Can't Sit Still

by Jeff Stewart

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The long awaited follow-up to Jeff Stewart's 2006 release, Mix Tape Blues. Can't Sit Still features 5 of the 7 tracks from Mix Tape Blues re-recorded in full band format, as well as, 8 new Jeff Stewart originals.

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released February 21, 2014

Produced by Gregg Leonard
Engineered by Gregg Leonard and Chuck Mauk
Recorded at Big Sky Studio, Ann Arbor, MI and The Happy Hands Club Recording Studio, Perrysburg, OH.

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Jeff Stewart Toledo, Ohio

Jeff Stewart's approach is straight-forward: a man, his guitar, and a wide-eyed look at that crazy thing called love. His tightly crafted original songs paint the picture of a heart, once broken, suddenly surprised by the good fortune of discovering love anew. It’s music for anyone that has ever walked into the sunshine of a new future, however uncertain. ... more

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Track Name: House Of Love
HOUSE OF LOVE

When it's cold outside
It's hard to find your way
You wake up inside
The rhythm of the day
The sun burns in the room
Left the night that left too soon
And it's only the first day of the year

I belong in the house of love I belong in this place
I've been touched by the hands of love
I've been led astray
I've been so down before
But your big hands are keeping me warm
I've been down every road
And through every storm

In the cold embrace
You sweep the chill aside
You can't even run
so why bother to hide
The cold can be so real
It reminds you how you feel
And it's only the first day of the year

She said you gotta hold on
Just a little while
I'm comin' and I need to know you
No control you
I need to show you now
Track Name: Little One
Little One

Hello darling, it’s good to be home,
Spent some time on our own…come in.
How you been? Were your nights as cold?
As my nights were long…come in.

And don’t you go away
Just turn your love away, my way
I’ll show you in.

Come on darling, little one
Come on darling, little one

Hello sunshine, look good in the sky
Shine some light down on me…come in.
Don’t be shy. Just open your arms.
Cause I’m all out of charms…come in.

And don’t you go away
Just turn your love away, my way
I’ll show you in.

Come on darling, little one
Come on darling, little one

Hello darlin’, It’s good to be home
Spent some time on our own…come in.

Come on darling, little one
Come on darling, little one

Hello sunshine, look good in the sky
Shine some light down on me…come in.
Don’t be shy. Just open your arms.
Cause I’m all out of charms…come in.
Track Name: Ride On Tonight
Ride on Tonight

She said let’s take a drive.
It’s midnight look alive
She said hey it’s a good sky
Ride on tonight.

The starlight shine on down.
It’s a zoo here in my home town.
Like a river bends on to the left.
The summer sky is always best.
Ride on tonight.

Ride on tonight in our hometown.
Where it’s safe and sound with you around.
Just give us one more goodnight.
And ride on tonight.

The cats they come and hide
On the porch light from inside
Like a bullet rips on through the night.
My Lola she waits holdin’ tight.
Ride on tonight.

Ain’t it lovely how she shines.
Near my broken heart she’s on my mind.

Ride on tonight in our hometown.
Where it’s safe and sound with you around.
Just give us one more goodnight.
And ride on tonight.

Ride on tonight in our hometown.
Where it’s safe and sound with you around.
Just give us one more goodnight.
And ride on tonight.
Track Name: 40 Dollar Dress
Forty Dollar Dress

There I was next to you
And you wanted it that way
You said don't leave me love
It was the hardest thing to stay
Cause my heart was the breakin' kind
You took my love like a thief
Then you put your arms around me
And whispered so sweet

You may not love me honey
But what a beautiful mess
How I ended up with you
And this forty dollar dress

It's alright, don't you cry
If I walk out that door
Cause I've been heart broken
By a pretty girl before
But I must have been dreamin'
When I looked in your eyes
The stars above they lined up
For me and you tonight

You may not love me honey
But what a beautiful mess
How I ended up with you
And this forty dollar dress

Rescue me, I'm a whole lot like you
It's alright, babe it's just me and you
It ain't like we got anywhere to go anyway
Track Name: Skin Deep
Skin Deep

Here we are it’s middle of the night.
Shivers rise on her neckline
Starting to unwind.
Loosen up I’m comin’ in.
This ain’t about me getting off.
It’s just me I’m looking in your eyes.

