morning somewhere
released october 2006

all songs © 2006 shelley miller
except light © 2006 tommi zender/shelley miller

beauty wash over me

chocolate milk, cherub choir
story hour read out of a children's bible
braiding daisy chains until the morning bell
jesus loves you, wants to take you to heaven
if you're good, if not there's hell

finger paints, flower dress
red rover, send shelley right over in my sunday best
now I'm dirty fingers, bloody nose
singing jesus loves me, this I know
hush little girl, what made you behave this way

now I pray in roses, I pray in storms
I pray in the kitchen, sending spices through the hall
and I pray in ashes, I pray in dreams
I pray in the only voice I've ever known
beauty wash over me
wash over me

sticker books, starless night
god's gonna take me, but I want to stay for a little while
'cause there are crickets dancing
on the windowsill
everything I need is here tonight
what I need is here tonight

chorus

say it's love

you can come home to my place
my mom won't be home 'til eight
I think we've got a movie
if not, we can walk down by the lake
geese are flying out from canada
your dad's in new york 'til next year
don't think anyone would even notice
if we slipped out the back and disappeared

'cause it's all coming down right here
one of us is going to fall
a little too deep
a little to steeply
and say it's love

gettin' colder every morning
half dark when I get home from school
they're saying snow by friday
but for now I can lie here in the cool cool ocean
of leaves behind the playground
of the old elementary school
staring up through the maze of gray after gray
trying to find a damn word to say to you

chorus

blowin' in like a storm off the sea
I can't even recognize me
for all the damage it's done

chorus


hurricane

pale blue of the pilot light
sparks a match that gives way to the night
copper kettle of wind whistles and moans
cup of tea spiked with something strong
army of alibies to string you along
wear out your welcome
just to prove you couldn't get in the door

'cause you're the last stop for a hurricane
last heart standing at the edge of the bay
don't have the sense to pick up your sticks and go home

you tread the cold static of your tv screen
find a little spot to hide your dreams
stay up all night so you don't have to wake up alone
heaven helps those who help themselves
you keep your secrets on the back of the shelf
take 'em down when you're sure
nobody's home

chorus

rocking chair

I spent half my life in a rocking chair
the other half raising hell
half my life in a rocking chair
the other half raising hell
I'm going down
but not until I get my fill

I spent half my life playing goodie two-shoes
the other half Jezebel
half my life playing goodie two-shoes
the other half Jezebel
I'm going down
but not until I get my fill

the devil called me, said he's got some room
don't I think I should be on my way
I said, good sir, I'll be there soon enough
you've got to give me 'til the judgement day

'cause spent half my life in a rocking chair
the other half raising hell
half my life in a rocking chair
the other half raising hell
I'm going down
but not until I get my fill

when i lay my love to bed

when I lay my love to bed
when I lay my love to bed
there'll be no crimson roses
just a pillow for his head
when I lay my love to bed

when I rock his fears to sleep
when I rock his fears to sleep
there'll be no crown of glory
just the promise I keep
when I rock his fears to sleep

when I lay down by his side
when I lay down by his side
I'm baptized by the beauty
of having nothing to hide
when I lay down by his side

morning somewhere

I grew up tired of small town roads
hitched my way to the city of gold
got a job dancing in the bars
but life was harder than I had planned
took a little help for me to stand up
whatever they offered, I took it all

it's morning somewhere
it's morning somewhere
it's morning somewhere down the road

daddy came and gave me his knife
said, "you lost your soul, don't lose your life"
I've never felt more alone
but when that man pulled a gun
I did the only thing I could have done
and cried my way back home

chorus

mama came and got me clean
I couldn't tell her what i'd seen
don't know if it was fear or it was pride
but when the officer came around
I was sure that I'd been found
and told him what I done that night

chorus

I do believe

now I spend my days at the sewing machine
in the women's penitentiary
stitching shirts I'll never buy
they say I killed a man but he wasn't the one
that hit me that night, I tried to tell them
but girls like me, we're always liars

chorus

sparrow

when I woke up this morning
it didn't seem like you were gone
though I heard your footsteps crease the night
maybe it was just a sparrow

cup of coffee, watch the chimney smoke
rise from a neighbor's house at sunrise
morning ships come in, evening chill lets go
where the found you after high tide

were you trying to swim out
to find the woman on the moon
I always kinew you were a fool
still I watched every breath
like an old picture show
didn't know it would end this soon

since you left I've been knitting sweaters
crimson red and hawthorne blue
wool from far across the ocean
someday I'll send one up to you

man with a gun

my country 'tis of thee, bittersweet lady liberty
stands on the shore like a bird in a cage
all hail our president
crying wolf every chance he gets
then biting all the neighbors
when they get in his way

we've got a right to be free, we've got a right to have fun
we've got the right to be killed by a man with a gun

with god on our side we came to this land
for riches and spices
instead we found the red man
but that's nothing some weapons and smallpox won't cure
and what we can't kill, we'll push back
'cause this land is ours

chorus

don't get too close to me
don't speak your mind
don't walk around late at night
don't be unkind
to the hands that are feeding you
poison and lies
just trust in your country
and know that god will provide

chorus

when my time has come and I go from this land
I don't know who'll meet me
I don't know who'll take my hand
but if I meet my maker
I can promise you one thing
he sure as hell won't be
a man with a gun

light

somewhere down the line
lines turned into shapes
shapes turned into faces
faces into days
hours follow years
'til it's just a waste of time
everything moving down the line

this isn't what you wanted it to be
this isn't what you wanted it to be
this isn't what you wanted, is it anymore
but you keep holding on for light

maybe someone can make sense
of the mess of your life

living out the past
plotting all the paces
as the pages turn to ash
ask no questions here
just listen for a sign
everything echoes down the line

chorus

mr. moon

mr. moon
why are you hiding
my heart wants to fly
but I can't see to stand
tell me, mr. moon
why are you hiding
I'm full up with darkness
and all I can take

is a soft light
flickering dancing
on the edge of the night's weary stage
will we be all right
instead or in spite
of all the fighting we lift up
like heaven somedays

mr. moon
how high are you flying
can you lay down your head
let me whisper my prayers to you
mr. moon
how high are you flying
can you see to the end
do we make it okay

chorus

mr. moon
why are you hiding
my heart wants to fly
but I can't see tostand
tell me, mr. moon
how high are you flying
can you see to the end
do we make it okay?