I See What You Mean

by Jim Page

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Recorded at Sony Tree Studios, Nashville, TN
in the year of 2004
Produced by Donny Marrow
Engineered by Bart Pursley and Paul Hart

all songs copyright Jim Page
Whid-Isle Music, BMI
except Freight Train by Elizabeth Cotten

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released June 25, 2004

Jim Page: vocal and acoustic guitar
Andrea Zonn: fiddle
Tommy White: dobro and pedal steel
Bob Mater: drums
Charlie Chadwick: bass
Jeff Taylor: accordion
Hank Singer: fiddle
Jerry Cortez: electric guitar
Kevin Madill: piano

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Jim Page Seattle, Washington

Named by Seattle Metropolitan Magazine as “One Of The 50 Most Influential Musicians In Seattle History.” Originally crom California Page has called Seattle and the Pacific Northwest “home” since 1971. Songs covered by The Doobie Brothers, Christy Moore, Dick Gaughan, Michael Hedges, and Roy Bailey. Utah Phillips: “If you’re ever going to get the message, this is the messenger to get it from.” ... more

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Track Name: Freight Train
freight train, freight train, goin’ so fast (x2)
please don’t tell what train I’m on
so they won’t know where I’ve gone

when I die bury me deep
at the end of Chestnut Street
so I can see old Number 9
as she goes rollin’ by

freight train, freight train, goin’ so fast (x2)
please don’t tell what train I’m on
so they won’t know where I’ve gone

when I’m dead and in my grave
no more good times will I crave
just place a stone at my head and feet
tell ‘em all I’ve gone to sleep

freight train, freight train, goin’ so fast (x2)
please don’t tell what train I’m on
so they won’t know where I’ve gone
Track Name: Key To My Soul
restless wind moving through the trees
temperature drops in a cold snap blow
you left your sweater on my bedside
I hope its warm where you decided to go

thinkin' 'bout how I never told you
I guess I didn't really know it myself
I spent my whole life lookin’
I was looking for somebody else

you hold the key
to the window of my soul
and there’s a wind outside
I hope it’s warm where you decided to go
‘cause it’s cold in here
and the window’s open wide

I'm gonna save my money up
put it in trust for a sun shiny day
I'm gonna levitate you off of your feet
let the warm winds blow our blues away

everybody's got an outside
and everybody's got an inside too
the only trick that you have to learn
is who to show it to

you hold the key
to the window of my soul
and there’s a wind outside
I hope it’s warm where you decided to go
‘cause it’s cold in here
and the window’s open wide
Track Name: Oregon Landslide
there’s a donation jar on a cafe counter in a little Oregon town
for the children who lost their parents when the mountainside came down
and you put in your folding dollar bill and you go along your way
and you wonder to yourself how it got to be that way
how it got to be that way

then you see the mills and the work yards with the logs all stacked in rows
and you know it’s timber country and that’s how the money flows
and you see the dark green forests a hundred miles wide
with their roots all intertwined holding up the mountainside
holding up the mountainside

there was a family lived on the mountainside in the beautiful evergreen shadow
and when the company came to clear cut they new there was gonna be trouble
they took every standing tree as far as could be seen
they must’ve made a fortune when they picked that mountain clean
when they picked that mountain clean

there were those who cried a warning with what little voice they had
but the logic of the dollar is a logic that’s gone mad
with their futures held to ransom and the ax all set to fall
they would not be satisfied until they took it all
until they took it all

it rains every winter in Oregon and the river gives rise to a flood tide
if it hadn’t of been for the clear cut there never would of been a landslide
there never would of been a landslide and the mountain never would’ve come down
and there never would’ve been such a tragedy in that little Oregon town
in that little Oregon town

for there were no trees to hold up that dreadful deadly flow
when a million tons of mud and rock came crashing down below
turned the children into orphans with their parents trapped inside
it was murder by profit and that’s how those people died
that’s how those people died

so many came to the funeral and many tears were shed
and many words were spoken and this is what they said
“if there’s justice in this world then let that justice be
for the landslide came from the clear cut and the clear cut came from the company
it came from the company

there’s a donation jar on a cafe counter in a little Oregon town
for the children who lost their parents when the mountainside came down
and you put in your folding dollar bill and you go along your way
and you wonder to yourself how it got to be that way
how it got to be that way
Track Name: Heroes And Survivors
I’ll tell you a story
all good friends of mine
of the heroes and survivors
of a terrible time
two great peoples
separated by the sea
joined in understanding
of a great calamity
oh a great calamity

