Save the Day

by Ira Marlowe

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released February 15, 2011

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Track Name: Save the Day
“It isn’t me,” I said
to the voices in her head
“I’m sorry… I don’t know what I’m doin’ here.”
The prince she hoped to meet
Got stuck in traffic
Now it’s up to me
I’m sorry…

And I haven’t had a bite to eat since morning
And it’s not my drama anyway
But give me just
A moment to prepare myself
And I will save the day
I will save the day

So it’s here at last
The new catastrophe she ordered
Where do I sign?
Where do I have to be?
To keep a step or two or three
Ahead of all the bedlam
She ordered

And she hasn’t had a drop to drink all weekend
Adding to the disarray
But give her just
A moment to restore my trust
And I will save the day
I will save the day

And I’m gonna do like I seen ‘em
Swing from a chandelier
Everything’s crystal clear
To heroes… I suppose

Once upon a time
I knew a pretty borderline
She told me, “I don’t know what I’m doin’ here
It’s not a friendly place
So you gotta find yourself a brave face.”
She told me

And I haven’t had a drop to drink all morning
And I’m doin’ fine or so they say
And it’s alright
But I been up all night
Trying to save the day
And I will save the day
I will save the day
Track Name: Arielle
You pace the world in circles
Looking for a heart that’s really true
You down a couple strong ones
And now anyone would do
Hanging around at the Café Du Nord
With those people all so professionally bored
It’s scary. Ordinary.

Arielle, you’re so much better
than your puny poser friends
Arielle, I’d like to see you take
the whole damn thing again
Arielle, no you’re not falling
you’re just scared to death and stalling
I can tell

I used to hear you playing
At that club on Lincoln Way
You had a way of singing
What my heart refused to say
Now all you do is run from the beauty
You were born to share
Is that enough now?
Should I shut up now?

Arielle, you’re so much smarter
than the stupid things you do
Arielle, I wish just one time
I could climb inside of you
And spend an hour livin’
with the things that you’ve been given
Yes, it’s true. What will you do?

Hanging around at the Tip Top Room
Breathing the smoke and the gloom and doom
It’s crazy. Please amaze me.

Arielle, you’re gonna find it
in a place you always knew
Arielle, you’re gonna see yourself
and finally know it’s true
The you’re gonna rise
and pull us all across the skies
upon your song.
Don’t be long. Don’t be long.
Arielle
Track Name: House
I live in a house
Where the portraits have the eyes cut out
Where the piano plays all by itself
Where the clock strikes when it wants to
I live in a house
Of hidden rooms and secret stairs
And every darkness leads somewhere
and all the eyes just watch you
And you came
On a dare, on a dare
Knocking at my door
But you did not run like all the ones before
You stayed, saying--

I… ain’t going anywhere
Nothing in this world
Nothing in this wicked world
Could move me anywhere
I… ain’t going anywhere
And I don’t believe in ghosts
A ghost is just a heart without a home
Now open this door

I live in a house
And when a big orange moon comes out
It lights a room once filled with doubt
That things could ever change here
But you came
On a dare
On a deadly cold and windy night
Lightening flashing in the sky
You stayed, saying--

I… ain’t going anywhere
Nothing in this world
Nothing in this wicked world
Could move me anywhere
I… ain’t going anywhere
And I don’t believe in ghosts
A ghost is just a heart without a home
Now open this door
Open this door
Open this door
Track Name: Living with Robots
Living with robots
Is making me feel so slow
And they’re the ones
Just zeroes and ones

Living with robots
Will they ever understand
How good it feels
Smashing the wheels

And I’m trying to change and fit inside
This wonderworld that must collide
With everything I held so tight for so long
And I’m trying to learn about myself
And know when I can use some help
This wonderworld is all I have to go on

Living with fear
And if I had my way I’d stay right here
Under here
With you
Building a time machine by hand
Hatching our plan,

And I’m trying to change and fit inside
This wonderworld that must collide
With everything I held so tight for so long
And I’m trying to move myself around
And make some room for what comes now
This wonderworld will show me how to go on

Go on
Let it come to you
We’re leaving now
What will you do?

