These Rooms

These Rooms

by Alan Lewis Silva

Released 03/01/2016
Lusitone Records
Released 03/01/2016
Lusitone Records
There is a mystery revealed in the words of their own decoding, like a cipher, for the record. Download the $1 digital album at CDbaby.com
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ALL SONGS WRITTEN BY ALAN LEWIS SILVA
All songs copyright © 2016 by Alan Lewis Silva


1. These Rooms

She puts the puzzle together,
Piecin’ the clues
That have been
Released into
These rooms

There might have been a murder,
But we know that
Somebody stole things
From the other

So she's got
Her detective
Working at all hours
He traces the figures—
Sketches their character profiles

Well, the one who’s a cyclops
Wants the attention—
Might have been motivated
To take the jewelry for charity
And claim the
Rewards
Such as
Silent beers at the movies

The next one on the list
(As he crosses out the firsts)
Is a woman
Who wanted her boyfriend,
Who stole him away seven years ago;
Now they're married and divorced
With two children in another state
Livin’ with their parents


2. They Didn’t Get It

They thought I was dead
And said I deserved it
The beauty of love
Belonged to a thug
Who lived on other people’s blues

They didn’t get it
They surely didn’t get it

The best piece of work
I ever committed
Is dedicated
To the spirits neglected
With pseudo-adultery
And ego
Livin’ in the land of Pluto
Without a decent place to go

They didn’t get it
They surely didn’t get it

My best friend is the well wisher
The price demanded for love is shame,
Where you marry horses to get a ride
Or find yourself beneath a lake
Cryin’ for peace in the wilderness

They didn’t get it

I searched the fiefs of absent kings
Whose sons were fighting
Bakers and lords,
Who threw desert sands across their fate
While bullets were flying,
They were eatin’ pancakes

They didn’t get it

Living in the South, you know,
Is the best way to be,
Superior to wines from distant seas
Where Fortune
Stops and starts,
Where Fame falls like a dart
In California…

At the party
The girls were fine,
Growin’ like apples
Of his eyes
I ground it out the best I could
Clinging to the one to shove

They didn’t get it
They surely didn’t get it

The open road is free (is free)
It’s the best place to be (be)
Where you can have all you see (see)
And believe (believe)

They didn’t get it
They didn’t get it…


3. They Were Walking

On the street they were walking
Then it happened they were talking
“The world’s gonna end,” some people say

Well, I’m singing for the woman
That captivates me
And I wonder
I think how she’s doing
I want her to be with me

She has a nightingale
In her voice there’s a storm
There are currents in her eyelashes
She’s a refugee from home,

But I’m singing for my darlin’
Please hear me out:
You’ve lost your senses
You’ve gotta cut it out

On the street they were walking
Then it happened they were talking
“The world’s gonna end,”
Some people say, “O-u-oh!”

But I’m singing for the lady
That captivates me,
I wonder what she’s doing
Could she do it with me?
O-u-oh. O-u-oh


4. Thin Glass Blanket

Ivor lived in a glass house
His wife was nice,
And she was ugly
Everybody saw he drank
His vodka with ice

When he was living in a thin glass blanket,
When he was living in a thin glass blanket…

Charlie owned a window company
His workers were stupid but dependable
One even gave him a cute, wooden ship
When it was his birthday

When he was living in a thin glass blanket
When he was living in a thin glass blanket—

Brittle walls we slowly digest,
Finding one more rat inside the nest,
As the priestly general
Has many times confessed
When the sun sets in the west

About living in a thin glass blanket
About what it’s like
To live in a thin glass blanket

Alan was an artist
He traveled across the vast nation
With a tone of extinct radiation
He said, “You’re living in a thin glass blanket”

Thin glass blanket

Living it live
Into the sequestered night,
Counting the time,
Looking at watches,
Feeling all emotions erode,
Drowning
The rest of them on the road,
Living in a thin glass blanket

In a thin glass blanket…
In a thin glass blanket

“Well, you had a chance,”
The editor told him,
“To write the next ‘Great American Novel,’”

