LYRICS TO ADVANCE BASE SONGS
PRESENTED IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER


CHRISTMAS IN DEARBORN

On the train to your hometown
at stranger's side on Christmas Eve
Dozing in the window seat
your laundry in your lap
Your brother's pick-up truck is in the lot
engine running

Steady snow the dog's asleep
your mom complains about the tree
Cousins come at dinnertime
with babies & partners
You'll talk about your job or talk about
your apartment

On the bed where you first slept
with your husband at seventeen
Read your yearbooks back to front
with TV on & your skirt off
& counted all of your teachers who were
younger than you now




CHRISTMAS IN MILWAUKEE

Troubled water
I've got six feet in my house
Baby daughter
with goldfish in her mouth
Got your letter
You want a Christmas in Milwaukee

I've got trouble enough
I've got trouble enough

Bells are ringing
I've been drinking all my cheer
Fill the tumbler
when the spirit's cold in here
If I'm the good one
Brother it's by default
The folks in their graves

have been doing summersaults

I've got trouble enough
I've got trouble enough

Chevy Nova
rusted out underneath
They broke the window
took the radio & wreath
Drove the long way
just listening to the breeze

I've got trouble enough
I've got trouble enough
I've got trouble enough
I've got trouble enough




CHRISTMAS IN OAKLAND

It's Christmas in Oakland
I don't feel a thing
rode bikes to the Chevron
for Chesterfield Kings
the smoke in our eyes
as we ride how it stings
what tidings we bring

It's Christmas in Oakland
& warm as spring
snuck into the movies
with tall boys to drink
asleep half an hour
into some awful thing
& dreaming

It's Christmas in Oakland
no carolers sing
the whole town's desserted
gingerbread housing
we're Saint Nicks with buckets
& bells to ring
what tidings we bring

On Christmas in Oakland
we had a fling
& drank the good whiskey
you'd been saving
with stars in our eyes
lying on mattress springs
we were beaming




DAVID ALLEN

Out past the curfew
& out past the fence
childs in the woods behind town
with flashlights & blankets
a tarp for a tent
a wild place to lay ourselves down

But us two were too scared
try as we might
to sleep under screech owls
& moths in the night
we ran back to your house
before it was light
& Tarzanned the apple tree
up to the balcony

That was the summer
that we both turned ten
before you left our neighborhood
your sister your mom & you
changed names again
to escape your step dad for good

I thought that I saw you
the other night
outside a sports bar
in neon light
but I should know better
than trust my sight
how I've wondered Davy
if often you thought of me




GOLDFISH IN A ROBIN'S NEST

Set all day by the river side &
slept all night in the trees
dreamt that I was a robin singing
calling you to me

Build us a nest
between the branches
gentle in the breeze
robin's egg blue
robin's egg blue

Queasy seasick for ages
there's a swell in inside of me
funny feeling like goldfish flipping
fins in my belly

Imagine your face
with dad's eyes shining
pretty as could be
robin's egg blue
robin's egg blue




KITTY WINN

We got married in September
The baby came the next December
So I got off the road
It's the longest I've been home
since I remember
I wake up earlier these days
to dress the kid & fix her eggs
Then we'll walk down to the park
if it's nice out
There's a swing set where she plays

I'm not out looking for something
I haven't found
You won't see me around
I've got a family now

I used to drive all night no stopping
like a Batman with no Robin
& then sometime around dawn
I'd wake up with my seatbelt on
to some cop knocking
I've seen a lot of wrecks & burnouts
& nights the crowds just didn't turn out
& I've drunk myself so ill
& nearly got myself killed
more times than I would care to count

I'm not out looking for something
I haven't found
You won't see me around
I've got a family now

I watched The Exorcist again
& recognized Kitty Winn
from The Panic At Needle Park
with Al Pacino
She played his girlfriend
It felt like seeing an old friend
the way I wondered where she'd been
As I sat & pet the cat
with my wife's head on my lap
on the sofa in the den

I'm not out looking for something
I haven't found
You won't see me around
I've got a family now




MORE TROUBLE

waiting by the phone
waiting on the doctor
to call in with some kind of news
waiting all the morning
waiting on the doctor
to call in with some kind of news

waiting by the phone
waiting on the doctor
to call in with some kind of news
waiting all the afternoon
waiting on the doctor
to call in with any kind of news

waiting all the evening
waiting on the doctor
to call in with some kind of news
your sister got the phone
she picked up the hallway
& fainted dead away
when she heard the doctor say
I'm sorry Jane




MOTION JUICE (Crap Kingdom)

Messing round with these kids
& fell in the pool
got my phone wet
that's why I ain't been calling you
believe me Ma
if I coulda I'd be calling you 

