Fancy Shampoo

by Tim Birchard

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Tales of love, loss, and life. Written and recorded in Austin, Texas; Takamatsu, Japan; and Durango, Colorado from 2003-2009.

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released January 24, 2009

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Tim Birchard is a musician, engineer, composer, and producer who loves a good story. He loves the unorthodox.

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Track Name: Heavy Weather
My ship is burning at both ends
The tide is turning, she says we're still friends

The forecast calls for heavy weather
And desperate times call for desperate measures

I can't seem to move my heart

Self-discipline eludes me
and sleeping in soothes me

The forecast calls for heavy weather
and desperate times call for desperate measures

I can't seem to move my heart

The stone in the garden has my name
And my tv dinners don't taste the same
Why do I keep on trying to transfer the blame?
Track Name: Pockets
Pockets

Black garbage bags in the driveway
Everything I own is sitting in the rain
A borrowed van rolling down the highway
Got the pedal to the floor, gonna outrun the pain

I cannot fool myself anymore
I cannot lie to myself anymore

I pride myself on my memory
Remember how you did me wrong
Can't quite recall why you got so angry
Another one down, the list is getting long

I look at you, I look at me
I look at us, I look at Oui
And I begin to compare

Another dollar, another day
Another bill I gotta pay
Why ain't I getting anywhere?

I cannot fool myself anymore
I cannot lie to myself anymore
My pockets are empty, no more excuses
Can't find nobody else to blame
I cannot fool myself anymore

I've got the clothes, I've got the address
I've got the fancy shampoo
I've got a gnawing suspicion that none of this is gonna get me through
And I've got self-righteous indignation
Yeah, I could sell it by the ton
You talk to me about forgiveness
But that don't sound like any fun

I cannot fool myself anymore
I cannot lie to myself anymore
My pockets are empty, no more excuses
Can't find nobody else to blame
I cannot fool myself anymore
Track Name: Nothing More
Nothing More

Over the mountains, the setting sun
No more boots, the day is done
I finally found it

Have I ever felt this way before?
Drop the day's worries at the door
World-class smile, long dark hair
Smiling eyes... you'll find me there

What else could I want?
What else could I need?
What else could I want?
Can't you see?
Nothing more

Over the mountains, the setting sun
No more boots, the day is done
I finally found it
Track Name: Airlock
Airlock

You tell me that you want a little distance
Well baby, I'm your man
You tell me that you want a little distance
Well I'm the one who can

I can see you feel a little angry
Broken cups and stolen plates
But baby, that's okay, because you send me

Light years away, cold and gray
Beyond the minefield comet's tail
A little farther gone in outer space
A little farther gone...
I can hold my breath underwater
for at least 90 seconds
I can hold my heart underwater
for at least 90 days
I can hold my breath underwater
for at least 90 seconds
Don't you know I'll do what I have to
to get my own way

Technicians came to do their same old spacewalk
I could plainly see security was tight
Scheduled maintenance on your airlock
Guess that's what it takes to make it through the night
Guess that's what it takes to make...

I can hold my breath underwater
for at least 90 seconds
I can hold my heart underwater
for at least 90 years
I can hold my breath underwater
for at least 90 seconds
And I don't even care if I get water in my ears
Track Name: So It Seems
So It Seems

Not this body, not this mind
Not these objects I'll leave behind
Not these visions, not these dreams
Or obsessions
So it seems

Not this water, not this dirt
Not this weapon, not this hurt
Not this skin, not this hair
Not this label
Do I dare?

Not hereafter, not herebefore
Not anything
Something more

Not this progress, not these mistakes
Not these e-mails, or calls I make
Not this photo, not this song
Not this red light, that takes too long

Not this body, not this mind
Not these objects I'll leave behind
Not these visions, not these dreams
Or obsessions
So it seems
Track Name: Thinking Cap (Angelo's Song)
Thinking Cap (Angelo's Song)

Let go, give it up
Let go, the need to be free
Let go, give it up
Let go, got somewhere to be

Head gets a banquet, heart gets a bone
Wonder why I'm feeling all alone
Take off my thinking cap, chop off my head
Learn to live in my heart instead

How could I imagine?
How could I forget?
How could I ever know?
Guess I'm not quite finished yet
Track Name: Crawdads
Crawdads

Down under the rusty bridge
With a two-foot piece of string
Some old bologna and a moldy cheese
You know it's a beautiful thing

The leaves are turning, the fires are burning
As the crawdad takes the bait
How many got away I can't really say
These days my memory ain't so great

Speckle-belly trout, speckle-belly trout
Flash in the water makes me wanna shout
Speckle-belly trout, speckle-belly trout
How many can I catch?
I'm gonna find out

Down under the highway bridge
Learned my first lesson in love
I'd like to say it was one-of-a-kind
But I remember it better than it really was

The leaves are turning, the fires are burning
As the crawdad takes the bait
Thought I was a winner
First-rate beginner
Born-again sinner stumbling home late

Speckle-belly trout, speckle-belly trout
Flash in the water makes me wanna shout
Speckle-belly trout, speckle-belly trout
How many can I catch?
I'm gonna find out

The sun's dropping and the sky is dark
The fireflies have gone to bed
I'd like to follow but the bridge ain't ready
So I'll dream about you instead

The leaves are turning, the fires are burning
As the crawdad takes the bait
It's gonna hurt some when hammer meets thumb
But it's the one thing they can never take away

Speckle-belly trout, speckle-belly trout
Flash in the water makes me wanna shout
Speckle-belly trout, speckle-belly trout
How many can I catch?
I'm gonna find out
Track Name: Girl In The Tree
Girl In The Tree

A cliff, a tree overlooking the sea
Somehow arrive, somewhere I cannot climb

It's a mystery to me
Her silhouette is all I see
Who is this girl in the tree?
Who is this girl...

