Live at Your House

by Meghan Cary

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"Recorded live at a house concert, this album includes the most important element of my music - you. If your idea of the perfect live music experience DOESN'T include a smokey bar, a two drink minimum or the cappuccino machine accompaniment to 'Old Man Winter', then you just might love hosting a house concert. For more info on how to host acoustic music live at your house, drop me a line at houseconcerts@meghancary.com"

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released 05 May 2004

Meghan Cary - vocals, guitar
Peter Farrell - keyboard

Songs Written by: Meghan Cary
"Dog Song" written by: Don Metz
Recorded live January 10 & 11, 2001 in Kevin and Marla Lacy's living room by Kevin Lacy
Mixed by: Kevin Lacy
Mastered by: David Torry at DRT Mastering

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Track Name: My Life
In suburbia I can drive in my car
Just down the block it doesn’t get me so far
But it sure does seem
I’m living the American dream

Playing grown-up at the grocery store
Pretending to live a life
I couldn’t lead anymore than I could fly
Man I fly so high

When I’m laughing on the stage
Sleeping in motels
Weeping on the page
It seems to fit so well because its
My life, its where I wanna be
It’s My life, I don’t know what you see
But it’s my life
And its enough for me
It’s my life

Playing Barbie in a dress and high heels
I look so fine but it makes me feel
Anything
Anything but real,

But when I’m laughing on the stage
Sleeping in motels
Weeping on the page
It seems to fit so well because its
My life, its where I wanna be
It’s My life, I don’t know what you see
But it’s my life
And its enough for me
It’s my life

On a late train from New Orleans
I wonder am I finally headed home?
Or is that just another stop along the way
On this path I am destined to roam
In my life...

In my life, its where I wanna be
It’s My life, I don’t know what you see
But it’s my life
And its enough for me
It’s my life
You all you’re my life

I’m playing grown-up in Suburbia
Like playing Barbie…only better
Track Name: Darker Song
It's a much darker song, it’s a much sharper pen
It's not about longing or losing again
It’s an old rusty chamber that used to house gold
Rattling and empty it's stories all told

Can I take a step back and remember a time
When meter meant nothing and words didn't rhyme
Can I be the young lover still thrilled at the touch
Of a warm sleeping back after loving too much

And how can I tell you
And set myself free
From these circling thoughts
That are strangling me?

Can I live in the touch of your hand for a day
Before blaming this business and running away
Stilted and small they drop on the page
These words once were rivers now dried up with age

And how can I tell you
And set myself free
From these circling thoughts
That are strangling me?

It’s a much darker song it’s a much sharper pen
Track Name: Music in the Mountains
Our Subaru was bathed in mud
Our sleeping bags were soggy
We were not smelling like we should
Feeling rather groggy
But our tent was stowed we were on the road
We came here to play
There'll be no lolly-gagging
We've got three more shows today

Making music in the mountains
Its a grand adventure
Its biscuits in our bellies
And grits that can't be beat
Making music in the mountains
Means sleeping 'neath the stars
Haven't found a reason yet
To return to Bleecker Street

Steve was quite a vision
Paisley shirt, VW bus
From the look on his whiskered face
He dug the look of us
He said come on home for dinner girls
My wife would like you too
We said thank you kindly Steve
We've got way too much to do

Making music in the mountains
It's a grand adventure
It's bug bites on our bottoms
And sunburn on our feet
Making music in the mountains
Means sleeping 'neath the stars
Haven't found a reason yet
To return to Bleecker Street

It's six a.m. we're singing our songs
At the local radio station
Admittedly not a frequency
Heard across the nation
But later that night at the barbeque pit
Our waitress said with a start
Aren't you those two rock stars
I heard on my way to the Walmart?

Making music in the mountains
It’s a grand adventure
It’s nature without boundaries
And the people are so neat
Making music in the mountains
Means sleeping 'neath the stars
Haven't found a reason yet
To return to Bleecker Street
No we haven't found a reason yet
To return to Bleecker Street
Track Name: Moon
You weren’t expecting
To hear from me
But there’s something outside
You just have to see
I thought it might be
Worth a call
It’s so full and bright right now
But when you look again
It could be so small
And I didn’t want you to miss the moon
No I didn’t want you to miss the moon

By the way I
Think it’s great
You’re getting married
I got the word yesterday
Everybody thought it would be
You and me
I was so busy searching back then
That I looked right past
What I should’ve seen
And I didn’t want you to miss the moon
No I didn’t want you to miss the moon…

Her pale clear light
Is strong enough to pull the tide
Away too soon
And I didn’t want you to miss the moon
I guess I really called to let you know
Something that I should’ve told you
Long ago
That no one’s ever loved me
Like you do
Like you used to…
And I didn’t want you to miss the moon

You weren’t expecting to hear from me
Track Name: Through Walking with Your Ghost
Leave me alone
Can’t you see it’s killing me
Leave me alone
Step back into my memory
And when I lay me down to sleep
Won’t you please stop haunting me?

