inamorata

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Songs by Steven Oltean-Lepp
Recorded by Johnny West
Played and sung by SO-L and JW
with James Oltean-Lepp
(electric guitar and bass on "I Awoke")
and Kaitlyn Kelly
(vocals on "Skipping Stone" and "Forgive Me")

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released February 12, 2014

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Tire Swing Co. Windsor, Ontario

Tire Swing Company is a folk based project led by singer/songwriter Steven Oltean-Lepp. Hailing from Windsor, Ontario, Tire Swing Co. delivers beautifully textured roots music anchored by singer Steven’s unmistakable baritone voice. Sharp lyrics and deep emotional maturity draw in the listener to a familiar world celebrating the comforts and fears of youth through young adulthood. ... more

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Track Name: I Awoke
i awoke restless from a dream
from something that i had seen,
familiar, it was walking away from me
nothing to say
knowing that my chances
fading like your glances
well, it's out of my hands today
and i never cried
it seemed to me unnatural to shed tears for pride
and you, you held my hand
and though my eyes were dry, i could barely stand
i awoke and stayed in bed awhile
waited for a smile to sneak its way onto my face
nothing to hide
i’ve watered all my plants
ironed all my pants
and it’s a beautiful day outside

SO-L: lead and harmony vocals, acoustic guitar
JAMES O-L: electric guitar, bass
JW: harmony vocals, piano, organ, wurlitzer, drums
Track Name: Our Love Was Bound To Die
found myself among the crowd holding to your letter
when i looked up i was alone, standing in the center
arms were raised holding stones, waiting for an answer
one prematurely flew my way and struck me in the temple
when i came to i looked around and found to my surprise
each and every woman had a tear within their eye
arms were raised into fists, staring to the sky
and then i left my body and found that i had learned to fly
and when i flew
the first person i thought of was you
somehow i knew
you’d need an answer
that you’d seek the truth
i came down onto your sill and watched you in your kitchen
the phone began to ring and i stared while you listened
the phone fell to the floor, startling your husband
rushing to your side as your palms began to glisten
he asked you what was wrong
and you said an old friend had died
politely you excused yourself to be alone outside
i stayed beside you for the night but then i had to lie
i whispered in your ear and said our love was bound to die

SO-L: lead vocal, acoustic guitar
JW: harmony vocals, acoustic guitars, piano, bass, drums
Track Name: A Puddle In May
up the stairs to your room
a sweater worn in june
a puddle dried up in may
i could never relate again
the ghosts of you are everywhere
they occupy these empty chairs
the presence of your gentle voice
i know now why i made that choice
i never thought of growing up
things just seemed easy enough
now i see just what it takes
to build a love (life) from my mistakes
up the stairs to your room
a sweater worn in june

SO-L: lead vocal, acoustic guitar
JW: high vocal, acoustic guitars, piano, bass, drums
Track Name: You Held Me By The Ocean
we were running out of money
so we stopped to work for some days
i was up on a ladder
when i first saw your face
you were walking up your driveway
when you stole a glance from me
i thought it only fitting
i was high above the trees
we went out dancing that night
with our new friends
i think we knew for certain
just how the night would end
you held me by the ocean
i held you while in bed
you left for your cottage that morning
i walked back to my tent
as soon as we get paid
we’re filling up and we’re going home
but i’m stopping at your cottage
i just have to let you know
that a glance was all i needed
to place you high above the moon
i fell in love at first sight
and i’ll be back for you soon

SO-L: lead vocal, acoustic guitars
JW: harmony vocals, piano, electric guitars, bass, african drums
Track Name: Pelee Island #1
arrive at noon
sneaking up from the west
this time of year
not looking your best
i can almost feel your first deep breath
summer comes soon
to suckle your breasts
give what you can
please not too much
save strength for winter
if i leave in a hurry with not much said
my cup full, but you an unkept bed
call me back again, call me back again
call me back again, call me back again
my arms, my ears, and my heart will be open
wide open as they should have been
when i snuck up on you