1831
it was the darkest of their years
Andrew Jackson drove the Choctaw
on the trail of tears
with the saber and the rifle
on a thousand mile drive
to the land of Oklahoma
only half would survive
only half would survive

they called it reservation
it was a cage without wire
what a hundred years later
the Germans would admire
surrounded by a state
that held the lock and key
to the vision of their future
and their free humanity
oh their free humanity

half a world away
in the emerald Irish land
famine stalked the countryside
with doom on every hand
starvation, desperation
driven to extremes
they died eating grass
their mouths stained with green
oh their mouths stained with green

and it was the British Empire
that held the lock and key
to their island reservation
and their free humanity
across the hungry countryside
they walked a trail of tears
through death and emigration
half the people disappeared
half the people disappeared

news travels fast
when it goes from hand to hand
all across the mighty ocean
to the Oklahoma land
when the Choctaw heard the story
of the Irish in their plight
they new they were related
though their skins were red and white
though their skins were red and white

and though their hands were nearly empty
and their lands were nearly bare
they collected all the money
that they thought that they could spare
and they sent it off to Ireland
to their unknown new friends
seven hundred dollars
it was a fortune to them then
it was a fortune to them then

you may wonder at my story
you may marvel at its worth
but I tell you there is goodness
in the people of the earth
and I tell you there is beauty
in the darkest of the days
and a light to come shining
blow the darkness all away
blow the darkness all away
Track Name: On The Street Again
(chorus)
I’m on the street again
I’m on the street again
and I ain’t been of it since I don’t know when
I’m on the street again

Freddie the Miser don’t give me no cheese
Fat Alive wants me to say “please”
Fingers Louie wants my coat
Willie The Noose wants to measure my throat

Crazy Alex ain’t all there
but he comes out of nowhere swingin’ a chair
a mad dog mob got me, tearin’ at my clothes
I leave without my guitar, got a bloody nose

(chorus)

in the hot spot rock house top of the stairs
they got animal dancers in their underwear
wrestler maidens in sweet perfume
jump on you like a kangaroo from clear across the room

in Sheila’s Wine Emporium Hotel
they hang by their heels with their heads in a well
of rot gut, rat cured, Bowery booze
burn a hole through your stomach, make you chew on your shoes

(chorus)

the electric 6-gun romance band
make the most amazing sounds without using their hands
me, I got my foot caught in one of their wires
and it blew me through the roof in an electrical fire

I was hangin’ ‘round the hydrant with the Afrikan Kidd
when they busted everybody with a manhole lid
I broke out the window with a ramrod log
landed right in the mouth of a police dog

(chorus)

now, I may not be too smart in my head
but I know enough to sleep when I’m lyin’ in bed
if you want to break the law, you gotta be discrete
but you don’t need a union card to sing on the street

(chorus)
Track Name: Fireside
she put her feet beside me and the sun was going down
she told me all those secrets, all those candles back in town
seven minutes elsewhere and it rained with all its might
the sun had long since gone and yet it stayed up all that night
she held her eyes both in her hand and gave them both to me
the avalanche exploded and a slave somewhere broke free

yes all these songs taste like lilac wine
I must taste them all some time

I went out for a walk among the rain, among the snow
the wind blew like a cistern and I had no place to go
I saw a man was lying with his face into the wet
his coat was torn, he wimpered, broken glass, a cigarette
my eyes were filled with alleys as I helped him to his feet
he thanked me with a smile and I walked off down the street

