Annie Moscow

Passing Trains/2017


 

 

SOMEONE TO WALK WITH ME/A. Moscow

 

I see the climbers on South Mountain

Going up and down the hill

With their sturdy shoes and

  their backpacks on and

Varying degrees of climbing skill

 

Sometimes I wonder why we do what we do

Sometimes I wonder why we choose what we choose I just want

Someone to walk with me

 

In their little groups of 2s, 3s and 4s they climb

Up to the top and then

They turn around and climb back down and

Start all over again

 

Sometimes I wonder why we choose what we choose

Sometimes I wonder why we gain when we lose I want

Someone to walk with me

 

WHAT EVERYBODY ELSE WANTS/A. Moscow

 

I said I like your hair and 

  I said I like your way 

You said you liked my music and 

 would come and hear me play

Thank you for the compliment

You seem like a good man

But I didn’t go on Match dot com to

  Find another fan

 

I just want what everybody else wants

Someone I can talk to and 

Somebody to hold

I just want what everybody else wants 

A little bit of sunshine when the nights get cold

 

The genius in the wheelchair

Was found inside a strip club 

The papers had a field day 

Somethin’ juicy to write

That they found him in a strip club

‘stead of doing his equations

But what the heck he had himself a wonderful night

 

He just want what everybody else wants

Someone to have fun with and

Somebody to hold

He just wants what everybody else wants 

A little bit of comfort when the nights get cold

 

Everybody’s mother every brother and friend

Every stranger that you talk to - let me

Sing it again

The person at the bus stop

The lady on the plane

The man behind the counter who you

Can’t pronounce his name

The old folks in the nursing home

The homeless on the street

Each man and ev’ry woman

Everybody you meet

 

They all just want 

What everybody else wants

Someone to believe in them and

Someone to hold

We all just want what everybody else wants

A little bit of sunshine when the nights get cold

 

I just want what everybody else wants

A little human contact when the nights get cold

An open heart

A gentle face

A kindred friend

A trusted soul and we’ll walk

Arm and arm and 

Hand in hand 

Along this road

 

Sometimes I wonder why we do what we do

Sometimes I wonder why we gain when we lose I just want

Someone to walk with me

 

HE PAINTS CATS/Annie Moscow

 

There’s a man in New York City

Out there livin’ out on the street

He’s an artist 

And he paints all day

Then he sells his work to eat

 

He paints cats

He paints cats

In Washington Square

He paints cats

He paints cats

Every afternoon there

 

Every morning he gets his coffee

From the vendors in the park

Then he paints all day then closes up

Before it gets too dark

And everyone who sees him says the world can be so

Cruel and unfair

But he has his friends and his fav’rite bench

And he doesn’t seem to care

 

‘cause 

He paints cats

He paints cats

In Washington Square

He paints cats

He paints cats

Every afternoon there

 

You know I’ve done all the things you’re s’posed to do

To find some security

And I’m here to tell you firsthand

That it isn’t all it’s cracked up to be 

I’m thinkin’ maybe it’s time to make a change

I could move my piano there

I will be an artist too

Everyday in Washington Square

 

He paints cats

He paints cats

In Washington Square

He paints cats

He paints cats in the afternoon there

 

 

IT’S JUST WATER/A. Moscow

 

Everybody wants to hear my story

Everybody wants to feel my fears

Everybody wants the gory details

Everybody wants to see my tears

 

But they’re just water

Water dries

The sun comes out and burns your eyes

And wipes the canvas clean again

And you won’t walk that way again oh no - oh no

 

Everybody wants to tell my story

Everybody wants to use my pain

Everybody wants to raise the victim

Everybody wants to shout my name

Once I longed to tell my story

Paste my sadness everywhere

But I just want to close the door now and

Leave my little story there

 

‘Cause it’s just dust all dust and blood

The rain comes in it turns to mud

The mud rolls off and down the drain

And you won’t walk that way again oh no - oh no  oh no - oh no   

 

It’s just water

Water dries

The sun comes out and burns your eyes

And wipes the canvas clean again

And you won’t walk that way again

It’s all dust all dust and blood

The rain comes in it turns to mud

The mud rolls off and down the drain

And you won’t walk that way again oh

It’s just water

Water dries

The sun comes out and burns your eyes

And wipes the canvas clean again

And you won’t walk that way again

 

PASSING TRAINS/A. Moscow

Passing trains

Is what we do

You can’t hold onto a

Passing train

So I won’t cling to you

 

Grains of Sand

They sift through my fingers

If I will live to be 103

Maybe I will understand 

 

these passing trains

it’s what we do

You can’t hold onto a 

Passing train

So I won’t cling to you

 

Kindness 

I move towards like a

Beacon in the night 

But ev’ry time I 

Hold on too tight

It just slips away

 

Passing trains

Is what we do

You can’t hold onto a

Passing train

So I won’t cling to you

 

BACK AGAIN/A. Moscow

 

First date last night after 31 years

Put on some earrings, lipstick and heels

I smiled at the mirror like a 

   long lost friend

Felt good to be back again

 

Back again I’m back again

How long have I been away 

Back again I’m back again

Back again to stay

 

