Cat Glasses

by Dolores Dagenais

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Originally released in 2007
it's interesting to see the develoupment throughout the years. It's not perfect but it's all me. :)

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released February 15, 2012

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Track Name: Cat Glasses
You say you can tell by the
Coco Channel handbag
she's never had a serious thought
or a bad hair day

You say "look at that one over there"
you can tell by the low heeled shoes
that she's an intellectual
with a lot to say

I say
well if you're such a good judge of character
what do you make of my eyes?
you say i've got a good sense of humour
and a friendly disposition
this is your position
oh why, can't you see behind?

I can tell by the way you move
that your into the blond at the end of the bar
and it won't be long
before you ask if you know her
and slip her your business card
Leaving me here alone with your coat
as you move closer and put your hand on her thigh
and I ...oh I....just roll my eyes
behind my...


You'd never guess what’s going on
benieth this tweed
and black lace panties that are
filled with need
A lace brassier undernieth this turtle neck
and I...I would like to get it off my chest.

if you're such a good judge of character
what do you make of my eyes?
you say i've got a good sense of humour
and a friendly disposition
this is your position
oh why, can't you see behind?

My
cat glasses
oh my
Cat glasses
Oh my
Cat glasses
Oh my....
Track Name: In Saltwater
In Saltwater

See the clock, take a walk
Down the boulevard
See the tide take the snow
From the harbour shore
There’s more to winter than the freezing
There’s more to sorry and appeasing

Watch the time change your mind
About leaving
Watch the waves and the day
As it’s receding
There’s less here than yesterday
Soon all of the snow will melt away

If I was angry I let it out to sea
In saltwater tears soon dissolve
There’s more to the problem
Than what we’ve solved

Hear the bells, might as well
Head on homeward
Watch the light slip the sky
And head onward
The horizon’s a thin blue line
And there’s no one at home tonight

If I am lonely It’s not you
It’s only me
In saltwater tears soon dissolve
There’s more to the problem
Than we have solved

See the clock, take a walk
Down the boulevard
See the tide take the snow
From the harbour shore
There’s more to winter than the freezing
There’s more to sorry and appeasing
Track Name: Scotch & Water
Charlie caught a break. Jimmy caught a fish
Charlie’s on the stage, Jimmy’s living by his wits
They weren’t much different when they were boys
They both played guitar but Charlie had the voice

Charlie hops a plane. Jimmy hops the bus.
Charlie can’t complain
But Jimmy’s like the rest of us
They both had the talent but there’s no second place
They both played the blues but Charlie had the face

(Chorus)


Life ain’t fair to losers like me and Jimmy
Down at the local joint the girls shake and shimmy
When Charlie’s on the jukebox
Jimmy’ in the corner
Charlie’s on the record
And Jimmy’s on the scotch and water

Charlie flies to France. Jimmy’s out of work again
Charlie’s got a new romance.
Jimmy gets it when he can
They both got the blues down to the very last letter
And Charlie he can sing them
But Jimmy knows them better

Chorus

Charlie caught a break. Jimmy caught a fish
Charlie’s on the stage. Jimmy’s living by his wits
They both got the blues down to the very last letter
And Charlie he can sing them
But Jimmy knows them better

Chorus
Track Name: Mr.Campaign
Mr. Campaign

Don’t believe for a single second there won’t be a heavy price to pay
For broken promises lies and deceptions you’ve been talking out of the side of your face
Mr. Campaign in your shirt sleeves
You’d like me to believe that you’re like
My brother, my lovers, my cousins, my father
But the ghettos have echoes the streets are on fire
Mr. Campaign
Mr Campaign

I don’t believe a single word out of the two mouths of your deception
And I can see I’m getting nowhere with your limited perception
Mr. Campaign in your shirt sleeves
You want me to believe that you’re like
My brother, my lovers, my cousins, my father
But the ghettos have echoes the streets are on fire
Mr. Campaign
Mr Campaign

In your shirt sleeves
You‘d like me to believe that you’re like
My brother, my lovers, my cousins, my father
But the ghettos have echoes the streets are on fire
Mr. Campaign
Mr Campaign
Track Name: Slightly Green
It wasn’t that long ago I was a girl
And I was soft around the edges
and thought the world
Was a good place
Tonight I’m tired and aware
of how I miss the way I use to be
When I was only slightly green
and love could conquer anything

I wasn’t that long ago you were a boy
And you had sand between your fingers
and that was joy
As much as anything
Tonight you’re tired and you miss,
you miss the way things use to be
When you were only slightly green
and you could laugh at anything

