Message From the Watery Machine

by Virginia Dare

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This is a collection of some old songs never recorded and some newer ones. Thanks to Kyle Statham for his recording of 'Rain' at Blind Pig, SF, about a million years ago. And thanks to those of you who continue to listen. VDSF loves you.

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released July 9, 2017

Mary O'Neil: songwriting, vocals, autoharp
Brad Johnson: guitar, drawing
Michelle Cernuto: drums, guitar, gig-getter
Greg Freeman: bass, recording, production

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Songs for runaways, alcoholics, and deep sleepers

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Track Name: Suddenly
It all came down
suddenly
The moon cracked and spilled its milk
at our feet
And I saw you
and you saw me
Now no one else can say my name
nobody

You'll have to kiss me
with a bullet in your teeth
For I've been lost and found
and I have been asleep

Take back the town
and run the streets
After all the moon is full
and we are free
Track Name: Drenched
Standing on the corner
At Mustapha's store,
I watched you navigate that sea like a pirate
With the chipped and painted
Fingers of your hands
Spread wide, wide,
Around their hypothetical throats

I watched you watch the boys come down
Too stupid to see
the carnival stretched out beside them
Flying over the carousel
Knocking over the liquor store
and you, and you, watch it all like a video
And you, and you, watch it all like a video

You are an enemy ship in
subject tropical seas
the dream
of gas station attendants
Drenched
in the blue eye shadow of the world
Drenched
in the blue eye shadow of the world
and you, and you, watch it all like a video
and you, and you, watch it all like a video
Track Name: Eden
children pretend
that they are Indians again
you see
they shoot me with their
flaming arrows

the empty sky
turns orange from the fire
we'll burn the bank
we'll burn the school
we'll burn the prison

the roadside bends
at the place where night begins
kicking up the dust
along the way

you told me something
I didn't want to see
you burned the trouble
into me

I'm eating all the dirt
there is in paradise
tell me
how are things with you

I won't stay long
you see now it's all been burnt down
and like the smoke
I want to drift away
Track Name: Creature
the whole world is already on fire
and I missed my chance
to strike the match
high and alone
in my pretty prison
that I built
with my own two hands

drunk and asleep
drunk and asleep
I walked and I crawled
down Valencia Street
Valencia Street
and now there's no way back

I saw your eyes see my eyes
I saw your hands
shackle my hands
I tried to take
what wasn't given
you looked away
you shook your head

I was a thief
I was a thief
who sold what she stole
in the shadows so deep
shadows so deep
they went from blue to black

we're all gonna die anyway
like a wolf in a trap who devours himself
just to get away

I felt my hand slide off the wheel
I felt my foot
push hard on the gas
I heard myself say
"this isn't real"
just before
I heard the crash

I put up my hair
I rose from the floor
I was dressed in the skins
of the creatures before
the creatures before
and I could hear them laugh

watch out for old age
it will cut your throat
it will drink your blood
it will ask for more
it will ask for more and there's always more
Track Name: Pink Roses
It's a good day when I get the floor washed
A bad day
when I lose my head
I'm fucked in a world of sensation
It'll stop
when I am dead

bury me in the river of sorrow
take me there on your motorbike
dress me down in a gown from Thrift Town
and pink roses
from the underground

If I loved you once
i loved you more than twice
but it wasn't enough
to save me from my life

I've lost my faith in having a good time
so save your songs
for when I'm gone
faith cracks when it hits the pavement
I've learned my lesson
and I'm switching to gin

bury me in the river of sorrow
take me there on your motorbike
dress me down in a gown from Thrift Town
and pink roses from the underground

If I loved you once
i loved you more than twice
but it wasn't enough
to save me from my life
no it wasn't enough
to save me from my life
Track Name: Million Boys
I dream of smoke and gasoline
my dresses burn, the wheat fields burn
cut a switch from the cherry tree and come back
come back to me

a million boys float down the river
all named Tom, they're all named Tom
pushed in by their mothers and sisters
It's what you want
it's what you want

no bridge where there once was a bridge
sugar spills, into the river
the baby plays with a fighter jet
they're U.S.
they're U.S. jets

a million boys float down the river
all named Tom, they're all named Tom
pushed in by their mothers and sisters
It's what you want
its what you want
Track Name: Rip Out What You Can't Remember
it was you who took my hand
and placed the apple on my head
and fired away
through the blindfold I could see
every hole you put through me
you fired away

you were high, you were low
you put on a real good show
you were young, you were free
you were everything to me

rip out what you can't remember

walking the plank was a pleasure you see
on the way down it was just you and me
tied to the mast heads held back to the sky
nothing to say it was just you and I
you and I

