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Stupid
Words and music: Danielle Egnew
©® 1998 / Ave Vox Publishing / ASCAP

I feel like stupid
Everytime I sit at home just staring at the telephone
Disgusted and alone
because I love you

I feel like stupid
Every time you look away and act as if I were a
stranger
What would people say
Because I love you

CHORUS
But the truth is an ugly, ugly thing
I'm the rust around your golden ring
I'm a yo-yo on your jagged string
I'm something that is nothing
I'm the ogre in your trading post
I'm the one that you crave and you fear the most
I'm the wind in the trees when you hear a ghost
I'm nothing that is something to you
to you
to you.

I feel like stupid
Putting my heart on a shelf 'cause you are too outside
yourself
To hold up without help
And still I love love you

I feel like stupid
Now you mean it, now you don't
And now you're hot and now you're cold
Just where is your backbone
And still I love you

CHORUS
But the truth is an ugly, ugly thing
I'm the rust around your golden ring
I'm a yo-yo on your jagged string
I'm something that is nothing
I'm the ogre in your trading post
I'm the one that you crave and you fear the most
I'm the wind in the trees when you hear a ghost
I'm nothing that is something to you
to you
to you.

Bridge
I'm so tired, I'm so tired
I'm so tired, I'm so tired
Why do you always lie to me, oh
Why do you always lie to me
Why do you always lie to me,
just why do you always lie to me?

CHORUS x 2
But the truth is an ugly, ugly thing
I'm the rust around your golden ring
I'm a yo-yo on your jagged string
I'm something that is nothing
I'm the ogre in your trading post
I'm the one that you crave and you fear the most
I'm the wind in the trees when you hear a ghost
I'm nothing that is something to you
to you
to you.


Change is Random (Gun Song)
Words: Danielle Egnew
Music: Holly Hoagland
©® 1998 / Ave Vox Publishing/ ASCAP

Did I kiss him goodbye this morning, I don't know
I don't remember
The TV shows me that the schoolyard's running red
Could he have been there when all this happened
What's being said?
Ten children dead
No names are read

CHORUS
Sand hears the hourglass breaking
Like leaves just falling from branches
Even though its spring in the making
Change is Random

Did I yell, make him cry this morning, I don't know
I don't remember
The traffic traps me by the front paw of my dread
Radio says the gunman was his age...
What's being said?
Ten children dead
No names are read

CHORUS
Sand hears the hourglass breaking
Like leaves just falling from branches
Even though its spring in the making
Change is Random

Did I tell him I loved him this morning, I don't know
I don't remember
I know I told him take that bus
You're running late
I took for granted the look he gave
Such a mistake
Please, won't you wait?
Don't let my heart break

CHORUS x 2
Sand hears the hourglass breaking
Like leaves just falling from branches
Even though its spring in the making
Change is Random


Did I kiss him goodbye this morning, I don't know
I don't remember.


Clayfeet
Words and music: Danielle Egnew
©® 1998 / Ave Vox Publishing / ASCAP

You are the playwright, the lock tight,
that edits your words
Your character's lacking development in all its worth
You are Donna Reed with a Jackie O. flair
Extra tight bottom with wisps in your hair
Act out your emptiness like you don't care
And all your nights burn deep--

CHORUS
Scream, scream all the things that they did to you
Tore you up like dust
Took, took all the things that they gave to you
Put you out to rust
And you still believe that your God-given need
Is something to hide in your sheets --
How can you step back to find where you're at
When the clay in your life is your feet?

You are the playwright, the lock tight,
that edits your style
Borrow your voice and your movement from TV awhile
Your wit comes from Rhoda, your hat comes from M*A*S*H
You threw away Linda Day's Partridge-Style pants
Your hair and your make-up look like Adam Ant's, but--
Where are you in there?

CHORUS
Scream, scream all the things that they did to you
Tore you up like dust
Took, took all the things that they gave to you
Put you out to rust
And you still believe that your God-given need
Is something to hide in your sheets --
How can you step back to find where you're at
When the clay in your life is your feet?