If you wanna cruise
I got the motion juice

Casting spells like a foo
just to get back
swapping souls at school
just to get back
face down in the gravel
just to get back

Shake your blues
I got the motion juice

Conveyance bumps & it bumps
I think a wheel is loose
shook a soda cup
off of my 22's
whip it real hard
you seen them 22's

So get your shoes
I got the motion juice




MIGHT OF THE MOOSE

On my way home from Traverse City
I hit a moose it wasn't pretty
Walked til I found a Citgo payphone down the road
& I called your house it's the only number that I know

You picked up & said this is surprising
I stood in the dark apologizing
for the cheap way I ended our good thing
& I asked if you would call a tow truck for me

I walked up the road in the direction
of the hatchback I just had wrecked &
I thought of last night the fight we had in there
& I thought of the way the light looked in your hair

I expected to find the beast embedded
in the windshield the way I'd left it
but there was just blood & glass on the smashed hood
I guess he came to & ran back through the wood




MY SISTER'S BIRTHDAY

My sister & me
we don't see eye to eye
she's got religion
& I don't ask why
her husband & kids
they all pray to the sky

It was my sister's birthday
the other night
36 candles
for someone to light
but I didn't call her
& I didn't write

Oh
when we were kids
she stuck up for me
when no one else did

My sister's got a scar
under her eye
where I hit her with a sparkler
when she was 5
on the Klamath River
the 4th of July

My sister's got a heart
that's open wide
can't seem to talk
without making her cry
to bring up the past
is like twisting a knife

Oh
when we were kids
she stuck up for me
when no one else did




MY LOVE FOR YOU IS LIKE A PUPPY UNDERFOOT
(music by Owen Ashworth, lyrics by Jody Weinmann)

My love for you
It's not an atom bomb
My love for you
It's not a lightning storm
My love for you
It's like a puppy underfoot
Better watch my step
You know I could trample it

My love for you
It's not a movie script
Doesn't make sense
To my friends when I describe it

My love for you
Is quiet and it's sweet
Better keep you close
You know you're my family

My love for you
It's a small thing
My love for you
It's a real thing




NEPHEW IN THE WILD

Alicia
she married young
The year she was widowed
she had a son
On Christmas
or when you'd pass through
You'd bring Danzig records
for your nephew

In hard times
kids grow up fast
Please be there for him
your sister would ask
He's trouble
just like you were
With girls & with teachers
Without a father

Like you
when you were a child
A young nephew out in the wild

At sixteen
he dropped out of school
Took off with some jewelry
his dad's coat & tools
He called you
from the bus depot
With his girlfriend pregnant
& nowhere to go

You told him
that he should go home
& said you were sorry
& hung up the phone
Then no one
heard from him at all
When Alicia came crying
you didn't mention his call

Like you
when you were a child
Your nephew's out in the wild




NEW GOSPEL

I could hear the T.V. playing
as I was coming up the stair
loud enough the dead could hear

You've been watching all your
game shows
trying to find a code
like there's some trick
that they don't want you to know

You've been stashing all your empties
in the neighbor's bins
like the landlord doesn't know
you're drinking

You've been sermonizing every day
just to keep your ghosts away
it's a wonder that you find
so much to say

Oh
you need a new gospel
because the bottom fell out
the old one long ago




OUR CAT

Remember the time
when our cat ran away
we hollered her name
up a bunch of driveways
& drove twice a week
to the SPCA
to check every cage
full of kittens & strays

You made some flyers
at Copies To Go
with her cutest picture
our number below
& we hung on windows
& telephone poles
& I'm pretty sure
we bummed out everyone we know

A whole month went by
& it rained every day
& most of our flyers
got moldy & gray
then somebody found her
a few blocks away
she was skinny & scared
but she was okay

Remember the strangers
who thought they were wise
who insisted she'd come back
& cats have nine lives
& we'd try to act gratefu
 for stupid advice
cats don't come back sometimes
but this time it was fine




THE ONLY OTHER GIRL FROM BACK HOME

Most of the snow's melted it's just lumps of ice
& plastic bags strewn in the yard
I'd go & get us a bottle of wine
but I'm pretty sure that they card
Lansing is ugly it smells like a bus
but it's better than where we came from
& you're the only girl I can talk to
You're the only other girl from back home

You got a job & you got me one too
& we hated our jobs pretty bad
but there was this one boy we both thought was cute
This Hessian dishwasher named Chad
& I took him home knowing you liked him first
& you cussed me out on the phone
Now you won't even talk to me
& you're the only other girl from back home

I ran into Case-Man an hour ago
He was just passing through town
He said this junior took gasoline cans
& she burned our old high school down
& I ran out to find you I looked everywhere
though you said to leave you alone
But you're the only person that I thought should know
You're the only other girl from back home

