The Darkest Hue Is Blue | The Darkest Hue Is You

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Lovely Houses’ second full length is a double album entitled The Darkest Hue is Blue | The Darkest Hue is You. The first is a raw, acoustic record exploring the depths of depression and lost love, ultimately finding the beauty in sadness. The second is a beautiful brass arranged work of the same songs and an additional track.

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released July 12, 2014

All songs written by Lovely Houses
Except "A Call in June" written by Lovely Houses and Brad Seaman

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Lovely Houses Indianapolis, Indiana

Lovely Houses is the music of songwriter David Campbell. Through thoughtful lyricism and melody, he illuminates the beauty in sadness, healing darkness into light.

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Track Name: The Greatest Part
Have you ever put your first with my last name before
Just to see how it would sound in your head
I have put my last with your first name dear
As I try to fall asleep in my cold bed
You're only twenty-one and I hope you don't care if
I'm the brand new bullet in the gun of a sheriff
I don't where I'm heading
But they tell me he's never missed a heart in a chest

And the greatest part
The greatest part
Oh the greatest part
Is we don't know that it ends

Streetlights shake like flags on the wind
In the blacktop puddles that we're dancing in
I can hold you tighter than the clouds hold the rain in the sky
You're covered in rain I'm covered in sin
I don't wanna tell you where my mind just went
But I wanna be the wet strand of hair caught between your lips

And the greatest part
The greatest part
Oh the greatest part
Is we don't know that it ends

Let's go out tonight
I love when snowflakes find your nose
We'll skate around on the thin ice
Until our clothes get soaked

And the greatest part
The greatest part
Oh the greatest part
Is we don't know that it ends
Track Name: A Pair of Threes
Hold your cards up to your chest
I'm tempted now to try and guess
And the fool who shows his hand should slit his throat
You got the king the queen is mine
I've got the jack the ten the nine
But the eight's a slave chained up beneath the deck

I've only got a pair of threes but I ain't gonna fold
I know that you were bluffing for your trembling hands they told
Let's lay em on the table now so everyone will know
That all your chips are mine and now you're broke
I hesitate to tell you what you look like
But if you don't find a mirror then you might die

I'm pulling lashes from my eyes
Like flower pedals to decide
If you love me or if you love me not
Now I pulled all my lashes out
But I'm bathing in a tub of doubt
Come pull the plug I'm ready to get out

I've only got a pair of threes but I ain't gonna fold
I know that you were bluffing for your trembling hands they told
Let's lay em on the table now so everyone will know
That all your chips are mine and now you're broke
I hesitate to tell you what you look like
But if you don't find a mirror then you might die
Track Name: Dead Flowers in a Living Room
It's colder than water
And thicker than ice
If I could lose feeling
That would be nice

You've got Marilyn Monroe's eyes
And Helen Keller's ear drums
"Beware of Silence" is on your fence
On your doormat "Unwelcome"

My name's a dead language
A word you forgot how to use
I guess there's no use in keeping dead flowers in a living room

If the rain was my apology
And every word a drop
Would you let it get lost in the ground
Or collect it in pots
And would it water your garden
Or flood your house
Would you use an umbrella
Or would you dance around

I'm the city of Pompeii
You're the volcano that blew
I guess there's no use in keeping dead flowers in a living room
Track Name: A Call in June
A call in June she never fails me
Fails to remind me of the colors of love
I made her face angry and red
She forgot that blue dress when she left
And when the sky slips on that black lingerie I can't sleep

There are things that you don't think about
Until they're all that you can think about
And you wish that they would stop
I wish you knew I'd jump to my death
If I knew that as I fell you'd fall in love
I'd find your eyes in the crowd before I hit the ground and I'd smile

I drove by and your light was on
I saw a silhouette and it was holding you
I just hope that it's nothing
That I'm not the only ghost in this town
That wishes they could touch you

Your bombs are blowing up my heart
I wanna storm your beach
And make love to you right there on a big white flag
And I think you know but you won't listen
If I have to I will sit down in the street
With a match and I'll be drenched in gasoline

I drove by and your light was on
I saw a silhouette and it was holding you
I just hope that it's nothing
That I'm not the only ghost in this town
That wishes they could touch you
I fall asleep with the t.v. on
And they talk but no sound's coming through
Is that how you think of me
An actor reading lines like he believes it
But not a word is true

