Sarah Slean

Orphan Music (live)

album.album-orphan-musicOctober 31st, 2006 (WEA)
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TRACKS

1. Lucky Me (DNA)
2. Somebody’s Arms
3. Eliot
4. Mary
5. Last Year’s War
6. Out in the Park
7. Pilgrim
8. Narcolepsy Weed
9. The Score
10. Weight (DNA)
11. Wilderness (DNA)
12. Little London Night (bside)
13. California (DNA)
14. Lucky Me (DNA)
15. Pilgrim (DNA)


Lucky Me

Science wears a new suit
To his coffee toast and eggs
But he has to skip the stairs now
Because of two broken legs
“Whine whine, I cannot climb!”
Every time’s the same
I’d be more inclined to help him
If he could remember my name
And you’re sad, and you’re sorry
Let it all out, what are you running for?
This is your chance, be ready
I’m taking my seat
O Lucky Me
Faith can’t fill the dance hall
‘Cause her powers have declined
But at the beauty pageant
She will always take the prize
Light light, Easter white
Roll her in the dirt
When it comes time for kneeling
She’ll say “You go first!”
And you’re sad, and you’re sorry
Let it all out, what are you running for?
This is your chance, be ready
I’m taking my seat
O Lucky Me
La la la la la la la…
La la la la la la…
A wise man once tried to tell me
How to sugar coat the grave
But the game is for the adults
And I don’t know how to play
O o where will I go?
Toss me out to sea
When the jar’s all out of candy
Don’t come blaming me
And you’re sad, and you’re sorry
Let it all out, what are you running for?
This is your chance, be ready
I’m taking my seat o o…
O you’re sad and you’re sorry
let it all out what are you running for?
Tell the whole world, we’re waiting
I’m taking my seat
O Lucky Me

Somebody’s Arms

Old record playing on my old radio
And I know it’s time to go
Get up and out of this black hole
I’m gonna get it right
Gonna quit these drugs
I’m gonna get inside
Somebody’s arms
Tonight, tonight
Can’t remember who I was before
Tonight, tonight
Oh, my heart is halfway out the door
Tonight
Sweet city, come on and give me
an eyeful of stars, blink with the lights of cars
I’m ready for the midnight show
I’m gonna light a fire
On the street I love
I’m gonna get inside
Somebody’s arms
Tonight, tonight
Can’t remember who I was before
Tonight, tonight
Oh, my heart is halfway out the door
Tonight
I’ve gotta get it right
I’ve gotta quit these drugs
I’ve gotta get inside
Somebody’s arms
Tonight, tonight
Can’t remember who I was before
Tonight, tonight
Oh, my heart is halfway out the…
Oh, my heart is halfway out the door
Tonight, tonight
Can’t remember who I was before

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

Mary

She’s looking up and out to
A galaxy
A fateful boat trip ‘cross a northern sea
And on a frosty window
She writes her name
O daughter, this is how she became
Mary
Go ahead and have your little baby
Mary
Toughest of the tough but still a lady
O I’ve got all the courage
I’ll ever need
I wax poetic on my enemies
The century is raging
But so are we
No matter what I know I ’ve got a
Symphony called
Mary
Go ahead and have your little baby
Mary
Toughest of the tough but still a lady
Out of dark days, stay up airplane
Take my last name, stay up airplane
Go ahead and have your little baby
Mary
Toughest of the tough but still a lady
Mary
Toughest of the tough
Toughest of the tough

Last Year’s War

I put this battle in a box
with my military thoughts
and the days where I was almost at my end
It seems to me quite clear now
Now that you are here how
easily I could begin again.
But I’m still bloody from last year’s war
With liars and lovers untrue
Hey you with your stars out
I have no angry words for you
You didn’t have my heart yet but you
stopped before we started
So now you tell me what you want me to do
I can start believing
I can watch you sleeping but I can’t
Hold my breath ‘til she comes back for you
I’m still bloody from last year’s war
but no longer drowning in the flood
Hey you with your starts out
You’ve kissed again, don’t you see you’ve already won
You’re still bloody from last year’s war
Your bandages your bullet holes like mine
And I’m here with my stars out
You say you’re scared, so am I
So am I.

