The Pale Green Girl

by Penelope Houston

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1.
04:01
take my hand lyrics by Penelope Houston / music by P. Houston and P. Johnson Take my hand it'll be all right take my hand it'll be all right Nothing's going to change nothing's going to change the way I feel Close your eyes I'll be your very best friend close your eyes I'll be your lover Reach inside you for that little Huckleberry Finn you've been keeping undercover Take my hand it'll be all right take my hand it'll be all right Nothing's going to change nothing's going to change the way I feel If you're finding out life is not a bed of clover just turn around and call me 'cause I'm always looking over Take my hand it'll be all right Nothings gonna change nothing's gonna change the way I feel Close your eyes I'll be your very best friend close your eyes I'll be your lover Reach inside you for that little satellite of love you've been keeping undercover
2.
04:06
hole lyrics by Penelope Houston, music by Penelope Houston and Chuck Prophet You've got a hole in the shape of a bottle Take a big thirsty swallow but you can't fill it up You've got a hole in the shape of a needle You spent every dollar but you never get enough Do I have to shout, shout it out for you babe can I cut through the blizzard of your pain? Every night, every night I die and go to heaven and every morning I'm born again You got a hole in the shape of the Savior Camped out on His doorstep but God wasn't at home You got a hole in the shape of the Devil You begged the Devil come over, but you're still all alone Do I have to shout, shout it out for you babe I can scream 'til I'm blue in the face You're just looking to be whipped and spat on I'm not the one to put you in your place It's a long lonely road, and I'm not going with you It's a hard place to be, I've already been there I've got a hole in the shape of a daddy got a little bitty seedling I'm going to grow my own You've got a hole in the shape of a woman I've got a shovel and a bucket of sand Do I have to shout, shout it out for you babe can I cut through the blizzard of your pain? Every night, every night I die and go to heaven and every morning I'm born again
3.
03:08
bottom line lyrics and music by Penelope Houston I know it looks like I'm waiting for you, but I'm not Standing here thinking of all of the luck that I've got Without you the flowers will blossom, the blossoms will fall Maybe I need you for one little thing, but that's all Baby, I don't need you and that's the bottom line Without you the bells are going to ring, the sun's still going to shine Woke up this morning I been wasting all my time Baby, I don't need you and that's the bottom line I know you think that I love you, but maybe I don't So many things I could teach you, but baby I won't You and the boys of the summer can count your good times But I've got the wealth of a ripe and a curious mind Baby, I don't need you and that's the bottom line Without you the bells are going to ring, the sun's still going to shine Woke up this morning I been wasting all my time Baby, I don't need you and that's the bottom line
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04:37
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pale green girl lyrics and music by Penelope Houston She's a pale green girl sometime she's going to fly away She's a pale green girl but she might come back any day And you cant look her in the eye she knows a few too many things You never look her in the eye but wait 'til night, and then she sings She going to burn down someone's house you know your eyes are going to sting She going to burn down someone's house just to dry her wings She's a pale green girl sometime she's going to float away She's a pale green girl but she might come back any day She going to burn down someone's house you know your eyes are going to sting she going to burn down someone's house just to dry her wings She's a pale green girl sometime she's going to fly away She's a pale green girl but she might come back any day She knows the way you pace the floor she knows the way you fucked her dry She knows you're tapping on her door you never heard a baby cry She going to burn down someone's house you know your eyes are going to sting she going to burn down someone's house just to dry her wings
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03:54
flight 609 lyrics by Penelope Houston, music by Pat Johnson As I fly away from you my rocketship aims at the moon My ears are popping and my head's lost in a swoon I'm so far above you I look down at what I missed I promised I would love you but, it lasted as long as a kiss Soon they'll come round with refreshments for all and you'll be obscured by a cloud I'm so far above you but I'm never going to fall like I did when you whispered out loud, "You're my angel, light and pure" Baby want a whole lot more. Baby want a whole lot more. Seat me by a window now I'll take an empty row No stranger there to beg me to tell everything I know beneath me is a crazy quilt of fields and plans and dreams I can barely see your passion in the flames along the seams Soon they'll come round with refreshments for all and you'll be exposed by a cloud I'm so far above... You've shrunk down to a tiny speck right before my eyes just a dozen miles between us my giddiness on the rise I'm so far above you I look down at what I missed I promised I would love you but it lasted as long as a kiss Soon they'll come round ...
