little things

by mary everest

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"...hopeful and old fashioned, yearning for the innocence of childhood but comfortably grown-up nonetheless."

-- Steve McPherson, City Pages A-List

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released July 3, 2007

all songs written by mary everest -- produced by mary everest with jg everest & ben durrant -- recorded at crazy beast studio -- engineered by ben durrant -- mixed at crazy beast studio by ben durrant with mary everest & jg everest -- mastered by dave gardner at magneto mastering

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Track Name: four track
set up the four track
so that you can
record all the little songs
that you always write
as you go along
your days
your nights
your days
your nights

it's gonna be so nice
it's gonna be so great
when you finally have
that special place
where you can
just press a button
and the cords are already plugged in
and you'll be able to hear it again
and lay down
another instrument
it's gonna be so nice
i think it's gonna be so great
when you finally have
that special place
you can record a phrase
and then you can add to it
you can let it grow
into what it is
it's gonna be so nice
i think it's gonna be so great
you can record a phrase
you can record a phrase

your days
your nights...
Track Name: night wish
send me off to bed
with some wishes for the stars
for a gentle turning
around this weary heart

circle me
weave through my dreary parts
and pull out all the anguish
all the old stale desperate charms

help me fall
into a basket
oh so tender
and full
help me separate by bones
into a sleep so bold

stretch my thoughts
to distances too far
too far for realization
help me sink
into a bowl
of sweet rejuvenation

help me fall
into a basket
oh so tender
and full
help me separate my bones
into a sleep so bold
Track Name: little things
it's all these little things
that keep happening
and then you close your heart
and you can't do
much of anything
the way you want to
with a closed heart

it's like a pin prick
a lightning stick
a sudden sting
and it goes right in
to the center,
the center of your heart
and it catches you
just right when you
thought
you could not take one more thing

you hold on tight
and then you hold on tighter
and you
you seal off every opening

you try to send your pain
as far away
from you
as you think that you can get it

and there you are
cursing the world around you
you're a scared little shell of a human
with a moat around your heart

see all these little things
keep happening
and it's just a habit
you close your heart

and that is why
you are so scared today
'cos you know there's no way
you can do
what you need to
without your heart
Track Name: tea
i
wanna live my life
like
it is a precious tea
and drink
appreciating
every
taste and smell and feel
even through the bitter sips
even when it feels like it's
too much
to bear
this is
my prayer:
help me
to remember there

there is a love
inside my heart
and it can help keep
my head above
water
if i want
when it gets rough
i just get to keep
practicing
trust
i just get to keep
practicing
letting go and looking up
i just get to keep
practicing
asking for help when i feel stuck
i just get to keep
practicing
love

'cos i
wanna live my life
like it is a precious tea
and drink
appreciating
every
taste and smell and feel
even through the bitter sips
even when it feels like it's
my time to be done
and i just want to give up
help me
to remember

to come back to the love
back to the love
come on back to the love
Track Name: what a great night
really good friends
that's the best way -
that's the best way
for me to see you again
really great love
love that we share
that's the best way
for me to be here

because i am a person
i am my very own person
i'm an artist, a dancer,
a lover, a musician and a friend
and you are just one of
the important people in my life
and i aint made no promises
to be your wife
and when it comes to intimate relations
you know that
you're the best
that i ever had
but that don't mean that i wanna have kids
or that i want you to be their dad

really good friends
that's the best way -
that's the best way
for this to keep on happening
really great love
love that is free
it's free to expand and grow into
whatever it is, most naturally

'cos i can't be certain
just exactly how life will turn
you know that i have been burned -
we've both been burned
clinging to the future
no i don't want no strangle holds
on just exactly how my life will unfold
i just want to love you and
increase the amount of love
that i can stand

really good friends
that's the best way -
that's the best way,
the very best way
for me to hold you my dear
with the palms of my hands
really great love
so tender and sweet
love that expects nothing
except for you to be you and for me to be me

it's love that works best when
you are just being you
and i am just being me
Track Name: precious heart
your precious heart
it has been bleeding
but that's how you stay
you stay alive

now you may think
that you have bled enough
to make a whole wide river to drown in
you may think that you are
never gonna find dry land again
you may be so tired from swimming
that you just want to give in
well just let go
the wind will come along soon enough
and pick you up again

and if you look up you will find us...

i said your precious precious heart
i know it has been bleeding
but child that's how you stay
how you've been staying alive

now you may think
that you have bled so much
that you made a river
and it's about to eat you up
you may think
that you are
never gonna find dry land again

you may be so tired
you may be so tired
that you just don't know if you can
go another mile
well just let go
the wind will come along soon enough
and pick you up again

i said
just let go
the wind will come along soon enough
and it will pick you up again
Track Name: yellow gray
i'm just really overwhelmed
i'm feeling so scared right now

sometimes you can almost tell
that nothing's got you overwhelmed
sometimes you can almost tell
that everything you got from somewhere else
Track Name: ribbon of fire
my tongue is
a ribbon of fire
evaporating
into the sky
turning curves
higher and higher
i am riding
my tongue
like it is
lava in motion
into and through
my life

my chest
this chest
is a river
and it's traveling in from
and out to
the sea
it's carrying broke down tree trunks
and salty tears
i am riding
my chest
like it is
a wave in an ocean
into and through
my fears

my hips are
a thousand red dragons
stretching out
curling up
spreading out
and rolling back in
like fingers
like arms
like breath
like leaves
i am riding my hips
like they are
twisting roots and
unfolding seeds
into and through
my dreams

my feet are
rumbling tornadoes
circling like
spoons mixing cake in a mixing bowl
sometimes fast
sometimes slow
i am riding
my feet
like they are
gentle breezes
that turn the stars
into and through
my heart