SO-L: lead vocal, acoustic guitar
JW: harmony vocals, piano, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, drums
Track Name: The Maple Tree
underneath the maple tree
the scenery was more alive than it could be
(thanks to the drink)
with you i talked once again
and laughed about the only time that we had shared
(again impaired)
it’s sad to see this reality
i know you could have been more than a memory
(i guess we’ll see)
and all this time
has it been kind?
your eyes seem tired, uninspired
they used to shine
are you really fine?
underneath the willow tree
we mapped the stars and smoked cigars and fell asleep
(on heaven’s sheets)
with you i shared all my cares
and wondered when we’d meet again and how we’d fare
alone out there
and all this time
has it been kind?
you were always thinking
softly sinking into that mind
i was lucky to find

SO-L: lead and background vocals
JW: background vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, piano, bass, drums
Track Name: Dreams Of A Broken Man
eyes weathered from a storm which hasn’t let up in months
pride stripped by a fallen knee act of desperation
but it worked
and now he sits across from me
feeding my curiosity
walk a mile in my shoes
no, i don’t think that’d do
you’d have to walk 300
to understand my point of view
it’s these times and these times only
i wish i was rich
i’d buy you a hotel
and you would run it
and we’d find that widowed woman of your dreams
and your eyes and your smile would once again fit
but for now
twenty dollars and a handshake is all i can do
well, that’s not entirely true
i could give you everything that i had
but where would that leave me?
you know i have to think of these things

SO-L: lead vocal, acoustic guitar
JW: harmony vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, acetone combo organ, bass, drums
Track Name: Killarney (God, You'll Love It Babe)
antique mountains filled with dolomite
snow white clouds for miles
a wild hued sunset the backdrop
silhouettes of windswept pines on the rocks
god, you’d love it babe
god, you’ll love it babe
island scattered in the sea
granite engagement rings at our feet
waves wash onto the shore
birds fly high
not a care in the world
god, you’d love it babe
god, you’ll love it babe
i’m gonna bring you to this place in the summer
we’re gonna paddle here in the daylight
i’m gonna lay you down on your back and kiss you
til i see the silver moon become a gleam in your eye
and you’ll love it babe
and you’ll love it babe
and we’ll love it babe
and we’ll love it babe
god, you’ll love it babe

SO-L: lead vocal, acoustic guitar
JW: background vocals, banjo, piano, bass, drums
Track Name: inamorata
(instrumental)

SO-L: acoustic guitar
JW: banjo, piano, bass
Track Name: Intro-Outro
with every word i’ve said to you
i gave you answers
the truth itself was up to you
so take my hand
but let me tell you what i think's true
my honesty an open door that you see through
i think i’m tired of letting you down
i can’t envision this hallowed love you think you've found
it’s just not there
and time is pushing me
to give you new life by setting you free
i think i’m tired of letting you down

SO-L: lead vocal, acoustic guitar
JW: harmony vocals, piano, electric guitars, bass, drums
Track Name: Pelee Island #2
arrive at noon
sneaking up from the west
this time of year
you're not looking your best
i can almost feel your first deep breath
summer comes quickly to suckle your breasts
give what you can
but not too much
save strength
if i leave in a hurry with not much said
my cup full but you an unkept bed
call me back again, call me back again
call me back again
my arms and ears and heart will be wide
wide open
wide open as they should have been
when i snuck up on you

SO-L: lead vocal, acoustic guitar
JW: harmony vocals, electric guitars, harmonica, bass, drums, shaker
Track Name: Marie, Marie, Quite Contrary
imagination always leads to pain
temptation never gives a second chance
for you i’d throw away my compass
and lay my weary head upon your breast
funny how the tides can quickly turn
funny how your heart can quickly yearn
one look changes her into a bride
one look stumbles you and steals your pride
and when i noticed that you had a light within
just like a moth, there was no escape for me
and so i’m waiting, hoping for good intent
are you a lighthouse or an electric current?
your smile is all i think about each day
every dream i have you invade
i try to brush it off as just a phase
and hope it only lasts a few more days
but intuition tells me you’re the one
and i know we would have so much fun
i’d try to make you laugh constantly
unveiling precious dimples in your cheeks
marie, marie, quite contrary

