Tales from St. Mickeys

by John Crumley

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released August 2, 2010

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Track Name: St Mickeys
St Mickeys

There’s a place at the end of the alley
Easy to miss unless you know it’s there
A little hole that I like to crawl into
To forget my troubles or forget that I care

A juke joint with the blackened windows
Rickety tables and a faded sign
Populated by the ousted and outcast
Never had a past to get past their prime

No need to ask, you know where I’m going
I’m hangin’ down at St Mickey’s tonight
Getting’ small with the flys and the gamblers
Laying low but feeling so high

The booze is cheap but not watered down
Mickey’s way of treating us like crowns
He may not listen to what you said
But he’ll lift one up when you are dead

Like a coven we gather close
When Mickey makes his monthly toast
No angels here, just those who fell
A slice of heaven in our little hell

No need to ask, you know where I’m going
I’m hangin’ down at St Mickey’s tonight
Getting’ small with the flys and the gamblers
Laying low but feeling so high
Track Name: Never Close My Eyes Again
Never Close My Eyes Again

Today, so much better than yesterday
I say, never going back to a lesser time
I’ll be blind no more

I tried to get along and run with the pack
But now there’s no turning back to yeaterday
Because today is here

I’ll never close up both my eyes again
I’ll never close my mind to the world around me

You say ignorance is bliss, it’s a fact
That way only leads to watching you back you know
That’s how it goes, it’s true

I say it’s easy when you handle the flack
Once through there’s really no turning back
And once you’re near you will have no fear

I’ll never close up both my eyes again
I’ll never close my mind to the world around me
Track Name: Parted Blinds
Parted Blinds
You know I’m watching for you to step on my lawn
If your Frisbee lands there it is gone
You think I’m mean, a notion that I regret
Cause I’m the worst one that you ever met

I hear their voices drifting up from down the street
Annoying tones which make my skin just creep
Don’t hit a foul ball or it’s mine to keep
I’ll snatch it up and all you can do is weep

I sit here watching from parted blinds
Don’t miss a trick with my aged eyes

I see the ball bounce missing the neighbor’s car
It comes to rest in the middle of my yard

And you’ll never get it back
Track Name: Save your Soul
Save Your Soul
And so the present’s not so different from the past
Been tried before but never did it last
Inject the fear into the flock and in the fold
Provide solutions as they take control

Raise the blade and you’ll save your soul

Clashing armies fight for those they cannot see
Win or lose they will not be set free
The dominion will not allow for rest
Flashing scalpel takes an ounce of flesh

Raise the blade and youll save your soul
Track Name: Tapistry
Tapestry

I remember years ago
The simple change of the summer and the snow
All the things I took for granted
Now their gone

Then came the time where I faded away
Thought I’d go but it seems that I will stay
Empty faces in the places I lay
They think I’m gone

Nothing more than a memory
A faded piece of tapestry

Time has moved but I stay the same
Faces change and the scene is rearranged
I pound my fist though there’s no one to blame
Because I’m gone

See the children play outside
I see their eyes and I know they aren’t mine
I think I’ll stay and play for a while
Before they’re gone

Nothing more than a memory
A faded piece of tapestry

It goes on
Track Name: Ozmosys (part 1)
Ozmosys
Another day
Drifts away and fades into twilight time
Behind my eyes
The darkened skies of irreality threaten me
Could it be that this scene has played out before

Comes the night
I feel all right but it’s not over yet
In my mind
I see the sign, leads me to the rabbit hole
Could it be that this scene has played out before
Though somewhat familiar, don’t know what’s in store

Float around from the clouds
Touching down my thoughts aloud
In my mind why, where and how
Don’t want to look for answers

Up ahead a scene unfolds
Dragonfire and horsemen bold
Sanity is bought and sold
I need to find an answer

Cut to scene a city street
I’m alone no souls to meet
In the dark it’s behind me
I think there are no answers
Track Name: Ozmosys (part 2)
Ozmosys (part 2)

In the night
A slight reprise of reality comes over me
The moment burns and I return to the rabbit hole
And I know that this scene has played out before
The visions unfinished
I open the door

Don’t ask me I don’t even know anymore
What’s illusion or what is real
Assaulted at every turn I’m still on my feet
I bend but will not yield
Panorama, changing vista ,raw emotions, fantastic creatures
Can’t wrap my head around the sights in my eyes
Imagination is too real

Don’t ask me I don’t even know anymore
What’s illusion or what is real
I think it’s time to leave and find my way home
It’s time to just wake up

My journey has take me so far from my life
Or the life I thought I led
It’s amazing that one can travel so far from their home
And never leave their bed
Like a movie, flicking picture, defeat the monster, claim the victory
I think it’s time to turn around and go home
It’s time to just wake up

Safe in the familiar again
Back in the world, not alone
Safe in the familiar again
There’s no place
No place like home
Track Name: Ozmosys (single edit)
Another day
Drifts away and fades into twilight time
Behind my eyes
The darkened skies of irreality threaten me
Could it be that this scene has played out before

Comes the night
I feel all right but it’s not over yet

In my mind
I see the sign, leads me to the rabbit hole
Could it be that this scene has played out before
Though somewhat familiar, don’t know what’s in store