Transamerica

by Golden Birds

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released July 4, 2005

in conjunction with Golden Birds' "Fifty" tour
Sub-Trawler Records

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Track Name: Cadmium
Is there a light in your eyes tonight
Baby everyone I know is sleepwalking
Faxsmilies synching us up synching us up
Sinking us down
And once your lungs fill it’ll feel nice as you drown
So you try to keep moving
But the throughway is strewn with wrecks
And everybody gawking

Is there desire in your eyes tonight
Baby everyone I know is just grazing
Swaying over shopping carts bathing in cadmium glow
Waiting on an impulse some signal to go
But our pollsters have us holding
As they tighten up their phrasing

If I can’t move will you move me
If I can’t move will you move me
If we can’t move will we move one another
Or just sleep with each other

Is there a fire in your eyes tonight
Like before we began juggling coasts
Back when our cackled incantations kept our house free
Of golems and ghosts
Well lately baby lately I’ve been seeing through my limbs

Will you move me with one of our hymns
Will you wake me with the words we would sing
Will you tell me how my voice would ring
Will you tell me about the boy who wanted everything
Will you help me revive him
Track Name: Another Great American Zombie
Well it's been a volatile week or two
Kissing other girls and thinking of you
Sinking in too many beds like a stone
Drinking with strangers up all night
Legs dangling off couches found out by the light
And it's dark by the time I get home

Well it's been a volatile week or two
Kissing other girls and tasting you
Wasting my youth on old friends and grapevines
Pacing platforms switching trains
Midnight to Richmond take me away
From a mission that's no longer mine

Well it's been a volatile week or two
Kissing other girls and dreaming of you
Scheming a fool's fantasy in the sky
Beaming with pride kneeling at your gate
Singing take me inside it can't be too late
You could bring me back to light

So tired of fumbling with fishes that I can't see
Be with me
Girl I know you and I know you know me
So why are you closing the door
When the night is young and on the prowl
Well it's left me stung singing to the owl

It's gone and turned me into another great American zombie
So hungry
So hungry for you
Track Name: It's Your City
Went to camp this year there was this girl
Oh I could stop there
She was beautiful
Oh I should stop there
And when our days sailing the bays of MA were through
I swore that I'd stay true
And when my baby asks why I haven't called
I know I still do

So where you been girls

One day in class two big kids asked if I had a lady
In reply I told them tales of the sea you and me yeah
Racing for the cup
And when the last one tells me I always made her cry
Gets me to thinking to way back then when I made you up

Girls it isn’t right

Jessie you're to blame for all this all of this
For all my true loves keep joining you in Boston
Baby what you're doing isn't fair
We never have a chance
Soon as there's romance in the air
You spirit them away
Leaving me with a shell
And she with a receding tide
Dreaming all day of shores far far away
And leaving this one out to dry

Jessie you're to blame for all this all of this
For all my real loves keep running north to Boston
Must be filling up the streets there
How can it be you never seem to come across one another
In some square or on the T or I don't know it's your city
And somehow you've managed
To build it filled with so much more fun
Than being here with me
Well Jessie the damage is done

Don’t follow me girls
Track Name: Sioux Falls South Dakota
Roads run away to reflected glare
No use the map pocked with coffee stains
Crumpled in my lap all that still remains
Of the course which yesterday
Seemed to funnel the very air

Straight through Sioux Falls in the caves
And you've seen the buffalo
Sioux Falls in the days
You knew your words you knew where to go

Crease of the page new rip in the script
Jars us awake from dreaming now to sew or not to sew
And I can hear your silence screaming
Who are we to know
In this day and age
Navigation’s been outstripped by these roads

Will any find the riversides of Sioux Falls
And you've seen the harvest
Open skies solid walls
And no need for east or west
Saloons of Sioux Falls
And you've seen the cavalry
Drinking with Boone Davy and Paul
Singing songs of liberty

Me and my Rolls Royce we took the long way home
So many perfect names
Ringing of distant shores and beginner's luck
But they all looked the same
Tired thrift stores too many trucks
All drowning out your voice over the pay phone

