Blame Sally

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Blame Sally:
Pam Delgado: Percussion, guitar, vocals
Renée Harcourt: Guitar, bass, banjo, harmonica, vocals
Jeri Jones: Guitar, bass, dobro, mandoline, vocals
Monica Pasqual: piano, keys, accordion, melodica, vocals

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released April 5, 2004

© Blame Sally, 2004

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Track Name: Birds Fly South
Lyrics:

The city lights are pretty bright
so he hitched a ride north from the border
With a little luck he’ll make a buck,
rent a house and buy a four-door
Every day he’ll wake and say a prayer
to God, the Father
That it won’t be long ‘til he can send for
Mom and Juan, his brother
But the lights don’t shine in the city
for Ramón
He spends a lot of time waiting for a
chance in the job lines
And he knows that things are rough when
he remembers home as the good times
Every day he’ll wake and say a prayer
to God, the Father
He still believes the old man will come through
with one thing or another
But the lights don’t shine in the city
for Ramón

Birds fly south (también en sueños Ramón)
Birds fly south

63 days 63 nights, well that’s a pretty good try
Now he knows this town well enough
to know it’s time to say good-bye
Every day he wakes and says a prayer
to God, the Father
Even though he’s pretty damn sure
it ain’t worth the bother
Because the lights won’t shine in the city
for Ramón
No, the lights don’t shine in the city
for Ramón

Birds fly south (también en sueños Ramón)
Birds fly south (y en sus sueños el va)
Birds fly south (y de verdad)
and so does Ramón
Track Name: Lucky
Lyrics:

I’ll walk the pretty way,
even though I can’t go home
I’ll watch the colors fade,
even though I’m not alone
I’ve seen destruction and demise
I’ve seen the look of pure love in your eyes
I’ll wake and take with me,
what ever comes that day
I’m beaten down, but I’m not too tired to play
On indecision and debris
I lost my footing and I fell free

I’m lucky
I landed lightly
I’m lucky

Now I can dry my eyes
and wish beyond regret
The reasons why I left, I’m learning to forget
One rainy night on Hallow’s Eve
I jumped up high and caught the kiss
of something sweet

I’m lucky
I landed lightly
I’m lucky

You know I never cried,
I never used to cry,
You know I never cried,
You know I never cried

I’m lucky
I landed lightly
I’m lucky
Track Name: Water
Lyrics:

The red tide flows down in the cove
We’re barefoot over smooth sounding stones
and I like I like I like…
You said, it’s been raining for days now
Big giant drops bouncing up off the street
You didn’t know I’m always wet anyhow
Violet green tidepools soaking up
through my feet
We’re sitting on the edge of the red soggy bank
the future flowing in the tide below
I try to collect the right words from the waves
but anything I say you must already know

I’m dipping into your pool
Trying not to get caught there
I ’m dipping

Do you feel like the ocean sometimes
Not the white of the waves but the place below
I said, yeah this tests sand and sky
I find myself calmed by the undertow
The red tide flows down in the cove
We’re barefoot over smooth sounding stones
and I like I like I like…

I’m dipping into your pool
Trying not to get caught there
Dipping into your pool
Wondering why I stop here

You feed me oranges in the back seat
to protect me from the sadness
Barely my lips and your wet fingers meet
and for a moment I forget the madness
Track Name: Stupid Mistakes
Lyrics:

I said I’d be fine in a while
You know, I think I just might
Things will look different, I hope
When the day replaces the night
I can be brave when I want
My body is strong
I said I’d be fine in a while
and you know, I hope I’m not wrong

Oh Lord, please keep me safe
I keep on tripping over
my stupid mistakes
You can make stones skip on a lake
but they’ll eventually sink
There’s always a price to pay
when you act before you think
I closed my eyes to myself
while you entered my body that night
Now the bill’s coming due
and baby we both feel not right

Oh Lord, please keep me safe
I keep on tripping over
my stupid mistakes

I heard the sound of a train last night
and when I woke, the feeling was strong
A whistle had filled up the night
for a moment and then it was gone
It left me with tears on my face
and sadness for innocence lost
There’s always a price to pay
but I wish I’d know the cost
Yeah, I wish I’d known the cost

Oh Lord, please keep me safe
I keep on tripping over
my stupid mistakes
Track Name: Disappear
Lyrics:

