Consolation Has no Phone

by The Coffee Sergeants

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Recorded April 2000 thru September 2001 at our place (and pace).
All songs written by Carey Bowman except Aunt Virginia which was written by Jimmy Doluisio and Carey Bowman. All tracks produced, and arranged by the Coffee Sergeants. Additional musicians: Scott Blesener: Violin, Frank Kammerdiener: Cello.
Special thanks to Jimmy Doluisio for his collaboration on Aunt Virgina (mind you, I never said it was my aunt), Mark Huber (remember the Alamo...Choir) for his contributions to the arrangement of Consolation has no Phone, to Scott and Frank for their superb playing,to the great David Johndrow for his photographic contributions, and to everyone everywhere who inspired this body of work. Extra special thanks to Liz,Renee, KT, and Kim for everything.

Dedicated to Will Glenn

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released April 1, 2002

Mike Barnett: Keys, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Tin Whistle, Harmonium
Spencer Berry: Bass, Backing vocals
Carey Bowman: Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica
Doug Spinks: Drums, Percussion
also:
Scott Blesener: Violin
Frank Kammerdiener: Cello

Photography: Carey Bowman, and David Johndrow

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Track Name: In the Morning
When I rise the birds sing on the lawn
The pale gray light of dawn
In the morning
In the morning

When I sleep beneath the four winds blow
they take me where they go
In the morning
In the morning

When I sleep beneath the four winds blow
Please take me when you go
In the morning
In the morning

When I dream the worlds before me rise
like jewels before my eyes
they shine until I rise
In the morning
In the morning
in the morning
Track Name: You Should Know
I know a thing about taking the long way
and I know a thing about getting in tune
I know a thing about losing your marbles
and I know a thing about breaking in two
and you
you should know
about it too

I know a thing about Mrs Wards daughter
and I know a thing about other ones too
I know a thing about picking up the pieces
and I know a thing about living for two
and you
you should know
about it too
Track Name: Knockout In Your Day
Sylvia lived
in great houses on the north plain
till the hand of time
came and it swept them away
bands would play
she'd dance to the music they made
served in the war
with the girls in the ladies brigade
And all the boys would hang around
they don't come around much these days
but you must have been a knockout
in your day

Married a man
first boyfriend she ever had
raised some kids
now shes not saying things are that bad
but all their friends would come around
she can't count that many these days
Ah but you must have been a knockout
in your day

And all the boys would hang around
they don't come around much these days
And all their friends would come around
she can't count that many these days
Oh but you must have been a knockout
in your day
in your day
Track Name: Falling Down
And if I'm broken on the wheel
tell them the wheel was made of lead
and grew so heavy on their minds
that they could not raise their eyes
to see the sky falling down
falling down

And if the band plays on too long
and our time has run dry
please say it was not all in vain
oh to raise my eyes
and see the rain falling down
falling down
Track Name: Blue All Down the Line
Who knows where the time goes
down some lonesome highway in the rain
been up on pills and persuasion
for so long I can't recall my own name
Long nights travel into dawn
outside my window, it's blue
blue all down the line

And the smoke rings they blow cross the landscape
down these dusty railroad towns
past the porch lights and past the street signs
and past empty mansions in my mind
Long nights travel into dawn
outside my window, it's blue
blue all down the line
blue all down the line
Track Name: Days on the Hill
Remember them, you know that I will
Eighteen months spent in days on the hill
My memory, so vivid and deft
Days on the hill are all we have left

Up in the morning too late for the sound
the hills they rise up, and the rain won't fall down
all these emotions will come in to play
and settle like rain at the end of the day

Now a certain misfortune has come to this town
we find ourselves lost where once we were found
My memory, so faded and still
All we have left are days on the hill
Track Name: Aunt Virginia
She takes good care
of uncle George and the things that endear
But sometimes she slips out the back door at midnight
when she thinks he won't hear
So come on now Aunt Virginia
I see you
and nobody knows Aunt Virginia
the way I do

From bedroom to boardroom and all of the places
she can find in between
she creeps 'round the corner, oh what she hasn't seen
So come on now Aunt Virgina
I see you
and nobody knows Aunt Virginia
the way I do
So come on now Aunt Virginia
I want you
and nobody knows Aunt Virginia
the way I do
Track Name: Pictures of Mr. Stanley's Life
Things can get so upside down
playing games you don't remember
Pictures of Mr. Stanley's life fell laughing to the ground
and I said catch 'em in your hand, but don't left 'em see it in your eyes
Pictures of Mr. Stanley's life fell laughing to the ground

And I promise not to say a word unless I'm spoken too
And I promise to be by your side
when they come back for you
And I promise not to leave the fan on while we sleep at night
And I promise to be in your dreams when you turn out the light

Time and time I've seen it happen
Over and over again
Pictures of Mr. Stanley's life fell laughing to the ground
and I said hold 'em in you hand, but don't squeeze too hard
coz when it leaves
Pieces of Mr. Stanley's life fell laughing to the ground

And I promise not to say a word unless I'm spoken too
And I promise to be by your side
when they come back for you
And I promise not to leave the fan on while we sleep at night
And I wondering if there's anyone who knows you in this light
And I promise not to say a word unless I'm spoken too
And I promise not to bring you down
with things you know are true
And I promise not to leave the fan on while we sleep at night
And I promise to be in your dreams when you turn out the light

Pictures of Mr. Stanley's life fell laughing to the ground
Track Name: I Wanna Hold You
Somewhere in my heart
I hold a picture
As you are right now, I wanna hold you
Yeah I wanna hold you

Right here in my hip pocket

Won't you come down in time ever so gently
or don't come down at all
I wanna hold you
Yeah I wanna hold you

Right here in my hip pocket

In this gilded cage
in this ever childhood
should be letting you go
but I wanna hold you
Yeah I wanna hold you
Track Name: Before the Shine
Time beats down on all things new
turns the brightest shade of blue
into a faded shade of gray
If all things live but for to die
may all things pass before my eyes
before the shine has gone away

Met him in an empty room
and though his shadow filled the room
he was much smaller than before
If all things live but for to die
may all things pass before my eyes
before the shine has gone away

Under a canopy of blue
jet streams trailing out of view
I watch them fading as you say
"if all things live but for to die
may all things pass before my eyes
before the shine has gone away"
If all things live but for to die
may all things pass before your eyes
before the shine has gone away
Track Name: Look Around
Look around,
and you're looking back over your shoulder
And you're seeing the ones that you know
and you're throwing your marbles at rainbows
and you think you've got somewhere to go
Looking for clues but you're looking behind you
Throwing away all the things that remind you

Hey, look around
look around, look around
but don't give up too much in return

I understand
It's a command
from your soul,
and not from your head

Picking up pieces of something that broke
that meant something to you a long time ago
Putting them all in the pain box you keep in the attic
behind your old stereo

Hey, look around
Track Name: Consolation Has no Phone
See them little lights disappear
in the rearview mirror of your soul
See them little faces waving you goodbye
as you turn back the fold
and it's all over town
that I got no way around
this thing that makes me feel like I'm ok

You dial 1411
information give me consolation please
but consolation has no phone
and is not picking up it's mail today
And it's all going down around me
And it's all coming down around me

See them little lights disappear
in the rearview mirror of your soul
See them little faces waving you goodbye
as you cross over old
And it's all over town
that I got no way around
this thing that makes me feel like I'm ok
like I'm going to make another day
like I'm going to wake up here
beside you