Poolside album liner notes

Kendra Carpenter–Vocals and Cello
Greg Thelen–Vocals, Guitar and Bass
Produced by Greg Thelen and Kendra Carpenter
Recorded at Lin’s Room, Portland OR
Mastered by Gus Elg at Sky Onion, Portland OR
Cover photo and graphic design by Stephen Posegay

Thanks a million to Stephen for your diligence and creative powers–you made it look so good! And to Gus who had the patience, the ears and the gear to make it jump out of the speakers! Thanks to everyone who listened, supported, and inspired us–Frank, Michael, John, Lake, Melody, Verda, Jane, Vance–everybody along the way who liked that solo or lyric and said so…


Letter in My Back Pocket

Letter In My Back Pocket–by Greg Thelen

I’ve got a letter in my back pocket
I think I’ll take a walk outside
I’ve got a letter in my back pocket
I think I’ll take a walk outside
Try to find some peace and quiet
So I can read it one more time

It was cold all night last friday
But my baby’s house was warm
It was cold all night last friday
But my baby’s house was warm
We got closer to the fire
Than I’d ever been before

At 5 o’clock in the morning
I kissed his eyes and drove away
Yeah 5 o’clock in the morning
I kissed his eyes and drove away
All the time my ears were ringin’
With the words he never said

I’ve got a letter in my back pocket
Now I finally know the truth
Got a letter in my back pocket
Yes I finally know the truth
The words he wrote on paper
They just said baby I love you
The words he wrote on paper
They just said baby I love you

Poolside

Poolside–by Greg Thelen

Put a few things together packed up the car
Just a little vacation I’m not goin’ far
Got a new way of walkin’ no promises to keep
I follow each day to the place where I sleep

I used to push through the doorway now I take my sweet time
Sit by the pool in the light of my mind
In the light of my mind
Sit by the pool in the light of my mind

Let the world go by I take this moment for myself
If there’s any thing you want from me try asking it of someone else

Good things are happening – places to go
When people keep asking gotta learn to say no
But don’t think I don’t like you if I can’t make the date
I’m off now to poolside before it gets late
Before it gets late
I’m off now to poolside before it gets late

I take a small vacation any chance I get
I’ll see you at poolside if you want to get wet
If you want to get wet
I’ll see you at poolside if you want to get wet

Kids laughing at poolside
The sun shining bright
I can breathe here at poolside
Living the life

Poolside
Poolside

I’ve Got No Control

I’ve Got No Control –by Greg Thelen

I’ve got no control when it comes to you
I’ve got no control when it comes to you
Every year when the leaves turn green
I want to give you everything
I’ve got no control when it comes to you

When I first saw you there it was all she wrote
When I first saw you there it was all she wrote
I looked you up you looked me down
You smiled and turned my life around
When i first saw you there it was all she wrote

I’d prob’ly rob a bank to set you free
I’d prob’ly rob a bank to set you free
If you were kidnapped by the mob
I’d carve a gun and pull the job
I’d prob’ly rob a bank to set you free

You’re the only one who makes me new
Or turns my life up right the way you always do

You never break my heart when you go away
You never break my heart when you go away
‘Cause even though the miles are long
I feel your love still coming strong
You never break my heart when you go away

And I don’t check the time when we’re alone
I don’t check the time when we’re alone
Let the night turn into day
So I can see you walk that way
I don’t check the time when we’re alone

I’m giving all my best ’cause I love you
I’m giving all my best ’cause love is true
I wrote some words a simple song
To tell you how we both belong
I’m giving all my best ’cause I love you

You’re the only one who makes me new
Or turns my life up right the way you always do

I’ve got no control when it comes to you
I’ve got no control when it comes to you
Every year when the leaves turn green
I want to give you everything
I’ve got no control when it comes to you
I’ve got no control when it comes to you
I’ve got no control when it comes to you

Teach Me Tonight

Teach Me Tonight –lyric by Sammy Kahn

Did you say I’ve got a lot to learn
Well don’t think I’m trying not to learn
Since this is the perfect spot to learn
Teach me tonight

Starting with the ABC’s of it
Right down to the XYZ of it
Help me solve the mystery of it
Teach me tonight

The sky’s a blackboard high above me
If a shooting star goes by
I’ll take that star and write I love you
A thousand times across the sky

One thing isn’t very clear my love
Should the teacher stand so near my love
Graduation’s almost here my love
Teach me tonight

