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PHOENIX / 2011

Songs of change, grace and acceptance. The sense that this is life, and it’s all ok, runs through this collection of twelve lyric-intensive, piano driven songs.

CREDITS

All songs written by Annie Moscow
All songs produced, arranged and orchestrated by Rachael Gold
Graphic Design and Illustration: Tony Amato
Mastered by David Shirk, Sonorous Mastering, Tempe, AZ
Engineered and mixed by Rachael Gold
Cover Portrait photo: Christiaan Blok
Recorded at Melonball Studios, Phoenix, AZ PLAYERS:

LYRICS

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BEAUTY OF THE NUMBERS

(A. Moscow)

I used to think love was a perfect thing
But I don’t anymore
Well maybe love still is a perfect thing
It’s human nature’s a dif’rent story

But I found beauty in the numbers
Poetry in the game
When I chart my life by candlesticks
I see the patterns clear and plain
When your lines keep comin’ up empty
And you don’t know where you are
Just say you’re sittin’ up under a dark cloud cover
Waiting for the shooting star

How you look at your life
Well it all depends on how you read the graph
If you stare too closely at a
Downward trend
You’re gonna flush down with the math
‘Cause even in the brightest climbs
Some shadows will appear
But when the volume rises on a stagnant sea
Then you know that change is near

It’s the beauty of the numbers
The poetry of the game
When I chart my life by candlesticks
I see the patterns clear and plain
So when your lines keep comin’ up empty
And you don’t know who you are
Just say you’re sittin’ up under a dark cloud cover
Waiting for the shooting star

It’s all in
How you ride
Where you get off and
Where you jump in
It’s all in how you ride
And are you ready to play that game again

It’s the beauty of the numbers
The poetry of the game
When I chart my life by candlesticks
I see the patterns clear and plain
When your lines keep comin’ up empty
And you don’t know where you are
Just say you’re sittin’ up under a dark cloud cover
Waiting for the shooting star

THAT WAS BEFORE THE WORLD CHANGED

(A. Moscow)

So I called up my bank I said
Hey give me a loan
He said You don’t have enough
equity in your home
I said “You used to do backflips at the sound of my name”
He said Yeah that was before the world changed

That was before the world changed
That was before the world changed
Close your eyes – count to 10
Nothing’s the same
Not since the time before the world changed

So the counselor slash coach said
What’s your 5-year plan?
I said I got to year three but then it popped in my hand
I said nothing stayed put to where I had it arranged
She said Yeah
That was before the world changed

That was before the world changed
That was before the world changed
Close your eyes – count to 10
Nothing’s the same
Not since the time before the world changed

I wanna yell
Hey planet stop moving so fast
I wanna play by the rules
But the rules have to last
Now there’s a bunch of good people walkin’ ‘round half insane
And I think it started happen’ when the world changed

THAT’S THE WAY

(A. Moscow)

Today I am your queen of hearts
Tomorrow I’m your loser
I’ll wear the masks and play the parts
Till I become the chooser
The good news is Nothing lasts
The bad news is Nothing lasts Forever

Today I am your superstar
Tomorrow I’m your loser
It’s up and down this wild ride
Till I become the chooser
The good news is Nothing lasts
The bad news is Nothing lasts Forever
No nothing lasts forever

It’s just a change of scenery from cityscape to greenery
And back again till all I see is me and me and me. Just me

The good news is Nothing lasts
The bad news is Nothing last forever

And that’s the way the cookie crumbles
That’s the way the story goes
That’s the way the kingdom tumbles
Down and down the rabbit hole

The good news is nothing lasts
The bad news is nothing lasts
Forever

FREE PASS

(A. Moscow)

I was a young Camelot bride
Hung out with my grandma
right before she died
I had a beautiful figure
Beautiful future
Skin like peaches
She said Look around – everybody’s damaged here
Some more than others but let me be clear
You gotta hang onto all these good things while they last
No one gets a free pass Free pass
No one gets a free pass

She said I’ve seen all the celebrities rise and fall
Hey You live long enough you get to see it all
A thousand times over till you
just shrug your shoulders and laugh
No one gets a free pass Free pass
Free pass

She said Look around this place – everybody’s damaged here
Yeah this is what it looks like at the end of your years
So you gotta Count every blessing
Smell every flower
Enjoy all this beauty while it lasts
No one gets a free pass free pass
No one gets a free pass

