Hokey Solstice

by Eleanor Fish

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released November 12, 2015

all recording and mixing by robert bezrutczyk. thank you rob for making this here thing happen!

all songs written by eleanor, except "in the pines" and "i truly understand," which are traditional folk songs. (thank you to charlie for teaching this particular version of "in the pines")

there is also a piece of the song moonshiner (another old folk song, sung by many) in the first track.

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Track Name: Hokey Solstice
can I trust in all my recollections
can I trust in what I see each day
well I know that good things are comin'
and I know I'm a part of them some way

when I wake up I wake up real early
and I go and catch my train
do I know which way it is going
no but I ride it all the same

let me eat when I'm hungry
let me drink when I'm dry
dollars when I'm hard up
religion when I die

I am living alone for the first time
I am trying to know myself true
will you tell me what I am doing
will you tell me I don't have a clue

I JUST GO!

we all know that it's nice to have a partner
we all know that it's nice to be held
well I wonder if I can hold my own self
do my arms fit all that well?
Track Name: Birthday
I won't go to your birthday
I won't knock on your door
I don't even know your last name
do you believe me, I don't know
your last name anymore

I will go to the diner order all of the eggs
guess that's something about heartache
it gets me fed it gets me fed it gets me fed

but if you came I would fall right into you
like all the sad sappy suckers do
how did you know that i'm not brave actually?
it's just a joke that i thought would set me free

cos my birthday was a success
all my friends are full of light
who needs cake who needs presents
when you've got your own sweet life

cos I won't go to your birthday
who gets older anymore?
hope you got all that you wanted
well so did I, okay well sure
Track Name: In the Pines
in the pines in the pines
where the sun never shines
and you shiver when the cold wind blows

if you say that it's right
just follow me tonight
and I'll take you where the sun never shines

if you say so
I won't railroad no more
I will sidetrack my train and stay home
Track Name: I'm Twenty-Five
all my friends say let's go down
let's go downtown
and do all the things we're supposed to do
i'm twenty-five i'm not like you

when i go downtown
i ride around
i forget there's anyone else
in this whole town

well we've held each other
tight so many nights
but i don't want romance
to rule my whole life

oh my good friends go downtown
they drive their cars all around
but i can't drive no more
i'm too g-damn poor

go go down go all the way
I know some boys are afraid
but no not you you like my taste
sweet sweet girl I like your taste
Track Name: Six Pack
i'm addicted to u
i'm addicted to the blues
but you could be anyone
we're not even having fun

rachel says loves a high
well can I be high until I die
I'll just float around up there
I am never coming down

yesterday I felt good
living the life I hoped I would
just me and my poems
and a home that's mine alone

if I knew what was right
would I do it all the time?
or would i do the wrong thing?
I am always grasping

if I'm hooked to you
would I unhook these blues
but you could be anyone
get a six pack have some fun
Track Name: I Truly Understand
wish to the lord I'd never been born
died when I was a baby
never would have seen your two brown eyes
or eaten salty gravy or eaten salty gravy

I truly understand that you love another man
and your heart shall no longer be mine

who will shoe your pretty little feet
who will glove your hand
who will kiss your ruby red cheeks
when I'm in a foreign land dear love
when I'm in a foreign land

papa will shoe my pretty little feet
mama will glove my hand
sister will kiss my ruby red cheeks
I don't need no man I don't need no man

I truly understand that you love another man
and your heart shall no longer be mine

never will take another one's hand
let her hair be black or brown
rather be standing at the top of some mountain
with the rain come tumbling down dear lord
with the rain come tumbling down

I truly understand that you love another man
and your heart shall no longer be mine