Ruby in a Mountain of Rocks

by Scotty Houston

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1.
You caught it anyway, despite your attempts At being better than anyone at building a fence Now your xenomegaphonia has tied you up And all the air inside the room has given up And gone back up to the stars Now you’re the disease that you sought to serve Everyone is running from you and your boomerang curve Sitting on a lawn chair, dreaming of god All the air inside your heart has given up And gone back up to the stars Hope you’ve given up Have you given up?
2.
Flash of a smile Sitting still for a while or turning soil after a first rain Smoke in the air The smell of his hair breathing shallow to hold in pain Hold it like - hold it like this Tie the bow while I hold it like this The present is always a gift it comes, it goes, like the caws of a crow Blue of the sky The sound of her cry Counting the stars A swing and a sway Hold it like - hold it like this Tie the bow while I hold it like this
3.
Up and away alone Zeppelin with hydrogen bones Lightning bothers the sky Clench your teeth While everybody’s learning to fly Every day gets longer We need to take something stronger Between you and I It’s quite a venture A thirst to break A quiet quencher Can’t remember much before Longest hallway, darkened doors Somebody whispered your name Clench your teeth You get three tries in the game Every day gets longer We need to drink something stronger Between you and I It’s quite a venture A thirst to break Loudest quencher
4.
If your spine grows back And it feels wrong Take a look down stairs For an old song The one you sang out loud In your first used car On your way back home After a new kiss Do you come back After you’re gone If the book’s been read Or it’s too long Rip off the cover Because it feels good If your spine grows back But it still feels broke And dawn doesn’t break And rain doesn’t soak Your shirt is inside out There’s nothing here to see We move along, along Everything is free Do you come back After you’re gone Will you hair be red Or wake up wrong Rip off your covers Because it feels good Do you come back After you’re gone If the book’s been read Or it’s too long Rip off the cover Because it feels good
5.
02:18
Did the photo booth eat your money? icing on the cake of a hard day, honey? You had to swallow your pill with ice cream I heard you say that your car won’t start Is that the part where I wonder how you got here? Get some gas, put your ass in gear The fog is rolling in and rolling out Set the sun on fire another day The fog is rolling in and rolling out Got a shrug from the fortune teller? I know it’s the coldest way to sell you but it’s Fifty cents to buy your greatest fear The fog is rolling in and rolling out Set the sun on fire another day The fog is rolling in and rolling out
6.
03:24
What if I reached out To get my hand slapped once again For all the years that I put in Down payment on a friend But that friendship never sailed Or it only sailed one-way That’s always been a problem I don’t know who to pay Wake up, wake up Someone’s making coffee I wonder what you think Because thinking is your thing But you’re not big on solving problems And you’re too afraid to sing What if I reached out And got that hand slapped once again? You know I’ll probably do it It’s a script that never ends Wake up, wake up Someone’s making coffee You wouldn’t take another day
7.
Going to take a green ride, a ride rode in silence Stacey on the passenger side, wine in the cupholder I should explain Been a crazy long time since we drove up to Boulder Bag of rocks at your side to skim the edge of the water Nearest the brain Playing all those oldies in the mezzanine of your mind No one there remembers the summer you went blind You can swim to the island, or throw a stone from here So close you can see it, or put an eye out on it Blind in the rain Playing all those oldies in the mezzanine of your mind No one there remembers the summer you went blind
8.
03:31
Be like a diamond When life gets diamond hard No one can stop your bit From drilling right through it On and on you push and ply Press your thumb into the sky Now, you’re all wind Look at your feet All wind You hear the phone ring And let your hair fall down Lands in a shadow You don’t really need it On and on the brightest light The longest string, the highest kite Now, you’re all wind Look at your feet All wind
9.
Too many people in this room Standing still and stiff as brooms I never said I’d be compliant Not a soldier or a tyrant Also, not a pirate The pilgrims back in Massachusetts Sipping cran-a-berry juices Had to fortify their sermons Hard to steal but you could try it If you were a pirate Population exponential Grown to maximal potential I never said I was a pilot I have a plane but I can’t fly it Also, not a pirate
10.
03:01
I've never loved this town, so hard As when it was tumblin' down All over town So hard all around me I'm told it's a natural response To losing your history I'm just losing Losing history All my markers are gone now, and I've lost my history I wish I'd left some bread crumbs behind

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Note: Many of these songs are included in the aurally improved compilation "Flash of a Smile".

Made at ChezFly June/July 2016. Two out of three song batches for 2016 ain't bad.

“I know you're looking for a ruby in a mountain of rocks, but there ain't no Coup de Ville hiding at the bottom of a Cracker Jack box”
-Meat Loaf

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released August 6, 2016

All songs by Scotty Houston except: Bow and This Town lyrics by Cherie Chavez.

Assembled with KXStudio, Harrison Mixbus, Guitarix.

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“In the dark times. Will there also be singing? Yes, there will also be singing. About the dark times.”

- Bertolt Brecht

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