Escaping from the Pale Moonlight prerelease

by Sweet Wednesday

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credits

released May 2, 2012

Lisa Housman- vocals, guitar
Dave Falk- vocals, guitar

Steve Mayone- electric guitar, lapsteel
Paul Kochanski- bass
Andy Plaisted-drums
Jim Gambino- keys, accordion

special guests:
Steve Sadler- dobro, mandolin, banjo (4, 6, 14)
Jackie Damsky- fiddle (4, 11)
Jim Henry- mandolin, baritone guitar (5)
Jamie Walker- electric guitar (7)

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Track Name: Days Grow Long
So my love, well, I must leave
But I will be back soon
We shall hold each other again
With the return of three new moons

When the days grow long
And the night gets cold
Do you think about me?
Could it save your soul?

Darling here I am
You know you’ve got to be brave
There’s a place for us
Somewhere beyond the grave

See our ship’s hit by a storm
Seen waves about a mile high
It seems that we’ve been swallowed by the sea
Never again to see the sky

When the days grow long
And the night gets cold
Do you think about me?
Could it save your soul?

Darling here I am
You know you’ve got to be brave
There’s a place for us
Somewhere beyond the grave

Been searching for so long
Been dying to see you
I’m running in circles
Been running to meet you

See your ghost fly through the air
‘Neath the winter stars so bright
When the moon is full and takes an orange glow
That’s where our souls ignite

When the days grow long...
Track Name: Southern Drawl
I remember my hair was at sixes and sevens
You told me, “How lovely you are…
There’s a strange kind of glow that you get to your face from
the nights that you slept in the car.”

And you said, “There’s a place in the town
You can hold down a job
You can shake off your load…”

But the price was too heavy
And I too unsteady
And so I got back on the road

And I carry a Southern Drawl
Sometimes, ‘cause it makes me think of you
Makes me think of you

Heart shaped tomatoes
Forget-me-not flowers
And lace, in your garden they grow

And I just throw down a few
Seeds in each town
In the ground by the side of the road

And I come back, they’re trampled
Or starving for light
And I tend them
The best that I can

But the one in your yard that we planted together
It reaches a green, leafy hand

And I carry a Southern Drawl
Sometimes, ‘cause it makes me think of you
Makes me think of you

And we haven’t spoken for years
Still your voice, it comes out of my mouth
From time to time
And folks always ask
From what part I come in the South

Oh, the last time I saw you
My coat was unraveling
And so you held onto the string

And it stretched across miles
And mountains and oceans
‘Til it all fell apart at the seams

And when it was gone, well I had just my arms
And my knees to keep me from the cold

But the last words we’ve spoken
Were angry, so stubborn
You won’t call again on the phone

So I carry a Southern Drawl
Sometimes, ‘cause it makes me think of you
Makes me think of you
Track Name: Ophelia
We met during the Revolutionary War
Near Old Man Smith’s grocery store
Conditions were bad, morale kind of scary
Half our men dead from dysentery

I ran the French canons from Lake Champlain
That we slid across the Hudson in the ice and the rain
When we won Boston, headed down to York
A town with a temple and thirty churches

And there were girls like I’d seen in the pictures
Living on down in the Red Light District
I was lost, just looking for a martyr
When I fell in love with the madam’s daughter

The greatest love that I ever had was
Ophelia, goddess of the moonlight

I asked the madam for her daughter’s hand in marriage
She said, “There’s nothing more that I’d disparage.
Got no money, think your cause is just
I lose business when you tar and feather the Loyalists.”

