Bitter Love Songs

by Loney Childress

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about

"Bitter Love Songs" started as a project to record some old songs I never got to perform or record. Originally it was just to have a few old songs like "Forever" and "one Sided Love" and would also include my recent movie soundtrack songs like "Don't Call Me a Hero" and "I Feel Like a Hero".

But the project continued to expand as I found more songs I wanted to include as well as started writing new ones for the album such as "If I Don't Have You" and "I Don't Wanna Be Your Friend".

But who wants to listen to just a bunch of bitter love songs? If you don't, that's ok. Only 4 songs on the album are truly bitter songs ("But Can I?", "Forever", "One Sided Love", and "I Don't Wanna Be Your Friend"). The rest are...well....more on the sweet side? The songs on this album were written over a period of 20 years so needless to say I have changed as much as my songwriting has.

Please enjoy and thanks for listening. If you like what you hear, download it or buy a CD and maybe I won't write a bitter song about you someday. (just kidding).

- Loney Childress

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released August 3, 2013

Bitter Love Songs was recorded by BflatMedia (Loney Childress). All songs were written, recorded, mixed and mastered by Loney Childress. Copyright 2013 BflatMedia.

Additional Performers:

Bradd Childress: guitar ("Don't Call Me a Hero", "One Sided Love")

Janine Livett: female lead on "I Feel Like a Hero",

Natalie Childress, Janine Livett and Joni Snyder : backup vocals on "Don't Call Me a Hero"

Natalie Childress - backup vocals on "Forever"., "But Can I" and "Not Bad".

All other instruments and vocals were performed by Loney Childress including:
vocals, bass, keyboards, guitar, all lead guitars, tenor saxophone.


Special thanks to Bradd Childress, Janine Livett, Natalie Childress, Joni Snyder for their performing help.

Very Special thanks to Natalie Childress for all of her help, time and dedication to me during this process. And for putting up with my constant "Does this sound right?" questions.

Also thank you to everyone I've ever performed with for helping shape my music.

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Loney Childress Pahrump, Nevada

Loney Childress is a musician, filmmaker, and electrician from Pahrump, Nevada. As a member of "Flood Zone", he recorded two original song albums from 1997-1999. Since then he has worked on 9 albums in all including three that feature music scores to his Independent Films.

His newest work "Bitter Love Songs" demonstrates his talent as a songwriter, vocalist, studio engineer, and instrumentalist.
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Track Name: If I Don't Have You
VERSE1
There comes a time in every man's life
when he thinks about what might have been.
Would I have turned left instead of right
if I had it to do again?
But I know you love me
and that I'm in love with you.
So I think that I would do
that same thing all over again.

CHORUS1
See I could have stardom, I could have fame
Everyone all over would know my name.
Have a big house, have a fancy car
but none of that stuff would fo very far.
Have lots of money, a private plane,
But somehow it just wouldn't be the same
'cause all of this and more would never do
If I Don't Have You, If I Don't Have You
If I didn't have you,
I'm thinking nothing else would do.

VERSE2
So let bygones be bygones
I'm thinking things have turned out right
'cause if I'd have done anything different
I might not be here with you tonight.
And I know you love me
and that I'm in love with you
So I know that I would do
the same thing all over again.

CHORUS1
See I could have stardom, I could have fame
Everyone all over would know my name.
Have a big house, have a fancy car
but none of that stuff would fo very far.
Have lots of money, a private plane,
But somehow it just wouldn't be the same
'cause all of this and more would never do
If I Don't Have You, If I Don't Have You
If I didn't have you,
I'm thinking nothing else would do.

CHORUS2
See I could be washed up, Lose my fame
No one around would remember my name.
They could take my house and take my car
but none of that stuff changes who you are.
If I was down in the gutter, down in the drain
would your love for me still remain?
'cause I don't know what I would ever do
If I Don't Have You, If I Don't Have You
If I didn't have you,
I know that nothing else would do.
Track Name: What Will It Take
VERSE1
All I know is I'm confused
See I just met a girl and I think I'm falling for her
So should I take a chance or should I just ignore her
Or if I do to much will she leave me instead?

