David Poe

by David Poe

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Produced by T-Bone Burnett
Recorded by Susan Rogers at The Magic Shop, New York and Sunset Sound, Los Angeles
Mixed by Sim Cain

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released September 15, 1997

Sim Cain, drums
John Abbey, bass
Marc Ribot, guitar
David Poe, voice and guitar

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David Poe Los Angeles, California

"DAVID POE gives the singer-songwriter genre a much-needed jolt"
- Rolling Stone 

"The make-out record of the year”
-Harp magazine

"The major domo of songwriters"
-Village Voice

"The perfect man"
-Time Out! New York

"[Songs] like miniature novels."
- The London Independent

Composer fellow
- Sundance Institute 2009

Winner
- Lunas del Auditorio award 2011

Sundance Film Festival 2008 - 11
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Track Name: Reunion
REUNION
By David Poe.
© 1997 Charming Martyr Music/BMI.

Won't you come down
She said
Come down
To my family reunion
Come down
You can meet my dad
You can see my home
They are the reason
My love gets strong
The bar I haunted
Before there was you

Won't you come down?
She said
Come down
To my holiday at home
This is the room
The chair he sat in
Now it's powder-burn blue
This is where it happened
And that's my sister
And her husband the bastard
She smiles at his mustache
It's his latest disaster
My sister used to get high
She used to make a sound
Now she's sweet and low
When he's around
But she's happy for me
Because I found you

You see how the time is frozen cold
Is this how we're gonna get if we get old?
I don't know

Won't you come home?
Come home
To my family reunion
Come home
It's just how we left it
Everything's in place
When you went away
A little shrine was made
And did you see my mother?
Did you see her face?
There are some things
Time won't erase
Ask her if there's something in the kitchen that needs tending to
But she'll say no
Unless she likes you
But you know there's nothing any one of us can do

Yeah, yeah, yeah
Track Name: Blue Glass Fall
BLUE GLASS FALL
By David Poe.
© 1996 Charming Martyr Music (BMI.)

CAREFUL BAREFOOT ON THE FLOOR
I THREW THE PHONE AT THE DOOR
MISSED THE DOOR AND HIT THE MIRROR
SHE HUNG IT UP WHEN SHE LIVED HERE
PIECES OF BLUE GLASS FALL
THE LOVE OF A FOOL IS STRONG
TO PATIENTLY WAIT SO LONG
TO BUILD A BOMB THAT DON'T GO OFF
LISTENING TO ALL HER SONGS
GETTING DRUNK AND LEAVING MESSAGES
FOR MOROMOU

ONE MORE TIME TODAY
I HAVE TO FEEL THIS WAY
BUT HOW MUCH SLEEP COULD SHE GET
WHEN SHE HAS TO WAKE UP IN HER OWN HEAD
LEARNING THAT JOY'S LIKE RAIN
AND LVOE IS A LONG PAARDE AND SORROW IS LIKE THE SUN
WHEN YOU'RE TRYING TO SLEEP, SLEEP AGAIN
AND IKNOW YOU'RE HAPPIER THAN ME
TO BE ALONE AT YOUR WINDOW
OH MOROMOU
LIKE WE USED TO DO

I TOOK A TRIP INTO YOUR PAST
TO KILL THE ONE WHO MADE YOU SAD
BUT YOU HARBORED FUGITIVES
THEY LIVE INSIDE OF YOU
MUST HAVE LOVED THEM
I MUST HAVE TO

WHEN PIECES OF BLUE GLASS FALL
THE LOVE OF A FOOL IS STRONG
TO PATIENTLY WAIT SO LONG
TO BUILD A BOMB THAT DON'T GO OFF
LISTENING TO ALL HER SONGS
GETTING DRUNK AND LEAVING MESSAGES
FOR MORO MOU

PIECES OF BLUE GLASS FALL
THE LOVE OF A FOOL IS STRONG
LEARNING THAT JOY'S LIKE RAIN
AND SORROW IS LIKE THE SUN WHEN YOU'RE TRYING TO SLEEP,
SLEEP AGAIN
Track Name: Moon
THE MOON
By David Poe
© 1997 Charming Martyr (BMI.)

She liked to see herself
as the sun.
Later, she made me into the moon.
It sounded fine to me.
Who wouldn't want to be
illuminating lovers
ot controlling the sun?
Who wouldn't want to be the moon?

Sun in my eyes
Her beauty could blind
She spent me to the shadows every night
And when the revolutions came
I shivered, thin,
She eclipsed me by the cycle of her whim
When she said all this
I wasn't so hot on the moon I was
Not so hot on the moon.

