Bent Penny's One Tree Hill

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1.
In The Park 03:44
There are lions and tigers in the park But they only come out after dark There are elephants and monkeys too And they'll do anything I want them to The doctor told me not to go in there I asked him why he should care He said stay inside the lines and squares You can leave them if you dare I was standing there when a bus rolls by, I try to catch the driver’s eye He looks like he’s a monkey too Ferrying animals from the zoo They’ll be safer here he says Staying here with me and you. The foghorn sounds down by the bay But no-one listens anyway I've got to get away. Got to get away Things go on day to day. But I’ve got to get away. I saw you by the jungle jim There was money in your hand I didn’t see who you were talking to You were looking very thin I saw Jesus with his crucifix Mary with her tears I saw Gandhi with his glasses on And Hitler wears a beard The trees are above us They disappear into the sky They fill with bats and noises As the hours go spinning by There are lions and tigers in the park They only come out after dark There are elephants and monkeys too They’ll do anything I want them to. I've got to get away. Got to get away Things go on day to day. But I’ve got to get away.
2.
Well I left my friends no I did not say a word. Left them like mist hanging, on the cool morning air. I pulled my hat down so I wouldn't be seen I moved through the town like a shadow in a dream Someone said they saw me put the sentries on alert But I left the sound of dogs behind no sign upon the earth /tracks in the dirt I travelled out beyond Down through the badlands Looking for the treasure I was holding in my hands Spun myself a web of gold boiled in a silver spoon Someone stole my voice put a frosting on the moon The devil will tempt you He comes with a smile Spread his hand across the landscape You know what yours is mine Now I roam the forest Just the animals for friends But when the food runs out You know how the story ends I spun myself a thread of gold turned into a spiders web I spun myself a thread of gold candy floss inside my head I spun myself a web of gold boiled in a silver spoon but someone stole my voice while I was howling at the moon.
3.
There’s a long empty beach, There a slow breaking wave There’s a boat out to sea with a cargo of slaves You were coming to see me at least that what you said, Now these thoughts of you run around in my head Listen to the sound of the wind Listen to the seagulls cry Listen to the turning of the spheres Watch the years go floating by Let’s climb to the top of the hill It might help us get a better view Up here I can see for miles But I can’t see a trace of you. There’s a long empty beach there’s a secret hidden in the dunes There are footprints on my heart, I guess only time will remove
4.
While you were sleeping…. I crept into your room I sat in the corner…. by the light of the moon while you were sleeping the night caught on fire the cities all crumbled from the weight of desire I can hear you breathing, see the shadows on the wall Well, while you were sleeping the world turned away Put its back to the sun, dis-membered the day If I try really hard , It’s like I’m not here at all. Don’t ask even once why I’m sitting here Or why the light on your face makes me shed a tear I know you don’t talk much… I don’t expect that you do But there’s so much left unsaid… between me and you Well, while you are sleeping I can count my regrets Watched the moon turn black and the stars pirouette While you were sleeping I kissed you goodnight Went into my room and turned out the light.
5.
There’s just one twisted tree High on top of a hill There’s an old man sitting there And he’s sitting there still I’m down in the valley Drawing water from the well I’m lost in the river But I’m gonna climb that hill So many steps Such a long way to fall And when you get to the top You think you’ll have it all The years roll like cartwheels You see stars flame and die Now you’re sitting alone Looking down from on high Then an old man appears With a gold coin in his hand As you reach out to take it His face turns to sand So many steps Such a long way to fall And when you get to the top You’ll find nothing at all
6.
It’s late in the evening and the north-easter’s in The downtown crowd gathers, let the ceremony begin. But don’t you try and find me - don’t try looking there I’m hiding on the ocean - Yes I’m way out to sea Yeah, I’m chasing something, something that I crave I’m waiting for the feeling, I’m watching, I’m waiting for that one last wave. I’ve seen them all come And I’ve seen them all go Like pretty maids and their boys all in a row They were torn by the breeze They were burnt by the sun And now I’m here all alone As I watch the darkness come The day feels like velvet, my skin starts to prune I’ll watch and I’ll be lost If it doesn’t come soon Like a dog being tortured I’ll howl at the moon But you don’t need to come looking I’m easy to see As night comes you’ll find me Here any day I’m waiting for the feeling Yes I’m waiting for that one last wave.
7.
