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Souvenirs

by Laura K. Balke

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1.
I want to paint the whole town red Then green, then yellow, then blue I want to take my scissors to the hair on your head And make something entirely new One day I will knit a sweater Or maybe even a dress You just watch, I'm gonna learn How to play every stringed instrument My wrist starts hurting and it scares me 'Cause I'm only twenty-two And I'm afraid I'm gonna wear out my body Before I check off my list of things to do I'm gonna put my hands to use Live to work or work to live, I guess I think that those two words can Be synonymous I chose a career where I didn't have to sit at a desk But last night when I got home I fell asleep with my shoes and the lights on Fully dressed My feet start hurting and it scares me 'Cause I've got a lot of ground to cover yet And it makes me want to pull up the blankets And sleep until my weary legs forget I'm gonna walk until I need new knees I'm gonna sing until I lose my breath I want you to remind me To create until I've got nothing left I'm gonna put my hands to use
2.
Crosses 03:07
I can explain my life Up until right now I'll show you the forks in the road That brought me here I am the books I've read And the people I have know And decisions that I've made But is this life my own? I can't ignore All the crosses by the side of the road Or the missing children's faces plastered On the bulletin board And they shoot my theories to pieces, They shoot my theories to pieces
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Hello darling, how you been? Well I have never been better We'll talk about all our new friends And how we're gonna have the best life ever I'll tell you that I've been writing new songs And that work is going well And life is moving right along But how can I tell you that I've had a bad night When you seem so happy with your new life I'm glad you can't see me 'cross the telephone lines The tears fall so easy when I say that I'm fine I get mad at New Jersey For swallowing you up But god forbid that I get in the way of doing what you love As much as I miss you I wouldn't want you anywhere else I say that even when I know That I am lying to myself How can I tell you that I've had a bad night When you seem so happy with your new life I'm glad you can't see me 'cross the telephone lines The tears fall so easy when I say that I'm fine You made a promise that you'd come back for me I am your Indiana, waiting patiently There's runs in my stockings, and holes in my dress Though I fall to pieces I know you won't forget
4.
Soulfood 03:37
Maybe one day I will vacation overseas And be able to afford organic groceries Now that I have a job I love Maybe some day I'll be able To make more money than I did When I was waiting tables I could go to school, I could work a bit I could fall in and out of love and still not get it We struggle on toward imperfection Say what you want, but there is only one direction Maybe one day I love you With everything I've got And not have to make excuses For all the doors that are locked Maybe one day I'll think of myself as a musician And not have to make excuses For missed notes and a lack of rhythm I could go to school, I could work a bit I could fall in and out of love and still not get it 'Cause first and foremost my feet and hands move To provide the rest of my body with shelter and food Maybe one day I will see It is my soul I need to feed Maybe one day I will know What it takes to make it grow
5.
Piano Keys 02:36
Tonight while you were holding my hand You tapped my fingers like piano keys We were in a noisy place But it was only from you and it was only for me And up through my veins, my bones, my muscles Rang a melody, it went something like this... I want to tell the whole world They'll never know about what we have I like keeping secrets like that But if they listen hard enough they might hear Faint notes chiming from our ears It goes something like this...
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Souvenirs 03:43
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United 03:27
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Windsong 03:20

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released April 11, 2009

Written and performed by Laura K. Balke

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Mike Bridavsky at Russian Recording

Philip Balke played piano on tracks 2, 5 and 7, as well as melodica on track 2.

Mika Bridavsky played drums on tracks 3 and 8, additional guitar on track 5, and Kee Bass on tracks 6 and 10.

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Laura K. Balke Indianapolis, Indiana

I love winners when they cry, losers when they try, music when it's good, and life

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