Just The Three Of Us

by GrooveLily

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released November 15, 2002

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GrooveLily Seattle, Washington

Bicoastal trio GrooveLily inhabits that contemporary space where creative musicians ignore the boundaries laid down by words like rock, folk, jazz and pop. The success of their first concert-musical, the critically-acclaimed holiday show STRIKING 12, has led them farther into the world of theatre, where they have carved out a unique niche as a rock band writing and performing shows. ... more

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Track Name: Intro
This is a spoken section between songs.
Track Name: Shannon
(The Man)
Shannon, oh Shannon is calling for me
In the waves and the water I trust, I believe
Shannon will shield me until they have gone
Silently carry me west toward my dawn

(The River)
Don't look now - you're free
Don't care how - just flee
Don't look back at all
Ignore the crack, the fall

PRECHORUS: (The Man)
Come let me follow you into the waves
My heart is so hollow, I know I'm not brave
All that I loved has been taken from me
And all that I can hope to be - alive, alone and free

CHORUS: (The River)
Oh - let it go
May the dust of your carriage blind the eyes of your foe
And oh - leave this place
So the sons of your daughters will smile up in your face

(The Man)
I dream of a life with no soldier, no gun
Birds sing a requiem now as I run
On this shore I am leaving my youth and my pride
And under the green earth my heart and my bride

(The River)
The rocks are steep - I know
And the water deep - so cold
You can tell your sons
How the west was won

PRECHORUS

CHORUS

CHORUS (The Man and The River)
Track Name: No Room In Your Bag
She said in 1967 she got married to my father with a borrowed pair of bluejeans and a bridesmaid
And San Francisco was a bubble of excitement like a butterfly a-flapping in the stomach of a decade
She didn't know exactly everything he'd been through
She didn't know exactly what she'd gotten into

She got an offer from a magazine to write about the music scene because they liked her resume and bio
She told her husband who'd been offered a position on the faculty of music at a college in Ohio
He said, "You either take this job or save our marriage."
She put her luggage in the back of his carriage

CHORUS:
She said, "You make a choice, you make a call.
You may rise, you may fall.
You will pay for what you get,
But you got no room in your bag for regret."

She said that 1975 was like a purgatory doing needlepoint inside a decompression chamber
And Cincinnati was a garden of conservatism growing like a vine that tried to tie her down and tame her
She said, "Now surely there has been a big mistake here.
This ain't resembling the mark I want to make here."

She saw her future like a single at the bottom of a stack of records that'll never ever see the buzz bin
And she had subjugated all of her desires for the good of the family unit and the betterment of the husband
She saw that they had not been marching to the same drum
She took her son and hit the road to where she came from.

CHORUS

BRIDGE:
She drove that beat-up Pinto out to California
She kept the windows down and the air was hot and dry
She kept hearing Joe Cocker on the radio
Singing "You Are So Beautiful," and it always made her cry
And in the rear-view mirror, piled high were crib and walker,
Toys and clothes and little shoes for little tiny feet.
There ain't no room in here for things she wished she might have done,
Only her behind the wheel,
And a consequence of all her actions,
Fast asleep on the passenger seat.

(Yeah, yeah, yeah)

She said that 1989 was like a fuse that burned inexorably to the dynamite of my departure
And she was sad that I was growing up and glad to shoot me out into the world like an arrow from an archer
As I was packing up to leave and go to college,
She took a minute to impart a bit of knowledge:

CHORUS
Track Name: Little Nemesis
I've always been a pretty good girl
Basically
What you see is what you get
And you got to me
Oh, you're the one who couldn't take a little joke
Now the whole damn playground's up in smoke
I threw a paper airplane, you threw a bomb
Well that's OK if you don't want to play fair
Here's sand in your face and gum in your hair
And here's another one about your mom

PRECHORUS:
Now you've got a little drama
And you've got a little color
When you clench your fist, yeah yeah
Now I've got a little spice
I've got a little danger
And now I've got myself...

CHORUS:
A little nemesis, little nemesis
I never thought that it would come to this
Little nemesis, little nemesis

I've always been a pretty good girl
Basically
But I'll introduce the bitch in you
To the bitch in me
Oh, I can see that you got a little hurt
But you didn't have to go and draw a line in the dirt
Your claws are out, you want to settle the score
Oh, you were the one who had to draw a little blood
And now the line in the dirt is a line in the mud
Of course you know this means war

PRECHORUS

CHORUS

You are free
To be my enemy

CHORUS
Track Name: Looking Forward/Looking Back
Looking Forward/Looking Back

In Gotham City, you're looking pretty,
I'm the obtrusive guy at your side
Another party, you're Laurel, I'm Hardy
You're flying and I am along for the ride

They're calling places, you're fixing your faces
And I'm in the green room, I'm hanging around
And then right after, you're lighter than laughter
And I got my jealousy dragging me down

Another night, I could be persuaded
With a look in your eye and a tug on my arm
Another day, you get accoladed,
And I get the feeling we'll both come to harm

And I fear what I might find
If I were to open up my mind

Yeah, I'm scared of the words that come out at the seams
I am hounded by nightmares while you're chasing dreams
And my vision is dim where it used to be clear
Looking forward to looking back on this year.

