Muse EP

To An Unwitting Muse, 2005

  1. The Surface
  2. Mr. Houdini
  3. Steps
  4. Empty Calories
  5. Oceans
  6. Hi

The Surface

My boots crunch at the borders of an icy winter stream in my dream
I’m seeing my reflection, all those tiny frozen imperfections
Wondering if I’m as hopeless as I seem

on the surface
no, I’ll be alright on my own but I’m not alone

I live inside of this nightmare for the better part of a year
I learn soon you never loose if you just decide to never choose
Well the truth is I’m too scared to move, what if I fall?

and crack the surface
no, I’ll be alright on my own but I’m not alone

Sometimes I worry about those kitchen flies
With their shrouded voices and their thousand eyes
And the way oil moves when it hits the skin
and begins to slip in and under the surface

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Steps

While lying down in spring grasses
Catching clouds with eyelashes
A bee hummed a traveling song.
I rolled over and thought
It’s time for a walk
But this one, it might be long

I’ll send you my kisses
And all my best wishes
But now, I really should go.
And you might protest
But me, I can’t contest
With wind, she told me so

When she sang:
Sha-ni-nah

Let’s say it’s all for the best
And toss up what’s left
To powers without any name.
We’ll have us some fun
‘Neath a hot summer sun
Then watch the leaf colors change.

The cold’s getting thicker
And people walk quicker
Down streets they don’t really know.
With the purposeful geese
My thoughts fill with peace
As we all move towards home.

Will I still know the faces
The smiles in glass cases
Or just my reflected frown?
Persistent winter flurries
Alleviate my worries
They keep on falling down.

They’re whispering:
Sha-ni-nah

My heart’s feeling lighter
As I pull my scarf tighter
Taking steps back from change,
I’m hearing the sound
Of a circle come round
And the song is the same.

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Mr. Houdini

Mr. Houdini and the magic disappearing act
I called your number – you never called me back
If you don’t want to see me, well that’s fine but let’s cut with the crap
Boy, you better meet me, I’m not cutting you any slack

You’re a very diplomatic man
You offered me a white-gloved hand
Now I’m beginning to understand
It was only so I couldn’t get under your skin

Mr. Houdini and the trick of the Persian rug
He’ll wrap you tightly then leave you like a slug
He leaves loose ends, loose threads
and a very, very, very frayed woman

Oh, but I’m not an erotomanic
My expectations are based on fact
We weren’t some conjuring of your silk top hat
People don’t disappear that fast

I’m not asking you for commitment
I’m just asking you to do the right thing
You can hate me, hurt me, leave me
But don’t leave me hanging

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Empty Calories

You are rich but you are empty like the calories in a McDonald’s shake
You’re such a fake and you know it
And you’ll do nothing for me intellectually
You’ll only stimulate me, which is exactly what I need
At the moment

And you want for, you want for, you want for nothing
You want for, you want for nothing at all.

Oh, cause when you’re living it free
It’s enough to be and not to be
Anything at all in particular
Oh when you’re living it free
it’s enough to be and not to be
anything at all in particular

Ooh, I was taken by surprise by your big stormy eyes
But even more than their size
I was taken aback by their utter lack of understanding
Ooh, I was taken by surprise by your big stormy eyes
But even more than their size
I was taken aback by their utter lack of understanding

‘Cause you are rich but you are empty like the calories in a McDonald’s shake
You’re such a fake and you know it and I love it
And you’ll do nothing for me intellectually
You’ll only stimulate me, which is exactly what I need
At the moment

I wanna make eyes at you but I’m not going to
I wanna make eyes at you but I’m not going to
I wanted to, I wanted to I wanted to…

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Oceans

Women are like oceans
As whimsical as tides
They swell up with emotions
And then forever change their minds

Fire is a child
Full of fury and of fear
Disturbed by his own power
Until he’s moved to helpless tears

For shame

Oh, but you are not a child
And I am not the sea
I have no power to save you
You’ve none to steady me

For shame

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Hi

Hi
I said hi
I said hello, how are you doing?

Hi
It’s been a while since we’ve spoken
But then again,
I’ve just met you

And you
You curled your fingers
It’s a thought that lingers
In my memory

Like Hi

Hi
I’d like to kiss you
Would that be so wrong?
Tell me, would it be so wrong?

You
You touched my back
When you let me through the door
I know you’re not looking for more
Commitments
And I won’t ask it

But your hands…
God damn your hands
Your hands
They were unplanned
I understand that
It was a moment

Much like Hi

Hi
I’d like to miss you
I wanna bliss you out
By computer light
In your room tonight

Hey, I know
It’s a strange affliction
This addiction of mine
Oh, but boy I swear you had me at Hi

Hi
I said hi
I said hello

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