Live No. 1

by Blame Sally

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released June 1, 2001

Produced by Blame Sally.

Blame Sally is:
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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Track Name: If You Tell a Lie
Lyrics:
If you tell a lie again and again
It does not become the truth in the end
If your voice is loud and your lies are well heard
Still it does not mean
a transformation has occurred

Water isn’t wine
Brass isn’t gold
One day you’ll account
for all the lies that you told

If you take the forest, if you steal it tree by tree
If you blacken the river, if you desecrate the sea
You can wave your arms,
You can shout out from on high
But the truth is still the truth and a lie is still a lie

Water isn’t wine
Brass isn’t gold
One day you’ll account
for all the priceless things you sold

Two-faced yes fool
Pin-striped suit ghoul

You can make a promise
and some people might believe
That you are not beholden
to the power and to the greed
But if they should fall ill
or their schools should fall down
should they fall on hard times
well I doubt you’ll be around

Water isn’t wine, brass is not gold
and it’s wrong that we should pay
for the crown that you stole
Water isn’t wine, brass is not gold
One day you’ll account
for all the lies that you told
Track Name: Vie for Love
Lyrics:

You came along
and I knew what I was getting myself into
Everyone said be careful, don’t dive too deep
Maybe I’m sick and tired
of the distance I’ve been through
Maybe I’m stupid for thinking
you might be with me

Aiyee, don’t make me vie for love
Aiyee, don’t make me show you
it’s something that I’m not above

Humble, humility, patience, compassion,
all ring true
I fell in your arms and I swear
I will not be the same
Hunger and holes need feeding and filling
it’s not new
But I can’t compete with the history
your heart cannot tame

Aiyee, don’t make me vie for love
Aiyee, don’t make me show you
it’s something that I’m not above

You want to stay with her
but all your thoughts are with me
You don’t want to kiss her
but not really sure what that means
You know that you’ll miss her
and all that you have if you leave
You say wait and see

Aiyee, don’t make me vie for love
Aiyee, I know there’s more than enough
Aiyee, don’t make me vie for love
Aiyee, don’t make me show you
it’s something that I’m not above
Track Name: Heaven and Hell
Lyrics:

Peel away the dark, it’s old and hard
but far below
my heart is young and shy
Peel away the years,
acquired fears and hidden tears
that helped a girl survive

Because I feel like heaven and hell
could meet right here in your arms

The schizophrenic segregations
Every trend a sovereign nation
Shallow waters filled with gold
Do you dare to ask the question
Give me more than fifteen seconds
Do you really want to know?

Because I feel like heaven and hell
could meet right here in your arms

Peel away the cruel indifference
We can’t pretend innocence
because there’s nothing we don’t know
Peel away the advertisements
selling pleasures with no substance
on a shining road to nowhere
Give me all of your love
what is wretched, what is soft
Let me hate you, let me care

Because I feel like heaven and hell
could meet right here in your arms

Peel away the mediocre image brokers
They’re jokers and the jokes on us
Peel away the television selling
bleak and twisted visions
of a world that’s lost
Track Name: Beat Nouveau
Lyrics:

She hopped on the red line headed for the city
told her old man she with a friend
First time in years she’s feeling pretty
praying that it just don’t end
He must have hit a nerve
he must have found the core
he walked through her untapped door
The poet gave her life, gave her back her life,
gave her...

Nowhere to go but the beat nouveau
Nowhere to go but the beat nouveau
Sweet hot spot where the cool cats blow
Wit’s scorn convention in the cognac smoke
Divine inspiration over hot black Joe
Her only hope for love was in the words he spoke

The choice seemed right when he offered up the ring
Money and power equal love
But the poet came along and reminded her to sing
Their fate fit like a hand in glove
He must have hit a nerve
He must have found the core
when he walked through her untapped door
The poet gave her life, gave her back her life,
gave her...

Nowhere to go but the beat nouveau
Nowhere to go but the beat nouveau
Mother tongue passion like a Romeo
Phrase and fable like a fine van Gogh
Thoughts far and rich as a ripe Bordeaux
Her only hope for love was in the words he spoke

The poet gave her life, gave her back her life,
gave her...

