Philip

by lewis knudsen

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released May 25, 2017

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lewis knudsen Rock Island, Illinois

Lewis Knudsen is a mixed-genre, multi-instrumentalist songwriter based in Rock Island, IL (Quad Cities).

In 2018 Lewis wrote and released a new song each week, while touring regionally in the midwest, and is currently working on plans for a new album in 2020
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Track Name: All My Sins
["alright, tape's rollin'] - Pat Stolley

all my sins they cause me so much trouble
all my sins they cause me so much pain
all my sins they cause me so much trouble
got me wishin' that I had it to do over again
got me wishin' that I had it to do over again

all my sins they cost me so much money
all my sins they cost me no small change
all my sins they cost me so much money
got me thinkin' that I'm never getting out of debt again

I'm just a poor sinner who needs some grace
I'm just a poor sinner who needs some grace
I put myself in a high high place
came tumblin' to the ground and now I have to say
I'm just a poor sinner who needs some grace

lord have mercy on the ones
who never been to prison for their sins
lord have mercy on the ones
who never been to prison for their sins
They're the only ones who got no idea
what kinda trouble that they're in
so lord have mercy on the ones
who never been to prison for their sins

all my sins they cause me so much trouble
all my sins they cause me so much pain
all my sins they cost me so much money
the economy just might start to recover again
Track Name: Slow Lane
I used to really want to be a big star on tv
well that did not work out obviously
I've made up my mind I'm not gonna even try
if I'm not racing then you can't say you beat me

I'd just as soon stay in the slow lane
50 in a 65
gonna stay in the slow lane
here I can survive
gonna stay in the slow lane, slow lane
and enjoy my time

these days by 3 I'm feeling
so much lethargy I just want to
stay at home and watch tv
I see no silver lining
in winning second place
so I withdraw my name
in order to save face

I'd just as soon stay in the slow lane
50 in a 65
gonna stay in the slow lane
here I can survive
gonna stay in the slow lane, slow lane
and enjoy my time

Angels shall catch you
you won't strike your foot against a stone, no
Angels shall catch you
you won't strike your foot against a stone, no

I don't care to state my views
there are too many sides
unproven manuscripts
and blind, blind guides
I have no opinion
my own personal decree
is that everyone in the world must agree
that no one knows for sure
just like me, just like me, just like me, just like me

in the slow lane
50 in a 65
gonna stay in the slow lane
it's enough to survive
gonna stay in the slow lane, slow lane
and enjoy my time
Track Name: Be in the Time
I want the sunrise before the sun
the finish line before the run
paycheck before I'm done
cause I always jump the gun

I want the horse before the cart
I want the beat before the heart
the prize before I've won
cause I always jump the gun

be in the time that you are
be in the time that you are
you may feel like
you're not getting that far
but you are
Track Name: Home of the Brave
well you hear the crickets chirping
but that old temptation's lurking oh you
really should be working cause there's
much more to be done

I don't know how you make it
when you smile do you fake it oh how
are we going to make it in the
land of the free

the wolf howls at the moon as grandpa
sucks the silver off the spoon and
gives all his fake teeth to you saying
try to live the dream
of life and liberty
where I devour you
before you have the chance
to devour me

The Irish immigrant worked 16 hours a day
unthinkable conditions for an unlivable wage
he said I just want my children to have a
better life than I had

His son was a clerk at a grocery story
the owners treated him well but could've paid him more
he said I just want my children to have a better
life than I had

his son was a contractor and with
hard work and some luck became very successful
but he still said I want my children to have a
better life than I had

his son went to college and drank a lot of beer
did a lot of drugs and struggled with
depression and took his own life at age 25
and we were all so confused cause he had
everything his fathers had hoped for
like life and liberty
where I devour you
before you have the chance
to devour me

so how on earth then shall we cope
is there one good thing to hold our hope
oh my you gave us too much rope
in the land of the free
of life and liberty
where I devour you
before you have the chance
to devour me
devour me
Track Name: Color & Warmth
["alright tapes rollin'"] - Pat

oh how these curtains soften the light
the reds and oranges offset the white
the dark purple wind that blows through the window at night

oh oh oh
oh oh oh
oh how this cold world needs some color and warmth

watching graffiti while I wait for the train
spilling coffee from a cup with a handwritten name
breaking my new white shirt with a stain

oh oh oh
oh oh oh
oh how this cold world needs some things that are not the same

when will I find that house
with the back patio and the wood burning stove
for my old old soul, for my old soul

oh oh oh
oh oh oh
oh how this cold world needs some color and warmth
Track Name: Heaven On Earth
Someone vandalized my car and I don't care and I don't care
why don't I care?
My fridge is totally out of beer and I don't care and I don't care
why don't I care