Chorus
Kiss me
Take me back when we were free
Before time became our enemy
When the world was only you and me
And we were slightly green

You can’t stop the changing tide where it moves
Standing still time rushes by
and I feel like I been left behind
Tonight I’m tired an aware
of everything that’s swept away
And every sunlit yesterday
seems to cool and turn to grey

Chorus
Track Name: 10,000 Feet Above the Planet
I thought that I was leaving
I left the gate wide open
I packed a case of better days
And threw away the ones I’d broken

Somewhere along the line you slipped inside a suitcase on my porch
I didn’t notice
I took you with me as I got out of the taxi at the airport
I know you know this

10000 feet above the planet - just like you planned it
A note falls from the novel on my lap
Saying “Baby come back”

I thought that you’d forgotten
That I was leaving this morning
I left a note on your doorstep
I said goodbye to your answering machine

Somewhere alone the line you slipped between the CD’s in my case
I didn’t notice
I took you with me as I boarded on the place and took my place
I know you know this

10000 feet above the planet - just like you planned it
A voice over my headset makes me laugh
Saying “Baby come back”

We landed late
Because the snow out on the runway
Sit here and wait
And think about the time when you were mine

Then I’m
10000 feet above the planet - just like you planned it
Standing in the airport with a sign
Saying “Baby come back”

10000 feet above the planet - just like you planned it
Standing in the airport with a sign
Saying “Baby come back”
Track Name: A Young Man
Listen little one, don’t turn away
I’ve lived alone and I know what I’m saying
A young man will make you beautiful
In your own eyes
Like my eyes

20 years of love every night
20 years of husband and wife
15 years between him and I
15 years between him and I
Baby, Baby a young man

Listen momma don’t close your eyes
A day without him is a lifetime
Like 20 years of time on my hand
20 years of hourglass sand
in my eyes
in my eyes

15 years between him and I
15 years between him and I
Baby, Baby a young man

Baby Baby…
A young man
Track Name: Four Walls
Four Walls
Plaster and paint
These are the things home ain’t
A roof over head
Floor underneath
Don’t make it home to me

(chorus)
The fire raged
The engines came
But all was ash and rubble
But standing like phoenix raised
My home, my heart, my family

You
My home
Is you

Four walls
Of a rented hotel
A neon sign
Illuminates you
Sleeping the sleep
Like a warrior beat
You’re all the home I need

(Chorus)

I slip out of the hotel bed
I fold my hands and bow my head
And I thank God
For all that he saved
My home, my heart, my family

You
My home
Is you
Track Name: After the Water Goes Down
Sometimes letting go is the only option
When you’re falling through the universe
with no direction
If I hold you will I pull you down?
If I let you go will you be found?
After the water goes down
After the water goes down
Like driftwood on a beach
Will you be out of reach and carried out to sea

This violet wave was unexpected
We stood and watched it as it moved across the island
It didn’t look strong from the outside
But it tore you from my side
After the water goes down
After the water goes down
Wreckage on the shore
There’s nothing anymore to stay here for

Back in the city I had a dream
You called my name in a shell
And the waves were soft and clean
You were in heaven
I’m here in hell

Some days merely breathing
takes every ounce of concentration
If I could go back I’d be stronger and I’d have held onto you longer
After the water goes down
After the water goes down
Would I be where you are so distant and so far?
Above it all
Above it all
Track Name: By Your Side
Don't cry baby
Momma's by your side
sweet dreams follow
if you close your eyes

picture green meadows
and purple butterflies
and don't cry cause
Momma's by your side
and don't cry cause
Momma's by your side

and when you wake
be happy
and give the sun a smile
as you grow
keep smiling
remember all the while
that Momma's by your side

Dream now baby
safe within my arms
softly sleeping
safe for any harm

dream of red vallies
and violet autumn skies
and don't cry cause
momma's by your side
and don't cry cause
momma's by your side

and when you wake
be happy
and give the sun a smile
as you grow
keep smiling
remember all the while
that Momma's by your side

Dream now baby
Momma's by your side
sweet dreams follow
if you close your eyes

picture green meadows
and purple butterflies
and don't cry cause
Momma's by your side
and don't cry cause
Momma's by your side
Track Name: Different
Didn’t we grow up?
To be just like the others
Didn’t we learn?
To hate our own brothers

We were so sure we’d be different

We bet our lives on innocence

Oh innocence I remember you
And idealistic dream come true
And if we were subtly abused
It didn’t matter
Cause we were different

Didn’t we learn cold and calculation?
Didn’t we learn the mottos of this nation?
That we were so sure was different