Just walk away
Just walk away, but slowly
The less you say
Can mean anything.

Turn the lights down really low.
We don’t see each other any way.
But I can’t let go….Oh no.
Cut me down and watch me bleed.
Push away and pull me in.
My skin is only so deep.
Track Name: I'm Her Man
I’m Her Man

She’s got a thing with pills I can’t understand.
How I ever got to be her man
She’s my lady and I’m her man.

She likes open bars and credit cards.
She always takes things a little too far.
She’s my lady and I’m her man.

I’m her man and I can’t understand it.
It’s not like I planned it.
I’m her man.

She likes the color green and peach ice cream.
I’ve never seen her sleep but I know she dreams.
She’s my lady and I’m her man.

I’m her man and I can’t understand it.
It’s not like I planned it.
I’m her man.

She’s got a certain walk and she certainly talks.
She says what she wants. Man she says a lot.
She’s my lady and I’m her man.

She’s got a thing with pills I can’t understand.
How I ever got to be her man
She’s my lady and I’m her man.

I’m her man and I can’t understand it.
It’s not like I planned it.
I’m her man.
She likes wedding bells and cheap hotels.
What she doesn’t know is I’m her man.
Track Name: Mix Tape Blues
Mix Tape Blues

I thought I knew a lot about love but it let me down
again.
I thought love was a little stronger, does a heartache
ever mend?
I thought love was a little softer, up until the night
I lost her.
Love goes on long after the end.

You're my angel, you're my little wing.
Make me feel ten feet tall, like Tupelo honey,
my sweetest thing.
You're my Allison, you've got roses in your hair.
You're my Josephine, and you're my love song.

Well I turn the station to get away from the same old
song I hear.
Every DJ, every mix tape, every burned cd
is a track I've made with tears.
I like my chances if I change my ways.
I'd like to leave behind the month of May.
Love goes on long after the end.
Track Name: Ain't Comin' Down
Ain’t Comin’ Down

It was a first day of the summer,
On a Sunday afternoon.
We listened to the Jayhawks
To the Andersons we flew.
And we both got pretty high.
It was a perfect sun in a perfect sky.

We drove on down the Maumee
On the river road to town.
Coffees got us goin’
We got every window down.
And she looks me in the eye
She’s gonna let it out, she’s gonna let it fly.

No she ain’t comin’ down.
No she ain’t comin’ down.
She ain’t comin’ down.

The vista by the Harvard Circle
Shows another view.
Amazing how this city
Opens up itself to you.
And I stop to look around
Man, my feet they are barely on the ground.

No I ain’t comin’ down.
No I ain’t comin’ down.
I ain’t comin’ down.

It was a first day of the summer
On a Sunday afternoon.
We listened to the Jayhawks
To the Andersons we flew.
And we both got pretty high.
It was a perfect sun in a perfect sky.

And no we ain’t comin’ down.
No we ain’t comin’ down.
We ain’t comin down.
Track Name: Sleepyhead
Sleepyhead

You better fix your watch cause it says three-o’clock
Ain’t no way we’ve been talkin’ here since midnight.
And I can’t understand why I’m not your man
Dang…It hurts.

You tell me please don’t go. Just stay here til’ four
A candle makes a shadow on your lonely eyes.
And now my love it’s five and I’m too tired to drive
These lonely miles.

She writes I am fragile
With refrigerator magnets
Many more words to choose from
But she picks this sentence fragment.

