Buoy

by Carsie Blanton

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released July 22, 2009

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Carsie Blanton New Orleans, Louisiana

Carsie is a singer/songwriter based in New Orleans. She has toured with Paul Simon, the Wood Brothers, the Weepies and Joan Osborne.

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Track Name: Buoy
he showed up
brighter than a buoy
slicker than a submarine
bonnie as a berry
cuter than a kidney bean

she was struck
dumber than a detour
quicker than a pistol shot
revving like a motor
hotter than a parking lot

and his eyes
beckon like a lighthouse
sparkle like a foreign grin
promising a welcome
warmer than a muffin tin

so she went
righteous as a missionary
hopeful as a ballot box
cautious as a coal canary
wily as a winter fox

but he ran
crazy as a hatter
panicked like a pot to boil
hissing like an adder
spitting like a vat of oil

and her heart
fell out of her chest and split
scattered like a house of cards
now anyone who touches it
cuts their knuckles on the shards

now she lives
out in Arizona
lonely as a single shoe
tougher than a tortoise
sadder than a coffin crew

but what fool
keeps hanging on to something
after it has fell apart?
hey you
send it to the warehouse
get yourself another heart
Track Name: Itches and Tugs
well it really isn’t such a bad day today
there’s still a little music in my head
but I grind to a halt like a mouth full of salt
and suddenly I’m full of dread, thinking

I’m so hungry!
I’m so thirsty!
gimme sugar!
gimme wine!
gimme passion
fame and fortune
mute my meddlin mind

oh give me a thrill
I can’t sit still
I already tried counting to ten
but it itches and tugs
like a bagful of bugs
baby when can I see you again?

I got a heart so hot in the summertime
and it yells like a rock and roll band
but I’m here in the city of brotherly love
I got nothing but time in my hand

I see a good lookin man with a cowboy walk
and a hand-in-the-cookie-jar grin
and I thought I was sitting on something soft
I’m sittin on needles and pins, singing

I’m so hungry!
I’m so thirsty!
gimme sugar!
gimme wine!
gimme passion
fame and fortune
mute my meddlin mind

oh give me a thrill
I can’t sit still
I already tried countin to ten
but it itches and tugs
like a bagful of bugs
baby when can I see you again?

open your shirt
I wanna look at your skin
open your mouth
I wanna climb on in
open your veins
I wanna go for a swim
open your heart
baby, when can I see you?

I’m so hungry!
I’m so thirsty!
gimme sugar!
gimme wine!
gimme passion
fame and fortune
mute my meddlin mind

oh give me a thrill
I already tried countin to ten
but it itches and tugs
baby when can I see you again?
Track Name: Please
you can bring me flowers
you can carry me around
smile proudly
everywhere we go

talk to me for hours honey
roll the windows down
drive me to a town
that I don’t know

but baby, take it easy
ain’t I told you where I stand?
it’s been much too long
since I’ve been free

I don’t mind the kissin
or the way you hold my hand
but please stop
falling in love with me

take me out to dinner baby
buy me somethin nice
I won’t ask you twice
to take me home

touch me like a lover would
and hold me through the night
cus you know I don’t like
to sleep alone

but baby, take it easy
it ain’t nothing but a spark
when the morning comes
I’ll take my leave

I don’t mind the comfort
or the whispers in the dark
but please stop
falling in love with me

baby, when you took me out the other day
lying in the sand beside the sea
as the tide came crashing in
you looked at me that way

I almost forgot to look away
I almost forgot to say
please
stop falling in love with me
Track Name: O, Gabriela
lying awake in the blue of her bedroom
he knew very well that he wasn’t the first
don’t say he’s the best, he will never believe you
just say, gabriela, he wasn’t the worst

suddenly foolish at five in the morning
but he was no fool when he followed her home
every move that she made was a warning
the grace of a woman who’s happy alone

wearing the smile of a debutante’s daughter
wearing that dress, just as subtle as sin
he came to her like a lamb to the slaughter and
o, gabriela, he’d do it again

he’s in no hurry to come to his senses
cus he went so gently into that good night
out with the evening went all his defenses
said, “here is my heart, do whatever you like.”

it’s dawn in the garden, the birds are all singing
and conjuring up the regrets of the night
the sun is a reprimand morning is bringing
but baptizing both of their bodies in light

she is a glory of sleepy irreverence
he is a leaf at the dawn of the fall
but don’t say your sorry he’ll never believe you
o, gabriela say nothing at all
Track Name: Money in the Bank
it was a lousy deal on both our parts
you bet me a body and I raised you a heart
but you foiled my plan when you called my bluff
I got a decent hand but is it good enough
to win?

