Patient

by Merlin Ball

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released May 17, 2005

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Track Name: Patient
Dear Buddha, here’s hyaku en
I want to know what I should do
I got a head so full of ideas it’s bursting at the seams,
I got the will, I got the way,
I just don’t have the means

You’ll have to be (yeah yeah) just a little patient

Dear Jesus, maybe you can help
Help me know what I should do
I got this heart so full of love it feels like an attack
I wanna give and feel no shame in wanting something back
Track Name: Life In The Funhouse
Life in the funhouse
Throw your cares away
There’s nothing out there for anyone
Just that cold light of day

Life in the funhouse
Step right up today
Come in one and come in all
Come on in and play
And play

Ignore the smoke and mirrors
It’s just machinery
The swirling staff in uniform
Are eager to please you

Ignore the smoke and mirrors
There’s so much else to see
Come on in and sit right down
Sit right down and dream

Dream it all away
Life in the funhouse

If you see the sleight-of-hand
Please do not spoil the joke
Please please do not open the door
You’ll let out all the smoke

If you see the sleight-of-hand
You’d best be on your way
Leave us here in dribbling bliss
To dream it all away
Track Name: Should
You should learn to talk to me
More easily than you do
I should learn your language baby
And you should want me to
We should go to Bali
10 days in the sun
We should have a family
Doesn’t that sound like fun?

I should know better
Than to try to jump the fence
Sometimes the grass looks greener
So much for my defense
I should keep my head
I know I should
I should try just a little harder
To be good

If shoulds were coulds
Then I’m sure I would
If shoulds were coulds
Then I’m sure I would
Be good

Should I should you should we baby
Wouldn’t we if we could
What if we just did it baby
Knock on wood

I should exercise
Early every day
I should steel myself against
My inevitable decay
You should stop your worrying
And thank God you’re growing old
We should both of us realize
It does not have to glitter to be gold

A hopeless subjunctive of future non-events
A shall on the shoulder of defeat
Track Name: Long Shadows
Long shadows, autumn evening
The sweet scent of trees falling asleep

Long shadows, deep September
Keep me strong on my feet

Long shadows, chattering crickets
Creep but I cannot see them

Long shadows, shaped like an alien
Wave your hand and waggle your head
Your skinny head

Long shadows, double-helix
Don’t shoot me I am only the messenger
And here is the message

This moment is far too sad and beautiful
To feel anything
My ears are open and
(To feel anything)
Time is melting away
(To feel anything)
This lowering sun is far too bright and golden
As a heartbreak
I’m heading east

Say, say something

This moment is far too sad and beautiful
To feel anything
My eyes are open and time is wasting away
This lowering sun is far too bright and golden
As a heartbreak
I’m heading east
Track Name: Prisoner
Are you a prisoner of my imagination
One day all these bricks will fall down
Let some sun shine into this place
Let some sun shine into this space

Listen to the crickets talking

La la la la la

Then there will be a golden sunrise
Are you a prisoner
Track Name: Jaywalking
Instrumental