I slurred my words and hung my head
and tried to pass off what was said
you fired away
the rose has bloomed the birds flew south
the trouble spilled out from our mouths
you fired away
Track Name: Brand New Plan
baby bought a one way ticket
suitcase in her hand
she’s gonna break the vacuum seal
on her brand new plan

now she’s chopping up the garden
destroyer of worlds
she thinks she'll dig a handsome poet
up out of the dirt

any old day she’ll knock your house down
and get you to pay
crying,
I’m not what you think I am

it’s alright she’ll whisper
In the end you’ll meet a girl
and thrill to a brand new version
of the same old pill

now she’s chopping up the children
divide them into two
there’ll be a boy for me
a girl for you

any old day she’ll knock your house down
and get you to pay
crying,
I’m not what you think I am

and I've tortured you before
and you always asked for more
more than I can ever stand
it's so automatic

baby bought a one way ticket
suitcase in her hand
she’s gonna break the vacuum seal
on her brand new plan
Track Name: Loved Once
the boy bows down to touch the ground
scratching words
into the dirt
run through the fields
run through the towns
gone are the sun and the moon
the thieves line up
they want you

run through the fields
run through the towns
my baby

poor girl in a stained dress
cheap black shoes and stockings
the sky is a cradle
dumps her on her head
run through the fields
run through the towns
gone are the sun and the moon
the thieves line up
they want you

the girl bent down to kiss him on the lips
just so he'd know
he was loved once
The girl bent down to kiss him on the lips
just so he'd know
he was loved once
Track Name: Wished
I wished I was dead
on such a beautiful morning
that when the sun came up
I was drowned in its glory
but I couldn't hold those horses back
and they dragged me
down their path
and they dragged
me down
their path

it was stop and go
on the 101 freeway
and the men in the front
they didn't know I was breathing
and they rolled me into a room
where they dropped me
in the gloom
where they dropped
me in
the gloom

so I swallowed the words
of the hospital chaplain
who just happened to be
extremely good looking
just one tiny little cut
was enough to open up
the sea
inside
of me
Track Name: Helpless
Any old day you can have me
and I won’t push you away
Any old day you can call
sad to say I’ll come running
When I hear that bells are ringing
And I’m always hearing bells
And it’s not popular to tell
That without you I am helpless

Any old day I will meet you
Name the time name the place
Any old day I will wait
Sad to say ‘cause it seems
that it means I’m always waiting
in my tear soaked bed in hell
and my tears know all too well
that without you I am helpless
I am helpless

If I could just glue us together
Then we’d be that way forever
But I’m sniffing glue instead
Drugged and distracted
I am helpless
Track Name: Rain
rain on the broken
cherry tree
the rain fills the house
the rain fills me
I drink and I drink
but I can't drink away
all the rain that falls today

the house falls down at
three o'clock
the piano is saved but
I am not
so it's down I go
to the down below
mouths of fishes
tell me so

drink it all, drink it all
I can't drink it all

look no further father
I'm the girl you seek
with chopped off hands
and chopped off feet
a stranger to utility
Track Name: Teeth
there is no lie you can tell that would astound me
you move your mouth just like
machinery

I've been grinding my teeth for a thousand years
teenage metal
loud and clear

the factory radio stopped and stayed that way
the New York Times declared
the news today

I've been grinding my teeth for a thousand years
drones are droning in my ears

Jesus Christ walked on the waves we know
there was no place else
for him to go
there was no place else
to fucking go
Track Name: Big Creek
pack up the truck
and rev up yr' engine
the talk of the town
ain't my kind of religion

I'm going to Big Creek where I'll be alright
yes I'm going to Big Creek
where the stars shoot satellites

fighter jets fall
absolved from destruction
rusted and mute
they point the direction

I'm going to Big Creek, where I'll be alright
Yes I'm going to Big Creek
where the stars shoot satellites

ponies still run
where lovers lie sleeping
out here in the dark
you might forgive me

I'm going to Big Creek, where I'll be alright
Yes I'm going to Big Creek
where the stars shoot satellites

late in the day
the wise man of the mountain
will pour me a drink
way out on the fault line

I'm going to Big Creek, where I'll be all right
Yes I'm going to Big Creek
where the stars shoot satellites