The Carnival Sessions (Full CD)

by Dave Boylan

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released February 15, 2013

All songs Written by Dave Boylan (Athena written by Dave Boylan and Jock Bartley). Engineered and Produced by Steve Devita

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Dave Boylan Boulder, Colorado

Thanks for visiting us online. Managing songs is like herding cats...old revisions, new revisions, added a solo here, a backing vocal there, blah blah blah. Hoping to update this as we finish the songs...always a few in progress. Look for some country'ish stuff over the next few months. Yee-Haw.
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Track Name: Send in the Roses
send in the roses
for i have expired
say nothing of this love
for in it's arms i've died
the calming of angels
consider me whole
as i fall to pieces
as the story unfolds

and by blood i will stand by you
while the vices of good men show through
wrecking ball swings and I'm coming due
for some crying
send in the roses

send in the roses
for my time is at hand
once the blushing of children
the misfortunes of men
i am but a fool here
to wait for the spring
say nothing of good friends
say nothing of them
Track Name: I've Seen You
I have seen you in the temple
as I lay those stolen words into your hands
and I've seen you in the quarries
where misfortune breaks the rocks into the sands
and I've seen you in the portrait
well among the prince of thieves
to be the vagabond of witnesses
so scarred by things I've seen
this much is true
my darling i've seen you

I have seen you from a distance
and I've seen you sometimes close enough to touch
and I've seen you in your silks and satins, tucked between the lies
you sleep too much
and I've seen you in your golden years and I've seen you as a child
and I've sifted through your friendships
to find a heart that seems worthwhile, it's hard to do
but my darling I've seen you

in sunshine and rain
dressed in rags, asleep in mansions, and on windowsills
with bogus hundred dollar bills
and I know that you can't talk right now
and I know that time is short, you have to go
when all I really had to say
was hello

I've seen you once or twice since then
and I'm bummed each time I think of you alone
I have seen you spread yourself across the days and weeks
that pass for skin and bone
and I have seen you in the pages and the verses I have read
it is the duty of the ages to express what can't be said
it's the simple truth...

and my darling I've seen you.
Track Name: Joseph
Joseph can you hear me
i believe a car is pulling up outside
the static guns have tracked us down
and these chips have left us no place else to hide
remember years ago, we shared a moment,
far from all this silicon and space
it's those simple acts of kindness that I miss
way back when rhythm left no trace

but now my century is crashing on the airwaves
and though ashamed, I must admit that these were my days
so now I walk without a soul, because the century I've known
is blowing away...

Joseph can you hear me
I believe the voodoo lights have tracked us down
so hide those books and records, all those love songs
well I bet you're glad you wrote 'em down
well it really was a thing of beauty
back before the satellite's control
we'd buy bread on the weekends,
watch the old folks dance,
and listen to the thunder roll...

but now my century is crashing on the airwaves
and though ashamed, I must admit that these were my days
so now I walk without a soul, because the century I've known
is blowing away...

and I feel destiny upon me like a golden ship with burned out sails
and every time I try to reach inside myself and find the man that's there
I just find a man who's scared

Joseph can you hear me
I believe the stars are falling from the sky
all this communication makes me feel so cheap
like we never could see eye to eye
so tell them when they slip inside the airlock
that I've headed on my way
to justify my life here on this planet
and to try and live one perfect day

but now my century is crashing on the airwaves
and though ashamed, I must admit that these were my days
so now I walk without a soul, because the century I've known
is blowing away...
Track Name: Carnival
I stood outside the carnival
and watched the waves crash on the beach
and I wondered if I could ever be alone
and I brushed aside her hair
and felt a slap of cold November air
as I watched her wild horses
leaving bruises on my soul

I remember her in dresses
calm like summer or a mistress
but I spoke too soon and often about love
picture this, she said
I'll disappear when your skies are red
and show my face when you're lonely
And you’re falling down the road

And I wonder why I can’t go home

Shiny buttons flash like cash
And I’ve seen ‘em all too much, too fast
and I thrown them in the fountain
And I wish them all away
But I’m stranded and I’m hopeless
Fired up and dusted, never trusted
strung up like your Christmas lights,
I’m torn down in the Spring

But I wait and watch and listen
Though my senses dull and missing
As I watch the stronger kill the weak
And I dream of meadows killed by streets

And I wonder why I can’t go home

So now I sleep among the brushfires
Where crime and punishment survives
And the silence in my heart
Believes the silence from my phone
But justice is so blind and dumb
When my better half is on the run
She’s strung out on the starlight
With great distances between the night
So send a postcard if you will
And I’ll hang it on my wall until
The words dry up and blow away
Or maybe take me on a midnight cruise
Above the winners and the losers
And bathe me in your white light
Before you send me on my way..

And I wonder why I can’t go home
Track Name: Sing like the rain
I see you're still smoking those Indian cigarettes,
your hair has grown back since last year
under that brown bomber jacket you still move like a schoolgirl
under fire red hair you still grin ear to ear
and like a nosy kid brother I asked if you found love
you said no, but it's still on the way
you spend time with your girlfriends
lots of laughs on the weekends
and I was happy to hear that you still find a way
to sing like the rain

I've never been smooth, still stumble on small talk
as I told you I still like a smoke with a beer
and you said that they told ya
that you look a bit older
and I said man I don't see it from here
but the goodbyes came then, and i rose to my feet and
I promised to call you real soon
but as quick as the night, babe, you slipped out of sight
like those friendships
sometimes we can't find the room
so we sing like the rain

and your voice is ringing out over broken street-llghts and innocent backyards
and I'd like to stay and talk but i got a big house and it's my turn to stand guard
aint it shame things keep on changing?