***

And I’m trying to change and fit inside
This wonderworld that must collide
With everything I held so tight for so long
And I’m trying to move myself around
And make some room for what comes now
This wonderworld will show me how to go on
Go on…

Living with robots
Living with robots
Living with robots
Track Name: Ship in a Bottle
Carry me home to the love that I know
Is waiting for me at the end of the sea
And I’ve packed my belongings and said my goodbyes
The ship in the bottle is ready to ride the waves

Johnny Walker Red
Is a blue-talking sailor
All the words he said
You’ll apologize later
Drinks from your glass
as he climbs up the mast
And points to the gathering stars
That’s where you learn
Which way to turn

chorus

Jose Cuervo Gold
Is a shipwreck survivor
Left him with the soul
Of a mad taxi driver
Run through the light with him
Stay out all night with him
Crashing the rocks on the waves
Ask your bartender
What to remember

Mickey’s Bigmouth Ale
Yeah, we all know what that means
Hoist her tattered sail
Your ocean is wide and green
And served in a barrel, the pride of O’Farrell St.
Pouring you out in the foam
Finally a friend
Finally a home
Track Name: Mission Gothic (dressed like a vampire)
She dressed like a vampire
She talked like an English major
We met a theater
She asked me if I could guess her age
I said, “At least a thousand years…”

She slept in the daytime
She told me she didn’t like the sun
I called her at midnight
She said, “Are you brave enough to come?”
Her cat watched all night long
As we made love to Avalon
And on and on and on and I said—

Where do you think you’re going with my life?
Where do you think you’re going with my life?

I woke in the morning
‘Cept it was three or maybe four
Alone in a strange place
I looked for her behind every door
I said, “I know you’re here”
And when the night came down she did appear
As real as love, as dark as fear, and I said—

Where do you think you’re going with my life?
Where do you think you’re going?
Would you steal it in the night?

Quiet now
Make no sound
And then the pain was gone
And we made love to Avalon
And on and on and on and on and

Where do you think you’re going with my life?
Where do you think you’re going with my life?
Where do you think you’re going?
Would you steal it in the night?
Track Name: Claims to Power
People claim great power
People claim great power

I read a book where it said if I meditate long enough
I could actually learn how to fly
And impress all my friends but I know before long
they’d only be bumming me out
asking for rides
The same book says that those of great learning
Those of great learning need never die
But I guess after ten thousand years they get bored
And hop off the bed of nails for a beer on the sly

People claim great power
People claim great power

I don’t care how long I live
Long as I live with someone I need
Who doesn’t insist on hogging the covers
Or talking to me about books while I’m trying to read
Someone who knows how to juggle and struggles
To get rid of door to door salesmen mercifully
Someone who’s dumber than Einstein
Smarter than Elvis
Smarter than me

People claim great power
People claim great power
Track Name: Crazier Than You
This little girl comes up to me
And mister, I apologize
She seemed so innocent
Skinny hips and Bambi eyes
Pale as the man in the moon
Talking ‘bout some people
Who might find her soon

No matter what you think
No matter what you do
Never fall in love with someone
Crazier than you

She’s got this photograph
She’s keeping from the CIA
Somebody famous
Wearing what looks like a negligee
Time for the wages of sin:
“Boy, I need a favor
That’s where you come in…”

Chorus

Count yourself lucky
You still can fly
Count yourself lucky
You’re too cool to die

Everybody’s got somebody
Living in the hole inside their head
Who bangs the Underwood
And writes the words you wish you never said
And all the things you swore
You’d never really do
Oh, come on, mister
I know you been there, too

Chorus

Count yourself lucky
You’re too cool to die
Track Name: Frankenstein the Matchmaker
Frankenstein the matchmaker
Builds the perfect lover
From the faces and the voices
And the memory of the others
He could almost love

Can you see him up all night?
Stitching up the final changes
Will he ever get it right?
Isn’t he somebody
You could almost love?

