Covers (Compilation)

by Gavin Castleton

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This is a collection of covers I've done throughout my last 8 years as a solo artist.

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released March 25, 2013

Cover art by Tyler Finck (tylerfinck.com)

Recorded and mixed by Gavin Castleton between 2004 and 2013.

for videos of some of these songs visit youtube.com/gavincastleton.

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Gavin Castleton Portland, Oregon

In addition to releasing 8 albums and 8 EPs of original material, Gavin Castleton is the keyboardist and backing vocalist for The Dear Hunter. Over the last two decades he has performed and recorded with acts like Gruvis Malt, Ebu Gogo, Paranoid Social Club, Sage Francis, Club D’elf, Lex Land, Facing New York, and One Drop. ... more

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Track Name: Swim Good (Frank Ocean cover)
that's a pretty big trunk
on my Lincoln town car ain't it
big enough to take these broken hearts
and put em in it..
now I'm driving round
on the boulevard, trunk bleeding
and every time the cops pull me over
they don't ever see them
they never see them

and I've got this black suit on
roaming around like I'm ready for a funeral
I got 5 more miles 'til the road runs out

{how can this feel so right... now}

I'm about to drive in the ocean
I'm about to swim from something
bigger than me
kick off my shoes
and swim good
and swim good
take off this suit
and swim good
and swim good
good

got some mediocre beats
on this 808 CD, yeah
memory seats I'm sitting on stay heated
and I would've put tints on the windows
but what's the difference?
I'm feeling like a ghost (no Swayze)
ever since I lost my baby
and now I got this black suit on
I'm rolling around like I'm ready for a funeral
I got one more mile 'til the road runs out

I'm about to drive in the ocean
I'm about to swim from something bigger than me
kick off my shoes
and swim good
and swim good
take off this suit
and swim good
and swim good

I'm going out
(oh my pretty love)
don't try stopping me
I'm going out
(throw me a line)
don't try to save me
(you broke my heart)
I got no flares
(you broke my heart)
I got no vest
(prove my love)
I got no fear
the waves are washing me out...

I'm about to drive in the ocean
I'm about to swim from something bigger than me
take off my shoes
and swim good
and swim good
take off this suit
and swim good
and swim good
good

{How can this feel so right?
In this moment, how can this feel so right?}
Track Name: Sledgehammer (Peter Gabriel cover)
You could have a steam train
If you'd just lay down your tracks
You could have an aeroplane flying
If you bring your blue sky back

All you do is call me
I'll be anything you need

You could have a big dipper
Going up and down, all around the bends
You could have a bumper car, bumping
This amusement never ends

I want to be your sledgehammer
Why don't you call my name
Oh let me be your sledgehammer
This will be my testimony
Show me round your fruitcage
'cos I will be your honey bee
Open up your fruitcage
Where the fruit is as sweet as can be

I want to be your sledgehammer
Why don't you call my name
You'd better call the sledgehammer
Put your mind at rest
I'm going to be-the sledgehammer
This can be my testimony
I'm your sledgehammer
Let there be no doubt about it

Sledge sledge sledgehammer

I've kicked the habit
Shed my skin
This is the new stuff
we go dancing in, we go dancing in
Oh won't you show for me
like I show for you
won't you show for me, like I show for you
I keep time with the rhythm
I'm going to feel that power,
feel that power
yeah
Come on, come on, help me do
yeah
Track Name: Tonight You Belong To Me
I know (I know)
You belong to somebody new
but tonight you belong to me
Although (although) we're apart
you're a part of my heart
but tonight you belong to me
Way down by the stream
how sweet it would seem
just to dream once more in the moonlight
My honey, I know
with the dawn that you will be gone
But tonight you belong to me

[work it out]

Way down, (way down) by the stream
How sweet (how sweet) it would seem
just to dream once more in the moonlight
My honey, I know
with the dawn that you will be gone
But tonight you belong to me
yes, tonight you belong to me...
AND
NOBODY
ELSE.
Track Name: Forget About (Sibylle Baier cover)
You made me forget about
have, want and exert
and all of a sudden I feel proud
for being without saying a word
you made me forget about
past and pain
time you washed out
like a soft sudden summer rain

you do me good
you do me
so good you made me forget about
hmmm

You made me forget about
have, want and exert
and all of a sudden I found out
oh it's beautiful the way you wear your shirt
you do me good you made me forget about
hmmm
Track Name: I've Gotta Get a Message to You (Bee Gees cover)
The preacher talked to me and he smiled,
Said, come and walk with me, come and walk one more mile.
Now for once in your life you're alone,
But you aint got a dime, there's no time for the phone.

Ive just got to get a message to you, hold on, hold on.
One more hour and my life will be through, hold on, hold on.

I told him Im in no hurry,
But if I broke her heart, wont you tell her Im sorry.
And for once in my life Im alone,
And Ive got to let her know just in time before I go.

Ive just go to get a message to you, hold on, hold on.
One more hour and my life will be through, hold on, hold on.

Well I laughed but that didn't hurt,
And it's only her love that keeps me wearing this dirt.
Now Im crying but deep down inside,
Well I did it to him, now it's my turn to die.

Ive just got to get a message to you, hold on, hold on.
One more hour and my life will be through, hold on, hold on.
Track Name: Hot Knife (Fiona Apple cover)
If I'm butter - if I'm butter-
If I'm butter, then [s]he's a hot knife,
[s]he makes my heart a cinemascope screen,
showing a dancing bird of paradise.