Ophelia was seventeen, I was a half year older
Bonniest lily of York I told her
We both agreed to run away that night
Get married beneath the forest in the pale moonlight

The greatest love that I ever had was
Ophelia, goddess of the moonlight

We met south of the city ‘neath the midnight moon
Made love under the stars, heard the sound of the loons
Ground started shaking, lightning came in a blast
That could take out seven men in its path

And we were separated by the night and the storm
And I went into a cave where it was dry and warm
The next day Ophelia was nowhere to be seen
She came with the night and was gone like a dream

The greatest love that I ever had was
Ophelia, goddess of the moonlight

So I was alone, the punishment was murder
Worse off than the Loyalists as a deserter
I was caught by the crown, wouldn’t praise it out of reason
So they put me in the brig, gonna hang me for treason

The moon was hidden and the night was cold
Ophelia came to me some have told
We flew home some how got away
Rode British horses through the night
Crossed the Hudson by daybreak

So if you see two birds black as midnight
Running as if escaping from the pale moonlight
Fleeing from the British and American hands
Some say that was me and sweet Ophelia

The greatest love that I ever had was
Ophelia, goddess of the moonlight
Track Name: Desert Flowers on Route 66
It’s overcast today on Route 66
My stomach growls over the engine's roar
Drove all night from Dallas to get away
From my boyfriend who was just in jail
Spent my last two hundred to pay for his bail

So I stopped at Phillips 66 when my car would go no more
Listen to my story before you walk out that door

“Hey mister, I left my wallet at the last station
And I got no money for food
But I got friends in California
And you know we’re cool
So if you could spare just a little change
Well, it’ll all add up
A dollar every hour puts some fuel in the tank
And some food in the glove.”

So I stopped at Phillips 66 when my car would go no more
Listen to my story before you walk out that door


I was just a hundred miles from Orange County
When the clerk said he was on to my scam
He said, “You must leave this place
Save your sob stories, I don’t give a damn.”

So I pulled over at the next rest stop
To pass the night
As the last tank of gas fell through my engine
Like sand through an hourglass

Did you pass me on Route 66?
I was walking by the road
Picking desert flowers in the February cold

'Cuz I’m always on Route 66
A shadow passing in the night
I’m still out there looking for that violet light
Track Name: Castle in the Sun
Well I wish there was a window in this big brick wall
And I try to eat sugar and it tastes like salt
Wilted flowers were the only kind of ones you sent
Is that any kind of way you ought to treat a friend?

'Cause you
Didn’t do me like you could have done
Could have given me a castle in the sun
Instead you threw me down inside this hole
Why you chew me out I’ll never know

Well the days go by and they’re all the same
Each one stumbling along so lame
You stole my heart when I was just sixteen
How could anyone treat anybody so mean?

'Cause you
Didn’t do me like you could have done
Could have given me a castle in the sun
Instead you threw me down inside this hole
Why you chew me out I’ll never know

And if a castle is too much to ask
I would be happy with just a minute of your time
Because the past is such a tangled thread
I need you to help me to unwind
Unwind

Well I’ve got my books and I’ve got my poems
So I won’t be traveling along alone
Feel like the shadow of a shadow in the early dawn
Tell me, baby, did I hold on for too long

'Cause you
Didn’t do me like you could have done...
Track Name: Million Dollar Smile
Well your daddy says I’ve been lying to you
But you know that that ain’t true
And I love the pretty way that you smile at me
And all the crazy things you do

Tap my feet and I’m feeling fine
I’m gonna love you until the end of time
Or at least until the break of day

Well they say this ship is out to sea
You put out your four sails
As I drift onto that barroom stool
Gonna drown them sorrows with ale

Well, clap my hands and I’m feeling fine
I’m gonna love you until the end of time
Or at least until the break of day

Cuz baby it’s all right, it’s okay
Things will get better in a little while
It’s all right, it’s okay
Just show me that million dollar smile

The rain’s been tearin’ down
The tide’s been rollin’ low
And at times we’ve been stranded in the Gulf of Mexico
Oh Baby, it’s all right, it’s okay
Thing’s are growing brighter each and every day

Well the waters crash upon thirsty shores
And the clouds at times they weep
And voices come walking past that chamber door
And they’ll knock on you in your sleep
And the clown steps down from his lofty stand
He was looking kind of glad
And he cries out for everyone to see and hear
“You can’t lose what you’ve never had.”

