Bill Lloyd DKTM

BILL LLOYD
DON’T KILL THE MESSENGER 
LYRICS AND CREDITS
 

 Cover photo by Bill “Laurel Avenue” 

 
1  DON’T KILL THE MESSENGER
Martin Lynds: drums  Doug Kahan: bass guitar
Seth Timbs: keys   Bill: guitars & vocals
Recorded by Jeremy Cottrell/Blackbird Academy at Blackbird Studio 
And by Jonathan Bright at  JB’s Shack of Rock Nashville, TN.
Mixed by Jonathan Bright Mastered by Jim DeMain at Yes Master
 
Don’t Kill the Messenger
 
CH#1 
I’m just here to tell you what you don’t want to hear 
I’m just the messenger - Don’t Kill The Messenger 
I’m just trying to give it to you perfectly clear 
I’m just the messenger - Don’t Kill The Messenger 
V1 
You say you need to find something to live for 
When everything you loved is lost to time
The world turned really scary outside your front door 
There’s nowhere safe inside a troubled mind 
CH#2 
I can’t lie it doesn’t look so rosy out there 
Don’t Kill The Messenger - Don’t Kill The Messenger 
If you can’t face the future, better grow you a pair
 I’m The Messenger - Don’t Kill The Messenger 
V2 
The feed that crawls across your morning talk show 
The headline in the paper on your lawn
Too much information you had to let go
And now you can’t decide what’s right or wrong 
SOLO over CHORUS 
MODULATE LAST CHORUS 
I’m just here to tell you what you don’t want to hear 
I’m just the messenger - Don’t Kill The Messenger 
I’m just trying to give it to you perfectly clear 
I’m just the messenger - Don’t Kill The Messenger 
 
Bill Lloyd (BMI) Fourel Songs administered by BMG/Chrysalis
 
 
2  UNDONE
Brad Pemberton: drums  Mike Vargo: bass guitar
Bill: guitars, keys & vocals
Recorded by Scott Baggett at Sound Emporium Nashville, TN.
Mixed by Scott at Jungle Room East Franklin TN.
Mastered by Jim DeMain at Yes Master

 

Undone
 
V1 
I shot my mouth off  before my brain was loaded 
the words flew past my lips and  then the room exploded 
Such a wicked muscle the human tongue
break a heart so fast it cannot be undone
it cannot be undone 
V2 
Every party  is a passion play 
You crucify someone and then you walk away 
Every battle  that you think you won 
It’s history now it cannot be undone
it cannot be undone 
BR 
Broken glass can't be pieced back together 
When you lose the past you can fall forever 
solo 
V3 
I burned my bridges  with kerosene 
Now I got no way to go back. back to where I’ve been
I want to go out walking  in the summer sun 
Find a love so strong that it cannot be undone
it cannot be undone  it cannot be undone 
 

Bill Lloyd/David Surface
Fourel Songs Admin. BMG/Chrysalis (BMI) and Angel On My Table Music (BMI) 

 
 
3 BABY’S IN THE MOOD
Fenner Castner: drums Mike Vargo: bass
Bill: guitars & vocals
Recorded by Jeremy Cottrell/Blackbird Academy at Blackbird Studio 
And by Jonathan Bright at  JB’s Shack of Rock Nashville, TN.
Mixed by Jonathan Bright Mastered by Jim DeMain at Yes Master
 

 

Baby’s In the Mood

 

Tears of joy burst forth 

in a flood of thankfulness 

When Baby’s In the Mood
It don’t matter if I worked all night long
And never got my rest..

’cos Baby’s In the Mood 

There’s no better witchcraft 

than the spell she casts on me 

When Baby’s In the Mood
They say “the waiting is the hardest part”,
And Tom, I do agree. 

’Cos Baby’s in the Mood 

When Baby’s In the Mood 

It’s like the heavens open up 

And all the angels dance around me in the nude
It might be rude to talk about it
But I’ve gone too long without out it
Baby’s In the Mood 

It’s like a switch got flipped by some mistake 

And the universe is mine..

when Baby’s In the Mood 

And then I hatch a sweet and wicked plot
of very own design
When Baby’s In the Mood 

When Baby’s In the Mood

 I feel half my age
She’s my little starship 

that’s when she yells engage
It might be rude to talk about it 

but I wanna’ jump and shout it 

Now Baby’s In the Mood 

When Baby’s In the Mood 

It’s like the heavens open up 

And all the angels dance around me in the nude
It might be rude to talk about it
But I wanna’ jump and shout it
Baby’s In the Mood Baby’s In the Mood 