But how could he do it?
He can’t even pay attention
To the ones with the shovels
As they
Open up the ground
Where they’re placing the bodies…
His attention can’t be found
Because he’s living

In a thin glass blanket
Living what you call it…
In a thin glass blanket


5. Think of Me

When you’re sad, and you’re lonely,
And you lost all your friends,
Call me up,
And I’ll be your friend

When you love someone
And he/it won’t be true,
Count on me, baby,
And I’ll think of you

When your cat is dead,
And your dog ran away,
And your boyfriend just left you,
And your rent’s too much to pay,

Count on me
Count on me
Count on me,
Baby—

The mornin’ is cloudy,
And it’s pourin’ with rain
I thought that it might break,
But it just stays the same

I’ll find you, baby
I’ll be your buddy
I been lonely
Since that day you set me free

Think of me
Think of me…
Think of me—
Can’t you do that, baby?

When your cat is dead,
And your dog ran away,
And your boyfriend just left you,
And the rent’s too much to pay,

Think of me
Count on me
Count on me,
Baby

The mornin’ is cloudy,
And it’s pourin’ with rain
I thought that it might change,
But it just stays the same

Think of me—
Think of me…


6. Tide Song

Run, run, run
With the rivers and the streams
Go, go, go
To the water with me

Ride, let it ride,
The changing of our tides
We’ve laid in the earth
And became the sea

Darlin’, I’m dying here for you
I’m standing at this boardwalk on the move
Darlin’, where could you be?
My thoughts now
Are scattered on the sea

Break, how they break,
These pale ocean waves—
Roll as they roll,
These wild palms sway—

I’ve come, and I’ve stayed
In this city by the bay
And packed up all my debts
Let the water rest

Darlin’, this town has turned blue
Finally, there’s no more rocks to move
Tell me, where does this ocean go?
Darling, have the curtains ended the show?

Run, run, run
With the rivers and the streams
Go, go, go
To the water with me

Ride, let it ride,
The changing of our tides
We’ve laid in the earth
And became the sea


7. Tied to an Anthill

Feels like you tied me to an anthill
In the middle of the desert
You were gonna leave me there

Somehow I escaped;
Then I crawled through
A door through an air

You didn’t wanna
See me again,
And you had all my stuff!

Drivin’ in the car, headin’ to Nevada,
Gonna get myself some fishing tackle
And fish these blues away,
Fish ‘em into the air,

But you didn’t want to see me again
I was stuck with my old friends—
Threw my bait,
And it was gone too late
For me to know…

Oh, for me to know
O Lord, for me to know—
That it would never come back again
That you used to be my best friend,
But now you won’t talk to me
Now you won’t say
Anything
At all
You act like you’re havin’ a ball,
But you been shoppin’ at the mall
I seen you talkin’ to Paul

Oh boy, how’d it happen—
To me?
I used to be the ship captain

Well, I’m broken hearted—
Believe me that I’m parted
My heart is split in twain
You’re drivin’ me insane
My heart is full of pain
And death
Now
I can’t rest
Somehow

So I took a plane
To Detroit
To see my friend
In Detroit,
To go down the streets
Of Detroit
And look for love,
Oh boy!
Like a turtledove
Well, oh boy…


8. To Be in Love with You

Your kiss tastes like vinegar
Your eyes are crystal blue
I’m in love again,
But I’m in love again—
Bein’ with you

Let’s spend another evening
Make love inside a booth
My voice is numb and speechless
To be in love with you

Wallpaper peelin’
On the yellow, snakeskin wall
And the covers
Don’t cover us all

Relax, I’ll tell a story
That Othello never knew
It’s nice enough to tarry, not marry
To be in love with you—

I ask myself
How long the race will last?
Are the curtains closed or opened?
Is this life now the past?

