Don't Push The River

by Mick Leonardi

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Ray H Acardo My God, cousin. I had no idea you were so talented. Hope this breaks big for you. Here's wishing you a bright and soaring music career. Favorite track: Don't Push The River.
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released December 15, 2013

Recorded and Produced by Brett Reed

All drums and bass Engineered by Michael Rosen at East Bay Recorders

"I Don't Mind", "Bottle Rocket" and "No One Here To Blame" were engineered by Michael Rosen at East Bay Recorders

Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Harmonica and Drums- Mick Leonardi

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Drums on "I Don't Mind', "Don't Push The River" and "Bottle Rocket" by Michael Urbano

Bass on "Nobody's Fool" by Jon Leonardy

Hammond B3 by Aux Cayes. Engineered by Michael Rosen at Fantasy Studios

Female Vocals and harmonies on "I Don't Mind" by Natalie Hawkins

Harmonies on "With Everything We Know" by Brett Reed

First slide Guitar on "Smoke and Mirrors" by Brett Reed

Mixed by Michael Rosen and Brett Reed at East Bay Recorders

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Track Name: Give Me A Shot
Give Me A Shot

Jesus Christ you must be joking, every good thing ends up broken
At least it seemed like it was working out alright
Now it feels like the only sleep I get
Is the waging of wars between consciousness
when i wake up I often wish that i hadn't yet

So give me a shot and take your chances
I will never be dishonest
I will always have your back no matter what
I've always gotten what i've wanted
I don't give up I'm sure you've noticed
What's it gonna take to break you down for good
I did all that i could

I will leave the only world i've known just walk this earth with you and so
I guess I'm Just wondering will that ever be enough
Cause' i can't move on, I start feeling sick
It doesn't look like you're done with this
but the blanks are getting harder to fill in

And it's never too late to change your mind
I've watched you do it so many times
If it comes down to fate i guess we're gonna be fine
I wanna share my life like a cigarette
Every drag you take makes you hold your breath
Cause' once it's gone you ain't got nothin' left
Track Name: Don't Push The River
Don't Push The River

I tried so hard just to break you down
with love and grace just to show you how
It could feel if you follow what your heart would allow
You'd be free and you'd never be alone

Now I believe in makin' strange connections
two passin' ships out on stormy nights
Now I know I had to fold and just take it for a season
They're ain't no reason for your rhyme

So don't push that river child
you'll drown within your sorrows
It's best to walk along the steady shores
And there's no need for you to ever beg or borrow
You can lose the battle and still win the war

Don't push that river anymore
If you did would you be satisfied
Nothin' you can do will ever get it faster
Don't push that river anymore
Track Name: Nobody's Fool
Nobody's Fool

hey bartender fix me a drink
cause my place ain't home and i can never sleep
all my records skip but i'm too weak to get up and push the needle over
again

now we can talk about anything
ex-friends, ex-lovers and the existential gasoline that burned me alive

and you could've had the best in life
but you couldn't pay the heavy price
ain't it strange what love can do
when it makes us have to choose
you tried to run me over but i'm nobody's fool

off the font line, straight to the back
all good soldiers must face the facts
of their enemies and their attacks
so let's surrender while we can
Track Name: In The Cold of The Night
In The Cold of The Night

how'd you get stuck here in my mind she said
I replied with a smile sayin' "darlin you got to me first"
I was steady and alone satisfied with the hand i was dealt
then you appeared like a light house to a ship that fell

and i could see what i'd been searching for
along the seas and the distant shores
it was you my love with open arms
in the cold of the night you kept me safe and warm

sittin' by the river now watchin' the waters break
around the rocks like my heart and all the ripples they make
you're not crazy what you're thinkin' but it aint worth stayin' she said
these contradictions cause conflict, something's missin'
but we still have since

cause you could see what you'd been searchin' for
along the seas and the distant shores
it was i my love with open arms
in the cold of the night you fled to keep from harm

well the best things in life, yeah you never see them comin' your way
ain't that the beauty of surprises, those disguises can't stay in place
convince yourself if that's what helps
i'll climb the walls protecting your heart
and if you insist, one may resist but you're the one who's selling it short
Track Name: The Red Line
The Red Line

3,000 miles i had traveled with a smile
just to see your face again
those eyes of blue still told the truth
but that don't mean you're gonna choose to be with me and then

i gave it everything i had
there's no more tricks inside this hat
i'm falling on my sword
battle cries can start a fire
question all your heart's desire and what it can afford

i took the red line to harvard square
the something that was missin' it was you while i was there
all the good times i had with your friends
the memories we made, buried deep in my chest
so goodbye true love i wish you the best

at least i know the thoughts i thought
were not an empty parking lot although it's looking dim
and the feelings that we felt were real
but it's not right to cheat or steal
let or you'll be dragged

and if anything i'm grateful for the songs you helped me sing
there as beautiful as you and my story's still the same
winter coats and dirty jokes
hangin' out and groin' old
laughin' all the days we made it through
but that's just not the tale of me and you
Track Name: I Don't Mind
I don't Mind

on a cold and lonely night
all you really need is a little spark to start a fire
it's better than bein' alone
at least that's the argument that i've been sold

