“the good me” credits

released October 2002 
produced by matt goldman and scott kauffmann 

engineered, mixed, and mastered by matt goldman at glow in the dark studios, atlanta ga

scott kauffmann: vocals, acoustic guitar 
kenny hutson: acoustic guitar, parlor guitar, electric guitar, pedal steel, lap steel, mandolin, dobro 
troy stains: acoustic guitar, electric guitar 
danny stephens: organ 
alex peterson: bass, electric guitar, vocals 
matt goldman: drums, percussion, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals 
lydia peterson, angie booker, michael johnston, terri evans: vocals 
mike thompson: e-bow electric guitar, keyboards 

all songs by scott kauffmann © 2002

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“make it beautiful” credits

produced by scott kauffmann, brian t. murphy, and alex foote

guitars: brad lyons, alex foote, rob ritchie
piano, keyboards, accordion, glockenspiel: BTM
bass: brad lyons, ben mars
drums: mason ingram
vocals: scott kauffmann, melanie penn, joely pittman layton, BTM, brad lyons

recorded in NYC and vermont in 2010 and 2013
engineered by BTM
mixed and mastered by mike thompson

additional engineering by chip fabrizi and alex foote
additional mixing by oscar zambrano

all songs by scott kauffmann except “the speed of light” (julie miller) / “river of love” (t-bone burnett)
copyright © 2014 by scott kauffmann

thanks to BTM, alex, mike, mel, and all the players for musical mentoring
marten and val hoekstra, and sam shammas, for generous encouragement
eric reed for musical friendship and support
john henderson and esther baird for being the ones who always really listened
brooke and como for hospitality and feasting
shifra, evan, and amelia for making me want to be a better man

design by jason locy, photography by tim cox

buy at noisetrade and bandcamp

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the speed of light / river of love

time and space are relative
einstein said back when he lived

the only thing that doesn’t change
makes everything else rearrange
is the speed of light, it’s the speed of light
your love for me must be the speed of light

the man in the moon said the earth was blue
you don’t have to leave to know that’s true

i had to run before i knew how to crawl
the first step was hard but i’ve had trouble with them all
but now the night grows darker and the day grows dim
and i know i never will see you again
and i almost made you happy

there’s a river of love that runs through all times
but there’s a river of fire that burns with no light
the flame is the pain of dreams gone up in smoke
from the lies we deny and we breathe until we choke
but there’s a river of love that runs through all times

“the speed of light” was written by julie miller and appears on her record “broken things.” 

“river of love” was written by t-bone burnett and appears on his self-titled record. sam phillips’s version appears on “the turning.” 

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my war for you

my love for you is an act of war
a lights-out struggle on a trap door
you can call me a friend or your enemy
but i will never go quietly

it’s all i have even when it’s not enough
my war for you is an act of love

we’re a work of art, we’re an act of will
we’re a shooting star and a poison pill
you’re the life support, you’re the heart attack
you’re two steps forward and free fall back

i will fight for you
till you turn around
i will win you
i will bring you back
when you run aground

i never lie down with hope to spare
but come tomorrow it’s always there
come tomorrow it’s always there

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gravity loses

when the call comes in the lights go out
we’re back inside this hurricane
tomorrow won’t go down without a fight
tonight is all that’s left out here on memory lane

what would it take for you to believe
i’m on your side, on your side
this runaway train is locked from the inside
i go along whenever you’re the one tragedy chooses
i’ll be holding on
i’ll be standing strong till gravity loses

you pass those nights when sleep won’t come
so you stand up and shoot out the light
feels like Jesus can’t bleed fast enough to keep the pace
and it’s one too many chutes and no more ladders in the night

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you in you

chanel and cigarettes
a baby aspirin moon
hanging on above
our perfect thought balloon
but we’re not what we were
cause you’re not who you are
this may be your flame
but it’s everybody’s scar

and i know you believe you’ve got nobody else to be
maybe i believe it too
but then in a trick of the light i see
a little bit of you in you
and me in me

you’re the one i love
you’re the warmest snow that ever fell
but when i look at you
i see you buried under a spell
you’re the only one
you’ve never made to cry
ask me if i’ve given up
and i’ll say every night; i do every night

and now we’re surrounded
on the battleground
love will conquer all
losing every round

and i know you believe you’ve got nobody else to be
maybe i believe it’s true
one day when i need no light i will see
every bit of you in you
and me in me

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new year’s day

it’s new year’s day
little lonelier than yesterday
little tougher than the movies say
that’s ok
it’s a new square one
and now we’re tilting back toward the sun
but winter cannot be outrun
till it’s done
so it’s gonna get colder

good news grows in the telling
or it fades away
i’m telling this story to you
so we can make a better one someday

ghosts overhead
we were taught to never leave behind our dead
we learned to live between the words misread
and unsaid
but life is made of second acts
no overtures or fade-to-blacks
we put these burdens on each other’s backs
so let’s relax
and help each other lay them down

the only way out of winner takes all
is we all promise never to win
now we both know who we’ve been
two villains two heroes
two absolute zeroes
two fighters two leavers
two untrue believers
too strong to get out
and too tired to stay all the way in

victory is semisweet
so many nights awake in full defeat
too many memories i can’t repeat
and can’t delete
so no more empty threats
we outlived the romeos and juliets
forever making new regrets
but love forgets
and the first two words are the hardest

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