Nowhere to go but the beat nouveau
Nowhere to go but the beat nouveau
Bright diamond earring and a black chapeau
Crystal blue eyes that just won’t let go
Romantic inhibition of an artist’s soul
Her only hope for love was in the words he spoke
Track Name: Forever to Find You
Lyrics:

I will never be satisfied
I will ultimately be denied
Every choice I make I hear the sound
of a thousand slamming doors
I learned to dance on the river’s edge
Leaning precariously over the river’s edge
Let the cold, cold water wash me down
(until I land upon your shore)

It’s taking forever to find you
It’s taking forever to see
that the past remains behind us
and future is hard to see

They say there’s power in letting go
I haven’t the strength to resist
Let the cold, cold water wash me down
(until I land upon your shore)

It’s taking forever to find you
It’s taking forever to see
that the past remains behind us
and future is hard to see
Track Name: Grape
Lyrics:

My skin is thin so watch what you say
I’d pull the trigger on a whim these days
I used to be the delicate kind
Upon reflection, though, I've changed my mind
I don’t know much but if I’ve learned one thing
it’s that a winner wants to win
more than anything
So don’t stand in my way
‘cause I’m comin’ through
and I’m sort of pissed, no tellin’ what I’ll do

My skin is thin, it got stretched too tight
when I paid with labor for our love that night
What kind of man could just walk away
No call, no cash, Independence Day
My skin is thin I feel like a grape
I’m sort of sour with a chalky taste
and I don’t give a damn if you purse your lips
As a matter of fact I kind of like it like this

shoo-bop, shoo-bop, shoo-bop

My skin is thin like a butterfly
You can look but don’t touch
‘cause I’m on the rise
And I guess I’m still the delicate kind
though I reserve the right
to change my mind
Track Name: Planet Ranch
Lyrics:

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: In Lieu of Love
Lyrics:

Where I am is dark
I try to make my start
alone without you
but I just can’t do it
I drove you off today
with my selfish ways
and my careless words
that you don’t deserve

I may say you’re not right for me, baby
I may say you’ll never be enough
What I say is fear and lies
in lieu of love

I’m holding up this wall
so afraid to let it fall
let it fall around me
so we both can see

I may say you’re not right for me, baby
I may say you’ll never be enough
What I say is fear and lies
in lieu of love

We can board an astral boat
Set a course and stay afloat
Float for light years
above our darkest fears

I may say you’re not right for me, baby
I may say you’ll never be enough
What I say is fear and lies
in lieu of love
What I say is fear and lies
in lieu of love
In lieu of love
Track Name: The Night is Mine
Lyrics:

The night is mine, I have no home
In aimless time I walk alone
So take me in your arms and love me long
We’ll drink sweet wine until the dawn
The night is mine, yours if you care
for the languid rhyme two lovers share
I’ll take you in my arms, I’ll kiss your skin
I’ll sing you songs ’til day begins

Falling down between us
secrets tumble all around
They make no sound
They make no sound

The night is mine I have no fear
Since ancient times you have hovered near
So take me in your arms and hold me close
like father, son and holy ghost

Falling down between us
secrets tumble all around
They make no sound
They make no sound

The night is mine with open eyes
The stars that shine a thousand whys
Take me in your arms and feel my heart
until with morning’s dawn we part

Falling down between us
secrets tumble all around
They make no sound
They make no sound
They make no sound
Track Name: Subway Song
Lyrics:

I wish I wasn’t always right
A surprise once in a while
might be nice
But I was born with x-ray eyes
and I’m not scared of kryptonite
Don’t you wish I wasn’t always right
What if Santa was a black man
I wish that Jesus was enough
Invisible crossing guards
Standing between the yards
I hope they get things sorted out

I’ve been flying in circles
and the ground falls away
I’m tired of all the strangers
I want to go home

Is there a secret to the subway
I don’t know why they just won’t say
I’m on down the blue line
Past the trees and the border line
Headed south on Bakerloo

I’ve been flying in circles
and the ground falls away
I’m tired of all the strangers
I want to go home
Track Name: Give a Damn
Lyrics:

Take a harder road than the one you took before
Going with the flow, turning back at every door
‘Cause you’re older now,
You’re stronger now
You’re smarter now

A tree grows high when the roots go deep
Your peace will come, but it won’t come cheap
If you take this hand and you play for keeps
and you give a damn
and you give a damn

You’ve been hiding out
You’ve been holding back your love
I could teach you how
but you’d have to let me touch
And not run away
on the seventh day
though you feel afraid

A tree grows high when the roots go deep
Your peace will come, but it won’t come cheap
If you take this hand and you play for keeps
and you give a damn
and you give a damn

Time slips by, you can’t deny
the heart that wants to beat
The price you pay along the way
makes what you get more sweet
You can run and you can hide
and you can isolate
But you can not escape
no you can not escape

A tree grows high when the roots go deep
Your peace will come, but it won’t come cheap
If you take this hand and you play for keeps
and you give a damn
and you give a damn