The Blessing House

by The Coffee Sergeants

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Our ode to the old 609 house. A lot of great people, and a lot of great music came through that house. Although not our first attempt at home recording, it's the first one we decided to release.

credits

released May 1, 1999

Mike Barnett: Keys, Guitar, Hurdy-Gurdy, Mandolin, Harmonium.
Spencer Berry: Bass, Vocals
Carey Bowman: Guitar, Vocals

Recorded at home, Summer 98 thru Spring 99.
Produced, arranged, and performed by The Coffee Sergeants
Photographs by David Johndrow, and Carey Bowman
All songs written by Carey Bowman except "Crown of Thorns" which was written by Mike Barnett and Carey Bowman.
The Coffee Sergeants wish to thank Jimi Teasdale, Mark Duksta, and Kelly Peters for their generosity and Beth, Renee, Kim, and KT for their support.

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Track Name: The Fair Leaves
Well the're pulling up stakes down at the old fairground
loading painted horses from the merry go round
It's a ballet set to a calliope sound,
and I'm watching as the fair's rolling out of town

Well it's made of paint and money, blood and bones and sweat
and the trapeze girl does a pirouette
there's a light snow falling to the ground
and I'm watching as the fair's rolling out of town

Now I've got all this time that's come my way
and I've got nothing else to do today

Well I've got these wings but I'd trade 'em in
on a soul and some flesh I could put it in
or some arms to gently wrap you in
and I'm asking you is it such a sin
to desire these things that other men
might take for granted as they look around
and I'm watching as the fair's rolling out of town
and I'm watching as the fair's rolling out of town
Track Name: Street Cars in the Rain
I'm going back
to another time
to the gas light glow
riding street cars in the rain

I'll see you their
in your button shoes
in your waiting room
waiting for a chance to shine

and all the world will know you and they'll
call you by your name
no longer to be just an ornament
of flesh and bone

I'll see you there
in another time
by the gas light glow
riding street cars in the rain
Track Name: The Blessing House
Come out to the blessing house
and you know that I'll be there
Come out to the blessing house
yeah..........

Come out to the aviary
come out to the sanctuary
come out to the blessing house
now

I've been waiting all day
just to take you there
I've been waiting all day
just to take you there

Come out to the blessing house

I've been waiting all day
just to take you there
I've been waiting all day
just to take you there
Track Name: Two Angels
Sariel
All the way from the sea
to my door
I wait for you
I wait for you

Raphael
Oh shining one that does heal
Heal me now
I wait for you
I wait for you
Track Name: Goodnight Diane
Turning in?
Good night Diane
(I kiss your Spanish dream of ferris wheels, and market squares on Sunday afternoon)

The bedroom light,
goodnight Diane
In all your fondest dreams
of places far
away from here
where no one knows your name

Turning in,
Goodnight Diane
I kiss your Spanish dream
Track Name: Coat of Gray
Effervescent,
Singular
Performing on the threshold
of a new moon rise
Summer's passed before my eyes
have time to adjust to the new sunlight.
And every time I think about the blank impression it has left
I come on down to meet you and we're there to find a way
to open up our eyes before we both have gone away

Sheltering a stormy shade of gray
you know I wish that I could find a way
But you and I could never find a place that's big enough
to put our bags away
and every time I think that you are sad I grab my overcoat
and come on down to meet you
and you're there without your coat of gray
you carry every where and I think it will be fine today

A simple thought
A simple thought of you and me
how it could be
and how it could never be
Track Name: Smoke
Well I could see it coming from a mile away
write this down in smoke I say
so you can take it with you
when you go away

5 says she's down at the tracks
Trains run up and down her back
all night and day
all night and day

She says first shall then be last
I say we ain't going nowhere fast
and 5 says she's down at the track
10 says she ain't coming back today
no not today
Track Name: To Be As One
There were those times
when all our words made perfect sense
They are no more
We talk in rhymes
that are so foreign to me now
foreign to me now

We lose our place
where we would spend our better days
inside our minds
remembering
is all we really have to do
to be as one
Track Name: Empty Mansions
Empty mansions in the hills
worn out wood and unpaid bills
stack my dreams up by the door
you've got tomorrow
but I need more

Spiral rings of mystery
sunlight rains down through the trees
I'm driving past and I'm going slow
where this leads
I do not know

Hey, this is not our day
this is not today
this is not the way things used to be
This is not our time
this is not our place
this is not the road we used to take
We can only hope
we can only dream
we can only dwell in empty mansions of our soul

Looking out your kitchen door
morning sun falls cross your floor
out on the road lights are turning red
so much you feel is left unsaid
Track Name: Crown of Thorns
Everyday
I watch the sun go down
and count the lights
that blink and shine
Cast it on the winds of time
and blow it all away
You have your crown of thorns
and I have left today
far behind

And every night
I hear the clock that chimes
and count the hours
till you'll be here
Sail them on the seas of time
and throw it all away
you have your cross to bear
and I have left today
far behind

Cast them on the winds of time
and blow them all away
they have their cross to bear
and we have left today
far behind
Track Name: Carousel Horses
I hear someone call out my name in a voice
that was so familiar to me
And we stood so still like carousel horses
waiting to be set free

And trust was the one thing that you and I always understood
without words
and we stood so still like carousel horses
whose new coat of paint runs in the rain

And all that I have is yours for the taking
And all that I have is yours for the making
And all that I am is sure
I heard someone call out my name in a voice
that was so familiar to me
And we run in circles like carousel horses
we've come so far
but we've gone nowhere
Track Name: Riteway Round
The afternoon sun
sets my living room on fire
well, that's it
nothing left for you to lose
nothing to remind you

And right away
you start to break down
And right away
you'll feel it all round

Bought a road machine
It kicked out 20 thousand miles of highway and landscape
and did you trade it in
for a piece of a dot on somebody else's roadmap

And right away
you start to break down
And right away
you'll feel it all round

Feel so humbled by you that I just can't
stand alone on my two feet
would you put your faith in any two words that
rythmed
Track Name: Now We're Gone
Now we're here
and now we're gone
wasn't with you very long
you have changed
and left me wondering if there was ever
really anything
I could have said

Now we're happy
and now we're sad
thinking of the times
we've had
I have changed
and left you wondering if there was ever
really anything
you could have said

You have changed
and left me wondering if there was ever
really anything
I should have said