Well, snap my fingers and I’m feeling fine
I’m gonna love you until the end of time
Or at least until the break of day
Track Name: Curious Eyes
I didn’t say nothing, all I could do was stare
At her emerald eyes and her long brown hair
She caught my glance from across the room
I smiled back at her and then I howled at the moon

Before I knew it she was sailing my way
Her hair blew through the wind and her dress a bouquet
Of lilac flowers and the violets in bloom
And of curious eyes that could light up a room

When we sailed home we both had to get jobs to get by
And we spent all out money, spent it all getting high
The Writing didn’t work out, she never made it on stage
What was once a ripe orchard became a torn page

Things go right, Lord, things go wrong
Sometimes all we’re left with is a song
Time moves fast, time goes by so slow
Tell me, Lord, where did the time go?

Now I hear she dates some rich man lives on 42nd Street
And she wears her fancy clothes
Ruby slippers on her feet
I guess together couldn’t make ends meet
It’s kind of sad thinking about it when it’s love and defeat

There’s a place in my heart I won’t let nothing come in
I try to let nothing out but it’s from here that I sing
Of lilac flowers and the violets in bloom
And of curious eyes that could light up a room
Track Name: One Thing
You are the shining light of the morning
You are the calm and constant beauty of the night
You’ve got the song of the birds and the magic of words
That sparkle before the light

For you I’d cross a thousand oceans
Brave ten thousand deserts and the London rain
You are my love, you are my shelter
Your smile melts away
All sadness and pain

As the days go by like rain
And the night goes by all the same
If there’s one thing that I know
It’s that our love will never go
Away

I know you’ll always be there for me
Just like I’ll always be there for you
You are my love you are my best friend
And we will carry each other through

As the days go by like rain
And the night goes by all the same
If there’s one thing that I know
It’s that our love will never go
Away

And if I counted the ways I loved you
I’d be standing here for a thousand years
And if I counted all the love and laughter that you’ve given me
It would be more than a beach has sand or an ocean has tears

As the days go by like rain...

Tell me baby, tell me true
You’ve got the fire inside of you
And the one thing that I know
It’s all right, allright

You got the sweetness, you’ve got the flair
And you’ve got roses in your hair
And the one thing that I know
It’s all right, allright

So tell me baby, tell me true
Oh sweet darling, I love you
And the one thing that I know
It’s all right, allright

And the days go by like rain
Track Name: Kimchi
All these little puzzles I was trying to work out
And instead they got smashed on the floor
Victim of carelessness driving too fast
Took my heart off to a far distant shore

And I take Kimchi out in the fields by the school
But he won't run with anyone else besides you
And the sky came down bluer than ever before
And it painted my shoes and painted the floor
Of our house here

I remember mornings of lavender
Rise to the strain of your soft violin
And at the crescendo I'd start to sing too
And Kimchi would howl and join in

And I take Kimchi out in the fields by the school
But he won't run with anyone else besides you
And the sky came down bluer than ever before
And it painted my shoes and painted the floor
Of our house here

And your parents call everyday
Think I've hidden you here
"Are you just in a closet somewhere?"
Your voice it lives only
In my ear

Well it took a long time to let you in
It's gonna take a long time to let go
Stuck in traffic your jokes will find me
and follow wherever I go

And I take Kimchi out in the fields by the school...
Track Name: My Life is Not My Own
Been beat down, gone underground
And my life it is not my own
I ran away into the fray
Still my life it is not my own

You can get on your knees and pray
You can wait until the judgment day
You may find yourself in need of attention
And the one thing you hold true
Is that it all comes down to you
But still my life it is not my own

Been born again, and I’ve lost a friend
And I can't find my way home
Got a wife somewhere and children there
Still my life it is not my own

Oh mercy mercy me, I pray onto the stars and sea
That someday soon I may walk beside them
But until that blessed day, all that I can do is pray
Because my life it is not my own

