Silent Show

by The Smooth Maria

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1.
We’ll stop in Babylon You’ll pull your stockings on I’ll wash your shoulders clean Your eyes move with the spin Of girls and boys women and men I’ll do a peacock dance You won’t be understood I won’t be all that good We’ll sing your favorite song We’ll live where foxes run We’ll wait for the morning sun You’ll walk on virgin snow My head holds in the noise Of girls and men women and boys You make a peacock sound My tears don’t mean a thing Your tears, beautiful thing We’ll stop in Babylon
2.
The voices shout across the line Hey grandma we’re all feeling fine It sure is hard to be apart But our TV show’s about to start So soon we gotta get goin’ Does she still know they’re the ones? Her favorite daughter’s favorite sons They say their names, she says ‘em back Things go white before they fade to black And the kids keep growin’ My clothes are dirty but my hands are clean You say time’s short and I know what you mean You say you’re worried, I say I am too It’s okay, that’s what you’re supposed to do And the wind keeps blowin’ The dog’s rolling on the floor Grandpa stands inside the door He says he knows our history He says things ain’t what they used to be I guess some things are worth knowin’ My clothes are dirty but my hands are clean You say time’s short and I know what you mean You say you care, I say I do too It’s okay, that’s what you’re supposed to do And the wind keeps blowin’ Now grandpa lays his baby down He spreads the ashes on the ground It’s getting cold so he goes back in The streets they fill with kids again And the sky starts snowin’ My clothes are dirty but my hands are clean You say life’s short and I know what you mean You say you love me, I say I love you It’s okay, that’s what you’re supposed to do And the wind keeps blowin’
3.
Waiting with you at the railway station Moonlight filling the gaps in our conversation Wondering when the next train comes Late night on the platform we were the only ones You said this place has had enough of you That we should get on the next train and ride the whole night through You wrote a letter to your lover Left it on the fireplace for her to discover And as you told me this I looked at you And I could see I’d better stay with you So I’ll stay with you When you walk it makes no sound But I traced your footsteps on the ground Out to a cabin by the trees You let me in and we shot the breeze You said you still don’t have your head on straight That we should get out of here if it’s not too late You lit a burner on the stove You left it burning and off we drove And as I watched you drive I thought to myself That I should give you what I bought for myself So I’ll give it to you Yeah, I’ll give it to you You stood still in the desert wind You held a hand out for a friend And then the sun slipped away I saw you smile and try to say That you won’t always need me by your side That when the night comes there’ll be no need to hide I knew just what you planned to do So I took one last look at you You know your image it still stands on my shelf You know I always loved you more than myself Though I couldn’t show it No, I never knew how to show it I guess it’s a little too late to show it When you walk it makes no sound But I’ll trace your footsteps on the ground
4.
04:36
I like the friends you made While I was away for the summer Guys with guitars, a cowboy strummer band And your sister looked so good With her dress with the silver lining With the big fat moon, it was shining on the sand Now you lay there on the ground And you say that you’re just fine So take me there where the moon shines gold And the people smile in a silent show for you We found a liquor store They sold you a magazine With a girl on the cover with a flower in her hand You showed me what you made With crayons and construction paper Paper doll, paper dress, a yellow wedding band Now you’re lying on the ground And I know that you’re just fine So take me there where the moon shines gold And the people smile in a silent show for you And the fire singed your hair So we put it out with the water You didn’t want the flame to burn your daughter like it did you And the midnight chimes, they ring I wanna see what you hold inside And do some things I ain’t never tried to do Well you’re staying on the ground And I know that you’re just fine So take me there where the moon shines gold And the people smile in a silent show for you
5.
08:24
A black flower’s blooming in her hair A thousand breaths A thousand little deaths The water pours into the street A drowning bird A little drowning bird The lifeboat’s spinning in the sun The cloud is gone The storm is almost gone I’ve come way too far Done all the things that I’ve been told Our father tried so hard He’s just got one more breath to hold Daniel trusts the lion’s jaws The lion’s jaws His mother’s hidden claws I’ve seen the lines in the beggar’s hands A million things A million living things We’ve come way too far Still a lot of things that we ain’t sold You see that dying star? That’s where god goes for growing old Joseph holds his child close Men will fall A billion men will fall The tree, it reaches for the rain He holds my hand My father holds my hand
6.
04:11
Mama Lil told me to never let anyone Make fun of me And Mama Lil threw me a baseball and said Never let them See you hide Mama Lil makes sure that I wear my warm coat And hat and gloves in the spring And she always makes sure that I cover my throat With the scarf that she made me Yeah the one she made me When she got carried away with love Mama Lil told me to never let anyone Come and get me And Mama Lil gave me a Bible and said Never let them No never ever ever let them Steal your soul And Mama Lil tells me that love is a sin If you’re not married And even then love might still be a sin If you get carried No, don’t get carried away
7.
05:39
You held a yellow rose In between your toes You said they’re hard to find You held a broken doll We watched the buildings fall You said it’s in my mind And you say that everybody’s trying to live forever Well I’ll just stay as close to you as I can get And you say that everybody’s trying to sing together You know I'll watch your mouth for the words when I forget A freckle on your knee Your dress was blowing free You said the sun can make you blind You held a grain of sand We watched the airplanes land You said we could’ve died And you say that everybody’s trying to live forever And when the sun goes down it spreads across the land And you say that everybody’s praying for something better You know I’ll die with a yellow rose in my hand
8.
06:13
The rain, it falls All around you Don’t explain Some things I don’t wanna know The rain, it falls In the doorway I might fall hard And it might hurt a little And that’s what I want The rain, it falls In the window I won’t complain If it rains a little On my head
9.
04:55
You say you’re sick and can’t come near me Well I’ve heard being sick heals You say that your disease has bound your feet together I wanna know just how it feels I wanna know how it feels A million faces seem to know you Each one in turn replies But everybody knows to lie to kids in wheelchairs I’ll take the blanket off your eyes Let me take the blanket off your eyes I know you say that you can’t hear me Well I can’t hear a thing And I just got myself a brand new book of church hymns Let’s get together and sing Praise God from whom all blessings flow Praise Him all creatures here below Praise Him above ye heavenly host Praise Father Son and Holy Ghost Praise Father Son and Holy Ghost