But I do believe I'm growing fond of you
I do believe that we are more than just good friends
I do believe we'll be together 'til the end
But I just don't know
if I can get it through my head

CHORUS
What will it take to show you how I feel?
What will it take to prove this one's for real?
I think I love you, at least I hope I do
and I really hope you think you love me too.

VERSE2
All I know is I'm a mess
See I don't want to lose this girl now I confess
But can I find the words to get it off my chest?
I just don't know if I can get it through my mind.

CHORUS
What will it take to show you how I feel?
What will it take to prove this one's for real?
I think I love you, at least I hope I do
and I really hope you think you love me too.

CHORUS
What will it take to show you how I feel?
What will it take to prove this one's for real?
I think I love you, at least I hope I do
and I really hope you think you love me too.

I really hope you think you love me too. Ohh
I do believe I'm growing fond of you
I do believe we'll be together 'til the end
'cause I do believe I'm growing fond of you.
Track Name: Forever
VERSE1
My memories of you have never died
but seeing you again seems to bring back more
This feeling deep down won't subside
And I know you wonder what I love you for
Oh the times we've had together everything is so right
That is until you go and call a cop
But all the armies in this great big world
will never be enough to make me stop.

CHORUS
'Cause I'm gonna be with you forever
and that's what I get for loving you
And I'm gonna love you forever
'cause I ain't got nothing better to do

VERSE2
They say what I feel isn't real,
but you just don't know how real it seems.
You've taken my very heart
and become the object of my thoughts and dreams.
But I never will forget when you shot me in the arm.
Oh it felt just like a bullet through my heart.
But time has healed those wounds and now I realize
that the two of us..we will never part.

CHORUS
'Cause I'm gonna be with you forever
That's what I get for lovin' you.
Oh and I...I'm gonna love you Forever
'cause I ain't got nothing better to do.
No I ain't got nothing better to do.

BRIDGE
If what they say is true
then this could never be love
'cause there is nothing there for you.
But my heart would be torn in two
so this has gotta be love
oh tell me what am I to do?
Everything will turn out fine
or am I dreaming?
I must be dreaming.
Don't ever wake me up.

SAX SOLO
(bk vocal) Why don't you let me go.
(bk vocal) Why don't you let me go.
(bk vocal) Why don't you let me go.
I'll never let you go.

CHORUS
'Cause I'm gonna be with you forever
That's what I get for lovin' you.
And I'm gonna love you Forever
'cause I ain't got nothing better to do.
I'm gonna be with you forever.
Listen to what I'm telling you.
And I'm gonna love you forever
'cause I ain't got nothing better to do.
No I ain't got nothing better to do. Oooo.
I ain't got nothing better to do. Oooo.
I ain't got nothing better to do. Oooo.
Track Name: I Don't Wanna Be Your Friend
VERSE1

Tonight was going to be the night
I tell you that I love you
and it all will turn out right.
You're everything I've wanted and more
and I really hope that I'm the one
that you've been looking for.
But when I went to tell you
when I tried to make you see.
You said "We'll always be good friends
but that's all we'll ever be".
Well I don't think so.
That's not good enough for me.

CHORUS

'Cause I don't wanna be your friend
though you may disagree.
It's easier to hate you for what you're doing to me.
I'd rather have it all or nothing
one day you'll understand.
I don't wanna be your friend
but I'd love to be your man.

VERSE2

This isn't how I hoped it would end.
You tell me that you love me
but only as a friend.
You said you just don't see me that way.....no.
Nice guys finish last
At least that's what they say.
Well what am I supposed to do
now that you put me in my place?
'Can we go back to the way things were?'
How can you say that to my face?
Well don't you worry.
I'll be giving you your space.

CHORUS

'Cause I don't wanna be your friend
though you may disagree.
It's easier to hate you for what you're doing to me.
I'd rather have it all or nothing
one day you'll understand.
I don't wanna be your friend
but I'd love to be your man.

