Lessons From The Third End

by Keith Leedham

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This album is a collection of songs recorded over a 5 year period between 1995 and 2000. Mostly recorded at home on various formats. From 4 track cassette recordings, 8 track analog and 16 track ADAT digital recording. A snap shot in time.

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released May 1, 2000

All song written by Keith Leedham.
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Track Name: Breakdown
Go ahead now
For you it's nothing new
This kind of indecision
is what I'd expect of you
Your fear of standing alone
has got you paralyzed
As the rest of us move forward
You'll be left to your own demise
It's too late for promises, right now
I've heard it all before
It's time for a breakdown
Time for a breakdown
Cease and desist
sometimes can be a good thing
When you know what's at risk
It's the sound of your heart emptying
Now don't give up on a dream
Just because you've reached a crossroads
Cause when that light turns green
You've got to carry your own load
It's too late for promises, right now
I've heard it all before
It's time for a breakdown
Time for a breakdown
Time for a breakdown
I know just what to do
I haven't given up on me
I've given up on you
Now don't tell me I'll regret this day
I've been down this road before
And what I think is not for you to say
And what you think I will ignore
It's too late for promises, right now
I've heard it all before
It's time for a breakdown
Time for a breakdown
Track Name: Princes
He promised you the world
For only one kiss
A romantic girl
And a self proclaimed prince

Trusting in fate
You place your lips upon his face

Chorus 1
Most things never change
This is how the story goes
Yet the fairy tales remain
There are no princes hidden in lowly toads

I watched you from afar
You and that bug-eyed fool
He's got this down to an art
Some smooth lines and a theory to prove

I watch you get taken in
As you bend down to kiss him again

Chorus 2
Most things never change
This is how the story goes
Yet the fairy tales remain
There are no princes hidden in lowly toads

What do I have to do
To make you see
That there could be a prince
Locked up somewhere inside of me

One kiss could change the world
And make a princess of a romantic girl

Chorus 3
Most things never change
This is how the story goes
Yet the fairy tales remain
Because sometimes there're princes hidden in lowly toads
Yes, sometimes there're princes hidden in lowly toads
Track Name: Life on Fact
The architect of my surroundings.
Is leaving me no choice.
I’ve tried to quit a thousand times.
But, I’m drawn to a muted voice.
To stay out late chasing stars.
And starring into lights.
Confessing to disinterested strangers.
In the middle of the night.

It must be some kind of illness.
It seems so masochistic.
To stay away for so long.
And then fool myself that I don’t miss it.
There’s got to be some kind of meaning.
A hidden purpose.
That I’m not meant to see.
Somewhere just below the surface.

So don’t tell me I should be praying.
For some kind of miracle.
I have more faith in myself than that.
I’m not the kind that relies on.
Some kind of divine intervention.
I tend to base my life on fact.

My candle flickers in anguish.
As look for the third end.
There never seem to be enough night.
And sleep as become my worst friend.
Now people tend to mask me.
How is your wife and child.
I don’t really know what to say.
Because I haven’t seen them for awhile.

So don’t tell me I should be looking.
For a good job with steady pay.
Once I did I know I’d never come back.
I used to lie in wait for
Some kind of inspiration
But now I base my life on fact.
Track Name: Only When I Breathe
I can’t believe this is happening
I thought I’d reached the end
This is how my life would be
Just my son a few close friends

Then a single touch of your hand
Just changed all my plans

Chorus
You have a scent that lingers
And it’s bringing me to my knees
You have a sent that lingers
So I think of you, only when I breathe

I’ve tried to think this all through
I’ve tried to think what’s best
I’ve tried to think of the right words to say to you
I just can’t think why I’ve been blessed

Then I feel your gentle touch
And you whisper “You think too much”

Chorus
You have a scent that lingers
And it’s bringing me to my knees
You have a sent that lingers
So I think of you, only when I breathe

And in the end, what’s meant to be will be
And if nothing else, I’ll have your memory

Chorus
You have a scent that lingers
And it’s bringing me to my knees
You have a sent that lingers
So I think of you, only when I breathe
Track Name: Seen It All
Too many promises, have gone astray
Too many words, have been said
The time has come again, to make a choice
Is it better to cut and run, or cry out in full voice

‘Cause I’ve been down this path
and direction questioned me
Am I a local boy or
a man of destiny

Chorus:
‘Cause I’ve seen it all
And I don’t know
if I’m liking what I see
‘Cause I gave my all
more than one time
And look where it’s got me

