Solitaire For Two

by Tad Dreis

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1.
02:40
I kissed your scarf this morning It was hanging off my bed I kissed it like a lover And this is what I said I said I miss you here this morning I’ll see you this afternoon I miss you, even though I’ll see you soon I kissed your heart this morning It felt just like my shirt The one you kind of borrowed And told me afterwards You said you took it to remember While I was away I said I think you take one Every day In my arms, you’re never too near I said I said I loved you But I knew you couldn’t hear So I kissed your cheek this morning Instead of just your clothes Softly said I’ll see you You smiled with your eyes closed And it was icy, but you kissed me On the nose I said I, you said “you should really go” I said I, you said “it’s okay, I know”
2.
02:58
I was a runaround, an indoor track And I was a sugar buzz, a baby carrot crack Oh, I was so good for you Why? ‘Cause I’m good for you I was a give and take, an ATM And I wasn’t even fake, not even then When I was so good for you Why? ‘Cause I’m good for you Just a bit of what you had You’ll never get another tad A touch of health, a slice of sad When you cut yourself for good or bad I’ll be gone And I was a genie with a polished look And I wasn’t kissing, ‘cause in certain books Oh, I was so good for you Why? ‘Cause I’m good for you I could die, I’m so good for you Goodbye, and good for you
3.
I was in school, always caught up in duels And you gave me lessons in pacing We had a job, moving boxes for Bob And talking about stockcar racing And once in a while, you’d show up in style And joke that you wouldn’t be working Say “I’m afraid I mislaid all the parts that came through And I’m ashamed but the blame has been shifted to you Now if you look in the book you will find that it’s true See you later, back in a few.” Later that year, I was living in fear Of someone I shouldn’t have cheated You came to me and said “Son, can’t you see If you run, you are still undefeated. And that would be fine, but this weekend I’m flying So sorry, but you gotta be working.” Say “I’m afraid I mislaid all the parts that came through And I’m ashamed but the blame has been shifted to you Now if you look in the book you will find that it’s true See you later, back in a few.” Back in a few, we’ll be waiting for you You had something to do with our story Back in a few, say hello, Mary Lou You remember, don’t you, a Miss Cory? And once in a while, you still show up in style And joke that I shouldn’t be working And once in a while, you still show up and smile And say, “Gimme your hand, boy, it’s working.” But I’m afraid I mislaid all the parts that came through And I’m ashamed but the blame has been shifted to you Now if you look in the book you will find that it’s true See you later, back in a few
4.
It’s silly how depressed I am It’s funny how you’re supposed to be inspired I really ought to give a damn But isn’t this a state I should desire? Yeah, I abuse my feelings Yeah, I’m drunk and reeling Yeah, I’m sick of dealing With the bipolar bureau de change Yeah, I’m out of quarters Yeah, I’m placing orders Yeah, I hope the line gets shorter At the bipolar bureau de change Bureau de change I filled a journal yesterday I went to buy another at the store I’m still not sure just how I paid But now I feel too low to write anymore Yeah, I abuse my feelings Yeah, I’m drunk and reeling Yeah, I’m sick of dealing With the bipolar bureau de change Yeah, I’m out of quarters Yeah, I’m placing orders Yeah, I hope the line gets shorter At the bipolar bureau de change Bureau de change This isn’t all I have to say This isn’t how it always has to be But my simple joy runs out halfway And sadness is my only currency One black day for one idea If the sun comes out, they won’t see you
5.
There was roadkill in the parking lot of the fitness center Roadkill in the parking lot, so I didn’t enter I’d wanted to apply for a job, but I didn’t try ‘Cause there was roadkill in the parking lot of the fitness center And there were birds behind your head the time you tried to kiss me Birds behind your head, so I made you miss me You never tried again, so I never touched your skin ‘Cause there were birds behind your head the time you tried to kiss me And there were ribbons in the bushes, back behind the boathouse Ribbons in the bushes interrupted my slow drowse I was dozing by the stream, but I never had that dream ‘Cause there were ribbons in the bushes, back behind the boathouse And there were windmills in my closet when I tried to clean it Windmills in my closet, wish I hadn’t seen it I could handle bones, or even rhinestones But there were windmills in my closet when I tried to clean it And there were hornets all around the car at the auto dealer Hornets all around the car, so I couldn’t steal ‘er I had honey, I said please, but these were money bees Yes, there were hornets all around the car at the auto dealer And there was roadkill in the parking lot of the fitness center
6.
I don’t know how much I can take Of going Dutch for such high stakes I want to win it all, I want to share it I want to love you without comparing The split of emotional earnings ‘Cause it’s just a lottery of love You’ll only lose what you put in And that’s just half of what you might win Place your bet with me, a bigger wager Together, we might be major And never again Have to split up our winnings In the lottery of love The lottery of love Has landed me deep in debt It’s gotten me ticket stubs I’ve got the best collection yet The lottery of love only pays off once or twice But wouldn’t it be nice? It’s worth the price There’s not much else that I can say I wish you’d change the way you play It’s not a game to me, but I like it All the same, I’d rather strike it together And never be tethered We’ll sever from the lottery off love Yeah, they’ll hate to see us go From the lottery of love
7.
It’s nine o’clock and you’re asleep I wonder what you’re doing You move a lot and sigh so deep I wonder what you’re doing I’ve never seen you dream Before the hour of three I hope you weren’t always Waiting for me It’s nine o’clock and you’re asleep I wonder what you’re doing You move a lot and sigh so deep I wonder what you’re doing Your hands are balled up tight You forgot about the light Nothing in this room Is quite right You turn over, open your eyes Say hey, baby Smile and sigh I sit beside ‘til ten By then you’re gone again I hit the light And still I’m wondering It’s ten o’clock and you’re asleep I wonder what you’re doing You move a lot and sigh so deep I wonder what you’re doing
8.
03:36
All this cotton Rainy weather Hasn’t gotten dry just yet I’ve forgotten Where’s my letter? I feel rotten Always wet ooo... Haven’t written Since the winter I get bitten since it broke I’ve been sitting All this summer Outside insects getting Thick enough to choke on... And I can barely make it to the box Tiny pinpricks on my conscience slowly pick its locks And I’m scratching at my neck And it scares me half to death Is there any way to check? Must be something in my sweat... Oh, this season Getting colder Got a teasing sense of how to slow it down Need a reason Like your shoulder Life’s a freezing vent I want you in this town ooo...
9.
Two tree trunks were standing And holding another Whose roots had been weakened And could not stand itself It lay there across them In a kind of a cradle And would have just fallen Except for their help And a kitten was crying On the widowmaker It could have climbed down Just had to begin So I reached up to it My hands made a net And slowly, to safety It walked down that limb And I held it to me And I felt its heart Beat like a bumblebee Caught in a jar And the kitten ran away Back into the woods No jingle of a collar No calls to come home And I leaned on the tree trunk And smiled at its burden It never could have gotten That big on its own

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This album was recorded over a long summer of computer solitaire in 2002. Its production is simple and direct, just like that heart on your sleeve. "Good For You" won 2nd place in the SongLoung international songwriting contest a year later. This record is the sound of flipping a coin between acoustic power-pop and woodsy tales of kittens and the trees that love them.

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released January 1, 2003

Produced by Tad Dreis

Drums by Matt McCaughan
All other instruments by Tad Dreis

Recorded at The Music House and Hose House.

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