A call in June she never fails me
Fails to remind me of the colors of love
Track Name: Porch Swing
I can't write these words
Share my feelings
Cause someone might read them
And know all my fears
So just lean in real close
And I'm gonna whisper my secrets to the cave of your ear

I'm listening to library books on tape
But they don't make sense without words on a page
My mind gets distracted and carried away
Like a glass bottled letter for the ocean to take
My body's on fire I can't even cry
I wanna find a nice porch swing and wait there to die

I can't eat though I want to
Probably throw up what I consume
My eyes are shut but the orange spots are a girl I once knew
And I'd talk to her but she's flown like a bird
And I'll write no more love songs until she returns

I'm listening to library books on tape
But they don't make sense without words on a page
My mind gets distracted and carried away
Like a glass bottled letter for the ocean to take
My body's on fire I can't even cry
I wanna find a nice porch swing and wait there to die

You're buying a boat and you're sailing away
Along crooked rivers to a Tennessee lake
It's dark and you're lost and your eyes are like weights
I hope you don't sink her I hope you stay awake

I tried to meet Jesus in Heaven today
I was hoping and praying he'd let me escape
But he said I'm not leaving
He said I had to stay

And listen to library books on tape
But they don't make sense without words on a page
My body's on fire I can't even cry
I wanna find a nice porch swing and wait there to die
Track Name: Fake I.D.
We climbed fire escapes up buildings
Like they were peaks upon the mountains
And I was madly in love for the first time

And so it happens with every spring
When honey suckle finds the breeze
That I want that girl all over again
And then I miss that girl all over again
Nearly take my life all over again
Now I know this pain
Now I know too much

I'll probably need
A fake I.D.
To get me into heaven

Now I get lost in strange neighborhoods at night
Admire quiet houses with the lights on inside
I'd give up independence to be safe and loved again
If I knocked maybe they'd let me in
Maybe they'd even call me son
Forget I'm just a stranger on an elevator ride
I could sit down at their table and eat their dinner
Pet their dog and tell them when I grow up
I don't wanna be alone or grown or old
Do you think that they would tuck me in
Kiss me goodnight and tell me
"Son, we're all heading toward the wildest light"

But I'll probably need
A fake I.D.
To get me into heaven

Mary can I bum a ride
I'm trying to get to heaven
I looked at every map but they're all blank inside the atlas
Some may find themselves in hell along the way to heaven
Track Name: All Terrain Friends
The trees were dead today
Buried in ice
They called out from their graves
They clapped their limbs against themselves
To applaud the men in window sills
Who were asking for their names

And we captured their reply
In cinematic time
The snow's a silent rain

The mass was letting out
Christmas Eve
And the bells are singing now
As a boy I longed to make them sound
And if leaves were falling year around
We never would have met

I had all but left town
With a gun inside my mouth
And nothing in my brain

The train is passing by
We don't notice with our eyes
No we feel the building shake
Track Name: I Think I'd Rather Be Alone
I think every white car in this Midwest city is yours
And every time I pass your car I wave but you're not there to respond
There's an elephant sitting on my chest and it won't leave
My heart's a miner in a cave-in it's a hive without the bees

You're the one that I wanna spend the rest of my life with
The one I wanna grow long white hair and then lay down to die with
But if it isn't with you then I think I'd rather be alone

I used to be in that Christmas tree picture with you
But you cut me out and taped yourself up next to someone new
And you're getting married on the same month and day that I was born
You blew the candles out and said it's not my birthday anymore

You're the one that I wanna spend the rest of my life with
The one I wanna grow long white hair and then lay down to die with
But if it isn't with you then I think I'd rather be alone

Like the quartet of strings on the Titanic ship
As it's famously going down
I will bravely be playing you this last song
As the lifeboats are drifting out
We get cold
Our last breath in our mouths

You're the one that I wanna spend the rest of my life with
The one I wanna grow long white hair and then lay down to die with
But if it isn't with you then I think I'd rather be alone
I've decided I don't wanna aim a loaded dirty pistol down my throat
So if it isn't with you then I think I'd rather be alone
Yeah if it isn't with you then I think I'd rather be alone
Track Name: The Greatest Part (Brass)
Have you ever put your first with my last name before
Just to see how it would sound in your head
I have put my last with your first name dear
As I try to fall asleep in my cold bed
You're only twenty-one and I hope you don't care if
I'm the brand new bullet in the gun of a sheriff
I don't where I'm heading
But they tell me he's never missed a heart in a chest