Eyes slowly roll
To the tale of my soul,
And it’s hard to say for certain
If the glass is half-empty or half-full

I taste the air in your smile,
The space between your broken tooth
I smell the sky in your hair—
To be in love with you—
To be in love with you


9. Tonite

Oh, darlin’,
The galaxy will die
This whole universe—
It’s too big to hear you cry,

But it’s all right
Tonight

Cupid drew an arrow,
But he shot it in the Sun
I always knew, honey,
That you would be the one

But it’s all right
I’m still in love with you tonight

All these feelings and all these changes
Led us to become

What we always feared,
The life that killed the fun

Oh, darlin’,
Look at the stars
We can pick the best one,
And we can make it ours

And it’s all right
I’m still in love with you tonight


10. Tracing Circles

Tracing
Circles in the dirt,
Looks like
That I got my feelings hurt

But nothin’ stays the same
Except this broken-hearted pain

I feel like I remember
What it was like
When I was in
Spain as a boy
With the heat risin’

Well, I’ve just fallen
Off my horse,
And I’m
Feelin’ kind of tired


11. Transylvania

I stepped
Into Transylvania
The minute that I
Crossed your name on my list

You gave me a kiss
You gave me the black plague
You gave me something
It hasn’t gone away
Some say it’s love
I hope it ain’t nothin’ else

I hear the wail of a wolf
I hear the howl of a fox
Callin’ me from my classroom

Her name is Melany,
Something like a melody,
Like a siren callin’ me
To go into
Bash my head on the rocks—
Scotch on the rocks,
Whisky and soda,
I’ll have an Irish mocha

She says,
“Cultivate the vine—
“The first sign of civilization
“Was the cultivation of the grape”


12. Treatment with Forceps

Take out the forceps
From the drawer
We’ve got an operation
Like before
We gotta get it…
Or it’ll get you

Doctors and forceps,
Magnifyin’ tools,
Scalpels and syringes,
And all of that…
Fool!
Drown in a pool
Naked… again


13. Turning Stones

I saw you yesterday
It felt so good
You made me like a child
Like you know you should

Um hmm…
Um hmmmmmh….

Well, it’s one for the money,
And two for the show,
And off to New Orleans,
And there you go

Um hmm…
Um hmmm….

Well, you sure look good
With another man on your arm
It makes me feel
Like I done no harm

Well, I’m stickin’ to the past
Like a bale of hay,
Turnin’ over mountains
That I covered with clay

Um hmm…
Um hmmmmmh….

You never say, “I loved you”
Half as much as I did
I even went so low
As to eatin’ a pig

Um hmm…
Um hmmmmmh….

Now what the hell is wrong with the globe?
The less that you travel,
The more you gotta show
You showed me the truth that I lost
A long time ago—

Well, what was free can never be yours
It turns you on your back
With a knife stickin’ out of a rose
That’s how it goes…

Well, I’m at it again,
More of the same,
Filling’ up my soul
With some of the pain
That my heart,
My poor heart, couldn’t hold
And, oh—
Oh, it’s making me old!

So I’m tying up my songs,
The rest that I got—
I named ‘em all Elvis,
And I sold ‘em to the shop

Um hmm…
Um hmmm….

And the final word here
Goes to all of the rest
Of you little heart crushers
That would put me to death

You ain’t got enough ammo
To do it right
The minute you pretend that you love me
I won the fight

Um hmm…
Um hmmmmmh….


14. Two Roads

Well, we walked down separate roads
One says to the other, “No love grows”
The other falls away into yesterday
The other one just stays the same

Well, we walked through a broken land,
Tangled in the jungle, blocked by the sand
You said you’d keep me when
I reached Israel, my friend
Well, I don’t know
I don’t understand!

