Nothing Stays the Same (EP)

by Mitch Gettman

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Sometimes in my daydreaming, I'll think back to when I was a little kid in grade school and I think about all of the people who I saw every day back then; all of the teachers and the other kids and the women who ran the after school day care program that I went to, and I wonder where they all went and how come I never seem to see them around anymore. I think it's really strange. I mean, these were the people I saw, talked to, interacted with and learned from every day, and now I only think about them in daydreams. I feel like no matter how much I put myself out into the world, I will still probably never see or hear from these people again. Not that that is a bad thing or a sad thing necessarily, it's just a thing like water or napping or eating or driving a car. Still, it is strange when I think about it…it's strange because it makes me think about all of the current people in my life and how someday I will most likely have similar recollections about them. It also makes me think about age and how people behave and react to others' behavior based on their ages. I specifically remember this woman named Katie who was one of the after school day care instructors when I was about 7 or 8 years old. She was a college student at the time, not much older than I am today, and I thought that I was in love with her and eventually I confessed my feelings to her and asked her to marry me. Of course she found this to be adorable and Katie and I were pretty good buddies back then, at least as good of buddies as a 20-some-year-old girl and an a 7-or-8-year-old boy could be, but looking back it all seems so silly and almost fictitious to me, as if it never really happened. Yet, I remember the feeling of wanting to marry her, based on my basic knowledge then of what I thought concepts like love and marriage were, and it was genuine. I REALLY DID WANT TO MARRY HER! And I would be lying if I said I wasn't a little disappointed when she told me she had a boyfriend…but it was no big heartbreak for me because at the time I was more in love with being Katie's friend then anything else. At the time, I didn't even know that there was anything else! If I were to try and psychoanalyze my adolescent love for Katie here and now I would say that it was just a reaction to my wanting to be best friends with Katie forever. But I honestly couldn't even tell you the last time I saw Katie. I can tell you that I did not cry and my heart did not break and I did not lose any sleep over it. It just happened. And I'll think back to those old times here and there and I'm glad that I am able to remember because it gives me perspective and I don't feel so silly anymore for asking her to marry me because I feel like I learned something from it all. What is challenging about it all, however, is that when I think about the people in my life today, the people who I would say I love, I automatically want to view them in a different light. "These people," I think, "will always be there and I will always love them and I will love them more and more and more and they will return the love more and more and more until the end of days!" But that just isn't rational because like Katie and like all of the teachers and students who I once knew back in my elementary school days, these people who I love today will likely not be in my life forever and will only be a part of my life in daydreams every once and a while and I won't think to phone them because it simply won't matter. And I could see how that would make some people sad but when I think back to Katie and everyone I once knew but know no longer, I don't feel sad. I feel excited and intrigued and glad that I haven't forgotten what it is like to be 8-years-old and in love! And I hope that someday when I am much older than I am now, I will be able to look back on these days and instead of feeling regret, feel joyful that I am able to remember and appreciate all that was done and all that is and everything and everyone and know that love is not having but having had once, and once is all it takes.

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Recorded at Jill's house August, 2014 and at Hidden Tracks Recording Studio. 'Everyone (Porch') recorded at the Lafayette Manor.

Mixed and mastered by Jeremy Garrett at Hidden Tracks Recording Studio. Produced by Mitch Gettman & Jeremy Garrett.

All songs written by Mitch Gettman, copyright 2014.

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released October 18, 2014

Mitch Gettman - Guitars, Piano, Keyboards, Banjo, Violin, Cello, Percussion, Harmonica, Production

Justin Fletcher - Lead guitar on Everyone (Porch)

Jeremy Garrett - Mixing, Production, Loops

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Mitch Gettman Omaha, Nebraska

Mitch Gettman is an award winning singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist out of Omaha, NE. His songs are typically told from the view points of hopelessly romantic characters who deal with issues such as heartbreak, social disconnection, apathy, paranoia and the like. His latest album "Dichotomy" embodies these characteristics more than any of his previous work. Hear that and more here. ... more

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Track Name: Overture
Why would you trust in me at all?
After all, all I've done it didn't amount to anything.
And I'll fall down, fall down, you'll see
and then rise up for a little while but only to fall back down

Nothing stays the same
Nothing stays the same
Nothing stays the same
my love

Why would you trust in anyone at all?
When they get hurt, they always seem to blame it on someone else.
If it was me, I'd try my best to say nothing at all
but it's no help, it's just my point of view I'd like to get across

Nothing stays the same
Nothing stays the same
Nothing stays the same
my love
Track Name: Fortune of Thieves
When the flower girls come dancing through the crowd
will I be among them or in some off beaten town
or will I be up there with you
no I don't think that our parents would approve
cause we had our shot
but something was lost
You've gotta be the one
but I'm on the run
You've gotta be the one
but I'm holding on
I will not rest, no I won't sleep
until you see
the fortune of thieves

Count the days that we spent there in the class room
if I was me I'd of thought you'd been the last girl
You my love were never mine to keep
and thinking of you always made me weak
but we had our shot
but something was lost
You've gotta be the one
but I'm on the run
You've gotta be the one
but I'm holding on
I will not rest, no I won't sleep
until you see
the fortune of thieves

Well I guess this is something like goodbye
maybe when we're older we can give it one more try
but only on a day quite unlike this
if tomorrow brings you sorrow babe you know you've got my kiss
and we had our shot
but something was lost
You've gotta be the one
but I'm on the run
You've gotta be the one
but I'm holding on
I will not rest, no I won't sleep
until you see
the fortune of thieves
Track Name: Restless All the Time
Spending the night with the tall tale moon
the stars have gone to the bars and it's just us two
Alone at home and alone at last
I'd love to sit around and drown the past with you
It's 3am in the dead of night
I can not sleep when I've got you on my mind

You showed me around last time we met
to the places that you loved so that I could understand
and we kissed goodbye and said goodnight
but I never thought that it would be the last-last time
So I'm moving out far away from here
but leaving's never made love disappear

Looking back I was out of line
to tell you that I had to call you mine
but it'll get real hot and it'll give you pain
when you find out that your loving is in vain
So don't be upset if I seem unkind
the truth is I'm just restless all the time
all the time
all the time
all...
Track Name: Everyone (Porch)
Everyone wants to be so special
everyone wants to be like me
everyone wants to be so careful
but I just want to sleep

Everyone is so superficial
everyone wants to agree
everyone wants to have an opinion
but I just want to sleep

Looking out my window I notice the grass is green
waiting for my love to find me
Track Name: The Poison Apple & the Blue Jay's Broken Wing
I stay up with the moonlight hoping to be free
of all of life's complexities
I wait alone to see if you will comfort me
my eyes are set in front of me
I wish to live a life of generosity
having fun and making things
I carefully resign myself to company
and when they leave I think of other things

Stay with me, let me be
Stay with me, oh darling let me be

I stay up with the moonlight hoping to be free
to rid myself of negativity
I watch the room and it moves on to a different scene
all the other parts make up what I believe
If I could make you love me like it used to be
then I'd give up, I'd give up everything
and I'm not mad about the way you ended things
the poison apple and the bluejay's broken wing

Stay with me, let me be
Stay with me, oh darling let me be