SCRIBBLED IN CHALK

by Karine Polwart

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released February 18, 2009

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Track Name: Hole In The Heart
Hole In The Heart

I made everything come undone
I made everything fall apart
I quit running to the finishing line
and I went back to the start
I found a great big hole in the middle of my life
Shaped just like my heart, just like my heart

I lost sight of what was under my feet
‘Cause I always had to be on top
And I was so drunk on love
That I didn’t taste a single drop
I used to make everything run on time
‘Til I made the whole world stop, I made it stop

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Now I’m watching the world move in slow motion
Now I’m finding it easy to breathe

For too long I was trying to walk
In high heels through a river of mud
For too long I was trying to talk
Over the sound of rushing blood
Where truth is a story scribbled in chalk
Just an hour before the flood, before the flood

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I made everything come undone
I made everything fall apart
I quit running to the finishing line
and I went back to the start
I found a great big hole in the middle of my life
Shaped just like my heart
Just like my heart
First verse repeat

“Just like my heart” outro
Track Name: I'm Gonna Do It All
I'm Gonna Do It All

I’m gonna sail right out on the Atlantic
I’m gonna catch me a fish that’s bigger thangigantic
I’m gonna cook up a fine fish tea
It will be like some kind of Galilee
I’m gonna do it all some day

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I’m gonna do it all some day
I’m gonna do it all some day
You may not believe a word I say
But I tell you I’m gonna do it all some day

I’m gonna climb way over that old mountain
I’m gonna shout in a place where no-one hears me shouting
I’m gonna swear so loud
I’ll strip the silver lining from a cloud
I’m gonna do it all some day

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I’m gonna fly in a silver winged space rocket
I’m gonna pick out the stars and put them in my pocket
I’m gonna bring those stars back down
So I can spread celestial light around
I’m gonna do it all some day

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“I’m gonna do it all” OUTRO
Track Name: Daisy
Daisy

Hey Daisy darling
Don’t spread your arms so wide
Why don’t you keep a little something inside?
I know you think that hands are made for pulling us through
But there are people in this world who don’t think like you do

Hey Daisy darling
Don’t give them all you can
Why don’t you keep a few more cards in your hand?
I know you’ll only say a thing you believe to be true
But there are people in this world who don’t think like you do

They don’t think like you do
And some don’t think at all

Hey Daisy darling
Don’t take it all as read
Why don’t you ask a few more questions instead?
I know you think that everyone should be paid what they’re due
But there are people in this world who don’t think like you do

They don’t think like you do
And some don’t think at all
Track Name: Maybe There's A Road
Maybe There's A Road

I’ve kind of got used to feeling cold
I know I was warm one day a long, long time ago
Maybe there’s a road that’s not this hard

I’d rather not say why I couldn’t stay home
Now I get paid never to be alone
Maybe there’s a road that’s not this hard
Maybe there’s a road that’s not this hard

The trucks roll by here day and night
I know how to come on in a headlight
Maybe there’s a road that’s not this hard

The signs are in a language I don’t understand
But I’m not going anywhere anyway so I don’t give a damn
Maybe there’s a road that’s not this hard
Maybe there’s a road that’s not this hard

I think I caught his eye about 4am
I thought he looked kinder than the other men
Maybe there’s a road that’s not this hard

Now somewhere someone’s saying I was in the wrong
And that I never should have travelled where I don’t belong
Maybe there’s a road that’s not this hard
Maybe there’s a road that’s not this hard

I don’t know where I am but I know I’m gonna stay
Cause if you just stand still you can never lose your way
Maybe there’s a road that’s not this hard
Maybe there’s a road that’s not this hard
Show me a road that’s not this hard
Show me a road that’s not this hard
Track Name: Where The Smoke Blows
Where The Smoke Blows

Sometimes you just get caught where the smoke blows
And you just have to breathe it in until it all goes
Don’t you know it’ll all be gone when you’re gone?

Sometimes a thing look shit on the inside
And from farther away it’s the ebb and the flow of the tide
Don’t you know it’ll all be gone when you’re gone?

A small mind with a big notion
Brought down to earth by the size of the ocean wide

Sometimes you just can’t see what’s bigger
When you’re caught in the frame just a tiny figure
Don’t you know it’ll all be gone when you’re gone?

Sometimes the thing you think you have your eyes on
Fades out of view on the far horizon
Don’t you know it’ll all be gone when you’re gone?

A small mind with a big lie
Brought down to earth by the size of the sky

All the men with enormous heads and tiny hearts
In the end they’re only playing incidental parts
Don’t you know it’ll all be gone when you’re gone?