I don't mind if you don't mind
misery loves the company she finds
walkin' round' in the winter rain
tryin' to wash all the blues away

i used to long for the old true love
then grew tired, then i got weary, then i got lost

oh i ain't sad anymore
oh don't you come back here when you get bored
oh it's better than it was before
oh i could care less if you or if you don't
that's fine with me

so let's get bold and let's get loud
nothin' we can do or say will change it anyhow

I don't mind if you don't mind
misery loves the company she finds
walkin' round' in the winter rain
tryin' to wash all the blues away
I don't mind if you don't mind
it's better than nothin' it's better than trying'
and maybe we're scared or maybe we're strong
but maybe don't mean anything at all
Track Name: No One Here To Blame
No One Here To Blame

he was on his way to see the girl he fought to love
it was the first time that she ever learned to trust

there was a feelin' in the soul
the one that makes you sick
no he never made it safely to her lips

I'm sorry you lost the only thing you've ever wanted
and how you wish you would have told hime to stay home
you couldn't have known it be the last time that you'd ever see his face
but it's not your fault and there's no one here to blame

once when she was young she gave her only heart
it wasn't innocent, it was perfect from the start
and nothin' can't go wrong when you're on that interstate
cause' you never thought that you'd ever feel that way


I'm sorry you lost the only thing you've ever wanted
and how you wish you those words had never left your mouth
you couldn't have known it be the last time that you'd ever see his face
but it's not your fault and there's no one here to blame
Track Name: Smoke and Mirrors
Smoke and Mirrors

I held a flower gently in my hand
then i watched it wither all away
no rain or sunlight could ever bring it back
no matter how hard i had prayed

i'm not the one you think i am you'll know soon enough
it's all smoke and mirrors, come on and call my bluff

i'm not worth your love so darlin' don't you even try
and waste your time on me
i gave my heart once but then i lost my soul
and i swore that would be the last time it would bleed

i kissed an angel heavy on her lips
then i could breathe like i was young
what good's a promise if it can't be kept
she closed her eyes and i was gone
Track Name: Are You Ready For This One
Are You Ready For This One

If you stay with me i'll never leave
no matter what your mind believes is true
any expense for your heart
put it too rest

your smile can say a thousand words
your eyes are such a trusted curse
when you hold me in your arms
yes i know it's where i belong

cause' it's clear all the days without you here
you're not alone with your fears
i'm scared i could lose you know
are you ready for this one

the way you laugh's my favorite part
i can't stop it once you start
and i feel just like the sun
couldn't do any wrong

when you run your fingers through my hair
i feel the world just stop and stare
cause' it's right and it's good
and it goes where it should

you changed something inside of me
and i will never be the same again
so let it out, let it go, stop runnin'
let me let you in
your try to fight it cause' it's what you know
but it only leaves you sufferin'
it doesn't matter what we have in mind
because what we had is getting harder and harder to find

and' it's clear all the days without you here
and you're not alone with your fears
i'm scared i could lose you know
i'm not ready for this one
Track Name: Blood Orange
Blood Orange

Oh only heaven knows why
you run from these arms of mine
tears for your sufferin'
God what a mess we're in

i know it's not the way you want it
doesn't mean you'll ever come around
if you decide to beg another pardon
it takes an honest voice to move a crowd

our love is orange and red
like the sun that burned your skin
if i'm wrong i'll stand corrected
the rest of my days, i'll never trade
all the smiles that we helped each other make

oh when you're finished with that
slow is how we get back
words are an endless vein
there's nothing to explain

holding on to old ideas is never gonna serve you well
everything you've ever dreamed of
was catching you before you fell
Track Name: With Everything We Know
With Everything Thing We Know

i took a peak inside your heart
i fell in love with all your pain
you might think you're nothin'
but to me you're everything

cause' there's just something about your girl
that makes me want to stay
to fall asleep in your arms again
i'll do whatever it takes

jessica ryan I'm not lyin' when i say i love you so
if you want me to catch you before you fall
you have to let yourself go
i just want to be beside ya
what you're hidin' don't scare me at all
how much longer now can this go on
with everything we know

my latest obsession is eastern mass
i can't stop dreamin' of the past
would you welcome me with open arms
or would you say this time you've gone to far

i'm never given up now baby so put that gun down
if everything that dies will come back someday
let's start movin' to the sights and the sounds
Track Name: Bottle Rocket
Bottle Rocket

there's a shadow hangin' over
always tappin' on your shoulders
whispering the sweetest lies
i'm gonna miss you smilin'
laughin' and a cryin'
i never did say goodbye

it's a mystery to me who gets the keys to the kingdom
and who's hands are shakin'

i wish that tomorrow you could wake up
try again to make it
maybe then you'd stay here
and never have to leave us
i'm just bein' selfish
all in this together
help us when we're helpless and carry this on

it's a bottled up rocket
you're lucky if we stop it now
it takes more than you know
there's no rhyme or a reason
you got caught up in a season
steady like the cold wind blows

it's a mystery to me
while i'm still here and you're not breathin'
cause' i shouldn't be

i wish that tomorrow you could wake up
try again to make it
maybe then you'd stay here
and never have to leave us
i'm just bein' selfish
all in this together
help us when we're helpless and carry this on

on and on
on and on
carry this on
carry this on
carry this on
carry this on