I had it figured out until you dealt me in

‘cause I had set my sights on a one night stand
I had an appetite for a handsome man
and you had all the clout of a seasoned flirt
I said ‘hey, cut it out before someone gets hurt’
I knew,

a night is not enough to get enough of you

and oh, that first kiss!
my gambling days are gonna end like this
I never won enough to fill my tank
but that first kiss was money in the bank
money in the bank!

so now the stakes are high and I’m sweating cold
I’ve got a losing hand but I’m too proud to fold
I got a pokerface, I’m made of steely stuff
and I can lose with grace but am I strong enough
for this?

you know the odds were laid when you played that kiss

oh, that first kiss!
my gambling days are gonna end like this
I never won enough to fill my tank
but that first kiss was money in the bank
money in the bank!

come and get in bed with me and take off all your clothes
you can quit your job and I will cancel all my shows
‘cause I have played a lot of hands and I’ve never lost a one
still I go home lonely when the game is done
so I don’t mind the losing if it’s you who’s won

oh, that first kiss!
my gambling days are gonna end like this
I never won enough to fill my tank
but that first kiss was money in the bank

money in the bank
Track Name: Two at a Time
how did the animals enter the ark?
two at a time, two at a time
every elephant, every lark?
two at a time, two at a time
back off the boat with a baby to raise?
two at a time, two at a time
and how did the animals go to their graves?
one at a time.

so don’t delay
send somebody in
it’s a slow decay
waiting for him

how many voices make harmony’s bliss?
two at a time, two at a time
how many lips do you need for a kiss?
two at a time, two at a time
on how many knees do I kneel to pray?
two at a time, two at a time
as how many evenings slip into the day?
one at a time.

so don’t delay
send somebody in
it’s a slow decay
waiting for him

how many lovers out strolling the block?

how many hands do they hold as they walk?

how many faces look up at the stars?

and how many others alone in the bars?
one at a time.

so don’t delay
send somebody in
it’s a slow decay
waiting for him
Track Name: Every Punch You Throw
the water comes in through the wall
and trickles down the windowpane
and warps the wood
and pulls your picture down

and as I try to dry it all
I watch the flowers catch the rain
they kiss it once
and give it to the ground

there is nothing here to do but watch it go
holding on has never even made it slow
merciless and arbitrary
big and dumb and mean and scary
still it dodges every punch you throw
let it go

give me all your petty spite
and watch me kick you when you’re down
I’ll change my reasons
every time I turn

I’ve been looking for a fight
and you’ve been fighting for a frown
and we will try
but we may never learn

to love the air that drops the dust
to love the rain that brings the rust
to love the reckless ruin
of our plans

I like to think the world is just
and so I think the world is just
you know I think the world is just
grand

may you find a kinder love
and leave your reason at the gate
and trust it like you can’t recall
what was

and when agan you give it up
may your heart so gently break
and may you come to love it
as it does

there is nothing here to do but watch it go
holding on has never even made it slow
merciless and arbitrary
big and dumb and mean and scary
still it dodges every punch you throw
let it go
Track Name: Baby Can Dance
he got a frame like a busted bike
he got a face that nobody likes to see
nobody but me

he got a thing or two to learn about love
he act like he ain’t never heard of romance
so why’d I give him a chance?

my baby can dance
my baby can swing
my baby can shake me slow
so I don’t need no other thing

my baby can dance
my baby can sway
my baby can hold me tight enough
to drive my cares away

we go out to the joint downtown
I dress up and he dress down but it
don’t matter one bit

cus we got something better than class
who needs love when love don’t last that long?
and all we need is a song

my baby can dance
my baby can groove
my baby can shut me up
so I listen to the music and move

my baby can dance
my baby can sway
my baby can hold me tight enough
to drive my cares away

my baby can dance
Track Name: Crazy for Love
like a woman on fire, going crazy for water
like a drowning man, crazy for breath just above
crazy with hunger are poverty’s daughters
I was born being lonely, I’m crazy for love

crazy for love
it’s everyone’s madness
love, but we don’t do it by rote
love, when the whole world
is sickened with sadness

love is the antidote

with a terrible longing I’ve looked to my lover
in the desperate hour as evening grows dim
clinging for comfort like a child to their mother
in my fever I thought I was crazy for him

but I’m crazy for love
it’s everyone’s madness
love, but we don’t do it by rote
love, when the whole world
is sickened with sadness

love is the antidote

it’s a fervor that brings us to bliss and devotion
a frenzy that shows us the passion to kill
while we burn like a riot and break like an ocean
we make like we’re sober to do what we will

no, we’re crazy for love
it’s everyone’s madness
love, but we don’t do it by rote
love, when the whole world
is sickened with sadness

love is the antidote