karmal apple

by Penelope Houston

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the mermaid lyrics by Penelope Houston/ music by P. Houston and Mel Peppas remember back to when you met her she's sleeping on the stair she's your sister and your mother hollow eyes and drowning hair catch her hand in shallow waters you found her floating there buoyant faith that never falters keeps her head above the air but you're no life boat hey where is your lifeboat? her name is sorrow she paints her room in murky colors the saints are her disguise check her pulse she's barely breathing catch the death wish in her eyes get back in your lifeboat, father you've taken half a foot of water her name is sorrow she sleeps alone come and see her string of sailors like scarabs on a pin every one he swore he'd save her trapped out on the ice so thin call the names of those you're saving she's not drowning only waving their tattoos stretched across her skin her name is sorrow she sleeps alone you call the names of those you're saving she's not drowning only waving their tattoos stretched across her skin but you're no life boat where is your life boat? her name is sorrow
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everybody's little dream lyrics by Penelope Houston / music by P. Houston and P. Johnson everybody's little dream tell me who to be I can make you happy everybody's little dream I hear them calling my name but I swear I'm not the same girl everybody's little dream keep trying and trying but my pockets aren't lined with everybody's little dream I only wanted to bring you my best and it's not for lack of trying maybe my best is hidden away awaiting it's precious time everybody's little dream dress me up in white the sun is always shining everybody's little dream there must be somewhere to go where nobody will know me everybody's little dream keep trying and trying but my pockets aren't lined with everybody's little dream and like the tracks of my tears I'm following the path of least resistance when you demanded to see my hands you took away my second chance and I'll never and I'll never and I'll never stand up to everybody's little dream
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flourish lyrics and music by Penelope Houston flourish the flowers and the tall trees I'll tell you a story you'll never believe I met a rich stranger he came calling on me we walked through the forest down by shady grove now that's where he sleeps and last winter's storms have swollen the streams and flooded the pathway and last winter's storms will cover his tracks across the wide field and no one is waiting none left behind nobody's waiting to recall last winter's squall I cut off two fingers both shining with gems and planted them side by side like two flowering stems and all through the summer I been watering them and last winter's storms have swollen the streams and flooded the pathway and last winter's storms will cover our tracks across the wide field and no one is waiting none left behind no bodies waiting to recall last winter's squall
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fall back lyrics by Penelope Houston/ music by P. Houston and Mel Peppas I can see all I need to see with one eye closed in a world surrounding me with mumbling ghosts They crawl the floorboards of these rooms that aren't home Come Monday morning I'll be on my way By Sunday morning I'll be overjoyed The lamps are low the last guest gone I find I miss my home inside your arm I sweep the cake crumbs up it's time to paint these rooms Come Monday morning I'll be on my way By Sunday morning I'll be overjoyed Yeah, whoa whoa whoa You're going to fall back you're going to fall back in love with me yeah You're going to fall back, you're going to fall back in love You're going to fall back you're going to fall back in love with me yeah You're going to fall back, you're going to fall back in love I can see all I want to see with both eyes closed in a world surrounding me with mumbling ghosts They leave their shadows on these walls that aren't home Come Monday morning I'll be on my way By Sunday morning I'll be overjoyed Yeah, whoa whoa whoa You're going to fall back you're going to fall back in love with me yeah You're going to fall back, you're going to fall back in love You're going to fall back you're going to fall back in love with me yeah You're going to fall back, you're going to fall back in love
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fall garden lyrics and music by Penelope Houston and Eric Lefcowitz what do you know about the last one bout the one that you've replaced? what would you do if you met him in the station face to face? is he unloved is he unhappy are his eyes still wet with tears or is it only your reflection flashing through the evening air? fall garden see how it grows see how it glows in the daytime madness fall garden what do you know when all that you know is bitter and sadness? what do you want is there a secret that you don't already own? what will you do when the night falls and there's no message on your phone? I hear you whisper in the darkness dawn will break and spring will come I see a line of lovers calling me and they echo one by one fall garden see how it grows see how it glows in the daytime madness fall garden what do you know when all that you know is bitter and sadness?
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happy ending lyrics by Penelope Houston/ music by P. Houston and Mel Peppas turn out the lights I hear them coming turn out the lights I hear them coming we're going to change your happy ending rearrange your happy ending believe in something like the light, light that brought you believe in someone you can never know and you'll feel better when they take the choice away from you and you'll feel better not to be alone wait for the reds of the coals are glowing wait for the walls of the red sea parting walk on the ice where the ice is melting walk on the water the ice is breaking believe in something like the light, light that brought you believe in someone you can never know and you'll feel better when they take the pain away from you and you'll feel better not to be alone turn out the lights I hear them coming turn out the lights I hear them coming we're going to change your happy ending rearrange your happy ending yeah
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redemption lyrics and music by Penelope Houston there's a heart that breaks almost every single day I call you, you've locked yourself away now I recognize the man I reach out and touch your hand and wash away the years gone astray I left the light burning through the night out on the patio and all my fires and desires are burning inside your rusty prizes in the rain lie out on the patio like a blessing, like a gift, I'm your second chance you made your happiness depend on those broken needle ends and lovers no riverbed could hold but today the sun will rise and bring the light back to your eyes take my hand now, you're ready to know redemption walk through me redemption come to me redemption walk through me redemption come to me all the moments that you kill you say were strengthening your will but lies and bitter ashes pave your road the love that we had sown is reborn inside your bones and wedding weeds between the pavement grow redemption walk through me redemption come to me redemption walk through me redemption come to me redemption walk through me redemption come to me redemption walk through me redemption come to me redemption redemption redemption
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make me lyrics and music by Penelope Houston every time you touch me everything goes away yeah, you make me high I wasn't going to fall in love with you it seemed like such a foolish thing to do but love, before you touched me I was I was made out of wood now I'm flesh and blood, flesh and blood flesh and blood, flesh and blood yeah, it feels good I was stranded I was drifting on the edge of a dream sleepwalking through a burning house my desire passed out in the street and you carry me through you carry me through I don't have to fear it I don't have to speak it cause when my ship comes in when my ship comes in ship comes inside when my ship comes in brought me you every time you touch me everything goes away yeah, you make me high yeah, you make me high you make me, you make me you make me you make me high every time you touch me

about

"get down on your hands, you'll make a real nice chair, baby, you're worth a fortune in innocence and fear" With these opening lines Penelope introduces an album that captures her inestimable songwriting talent at it's most ironic, caustic, unflinching and emotionally forthright. Never the less, Karmal Apple sounds as juicy and delicious as the gorgeous unique folk pop she and her band are known for. This time with a fuller production crunch. The complex and subtle arrangements are played with an intelligent, upbeat, and almost off-handed feel that belies the depth of the subject matters.
European only release. Normal Records, Germany.

credits

released October 1, 1994

Recorded by Howard Johnston, mixed by Adam Munoz at Different Fur Studios, San Francisco.

Penelope Houston vocals, autoharp, melodica
Eliot Nemzer guitar
Kevin Mummy percussion and drums
Mel Peppas mandolin, guitar
Steven Strauss bass and vocals

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