Out In the Park

Don’t you know what time it is?
It’s the new time
All disciples gathering by the boats
Your revolution is chasing its tail
You love to take the wind out of my sail
But not this time
In between commercial breaks
It’s a new war
Men with books have run away to the coast
All the ladies quit calling them back
And started plotting a counter attack
You foolish animals!
She’s out in the park, conducting the birds
Trying to remember which bicycle’s hers
Filling her pockets with handfuls of dirt
It’s amazing
Out in the park
Out in the park
For sale: forgetfulness
At a new price
I saw it advertised on TV
But all the children were busy outside
Building sand castles skyscraper-high
You foolish animals!
She’s out in the park, conducting the birds
Trying to remember which bicycle’s hers
Filling her pockets with handfuls of dirt
It’s amazing
Out in the park
Out in the park
Out in the park
By way of the dark . . .
The summer sun will be ours . . .
Out in the park, fight the war!
What are your hearts and your wheelbarrows for?
Lean on me, man, I don’t keep score
Out in the park conducting the birds
Covering France with the trail of her skirt
Singing a sermon to beautiful earth . . .
Out in the park
Out in the park . . .

Pilgrim

A little blood and vomit on the car seat
And a tooth is sitting in my lap
Brother if you’re hungry but not wounded
Then it’s time to stop and check the map
Pilgrim
Where’s your head at?
Are you paying the birds to sing?
Well it won’t work
On the true path
Where the wretched are growing wings.
If the ancient wisdom came in bottles
I would tell my terror where to go
But I don’t know who would do the dishes
‘Cause I’d be lying wasted in the road
Pilgrim
Where’s your head at?
Are you paying the birds to sing?
Ah come on meet me
On the true path
I’ll be dizzy from growing wings.
My tears, my tears!
My kicking up the love dirt!
I fear it’s the only way
Pilgrim
What are you looking at me for?
My disaster has come and gone
It left me by the roadside
With my shadow and one more song
Pilgrim
What are you looking at me for?
My disaster has come and gone
It left me by the roadside
With my shadow and one more song
With my shadow and one more song

Narcolepsy Weed

Look at you, broken bird,
Narcolepsy-weed
Highway-side like a puppet cut
You can’t wake I can’t sleep
And now they’ve got you stealing cars and chasing
lullabies
How will I drag you out of motel daydreams
When will you realize?
I don’t make sugar promises
Like dandelion seeds
Lying still with open palms
I’m only watching you breathe
They talk like they know, like they believe
But I’d bet the brotherhood that if they found you
here
They’d leave
Good day orphan town
Peace is raining down
Warm your hands on my shoulder blades
My parents gave me this peace
Who we are is how we love
That is all I need
So tell the morning, night is lifting and mauve is
moving in
Like the steam that rises from the garden beds
Your pain finds the wind
Good day orphan town
Peace is raining down
Good day orphan town
Peace is raining down

The Score

Oh I
Rented a motorbike
And all night
I had the Fear…
But onward,
Oh how the terrifying choice was clear
So white!
The moon was a wicked sight
His cruel wife
Had cut off an ear
When the fog cleared
I heard the voices of a million cheer
This time
The pleasure’s all mine
I’ve got your number
I know the score
I’d be a hopeless romantic
But for the fortune I made in gold
My heart bent
Towards the circus tent
A man in red
Beckoned me near
In his wild eyes
I saw the faces of a million cheer
He said,
“This time,
The pleasure’s all mine
I’ve got your number
I know the score
And you and
your hopeless romantics
Will wipe the highway I pave
in gold…”
In his wild eyes,
Oh how the terrifying choice
was clear
This time
oh the pleasure is all mine
I’ve got your number
I know the score
And I’d be
a hopeless romantic
but for the fortune I made
The fortune I made
The fortune I made
in gold.

