Still life

Vs1                             
This house doesn’t see much change these days
Most things in here never move at all
Kept right where Addy placed them long ago
The only that thing that moves? Clock hands on
the wall

Most chairs don’t get pulled out at the table
Now and then the kids and grands stop by
She likes to have them over when she’s able
But these days, no one can stay                
She barely hears hello before they say goodbye         

Chorus1
It’s still life; and what she has will do
Still life; may not look like living much to you
In her heart she’s still a mother and a wife
It’s still life

Vs2
The portrait hanging there above her bed
Of a book, some bread, a man who bows to pray
Takes Addy back to 1950 in her dreams
Right back into the arms of her dear husband, Ray

She recalls their first apartment well
Every laughing moment, each caress
A picture has a thousand words to tell
It can’t move anything but a memory
Of a good, strong man who gave to her his every breath

Chorus2
It’s still life; she still enjoys the view Still life; it may not look like living much to you
In her heart she’s still a lover and a wife
It’s still life

Tag
Sometimes she sits there in her chair for hours
Like a fading vase of garden flowers
Yes, but she holds all her colors in her mind
It’s still life

What I Didn’t Say

Vs.1
What I didn’t say you should’ve heard
If I had opened up my mouth and said a single word
You might not have turned away if you had heard

What I didn’t say, I’m tryin’ to
Powerless to get my meaning through to you
Now we’re fools in some charade still searching for What I didn’t say

Chorus 1
I’m silent at the top of my voice

My quiet’s big and mean and I’ve let it come between
Me and the man I love
What I didn’t say was not enough

Vs. 2
What I didn’t say came from the heart
But it was lost on my lips and I can’t start
To find my way back to you, help me through

What I didn’t say, I need to
But ev’rything I want and need is bound to you
And I need you to rescue me, set me free from
What I didn’t say

Chorus 2
I’m silent at the top of my voice
In a forest dark and deep captive to a speechless beast

I don’t have the strength to run I can’t escape what I’ve begun

Bridge
Sometimes this woman can’t speak her mind
I don’t know what gets into me and I
Can’t explain the prisoner locked inside,
But I know you hold the key

Vs.3
What you didn’t say says it best
As you take me in your arms and pull me to your chest
Wrap your love around my fear, you will hear
What I didn’t say

Robin Monterosso ©2014 Wing and Waltz Records

Rabbit Hole

Refrain
Down some rabbit hole of memory

In my mind your touch is taking me down

Through some door of distant fantasy

Walks the ghost of my old enemy now

 

Vs.1 A world of romance and regret, what ifs and what nots
       Buried ‘neath packed down scars and fears

       Twisting, turning, rushing, yearning, what ain’t and what for
       Scurry thru a tunnel of old tears

Refrain (repeat)

Vs. 2 Jump in, jump out, back door’s open, hello and goodbye
         Now you see me, now you don’t my friend
         Three is comp’ny, two is something difficult to break
         One is me, and I’m all in the end

Bridge
Longing tries to burrow in my mind
Reminiscence can
be dangerous to the unguarded kind
I’m runnin’ already’n you won’t catch me blind

Refrain (repeat)

Vs.3 I believe it’s time to leave and break your sordid spell
        Revelation pulling me away

        Now I know what’s done is done, tho’ your embrace goes on
        It’s apparition calling me to play

Tag   Down some rabbit hole of memory (x2)


Robin Monterosso ©2014 Wing and Waltz Records

Captured (Folk/Americana)
     I captured a little bird that I had heard
     He sang the evening down without a word
    Without a word he now sits in his cage
    I hoped that we would enjoy his new stage

Refrain

        Oh little bird, you cannot flee
        I want to hear your melody
        Oh little bird, I'll never be free
        Your song has captured me

         
      Quietly birdy went on still and silent
      Daylight is passing in such tiny instruements
      Such tiny increments shadows tick my
      While waiting for night and the nightingale's song

      I grow inpatient, being so gracious
      Waiting for night to fall seems like all ages
      Like all the ages his silence grown old
      Shadows grow longer, my heart grows cold

Refrain

     Quite in a rage I reach into that cage
     Grappled the neck of my small feathered mage
     My small feathered mage and his spell made me mad
     I have to find out what the nightingale has

     Sharp knife on the table is perfectly able
     To extract a spell, not a tune, just a fable
     A fable of folly and lust and of wrong
     I cut open the nightingale to find his song

(Refrain)

Robin Monterosso ©2014 Wing and Waltz Records

These Bare Hands

Verse 1
June and Molly went downtown to get their nails done
I said I've got other things to do
Three kids, night school, and waitressing at Denny's
Would anybody argue that's not true
Guess I'm doing all I can
With these bare hands

Verse 2
I'm dukin' it out with life the hard way now
The gloves are off, I'm clawing my way out
I block I throw I get my share of licks in
Bring it If you have any doubt
I can fight like crazy man
With these bare hands

Chorus
   These two hands are rough and ready
    Prayin' hangin' on strong and steady
    They hold hands and hope a'plenty
    Bare but never empty
    Full of love to share and lessons from this life I live
    All I've got to give is in
    These bare hands

Verse 3
Mr. Right up and left with some Starbucks starlet
and I didn't waste my time falling apart
I've had to sell some things around this place to make ends meet
That wedding ring well that's a start
Won't have a diamond but I've got a plan
And these bare hands

Bridge
They take opportunity and grab onto
Whatever brings this family love
The gift is knowing what to keep
And what to let go of

Chorus
   These two hands are rough and ready
   Prayin' hangin' on strong and steady
   They hold hands and hope a'plenty
   Bare but never empty
   Full of love to share and lessons from this life I live
   And all I've got to give is in
   These bare hands
   These bare hands

One day I'm gonna go downtown and get my nails done

Robin Monterosso ©2014 WIng and Waltz Records/ Tim Wheeler ©2014 TuneCarver Music