Guitar and Organ solos

CHORUS

'Cause I don't wanna be your friend
though you may disagree.
It's easier to hate you for what you're doing to me.
I'd rather have it all or nothing
one day you'll understand.
I don't wanna be your friend
but I'd love to be your man.
Track Name: I Feel Like a Hero
VERSE1
Look at me, I've gotta let you know
If you'll take my hand I'll never let you go
Ready to spend my life with you
I'm hoping you feel the same way too.

CHORUS1
'Cause ever since you've been around
You make me Feel like a Hero
There is no turning back now
You make me feel like a hero
There's nothing that I can't do
Even if that's not true
I feel like a hero

VERSE2
I can't wait to hold your hand in mine
Then I'll be yours until the end of time
Ready to spend my life with you
I'm hoping you feel the same way too.

CHORUS2
'Cause with you I'm at my best
You make me feel like a hero
No more damsel in distress
You make me feel like a hero
There's nothing that I can't do
Even if that's not true
I feel like a hero

VERSE3
MALE PART:
Look at me, I've gotta let you know
If you'll take my hand I'll never let you go

FEMALE PART:Ready to spend my life with you

CHORUS3
MALE PART: CHORUS1
FEMALE PART : CHORUS2
I'm hoping you feel the same way too.
Track Name: Natalie
VERSE 1
You were just reading a novel
About a man you wish you'd met,
Broken down with disappointment
'cause he hadn't shown up yet.
What happened to the heroes that you'd always read about?
You're thinking that that may not be the way that things work out.
It didn't have to be

CHORUS
Natalie I'm sorry for leaving you all alone
I never wrote, never stopped by
never called you on the phone,
I was too busy doing my own thing
If I'd of only knew
One day I would fall in love with you.

VERSE2
I was writing BITTER LOVE SONGS,
that I didn't understand,
but it's funny how everyone believes you
when you're singing in a band.
Was I just preoccupied or just too blind to see?
But I didn't know that one day
you would mean the world to me.
It didn't have to be.

CHORUS 2
Natalie I'm sorry for leaving you all alone.
I never wrote, never stopped by
never called you on the phone,
I was too busy doing my own thing
I didn't know that I could win
If I had only met you back then.

GUITAR SOLO

VERSE 3
Sometimes I wonder how it would be
if we had met before.
But now that we're together
it doesn't matter anymore.

CHORUS
Natalie I'm sorry for leaving you all alone
I never wrote, never stopped by
never called you on the phone,
I was too busy doing my own thing
If I'd of only knew
One day I would fall in love with you.

Natalie Natalie Natalie
Natalie
Track Name: One Sided Love
VERSE 1

I guess I don't get out much any more
I'm not sure what life is even for
oh how could this be, how did it happen to me
it's never been like this before
I guess I just spend hours by the phone
I'm so tired of being alone
They say what I feel just isn't real
but this phoney feeling has grown.

CHORUS
Oh there's gotta be a purpose in life for this
More than just shattered dreams, pain, and emptiness.
Oh there's gotta be a reason I can see
Or is One Sided Love just for fools
Fools like me.

VERSE2
I guess my life's become an open book
I've crossed this street without a single look.
Plenty of fish in the sea
I'd found the right one for me
Just forgot to bait the hook.
I know that I'll be over you someday
but what a price I'll have to pay
Yesterday you were mine, everything was fine.
Guess you didn't see it that way

CHORUS
Oh there's gotta be a purpose in life for this
More than just shattered dreams, pain, and emptiness.
Oh there's gotta be a reason I can see
I guess One Sided Love just for fools


Fools like me that can't seem to find
Can't seem to find their way oh no and I know
I feel like I have thrown the last few years
of my life away

VERSE 3
I hope that I'll be over you someday.

CHORUS
Oh there's gotta be a purpose in life for this
More than just shattered dreams, pain, and emptiness.
Oh there's gotta be a reason I can see
I guess One Sided Love just for fools
Track Name: But Can I?
Verse1

It didn't take much girl
for you to lure me in.
But I would stay away from you baby
if I had it to do again.