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.

Wilderness

When’s it going to come out
Day or night or dream?
I’m hiding in the mountains
Waiting for a breeze
I’m no good at keeping secrets
And this one’s going to bleed
I’ve got to have the baby
On my hands and knees
O wilderness
Where’s the bird that knows the way?
I aim, I fire at emptiness
I can hear the monster
Scratching at the door
“wake up wake up my little darlin’
I’m back for more”
I pick apart my nightmare
One worm at a time
Leaking all my courage
Waiting for a sign
O wilderness
Where’s the bird that knows the way?
I aim, I fire at emptiness
O wilderness
Where’s the light that leads the way?
I aim I fire at emptiness

Little London Night

little london night
shiny pavement yellow red and white
oh that I have seen this
the women and the men
a theatre so thin and danced to death
when do they know
they mean it?
a grey light in an English room
my head so full of missing you
you, my lover
you
my lover
o
say you know
when we are young
no nightʼs too long
and the boys all think
they need it
then itʼs time to leave
the starlight on the stones under our feet
did I count to ten
or dream it?
a grey light in an English room
my head so full of missing you
you, my lover
you
my lover
o
say you know
say you know
say you know

California

I went to California
I met a lovely man
He rubs a wedding finger
Without a wedding band
O he knows better anyhow
His kisses are just all in his eyes
O I know better, I know better
Still I wish I was by your side
The taxi open window
The summer on the wind
I’d ask about a lover
But how would I begin?
O he knows better anyhow
His kisses are just all in his eyes
O I know better, I know better
Still I wish I was by your side
O he knows better anyhow
His kisses are just all in his eyes
O I know better, I know better
Still I wish I was by your side

Lucky Me

(DNA studio version)
Science wears a new suit
To his coffee toast and eggs
But he has to skip the stairs now
Because of two broken legs
“Whine whine, I cannot climb!”
Every time’s the same
I’d be more inclined to help him
If he could remember my name
And you’re sad, and you’re sorry
Let it all out, what are you running for?
This is your chance, be ready
I’m taking my seat
O Lucky Me
Faith can’t fill the dance hall
‘Cause her powers have declined
But at the beauty pageant
She will always take the prize
Light light, Easter white
Roll her in the dirt
When it comes time for kneeling
She’ll say “You go first!”
And you’re sad, and you’re sorry
Let it all out, what are you running for?
This is your chance, be ready
I’m taking my seat
O Lucky Me
La la la la la la la…
La la la la la la…
A wise man once tried to tell me
How to sugar coat the grave
But the game is for the adults
And I don’t know how to play
O o where will I go?
Toss me out to sea
When the jar’s all out of candy
Don’t come blaming me
And you’re sad, and you’re sorry
Let it all out, what are you running for?
This is your chance, be ready
I’m taking my seat o o…
O you’re sad and you’re sorry
let it all out what are you running for?
Tell the whole world, we’re waiting
I’m taking my seat
O Lucky Me

Pilgrim

(DNA studio version)
A little blood and vomit on the car seat
And a tooth is sitting in my lap
Brother if you’re hungry but not wounded
Then it’s time to stop and check the map
Pilgrim
Where’s your head at?
Are you paying the birds to sing?
Well it won’t work
On the true path
Where the wretched are growing wings.
If the ancient wisdom came in bottles
I would tell my terror where to go
But I don’t know who would do the dishes
‘Cause I’d be lying wasted in the road
Pilgrim
Where’s your head at?
Are you paying the birds to sing?
Ah come on meet me
On the true path
I’ll be dizzy from growing wings.
My tears, my tears!
My kicking up the love dirt!
I fear it’s the only way
Pilgrim
What are you looking at me for?
My disaster has come and gone
It left me by the roadside
With my shadow and one more song
Pilgrim
What are you looking at me for?
My disaster has come and gone
It left me by the roadside
With my shadow and one more song
With my shadow and one more song

 
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