yes all these songs taste like Arabian wine
I must taste them all some time

Sister spoke with innocence, she drew her bolt aside
"stay here if you must, I know exactly what you need"
she smiled like a fireside, one hand upon the bell
I asked her if she knew and if she knew how could she tell
she laughed and pointed with her Jesus to the sky
saying "this is what you need and what you need is when you die"

she offered me some wine, I saw her hand white as bone
I told her I was lost, and could she show me my way home
she laughed again and twinkled, and her hood fell to the side
and I heard her say "right here with me, among the fireside"
I excused myself and left her, and I left her all alone
she with no relations and I with no way home

yes all these songs taste like sacred wine
I must taste them all some time
Track Name: You Can’t Make It Go Away
there’s somethin’ happenin’ that don’t seem right
there’s people on the sidewalk a-talkin’ at night
you can’t quite tell if they’re talkin ‘bout you
but you got a funny feelin’ that it might be true

and you can’t make it go away
it’s gainin’ on you every day
it’s only natural anyway
and you can’t make it go away

you can cover your eyes, you can bury your head
you can duck inside and hide in your hot water bed
turn up the radio as far as it’ll go
you can go to the A Go Go or duck inside a disco

but you can’t make it go away
it’s gainin’ on you every day
it’s only natural anyway
and you can’t make it go away

you can vibrate and meditate, evacuate your brain
you can tune into TV till your eyes go lame
you can grab onto god you can lock him in your pocket
you can even stick your fingers in the light bulb socket

but you can’t make it go away
it’s gainin’ on you every day
it’s only natural anyway
and you can’t make it go away

you can laugh us off with a wave of your hand
you can look down upon us from where you stand
invent statistics to insult and degrade
you can make us illegal, you can lock us in the stockade

but you can’t make us go away
we’re gainin’ on you every day
it’s only natural anyway
and you can’t make it go away

I can show you a dog, you can call it a cat
you can do anything you want like that
you can hammer your head in a solid brick wall
and still maintain that it isn’t there at all
but you can’t make it go away
it’s gainin’ on you every day
it’s only natural anyway
and you can’t make it go away
Track Name: The Clone Song
you’re never alone, you’re never alone
you’re never alone with your clone

you can go out for the night and still stay at home
you can call yourself on your cellular phone
you don’t need a mirror to see how you’ve grown
you’re never alone with your clone

you can talk to yourself and it won’t look weird
you can shave every day and still grow a beard
have your duplicate personal re-engineered
you’re never alone with your clone

you can walk all the time in the other guy’s shoes
you can give up your life for the cause that you choose
and watch the reports on the evening news
you’re never alone with your clone

it’s a bi-focal schizophrenic occurrence
standing in for yourself in a feat of endurance
you can kill yourself, collect the insurance
you’re never alone with your clone

you can suffer the victim and be your own thief
both sides of the law, above and beneath
you can be your own dentist and pull your own teeth
you’re never alone with your clone

you can marry yourself if the laws will allow
have sex with yourself but don’t ask me how
immediate instant, the future is now
you’re never alone with your clone

and if you cloned your own clone in multiplication
there would be no division in your population
and you could be your own united nation
you’re never alone with your clone

and clone upon clone like the fishes and bread
you could oh so fruitfully settle and spread
until the whole wide world was identically bred
you’re never alone with your clone

as above and below in immaculate view
you would look just like god who would look just like you
and there would be nothing that you couldn’t do
you’re never alone with your clone

you could write your own warning upon your own wall
in monotonous sameness the clarion call
then you would go crazy and so would we all
you’re never alone with your clone
Track Name: Everything Is Round
the sun goes up and the sun goes down
and all the many planets out spinning around
hangin’ on to a little green piece of ground
everything is round

all around the lost and found
tubular bells they make a tubular sound
and the rollin’ balls go rollin’ around
everything is round

you can fantasize a straight line
you can try it if you may
but I guarantee that straight line
is gonna turn around some day

there’s a crazy man beatin’ on a big skin drum
and everybody waitin’ for the kingdom come
while every other kingdom just comes undone
everything is round

