Slowpokes

by Rebecca Turner

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released April 30, 2009

Performances by: Rod Hohl, Andy Hess, Steve Goulding, Rob Clores, Rob Jost, Skip Krevens, Boo Reiners, John Pinamonti, Gerald Menke, Scott Anthony, Melissa Houston, Brian O'Neill, Pete Levin, Robert Scheffler, Sue Raffman, Donna Upton, Deena Shoshkes, Hank Anthony. Produced by Scott Anthony, Rebecca Turner & Rod Hohl.

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Rebecca Turner New Jersey

Rebecca Turner's music is a beat-up valise full of Laurel Canyon postcards, filled out with New York citygirl musings and country car-radio anthems. Her novelistic folk-rock is full of vivid imagery, happy/sad chords and unusual melodies that delight.

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Track Name: Listen
Listen, or you are gonna miss it. He was gonna kiss you, and now he’s gonna not.
Listen, while you were busy talking, he was busy thinkin’, and now he’s gonna walk.
If you'd just listen to what the man is saying, to what the air is whispering around you...
You should listen, or you are gonna miss it, it will tell you what to do.

Listen, you probably have the answers, you just have to pull them from the sky.
Listen, or you are gonna miss them if you just lay down, and don’t even try.
If you just listen to what your head is saying, what the station’s playing, I don’t know
why you don’t listen, ‘cause then you could keep going, and before you know it, you’ll arrive.

Oh your heart’s seized up, your mind’s freezed up, like fall into winter turning.
But your ears are on fire, they’re ringing with desire, there’s so much they could be learning.

Listen, if it turns out you miss it, ‘cause you were busy dreamin’, this time that’s OK.
Promise to start listening the absolute next minute, to what your weary heart is really trying to say.
You’ve got to stop moving, at least for a few minutes. Peace would be upon you, maybe right away.
They’ve been trying to tell you, hurry up and listen.
Peace would be upon you if you would only listen.
They've been trying to tell you, just slow down and listen.
Track Name: Tough Crowd
C'mon honey, crack a smile.
You’ve been sitting over there for a while.
The straight line of your mouth makes a girl’s heart break.
I know, I know, I joke a lot.
But I’m fightin' with all I got.
It’s a laugh and love out of you I wanna shake.

You’re a tough crowd tonight.
I can’t get a rise out of you.
I’d even take tears tonight,
I’m dyin’ up here for you.
You’re a tough crowd honey...
I don’t know what I’m gonna do.

I can see it in your sigh.
You hear right through my sorta lie.
I hate not keeping anything from you.
I call you after a silent spring...
You haven't missed a single thing.
Lord, that's love...and it's infuriating, too.

You’re a tough crowd tonight.
I can't get away from you.
I need you so bad tonight,
and maybe you need me too.
You’re a tough crowd honey...
I don’t know what I’m gonna do.

The tension’s high...I’m almost cryin’...
I don’t know if I can go on tonight.
Say something...throw something...I just know we gotta do something.

I’m standing in this darkened room,
blowing through the smoke at you.
The straight line from your eyes makes a girl's heart shake.
Just as long as you understand;
that's as far as I have planned.
This won’t be a love that I forsake.

You’re a tough crowd tonight.
I can’t get a rise out of you.
I’d even take tears tonight,
I’m dyin’ up here for you.
You’re a tough crowd honey...
I don’t know what I’m gonna do.
Track Name: The Way She Is Now
She put her hat in her pocket,
though she knew it might fall out.
Last year, she would have been a wreck
to think about that hat lying on the ground.
Now she don’t care; things are moving way too fast
and she knows the little things can’t last.

That’s the way she is now.
She don’t want to find out
how things went down.
But it might be a good place that she’s gone.

She really didn’t mean to knock it;
sometimes she speaks too soon.
Sometimes she just won’t say a word
even though King Kong is in the living room.
Forgive her mind, she knows not where it’s gone,
but it never stays away too long.

That’s the way she is now.
She don’t want to find out
how things went wrong.
But she will always come back to your arms.

She still dances, and she swears that all her answers
will be true, and when she’s wrong, she’s so ashamed.
But oh, beloved sisters, oh beloved brothers would you
want a girl who never ever changed?

When she went around the corner
the world opened up.
She had to take the way she was, and what was going on,
and make the two match up.
But at 6:00, when she and her lover take a walk
the world is sweet enough.

That’s the way she is now.
She may never find out
where she went wrong.
Let's pray she knows enough to carry on.
Track Name: Not Too Late
You’ve been feeling like your lost, lately.
You can’t make your love come down.
Your little soul is getting’ tossed, lately.
And you’re the one who kicks it around.

I’m not saying it's gonna be perfect.
I’m not saying you’re gonna do everything right.
But it’s not too late to turn around, it’s not too late.

Take the words out of your mouth, darlin’.
They’re only gonna hurt you now.
There’s no need to scream and shout, darlin’,
not with what you know by now.

I’m not saying you’re gonna be perfect.
I’m not saying, you’re going to say everything right.
But it’s not too late to turn around, it’s not too late.

