Woe is Me

by Peter Squires

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released August 28, 2009

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Peter Squires Eliot, Maine

Combining humor & heartbreak, Peter Squires can brighten your day or bring you down with just a few chords. A witty songwriter & talented instrumentalist, Squires is never afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve.

The new single 'When I Couldn't Move' was recorded by legendary engineer Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in Chicago.
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Track Name: When You Come Home
3,200 miles from you to me
and only 45 days to go

when you come home
i will love you as good as i can do

my baby sweet baby
you are my sweetness my heart my soul
Track Name: System of a Down
when you dumpster dove a shirt of
a band that you never heard of
i knew you were not the same
cuz system of a down is lame
i used to like them too
when i was in high school
and you talked about giving yourself
home tattoos like you
discovered something great
but you were 10 years late
ink, razors and fire
only make sense if you're a minor

but you were 24 going on 25
you thought you were just being born but you were already alive
while i was getting ready to welcome you home and start our life
you were still learning to live
and you decided you could not give
me anything

you should've stayed in california
where the skies are always warmer
and your friends don't age
and you can copulate
with no consequence
to your old boyfriends
so go forth on your adventure
you will never have to answer
to another face
that wishes you hadn't changed
but once you feel like you've lived
you will regret what you did

when you were 24 going on 25
you thought you were just being born but you were already alive
while i was getting ready to welcome you home and start our life
you were still learning to live
and you decided you could not give
me anything
Track Name: I Would Hate to Be You
if you treat the ones that you love
worse than you treat the ones you hate
i would hate to be you

the self that you never showed me
is the self that you proved to be
i would hate to be you

i would hate to be you, ooo

you can't even say what you did
so when the history is read
i would hate to be you

now that people know your true ways
they don't want to associate
i would hate to be you

i would hate to be you, ooo

it don't take al roker to say
a karmic shitstorm's headed your way
i would hate to be you
Track Name: Witch
I've seen a sudden change i your behavior
and I figured out what caused the switch
while you were on that farm you must've eaten deadly nightshade
and turned into a witch
because you look like a witch
you act like a witch
and you've been riding 'round on a broom
so the only thing I can do
is shoot flaming arrows at you
'til you crash and

burn, witch
burn, witch
wither away and die
and I pray that the human inside you
might someday come back to life

I never wanted this to end up this way
I never wanted to wish you ill
but you made me ill and I deserve better
so I won't leave, you will
unless you want to get your ass killed

burn, witch
burn, witch
wither away and die
and I pray that the human inside you
might someday come back to life

fly away, I will let you live
if I never have to see you again
fl away, I will do you no harm
long as you promise to stay gone
Track Name: Fault Line
thought you would bend but not break
but you got bent a little too far
I thought I knew you at the core
but the you that you are
depends on where you are

thought you could both give and take
just taking takes less chutzpah
but you took it for six weeks and laughed
to lie non-stop for three months
makes you a sociopath

your core is molten lava
your stable as a fault line
and this is all your fault, not mine
I made you better
you made your fucking bed and lied
Track Name: Saturday Morning
if you love something, set it free
we've got big ideas, six months is a blip on the screen
I wouldn't put you on that plane if I didn't believe
what we've got here is worth keeping

we've got one more Saturday morning
then we'll be alone
let's just enjoy one more Saturday morning
before we say "so long"

this is Saturday morning, this is what we do
I will sleep at night because I trust my boo
we'll make this work, but it will not be easy
just keep on believing in you and me

we've got one more Saturday morning
then we'll be alone
let's just enjoy one more Saturday morning
before we say "so long"
Track Name: Three Months Underwater
I spent two years climbing a mountain
I spent two years climbing to its heights
I got so good at climbing that mountain
I unfastened my harness and let go of my lines

When I staked my flag at the top of that mountain
the rocks all crumbled and I fell through the sky
spent six months dropping to the valley below
to the rocks and river where you'd figure I would die
but no...

I lived three months underwater
thinking i'd miraculously survived
I could see the danger above, but I did not falter
(FAULT HER!)
when I came up to breathe
I died
Track Name: Woe is Me
on the last day of 2008
I learned i'd been taken along for a ride
it was the worst feeling, a terrible feeling
worse than when my mother died
'cuz at least she tried
even with cancer inside
to make me feel our time together had mattered
and I deserve better than what happened

ooo, woe is me

on the best day of 2008
I thought that I had my whole future in sight
it was the best feeling, a magical feeling
a feeling of intense pride
'cuz I was able to find
a future mother and bride
who made me feel what we were building was perfect
and all the sacrifices made would be worth it

so much for dreams

all I wanted now was to say hello
and hear from anyone that I have been missed
I'm not opposed to moving on
trust me, I want to move on more than anything
I'm the same guy you let into your family
and I need a hug

now on the bread line in 2009
it's even harder to feel pumped about life
no I can't see the ceiling
but trust that I'm dealing
and we're all doing what we can to survive
and maybe someday we'll thrive
I'll find a queen for my hive
but without a lover or a mother it's harder
for a man to feel at home and find comfort

ooo, woe is me
Track Name: Wrong Way to Monterey
I am happy to tell your friends
that we meant to go to San Francisco
just to play Rummy for three straight hours
and eat pie from your favorite store
and I am not the kind of man
to get so bent up about a small fiasco
I am proud to be the kind of man
that can make the best of wherever the wind blows

so why don't you tell me how it goes
when you're two years in with so and so
and you point him the wrong way to Monterey
does he make a lemon face, or a glass of lemonade?

never got to see the whales and sharks
the octopi, sea lions or manatees
back then you didn't put the stuff
that you wanted to do over wanting to be with me
it wasn't so long ago that you
told me to turn left after Ocean street
and it won't be too long until
you realize other guys don't see the world like me!

so why don't you tell me how it goes
when you're two years in with so and so
and you point him the wrong way to Monterey
does he make a lemon face, or a glass of lemonade?