“In Black Robes” Lyrics

cowboy:

button up your coat, winter wind’s pretty cold this evening

she said “yeah i’ve been out today and it’s not cold it’s freezing.

saw my whole conversation on the air, didn’t really want to share

but they made me…

tried to bend my words like i bend a string

but hard as i tried i couldn’t bend anything”

and i woke up to a photo-negative landscape

and i reached over hoping to find your familiar shape

and i took up smoking ‘cuz i wanna be a cowboy

i’m so tough i’m gonna self-destruct it’s poetry

i triple-tied my steeltoe boots ‘cuz i’m leaving

she says “what can i do?” i say “give me a story worth believing”

you know you bend your words like you bend a string

but hard as you try you can’t bend anything

and i woke up to a photo-negative landscape

and i reached over hoping to find your familiar shape

and i took up smoking ‘cuz i wanna be a cowboy

i’m so tough i’m gonna self-destruct it’s poetry

and this is all i want, this is all i need

the late afternoon stripes painting stripes on the bed sheets

and i’m wearing nothing but a bath-towel-turban

and i’m closing my eyes to hear the highway humming

and you know i like the way you wear those ripped-up jeans

you know, i like that you know what i mean when i say

“you are so utterly human”

but love is just timing and you were a little too late

and i’m still trying to find that river

so i can skate away

from my window high:

magnified

from my window high

i study you

while you tie your shoes

you don’t see me

across the street

a convex lens

lets me in

and i love you more

than the girl on the second floor

i know she talks so sweet

but look how she shuffles her feet

she don’t love you

draw a card

the queen of hearts

is this a sign

that you are entwined with me?

but i love you more

than the boy with the metal heart

i know he shines his shoes

but he can’t sing the blues

he don’t love you

magnified

from my window high

i study you

while you tie your shoes

In Your Cevrolet

skull and bones

i’m alone

phone never rings

dial tone’s lonely moan

is comforting

you got a diamond

i got a spade

you’re gonna sparkle

i’m gonna dig a grave

and then pray

on my knees….

in your chevrolet

we drank tanqueray

’til the road and sky

had no horizon line

and you had a diamond

i had a spade

you’re gonna sparkle

i’m gonna dig a grave

and then pray

on my knees….

(oh on my knees)

Judgement Day

a hooded man with a bony hand

he pointed to me one day

before i knew there was no turning back

i was on my way to judgement day

and now i’m just a lonely skeleton

in my coffin black

singin’ love songs to the grim reaper

i hope he brings me back

oh yeah

‘cuz i ain’t all dead

no not in my head

and not in my soul

no i ain’t all dead

no not in my head

i ain’t gonna pay that toll

a hooded man with a bony hand

he pointed to me one day

before i knew there was no turning back

i was on my way to judgement day

and now i’m just a lonely skeleton

in my coffin black

singin’ love songs to the grim reaper

i hope he brings me back

oh yeah

‘cuz i ain’t all dead

no not in my head

and not in my soul

no i ain’t all dead

no not in my head

i ain’t gonna pay that toll

oh no

oh no

‘Til You Hit the Pavement

the highway is drawing me in

time’s running out, the gravel’s thin

time’s running out, the gravel’s thin

time’s running out, the gravel’s thin

time’s running out, the gravel’s thin

wanna catch a train, go down south

feel the summer wind in my mouth

the highway is drawing me in

time’s running out, the gravel’s thin

time’s running out, the gravel’s thin

time’s running out, the gravel’s thin

have we found perfection?

or just distractions?

i am a fraction of an inch from caving in.

and those wheeling seasons

they grind down to the bone and then they

spit you out and spin you ’round and keep you up all night

this is what i look like, i’ve been screaming in my sleep for six days

welcome to mass-confusion, all my fine-lines have been frayed

have we found perfection?

or just distractions?

i am a fraction of an inch from caving in.

i used to sum up life with one statement:

you don’t know you’re falling ’til you hit the pavement

my life cracked open wide, wide, why?

am i caught between ground and sky

i am caught between ground and sky

we are all caught between ground and sky.

have we found perfection?

or just distractions?

i am a fraction of an inch from caving in.

the highway is drawing me in

time’s running out, the gravel’s thin

time’s running out, the gravel’s thin

time’s running out, the gravel’s thin

time’s running out, the gravel’s thin

“This is My Letter to the World” Lyrics

1. we lurk late

i think i’ll button up my coat to keep the ghosts out

this town is haunted, i feel right at home,

it may be empty but i know i’m not alone.

i’m a ghost too

i’m just like you

yeah,

we real cool

we left school

we lurk late

we strike straight

i think i’ll button up my coat to keep the ghosts out

this town is haunted, i feel right at home,

it may be empty but i know i’m not alone.

i’m a ghost too

i’m just like you

yeah,

we sing sin

we thin gin

we jazz june

we die soon

yeah,

we real cool

we left school

we jazz june

we die soon

music and words © sarah weathers 2008, with excerpts from the poem “we real cool” by gwendolyn brooks

2. dial tone

the streetlights just turned on

i guess it’s night

and now your face

is bathed in copper light

when i’m with you i’m

lonely like ghost

humming in the background

like a dial tone

oh why oh why?

a girl is running down

the rain-soaked street

her feet are keeping time

with my heartbeat

i realize i’m just a lonely soul

stretched out behind you

like your blue shadow

oh why oh why?

the streetlights just turned on

i guess it’s night

and now your face

is bathed in copper light

when i’m with you i’m

lonely like ghost

humming in the background

like a dial tone

oh why oh why?

