Pink Pearl Album

Artist(s): Jill Sobule

Tracklist

Rainy Day Parade

length: 3:05

I used to have the world in my handbag
How did I manage to blow it?
I missed the bus, I lost my heart
An awful lot of mornings
I used to have the stars in my pockets
Now I just watch them on TV
My friends, they've all run away
But they'll come back again
And we'll have a celebration
Getting back on my medication
We'll have a rainy day parade

I used to live with someone who loved me
But somehow they ran out of patience
I regret those things I said
They were so uncalled for
Can't you see that the weather is changing
The dark clouds over my head
About to burst, I've seen the worst
Let it pour all day
'Cause I'm filled with good vibrations
I got that old sensation
We'll have a rainy day parade

You're gonna want me back
You're gonna let me in
We're gonna wash our sins away

Got the world in my handbag
Got my notebook too
Got the stars in my pocket
I'm gonna give them all to you

And we'll take a long vacation
We'll sweep across the nation
We'll have a rainy day parade
Getting back that old sensation
Back on my medication
We'll have a rainy day parade

One of These Days

length: 3:54
One of these days I'm going to get it together
Gonna buy a watch gonna get it together
Stop wasting time

One of these days I'm gonna get out of bed
I'm gonna turn off the TV.
Gonna raise the dead
Raise the dead

One of these days when I fall in love,
it won't fall apart like it always does
One of these I'll forget about you
Take out the trash that's what I'll do

One of these days and it'll be real soon
I'm gonna kick some ***
Gonna clean my room
Sometime soon

One of these days I'm gonna touch the sky
Like that awful song
"I believe I can fly"
"I believe I can fly"

One of these days you'll be so sorry
Sorry that you let it slip away
One of these days I just won't care
If you're sorry anyway

One of these days I'm going to get it together
Gonna be on time
I'm gonna get it together
Stop wasting time

One of these days I'll accept the fact
I'm not getting any younger
And I can't go back
Can't go back

One of these days I'm gonna stop saying one of these days [Repeats]
One of these days

Lucy at the Gym

length: 3:47
Lucy at the gym
She's there every time I go,
And I don't go that often, so she must live at the gym
I stare at her ribs they show through the spandex
Her little legs are working, she's going somewhere
She's climbing up the stairs
And when she reaches the top her dreams will be there

Lucy at the gym
Lucy on the scale for the third time
Through thick and thin, Lucy's at the gym
She's staring at the clock and like the 2nd hand she never stops
She's Lucy at the gym

When she takes a shower, after all the hours
Does she have a place to go
Is there someone waiting
Or is Lucy all alone

I'm at the gym and Lucy's not there
It's got me kinda worried so I imagine the worst
She's made it up to heaven
And when she met her maker, he said "come right in"
"I'll show you around the gym"
"Everyone's beautiful and thin"
"And here there's no sin,
And your life can begin
Lucy at the gym"

Claire

length: 3:40
Dear Claire she gets up at three
She makes some toast and a cup of tea
But she forgot and watched TV
As the water all boiled down
The place almost burned down

Dear Claire she was a pioneer
Her sister said she flew in WWII
She stares out the kitchen door
She says it looks like rain
I'm sure it's gonna rain

The secret life of Claire
I wish I had the key
The treasures buried there
In the secret life of Claire

Dear Claire
I go and help her once a week
She tells me stories and I ask her what she needs
She told me back in '44 she slept with Eleanor
Sometimes she gets confused
For all we know it's true

The secret life of Claire
I wish I had the key
The treasures buried there
In the secret life of Claire

Dear Claire
She wonders why the leaves have turned
And why the summer's been so short this year
And Claire she asks for my name
Have you been here before?
Are you someone I should know?
Then perhaps you'd better go

The secret life of Claire
I wish I had the key
The treasures she could share
In the secret life of Claire
I wish that I'd been there

The secret life of Claire
Oh how I wish I knew
And I bet she wishes too
In the secret life of Claire

