Sarah Slean

Night Bugs

album.night_bugsMarch 19th, 2002 (WEA / Atlantic Records)
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TRACKS

1. Eliot
2. Weight
3. Duncan
4. St Francis
5. Drastic Measures
6. Book Smart Street Stupid
7. Dark Room
8. Sweet Ones
9. Me, I’m a Thief
10. My Invitation
11. Bank Accounts


Eliot

Armies and ice and dirty green
Newspapers, shovels, sand on the breeze
I think of Eliot when I smell the street and it’s
Sometimes wise
Just to shut your eyes.
Workers and lovers make their living space neat
Bent out of shape over what to eat
I dream of Eliot but I am discreet ‘cause it’s
Sometimes wise
Just to shut your eyes.
How sure, how right?
Can anyone be on sight?
I said I had Hope,
I lied
Oh the city in the winter, the sewage the steam
You fill buildings with people and they rip at the
seams
Somebody’s suffering infected my dreams and
Don’t they know it’s just my old soul?
How sure, how right?
Can anyone be on sight?
I said I had Hope
I lied.
So calm so wise
Give him the Nobel Prize
He said he had Hope
He lied

Weight

What did I give to you?
What did you give to me?
A nothing-trail of silences that warp in the rain
You said I don’t really know the reason
It’s just not the same
What a vacant breath when,
When you say my name
And do you know the weight I’m under
When everything revolves around you you you you?
Soon the shoulder falls
All forgotten handshakes
Names like falling leaves
Apathy will spread like wildfire
Take you away from me
I’m leaning out the window
Gonna catch the August rain
I’m gonna fill your mouth up
Make you live again
And do you know the weight I’m under
When everything revolves around you you you you
Soon the shoulder falls.

Duncan

Whatever happened to Duncan?
He was a good boy they say
The girls all wanted him to dance with
The boys to play, to play
When the policeman came knocking
She didn’t know what to say
Except his shoes and socks were all gone
It seems he ran away
Oh you fool you fool!
Don’t give in to fate
If this is all we’ve got to fight for
Rage my darling, rage!
Duncan good for you!
Sad but on your way
Well the army never turned his crank
But love sure made him brave
A sweeter infatuation
Oh you’d be hard pressed to find
He loved so deeply and madly
He nearly lost his mind
And oh behold the mayor’s daughter
She was a treat for the eye
Why this the only thing to live for
Just made you want to die!
Oh you fool you fool!
Don’t give in to fate
If this is all we’ve got to fight for
Rage my darling, rage!
Duncan good for you!
Sad but on your way
Well the army never turned his crank
But love sure made him brave
This is holy war!
We must fight and fight again
And go a thousand times for the sake of love
But never once in vain

St. Francis

Just like St. Francis
The little birds come
Lonely for a little warm
You give them your music
But they just want a song
Oh, no, I’ll never learn
But I’d make beautiful sounds
I’d lay you down like a lover would
My pride, still standin’ straight
But looking back
I wasn’t so brave
I wasn’t so brave
Flying through tunnels
At the mouth of New York
Sometimes, I belong here
But it’s funny how leaving
Turns the emptiness up
The hole you never heard before
Oh, I laugh in my hands
A kiss from that man
Like a melody
My pride still standing tall
But looking back
I wasn’t brave at all
I wasn’t brave at all
Was I?
I’d make beatiful sounds
I’d lay you down like a lover would
On the phone, I started to say
But then I stopped
I used to be brave
I used to be brave
Here’s hoping next time, we’ll get it right

Drastic Measures

I should go to drastic measures
Steal enormous works of art
Write a piece for eighteen violins
It’s no march
But it’s a start
Rub their eyes and wake, distracted
Frantically they fill their days
Please say I will never be like that
Safe
Politely dazed
Politely crazy
Don’t you want my love?
It’s a cloud, it’s a broken boat
But it might make you laugh a bit
Easier
I’m like trees in the midnight parks
Oozing danger, igniting sparks
We’ve been left by the viaducts
With the last flame of the universe
I never held a truer notion
Then when, my dear, I held your hand
May your shadow always follow you
Through
Our get-away plan
Our master plan
Don’t you want my love?
It’s a cloud, it’s a broken boat
But it might make you laugh a bit
Easier
I’m like the trees and the midnight parks
Oozing danger, igniting sparks
We’ve been left by the viaducts
With the last flame of the universe
Crazy
Don’t you want my love?
It’s a cloud, it’s a broken boat
But it might make you laugh a bit
Easier
I’m like the trees in the midnight parks
Oozing danger, igniting sparks
We’ve been left by the viaducts
With the last flame of the universe
Oh, don’t you want my love?
It’s a cloud, it’s a broken boat
But it might make you laugh a bit
Easier
I’m like the trees in the midnight parks
Throwing tantrums, igniting sparks
We’ve been left by the viaducts
With the last flame of the universe

