A Good Ghost

by Dog Without Warning

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1.
Berlinische (free) 05:00
you put it all behind you you rebuilt and moved on with your silver spray paint and your skinny dipping at Sylt you occupied your mind ... you got on with your life the only way you knew how it’s a guilt your beautiful babies are only starting to face now and he must be of remarkable fortitude who could have been more courageous at Oranienburg and so we perceive in the people and the streets only the thing that we want to see, and nothing more i met your father at the front porch at first he couldn’t say my name we didn’t share a language so he poured us a drink ... we were both public service and we both loved our Dietrich in separate ways so we learned how to ask each other questions and talk about the these things he must be of unthinkable cruelty who couldn’t wait to destroy Nagasaki so we perceive in the people and the streets only the thing that we really want to see, and nothing more not some deep dark truth they hold in themselves or the love their eyes seem to confess or some shame averted left there to redress it’s just a cold and tired impression nothing more when our eyes meet, it’s too brief an old habit learned from pock-marked tenements we sleep so close that we seek some space though we’re not that close at all
2.
Roof (free) 02:34
I'm kinda disheartened why shell of what I started but, just in case you get nosey I'm gonna lose the posies that’s when you come out and catch me on the roof I'm not afraid of falling but I'm scared of you years and I'm still cowed by the way your so proud If I'm just like your mother I wish I found another it's just like you wanted I'm stuck and your haunted now if I could be seen you might not be so mean that’s when you come out and catch me on the roof I'm not afraid of falling but I'm scared of you oh, what’s a good ghost supposed to do?
3.
Gold Dust (free) 03:41
Gold Dust Back in forty-nine My Sierra claim went dry Packed my pans Shook no hands Didn’t even say goodbye Heard ‘bout a stike Near a place that I don’t like Should I go? I don’t know Ridin’ in the rain With a northbound wagon train Sold my horse With no remorse Need a drink to kill the pain There ain’t no road Leadin’ to the Mother Lode Should I go? I don’t know Four shades of mud Whiskey colored blood Lookin’ for some dust in my bowl Back bent in pain I’m lookin’ for the vein Gold is the color of my soul Tendin’ bar in Jackson Hole After quittin’ Idaho Made some cash Grabbed my stash Deadwood – there I go I hope to find A claim to placer mine Should I go? I don’t know Weighin’ all I pan And drinkin’ all I can The sometimes I save two dimes To pay for some whore’s hand Forty ain’t so old Unless you’re chasin’ gold Should I go? I don’t know
4.
don’t say things like that, an onion is a living thing even if it burns my eyes out with the force of the wind of this cold white peak we live on don't say things like that my darling for these two weeks with seastars we will swim congratulate the teamsters on their new seaplanes if you could see those big red birds swoop down for a landing you might not say things like that while there’s beauty in this world, I’ll see to it while there’s some kick in this girl, I’m gonna use it, I’ll abuse it is that the pulse of electrons or the woodwind release the sawbreath overhead that shaves back all the eucalyptus trees or just a line in a verse don't say things like that my darling for these two weeks, at least, we’ll drive as fast as we can play upon the fears of the world we’re living in and not the world we’ve been given you don’t say things like that where there’s beauty in this world, you see through it you never learned how to fight, and you can’t out-drive this need to be right
5.
Tatiana (free) 03:32
There's only so much a girl can take before she lashes out Tatiana's shown restraint but now she's showing doubt and there's plenty of blame to spread around all of it for men Tatiana's not alone when she comes for them sometimes the years can't hold back what you're meant to do and we build the walls thinking that the wilds gone from you and there's plenty of blame to spread around all of it for men tatiana's not alone when she comes for them christmas dinner is gone and they take her head along don't pretend you can tame they can't legislate respect when they write the law But Tatiana will let you know when she shows her claw and there's plenty of blame to spread around all of it for men tatiana's not alone when she comes for them christmas dinner is gone and they take her head along don't pretend you can tame part of my heart breaks for who she's taken from and another for the thing they tried to make her become and still the blame's at the feet of those who stand upright tatiana was beautiful and she's always right
6.
Garage Sale (free) 03:33
Remember that garage sale when we got drunk and stole everything that we could I knew right then you were meant for me cause you knew I was no good maybe it's the swagger that I smell maybe it's the rough night but nothings sweeter than when you meet her and know that your both right and it's long, long long past time to turn this train around that ain't even how a train works so before you make a sound take a deep, deep deep deep breathe and promise me one thing you'll be gone before I'm wrong and I won't remember a thing there's something about the way you dirty talk when I call you on your husband's phone tickles me more than all the times You've tickled me in his home winter's here and so's the storm you've been trying to grow sometimes you start the wind just with how you blow
