Floating Opera

Pony Up A Go-Go

The Ice Storm

Lyrics by Charles Lieurance

I see your dorm lights dim in the ice storm
the power lines are down
so hurt me now for heaven's sake
I could live between your window and your curtain
I could sleep in the grass
while you watch me from the kitchen door
I'm alive to a hint of possibility
I'm alive to a shred of some humility
cause right now
I'm stranded on a desert isle
listening to Downward Spiral
I thought it'd be enough
but it doesn't change reality
a blue sword comes out of the night sky
that's the end of make-believe
so hurt me now for heaven's sake
watching dorm lights dim in the ice storm
the power lines are down
as you while behind your kitchen door
I'm alive to a hint of possibility
I'm alive to a shred of some humility
I'm alive to what's left of my dignity
(pause) cause right now
I'm stranded on a desert isle
listening to This Year's Model
thought that that would comfort me
but it doesn't keep me company
I'm stranded on a desert isle
listening to Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy
but it doesn't change reality
I see you dorm lights dim in the ice storm
the power lines are down
so hurt me now for heaven's sake yeah
I see you dorm lights dim in the ice storm
the power lines are down
so hurt me now for heaven's sake yeah
I see your dorm lights dim in the ice storm (the power lines are down)
I see your dorm lights dim in the ice storm (the power lines are down)
I see your dorm lights dim in the ice storm
the power lines are down
so hurt me now for heaven's sake yeah

Nothing Feels Worse Than Your Good Times

Lyrics by Charles Lieurance

I guess you have to bark up every tree in town
till you're hoarse and all the birds fall down
I cover myself with what you leave behind
realize nothing feels worse than your good times
nothing feels worse than your good times
there's a graveyard for every time you laugh
there's a graveyard for every time you dance
there's a tombstone for every little kiss
there's a hearse that drives you to bliss
In a house on the dark end of the street
the party lights are spinning in the heat
I see the shadows on the wall
I guess you don't love me that much, that's all
I can tell she's in for quite a night
He's got the shoulders he's got the height
standing on the front porch, leaning on the railing
in his shades and rattlesnake tie
I guess he doesn't even have to try
to try, to try
there's a graveyard for every time you laugh
there's a graveyard for every time you dance
there's a tombstone for every little kiss
there's a hearse that drives you to bliss
there's a graveyard for every time you laugh
there's a graveyard for every time you dance
there's a tombstone for every little kiss
there's a hearse that drives you to bliss
to bliss, to bliss

Eden

Lyrics by Charles Lieurance

I saw Adan changing all the locks
from a house across Dodge Street
I didn't know how to tell him
that I hadn't seen the serpent there for weeks
as if he'd believe me
I wonder if he'll ever believe me
Through a long oval window I watched Adam mow the lawn
At first he kept it up like a religion
He clipped and pruned for hours
watered it for days
Then one day he just picked up the hose
and threw it in the weeds
he just plain surrendered
Now I want to come back home
but these are different days
I think I should experiment
I guess I'll walk away
but I want to come back home
but these are darker days
I guess I should just disappear
I think I'll shrug away
my old life
But I wanna come back home
I wanna walk back through the house to you
I wanna let my beach town fall
on the patio floor
and I wanna come back home
I wanna see you asleep
out back on the deck
your body covered up with leaves
Now I want to come back home
but these are different days
I think I should experiment
I think I'll slip away
and I want to come back home
but these are darker days
I think I should experiment
I guess I'll walk away
from you

Pony Up A Go-Go

Lyrics by Charles Lieurance

They don't look like cowboys but I guess it's in their blood
they crawl off the interstate when it gets hot enough
and they say...
Who's gonna buy this life insurance, Who's gonna buy this big fine car
Who's gonna buy this vacuum cleaner, Who's gonna buy this little song
and they ain't sold nothin' since they started out that day
and the radiator's burnin' and they don't have much to say
so they pony up a go-go while she twirls her six guns
they pony up a go-go and they kicks out the jams
they pony up a go-go cause the radio's blastin'
but she don't feel nothin' so she sits on her hands
and they drink their fancy vodka, they drink it down with lime
a little splash of soda water and they pony up a go-go
they pony up a go-go and ride
Outside the neon cocktail glass pours a drink of fire
right onto the interstate and they feel half alive
and they say...
Who's gonna buy this life insurance, Who's gonna buy this big fine car
Who's gonna buy this refrigerator, Who's gonna buy this little song
and they ain't sold nothin' since they started out that day
and the radiator's burnin' and they don't have much to say
so they say
won't you pony up a go-go and twirl your six guns
pony up a go-go, won't you kicks out the jams
pony up a go-go cause the radio's blastin'
but you don't say nothin' you just sit on your hands
so we'll drink our fancy vodka we'll drink it down with lime
a little splash of soda water
and we'll pony up a go-go, pony up a go-go and ride
pony up a go-go, pony up a go-go and ride
pony up a go-go, pony up a go-go
and ride ride ride ride ride yeah
ride ride ride ride ride yeah