I’m making plans
They don’t include you
I’m making plans
This time I’m gonna see ‘them through
All I ask of you
Let me do what I’ve gotta do
Because I’m through walking with your ghost

I’m through walking with your ghost
I’m through walking with your ghost

No promises
Life doesn’t give them
No promises
Still I’m gonna trust in love again

Gonna open up my heart
Gonna let somebody in
I’m through walking with your ghost

I’m through walking with your ghost
I’m though living like the best I’ve ever had
Is come and gone
I’m moving on
I’m through walking with your ghost
I’m through walking with your ghost
I’m through
Track Name: Jersey
Wistfully I gaze across the mighty river Hudson
Once I lived among those tall steel towers
Now I'm here with all the hair
The grass the trees the clearer air
And I wonder have I made a grave mistake?
I moved to Jersey for love
And a parking space

Now I have to take a bus to get into Manhattan
Once I traveled solely underground
This bus won't take my metrocard
The brakes aren't loud the seats aren't hard
And I wonder will I soften in this place?
I moved to Jersey for love
And a parking space
Every day my neighbor who lives across the yard
Feels the need to say "hello"
What she's up to I don't know
But maybe I should give the cops a call
But when would they get here at this pace?
I moved to Jersey for love and a parking space

I walk in the door's unlocked and just inside your waiting
The car is safely stowed in our garage
Maybe we'll eat in tonight
It's a novel idea but it feels just right
And maybe this new state is one of grace
I moved to jersey for love
I moved to jersey for love
I moved to jersey for love
Track Name: Lost You in the Light
On a clear and cloudless day
I think I see an answered prayer
But then I look again
I see nothing but the glare

So I turn and walk away
But my mind is playing games
I think I hear a voice
Someone calling out my name

I shade my eyes
And much to my surprise
Someone’s really there
Just beyond the glare
I guess I lost you in the light

So I turn and face the sun
And I try to clear my mind
But your hand is on my shoulder
And your voice comes from behind

I shade my eyes
And much to my surprise
Someone’s really there
Just beyond the glare
I guess I lost you in the light

The picture’s not complete
Without the lines where light and darkness meet
When I turn and face my shadow
It’s suddenly clear
You were always right here

I shade my eyes
And much to my surprise
Someone’s really there
Just beyond the glare

I shade my eyes
And at last I realize
You were always there
Just beyond the glare
I must’ve lost you in the light
I guess I lost you in the light
I guess I lost you in the light
Track Name: I Might Miss You
Red Texas dirt still clings to my shoes
As I travel these white concrete streets
A soft Texas smile warms up my heart
It just might touch every stranger I meet

I’ve criss-crossed this continent so many times
Every “hello” begins with “goodbye”
Leaving is something I’ve learned how to do
And I never thought I might miss you

I always leave Austin exhausted unwound
Full of a freedom and ease
Big Texas sky holds on in my mind
I close my eyes I feel the warm Texas breeze

I’ve carried you along with me so many times
Your laughter, a touch, a look in your eyes
Never before has this longing come too
This time I think I might miss you

I might miss you
I might miss you
This time I think I might miss you

I’ve walked away from you so many times
I’ve learned that goodbye is said best with a smile
To my surprise I’ve broken that rule
And this time I think I might miss you

I might miss you
I might miss you
This time I think I might miss you
Track Name: Old Man Winter
Sunlight and shadow
As we pass beneath the trees
Warm and cold upon our faces
Dancing to the crackling leaves
Our hearts join in the dance
Of this bittersweet romance
As the seasons roll away from us
Without a backward glance

Sunlight and shadow
As I pass those trees alone
The music’s not the same
Now that I’m on my own
There’s a feeling that I get
When the sun is on my face
It’s a longing for the seasons past
When I slept in your embrace

Now the summer leaves behind
A void I can’t describe
The nights grow colder as I grow older
Without you by my side
And if I could
I would still the autumn breeze
I’d wrestle old man winter
And I’d bring him to his knees

Sunlight and shadow
They pass through every life
Glittering on the gold
And darkening with the strife
A lifetime flits away
Like the passing of a day
As the years roll out behind me
And there’s nothing I can say

