I Call It Love

I Call It Love

by Alan Lewis Silva

Released 02/29/2016
Lusitone Records
Released 02/29/2016
Lusitone Records
This album has a Christian feel that gives comfort to its love themes. Download the $1 digital album at CDbaby.com
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ALL SONGS WRITTEN BY ALAN LEWIS SILVA
All songs copyright © 2016 by Alan Lewis Silva


1. I Call It Love

Where did the day go?
Good morning, good morning, good morning,
I think to myself
Pretending you were close
But you’re across the city wearin’ armor
Since when did swords become your clothes?

Well, I don’t want to be your hero
You’d build me up to tear me down,
And then all your witnesses
Would run me from this town

But it’s love, they say it’s love
I think it’s love
Can you see?
That it’s love that you handled
A little too carelessly?

Last night I saw the moon
It looked like an ornament of bone
And all the better for me
Filled my mind with every kind of woe
And Oh! stacking bricks,
I ask great things of the Fool
He says that sometimes, if you want to seem kind,
You’ve got to be cruel

Mm hm….

They say it’s love
Love, I call it Love
Can’t you see
That it’s love you handled
A little too carelessly?


2. I Could Take What I Would Gather

I thought I knew you, but I don’t
I thought I knew you
I thought I knew you
Yeah, something happened when the winter broke
Sometimes it’s rainy
Sometimes the summer knows

Yeah, by the edge of a razor,
You had me by the edge a razor,
It makes me want to know you better, love you better

I could take what I would gather

Then it happened to the future,
Where we’re going in the future
In the evernow
You had my name on your chest
Like tattoo or a scar
And when it’s mature, you can pin it to my vest
Take it from your chest,
And I’ll put on mine—

Yeah, by the edge of a razor,
You had me by the edge a razor
There I was
It makes me want to know you better, love you better

I could take what I would gather

Yeah, “Volume” is the answer to the question bein’ posed,
And then the worthless river is dredged by the undertow
Put the air in there,
Thinking about what you did

Yeah, by the edge of a razor,
You had me by the edge a razor,
It makes me want to love you better
Love you better, oh!

I would take what I could gather…

Don’t fool me, my friend, my comrade;
You must show me your eyes
In the chill of the arctic evening,
Holding your hands
Go with me
It will not be so bad

They had me by the razor
By the razor
It makes me want to know you better,
Love you better, u-oh-o-oo

I could take what I would gather

Oh-u-oh-o-oo


3. I Know a Man

Too many people are lost
Too many people are like I am and was
Too many people will be that way because
Of the world being corrupted by the evil ones

I know that there’s a brighter future
For all of us to share
In Heaven

I know that there is somewhere beautiful
From which beauty has come into the world—

I know a man who’s good
I know a man died
I know a man
More than a man
I know a man
Who came back to life

I
Can tell you his name
The only one under Heaven
By which a man can be saved
Including woman—

Jesus Christ is the man
Who is the Son of God
Who came in the flesh
He is
The Holy One of Israel
He is the Lord of Me and
Everyone who is saved


4. I Like the Way You Look

I like the way you look
When you’re readin' your book
I like the way you look
When you’re reading your book
I like the way you look

Ya might have a false leg,
Ya might have no eyebrows
You may be bald
You may be colorblind,
But you take care of me

When I was having a problem up the hill,
You said you gonna kill

I like the way you look
When you have your uniform
I like the way you look
When you’re dressed as a centerfold
I like the way you look

I liked it
When you’re movin’ around;
Or when you’re standing still
When you’re in a town
Or in a field

I like the way you look


5. I Like to Get Paid

Idol,

Drivin’ a truck
Through L.A.,
I do it everyday
I like to get paid


6. I Love Jesus

We
Were in a Chinese restaurant
The news was taking control

Our cousins were in a box
Of olive oil and green salsa

Don’t you know this might be
The next change?
We gotta be ready for

I just want to live my life
And be free
To worship
JESUS

I don’t support World War 3
I don’t like death,
But I love JESUS

In a Spanish town
By the bus stop
I walk past your office,
And I shuddered with shivers

This could be the end,
Or could this
Be the beginning?


