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released October 18, 2019

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Track Name: Blacktop
Smell of the blacktop after the rain
A chemical spills inside my brain
No one’s coming to clean it up
And I don’t care

This pollution makes me happy
If it’s irreversible
The ecosystem will lose control
And I won’t care

Now I have found my bliss
A sensation in the mist
Not on my hard drive
Blasting down the freeway
I feel like I’m seventeen
But a better kind of that past version of me

Smell of the blacktop after the rain
My control swirls down the drain
It is a lonely euphoria
And I don’t care

This pollution makes me happy
If I buy a convertible
My top will be down
And I won’t care
Track Name: Crystal Clear
I can still feel the moss soft on my feet
I can still feel the boulders anchored beneath
And I can feel my heart racing up the creek
As I hunt for gemstones in my memory

And I can hear crystal clear, and I can hear crystal clear
And I can hear the crystals clear my thoughts

I can still see the concrete dam with the vines
I can still see the house under construction alongside
And I can see rocks tumbling down the bank of my mind
As I recollect those precious times
Track Name: Streak in the Sky
She’s a streak in the sky
On a midsummer night
She’s a jet plane
Doing tricks in the air

She’s a beautiful formation
And she’s better than me
At so many things
It’s true

She’s a wondrous occasion
For the whole wide world
She’s a celebration
Of youth

And she’s my muse

Though I don’t say the right things
I stumble on words and trip up and hurt
Sometimes I make her feel worse
Because of my mood

She’s a gorgeous crater
The biggest impact on me
So why do I have to be
The biggest fool

She’s a cheerleader
Who brightens the room
Determined to save me
From the gloom

She’s my dream woman
And my perfect wife
My imagination
Sees our life

But I can be rude

And I don’t say the right things
I stumble on words and trip up and hurt
Sometimes I make her feel worse
Because of my mood
I’m writing my songs on six strings
And a honky tonk
Looking for the notes I want to use
But my love is out of tune

No pitch bend can make amends
But my solo will have to do
Track Name: Stumbled Upon
Riding by the river, we reminisced
It was a bright, blue, beautiful Tuesday
On Railroad Grade Road to the mercantile
Talking about things that have come our way

We pulled aside and tiptoed in the water
Didn’t matter that the stones beneath us were slippery

I used to think I was running from the past
Looking back on what brought me down
But I can focus on the present and laugh at myself
Because I stumbled upon right now

“Dang, that water’s cold!”


Done taking pictures in the H2O
We mounted our bikes for home
Back to the barn beside the restaurant
Where there were things I wanted to let you know

We pulled aside and got out our cameras
Didn’t matter that the dust came up from the cars

(Chorus)

“Who imagined, years ago, we’d be here!?!”
Track Name: Sabrina, Won't You Be My Ballerina?
I can hear you talk to me, meow, oh oh
I can hear you purrin’ at me
You’re the purrrrrr-ttiest girl in the world
I can hear you when you cry,
Caterwaul
I can hear you bawling at your ball

Sabrina, won’t you be my ballerina?
I can play my concertina
While you dance in the arena
Sabrina, won’t you be my ballerina?
Sabrina? Sabrina?
Be my ballerina

I can hear you walk to me, pussyfoot
I can hear you in your sleep--kitty snores!
I can hear you in the tunnel
Ton-ton-ton tonguing your brother
I can hear your hairy hairballs

Sabrina, won’t you be my ballerina?
I can play my concertina
While you dance in the arena
Sabrina, won’t you be my ballerina?
I can play my concertina
I can play my concertina!

Sabrina, won’t you be my ballerina?
I can play my concertina
While you dance in the arena!
Sabrina!
Track Name: She's Perfect
She wakes up with a frown
Burdened by this world that's cutting her down
All she wants to feel is proud
But expectations keep
Her from getting out
Of this prison that she's made
Thinks she has got to make
Herself perfect
If she could see what I see
I know she'd be free
And she'd feel worth it

But he won't do nothing but shout
And curse at her and keep
Pushing her around
She's scared one day he will walk out
And tries to change herself
To keep him around
But she'll never please
A man who doesn't see
That she's perfect
If she could see what I see
I know she'd be free
And she'd feel worth it

No matter what I say she thinks
This is what she deserves
It's how it's supposed to be
I hope one day she'll finally see
It's possible she don't have to
Cry herself to sleep
In this prison that she's made
Thinks she has got to make
Herself perfect
If she could see what I see
I know she'd be free
And she'd feel worth it
Track Name: Dancing Down the Gallery
Everywhere, frames, frames, frames
Everywhere, frames, frames
Everywhere, motion detectors check
Cameras check, alarms check, security guards?

