Swim Real Fast

Released 2005
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You've Got to Be Blind

Words and Music by Butch Castetter
Copyright 2001

Verse 1
Stacy had some hopes and dreams.
She watched them crumble down in disbelief.
She got pregnant at a young age.
Her father told her you make me ashamed.
And those memories they’re hard to loose.
They get down deep and get a hold on you.
You’ve got to shake them or they’ll ruin your life.
Make you bitter and full of strife.

Chorus
You’ve got to be blind to what you see.
You’ve got to be deaf to what you hear.
Or they’ll never know, who you really are, until you show them.

Verse 2
Franky went off to school.
His mother taught him about the golden rule.
He’s got those freckles and red hair.
Steps on the bus, he can feel the stares.
And those memories they’re hard to loose.
They get down deep and get a hold on you.
You’ve got to shake them or they’ll ruin your life.
Make you bitter and full of strife.

Chorus
You’ve got to be blind to what you see.
You’ve got to be deaf to what you hear.
Or they’ll never know, who you really are, until you show them.

Verse 3
Every story starts the same.
Some people learn how to play the game.
And you’ll be weary at the end of the day.
If you worry about what people say.
And those memories they’re hard to loose.
They get down deep and get a hold on you.
You’ve got to shake them or they’ll ruin your life.
Make you bitter and full of strife.

It's a Dog's Life

Words and Music by Butch Castetter
Copyright 2001

Verse 1
Play all night and sleep all day.
Have no rent or bills to pay.
All you got to do is keep the strangers away.
It’s a dog’s life. I think that’s a Dog-gone shame.

Verse 2
I got a boss barking every single day.
For the money I make, it’s not worth my pay.
I just forgot her birthday and she turned me away.
But the dog forgot it too, so why does he get to stay?
The dog’s sleeping on her bed tonight, while I’m turned away.
Many thoughts are racing through my mind and this is what I say:

Chorus 
It’s a dog’s life and everybody knows it.
It’s a dog’s life and everybody knows it..
It’s a dog’s life and everybody knows it..
I think that’s a Dog-gone shame.

Verse 3
He dumps on the carpet and pees on the floor.
It’s ok, he’s sorry, he won’t do it no more.
I leave the toilet seat up for a day.
I come home that evening, there’s all hell to pay.

Long Hard Road

Words and Music by Buth Castetter
Copyright 2003

Verse 1
The damage done, cannot be undone.
But life keeps going on and time keeps rolling on, without you in my life. 
I wish you well. I really do.
I wish you well. I really do.

Verse 2
You’ve had your share or heartaches.
I guess you’re moving on, all the way, without me, in your life. 
I wish you well. I really do.
I wish you well. I really do.

Chorus
Because you can’t look back and you can’t go home. 
First time in your life, you’re all alone.
And it’s a long hard road.
Because you can’t look back and you can’t go home. 
First time in your life you’re all alone.
And it’s a long hard road.

Verse 3
This chapter of my life is through. 
I guess I’ll move along, all the way, without you, in my life.
I wish you well. I really do.
I wish you well. I really do.

Chorus
Because you can’t look back and you can’t go home. 
First time in your life, you’re all alone.
And it’s a long hard road.
Because you can’t look back and you can’t go home. 
First time in your life you’re all alone.
And it’s a long hard road.

Norway Drive

Words and Music by Butch Castetter
Copyright 2004

Verse 1
I made a vow to be true to myself, for the rest of my time.
I’m starting life all over again, right here on Norway Drive.
I’m just like this old guitar,  I’ve been played and dropped a couple of times.
A few nicks and surface marks but inside I’m still doing fine.

Verse 2
Up to the highs been down through the lows.
I’m not afraid to try.
I’m starting life all over again, right here on Norway Drive. 
I’m just like this old guitar, I’ve been played and dropped a couple of times.
A few nicks and surface marks but inside I’m still doing fine.

Chorus
Starting over again, right here on Norway Drive.
I’m starting over again, right here on Norway Drive.
Starting over again, right here on Norway Drive.
I’m starting over again, right here on Norway Drive.

Verse 3
This chapter of my life is through. 
I guess I’ll move along, all the way, without you, in my life.
I wish you well. I really do.
I wish you well. I really do.

