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Safe As Milk (Uncurdled Version)

by Michael Roe

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1.
06:38
you made my life a breeze baby and you made it all so easy too why i had to rearrange and make a change i'll never know how i came to throw your love away and fall down all alone when you came every day became a holiday but since you've gone away baby i've seen harder days when you came every day became a holiday but now you've gone away and i've got harder days me i played the fool again made a foolish end of things that never had to end and every time you see me now you'll think of how i broke your heart but i'm praying for the day you'll find a way to give us one more start (chorus) oh what i wouldn't do to get you back again and i'll work hard every day to make a holiday that never ends
2.
04:15
it's a fishbowl fry it's small potatoes its some tough tomatoes when the shit hits the fan from the fire to the frying pan so go on, stake a claim but the lease is a little lame 'cuz the land is a little locked to any borders or boundaries it'll leave you in a quandary... it's a wake-up call 'cuz the thrill of it all isn't worth the punch drunken binges only blow your lunch yes you shot your wad when you named yourself "God" but your nickname is "chump" blowing chunks out your mouth wisdom out your rump it's a belching gas it's a treacherous trip on a mountainous pass it's a warning it's a block you're the cock 'o th' walk but you can't walk your talk it's for you and you and you it's a freeze-frame still full of whiskey and bitter pills it's a catwalk crawl through one barroom brawl after another (it's a mother) so don't look down 'cuz you won't like the drop it's fun while you're flying but it's bad when you're lying there bleeding and dying it's for you and you and you it's a bath of sin with no way to clean up and no way to win it's a hardened heart that attacks when it stops and you can't make it start again yes, you're laboring under the law with all of your foibles and all of your flaws you can cut 'em all loose and save yourself from the hangman there's no need to be damned but do you give a dang, man? whether fortune and fame or rank poverty we all rank just the same 'cuz every knee has to bow to some god of some kind which one will you choose now? is it you and you and you?
3.
04:49
you're like chrome and steel a lightning wheel you're dressed up stripped down like a banana peel you're unreal, babe a full meal, babe you're built straight from scratch no seams, no patch lift the lid, lift the latch you've battened down every hatch you're a catch, babe a perfect match, babe i'm a semi-sucker stumbling down the road a real gone trucker since i dropped my load i was wholly jive and only half alive i went looking for a ride and you swiped my side we collide, babe deep and wide, babe i was a hefty hunk of gas-guzzling junk a total clunker, i ran but i sweat and i stunk like a funk, babe i was sunk, babe you're a sweet hitchhiker with your soul in your shoes you can take time out for a permanent cruise won't you choose me? c'mon baby you can't refuse c'mon and take me for a ride in your walking shoes you're a one-way ticket to a 2-way street got me coming and going every time we meet you're a treat, babe so concrete, babe i drove you to Moline from Aberdeen you got something us local folks ain't never seen you got feel, babe my ideal, babe i'm a flat-tired floozy flopping out on you no one can pump me up the way that you do can you move me? c'mon baby you got nothing to lose you can drive me crazy with your walking shoes c'mon baby make it all come true take a trip don't slip don't drop me out in the morning dew c'mon baby you can't refuse take me one day one step at a time in those walking shoes
4.
i've got this great new drug her name is Stella she shines like a beautiful star make you real happy, fella if your heart's like ice she'll melt it and make you feel love like you've never, ever felt it she can cool your temper or bring your temperature around make your ears perk up to every little sound she's got the goods to take all the bad right out of you turn your sad into glad be a mother and dad to you, too yeh, that's Stella she's so good in a pinch she'll extend the length of your pleasure make you grow another inch you can fly to Peru you can become a priest write books for fun or profit or be a prophet, at least reams and reams of clever scripts man, you'll playwrite them all take a trip take a stumble but she'll never let you fall forget all of the history books you read she'll obliterate the past and eliminate all of your petty little needs forget all the crime and the hatred you've witnessed all these human years sit back and let Stella plot your future without any fears she's one hell of a chick she's one heaven of a ride man, she rides like paradise but you're still gonna die so pray that she's there to greet you when you get to the other side 'cuz there's nothing more sad than a man alone at the alter without his blushing bride Stella Stella Stella that's it
5.
what do you do when you're in total frustration? what do you do when you're in total despair? what can you say when you dial that number and the only person you want to talk to is never really, really quite there? this person cannot bring me happiness this person cannot bring me joy Gracious God lift me higher, let me see your beautiful face i gotta know who my true friends are and where's my home sweet home many nights i've wandered alone down this street of pain many days i've stumbled out into the darkness of daylight many years i've wandered, wondering just where i'll end up in a festering heap of flames or a shivering cold cold night good God almighty scoop me up and set me free let me walk in Your forgiveness make a man out of me Lord i've been jumping at shadows, like a snake i've been eating my tail let me trip, let me stumble but please don't let me fail i'm a fly by night, i'm a dog by day i've got a room full of beautiful memories growing old and in the way i got a heart that's been broken over and over again some by lovers, some by brothers, but most of all by my own dirty little hands let me sit at your holy feet, let me count the hard cost of what is right and what is wrong, of who is kind and who can only be the boss let me lie awake and seek the truth from thy holy face out of the holy mouth thundering forth out of the holy place let me walk and stand and talk with the mind of one given over only to the things that i know you hold dear let me soften my heart, let me harden my footsteps as i press toward the mark of your safe place without any fear hold dearly to me hold dearly to me hide me, drape me, closely and safely