You are the playwright, the lock tight,
that edits your life
Your character has its own roommate,
don't call her your wife
You are independent without any need
The ring on your finger is not wedding rings
It belonged to your mother, but she was bereaved
When your father left for good --

CHORUS
Scream, scream all the things that they did to you
Tore you up like dust
Took, took all the things that they gave to you
Put you out to rust
And you still believe that your God-given need
Is something to hide in your sheets --
How can you step back to find where you're at
When the clay in your life is your feet?

How can you step back to find where you're at
When the clay in your life is your feet?


You are the playwright, the lock tight, that edits
your...


Great Big Shoes
Words and music: Danielle Egnew
©®1998 / Ave Vox Publishing / ASCAP

I work with a girl, she wears great big shoes
She wants to be a star in a great big city
I said, "Go on girl, you got nothing to lose.
I bet you're talented and really pretty."
"Oh, I know," she says,
"What if I go and fail?"
"Oh hell, what if you do?"

We live in this town, you work nine to five
Get married, have children, watch your parents die
Never live your dreams, never spread your wings
And God forbid, you do anything to fly

CHORUS
And the curious thing about all this
Is I'm part of the madness
This little town that I grew up in
Knocks me down and toughens my skin
Everyday I look around me
I see men and women drowning
Did they lose faith in what they were supposed to be--
Or are they just like me?

Never got it here, guess I never did
Never fit in here, even as a kid
Here you own a truck and you work real hard
Pick and chose your sides
Build high fences 'round your yard

Here you own a gun, and you own your wife
And you own your children and your childrens' lives
Whatever happened to happy-ever-after the fact
You grew your roots, but did you ever think of that?

CHORUS
And the curious thing about all this
Is I'm part of the madness
This little town that I grew up in
Knocks me down and toughens my skin
Everyday I look around me
I see men and women drowning
Did they lose faith in what they were supposed to be--
Or are they just like me?

You can see in my eyes that it's time I go
I'd like to take you with me and show you
A brighter world with a gentle touch
The you inside wouldn't hide so much
You'd learn the rules, you'd climb to the top
You'd learn to be the girl outside the box--
Isn't that what you want?

CHORUS
And the curious thing about all this
Is you're part of the madness
This little town that's clipped your wings
Has boxed you in, 'mongst other things
Everyday you look around
You will see men and women drowning
Did they lose faith in what they were supposed to do
Did they lose faith in what they were supposed to do
Or are they just like you
Forgot what they were supposed to be
Or maybe they're just like me
Forgot what they were supposed to do--


I work with a girl, she wears great big shoes...


Thirsty
Words and music: Danielle Egnew
©® 1998 / Ave Vox Publishing / ASCAP

She bursts the blister she is making
Pushing pens and paper through the night
And inside her something's breaking
No control can hold the leaking pipe

So she whispers in a bottle
Secrets that Drambuie won't repeat
Her passion's burning out her throttle
Melting down the structure she believes

CHORUS
She was so thirsty
Like dust in the eyes of the crucified
Like cracks in the hands of the true and tried
Thirsty
Like molten gold down the Spaniards throats
Like desert sands blowing in wool coats
Like not a lime left there on the boat
when the salty current slows...
So thirsty.

She says that she could easily own him
All her charm would drown him in his skin
It'd be no effort to control him
The power in it was the win

And so she lights another candle
The moonlight burning up the grass
Did she bite off more than she can handle?
She throws her gates wide open
and she gives up all she has

CHORUS
She was so thirsty
Like dust in the eyes of the crucified
Like cracks in the hands of the true and tried
Thirsty
Like molten gold down the Spaniards throats
Like desert sands blowing in wool coats
Like not a lime left there on the boat
when the salty current slows...
So thirsty.
.

