Peripheral Love

by Jamal Traub

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Red Crow Studios, North Chattanooga © 2016

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released May 27, 2016

Jamal Traub - singer, songwriter, acoustic guitar
Ross Carlson - producer, drums, bass, electric guitar, keys
Ernie Paik - violin ("The Fall)
Matt Slusher - mandolin ("Last Dream")
Susan Alcorn - pedal steel guitar ("Ladybug")
Jedidiah Jones - harmonica ("My Bird")
Will T.C. - cover art

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Jamal Traub Chattanooga, Tennessee

I was just a boy
Grew up in the grass
Biking down a dirt road
Falling from a tree
& scraping my knee

It's all coming back to me now

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Track Name: Anticipation
No lyrics
Track Name: Corner of Your Eye
CORNER OF YOUR EYE

The other night when you left the room
And you were gone for quite some time
When you returned your hair was parted in a slightly different way
Was it just me? No, I'm not blind

And other times when you walk about the room
I catch the whiteness of your eye
And though we've spoken scarcely more than a few words
I've burning questions on my mind

And I wonder...

Do you see me seeing you seeing me from the corner of your eye?
We may hide our faces, but never break from curiosity
I'm terrified & nervous, piqued & stimulated just to get to know you
My peripheral love, peripheral love

When you're around I feel the air rise thru my toes
I catch a fever, breaking highs
And when I try to speak my words come out a choke
I do not know the reasons why

But when you move away, my gaze is drawn to you
All company becomes a blur
The shuffle in your step, the funny things you do
I can't resist, much less ignore

And I ask myself...

Do you see me seeing you seeing me from the corner of your eye?
We may hide our faces, but never break from curiosity
I'm terrified & nervous, piqued & stimulated just to get to know you
My peripheral love, peripheral love

Do you see my seeing you seeing me seeing you...
Track Name: The Fall
THE FALL

Leaves make a lovely bed
Why don't we head up to the hardware store
And buy the biggest rake we see on sale
Fall over laughing and play dead

For just a few bucks more
We'll afford a small terrarium
Scoop every snail that follows the dewdrops
Of every leaf that hits the floor

We'll make the rules up as
We go...........
There's nothing to prove in
This world..........
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh

Soon we'll have a mess of snails
Who leave their sticky trails upon the glass
The toads are croaking it's no joke, they're hungry
It's time they had a midnight snack

Once we catch a warty toad
The night explodes into a slugger race, but
The winning snail is not the one in first place
But just the last one to be food

We'll make the rules up as
We go...........
There's nothing to prove in
This world...........
Ahhhhhhhhhhhh

Leaves make a lovely bed
Why don't we head up to the hardware store
And buy the biggest rake we see on sale
Fall over laughing and play dead

And, if you take my hand
We'll jump & land into the pile from high up
Get swallowed in a sea of reds & greens &
Browns & purple autumn hues

We'll make the rules up as
We fall...........
There's nothing to prove
At all...........
Ahhhhhhhhhhhh
Track Name: Last Dream
LAST DREAM

I'm just a dreamer
That's all I am
I would travel miles & miles & miles
Just to go to sleep

I'm underwater
Like the Mario Brothers
One could not rouse me for a talk
I'm in too deep

But you-----
You wake me up child!
Pull the seaweed from
My diving screen

Yeh you-----
You wake me up child!
Cuz You-----
Are my last dream

I'm just a lover
That's all I am
I would be locked up for years & years
Just to be set free

I'm undercover
Like Danny Glover
No one can ever know my
True identity

But you-----
You've found me out child!
Peered beyond the pines
Of my fir tree

Yeh You-----
You wake me up child!
Cuz You-----
Are my last dream

INTERLUDE

I'm just a dreamer
That's all I am
I would travel miles & miles & miles
Just to go to sleep

I'm underwater
Like the Eurasian Otter
One could not rouse me for a talk
I'm in too deep

But you-----
You wake me up child!
Pull the seaweed from
My diving screen

Yeh you-----
You wake me up child!
Cuz You-----

Are my last dream
Track Name: Beautiful Blur
BEAUTIFUL BLUR

Holy cow
what have I
got myself
into now?

Thought I was a bobber
with my head above the water
Now my body's sinking deeper
And my mind is growing farther

And this day
Is a beautiful blur, to me
Blur on
Beautiful day

Everyone's face
Looks 'zactly the same, to me
Here
Fishy fishy fishy fishy fishy fishy fishy fishy fishy

Each past moment
lighted brighter than the snap of a flashbulb
Inner child awakened
to the monster I'd become

All my loves
Swirling round me in a whirlpool of rainbows
New heart growing
On the bottom of the sea

And this day
Is a beautiful blur, to me
Blur on
Beautiful day

Everyone's face
Looks 'zactly the same, to me
Here
Fishy fishy fishy fishy fishy fishy fishy fishy fishy
Track Name: Ladybug
LADYBUG

Looooovvvveeee
Someone give me a piece of that pie
Break me off a slice right before I die
Is that what's in it?
Something so sweet it makes you
Diiieeeee

Wrap me up in a great big hug
Put your arms around me don't you know baby you're my
Druuuuugg

Someday I will go where it's warm
Buy me a chicken a cat & a goat
How'ma gonna get there? Don't you know I'll take my boat
Cuz it's gonna be uh island

Plant me a tree like Johnny Appleseed
Live off sweet delicious
On my farm

But come Monday I'll be singin those sad blues
Drownin my sorrows'n cigarettes & booze
Seems like I should have probably taken you

Come Monday I'll be singin that old song
In your arms is back where I belong
I don't wanna be right, if lovin you is wrong

Looooovvvveeee
Someone give me a piece of that pie
Break me off a slice right before I die
Will someone please tell me
What's in this
Piiieeeee?

