Stop and Go

by Jeff Campbell

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released January 17, 2012

Produced by Jeff Campbell and Charlie Wilson.
All songs written by Jeff.
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Jeff Campbell San Francisco, California

Jeff’s onstage experiences have taken him to coast to coast countless times and found him have found him sharing the stage with John Mayer, members of Counting Crows, Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead and opening for multiplatinum selling band Train.

Winner of Guitar Center's National Singer Songwriter 2 Competition in 2013, Jeff released a 5 song EP w/ 6x Grammy Winning Producer John Shanks
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Track Name: Shut Your Mouth
It's not unreasonable.
We've been on about it now. 
And this goin round in circles is beginning to wear my mind down 
Its not in season no more. We've grown up and gotten out. 
Going back and forth is only gonna move the dirt around. 

All this is, is your new thing done in an old way. 
So say nothing at all if you've got nothing nice to say. 
Oh what you'd do if you had your way. 
But you're finding it harder to do than it is to say.
So you can't shut your mouth.

The wheels are greasable.
So why's it slowing down?
Then there's a backlash and something or other's always on the mend now.
There's a savior coming down.
Whatcha doing Saturday night?
We'll get a good seat for the end of the world.
They tell me if you believe, it's gonna be all right.

It's their new thing done in an old way. 
So say nothing at all if you've got nothing nice to say. 
Oh what you'd do if you had your way. 
But you're finding it harder to do than it is to say.
So you can't shut your mouth.

Some of their movements aren't so graceful.
But man, they sure can say mouthful.
Over said and under done. I guess that's how the war's won.

All this is, is your new thing done in an old way. 
So say nothing at all if you've got nothing nice to say. 
Oh what you'd do if you had your way. 
But you're finding it harder to do than it is to say.
So you can't shut your mouth.
Track Name: Somethin for Nothin
Undo. Undid. Undone. Whatcha gonna do now? 
You broke it, then fixed it w/ duct tape
Now you're parading it around. Yelling so loud. 
Looks like you're drawing a crowd. 

Then you cry like a baby when maybe's not good enough for you. 
Your tall eyes are flowing you a river running deep and wide and blue. 
Whatcha gonna do? And all I ever wanted was you.

It's more like a somethin and less like there's nothing there at all. 
The 4th time was like the 1st one, I still wasn't waiting on your call.
No not at all. 
You're not keeping your eye on the ball.

Then you cry like a baby when maybe's not good enough for you. 
Your tall eyes are flowing you a river running deep and wide and blue. 
Whatcha gonna do? And all I ever wanted was you.

Wrong words at the right time.
This poetry doesn't gotta rhyme.
Why, why, always asking why?

I gave you somethin for nothing to turn it into everything but you
You won't have none, don't want none.
Oh, the standards you have set for you
Whatchu gonna do? All I ever wanted was you 

Then you cry like a baby when maybe's not good enough for you. 
Your tall eyes are flowing you a river running deep and wide and blue. 
Whatcha gonna do? And all I ever wanted was you.
Track Name: Leftside
You're walking around with your feet on the ground, there you go.
Never you mind what's ahead when behind's just all wrong.

Left side of your brain, gonna make you insane, oh no no.
Falling and climbing and falling again, just let go.

You can't find the switch, one for stopping the itch, where'd it go?
Was there one ever there so you don't have to care, never know.

Left side of your brain, gonna make you insane, oh no no.
Falling and climbing and falling again, just let go.

Even where there's silence all the time, how come it's never quiet in your mind?
You'll never write this line 'cause you can't find the right words that rhyme.

Often times, when there's looking there's finding, you know.
And grace is bestowed on the heads of the ones looking for.
If you're feeling regal, well maybe you've earned it, then so…

Falling and climbing and falling again, just let go.
Track Name: 4th Street
Well, suppose I say, that I’m not proud of what I did and I say it out loud…
Then would I find myself out of the little white house I’m living in now?

Cause I could say it, you know, but I won’t.
I could think it, you know, but I don’t.
Now you say you’re not coming out of the house for at least an hour.

And I can’t even say that I blame you
Because I’m 4th street and you’re 5th avenue. It’s true

And who can say, I’m not allowed to drop the ball every once in a while?
But this has gone on farther now than most would say is acceptable

Well I could change it, you know, but I won’t.
I could stop it with all the stop and go
Now you say you’re not coming out of the house for at least an hour

And I can’t even say that I blame you
Because I’m 4th street and you’re 5th avenue.

It's something everyone knows, but won't say.
It's gonna catch up with us one day.