Bill Lloyd (BMI)  Fourel Songs administered by BMG/Chrysalis

 

 
4  I’LL TAKE IT FROM HERE
Steve Ebe : drums  Bill: guitars, keys & vocals
Recorded by Jeremy Cottrell/Blackbird Academy at Blackbird Studio
And by Jonathan Bright at  JB’s Shack of Rock Nashville, TN.
Mixed by Jonathan Bright Mastered by Jim DeMain at Yes Master
 
I’ll Take It From Here
 
V1 
Okay, I followed you around awhile
I watched you sunning on the south veranda 
I decided once I saw your smile
I’ll Take It From Here 
You hailed a cabbie down on Union Square 
Wearing a nametag that read, Amanda 
The driver told me how you skipped the fare 
I’ll Take It From Here 
CH 
I’ll Take It From Here, Amanda
It’s clear you know how to play this game 
I’m right here Amanda
If that’s really your name 
V2 
Can I interest you in egg foo young? 
We could start off with some edamame 
I can’t promise I won’t bite your tongue 
I’ll Take It From Here 
(solo over verse) – (repeat chorus) 
V3 
We watched that redhead as she fed the birds 
You ran right over and she kissed you deadly 
My world got shattered as she mouthed the words 
I’ll Take It From Here 
CH (double chorus) modulation 
What happened here Amanda?
I was crazy to play your game
It’s not clear, Amanda If that’s really your name 
mod
I’ll take it from here, Amanda
I know you know how to play this game
I’m right here, Amanda.. 
if that’s really your name
 If that’s really your name. 
Bill Lloyd (BMI)  Fourel Songs admin BMG/Chrysalis & Dez Dickerson Pure Pop (BMI)
 
 
 
5  ETCH-A-SKETCH
Bill: guitars, bass, keys and vocals
Jonathan Bright: keys and manipulations
Recorded and mixed by Jonathan Bright at 
JB’s Shack of Rock Nashville, TN.
Mastered by Jim DeMain at Yes Master
 
Etch-A- Sketch
V1 
Stereo knobs Screen laid flat
Twist a dial to find where you’re at
You don’t need to be Magellan to read this map 
But you better hurry up because it ain’t gonna last 
V2 
It’s either right or left or up and down 
Baby’s first steps took her straight to town 
Diagonal move into a wedding gown 
Alas... erased when the world unwound 
CH 
Etch-A-Sketch One shake and you’ve lost the plot 
Etch-A-Sketch One false move and you’ll never stop 
Blaming yourself for what you couldn’t keep
I’m like an Etch-A-Sketch and love is cheap 
V3 
Some say DiVinci kept one by his bed
He made it out of goat bones, glass and lead
It scrambled up the thoughts inside his head 
Then got shaken away when the moon turned red 
CH 
Etch-A-Sketch Richter nine and you’ve lost the plot 
Etch-A-Sketch One false move and you’ll never stop 
Blaming yourself for what you couldn’t keep 
Like an Etch-A-Sketch..love is cheap 
 

Bill Lloyd/Les Bohem
Fourel Songs Admin. BMG/Chrysalis (BMI) and Charliepants Music (BMI) 

 
 
6  I’VE HAD ENOUGH OF YOUR LOVE
Fenner Castner : drums Mike Vargo: bass. Bill: guitars and vox.
Recorded by Jeremy Cottrell/Blackbird Academy at Blackbird Studio
And by Jonathan Bright at  JB’s Shack of Rock 
Mixed by Jonathan Bright at  JB’s Shack of Rock Nashville, TN.
 Mastered by Jim DeMain at Yes Master
 
I’ve Had Enough Of Your Love
 
V1
My humble expectations never took hold
I put some layers on to keep out the cold
I gave it all the time I could possibly give 
Then decided I’ve had it..this ain’t no way to live 
CH 
I’ve Had Enough Of Your Love 
I’ve Had Enough of Your Love 
There’s one true thing I’m guilty of 
I I I I I’ve Had Enough Of Your Love 
V2
This ain’t some version of my higher self 
Sayin’ don’t forget the safety belt
The only mantra I got left to chant
Is “do what you can and then get out if you can’t” 
 
REPEAT CH
BR
I‘ve had Enough Of Your Love 
I‘ve had Enough Of Your Love
 
V3 
If it gets messy I can’t give a damn
I’ve stood for way to long..until I can’t stand 
The kind of feeling I was carryin’ around 
It’s time to save yourself and just put it down 
 
CH (DBL)
I’ve Had Enough Of Your Love
I’ve Had Enough of Your Love
There’s only six words I keep thinking of
I I I I I’ve Had Enough Of Your Love
I‘ve had Enough Of Your Love
 I‘ve had Enough Of Your Love 
 

