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Recorded for the 2010 RPM Challenge.

10 songs about parks, chickens, Abstract Expressionists, women named Calliope, Lorelei and Françoise, moths, the ocean, hope and hopelessness, unrequited love, and Bert Convy

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released March 1, 2010

All songs by J. Montgomery

Design: Wednesday

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Track Name: Even Calliope Knows
Calliope she never sees me
Or much of anything
Doesn’t know from day or night
Or if it’s fall or spring

She floats above the crowds
Head up in the clouds
So obvious how my love grows that

Even Calliope knows

Jesamine and Jacqueline
Keep stringing me along
Hyacinth and Penelope
Just tell me that I’m wrong

But nothing can compare
The girl is hardly there
Grew my hair and changed my clothes so

Even Calliope knows

Up and down Carnaby Street you’ll see her pretty face
Don’t try to talk to her
She lives her life in outer space

Calliope I know she loves me
Although she never speaks
Follow her most everywhere
For hours, days and weeks

I don’t know how I’ll kiss
A girl that don’t exist
The constable said it really shows now

Even Calliope knows

Even Calliope knows

Even Calliope knows
Track Name: Cowboy Sparrow
Little Lorelei on the twelfth of July
Decided she’d finally had enough
She saddled up, headed south
Left the body of the man that made her tough

Little Lorelei never stopped once to cry
The rooster must die for the hen
Sometimes she wished he would rise from the dead
So she could kill him all over again

Cowboy sparrow
Can I hitch a ride?
Can I hitch a ride?

Cowboy sparrow
Where do you hide?
Where do you hide?

Little Lorelei made that pony fly
All the way to the Sea of Cortez
Lived out her life as the ocean’s wife
Or so the good book says

Cowboy sparrow
Can I hitch a ride?
Can I hitch a ride?

Cowboy sparrow
Where do I hide?
Where do I hide?
Track Name: Jackson’s Car
The linen was white as snow
It was opening night for my one man show

The man from LIFE is here
Just pretend you’re working, my dear
We have fifty million red-blooded readers
And every week, they’re screaming ‘feed us’

You’re this week’s dream so give us that serious frown
You would let fifty million dreamers down

Do you know what your problem is
You have no respect for fame
No one tells me how to drive
You’re sitting next to a household name

People like me we have our own code
When we’re flying down Fireplace Road
I think I see Jesus and he’s standing near the rails
And when I hit the gas I’m buying the hammer and the nails

I had to take your innocence with me
Number 32, 1950
Track Name: Françoise Hardy
Late one night
In black and white
Dreamt that I saw you at a party

My doe-eyed fawn
I was Alain Delon
And you were François Hardy

I remember it well
At the Minerve Hotel
You laughed as I took off your sweater

Rain began
In St. Germain
And you jumped on the back of my Lambretta

It was dark
When we walked the park
Drinking sugared wine from a chalice

So recherché
In your red beret
You make the city shine like a palace

Late one night
In black and white
Dreamt that I saw you at a party
Track Name: Black Forest
Crowd’s moving in
The lights go up and we begin
Give the folks a hand they’re trying for a shot
At twenty grand

(“That’s the first time in a year-and-a-half... now really Bobby that’s the first time I’ve ever done that - really isn’t it the first time? Honest to God it’s the first time and I hope it’s the last time. Uh, you wanna put it up there, gang? Wh-uh-whu-what was the puzzle... I uh... ok.”)

Ask them where they’re from
In a few hours we’ll be done
Don’t be a drag have the valet
Fetch my Jag

(“Well you all knew it then what’s the difference? [laughter] There’s no fun playing a game you all know the answer to — is it? Of course not... Let’s get a... wha... we’re going to break away here we’ll... no we’re gonna go on and play. You’re gonna make me die out here, aren’t ya? [laughter] Ok. Here comes the three hundred dollar puzzle.”)

Flash a winning smile
They all dig my Burbank style
Ladies stop and stare at the
Black forest of my hair

(“What did you want him to do, go for ‘toilet’ for ‘flush?’ I mean, c’mon [laughter] That’s what you wanted, isn’t it? [Yeah!] Couldn’t give a classy clue. Ha ha ha ha... Gene said that I just gave away the second puzzle. Ha ha ha!”)

