August

by Rose Polenzani

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recorded and mixed by rose in her room using Tascan 4-track and 8-track machines

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released August 1, 2004

Mastered by Nick Joyce at NP studios in South Weymoth, MA. Artwork by Jeff Krueger. Featuring one cover song, "Easter Hymn," by Josh Cole

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Track Name: Blue Angel
No one would believe—
I kept my love under lock & leaf.
Always with the digs,
you know I’m good for a joke
at his expense.
I tremble, I laugh
you say I’m stubborn,
but you don’t know the half.
And I’m on my knees
what I have wanted for so long…
has come…
to visit me

blue angel
didn’t you come
to cover me

A kiss, a caress
every allowance in grace and in redress
our arms were agree
but I couldn’t tell if you felt for me
or if you were just… a man in need

blue angel
didn’t you come
to cover me

somehow
if I could
take back
every mean thing that I said

by touching your skin
this precious moment when she holds him
it would probably be
the happiest story that I could keep
telling me

blue angel
blue angel
blue angel
blue angel
Track Name: How Shall I Love Thee
once you kissed a roman nose,
once you drew in dirty prose,
once you fucked a red, red rose

how shall I love thee when you have gone?

a girl in solemn photograph,
a girl who made you moan and laugh
a girl who blamed herself for half

pretend you never laid me down
pretend you never kinged my crown
pretend you never left this town

a smile that launched a thousand smiles
a mile became a hundred miles
a pile of shit turned into piles
Track Name: Girl
girl you're a healer and I'm a big sore
I'm a nine slash stitch and I don't want you no more
you make me sick, you make me sad
you're the best damn lover that I ever had--
except for the girl with the golden pliers,
mamma se, mamma sa, mamma, hey hey
except for the son who slips and sires,
mamma se, mamma sa, mamma se, mamma sa, mamma,
hey he

girl, you're a dealer, I'm the cement floor
you're the tracks on my body
and I don't want you no more
you make me happy, you make me high
you slice me a piece of the apple pie--
but the cross-hatch crust your heart requires,
mamma se, mamma sa, mamma, hey hey
is the last temptation of the humble prior,
mamma se, mamma sa, mamma se, mamma sa, mamma,
hey he

ahhhhh
nobody knows me, no no,
ahhhhh
nobody hearts me, no heart
no heart
ahhhhh no heart no heart
yeah yeah

girl you're a kneeler and I wax your floor
you're a real believer and I don't want you no more
you make me hate you when you lock your jaw
you're the worst damn liar that I ever saw--
except for the lover I left on the train
mamma se, mamma sa, mamma, hey heyexcept for the love I pushed off the plain
mamma se, mamma sa, mamma se, mamma sa, mamma,
hey he
Track Name: Rolling Suitcase
I think I'll wait a little while
before I let him out
it seems like it's the only time
to myself in the house
with my private thoughts
like igneus rocks
hardened at my feet

if I can't make a safe place,
I'll just pack the rolling suitcase
of my love
of my love
of my love

it's 6 am
and the birds are yellin'
impatient for the day
and I'm like them
I set you free
just to get it out the way
see I've been feeling guilty as a cat
and I want to show you the human in me
Track Name: And These Hands
these fieldish flowers that I bring to you,
and rare coins to fill the vase
these stones that are smoothed by diaphanous lakes -
let's lay them down together

these fiendish proverbs
that I read to you
and fair poems to speed the pace
of a heart that would do whatever it takes -
let's do it now together

and these hands move over me
and these hands move me

these fetal vowers that I bear for you
parading your perpetual face,
this population that ecstasy makes -
let's make it now together

love is supposed to be outrageous
girls and boys
they're supposed to be courageous
heaven help me stroke my baby
cocooned in his cornsilk sepal
chaste and chaser, guilt and gracer
love is supposed to be outrageous

these pleasing hours that I steal from you,
and briar roses to slow the chase
of a word that would give my lover the shakes -
let's shake it out together
Track Name: The First Time
The first time I heard those words
a candlelit hall for a secret girl
I trembled to become a caged bird
the first time I heard those words

The first time I saw your face,
an elderly woman turned around in her place
she held out a hand for the light to shake
the first time I saw your face

but I don't know you
I don't know you
I don't know

The first time I spoke your name,
you were a character in an exhaustible play
the imagined master of human game
the first time I spoke your name

and the first time I sang your verse
it was larger than my tongue and so it slurred
I couldn't remember who it served
the first time I sang your verse

no I don't sing it right
I don't sing it right
I don't sing

the first time you called my name
it wasn't the one that my friends all say
I guess that my name is your name
I guess that my new name is your name
I guess that my name is your name

But I don't know my name
I don't know my name
I don't know
Track Name: You Used to Ease My Mind
you used to ease my mind
you used to let me rest my head on your love
you used to hold me tight
you used to let me struggle against your love
but now I just break free
and I fall wherever my heart is weak
Track Name: Explain It to Me
Explain it to me
I want to understand when you say
he's the way
I gave up on my soul as lost
twist and toss
pentecost

I'll never get sick
I'll never get tired
of hearing it,
tell me again,
he's my friend
his bright prospect and talent shine
on the line
he gave it to me
he paid it for me
Track Name: Married Man
I'll be okay
sleeping all day
H-U-G-K-I-S-S
hop on a new train
and don't bother with the mess

white satin gown
pink pearly clown
H-U-G-K-I-S-S
hop on a new train
and don't bother with the dress

I don't want to be with a married man
plastic wheels on the baby pram
maybe that's just the way I am
eighteen wheels on an old tin can

are you pulling me leg?
why make me beg?
H-U-G-K-I-S-S
hop on a new train,
'cause love isn't like this

put the little boy on the pony ride
if you wanna get the cracker jack prize inside
do you think I'm gonna let it slide
the law is on my side

softly I sigh: 'live free or die'
Track Name: Hardest Hurt
use a gentle word
try to say it nicely
only want to use
words that will reflect you
I only want the truth
spoken at a tender price

only want to stop
stop before I hurt you
stop before the false
witness is upon us
settled like a frost
lacing up a tender crop

don't ask me to feel
more than what I know is real

have a little hope
I don't want to make you
anybody's joke
something bigger than your
trust in me is broken
if you don't believe me

it's a bitter road
if you really know me
like you like to say
wouldn't it be easy
to walk the other way
or show me some forgiveness

don't ask me to keep
coming back only to leave

the hardest hurt
you speak in the harshest voice
the hardest heart
is making the hardest choice
don't ask me to leave

if I say your name
if I call you by the
secret one we made,
would you stop and listen
would you see yourself
see you in my loving
eyes

don't ask me to see
someone I don't know you to be
Track Name: Sometimes
sometimes she says
'I don't believe that anyone will love me.'

sometimes she says
'I don't receive the letters that you write me.
sometimes I fall awake like others fall asleep.'

sometimes she says
'I want to feel the love of God who made me.'

sometimes she says
'I want to speak the language of the ladies.
sometimes I go away when others go to sleep.'

sometimes she says
'I want to kneel before the one who saved me.'

sometimes she says
'I want to keep the loneliness that made me.
sometimes I start my day as others start to sleep.'