[S]he excites me
Must be like the genesis of rhythm
I get feisty
Whenever I'm with h[er]

I'm a hot knife- I'm a hot knife-
I'm a hot knife [s]he's a pad of butter.
If I get a chance, I'm gonna show her that
[s]he's never gonna need another never [gonna] need another.


And you can, and you can, and you can relax around me

Maybe [s]he can teach me something, maybe I can teach h[er] too
Even just a little tease to show h[er] [s]he's never really got a hold on you.
Track Name: Nothing Compares 2 U (Prince cover)
It's been seven hours and fifteen days
Since you took your love away
I go out every night and sleep all day
Since you took your love away
Since you been gone I can do whatever I want
I can see whomever I choose
I can eat my dinner in a fancy restaurant
But nothing
no nothing can take away these blues

'Cause nothing compares
Nothing compares to you

It's been so lonely without you here
Like a bird without a song
Nothing can stop these lonely tears from falling
Tell me baby, where did I go wrong?
I could put my arms around every [girl] I see
But [she'd] only remind me of you
I went to the doctor and guess what he told me
Guess what he told me
He said [boy] you better try to have fun
No matter what you do
But he's a fool

'Cause nothing compares
Nothing compares to you

All the flowers that you planted, mama
In the back yard
All died when you went away
I know that living with [me] baby was sometimes hard
But I'm willing to give it another try

Nothing compares
Nothing compares to you
Nothing compares
Nothing compares to you
Nothing compares
Nothing compares to you
Track Name: Come to Me (Bjork cover)
Come to me
I'll take care of you
protect you
calm, calm down
you're exhausted
come lie down
you don't have to explain
i understand

you know
that I adore you
you know
that I love you
so don't make me say it
it would burst the bubble
break the charm

jump off
your building's on fire
and I'll catch you
I'll catch you
destroy all that is keeping you down
and then I'll nurse you
I'll nurse you

Come to me
I'll take care of you
you don't have to explain
I understand
Track Name: Somebody That I Used to Know (Elliott Smith cover)
I had tender feelings that you made hard
But it's your heart, not mine, that's scarred
So when I go home I'll be happy to go
You're just somebody that I used to know

You don't need my help anymore
It's all now to you, there ain't no before
Now that you're big enough to run your own show
You're just somebody that I used to know

I watched you deal in a dying day
And throw a living past away
So you can be sure that you're in control
You're just somebody that I used to know

I know you don't think you did me wrong
And I can't stay this mad for long
Keeping ahold of what you just let go
You're just somebody that I used to know
Track Name: I Can't Wait (Nu Shooz cover)
My love, tell me what it's all about
You've go something that I can't live without
Happiness, is so hard to find
Hey baby, tell me what is on your mind

'Cause I can't wait (baby I can't wait)
'til you call me on the telephone
I can't wait (baby I can't wait)
'til we're all alone

You know I love you even when you don't try
I know that our love will never die
Hey darling when you look into my eye
Please tell me you'll never have to say goodbye

'Cause I can't wait (baby I can't wait)
this is what I've been waiting for
I can't wait (baby I can't wait)
' til my love walks in the door
I can't wait (baby I can't wait)
true love is so hard to find
I found yours, you found mine
I can't wait (baby I can't wait)
tell me what is on your mind
Track Name: Eyes in the Back of my Head (Kelli Schaefer cover)
I don't have eyes in the back of my head
I don't have ears in the sides of it either
but I have a mouth that carries a debt so big
that when compared with the weight of the ocean
I win.

And I'm not trying to wake a sleeping giant
or move a mountain...
start a revolution
And as sick as they seem,
my elementary dreams are weak and feeble
I'm simply trying to use my hands.
my hands
my hands
my hands
Oh you lofty hearts
get on your knees and fold your hands
bow your heads to the floor, my friends
and pound, pound, pound 'til the ringing ends...
until the ringing ends...
until the ringing ends...
until the ringing ends...
until the ringing ends...
Track Name: 'Til I Die (Brian Wilson cover)
I'm a cork on the ocean
Floating over the raging sea
How deep is the ocean?
How deep is the ocean?
I lost my way
Hey hey hey

I'm a rock in a landslide
Rolling over the mountainside
How deep is the valley?
How deep is the valley?
It kills my soul
Hey hey hey

I'm a leaf on a windy day
Pretty soon I'll be blown away
How long will the wind blow?
How long will the wind blow?

Do do do do
Do do do do
Do do

Until I die
Until I die
These things I'll be until I die
These things I'll be until I die
These things I'll be until I die
These things I'll be until I die
These things I'll be until I die
These things I'll be until I die
Track Name: Imagine (John Lennon cover)
Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace

You, you may say
I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people sharing all the world

You, you may say
I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will live as one
Track Name: Ben (Michael Jackson cover)
Ben the two of us need look no more
We both found what we were looking for
With a friend to call my own I'll never be alone
And you my friend will see you've got a friend in me
(you've got a friend in me)

Ben you're always running here and there
(here and there)
You feel you're not wanted anywhere
(anywhere)
If you ever look behind and don't like what you find
There's something you should know you've got a place to go
(you've got a place to go)

I used to say "I and me"
Now it's us now it's we
(I used to say "I is me")
(now it's us now it's we)

Ben most people would turn you away
I don't listen to a word they say
They don't see you as I do I wish they would try to
I'm sure they'd think again if they had a friend like Ben

Like Ben
Like Ben
Like Ben