They'll Hang a Halo Over You

by Chad Pelley

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Written, recorded, and performed by Chad Pelley for the 2016 RPM Challenge, with a little help on the microphone via Aine MacLellan on "She Got In." This year's theme: Boy Meets Indifferent Girl.

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released March 1, 2016

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Chad Pelley St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Chad Pelley is an author who'd rather write songs than stories.

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Track Name: The Dam You Hit
I don’t need a reason ‘cause you are the reason why,
I don’t wanna wait and watch a good thing die.
I know what I’m looking for, I saw it your eyes:
you are like the sun when I’m staring at the sky
... I couldn’t be your maybe not
... I couldn’t be your maybe not
You leave me like a dinner when you’re done with me,
and call me like a cab when you need something.
... I couldn’t be your maybe not

You’re the dream, and I’m awake,
It’s in the cards, that you won’t take:
you’re a truth I never could believe.

You’re the myth, that I’d invent
but then you came, and then you went
just like a winter storm.

I know what you’re looking for is buried in me,
‘cause I can feel it pulling like the moon on the sea.
I know what I’m looking for is hidden in you,
it pulls like a tide tearing me in two.
... I couldn’t be your maybe not
... I couldn’t be your maybe not
I don’t even know why I’m coming when you call,
and I don’t even know why I miss it when you don’t.
... I couldn’t be your maybe not


You poured yourself into
this well I’m wishing in
My pocket’s empty now
just like your bed is.
And if I made You up
It’s ‘cause I needed too.
Now time is like a thief and
it’s taking everything
You’re coming and you’re going
you’re like a river flowing
I am the dam you’re hitting
I am the dam you hit
Bend back the shape I’m in
you’re changing everything
Track Name: She Got In (Ft. Aine MacLellan)
I grew my ribs, to cage my heart,
to keep her out, but she got in.

Doesn’t make you right.
It doesn’t make me wrong.
The heart is a bomb.
Ticking along.

She took me like a test and now she’s gone,
she tried me like a trial now she’s gone,
she’s cracking through my ribs into the heart,
she’s cutting through my heart into the soul.

My heart has arms, they reach for you.
No matter what, I tell them to.
Track Name: Yes No Yes No No
My heart is a bomb and my brain is a mess,
I made you my way out of this.
But you were a path that led to a cliff,
I’m still falling through the air.
Be the ground or be a parachute,
just be something better than this.

Oh o oh o oh o oh o oh, shes goes yes no yes no no.

Don’t you kinda want it, don’t you kinda need it. don’tcha dontcha
Don’t you wish you had it, Don’t you kinda miss it. Don’tcha dontcha
Don’t you kinda want it, don’t you kinda need it. don’tcha dontcha.

It’s come and go and you’re gone again,
you’re worse than a subway car.
the sound of your voice leaves me no choice,
let's get one more night out of this.
See I can more from half of you,
than all of anyone else.

Oh o oh o oh o oh o oh, shes says yes no yes no no.

So where I’m walking be my silhouette,
or be the farthest thing from me.
And if I’m drowning be the lighthouse,
or be the anchor that drags me down.
And if I’m certain be my evidence,
or be the one to shed some doubt.

Oh o oh o oh o oh o oh, shes says yes no yes no no.

Don’t you kinda want it, don’t you kinda need it. don’tcha dontcha
Don’t you wish you had it, Don’t you kinda miss it. Don’tcha dontcha
Don’t you kinda want it, don’t you kinda need it. don’tcha dontcha.
Track Name: Don't Just Break My Heart (Break My Body Too)
She had a name I’d never heard,
and a heart I’d never have.
Love is a game and I know the rules,
for everyone but her.
She was the sky, and I was the kite,
the string, the wind, the pull.
Now I'm icarus, and she is the sun
I'd circle around again.

Don’t just break my heart, my love.
Break my body and my soul.
Break my hands, so I’ll let go.
Break my mind, so I’ll forget:
How we were and what you meant.

I’m looking for you in somebody new,
but she is just not you.
The ghost of you, is all that I get,
and see, and think, and want.
Her words are fine but yours were wine,
I drank you up too fast.
drunk like a fool, I rushed into you,
and I’ve been lost ever since.

Don’t just break my heart, break my will too
So I can learn to not, need you like I do
Don’t just break my heart, break my legs too,
So I can learn not, to chase after you
Don’t just break my heart, break my arms too,
so I can learn let, go of you.
Don’t just break my heart, break my mind too,
so I can learn to forget about you.
Don’t just break my heart, break my soul too,
So I can learn to just, need you when you ...
Track Name: Holdin' Onto a Hurricane Blues
Can’t call it love when it hurts like hell,
can’t call it hell when it feels this good.
I got it wrong but we’ve all got it wrong.
A broken heart writes every song,
and you’re pounding on my heart like you’re King Kong.

My baby moves me like a Hurricane:
you hold on tight, she’s gonna blow you away.
you try and run, she’s gonna suck you in,
... So I keep my eye on the eye of her storm, hey hey.

