Complete Lyrics to "I'll Have What She's Having"(Mimicry Records 2005)

Ready to Begin
I'm ready to begin the show
performed under an ice cream snow
we believe in you
the lions are roaring hello
hurray no one's afraid of the fire
all eyes are glued and no one moves
as the cannon is lit to blow
here I go

Hold This
Hold this in your mouth
snowflakes and pictures of falling in love
children who are singing
you can believe in this
all your roses all your sighs
fall under blankets of sleep
button up tie your ribbons
and let us be on our way
the ground won't hold these feelings down
I know, I know
and all of the world wants to swallow our eyes
pray the stars don't keep us up tonight
shadow, I am keeping you near me
I am sewing hearts
to your sleeve
you can believe in this
all your roses all your sighs
fall under blankets of sleep
button up tie your ribbons
before the snow gets too deep
all your roses all your sighs
fall under blankets of sleep
bury me bury me
so far under thorns and dead leaves
the ground won't hold these feelings down
I know, I know
we can rest with the leaves up over our eyes
and the stars won't keep us up tonight

All the Children
All the children
are popping up like weeds
telling me I can be
anything I please
without wings
stuffing my mouth with
bibles frowns and heads hung down
still they're telling me
I can be
anything I please without wings

Circus Song
won't you come and see me
the circus is here
but the colors are sleeping
home, I'm not sure
cause the only thing keeping us warm
is our fur
don't you worry
I'm not okay with this
hearts stay warm for you
hello you look lovely
but the stars are not looking at you
they are looking at me
heaven, I'm not sure
but we're stumbling, stumbling drunk
as rain clouds for sure
don't you worry
all this time
all this time
I'm not okay with this
hearts stay warm for you

Blueberry Head
Blueberry head
wake up in your bed
make off with the dreams
that seem to carry you off
too late in the day
wake up you kitten
fasten your cape
put on your mittens
perhaps you've forgotten your whiskers
and lost your way
the witches have gone out to breakfast
eating frogs and snakes and bat-wing cakes
so turn on your spell
pull up a ghost
light up a heart
hurry before they get back and put us away
now watch how the hearth lights up the caldron
spirits rise up
dancing in bubbles and steam
before our eyes
the witches return home to their kittens
drunk and full and unsuspecting
so inside the caldron
kittens will hide
witches won't find them
until fur is fried
and kittens have died
and witches cry goodbye
goodbye my ghouls
you kittens are fools
look what you've done
we won't bury your bones
but we'll fasten them tight
to our broomsticks Halloween night

Oh No
oh no, not me
I'm not the one you see
with hands so brave
the dark won't keep you safe
and you will be the braver one
while shadows bend
your worries they will mend
she knows your heart is safer in the dark
and you will be the braver one
hands unafraid to capture the sun

Turtle
its not that we're frightened by you
it's just some things take a hold
like the biggest hug
or the tightest glove
and just to move your fingers
you have to fall in love
a turtle hides in its shell
because it keeps her well
she fits comfortably
she sucks in her feet
and she pulls in her arms
and then her head and her tail
come in to keep away from harm
holding herself until she's safe
I'm not used to being held
even though I have a shell
held is like a blanket
with arms sewn inside of it
I stick out my feet
and I pull out my arms
and then my head and my tail come out
to snuggle in the warmth
holding

Wait and See
wait and see
you'll become something white
all the kids will understand
the nature of your plight

Gather Your Children
gather your children
tell them not to bite
for the way we've gone
seems oh so wrong
so just sit tight for tonight
mean people will tell us to go
they frown without moving a muscle
they're making our mouths
move up and down
to the tired old talk of their sounds
right here is where we fold our fears
and lay down all of our frowns
the road we'll make will keep us safe
and friends will see us again
our homes are right here
buried in our backs
all of us know we are loved
we don't have to feed ourselves much

The Stars
the stars stuck in your eyes
may make you want to cry
but they make me want to tell you
that everything's all right
just hold me tight
the sky can't hold you down
we are bigger than you think
there are roses dressed in pinks and reds
that bloom and bloom and bloom
until they're dead
like the sweetest kiss on your head
sing yourself a song
lay your head on my chest
and let your worries rest