7. I Love You

“It’s a song called ‘I Love You’”…

Girl, you’re crazie
I want you
Every single day

Girl, you’re so crazie
It must be
The things you say

You know I love you
Honey,
Let me love you

Girl, you’re so crazie
You tried
To put up a wall

Girl, you’re so crazie
Don’t you know?
It’s got to fall

You know I love you
Darlin’,
Let me love you

Maybe it’s the way you move
Maybe it’s something that I don’t see

Maybe it’s the way you balance
Through the changes gracefully

Girl, you’re crazie
I want you
Every day

Girl, you’re so crazie
In your own
Familiar way

You know I love you
Honey,
Let me love you



Man, you ain’t shit
Why don’t you get away from that microphone,
And I’ll tell the peoples about something

Man, you come home every day
With dirty laundry
You’re so dirty
You don’t even shave

Dear God, I’m not your mother
I’m not gonna do you’re dishes
I’m not gonna do you’re cookin’
Yeah, yeah, yeah
I see you laughing
You don’t want people to hear about how it really is

This man is dirty!
Do not trust him…

You don’t shave
What kind of fool doesn’t shave?
You make me sick!
But-you-know-I-love-you


8. I Missed the Boat

I missed the boat

Because I stopped to smell a rose
They’re sailing to India
This letter is all she wrote

It’s not the end of world
I’ve got other things to do
Like focus on my writing
And keep my time with you

I missed the boat…

But my friends might return
I don’t envy the distance
But I’m glad they waved when I turned

My brother was a poet
But they filled his head with lies
Of their theories of democracy
As they covered up his eyes

I missed the boat..

But it’s all for the best
As one by one they fall
I’ll be learning on my quest

You can’t travel to the truth
Like one would to see Paris
And what you really want
Is to be happy

I missed the boat

But I can still take the next one
I’m not worried about the future
Because I know how to have fun

You just need some good company
A smoke and a guitar
While you live in California
Or in the temple of sun

I missed the boat…

And I’m so glad that I did
I was able to explore
The things I had to keep hid

No longer trying to be an image
Of what they show on T.V.
No longer enslaved by
The birds and the bees

I’m a human. It’s my destiny
To investigate the brotherhood of man
It’s my prerogative to be free
And play my drums on the sand

I don’t have to eat rat bread for breakfast
Because I love a garden
I don’t have to play the tambourine
Because I am my own band

I missed the boat…

But it was leaking anyway

I had no spiritual direction

Even the ghost decayed (La, la, la)

I want to live forever (La, la, la)
Because it’s always now (La, la, la)
I’m the captain of my soul’s direction:

Which way,
Who, what,
When, where, why, and how

I missed the boat…

Or maybe it missed me
I don’t give a damn
About the ladies on board
Even if they’re pretty (ugly)

I would rather have some guts
I would rather be a man
I’m not a convict degredado
And if I was I’d be Camões

I missed the boat

I missed the boat

I missed the boat

I missed the boat

I missed the boat

I missed the boat

I missed the boat


9. I Saw You

When I was only fourteen,
Junk food on my jeans

Opened up the cage where I was livin’,
Jumped inside a dream,
Drank the drink that I was drinking
And diseasin’

I saw you—

I was born
A ramblin’ man,
Twenty-six dollars
In my hands

Saw you in the cracks of the world,
Reachin’ out your hand
I was a-swirlin’,
Another deck hand

I saw you—

I saw you—


10. I Still Know I’m Cool

I still know I’m cool

Even though I don’t take your drugs,
Even though I don’t pick on,
People smaller than me,

Even though I don’t point out mistakes
In public
I still know I’m cool
Even though I work the 9 to 5

And on the weekends play guitar
For my entertainment

I still know I’m cool

Even though I date the wrong people,
Even though I don’t have the words to prove

That I’m better than everyone else,
Even though you think that my clothes
Are out of season,

Even though I’m climbing the hills,
Even though I lack reason

I still know I’m cool

Even though the music I listen to is old,
Even though I like to read books and watch T.V.

