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Dragons & Lace

by Tom Harter

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1.
Devils hide the details Behind an angel's charms As I dream of painted dragons While lying in your arms You laughed in a dream A gentle kiss upon your face My heart sends out a silken thread With love wrapped in lace
2.
Isbell 03:55
Isbell runs with the fire of life Chasing the love of her best friend’s wife She craves her touch like a whispering breeze Pink & gold stockings pulled-up above her knees (chorus) Isbell is just a child of love Running thru the night and the sky above Gravity won't hold her down But hold her hand and she'll stick around Isbell tries to paint the day With all the love that she can feel Untill the morning of tomorrow When she goes and changes what she thinks is real (chorus) Isbell claims she can kill a man With just a wink and a smile So just to be safe now She’ll love the girls for just a little while She’s trying to bring hope to the 5th world With a wink of her eye She’s never been caught telling the truth And yet she’d never lie She’s pretending to watch the evening news While her iPod plays Big Star She’s forever moving forward As she drives backward in her car (chorus to end)
3.
Jeff Tweedy 03:46
I knew right then I was asking for the moon She said, “I don't have the moon...I only have the sun Something’s got a hold on me that I can’t explain" So I left her to be and I learned how to run But it’s ok to be someone other than me She’s a will-o’-the-wisp in a little black mini She’s a ready or not get, set, and go… I know it’s true cuz Jeff Tweedy told me so   So I went down to the Madison Co-Op Grocery Thinking I could buy myself some sake or some socks But I gave all my money to a front door bluesman And the walking blues echoed down the blocks But it’s ok to be someone other than me The world paints like Renoir in the 19th Century It’s a ready or not get set, and go… And I know it’s true cuz Jeff Tweedy told me so   Woke up in the spacecraft because I drank caffeine I wasn’t that concerned because the movie was on I broke a nail when I broke the speed of sound Turned over then to see her wearing only chiffon But it’s ok to be someone other than me I’m a space man here floating in my tin can Ready or not get set, and let’s go And I know it’s true cuz Jeff Tweedy told me so
4.
Red Feather 05:26
Feeling bluer than a blue kimono While a plane crashed in Palo Alto Dreams of electric cars die tonight While filth of refineries block out the light And…   I’m chasing the red feather Down a long, lonely highway I’m so tired of cloudy weather While searching for a sunny day   Another plane went down today By the hand of another Tim McVeigh The masses make him a devil or a hero But he’ll burn while I just watch the snow And… I’m chasing the red feather Down a long, lonely highway I’m so tired of cloudy weather While searching for a sunny day The personal is public The arguments so grand We all watch the pretty lights While hatred grips the land Give up your agenda dreams And your populist schemes There is so much more to behold Than lies continually retold I’m chasing the red feather Down a long, lonely highway I’m so tired of cloudy weather While searching for a sunny day
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Paperclips 05:37
She counts the minutes of her life With paperclips... and tiny pieces of paper On which she writes The things she's done But she did them all with you And I am left alone With my imagination Reality can't be worse Than my mind's conjuration But it's all still holding together... (repeat) I can see her now With her red dress on And her matching lipstick smile I can see her now With her red dress on the floor Next to your laundry pile (ch) I'll wrap myself up And go out on the town In a suit of fine linen I'll drink it all down Surrounded by friends Who think I'm still winning And I am still alone With my imagination Reality can't be worse Than my mind's conjuration And it's all still holding together... (repeat) But it's all still holding together... with paperclips
7.
Did you see your shrink? Did you call your friends? Did you find out why… You seem to keep chasing disasters?   On the surface you’re whole With a charming easy smile But beneath the shallows Is the darkness of miles Miles of time on a road Where you seem so alone With drugs that give you sleep And dark music on your phone   So why do you keep Chasing disasters You’re holding on now to Chasing disasters Give your love away before Chasing disasters I wish you’d escape Chasing disasters   There’s no reason to feel unbeautiful There’s no reason to feel sad Everything the world will give you Is so much better than what you’ve had You can escape the grasp of hate now With it’s icy touch of despair The future is open to you If you just learn again to care   (ch)   Is it really so hard To give yourself to love You just crush those around you An iron fist in your glove You have so much to give So much to give If you’d just learn to give Learn how to give… Love   (ch) So why do you keep Chasing disasters? There's no reason at all
8.
Smaller 05:35
Today I feel small That’s not like me at all I so often crave the spotlight I don’t want to be seen I’m feeling in-between That’s alright with me No one has to see I’m the one living inside my head I’ve got things I have to do They don’t include you I don’t want to be seen I’m feeling in-between So don’t mind if I hide I’ll make it to the other side Just allow me to be here all alone There’s nothing that is wrong After all… it is just a song I don’t want to be seen I’m feeling in-between... I'm so much smaller
9.
Spoons 05:20
We used to fit together... like spoons in a drawer That was back some years now... before the love became a war She was made of silver... and I was stainless steel She became so tarnished... before I learned how to feel I remember the time... that we held each other long In a dark tavern parking lot... bathed in remnants of a song Burned by Sagittarian fire... a wick burns so bright But the candle melts too quickly... in tomorrow's morning light She wanted to protect... the friendship that we shared So, much beyond a promise kiss... was something never dared I guess it's all for reasons... the illusions seemed so real We've all grown in love now... after wounds began to heal But we used to fit together... like spoons in a drawer The memory is a precious room... and forgiveness is the door
10.
I walked on the water for you My love I gave it all away for you My love I forgot all my dreams for you My love I wrote words by the thousands for you My love And still nothing's changed Still nothing's rearranged Still nothing has changed Nothing has rearranged But I walked on the water for you My love

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released March 1, 2010

Words and music composed by: Tom Harter
Produced, recorded, mixed, and mastered at:
Waiting for Guitar Studios, Green Bay by: Tom Harter

Musicians:
Tom Harter: electric and acoustic guitars, voice, bass guitar, mandolin,
drum loops and samples
“Red Feather” contains a sample of “Spirit of the Native American
Drum Beat” off of the album Native American Drums. Artist uncredited.

Thanks to:
Sierra Mitten (for inspiring the opening line of “Jeff Tweedy”)
Jeremy Brown and the rest of my friends at Montagues Wine Bar
Jeff Tweedy (of Wilco), Melody Jerabek, Mary Kittredge, Todd Snider,
Heather Rush, Bryan Siebers & Patricia

© 2010 t. l. harter

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