Safe within the silence
of rushing rivers red
I’m falling in, to deep canyons
You couldn’t wait ‘til daylight
to come into my dreams
Now you follow
Me, I’m flying
I have never held this hand before
But you know where to take me
High above the blackness
to the edge of the things that scare me
Held up by the darkness
and the depth of you and me
I’m falling in the spaces in between

I disappear
I’m still standing here
I disappear
I’m still standing here
Disappear

Safe within the silence
Love is in my head
I’m falling in, to deep canyons
When I was tired of being lonely
Tired of being brave
I let you stop me from spinning around
in my old stories
I have never held this hand before
But you know where to take me
High above the blackness
to the edge of the things that scare me
I will learn to trust the darkness
and question the light
Your honesty
will be the death of me
or save my life

I disappear
I’m still standing
I disappear
I’m still standing here
Disappear
Track Name: Touch
Lyrics:

I can’t say why I’m running away
I walked on water just the other day
Now I’m sunk so deep I don’t see the light
Sitting right here on the living room floor
Looking to find the perfect chord
but everything I play sounds so yesterday

Touch might have gave us
It might have saved us
Touch might have made us a little more whole
Touch might have made us
It might have saved us
Touch might have gave us a little more soul

I usually hide my truth inside
Some clever, trite, poetic rhyme
that keeps my eyes dry and lets me fly
But I’m too old to look away
and still too young to know the way
How many times do I have to watch
a good love die

Touch might have gave us
It might have saved us
Touch might have made us a little more whole
Touch might have made us
It might have saved us
Touch might have gave us a little more soul

I wish you’d never gone away
I wish I had the mind of a saint or a nun or a
sweet baby crying

Touch might have gave us
It might have saved us
Touch might have made us a little more whole
Touch might have made us
It might have saved us
Touch might have gave us a little more soul
Track Name: Shame
Lyrics:

Give it here I’m feeling it, tasting it, drinking it
Second-hand and broken down
I found it in an airport lounge
peeled it up off of the ground,
it was trampled flat and stained
Took it out into the light,
gave it love, made it right
thought of all the ways
I ’ve tried to hide away my shame

My shame, my shame

The quality of my demands
has changed of late, I understand
some dreams can take you by the hand
then wrap you up in chains
Once I built a pretty room,
Cared too much of pleasing you
I think I’m finally cutting through
these iron bars of shame

My shame, my shame

Give it here, I’m feeling it, tasting it, drinking it
I wanna swim in it, live in it, give in to it,
then give it up
Give it here, I'm hearing it, seeing it, touching it
I wanna swim in it, live in it, give in to it,
then give it up

The fault-line in my womanhood,
The pain I never understood
The bad that crouched beneath the good
and didn’t have a name
The sweet that left a bitter taste
The love that sometimes turned to hate
The things I never could escape,
I 'm face to face with shame

My shame, my shame

Give it here, I’m feeling it, tasting it, drinking it
I wanna swim in it, live in it, give in to it,
then give it up
Give it here, I'm hearing it, seeing it, touching it
I wanna swim in it, live in it, give in to it,
then give it up
Track Name: Gentle Pirate
Lyrics:

Fell in the middle
of something familiar
Hot salt tangled
at the end of July
Fell in the middle
afraid to remember
White, light forehead
Skin under sky

Gentle Pirate
show me the way
Keep my head above water
while I’m deep in the waves

Down in the middle
I let myself need her
Blue water simple
Permanence
Down in the middle
of an ocean familiar
I should not be here

Gentle Pirate
show me the way
Keep my head above water
while I’m deep in the waves
Track Name: Back To Me
Lyrics:

I like the way that you hold my hand
and I love the way that your hair falls down
when you press your mouth against my own
and you do the things that make me moan
I like the fact that your heart is pure
and you’re strong and wild and soft and sure
and gave me hope to love again
so you’re the one that I let in

Baby, Baby, come back to me
Don’t you know that we got so much
to see together, and we just got started
Baby, Baby come back to me
I know you’ve got a choice to make
and somebody’s heart is gonna break,
Lord, don’t let it be me

I know the way that you feel inside
like an ax will drop when you finally decide
and either way you lose a piece
of what you want and what you need
And though I try to let you go
be cool inside and just lay low
I want you here with me tonight
I miss you bad, I miss you right

Baby, Baby, come back to me
Don’t you know that we got so much
to see together, and we just got started
Baby, Baby come back to me
I know you’ve got a choice to make
and somebody’s heart is gonna break,
Lord, don’t let it be me