I once had a dream, and it came true
Everything just fell into place
Then one day one single word got in the way
And the dream left with out a trace

Now I feel it’s pull
on me once again
Is this some kind of curse
or my one and only friend

Chorus:

And if by some act of fate
my senses rescue me
I could rise above this all
And learn from my history

Chorus:
Track Name: Tearing Yourself In Two
It's all taking shape
much slower now
Not much room for mistakes
in an atmosphere of "show me how"
Taking nothing on faith
Leaving nothing to chance
Have to have it all on paper
and plan it all well in advance
Your unhappiness is plain to see
A lack of spontaneity
Do you know why it always comes down on you
Do you have a clue

Chorus:
You put yourself in a bad situation
sheltering yourself and fearing rejection
And now I can see what's been going on inside of
you
It's spills out on to the floor as you're tearing
yourself in two
You're tearing yourself in two

No need to be confused
You don't have to run and hide
No need to feel abused
In finding out where your truth lies
Things didn't turn out the way you planed
The time has come to make a stand
Instead you feel yourself falling back on me
Now can't you see

Chorus:
Track Name: Broken Heart
Perhaps you think you just been.
Playing with my head.
But, you’ve come to find out.
You’ve been playing.
With my heart instead.

It’s too late for apologies.
Kind words.
Could never mend the damage done.
Don’t waste your breath.
On insincerity.
I’m sure I haven’t been the only one.
To suffer.

Under the weight of love gone bad.
So why does it feel like I am.
The only one that’s ever had.
A broken heart.
To piece together.
Heartstrings have been untied.
A broken heart.
That will last forever.
Relief has been denied.

Knocked out by the confrontation.
I’ll just lay here on the floor for awhile.
Trying to avoid the situation.
Run and hide in more my style.
So many wasted hour hours.
Just trying to.
Figure out what you think.
The truth.
Would not hurt as much.
As the clues you left.
Behind for me to link.
Together.
Showing how sad a love can become.
So why does it feel like I am.
Like I am the only one.

With a broken heart.
To piece together.
Heartstrings have been untied.
A broken heart.
That will last forever.
Relief has been denied.
Track Name: One of Those Days
Fell out of bed this morning.
On the wrong side.
Broke the laces on my shoes.
Had to go to work with them untied.
The boss starts yelling at me.
As soon as a walk through the door.
Ten minutes late again.
Says he ain't gonna take it no more.

Looks like it's gonna be on of those days.
Should have stayed in bed and lost the days pay.
If I open my mouth, what would I say.
Looks like it's gonna be one of those days.

My twelve noon break.
Comes three hours to late.
I’m still trying to figure out.
What was on my plate.
People screaming at me.
From all sides.
Can't understand a word they say.
Everyone's talkin' jive.

Looks like it's gonna be on of those days.
Should have stayed in bed and lost the days pay.
If I open my mouth, what would I say.
Looks like it's gonna be one of those days.

Someone's callin' me an incompetent jerk.
I’m inclined to agree with him.
Everything I try doesn't work.
I can't wait for six o'clock to chime.
So I can give some rest to me befuddled mind.

The traffic goin' home. Is just creeping along.
My car over heated.
So I left it on somebody's front lawn.
My aching feet.
Carry me all the way home.
Tried to call the auto club.
But it seems they've disconnected my phone.

Looks like it's gonna be on of those days.
Should have stayed in bed and lost the days pay.
If I open my mouth, what would I say.
Looks like it's gonna be one of those days.
Track Name: End This Way
Much too soon is all we could say.
So unfair to be taken from us
in this way.
A smile is all I got
when you saw my face.
And I don't think anything else
could take it's place.

Don't go away we screamed
but it's too late.
How many heroic efforts
would it take.
No amount of sacrifice
would be to great
but I know.
Somehow you'd want it to end this way.

Companionship
is only a word.
It was something in your eye
a voice not heard.
You could see right through me
up until the end.
I think it would cheapen your life
just to call you a friend.

Don't go away
we screamed
but it's too late.
How many heroic efforts
would it take.
No amount of sacrifice
would be to great
but I know.
Somehow you'd want it to end this way.

Julie,
you came into our lives
much too late.
And now we're paying the price
of wasted days.
There's no way to make up
for all the lost time.
Just know an image of you
is burned into our minds.

Don't go away
we screamed
but it's too late.
How many heroic efforts
would it take.
No amount of sacrifice
would be to great
but I know.
Somehow you'd want it to end this way.

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