Saints Of The Lost Cause Saloon

by Katy Stephan

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released August 4, 2008

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Track Name: Here's To Us
this year
filled me full of holes
marked me full of lines
nailed me like a sniper out of a clear black sky
I'm so tired of crying
this year
I'm not sorry to see it go
buried under a foot of snow
oh I could use a cup of cheer

here's to you my only brother
here's to you my mortal enemy
here's to us
singing carols in the trenches on christmas eve, 1914
here's to you my bloody brother
here's to you beloved enemy
here's to us
we'll soldier on beyond this despicable year
finally silence this dear, dear buried child
may it rest in peace
sleep in heavenly peace

this year
threw me down the well
nailed me to the cross
may it burn in hell beside the one true love we lost
I'm so tired of trying
this year
may it go down in infamy
on a stretcher and quietly
darling raise your little cup of cheer

here's to you my only brother
here's to you my mortal enemy
here's to us
singing carols in the trenches on christmas eve, 1914
here's to you my bloody brother
here's to you beloved enemy
here's to us
we'll soldier on beyond this despicable year
finally silence this dear, dear buried child

here's to me and you love
and a happy new love
here's to us
Track Name: I'll Grow A New Heart
my beautiful future
is stretched out behind me
I see it through two black eyes

and I've got a brown belt
in saying I'm sorry
but somehow it's a huge
always a huge fucking surprise

each time the two-story tissue box mansion burns down
with such startling violence
cause I had such sparkling confidence

I was a princess
he was an angel
we lived in a castle
inside a bottle of Maker's Mark

I'll grow a new heart

a face through a window
that's shaped like a diamond
is watching me drive
I'm always driving away

and I've got the open
smile of a suitcase
wind whistling through
my toothless face

bathed in the bloodthirsty kindness of strangers
who used to be
pretty good friends of mine
I write my hilarious valentine

I was a princess
he was an angel
we lived in a castle
inside a bottle of Maker's Mark

I'll grow a new heart

he didn't steal it
I threw it away
it slipped from my pocket
fell from a locket
I dropped it on the floor of the bathroom
in the back of Finnegan's bar

I'll grow a new heart

when I can keep some food down
when I can breathe
I'll be forgiving
excuse him for living
I'll wear a glittering pink taffeta dress
instead of this tattered old newspaper mess

I'll be a princess
he'll be an angel
we'll live in a castle
inside a bottle of Maker's Mark

I'll grow a new heart
Track Name: Battleship Rose
Battleship Rose is the tallest tree
the tallest tree in Cathedral Grove
a velvet nest there sheltered me
a hundred years ago

Battleship Rose is a stormy sea
a stormy sea on a starless night
my ship went down to the darkest deep
a hundred years ago
straight down to Battleship Rose

Oh, ho Battleship Rose
makes the music fly from the rocks and stones
Oh ho ho Battleship Rose
with a box, a spoon, or a garden hose
Oh ho Battleship Rose
makes the music fly on fiery wings
Oh ho ho Battleship Rose
makes the birds, the girls and the angels sing

Battleship Rose is 3/4 time
3/4 time at the masquerade ball
the room spun around when his cheek touched mine
a hundred years ago

Battleship Rose is a black top hat
a black top hat on the vaudeville stage
he sawed that lady clean in half
a hundred years ago
the amazing Battleship Rose

Oh, ho Battleship Rose
makes the music fly from the rocks and stones
Oh ho ho Battleship Rose
with a box, a spoon, or a garden hose
Oh ho Battleship Rose
makes the music fly on fiery wings
Oh ho ho Battleship Rose
makes the birds, the girls and the angels sing

Battleship Rose is a shiny blade
a shiny blade with an edge of silk
plunged in rubies to its hilt
a hundred years ago

Battleship Rose is the breath of God
the breath of God in a whispered dream
in Elysian Fields by the circling stream
I'll dream of Battleship Rose

dream, dream, dream

Oh, ho Battleship Rose
makes the music fly from the rocks and stones
Oh ho ho Battleship Rose
with a box, a spoon, or a garden hose
Oh ho Battleship Rose
makes the music fly on fiery wings
Oh ho ho Battleship Rose
makes the birds, the girls and the angels hum
makes the birds, the girls and the angels come
Track Name: Clouds
it's clouding over
the sunniest day in the world
it's clouding over
blue on blue

if I could blow the clouds away for you
I'd send them running from the sky
oh I would blow the clouds away for you
my sweet blue sky

if I could blow the clouds away for you
I'd send them flying from the sky
oh I'd blow every little cloud away for you
blue sky
Track Name: On Stow Lake With The Nightingale & The Rose
there is a lizard that runs by
scaly and cynical
there is a daisy that is also a boy
there is a tree whose roses are white as foam of the sea
his brother's are yellow
and all of them are wrong

there is an oak tree
in love with a bird
in love with a student
in love with a maiden
in love with silver-buckle shoes
which one are you

there is a girl
who refuses a gift
he calls her ungrateful
without even knowing
how it feels
to sing until dawn
with your breast pressed against a thorn
pressed against a thorn

it's too easy to say you are the rose

there is a boy
who returns to his room
he pulls out a great and dusty book
and begins to read

it's easy to say you are the rose
built out of music by moonlight
stained with the crimson heartsblood
of a nightingale on love
with love

you are the one
who rowed the boat
and read me the story
which somebody sent you
whose name you won't say

you are the one
who read me the story
while both of us floated
and turtles looked on

you are the one
who is always the story
the rose
and the nightingale
the gift of a song