songs without a home

by Rachel Taylor Brown

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1.
i see a city under a tree dry little desert next to the sea beautiful sunset over the foam desiccant homeland, decadent home city of angels city of angels city of angels we'll put a fountain into the square stare at the water up in the air nary a raindrop, rarely a flood kick off my shoes and Hibernia's mud (chorus) i get my water out of the tap god made the Owens Valley for that god made the mountain, man made the law "we didn't do nothing wrong" blessed redeemer, glad i'm alive to whisper a prayer on Mulholland Drive bring us a river into the West water the children that you love the best blessed redeemer, i need a drink.
2.
02:23
you photograph so small like you're hardly there at all it's a wonder you don't disappear you made your first mistake with a loser on the make a promise you'd go anywhere but perhaps it ain't so bad to be maybe had you love and don't let go like a limpet, stuck on woe your pride is such a little thing the good ones get away and they always do, you say it's a kinder kind of widowing but perhaps it ain't so bad to be maybe had maybe just a little not a lot they say you've got a choice between singing solo voice and pretty, perfect harmony but some don't get to pick between blissful love and sick i got a right to what belongs to me besides, it ain't so bad to be maybe had
3.
gone gone love all gone love all gone from me i'm not saying this to hurt you not doing it to wound if love is such a virtue my virtue is ruined gone... without a lick of water good love can run dry too subtle to be slaughter but both ways, you die gone... i used to be an angel i used to be a gem i used to be a lot of things i'll never be again gone gone love all gone love all gone from me
4.
i hurt you you forgive then we're better we can live 'til i hurt you and you forgive then we're better come and show where you ache i'll blow cold until you break say i'm sorry you forgive and make it better nobody's perfect especially you i'm a shit bad to you but i'm sorry for what i do shame on you if you can't forgive and make it better nobody's perfect especially you nobody's perfect especially
5.
04:42
when will the crying stop? when you are over it, i guess when will this heart be mended? when you are over it, i guess if there's a reason for anything, here, it's not exactly clear that's if there's a reason for anything, here (chorus) i know a name for that lucky girl you chose to run to i thought that i was a lucky girl, too (chorus) what's the point in crying for someone who hasn't a tear to spare for you? it's so embarrassing to be so lost when you are double-crossed but i can't afford what some dignity costs when will the crying stop? when you are over it, i guess when will this heart be mended? when you are over it, i guess
6.
04:52
i feel a little like this bird, sometimes it's furtive in the leaves, it rarely climbs it maybe fixes me with one red eye i feel a little like this bird, sometimes i feel a little like a window ledge with someone poised to jump right off my edge oh, what a time to be so dumb and dead! i feel a little like a window ledge i feel a little like the deep blue sea with traffic crossing o'er and under me it's hard to be alone or fancy free i feel a little like i feel a little like this bird i feel a little like this bird, sometimes
7.
03:56
this is our home and when we die nobody is gonna want it the way it is nobody is gonna want it the way it is the way it is and you and i agonizing over where our things should go picking out the places where our things would go our things will go our things will go let them divide with cigarettes and faces that are hard and dirty from the dust faces that are hard and dirty look at us look at our stuff and make a pile of every little thing that might be worth the while any little thing that might be worth it any little thing that might be worth it any little thing that might be worth it i always thought, but never said that i could never be as happy as i was nobody could make me happy the way you made me nobody could make me happy the way you made me
8.
it's curtains, it's curtains for me it's all over the last of the least love is gone this merciless hurting, for me it's all over you're right when you say you were wrong and yet it's nice that you found someone you found someone that you found someone to hold you tight to kiss goodnight i'll never admit it, but i'm a believer i look for the best in it all like any oblivious overachiever i sink like a stone when i fall and yet it's nice that you found someone you found someone that you found someone to hold you tight to kiss goodnight maybe you think i am over it go on and think that i am but i know that i'm nothing i'm nobody's someone i knew that before you began but you can get used to being somebody's i did; i confess that i can and still, it's nice that you found someone you found someone you found someone to hold you tight to kiss goodnight

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some old songs jeff suggested i get down during a little break in recording World So Sweet. just set up a chair and a mic in his living room and ran straight through the songs. my poor fingers--i hadn't played a guitar in a very long while...and it shows. :) i have no idea what to do with these, or their brethren (who are legion).

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released June 14, 2011

rachel--all songs, vocals, guitar, piano
jeff stuart saltzman--recording, quick-mixing

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Rachel Taylor Brown Portland, Oregon

Rachel was born in Portland and lives nearby with her beloved husband Jay. She makes disturbing yet ultimately sensible songs you can sometimes dance to.

She sees loads of ugly and beauty in the world. Trying to capture that sweet and sour thing in a song is what she’s mostly trying to do.

She records with audio midwife and dear friend Jeff Stuart Saltzman and his cats.

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