Tiny Prizes

by Chelsea Sue Allen

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released 06 December 2011

All songs written, performed, recorded by Chelsea Sue Allen
Electric guitar in Close, The Fox Song, The Catch performed by Shay Aubrey Allen

Songs Published by Gold Static Music (ASCAP)

Album art: Shay Aubrey Allen

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Track Name: When U Were Mine
When you were mine
The days were long
The drive was endless
The doubts were none

When you were mine
Downtown heat went to my head
and the raindrops never fell
On Sundays
On Sundays

When you were mine...
When you were mine...
When you were mine...
When you were mine...

When you were mine
I drove blind
with summer storms inside me

But when it went quiet my
Throat filled with endings and
My footsteps weren’t so sure of why they walked
Where they did
Ooohhhh.... Ooohhhh...

When you were mine...
When you were mine...
When you were mine...
When you were mine...
Track Name: Thea
Thea lost sister, ghost of a twin
Shattered by the earth and then taken back again

What keeps you spinning, pearl in the sky
I’ve stared at you for so long
My eyes are white
My eyes are white
My eyes are blind....

Please let me come live with you
This world is getting much too full
With the chatter and the blinding lights
I need some peace I need some
Quiet......

Circle round, stay close
Stir the stardust in my bones
Stay near, don’t go
The particles of your lonely heart are part of us all...
The particles of your lonely heart are part of this song...

Please let me come live with you
This world is getting much too full
With the chatter and the blinding lights
I need some peace I need some
Quiet.....
Quiet....

Pull at your lost pieces
Pull at your lost pieces
Take the dark take the ancient night
Guide the rivers raise the tides
Raise the tides
Raise the tides

Pull at your lost pieces
Pull at your lost pieces
Track Name: 500 Pound Day
It’s gonna be a 500 pound day
You can see it in the way the fruit shines
Pulling down
Towards the dirt.
Green arms can only hold so much weight
Before the body breaks
With the snap of twine and wooden stake
Hits the earth, at rest again

What’s gonna happen when your harvest starts to rot?
Cooking imperfections into sauce.
Who’s gonna be there when your fields are bare and brown?
When the only sound is the wind through the leaves and dead grasses...

It’s gonna be a 500 pound day
You can feel it in the way
The roots turn
Branching out, silent beneath your feet.

What's gonna happen when your own roots start to ache?
When the soil doesn’t nourish gotta find another place
To plant yourself
You gotta find another space
You gotta find another place to plant yourself.

And so I ask myself, I ask myself
Is the sting worth the honey,
Is the honey worth the sting?
Will you celebrate the end or will you ring your hands
Until the spring all pink and green comes creeping back again?

It’s gonna be a 500 pound day
It’s gonna be a 500 pound day
You can feel the way
It’s gonna be a 500 pound day.
Track Name: Close
And when you come close, I hope it’s to me
And when we drift apart, don’t drift too far

When I slow down I’ll give you a start
Yea when I catch my breath I’ll give you my heart

Don’t worry bout me if I’m pulled out to sea
I do surprisingly well in my own company

Don’t worry bout us when I don’t talk
Just gimmie some time to collect my thoughts......

And when the moon falls I’ll stop thinking of you
But only when the stars burst will my wishes come true

When I learn how I’ll knit you a scarf
So that when the flames die it’ll still keep you warm
Cuz dear when the days grow cold and there’s ice on the ground
I can’t promise you I’ll still be around....

Oooohhh, be around...

And when you reach for my hand, don’t hold it too tight
Or I’ll slip away like a ghost with dark eyes
Into the night back up towards the sky
I’ll give you my reasons when I learn why

Oh when I slow down I’ll give you a start
Yea when I catch my breath I’ll give you my heart

Cuz don’tcha know the distance of a thousand roads could
Never ease the ache I hold
No the distance of a thousand roads could never ease the
Ache I hold
When you come close
When you come close
When you come close
When you come close
Track Name: Monster
I know you’re hiding in my closet
And underneath my bed
You are cryin’ from the floorboards
You are scratchin’ at my door

In the daytime you’re so different
And your skin’s not so pale
But when the night comes you get thirsty
I should race away but I can’t

But if I though you were a monster, I wouldn’t stay so close to you
But sometimes you don’t see a monster, until the moon grows full
Full
Uh oh uh oh uh oh.......

And in the bleak evenings of early spring
I can sense you gaze
Watchin’ me from under rotting leaves
I know you’ll follow me home
You’ve got the eyes hungry for a kill
You’ve got the pulse so slow and sure
You’ve got the gait of someone lost in the fog
You’ve got a way of creepin’ into my head

But if I though you were a monster, I wouldn’t stay so close to you
But sometimes you don’t see a monster, until the moon grows full
Full
Uh oh uh oh uh oh

Shadows on your face torturing your mind
Keeping things inside
Flip the switch and drink the drink
Feel alright, feel alright

You’ve got my runnin’ for the basement
You’ve got me hiding in the attic
Up and down such shaky stairs
Disturbing spiders and their silver webs

But if I though you were a monster, I wouldn’t stay so close to you
But sometimes you don’t see a monster, until the moon grows full
Full
Uh oh uh oh uh oh

Please put the blood back in my neck
Please put the heart back inside my chest
Please put the blood back in my neck
Please put the heart back inside my chest
Track Name: The Fox Song
It was in the rain
It was, it was
In the rain the fox came and
Took our chickens away

Out into the tall grass
Left a trail of paw prints
Left a trail of feathers
We didn't follow

It was in the spring
It was, it was
The season of the rain
I let you take me away

Out under the blossoms
Out into the green woods
And I followed...