Mexican Wrestler

length: 4:16
Sometimes I wish that I was an angel
A fallen angel who visits your dreams
And in those dreams I'd blow you a message that says
You really want me

Sometimes I wish that I was a wrestler
A Mexican wrestler in a red vinyl mask
And I might grab you, body slam you, and maybe cause
Physical harm
But when we would land
I might take pity on you
I can crack all your ribs
But I can't break your heart

You will never love me
And this I can't forgive
That you will never love me
As long as I will live

Sometimes I wish that I was a beauty
A beautiful girl who was still 21
And I'd turn your head as well as your buddies
And I could afford to play hard to get
We'd go to parties and you'd show me off
And I'd go home with someone else

You will never love me
And this I can't forgive
And it will always bug me
As long as I will live
You will never love me
Why should I even care
It's not that you're so special
You're just the cross I bear
You will never love me

Heroes

length: 2:58
Why are all our heroes so imperfect
Why do they always bring me down
Why are all our heroes so imperfect
The statue in the park has lost his crown

William Faulkner drunk and depressed
Dorothy Parker mean, drunk and depressed
And that guy in Seven Years in Tibet turned out to be a nazi
The founding fathers all had slaves, the explorers slaughtered the braves,
The Old Testament God can be so petty

Paul McCartney jealous of John, even more so now that he's gone
Dylan was so mean to Donovan in that movie
Pablo Picasso cruel to his wives
My favorite poets took their own lives
Orson Welles peaked at 25, ballooned before our eyes
And he sold bad wine

Why are all our heroes so imperfect
Why do they always bring me down

Heard Babe Ruth was full of malice
Lewis Carroll I'm sure did Alice
Plato in the cave with those very young boys
T.S. Eliot hated Jews, FDR didn't save the Jews
All the French joined the resistance after the war
Raymond Chandler drunk and depressed
Tennessee Williams drunk and depressed
I think I'll just get drunk and depressed.

Mary Kay

length: 3:26
Mary Kay, she's got it bad
Thinks no one understands
You can't keep a good man down
You can't stop when love's around
You can't close your lonely eyes
Though he's way too young to drive
But he's old enough to please you

Love-me-nots and daisies, Mary Kay
Spin the bottle crazy, Mary Kay

Little John Doe's got it bad
When he first walked in her class
He never had a crush like this
Except for Susie's mother
She wasn't like the other girls
In their stuck up silly world
He's never seen someone so beautiful

Second base and better, Mary Kay
In her soft blue sweater, Mary Kay, Mary Kay
Under the bleachers
Deeper and deeper
Oh teacher

Mary Kay was on the run
With the father of her son
She didn't know she was a star
As she was steaming up the car

Now in your orange jailbird suit
I wish the best for you
You were in my heart and living room

Seven years and counting, Mary Kay
And all the inmates wanting Mary Kay
Second base and better, Mary Kay
Where's the soft blue sweater, Mary Kay
Love-me-nots and daisies
Spin the bottle crazy
Love can be amazing, Mary Kay

Somewhere in New Mexico

length: 4:30
I have a friend, swear she saw Jesus
Hovering above her lonely bed
She said it changed her life forever
" Whatever works" I said
I sit with her changing channels
It's so hard to concentrate
I laugh at her, but I'm pretty sure
She's having a better day

So I will lay on the highway somewhere in New Mexico
And wait for a strange light to come and take me home
Or I will stand by the statue and wait for her to cry
To see real tears that seem sincere once before I die

The other night I talked to an old flame
Who finally said why he moved on
He said I didn't have faith in anything
I knew he wasn't wrong
I saw two lovers in the park
With that dreamy look of lust in their eyes
The whole world smiled as they passed by
They just make me mad

So I will lay on the highway somewhere in New Mexico
And wait for a strange light to come and take me home
Or I will stand by the statue and wait for her to cry
Take this jaded heart, blow it all apart, once before I die