Knew it was wrong when she stole my heart,
see I’m a sweetheart, she took my best part.
I won’t whine, it belongs to you,
and one of these days you will see that’s true.
You’re more wild than a goddamn zoo.
Track Name: Your Heart Was the Shape I'm In
We crashed like a tidal wave,
this ship sank a month ago,
shark is at my shin again
coming for the final blow.

You shine like a candle light,
I blow like a wind too strong,
this is either right or wrong,
light me up or let me go.

Your heart was the shape i’m in
bent me up and beat me in,
bust my ribs and take the thing,
it needs me less than it needs you.

Can’t escape the cage i’m in
your key opens everything
lock me up or let me in,
don’t just leave me here, that’s cold.


Call it what you want, you leave it in the rain,
you fly it like a kite, the wind is changing anyway.
Comet in the sky, falling hard tonight,
looking for a fight, it’s gonna miss us anyway.
Boy is crying wolf, wolf is in the yard,
the boy is on the fence, the sheep is happy anyway.
You’re keeping what you want, and taking what you need,
you’re breaking the glass, and calling an emergency.
Your face is like the sun, I’m staring too long,
I’m blind like love, But I can’t look away.
A million other stars, a galaxy to mine,
it’s a long way up, when you break those promises.
Track Name: One Thing
The Genie in the lamp,
the fire at your camp,
burnt out like our parents did.

They raise us on these lies,
no one gets the prize,
or if they do the lustre fades.

I just need one thing,
to pour some meaning in,
I ran to you and off you ran.

Your brown eyes are quicksand,
dragging me to dry land,
reel me I’m reeling,
water down this feeling.

She levels me like rum,
love can strike me dumb,
but wiser men have wanted less.

The tortoise never ran,
the rabbit really can,
no one’s ever won that race.

They teach us cut and dry,
what a fucking lie,
nothing’s ever black or white.

I just need one thing,
to pour some meaning in,
I ran to you and off you ran.

Your brown eyes are quicksand,
dragging me to dry land,
reel me I’m reeling,
water down this feeling.
Darling don’t you know I,
got nowhere to go I,
shot myself in my foot,
And bled a path to you.
Track Name: Your Alvy Singer
I had eyes like a fuse not lit,
and you had eyes like quicksand.
Tea on your skirt and a book in your hand,
like every place I’ve never been.
I set sail on your heart and got lost,
I’m never coming back.
You sleep with your head in my shoulder blade,
tracing words on my shoulder,
you ask me to guess and I never get it right,
spill your secrets there

It only took a night with you, to change the way I’ve been,
you pulled the curtain the sun poured in.
Now I'm an open door for you, so pack a bag and stay,
I stood like a statue so long.
Kiss me like a Molotov and blow the world away,
swing those hips like a wrecking ball.

I like the freckles on your face and the way they
rain all over your body.
I want every inch of you,
until my fingerprints are gone.
You can be my blanket hog
I don’t even care that you snore like log.
You’re every plan that I could make
and you + me is your best mistake.
Fuck the rain flick a movie on,
Jiffy pop and Cabernet:
I can be your Alvy Singer
You can be Yo Adrian.
Track Name: Red on My Hands
We can’t amend, the fight we’re in,
you’ll wage a war and not win.
The tears in your eyes, the cat at your tongue,
they won’t undo what’s been done.
Time is a thief, it takes what it wants,
and you can’t blame me for that.
Our bodies are knives, our words are worse,
and you’re too good for that.
The credits have rolled, the sequel’s a bomb,
and I’m done playing along.

It’s love when it hurts you, and its love when it heals you,
and its love when it tears you apart.
The stars dent the sky, like they’re hung out to dry,
and maybe the sky doesn’t want them there?
But we all want something that shines that bright,
and baby that’s not us anymore.

The car is in drive, the cliff is ahead,
we can jump or drown tonight.
You’re buckled in. I’m bailing out.
You’re holding onto air.
There’s lead in foot, every step of the way,
and my feet are sticking to the floor.

It’s easy hate me when you’re standing right there,
and this blood is still red on my hands.
But the knife in your back is next to another,
right next to another knife.
I felt you like a fire, now I’m feeling like a liar
when I say what I used to mean.
So cry out your eyes and feel the beauty in your tears,
in years that we shined like stars.
Love only counted if hurts like this,
and you burn like hell in my heart .
Track Name: Every Lover Leaves Me Wanting You
I’ve got hooks in every ocean,
can’t find you in nobody new.
Every body’s not your body,
every lover leaves me wanting you.

Write this book and be my heroine,
save me from this chapter I’m in.
Good books never have an ending,
Your voice was the plot I finally got.

I’m the story of the women that I let down.
I’m the story of the “other man” in town.
You’re the story the one I finally want.
And it’s written on the wall in every font.

Write this poem and guide me back home,
Two paths split and led me to you.
Patience always was my virtue,
‘til I find a character like you.

Your eyes strike like vipers biting,
your words hurts like venom finding,
any part of me not poisoned,
by the hope you toss to me some nights.

It’s all the same,
It’s all in vain,
A cloud will rain,
The tide will turn the sea.
Track Name: T.H.a.H.O.Y
They'll Hang a Halo Over You.
They'll Hang a Halo Over You
But They Won't Know What I KNow
When They Hang Up the Halo.
They'll Hang a Halo Over You