david and the christynas

by David Houston

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released February 23, 2005

Christina Maradick - Viola, Krystyna Ogella - Cello

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Track Name: Her Little Black Book
you can see her through the window
though she night look a little vague and unclear
i'm pretty sure that's just the way she likes it

over in the corner
she's sitting in the shadows

watching worlds collide
and no one even seems to notice she's there
she puts her book on the table lights a candle

then she opens it up
then starts to write

in her little black book
her little black book
everything she sees
everything she hears
is in her little black book

what do you think she is writing
do you think her heart is broken into
i almost had a chance to ask her all about it

but she slipped away
back into the shadows

i'm trying not to be obsessive
but all i do is watch her write in that book
the tears a falling just like rain outside her window

but she wipes them away
then starts to write
write it all down

in her little black book
her little black book
her little black book
everything she sees
everything she hears
is in her little black book

in her little black book
her little black book
her little black book
everything she sees
all her hopes a dreams
are in her little black book

her little black book
her little black book
her little black book
Track Name: A Song Of Love
this is a song for you
but don't let it turn you head
'cause could never be
the man you think you see

this is a song of life
but don't let it bring you down
'cause love has many faces
it goes through many changes

we see a man
in different shades of gray
a never ending shadow
with no magic of it's own
yet we slip beneath this figure
as if everything was planned
and i wonder
do we really understand

this a song of love
but don't let it touch your heart
'cause i am not the man
who do you think i am

memories at midnight
colors change hue
that all enticing presence
of someone you once knew
don't you turn to your pillow
you see everything is clear
love is in the music
that you hear
Track Name: Winter Lady
traveling lady stay awhile
until the night is over
i'm just a station on your way
i know i'm not you lover

well i lived with a child of snow
when i was a solider
and i fought every man for her
until the nights grow colder

she used to wear her hair like you
except when she was sleeping
and then she'd weave it on a loom
of smoke and gold and breathing

and why are you so quiet now
standing there in the doorway
you chose your journey
long before you came upon this highway

traveling lady stay awhile
until the night is over
i'm just a station on your way
i know i'm not you lover
Track Name: Serenity
have mercy on me
don't leave me hanging out here hopelessly

come on serenity
show your face to me
just give me some kind of sign

any sign of love will do
i know i'm asking a lot from you

but i'm in trouble here
i'm going down i fear
it's for the very last time

serenity please
show mercy to me
tell me love can be
more then just misery
show mercy
show mercy to me

well i found out today
much to my surprise shock and dismay

that i was one of those
crazy mixed up souls
who runs screaming from love

but love screamed back at me
she said i was a fool if i couldn't see

that beauty lies within
next to our darkest sins
and fly's on wings of a dove

serenity please
show mercy to me
tell me love can be
more then this agony
show mercy
show merry to me

please help me find a way
just get me through this day
serenity please

so may mistakes
i have to face them or i'm going to break

just get a load of me
spouting such philosophy
but i can't get past these tears

all these tears of love over you
my heart is broken it's split right in two

come on serenity
i'm waiting patiently
for you to appear

serenity please
show mercy to me
tell me love can be
something more then tragedy
show mercy
show mercy to me

serenity please
have mercy on me
Track Name: My Back Pages
crimson flames tied though my ears
rolled high with mighty traps
pounced with fire on flaming roads
using ideas as my maps
"we'll meet on edges soon said i"
proud 'neath heated brow

oh but i was so much older then
i'm younger than that now

half -wracked prejudice leaped forth
"rip down all hate,"i screamed
lies that life is black and whit
spoke from my skull i dreamed
romantic facts of musketeers
foundationed deep somehow

oh but i was so much older then
i'm younger than that now

in a soldier's stance i aimed my hand
at the mongrel dogs who teach
fearing not i'd become my enemy
in the moment that i preach
my pathway led by confusion boats
mutiny from stern to bow

oh but i was so much older then
i'm younger than that now

yes my guard stood hard when abstract threats
too noble to neglect
deceived me into thinking
i had something to protect
good and bad i define these terms
quite clear no doubt somehow

oh but i was so much older then
i'm younger than that now
Track Name: Learn To Fly
she wants to learn how to fly
sour like an eagle trough the sky
she wants spread her wings
and know the joys that only flight can bring

but there's something in her eyes you know
there's traces that always show
someone from so long ago
something that just won't let go

she wants to learn how to fly
slip the surly bounds to which she's tied
she want's to race with the wind
and feel the breath of god against her skin but

sometimes when she she smiles you see
that someone who used to be

somebody broke her heart
somebody just like you
somebody flew away
and they never came back

she wants to learn how to fly
like a night bird with stars in her eyes
she wants to make her wings
out of gossamer and yesterday's dreams

but something in her eyes that shine
betray's her real designs

somebody broke her heart
somebody just like you
somebody flew away

somebody broke her heart
somebody just like you
somebody flew away
and they never came back
Track Name: The Fall
you must have seen them once or twice
or read about their tale of woe
me i remember two friends in need
two heart's who lost everything

but i suppose i should start again
and start from the very beginning
and tell you what it was like before
all the pain and suffering

it was like your first christmas day
full of lights and childhood dreams
or try remembering your first true love
and all the magic that it could bring

crowds of people came from miles around
and everyone was happy singing
wrap this up all in a ball
you'd only have a glimmering

true love in fairy tales
always has a happy ending
but in a world of spit and greed
well there's no room for anything

