Once in a Blue Moon

by Penelope Houston

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Rare compilation with 9 tracks from the out of print CDs "Silk Purse" (1993) and "Crazy Baby" (1994) plus 6 more songs recorded as demos for Tongue but never released at all.

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released February 14, 2000

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Track Name: Shiny Knight
Every time you speak my name I start shaking
evolution take alot of time, you just can't fake it. Hey Hey Hey!
your love is all I really want, just let me take it
I'm going to be your guide tonight
Young lovers racing, always racing to the finish
revolution in my head, I got to win it. Hey Hey Hey!
your love is all I really needed for the minute
I'm going to be your bride tonight
I like it. I need it
I've got to find you on my own
I like it. I want it
I'm going to be your shiny knight

People say "now girl you got to button up and save it."
No emotion, man you better cut it down and pave it. Hey Hey Hey!
your love's a giant so you ought to be my favorite
I'm going to be your ride tonight

I like it. I need it
I've got to find you on my own
I like it. I want it
I'm going to be your shiny knight

Every time you speak my name I start shaking
evolution take alot of time, you just can't fake it. Hey Hey Hey!
your love is all I really want, just let me take it
I'm going to be your guide tonight
I'm going to be your bride tonight

I like it. I need it
I've got to find you on my own
I like it. I want it
I'm going to be your shiny knight
Track Name: Black Eyed Peas
It's not that I don't want to go
It's just that I have got to know
Who's going to water
Who's going to weed
Who's going to plant my Black Eyed Peas
Who's going to count the shooting stars
Who's going to waste the morning hours
And who's going to tell me no no no no no
No no no no no
No no no no no
No no no, don't go

Some one better let me in
Stand me in your kitchen
In your arms again
Feed me what I'm missing
And hold me
And hold me
And hold me
And hold me

Who's going to water
Who's going to weed
Who's going to plant my Black Eyed Peas
Who's going to count the shooting stars
Who's going to waste the morning hours
And who's going to tell me no no no no no
No no no no no
No no no no no
No no no, don't go

Some one better let me in
Stand me in your kitchen
In your arms again
Feed me what I'm missing
And hold me
And hold me...
Track Name: Before You Were Born
before you were born
fires swept across god's eyes
before you were born
a thousand lies were memorized
before you were born
man killed his only brother
before you were born
we pierced holes right through each other
it's in your hands, it's on your head, it's on your hands
it's on your hands, it's in your head, it's in your hands

before you were born
life froze and thawed in summer
before you were born
drought killed the second comer
before you were born
people pressed against the fence
before you were born
god destroyed the evidence

it's in your hands, it's on your head, it's on your hands
it's on your hands, it's in your head, it's in your hands

your life will never be forgotten
your name is whispered on the wind
your life will never be forgotten
your blood is dust upon my tongue

before you were born
a thousand songs had been forgotten
before you were born
christ mistook his last temptation
before you were born
cities shook and fell to dust
before you were born
temples built and now stand empty

it's in your hands, it's on your head, it's on your hands
it's on your hands, it's in your head, it's in your hands

your life will never be forgotten
your name is whispered on the wind
your life will never be forgotten
your blood is dust upon my tongue
Track Name: Nina
I lost my head down in West Virginia
to the blackest eyes and the softest lips that a body knows
it wasn't love that was stirring in her
it wasn't love that would lay her low
I lost my head on a Virgin Island
she buried her in a dark graveyard
where a thousand men and a dozen women
lay down their lives
left behind their hearts

Nina's flown away
I knew she'd never stay
she was a wild seventeen
I told her take my heart with you
and take my lover too
I know I'd do the same if it were me

I lost my head on the seas of China
she flew away like a little bird
that the trade winds blow
her beauty shines but that cannot save her
from a sword that struck my heart many years ago
that the trade winds blow

Nina's flown away
I knew she'd never stay
she was a wild seventeen
I told her take my heart with you
and take my lover too
I know I'd do the same if it were me

Nina's flown away
I knew she'd never stay
she was a wild seventeen
I told her take my heart with you
and take my lover too
I know I'd do the same if it were me
Track Name: Loners Of America
Someone's bed fell off of a junk truck
Poured his life out of a spraycan
Blood red Lumina driven by a black man
Loners of America
Loners of America
Loners of America
Loners of America

Balls ferry, Midway Meats, gospel signs available
Overnighters, Shotgun Creek,Eat now, Wonderland
Blue Gum Motel, Turntable Bay, Girls, girls, girls!

