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The debut CD from Acoustic Kitty Project

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released 07 December 2013

Carter Lansing - Guitars, vocals, harmonica, autoharp, bass & percussion
Bill Matlack, Jr. - Drums
Dan DeChellis - Keys
Mike Carr - additional guitars & mandolin
Rebecca Altmann - backing vocals
Produced by Mike Carr & Carter Lansing
Recorded and mixed at Holland Studios.
Mastered at Dan's House Studio.
Photographs by Adam Atkinson
CD design by Carter Lansing

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Acoustic Kitty Project Easton, Pennsylvania

Acoustic Kitty Project takes its name from a failed CIA experiment to implant listening devices in stray cats. And like its namesake, this is an ill advised and expensive project. But, we do it anyway.

Soulful acoustic music with heartfelt lyrics about love, loss, sweetness and sorrow.
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Track Name: Similes in G
Like a fix to a junkie, like a john to a whore, like a bum to a box, like a punk to a liquor store, I'm into you.
Like flesh to a bite, like a razor to a stone, like a thief to the night, like a person all alone, I want you.
Like a candy to a babe, like a cop to a gun, like dancing to a rave, like a man on the run, I need you.
Like a junkie to a fix, like a hooker to her lips, like a beating to a cop, like a man who just can't stop, I love you.
Track Name: One Thing
Walk me up the mountain. Stroll me by the sea.
Float me down the river, baby. The only place I want to go is anywhere you're gonna be.

Lookin' out on Frenchman Bay, you know that sunset sure looked fine. The only thing looking better was the look in your eye.

I only know this One Thing. I only know One Thing to be true.
I only know this One Thing, Baby I love you.

Let's go up the North Beach where those wild horses roam.
Anyplace we lay our heads feels like home. I'm coming home.

I only know this One Thing. I only know One Thing to be true.
I only know this One Thing, Baby I love you.
Track Name: 'Shine
Blue eyes, red wine
All our dreams are coming true.
Firefly in the night sky
lightin' up for me and you.

And I'm gonna love you like nobody ever loved you
with this crazy heart of mine.
And I'lm gonna love you like nobody ever loved you
and our love will turn the rain to 'shine.

River wild, mountain side
let it be a life long serenade.
When you smile, my bride,
I see everything we've made.

And I'm gonna love you like nobody ever loved you
with this crazy heart of mine.
And I'lm gonna love you like nobody ever loved you
and our love will turn the rain to 'shine.
Track Name: Full Disclosure
Tell me again how much you love me.
Tell me again how much you care.
Tell me one more time how you hate to break my heart.
Tell me once again, "It's not fair".

I love to watch the way you justify
every little consequence you cause.
Such an elaborate dance around the words
just so you don't have to pay the cost.

Tell me everything. I'll take it.
Hang me from a string. I'll make it
through the pain somehow.
Baby, somehow.

When you were broken, I was your nightingale.
When you were scared, I held you tight.
When you were leaving, I left an open door.
I always made everything alright.

But you've got this way that keeps you all alone.
Baby, Jericho got nothin' on you.
Now you tell me everything is falling down
and there was never a God damned thing I could do.

Tell me everything. I'll take it.
Hang me from a string. I'll make it
through the pain somehow.
Baby, somehow.

Tell me everything. I'll take it.
Hang me from a string. I'll make it
through the pain. I will rise again
from the ashes, spread my wings and fly.
This song is just to say goodbye.
Track Name: Paisley & Lace
She came to me in paisley and lace and the candles lit the room.
The light that flickered on her face made her skin white as the moon.
Mandolins played, fiddles wailed. I should have seen the signs.
But I forgot my past and my heart sailed. I must have lost my mind.

Nothing else can hold me but the highway and the sky
and they occasional good time
and the sad eyed morning smile of a woman in blue
and the things I see in you.

The night time came and left me.
The morning rose with a scowl.
But the birds are nestled all snug in their trees
and the dogs are gonna howl.

Those are found who once were lost,
but nothing stays the same.
Except the paisley and the lace
that draped her when she came to me.

And everything is beautiful. Or so I have been told
for all the beautiful people. But it can all be sold
for a woman in blue
and the things I see in you.

When I lie awake at night, horny and strung out
and my bones they ache for a fight
and my soul just wants to shout
I drift off to the night

She came to me in paisley and lace
and the candles burned and flickered on her face
my woman in blue
who reminded me of you.
Track Name: Porn Star Moustache
I wish I had me a Porn Star Moustache
big and bushy underneath my nose.

I want to take you up to my farmland
get you dirty just to see what grows.

I wanna love you like a traffic jam baby
long and slow at the end of the day.

I wanna love you like a broken freezer
turn you on watch you melt away.