i was there when they first found out
their world was going to end
in the space of just one heartbeat
i couldn't quite comprehend

she could barely hold back her tears
hardly keep her hands from shaking
he was quiet wouldn't say a thing
but i could tell he was smoldering

now i see some of you nod your heads
i see some of you wipe your cheeks
look around the room you'll see
we have a bond in their misery

and people ask me if there's still hope
i try to smile but i can't tell them
all i see for our wounded pair is
wreckage and despair

true love in fairy tales
always has a happy ending
but in a world of spit and greed
well there's no room for anything

i have a table that i got from them
i keep it littered with strange debris
i know it's there but i don't want to see
broken hearts broken dreams

and i'm afraid to tell you more
'cause i'm ashamed of how i left them
drowning in this terrible see
i just stood by and watch them bleed

this is the fall of innocent grace
a time of constant sorrow
so light a candle or say a prayer
or drink until you just don't care

but if you think it can't get much worse
you haven't heard a word i'm saying
'cause it won't stop until it has it all
until it's taken everything

true love in fairy tales
always has a happy ending
but in a world of spit and greed
well there's no room for anything
Track Name: A Thousand Tears
i often walk the streets of yesterday
i look for you in every face
trying to replace this
emptiness i feel
with love's embrace
but there's no trace

i go down alleyways of history
i chase a golden thread of time
looking for someone
in a sea of faces
she's not there
so i'm nowhere

i cried a thousand tears
over someone like you
i'll cry a thousand more
but what good will it do
if i don't have you
if i don't have you

i know these dreams will get the best of me
but there's just nowhere else to turn
and hard as i try to
break these chains that bind
they won't let go
so there's no hope

i cried a thousand tears
over someone like you
i'll cry a thousand more
but what good will it do
if i don't have you
if i don't have you

i cried a thousand tears
over someone like you
i'll cry a thousand more
but what good will it do
if i don't have you
if i don't have you

your not there

so i'm nowhere
Track Name: Suicides And Murders
amy was a friend of mine
a troubles youth in troubled times
and now she's gone

her friends all thought she was doing well
she to berkeley thought it might help
but now she's gone

she shoot herself after her father came
to visit her one rainy day
and my heart cry's for her
my friend amy is gone

lynn was a friend of mine
a young woman in her prim
and how she loved her man

a dealer who said he was though
just one more deal and he'd be though
and how she loved her man

she was murder on her apartment stars
underneath the street light glare
and my heart bleeds for
my friend lynn is gone

how many people do you know
that travel this same dark road

i have a friend i cannot name
her husband blew out his brains
while she was looking on

he shoot himself in the head
sitting there right on their bed
while she was looking on

this messed her up pretty bad she said
but just how much i can't comprehend
and my heart screams with her
my friend i cannot name

now amanda is a friend of mine
and she walks that same dangerous line
and oh what can i say

a daughter of the moon she cry's
she runs away she try's to hide
and oh what can i say

she's haunted by some ghost from hell
and only time is gonna tell
and my heart my heart
weeps for her
Track Name: Suzanne
suzanne takes you down
to a place near the river
you can hear the boats go by
you can spend the night beside her

and you know that she's half crazy
but that's way you want to be there
and she feeds you tea and oranges
that come all the way from china

and just when you mean to tell her
that you have no love to give
she get's you on her wave length
and she let's the river answer
that you've always been her lover

and you want to travel with her
and you want to travel blind
and you know that she will trust you
for you've touched her perfect body
with your mind

now jesus was a sailor
when he walked upon the water
and he spent a long time watching
from his lonely wooden tower

and when he knew for certain
that only drowning men could see him
he said all men will be sailors then
until the sea shall free them

but he himself was broken
long before the sky would open
forsaken almost human
he sank beneath your wisdom
like a stone

and you want to travel with him
and you want to travel blind
and you think maybe you'll trust him
for he's touched your perfect body
with his mind

now suzanne takes your hand
and she leads you to the river
she is wearing rags and feathers
from salvation army counters

and the sun pours down like honey
on our lady of the harbor
and she shows you where to look
among the garbage and the flowers

there are hero in the seaweed
there are children in the morning
they are leaning out for love and
they will lean that way forever
while suzanne holds the mirror

and you want to travel with her
and you want to travel blind
and you know you can trust her
for she's touched your perfect body
with her mind
Track Name: Illumination
i know i'm troubled
it's only obvious
my ghost won't leave me be

you always said that
if i had problems that
you would be here for me

well i've got my doughts
but i'm still reaching out

baby illuminate me
i need your light to see
in the darkness of my soul
in a world that's growen so cold
won't you illuminate me

this world is tricky
full of illussion that
we can never resolve

but if your lucky
you've found someone
to pick you up when you fall

but that isn't me
i've lost all my dreams

baby illuminate me
i need your light to see
this road that i'm on
is twisted dark and long
won't you illuminate me

everydays about the same now
no matter what i do
and i try hard to change it up but
all roads lead back to you

baby illuminate me
send me your light to see
these storm clouds in my mind
just leave me blind
won't you illuminate me

nobody's perfect
you always told me that
but it just never got through

that is until now
when it's to late to
make it up to you

and even though your gone
your still the only one

baby illuminate me
send me your light to see
in the darknes of my soul
in a world that's grown so cold
won't you illuminate me

illuminate me
illuminate me
illuminate me
illuminate me
illuminate me
illuminate me
illuminate me
illuminate me
illuminate me
illuminate me