Tiny Prizes

by Chelsea Sue Allen

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1.
When you were mine The days were long The drive was endless The doubts were none When you were mine Downtown heat went to my head and the raindrops never fell On Sundays On Sundays When you were mine... When you were mine... When you were mine... When you were mine... When you were mine I drove blind with summer storms inside me But when it went quiet my Throat filled with endings and My footsteps weren’t so sure of why they walked Where they did Ooohhhh.... Ooohhhh... When you were mine... When you were mine... When you were mine... When you were mine...
2.
Thea 04:48
Thea lost sister, ghost of a twin Shattered by the earth and then taken back again What keeps you spinning, pearl in the sky I’ve stared at you for so long My eyes are white My eyes are white My eyes are blind.... Please let me come live with you This world is getting much too full With the chatter and the blinding lights I need some peace I need some Quiet...... Circle round, stay close Stir the stardust in my bones Stay near, don’t go The particles of your lonely heart are part of us all... The particles of your lonely heart are part of this song... Please let me come live with you This world is getting much too full With the chatter and the blinding lights I need some peace I need some Quiet..... Quiet.... Pull at your lost pieces Pull at your lost pieces Take the dark take the ancient night Guide the rivers raise the tides Raise the tides Raise the tides Pull at your lost pieces Pull at your lost pieces
3.
It’s gonna be a 500 pound day You can see it in the way the fruit shines Pulling down Towards the dirt. Green arms can only hold so much weight Before the body breaks With the snap of twine and wooden stake Hits the earth, at rest again What’s gonna happen when your harvest starts to rot? Cooking imperfections into sauce. Who’s gonna be there when your fields are bare and brown? When the only sound is the wind through the leaves and dead grasses... It’s gonna be a 500 pound day You can feel it in the way The roots turn Branching out, silent beneath your feet. What's gonna happen when your own roots start to ache? When the soil doesn’t nourish gotta find another place To plant yourself You gotta find another space You gotta find another place to plant yourself. And so I ask myself, I ask myself Is the sting worth the honey, Is the honey worth the sting? Will you celebrate the end or will you ring your hands Until the spring all pink and green comes creeping back again? It’s gonna be a 500 pound day It’s gonna be a 500 pound day You can feel the way It’s gonna be a 500 pound day.
4.
Close 04:37
And when you come close, I hope it’s to me And when we drift apart, don’t drift too far When I slow down I’ll give you a start Yea when I catch my breath I’ll give you my heart Don’t worry bout me if I’m pulled out to sea I do surprisingly well in my own company Don’t worry bout us when I don’t talk Just gimmie some time to collect my thoughts...... And when the moon falls I’ll stop thinking of you But only when the stars burst will my wishes come true When I learn how I’ll knit you a scarf So that when the flames die it’ll still keep you warm Cuz dear when the days grow cold and there’s ice on the ground I can’t promise you I’ll still be around.... Oooohhh, be around... And when you reach for my hand, don’t hold it too tight Or I’ll slip away like a ghost with dark eyes Into the night back up towards the sky I’ll give you my reasons when I learn why Oh when I slow down I’ll give you a start Yea when I catch my breath I’ll give you my heart Cuz don’tcha know the distance of a thousand roads could Never ease the ache I hold No the distance of a thousand roads could never ease the Ache I hold When you come close When you come close When you come close When you come close
5.
Monster 04:41
I know you’re hiding in my closet And underneath my bed You are cryin’ from the floorboards You are scratchin’ at my door In the daytime you’re so different And your skin’s not so pale But when the night comes you get thirsty I should race away but I can’t But if I though you were a monster, I wouldn’t stay so close to you But sometimes you don’t see a monster, until the moon grows full Full Uh oh uh oh uh oh....... And in the bleak evenings of early spring I can sense you gaze Watchin’ me from under rotting leaves I know you’ll follow me home You’ve got the eyes hungry for a kill You’ve got the pulse so slow and sure You’ve got the gait of someone lost in the fog You’ve got a way of creepin’ into my head But if I though you were a monster, I wouldn’t stay so close to you But sometimes you don’t see a monster, until the moon grows full Full Uh oh uh oh uh oh Shadows on your face torturing your mind Keeping things inside Flip the switch and drink the drink Feel alright, feel alright You’ve got my runnin’ for the basement You’ve got me hiding in the attic Up and down such shaky stairs Disturbing spiders and their silver webs But if I though you were a monster, I wouldn’t stay so close to you But sometimes you don’t see a monster, until the moon grows full Full Uh oh uh oh uh oh Please put the blood back in my neck Please put the heart back inside my chest Please put the blood back in my neck Please put the heart back inside my chest
6.
The Fox Song 05:12