words & music © sarah weathers 2007-2008

3. the illustrated man

the circus came to town

it made a muted golden sound

the illustrated man

practices his sleight of hand

so i drift down

to the shabby tented town

and i don’t care

i’ve got flowers in my hair

i’ll disappear

beneath a crystal chandelier

take these pills they’ll make you sane

spill your wine, forget your name

tell them that i’m the one to blame

for this

cuz i don’t care

i’ve got ribbons in my hair

i’ll disappear

beneath a flimsy chandelier

a circus came to town

it made a muted golden sound

the illustrated man

practices his sleight of hand

so i drift down

to the shabby tented town

and i don’t care

my dress is torn, my feet are bare

i’ll disappear

beneath a falling chandelier

take these pills they’ll make you sane

spill your wine, forget your name

tell them that i’m the one to blame

for this

tell them that i’m the one to blame

tell them that i’m the one to blame

for this

cuz i don’t care

i’ve got flowers in my hair

i’ll disappear

beneath a falling chandelier

words & music © sarah weathers 2008

4. charlotte

Charlotte came to me last night

She was particles of light

She was the color of sound.

Down a road shaded by willow trees

I saw a man who was on his knees.

Gloria in excelsis deo,

Are you a ghost

or are you there at all?

words and music ©sarah weathers 2007

5. radio wave

i am a ghostly girl

i am a string of pearls

i am a radio wave

i am the smoke that curls

upward in blue-gray swirls

after you blow out the flame

blue colors this evening

you were always fleeing

ooo now you’re leaving

i am a ghostly girl

i am a string of pearls

i am a radio wave

i am a word erased

leaving an empty space

i am a crow in the sky

blue colors this evening

you were always fleeing

ooo now you’re leaving

i am a ghostly girl

i am a string of pearls

i am a radio wave

words and music ©sarah weathers 2007

6. my red shoes

a piece of sky for me to hold

a tiny moon to guide my soul

my lonely soul

sylvia walk with me

my compass points to the sea

the mirrored sea

i took off my red shoes

walked toward the river blue

two birds took to the sky

something ’bout it made me cry

something ’bout it made me cry

something ’bout it made me cry

a tiny bird, hollow-boned

gathers leaves to make her home

her only home

sylvia walk with me

my compass points to the sea

the mirrored sea

i took off my red shoes

walked toward the river blue

two birds took to the sky

something ’bout it made me cry

something ’bout it made me cry

something ’bout it made me cry

sylvia walk with me

my compass points to the sea

the mirrored sea

words and music ©sarah weathers 2008

7. emmeline

oh emmeline

all dressed in white

would you be mine

fly into the night

you write me notes

lower them by string

to the dewy ground

where i’m waiting

oh emmeline

all dressed in white

would you be mine

fly into the night

black like a crow

my sadness grows

an unwanted guest

living in my chest

oh emmeline

all dressed in white

would you be mine

fly into the night

words and music ©sarah weathers 2007

8. i can’t help (cover)

written by George Weiss, Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore

9. sailor in a bottle

i’ve got a sailor in a bottle

he’s the sweetest soul

he looks at me through

amber glass and

i can tell he loves me true

call me insane or call me cruel

i can tell he loves me too

his face is painted on

and his eyes are always gazing at me

i’ve got a sailor in a bottle

he’s the sweetest soul

he looks at me through

amber glass and

i can tell he loves me true

call me insane or call me cruel

i can tell he loves me too

his face is painted on

and his eyes are always gazing at me

i’ve got a sailor in a bottle

he’s the sweetest soul

he looks at me through

amber glass and

i can tell he loves me true

words and music ©sarah weathers 2007

10. if you’ll be nice

drifting away

sailing away

well if you’ll be nice

i might just think twice

and look your way

take me away

in your suitcase

i won’t make no noise

i’ll just be nice and still

and on the two-lane highway

we’ll be sailing away

yeah my veins are highways

i’m wasting away

i’m flying a jolly roger

for the buffalo soldiers

led to believe

that this is land of the free

ain’t nobody fooling me

and maybe the planets

are just rubber balls

dangling from fishing string

but either way night turns to day

and the earth’s still spinning

and if you’ll be nice

i might just think twice

and look your way

i won’t make no noise

i’ll just be nice and still

words and music ©sarah weathers 2008

11. jungfrau maria

german lyrics:

jungfrau maria

hinter schmutzigem glas

heiliges licht

rund deinem kopf

jungfrau maria

hast du kein schatz?

bist du sehr einsam?

gib mir die hand

blaue gewänder

blutige Hand

wartest du immer

für gelobtes land?

jungfrau maria

hinter schmutzigem glas

heiliges licht

rund deinem kopf

jungfrau maria

hast du kein schatz?

bist du sehr einsam?

gib mir die hand

blaue gewänder

blutige Hand

wartest du immer

für gelobtes land?

jungfrau maria

hinter schmutzigem glas

heiliges licht

rund deinem kopf

****

english translation

o holy mary

behind dirty glass

holy light

surrounds your head

o holy mary

do you have no love?

are you very lonely?

give me your hand

blue robes

bloody hand

are you waiting forever

for the promised land?

o holy mary

behind dirty glass

holy light

surrounds your head

o holy mary

do you have no love?

are you very lonely?

give me your hand

blue robes

bloody hand

are you waiting forever

for the promised land?

words & music © sarah weathers 2008

12. when doves cry (cover)

written by prince rogers nelson

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