Bill Lloyd (BMI) Fourel Songs administered by BMG/Chrysalis

 
7  SORRY, BUT I GOTTA’ TAKE THIS
Steve Ebe : drums  Bill: guitars, bass & vocals
Recorded by Jeremy Cottrell/Blackbird Academy at Blackbird Studio
And by Jonathan Bright at  JB’s Shack of Rock Nashville, TN.
Mixed by Jonathan Bright Mastered by Jim DeMain at Yes Master
 
Sorry, But I Gotta’ Take This
 
VI 
Sorry I’m sure you won’t mind if I say I’m 
Sorry You can turn a blind eye to my 
Worry This might be an emergency
I’ll hurry ..but I can’t simply hope they’ll call me back 
V2 
Money I have to take the call if it means 
Money The bottom line’s still at the bottom 
Blow me I said that to some computerized voice 
They don’t Know Me
They’re just phishing- looking for me to crack 
CH 
Sorry But I Gotta’ Take This 
It kills me every time I say it 
Yes, I’m so connected 
But my attention’s deficit 
Aye,yi,yi .. I make me sick. 
Sorry, But I Gotta’ Take This 
V3 
Angry I can’t simply power down I’m 
Angry always wondering what’s that sound that’s 
Buzzing? Is that me or some vibration 
Buzzing.. Now I’ve lost control now that’s a fact 
 
REPEAT CH SOLO REPEAT CH 
 
Bill Lloyd (BMI). Fourel Songs administered by BMG/Chrysalis
 
 
8  KAKE’N’8’IT
Martin Lynds: drums  Doug Kahan: bass. Bill: guitars & vox
Recorded by Jeremy Cottrell/Blackbird Academy at Blackbird Studio
And by Jonathan Bright at  JB’s Shack of Rock 
Mixed by Jonathan Bright at  JB’s Shack of Rock Nashville, TN.
 Mastered by Jim DeMain at Yes Master
 

Kake’n’8’It

CH

You had your Kake’n’8’It, Kake’n’8’It, Kake’n’8’It
You had your Kake’n’8’It  Ate it all up
You had your Kake’n’8’It, Kake’n’8’It, Kake’n’8’It
You had to learn the hard way, there’s never enough

V1

There’s never enough to keep the high life rolling

There’s never enough and now the wolf’s at your door

You lived real large. Your bank account was swollen

But you motored through it all now there ain’t anymore

CH#2 REPEAT CHORUS

V2
There’s never enough to make you feel like a winner

There’s never enough to last your whole life through

You went straight for the icing Skipped out on your dinner

You had your cake and ate it now your voucher is due

SOLO OVER CHORUS CHANGES 

V3
You fell into a sweet spot that felt like forever

That hand to mouth world would never catch up to you

You had your head down and missed a big change in the weather

You had your cake and ate it Now whatcha’ gonna’ do?

REPEAT CHORUS

BILL LLOYD (BMI) FOUREL SONGS admin. BMG/CHRYSALIS 

 
 
9 THE GIRLS OF SYLVAN PARK
Martin Lynds: drums  Doug Kahan: bass
Seth Timbs: keyboards. Bill: guitars & vox
Recorded by Jeremy Cottrell/Blackbird Academy at Blackbird Studio
And by Jonathan Bright at  JB’s Shack of Rock 
Mixed by Jonathan Bright at  JB’s Shack of Rock Nashville, TN.
 Mastered by Jim DeMain at Yes Master
 
The Girls of Sylvan Park
CH#1
The Girls Of Sylvan Park. Aren’t really girls anymore
Taking a second shot at life..that ain’t easy for sure
I’ve got their numbers and they’ve got mine
I might get a call back if they’re so inclined
They’re all still looking ahead. They still carry the spark
That’s one thing in common about
The Girls of Sylvan Park
V1
Once you’re unmarried, many subscribe to “don’t ask, don’t tell”
But I say the baggage you carry you claim at your very own carousel
Once you’re past 40, the personal stories get deeper and truer with time
We’re all wearing glasses, but that doesn’t mean that we’re blind
CH#2
The Girls Of Sylvan Park. Aren’t really girls anymore
They’re women who know how to smile when they dance their way Crossing the kitchenette floor
They’ll make you tabouli with pita and sprouts
They’ll serve up a side dish of “better watch out’s”
If their ex’s still stalk them, you learn the safe places to park..after dark
Another reason I love to hang out with The Girls of Sylvan Park
V2
I’ve been to Franklin and once toured a mansion in old Belle Meade
But I can’t compare the women from there to the Sylvan Park breed
Between West End and Charlotte the girls are so starlit 
They light up the night when it’s dark
That’s just the way that I see, The Girls of Sylvan Park
CH#3
The Girls Of Sylvan Park. Aren’t really girls anymore
But they make me feel youthful and still remain truthful
Just in case there’s some kind of encore
It’s odd that they’re all from the same neighborhood
It’s more than a fact now..it’s understood
If you’re looking for soulful, that’s the first place you should start
I probably should not say anymore..about The Girls of Sylvan Park
 