starting from the mother earth
learning what a circle’s worth
returning to the place of birth
everything is round

you can calculate the answer
you can call it “M C Squared”
but if space and time are truly curved
then there are no squares out there

if god could speak he’d have to say
forget about the judgment day
there’s no straight and narrow anyway
everything is round

entropy and institution
a convoluted evolution
revolving every revolution
everything is round
Track Name: Way Up In The Sky
well, it’s hard times on planet earth
hard times tonight
the money’s getting’ funny
and there ain’t no end in sight
everybody’s lookin’
for a place to run away to
a college or a convent
anything will do
but just when you start thinkin’
that there isn’t any hope
along comes a UFO
to throw you all a rope

and take you way up the sky
high up in the sky
they’ll carry you away they say
way up in the sky

astronauts see ‘em
when they’re way up in the stratosphere
Navy personnel
when they’ve had a few beers
house wives see ‘em
when they’re strung out on the clothes line
Timothy Leary saw ‘em
almost all the time
and they say “come along
fly away with me
it’s better than drugs and it beats TV”

way up the sky
high up in the sky
they’ll carry you away they say
way up in the sky

some say they wave
as they fly around the steeple
some have even met ‘em
say they’re real nice people
some know ‘em personal
and wouldn’t hesitate
to invest in interplanetary
real estate
from the Milky Way
to the mighty moons of Mars
they say there’s gold
in them thar stars

way up the sky
high up in the sky
they’ll carry you away they say
way up in the sky

Jesus walks on water
and he turns it into wine
they say he’s comin’ back
but he takes his time
we been waitin’ two thousand years
and he ain’t shown his face
now finally someone’s come along
to maybe take his place
and save us all before we kill
if Jesus don’t do it
then the saucer people will

and take you way up the sky
high up in the sky
they’ll carry you away they say
way up in the sky

you can Scientologize
if you can pay the rice
and soul travel unravels
all the way to paradise
Big Foot is helpful
but he’s kinda hard to talk to
everybody’s busy
even the guru
so join the new religion
you won’t even have to pray
just wait for an object
to carry you away

and take you way up the sky
high up in the sky
they’ll carry you away they say
way up in the sky
Track Name: Saint Martha
early in the morning
when the day begins
Saint Martha comes a-calling
and you let her in
she is easily as hard as they come

but it’s alright now if you don’t know
sooner or later its bound to show

she walks right in
like she’s been there all along
and there is no time to wonder
which one of you belongs
just time to collect it all
and put it in a drum

but it’s alright now if you don’t know
sooner or later its bound to show

she can keep all your clocks together
and get you out on time
she can take away your worries
and straighten out your mind
is it really any wonder
everybody wants to get what comes

but it’s alright now if you don’t know
sooner or later its bound to show

she carries all the questions
you can put your answers to
she can make or break the brainless one
no matter if its true
is it really any wonder
so few ever get it done

but it’s alright now if you don’t know
sooner or later its bound to show

she can set your life to music
or make it impossible to sing
you will realize too late
she can do anything
you will try to slow her down but she will
keep you on the run

but it’s alright now if you don’t know
sooner or later its bound to show

late inside the midnight
as the clock begins to spin
Saint Martha will be leaving you
and who could keep her in
she has left you in a corner
and you’ll be there till dawn

but it’s alright now if you don’t know
sooner or later its bound to show
Track Name: An Old Pair Of Shoes
I met a young girl who sat on a step
I saw her quite clearly quite early one night
I spoke the first words that came to my head
she sealed my fate when she answered “all right”

she looked quite old though she was younger than I
and I asked her how many like me she had seen
“I never counted” she said with a grin
I looked at my hand said I see what you mean

I heard her say as the night was wearing thin
and she printed my name on the bottom of her shoes
“all those who pass by hey can never win
but those who come in they can never lose”

there are many fine seas to part with your hand
and many fine roads if you know how to choose
to some it’s a chance at the ax of the queen
but to one it’s a name on an old pair of shoes