Chorus
Because you can’t look back and you can’t go home. 
First time in your life, you’re all alone.
And it’s a long hard road.
Because you can’t look back and you can’t go home. 
First time in your life you’re all alone.
And it’s a long hard road.

Listen to the Silent Sounds

Words and Music by Butch Castetter
Copyright 2004

Verse 1

They shut down the factory today and they sent everybody home.
Sad day, sad day indeed, I feel sick in my soul.
This parking lot’s full of cars it will soon be full of weeds.
We regret the loss of jobs but it’s a global economy.

Chorus
Hmmm.. Hmmm. Hmmm. Listen to the silent sounds.
Hmmm.. Hmmm. Hmmm. Watching everything go down.
Hmmm.. Hmmm. Hmmm. No one really seemed to care.
Hmmm.. Hmmm. Hmmm. Where we gonna go from here. 

Verse 2
Looked in Joe’s eyes today.
You can see he’s really scared.
Twenty years, never missed a day, now he’s worried about having health care.
His wife Betty got sick a couple years ago.
Thank God she’s better now, cause they say she’s uninsurable.

Chorus
Hmmm.. Hmmm. Hmmm. Listen to the silent sounds.
Hmmm.. Hmmm. Hmmm. Watching everything go down.
Hmmm.. Hmmm. Hmmm. No one really seemed to care.
Hmmm.. Hmmm. Hmmm. Where we gonna go from here. 

Verse 3
Politicians got to together and came up with a plan.
Gonna build a riverboat casino gonna call it the MGM.
Now daddy’s a black-jack dealer and momma she runs the slots.
It takes two to make ends meet the kids are home alone.

Chorus
Hmmm.. Hmmm. Hmmm. Listen to the silent sounds.
Hmmm.. Hmmm. Hmmm. Watching everything go down.
Hmmm.. Hmmm. Hmmm. No one really seemed to care.
Hmmm.. Hmmm. Hmmm. Where we gonna go from here. 

Swim Real Fast

Words and Music by Forrest (Butch) Castetter
Copyright 2006

Verse 1
Everybody wants something from me.
They never seem happy just to let me be.
Another call and another hand held out. 
I’m like a fish in the deep blue sea.
Everybody wants to take a bite out of me.
And big fish can really stress me out.

Chorus
But that’s alright I’m ok 
I live to play on another day.
I’m not sure how long I’ll last
But I’m learning how to swim real fast.
Swim real fast

Verse 2
I got a cutie down by the reef.
She smiles at me every time we meet.
Says I’m cute and really sweet.
Showing off for her one day.
Flipping my tail and swimming away.
And a big old shark nearly took me out.

Chorus
But that’s alright I’m ok 
I live to play on another day.
I’m not sure how long I’ll last
But I’m learning how to swim real fast.
Swim real fast

Coming Back for More

Words and Music By: Butch Castetter
Copyright 2000

Verse 1
Down by the pool, I first saw you there.
You and that bikini: I couldn’t help but stare.
Sharing the sunlight: you offered me a drink.

Chorus
Got me, coming back. Coming back for more. 
Got me, coming back. Coming back for more.

Verse 2
Looked in those eyes: that cut in my soul
Touched that body but I could not let it go.
Tasted the nectar between those fine legs.

Chorus
Got me, coming back. Coming back for more. 
Got me, coming back. Coming back for more.

Verse 3
This Midwestern boy has met a fine Texas girl
Our time together has been some kind of thrill.

I’m moving back home now, but I’ll be back here soon

State of Nirvana

Words and Music by Butch Castetter
Copyright 2002

Verse 1
It’s a half past eight and my boss is late.
I can’t get you off of my mind.
You call me on the phone and tell me what I’m missing.
You make it so hard I can barely stand to listen.

Chorus
I’m in a state of nirvana, while the world goes mad.
I’m in a state of nirvana, while the world goes mad.

Verse 2
Been up since four and out the door.
You know I had a job to do.
It’s no thrill but it pays the bills, can’t wait to get home to you.
And something about a negligee? You know I’ll be ready to play.

Chorus
I’m in a state of nirvana, while the world goes mad.
I’m in a state of nirvana, while the world goes mad.

Verse 3
Our best times are the moments spent together.
You and me man and wife.
I want to take your clothes off, when I get you alone.
Kiss you all over till you start to moan.
Moaning with delight and you forgotten all about our fight.

