Cat & Mouse

by Joy Mills Band

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1.
Boxcar 03:09
I went to see him he was lonely He'd held on to that feeling for awhile I said baby be my baby one more time His response to me was cold as winter He said my troubled heart does double time Cuz see when I lost you baby, I lost my mind And if you hear that north wind blowing won't you drift away from me Cuz I can see my own train coming And I'll hop onto those rails, that empty little boxcar Is all the home I really need And gazing up at the frozen stars, is where I'll be My heart's an outlaw, it beats a narrow beat A collection of my days that still remain And if sorrow were a ghost I'd fade away, fade away
2.
You're spinning around what they're saying It's a rattle in your cage And every turnaround receives you If that's a ride that you wanna take And I'll take you No matter the cause, the situation There's an undertow event And if you cannot cross the river Then get lost in the firmament I'll take you Oh, the days, how you fade away We'll push the gravel to the shoulder When everyone was a rolling stone Only had to haul on by Someone will try to shake the dust out Someone to lift the veil a bit The stage is set with all distraction The time it takes, the time we've spent And I'll take you All over the land, across the water The infinite and the limit set To put ourselves out of her favor To ride the edge of a razor And I'll take you Oh, the days, how you fade away We'll push the gravel to the shoulder When everyone was a rolling stone Only had to haul on by And the head that holds you can only wonder why
3.
Heart Attack 03:02
Hey little heart attack Got a song and a favor I'm gonna sit next to you Gonna be your new neighbor Hey little heart attack, little heart attack You're gonna waver, baby, when you stand and deliver Little lady and a heart attack, gentleman and a heart attack You're gonna labor, baby, no finer endeavor And I'll take all the blame, my heart has gone downtown Came through that long rain Came down that long chain of command Into a cistern, where you wait for a whisper And it happens all the time, these habits come to mind And it only takes one push Skip the beat and slip the hook Madness, flesh and bones Feather me inside your home And keep that pulse steady now, I'm more than ready And I'll take all the blame, my heart has gone down
4.
A Better Way 03:40
When the hour is late and you need a rest From the dreams of the modern day From the marks we've earned to a slow and steady burn You turn the field again No more time to jet to the shadow edge Or trace the silhouette Only time to drag the breeze and now if you please Tell me now again Is there a better way To carry on The highest wire The blue desire The calm before the storm
5.
Cat & Mouse 03:04
Here’s the key to my heart, here’s the key to my heart Just another case of missing bees Welcome to the stay town, where everything lies down In the end, eventually What a cold and lovely place to stay, place to stay And just as I was hoping, fever broke me open You’ve been hanging around long enough to find a way You never cited who’s right, you’ve been here this whole time Moving like the colors move the day And I’ve been sleeping under your colonizing ways And now it’s cat and mouse One would think you’d find me hiding after all this time at play Cat and mouse One would think you’re tire of me after all this running around Here’s the key to my heart, here’s the key to my heart Just another case of missing bees Welcome to the stay town, where everything lies down In the end, eventually
6.
Out Here 03:56
I don't want to go to sleep tonight Cuz I don't want to toss and turn Like a fish on the silver shore I need a river blue rushing through my lungs And I don't want to just dream tonight Don't want my eyes to twitch inside I want to go down deep in the well there Where the wishing's done, nobody knows just where And there's dry throat and an old boat on the land out here There's a lamp on and a map drawn by hand out here There's no telling now, no telling how it's gonna go out here We can't believe what we believe in I called you up on the telephone My teeth were sore and my skin was warm I could slip you a simple kiss when You go digging through time like through a bargain bin Cuz you and me we like the underground We like to move when the sun goes down It's still a guessing game when all the names are named It's a drama drawn out in a million frames There's a flashback, a switchblade on the land out here There's some moonlight that's been man-made on the land out here There's no shortage of the velvet glove on the hand out here We can't believe what we believe in And there's a camera roll just to let it go Til the center's thrown, dog and a bone The prison's just the medicine This living ain't sane, it's a cannonball We'll head north now before the day is done There's a paper moon behind the setting sun We can't believe what we believe in
7.
Go rock in your rocking chair, they tell me I knit and purl and fall, fall asleep Maybe that's the way to heaven, child Drown softly in your memories I was once a young girl, love-fifteen, your game You were standing there holding my future in your name And there used to be a drive-in theater here There used to be an old phone booth, to call home When you went off to war, it was not in vain Surrounded by airplanes and bullets Like mad birds that sing I've had to fight off these feelings, they've been with me all day With me all day I wanted you to see me before the words crept across the page Before the ship passed through the jetty Before the magnet drew my heat Before it cast a pale eye, before the pitch of the night Before day had broken, before I'd awoken Before the fire was caught
8.
Love & War 02:46
Dear love, you're so kind You leave all others behind Your divining rod sets the bar so high Who knows the score between you love and war Dear love, do you ever feel chosen Because the dead don't mind And the stars still shine If love and war go on forever Dear war, you're so bad The best friend I ever had You're a lightning rod in the hand of some ancient god Who knows the score between you war and love Dear war, you're both above and below me
9.
Blue Nights 04:12
Somewhere in that darkened door I have come to see The blue nights now are comforting Somewhere in that fading day The clock has fallen down Heaven-sore and homeward-bound With a haunted feeling that's hard to shake You can't see the wind only the wake This primal dream, like something to do Further now to see it through He works all day and barely sleeps She contemplates the company she keeps until the breakers break They sleep under an open sky They know the cruelty of the storm that washes out the devil charm With a haunted feeling that's hard to shake You can't see the wind only the wake This kind of dream, like something to do Further now to see it through
10.
Walkaround 02:53
Well I wanna walk around Walk around these blues With both feet on the ground And my sights set on the evergreen avenue Where I met a man who twice conveyed If you follow it down it's gonna hollow your days Why don't you love me, baby, like you used to do Still I wanna walk around Walk around these blues I put the morning in the afternoon, the evening is nigh And I'm feeling low, so I'm getting high I oughta go on down to Mexico Where I had me some fun couple years ago I never noticed, baby, how you used to do I never minded a walk in the sunshine Take the long way around, catch the scenery But you were always sitting right there in the shadows And you were saying, I'll never call it anything Except a fait accompli That I wanna walk around Walk around these blues I put the feeling in a picture frame, we'll give it a name But it's all been done before, it's a losing game And after me, and after you And the world forgets the crazy things we do Will you love me, baby, like you used do And if you don't, oh no Why won't you love me, baby, like you used to do

credits

released May 16, 2014

Joy Mills - vox, acoustic guitar
Lucien La Motte - electric guitar, pedal steel
Tom Parker - bass, vox
Mike McDermott - drums

produced by Joy Mills Band
recorded and mixed at Egg Studios by Conrad Uno
mastered by Julian Martlew
all songs © 2014 by Joy Mills, except "Blue Nights" by Lucien La Motte / Joy Mills

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Joy Mills Band Seattle, Washington

New album Echolocator out 1.24.20

Urban country and roots from the Pacific Northwest.

"Seattle’s liveliest country-flavored act since Neko Case." - The Stranger

“Call it lilt with an edge.” – Leicester Bangs (UK)

“Organic country…both delicate and edgy… For the lo-fi country enthusiast.” – Maverick Mag (UK)
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