Loners of America
Loners of America
Loners of America
Loners of America

Klub Klondike, Kelso Ten, Sleater-Kinney Cavern
Boat rebuilding, locker beef, Berry Empire
Jump Off Joe, Whiskeytown, I-5 Tavern
Flag man ahead!
Flag man ahead!
Flag man ahead!
Flag man ahead!

Loners of America
Loners of America
Loners of America
Loners of America
Track Name: Just Like A Man
Worms and water that's all I need
Love and attention a pound of birdseed
Tie me down to a styrofoam nest
White picket fence and a bullet proof vest
You're just, just like a man
You're going to save me from myself if you can
Just like a man
You want to take me back to the promised land
Just, just like a man
You say you try, try try to understand
Just, just like a man

You tell me
"Stool pidgin sitting duck fly away home
Helpless little chickadee now don't you roam
Never, never get away from what you are
An appetite for love in a bell fruit jar"

You're just, just like a man
You're going to save me from myself if you can
Just like a man
You want to take me back to the promised land
Just, just like a man
You say you try, try try to understand
Just, just like a man

Worms and water that's all I need
Love and attention a pound of birdseed
Tie me down to a styrofoam nest
White picket fence and a bullet proof vest

You're just, just like a man
You're going to save me from myself if you can
Just like a man
You want to take me back to the promised land
Just, just like a man
You say you try, try, try to understand
Just, just like a man
Track Name: (Velvet) Things
I'm losing the light
not here anymore
Looking at darkness
and I don't want to go there
losing my fight
scar upon scar
nobody can carry me
And I'm going so far
Sorrow shadows me instead of love
where is that young girl so wild and brave

I know I've had my day
I've had my lovers and my way
I've had the spotlight shining down
I had you all, you never made a sound
and now all that I have left are things
and now all that I have left are things

I'm losing the light
sink down through the floor
promises fading now
what were all my wishes for
losing my fight
scar upon scar
nobody can carry me
And I'm going so far

Sorrow shadows me instead of love
where is that young girl so wild and brave

I know, I know I've had my day
I've had my lovers and my way
I've had the spotlight shining down
I had you all, you never made a sound
and now all that I have left are things
and now all that I have left are things

I know, I know I've had my day
I've had my lovers and my way
I've had the spotlight shining down
I had you all, you never made a sound
and now all that I have left are things
and now all that I have left are things things to comfort me
Track Name: His Pretty Life
lyrics and music by Penelope Houston
Tonight he came to see the show
To say he knew her when
she was just a sweet and tender seventeen
"I've tasted of her lips" he said
"I feasted on her youth
Her innocence she freely gave to me."
The aging Casanova lives alone
reflecting on his pretty life and women that he's known
He keeps up with the latest and the greatest fashion trends
He never knew he turned a heart to stone

He came to see her band
her fury was still wet
he wore her long lost ribbon in his hair
She said she didn't know him
and get that ribbon back
before they broke his arm and threw him down the stairs

The aging Casanova lives alone
reflecting on his pretty life, the lovers that he's known
He keeps up with the latest and the greatest fashion trends
He never knew he turned a heart to stone

He comes to talk backstage
she wonders at his age
She can't believe he's only 41
The years were very cruel and
she greets him with a smile
her childhood's revenge has just been won

The aging Casanova lives alone
reflecting on his pretty life, the lovers that he's known
He keeps up with the latest and the greatest fashion trends
He never knew he turned a heart to stone
He never knew he turned a heart to stone
Track Name: Ivy
I'll cover you
My fingers are leaves
I'll keep the rain off
And shade your days
I'll cover you
From prying eyes
Your glorious days are through
Your weapons lie
In disarray
Below your feet
They cut my roots
And every vain glorious word
Not written for god but for you

And all your goldleafed dates of birth and death are fading
Lost to human memory
Oh lord, you should be more like me
Oh lord, you should be like me

I'll cover you
My fingers are leaves
I'll keep the rain off
And shade your days
I'll cover you
From prying eyes
Your glorious days are through

Your weapons lie
In disarray
Below your feet
They cut my roots
And every vain glorious word
Not written for god but for you

You were so hard it finally crushed you into gravel
I was so tender I changed my shape
You stood so tall you lost your face to the sun and rain
I grew so small, that I became a seed again
I grew so small, that I became a seed again
I became a seed again
I became a seed again