And the greatest part
The greatest part
Oh the greatest part
Is we don't know that it ends

Streetlights shake like flags on the wind
In the blacktop puddles that we're dancing in
I can hold you tighter than the clouds hold the rain in the sky
You're covered in rain I'm covered in sin
I don't wanna tell you where my mind just went
But I wanna be the wet strand of hair caught between your lips

And the greatest part
The greatest part
Oh the greatest part
Is we don't know that it ends

Let's go out tonight
I love when snowflakes find your nose
We'll skate around on the thin ice
Until our clothes get soaked

And the greatest part
The greatest part
Oh the greatest part
Is we don't know that it ends
Track Name: A Pair of Threes (Brass)
Hold your cards up to your chest
I'm tempted now to try and guess
And the fool who shows his hand should slit his throat
You got the king the queen is mine
I've got the jack the ten the nine
But the eight's a slave chained up beneath the deck

I've only got a pair of threes but I ain't gonna fold
I know that you were bluffing for your trembling hands they told
Let's lay em on the table now so everyone will know
That all your chips are mine and now you're broke
I hesitate to tell you what you look like
But if you don't find a mirror then you might die

I'm pulling lashes from my eyes
Like flower pedals to decide
If you love me or if you love me not
Now I pulled all my lashes out
But I'm bathing in a tub of doubt
Come pull the plug I'm ready to get out

I've only got a pair of threes but I ain't gonna fold
I know that you were bluffing for your trembling hands they told
Let's lay em on the table now so everyone will know
That all your chips are mine and now you're broke
I hesitate to tell you what you look like
But if you don't find a mirror then you might die
Track Name: Dead Flowers in a Living Room (Brass)
It's colder than water
And thicker than ice
If I could lose feeling
That would be nice

You've got Marilyn Monroe's eyes
And Helen Keller's ear drums
"Beware of Silence" is on your fence
On your doormat "Unwelcome"

My name's a dead language
A word you forgot how to use
I guess there's no use in keeping dead flowers in a living room

If the rain was my apology
And every word a drop
Would you let it get lost in the ground
Or collect it in pots
And would it water your garden
Or flood your house
Would you use an umbrella
Or would you dance around

I'm the city of Pompeii
You're the volcano that blew
I guess there's no use in keeping dead flowers in a living room
Track Name: A Call in June (Brass)
A call in June she never fails me
Fails to remind me of the colors of love
I made her face angry and red
She forgot that blue dress when she left
And when the sky slips on that black lingerie I can't sleep

There are things that you don't think about
Until they're all that you can think about
And you wish that they would stop
I wish you knew I'd jump to my death
If I knew that as I fell you'd fall in love
I'd find your eyes in the crowd before I hit the ground and I'd smile

I drove by and your light was on
I saw a silhouette and it was holding you
I just hope that it's nothing
That I'm not the only ghost in this town
That wishes they could touch you

Your bombs are blowing up my heart
I wanna storm your beach
And make love to you right there on a big white flag
And I think you know but you won't listen
If I have to I will sit down in the street
With a match and I'll be drenched in gasoline

I drove by and your light was on
I saw a silhouette and it was holding you
I just hope that it's nothing
That I'm not the only ghost in this town
That wishes they could touch you
I fall asleep with the t.v. on
And they talk but no sound's coming through
Is that how you think of me
An actor reading lines like he believes it
But not a word is true

A call in June she never fails me
Fails to remind me of the colors of love
Track Name: Porch Swing (Brass)
I can't write these words
Share my feelings
Cause someone might read them
And know all my fears
So just lean in real close
And I'm gonna whisper my secrets to the cave of your ear

I'm listening to library books on tape
But they don't make sense without words on a page
My mind gets distracted and carried away
Like a glass bottled letter for the ocean to take
My body's on fire I can't even cry
I wanna find a nice porch swing and wait there to die

I can't eat though I want to
Probably throw up what I consume
My eyes are shut but the orange spots are a girl I once knew
And I'd talk to her but she's flown like a bird
And I'll write no more love songs until she returns

I'm listening to library books on tape
But they don't make sense without words on a page
My mind gets distracted and carried away
Like a glass bottled letter for the ocean to take
My body's on fire I can't even cry
I wanna find a nice porch swing and wait there to die

