you I worry, but I'm glad That I'll never stop wanting to see you again Every bike light blinking Up that hill on my way home Every time I second guess If I'm happier now that I'm alone Every bright blue ballcap standing in the grocery line I still always think that it's you But I'm scared to be right I worry, but I'm glad That I worry that I'm glad I worry, but I'm glad That I'll never stop wanting to see you again
5.
Summer Song 04:03
Come on baby let's have some fun It's okay I promise I won't tell no one If you smile at me Come on smile at me now This late summer heat is burning up the road Jump in the car and I won't tell a soul We'll drive up to the mountains Wherever God tells us to go You'll be the stars, I'll be the moon We don’t need no one to answer to But we'll be together all night Just like we always wanted to Roll down the windows Turn up the wind Turn up the radio and make me feel like a kid Pour me some sunshine, let it leave its glow on my skin Sing me a song like only you can Sing me one of your stories in melodies and rants And I'll tap my foot along Tap it a little closer to yours You be the coal, I'll be the flame After burning together we'll never be the same Just one night honey, one night is all it would take If you look below and see you've gone too far Set your troubles down and pitch your tent on my heart And you can stay there baby Stay there as long as you want And if you take me in your arms Hold me up to the light See everything I'm feeling for you, everything I fight But that's ok cause I just might let you tonight You'll be the stars, I'll be the moon Draw you up in the night and you'll feel the pull And shine so bright baby as I dance in arcs around you You'll be the stars, I'll be the moon Draw you up in the night and you'll feel the pull And shine so bright baby as I dance in arcs around you
6.
Whatever comes to me I hope it finds me well I hope I'm better by the time I get to someone else Whatever comes to me I hope it's for the best I hope something perfect rises out of all this mess All this silence All this time alone All this hope Can it be Something better's on the other side for me Whatever comes to me I hope I can stay still Long enough for it to bless me like I know it will Whatever comes to me I hope I hold it close If it's everything I've waited for I hope I know All this silence All this time alone All this hope Can it be Something better's on the other side for me All this silence All this letting go All this hope Can it be Something better's on the other side for me Can I do better with whatever comes to me Whatever comes to me
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It feels like a good night To sleep in your clothes TV still glowin Playing some show You don't even like You just like the company It feels like a good night To dish with your friends On how the night ended Over a drink You don't even like You just like to hold it in your hand As if one more round Would be enough time To say everything that's going through your head And one more sleepless night Would be enough To show that someone that They don't know what they had It feels like a good night To sit by the lake Campfire making Everything warm Everything right Like you've never been lonely It feels like a good night To look at the stars Wherever you are And know you're a part Of something greater So you don't have to be lonely You make one more wish On one more plane You know it's not a star but you want it to come true One more line Of the song you sing And you realize no one's listening to you But what can you do It feels like a good night To hold your own hand Make your own plan Pick up a pen Write your own ending Because this is your story It feels like a good night Even when you're tired And everything's hard And nothing's for sure Except that you're alone tonight And it still feels like a good night

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released August 10, 2018

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Theresa Peterson Boulder, Colorado

Her songs have been called "achingly beautiful" with themes that call up our deepest dreams & nostalgias. Peterson is taking her genre of Dreamamericana to the next level this new decade beginning with 5 self recorded & produced singles in 2020 & "No Rules in Montana," a self recorded & produced album in 2021, a tribute to treasures found on an unexpected journey. ... more

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