plucked from a decade

by Kate Peterson

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This is a collection of songs written by Kate Peterson over the last 10 years and performed by Nervous but Excited (collaboration with Sarah Cleaver)

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released October 28, 2014

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Track Name: Nervous but Excited - Said and Done
how do i miss you so well
my heart’s as empty as a windy lake michigan cold spell
didn’t i love you so well
we’d wake up singing like summertime even when the snow fell
babe did i ask for too much
were you sitting at home waitin for phone

if there’s a place then there’s a way you could come back home
try to forgive all the rights that i made wrong
just settle in and remember when it was our simple love
when all we had was what we had and it was always enough

babe you were the one
it was said and done it was said and done it was said and done
and the same way winter takes me by surprise every time
you looked me in the eye
you said I tried
you said I tried

if there’s a place then there’s a way you could come back home
try to forgive all the rights that i made wrong
just settle in and remember when it was our simple love
when all we had was what we had and it was always enough

babe you left me high
I still close my eyes to the sight of you laughin in the sunlight
Wont you just give me one more try
We can get by I think we’ll get by or I’ll die trying

if there’s a place then there’s a way you could come back home
try to forgive all the rights that i made wrong
just settle in and remember when it was our simple love
when all we had was what we had and it was always enough

we were always
Track Name: Nervous but Excited - Lansing
these sliding sounds make me want to write down
all the things i love about this town
like the way october leaves line my street
like a bed of rose pedals under my feet

and this city seems so small
cause i know faces everywhere i go
and i feel so full with my friends surrounding me
just cross the street you know where to find me

i watch my rearview down one way streets
just to get a perspective unfamiliar to me
i sit by the river in the heart of the city
just to feel its beat inside of me
that’s why i love this city
and all its simple beauty

as i slow to a stop
on the these streets i stroll like sidewalks
i feel safe in this steady home
it makes me think
its time to roam

i watch my rearview down one way streets
just to get a perspective unfamiliar to me
now when i spend each night inside a different city
i know exactly what home means
that’s why i must be leaving
its time to travel on with my sights ahead of me

these sliding sounds make me want to write down
all the things i love about this town
Track Name: Nervous but Excited - Blank Pages
i owe you a phone call
that doesn’t seem so hard
but these feelings are not small
they’re tuggin pushin on my heart

but i miss you

i could write you a letter
spell it out piece by piece
cause it always always goes better
when you can’t talk back to me

but i miss you

and the road keeps rolling by
pop songs and neon signs
and this story keeps aging
leaving nothing but blank pages

i miss you
i do

i could write some kind of friendly little love song
sing the words i fail to speak
glue some pictures on a small brown paper package
and address it to you
from me
Track Name: Nervous but Excited - Solid Side
I can feel you reaching down to
The bottom of my silent side
I can feel you reaching
for parts of me so unrefined

I want to hand you everything
hand shaking blood swelling
come here please take it, take it from me
lets be all the things we dreamed we dreamed we dreamed

Your love is and airplane in my chest
you love like a freight train racing west
you are the sunrise over a curvy skyline
and I will drive and drive and drive
until you are my night time

I want to hand you everything
hand shaking blood swelling
come here please take it, take it from me
lets be all the things we dreamed we dreamed we dreamed

I can feel you soaking into
the center of my solid side
Track Name: Nervous but Excited - Coffee Stained
my memory fails me
was it yesterday or the day before
that you sunk your pen into the slate of my soul to scribble me that note?
all i know is that something changed that moment
it was new and you knew it too
yeah cause change happens every day,
today, and yesterday too

and all the things I've loved before are scattered around me on the floor
in two dimensional shades of gray, blue and black and
coffee stained

so i've come to the realization that the grace that flows from these pages
is no where to be found these days
but that's okay cause
loving is learning and growing is changing
and change happens every day,
today, and yesterday too

and all the things I've loved before are scattered around me on the floor
in two dimensional shades of gray, blue and black and
coffee stained
and all the things I've left behind are roaming the rooms of my mind
creaking doors and cracking tiles
oh the miles
oh the miles
i have yet to drive

so lets go for a ride
i'll try to explain to you the depths of my silence
my answers come slow when i'm so over occupied when i'm alone
and you see the difference between you and me
is our entire history
our entire lives...

