Victoria

by Merlin Ball

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released April 7, 2002

All songs Merlin Ball.
Background vocals on Maybe by Akiko Gonno.
© Merlin Ball 2002. All rights reserved.

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Track Name: Victoria
Mama wanted a little girl
more than anything in the whole wide world
this was long ago but it still ain’t fair

Back into that warm dark night
guess her soul didn’t want it’s brand new home
the hell that her mother went through
she had to go alone

She could have been warm she could have been bright
set some of the wrongs in the world to right
every inch a queen
Victoria

and I’d ask him
why do you leave us alone
and I’d ask him
is there wisdom in this thing you’ve done
and I’d ask him
is there reason for the tears we shed
for a shivering bird that dies right in our hand?

Where are you now Victoria?

She could have been warm she could have been bright
set some of the wrongs in the world to right
every inch a queen
A name fit for a queen
Track Name: So Long (And Thanks For All The Fish)
I hope this kinda goes like the song you never wrote
All blocks are finally overcome
You made some sense out of madness
Reminded me of what to laugh at
And how crying and laughing can sound the same

Satire and philanthropy, who would’ve ever thunk it
Go together like tea and ticker tape
In a mad world, trees grow money
In a sad world, everything’s funny
In a bad world, the good guys always win

Pick an apple
Strip a branch
Nothing can stop us from doing what we can do
So long and thanks for all the fish
Split an atom
Decode a gene
You put some fun into morality
Gave us a last chance to see

Guilty of upholding the legacy of twig technology
What’s it like to free from it all at last
To be or not to be: is that after all the question?
The answer might as well be forty-two
Track Name: Maybe
Is it something to do
With being tired of being lonely
Or something to do
With too much making it on my own
Or something to do
Just dying for a lover’s touch
Or something to do
With wanting to want

Is it something to do
With my navel-gazing culture
Or something to do
With manufactured need
Or something to do
Another endless Saturday night
Or something to do
Just wanting something to do

Well maybe there’s simply something about you girl
Maybe this is all about you

Is it something to do
With my clumsy attempt to kiss you
Or something to do
With your turning away
Or something do to
Being holed up here with this guitar
On this beautiful day

Is it something to do with you girl?
Track Name: I'd Ask You
I’d ask you to be with me
And I fear you’d say “no”

I’d ask to stay with me
And I fear you’d agree

I’d ask you to be with me
And I fear you’d say “no”

I’d ask you
Track Name: Blue Socks
Another day another year
Over there over here
Another pair of socks
Another pair of shoes
Another day of walking hand in hand with the blues

Wading through concrete of my own making
Lucky for me it never set
Guess I added too much water
I kinda liked those socks
I kinda liked those shoes
I kinda liked those blues

It’s all right
Once in a while
It’s all right
Once in a little while

Gotta fill this space with something
But nothing’s coming to mind
Hope that’s ok with you
Hey I like your socks
And I like your taste in shoes
You look good in blue

You try to fill the space with something
But nothing’s coming to mind
Tell me what you do
Tell me what you do
Track Name: Excuse Me
Excuse me for asking
are you free tonight
I’m not looking for a lover
I’m not looking for a fight
Just kinda lonely
and kinda alone
Just wanna learn about someone
someone I don’t know

So do you like romantic movies
or do you like ‘em fast and loud?
When you talk about the things you love
are ashamed or are you proud?
Yeah it’s kind of in the shoulders
and the way you hold your head
And the thoughts running through your mind
when you lie awake in bed

Will you talk to me a while
While we’re both here
Will you walk with me a mile
Why we’re both scared
Will you mind if I don’t stand up
when you sit down
You seem all right to me
How about me
As far as I can see
Far as I see
And I don’t make that too far from now