Outerspace (2005)

by Susan Gibson

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1.
HAPPIEST WHEN I'M MOVING I’m the happiest when I’m moving I don’t like the feel of standing still too long It’s not a point that I’m proving I’m not searching for a place that I belong I’m the happiest when I’m moving I’m the happiest when I’m moving Chorus: I don’t wanna be here when you leave me So I’ll go ahead and beat you to the door I’m not leaving you behind, it’s only in your mind And it’s not as if I’m trying to keep the score. I’m the happiest when I’m moving I’m the happiest when I’m moving I’m a lark in search of springtime in the south It’s migration baby, not my choosing Just my nature keeps on moving me around I’m the happiest when I’m moving I’m the happiest when I’m moving Chorus: I don’t wanna be here when you leave me So I’ll go ahead and beat you to the door I’m not leaving you behind, it’s only in your mind And it’s not as if I’m trying to keep the score. I’m the happiest when I’m moving I’m the happiest when I’m moving I’d rather be a comet than a star I could thumb a ride on a moonbeam All the way from Jupiter to Mars I’m the happiest when I’m moving I’m the happiest when I’m moving I’m the happiest when I’m moving
2.
Company Man 04:30
COMPANY MAN It’s Tuesday, ladies night, down at the Watering Hole They got two dollar margaritas and they serve ‘em in a big fishbowl She got part time, five bucks and hour as a Pack&Sack clerk She saves a little money spending her time doing other women’s work There she is, original sin, hanging on the end of the bar You don’t know her from Eve, she know’s exactly who you are As soon as she starts talking, boy, her face sure rings a bell She’s working for the company man and you’re the clientele Working for the company man For all she sews, she never reaps No promises to make or break with the company she’s keeping Mixing business with pleasure Like that cocktail in her hand She got in it for the money now she’s working for the company man She looks good, she looks so good you never wonder what she’s thinking She doesn’t look that thirsty, you keep asking what she’ll have to drink She admits to being trouble but she’s no danger to your heart She’s working the company man and your shifts about to start Working for the company man For all she sews, she never reaps No promises to make or break with the company she’s keeping Mixing business with pleasure Like that cocktail in her hand She got in it for the money now she’s working for the company man One right after another, drinks and men and cigarettes She can’t afford the time off and those are the benefits She’s hooked them all together, empty boxcars on a train And it’s just another habit just another link in her ball & chain. She’d been hanging out at the silver dollar long before the legal age Hoping to meet a millionaire but she settled for the minimum wage I’m not that kinda girl she says when you ask her to meet your mom She ditched every single high school class and took her teacher to the prom Yeah she didn’t smile for the camera, but she looks straight at the lens Working for the company, man, gives you lot’s of experience Working for the company man For all she sews, she never reaps No promises to make or break with the company she’s keeping Mixing business with pleasure Like that cocktail in her hand She got in it for the money now she’s working for the company man She got in it for the money now she’s working for the company man
3.
TOGETHER STRONG Two folks, living together He’s an oak and she’s a cedar Over time they’ve intertwined She tries to choke him out and now he needs her They need sun, they need rain And each other’s help to gain The strength enough to bend or else they break They need room enough to grow And the courage to get too close Alone they won’t last long but together strong Deep roots below the surface It’s the only way they can survive Without the roots the branches are worthless She shoulda killed him now she keeps him alive They need sun, they need rain And each other’s help to gain The strength enough to bend or else they break They need room enough to grow And the courage to get too close Alone they won’t last long but together strong Just like those two trees out in my front yard How did they get this far Thriving in spite of each other Instead of growing apart They had sun, they had rain And each other’s help to gain The strength enough to bend or else they break They had room enough to grow And the courage to get too close Alone they won’t last long but together strong
4.
Cactus 03:38
CACTUS She’s a cactus, a desert flower She’s a Mexican weed with superpowers Velvet petals, hooker red & two inch thorns to kill ya dead Pretty from a distance a miracle up close She’ll make you sorry for confusing her with a red rose You never saw a rose like that growing out of a rock Cuz roses are for sale on every city block She’s got thick skin so she can take the heat Don’t’ go stomping around or she’ll get under your feet She can take root in a barren place But she ain’t from here, she’s from outerspace She belongs on the big screen, she belongs in the pictures I think I saw her in a western or maybe it was science fiction She let me steal her beauty without feeling the thorns She don’t need the audience like she needs to perform She’s got thick skin so she can take the heat Don’t’ go stomping around or she’ll get under your feet She can take root in a barren place But she ain’t from here, she’s from outerspace
5.
Sister Hood 03:55
SISTERHOOD You were first right from the start Clearing a path for me to take But your footsteps were so far apart It wasn’t easy walking in your wake No it hasn’t always been a piece of cake You were always the guinea pig You were the experiment You hand me down til I got too big Sister seasons came and went Oh, sisterhood is time well spent Like clockwork the world comes to an end Dad says we have to move again Maybe you meant it maybe you were pretending That all you needed was me as yer friend You never repeated what you heard You kept my secrets to yourself No I never had to say a word Somehow you knew just how I felt How did you know just how I felt Like clockwork the world comes to an end Dad says we have to move again Maybe you meant it maybe you were pretending That all you needed was me as yer friend I’ll protect you and you defend me We’ll be strong for each other, we’ll be kamikazee I have your bones you have my blood And where we stand we are understood
6.
Still Time 05:13
STILL TIME Thirty years to speak up Thirty years to speak your mind Oh how the deadlines sneak up on you, baby When you’re killing time A million opportunites, But, oh, you never took the chance. Beaten by the clock, beating around the bush Was never in your plans There’s still time There’s still time So you saved it up for years You kept all to yourself As if you had a pension plan To accumulate emotional wealth Now you want to spend all that you saved But there’s no one left to tell But there’s still time There’s still time Screaming on the inside, on the outside it’s a pantomime You could sum it up in one sentence, penance for a life of crime There’s still time There’s still time Still time, still time
