Big Fat Love

by Chris LaVancher

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“Big Fat Love” is a collection of songs full of heart from a seasoned and skilled craftsman mining life’s subject matter — home, family, nostalgia, purpose, first kisses and love.

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released February 14, 2018

PRODUCED, ENGINEERED AND MASTERED by Tom Eaton at Universal Noise Storage, Newburyport, MA

FEATURING John Curtis, Joyce Andersen, Paul Kochanski, Sandy Martin, John Sonntag, Tom Eaton, Esther Friedman and Two Tined Fork (Nickie Fuller & Julie Alexander)

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Chris LaVancher Boston, Massachusetts

“LaVancher writes songs that tell stories of love among the ruins. His characters may not be from the highest rungs of society, but their feelings come through loud and clear.” – Darius Rips

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Track Name: Going Back Home
Chorus
Going back home
I think I’m going to leave today
Going back home
And this time I’m bound to stay

Take a walk down Main Street
Where things going real slow
Bet ya twenty dollars
All the people will say hello, say hello

Home is where your thoughts go
When you’re on that lonesome road
Home is where you’re headed
With all the memories that you hold

Chorus
Going back home
I think I’m going to leave today
Going back home
And this time I’m bound to stay

Everybody knows you
They know your mom and dad
Know your aunts and uncles
And all the trouble that you’ve had, that you’ve had

Home is where they love you
And that’s a fact
Home is where they welcome you
And they always take you back

Instrumental

Chorus
Going back home
I think I’m going to leave today
Going back home
And this time I’m bound to stay

I think about that blue-eyed girl
I left so long ago
I wonder if she’s married know
With kids all in a row, in a row

They say you can’t back again
And I suppose they’re right
But in my imagination
I go there every night

You know this is a long road
Been traveling most of my life
I ain’t ever settled down
I ain’t ever took a wife, took a wife

Home is where your heart is
So I’ve been told
Guess I better get me one
Before I get too old
Track Name: Summer Nights
Summer nights
The air’s just right
The stars shine bright
On a black canvas

She sits by his side
Closes her eyes
Anticipating love’s first touch

Summer breeze
Sweet as you please
Knee brushes knee
On a park bench

He catches his breath
Heart pounds in his chest
Urging him on to love’s first kiss

Fireflies, she sighs
As he takes her in his hands
Far away a distant band
Plays These Are The Days

Summer dreams
Ice-cream
Chocolate lips kiss chocolate lips
The sky suddenly lit
With fireworks

Summer nights
The air’s just right
The stars shine bright
On a black canvas
Track Name: Nostalgia
There was a single flashing red light
In the center of my town
Three blocks of businesses
‘Til the Walmart shut ‘em down
But I grew up in better days
When five and dimes were still a thing
Dad worked in the Foundry
Turning metal into springs

Every man could get a job
If he was willing to work hard
Get himself a family
A house, a car, a yard
Kids could play from dawn to dusk
Hide and seek and kick the can
TV was good back then
With Jonny Carson and Ed McMahon

Chorus:
They say you can’t go back again
It’s just your memory of how things were back then
Nostalgia paints a picture bright
But it don’t always get it right

Mom was in the kitchen
Always there for us kids
Kept our house neat and clean
And kept her dreams well hid
Laundry in the morning
Dust and sweep the afternoon
Set the dinner right on time
That’s all she was allowed to do

She told me once, she thought that she
Could make more of her life
More than just a mother
And more than just a wife

Chorus:
They say you can’t go back again
It’s just a memory of how things were back then
Nostalgia paints a picture bright
But it don’t always get it right

Yesterday she voted for a woman president
83 years of holding her truth self-evident
But this country is divided
Things went the other way
Dad voted for the man who’d bring him
Back to those good old days

But my mother she’s a dreamer
She’s not the kind to quit
She’s stepping out to rallies
In a pink hat that she knit

Chorus:
And she won’t go back again
To someone’s fantasy of how things were back then
Nostalgia paints a picture bright
But it don’t always get it right
Track Name: I'll Be By Your Side
You’ve got 21 days of being dry
Looking at a lifetime of one day at a time
I could say that it gets easier
But that’d just be a lie
It’s on you, but I’ll be by your side
It’s on you, but I’ll be by your side

No one ever plans to lose control
Or dig themselves so deep into a hole
I will throw a rope down to you son
You gotta climb it on your own
It’s on you, but I’ll be by your side
It’s on you, but I’ll be by your side

Bridge:
Can’t help thinking it’s my fault
For what I did or didn’t do
Maybe we can start again
And take … these … steps
Side by side

I long for the days when you were young
Just a Band-Aid, a kiss and you were done
And the hardest drug you ever had
Was a comforting thumb
It’s on you, but I’ll be by your side
It’s on you, but I’ll be by your side
Track Name: Sing Your Song
I left a piece of my heart
In North West Arkansas
In the Ozark Mountains
Where the meadowlark calls
Calling this northern boy
To point his car south
Get back to that hollow
Recall what life is about

Chorus
Sing your song
Sing YOUR song
It don’t matter if it’s pretty
Or if it’s too long
Sing your song
Sing it straight from your heart
It’s a great work of art
If you mean it
Sing your song

As we sit in this circle
With old friends and new
We all come with our limits
Some are false, some are true
But together we may find
The courage to try
To write that right lyric
And sing to the sky

Chorus
Sing your song
Sing YOUR song
It don’t matter if it’s pretty
Just sing it out strong
Sing your song
Sing it straight from your heart
It’s a great work of art
If you mean it
Sing your song

This is a sacred space
A place where love shines
It’s my inspiration
When my well has run dry
I give all my thanks
To those who come here
Who share of their spirit
And let go of their fear