Now you say you’re not coming out of the house for at least an hour

And I can’t even say that I blame you
Because I’m 4th street and you’re 5th avenue
And I think I look grand standing with you.
Because I’m 4th street and you’re 5th avenue. It's true.
Track Name: Southern
Take a second to step out and force an end to this tirade.
I can say that I'm southern from the way that I've headed northbound.
Passed a thought to the something I can say I've wanted for years now.

And this time, I'm right.
My patient disguise that shows you all that I'm right.
But southern from the way I...

Capture moments and try to take a second and make it last so long, it feels like forever's now.
Now that I'm making my memories, you can try to forget just what brought you here.
Give credit where it's due.

And this time, I'm right.
My patient disguise that shows you all that I'm right.
But southern from the way I...

Gonna savor something.
Gonna make something last, just don't know what it is yet.
Gonna wager everything that I can catch your eye.
Track Name: Dollars for Dimes
And I know, I know...
A little bit of something bout getting old. 
The taste smell and touch of it all should mean more 
But I can't sit for too long. I get bored 

And you know, you know...
That I can be a little bit of a handful 
The days my heads always down & my eyes full 
You know to stay down the hall in your room 

The punches come from all sides 
So baby, open your eyes 
Makes you feel all cheated, like you're trading dollars for dimes

And I go, I go...
I go around trying to fill the holes in my soul. 
Telling everyone that can hear what I know. 
Maybe I should be buying what I've sold 

The punches come from all sides 
So baby, open your eyes 
Makes you feel all cheated like you're trading dollars for dimes
Such is life.. Don't let it cut you down to size. 
It's all relative-like. So lay you down and get thru to morning time.
Track Name: It Stopped Raining
You'll get it right 
Once in awhile when all your stars are in the sky
And all aligned like dots above the i's in words like "find" and "realize"  

The wayward ones will make it back
And a home for them will always be waiting 
Just when the clouds are looking black
You'll look outside and see that it stopped raining

It's the sign
Of the times and it's hanging way up high
You read it right. 
It says that everything is gonna be just fine. Makes you smile.

The wayward ones will make it back
And a home for them will always be waiting 
Just when the clouds are looking black
You'll look outside and see that it stopped raining

Oh my love. I've been gone for too long.
It's been hard and I'm scarred but I'm strong.
And I found what I needed was waiting at home for me all along 

The places you put on the map 
Are where you go when everything is changing
Just when the clouds are looking black
You'll look outside and see that it stopped raining
Track Name: Do I Get a Moment
Do I get a moment to decide if its worth it to pack up and just leave it?
The punchline's now the real thing and it looks like the joke's on me.
I'm the last one to have any understanding.

The lies are mounting up. They're rolling off your tongue.
Your days are numbered but you're still rambling on.
And if it goes down like that I'll be so surprised.

Do I get a moment to collect all my thinking before I go off and ruin everything?

I'm tired of all the lite talking around them all the time.
This has all been outta spite.
Now I'm gonna take off my disguise and breathe.

Do I get a moment to decide if its worth it to pack up and just leave it?
Track Name: Laundry Day
Overcome over lies and the lack of good in your goodbyes. 
Too many times you're waking up and the sun's already on the western side. 
All this time you're shaken up and someone says, "it's different this time". 

As plain as the nose on your face is the end of a day 
And one that should be in the rearview as quick as it came. 
Too much is coming out in the wash  and it ain't laundry day. 

Perfect night. Perfect life. Perfect reason for getting all uptight. 
What's a never-been without a "man thats gotta be so very nice"?
And somethings always good for nothing. 
This food for thought is leaving whet appetites 

As plain as the nose on your face is the end of a day 
And one that should be in the rearview as quick as it came. 
Too much is coming out in the wash  and it ain't laundry day. 

Over  my dead body you'll be the one to walk away. 
I'm not the one you figure out
I'm the one in black and white with all the shades of grey. 
And somehow I always knew it was gonna work out this way.                           

As plain as the nose on your face is the end of a day 
And one that should be in the rearview as quick as it came. 
The moment I left, I knew I would always be walking away
Too much is coming out in the wash and it ain't laundry day.
Track Name: Promise
It's worth a thousand words, but never the ones that make it up.
It's your Picture Perfect Promise.
But it's not worth my time cause I've head them spoken & broken enough
To know it's nothing to live for.

You can't sell me on your promise.
No I won't believe a word you say.
Don't waste my time with your promise.
Because they've spoken and they're broken every single day.

After the first time & the second time & the third time & the fourth
What makes you so sure five's the one?
There's not enough numbers to count the times I've nodded my head yes
Only we both knew it was no.
Just had to let it go.

You can't sell me on your promise.
No I won't believe a word you say.
Don't waste my time with your promise.
Because they've spoken and they're broken every single day.