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Star Of A Fish

by Charlie Cheney

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1.
Will is broken and I can't get clear Words that were spoken took a price so dear Eyes in shadow and they're masked by pain There goes another fifty dollars down the drain Hands going crazy and I can't sit still How many days until I break this spell? Clear blue sky but it's pouring rain And there goes another fifty dollars down the drain Barn burned down now I can see the moon I'm forgiven in an empty room In a palace up on Gentry Lane There goes another fifty dollars down the drain Hands going crazy and I can't sit still How many days until I break this spell? Clear blue sky but it's pouring rain And there goes another fifty dollars down the drain Poor man, rich man, fat man, thin The meal is free if you just sign in Cheekbone shattered and my soul in chains There goes another fifty dollars down the drain
2.
I've got holes in my pockets That my mind falls through When I'm with you When I'm with you A sunshine rocket Aimed at the moon When I'm with you When I'm with you I've got an ice cream cone Lying on the ground And a broken heart That makes no sound When I'm with you When I'm with you I've got a drink in a bottle That I'll never taste When I'm with you When I'm with you I've got gas on a throttle That I always race When I'm with you When I'm with you Words that I mumble And I can't take back Wishes that rumble Like a railroad track When I'm with you When I'm with you I've got mounds of bills I have to pay For soulless games I had to play Why do things turn out that way? I don't know I don't know
3.
One Tiny Lie 02:25
Why have you gone away? I'd preferred you'd stay With me Oh, no one leaves that way This is a mistake Please Why would you cry over one tiny lie? Why would this all be through? Why have you left me here With my deepest fear Alone Why have you gone away? I assumed you'd stay With me
4.
Which Are We 01:55
There's a love That's warm and lush and brave Sweeps you like a wave Miles into a raging sea An there's a love That's first as sweet as flowers But soon turns stale and sour Where once it promised only dreams Please. Can you tell me please. Which are we?
5.
I forget conveniently I guess I seem to forget I forget each week What were we talking about? What I was I saying? I guess it wasn't important I guess it's not Ten percent Ten percent of what? I could slice out a pound of flesh I think it grows back Like the legs of an octopus The star of a fish The star of a fish It feels like, it feels like There's nothing left to do on the weekends anymore No games 'til September And the lottery is on Tuesday and Friday Tuesday Ten percent Ten percent of what? I could slice out a pound of flesh I think it grows back Like the legs of an octopus The star of a fish The star of a fish Oh? What's that sound? Di you hear it? Oh... Is someone there?
6.
On my 50th birthday I slept in my van A wifeless, homeless, shame-filled man Uninsured, unemployable, itinerant, broke My only real possessions were inside my coat A hook for my hand A hook for my hand In the moonless darkness I stared at the sky Counted every twinkle to measure my life I sang with the whipporwill and cried hard tears Heard sorrowful memories through ringing ears A hook for my hand A hook for my hand I drive highways in an endless stream Lie awake all night cuz I still have dreams I carve out meaning, manufacture desire From a broken heart bound in barbed wire A hook for my hand A hook for my hand
7.
Danny peels away the bandage from the wound upon his arm And he presses on the burn mark with his palm He winces but it passes as he gazes at the storm Coming toward him like the serpent from the psalms When he cries he makes no sound What's been said is said And done is done He hears the roar of the passing Fords And tastes the spray from the splashing rain The glaring lights makes him squint his eyes But he's leaving home all alone Mary stares into the candle flame and prays that he'll return But this time more than candle wax was burned So she licks her thumb and finger and another page is turned A page with words she wished she'd never heard When she cries she makes no sound W hat's been said is said And done is done He hears the roar of the passing Fords And tastes the spray from the splashing rain The glaring lights makes him squint his eyes But he's leaving home all alone A tattered shirt from the city league A canvas sack in the back is all he needs
8.
Trembling hands head is bowed Please sir don't keep me out Just take me to her now Take me to my daughter Take me to my daughter Take me to my daughter How is it than you can be A barrier between her and me Please just let her be Take me to my daughter Take me to my daughter Take me to my daughter She is just a little girl This is such a scary world I need her beside me now Take me to my daughter Take me to my daughter Take me to my daughter I know now why he put me here Why my limbs are lame I know now why I live in fear Of his name I don't think that you can see What this has done to me I raised her to be free Take me to my daughter
9.
Wiry Willy's in the mists of his life He lost his children when he left his wife Now he shudders thinking what his mom used to say And there are sweat stains drying in his clothes today Oh, death comes slow Where did all the giants go? Long Lucy has the mists in her eyes Coke in a bottle and her bile on the rise Her mom yelled this morning, Christ get a job You smell like a junkie and you dress like a slob Oh, death comes slow Where did all the giants go? Oh, that's all gone now Like stars in the ceiling and a moon-jumping cow Oh, that's gone now The moon still whistles and the stars still sing Boys are missiles that can fly off a swing Hair-tousled daughters laugh in the sun Joy withers when the childhood's done Oh, death comes slow Where did all the giants go.
10.
Oh The River 03:45
Again today I saw John's bike in the river When's somebody gonna drag that thing out The rims were warped and the vinyl seat was tattered Only we know what that was all about Oh, the river Oh, river run Oh, the river Lying like a serpent in the sun River towns are left now for the wealthy Another mansion's rising on the bluff Floor to ceiling windows for the luxury Of gazing at the dried and cracking mud It's funny how familiar gets forgotten It's like John's bike isn't really even there Buried to it's axles in the culvert Nearly as invisible as air And I keep thinking you'll appear like magic Like blacktop heat waves rising from the street The days and months and years have all gone misty Water disappearing, bones from meat

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released March 20, 2018

All songs ©2018 by Charlie Cheney
Produced by Greg D'Alessio

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