my little hum

Remembering Houses

My Little Hum Album Artwork
  1. Rise Over Run
  2. Steep Ravine
  3. Chicken Song
  4. Ever Fallen In Love
  5. Sideways
  6. Geography Lesson
  7. Take Care of You
  8. Alberta I: Ready-Made
  9. Alberta II: Isn’t the Wheat Pretty

Lyrics

Rise Over Run
Wake up it’s time to have some fun
The dawn chorus is stirring up the sun
Flock to the latest fling
Fly with those fancy wings

Wake up and you can see
If you want a piece of me
Shake the leaves off my tree
I dare you to climb…

Up, over, under and through
(There’s a bird’s eye view)
V – E + F = 2
(Of that side of you)
Didn’t you calculate
We all hesitate

Wise up and you can see
If you want a piece of me
Shake the leaves off my tree
I dare you to climb up and up and…

Rise over run
A little further you will find
Distance is a state of mind

Stir up the sun
Perched somehow
High above the highest bough

Wake up it’s time to have some fun
The dawn chorus is stirring up the sun
E = mc2
The energy of a perfect pair

Get up and you can see
All sides of you and me
Sing from the same old tree
La la la la la la la

Rise over run
(A little further you will find)
Rise over run
(Distance is a state of mind)
Rise over run
(Over under and then through)
Stir up the sun
(And I’ll wake up next to you)
Next to you, next to you…

Steep Ravine
The elevation dropped so fast
We took a plunge into the past
Deep down a steep ravine

Pride of Madeira bends
Our candle in cabin 10
Made light last in a night serene

Mere mammals
Through hemispheres they leave
White capped tracks
In the path of the sea

Mere mortals
Through scope and lens we preen
For a glimpse to see
How to swim home…

Antennas from a nearby station
Telepathy of whale migration
Waves bounce off the atmosphere

Mere master
Sailed the harbor one day
To the mouth of babes by the bay
(Get out his way)

King for a day
He’ll dare to declare
The home already there
And sell it square by square

The elevation dropped so fast
He took a plunge to make it last
Finding freedom and let it ring

Long live the king
(You wretched thing)
Long live the king
(We’ll break your wings)
Long live the king
(And tie your tongue in knots with string)

Chicken Song
You’re in the middle of the road, chicken
In the headlight of a big decision
But the scales just are not tipping
In a way that favors you
Your little wings never grew

You’re a creature of good intentions
Another day, another extension
To navigate the exception
That I will make for you
What’s a chicken to do?

Standing there with nothing to say
Is just another way to run away
Keeping the dial on delay
Is just another way to run away
Another way to run away

Put an ear to the ground and listen
To the sound of what is missing
Fire up the transmission
With three simple words
You silly little bird

Let’s play red rover, dear
C’mon c’mon c’mon over here
The sky is falling and it’s clear
I think this may be it
Such a little chicken…

Standing there with nothing to say
Is just another way to run away
Keeping the dial on delay
Is just another way to run away
Another way to run away from

Love
There’s a sign from above
So hold my hand
Let’s draw a line in the sand
Let the tale be told
We’ll swallow our pride
On the other side of the road

C’mon!

Standing there with nothing to say
Is just another way to run away
Painting the sky so gray
Is just another way to run away
Another way to run the other way from
Me

Ever Fallen In Love
Original by The Buzzcocks ©Peter Shelley

Sideways
I’m staying uptown
It’s the new downtown
I’m gonna wear my crown
And shadow you

It’s sunny on the east side
And foggy on the west
How do we decide between the two?

I’ll take a step sideways
And walk along the creek side
You’ll speed along the highway
And fall along the wayside…

I’m headed northbound
You’re headed south
I’m gonna turn right back around
And follow you

It’s sunny on the east side
And foggy on the west
How do we decide between the two?

I’ll take a step sideways
And walk along the creek side
You’ll speed along the highway
And fall along the wayside…

You’ll ride on through
Until I step all over you

Geography Lesson
The story goes that rivers flow
Into an ocean calm and deep
Sediment of stone, sunken ships and bone
Shaping our bathymetry

You’re a mystery
Estuary
Deep in disguise
Those twinkling eyes
(they make me)

Sigh for mama’s milk so warm
A bottle filled with dreams
You tie me up and hold me down
Until I stop to scream.

Did the monster in me make a beast of you
And the devil made three then an angel flew

52 stories high
Her wings scraped the sky
She said: "That’s one for each week of the year, my dear."

Derelict disaster check I don’t expect we’ll win
Mother Nature’s planning caper
Her tilted axis spins (on and on)
On and on (on and on)
I’ll measure the sky (on and on)
Many stories high (on and on)
The altimetry (on and on)
Between you and me (on and on)
And before our eyes the sea will rise
From dusk to dawn we’ll go on and on
Until we’re gone

Take Care of You
I’ll wait inside the car
Don’t fret we parked just far enough away
From London, Paris, Lisbon then Madrid
Why did we do what we did when we were just kids

Every house on this hill
Has a room without a view
But from the street the City glows
And this is how I know
I’m not alone.

You’re on the corner still
Don’t fret the neighbors will draw down their shades
From Naples, Vienna, Athens then Moscow
Why did we only love the way our mothers taught us how

Every house on this hill
Has a room without a view
But from the street the City glows
And this is how I know
I’m not alone.

Edinburgh at Italy
You mean the world to me
On the path from Prague to Peru
I will take care of you

We take the goods and run
Don’t fret I’ll save you some for a rainy day
From Brazil, Persia, Russia then to France
Why did we take a chance with that give and take dance

Edinburgh at Italy
You mean the world to me
On the path from Prague to Peru
I will take care of you
And bring you home
So I’m not alone

Alberta I: Ready-Made
Move a little this way
Just a little from that
Some place west of Medicine Hat
All we gotta do is drive
Somewhere east of the Frank Slide
Stop and take a photograph
It’s such a shame
One after the other
There’s another
Forgotten, run down, prairie town
With a funny little name.

Same old sky
Virgin soil
Moist or dry

It’s a ready-made house for you and me
The crops will drink from Chin Coulee
A public utility that bears our name
A civic compartment
A department just for snow and rain

Same old sky
Virgin soil
Moist or dry

And we’re counting down
By prairie town
Remembering houses

Same old sky
Virgin soil
Moist or dry
Take root or fly away

Propellers drown
The screams and sounds
Warning him
To clear the wires

It’s ready-made yet fancy free
A house for you, a farm for me
We’ll have our very own family
We’ll double down on Alberta

Three girls and two boys
They’ll give us love and so much joy
There will be wheat and corn and soy
We’ll double down on Alberta

Alberta II: Isn’t the Wheat Pretty
Isn’t the wheat pretty
But I’m still gonna move to the city
This is what you get
Plain old respect
A kiss goodbye
With a bushel and a peck

Isn’t this town lovely
Windows stacked above me
Through them I can see
Plain old opportunity
Just close your eyes
And let me be

Isn’t the sea lonely
The edge of the world in front of me
Now I understand
Plain old sand
You can’t wave goodbye
And still hold my hand

Stars hide behind
The city lights
I wish I may
I wish I might
I wish upon this satellite
You’ll let my wings take flight

Stars hide behind
The city lights
I wish I may
I wish I might
I wish upon this satellite
Sweet dreams, goodnight