I want to make you the queen of my castle
I wanna give you the key to my heart
it don't need to be a great big hassle
just promise me that we'll never part.
Track Name: So Long
I listen to every car that comes down the road
hoping that it's bringing you home.
I hear your voice whispered on the wind
saying that you're sorry again.

My heart just wails like an old mountain song.
I never knew that the night could be so long.

Every creak in this old house is your footstep.
Every crack is your key in the door.
Every drip from the sink is another tear I cry
knowin' I won't see you anymore.

Till the morning came and you were still gone
I never knew that the night could be so long.

I guess there were plenty of things I never knew.
Including how to hold on to you.

The silence screams in your darkest dreams.
Until you're drowning in it baby, you haven't got a clue.

Well it's 3 am and I drank the last beer
filled up the ashtray three times.
And I'm waitin' for a phone call that's never gonna come.
Maybe someday I'll stop cry in

But until that day my heart just wails like an old Hank Williams song.
I never knew that the night could be so long.

Till the morning came and you were still gone
I never knew that the night could be so long.
Track Name: No One Rides for Free
daddy drinks a fifth of poison every single day
some things in this world you just can't kill.
momma cries herself to sleep. it's always been that way.
she thinks it always will.

i left home when I was 22
for the love of a green-eyed girl.
no idea what we were gonna do
two of us against the world.

And Life don't give a good Goddamn about your dreams.
you only learn nothing is what it seems.
If you're looking for love or digging for gold
the only rule on the road:

No One Rides for Free.

The green-eyed girl she left me for an illusion
sometimes you just can't tell.
so I lift that poison to my lips to calm the confusion.
After all, it's just as well.

if I could sleep at all I'd dream of runnin' away.
hear there's work down South if you got skill.
But I'll wake up tomorrow and face another day
after all there's some things in this world you just can't kill

And Life don't give a good Goddamn about your dreams
you only learn nothing is what it seems.
if you're lookin for love or digging for gold
the only rule on the road:

No One Rides for Free.
Track Name: Stainless Steel Heart
I am a man of passion
I'm a man of words
I'm a man of conscience
I'll say the sweetest things you ever heard

I'm a man of mystery
I'm a man of soul
I'm a man with a past
Got the sweetest kisses you ever stole

Love me if you can
Leave me if you must
I can shed a few tears for a thousand years
but this stainless steel heart won't rust.

I'm a man of adventure
I'm a man of skill
I'm a man at peace
with a spirit that nothin' can kill

I'm a man of chaos
I'm a man of attitude
I'm a man of contradictions
but I contain multitudes

Love me if you can
Leave me if you must
I can shed a few tears for a thousand years
but this stainless steel heart won't rust.

I'm a man of velvet
I am a man of chains
I'm a man of the cold North wind
I got Desire like a run away train.

I'm a man of laughter
I'm a man of song
I'm a man of the Darkness
I'll hold you when the nights are long.

I'm a man of passion
I'm a man with some soul
I'm a man with a past
Got the sweetest kisses you ever stole.

Love me if you can
Leave me if you must
I can shed a few tears for a thousand years
but this stainless steel heart won't rust.
Yes I can shed a few tears for a thousand years
but this stainless steel heart won't rust.
Track Name: That Girl
Can anybody tell me where that girl done gone?
Can anybody tell me where that girl done gone?
Thought I saw her walking down on Main Street
with that pink dress on.

She used to wear it special for me. Now I'm out of her mind.
She used to wear it special for me. Now I'm out of her mind.
Can anybody tell me why I can't leave her behind?

Maybe we married too young. That's what her Momma said.
Maybe we married just a little too young. That's what her Momma said.
but if I would have listened to her, right now I'd surely be dead.

If you see her around, tell her I'm doing fine.
if you see her around town drinkin' and havin' fun
tell her I'm tell her I'm tell her I'm doin' fine.
Tell her I could never let her go cause she was never mine.

Can anybody tell me where that girl done gone?
can anybody tell me where that girl done gone?
Thought I saw her walking down on Main Street
with that pink dress on.
Track Name: Eden
The Bible says it all went down
in the Garden of Eden.
Life was sweet and the water pure
They had no thoughts of leavin'.

Then one day, Temptation crawled in
dressed up like a Serpent.
A few minutes later they had their fill
since then nothings ever been certain.

I know we're gonna get back to that place someday.
No more in Darkness shall we roam.
If we can bring a little Light along the way
we'll find a place we can call home.

They tried so hard to hide their Shame
skies began to darken.
The Serpent was cursed to crawl in the dirt.
The Man was cursed with workin'.

The Woman got saddled with a life of pain
for that talk with The Devil
And ever since then we've been out of our heads
with the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

I know we're gonna get back to that place someday
no more in Darkness shall we roam.
If we can bring a little Light along the way
we'll find a place we can call home.

The Bible says it all went down
in the garden of Eden.
Life was sweet and the water pure
they had no thoughts of leavin'.