7.
I crossed to the shady side of the street I needed a change of scenery I missed long cries and long sleeves A little bitter to balance out the sweet A cold edge will wake you from your sleep Remind you of the things you’ll never see And an old hard bed will keep you keen like this February frost preserves your dreams I missed you before I let you go I stayed past my welcome, now I know But your tears can’t rain down on me back here on the sunny side of the street
8.
High (free) 03:20
still I recall the first time I kissed her nervous and shy cause I knew her sister delicate peck and you made my night so high Let's get high loving you's the best I try let's get high let's get high your skins feels best next to mine trade after trade you stay in sight you be the left and I'll be the right you be the mrs. and I'll be the Mr. so high Let's get high loving you's the best I try let's get high let's get high your skins feels best next to mine every turn since she's still quite no less than every hurts in the night counting up all the times that I've missed her less than the nights when we played twister so high Let's get high loving you's the best I try let's get high let's get high your skins feels best next to mine every night until I die let's get high let's get high any way we gotta try
9.
From The Very Top (free) 05:45
When my head gets full, I lose my cool and wander this town of thieves where no one is ugly, no one except for me through thrills and spills and late night bills where the music’s always too loud you save me for kindness, though I know it by another name before my tea cools, you set me straight It’s an awful shame I can’t reciprocate Back in your sparse white apartment where I never feel safe you patiently wait for the haunt of my senses to leave you stare at that ghost til he swears he’ll go, pray never give me those eyes I thought you were cruel, now I know that it’s some kind of prize You saved me from my own frailties more times than I can bear to recall If I could do that for you now but this little brown bird knows his place too well my best intentions belie a wicked surprise and old convictions I can’t explain if you don’t see it coming, how can you close your eyes? If I’ve rambled too long, well I’ve always known the bad luck starting from a blank page so let me top of your glass and I’ll begin from the very top
10.
Susannah (free) 06:12
I wander in to your allegheny myth bearing my god-given gifts i know they don't amount to much but it’s what I got to give what can I do but show them off to the birds and trees? they won't laugh, they won't refuse the show given simple and free if I thought that you would read them seriously I would write you letters in pentameter and break my lines just how you taught me to, oh Susannah break away from this Allegheny myth, oh Susannah learn to sing for some one else, oh Susannah while I find these buckwheat dreams in my daddy's drink oh, Susannah, your lorelei won't let me be but there’s one thing with you I still disagree: I can wander, I can gallop through these trees with this fiery, ornamental truth I sing it’s just a poem, Susannah, not quite a lie a sunny way to go while we’re lost alike
11.
Moment to Moment (free) 02:18
Watching the waves wash away evidence of what we drew in sand today seabirds are playing in the breeze calling to each other to head for open seas ashes to ashes that's how it's said to go does the cycle end I don't really know moment to moment none larger than the rest some regrets I think of I wish I could redress Watching the waves wash away evidence of what we drew in sand today breathing in the blue summer sky grateful for the moments shared by you and I
12.
I tread into her very nature just as quiet and as fleet as I may step taking in the things that she has given giving her back my very breath venturing the highlands and the lowlands mountaintops and valleys oh so low shady creeks where Grandma's ashes linger I journey where others seldom go It's well enough, it's plenty to content me It's fair enough to say that I'm in love with the one thing in this world that terrifies me, with the one thing that provides a little hope So I tread into her very nature just as quiet and as fleet as I may go lest the day may come when through my own misfortune I must step back from her long-neglected shores
13.
Unrequited Love (free) 03:32
For days we dance sloppy on the table Sleep with our clothes half on We smoke and drink and fill each other with empty promises and regrets I could chose to stay innocent, I choose to be your victim instead That my love is the beauty of unrequited love So lovesick and filled with longing It wants to pull me down She can't confine herself to the weekend She wants to pull me down The moment she opens her door I know exactly who I am Hers is a old but lovely tune That goes on longer than I can stand The more closely I listen to her lyrics The less and less I understand But I listen over and over and over again It's beautiful out with our friends on the night It's terrible when we get back home and fight If we could find the balance between might and right We could save all the forlorn lovers lives In the end it's me who I've gotta amuse In the end it's me gotta go what I do It's a hard truth but when it's just us two Well then what's the truth? I could chose to stay innocent, I choose to be your victim instead That my love is the beauty of unrequited love