I’ve had so many heartaches,
so please don’t be hurting me
I’ve had so many heartaches
so please don’t be hurting me
Track Name: La Llorona
Lyrics:

Todos me dicen El Negro, Llorona,
negro pero cariñoso
Todos me dicen El Negro, Llorona,
negro pero cariñoso

Yo soy como el chile verde, Llorona,
picante pero sabroso
Yo soy como el chile verde, Llorona,
picante pero sabroso

Ay de mi Llorona
Llorona de ayer y hoy
Ay de mi Llorona
Llorona de ayer y hoy

Ayer maravilla fuí, Llorona,
y ahora ni sombra soy
Ayer maravilla fuí, Llorona,
y ahora ni sombra soy

Dicen que no tengo duelo Llorona,
porque no me ven llorar
Dicen que no tengo duelo Llorona,
porque no me ven llorar

Hay muertos que no hacen ruido Llorona,
y es mas grande su penar
Hay muertos que no hacen ruido Llorona,
y es mas grande su penar

Ay de mi Llorona,
Llorona de azul celeste
Ay de mi Llorona,
Llorona de azul celeste

Y aunque la vida me cueste Llorona,
no dejaré de quererte
Y aunque la vida me cueste Llorona,
no dejaré de quererte
Track Name: The Planet Ranch
Mickey was the hippest chick at the Planet Ranch
When I was eight she was crowned
Miss Parker, Arizona
We’d listen to Neil Diamond in her trailer home
Her talent was playing the trumpet
Leroy, the mechanic, well he was pretty old
He liked to talk to spaceships in the desert
Once we tried to follow him real late at night
but we were too scared of coyotes

He’d drive on up that hill
every night, every night
With a six pack and his transistor
He swore they spoke to him
every night, every night
But they didn’t want him to take their picture

I remember once when things were sort of tight
We had to entertain some bankers and their wives
Ella cooked a dinner and a chocolate cake
then Leroy came in for some cocktails
Mickey and us kids were dancing
to “Sweet Caroline”
Leroy and the banker’s wives
were getting drunk on red wine
He told them about the aliens
and why they were here
He said they needed uranium for fuel

He’d drive on up that hill
every night, every night
With a six pack and his transistor
He swore they spoke to him
every night, every night
But they didn't want him to take their picture

Twenty years have passed, there’s a lot I don’t know
The business went under, everyone was let go
I hear Mickey lives in Kingman and Ella’s retired
but Leroy hangs out in the desert
Track Name: Dead Horse
Lyrics:

I see you’re all set up
You’ve got everything you need
The day you left me standing alone
to face my deprivation and greed
If I don’t die in the end
If I can just stay afloat
I’m gonna fly to the moon
instead of sinking down in your moat
You gotta know that I cared
You gotta know that I tried
I didn’t know how to melt you down
and drink in all your beautiful light
You always smell like a rose
You speak and don’t make a sound
Your holy heart shining so bright all the
while you grind me into the ground

I hope one day I can say I’m ok
that I’m out of the red
and stop banging my head
I hope one day you can learn how to say
that you feel some remorse
and I’ll stop beating a dead horse

The tools were out of our hands
nothing left to revive
Blow a kiss and watch innocent souls
disappearing into the sky
You gotta know that I cared
You gotta know that I tried
I didn’t know how to make you see
that my love for you was
deep and wide, deep and wide

I hope one day I can say I’m ok
that I’m out of the red
and stop banging my head
I hope one day you can learn how to say
that you feel some remorse
and I’ll stop beating a dead horse
Track Name: Speed of Light
Lyrics:

Hold on tight, love
We’re picking up speed
if you feel like you’re falling
Fall into me
You don’t have to be the strong one
when you’re caught in between
I could tell you a story
to make you feel all right
I could use all the voices
that I push down inside
Silence is golden
All love is blind

Put your hand on my shoulder
look in my eyes
You don’t have to wonder
We’re gonna be all right
Because when we turn this corner
we’re in for a ride
Speed of light

Light can bend
My love won’t end
Here we go again
We’ll sail through the darkness
We’ll reach through the sky
Higher then heaven
We’re gonna fly
You and I
Where will this take us
How far, how high

Put your hand on my shoulder
Look in my eyes
You don’t have to wonder
We’re gonna be all right
Because when we turn this corner
we’re in for a ride
Speed of light