and all the things I've loved before are scattered around me on the floor
and all the things I've left behind are roaming the rooms of my mind
and all the things that i have today are the things that i'm trying to explain

yeah change happens everyday...today, and yesterday too
Track Name: Nervous but Excited - Ashes
i heard you when you said
that you're impossible
and i chose to ignore you
when you said thats not all
you spent time seeking silence
to find your own way out
and i spent time waiting sideline for you to break on down your doubt

and i heard you when you said
you couldn't get outside your head
and right then i learned that my say
had no space inside of it
and in time you'll burn away the heaviness
that holds you down
and when you finally break free
you'll cast the ashes all around
i heard you when you said you're suffocating here
your lungs too small too hold the air
four walls inching closer with each breath you breathe in
how could you help recoil
further further further further further within
i heard you when you said
that your impossible
i chose to ignore you
when you said thats not all
Track Name: Nervous But Excited - Sunspot
i wake up in the morning
let the light fall in on me
just stay warm for a moment
in my own company

dismiss all the questions
ominous and heavy
there’s no time to fall apart now
there are so many places to be

but as i step outside myself
i can see my losses making sense
we are living what we love
regardless of consequence
and we all wake up in the morning
for the very same reason
to make sounds that say something
like we have no other option

if you ask me the question
what feeds you every day
i’d say i work for my passions
my song my friends my family
yes the are the things that fuel me
but my pockets are empty
now i’ve learned to live simply
just for the sake of singing

i’ll just dismiss all the questions
ominous and heavy
theres no time to hide away now
there are so many songs to sing
Track Name: Nervous but Excited - Unfinished Song
you fell away
some days I can still hear you cryin in my head
the ways that we were when we were then
some days I can still feel you laughing in my bed
the ways that we were then
some days I can still see it clearly in my head
the ways that we were when we were then
some days I can still feel a silence in my chest
the ways that we were then, we were then

and as I wander though these cities where we’ve never been
I can hear your voice echoing inside of them
then I picture you riding down your windy streets
you ride now like your backs against the breeze

some days you fell away
some days I fell away

some days I hear you say things you’ve never said like
how it was all worth it in the end
and most days you are an unfinished song
you come line by line as my days move along
Track Name: Nervous but Excited - Puppeteer
this crazy’s creeping in
its wrapping slowly limb by limb
string so thin its diggin diggin diggin in
i can’t remember ever wanting just to disappear
oh my puppeteer

it’s got me bending at the knees
dancing in circles
359 degrees of second chances
pulling harder at the strings
oh how high they go oh oh

i don’t know i don’t know if im losing control losing or letting go
letting go

it’s plain to see the surprise in all your eyes
imagine how i don’t recognize mine
im squinting watching the mirror
spiral into spot light

i don’t know i don’t know if im losing control losing or letting go
letting go

feet cant find the ground
head is whipping around
its shaking side to side saying
you don’t know
you don’t know
you don’t know

i don’t know i don’t know if im losing control losing or letting go
letting go
Track Name: Nervous but Excited - Away, Awake
i may not keep the garden growing
so many seasons bought and sewn
it’ll always be there in the morning
that’s what I’m told

so many lanes and trains and airplanes
so many miles i call home
they’ll always be there in the morning
that’s what I’m told

and i’m away, i’m away …

we’ve got it good in all the good ways
no real reason to complain
still we brave so many dark days
with nothing and no one to blame

and we’re away, we’re away…
we’re away, we’re away…

our home is the light shining through the curtain
pulling in to pull it open
and your arms length is the open window
this is what i know

now
im awake, im awake, im awake
im awake, im awake, im awake
open my eyes to the brighter side
let the sky define my size
im awake, im awake, im awake
Track Name: Nervous but Excited - No Telling
sometimes i wake up in the middle of night
start making a list of all the things i like about you
its just the moonlight and the sound of your breathing
going round and round and round

and i know you’re gonna be here tomorrow
but for right now let’s pretend you gotta go

cause i’ve been waiting for you just to come on to
we’re gonna break some rules we’re gonna stay up til the morning

and im sorry i know you gotta get up early
but im not sorry that its not yet time for working

cause i’ve been waiting for you just to come on to
we’re gonna break some rules we’re gonna stay up til the morning

i’ve been dreamin about ya
you got me up on my feet
you got me chasing you down
you got me running in my sleep
will you be waiting for me
when i finally make it to ya
cause there’s no telling about it
there’s no telling what we’ll do

cause i’ve been waiting for you just to come on to
we’re gonna break some rules we’re gonna stay up til the morning

sometimes i wake up in the middle of night
its just the moonlight