6.
05:35
i need God in all the familiar places that this lonely heart of mine embraces oh i need God well i need God but i've wandered so far away more and more each and every day i go astray well, his open arms reach out to me longing and begging to set me free will i reach out and take them or turn away and forsake them? no, no, no... well, i need God but i wonder if He can still hear me and if so, won't You please draw near to me oh, please, please God
7.
silver spoon in her hand she'll skim the fat off a foreign land steal the dreams off the back of the common man she's a climber, a two-timer too stoned mind, heart of steel she'll take for granted everything you feel fake love with you tonight and tomorrow say "that was yesterday" she's a taker, she's a faker too i couldn't buy what she had in store now i cannot play in her game anymore what girl wants, girl gets but this girl ain't got nothing yet boy loves, boy dreams boy gives, she takes to extremes she's a liar, she'll retire you what girl wants, girl gets but this girl ain't got nothing yet boy loves, boy dreams what boy gives, she'll take to extremes girl wants, girl takes girl splits and the poor hearts break i want never gets but this girl doesn't get it yet
8.
04:17
open up your eyes, it's a smile make a funny face smile awhile for me and you i love the way you do make a sunny day from the rain brighten up the sky smile again and when you do the sun will shine right through your honey hair drips from your hive comb it sweet for me it's funny when you come alive everyone's set free your honey hair drips from your hive comb it sweet for me it's funny when you come alive everyone feels free so open up your eyes, it's a smile make a funny face smile awhile for me it's true i still believe in you i still believe in you...
9.
forget about me and the day we met forget all of the foolish dreams we had one thing to remember, don't forget the one and only good thing that i said was that i love you and i know, i know you must have loved me too but the whole thing wasn't right and now i know that you must go go with God but go seems we always had something or someone standing somewhere in between us with a gun flaunting everything that they achieved making everything we had going look cheap well it wasn't true and now we know but for too long we believed that it was so till it ground us right down to the floor and now we're gone gone with God but gone so i packed it up for places unknown leaving everything i held so dear and warm now i can't hold on to nothing anymore i lost my grip one too many times before well it's too late to go back there i know and it's too cold to sit here in the snow so it's upward and onward hi-de-ho and let it go go with God but go
10.
you leave me homeless outside a frame of time outside the flame of family community gone to ashes, stone and lime yes, you leave me homeless no less than stray cats or women with bags the sleepless, penniless, toothless hags i'm free to roam, but there's no home guess it's a matter of the heart we started long ago on shaky ground foundations crumbled left us unsafe and unsound just bound to fall and that's what ruined it all you leave me homeless i need a new place i can go where there's a room to tell the truth in and still feel safe and still feel whole a bed that i don't have to lie on a bath where i'll get truly clean some food that satisfies my hunger where walking out is the same as walking in
11.
i cannot wait till Jesu comes i cannot wait, i cannot wait and when He comes i'll come undone i cannot wait to come undone Jesu told me long ago "Life only goes so far, you know" He said to wait for Him and so i sit and wait but i cannot wait i never meant to do you no harm did you need me to be your right hand man did I mess up the plan or did i miss the point of grace was for you to have me right in your face i cannot wait until you come no i cannot wait, i cannot wait and when you come i'll come undone all undone, all undone
12.
you're so far away and i won't see you any day soon we came a long way and now you want to fly to the moon all alone going your own way i thought i owned your love and now you say ache, ache beautiful for me go along and ache ache beauty babe thought love was here to stay for years, but now it's down to days and it's one long long day to Heathrow from Humboldt bay love was a song we sang so beautifully and can it be gone permanently and you say ache, ache beautiful for me come along and ache ache beauty babe yeah, ache, ache beautiful but all this heart can do is break so take a piece you say you're young, too young you want to just live for today but true love don't come along every day and you say ache, ache beautiful for me come along and ache ache beauty baby yeah, ache, ache beautiful for me come along and ache ache beautifully yeah ache, ache beautiful for me above me you can sail duty free and you say ache, ache beautiful but no heart ever breaks beautifully

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released March 13, 2012

Produced by Michael Roe

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