The Avett Brothers (2000)

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1. Kind of in Love

She’s as sweet as the summer time
And strong as the sunshine
And I don’t want to know her
I let myself down

I’m cold as a winter’s storm
I’m soft as a grind stone
And I can’t do a thing
To flag my life down

Why do you amaze me?
Why do you amaze me?
Why do you fool me into thinkin’ that I’m kind of in love with you?

She’s good as a mystery
A salesman for misery
And I am bankrupt
In debt to my knees

Big brown eyes and curly hair
I wonder if she sees me stare
I can’t say why I’ve fallen
Babe, please have mercy

Why do you amaze me?
Why do you amaze me?
Why do you fool me into thinkin’ that I’m kind of in love with you?

We sink like a ball and chain
If I knew more than your first name
Those eyes you got can’t fool me
I know how this goes

We’d wrap ourselves in conversation
You tell lies and try my patience
Bite my tongue in frustration
Or you slap my face

Why do you amaze me?
Why do you amaze me?
Why do you fool me into thinkin’ that I’m kind of in love with you?

2. My Lady of the Mountain

I brought you to the river
to watch the fish swim by
and lay around that grassy bank
and breath in that blue sky

I brought you to these waters
to see what you could see
the difference in the two worlds
cant help but frighten me

But darlin, its been a long time
since Ive seen you smile that way at me
darlin, just feel the warmth here
happy’s not the word
you make me free

I brought you to the mountians
to watch the clouds float by
the wind here gives me shivers
the freedom makes me cry

and being with you darlin
forget what we have not
just being at the top here
if theres anyone, theres a god

But darlin, its been a long time
since Ive seen you smile that way at me
darlin, just feel the warmth here
happy’s not the word
you make me free
(Make me free now)

I gave you my decision
reguardless wrong or right
the hills, they make me feel good
they make me feel alive

Like singing with my family
on Sunday afternoon
like laughing in the morning
wrapped up tight with you

But darlin, its been a long time
since Ive seen you smile that way at me
darlin, just feel the warmth here
happy’s not the word
you make me free

3. Those Green Eyes

Those green eyes, that black hair,
Made me a sucker, standing there,
At the remains of a high school football game,
And it don’t do me any good to remember you.

In a world of tuxedos and red sequins,
The jealous girl said “that’s an ugly dress,”
But that dress sure did the trick for me,
The picture in my mind is never hard to see.

Fire in the sky, fourth of July,
My heart turned cold as I watched her cry.
In her despair I nearly lost my mind,
It’s like we started over a hundred thousand times.

But those green eyes, that pass me by.
I could not make her mine however hard I tried.
And I am lonely now, but I’ve got my memory
Those green eyes and that black hair, they set me free.

4. Feb. 20 2000

The whipping of the flag above
it sung me to sleep
and I awoke to feel her hair
dancing on my cheek

I awoke with the crazy feeling
that I was where I belong
and the sun warmed a remembered love
in my head I heard this song

Dont leave, youve finaly made it home
aint this the girl that you wanted all along
I know it hurts to think about
everything that went wrong
but I think its over now

And I cant believe how her hands
still fit perfectly in mine
if I dont take my chances now
Ill be searching all my life

Trying to find the feelings that I knew
with this lovley country girl
if those plans are just a young mans mistake
why am I still so set on her

Dont leave, youve finaly made it home
aint this the girl that you wanted all along
I know it hurts to think about
everything that went wrong
but I think its over now

And more than ever, now I hear
that sweet old voice inside my ear
it says

Dont leave, youve finaly made it home
aint this the girl that you wanted all along
I know it hurts to think about
everything that went wrong
but I think its over now

Her hair is still soft and sweet
her eyes still green, her heart still beats
for you and for the lord above
be done with the pain and get on
with the love

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The night just got darker
The moon fell out of sight.
God’s hopeful stars
Were drained of all their light
A dear friend of mine
Who fell on hard times
He thinks his house will clean
If he shares with me mine

I never dream of you a lonely man
I used to grab at truth with those same strong hands
Then when I got sick through the thin and then the thick
I turn my back and I let myself live

Well the nights only get longer
Before your sun will shine
Leave the clock alone my brother
Your enemy is time
Remember what the ramblin man said
On his way back home
Don’t hang your head much longer
There’s more pretty girls than one

I never dream of you a lonely man
I used to grab at truth with those same strong hands
Then when I got sick through the thin and then the thick
I turn my back and I let myself live

5. Let Myself Live

The night just got darker
The moon fell out of sight.
God’s hopeful stars
Were drained of all their light
A dear friend of mine
Who fell on hard times
He thinks his house will clean
If he shares with me mine

I never dream of you a lonely man
I used to grab at truth with those same strong hands
Then when I got sick through the thin and then the thick
I turn my back and I let myself live

Well the nights only get longer
Before your sun will shine
Leave the clock alone my brother
Your enemy is time
Remember what the ramblin man said
On his way back home
Don’t hang your head much longer
There’s more pretty girls than one

I never dream of you a lonely man
I used to grab at truth with those same strong hands
Then when I got sick through the thin and then the thick
I turn my back and I let myself live

6. I Love You Still

Two AM, the night is clear and cool
To be out at this hour, decent folk would tell me I’m a fool
But leaving Jenny’s arms feels like a sin
I want to run back to her bed and hold her ’til the sun comes up again

Have I changed your life?
I love you still and I always will

Four AM, the night is over soon
Her eyes, they shine like diamonds, they glow just like the stars in her old room
And I know we make each other mad sometimes
But love is behind all of it, and we’ll still be in love when pain subsides

Now I hope I’ve changed your life
I hope you can be forever with me

Three years and counting
The three best years of my life
But don’t confuse our love with memories
You know the best is yet to come

Two AM, and I’m on my way home
I think of no one but you
I sing my song for you and you alone

And I’m glad you changed my life
Now I love you still
And I love you still
And I love you still