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by Caroline Aiken

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Recorded Live at Eddie's Attic, Decatur, GA
Shalom Aberle - Engineer Live Mix
Rich L'Hommedieu - Final Mix and Mastering
Photo Credits - Rhiannon Bradley, Ingrid Lyndon

c. and p. 2010 Glutton for PuBlishment
Unauthorized duplication prohibited. All rights reserved.

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released 30 May 2010

Caroline Aiken: 6/12 String Acoustic Guitars, Piano, Vocal
Charlie Wooton: Bass, Arrangement, Band Leader
Yonrico Scott: Drums, Percussion
Tomi Martin: Electric Guitar

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Track Name: Welcome Home
Come on, walk on through the door
hang your coat just like you did before
Open up the 'fridge to see
what there's good to eat
Turn on the box, put up your feet
Welcome home

Look tired, been gone so long
go upstairs and take a long one
Just relax and let the world turn
without you tonight
You're safe and warm and you're home
Welcome home

Got your room fixed up real nice
but you can change it any way you like
Posters on the wall
save a space for all the good's gonna come
Welcome home

No need to knock, just come on in
I'm tickled pink to have you back again
You'll find your way and I'll find mine
And I'll welcome you home each and every time
Welcome home
Track Name: Vote of Confidence
What is, what it is, what is?
Tell me what is…
A vote of confidence
vote of confidence
vote of confidence

It isn't ignorance, isn't impotence
nor is it prudence
We're still on the road
we're still on the fence
Blind trust, it isn't blind trust

What is, what it is, what is?
Tell me what is…
A vote of confidence
vote of confidence
vote of confidence

It isn't tainted by ambivalence
it isn't under the influence
Suspicion steals away our innocence
So take care, beware
of the 'trust me' calls from everywhere

What is, what it is, what is?
Tell me what is…
A vote of confidence
vote of confidence
vote of confidence

Where I can stand tall and strong
where I know where I belong
Cast that vote, sleep at night
a vote of confidence will feel alright

What is, what it is, what is?
Tell me what is…
A vote of confidence
vote of confidence
vote of confidence!
Track Name: Hello Cruel World
Hello cruel world
I'm not your average lemming
and I know when we're near the edge
That mental pit of madness
the pivotal ledge

When we're filled with emotion
over some pie in the sky
When the real deal
is right here, right now

Hello cruel world

Where omission's the accepted sin
to overlook ill deed spells disaster
"The whole world's on a paperchase to heaven"
she says in laughter

When we're filled with emotion
over some pie in the sky
When the real deal
is right here, right now

Hello cruel world
Track Name: Tower of Babel
We never left, we never learned
a universal language
before the code book burned

I see lips move, but nothing is said
'cept politics mean money mean power
so say the talking heads

All we have is gossip of the ages
history and it's rewritten pages
are we safe in our mental cages?

On the tower of Babel
who wants to know
how high we built this tower
and how far down left to go

Keep me in the dark, I wanna stay asleep
Silence is golden and talk is cheap

How many masters, how many lives
does it take to feed the monster
before it's satisfied?

Listen can't you hear the motor humming
Yea, the countdown is up and running
chained to the machine we're so so stunning

On the tower of Babel
who wants to know
how high we built this tower
and how far down left to go
Track Name: Helium Balloons
To leave this place head up and out
tethered to the wind, nothing but clouds
reach the upper sphere
you burst and you're freer
than we are down here on Earth

Every time my heart calls out your name
it knows to give you back from whence you came
back into the blue, I'm letting you go
Helium balloons, somehow they know

Reach the upper sphere
you burst and you're freer
than we are down here on Earth

Back into the blue, I'm letting you go
Helium Balloons, somehow they know
Track Name: Everything Can Change
At one point in life
I knew what everything was all about
I didn't worry 'bout the future
I had it all planned out
But when I stopped to realize
That something felt quite strange
Suddenly I turned around
And everything had changed

My here was there
My which was where
and I couldn't recognize
the things I saw as I dropped my jaw
at what lay before my eyes

All the things I'd so carefully arranged
had somehow gotten misplaced
it was all twisted and deranged
and laughing in my face
'Cause everything had changed

I pushed it aside, started anew
from my past my future grew
I gave it strength and from there it flew
out of the clouds, the sun shown through

So if you think you've got it planned
know that life isn't fair
And when you suddenly turn around
be ready for what's there
'cause everything can change
Everything had changed
Everything can change

Lyrics from "Suddenly I Turned Around and Everything had Changed"
S. Page Dukes
1998 Teacher's National PTA Association
3rd Place nationally and 1st Place, Georgia.
Track Name: Copper John
Head down, he didn't see me stop
to see his copper laid out on the sidewalk shop
I pointed and said, "How much for that one?"
He saw my guitar and said, "Half price for a song."

One song turned to into four or five
watching this genius work
said he was a squatter, staying where he could
Said they taught him how to steal
how to lie in his younger days

Then he figured out how to make
something outta nothing
with something they just throw away

I learned a lesson, I got a song
from the street scholar handy crafter
Copper John

He shoulda asked fifty, thought he'd ask thirty
said it was twenty and give it to me for ten and a song
Everyone that passed him knew his name and asked him,
"Hey, John, how's it going?"

I learned a lesson, I got a song
from the street scholar handy crafter
Copper John

I see him on the street from time to time
Buy his handworked copper with an honorable shine
A man hard-pressed to lose still found
a way to stand his ground

I learned a lesson, I got a song
from the street scholar handy crafter
Copper John
Track Name: Day By Day
Who can admit to their thoughts and their feelings
and not fade away?
24 hours of hiding the truth
is one wasted day - yeah

Day by day it goes
Do, do we ever know?
Don't want to be losing! Oh no no no!

And this cold steel under my fingers
how did we ever get this far?
Ring like a bell, telling me that
the minutes are wasting
is the bitter we are tasting

Day by day it goes
Do, do we ever know?
Don't want to be losing time
Don't want to be losing time
Don't want to be losing time
Oh no no no!

Who can admit to the tick of the clock
it never stops oh no
It's time to begin if you're willing my friend
don't waste your time no more!

Day by day it goes
Do, do we ever know?
Don't want to be losing time
Don't want to be losing time
Don't want to be losing time
Oh no no no!
Track Name: Between Hello and Goodbye
When you want someone you want them to be
Just like you want them to be, uh huh
But when you need someone, you'll take them
Just like they are, hey yea

Aw, it's a give thing
If you can learn to live with that
Yea, you'll know it, yes you will
and if it's love you gain
you got to learn to give it back
Don't step on a crack
don't expect your money back

Desire follows need on a trip that never ends,
Plan and you'll see

Between Hello and Goodbye
there's a lot of tears
There's a whole lot a love
between hello and goodbye
There's a lot of tears
There's a whole lot of love

When you try too hard it might be
bad as not trying enough, uh huh
Keeping up your guard
trying to roll with the punches

It's a live thing
if you can learn to give to that
Yeah, you'll know it, yes you will
and if it's love you gain
you got to learn to give it back
don't step on a crack
don't expect your money back

Desire follows need
on a trip that never ends
Plant and you'll seed

Between hello and goodbye
there's a lot of tears
there's a whole lot a love.