the shoestring EP

by Levi Tucker

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As the name implies, this short collection of songs was recorded in a simple, humble way in simple, humble places. Each song was recorded on a single microphone, in one continuous take in an attempt to capture the truest version possible. The result of this is four songs that are the most honest and poignant retelling of the emotions from which they were created.

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released August 21, 2019

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Levi Tucker Jacksonville, Illinois

Levi Tucker is a singer and songwriter in Jacksonville, Illinois. His music is a simple, lyrical look at the people and places of the Midwest. Influenced by songwriters like John Prine, Guy Clark, Norah Jones and Todd Snider, Levi crafts soulful songs that touch most corners of the broad genre of Americana. ... more

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Track Name: Way Down In The Ground
I hate to see that yellow sun rise
Thought I’d forever closed my eyes
And I hate to see another day shine bright
Oh give me cold, dark, peaceful night

Put me way down in the ground
My soul is tired my heart is sore
I can’t climb this mountain anymore
So put me way down in the ground

Met a man who sold his soul
Didn’t have a dollar for the toll
And when he paid his fare for the boat ride there
He found the river was dry and bare

Penny knitted socks for all the men
Sold them at the roadside inn
Keeps them warm in their feet and warm in the sheets
Stays cold to everyone she meets

When that red sun sinks behind the hill
And the world is laying still
I’ll be up til the dawn digging six feet down
Gonna lay myself in the ground
Track Name: Not In Love With You
Another night with the sheets only wrinkled on my side
Another morning with an extra pillow covering my eyes
Waking up too early ‘cause there’s nothing else to do
When you’re sleeping by yourself on a mattress made for two

It’s been three hundred twenty days
And I’m still trying to think up ways
Of how the hell I’m supposed to get over you
The getting better that they talk about
As far as I can figure out
Won’t happen while I’m still in love with you


Another pot of coffee cold and thrown out down the sink
Another sunset I can’t talk about and ask you what you think
Walking streetside down the sidewalk with nobody else
It’s the little things seem silly when you do them by yourself

It’s been six hundred twenty days
And I’m still trying to think up ways
Of how the hell I’m supposed to get over you
The getting better that they talk about
As far as I can figure out
Won’t happen ‘til I’m not in love with you

Another book I never had the time to read before
Another picture tossed that doesn’t make me cry no more
Sitting staring out the window while a storm blows in
It’s the simple kind of lonesome that I’m finding myself in

It’s been don’t know how many days
And I’m done trying to think up ways
I think I’ve finally gotten the hell over you
The getting better that they talk about
As far as I can figure out
Won’t happen but at least I’m not in love with you
Track Name: Just One
There’s no denying I was looking for trouble
Up to no good getting drunker than a puddle
You knew I would’ve done anything, all you had to do was ask
I knew I should have stopped but you handed me that glass

I said I’ll have just one I might be a little crazy
But it could be fun if you’ll have one with me baby
It might not be the smartest thing I’ve ever done but I’ll have one

You drove me home you laughed at my bookshelves
I said it’s strange was used to coming home by myself
You said you never did this kind of thing but it seemed alright
you said everything has a first time could we maybe have one night

We spent about couple hundred one night stands
Danced around both called each other friends
When you caught baby fever it scared us both like hell
Said you didn’t really care but you didn’t mean it I could tell

I watched them grow taught them everything I knew of
I watched you go hurt from all the ways I screwed up
Now the only person left is the kid who pours my drinks
He tells me he can’t serve me no more but I think

I’ll have just one I might be a little crazy
But it could be fun best I can do without you baby
It might not be the smartest thing I’ve ever done but I’ll have one
Track Name: Goodbyes & Forevers
You and I are through
Today your goodbye feels true
Goodbyes are the only forever that lasts
and I've sure got a few forevers in my past

You can spend your whole life loving someone
Until death when it comes undone
'Cause goodbyes are the only forever that last
And I've sure got a few forevers in my past

Maybe true love is out there somewhere
Maybe there's really someone who cares
But goodbyes are the only forever that lasts
Guess I could use one more forever in my past

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