Almost
Any word that comes so close
Is only gonna tell you just how far you have to go
Stay there
Tell yourself there’s someone out there
Waiting in a story
Now get back to your laboratory

Frankenstein the doctor
Isn’t it appalling
How it got so out of hand
How he missed his calling
It was almost love

Every chance you wouldn’t take
Every flame that couldn’t last
Now you’ve got your pictures out
You’re drinking to the past
And all that almost was

Any time a moment came
You watched it til it turned away
You blamed it on the gods
As if you even hear a word they say
Cover up your ears before
The sound of all that came before
Comes calling, yeah it’s calling
You’re almost ready now
Is that what you’d say?

Almost
Any word that comes so close
Is only gonna tell you just how far you have to go
Go there
Could you ever dare
To step outside your perfect mind
Scary what you just might find
Track Name: Look for Me
She sleeps a little later thanshe used to
her room’s still pretty much the way it was
I move some things around
to see if she might notice
but she never does

I will wait for you

She wears a lot of black but I’m not honored
she always wore a lot of black before
she makes herself a fire
and curls up with her jornal
on the cold wood floor

I will wait for you
I will wait for you

Call it gray
call it in-between
call it unknown, unheard, unbelieved
In this house
I will stay
Look for me
when you look my way

I helped her write the song I hear her singing
I guess she thinks the words are all her own
I thought for just awhile
she’d recognize the style
now I leave her pretty much alone

I watch her as she reads the Sunday paper
she’s cut her hair, she’s no longer a girl
some other time and place
some other day
some oher world

Call it gray
call it in-between
call it unknown, unheard, unseen, unbelieved
In this house
I will stay
Look for me
when you look my way

I will wait for you
I will wait for you
I will wait for you
I will wait for you
I will wait for you
I will wait for you
Track Name: Troublesome Sky
Gonna float like a cloud
That’s so full of rain
that it falls to the ground
And won’t get back up again
Let me stay here
Safe from the troublesome sky

Gonna swing like a door
Open so wide
That hills and the fields
Can all come inside
Sit yourself down
Safe from the troublesome sky

You will not falter
You will not run
You will not lose your way
Despite how lost you may become
There will be thunder
Sounding its might
You will walk under
As it goes by

Gonna sing like a sailor
Drunk as the sea
That knows everything
And all things to be
Rising and falling
Watching the troublesome sky

Gonna fly like a leaf
Borne on the wind
Just to see where I go
And look where I been
Nowhere and everywhere
Up in the troublesome sky

You will not falter
You will not run
You will not lose yourself
Despite how lost you may become
There will be thunder
Sounding its might
You will walk under as it goes by
You will walk under
Safe from the troublesome sky
Track Name: BONUS TRACK: Umbrella People
Here they come
look at ‘em scatter
see them run
out of the rain
I’ll get wet
What does it matter?
What does it matter today?

Umbrella people
and it’s hardly even raining
Umbrella people
and the sun’s comin’ through
I’ll stand here
underneath this rainbow
colors I got from you
colors I got from you

Here they come
look at ‘em scatter
Hurry up, get ‘em up
it could start to pour
I’ll just watch
the rivers gather
‘round my feet
as I’m walking to your door

chorus

and it’s only been a day or two
How do I know? But still I do
It’s comin’ true

Umbrella people
and it’s hardly even raining
Umbrella people
and the sun’s comin’ through
I’ll stand here
underneath this rainbow
colors I got , I got, I got, I got
I got you
underneath this rainbow
and it’s all comin’ true
I'll stand here
looking at the sky
opened up so wide
and you're the reason
you're the reason
Umbrella people
no they don't even know
Umbrella people
open up, open up
let it go, let it go