That means the rest of you can drool
Because I know that I’m still cool

Even though I write in longhand,
Even though I don’t travel as much
As I can

I still know I’m cool

Even though I got jumped by two thugs
The other night
And I got seven stitches,

I still know I’m cool

I still know I’m cool


11. I Sympathize

Poisoned a well,
And I’m going to hell
Feelin’ sick and unhorrified
With my eyes on a prize
And a fist for the man
That tells me I’ll be satisfied

Well, knock me down, river
You can knock me again
Build me a boat or a plane
You know I’ve been thinkin’
That what we’ve been doin’
Is all just too much the same?

Well, pack the pneumonia
Go to sleep on the floor
In the mornin’ I’ll be fine
It’s no good to be thinkin’
That what you’ve been doin’
Won’t let me sympathize

Take off the chain
And we’ll start a new game
We’ll call it Vanilla Sky

They heard me in Brooklyn,
And they booed me offstage
With no fortune
Or surprise

But the world that I’m livin’ ‘s
Got me beat and unwillin’
To assume a brand new disguise
I saw the Angel of Youth
When they spit on her face
Pretendin’ it was really good luck

And there’s much more to doubt
Than love was ever about
They said, “Boy, you’ve been fucked”

Well, tie me a razor, build me a string
‘Cause I’m building a guillotine,

So I said clap your hands
You know I’m the man
It’s time to get naked now
It’s loved so nice
Like a big bag of ice
And heat’s risin’ up off the ground

I can’t be the same, so I guess I can change
And be lovely as a man in vain
How come you complain
Insane with dumb rage?
You know that’s my middle name


12. I Think I Know You

I think I know you
I think I... own you
I think I believe in you
Think I’ve got a piece of you

God saw me in the morrow
He saw me losing the struggle
God showed me his mercy
And his grace,
And his love
And his judgment on the world from above
He kno-o-o-ws me

I think that I
Have some more time in my life
I think that I can shine a greater light

Jesus,
Meet me
Where I’m cracked and bleeding
To seal me
With your infinite love

I think I know you
I think I know you
I think I can grow in you
So long as I believe

I’ll plant the faith seed
It’s greater than the hay seed


13. I Want to Be Good

She’s got a nose
She kno-o-o-ows how to smell
Don’t let it bite
Don’t let it bite
Don’t let it bite
It’ll leave a mark

You know you’ve got to keep your pictures
In a file
You know you’ve got to wait just a little while
For me
You’ve got to wait for me,
You’ve got to wait for me,
You’ve got to wait for me
Because I’ll wait for you

I wanted to see the sun shine
As the rain was fallin’
I wanted to see the lightening strike
When it was dry outside

When it was dry inside,
It was wet outside
When it was dry outside,
I was crying inside
I was thinking of the answer
I that if I had a few make-believe friends
It might answer all my problems
With a fake solution

But it did
You know it did
You know it did
You know it did

And now I walk in the grey-green countryside
Country feelings I’ve got
I’m thinking of the blues
I’m thinking of what I want
I want beat your prince
I want to make you smile
‘Cause I want to smile myself

I want to be good
I want to be good
I don’t want to be bad
I want to learn how to live in a log cabin
I want to raise goats
I want to have some sheep
I want to cut the cabbage head

I want to trade rather than sell
A hooooooooomestead


14. I Wear a Black Suit

I wear a black suit now,
A white collar, and tie,
With this old kind of thinking,
And I’m drinking down the rye

Well, it’s enough to make you think of San Francisco
When you’re sinking in the snow
And it’s enough to make you feel lonely
When the sun is settin’ low,

And it’s enough to make you want to wonder
What the hell you’re doin’ here
In the backyard lyin’ sun stroked
A lover name upon your ear,

But what can you do?
But what can you do?