BED & BREAKFAST IN NEW ENGLAND

(A. Moscow)

Don’t want no boyfriend
No husband or mate
My heart’s too young to fall in love and
Too old to break
Don’t want no 24/7
Man all mine
But I’ll meet you for the weekend
Anytime

At a bed and breakfast in New England
We’ll walk around holding hands
I’ll kiss you in the morning while we
Make our little plans
We’ll have coffee by the ocean
Dinner by the bay
You can tell me that I’m beautiful
Make love and
Go away

La di da da da da da
La di da da da
La di da di da da da
Yah ha ha

Nothin’ lasts forever
And certainly not you
But we can pretend we’ll never end
For a day or two
I’ll meet you buy the ferry
I’ll be there at 8
Pack a bag of sandwiches and
Don’t be late for the

Bed and breakfast in New England
We’ll walk around holding hands
I kiss you in the morning while we
Make our little plans
We’ll have coffee by the ocean
And dinner by the bay
You can tell me that I’m beautiful
Make love and go away

La di da da da da da
La di da da da
La di da di da da da
Yah ha ha

I THINK I UNDERSTAND YOU NOW

(A. Moscow)

My father was a boxer
He went to school at night
Got 3 degrees and a good career to raise his family right
My mother, she worked in fashion
Led an independent life
She lived in New York City
til she became his wife
They moved out to the country
to a place they could call their own
But the price they paid for those 4 walls
was more than they could ever have known

And I think I understand you now
I never thought I would
But I think I understand you now
You did the best you could

They bought a house in Jersey
A split with paneled den
The grass was greener in New Jersey
At least it seemed so then
There were the Little league games for 15 years
My mother never missed a game
She cooked us dinner every night
It was never twice the same
She kept our house clean in New Jersey
The perfect suburban wife
Except for the times she would scream out loud
she’d say “G-d I miss my life”

I think I understand you now
I never thought I would
But I think I understand you now
You did the best you could

And you were so far from perfect
And we kids knew it all
That you were
So far from perfect
And we watched you take the fall

But I think I understand you now
I never thought I would
But I think I understand you now
You did the best you could

TEMPORARY TICKLE

(A. Moscow)

Kelly’s got a shoe thing
She’s scoped out ev’ry mall
She knows her stores and plots her course
To visit with them all
She gets a temporary tickle
A momentary high
A little piece of happiness to
Help the day go by

Katie’s got a new lover
Knows how to bring her to her peak
Makes her feel like a million bucks
Maybe once or twice a week
When he holds her tight everything’s alright
In his technicolor town
But even when he treats her bad he knows she’ll come around

For that temporary tickle
That momentary high
That little piece of happiness to come
Falling from the sky
Yeah the temporary tickle
Will make her high on life again
If only for a few good moments
Life will be her friend

And she wants to go deep deep deep
And she wants to go down down down
Till she finds that place inside herself
Where the spinning wheels stop spinning round
Deep deep deep
And she wants to go high high high
Till she finds that perfect lover

Oh Katie when you find him
Won’t you send some love my way
I think I’ll have to stand in line
With all my friends today

We’re all lookin’ for that temporary tickle
That momentary high
That little piece of happiness to come
Fallin’ from the sky
Yeah the temporary tickle
We’re all searchin’ for the rain
To pour on down and make us clean
To face the day again

And I wanna go
Deep deep deep
And I wanna go
Down down down
Till I find the place inside myself
Where the spinnin’ wheels stop spinnin’ round
Deep deep deep
And I wanna go high high high
We’re all looking for the answers in the sky
We’re all looking for the answers in the sky

GHOSTS

(A. Moscow)

The cars have pulled up and the guests have gone home
and it’s quiet now
Another year’s passed and the guests have been gone
and it’s quiet now

When everyplace we’ve ever been to
still follows me like a dream
When every touch every memory
still follows me like a dream

Inside’s the party and I am the host
Of ghosts ghosts ghosts ghosts
Ghosts

Invisible cobwebs line every chair
And it’s quiet now
Around every corner I keep thinking I see you there
But it’s quiet now
There’s a funny pretty little shy girl
who follows me like a dream
She acts as if she knows me but all I can see is are these

ghosts ghosts ghosts ghosts
ghosts ghosts ghosts ghosts
Ghosts

Come dance with me
Come dance with me
Beautiful phantoms come waltzing in circles
Swirling all in satins, organzas and purples

(they say)
Bend – Don’t break
Give – Don’t take
Bend -Sway
Then Walk away from these Ghosts.