7.
UPON RE-ENTRY We strive to fly so high Find that hole up in the sky Along the ride you live and learn Coming home, a safe return Upon re-entry A million miles away from home Out of touch, drifting all alone Everyone is looking up at you Everyone just waits for your next move A star lighting up the universe Have you forgotten who you were Before you were a star A star defying all gravity But when you’re falling everyone can see That you were a star Getting there took all you had Didn’t leave enough to even get you back What goes up surely must come down You hit hard on solid ground Upon re-entry A star lighting up the universe Have you forgotten who you were Before you were a star A star defying all gravity But when you’re falling everyone can see That you were a star
8.
Too Big Love 03:34
TOO BIG LOVE I could say it in French, I could say it in Spanish I could say it in any romance language I could hire a pilot to spell it out in the sky Put it to music, a sweet lullaby Find a can of spray paint, I could find a blank wall Write it in letters 20 feet tall It’s as big as life this way that I feel This too big love on a too big wheel It goes around and around And I always end up where I started My feet haven’t touched the ground Ever since you gave wings to my heart I could send you a letter I could send you a fax Drop in my quarter hope you call me back I could just say ‘I love you’ but there’s more that I feel This to big love on a too big wheel It goes around and around And I always end up where I started My feet haven’t touched the ground Ever since you gave wings to my heart I could say it in French, I could say it in Spanish.
9.
SHEEP IN WOLVES CLOTHING You were a wolf dressed up like a sheep And here I come Little Bo Peep I thought you were lost, I’m here to help But I only found you cuz I was lost myself So we made a deal so we could get back home I thought traveling with wolves was safer than traveling alone I was a fool to think I was free from harm You had all that extra wool to keep me safe and warm Comfy, cozy how well I sleep Right through the alarms, lazy bo peep Maybe I shoulda seen right through his disguise But I pulled the wool over my own eyes They tried to warn me, my friends said, “check out his slicked back hair” I swear that there’s a wolf hiding somewhere under there He smells just like a wolf, he’s acting pretty mean I just thought he was the loneliest look wolf I’d ever seen We start to fight. We prepare for battle I spent all of my time wishing I had raised cattle Sure that wool was nice & soft But right now I could use a little leather, something a little tougher I need some armor I need some thicker skin So I’m not messed up by this mess I’m in I’m shooting from the hip, I take it on the chin Nobody loses nobody wins Now I can see, yer up to no good Didn’t I hear about you from old Red Riding Hood You got her grandma and you almost got her But you won’t get me you won’t get me you won’t get me We’re trading punches, red neck tie power Business lunches and charging by the hour You smell the money like it was blood And you suck like a tick on the dog that you are Just like I knew you would Congratulations you got me by the throat You won the pissing match and how you like to gloat Living and dying by the words I wrote Bury me smiling in my brand new wolf skin coat
10.
STOP THE BLEEDING If a wound is going to heal You got to stop the bleeding Guard against infection Or there’s no use in treating it Apply a little pressure Keep your wound above your heart You got to clean up your mess there Stop the bleeding before you worry about the scars What is your emergency You say it was an accident It’s not your fault, it’s no one’s fault Just one of those things you can’t prevent Sometimes you keep it covered Or you expose it to the light You can do a lot more damage If the bandage is too tight Use a little alcohol First it burns and then gets number Soon you’re not limping anymore You’re walking to the beat of a pounding ear drum Tired from the false alarms Now you’ve got a snowball’s chance Shotgun down the getaway Your chariot, your ambulance We are the walking wounded And we’re addicted to the cure Long after we need the crutches Our footsteps are still unsure So if a wound is going to heal You got to stop the bleeding You got to stop the bleeding You got to stop the bleeding
11.
FIRST SIGN OF SPRING This just isn’t what I expected Nothing like my weatherman predicted I’d have brought my umbrella if I thought it would rain It’s the first sign of spring I got a bumblebee in my blue bonnet In fields of wildflowers with your name on it Can’t you hear the wind boy, it’s whispering The first sign of spring I spent my winter with a broken wing Broke & down I can’t fix a thing But like the robin, I can sing At the first sign of spring Brown boys walking down the street No shirts on their backs, no shoes on their feet Hanging around the corner looking for change For the first sign of spring Strangers coming into this town To be washed in the water and float on down Lost sunglasses for the offering For the first sign of spring Baby, how does your garden grow With the laughter of children o’re the seeds you sew Birth and rebirth are a painful thing Like the first sign of spring
12.
WIDE OPEN SPACES Who doesn’t know what I’m talking about Who’s never left home, who’s never struck out To find a dream and a life of their own A place in the clouds, a foundation of stone Many precede and many will follow A young girl’s dream no longer hollow It takes the shape of a place out West But what it holds for her, she hasn’t yet guessed She needs wide open spaces Room to make her big mistakes She needs new faces She knows the high stakes She traveled this road as a child Wide eyed and grinning she never tired But now she won’t be coming back with the rest If these are life’s lessons, she’ll take this test She needs wide open spaces Room to make her big mistakes She needs new faces She knows the high stakes As she packs her things she feels she’s left something out Her friends and her family her dog and this house She turns around to find her old room bare Looks at the U-Haul, it has to fit in there As her folks drive away her dad yells, “check the oil!’ Mom stares out the window and says, “I’m leaving my girl” She said it didn’t seem like that long ago When she stood there and watched her own folks go She needs wide open spaces Room to make her big mistakes She needs new faces She knows the high stakes

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released June 1, 2005

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