A small mind with a big notion
Brought down to earth by the ocean
A small mind with a big lie
Brought down to earth by the size of the sky

Sometimes you just get caught where the smoke blows
Where the smoke blows, where the smoke blows...
Track Name: Holy Moses
Holy Moses

Holy Moses
Asleep in his basket
Encountered a question
But he couldn’t ask it
Nor could he answer
In baby sighs and baby cries
At least he heard no doubt
At least he heard no lies
Holy Moses

Holy Moses
Afloat on the river
Swaddled in big ideals
Surrounded by water
Too big for his tiny hands
And tiny heart
But in his eyes the size
Of all he would later part

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Somebody told him
“Here’s a thing you cannot do”
He did it anyway
Just to prove it was not true

Holy Moses, Holy Moses

Holy Moses
Is it any wonder
That somebody raised upon
Secrets and undertows
Would know all the ways
To reveal what is hidden
And would be the one who conveys
All that’s forbidden?

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Holy Moses, Holy Moses
Track Name: Don't Know Why
Don't Know Why

All of these moments cling to each other
Just like a small boy clutches his mother
Maybe one day they’ll go their own way

I keep linking the daisies into chains
I keep blinking to see if it all looks the same
Maybe one day they’ll got their own way

CHORUS
Clouds form and disperse in the summer sky
Clouds form and disperse and I don’t know why

Nothing moves in a straight line, all these roads are not Roman
And the ruler rods of time are not fixed or frozen
Maybe one day they’ll go their own way

I keep linking the daisies into chains
I keep blinking to see if it all looks the same
Maybe one day they’ll go their own way

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All of these moments cling to each other
Just like a small boy clutches his mother
Maybe one day they’ll go their own way

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Track Name: Take It's Own Time
Take Its Own Time

You ceased to mow the lawn ten years ago
You just wanted to see how your garden would grow
You abandoned the pruning shears and welcomed each weed
You permitted the soil to select its own seed

But it would be unfair to assume you don’t care
For you pay great attention to all that goes there
You simply abstain from a plan or design

You just let it all hang out and take its own time
You just let it all hang out and take its own time

And you follow a thread in a book that you’ve read
Or in something that someone you heard somewhere said
You say “It’s all connected, it’s all intertwined

If you let it all hang out and take its own time
If you let it all hang out and take its own time”

Now you don’t move too fast, you make it all last
You encounter a moment before it is past
And you say “Walking slow in this world is no crime”

You just let it all hang out and take its own time
You just let it all hang out and take its own time …
Track Name: I've Seen It All
've Seen It All

Build a tower
Build a wall
Watch it burn
Watch it fall
Two for sorrow
And one for joy
I’ve seen it all

And it all comes undone

A pale man pleads
A pale man dies
One man applauds
And another cries
Teeth for teeth
And eyes for eyes
I’ve seen it all

And it all comes undone
And it all comes undone

Raise a flag
Raise your hands
Praise your Lord
And then raze his lands
While one falls
Another stands
And I’ve seen it all

And it all comes undone
And it all comes undone
And it all comes undone
Track Name: Baleerie Baloo
Baleerie Baloo

I know the warp of a thread
Of fibres and filaments silver and red
But these golden stars
Are blood on my hands
Baleerie, baleerie baloo

I cradled you all in the sun
I cradle you still though the day is done
And these golden stars
Swallow the light
Baleerie, baleerie baloo

Tomorrow is sealed with a sigh
And I am betrayed by the tear in my eye
And these golden stars
Have fallen to earth
Baleerie, baleerie baloo

So hush ma wee lammie don’t weep
A far gentler hand will soon lull you to sleep
And those golden stars will shine for you and I
Baleerie, baleerie baloo
Track Name: Terminal Star
Terminal Star

You’re a beautiful trace
Across time and space
You’re a thing that once shone
And you still shine bright
In the darkest night
Though you’re already gone

You have travelled so far
My terminal star
In your coat so red
But I still don’t know how
I can watch a thing now
When it’s already dead
When it’s already dead

Just to reach my eyes
You traverse the skies
For a hundred million years
I behold your power
In this waukrife hour
Just before it disappears

All the stories in stones
And in beakers and bones
All the salt in the sea
Are eclipsed by the might
Of your fading light
You’re dying so beautifully
So beautifully

You’re a beautiful trace
Of time and space
You’re a thing that once shone
And you till shine bright
In the darkest night
Though you’re already gone
Though you’re already gone


waukrife = Scots word for waking / sleepless
Track Name: Follow The Heron
Follow The Heron

The back of the winter is broken
And light lingers long by the door
And the seeds of the summer have spoken
In gowans that bloom on the shore

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By night and day we’ll sport and we’ll play
And delight as the dawn dances over the bay
Sleep blows the breath of the morning away
And we follow the heron home

In darkness we cradled our sorrow
And stoked all our fires with fear
Now these bones that lie empty and hollow
Are ready for gladness to cheer

CHORUS

So long may you sing of the salmon
And the snow scented sounds of your home
While the north wind delivers its sermon
Of ice and salt water and stone

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