Sticks and the Stones
into the river we will rest our feet
the ones we love are waiting
across the water we will meet
the sticks and the stones will break our hearts
so bury them so carefully
before they fall apart
don't worry your head
the night falls soon
follow your feet
don't let the dark consume this
hold tight the reigns
we are moving very fast
let your hair catch the wind
let your body be the mast
don't let the dark consume this
out of the water we will find our way
through tricks and treats and families
that stumble for their place
the sticks and the stones
will make us brave
so open up your chest
do not worry you are safe

Frying Pan
she's a cookie crumble
she's a candied smile
on a beautiful red red riding swing
I believe I believe I believe
she's your favorite dolly now
with plastic teeth and rubber thighs
to touch a pretty girl
and make her eye lashes curl
I believe I believe
you can be my friend again
just throw her in my frying pan

Sea Monster
A sea monster
lives in the river
when she's frightened
she won't shiver
she lays down her head
and sings herself to bed
underwater
it is very clear
that she's in charge
of soothing their fears
the guppies snuggle close
to hear her lullabies
in the darkness
when it's very cold
and the fireflies
are afraid to glow
I'll sing along

Halfway
halfway into sleep
still looking for the sheep
the bed tells you no
but your pillow wants to follow you
to something that will keep it awake
halfway into sleep
where oceans don't seem too deep
the water doesn't scare me
and the fish are just like family
but to breathe you must believe
that you are one to
all this dreaming to forget this feeling
I'm turning off the light
I'm not afraid of you tonight
you're just a ghost
you're just as weak as an ice cream bar
I'm stronger than a skeleton

Askew
is everything alright
everything is white
I like jelly beans sweets are all I need
something seems askew the children are all blue
blue like blueberries
the blue that swims the seas
the children make their homes
out of sleep they paint their ceilings
with jumping sheep
sleep is all I need
I'm holding me
the children make their homes
out of sleep their walls are pillows
where dreams will keep
walls are all I need

Haloing Moons
haloing moons with her radio sighs
she's melting our brains
with her shiny blue eyes
pockets are purring with ribbons of hearts
they're sewn to her chest
where her love fell apart
hold her hands
you know we're sometimes afraid
the sky looks so big
but the stars promise
to help you find your way
her Jack is in the box
he's been quiet for days
her Jill has a skill
with her running away
all of her friends where have they been
she is melting our brains
with her shiny blue eyes
hold her hands
she could choke you if she tried
we are so tired
the stars blink and nod to say goodbye
wink blink nod goodbye

 
Complete Lyrics to "Starring in The Suspicious Fish"

Code
This is a code
 crack it with butter 
hold it up to the mirror and read it carefully
I have a family
I have three children 
I have a cat and I have a dog
 but they will not speak 
they are wired shut
 to their straight jacket sofas 
watching snow on TV 
I broke their code 
slid it through butter 
held it up to a mirror
and read it carefully 
“we love our family
they smell like mothballs 
we have excellent teeth
you see it runs in the family 
but we are in tears over sighs no one hears 
we’ve not scratched our noses
 in 8 million years
 sketches of our plans
 traced in dust on the floor 
reveal human extinction
through a stuffed animal war!”
 oh no! there’s a Barbie doll 
staring down at me from my bedroom wall
oh no! what’s that sound? 
she’s gonna tear my eyeballs out
 asleep at night approaching dreams 
dolls creep up from behind and open their seams 
I cracked their code
I know their plans
I hear them moving 
and I hear their leader’s commands:
“PULL OUT YOUR COTTONHUMANS ARE ROTTEN COVER THEIR EYES WITH YOUR FLUFFY INSIDES!”

Restraining Order
Adrienne, my silly friend
put down the knife
 go on spare his worthless life
 Adrienne, beautiful star
 you will not find a one
 who spits her snot so…
... far into the britches of a maiden fair
I can see her caress the penguins
 on his underwear 
while focusing my binoculars
 I fell out of my tree
 Adrienne, stalker ex-girlfriend
put down the knife
 go on put down, put down...
 the feces you carefully taped to his door
 will only slip and fall to the floor
but Adrienne, I love your mind
 I love your collarbones
 and yes I love your behind…
...your eyes
you’re not sad
you’re not lonely
so hop on your bicycle
 because he just called the police please! 
Adrienne, stalker ex-girlfriend
put down the tweezers
go on put down, put down
Adrienne, put down put down the knife

