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The Kid Strays

by BD Harrington

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1.
4-IN-THE-MORNING SNOW///something, oh something/moves behind the blinds tonight/So full of secrets you are/Like a 4-in-the-morning snow/I don’t know you anymore/I was tied to a waterwheel/I was poisoned by a home-cooked meal/No time to usher in the lie/A voice I did not recognize/Says you will be forgiven/But the child will surely die/So full of secrets you are/Like a 4-in-the-morning snow/I don’t know you anymore/Let’s play like children around the hole/Play like children around the hole/Though I pray this task we’ll fail/On your coral-coloured skin/Let the glowing tide come in/Let the evacuation begin/'cause that’s why oceans carve out cliffs/For ones like us and times like this/So full of secrets you are/Like a 4-in-the-morning snow/i don’t know you anymore
2.
make believe 03:37
MAKEBELIEVE///There’s trouble on the mountain side/I don’t think I’ll make it back alive/Back into my baby’s arms/I know I’ve said all this before/I know I cannot open the door/Back into my baby’s heart/I know you know me/Well it’s only makebelieve/I’ll find another face/Through fortune or disgrace/I want to be another man/I want to be another man/So let your doorbell sing another song/I can say this now I was never that strong/Or smart enough to get the framing right/And it’s clear I won’t be back again/But I tried my best to be your friend/But I split the antelope’s heart/I know you know me/Well it’s only makebelieve/I found another face/Through fortune or disgrace/I want to be another man/There’s fire on the mountain tonight
3.
deerslayers 04:28
THE DEERSLAYERS///The kid strays/The kid strays/Don’t cut him any slack/The kid strays/The kid strays/You mustn’t cut him any slack/He’s in the parking lot/With the deerslayers/Take him away/Take him away/The kid strays/The kid strays/Don’t cut him any slack/The kid strays/The kid strays/Don’t cut him any slack/Under bridges over bridges/What does it matter/He’s in the parking lot now/With the deerslayers/Take him away/Take him away/Take him away/From yonder wild woods/That’s where his mother made his bed/The kid strays/The kid strays/Don’t let him move an inch/The kid strays/The kid strays/Don’t cut him any slack/Put him in the hands of handlers/You’ll find him in the parking lot/With the deerslayers/The kid strays/The kid strays/Don’t cut him any slack/The kid strays/The kid strays/You mustn’t cut him any slack/Take him away/Take him away/From yonder wild woods/That’s where his mother made his bed
4.
ALL THE ROSES///Here comes a man/With his conscience in his hands/Now this river’s frozen over/You said that I could be the skin/and you will be the scorpion/But who’s gonna pray for us whores/of the long shot/all the roses/all the roses/all the roses/I saw her wave from the gate/As I mouthed the words: don’t leave me/But in my heart I knew it was much too late/But the darkness it will be cracked/And I’m holding nothing back tonight/Casting all consolers into the blade/I fixed myself to climb/To justify these rhymes/But the blood on your lip/was it yours or was it mine?/On a brandy-coloured horse/I rode along her furthest shores/Undressing at the alter/Was the most I could ever give her/and the saw-toothed operators/I was impervious to their touch/all the roses/all the roses/all the roses whisper, boy/You gotta let her go.
5.
HALLELUJAH ANYWAY///Lust dragged me though the streets/On a golden fishing line/I tried to turn my face away/But I was caught in time/Remember my girl, silence ain’t a virtue/When you just got nothing left to say/And the colours of these walls/Have changed from red to grey/But hallejullah anyway/Oh, my darling, that’s the way/So blow away these smokescreens/I’ve nothing left to hide/I crawled down to the ghost that I felt inside/And the numbers in the sky/They all add up to nothing new/But hallejullah anyway/So hold me now, and hold me hard/Let this bastard get his fill/Then hold me till the morning comes/Then baby hold me still/And for all this love I steal tonight/Both of us will pay/But hallejullah anyway/Oh my darling, that’s the way/I want to say I love you, but I choke/I want to say it’s over, and that it’s okay/But hallejullah anyway/Oh my darling, that’s the way
6.
morningside 03:24