And while you're flying, I'm quietly dying,
You're over me, I'm going under again
You see me frowning, not waving but drowning,
I summon a smile, you go back to your friends

Another venue, and so you continue
And I keep the peace with my well-chosen lies
All things being equal, I'll wait for the sequel
Where everyone's happy and nobody dies



Another night, I could be persuaded
With a look in your eye and a tug on my hand
Another day, you are so elated
And I'm full of anger you don't understand

And I fear what I might find
If I were to open up my mind

Yeah, I'm scared of the words that come out at the seams
I am hounded by nightmares while you're chasing dreams
And my vision is dim where it used to be clear
Looking forward to looking back on this year,

BRIDGE:
Some day when we'll both look back and laugh at all the things we said
Some day when it all seems so ridiculous and strange instead
But right now I am living through it
I can't see another way to do it
I can't help feeling like I blew it
And I am looking forward to looking back.

Another game, olly-oxen free me
'cause I'm tired of playing and I wanna go home

Where I'll get my life on track

And I know that we'll make it through thick and through thin
And I know I'll get out more than I have put in
If I keep looking forward
Well, I am looking forward
I am looking forward
Yeah, I am looking forward to looking back.
Track Name: Intro
This is a spoken section between songs.
Track Name: Weight Of The World
I don't know how I got so serious
The sun obscured by clouds in the dreariest way
And all the weight of the world
Is so holding me down

CHORUS:
But I feel like the world's getting lighter today
And I feel like the sun's getting brighter today
And I feel if I stand and I open my eyes
I will see everything's going to be OK

I'm undersea, so deep I can't measure it
My periscope is down and the pressure is high
And all the weight of the world
Is so holding me down

CHORUS:
But I feel like the world's getting lighter, I swear
And I feel I'm beginning to come up for air
And I feel if I reach for the crest of the wave
I will see every answer to every prayer

Take a step back, get off the track, contemplate the universe
World's a big ball, you're feeling small, we weren't even on it first
Don't lose control, you're feeling old, that'll only make it worse
Where you can't go on, and you can't go on,
and you can't go on, and you won't go on
And you reel...and you kneel...and you deal...and you heal

CHORUS:
And I feel like the world is my oyster, my pearl
And I feel like my wings are becoming unfurled
And I feel when I'm not standing in my own way
I will see that I don't bear the weight of the world
Track Name: Raindance
Whatcha do whatcha do with the fire
Whatcha do whatcha do with the higher love
(I can hear them calling)
So close I can almost taste it
Worth all the wasted time
(I spent wishing and falling)

Now I see through the hurricane's eye
As the water rushes over the shoreline
The waves are gonna rise and rise
Claiming all that is mine

CHORUS:
The rain is coming (I will give myself up)
The rain is coming (I will not rage inside)
The rain is coming (turn my face to the sky)
Let sadness...let sadness wash away

I can hear I can hear the thunder
I can see the lightning flash
(But I will not lay low)
'Cause when the storm is over
There'll be a fire in the sky
(And it will be my rainbow)

Now I see through the hurricane's eye
As the water rushes over the shoreline
The waves are gonna rise and rise
Claiming all that is mine

CHORUS
Track Name: Intro/Drum Solo
This is a spoken section between songs, with drum solo intro to "Sitting On The Fence (live)."
Track Name: Sitting On The Fence
There are two meadows wide and green
A fence is running in between
And the horses on one side are all healthy
They have perfect shiny coats
And a bucket full of oats
In terms of equine assets they are all wealthy

But every day they're tied to someone else's rope
A riding crop's enough to make them give up hope
Is that the life for me? I don't think I could cope
Nope

That's why I'm sitting on the fence

And over on the other side
Are horses running far and wide
They are proud and they will answer to no one
They are wild as the breeze
As it whistles through the trees
There is beauty in their unbridled motion

But when the winter comes there's hardly food at all
There's no retreating to the safety of the stall
Don't think I'll answer when I hear Jack London's call, y'all

That's why I'm sitting on the fence

There's no alternative - it's how it's always been
You're fat and burdened or unburdened and too thin
So either way you go they're going to fence you in, when

You gotta wear the saddle if you wanna get the apple
But you can't enjoy the apple if you only wear the saddle
But you gotta wear the saddle if you wanna get the apple
But you can't enjoy the apple if you only wear the saddle