You're buying a boat and you're sailing away
Along crooked rivers to a Tennessee lake
It's dark and you're lost and your eyes are like weights
I hope you don't sink her I hope you stay awake

I tried to meet Jesus in Heaven today
I was hoping and praying he'd let me escape
But he said I'm not leaving
He said I had to stay

And listen to library books on tape
But they don't make sense without words on a page
My body's on fire I can't even cry
I wanna find a nice porch swing and wait there to die
Track Name: Fake I.D. (Brass)
We climbed fire escapes up buildings
Like they were peaks upon the mountains
And I was madly in love for the first time

And so it happens with every spring
When honey suckle finds the breeze
That I want that girl all over again
And then I miss that girl all over again
Nearly take my life all over again
Now I know this pain
Now I know too much

I'll probably need
A fake I.D.
To get me into heaven

Now I get lost in strange neighborhoods at night
Admire quiet houses with the lights on inside
I'd give up independence to be safe and loved again
If I knocked maybe they'd let me in
Maybe they'd even call me son
Forget I'm just a stranger on an elevator ride
I could sit down at their table and eat their dinner
Pet their dog and tell them when I grow up
I don't wanna be alone or grown or old
Do you think that they would tuck me in
Kiss me goodnight and tell me
"Son, we're all heading toward the wildest light"

But I'll probably need
A fake I.D.
To get me into heaven

Mary can I bum a ride
I'm trying to get to heaven
I looked at every map but they're all blank inside the atlas
Some may find themselves in hell along the way to heaven
Track Name: New Year's Resolution (Brass)
Each time the tide comes to the shore it tries to hold on to the beach
I watch its hands slide down the sand as if it's trying to escape
Or is it trying to take my name from everybody's mouth
Maybe one day I'll grab its hand and let it pull me down

New Year's Eve and I would like
To resolute to ostracize
The life left in my eyes until it leaves
San Francisco's bridge is high
The bay is far below and I
Will leap off with my heart tied to my feet
Here's hoping this'll be my last New Year's Eve

The sun was leaving so I chased it to the California shore
Got in a boat and sailed to Asia trailing day ahead of night
As I kept moving towns and people were a siren's cry
I don't exist now I'm an idea floating in the light

New Year's Eve and I would like
To resolute to ostracize
The life left in my eyes until it leaves
San Francisco's bridge is high
The bay is far below and I
Will leap off when the shaking leaves my knees
Here's hoping this'll be my last New Year's Eve

Burlington is cold tonight
It's greatest trees hold tires and cry alone
The children grown no longer swing
Here's hoping this'll be my last New Year's Eve
Here's hoping this'll be my last New Year's Eve
Track Name: All Terrain Friends (Brass)
The trees were dead today
Buried in ice
They called out from their graves
They clapped their limbs against themselves
To applaud the men in window sills
Who were asking for their names

And we captured their reply
In cinematic time
The snow's a silent rain

The mass was letting out
Christmas Eve
And the bells are singing now
As a boy I longed to make them sound
And if leaves were falling year around
We never would have met

I had all but left town
With a gun inside my mouth
And nothing in my brain

The train is passing by
We don't notice with our eyes
No we feel the building shake
Track Name: I Think I'd Rather Be Alone (Brass)
I think every white car in this Midwest city is yours
And every time I pass your car I wave but you're not there to respond
There's an elephant sitting on my chest and it won't leave
My heart's a miner in a cave-in it's a hive without the bees

You're the one that I wanna spend the rest of my life with
The one I wanna grow long white hair and then lay down to die with
But if it isn't with you then I think I'd rather be alone

I used to be in that Christmas tree picture with you
But you cut me out and taped yourself up next to someone new
And you're getting married on the same month and day that I was born
You blew the candles out and said it's not my birthday anymore

You're the one that I wanna spend the rest of my life with
The one I wanna grow long white hair and then lay down to die with
But if it isn't with you then I think I'd rather be alone

Like the quartet of strings on the Titanic ship
As it's famously going down
I will bravely be playing you this last song
As the lifeboats are drifting out
We get cold
Our last breath in our mouths

You're the one that I wanna spend the rest of my life with
The one I wanna grow long white hair and then lay down to die with
But if it isn't with you then I think I'd rather be alone
I've decided I don't wanna aim a loaded dirty pistol down my throat
So if it isn't with you then I think I'd rather be alone
Yeah if it isn't with you then I think I'd rather be alone