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Clocks and Hearts Keep Going

by Tanya Davis

Please Bless 02:45
I went to bed in my nightdress dressed just right for prayers of righteousness had my hands clasped tight for this and i did pray, i did pray first the required content the poor, the sick, and the haunted finish with the things that i wanted so as not to be bold, not to be bold i went to camp for the horses or the food, the fires, rejoices not the girls or the guys but the voices held up my palms, held out my palms i went to bat for the good son, ran the bases just for the right one grace comes only when life is done so put down you head, put down your head my knees, my hands, my chest for guilt for love i beg please bless i say my prayers i genuflect and if i do it right will you let me in my deeds, my hands, this mess in guilt we silence our questions i say my prayers nevertheless did I do it right, don't you leave me yet
mark it with a cross, place upon it a stone for all the loves you lost, the ones who let you go and you could take a walk there, you could weep and moan for the buried bones you're never gonna hold pick a pretty spot you might want to come there often high on a cliff top where there are waves for watching and if the spirits talk there is wind as haunting as their voices calling for love that has died for love that you tried love is denied and you don't know why oh oh oh pick a daisy chain and throw the petals in the air feel the pain again and be grateful it is there name the names that made you know your heart is something that you share and every fine tear all the sadness you wear all the breakups you bear brought you to here oh oh oh
Tra-La-La 05:32
When I was just a little girl I learned what I could do with words And when I became a teenager I learned that love was a strong word And when I got into my twenties How I longed to touch the world But I had learned some about loving For instance you can’t just throw around the word Now when I find myself falling in I am also overalanyzing And the things the world has trained me in Includes holding your words in So I'm studying the dots on your skiin Silently I tell them Words too little words too big Words try to interpret things And if I scare you off with language from my thoughts How about instead I say Tra-la-la Tra-lala Tra-la-la Tra-la-la When I out my hands upon you Do you understand the language they use And when my eyes you are looking into Do you see an alphabet unscrambling for you So why then must I bide my time My words wait till it is safe and smooth And if I talk in nonsense meanwhile Do you still here what is coming thru Di di di di di di di di di di da Da da da d ad ad ad ad a da do Do do do do do do do do do di Di di di di di i love you Da da da da da da And if I scare you off with language from my thoughts How about instead I say Tra-la-la...
The clock is gonna turn back soon the season is already changing we said goodbye for the final time and my rom needs rearranging the sidewalk is full of people and leaves and we're all turning colors i want more radiance and less green this season is my perfect lover long nights for more dreaming short days to fill real and fast sweaters for my heart's safe-keeping, for my soul's heating, through the cold of winter to last the clock is gonna turn back soon i've an eye upon its fixtures the wall waits patiently for the sun's first rays and the day no one's there to witness we gave it a good go no i guess we can't exist in this so i'm gonna celebrate this new year with all the good witches little chocolate bars are for little kids i want a cauldron and the nourishment that comes with it this broke me down, no i am not fixed yet i broke myself open for this made a space that you could fit in clocks and hearts and time keep going but we didn't the clock tick tocks and i walk alone like i am used to i wanted to call your bones home but i didn't get to your shoulder a stop over and i guess i had to i was lonely from no love and you showed me what it could do you showed me what i would do when i had some but it is not to be with you and i've been sad enough and i've been mad some but what good does that do the leaves are not upset that they're leaving their branches things change time passes death happens and what happened surely changed me and the hereafter is full of sadness that is raw and oh so sweet because every time a cold heart thaws it sends a river of tears to nourish the ground on the way to the sea i bow my head to praise and remember this look up again to greet my days this is a eulogy for you and me i won't forget but will let go of this just the same
Sad Secret 04:27
we have a sad secret we're keeping it quiet we'll keep it inside us just for awhile, just for awhile but if people took notice do you think they could feel it could they see us weeping behind our eyes, behind our eyes and how will we know love when to let go of what we have a hold of and what the last straw, the last hoorah every rehearsal a little more painful i am both empty and full all at once all for us no matter the romance no matter our best laid plans no matter our hearts in our hands for to take for still they will break and every ending is like a little death and i can see what's up ahead yes, we are dying and if we lay this to rest will we get in sync our timing and if we go at different times who will get the good goodbye will it be sunset or sunrise
