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  1. Midnight Anthem

From the recording WINTER WEEPING / SUMMER JOY

Words & music by Christie Rose
Produced & engineered by Jeff Zipp at The Recording Suite, Vancouver BC
Mastered by Brock McFarlane, CPS Mastering

Lyrics

MIDNIGHT ANTHEM

Well, I tried to be a good working girl
Yes, I tried to be a good working girl
But it didn't work out,
oh, last night again it fell apart (oh, me!)

And I tried very hard to make my mother proud
Yes, I tried to make my mother proud
But the decent hours always come n' go,
birds air my secrets in the still dark n' I make it home,
but with only one shoe on...

Well, I don't like to go to bed early,
I don't like to sleep in late
I want that midnight conversation,
and then I want a sunn day
But I know you pay, some way
for anything that's any good
Yes you do
So when I'm all spent, picked over n' cleasned out
I'm overflowing holy, too

And a well-worn heart is chipped and cracked
But a heart in mint condition's been kept untouched and under glass
So get out your dust rag, or else get out your glue
It's true, you're safer just standing in the doorway,
but come in and make love to me
and I might make love to you
Or I might make you feel just like a young man--
lost and broken-hearted, unprepared, confused
(me too)
like at the age of twenty-two

But I don't like to go to bed early,
somebody come and keep me awake
Give me your midnight conversation
but then leave me to my sunny day
Oh, I know you pay, some way
for anything that's any good
Yes you do
You swallow loneliness for solitude,
or risk a blind-leap down-payment
on a maybe/maybe-not chance
when you can't take no more lonesome blues
But, then again, in my own way I kinda need 'em too

I don't go to bed early
I don't sleep in late
I wait for soft midnight revelation,
then the hard-boiled blinding light of day
And I know you pay, some way
for anything that's any good

You choke on the seeds of doubt for the things you know deeply
that shatter the glass in the truths you hold dearly,
then you take sea-sick uncertainty
'cause it comes with living freely

And when the bill comes,
if you know you had it good,
just pay happily

Oh, when the bill comes
I'll try to pay happily.