Ice At Home

by Larry Hirshberg

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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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Larry Hirshberg Missoula, montana

The years reveal what the moments are made to conceal.

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Track Name: Roots In The Air
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
Track Name: Perfect Girl
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
Track Name: 209.1 FM
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
Track Name: With The Horses
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
Track Name: Ice At Home
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.
Track Name: Calendar Blues
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
Track Name: The Rider
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
Track Name: Mexicali Army
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
Track Name: The Cure
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
Track Name: Ways To Say Goodbye
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