I'll get down on my knees, something I don't believe
Somebody help me please, I'm starting to repeat myself
I'm starting to repeat myself

So I will lay on the highway somewhere in New Mexico
And wait for a strange light to come and take me home
Or I will stand by the statue and wait for her to cry
I'd love to see a miracle once before I die
Once before I die

Guy Who Doesn't Get It

length: 3:40
Can't you tell that I am dying inside?
Can't you hear my muffled cry?
Do you have to be told a thousand times?
You're the guy who doesn't get it

Don't you know my life's a quiet hell?
I'm a black hole, I'm an empty shell
Does it occur to you /that/ I might need help?
You're the guy who doesn't get it

Say I'm in the tub with a razor blade
You'd walk in and ask me "How was your day?"
Then you'd lather up and start to shave
As I bleed on the new tile floor

I'm sure that you really care for me
And your heart's as big as Germany
But you're as blind as they were back in '33
You're the guy who doesn't get it

Say the car exhaust /is in/ my brain
The Nebutol is racing through my veins
You'd come in and ask "Are you okay?"
As I close my eyes forever

Can't you tell that I am dying inside?
Can't you hear my muffled cry?
What's going on /inside those/ vacant eyes?
You're the guy who doesn't get it
/You're the guy who doesn't get it/

Someone's Gonna Break Your Heart

length: 3:13
Someone's gonna break your heart someday
And that day is coming soon
You can't carry on this way
Someone's gonna break your heart someday

You're the luckiest guy I know
You got everything a girl would want to hold
But you just let 'em go
And they shatter

The mirror on the wall
Says you're the fairest one of all
Someday won't be so kind
You won't be pretty
And it's a pity

Someone's gonna break your heart someday
And that day is coming soon
You can't carry on this way
Someone's gonna break your heart someday

You will understand
Why others hurt
Why they can't have
The ones they want
The one they crave
We all look forward to that day

Someone's gonna break your heart someday

Loveless Motel

length: 2:49
It used to be a motel
Now they serve biscuits and t-shirts
I bring my own tea bag
I don't trust the coffee
But the biscuits are delicious
They come eight to a plate with a big block of butter
and homemade peach preserves

And I wish you were here, my arrogant lover
I'd make you eat grits and the red-eyed gravy
I'd make you sit down with the southern ladies and
their blue pantsuits
I'd talk about Jesus
Talk about the weather
Watch you squirm as I told them we were married with two girls

I'd say you were in trucking
And I was a teacher
In a Christian school where the kids are good
And they don't do drugs and they save themselves
before they're married
I wouldn't tell them you had a wife
That wasn't me and we just had sex
And they wouldn't be impressed if I told them you knew Lou Reed

And the stars upon the walls look down at me like gods
There's Ernest Borgnine and Billy Ray Cyrus and my favorite Minnie Pearl

So I go for the coffee
It's not bad just a little weak
And I ask the waitress for another plate of the famous biscuits
She said you must have a bottomless pit
I said you don't know the half of it
Lately I've been so hungry

And the stars upon the wall look down at me like gods
Minnie she just shakes her head
She said

Rock Me to Sleep

length: 2:22
Six in the morning
Been up since three
I wish I had somebody to rock me to sleep
The sun won't be melting these snowy white sheets
Wish I had somebody to rock me to sleep
Rock me to sleep
Rock me to sleep
Wish I had somebody to rock me to sleep

The book on the bed stand
The little TV
The drink and the ashtray
Keep watch over me
The long dark shadows of the sycamore tree
Wave and keep me company
Keep me company
Company
The long dark hands of the sycamore tree

Take me in your arms and hold me
'Til I close my eyes
'Til the streetlamps die
And the traffic rumbles

Rock me to sleep
Rock me to sleep
I wish I had my mother
I wish I had my father back
I wish I had my baby
I wish I had somebody to rock me to sleep