MORNINGSIDE///Oh we’ll sail upon the wine-coloured sea/And I’ll dress your wounds with guarantees/And I knew the way was through the broken glass/Where I felt myself falling at your feet at last/And all us so-called exiles/Well we’re ready to abide/And all us so-called slaves of morningside/Tie me up with harp strings, ribbons of decay/Let them burn out my eyes as Orion spins away/I don’t care about truth and I don’t bother 'bout love/Just let me feel the weight of that mercy from above/It’s not too late you know/'cause god will set the table/For all us late bloomers of morningside/Let’s go home a different way/Hell, why not go back a different way?/Oh your name is running water/And your toes have been dipped in gold/I’ve just come like this to feel it never growing old/And I’ll give up the purchase of all which was denied me/'cause you the door and you the lock and you the key/But I’ll savour what I can/And I won’t let hunger be the guide/For all us flightless birds of morningside
7.
GOD IS IN THE ATTIC///God is in the attic, baby/There’s blood flowing down the walls/And I got no one to love at all/I’ll ledger up the sins of this land/And I’ll put the book in the angel’s hand/I want you to understand/I am not afraid anymore/God is in the attic/God is in the attic, baby/And I’ll light the candles in the hall/And I’m praying that I don’t fall over again/The sea-wall it is crumbling in/Please notify my next of kin/I’ll be waiting by the gates of oblivion/Unfamous once again/Sometimes I choke on your name/Sometimes I choke on your name/We’ll it’s hard to speak/when I’m burning in those flames/god is in the attic/god is in the attic, baby/the night spread around me like a cobra’s hood/and I didn’t move an inch though I knew I could/‘neath the withered wing I firmly stood/In my ornamental shame/Every click of the trigger I did defend/And every letter to you I did not send/Incongruous till the end/My legendary friend/Take this legion from my head/Take these pills, this fevered bed/Take the words I have not said/And throw them all away/Over the wall/God is in the attic/God is in the attic, baby
8.
SECRET OF THE SCAR///I haven’t got a head for heights I never did/When I climbed up to you it was not deliberate/Now I’m past all points of healing/With the sound of sound returning/And goodnight was the only word I ever knew/If fortune knocks me to the ground/Or if we go tripping over ancient bounds/I want you to know it’ll only be for you/It’s the secret of the scar/She’s hung herself with stars/I’m gonna find a way to break through these red lines/With a feeling I dare not define/Come ride with me up to Eldon Tree/And we’ll achieve a perfect symmetry/But I bet they try to pass a law against this/Playing games of need or want/Or if they try to send me back to Charlemont/I want you to know I’ll be going back with you/It’s the secret of the scar/She’s hung herself with stars/I’m gonna find a place where my lover and I/Where there won’t be no more blood-soaked lullabies/Like footprints on the light of day/We’ll melt to dusk and then we’ll fade away/Go running though the broken fences of my dreams/Where fish of amethyst flow/And you’ll bring me down with broken arrows/I want you to know I’ll be coming down for you/It’s the secret of the scar/She’s hung herself with stars/I’m gonna find a place/For heights I never did
9.
wedding ring 04:00
WEDDING RING///Well I gambled all night/For your wedding ring/Then I stumbled into the light/And forgot everything/Went home drunk and blind and free/No more suffering like I’d always done before/I was slandered and ridiculed/Inside my boundaries/And you shot me down from your roof/With your sneering dignity/Now I’m just waiting for the killer bees to come/No more trying to run/Ain’t no place that I can run to anyway/More air than bird/More dirt than dust/I’m training for the rust/So tie me to the wheels of a chariot/You can give me faith and hope and love/I still won’t swallow it/Just drag me back to innocence/Where I’ll sit and dream away/All my wan resolutions/You know the cloth of the tempest/And the sound of my windiest indifference/And I didn’t come to sing/You back into remembrance/And all my ragged prayers/I will leave them at the bottom of the stairs/Well I gambled all night/For your wedding ring/Then I stumbled into the light/And forgot everything
10.
BETTYE SWANN///Sometimes you remind me/Of Bettye Swann/Well, lately you remind me/Of Bettye Swann/Singing don’t look back/Singing sweetly don’t look back/‘cause the moment it is gone/And you like it just like that/And I know I’m not your singer/I’ve never been your singer/But this is not a song/It’s just a farewell to the sea/Just an empty place/Where a song should be/So, so long Bettye Swann/So long Bettye Swann/And all you Bettye Swanns/You all move too fast/You all move to fast/It all goes too fast/For slow learners like me

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released April 7, 2010

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