I found heaven on earth
and it's you, you
I found heaven on earth
and it's you, you, you

someone bulldozed my '52 chevy into a rock wall yesterday
but I don't care
why don't I care

they shot it full of holes
and set it on fire
someone must really hate me out there
why don't I care?

the only thing I can figure

I found heaven on earth
and it's you, you
I found heaven on earth
and it's you, you

fixing my car, paying my bills, going to the store, filling up with gas
I wanna be with you

I found heaven on earth
and it's you, you
I found heaven on earth
and it's you, you
Track Name: Home Is Where
So where exactly is home for you 
for me it's been this pair of shoes 
and this house is always a place to start 
but I wouldn't say that it contains my heart 

It's really just a place to sleep 
with clothes to wear and food to eat 
and a chair to sit and stare at the wall 
but it's no place to hang my hat at all 

The horizon holds my heart 
and I'm chasing it apart 
the signs say I've got quite a long way to go 
And I - I - I - still can't find my home

So keep the schemes and keep the scams 
I've got my own investment plans 
to keep up the chase and work my
fingers to the bone 
I'm off the map and it's my home 

The horizon holds my heart 
and I'm chasing it apart 
the signs say I've got quite a long way to go
And I - I - I - still can't find my home

The horizon holds my heart 
and I'm chasing it apart
the signs say twenty-five thousand miles to go
And I - I - I - still can't find my
I - I - I - still can't find my
I - I - I - still can't find
my home
Track Name: Music Is the Only Drug I Need
talk to your doctor about all the pills you take
trade your headaches
for mental earthquakes

possible side-effects may include
endless crying
or even dying

music is the only drug I need
music is the only drug I need
music is the only drug I need

before I die, to ease the pain
they'll try to sedate me
promise you won't let them near me

Let me suffer, let me say what I have to say
freedom spirit
can you hear it

music is the only drug I need
music is the only drug I need
music is the only drug I need


what if the treatment has been making you sicker
what if doctor has been telling you lies
what if the very thing they tell you to avoid
is the very thing that's keeping you alive?
what if the side effects are real
and the actors are all fake
now, wouldn't that just be icing on the cake?

what if blood pressure medicine
reminds you every day
about your high blood pressure
and how it never goes away
and what if, just from the stress of that alone
you have a heart attack one day?

what if you die from your hospital visits
in a shocking and ironic twist of fate?
oh well now, wouldn't that just be the icing on the cake?


music is the only drug I need
music is the only drug I need
music is the only drug I need
music is the only drug I need
music is the only drug I need
music is the only drug I need
Track Name: Keep Up the Fight
there are all kinds of different people
and each one wants to be understood
there are all kinds of different people
and they all live in your neighborhood

o Lord involve me with peace and healing
not death and destruction as is so often my way
I know that God will bring salvation
to this broken down old house
in His own way

we gotta encourage each other to do right
or else we're gonna do wrong
we gotta encourage each other
to not give up the fight
though the battle is long

well I keep driving past broken down cars
thinking someone else is gonna help them soon
and I keep driving past broken down souls
thinking there's nothing I can really do

well I cannot go on like this
In every room I see
either someone whose help I need
or somebody who needs some help from me
well it's not very safe
and I make all these embarrassing mistakes
but I will do my very best
If you could please show me some grace

we gotta encourage each other to do right
or else we're gonna do wrong
we gotta encourage each other
to not give up the fight
though the battle is long

so I've done wrong to you,
and you've done wrong to me, oh but
who will be the first to cross the line

who will be the first / who will be the first
oh let me be the first to cross the line

we gotta encourage each other to do right
or else we're gonna do wrong
we gotta encourage each other
to not give up the fight
though the battle is long
Track Name: Jesus & Mary
well it feels like you're Adam and it feels like I'm Eve

I eat forbidden fruit and you jump in after me

we wait for salvation for what seems like e ter - ni - ty

Oh it just seems like you're Adam and it feels like I'm Eve

And when I run away

or

when I spend the day you have

always been the only one

who knows what I need


Well it feels like you're Jesus and I'm Mary Magdalene

Ooh you're the level-headed one

I'm the one who makes a scene

you love everybody I always charge a fee

Oh It just seems like you're Jesus and I'm Mary Magdalene



And when I run away

or

when I spend the day you have

always been the only one

who knows what I need

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