It’s Sunday night on the lovers flight and They don’t know if they should laugh or cry but I know which one and I can tell you why It’s Sunday night on the lovers flight and They don’t know if they should laugh or cry Yeah, I know which one cause She said goodbye Waitress can I have a beer Better make that two waitress can I have a beer but the drug I’m thinking of is you Looking down from above And the city spreads out below I’m asking myself so many questions But there’s some answers you just don’t want to know I’m riding in a silver cab Down an avenue of trees You may be somewhere south of here Trying not to think of me. Can I go sleep ... wake up when you’re old and grey I guess that presumes I wouldn’t want you that way Can I go sleep ... wake up when you’re old and grey And the fact is it means I’m wishing my life away It’s Sunday night on the lovers flight Shall i laugh or shall i cry There’s no choice right now and I can tell you why It’s Sunday night on the lovers flight Shall i laugh or shall i cry ‘cause it was Sunday when you said goodbye.
8.
There’s an old guitar out in the hall, standing up against the wall Some days it just sits there says nothing at all, But some days it calls out to me calls to me like a church bell’s ring, And then it tells e tells me everything. Bone and wood and steel Is this a measure of a life that’s real? Or is this a curtain like a child that I can hide behind You know it hasn’t always been that way, I forgot about it for a lot of yesterdays I left it out in the shed, Someone held you in my stead But somehow you came back to me, there’s some bruises and the paint works chipped But that’s nothing ....that’s nothing, that good love won’t fix Bone and wood and steel Some measure of a life that’s real A map that tells me where I’ve been… That old guitar knows all I’ve seen Bone and wood and steel, A measure of a life that’s real coloured like tobacco stains, The sound of notes falling down like rain. There’s an old guitar out in the hall, Standing up against the wall I watch it as the sun moves and the shadows fall A face the colour of tobacco stains, my face has seen its share of wind and rain i”ve put it down but I’ll pick it up again, you’re the only one that keeps me sane
9.
Turn any corner. Listen for the sound Of footsteps behind me. Something's coming down We know where you're going. We know what you do We know what you’re thinking. way before you do We know you by numbers. just zeros and twos There's no secrets between us now. we know your every move We've got a list, got your picture on the wall We know when you rise.And we'll be there when you fall It's a life by numbers. Just fill in the dots We've got you from birth. And that's not all that we got While you wait to be questioned. Here’s a book you can read It’s got numbers in the title. I’m just not sure what it means I’m getting old. I don’t belong here any more I’m just a survivor. Of another cold war The language changes. The smiles just hide They see me belonging. to some other side I’ve fallen in the gap. The digital divide
10.
I may just have to go out and take a walk around Like a dog sniffing corners, let me see what I can find. Oh baby don’t you know I’m restless. It’s so hard to keep a good man down But in that whimsy lays a danger. You just never know what you might find There’s a path leading somewhere, takes me onward through the wood There’s a mystery in the forest but I don’t know where to look Come on let the river carry me all the way down to the sea All those people and the faces, drifting by are all just lost to me Oh perhaps I’m looking out for Jesus. Perhaps I’m looking for a resting place But I just can’t get myself settled 'till I can see his face There’s a secret behind each doorway and a pleasure in a lonesome smile I have come so far to see you it’s hard to tell you all the things I’ve left behind If we could just rest by the water. Feel the tide go in and out I see you standing by the window with a smile that says you know what I’m about If we could just rest by the water. Feel that tide going in and out I see you standing by the window with a smile that tells me, you know what life is all about.
11.
There’s a north wind blowing There’s ash on my tongue I’ve opened the gates now And let the dogs run. There’s smoke to the north A fires coming this way It will catch us if we run And we’ll be caught if we stay There’s fire on the mountain There’s a fire inside me They said don’t play with matches But I just couldn’t let it be It all seemed so easy When we started out But there were tree branches fallen and leaves lying about you lit a flame that turned into a fire and there’s no water that controls these flames of desire There’s fire on the mountain There’s a fire inside me They said don’t play with matches But I just couldn’t let it be Someone bring me water, Someone take me to the sea But it won’t put out This fire burning .... inside of me.

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released August 22, 2015

Mark Bannerman - Words.
Ken Stephenson - Music, Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, Basses, Recording....

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Lee Davidson - Drums on 2,4,6,7,8,9,10,11
Aria Stone - Tenor Saxophone on 1 and 10

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