You told me that you don't want me
and that you love another man.
But if you really don't want me baby
why are you with me every time you can>

CHORUS
'Cause you can't make up your mind.
And you won't even try.
You can't make up your mind girl
I oughtta say goodbye.
But can I?

VERSE2

Oh I was walking down the street
and I say her just the other day.
My eyes met hers even though
I was tryin' to look the other way.
She said she wanted to see me
but I told her I can't lye.
I said I'd had it with you
what you put me through
Why don't you go pester another guy?

CHORUS
'Cause you can't make up your mind.
And you won't even try.
You can't make up your mind girl
I oughtta say goodbye.
But can I?
I just don't know.

CHORUS
You can't make up your mind.
And you won't even try.
You can't make up your mind girl
I oughtta say goodbye.
You can't make up your mind.
And you won't even try.
You can't make up your mind girl
I oughtta just say goodbye.
Track Name: The Burger Song
VERSE1

They said 'what's the difference? They're all the same."
But I disagree.
They said "It's a big deal out of nothing."
But it's a big deal to me.
'cause there's only one place
that always puts a big smile on my face.

CHORUS
But I don't go there for the burgers
I don't go there for there greasy french fries.
I don't go there for the sodas.
All of those things are just my alibies
'cause the girl behind the counter
is where my hunger truly lies.
That's where it is.

VERSE2

They said "try somewhere different'
but that's ok
'cause it always fails.
'Cause nowhere else has her smile
her beautiful eyes or her ponytails.
'cause there's only one place
that always puts a big smile on my face.

CHORUS
But I Don't go there for the burgers
I don't go there for there greasy french fries.
I really should ask her out soon
or I'm the one that's gonna be super-sized
'cause the girl behind the counter
is where my hunger truly lies.

CHORUS
I Don't go there for the burgers
I don't go there for there greasy french fries.
I don't go there for the sodas.
All of that junk is just my alibies
'cause the girl behind the counter
is where my hunger truly lies.
That's where it is.

It's time to eat..it's time to eat
It's time to eat..it's time to eat
It's time to eat..it's time to eat
'cause that's where my hunger truly lies.
That's where it is.
It's where my hunger truly lies.
Track Name: Not Bad
VERSE1
There's something wrong with the world today
It's obvious to see
But it's hard to blame anyone in a blameless society
Now I admit I don't see everything
in strictly black and white
But all you see is shades of gray
and I don't think that's right

CHORUS
Why are we bad when we're not bad?
Why are we good when we're not good?
I don't regret the times I've had
I guess that makes me bad 'cause I'm not bad.

VERSE2
Now early on they teach us what's right
and what we should not do
But it all gets twisted around
by the time we're through
Now they tell us what we learned is wrong
The way things ought to be
They tell us what to protest
It all seems kind of backwards to me

CHORUS

VERSE3
You can know a man by his friends
but by his enemies too
So the more one comes under fire
The more what he says is true.
Now you're finding other rebels like you
so you can make your voices loud
But I insist you're not a rebel at all
You're just conforming to a different crowd.

CHORUS
Track Name: Don't Call Me a Hero
VERSE1
Once I was lost, as lost can be
Not knowing where to go, no one looking for me
Like a possession in the lost and found
you picked me up and turned my life around

CHORUS
So why would you ever call me a hero?
Did I do anything you wouldn't do?
You had an emergency and I took the opportunity
to do the things that friends are supposed to
So Don't Call Me a Hero, 'cause my hero is you.

VERSE2
So I'm sorry for taking it this way
but how could you say that I'm the one who saved the day?
'Cause if it weren't for me knowing you
my so-called-hero days would all be through.

CHORUS

BRIDGE
Since knowing you I'm feeling stronger
Running faster than I ever have before.
Go any distance, I'll go longer.
Tell me who could ask for more?

INTRO TO CHORUS
So if you ever need my help again
Consider it a favor to a friend

CHORUS2
Why would you ever call me a hero?
Did I do anything you wouldn't do?
You had a calamity and I took the opportunity
to do the things that friends are supposed to
So Don't Call Me a Hero...

CHORUS