Tuna Stalker
Knock knock
Come in
Oh look It’s the giant tuna fish
disguised in leopard skin
Oh why did you let her in?
Oh why…
She wants to know
if you received her love letters
and if you’ll return
her yellow seaweed sweaters
Knock knock
Open the door
Oh look it’s her again
flopping around the floor
Oh why did you let her in?
Oh why….
Because she wants to be your lover
She’s the only one who’d have you
She’s stinky but she’s reliable
You can’t argue with that
Then bring her to me
Chicken of my sea
Bring her strange love to me
I am lonely
And I have licked fish before
and I liked it very much
Right now I need a girl to hold
and feel her slimy touch
Come ride the waves with me
We’ll dodge the waves of semen
Honk the herrings
And blow the blowfish
With our happy lips

Christian Girl
You be the mama 
you be the daddy
 and I will be the dancing girl
 and we’ll live in the stomach
 of a soft fat cat
who shivers with a Siamese purr
 and she plays pretend all over my pillow
 and she hasn’t really been a Christian friend
 but she promises to behave this time
 taking the flesh and the blood
 in a cracker served with wine
 chase her kitten tails
 through the enchanted forest
 up to a castle made from a carpenter’s heart
 we hang onto fur when it’s soft
when it’s pretty
 when the kittens know
 that we are all girls
 and she’s there buried in a sandbox boat
hiding games under skirts
 so mother won’t see
 that she’s not playing house
appropriately

Caterpillar
Crawling in my brain
 sleeping in my nose
 eating lettuce leaves and drinking all my soda Caterpillar
 trying not to step on him
 cleaning up his guts
 red and yellow, red and orange, and green and yellow and purple
 waiting for your wings
 you’re tired of crawling in the dirt
 it’s no fun being on the ground
 the pill bugs are always rolling
into you
 caterpillar
 you are in us all
 careful not to fall asleep
on the playground swings again
 the mantises are praying for you
 and the earthworms simply adore you
eating up the colors
 that you’ll one day wear
when you fly

Bicycle
 windy road
Down to the church house
Singing hymns
“he is all that is smooth and unpainted”
“are you smooth are you painted today?”
 no, she’s opened her blouse
 to the mail man and his letters
 send him off first class
he’s a paper doll
 but who’ll sing the lullabies 
           who’ll bake the dreams
in her apple pie? 
Bicycle
 she’s our friend
you take her home now
tuck her in close her eyes
turn on the sugarplums
I’ll sing the lullaby
I’ll bake the prayers
in her book of light
 don’t ask for me 
I’ll send her my love through a rosary
still stringing beads
and counting prayers and wishes
 until she sees me

Frankenstein
Frankenstein, she’s got cobwebs
bleeding in her heart for you
She told me,
“Valentine he’s the sweet tooth under my pillow”
So don’t be shy
Frankenstein
You are a big boy
Don’t be shy Frankenstein
She is a monster so she does not cry
But she can sense
you’re a pretty nice guy
So don’t be shy Frankenstein
She’s in love with you
Don’t be shy Frankenstein

 

Old Folks
Beautiful wrists and ice cream hips
 we spooned her out for tea
with our aprons on and a southern rhyme
humming off our chins
beautiful thing hide your eggs
and roll your stone away
cause there’s a new kind of fear
dinning with us
and the old folks at home

Lamb Dreams
I know you in the dark
dreaming loud and singing soft
your picture show tells everything
circus clowns and high-class poodles
 are the only ones
who seem to understand
melting in my hands
you taste so sweet to listen to
and so hard to bite
hush these lambs are dreaming now
hopping over fences
we could never keep
and their dreams will tell us everything
all the awkward funny pieces
 gracefully fit in to my image again
melting from this body
this piece tells me to hold on to it
so tight----
ropes above our dream clouds
and if we fall
I think they'll catch us dreaming again