It was in the rain It was, it was In the rain the fox came and Took our chickens away Out into the tall grass Left a trail of paw prints Left a trail of feathers We didn't follow It was in the spring It was, it was The season of the rain I let you take me away Out under the blossoms Out into the green woods And I followed... And the foxes in their den Lay low to raise their babies Sink low to make their kill And fade back into the forest Ooo aah ohh Ooo ahh ohh It was in the summer It was, it was An evening hot and thick as wool I tried to slip away But you followed My bare footprints In the damp grass Caught my hand Caught my hand and led me home And the foxes in the back field Shout their cries into the clear sky Sink low to make their kill And fade back into the forest And no we never follow We never follow We never follow Ooo aah ohh Ooo aah ohh
7.
Hurricane 05:07
Hurricane Wash my head down the drain Wash the mud from my brain. Water glitters in the wind and the rain Water glitters in the wind and the rain Hurricane Take my thoughts like dead limbs Knock the roses to their knees Tear me loose like the leaves To float down warm black water streets To float down warm black water streets They say run from the sea They say run from the sea Can’t blame the shells for digging in Can’t blame the waves for stealing sand Don’t we all get second chances? Don’t we all get second chances? Hurricane Power lines lay in the grass Thick limp wires stretched and snapped Crows call from the building tops To shout that there’s been nothing lost I think that you may be the one I think that you may be the one Can’t blame the clouds for what they’ve done Can’t blame the raindrops for this flood Hurricane They say run from the sea They say run from the sea
8.
The Catch 06:05
With my sunglasses on I can stare at the sun For as long as I want For as long as I want And when the night comes We lay under a billion suns Eyes blind everything’s ok And pearls for each other form inside our chests Our chests Our chests I can’t give you my word I can’t give you my word But there’s no use for words When there’re stars overhead So read into the signs But don’t let your guard down just yet Because the bell outside your heart Won’t ring til it feels the catch of the thorn The thorn The thorn I can’t give you my word I can’t give you my word But there’s no use for words When there’re stars overhead And sorry to be late I couldn’t leave when the hour struck Stuck starin’ at the sky Waiting for the moon to rise Waiting for the moon to rise Waiting for the moon to rise To rise To rise
9.
Tiny Prizes 05:43
Split lip this season’s cold Branches break like blackened bones Knuckles crack ‘round steering wheels What I need most’s a bed Fire warms and fire melts the Pale blue lungs inside our chests Icicles hanging from the roof My cheeks are glowing red But no matter how hard the winter kills and Knocks and numbs and ices I could never give up The sight of those Colored lights, those Colored lights, that Line the edges of the houses and Fill my eyes like tiny prizes Tiny prizes... Wind chills, it knocks me down I’m feeling like a winter doll Bundled up in pattered cloth But my stuffing’s coming out Frost bites, it steals my breath I’m feeling like a sleepy fish Encased in a frozen pond Just waiting for the thaw But no matter how hard the winter kills and Knocks and numbs and ices I could never give up The sight of those Colored lights, those Colored lights, that Line the edges of the houses and Fill my eyes like tiny prizes Tiny prizes... Brain freeze and cats curled on couches These days are like one endless hour A candlelit dream I’d like to hide Then suddenly, it’s night
10.
Pulling at all of my strings To find the words Asleep like seeds Under soil and dirt And where do tears come from When you’re silent for so long? And if there’s a light inside me How do I let it out? Cuz the stars have shifted overhead And now signs are being re-assessed You thought you almost knew yourself, but my dear Oh my dear think again... But I know who I am in the silence of a room I am glitter in a glass jar of water I am iridescent blue And I felt a breeze through a window that was closed And I felt the heat on the skin of my palms And I heard your voice through a phone that wasn’t on It wasn’t on... But the cats are always crying at the door The dog is thirsty, fill her empty bowl. To live is to stay in one piece, To love is to give yourself away, Oh maybe I’ll love that way someday... But I know who I am In the silence of a room I am glitter in a glass jar of water I am iridescent blue
11.
Roads 05:07
After a while The roads ran together Long dusty laces Sleeping black snakes Woven and knotted into paths I could not separate Woven and knotted into paths that I could not keep straight We keep on falling into each other’s traps, Those snares we set Don’t you hear them snap Can’t you hear them cracking fragile bones and breaking hearts? After a while The wolves began to follow Eyes red in tail lights Teeth fur and claws But they didn’t bother It was I who was in their moonlit home They came beside me And they showed me how to walk alone And they sang... We keep on falling into each other’s traps, Those snares we set Don’t you hear them snap Can’t you hear them cracking fragile bones and breaking hearts? Cracking fragile bones and breaking hearts Cracking fragile bones and breaking hearts

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released December 6, 2011

All songs written, performed, recorded by Chelsea Sue Allen
Electric guitar in Close, The Fox Song, The Catch performed by Shay Aubrey Allen

Songs Published by Gold Static Music (ASCAP)

Album art: Shay Aubrey Allen

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