Book Smart, Street Stupid

I was born by an old streetlight
Where the men lean out of their windows at night
And I was a lead in the orphan choir
And I sang with all my might
Until I grew up too high
Then, oh, all the notes I used to play
On the double bass in the B-list ballet
With only the night bugs to lead me home
With their sad luck serenade
The rain was never ending
The sadness in my heart
Would light
And glow in the dark
Oh this will never change
Time just wears a prettier face
I’m book smart
Street stupid
So, don’t look for me in confession booth
I’m with my paints and my pens and my dry
vermouth
Trying to uncover some small truth
With these cards close to my chest
The rain still never ending
The sadness in my heart
Would light
And glow in the dark
Oh this, this will never change
Time just wears a prettier face
I’m book smart
Street stupid
The rain still never ending
The wonder in my heart
Still ights and glows in,
It still lights and glows in
The dark

Sweet Ones

They’re counting on a guilty conscience to save you
But I’m bankin’ on the deep blue eyes and the face too
They always said, always said, always said you were
easy, oh . . .
If I could have just one piece-o-that I’d be
Sold
Come over to the sweet ones baby,
I’ll tell you where to go.
I can’t see them when they’re walking sideways
I don’t know,
I don’t know!
Come over to my house I’ll tend to you solo
(“I’ll tend to you, I’ll tend to you”)
So fabulous and well dressed up like a talk show
(“So fabulous, so fabulous”)
They always said, always said, always said you were
easy
(“Oh, always said”)
If I could have just one piece of that I’d be
Sold
Come over to the sweet ones baby,
I’ll tell you where to go.
I can’t see them when they’re walking sideways
I don’t know,
I don’t know!
Oh so sad we, love you madly
Want to take you home.
Oh so sad we, love you madly
want to take you home.
If I could have just one piece of that I’d be
Sold
Come over to the sweet ones baby,
and I’ll tell you where to go.
I can’t see them when they’re walking sideways
I don’t know,
I don’t know!
Come over to the sweet ones baby,
(“Sweet, sweet”)
I’ll tell you where to go.
(“Tell you where to go”)
I can’t see them when they’re walking sideways
I don’t know,
I don’t know!

Me, I’m a Theif

Here comes again, blood in the vein
Seven a.m. the cars come
Gotta fly, gotta say goodbye
Leave them before they leave me
Turning the sheets, rolling in his sleep
He wants me to go faster
I know that she’s somewhere underneath
But I don’t know how to find her
Me, I’m a thief
I’m a falling star
I’m a photograph taken
From where you are
I love you still, always will
Here’s hoping you’ll be waiting, but I
Gotta fly, gotta say good bye
Gotta find out what’s aching
Me, I’m a thief
I’m a falling star
I’m a photograph taken
From where you are
So, shed your tears
That’s what they’re for
I don’t expect you to understand this
War
I go quietly
(“And, oh, they beg me to steal”)
No, you don’t get me
(“There’s nothing, nothing to feel”)
No, you don’t get me
(“And, oh, they beg me to steal”)
Oh, me, I’m a thief
I’m a falling star
I’m a photograph taken
From where you are
Shed your tears
That’s what they’re for
I don’t expect you to understand this
War

My Invitation

You are what they call the human season
You are all the alphabet in one
You are every colour of confusion
You are all the silence I’ve become
Love me for
Stupid reasons
I like those most
Wide-eyed but
Worth believing
God knows
Damn the angry voice that keeps us quiet
The editor whose work is never done
Keeping pretty words between my teeth and
Sweet confessions underneath my tongue
Drowsy contemplation
Do I let you in
This is my invitation
But how do I begin?
She has such an awful lot of soldiers
Quite a lovely army all her own
Night and day they stand before the fortress
Very safe but very all alone

Bank Accounts

I have a future,
I have substantial bank accounts
I make lots of money
and hope it don’t run out
I am a beauty,
it just takes me four, five hours a day
Is this the game I’m supposed to know
how to play?
I had a dream that I
was carvin’ up the inside track
what a disease when I
put my faith in…
Welcome to Eden,
we hope that you’ll have some time to shop
while makin’ investments
sleepin’ your way to the top
Business is business,
especially this water into wine
Is this the game I’m suppose to play
every time?
I had a dream that I
was carvin’ up the inside track
what a disease when I
put my faith in
these…
I had a dream that I
was carvin’ up the inside track
what a disease when I
put my faith in these

 
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