The Dressed Animals Songbook

by Kevin Hume

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Recorded in Albuquerque. Cover by KH

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released 09 January 2011

Kevin Hume- guitar, bass, mandolin, hammond, wurli, glockenspiel, tambourine, vocals, arrangements

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Track Name: A Parade in Stocking'd Feet
Will you leave your cares and shoes outside?
Give your feet a softer step and stride?
But where we go, it won't be far
I will make most certain of just where we are
And if too late the lamp-lights burn
Surely it will only be a small concern

'Cause I've always felt my love to be
Quite apart from cares that bothered me
Can you hear the band that's on parade?
Marching far a-field upon the sound they made
The rabbit came and went, I thought
He left us with a basket of the things he brought

The lion's path is worn but well
Endings or beginnings are but hard to tell
A good long way I tried to see
How can things be different when it's meant to be?
Track Name: A Song of Birds
If I recall
At seventeen
You weren't young
But somewhere in-between

There was a song
With lovely lines
That you would play
And you would sing sometimes

You used to sing
A song of birds
But now you've gone
And changed the words
I see
You now sing it differently

If in my life
I never sang
A different song
I often changed the tune

If I was bright
Or I was blue
I chose the verse
Depending on the mood

I used to sing
A song of woe
But now I've had
Another go
Come and see
I now sing it differently
Track Name: Thee, Underdog
And was it hard when you were young
To know the truth but hold your tongue
'Cause when they tell you to forget
The more you think about it
Every night and every day
The underdog is never far away
Never far away

But when the fear had left its mark
And all the light was shining dark
You found a match and lit the spark
You saw a lot beside you
Every night and every day
The underdog is never far away
Never far away

Only when you say
That your hope's away
That the underdog's at play

But when your orchestra's in tune
And there's a fever in the room
And there's a sax that's in the back
That's oh-so-syncopated
Every night and every day
The underdog is never far away
Never far away

Only when you say
That your hope's away
That the underdog's at play

'Cause last time
I had seen a fool for love
Go flying through a brick wall made of glass
But this time
There was no one there but me
And I remained a fool until the last
Crash of shattered glass

But is it wrong if you are told
That there's no man can live on Gold
See, I've been doing it for years
But it can be expensive
Every night and every day
The underdog is never far away
Never far away

Only when you say
That your hope's away
Only when you know
That it's time to go
That the underdog will show
Track Name: Friendly Dragons
Who shows my shows?
Often I wonder but nobody knows
I've got a pilot and everyone crows
Who shows my shows?

Who's for these four?
Once they were friendly, but not any more
Hand me an apple I'll get to the core
Who's for these four?

Dragons can be
Riddled with doubt
What if the fire they breathed
Would suddenly go out
It might take the whole world by surprise
Look up with their glittering eyes

Who leaves these leaves?
Birds of a feather have caught our disease
And when they die it's the trees I believe
Who leave these leaves
Track Name: Anne Marie
Don't you fear
Don't you cry
Let's not say that long goodbye
If I were you
And you were I
I wouldn't feel so down tonight

'Cause it's not me
Ann Marie
Who caught your heart
And set you free
Don't mind me, Ann Marie
It's just the way it has to be

Although I've known you a long time
You held my hand for the first time
You held it close and it seemed like
You wouldn't let go
For a while

And though you feel
That it's for real
My heart's no something you can steal
So take my word
and leave me, go
Your love's not something I should know

Although I've known you a long time
You held my hand for the first time
You held it close and it seemed like
You wouldn't let go
For a while

Now it's the end
So don't pretend
My heart's a garden you can tend
Or it's a coat that you can mend
Or it's a rule that we can't bend

'Cause it's a rule that we can bend
I can't go on and still pretend,
When I'm in love until the end
It always will be you, my friend
Track Name: Garden Pathways
And should the chance arrive
When luck would cast your eye
And to a lovely thing
That sets your heart to sing
Of sweet soft rain
Or by the sea
That kind of thing