I don't want you to bury me Please say that you won't even though that makes you sad Spread my ashes, don't bury me Throw me to the wind that's where i want to be Cars in a solemn line down a long dirt road let the trees see you cry then let me go And i don't mind if you pray for me to whomever you like whatever deity But don't take me to a funeral parlour I do not like the atmosphere wouldn't want to say goodbye there Play, sing sad songs on weeping strings gather up at my house, take all my things send me off with a mighty feast And remember, don't bury me I don't want you to bury me Please say that you won't 'cause that would make me sad
you are too heavy, i cannot rock you but if i could i would want to but i cannot pick up myself but if i could i would rock you 'till you were well you seem rather fragile i do not blame you and if i could i would change you you know that will take time if i could i would rock you as it goes by hush now, little weeper you're taking it all on and if i could i would turn it off but with the tears relief there goes the world down your cheeks and if i could i would rock you as it leaves there, there my sad soul here, now my sorrow i hope i do console you i know you weep for me you know i sing for thee and if i could i would rock you to peace if i could i would rock you for me
One Room 04:11
I don't want to share and i don't wanna talk i just want to drink this beer and think lots people are glaring they are frowning on the sidewalks why should i go out there and why not the person who made me dinner called when it was done i put my pen down and i came right along i cheers and i tasted before i put the salt on the food and conversation was worth coming to the table i have never brought my neighbors a pie from my sill if i am wary of strangers i keep to myself 'cause my sadness and anger are scared of everybody else people holding up mirrors and showing me myself please, won't you come in even if tears are falling i will dry them i hope you don't mind them one room in one house in one city in one province in one country on one continent on one earth one cell in one tissue of one organ of one system in one body of one person in one world one mood in one mind in one moment and i could let go of it or hold it in despair one dies where one goes, wonder where, no one knows love me here, love me now, not once i'm better i will go outside to see you i will come to the door to greet you and i'm sorry if i didn't raise my eyes to meet you i will lift up my head i will welcome you in i am trying please, i beseech you
sweep the dust, sweep the dust, don't let it get to you clean it up, clean it up, before you don't notice it anymore say yes, say yes, to help when you need it let friends, let friends carry burdens that don't burden them save words, save words from the people who don't need to hear them stay quiet, stay quiet... sometime open up, open up the window let the air, let the air, invigorate you stand still, stand still, feel it let tears drop, drop tears off, there are more behind them find reasons, if you need them, they are, they are everywhere keep sweeping, keep sweeping.. you'll get there
Fauna 06:29
Of all the animals i might like to be tonight i will choose the wolf who strays from the pack, alone on my own i've gotten good at and if the moon you are crying to is not also out my window this is a story after all but now as i look there it is in my view so i guess i will cry too for me and for you howl it up, howl it up, howl it up and then when howling is through i will choose another animal to compare myself to i am like the lion i've always wanted to be, my mane is wild, does that not mean i am free and if the plains yield me no gain i will walk on them in love with something just the same and until my mate rises up from the grasses i'll not expect it to happen i will not wait i'll roar it up, roar it up, roar it up all of the trees i will climb all the field i will walk will give me sure footing will welcome me as their fauna and i will know the glory of weather, how could a story be better than this BETTER THAN THIS! If all the animals could come talk to me in secrecy please and teach me the lessons you all had to learn in attempts to help me with this crazy world i know that i am just one tiny human just trying to do things with my warm blood but that's not enough, i don't know how to use it, where is my purpose, where is my love cry it up, weep it up, live it up cry it up, weep it up, live it up


released November 19, 2010

Produced by Jim Bryson
Recorded and Engineered by Dave Draves at Little Bullhorn Studios in Ottawa, May 2010
Mastered by Ryan Morey at RyeBread Mastering in Montreal

Tanya - guitars, bass, banjo, words, vocals
Jim - guitars, bass, banjo, harmonica, hammond, optigan, piano, shakers, background vocals
Peter Von Althen - drums and percussion
Brian Sanderson - sousaphone, trombone, Eflat horn
Dave Draves - percussion, schoenbut, background vocals
Tim Crabtree - background vocals, piano
Sarah Hallman - background vocals


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Tanya Davis Mount Stewart, Prince Edward Island

Tanya Davis is a writer and artist living on Epekwitk / Prince Edward Island. She writes poems, songs, monologues, speeches, and other things.

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