Sweet

Sweet –Greg Thelen

It’s been a good day since the moment you gave me the word
I took a long look at the letter you had the nerve
Show me all you’ve got of this poetry
About the lucky girl that you saw in me
Who dreamed of a blue eyed boy
I think you’re sweet

I remember that stream flowing down the mountain we walked alongside
And the feel of the mossy stones as we spoke of our lives
I think you’re a great personality
You’re the kind of promise that I’d like to keep
Call it anything you want
I think you’re sweet

Sweet
Sweet
Sweet
I finally found a sweet that is good for me

Sometimes a little taste of sugar sure gets me high
But it’s nothin’ next to where I go when you look in my eyes
Lately all I’m thinkin’ ’bout is ¬¬love and peace
And how to be the best friend a girl could be
You call it anything you want
I think you’re sweet
Call it anything you want
I think you’re sweet
Call it anything you want

On Your Way

On Your Way –Greg Thelen

I wrote a bunch of words
But I left them on the page
They wouldn’t do
I tried to catch the wind
With the usual melody
But no – it’s not you

I went to find the stones
The colors and the dreams
You shared with me
Now the curtains are apart
And I see you looking out
To all that will be

And I don’t feel that ready
There’s so much more to say
How can you be so darn steady
Now you’re on your way

And I don’t feel that ready
There’s so much more to say
How can you be so darn steady
Now you’re on your way
Now you’re on your way
On your way

A Little Extra Time

A Little Extra Time –by Greg Thelen

I bought a new guitar
I tuned up the strings
It looked nice and shiny
But it didn’t sing
I bought a new guitar
But i couldn’t make it mine
When it comes to choosin’ guitars
Y’ better take a little extra time

My twenty-first birthday
We drank mountain red
It put me to sleep lord
Yeah I woke up dead
My twenty-first birthday
Heaven sent down a neon sign
When you’re choosin’ wine or guitars
Y’ better take a little extra time

You got the right woman
But I want it all
Way after the party
Still havin’ a ball
You got the right woman
We’re startin’ to hit our prime
Choosin’ women wine or guitars
Y’ better take a little extra time

Took out the old guitar
¬And it sounded good
Been sippin’ on brandy
All mellowed in wood
I’m still the right woman
And lovin’ you oh so fine
Choosin’ women wine or guitars
You’d better take a little extra time
When it comes to women wine or guitars
You’d better take a little extra time

Right or Wrong

Right or wrong –by Greg Thelen

He walked out in the cold of winter
Though he knew it was right when he kissed her
Lips and held her body in his arms
That night she opened up his heart

Aimed his life at being strong and steady
And like his father and his mother already
Knew the kind of girl that makes a home and a family
The way a man needs a wife to be

So many things he’d sworn to give her
If she would only promise now to never
Look that look or ever feel that way
When she heard the music play

They spent their weekend trying to talk it all way through
All she asked was freedom he said what are you tryin’ to prove
It’s one man and one woman ’till death pulls us apart
And she said please will you just trust me
In this matter of my heart

What does it take to make the hardest change
Dig down deep and try to rearrange
The words you know and the things you feel so strong
Sometimes you can’t go right or wrong

What does it take to make the hardest change
Dig down deep and try to rearrange
The words you know and the things you feel so strong
Sometimes you can’t go right or wrong
Don’t try to make it right or wrong

Change

Change –by Greg Thelen

I took a walk into the city
Where the silver towers stand
A woman said that one is insurance
They’re breakin’ down my man
Seven years they took our money
And now that he’s sick it’s a rotten shame
Good god almighty it’s time to believe in change

I bought the biggest lie in slavery
That blacks were less than me
I looked into the fire
And the truth has set me free
For all the stubborn people
Who want to keep everything the same
Good god almighty it’s time to believe in change

You can put life before religion
Or religion before life
But jihadis and crusaders
Better keep your hands off mine
You say the judgement day is coming
I say there’s plenty to do in this place
And good god almighty it’s time to believe in change

Don’t waste time tryin’ to shake me down
Over faith my color or just plain greed
I’ll steal that crime for an old school blues
Breakin’ a rhyme and pointin’ a finger is all I need

I’ve been around enough to notice
What is left and what is right
Sometimes I wind up in the middle
‘Cause it’s where I see the light
We all need loving kindness
And gentle touch can ease the pain
And good god almighty it’s time to believe in change
Good god almighty it’s time to believe in change