Now, if the words you speak
Should pale and make you sad
I'd think you've got it wrong
I'd think it's not so bad
A scene might do with better lines
But, you know
The day is brighter at cloud low tide
And garden pathways will remain outside

In all those things we say
And all those games we play
The meaning's in the eyes
I've often theorized
It seems to me
The truer words
Are never spoke

Remarks that fail, with love
Are brighter by a shade
Then all the clever lines
That ever I had made
And of these things I made too much
Because the day is brighter at cloud low tide
And garden pathways will remain outside
Track Name: What Would Be the Good
Despite the words I wrote
And the words caught in my throat
I don't think about it too long
No, I don't think I should
Oh, what would be the good

I laughed when I had heard
A story so absurd
It seemed amazing, seemed unreal
But everything goes through
Oh, what else could I do

I stopped there once before
To take my time and tour
But I'd forgotten how it felt
To want something for sure
And it's not there anymore
Track Name: I Don't Want to Be Somewhere Else
I had my time
And all the words that did rhyme
And flower bells that did chime
And all these things were mine

And when your love came through
I didn't know what to do
'Cause it seemed so true
And all these things went to you

I'm not quite sure
If this is where I want to be
But I don't want to be somewhere else
There may be other lives
That could be happening to me
But I don't want to be somewhere else
Oh, Tonight

And all day through
They're writing songs about you
The nights too
Are full of stars for you

And if there's no other prize
Than to catch the light from your eyes
And hear your sighs
I wouldn't care, would I?

Still I'm not quite sure
If this is where I want to be
But I don't want to be somewhere else
There may be other lives
That could be happening to me
But I don't want to be somewhere else
Oh, Tonight
Track Name: Vincent Left Only His Worries Behind
Vincent Van Gogh left his worries behind
A state of affairs and a state of the mind
And if you are tempted to do what he tried
Picture your prettiest side

A longstanding rendez-vous keeps you away
Far from the wheat fields you held in your sway
Dusk is adjoining with daylight today
But words are imperfect to say

So set up with canvas
And paint you can find
'Cause Vincent left only his worries behind

A field guide to palimpsests sits by the door
A family reunion that could be much more
Your old ways of living have come to the fore
But they will contain you no more

So set up with canvas
And paint you can find
'Cause Vincent left only his worries behind

And don't think it's heavy
'Cause it's light you'll find
And Vincent left only his worries behind
Track Name: Primrose Hill
Walking through a London May
Revealed a blossom in kaleidoscopic fields of grey
And when I wrote to you
I told you recent parks that I had seen
Some were manicured and all were very green

I had a room in Camden Town
In the afternoon I often like to walk around
And it's very nice
To have the time to do with what you will
So I followed the canal to Primrose Hill

And though I try to ignore
There's a feeling now that wasn't there before
Oh, and I know that my heart knows what to do
'Cause I only want to spend my time with you

I climbed the hill on New Years Day
It was colder then but still I couldn't keep away
And though the sun was out
There was a little frosting on the ground
And all the dogs were too polite to make a sound

And though I try to ignore
There's a feeling now that wasn't there before
Oh, and I know that my heart knows what to do
'Cause I only want to spend my time with you
Track Name: Wrap Song
And if it's your time to go
Then it is your time to go
I've already seen that show
I know if it's time to go

And life can be such an undertaking
No time for you to get a little break in
You're lucky if you're living when you're waking
'Cause it's easy just to sleep away

I'll sing me a little song
Because it's hard work and takes so long
I'll sing you a little song
Because it's hard work and takes so long

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I'm tired, I'm out of breath
It's cold and I'll catch my death
I'm tired, I'm out of breath
It's cold and I'll catch my death

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Track Name: Cinnamon's Chorale
Is there a way I could be
Both horse and rider?
Nettles in the morning
Fires in the evening
And, can you play me a song
I can whistle when I'm riding?
And whistle when I'm whiling
On some starry night reclining
But if you're pressed for time
There's the Miniatures
For the String Quartet
Written by Komitas Vardapet
Sun lights the dawn
Oh, Carry on!
There's breath yet left for a song