Ha ha ha ha ha
Let’s get carried away

Musical museum
Groove in the Louvre
Mona Mona mon ami
Dancing down the gallery

Lights, lights, lights, lights
On the frames, on the lights, on the frames, on the lights
Tour guides?
Ha ha
Let’s get carried away
Track Name: The Ridges and the Bumps
I remember taking lessons and the drills that I despised
I remember how I trusted that the coach was always right
I remember being humbled by mistakes that he would find
I remember when I thought I would be champion of the ice

Convinced it would come naturally, I was caught off-guard
Life is a slippery rink, and it’s hard
I could figure out how to lift and spin and jump
But there’s no preparation for the ridges and the bumps

I remember being disciplined and learning figure eights
I remember understanding my instructor kept me safe
I remember motivation to succeed was very great
I remember perseverance when I put on my skates

Convinced it would come naturally, I was caught off-guard
Life is a slippery rink, and it’s hard
I could figure out how to lift and spin and jump
But there’s no preparation for the ridges and the bumps

I’ve picked up behaviors and new traits along the way
The thing I love the most has come to test me every day
When I put on my skates

Convinced it would come naturally, I was caught off-guard
Life is a slippery rink, and it’s hard
I could figure out how to lift and spin and jump
But there’s no preparation for the ridges and the bumps
Track Name: Bubbles on the Moon
Fast asleep beneath the roof
I don't have to face the truth
Lightheaded and starry-eyed
Somewhere else deep inside

I'm blowing bubbles on the moon
240,000 miles from my room

Gravity keeps me around
Serious matters on the ground
Lighthearted and bright-eyed
I picture myself in my mind

I'm blowing bubbles on the moon
240,000 miles from my room
Ideas are weightless and my
Imagination's spacious
Dreams are wasted on our youth
When make believe becomes make do

Maybe I'm living a lie
Maybe I’m justified
Track Name: The Tricks Lie in the Deal
Have you always wanted to be this way?
The shape of who you are
If your mom made you a puzzle
Did she give you the edges to start?

‘Cause it matters where you came from
Your perspective is the big reveal
It tells a lot about you
The tricks lie in the deal

The pieces that you get
And the way you eat your candy
Something ‘bout behavior
Quirks make for great quotations

‘Cause it matters where you came from
Your perspective is the big reveal
It tells a lot about you
The tricks lie in the deal

Cyan, magenta, yellow and black
On cardboard
Divided into thousands
You’re still the same
But your approach
Changes the pace of the game

‘Cause it matters where you came from
Your perspective is the big reveal
It tells a lot about you
The tricks lie in the deal

‘Cause it matters where you came from
Your perspective is the big reveal
It tells a lot about you
The tricks lie in the deal
Track Name: Details
Remember when I was ill
And thought I was a hero
Going to the hospital with Dad,
He visited my room every night,
When he was through seeing patients
He had patience with me and let me
Recover on my own timeline
His compassionate and soft side,
Gentle hugs and gentle hands,
What a gentle man he’s been
He’s always there
When I needed him to rescue

Remember the second time
When I stopped taking the pills
On the phone, he was out of town
But directed me home
Where his secretary could help
It meant so much to me
His colleagues were present
And I was not alone
Gifted and graced by their
Shining faces until he showed up
And he was there
To advocate on my behalf

The laughter of my father
Is the sweetest sound
‘Cause I know he has nothing
To worry about
He’s in charge of many people
And looks after me too
But golf games and those model trains
Tell me he’s pulling through

One day he’ll be gone, and I’ll imagine
He’s at a long conference
Giving lectures with God
On how to heal angels
‘Cause he says I’m his angel
He’ll call from his car, up in heaven
On his way to work, saying
“Did you see the mountain in the backyard?”
“I painted it with water,”
“And added a couple trees”
I’ll tell him, “Dad, I love the details”
“You’re good at details.”
Tell him, “Dad, when I was ill”
“You always handled the details.”

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