All My Excuses

by Karen Savoca

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1.
i call your name i looked for you in the bitter wind i looked for you in the summer air i looked for you on every sidewalk i looked for you but you weren't there over the mountain i call your name over the mountain i call, i call your name if i cry, will you hear me then? will you cup your hands, will you catch my tears? if i cry will you cup your hands? will you drink my salty tears? over the mountain i call your name over the mountain i call, i call your name if i laugh will you let it go? will you let it out, will you let me know? if i laugh will you let it grow... will you roll with me on the floor? over the mountain i call your name over the mountain i call, i call your name i looked for you on the crowded streets i looked for you in the sleepy towns i looked for you in every doorway hoping one day you'd come around over the mountain i call your name over the mountain i call, i call your name k.savoca © 2002 Alcove Music/BMI
2.
Butterfly 03:19
butterfly butterfly land on me pretty butterfly land on me chasing off the shadows left behind when you were here looking for a good dream waiting for the sky to clear butterfly land on me pretty butterfly land on me blinking in the sunlight airing out my winter clothes putting on some color resting on the open rose... i've been washing off all your lies standing on the edge while the waters rise butterfly land on me pretty butterfly land on me k.savoca © 2002 Alcove Music/BMI
3.
love is a hammer how you do what you do and sleep at night when you say what you pray people fight love is a hammer love is a hammer in your hand telling lies well disguised a jesus face money down underground save me a place love is a hammer love is a hammer in your hand read a line chapter-verse what is true? who i am who i love bothers you love is a hammer love is a hammer in your hand got the book worked it out cradle to the grave roll the stone let him out nobody's safe when love is a hammer love is a hammer in your hand k.savoca © 2002 Alcove Music/BMI
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between girl and gone grab the clothes from the line there's a storm comin' in all the little birds are aflyin' tryin to reach home in this wind i stand at the window i stand at the window somewhere between girl and gone somewhere between here and movin' on tell me that story again about ukiah in the rain tell me that story once again about waiting in the kitchen for the fruit train i stand at the mirror i stand at the mirror somewhere between girl and gone somewhere between here and movin' on there's a little one on this plane her momma says 'don't forget to fall asleep soon' she's laughing at everything makin up stories for the moon i stare out the window i stare out the window somewhere between girl and gone somewhere between here and movin' on k.savoca © 2002 Alcove Music/BMI
5.
For Love 03:43
for love that guy shouts like caesar makes his woman carry water and wine to win her heart he pleased her then he clipped her wings so she couldn't fly last night i was useless i was so mean to my love he knows all my excuses some day they may not be enough enough for love --- enough for love now she's walkin' on the balls of her feet lighter than she's ever been she sees all the colors in the streets she doesn't believe in sin she says that's not love --- that's not love you can melt the snow with a birdsong heal a hurt with a laughing mouth and when the whole world's gone wrong let it in, let it out and say that's for love that's for love k.savoca © 2002 Alcove Music/BMI
6.
To Colorado 04:39
to colorado when i go to colorado i hold my heart out in my hand there's a town up in the mountains where the people understand me where they hold me like a mother when when i'm weaving like a drunk whenever i need shelter that's where i'm gonna run eedle e ya ya ya ya... and now i don't remember winter or any shiver in the cold i'm laying out my blanket resting on the summer's gold and this road is like a river and this car is like a boat with my darling here beside me on and on we float eedle e ya ya ya ya... when i go to colorado holding my heart out in my hand for a town up in the mountains where the people understand me where they hold me like a lover when i'm stumbling lost and drunk whenever i need shelter that's where i'm gonna run eedle e ya ya ya ya... k.savoca © 2002 Alcove Music/BMI
7.
Lonesome 04:08
lonesome driving out of your town when i didn't wanna go last night with the lights turned down and supper cookin' slow sitting around your table drinkin' whisky and wine singing songs for an old friend who needs a lullaby it's alright, i got you here in my head it's alright, i hold you here in my heart i't a good thing i got out when i did 'cause you make me lonesome for home we're rollin' through nebraska crows are in the corn farmers at the harvest taming one more dusty morning me, i blame tomorrow and that late bright sun got me thinkin bout it all again and missing everyone it's alright, i got you here in my head it's alright, i hold you here in my heart i't a good thing i got out when i did 'cause you make me lonesome for home i said i'd call on sunday guess i say that a lot and i don't know just what happened but i'm sorry i forgot i wake before i want to and curse the dawning sky you said 'these days are gonna haunt you' and now i know why it's alright, i got you here in my head it's alright, i hold you here in my heart it's a good thing i got out when i did 'cause you make me lonesome for home i won't be so lonsome now not so lonesome you're with me everywhere i go... k.savoca © 2002 Alcove Music/BMI