The colors seemed brighter

The music - alive

The people seemed nicer 

But then - so did I

I could see the reflection in everyone’s eyes

It said “Hey welcome back again”

 

Back again I’m back again

Yesterday’s so far away 

Back again I’m back again

Back again to stay

 

It hardly rains here

The snow doesn’t snow

There are so many interesting 

Places to go

 and I haven’t laughed this hard since I don’t know when

It’s so good to be

Back again

 

Rain doesn’t rain here

Snow doesn’t snow

There are so many wonderful 

Places to go

It’s so good to be 

Back again

 

TEFLON MAN/Annie Moscow

I fell in love with the teflon man

My how he did shine

I saw my own reflection

When I looked into his eyes

Then the sun went down and the wind kicked in

And the mirrors turned to gray

And me, my love and the teflon man

Faded away

 

So I built myself a teflon house

And locked myself inside

Teflon bricks and teflon sticks

To bounce away the light

So when the sun went down and the wind kicked in

And the leaves blew all around

Deep inside my teflon house I’d be

Safe and sound

Safe and sound

 

All my friends are teflon friends

All my relations too

We pass each other on the street and say

How do you do?

Then you go their way I go mine

For I am teflon too

Birds of a feather might stick together

But nothing sticks to you

 

I met a man on a man-made beach

Behind the plastic trees

Teflon panels lightly swayed

To simulate the breeze

Then he took my face in his human hands and he 

Brushed some hair away

But when I looked into his human eyes and I said

Not for me today

Not for me today

 

(chorus)

 

My friend Regi said

You can’t just be 

A fly upon the wall

Thru the act of observation

You’re part of it all

Yeah you’re gonna be part of the show my friend

More than you can conceive

That’s what my friend Regi said

And I’m beginning to believe

 

SOMEDAY/A. Moscow

 

When ya gonna go to Africa 

When we gonna take our trip to China

When ya goin’ back to France again

If not now when 

 

Someday

So easy to say

Someday someday

A thousand somedays

Till another year closes 

  another window or door

And there’s not enough somedays

Anymore 

 

When ya gonna move out on your own and

Get out of your difficult situation 

You say he really loves you

But he brings you such pain

If not now when

If not now when

 

Someday

So easy to say

Someday someday

A thousand somedays

Till another year closes 

another window or door

And there’s not enough somedays

Anymore

 

And me

I’ve got a mountain of dreams so I’m just

Bidin’ my time till I can

  be who I wanna be

Someday

I know this limbo will end

If not now when

If not now when

 

Someday

So easy to say

Someday someday

A thousand somedays

Till another year closes 

    another window or door

And there’s not enough somedays left

Anymore

 

I wanna move out past this familiar shore

And move out into the world before

Another year closes 

   another window or door

And there’s not enough somedays left

Anymore

 

SOMETIMES I THINK OF YOU/A. Moscow

 

There’s a gentle breeze tonight

Last night the rain fell heavy 

And the desert’s all in bloom

   like spring

Just sittin’ around tonight

Not too much to do

Sometimes I think of you

 

There’s a full moon tonight

The desert’s all illuminated 

   Hey did you ever find

What you were looking for?

Well I know that you were running from something

‘cause I was runnin’ too

Sometimes I think of you

 

Someone said you were moving out to Hilo

You packed your things to leave this all behind

Well I hope that life is good to you in Hilo

And it’s everything

You hoped to find

 

Someone said you were heading out to Hilo

To start all over - leave this all behind

Well I hope life brings you all good things in Hilo

And whatever it is

You’ve been lookin’ to find

 

It’s a quiet night tonight

Some friends are coming over

I think we’re just gonna sit outside - enjoy the view

All the stars are out tonight

I can recognize a few

Sometimes I think of you

 

 

LOLA/R. Davies

 

I met him in a club down in old Soho

Where they drink champagne and it

Tastes just like cherry cola

C-O-L-A cola

He walked up to me and he asked me to dance

When I asked him his name  - in a

Dark brown voice he said Lola

L-O-L-A Lola

Lo-lo-lo-lo-Lola

 

Now I’m not the world’s most physical kind but when he

Squeezed me tight he nearly 

Broke my spine oh my Lola

Lo-lo-lo-lo-Lola

Now I’m not dumb but I can’t understand

How he could walk like a woman but he

Walked like a man oh my Lola

Lo-lo-lo-lo-Lola

Lo-lo-lo-lo-Lola

 

Well we drank champagne and we danced all night

Under electric candlelight

He picked me up - sat me on his knee

He said “Little girl won’t you come home with me”

Now I’m not the world’s most passionate kind but when I

Looked in his eyes - I almost fell for my Lola

Lo-lo-lo-lo-Lola

Lo-lo-lo-lo-Lola

 

I pushed him away

I walked to the door

I fell to the floor

I got down on my knees

Then I looked at him

And he at me

And that’s the way that I want it to stay

And I always want it to be that way for my Lola

Lo-lo-lo-lo-Lola

Girls will be boys and boys will be girls

It’s a mixed up muddled up shook up world for my Lola

Lo-lo-lo-lo-Lola 

Lo-lo-lo-lo-Lola