Bend – Don’t break
Give – Don’t take
Bend -Sway
Then Walk away
They’re all Ghosts.

TRAVELER

(A. Moscow)

You say I’m a traveller
Well I think you might be right
I’ve travelled across this galaxy
To be with all my friends tonight
You say I’m a traveller
Well from all the charts I’ve seen
I gravitate to places where
it’s peaceful, safe and clean
That’s why I’m living in suburbia
County living in suburbia
Where the beds are warm
and the floors are clean
And the dogs are fat
And the lawns are green
We have the biggest stores
You’ve ever seen
In suburbia

You say I’m a traveller
Well I think you might be right
I’ve travelled across this galaxy
To be with all my friends tonight
You say I’m a traveller
Well then I think it’s pretty clear
We’ve come here for the pizza
Backyard barbecues and beer

That’s why we’re living in suburbia
County living in suburbia
Where the beds are warm and the floors are clean
And the dogs are fat
And the lawns are green
We have the biggest stores
You’ve ever seen
in suburbia

There’s a path to the lake
Where you can skate after school
When the weather is hot
You just jump in the pool
There’s a 24-hour place to buy food
You can walk to the store
Through your safe neighborhood
I have a two-car garage and a space of my own
And there’s a target nearby
with cheap Stuff for my home

That’s why I’m living in suburbia
County living in suburbia
Where the beds are warm
and the floors are clean
And the dogs are fat
And the lawns are green
We have the biggest stores
You’ve ever seen
in suburbia

LOW TIDE

(A. Moscow)

It’s low tide
So just relax my friend
It’s low tide
The waves will rise again
But now it’s time to rest inside
Because it’s
Low tide

It’s low tide
The waves go up and down
But now it’s low tide
Just take a look around
That’s the way it’s always been
So take a little water in
It’s low tide

If you count all the starfish on the shore
When the water comes in you won’t see them no more
If you count all the footsteps you’ve left on your way
When the water comes in it’ll wash them away
If you count all the tears that you’ve shed on this shore
When the water comes in it will lift you once more

But now it’s
Low tide
The waves will rise again
But now it’s low tide
They go up and down my friend
That’s the way it’s always been
So take a little water in
It’s Low tide

HEY JO

(A. Moscow)

It’s been a long day driving
Out on the open road
It’s been a long road to nowhere
Is where it seems I’ve been goin’
And I’m sittin’ on top of this steering wheel
Tryin’ to smack myself awake
Then you turn to me so earnestly – you say
Take a break

And I say
Hey Jo I’m ok Jo
But there’s somethin’ about your smile
I’m gonna let you take the wheel for awhile

It’s been a long day drivin’
And this road is wearing thin
I wanna get us fast through this dark dark night
So a new day can begin
And I’m clinging so close to this road tonight
I’m like a dog with his fav’rite shoe
Yeah I’m not letting go for anything
But I’ll hand my keys to you

And I say
Hey Jo I’m ok Jo
But there’s somethin’ about your smile
I’m gonna let you take the wheel for awhile

You can drive a little
Let me close my eyes a little
‘Cause I’ve been runnin’ like a champion
And I’m tired to the bone
Oh won’t you drive a little while
Just for the
Next 50 miles
Won’t you take us in your steady hands
And get us safely home

PHOENIX

(A. Moscow)

I’m lookin’ for that recipe here
But tell me how do you make that lemonade
From two old cans of beer
And I’m wonderin’ should I run
Or take that job at Trader Joes?
When everything I’ve ever known is slippin’ away like sand between my toes

She said
When you get ready
To go up and take your stand
Your whole world will crumble
Like dust in your hands
The buildings will fall and a cold wind will blow
And you’ll rise again like a Phoenix
Once you let go

Well I’ve got one foot in the future
And two feet in the past
And I’m three feet deep in broken things that were
Never meant to last
And even though you see me here
I’m a million miles away
And I don’t know where and I don’t know why
But I know that I can’t stay

She said
When you get ready
To go up and take your stand
Your whole world will crumble
Like dust in your hands
The buildings will fall and a cold wind will blow
And you’ll rise again like a Phoenix
Once you let go