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privilege and gold lyrics by Penelope Houston / music by P. Houston and P. Johnson I sleep by the river I rise with the sun I follow the harvest 'Til season is done The bread on your table the sweat from my brow will darken the furrows in fields that I plow I've lived with your promise of fortune foretold Like sand through my fingers there's nothing to hold I've buried your children in privilege and gold I tattoo a flower with ink and a pin Its there to remind me the damage within I'll put on my finest dress in my finest hour and search for the sweetness and search for the power I've followed with your promise of fortune foretold It slips through my fingers there's nothing to hold I've buried your children in privilege and gold We live in your heartland on your fruited plain Sleep by the highways We work through the rain The smell of your richness the gleam of your cars and I could have swallowed the poison you are We've lived with your promise of fortune foretold Like sand through my fingers there's nothing to hold We've buried your children in privilege and gold
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04:32
walnut lyrics and music by Penelope Houston Now my heart is a small black hard shrivelled rotten little walnut Should I crack it and chop it and roll it with nougat into a nut log? Would you eat it? Forgiveness, that's my deficiency Kindness, sounds pretty good to me Frustration, you wrote the recipe Resentment, the special today All my life I've been waiting to break out of the kitchen into the ether So take my hand pull me up, wake me up out of this fever, into the dreamer Forgiveness, that's my deficiency Kindness, sounds pretty good to me Frustration, you wrote the recipe Resentment, the special today Baby, Baby, Baby, Baby You sure can dish it up Baby, Baby, Baby, Baby You sure can dish it up Put it on the table, I'm hungry What's for lunch? Now my heart is a small black hard shrivelled rotten little walnut Should I crack it and chop it and roll it with nougat into a nut log? Would you eat it? Forgiveness, that's my deficiency Kindness, sounds pretty good to me Frustration, you wrote the recipe Resentment, the special today Baby, Baby, Baby, Baby You sure can dish it up Baby, Baby, Baby, Baby You sure can dish it up Baby, Baby, Baby, Baby You sure can dish it up Put it on the table, I'm hungry What's for lunch? Put it on the table I'm hungry, What's for lunch?
9.
03:11
snow lyrics by Penelope Houston / music by P. Houston and P. Johnson Nothing that the snow won't cover white Nothing that the crow won't feast upon Nothing that the wind won't testify Nothing that the sun won't bleach to bone Nothing that the snow oh-oh Nothing that the snow oh-oh Nothing that the snow won't cover white Nothing that the crow won't feast upon Nothing that the wind won't testify Nothing that the sun won't bleach to bone Nothing that the snow oh-oh Nothing that the snow oh-oh All the words that you never should have spoken All the shame that you brought down on your name All the pain that you've spread around this world What is it now and what are you? Nothing that the snow won't cover white Nothing that the crow won't feast upon Nothing that the wind won't testify Nothing that the sun won't bleach to bone Nothing that the snow oh-oh Nothing that the snow oh-oh
10.
soul redeemer lyrics by Penelope Houston, music by Penelope Houston and Chuck Prophet (Bang Bang) Soul Redeemer, cash me in I didn’t mean to be that bad Don’t remember how that day went down the last freedom that I ever had He was a bigger man, dressed in blue pushed me into the back His hands were hurting, grabbing, choking I felt his body go slack (Bang Bang.) Soul Redeemer, Soul Redeemer Why did you take me, strip me, rape me and why am I the one who’s punished here? You locked my soul forever in a prison of prayer (Bang Bang.) You took my mother, you took my flower never gave anything back I wanted to love you, I wanted to kill you I felt your body go slack I’ve been so bad, my sweet lord Jesus in every man I see your face my whole life has been a living hell why should I struggle from your sweet embrace? (Bang Bang.) Soul Redeemer, Soul Redeemer Why did you take me, strip me, rape me and why am I the one who’s punished here? You locked my soul forever in a prison of prayer (Bang Bang.) Soul Redeemer, cash me in wash away my only sin For me there is no justice, give me peace at last One injection, and they say it comes fast Just one injection, and they say it comes fast Soul Redeemer, cash me in Gimme, gimme, gimme, Daddy man Jesus God...
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Words and music by John Cale

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Her brilliant lyrics illustrate dark cinematic tales of lust, arson, and murder on this guitar and organ drenched, Byrdsian folk-rock CD. 11 gorgeous tracks, including songs written by or co-written with Chuck Prophet, Pat Johnson and John Cale

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released April 21, 2004

Penelope Houston vocals, autoharp
Pat Johnson guitar, organ, piano, tambourine, vocals, bass on track 2
Jeff Jacks, bass on tracks: 1, 9, 11
Paula O'Rourke, bass on tracks: 6, 8, 10
Katherine Chase bass, backing vocals tracks: 3 to 5, 7
Eljohn Nelson drums on tracks 2 - 8
Ricky Quisol drums on tracks 1, 9, 11

Produced by Pat Johnson, Penelope Houston, Wally Sound
Recorded and mixed at The Wally Sound, Oakland, CA.

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