What are you saying
What is it you’re saying
I can’t tell what you're saying

Put down the phone and lets get married Babe
Just look at us falling prey
To a country's worth of window shopping
And what are we looking for
I'll pick you up no sense in stopping
We’ll push on against the sun up to the shore
Onto the ferry
Then away we'll sail away

We’ll sail to Sioux Falls yeah
We’ll sail to Sioux Falls yeah
We’ll sail to Sioux Falls yeah
We’ll sail to Sioux Falls

(Crumpled in my lap all that still remains
Of the course which yesterday
Seemed to funnel the very air)
Track Name: New Year's Eve
We met on a rooftop
Swimming up for oxygen
It overlooked the sunset
But we faced the other way
It was cold but her voice was shot
And downstairs they were packing it in
So we toughed it out placing bets on planes
As they rose above the bay

And I was gonna bring her apples
When she was in need
After I’d sucked the cyanide from the seeds
I was gonna bring her apples

There were complaints and the police came
But we left no shred of proof
And as we leapt from roof to roof
She said she’d be my alibi
And when I said I’d do the same
She just smiled
And said she wasn’t the type to get caught
But when I kissed her forehead it was hot
And she was shivering against the skyline

And now I’m gonna bring her apples
When she’s in need
After I suck the cyanide from the seeds
I’m gonna bring her apples

I’m not trying to change you
I’m not trying to change you
I’m not trying to change you
I was never trying to change you

We met on a rooftop
Swimming up for oxygen
It overlooked the sunset
But we faced the other way
You were cold but your voice was shot
And downstairs they were packing it in
So we toughed it out placing bets on planes
As they rose above the bay

I’ll have extra air for you
Any time you start to drown
I’ll keep you warm
When the sunrise isn’t reaching through your door
I’ll give you a number to count up to
When we're touching down
I’ll bring you apples when your throat is sore
Track Name: Do You Know Why They Call Me The Count
I've got a camera film to finish come on
Let's fake a photo shoot just like last time
Six years ago on another coast but nobody's gotta know
And I'll forgive you for reaching back into old bags of tricks
If you'll look the other way too

I've got your picture I just looked at it
You haven't changed one bit
Standing alone ankle-deep and aglow in CT snow
Captain Cheesecake to the end
Fork raised to defend the innocent

I've got the feeling you get when you're in a new place
And you stir an old memory with every new face
And I haven't slept though you're four hours late
I'm still sitting just this side of the security gate
Watching them come and go and come and go
As they come and they go

Shot up into the night
Headed back home
Back where it's white after a storm

And now they're saying your flight has come in
I'll shake awake try to scrape the years from my skin
All I've been meaning to say it's all wearing thin
It's all wearing thin
Yeah but maybe something could come through
If I were to sing this to you
Yeah I could sing this to you
Yeah well I bet I never do

Still it's the thought that counts
Track Name: Closing Hymn
The drone off the interstate is breezing through your door
His keys are in his hand and you should have fucking known
Yeah sure you understand
Sometimes you need some time alone
You've heard that one before

Well it was him girl not you

Your feet are in their sockets your eyes are on the floor
You're pillowtalking with your fears and waiting for the sun
You've been here how many years
And what are you doing and what have you done
You picture your walk to work and you know
That the first time you pass someone
He'll flash his eyes away from yours
The moment that they meet
He'll crinkle himself half a smile the conquistador the elite
He'll leave you dumb humming some clumsy elegy yeah
I've heard that one before

But look it'll be him girl not you

Don't you dare think that you're small

Forget the news
The radio
And the blurred screen
You cut through them all
You're all the way over here inside of me
Pushing out at every wall

Don't you dare think that you're small
Don't you dare think that you're small
Don't you dare think that you're small
Don't you dare think that you're small

Theirs was a jealous God young virile the lion's roar
A fearsome warrior fuckyouupper flattered by our prayers
Who fed his vultures their supper
Flashed up a flood disciplined his heirs
Yeah that was then
Now ours would rather keep off of the stairs
An empty-nested housewife at the end of the day
Wearied from a life of tidying clutters others made
Crashed out on a couch with her dinner on a tray
Unimpressed unimpressed unimpressed
With what we've got to say
Casting away with a mighty hand a reality as it brays
Spaking give it a rest
Give it a rest
We've heard that one before

Yeah it's him girl not you
You know it's him girl not you
You know it's him