I’ll tell you a secret, my lost little friend.
Just ‘cause it started, doesn’t mean it can’t end.
I know you’re tired, so how about a sweet walkaway?

Did you ever think that maybe,
maybe turning around is standing still?
When you're feeling like a baby, baby,
look behind you down the hill.

I’m not saying it’s gonna be perfect.
I'm not saying you’re gonna grow up tonight,
but it’s not too late to turn around, it’s not too late.

Take the words right out of your mouth...
I’m not saying it’s gonna be perfect.
I'm just saying...you’re gonna grow up tonight,
but it’s not too late to turn around,
it’s not too late to turn around,
it's not too late to turn around.
Track Name: Comfort You Up
You may think that you don't deserve it.
I don’t deserve a lot of things, but I thank god for ‘em, and I’m good to ‘em.
So I'll say it again, ‘cause I don’t think you heard it:
No, you don’t have to choose, and I don’t care what you think you have to lose.

'Cause right now you need some lovin',
oh it's the slowpokes need the lovin'.

I'm gonna comfort you up, comfort you right up.
I can do it with words, or I can let you be heard.
Honey, you decide.
Honey, you decide.
Honey, you decide.

Don't feel bad if maybe you like it
and worry you'll get used to it, and then look up and find it gone.
I may get mad and you may deserve it,
about a month from now, or maybe it won't be that long.

And you can't do a thing about it,
so right now don't think about it.

I'm gonna comfort you up, comfort you right up.
I can take you out, or take you in for a little while.
Honey, you decide.
Honey, you decide.
Honey, you decide.

This could all be for naught, the landscape could change, I could move away.
It could be me that needs comfort some day.
I’m not so good at this; you may not even notice it.
It’s not such a clear-cut debt to repay.

I can make you laugh not fakely, live awakely.
I’ll gladly turn my head towards you.
And all your dumb mistakes are forgiven.
I see that as a part of you; I swear I could never be bored by you.

'Cause you're a lovely person, dammit.
And you can't do a thing about it!

I'm gonna comfort you up, comfort you right up.
I can do it with words, or I can let you be heard.
Honey, you decide.
Honey, you decide.
Honey, you decide.
Track Name: (Brooklyn Is) So Big
I used to have a little life in Brooklyn.
I was almost somebody’s wife.
Now, you got me thinking about that night:
Took a cab to the airport at 3 a.m.
to meet my long-awaited friend.
One day early, we turned around.
Lite-FM was the only sound.
Brooklyn is so big, Brooklyn is so big...
because it has to hold a lot of very sad songs.

I used to like to think about a lady.
She was there, every weekend night, in her backyard den, CBS-FM.
Captive on the F each day, but Friday night when she got paid,
beer and pizza and her lovin’ man.
Up to the stars echoes Dandy Dan.
Brooklyn is so big, Brooklyn is so big...
because it has to hold a lot of beautiful songs.

Hurtling through the tunnels, stuck on top of bridges...
pianos and guitars and notebooks,
lying in the gutter with the popsicle shells...
filling the city up, filling the city up, filling the city up with love.

Now I live very far away from Brooklyn,
in a place that’s just as vast, and has just as much of a checkered past.
A young girl there who’s looking west can see my house, run down her steps,
going to a show in an empty pool,
a old stone house, or an ancient school.
Brooklyn’s still so big, Brooklyn’s still so big...
because it has to hold a lot of beautiful...
because it has to hold a lot of very sad...
because it has to hold a lot of beautiful songs.
Track Name: Knocks
Water like glass, like white jelly on the rocks;
looks like time for me to finally take some knocks.
Holding my breath while the kids play a game,
and the roaring brook will not shut up your name.

Water slides down the flat rock.
You had such a soft body.
How I loved to hold it when I didn't know what else to...
I got the love I needed at the time,
talked a lot on your dime.
Come on grey sky, open up....I'm missing my guy.

Wouldn't you know, I grew up yesterday,
just in time for you to make your getaway.
Bark like paper from the birch falls away.
It's up to me to try again some other day.

Losing my grip on this hill; a little thrill.
It's good to know I loved you.
it's good to have an answer, for which there were no questions.
I got the love I needed at the time.
now my time's mine all mine.
Come on grey skies open up, I'm missin' my guy,

And the worst part is knowing that your going
was my doing; there's snow blowing around my heart.

As you were going from a giant to a dot
I just walked and walked around a parking lot.
Velvety green woods are so real;
lead me to a pretty place where I can kneel.

One arm behind me, one reaching ahead.
Even I'm impatient with this glory all around me.
I know we can't be perfect.
I really need this moment to be the last of the old me.
Come on gray sky, open up, I'm leaving my guy.
Track Name: Nobody Understands It
Nobody understands it, least of all me:
this is the truth I wish I carried with me.
I'd love to be all in agreement, naturally;
but nobody understands it, least of all me.

Everyone understands it, with the exception of me.
Anyhow, that’s the way I perceive it to be.
The looks in the eyes and the faces all seem smarter than me.
Seems like everyone understands it, with the exception of me.

Sometimes in the name of love, we do things we’re not proud of,
but lately it’s been ever-changing, tranquilizing, liberating.
Under the overhang, I listened to the rain come banging down,
and all the songs that were stuck in my head were finally gone.