She'd like to keep things in a bubble
Where nobody would know her deep within
Except this concept gives her trouble
As more of who she is sinks through her skin

So she whispers to her angels
Guide her through the landmines in her soul
Help take the shackles off her ankles
Let her run to the one who's begun
to keep her full

CHORUS x 2
She was so thirsty
Like dust in the eyes of the crucified
Like cracks in the hands of the true and tried
Thirsty
Like molten gold down the Spaniards throats
Like desert sands blowing in wool coats
Like not a lime left there on the boat
when the salty current slows...
So thirsty
So thirsty.


Rain
Words and music: Danielle Egnew
©® 1998 / Ave Vox Publishing / ASCAP

I just have to ask you
What's it gonna take
To smash you to your senses
Before your core will break

The yoke is on your shoulders
It's ripping up your back
You've loaded it with reasons
To stay just where you're at

CHORUS
Bring the whip on down
There is rain in the sound of your voice
Keep your eyes to the ground
There is grace to be found in no choice

I just have to ask you
Where'd you learn to talk
Your concepts are amazing
But you don't walk the walk

Just look at your hands shaking
Every time I'm in your space
The indifference you are faking
Is betrayed by your own face

CHORUS
Bring the whip on down
There is rain in the sound of your voice
Keep your eyes to the ground
There is grace to be found in no choice

I just have to ask you
What's it gonna take
for you to pay attention
To all your past mistakes

You are a culmination
Of the history you make
You're prolonging confrontation
When you have and eat your cake

CHORUS x 2
Bring the whip on down
There is rain in the sound of your voice
Keep your eyes to the ground
There is grace to be found in no choice


Loopholes
Words and music: Danielle Egnew
©® 1998 / Ave Vox Publishing / ASCAP

I was walking down the pier one day
Little ol' man stumbled in my way
He was the kind with mud in his beard
Bloodshot eyes, saliva smeared
He wore a coat of musty grey
Smelled him from a block away
Fingers blackened with the sands of time
He said, "Sister, can you spare a dime?"

I said, "Hey what do I look like to you?
Money bags or just a fool? I work harder than you do."
His palsied head rolled to the sky
The watery moon blinked in his eyes
And then I realized and said, "Oh. I didn't know it was you."

He said, "Oh, look at you, aren't you a heartstopper!
Haven't seen you since you were knee high to a
grasshopper!"
"Oh," I said, "you really look bothered.
Don't expect to be called Pop, Daddy, or Father.
You brought me to this stinking place, promised me
safety, promised me grace, you lied about the world.
You said: 'Just be upstanding, you'll do fine.
Don't put your pearls before the swine.'
But I learned something over time--
A swine's diet is pearls."
He said:

CHORUS
I never said it would be easy
I only said it would be worth it
When you're sitting on death's doorstep
And you know the life you lead has not been perfect
I will stand up for your honour
I will stand up for your soul
And if that ain't good enough for ol' God Himself
Then I'll hold out my hands to pose these Loopholes

I asked, "Why are there sick? Why is there pain?
Why can some walk, and why are some lame?
Please tell me all the answers to your game.
I ask this in a prayer, and the end's in your name."
He said, "That was never in my plane, to leave you
standing here without a little helping hand.
Please understand, somebody took my name and ran,
made a fool of who I am, turned me into a fraud--
In the name of God."
And He said:

CHORUS
I never said it would be easy
I only said it would be worth it
When you're sitting on death's doorstep
And you know the life you lead has not been perfect
I will stand up for your honour
I will stand up for your soul
And if that ain't good enough for ol' God Himself
Then I'll hold out my hands to pose these Loopholes

He said, "Why'd you buy all of their lies,
saying I'd leave you here behind, because you did not tithe?
Well, go and tell all of your friends
the second coming will begin
not from fire in the sky--but from fire within."
And He said:

CHORUS x 2
I never said it would be easy
I only said it would be worth it
When you're sitting on death's doorstep
And you know the life you lead has not been perfect
I will stand up for your honour
I will stand up for your soul
And if that ain't good enough for ol' God Himself
Then I'll hold out my hands to pose these Loopholes


A Piece
Words and music: Danielle Egnew
©® 1998 / Ave Vox Publishing / ASCAP

It's just as if the fog above the mountains
Had breath made of white lace
And all along the tree line laid a vapor
that was frozen into place
Mountain after mountain squeezed the road
tight between their knees
And you and I went riding by
With our car packed tight full of all our memories

CHORUS
We leave a piece of ourselves behind
Stationed like sentries to stand for all time
We leave a ripple where we have jumped in
Rolling like water where races begin
We leave a breath lingering in our space
When breathed by another will light a new face
We are the product of sparks between lovers
Why do we buy that we don't affect others?