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released September 20, 2010

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Joe Adamik - drums, percussion
Ben Gallina - bass
Matt Kanelos - vocals, piano, keyboard, melodica
Kyle Sanna - guitar, backing vocals

with:
Roland Satterwhite - violin, viola, backing vocals
Dave Noland - flute, clarinet
Maria Jeffers - cello
Sharon Kaye - backing vocals on track 2
backing vocals on track 9 - Joe Adamik, Ben Gallina, Sharon Kaye, Nick Morrison, Jean Rohe, Kyle Sanna, Ileana Santamaria, Roland Satterwhite

All songs by Matt Kanelos
(c)(p) 2009 Earthling Hello Music (BMI)

Produced by Matt Kanelos, Roland Satterwhite, and the Smooth Maria

Mixed by Roland Satterwhite

Mastered by Seth Foster

Recorded by Sal Mormando at Kaleidoscope Sound - Union City, NJ
& Roland Satterwhite at his apartment - NYC
Some guitars recorded by Kyle Sanna at his apartment - NYC

cover concept and design by Rani Saha

Thanks Roland, Dave, Maria, Sharon, Seth, Sal, Rani, Nick, Jean, Ileana, Neva Kanelos, Steve Kanelos, Lynette Kanelos, Sarah Newgaard, Matt Thompson, Brady Miller, Patrick Carmichael, Chris Michael, Joe Martin, Serena Jost, Noam Weinstein, Sam Kenny, Joe Hamel, Anne Robinson, John Rhodes, Colin Brigstocke, Gabriela Zarate, Jodi Shaw, Jason Liebman, Chet Kozlowski, Tommy Merril, and Ken Rockwood.

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