SO-L: lead and harmony vocals, acoustic guitar
JW: harmony vocals, ukulele, electric guitar, bass, drums, random shaker
Track Name: Skipping Stone
threw a stone into your ocean
and skipped along your surface
hoping you would someday let me in
but as i touched upon you briefly
i felt you pushing me away
yet as i left, i heard a please come again
so i came back in time for you
and touched upon your surface
gently placed a kiss upon your head
but i kept sailing onwards
across your precious ocean
hoping one day you would come to me instead
you always kept your calm
and i could never break your skin
though our kisses lasted longer than before
and i felt us getting closer
as the time between our touching
seemed to narrow with the fading distant shore
just as i hung my head and thought it was in vain
our last kiss met with no resistance
and i sank into your ocean
blissfully without hesitation
knowing it was all worth this instant
but as i fell further down
and the colder it became
panic spread like fire through a home
and i fell into a graveyard
of drowned skipping stones
all of whom you’d left to die alone

SO-L: lead vocal, acoustic guitar
KAITLYN KELLY: harmony vocals
JW: end harmonies, electric guitars, wurlitzer, bass, drums, shaker
Track Name: Tangerine Moon
an open sky where scattered stories lie
it is both origin and destination
tonight it calls as you gently fall
past a reminder of civilization
and with a wink i say goodnight to all of you
sweet dreams with happy themes
underneath the tangerine moon
its flicker so subtle it almost seems natural
keeping company the distant shore
like stage lights on a velvet curtain
like a fancy handle on a fancy bedroom door
and with a wink i say goodnight to all of you
sweet dreams with happy themes
underneath a tangerine moon
this landscape has done so well on its own
dancing to its own historic tune
yet sadly i take comfort in those subtle lights
beneath the fallen tangerine moon
and with a wink i say goodnight to all of you
sweet dreams with happy themes
underneath the tangerine moon
you’ve inspired the inspired
how i love you
sweet dreams with happy themes
underneath the tangerine moon

SO-L: lead vocal, acoustic guitar
JW: harmony vocals, banjo, melodica, bass, african drums
Track Name: Forgive Me
forgive me for the intrusion
i tried to stay away
but the liquor took ahold of me
and brought me here today
it gently pushed away reason
and whispered in my ear
that seeing you would somehow make
this restlessness disappear
forgive me
if there is one memory
of me that makes you smile
please take that picture with you
and leave the rest behind
and forgive me

SO-L: lead vocal, acoustic guitar
KAITLYN KELLY: harmony vocals
JW: acoustic and slide guitar, bass, tambourine, harmony vocals
Track Name: Holding You, Back
pressed myself a coffee
and sat down on the porch
felt the light drizzle of the rain
i’ve wasted a few decades
trading midnight and daybreak
now it’s my favourite part of the day
the morning sun can greet you in only two ways
i never thought twice about its fate
through an open window or discreetly through the blinds
through open arms or a pillow case
i’ve spent my life holding you
holding you back from my morning
i’ve spent my life holding you
holding you back from my morning

SO-L: lead and harmony vocals, acoustic guitars
JW: harmony vocals, piano, electric guitar, bass, drums
Track Name: Sleeping In Basements
as the snow gently falls on the evergreens
so my thoughts drift towards old memories
friends that i’ve known since three legged races
sleeping in basements
i wouldn’t trade places
with anyone claiming that they had it better than me
how could they? honestly.
the snowfall has turned now to a misty rain
more common for june but sad just the same
they couldn’t just keep it together
birds of a feather in the changing weather
it’s a comfort to know that they’ll be back again
how couldn’t they? honestly.

SO-L: lead vocal, acoustic guitar
JW: piano, bass, harmony vocals
the windsor sky: rain