Big, Helpless Sleep

by Suzy Callahan

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released July 22, 2010

Suzy Callahan, Vocals, Guitars
Scott Tyburski, Guitars, Banjo, Bass, Mellotron, Synths, Piano, Drums
Dmitri Lebedev, Drums track 1
Max Sivkov, Drums track 3, 7
Mixed By Scott Tyburski
Mastered by Fred Kevorkian at Avatar Studios
Cover Clay Art: L. Tyburski
Special thanks to Willie Trombone and Klaymen

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"...a God's-garden's worth of sonic delights ... one of the year's don't-miss sleeper sets" - blurtonline.com/review/fairlamb-people-change/

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Track Name: Don't Ever Be Nice
We could be together
There’s a spark
Two by two on Noah’s Ark
But what if when we’re there we split apart?
That would break one of our hearts

So don’t ever be nice to me
And I’ll never be nice to you

Who would ever want to take a chance?
It could be an atom bomb
One minute you’re walking hand in hand
Then one of your hands is gone

So don’t ever be nice to me
And I’ll never be nice to you
Track Name: Poison Pen
Help is a word you say when you’re surrounded
Or when you fall over the side of a boat
Like a red fox being hounded
Hung out and cut off with the moat

That’s why I always write with a poison pen
In case I need to go in for the kill
I write the same words over and over again
Be still, my enemies, be still

That night we drove through Tijuana
I sang all my songs to you
Bowing down to a Madonna
You said to your own self be true

That’s why I always write with a poison pen
In case I need to go in for the kill
I write the same words over and over again
Be still, my enemies, be still
Track Name: Nothing Can Hurt
You might as well have taken my face
And sprayed it with mace
Or put me behind mars
And cut me full of scars

Because nothing can hurt more than a broken heart

Shovel dirt over my eyes
Bury me alive
Throw me overboard
And watch me wash up on shore

Because nothing can hurt more than a broken heart

But now I’m free!
Got the worst behind me
Now I’m free!
No worries
Track Name: Wolf to the Hare
The trouble with you is that you’re all wrong
We don’t have anything in common
and I hope someone better comes along
I hate to be so blunt
Because the truth hurts
But isn’t being lied to so much worse?

Honesty the way god said I’m supposed to use it
Honesty you take a word and then abuse it
Honesty will get you something or get you nowhere
“There is an art to it”, said the wolf to the hare

I wouldn’t have anything to do with you if you weren’t family
But we don’t have a choice, now can I say that candidly?
I hate to be so blunt
Because the truth hurts
But isn’t being lied to so much worse?
Track Name: Your Picture
You look a lot different than your picture
The one your sister painted of you

Perhaps the qualities she listed
Once existed
Are now hidden from view

I’ve been a victim of wishful thinking
My heart is sinking
Stuck here like glue
Track Name: Out there, somewhere
I haven’t seen people traveling in cars
Haven’t seen traffic at all
Looked in the windows, windows and mirrors
Haven’t seen any familiars

But I know you’re out there, somewhere
I know you’re out there

I was barely out of my teens
When I found myself on the side of the road
Didn’t even know how I got there
Or which way I should go

But I know you’re out there, somewhere
I know you’re out there

Then someone on a pathway came up behind me
Tapped me lightly on the shoulder
Said which way is that way and is that the right way?
I’ll have to look in my folder

But I know you’re out there, somewhere
I know you’re out there
Track Name: Alone on the Planet (Hello)
Alone on the planet late at night
I felt your presence there
Alone on the planet late at night
I felt your pleasant stare

Hello?
Hello out there

The eye of the storm is within sight
That’s neither here nor there
We each have a path and wrong or right
I’m way up in the air

Hello?
Hello out there

Space is lovely
But I could use less space
Take me home
No one ever wants to be alone
Track Name: Sympathy
Lost my job
Stifled sob

But I don’t need any sympathy
I don’t need any sympathy yet

My best friend
Found a better friend

But I don’t need any sympathy
I don’t need any sympathy yet

How can you sit there?
What should I do?

Well I don’t need any sympathy
Don’t need any sympathy yet
Track Name: Funereal Procession
There are three short walls in a cubicle
With a desk and chair, re-usable
And like a queen in my little room
I smile and wave away the gloom

Of the funereal procession of gray faces each day
And I keep telling myself I will remain above the fray

Arrive at 7 a.m.
Someone’s already there
Trying to get ahead and that isn’t fair
Well two can play at this game
And we’ll fight to the death
Is what I mumble under my breath

At the funereal procession of gray faces each day
And I keep telling myself I will remain above the fray

Well you must admit, even just a bit
You gotta get out, out of this pit
So please don’t linger or recline
You’re in quick sand and there isn’t much time

To keep the funeral procession of faces away
Soon the funereal procession will be for you

Within three short walls
Track Name: The Band Played On (2)
Traditional, plus additional lyrics