You're the one single person I wanted to tell
We're the only two girls from back home




PAMELA

Your dad was seventeen
& dumb as a drum machine
A star & a goat
on a chain at his throat
Sold acid & mescaline
but even when he was clean
he still had the smell of weed in his coat

You were named after a fake I.D.
Smaller than you should be
with eyes just as black as the sea

Your mom was sixteen
& sweeter than saccharine
Always said her prayers
unless he was there
She worked at Dairy Queen
& no matter how she cleaned
she still had the smell of death in her hair

You were born into a world of sin
You are the devil's kin
The sign of the beast on your skin

You have come to fulfill a prophecy
To level humanity
& burn everything that you see




RIOT GRRRLS

Meg & me were friends
when we were in school
we were the only riot girls
that we knew

summer jobs at the Oak Mall
Cinemas 1 & 2
we saw every movie
we could sit through

gin in soda cups
when we'd work nights
the projectionist gave us weed
sometimes

& we'd drive around
in my father's Taurus
singing along with the tapes
that Meg made us

Meg went crazy we lost touch
I don't think of her much
I've got kids of my own
the oldest half grown

I left for Reed that fall
& Meg got fired
but we'd talk on the phone
most nights 'til we got tired

I made friends with girls my age
Meg drank on her own
& when the money ran out
she moved home

& we'd drive around
when I came home for Christmas
wondering if we ran
who'd miss us




THE SISTER YOU NEVER HAD

Turn off the T.V.
& please set the table
the casserole's ready at 6
& go fetch your brother
he's down at Patricia's
they're watching horror flicks

They'll show you the scary part
a wolf rips a man apart
from within there's no defense
like 3 plates at dinner
ever since the winter
it doesn't make any sense

Changes come with the seasons
let summer turn into fall
there's no use complaining
you don't want things changing
at all

15 years later
you live on an island
but you've got your telephone calls
you'll see mom at Christmas
& Dad at Thanksgiving
your brother you won't see at all

He's living abroad now
somewhere in England
& going by Deborah or Paul
he signed you a postcard
the sister you never had
you've got it pinned to your wall

Changes come with the seasons
let summer turn into fall
there's no use complaining
you don't want things changing
at all




SUMMER MUSIC

Some recollection of symmetry
it was hazy & 70
& her in her summer dress
half a beer & her hair a mess

The sound of music
from the kitchen boombox

With a heart like a symphony
cymbal crashing infinity
it came under some duress
she left with my happiness

The sound of music
from the kitchen boombox

There's no comfort in sympathy
she's upstate with a family
I'm still at the same address
I still believe I could love her best

The sound of music
from the kitchen boombox




SUMMON SATAN

You had tried to summon Satan
but screwed up the incantation
& left an open portal
on your parents' kitchen wall
& the demons you released that day
have stayed with you you along your way
Screaming in your ear
Kill them all

You can worry about the future
You can worry about the past
You can worry about how long
this curse is going to last

You were walking through the park one night
angry looking for a fight
when you heard a busker
playing accordion

You stuck him twice & down he fell
Sealed your passage straight to hell
& you knew at once
that you would kill again

You can worry about the future
You can worry about the past
You can worry about how long
this loneliness will last

You can worry about the future
You can worry about the past
You can worry about how long
this curse is going to last




TRISHA PLEASE COME HOME

You don't call me ever on the phone
Am I supposed to listen to Thin Lizzy
& get high on my own
I went by the restaurant
Becky said
you don't work there anymore
She said one guy too many made a pass at you
& you walked out the door

You dropped your apron in the parking lot
& never came back for your last paycheck

I don't see you ever at the bar
I'm always on the lookout
for your busted ass Windstar
Your name's off your buzzer
There's no welcome mat
sitting outside your door
Your neighbor said the landlord raised the rent Ôtil you
wouldn't pay it anymore

You cleared the whole place out in a single night
& you were up & gone before it was light

You used to get so mad
I couldn't take you serious
I'd make one stupid joke
& you'd act furious
You even warned me once
that you'd get out somehow
I guess you're somewhere laughing now

Wild one wild one where'd you go
Wild one wild one where'd you go

Trisha please come home




WHIRLAWAY THE HORSE

Bet on a long shot a colt in the third
paid out considerable
broke me from miserable

Cashed my winnings & built the bar
called it The Whirlaway
that was the pony's name

'41-'42 horse of the year
Triple Crown victory
he's been real good to me

Child of Blenheim & Dustwhirl
British blood pumping
that chestnut was something

Not long ago Whirlaway died
it's his picture here on my arm
if you're in here drinking
just raise a glass to him

Our good old lucky charm





all music & lyrics by Owen Ashworth except where noted