That's why I'm sitting on the fence
Track Name: Track Eleven
Recorded on 02/16/02
Recorded by: GrooveLily
Written by: Lewin/Milburn/Vigoda
Track Name: Little Light
I always thought I'd set the world on fire
With my dreams as kindling, the match was my desire
Now the rain won't stop - it's all too wet to burn
And as I try to light this sodden wood I learn
This was never in the blueprint
This was never part of my plan
I've been struggling here forever
And everybody's running past me to the dry land
I see all the other torches
Lighting up the night
I am right here with my matches burning bright

CHORUS:
And no one needs my little light
No one needs my little light
No one needs my little light

With my coat turned up, my back against the rain
I will cup my hands to shield this fragile flame
There's a bonfire blazing just around the bend
And it would be so easy to toss my match right in
All my friends are there together
Warmth, safety and a soup can
I've been struggling here forever
And everybody's running past me to the dry land
I see all the other torches
Lighting up the night
I am right here with my matches burning bright

CHORUS

I'll be shining like a beacon
When the other embers are dying
I'll be flying like an eagle
Burning up the skyline, or die trying
It's a lonely mission and a solitary fight
But I will stay here with my matches burning bright

CHORUS:
If no one needs my little light
If no one needs my little light
It's there for me, my little light
I'll never leave my little light
Track Name: Cup Overflowing
This savage is different to me now
She is tender and wilder, more perfect somehow
I am racing and standing my ground
I am moving through jungle and sky high high
Inside...

CHORUS:
Oh I would not trade anybody
For this life, or this city, or this love
This night, or these kisses, or this country
This overflowing cup

This hunger long burning within
I can feel it now surging up under my skin
And i know it's a temporary thing
But for now all horizons are wide wide wide
Outside...

CHORUS

My cup overflows
And the feeling, it grows
Just to fade like a rose
As it goes
Track Name: The Man Is Gone
In the beginning there was a man and a woman
Happy together, you made a vow for forever
And a day
Now ten years later, you can't remember the feeling
The sweet tender way you made love

CHORUS:
Baby, that ain't what love is about
Taking off and leaving you to figure it out
You don't owe him nothing, baby
You did him right all along
Now the man is gone

He used to wonder what you were thinking and dreaming
Now he won't listen, whether you're crying or screaming
Anyway
You try to tell him - still he just stares at the ceiling
He's so far away from making love
Making love

CHORUS

It's all right, you say
We'll be fine, you say
We always carry on
But there's a warm body lying there beside you every night
And the man inside is gone - he's gone, gone, gone

Come on darlin', it's time to run but you're kneeling
Day after day
Making time
Making do
And that's not making love...

CHORUS
Track Name: The Balancing Act
I'm the clown with painted frown who prances for your pleasure
I'm the lion tamer taming quiet lion's roar
I'm the chap with suit and cap who runs the three-ring circus
I'm the barker selling all my secrets at the door
and I stand so high
hear drums roll
telling me now to step out in the air

Every day I make believe before an empty grandstand
Every night I make believe I was not left behind
Everything was right 'til you ran off to join the circus
I remained inside a haunted big top in my mind
and now, looking down,
paralyzed,
I am stilled by my own little fear

Isn't it crazy how we walk this tightrope wire
Juggling far too much and everything at once on the balancing act
Where is the safety net that I thought was over the fire
Isn't it crazy
Nobody told me
This is the show...
Track Name: Phantom Lover
I've got one foot on the altar, and the other on the ground
Safe in the daylight sun
I've got one hand to hold you, and the other slams you down
These things I've done

Sometimes I feel like you see right through me
You hear all my fears breathing on the midnight breeze ... like

Phantom lovers
Am I just your
Phantom lover

There's sunlight all around you, and the ghost inside my heart
It chills my soul

Sometimes I feel like you see right through me
You hear all my fears breathing on the midnight breeze ... like

Phantom lovers
Am I just your
Phantom lover
Track Name: The Odometer Song
Driving country I never seen
Spend all my money on gasoline
Never thinking of where I been
Sun go up and come down again
Come the night I go straight on through
Long enough, strong enough, counting down the miles till I get to you

Highway night, I don't see no star
Only white lines shooting under my car
A.M. radio just broke down
And there ain't nobody for miles around
Only got one thing to do
That's see the road, be the road, counting down the miles till I get to you

BRIDGE:
Since you left me, nothing works right anymore
Steam is rising from the hood
Air conditioning is dripping on the floor
I try to shift my gear down, but it don't shift so good
Power lock is broken, I can't open the door
The engine is barely alive
Girl, I don't know how I can make you make it run like it did before
But I got to get to you now,
And I got a long, long, long, long, long, long,
long, long, long long way to drive.

Sun come up on a brand new day
And the road sign tell me I'm miles away
Say a prayer for my poor old car
If it will get me to where you are
I forget where I'm driving to
long enough, strong enough,
see the road, be the road,
turn the wheels, burn the wheels,
counting down the miles till I get to you.