14.
Lady Biloxi (free) 03:52
steward am I to his grace biloxy trustworthy aid squire to his needs bound to obey I’ll serve without questions showing my heart would surely displease enamored of her the lady biloxy daughter of lord, master to me fearful I’d be to show my attraction wearing my heart as though it were a sleeve called to kings court the master and lady dressed to attend in regal attire head bowing low I chance to glance upward freezing this moment, my heart in a mire long golden hair, braided and framing eyes so aware, mirthful and bright lips of vermillion upturned and smiling matching the gown she wears this night nobles and dukes nights and their ladies pose to attract the king’s roving eye master biloxy would further his station should that his daughter marry on high king did approach and ask of the lady to whom she was promised, the lady said none perhaps she’d enjoy attentions of royalty master biloxy knew he had won dawn did approach I climbed to her windowb dagger in hand, blinded in mind never she’d know another man’s love I’ll take her life, then I’ll take mine
15.
Illegal in Texas (free) 03:35
It may seem obvious but hind sight, so often is you hear the siren, but never think twice you comply and a more so nice next thing you know it hits you in the plexus turns out that love is illegal in texas What jury on earth, would dare to convict who ever has to be so strict and why can't we all agree the man's earned his pass society, don't keep him off the grass just one state, steadfast from the nexus and still love is illegal in texas sir I guarantee, it would only be fine if you were on the other side, of the Mendocino county line any officer here, would give you a scolding if he found that you weren't holding but all theses pleas, they're met with deafness cause you know love is illegal in texas It breaks my heart, they still vex us just keeping love, illegal in texas it boggles the mind, how the man he wrecks us and still theres love, illegal in texas….
16.
Peace Fell Behind Me (free) 04:19
peace fell behind me voices fled the room peace fell behind me as you learn to trust your ears’ good news Little boy, quivering man try to push it down, best you can here I live, under your skin tacking you, tacking you burning in my lungs and my legs dream us alive things I cannot tell her to her face we both, survive (sure you could) all you loveless autumn men leaves in the wake of a train left you coping with the knowledge that there’s been a little change of plans peace of mind give me a little peace of your mind we can’t sing but you know we can dance, right? notoriously seedy the streets get pretty creepy just as the nights grow cold put your arm around her say something to confound her before she hears the same thing you do put your arm around her cross over to the other side ingloriously sleazy she feels a little queasy she hears it now too peace fell behind me the quiet we all know too soon crushing childhood fantasies hanging like a dolly from her noose
17.
Excess (free) 02:50
One foot steps back just as I am falling tools here tempt too something's always calling I am losing ground I am turning round To you and arms I won't forget it's true this top is table set touch and she's there just wait for me to call you this pipe I swear falls more than I do more and you're there for me I tick for what I can't see Of you and arms I won't forget it's true this top is table set
18.
I'm Coming For You (free) 03:20
please tell me you didn’t bring flowers i forgot please don’t ask me if I’m still sour i will not these little things meant to ease the pain that you pushed in my hand and then skulked away they can't buy you your innocence I'm the truth and I'm coming for you you put your hand in the cookie jar I did not it came out clean but you went too far I did not the disappointment on mammas face could break a grown man's heart in two why do you do the things you do? Do you remember the last thing you said to me? or anything at all about our late late night? I used to love to leave you now I can’t hardly deceive you turn off the light, i don’t wanna fight anymore I’m the truth And I’m coming for you
19.
Lyndsey (free) 04:15
Lyndsey won’t sing for me no more I hear her in the shower behind the bathroom door Lyndsey won’t sing for me no more everyone has something they want to say when they try to tell her she just walks away Lyndsey can’t listen to what you say sometimes in her dreams she still hears the noise and instead she thinks that she’s lost her voice Lyndsey sings when she’s alone I hear her when she thinks that I’m not home her voice is still beautiful till she starts to cry

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released January 1, 2011

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Dog Without Warning is a SF Bay Area Band consisting of Kevin Costa, Dustin Miller, Tom Fields, Jeremy Beck and Mike Tuciarone. They record and play original rock music that makes them happy.

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