The password is ‘raincoat’
Track Name: The One That Makes Me High
Feel the heat fall off my hands
Nothing ever seems to last
My heart is beating much too fast
You’re the only one who’s noticed
Wish I never saw you cry

I know I’m a fool but
You’ll always be
The one that makes me high

Broken blossoms in the rain
Like paper boats they slip away
I’m drifting further now
So far it seems like I never knew you
No one ever said goodbye

I know I’m a fool but
You’ll always be
The one that makes me high

My heart doesn’t make any sense
My heart follows no rules
So I sit
On the fence
And I know
I’m a fool

All the photographs are gone
But the images still burn
They haunt me every single night
I feel them swimming through my veins
Never knew the reason why

I know I’m a fool but
You’ll always be
The one that makes me high
The one that makes me high
Track Name: Moths
Innocent
You looked so innocent
Sitting on the handlebars
Smoking the Dunhill’s you stole

But that was so
So many years ago
Before the scars and the hope that you had
Departed your soul
Your soul

If you want
Find another house to haunt
Caught between the real world
And something you can’t see

So curse the clouds
And go mend your shrouds
I’m not looking for that much
Charity

Now there’s glass in the streets and
Moths in the water
The man we thought was so sweet
Hurts his daughter
Bite all the apples
To find the rotter
But you’ll never sleep again
Like you did before

In between
The gray serene
We fool ourselves and think we’re
Above it all

But I might
Come round tonight
Turn on the light
I’ll heed your call

Now there’s dirt in my eyes and
Moths in the water
The girl I thought was so sweet
Led me to slaughter
I bit all the apples
To find the rotter
But I’ll never sleep again
Like I did before
Track Name: Aleksandr
Aleksandr broke his glasses today
Pretending he could fly
Made a dollhouse out of crackers and paste
Made the girlies cry (ok)

Aleksandr slapped his sister’s face
Pinned her to a wall
Played another round of ‘Mystery Date’
Made the girlies bawl (are you ready for your mystery date?)

Aleksandr had the prettiest girl
She kept his t-shirts clean
Hung up the phone went out and never came back
Made the girlies mean (now who’s gonna make my supper?)

Aleksandr broke his hospital bed
Suddenly he’s old
Gazing out upon the water/waste plant
Made the girlies cold (all of it amounts to nothing)
Track Name: Charcoal Essex Park
Sometimes it’s hard
To get to the truth
A bullet from Johnny Booth
Remember the time
You left me for dead
Stars inside your pretty head

A sketch is hanging
In the hall
A grey hotel a garden wall
On the edges of a park
The sun is down
It’s nearly dark

I wish I could climb
Out of this stupid bloody mind
I wish I could climb
Out of this stupid bloody mind of mine
It’s clear to me
I never will be free
So I wander round the town again

I wish I could climb
Out of this stupid bloody mind
I wish I could climb
Out of this stupid bloody mind of mine
It’s clear to me
There’s no such thing as free
So I wander round the town
Track Name: The Water-Carver
Cut my fingers on your hip
Wrote a novel on your back
You say I’m drawing blood
But I haven’t started yet

And the water-carver, I
Launch my boat in the street
In your deep dark harbor sky
Casting off incomplete

Hold a message in your mouth
Unravelled like a hook
I’m tying up my nerves
So keep it to yourself

And the heaven-gazer, I
Swallow whole every spark
In your warm blue Parrish sky
Drifting off in the dark

The curtain drops on the meager stage
We made
We disagree about the course
The tide revolves around the life
You save
So I turn
And I drop my oars

I’m tracing out a lie
On a wall beside the shore
You’re pulling out the nails
That’s what I’ve waited for

And the water-carver, I
Walk my net through the waves
In your sweet black velvet sky
Offer me a kiss that saves

And the water-carver, I
Launch my boat in the streets
In your deep dark harbor sky
Casting off...