Chorus
Sing your song
Sing YOUR song
It don’t matter if it’s pretty
We’ll all sing along
Sing your song
Sing it straight from your heart
It’s a great work of art
If you mean it
Sing your song
Track Name: When You Love Someone
When you love someone
You’ll do anything
You’ll do all the crazy things that you can’t explain
You’ll shoot the moon
Put out the sun
When you love someone

You’ll deny the truth
Believe a lie
There’ll be times that you’ll believe you can really fly
But your lonely nights have just begun
When you love someone

When you love someone
You feel it deep inside
And nothin’ else could ever change your mind
When you want someone
When you need someone
When you love someone

When you love someone
You’ll sacrifice
Give it everything you got
And you won’t think twice
You’d risk it all
No matter what may come
When you love someone

You’ll shoot the moon
Put out the sun
When you love someone
Track Name: Throwing Good Love After Bad
Another night. Another bar stool.
Another man. Another bed.
Another empty, vacant morning.
Another hurt that goes unsaid.

It echoes through her heart and shakes her to her bones
The thought of all the things she’s never had
She ain’t getting’ younger
The yearning never ends
She keeps on throwing good love after bad

Another day. Another dollar.
Another cup. Another plate.
Another nearly empty tip jar.
Another shift that goes so late.

She could’ve been a dancer, but her dreams have all gone dry
And sometimes late at night, it drives her mad.
She’s filling empty spaces
With most any man she can
She keeps on throwing good love after bad.

(bridge)
I’ve been her shoulder
Once or twice I’ve paid her debts
Guess I could love her
If she weren’t such a wreck

(Instrumental)

Another trucker. Another wink of her eye.
Another slice of cherry pie.
Another ache as I watch her flirting
Another predictable good-bye

The days turn into years as I stand behind this grill
And sure as the sun’s gonna rise, she’ll clock in sad
I could take her hand
And be the better man
But I’d be throwing good love after bad.
Track Name: Big Fat Love
I don’t know trigonometry
Don’t know a cosine from isosceles
But I know I love you so.
I don’t know how to sail a boat
Don’t know an aft from a raft that floats
But this I know

Chorus
It’s a big love
It’s a big fat love
It’s the kind of love I thought I’d never have any of.
It’s a true love
It’s a cosmic love
It’s the kind of love that everybody’s been dreaming of.
I don’t know much, but I know that I love you.

I don’t know much about gravity
Don’t know why the world keeps pulling on me
But know I love you so.
I don’t know why the sky is blue
But I’d wrap it up and I’d give it to you
Just to show you.

Chorus
It’s a big love
It’s a big fat love
It’s the kind of love I thought I’d never have any of.
It’s a true love
It’s a sky blue love
It’s the kind of love that everyone’s been dreaming of.
I don’t know much, but I know that I love you.

Bridge
I never thought I’d fall love again.
‘Cause it hurts so much when it comes to an end.
I don’t know much it’s true, but this I do
That I’m so in love with you
And I didn’t have a clue
That I could love again like I love you

Instrumental

Chorus
It’s a big love
It’s a big fat love
It’s the kind of love I thought I’d never have any of.
It’s a true love
It’s a don’t know what to do love
It’s the kind of love that everyone’s been dreaming of.
I don’t know much, but I know that I love you.
Track Name: My Kind Of Girl
I knew it from the start
She would be my bride.
I could see it so
Clearly in her eyes
From the first date
When she ordered a great big hamburger
Instead of a salad

She wakes up early
She loves a sunny day
Writes her morning pages
She lives the Artist’s Way
And sometimes
When I’m lying in our bed
I can hear her write a song

CHORUS
She’s my kind of girl
My kind of girl
My kind of girl
My kind of girl

When the world is cruel and crazy
She opens up her heart thinks maybe
She can make a difference
And I know she will

The way her face lights up
When she sees a dog
She has to say hello
Gets down on her knees
And has a conversation
And maybe a kiss or five

CHORUS
She’s my kind of girl
My kind of girl
My kind of girl
My kind of girl

At the setting of the day
She sees her father who’s passed away
Sees him in the beauty
And she says Hello

CHORUS
She’s my kind of girl
[instrumental]

When the day is done
And we take ourselves to bed
She says “I’m comin’ over”
And she lays down her head
On my chest
And it feels like home

CHORUS
She’s my kind of girl
My kind of girl
My kind of girl
My kind of girl
Track Name: This Is My Vow
This is my vow to you.
This is my vow to you.
To have and hold through joy and pain
To sing love songs with sweet refrains
And I promise each and every day to love and cherish you.

This is my vow to you.
This is my vow to you.
Thru sickness and health, thru laughter and tears
I pledge to you, all of my years
And I promise each and every day to love and cherish you.

Bridge:
We stand here before the ones we love
Family and friends and God above
We pledge our lives together
Our hearts are full and now they beat as one.

This is my vow to you.
This is my vow to you.
Through rich times and poor times, struggles and strife
We’ll face whatever comes as husband and wife
And I promise each and every day to love and cherish you.
To love and cherish you.
Track Name: Stay Awake My Love
Chorus
Stay awake my love
The night is young my love
We’ll waltz the moon
Over the hill
And raise a glass to the sun

I know you’re sleepy
It’s been a long hard day
The stars are calling
I hope that you’ll stay
Awake

Chorus
Stay awake my love
The night is young my love
We’ll waltz the moon
Over the hill
And raise a glass to the sun

Fireflies
Moonlit Skies
A warm breeze in the air
I look at you
And marvel at
The life we share
Together

Instrumental

Chorus
Stay awake my love
The night is young my love
We’ll waltz the moon
Over the hill
And raise a glass to the sun
We’ll waltz the moon
Over the hill
And raise a glass to the sun

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