Big Fat Love

by Chris LaVancher

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1.
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
2.
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
3.
Nostalgia 04:50
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
4.
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
5.
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
6.
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
7.
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.
8.
Big Fat Love 02:56
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.
9.
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
10.
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.
11.
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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“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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