CHICKEN OF THE SEA
PRETTY GIRL  
          LIKES TO TANGO
WITH THE ELEPHANT MAN
            AND SLURP PINK OYSTERS            
AND SAVE THEIR SHELLS
            TO WHERE AROUND HER NECK            
ON HER WEDDING DAY
AND SHE WILL
  SHE WILL 
MARRY A PORPOISE
AND HE WILL
HE WILL
      TEACH HER TO SWIM 
AND CERTAINLY IN NO TIME
        SHE WILL RULE THE SEA
      PRETTY HAS A GIFT
  HAS A TOOL
HAS A HURT
AND SHE CAN CARVE A HURT
 LIKE A JACK-O-LANTERN 
           DISGUISED AS A GREAT SHARK 
           ON HER HONEY MOON NIGHT
  SHE DID
SHE DID
            SWALLOW THE WEAK FISH
          AND SHE DID
SHE DID
            SWALLOW HER HUSBAND             BECAUSE CERTAINLY
HE WASN’T BIG ENOUGH
            TO RULE THE SEA
I COULDN’T BE HER FAVORITE PET
            I COULDN’T WASH HER FEET
WITH MY HAIR
            I COULDN’T GIVE HER
WHAT SHE NEEDS
              TO BE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL
CHICKEN OF THE SEA
            PRETTY HAS A HURT
            HAS A STOMACH ACHE 
           A BELLY FULL OF WEAKNESS
         AND A BROKEN TAIL
        SO SHE DROWNS
        SHE CHOKES
            ON THE SALT OF THEIR TEARS             BECAUSE SHE KNOWS
YES SHE KNOWS
            THAT THEY COULD HAVE BEEN HERS  AND CERTAINLY A CHICKEN
WASN’T MEANT TO RULE THE SEA

Evil Queen
Meet the queen 
she will feed you her jellybean babies 
crying “sugar!” in her tummy
she is fat she is mean 
but she will never be stingy with her honey
And I’ve never tasted so sweet in my life 
fingers and toes as sticky as rice
I’ve never tasted so sweet 
so I think she must be wonderful
(how can it be? It tastes so sweet!
Its just honey but it’s poisoning me!)
Now the king claps his hands 
and three tiny little people begin dancing
with our bodies 
and this king he is fat enough to hide 100 daggers underneath his purple robe 
I’ve never tasted so sleepy in my life
sugar plum fairies keep shutting my eyes
I’ve never tasted so sleepy so I close my eyes
And now we have fallen underneath a purple cloud
I hear a woman laugh as I feel my tongue fall out 
I’ve never tasted so afraid
(underneath his purple robe,
the honey is our only hope…
 my eyes are swollen my mouth is open
the honey is our only hope…)
She’s a mother she’ll feed you twice once with sugar 
and twice with her knife 
meet the queen 
she feeds tongues to her jellybean babies
crying “sugar!” in her tummy

Babies
I’m not sleepy 
I’m busy counting potential nightmares 
they’re almost real 
and I can feel my stomach getting scared 
the stars do not shine 
they poke holes in the night 
and the glow bugs feel so safe 
with their bottoms as night lights 
I’m not tired
The pillow holds each thought in place
 each sleepy shady intuition 
if I stay awake 
I could fold them into bedtime stories 
before I close my eyes
my eyelashes catch stars 
the nursery begins to float 
and all the grown-ups seem so far away 
the rattles are sleeping 
my tummy is full 
I know I’m small but I want to know it all

Manatee
I swim with the manatee 
and he’s nice to me he won’t bother me 
with any bubble trouble
creeping up into my hair 
sea shells ring our wedding bells 
only time will tell if love will start to smell
 like a sad beached whale frying in its own blubber 
or a tuna fish pair of underwear 
is it his skin? 
soft like my grandma’s 
is it his eyes? 
folded like raisins always winking at me 
I swim with the manatee
And he’s nice to me
He won’t bother me
With any bubble trouble creeping up into my hair
I swim with the manatee 
and he’s just like me 
but he’s not really 
is it his thighs? 
no he doesn’t have any 
is it his nose? 
it’s gigantic so much better to sniff me with
I swim with the manatee 
and he’s just like me but he’s not really

Moon Queen
I am the Moon Queen
tired of the star’s scene
Still afraid of the dark 
and he is the sun thing 
afraid to make the dark sing 
still to hot to kiss
we don’t know how we got up here
I’m so cold and dusty I can’t taste the air
and I know he’s tired of being too hot to kiss
I am the Moon Queen 
brightening your evening
you can take me out tonight 
and if there were two queens
one to make the dark sing
I would be the spotlight
Yes I think he’s the bright and lucky one
the orange peel on my tongue
And I know the darkness can be a friend
dark can cover the holes I’m falling in
 it’s so cold but he’ll never worry
cause he’s too hot to kiss

Wake Up
Wake up Wake up
But I’m hiding from today
All the monsters and all your relatives 
have gone to bed 
on fire they set their pillows
under their heads
So wake up Wake up
But I’m hiding from today
All the teachers 
their brains were eaten by small children
and now their parents will stare and grin
 because they talk just like them


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