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So Alive, Emily written with Woolford Scott; Waiting with David Wilkinson; and Winter Drought with Dietmar Berkner & Dirk Homuth.

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released January 10, 2016

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Track Name: So Alive, Emily
It's really good to see you again.

That dress looks real pretty – thought there'd be more here.

And she looks good, considering what brings us here.

—Childhood so far away, playing kiss & chase, you me whatshisface & Emily

If I close these damp eyes, she stands right here.

That girl's smile, that wild laugh – they ring so clear.

—Childhood so far away, playing kiss & chase, you me whatshisface & Emily
—Childhood so far away, playing kiss & chase, you me whatshisface, Emily

Didn't she have a family? No, none that I can see.
Guess it's just you & me. Say goodbye to Emily

—So alive, Emily
—So alive, Emily
—So alive, Emilly
—So alive, Emily
—So alive
Track Name: Outside Poughkeepsie (A Thousand Roadsides)
A jeep stopped outside Poughkeepsie
An hour’s shelter from the rain
The driver, he cursed like a gypsy
Next time we’ll take the train

We split that apple from your backpack
I stuck out my thumb
Too late to backtrack
Our troubles just begun

__A thousand roadsides, a thousand miles
__A thousand signs along the way
__Broken bottles, broken glass
__Broken nights, broken days

We smoked that gift from the deadhead
You fell asleep in your clothes
Old cigarette holes in the bedspread
I count the freckles on your nose

[chorus]

____But when you sing Goodnight Irene
____The skies begin to clear
____“Goodnight Irene, I’ll see you in my dreams”
____Before they disappear

They kicked us out by some river
You threw out a hook
While we waited for it to deliver
Something we somehow could cook

And the banks, they were swarming
With unrecorded life
The words I tried forming
“You’ll never be a wife”

[chorus]

[last chorus]
__A thousand roadsides, a thousand miles
__A thousand signs along the way
__Broken bottles, broken glass
__Broken dreams, broken days
Track Name: Tears of Hay
In the deeps of February
You run out of month
Goes so fast it isn’t even scary
And so you choose to punt

You slide down a tunnel to the day
You smile like a monk
Bump into a hundred things to say
Read the writing on the trunk

Tears of hay, tears of soil
Crumple your face’s square of tinfoil

You climb up the scarred tree to the sky
You throw down the fruit
Peer into all the nests so high
But there’s nothing left to loot

Tears of hay, tears of soil
Crumple your face’s square of tinfoil
Tears of hay, tears of soil
Crumple your face’s square of tinfoil
Track Name: Waiting (live @ St. Bogdag)
Staring at the sun
And waiting for the night to come again
Another year begun
Another year is coming to an end

Howling at the moon
And waiting for the stars to disappear
Daylight comes too soon
A winter chill hangs in the frozen air

Waiting
Watching
Thinking
Maybe
Of searching
Somewhere
For you—

Looking
Hoping
Wanting
Some way
A new day
Be dawning
With you—

No one speaks your name
No, no one looks into your amber eyes
No one sings your song
No, no one comes along and even tries

A long, long time ago
I dreamed there would be someone here like you
But now I’ve come to know
Illusion and delusion must see me through
The bleakest blue

[Chorus]

Staring at the sun
And waiting for the night to come again
Another year begun
Another year is coming to an end

Howling at the moon
And waiting for the stars to disappear
Daylight comes too soon
A winter chill hangs in the air so clear
You are not here

[Chorus]
Track Name: Upside-Down Hollywood
Upside-down Hollywood
Where the stars come to rest
Her skidmarks are salted away
Doubtless for the best

Upside-down Hollywood
Where the stars break their fall
She drains another thermos cup
Feeling four feet tall
Love for her is poison oak
Gets worse every time
She tells herself another joke
Leaves out the final line

Upside-down Hollywood
A baking soda town
She dreams of being Robin Hood
Feels more like Charlie Brown
She runs into a mirror
Bangs her nose real bad
Undecorates her interior
Uncorks a memory of her dad

Upside-down Hollywood
Where the stars all burn out
She flares up for a moment …
Track Name: Ring in the Day
We listen for someone to crack a word
The glisten of rain on two tongueless birds
This prison: despairing of ever being heard

While here, high and chill
We wait for a bell
To ring in the day

We’re touching, afraid of ever letting go
Claws clutching this dead branch of the old sycamore
I am searching the skies and your face for a trace of code

While here, high and chill
We wait for a bell
To ring in the day

Our breathing is falling strangely in synch
Wings beating, hearts quailing at the lip of the brink
Oh to be seeing the links of this chain slip and sink

But here, high and chill
We wait for one cracked bell
To ring in the day
Track Name: The New Tomorrow
Welcome to the new tomorrow
Goodbye to the old
More thrill without a net
So we ask you /Be bold/

Pleasure is the measure
In this brash new world of thine
Send your brain on vacation
Visit our free bar for your mind

But not in the daytime
Unless you say you’re on break
Or shopping in some cloudbank
We know it can’t always wait

Welcome to the new tomorrow
Goodbye to the drag
We hawk fun on every corner
Always something to make your tail wag

Lift your leg on any tree
We give you perfect choice
Up the street the hounds are howling
Baying for your voice

We rent you your bedrooms
Go on – have a /good time/
We don’t even ask you
To sign any dotted line….

Welcome to the new tomorrow
Goodbye to the reins
We hold them so you don’t have to
We bid you welcome again

You are a holy beast
Whom we program to receive
We curse your name tenderly
We don’t worship – just believe

But never on Sunday
A donkey needs his rest
A jenny mule, her blanket
We ask you /Keep to the nest/

Welcome to the new tomorrow
Say hello to your day
Track Name: Two Little Pigs
The knockdown man
The berry blonde
Clutch at each other
Grow terribly fond
This house of bales
The strike of this match
Each throat claiming
The other’s the catch

Her knotty future
His splintered past
Running against the grain
They’ll never last
Indecision tree
Rip and cut cross flight
Wood thy maid
Wood thy wight

Wolf at the window
Wind at our walls
We brace ourselves
For the coming fall
The tunneling winter
The springing squall
It’s straw, sticks and bricks
And then sweet nothing at all
Sweet nothing—

He’s lining the oven
She’s pulling up stakes
Still built like
The proverbial jakes
The storybook soldier
The storybook doll
Between them they’re building
A fairytale wall
Track Name: Lightning Strike
Forking bolts
Map out the canyon
Pin down rocks, brace the sky
And chalk the trees

A Douglas fir
Bursts into flame
It leaping licks
From trunk to crown

And silhouettes
A 6-point stag
Frozen on
A rocky knoll

The ozone stink
When rain is near
Track Name: The First Boy
The first boy on the bus
Was the first one to rise
He watches the others board
With sleep caught in their eyes

But first he walked out in the dark
To pull down hay and set out grain
And break the ice in the galvanized trough
And bury his face in her mane

The first boy sits up front
And tastes his fresh-brushed teeth
He jokes with the driver
Though the first boy is shy of speech

He watches the others wait
By farmhouse – mailbox – ravine
He knows how their lives look
While he remains unseen

Schooldays sure seem long
When you’re used to being alone
But he knows that later on
He’ll be riding that long bus home

The first boy on the bus
Is the last one to descend
He scuffs the packed gravel path back
Thinking about having a friend