Spray-painted on my wall
In an awkward scrawl
“Life is for the living... love is for the giving”

Replete, bare feet
Smiling completely
Serene, sublime
Her eyes crystal starshine

She says, “you'll awaken when I count to three”
My mouth opens, and I try to scream
She says, “you'll awaken when I count to three”
My mouth opens, and I cry out

Spray-painted on my wall
In an awkward scrawl
“Life is for the living... love is for the giving”

Open my eyes,
the bedroom never lies
Four walls, a window
Dozing in the lampglow

Her hand on my neck breaks my reverie
Those eyes are smiling at me
Squeezing my hand, we leap from the tree
Two hearts flying to the sea
Track Name: Beloved
Beloved

Searching for words
And he feels so absurd because they can't explain

Sun on her skin
Angels dancing a jig on his windowpane

Where should I begin?
“Look away, look within...”
Look at all the pretty colors
How can I resist?

I'll kiss you, my beloved
I'll kiss you, my beloved
I'll kiss you, my beloved
I'll kiss you, my beloved

3.1415926535, I don't see
How squaring the circle of life can be good for me

Try to sit still
Promise he will
But look at all the pretty colors
How can I resist?

I'll kiss you, my beloved
I'll kiss you, my beloved
I'll kiss you, my beloved
I'll kiss you, my beloved

Summer is near
What else should we revere but the fantasy?

Tree silhouette
Twilight lets me forget I'm not what I see

Race up the hill
With a cup we can't fill
Look at all the pretty colors
Maybe just one more time

I'll kiss you, my beloved
I'll kiss you, my beloved
I'll miss you, my beloved
I'll kiss you, my beloved
Track Name: Aisle 5
Aisle 5

Wake to a sunny day
Morning sky is smiling
The perfect cup of coffee
And slowly make my way

Hello neighbor, how ya been?
It's been awhile, we've got to get together
Never seen such gorgeous weather
Wish today could last forever

Stop along the way
Got to fill the tank
Beyond the grocery store
Who could ask for more?

At work, talking on the phone
Stare at the wall, holding the receiver
Sit in a chair
Typing at the keyboard

Coming home, check the mail
Bought some stamps and some envelopes

Didn't see them hiding out on Aisle 5
Didn't see you hiding out on Aisle 5

A jar of pasta sauce
Boiling water on the stove
There's just no place like home

I didn't see you hiding out on Aisle 5
Hiding out on Aisle 5
Track Name: Snow
Snow

Busy life, busy world
Who has time for the little girl?

I'm calling the child who lives inside
(Can you hear me?)
No more fear, no need to hide
(Can you hear me?)
My heart and my arms are open wide
(Can you hear me?)
I'm waiting here for you

She loves to dance, she loves to draw
She loves to sing about the beauty of it all

I'm calling the child who lives inside
(Can you hear me?)
No more fear, no need to hide
(Can you hear me?)
My heart and my arms are open wide
(Can you hear me?)
I'm waiting here for you

We can dance in the summer sun
Fly as high as we please
Head out the door to explore every corner
of the morning breeze

No more time for hide-and-seek
Snow is on the ground
I know you're crying, you know I'm trying
My life is better with you around

Busy life, busy world
Who has time for the little girl?
I'm calling the child who lives inside
(Can you hear me?)
No more fear, no need to hide
(Can you hear me?)
My heart and my arms are open wide
(Can you hear me?)
I'm waiting here for you
Track Name: Come Stand
Come Stand

Stood there by the window
Watching the leaves start to curl
Told myself I was grateful
To have tasted love in this world

Swallowed the golden sunshine
Followed 'til there was no more
Let go of all I could call mine
Then you show up at the door

Then you show up...

How long I have waited
For you to arrive
How long I have waited
Come stand by my side

Don't need more adventure
I'd rather just smell your hair
Though miles away, I have to say
I smile to know you are there

If I should die this evening
In happiness I would lay
I share with you something true
And nothing can take that away

Nothing can take that...

How long I have waited
For you to arrive
How long I have waited
Come stand by my side
Track Name: New Temple
New Temple

Broken glass crunches underfoot
Insulation exposed
Girders, beams
and hidden seams
Sunlight shared where no one goes

The sound of grinding
Keeps reminding
Contracts binding, torn to shreds

And when it's left behind
What will I find?

I ride the rails and glide on gales of laughter
I sew the sails that capture what I'm after
Deceptive shell is being cracked open wide
Shining light inside
Nothing left to hide

Open spaces—knocking down the walls
Open spaces—no more tortured halls
Open spaces—Time to reconceive
Nothing to retrieve
Despite what I believe

Golden rays dazzle weary mind
Roots and vines exposed
Newborn dreams, blue moonbeams
Through my hair, between my toes

The sound of humming, gentle strumming
Heartbeat drumming in my ear
Holding you so near
Dream sweet, my dear
I ride the rails and glide on gales of laughter
I sew the sails that capture what I'm after
Deceptive shell is being cracked open wide
Shining light inside
Nothing left to hide

Open spaces—knocking down the walls
Open spaces—no more tortured halls
Open spaces—time to reconceive
Nothing to retrieve
Despite what I believe

I ride the rails and glide on gales of laughter
I sew the sails that capture what I'm after
Deceptive shell is being cracked open wide
Shining light inside
Nothing left to hide