Wrap me up in a great big hug
Put your arms around me don't you know you fit me like a
Glooovveee

Someday I will go where it's cold
Buy me a coat & a blanket & a scarf
Find me a husky dog who when he speaks says ARRRRRFF
Hahahahaha

Curl up by the fire at night
Read all the books that make think
And never grow old

Looooovvvveeee
Someone give me a piece of that pie
Break me off a slice right before I die
Cuz I'm just a pie-lovin guy

Wrap me up in a great big hug
Put your arms around me
Don't you know that you're my
ladybug

You have a ladybug, a chicken, a cat, and a goat
How do you make it across the water
in your boat?
Track Name: Lowly
LOWLY

lowly........ and lonesome
kind of day
speaks....... volumes
in a different kind of way

Your throat, dry
from a good cry
Your hands shake
But you don't know why

Wild eyed child
Spoke..... in hushed tones
Desperate dog
Scrap for his bone
Leave me be
In my own home
Leave me be
By my lonesome

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lowly....... and lonesome
kind of song
speaks...... volumes
when you listen long

Your feet tap
to their own drum
a fly buzzzz'z
but you don't know where from

Wild eyed youth
In a skate park
Razor tooth
like a white shark
See his neck
draped in rat bone
Hear his pulse
Like a head tone

Lowly..... kind of boy
Lowly..... kind of boy

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He came from the dust
Rustled around
Spoke a few words
Then he left town

Is that all...
this poor kid
was to be?

For try as he might
To get up off the ground
He never took off
Just made a faint sound
Tell me his story
From pebbles
or bark on the tree?

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lowly......... and lonesome
kind of night
speaks........ volumes
in a different kind of light

You can't shake
Off that old coat
You can't unsing
A blue note

Restless child
Lay.... your head down
Restless child
Put.... your head down
Lullabies
From your old town
Distant cries
From a ghost town

Lowly..... kind of man
Lowly..... kind of man

He came from the dust
Rustled around
Spoke a few words
Then he left town
Track Name: When I Close My Eyes
WHEN I CLOSE MY EYES

Remember when we woke up at the crack of dawn
and gathered walnuts among the autumn leaves
When little Jay made it thru the barb-wire fence
and fell into the wild horse out back
You chased that horse down
You chased him like mad and he ran away

I love you
Love you
Love you
So dearly

And I miss you
Miss you
Miss you
Severely

I miss the way you were with me
Assured & calm & fair
It seems to me
I lost you when I needed you most

I miss you
Miss you
Miss you
So dearly

Yet I can see you
See you
See you
So clearly

I see your face in dreams at night
Or when I'm by myself
It seems to me
You're closest when I close my eyes

But I still see you
If only in my dreams
Yes I still see you
If only in my dreams
(2x)

I love you
Love you
Love you
So dearly

And I miss you
Miss you
Miss you
Please speak to me

Please tell me things you haven't told
and things I have forgot
Please tell me how
To be strong when you're not around

don't it always seem to go
that you don't know what you've got till it's gone
Track Name: My Bird
MY BIRD --

In time, in time
I will train my bird to sing
Most anything

In time, in time
I will train my bird to speak
Thru wounded beak

But you
will never hear
My bird sound so clear
Cause you have never heard
A whippoorwill cry

In time, in time
I will train my bird to fly
A gusty sky

In time, in time
I will train my bird to soar
Like a winged dinosaur

But you
Will never see
My bird fly majestically
Cuz you have never seen
A soulfly

Ooooooooohhh baby
Get up off the ground
You can feel the cold pavement leave ya

Ooooooooohhh sugar
Now come on back down
You've already made it, cuz you know it's in ya

In time, in time
I will train my bird to feed
on nutritious seed

In time, in time
I will train my bird to grow
Even though

You tried to kill
my bird thru meanness and ill will
I forgive you that
But you can't get near my bird

In time, in time
I will train my bird to love
The sky above

In time, in time
I will train my bird to give
And to receive

All
the things you took from her
My bird will pass you in a blur
Your words will fall to shreds
Upon the grass

Ooooooooohhh baby
Get up off the ground
You can feel the cold pavement leave ya

Ooooooooohhh sugar
Now come on back down
You've already made it, cuz you know it's in ya

In time, in time
I will train my bird to sing
An ode of spring

In time, in time
I will train my bird to speak
A rune mystique

But you
Will never hear
The cries of joy that pierce our sphere
Cause you were not around
When the whipporwill cried

In time, in time
I will train my bird to fly
A gusty sky

In time, in time
I will train my bird to soar
Try to ignore

All the streaks across the sky
My bird will live and you will die
So long as you decry
My bird's strength

Ooooooooohhh baby
Get up off the ground
You can feel the cold pavement leave ya

Ooooooooohhh sugar
Now come on back down
You've already made it, cuz you know it's in ya

In time, in time
I will train my bird to feed
On abundant seed

In time, in time
I will train my bird to grow
But so you know

You will be OK
If you apologize someday
But please don't tell me

Talk to the bird

In time, in time
I will train my bird to love
The sky-above-the-sky, above

In time, in time
I will train my bird to live
And to achieve

All
the things you took from her
You give them back if you prefer
Then someday my bird
may be yours