You can get lost inside this city
Where it always looks like rain
There ain’t nothing you can do
There ain’t nothing you can say
Because you just can’t stop the rain

Ain’t seen the sky since ‘45
And my life it is not my own
Heard Jesus saves, and I’ve seen early graves
And stil my life it is not my own

You may find yourself confused and then quietly amused
You may find yourself with nothing left to trust n
With this tremor in my brain, and this hurt inside my veins
Because my life it is not my own
Track Name: I Still Love You
What do you do in the middle of the day
To fight these blues that won’t go away?
I still love you the best that I can

What do you do in the middle of the night
As we toss and turn from the battles that we just can’t fight?
I still love you the best that I can

And if the moon were to rise too soon
And then fall into the sea
And if the stars as bright as they are
Disappeared and we just couldn’t see ‘em
I’d laugh for you, if you want me to

What do you do in the early morn
To put the pieces back together of these dreams so torn?
I still love you the best that I can

Oh oh oh oh. Oh oh oh oh oh. Oh oh. Oh.
Track Name: Open Up the Blind
Open up the blind
No don't be afraid
You've been hiding behind it so many days
That I think you forgot that sunshine is outside

You don't have to meet no one's eye
You can gaze at treetops when you walk by
If they ask your name, you can just call out
Something wild and strange

And the future you have written
In the margins can come true
It will rise to you unbidden
Like the steam that rises over all the gloom

Cause I've seen you with head in your hands
There lamenting mistakes that we've made
But here the bird comes, pecks at your window
So open it, don't be afraid...yeah...

Down by the rushes
Where willows wind
We would sit for hours
We would lose the time
Then you'd leap up and clear the stream in just one bound

The whole world was that stream for you
You leaped over all the sad things we'd do
Did you lose somewhere that pair you had of
Rocket powered shoes?

And the future you have written
In the margins can come true
It will rise to you unbidden
Like the steam that rises over all the gloom

Cause I've seen you with head in your hands
There lamenting mistakes that we've made
But here the bird comes, pecks at your window
So open it, don't be afraid...yeah...

It's so hard to go back outside
When you feel you're the victim of everyone's eyes
And there's so much about this past year
That you just can't explain

You won't have to
I'll walk with you
I'll deflect all their stares with my cheap mirrored jewels
And if you should stumble
Just take it as a chance to find marbles and treasures on the ground...yeah...
Now the puzzle has scattered wide
And some pieces of it
Have tried to hide
But they're out there, under rocks and under stars

I'll go searching, I've wanted to
Since the very first time that I met you
And the corners of all of your notes they were crowded
With drawings and tall tales

And the future you have written
In the margins can come true
It will rise to you unbidden
Like the steam that rises over all the gloom

So no more sit with head in your hands
There lamenting mistakes that we've made
Open the blind and open your heart
There's no reason now to be afraid ...yeah...
Track Name: Jimmy the Spoons Grand Finale
Caught in an August swelter
Annie came to town looking for shelter
What she didn’t know was that she was the storm

She said, “If I could truly see you and you could see me
But I can’t be you, and you can’t be me
Maybe then we would both know that we’re not alone.”

Kathleen lives in the city
Spent half her days did not know how beautiful she was
She kept the story of her life in her cell phone

One day I did not notice
She said, “If we only get one chance I hope I don’t blow this
Ah somebody please tell me that I’m not alone.”

Jimmy the Spoon's grand finale
Is passing out drunk in some dark alley
But he didn’t mind until he couldn’t wake up
To make it for his next show

They had the Snakeman on rhythm
He said, “Man, I wish I could have played with him.”
Instead he sat in the alley reciting a poem

“Some say it comes down to nothing
You can spend your whole life looking for something
Still you don’t know what to do
Or what to say even when you’re in Rome

“When our savior calls us
And if love and good luck follows us
Maybe then we will all know that we’re not alone.”