Everyone is afraid, especially me.
Things didn’t turn out how they thought they would be.
Today's only partly cloudy, and that’s unsettling, see.
And everyone was astounded, especially me.

I stood in the April lake, so cold that my bones would break,
but I thought, this is the way, just jump so you can swim today...
otherwise, how will you face those moments you don’t want to face,
and get through to the other side, where it’s warmer outside than inside?

Nobody understand it, least of all Mickey.
Look at myself in the mirror...what do I see?
I don’t look sad or happy, but I do look free.
Really, I think that’s all that’s expected of me.
I’m finally understanding, with difficulty,
that nobody understands it, least of all me.
Track Name: Cincinnati
Redeye, L.A., way too much to say.
How have I been untrue? Let me count the ways.
First I ignored you, ‘cause you know me too well.
Then when I embraced you, I didn’t do it well.
I went around the issues, I painted things too bright.
Now I’m gonna fix it, as we sit here tonight.

Cincinnati, I’m gonna let it out in an overdue confession on your pages.
Cincinnati, there is so much room, between your lines and in my mind.
There’s a place for it all, and tonight I’ll sleep into a very deep fall.

You may not have the answers, but still you’re good for me.
It’s been since Yosemite: we have a history.
First I talked to you in backwards poetry.
Then I’d just unload about who said what to me.
I told a bunch of stories about a bunch of boys.
Then things got so cloudy, and quiet with the noise.

But Cincinnati, I’m gonna let it go, and don’t care if my hands tremble.
Cincinnati, I know that you know, so please accept what I have assembled.
There’s a place for it all, and tonight I’ll sleep into a very deep fall.

There’s a place for it all, and tonight I’ll sleep into a very deep fall.

I’ll carry you with me all the time.
When it’s nice we’ll do our thing outside.
You know I owe so very much to you.
It’s through you I tell myself what to do.
And from now on I swear to you, I’ll only ever tell you,
I’ll only ever tell you,
I’ll only ever tell you,
The truth.
Track Name: Sleep Duet
[Girl]
If I'd known what I was gonna dream, I wouldn't have gone to bed...
Stayed up watching stupid TV, and read my book instead.
Have you ever found yourself alone, beside the one you love?
It's easy when you dream about the place I was dreamin' of.

[Boy]
What did you expect, getting mad so close to bed?
It wasn't so bad what I said.
Oh, my little one...you're the princess and the pea,
simultaneously.

[Together]
The window was open, we laughed as we opened it,
loving the little breeze.
Then words were exchanged and it all rearranged
in a milky moonlight freeze.

[Girl]
I didn't know the place, and yet I knew it very well.
A city big with nighttime filled.
I had a basement flat, but I kept finding other rooms.
I was thrilled, but lonely too.

[Boy]
Sometimes I think you'd rather be alone. You're hanging like a thread
on the edge of sadness, on your side of the bed.
What I want is what we usually have, you close against my back,
but I'm too crazy right now, and I'm not gonna crack.

[Together]
We live together, we go to sleep together
and we fall asleep alone.
Maybe I'll see you or maybe I won't,
or you're no one I have known.

[Together]
[Girl]
If I'd known what I was gonna dream...a world without you...
I would have held your heart much tighter...tonight that's what I'll do.

[Boy]
I don't really dream the way my baby does each night...tonight I'm gonna hold her tight.
Track Name: Some Of My Love
It’s Sunday morning and I’m layin’ upside down with my feet upon my pillow.
He’s in the shower and he's going on the road and I'm just I’m looking out the window.
Don’t really worry too much, I guess that’s just in my blood, wish I could give that to you.
Do you want some of my love?

I’ve done some pretty bad things, I’ve done some decent ones too, sometimes its hard to know the difference.
Sometimes I get in a state, just like you, but I give it some resistance.
You’ve got a pretty good grip, now just take hold of what’s right, and try to pull it on through.
Do you want some of my love?

Do you want some of my love?
Do you need some of my love?
Do you want some of my love?
Do you need some of my love?
Do you want some of my love?

I fell in love...and I mean, really fell in love...when you were still your mother’s daughter.
I gave it all away to this one, then to that one, and the flames kept getting hotter.
Don’t love this man any less, don’t love those men any more, don’t get much simpler than that.
Do you want some of my love?

Do you want some of my love?
Do you need some of my love?
Do you want some of my love?
Do you need some of my love?
Do you want some of my love?

I can tell by the way you carry your shoulders and the way you treat your friends tonight...
you’re just waiting till you’re a little older and hoping it’ll all come right.
I know you've got some darkness at hand but let love make you a lady, now.
Give that girl a hand...and be good to your man.

My house was sittin’ there being beautiful the whole time you were livin’ in the city.
And I was sitting here feeling beautiful the whole time you were wishing you were pretty.
And I would never say these things to you, ‘cause I’m too happy to have a reason to.
Do you want some of my love?

Do you want some of my love?
Do you need some of my love?
Do you want some of my love?
Do you need some of my love?
Do you want some of my love?
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