The winter cold rolled in and it seemed to fit
The day the old man's body quit
The American Legion stood at attention
Ankle deep at the brittle snow-lined pit
Twenty one guns, a folded flag
I did not recognize those men that day
But a flashing in their aging eyes
Showed me just where my grandpa would stay

CHORUS
We leave a piece of ourselves behind
Stationed like sentries to stand for all time
We leave a ripple where we have jumped in
Rolling like water where races begin
We leave a breath lingering in our space
When breathed by another will light a new face
We are the product of sparks between lovers
Why do we buy that we don't affect others?
Why do we buy that we don't affect others?
Why do we buy that we don't affect others?
Why do we buy that we don't affect others?


Supply
Words: Danielle Egnew and Holly Hoagland Shawver
Music: Holly Hoagland Shawver
©® 1998 / Ave Vox Publishing / ASCAP
Amazing Grace and Rock of Ages - Public Domain

Please send me my supply
'Cause it makes me high when I buy
Gonna stare out the window
Hope to see it snow, you never know
Gonna break down and cry
Without ever really knowing why
I feel this way
When you gave me such a beautiful day
To live and work and play
And I sit here just wasting it all away

Please paint with me freely
'Cause I want to see the colors in life
Make one stained glass window
Hope to see it glow, you never know
Gonna break down and cry
Without ever really knowing
Why I feel this way
When you gave me such a beautiful day
To live and work and play
And I sit here just wasting it all away

CHORUS
Oh, dear God, help it let go
let go of my harness
Oh dear God, help me let go
Let go, give me solace.

Please hold my hair tightly
'Cause my body just lost the fight
Inside I shine brightly
Hope to see me show, you never know
Gonna break down and cry
Without ever really knowing
Why I feel this way
When you gave me such a beautiful day
To live and work and play
And I sit here just wasting it all away

CHORUS x 2
Oh, dear God, help it let go
let go of my harness
Oh dear God, help me let go
Let go, give me solace.


Naked
Words and music: Danielle Egnew
©® 1998 / Ave Vox Publishing / ASCAP

Just a whisper
And an echo down inside
Of your own canyon
Where you stood against the side
And you cried out
Into your own inky vast
And you listened
To the echoes of your past

CHORUS
What did it feel like, did it sound like
Did it make you sick to realize
That you chewed away the granite
In the walls you raised in panic
Made that canyon that you're trapped in
While you smother in your own skin
Out of crevices to hide in
Kneeling naked on the rocks
Kneeling naked on the rocks

Just a blank glow
The sun will redden deep the dirt
To match the blood flow
That's slowing down with your self worth
You can't remember what it's like to see a face
That will stop you
Drop your heart back into place

CHORUS
What did it feel like, did it sound like
Did it make you sick to realize
That you chewed away the granite
In the walls you raised in panic
Made that canyon that you're trapped in
While you smother in your own skin
Out of crevices to hide in
Kneeling naked on the rocks
Kneeling naked on the rocks

Bridge
Maybe it's deeper to have known once
That the love you held was true
Now I'm lying here, all wretched in the morning sun
Listen to my slowing heart beat
Just listen to my slowing heart beat

CHORUS x 2
What did it feel like, did it sound like
Did it make you sick to realize
That you chewed away the granite
In the walls you raised in panic
Made that canyon that you're trapped in
While you smother in your own skin
Out of crevices to hide in
Kneeling naked on the rocks
Kneeling naked on the rocks

...Kneeling naked on the rocks
Kneeling naked there, right there, right on the rocks


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