Bill Lloyd (BMI)  Fourel Songs adm by BMG/Chrysallis

 
10  NOT THIS TIME ‘ROUND
Drums, bass guitars, vocals and whatever played and sung by Bill
Recorded and mixed by Jonathan Bright at  
JB’s Shack of Rock Nashville, TN.
Mastered by Jim DeMain at Yes Master
 
Not This Time ‘Round
 
V1
You simply ran away 
‘Cos what he had to say hit so hard 
Caught you off your guard 
Still had your set of keys Hoping I might ease
A troubled mind 
CH
I’m the first in line
Every time your heart gets broken 
I used to dry your eyes
Not This Time ‘Round
Not This Time ‘Round 
V2
He offered half the truth 
If you don’t make a move to learn the rest 
You’re second guessing 
Every little choice 
But I won’t add my voice To your new world 
CH#2
Too long I sat by
Hoping you’d come to your senses 
I can’t live that lie
Not This Time ‘Round 
BR
Our little history is a pendulum still swingin’ 
It’s not a mystery.. when you push my buttons.. Bells start ringin’.. 
SOLO
You think I’m acting cold 
As if the things you told me warm my heart
I just got smarter 
CH#3
I’m the first in line
Every time your heart get’s broken 
I used to dry your eyes
Not This Time ‘Round
Not This Time ‘Round 
 
Bill Lloyd (BMI) Fourel Songs admin. BMG/Chrysallis

 

 
11 YOU GOT ME
Martin Lynds: drums  Doug Kahan: bass  Bill: guitars & vox
Recorded by Jeremy Cottrell/Blackbird Academy at Blackbird Studio
And by Jonathan Bright at  JB’s Shack of Rock Nashville, TN.
Mixed by Jonathan Bright Mastered by Jim DeMain at Yes Master
 
 
V1 
You say you need someone who's always there for you 
Someone who'll leave his life up in the air for you 
Promising he'll always take good care of you 
CH 
You Got Me Baby, You Got Me 
You Got Me mixed up with somebody else 
V2 
If you need someone to satisfy your every desire 
Jump when you say jump and do it twice as higher 
Fold up your underwear from out of the dryer 
CH 
You Got Me Baby, You Got Me 
You Got Me mixed up with somebody else 
BR 
Someone who'll sacrifice life and limb
Who'll go ahead and take a dive.. sink or swim 
Someone who may be, could be, obviously somewhat dim 
I’m not him 
 
SOLO-REPEAT BRIDGE 
 
V3 
You want a lapdog to pick up the crumbs 
Wiling just to wait around and twiddle their thumbs 
To take the heat off when the police comes 
CH 
You Got Me Baby, You Got Me 
You Got Me mixed up with somebody else 
 
John Simon / Bill Lloyd
Bill Lloyd Fourel Songs administered by BMG/Chrysalis (BMI) 

and John Simon Music (ASCAP) 

 

12   THE KISS OF THE SUMMER WIND
Doug Kahan Standup bass & keys   Bill: Ukulele, keys & vocals
Recorded and Mixed by Doug Kahan at Kow Tai Studio Franklin, TN.
Mastered by Jim DeMain at Yes Master
 
The Kiss Of The Summer Wind
 
The treetops creak and groan 
They scrape, they shift and moan 
In the summer wind 
In the summer wind 
A charged electric sky The world feels so alive 
In the summer wind 
 
Warm breeze upon my face 
Somehow takes away
All my troubles
It always begins
When I feel the kiss
The Kiss Of the Summer Wind 
 
Moments like these 
Make for memories 
The language of the leaves Peculiar rustle 
 
Black clouds all blown away 
A day once dark and gray Gone with the summer wind 
Under the bluest sky
A long-tailed kite flies up 
Up in the summer wind 
Warm breeze upon my face Somehow takes away
All my troubles
It always begins
When I feel the kiss
The Kiss Of the Summer Wind 
 
Bill Lloyd (BMI) Fourel Songs administered by BMG/Chrysalis