Solitaire For Two

by Tad Dreis

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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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Track Name: I Said I
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”
Track Name: Good For You
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
Track Name: Back In A Few
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
Track Name: Bureau De Change
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
Track Name: Roadkill In The Parking Lot (Of The Fitness Center)
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
Track Name: Lottery Of Love
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
Track Name: Wonder What You're Doing
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
Track Name: T-Shirt
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...
Track Name: The Kitten And The Widowmaker
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