Chorus
I’m in a state of nirvana, while the world goes mad.
I’m in a state of nirvana, while the world goes mad.

Fade Away

Words and Music by Butch Castetter
Copyright 2003

Verse 1
Born to this world. 
The time has come.
A new life is born. A new journey just begun.
We teach our children all that we know.
And slowly fade away.
Everything returns, to whence it came. 
No one really knows why it’s got to be that way.

Chorus
Every Flower has its season and slowly fades way.
Every Flower has its season and slowly fades way.
Every Flower has its season and slowly fades way.

Verse 2 
And if we’re lucky they taught us well.
The skills we need to survive this world.
And how to live lifr well.  
The saddest death, known unto man.
Is to die with a bitter heart and lose faith in God’s plan.

Chorus
No one really knows why its got to be that way.
The people left behind sometimes can barely stand the pain.

Chorus
No one really knows why its got to be that way.
The people left behind sometimes can barely stand the pain.

If That Girl Was Mine

Words and Music By: Butch Castetter
Copyright 2000

Verse 1
Looks like a model on the cover of a magazine
Looks like the girl that keeps popping up in my dreams.
With a face like an angel and long blond hair. 
A beautiful smile and a deep dark stare.
Oh, that girl is fine. How I wish that girl was mine.

Chorus 
If that girls was mine. I’d be home for dinner every night right on time. 
If that girls was mine. I’d help out in the kitchen every single night.
Cause, she’s the kind of girl that make a bad boy want to do right.

Verse 2
She’s not like the others that put on such a show.
She’s got a little boy that she loves down in her soul. 
Not about money or material things.
I love her so much for the things she brings.
Oh that girl is fine.
How I wish that girl was mine

Chorus 
If that girls was mine. I’d be home for dinner every night right on time. 
If that girls was mine. I’d help out in the kitchen every single night.
Cause, she’s the kind of girl that make a bad boy want to do right.

Verse 3
When I get around her I get just a little shy.
I’ve never had a problem with words so I don’t know why
It’s fate that determines the souls that we see but I was was kindda hoping her fate is with me. 
Oh, wouldn’t that be  nice.
Maybe she’ll let me be her star.
If I could play her my guitar .
Oh,  wouldn’t that be nice.
How I wish that girls was mine.

Chorus 
If that girls was mine. I’d be home for dinner every night right on time. 
If that girls was mine. I’d help out in the kitchen every single night.
Cause, she’s the kind of girl that make a bad boy want to do right.

Last Night Down in Houston

Words and Music by Butch Castetter
Copyright 2000-2003

Verse 1
Last night down in Houston, I thought I heard an angel call
Last night down in Houston, I thought I heard an angel call
I cast my eyes upon her and this is what I saw
She had lean long legs and lips red a pouty 
Her tong was a little sharp and her mind a little naughty.
Last night down in Houston, I thought I heard an angel call

I cast my eyes upon her and that is what I saw

Verse 2
Last night down in Houston, I thought I heard an angel call
Last night down in Houston, I thought I heard an angel call
I cast my eyes upon her and this is what I saw
She had a sexy little smile and a sassy kind style
When she turned and looked at me, she damn near drove me wild.
Last night down in Houston, I thought I heard an angel call

I cast my eyes upon her and that’s exactly what I saw

Review

"...His debut 'Swim Real Fast' was released in 2005. The title track was picked as one of Rolling Stone’s Magazine’s “Playlist of the Day” in March 2007."

Mary Anne Christiano - The Montclair Times

Credits

Produced by: Steve Creech
Associate Producer: Butch Castetter
Executive Producer: Austin Parks
Recorded by: Steve Creech at Penny Lane Productions
(Indianapolis, IN)
Mixed by: Alan Johnson at The Static Shack
(Indianapolis, IN)
Mastered by: Gary Mielke
Art Direction/Design: P.J. Yinger & Austin Parks
Location Photography: Sally Atkins

Artists

Butch Castetter - Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Bass & Banjo
Gary Mielke - Bass & Keyboards
Steve Creech - Keyboards, Bass & Background Vocals
Micheal Clark - Acoustic, Electric & Pedal Steel Guitars
Dane Clark - Percussion
Dave Pleiss - Drums
Greg Gernhardt - Bass & Electric Guitars
Dennis Arney - Drums

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