Oh…what am I gonna do
When you got me all figured out?
You gonna leave me by myself?
And she said…
Oh no, I ain’t thought that far ahead
Now just lay your sleepyhead
And we’ll dream about it in the morning.

Morning comes around and snow lay on the ground
I kiss her on the head and then I slip away.
The cold cuts to the bone like a house
That ain’t a home…wish you were here.

The walls they’re not the same.
Without you I’ve got no name.
The TV light reminds me of your lonely eyes.
And then I get your all
And I feel myself falling again.

She writes I am fragile
With refrigerator magnets
Many more words to choose from
But she picks this sentence fragment.

Oh…what am I gonna do
When you got me all figured out?
You gonna leave me by myself?
And she said…
Oh no, I ain’t thought that far ahead
Now just lay your sleepyhead
And we’ll dream about it in the morning.
Track Name: Can't Sit Still
Can’t Sit Still

I say a prayer for her every night
She get's excited by the constellations in the air
You know she wants to make the scene tonight
She buys a new shirt it's a little bit too tight...right there

I can't sit still
I can't sit down
I only float around

I know she like's the rock and roll machine
She like's the Hip, the Dead, and the techno scene...alright, alright
She wish the party it would never end
And in the morning in the half-light she pretends...a-huh

I can't sit still
I can't sit down
I only float around
I can't pretend
That I’m alright
Just get me through the night

Just one more and I swear I’ll be done
Break it up and put it under your tongue
I'm going to get where I started tonight
Here it comes, here it comes
Alright

I say a prayer for her every night
I watch her sleeping like a baby holds on tight...hang on tight
She dreams of heaven and of falling stars
She falls gently into the arms of the day...for night

I can't sit still
I can't sit down
I only float around
I can't pretend
That I’m alright
Just get me through the night
I can't sit still
I can't sit still
I only float around...alright, alright
Track Name: Morningside
Morning Side

Runaway to me
Runaway down to me

And come on down to the morningside
Come on down to the morningside

Runaway tonight
Runaway this time

And come on down to the morningside
Come on down to the morningside

And don't you know that my love is real?
Don't you know that my love is real.
Real.

Runaway to me
Runaway tonight

And come on down to the morningside
Come on down to the morningside
Track Name: Wilted Roses
Wilted Roses

I can’t control my reasons.
I can’t control my rhymes.
My opinions getting weaker
Cause she is always in my mind.
She makes me feel like jelly
And I’m sure she knows
I’m standing there
She’s holding all my clothes.

She’s got a smile like the sunset.
And her eyes are the sea.
Wanna get right in my boat.
But her strong wind beaches me.
And I can’t stand to sit down.
I can’t stand to fall.
She can build you up
Or make you feel so small.

And she went down like wilted roses.
She went down to the sea.
She went down for the first time.
For the first time…

And in your darkest hour
She can turn out the lights.
She can knock you to the canvas
Or take away your sight.
She can bring you to your knees
And take away your grace.
But you’d give your last breath
Just to see her face.

And she went down like wilted roses.
She went down to the sea.
She went down for the first time.
For the first time…
She gave it all.
Track Name: Most of All
Most of All

First of all, it was the worst of all
The best of all, but most of all
I fell in love with you
Most of all…with you

And through it all, you never said,
You never knew, I’d fall so hard
And then fall into you
I’d fall so hard into you

I’ve turned around, you turned some tricks
It’s such a game to you so pick up sticks
I’ve reached for you, I’ve reached the end
But most of all with you I can’t contend

I wish you’d call, but you dial the phone
When I’m not home
I’m never there, when you said you called
I’m never there when you call

I’ve turned around, you turned some tricks.
It’s such a game to you so pick up sticks
I’ve reached for you, I’ve reached the end
But most of all with you I can’t contend

And now you’re gone like summer rain
Gone down the drain
I guess you must have taken the last train
Must have taken the last train.
Most of all, I miss you most of all
Most of all, I miss you most of all