This is what you get when you can’t
Tell it straight
Just give me the water in a can

One road says to the other, “You fool!”
As they wander separate ways,
“You fool!” as they wander separate ways

Well, I have faith in love,
But I don’t get it for free
A Dutch field of tulips
Isn’t for me
Should I
Cry out the name of the Lord?
Or the fish, or the name of a dog?
In the name of
Bein’ in this bad fog? Um hmmm

One road says to the other, “You fool!”
As they wander separate ways,
“You fool!”
As they wander separate ways


15. Underground Railroad Station

Goin’ to the Underground Railroad Station—
Goin’ to the Underground Railroad Station—

Gonna go away from here
Five hundred miles or more
It’s gotta be
Harriet Tubman is gonna help me—

Goin’ to the Underground Railroad Station—
Goin’ to the Underground Railroad Station—

There ain't nothing here worth a damn
All the people won't get nothin’ done
Workin’ for their Master
While stowin’ their soul away
Into a hole
Where Death is in control—

I'm not complainin’:
I'm revolting

I'm not pretendin’:
I'm exploding

I'm not overreactin’:
I've had enough—

I feel like a slave,
But a sister helped
Me escape from here…


16. Une, Des, Trois

Un, ven, twun, te…

—Trollin’
—Trollin’

Trollin’ down the highway, uh
Trollin’, trollin’, trollin’—’
Do it my way

My way—

Trollin’ down the…
Gonna do it, yeah….
Trollin’, oh yeah,
Gonna do it, oh yeah…

Oh yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Oh yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Oh yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah!

Yeah, yeah, uh, uh
Yeah, uh, uh, uh
Yeah, oh yeah, ooh, ooh-yeah,
Um, um, yeah, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh
Yeah, uh, um, a na


17. Utopian Deli

In the Utopian Deli
I was eating my food,
Thinkin’ of all the things
That I gotta do
Like Take out the garbage
And Shine your shoes
They say, “This is life
“Really,” but it’s more like a zoo

I can’t get out—
I live in a cage
Five foot ten,
A hundred-fifty pounds it weighs
I was born here
They even gave me a name,
So I reached out my hand
To touch the falling rain

At the Utopian Deli
They were reading the news,
Kids were playin’ pinball,
And I was thinking of you
Love’s like a dryer
That steals your socks,
And you realize what it is you’re missing
When you’re kissing a rock

The waitress says,
“This order ain’t right
“If you make it like this,
“Then we’re gonna fight
“Put the cheese on the burger,
“Not the bun! All right?”
I said, “Sure thing, honey, but
“I think the lamp is too bright”

“What do you want me to do?
“Turn it down?” The red head asks
I said, “That I can if you want to,”
But she says, “It’s gonna pass”
I said, “That’s a lie!”
She says, “The door’s made of glass”
And then all of a sudden the lights went out,
And the night was black

A man comes to me
For a bowl of soup
I said, “A Naked Lunch
“Is the right order for you,”
But I knew if he got it,
He wouldn’t have a clue,
So I gave him some wine,
I said, “Here—
“You know it’s Christ’s blood, too”

People will buy
Most things we sell
Like the modern age
And the steeple bell
They’re even tellin’ me,
“We need more prison cells!”
I feel like Humpty Dumpty
Is one of the cracked eggshell

At the Utopian Deli
I was eating the food,
Thinking of all the things
That I gotta do,
Like Take out the garbage
And Shine your shoes
They say, “This is life, baby,”
But it’s more like a zoo


18. Vanished Like into the Air

Our relationship fell apart
About a week ago
I’ve got some things
I want to give back to you:
Your green blanket and your clothes
You know that shirt says “Search and Annoy”?

Why do you have to look at me like that?
Why do you look at me like that?
Am I a stranger to you?

The room is stuffy
I locked myself inside today
You’ve been like this before
Is there a reason I should be mad at you?
I think so,

But I pushed it over the end—
Well, I pushed it over the end
The sky is dirty through the window screen

Silhouettes, broken cups,
Bottles of wine,
Smoke and shadow in the air
Disappeared—
We just both disappeared

Banished, and it never been so bare
Vanished like into the air
I wish that you were here

Take some pills
Forget your misery
Will it do the job?
I hear you laugh,
And then the next moment you’re crying

Why can’t you tell me what it’s all about?
Tell me. What’s it all about?
Why are you so afraid to love me?



ALL SONGS WRITTEN BY ALAN LEWIS SILVA
All songs copyright © 2016 by Alan Lewis Silva
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