songs without a home

by Rachel Taylor Brown

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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 and lives in Portland with her beloved husband Jay and 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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Track Name: city of angels
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.
Track Name: maybe had
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
Track Name: love all gone
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
Track Name: anti-barney song
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
Track Name: crying stop
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
Track Name: this bird
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
Track Name: estate sale
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
Track Name: found someone
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