Everyday I watch the world go by
Every night I see a planet die
Every morning is like yesterday
She is always half a world away

And I'm just diamonds
on the evergreen
I cause the wild dog to serenade
But I can alaways hear her
in this atmosphere
Her jealous star is tapping at the end of every night.
Do you want to be the moon? I was.
Do you want to be the moon?
Track Name: Apartment
APARTMENT
By David Poe
© 1997 Charming martyr Music (BMI.)

Love your apartment
Love your privacy
Love the wide open spaces
You like to keep your mornings free
Your nights with me
Because you love to read
Novelties you found on the street
Just like me
You love a good mystery

You love your friends
I love mine too
But our friends aren't friends
And mine don't like you
They see the things that I don't know
They don't know what I see in you

But Monday morning
When the light comes through
And the week blooms
You're in your room
In the nude
Searching for what you lost
The night before
You almost said it
But it escaped you
I'm glad you didn't but I wish you had anyway
I wouldn't hold you to it
Anyway

I don't believe you're out of cash
Because I've seen the machine that holds your stash
I don't believe you were alone last night when the phone explodes

In the middle of our lovely apartment
Love your privacy
So why keep inviting me
Why do you talk to me
Like you talk to every, everyone?
You love a good mystery
I guess that's why you're here with me
And that is why I won't believe you
When you tell me
You love me
Track Name: Silver Eyelashes
SILVER EYELASHES
By David Poe. Copyright 1997 Charming Martyr (BMI)

This is the beginning of a song about the end of our lives
Honey, don't get me wrong when I say
I hope you die soon
I hope you live hard
I hope it's dark now in your room
I hope your heart becomes stone
I hope it's heavy
I hope it feels like you died, and then you do

If I can't have you, I don't want anyone else to

Robot works good today, you can self-medicate
You can swim the sea without the waves
I can't believe your silver eyelashes
I can't believe how the mermaid fades
I know you hide your love away
Somewhere inside your perfect body

You're not alive, you're just alone
I hope you die slow on shiny lies he made you believe
And then he leaves, he leaves, he leaves
And you have nothing left except to come back to me

Do you feel anything?
Do you feel feel anything yet?
I only want my hands around your neck
Your sweet sweet breath when you drink all night and sleep like the dead

I hope I die soon
I'm so numb it wouldn't hurt
And you're just waiting like a landmark to get saved
And my heart's already stopped beating
And I've loved you in the most pathetic ways

But if I can't have you, I don't want anyone else to
Track Name: Star
STAR
By David Poe
© 1997 Charming Martyr (BMI.)

In the sun of the world
Up where
Metal wings
Turn pink
There's a rumor of you
That on your way
To the store
You found a dollar in the snow
It was a fabulous rehearsal for your soul


I know how cold you can be
Years of light ahead of me
Reflecting everything you see

Like a star outside my window

In your place
I feel so tall
Winter makes the room small
Windows cold as alcohol evaporates
In the weight of your eye
Do you dream in silver lines
And will you lend your earthly light on me

After all my grace has fled
To the calm inside a bed
Will you shine above my head

Like a star outside my window

Like a star
Well you come to my window
You're like a star
You're like a star
Like a star
On a national morning
Like a star
You burn out slow

In the sun of the world
Up where
Metal wings
Turn pink
There's a rumor of you
Track Name: If I Saw You Laying Bloody In The Street I Wouldn't Bother You
IF I SAW YOU LAYING BLOODY IN THE STREET I WOULDN'T BOTHER YOU
By David Poe
© 1990 Charming Martyr (BMI.)

If I saw you laying bloody in the street
I wouldn't bother you
I'd stop and watch i I had time
Call for help if i had a dime
I wish that this wasn't mine
But I won't lie
'Cause the story that you made up
And Our subsequent break-up
Are a batter party lie to tell our friends
But I wish it wasn't mine

If I saw you getting beaten in the street
I would stop them hurting you
And I'd finish the job with my own words
Make you feel that much worse
Worse than any beating could
Leave you with more scars than cuts and bruises could
If I saw you getting beaten in the street
I wouldn't let them hurt
That privilege is reserved for me
And I would bleed in sympathy
I want you to hurt my way
Want you to hurt my way and feel the way I do

All my energy, wasted on hate
Wish it wasn't mine
Track Name: Settlement
SETTLEMENT
By David Poe
© 1997 Charming Martyr (BMI.)

Got a letter at the door
It was the ending of the war
Void of any sentiment
Look at all the time she spent
She's as patient as a gun
Getting the shine
Against the sun
It's looking like
The settlement is almost done

She says she's giving back her ring
Isn't keeping anything
Hoping she remembers good
What she never said she would
When she asked if he could change
It never was quite the same
That's because
The settlement had been arranged

She could never seem to tell
What he didn't want to let her feel
It's just as well
The settlement is in the mail
Void of any sentiment
Like he never had a friend
Think of all the time you spent
Making rent
And miracles that came and went
'Cause she's so fucking beautiful