And the foxes in their den
Lay low to raise their babies
Sink low to make their kill
And fade back into the forest

Ooo aah ohh
Ooo ahh ohh

It was in the summer
It was, it was
An evening hot and thick as wool
I tried to slip away

But you followed
My bare footprints
In the damp grass
Caught my hand
Caught my hand and led me home

And the foxes in the back field
Shout their cries into the clear sky
Sink low to make their kill
And fade back into the forest
And no we never follow
We never follow
We never follow

Ooo aah ohh
Ooo aah ohh
Track Name: Hurricane
Hurricane
Wash my head down the drain
Wash the mud from my brain.

Water glitters in the wind and the rain
Water glitters in the wind and the rain

Hurricane
Take my thoughts like dead limbs
Knock the roses to their knees
Tear me loose like the leaves

To float down warm black water streets
To float down warm black water streets
They say run from the sea
They say run from the sea
Can’t blame the shells for digging in
Can’t blame the waves for stealing sand
Don’t we all get second chances?
Don’t we all get second chances?

Hurricane
Power lines lay in the grass
Thick limp wires stretched and snapped

Crows call from the building tops
To shout that there’s been nothing lost
I think that you may be the one
I think that you may be the one
Can’t blame the clouds for what they’ve done
Can’t blame the raindrops for this flood

Hurricane

They say run from the sea
They say run from the sea
Track Name: The Catch
With my sunglasses on
I can stare at the sun
For as long as I want
For as long as I want

And when the night comes
We lay under a billion suns
Eyes blind everything’s ok
And pearls for each other form inside our chests
Our chests
Our chests

I can’t give you my word
I can’t give you my word
But there’s no use for words
When there’re stars overhead

So read into the signs
But don’t let your guard down just yet
Because the bell outside your heart
Won’t ring til it feels the catch of the thorn
The thorn
The thorn

I can’t give you my word
I can’t give you my word
But there’s no use for words
When there’re stars overhead

And sorry to be late
I couldn’t leave when the hour struck
Stuck starin’ at the sky
Waiting for the moon to rise
Waiting for the moon to rise
Waiting for the moon to rise
To rise
To rise
Track Name: Tiny Prizes
Split lip this season’s cold
Branches break like blackened bones
Knuckles crack ‘round steering wheels
What I need most’s a bed

Fire warms and fire melts the
Pale blue lungs inside our chests
Icicles hanging from the roof
My cheeks are glowing red

But no matter how hard the winter kills and
Knocks and numbs and ices
I could never give up
The sight of those
Colored lights, those
Colored lights, that
Line the edges of the houses and
Fill my eyes like tiny prizes

Tiny prizes...

Wind chills, it knocks me down
I’m feeling like a winter doll
Bundled up in pattered cloth
But my stuffing’s coming out

Frost bites, it steals my breath
I’m feeling like a sleepy fish
Encased in a frozen pond
Just waiting for the thaw

But no matter how hard the winter kills and
Knocks and numbs and ices
I could never give up
The sight of those
Colored lights, those
Colored lights, that
Line the edges of the houses and
Fill my eyes like tiny prizes

Tiny prizes...
Brain freeze and cats curled on couches
These days are like one endless hour
A candlelit dream I’d like to hide
Then suddenly, it’s night
Track Name: All of My Strings
Pulling at all of my strings
To find the words
Asleep like seeds
Under soil and dirt

And where do tears come from
When you’re silent for so long?
And if there’s a light inside me
How do I let it out?

Cuz the stars have shifted overhead
And now signs are being re-assessed
You thought you almost knew yourself, but my dear
Oh my dear think again...

But I know who I am
in the silence of a room
I am glitter in a glass jar of water
I am iridescent blue

And I felt a breeze through a window that was closed
And I felt the heat on the skin of my palms
And I heard your voice through a phone that wasn’t on
It wasn’t on...

But the cats are always crying at the door
The dog is thirsty, fill her empty bowl.
To live is to stay in one piece,
To love is to give yourself away,
Oh maybe I’ll love that way someday...

But I know who I am
In the silence of a room
I am glitter in a glass jar of water
I am iridescent blue
Track Name: Roads
After a while
The roads ran together
Long dusty laces
Sleeping black snakes
Woven and knotted into paths I could not separate
Woven and knotted into paths that I could not keep straight

We keep on falling into each other’s traps,
Those snares we set
Don’t you hear them snap
Can’t you hear them cracking fragile bones and breaking hearts?

After a while
The wolves began to follow
Eyes red in tail lights
Teeth fur and claws
But they didn’t bother
It was I who was in their moonlit home
They came beside me
And they showed me how to walk alone

And they sang...

We keep on falling into each other’s traps,
Those snares we set
Don’t you hear them snap
Can’t you hear them cracking fragile bones and breaking hearts?

Cracking fragile bones and breaking hearts
Cracking fragile bones and breaking hearts