Silent Show

by The Smooth Maria

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04:36
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08:24
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04:11
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05:39
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06:13
9.
04:55

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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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Track Name: Peacock Dance
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
Track Name: What You're Supposed To Do
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’
Track Name: When You Walk It Makes No Sound
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
Track Name: Silent Show
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
Track Name: Dying Star
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
Track Name: Mama Lil
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
Track Name: Yellow Rose
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
Track Name: Rain
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
Track Name: Sing
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