Ice At Home

by Larry Hirshberg

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Roots In The Air You’ve got roots in the air (3X) And you’re climbing towards the ground The more you climb, the further you grow down You’re gonna be in heaven When you hit the ground All this time with your up side down Walking with the birds As if you might grow wings To you, Icarus never meant a thing You’ve got roots in the air (3X) And you’re climbing towards the ground The more it rains, the further you grow down You wanted all the planets Millions of them there Giant steps you’d take Lightyears through the air It’s ok the time you spent will multiply And when you’re on the ground Then you’ll start to fly You’ve got roots in the air (3X) You’re climbing towards the ground The more you live, the further you grow down You’re gonna be in heaven When you hit the ground All this time with your up side down It’s ok the time you spent will multiply When you’re IN the ground Then you’ll start to fly You’ve got roots in the air (3X) You’re climbing towards the ground
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02:42
Perfect Girl You've been lookin’ for the perfect girl Been lookin’ all around the world You’ll be lookin’ til the end of time ‘cause I already made her mine My baby is the perfect girl You been lookin’ for the angel face Been lookin’ all over the place You might have had her, man But I already got her hand My baby is the perfect girl Oh lord I’ve had a few I was a lot like you The girls were such a blur And then I married her! You’ve been searchin’ for the flawless one Lookin’ everywhere under the sun The sun goes down, you continue to roam But I already took her home My baby is the perfect girl You've been lookin’ for the perfect girl Been lookin’ all around the world You might have had her, man But I already got her hand My baby is the perfect girl
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04:13
209.1 FM 209.1 FM Way at the top of the dial DJ oh DJ what are you playing? Could you play something slow for a while? The night is half gone but the day hasn’t left Those hours at work were like trash Blown up against some playground fence ‘Til the wind changes they’ll never pass Out at the airport a plane comes in low My antenna shakes from the roar The lights of the city vibrate like crazy And then I can hear you once more When ducks fill the air and the rain is your jacket It’s easy to breathe and to sleep But tonight is a season I’ve not seen before All wide-awake disjointed beats
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With The Horses Chorus: A nod to the fences A wink to the field where there is no fence A wave to the horses Follow through the grass where the horses went Verse: The honeybees ‘round her capris in the clover there. The water’s sweet, down by the creek in the shaded air. The narrow days, what goes away – forgotten here You could almost say, I could almost pray – It’s almost clear Chorus The olive trees in the gentle breeze some kinda greenish grey The bending knees, what the magpie sees in the dappled day The crumbled spine, the what is mine – gone for now You might kinda feel, like it’s gonna heal – maybe this is how The narrow days, what goes away – forgotten here You could almost say, I could almost pray – It’s almost clear A nod to the fences A wink to the field where there is no fence A wave to the horses Put my feet in the grass where the horses went
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03:11
Ice At Home His baby left the ice at home Maybe the guys’ll think she’s all alone Little ring, big shiny stone It’s sitting by the bed and he’s sitting by the phone. She’s walking with her pretty friends He’s 18 all over again He was harmless way back then The thing is now she likes older men. Maybe he’s been with a married girl And maybe that trouble clouded up his world Trust is not an issue here He just knows how things get weird. His baby left the ice at home Maybe the guys’ll think she’s all alone Little ring, big shiny stone It’s sitting by the bed and he’s sitting by the phone.
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Calendar Blues There is one question that gets asked a lot Whichever way you answer, things get hot The day you’re ready and the day you’re not There is one question that gets asked a lot On our first date I said I think I might Had no idea that she would spend the night And in the morning it was love all right On our first date I said I think I might On our wedding date I cried “I do” Could not believe how love just grew and grew I was sure what I’d bit off I’d chew So on our wedding date i cried “I do” There were a lot of dates there in between Some were very sweet and some were mean The calendar remembers every scene There were a lot of dates there in between Our date in court I told the judge I don’t She told the judge without a doubt she won’t May the day you lose your love be long postponed Our date in court I told the judge I don’t The question that is always asked Comes on a date that’s tricky to get past I’m telling you - don’t give your answer fast To the question that is always asked
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04:14
The Rider All her life baby’s sick of it She needs someone who gives a shit She tries hard to make her own luck Baby needs someone who gives a fuck Disappointed, been abandoned Had enough of what a man can Run over or tear a hole in Glass is busted your shit is stolen Room is empty curtains blowing Phone is ringing, no one’s coming But the point is to be the window To open up and let the sun in All her life baby’s sick of it She needs someone who gives a shit She tries hard to make her own luck Baby needs someone who gives a fuck Covers open what they held now Getting colder run the day down Shiny object on her finger Run away or love and linger Several years and several states Have gone by and she’s tried But she’s never sure if she’s the horse Or is she the rider, is she the rider? All her life baby’s sick of it She needs someone who gives a shit She tries hard to make her own luck Baby needs someone who gives a fuck
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Mexicali Army The Mexicali army Washing up upon the shore Half of them are missing arms and The other half is missing more Floating on the salty water Out among the bags and cans The Mexicali army Little toy Americans From a Mexican factory Upstream from The Salton Sea Muddy feet Californian guys Collecting mutilated toy GIs Bringing thousands to the schoolyard These army men are worth a lot ‘Cause these purple heart battalions Lost their heads when they were hot Now they float on brackish water They’ve already lost the war This Mexicali army Is not for sale in any store Wounded, they want the wounded. Less is more. Children of the 60’s And certain kids at play today A lot of times if something’s broken It's better that way
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04:58
The Cure Not that anything’s wrong Not that everything’s gone But when I look in your eyes I know there’s something to try We’re gonna take the cure Come on now, let’s make love some more And as the hours pass We will try to make it last Skin will be in Then we'll do it again We’re gonna take the cure Come on now, let’s make love some more Watch your troubles fade With the light of the day The birds ending their songs Our love goin’ on and on We’re gonna take the cure Come on, let’s do it some more Closer together now Showing each other how When the touch is just right Adding up all of the nights We’re gonna take the cure Come on now, let’s make love some more A whole world of two Just look at you Breaking the old stuff apart Building a healthy heart We’re gonna take the cure Come on now, let’s make love some more Keep it simple then All you women and you men Just hold out your hand Someone will take it if they can Then you can take the cure Go on, make love some more
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Ways To Say Goodbye The geese are on the ice And the horses are headed for the barn The wood is on the fire And the smoke is curling upwards toward the stars Complication solid ‘til the spring Broken arms embracing everything Everything is clear except the sky Remembering the ways to say goodbye In the woods down by the river Silence fills the spot where lovers sat Putting on another sweater Turning down the lonely thermostat Complication solid ‘til the spring Broken arms embracing everything Everything is clear except the sky Remembering the ways to say goodbye In between two cities On a frozen road where distance spends the night A ghostly wisp of snow Illuminating what is lost in my headlights Complication solid ‘til the spring Broken arms embracing everything Everything is clear except the sky Remembering the ways to say goodbye
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This is an acoustic record. Thanks to John Sporman for the bass on three songs, and J. Bradley for the drums on one.

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released June 1, 2007

Larry Hirshberg - Guitar and Vocals
John Sporman - Bass on 209.1 FM, With The Horses and The Whole Shake.
J. Bradley - Drums on Lookalike Bikers

Skeptical Records 005

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