We bet our lives on honesty

Oh honesty do you remember me
The legends of a cut down tree
An agreement just to disagree
It didn’t matter that we were different

And we learn from the best politicians
To blur the lines between truth and fiction
And we can justify our lies, hate and addiction
We bet our lives on frailty

Oh frailty I believe in you
Keep the weak beneath our shoes
As if there’s nothing else to do
That matters
Cause they’re all
Different
Track Name: Gold in them Hills
Julie paints her eyes and lips as red as lies
In silk stockings her legs are walking
With a silicone shake a mink eyelash
She fakes a smile

But there’s gold in them hills – boys will pay the bills
She’s a deep valley to rest their heads
She says “it’s just the way it is…it’s just the way it is”

Julie slips inside a corset made of iron
She can’t remember when breathing was free
She has nothing comfortable but a lot to see
She has a lot to see

But there’s gold in them hills – boys will pay the bills
And if it takes her scars and pills
She’s living high still…she’s living high still

Look at me – I could be Julie easily
Not such a leap to see the truth behind the trickery

But there’s gold in them hills – boys will pay the bills
And if you ask if she has a happy life
She’s likely just to lie…she’s likely just to lie

But there’s gold in them hills – boys will pay the bills
And if it takes her scars and pills
She’s living high still…she’s living high still

Julie paints her eyes
Julie paints her eyes
Track Name: Conversations
What do you see?
On battlefield Earth
We’ve been crossed, we’ve been cursed
Mute all of the innocent pleads
and label me conspiracy
The garden is burning
History's repeating
The serpents have gathered
a faith of defeating
And we are so eager to believe
this blue TV

That says the smell of peace
is a wicked perfume of ashes and tombs
and all of the lives we have lost
Who decides when it’s too great a cost?

The garden’s in ashes
Jesus is crying
The snakes in the orchard
And everyone’s lying
And we are so eager to believe
The mouth of deceit

And where are the artists? Where’s Joni?
Where are the painters the poets the black beret protests?
Where are cigarettes burned down to fingers?
Of conversations
Of conversations
We shouldn’t be having

What do you say?
While the wire records all the views that are yours
Can be twisted into terrorist
Are we silent or do we resist?
And where are the artists? Where’s Dylan?
Was he really a junkie or did they just kill him?
Where are hot night spent under bright lights
Burned down to filaments of conversations of conversations
We’re not allowed having this conversation.
Track Name: Lady From Whitehorse
Lady from White Horse
You were beautiful once, I can tell
This isn’t what your mother wanted for you
This is your father’s hell

Don’t take the bottle
Take the bus back to where you belong
Don’t take the bottle
Take the bus back to where there are missing you
Or who you use to be
You are a lot like me and we are lost
We are lost so easily
Lady from White Horse
Lady from White Horse

I see you I see you shining when you were young
I don’t know what disappointed you so much
Look what you’ve become

(chorus)

I’m alone tonight and the city is so big
And I’m so small
And every neon light’s a beckon to the call
Oh God I hope I don’t fall

(chorus)
Track Name: I Missed You
I followed my dream right down to the city
I it wrapped in velvet and electric neon
Then out the east gate I set it on fire
And sent up a smoke signal to the dawn

(Chorus)
Cause I missed you
I missed you
I missed you
I missed you

Peyote purple and cannabis blue
And the wolves came to drink from my body
I laid in the sand and cried out for you

(Chorus)

All of this great self destruction
is only a remedy for the cure
this great self destruction
I knew all along
It was you

(Chorus)

Follow my footsteps down through the village
You’ll find all my skin shed there on the grass
And if you walk out into the desert
I’ll be home at last

Cause I missed you
Track Name: Peace Conspiracy
The world leaders are getting along
dismantling every bomb and gun
under a secret sky
There's a caravan rolling toward
the hungry and the homeless, refugees of war
and mouths are being fed
the bread of human kindness
we have left all of
the poison behind us

won't you be... part of this peace conspiracy?
Won’t you be...part of this peace conspiracy?

I know it seems a lot to expect
when a million miles is only the first step
and oh...oh what a tired sigh
a spinning star is shining above
the heartless and the lost, the broken and unloved
minds are being changed by words of love in ears
lives are being saved as anger disappears

won't you be... part of this peace conspiracy?
Won’t you be...part of this peace conspiracy?