I wear a black suit now,
A white collar, and tie,
Oh, with this old kind of thinkin’,
And I’m drinking down the rye

Nothin’ happened
To the old path
That I sealed in my fist

Why do I have to sell my furniture
For a little bit of bliss?

The high water mark has come
And it’s a-drizzlin’ in the rain

Gone like the two-by-four I purchased
To break a golden chain

But what can you do?
But what can you do?

I wear a black suit now
A white collar and tie
With this old kind of thinking
And I’m drinking down the rye


15. I’d Rather Be Free

You chain me
With your love,
Your emotions
Which you tied

To ropes and kinds
Of switches
In the circuitry
Of your eyes

I'm like an eagle that soars
Above the smiling, emerald sea

I'd rather be free
I'd rather be free
I'd rather be free
I'd rather be free
I'd rather be free

Given up
All your spare time,
Getting married
And having no sex,

Do what you want
To get better
Lift the chains
So that you can flex

I'm just a rabbit that's running
Because that's the way I like to be

I'd rather be free
I'd rather be free
I'd rather be free
I'd rather be free
I'd rather be free…

I have seen the signs,
And the message is clear
It has to be this way
To myself
I must be true

I do what I feel
When I please
You can't blame me for this
I'm not much invested,

So you won’t feel me
More than a kiss
Or a feather
That's falling,

A wing that's floating free
I'd rather be free

I'd rather be free
I'd rather be free
I'd rather be free
I'd rather be free…
I'd rather be free


16. Identify the Pain

You say that you’re hurting,
But you don’t know where
Daggers are cuttin’
When you’re comin’ through clear,
And the truth is a shovel
Breakin’ bottles of beer
Open on your conscience,
And you’re not anywhere

Identify the pain
Identify the pain
Do it for me, baby,
So I’ll help you

You’re tremblin’ when you’re walkin’
To the United Nations
Your teeth are fallin’ out
From the planet’s radiation,
And your kids have mutant heads
From the chemicals in your basement,
And you don’t know how,
But love’s an equation

Identify the pain
Identify the pain
Do it for me, baby,
So I’ll help you

Your back aches in the morning
You’re coughin’ up phlegm
The debt collector says
That she’ll be coming back again
The pastor on the TV
Says, “Your life’s in sin,”
And the wires don’t electrocute,
But they sterilize your kids

Identify the pain
Identify the pain
Do it for me, baby,
So that I’ll help you

Your skin is tough,
And you’re growin’ back hair
In places you were known
Now nobody cares
Your old friends hate your guts,
And you can’t cry any tears
‘Cause your wearin’ pancake make-up
Your face looks weird

Identify the pain
Identify the pay-yin
Do it for me, baby, baby,
So that I’ll help you

The puzzles in your thinkin’
Are makin’ you crazy
Without another heartache,
You’ll feel like you’re lazy
Your brother fights,
So you’re runnin’ from the Navy,
And the Big One’s gonna happen
“Any minute,” they’re sayin’

Identify the pain
Identify the pay-ya-ya-yin
Identify
The pay-ya-ya-yin

A fever’s caught your head,
But your brains are ice-cold
The breezes come
When your house of cards folds
The rainy day you’re saving for
Has wiped away your soul,
And you can’t go back home
‘Cause your house has been sold

Identify the pain
Identify the pay-ya-ya-yin
Honey, so that I’ll help you


17. If You Like Me

Well, there’s a place I know
Way down in Jericho
Where the walls freeze
And they cover with ice
Do you remember
When we were there
And we drank the wine?

If you want me
Baby, you can try me,
And if like me, baby,
You can have me

And if you find me there in Mexico
Remember that everything that passes
Goes and so quickly do we run
To the end of a candle

If you want me
Baby, you can try me,
And if like me, baby,
You can have me

And so one day I was fishing in a stream
I hooked a berry on a thread
And I got a girl,
And she was made of silver,
And she scampered

And if you want me
Baby, you can try me,
And if like me, baby,
You can have me



ALL SONGS WRITTEN BY ALAN LEWIS SILVA
All songs copyright © 2016 by Alan Lewis Silva
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