Except the summer leaves behind
The nights grow colder as I grow older
Without you by my side
And if I could
I would still the autumn breeze
I’d wrestle old man winter
And I’d bring him to his knees
For the winter chill cuts to the very bone
And the frigid sheets beside me
Remind me I’m alone.
Track Name: Dog Song
out of state license plate, Mercedes Benz
a big city lawyer and his slick city friends
came down my road like a train down a track
and they left my poor dog in a ditch on his back.

so i jumped in my pick-up and i followed that car
i met them just after they'd stopped at a bar
i slid in behind him and that lawyer turned red
i grabbed his silk necktie and here's what i said

you mangled my dog you son of a bitch
you left him for dead on his back in a ditch
you miserable coward you never turned around
now i'll do to you what you did to my hound

well he stammered and he stuttered some lame-brain excuse
his friends tried to help but it wasn't any use
he figured for certain he was gonna get hurt
so he grabbed a thick billfold from under his shirt

and he counted out fifties and twentites and tens
i told him: keep counting we could get to be friends
i left him five dollars out of all that he owned
then i jumped in my truck and ran back down the road

he mangled my dog that son of a bitch
he left him for dead on his back in a ditch
now five hundred dollars won't ever repay
what he did to my dog
but it sure as hell helps

well i got back to my place and wasn't i pleased
to see my old mutt on the porch scratching fleas
he scratched as he waited as he snapped at a fly
for the next big black car to come barrelling by.

you mangled my dog you son of a bitch
you left him for dead on his back in a ditch
now five hundred dollars won't ever repay
what you did to my dog
happens three times a day
Track Name: Thursdays
Last week we rode through the streets of New York City
Dodging cars in search of a bar where we could drink for free
Freedom was the treasure we were racing for all day
We both knew there'd be a price to pay

Our next day together is a movie in my mind
Holding hands and making plans for adventures yet to come
There'll be no talk of leaving this love we've found behind
I have you everyday in the movie in my mind

Thursdays in the park
Could it be enough to fill this empty well?
Sparkling days and dancing nights, is it all a dream?
I know your answer: only time will tell.
Only time will tell if this love will grow
Will it stay right here, or will we find the faith it needs
to let it grow? Or do we let it go?

If I could I'd read ahead and find out how this ends
It seems without a guarantee you'll stay up on your fence.
I can't promise what we have is the miracle you seek
And so I'll have to live for love one day a week.

Thursdays in the park
Could it be enough to fill this empty well?
Sparkling days and dancing nights, is it all a dream?
I know your answer: only time will tell.
Only time will tell if this love will grow
Will it stay right here, or will we find the faith it needs
To let it grow? Or do we let it go?
Thursdays in the park
Thursdays in the park
Track Name: Waiting
It's the day that follows Thursday
she can't get out of bed
those familiar words
running through her head
she's heard them all before
but this time hoped for more
in the darkness that's her mind
she rearranges every word

the morning sun's reflecting
off cobwebs in her mind
she ducks inside
afraid of what she'll find
believing so long
she wonders could she have been wrong?
it seems the man beyond the myth
always falls behind

but she's waiting by the window
she's waiting, waiting
she's waiting by the window
with a bottle of wine
and a whole lot of time on her hands

she'll choose the myth
the truth it is too sane
she'll choose the fantasy
so he will remain
the one who'll never part
the god who won her heart
the face that's always smiles
hides a soul torn apart

but she's waiting by the window
she's waiting, waiting
she's waiting by the window
with a bottle of wine
and a whole lot of time on her hands

she'll understand why he went away
she'll understand why again he can't stay

but she's waiting by the window
she's waiting, waiting
she's waiting by the window
and she's waiting
and she's waiting
and she's waiting
Track Name: Live
I pass a graveyard I cross the street
I cross a railroad I iift my feet
I touch the roof and my angel comes tumbling down
freedom is just not looking for reasons
look at the moon or the changing seasons
who told them they were right or they were wrong?

I may never know how I made it this far
but wherever you go there you are

I'm going to live like there's no tomorrow
I'm going to love you like there is no sorrow to fear
its all coming clear

sun comes up on a beautiful morning
I see my life spread out before me
set me up with those wings I can fly
who says there's no second chance
I have a lifetime to learn this dance
I've made a plan to live until the day I die

the wind may blow and the rain may fall
but I'm gonna jitterbug right through it all

I'm going to live like there's no tomorrow
I'm going to love you like there is no sorrow to fear
its all coming clear

you have loved and you have lost
so you'll play it safe but at what cost

you've gotta live like there's no tomorrow
you've gotta love like there is no sorrow to fear
its all coming clear