8.
The Mark 02:48
the mark it was a gift she could not keep nor bear to give away she threw it out into the snow and there it left a mark and there it left a mark i told you once i would not lie you laughed and called me fool but now you see that i was right and everything leaves a mark and everything leaves a mark you pass me on some distant road we blink and look away i swear to you one day we'll know that everyone leaves a mark that everyone leaves a mark so what if life is just a dream where no one ever wakes we touch each other one by one and always leave a mark and always leave a mark k.savoca © 2002 Alcove Music/BMI
9.
let me down easy let me down easy - oh, take it slow let me down easy, if you're gonna let me down i gave up everything for you my house, my faithful wife one strong wind and we're through i should be sailin through this time of life let me down easy - oh, take it slow let me down easy, if you're gonna let me down you told me lots of sugared lies you said i was the one you needed i listened to your whispered sighs now i'm the one who's pleading let me down easy - oh, take it slow let me down easy, if you're gonna let me down i'm going out for a walk i'm going down to the bar it does no good to talk and talk i can't be anywhere you are let me down easy - oh, take it slow let me down easy, if you're gonna let me down i guess i really shouldn't moan i made my bed so there i'll lay i'm not afraid to be alone i'm just not sure today's the day let me down easy - oh, take it slow let me down easy, if you're gonna let me down k.savoca © 2002 Alcove Music/BMI
10.
your rainy day look up in the sky big cloud rollin' over darker than any eye you better run for cover now is this what you've been waiting for? everything has turned to grey is this what you've been saving for? here's your rainy day your pockets are full your needs are many this house is cold your arms are empty now is this what you've been waiting for? everthing has turned to grey is this what you've been saving for? here's your rainy day all that was close is very far away all that you were is not who you are today is this what you've been waiting for? everything has turned to grey is this what you've been saving for? here's your rainy day k.savoca © 2002 Alcove Music/BMI
11.
at the end of the road i'm nobody's mother but i'm a pretty good friend i got a wounded heart that's finally started to mend at the end of the road i'll see you maybe you'll miss me maybe you won't you said you were sorry but i didn't believe you now i'll see you at the end of the road you planted a dark seed it took for a while till i pulled it up till somebody made me smile at the end of the road i'll see you maybe you love me and maybe you don't you kept silent while i kept cryin so i'll see you at the end of the road no making excuses where is there to go? you say time will heal but this time it's not so at the end of the road i'll see you maybe you'll know me maybe you won't your love for me was weaker than pride so now i'll see you at the end of the road k.savoca © 2002 Alcove Music/BMI
12.
everytime the sun goes low maple and cherry, here in the deep lay down your blankets, now go to sleep dogs in the hollow, makin' a noise everytime the sun goes low string and bright paper - tied together high in the window, so it can turn here in the twilight, it'll surprise you everytime the sun goes low it's quiet in the house it's quiet in the house this is a good fire, let the winds blow i look at you love, and then i know here in your long arms - i can find rest everytime the sun goes low & it's quiet in the house it's quiet in the house such a grey morning, i woke up blue where would i be if i didn't find you? there is no sorrow, your love can't heal everytime the sun goes low k.savoca © 2002 Alcove Music/BMI

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Guest appearances by T-Bone Wolk, Greg Brown & Nick Langan

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released March 13, 2002

all songs written by Karen Savoca © 2002 alcove music/bmi
Recorded at alcove Music by Pete Heitzman
T Bone's track recorded at Soundesign, Brattleboro, VT by Billy Shaw & Alan Stockwell
Mixed by Pete & Karen
Mastered by Pete Moshay, A-Pawling Sound, Pawling, NY
Cover design by James Savoca. Also thanks to Matt Petosa
Thanks to Sam Patterelli and Nick Langan for the gear.

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Karen Savoca Oneida, New York

Karen’s baby diary reads, "20 months, knows 6 songs." Her mother, a big band singer, was not surprised to find her constantly dancing and singing.

"A voice with this much strength and easy confidence is a rare find. Her songs are filled with good humor, sensuality and nature's simple pleasures. She can work a sly smile into a lyric that makes you smile in spite of yourself." All Music Guide
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