All we need is to take responsibility
and it's time to live up to our ability
and we can change
the tide upon the sea
Won't you be...part of this peace conspiracy?
Won't you be...part of this peace conspiracy?
Track Name: Tidal Waters
My father and I were relative strangers
He was married to the bottle
Momma married to the danger
Of life lived beside
That pale amber glass
You could see him through the bottom
but he couldn’t see you back

(Chorus)
Daddy did you know
My eyes are green
Daddy did you know
Everything they seen
Like cold tidal water
The sins of the fathers
Visited the sons
And the daughter

Hot summer days
Heavy with inaction
Bleeding out the heat
He was drinking to distraction
Tension in the air
Like the sweat inside my palm
And no one had to tell me
Everything that could go wrong

(Chorus)

But cool summer nights
The sound of guitars
Laughter in the kitchen
Laughter that was ours
The moan of the strings
On a red violin
These are the things
that I’ll keep remembering

(Chorus)

Daddy did you know
My eyes are green
Daddy did you know
I inherited your strings
Like cool tidal water
The sins of the fathers
Visited the sons
And the daughter… and the daughter
Track Name: Sweetest Dream
I bring you coffee in the morning
it’s like an offering I make
I have had the sweetest dream
while lying wide awake
To listen to you breathe, I believe…you love me

And in your rest you curl around me,
you wind me up inside the sheets
I have had the sweetest dream
while watching as you sleep
Watching as you breathe, I believe…you love me

And all of the others
who’ve traveled in and out our doors
I’m glad that their gone now
cause now I’m completely yours
And I can’t explain just what your name means to me
Except to say, you are my sweetest dream

Now the light spreads her wings out
and rises up in the sky
I have had the sweetest dream
lying sleepless at your side
To listen to you breathe, I believe…you love me

Although the day will part our ways for a time
I know when it’s done that you are completely mine
And I can’t explain just what your name means to me
Except to say, you are my sweetest dream
Track Name: On the Sand
On The Sand

July is hanging hot
over this town of mine again
It wrings the perspiration from my hand
The ocean is no refuge it’s at low tide again
Starfish tokens on the sand

On the sand
You said you’d love me for all time
You traced a heart around your name and mine
On the sand
Where only fools and lovers stand
Building their foundations in the tide
On the sand

You had written our love story
on this ever changing shore
And watched the waves devour
every word and punctuation
The ocean is no critic and it hungrily took more
Until you could not remember what you carefully had scrawled there

On the sand
You told me you would never leave
You claimed to be as constant as the sea
On the sand
You asked me to believe
That castles built on air can sometimes stand
On the sand

The tide is coming in now
Like velvet tongue upon my skin
The night is drawing curtains
And the sun is gone to slumbering
The ocean’s disappointed and throws driftwood at my feet
The land it was her lover
In that narrow place they’d meet

On the sand
Until he was lost beneath her leagues
Dissolving into inconsistency
On the sand
Where you begged me to be free
Saying time had eroded every plan
On the sand
Track Name: Red Clay Man
He was born by the sea, saltwater in his hand
The wind was wild the day he came
It tore across the island

Red clay man – play that song again
It’s prettier by far than anything
Red clay man

When it came his time to leave
He kicked the red dust from his shoes
But in time he would believe
It was more than innocence he’d loose

Red clay man – go on home again
It’s prettier by far than where you’ve been
Red clay man

I’m telling stories about place that I’ve never been
And I’m drowning faces in the bottom of the gin
His cold cold beauty keeps me coming back to him
No love or duty only this melodic whim
Red clay man

He’s traveled in my ears
All across this broken land
When the wind froze my marrowed bones
He was comfort in my hand

Red clay man – I’m going home again
It’s prettier by far than anywhere I’ve been
Red clay man
Track Name: PMS
Went to the doctor said
“Doctor please I got this aching in my head”
“Feel like a gained twenty pounds in one week” I said
“and if my man don’t learn to shut up I’m gonna put a fist right through his head”
“oh Doctor what is wrong with me?”

She said
You got the PMS, woman you’re a mess
You got the PMS
Cold comfort, hot chocolate

When to my momma said
“Did you ever feel like standing in the rain…”
“and laughing out your guts and then screamin’ out your brain”
“On top of the world one day then you want throw yourself under a train”

She said
You got the PMS, Baby you’re a mess
You got the PMS
Cold comfort, hot chocolate

Ben & Jerry are my secret lovers
And Sarah Lee’s a soul mate
Crying over telephone commercials
And movies on the “Late Great”
Swinging hard from salty to sweet
Thank the lord it only lasts a week

I got the PMS, Baby I’m a mess
I got the PMS
Cold comfort, hot chocolate

You got the PMS, woman you’re a mess
You got the PMS
Cold comfort, hot chocolate