Undefeated

Lyrics by Charles Lieurance

She opens her locker, and he sees his picture
surrounded by hearts, and bubble letter love
she'd be worth it if someone would just let her out
she'd almost be worth it, if someone would just let her out.
He zigs, and he zags, and tucks the ball for speed
The fiberglass collisions come nowhere near the wings on his feet
In her CPO, as the snow dusts the pews
the biology class scalpel makes familiar everything that's new.
And that was the season that we were undefeated
our letter jackets creaked in October rain
that was the season that we were undefeated
we sat on the hoods of our cars, and spoke of the game.
She kneels in the darkness with her warpaint on
a thousand tiny fishhooks pull her skin
tissue-paper roses pinched in chicken-wire crowns
she pulls the dog's Navajo rug around her shoulder
and he turns the radio on.
The zigs and the zags that criss across her skin
from all the harsh collisions from without and within
he's fiddling with the tuner now as the snow dusts his Ford
he barely blinks as she thumbs away the greasepaint from his eyes
and smears it onto her own.
And that was the season that we were undefeated
our letter jackets creaked in October rain
that was the season that we were undefeated
we sat on the hoods of our cars, and spoke of the game
and spoke of the game
and spoke of the rain

If You Dive

Lyrics by Charles Lieurance

Just set the broken gate aside
Just push the rusty rain aside
Like a curtain, to the sky
Just open up this tin can in the deep
Just let the blind fish fly
Then you'll see us, any night
Any morning, if you dive
Because...
Here we are, and there we were
Wrapped in chicken wire
And crepe paper rosebuds
There you go, and here we are
As the big autumn moon smears blood
on all the windows, here we are
If you dive, if you dive
She's the details in the seaweed
and I'm hidden in the coral reef
Of endless fleur de lis
That's where you can find her and me
If you dive, into the milky light
If you dive, any morning any night
If you dive, into the milky light
If you dive
Just open up this tin can in the deep
Just let the blind fish fly
Then you'll see us, any night
Any morning, if you dive
Because...
here we are, and there we were
Wrapped in chicken wire
And crepe paper rosebuds
There you go, and here we are
As the big autumn moon smears blood
on all the windows
If you dive, into the milky light
If you dive, any morning, any night
If you dive

Rocks and Virgins

Lyrics by Kristen Bailey

I woke up
in the arms of a very old man
I didn't know who he was
Or how I got there
But he knew me and he told me he loved me
and he gave me a red leather book
and told me if I wanted him
to look around on Pike or Pine Street
When he disappeared
I opened the book
and inside were twenty letters
that I'd written him
And at the back of the book
were rare rocks and gems
and virgins carved from stone
I sold the rocks
but I kept the virgins

Closer to Mine

Lyrics by Charles Lieurance

I was walking
through the garden
with an old suitcase
just in case you asked me
We took turns
spotting hummingbirds
singing Disney tunes
it was almost November
Before there were trains
before rockets reached deep space
before the flags were named to remember your place
There was a graveyard in town
and moths in your old steamer trunk
anytime, anytime
you'll be closer and closer and closer and closer to mine
Do you hear do you hear do you hear
Do you hear do you hear do you hear
I was a fresh one
feel the pulse on my face, drum on my case
as I sat in the freight car
You loved the first snow
it spotted your glasses
You stared at the trees
it was almost contagious
Before there were boats
before there were engines
before the lighthouse beckoned ships at sea
There was a coffin horse in the barn
A mosquito dancing in his ear
Anytime, anytime
you'll be closer and closer and closer and closer to mine
I was walking
in the garden
with an old suitcase
just in case you asked me
We took turns
spotting hummingbirds
singing Disney tunes
it was almost November
Before there were trains
before rockets reached deep space
before the flags were named to remember your place
There was a graveyard in town
and moths in your old steamer trunk
anytime, anytime
you'll be closer and closer and closer and closer and closer and closer to mine
Do you hear do you hear do you hear
Do you hear do you hear do you hear
Repeat: Ahhhh (closer to mine)

Caroline Says II

Lyrics by Lou Reed

As she gets up off the floor
Why is it that you beat me
It isn't any fun
and Caroline says
as she makes up her eye
you ought to think more about yourself
and not just about I
but she's not afraid to die
all her friends call her Alaska
when she takes speed they laugh and ask her
what is in her mind
Caroline says
while biting her lip
life is meant to be more than this
and this is a bum trip
and Caroline says
as she gets up off the floor
you can beat me all you want to
but I don't love you anymore
but she's not afraid to die
all her friends call her Alaska
when she takes speed they laugh and ask her
what is in her mind
she put her fist through a window paine
it was such a funny feeling
it's so cold in Alaska
it's so cold in Alaska
it's so cold in Alaska
what is in your mind.

Girls of the Freeway

Lyrics by Charles Lieurance

The girls of the freeway
head down to the lake house
and there they are transfigured
as they sit there drinking
and wait for their reflections
to come up for air
The girls of the freeway
fold paper flowers
they open and close them
with the ends of their fingers
they watch their reflections
come up for air
The girls of the freeway
head down to the lake
they think it's made of glass
and so they are transfigured
as they sit there laughing
and watch themselves glow