Midnight Snack

by Alex Forster

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1.
I wouldn’t be surprised if you randomly surfaced at my front door I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a girl on your arm I'd never seen before I wouldn’t be surprised if I didn't even know anymore it's been so long I feel like I never even knew you you know all those years I didn’t really mean to slow you down and now you’re traveling between the two coasts seems like a long way to go just for a chat with your ghosts don't let em bring you down don't ever let em catch you frown well, my friend you seem found and I seem lost I'll give you an answer if you pay the cost in this land you don't get nothing unless you ask and when you give your love sometimes, you'll get it back I wouldn’t be surprised if things were really much worse than you thought I wouldn't be surprised if you got everything except what you sought I wouldn’t be surprised if freedom, not peace was your life's lot and the days wear on and I've no time to spare I know the price of life is death I'm in the dragons lair don't slow me down Still we talked of you just the other night with a vague sensation things would never be right still I won’t let my ghosts brings me down I won’t ever let them catch me frown.
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We could waste our time together I could make things pretty for you But let’s be free from a lie’s tether ‘cause there’s more beauty in truth What things change in the night when I ask the moon to rain Look inside not in the sky I am not the earth Which of us can sense their homeland in the blood of a sunset sky History slips through holes in our hands we never know when to ask why
3.
It’s no friend of yours or mine It’s just the sands of time spilling It’s just me and this bottle of wine and it’s just time that we’re killing Well, you get a few years behind you I know it’s easy to put things off Time comes and finds you, yeah you’re still alive but something’s gone And I guess that I might live to see tomorrow but you never know when fate will her worst and I guess that you might live to see tomorrow but the opportunity always could be missed to tell you that I love you Life’s a parade of sorrow and joy takes people's lives turns them inside out People worry a little ‘cause you march to your own drum trying to figure out what the hell your life’s about I think the best thing that we can be expected to do Is to live each day for the day Leave the past behind where it belongs Don’t worry about the choices you’ve made
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All I Want 03:23
Hearing older people, I’m hearing them say what is wrong with the kids today we gave them everything it all went their way that wasn’t how it was back in my day perhaps it's all the violence on the TV perhaps we should’ve stayed up in the trees maybe it’s only that nobody cares maybe it’s only that nobody dares Getting up at seven, I’m a-dragging myself along hear the chaing rattlin’ their slavery song all the magic moments we’re caught in between all the magic moments, ignored unseen it’s never written in the paper never taught in school I see myself a laughing, crying fool whipping every moment, I’m making it cry bottling the tears, they never tell you why
5.
I think it's fair to strive for more than just money in your life sometimes I wonder if I live how will I survive? I know in my mind my own worst enemy there lurks I sleep a little bit easier for me I got a system that works and I was thinking how you put me down each time that I come around dreams were dashed the boy couìd never take the place of the man and you gotta make yourself something you’re not cause you can’t live like me I understand that but still sometimes it haunts me like needles unseen needles unseen voodoo stabbing me in the heart needles unseen each angry word will do its part needles unseen not what you'd like but what you deserve needles unseen litter your life like a 100 scattered birds Each group of people finds a way to rid themselves of the group of people that can't or refuse to fît their shelves way back in Salem the women died by fire and water but they were somebody's mother they were somebody's daughters and I was thinking how you put me down, each time that I come around Something in your mind to justify that spin you took on a dime Benjamin, what a sin you caved in a you towed the line everybody’s gotta make their own choices but you took dust for the diamond
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In the Image 05:08
I was absently moving my hands when I looked down to find they were intertwining black with white and day with night creating a universe in real life twisting and bending it rearranging it and stretching it in the image of my own nightmare And every building that you enter every bridge that you use is an unwritten agreement between nature and you saying nature, you hold this structure up while my body passes through I was dancing in a huge arena I was losing track of my thoughts pondering the trusses and the engineers I never trusted and in my mind the walls were caving in on us bodies were twisted and bent rearranged and stretched in the image of my own nightmare
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Well I hope I didn’t make a fool of myself last night You know I open my mouth and I never know what might Roll over my tongue and through my teeth I’m never good enough for the company I keep I was out drinking with a friend of mine last night We were having a good time ‘til I started a fight And in my mind, you know, there was no doubt Now I can’t even remember what I was fighting about So, I hope I didn’t make a fool of myself last night You know I open my mouth and I never know what might Roll over my tongue and through my teeth I’m never good enough for the company I keep I was on the street one night I saw an old friend before me Acting like the last backstab wasn’t really the end of a long story I smiled and said I was glad she was doing so well But I really didn’t think I’d see her again ‘til we both got to hell Well, I hope I didn't make a fool of myself that night You know I open my mouth and I never know what might Roll over my tongue and through my teeth I’m never good enough for the company I keep I’ve been up here singing my heart out to you And I know what a dangerous thing that can be to do My song is slowly coming to an end And I’m sure I’ll think of a 1000 things I said that I’ll regret Well I hope I didn’t make a fool of myself tonight You know I open my mouth and I never know what might Roll over my tongue and through my teeth I’m never good enough for the company I keep
8.
Copilot 03:44
Now you’re my copilot of life through the cold and violent changes and arrangements that I see and life with you is like a white christmas, like the flight of Icarus being in a riot, right there in the thick of it the thick of it, thin and thick of it thick of it, not missing a trick of it Now we’re living on the ins and outs of an up and down world you’re my prince of doubt I keep your days a blur I keep your days blurred and they go by just like a white christmas, like the flight of Icarus being in a riot, right there in the thick of it the thick of it, thin and thick of it thick of it, not missing a trick of it Now we never know what each day will be like then we mix it up for good measure we never know what each day might bring but it’s something we’re likely to treasure and we’ll treasure ‘em just like a white christmas, like the flight of Icarus being in a riot, right there in the thick of it the thick of it, thin and thick of it thick of it, not missing a trick of it Now you’re my copilot of life through the cold and violent you’re my copilot of life and I chose you and you chose me now we’re together for all eternity
9.
she said when you lose everything worth having it's like a waterfall, inside your head I never thought I was the losing kind now my life is upside down when can i rest and she's wondering where god was when her brain stopped working getting a little bit tired of the darker voices lurking she wants to bathe in the light get back to her normal life but she’ll never be the same from this day on now she's got her good times and her bad times crying less and less each day walks the neighborhood sister I know you'll find a way to build up this castle tall each time the distance is less to fall and you'll never be the same from this day on everything looks different in the morning seeing beauty from the inside out the birds sing and the sun shines still I don't know what it's about I want to spit out this bitter pill I never knew anything could make me this ill and I’ll never be the same from this day on
10.
Written by Maria Rossi Cahill Maria Cahill: vocals, banjo Steve Cahill: vocals, bass Rich Kalikow: mandolin Stephe Ferraro: drum kit
11.
New Today 03:00
we have got to find a new tomorrow we have got to find a new today we have got to find a new tomorrow we have got to find it today look around us, all around us shame look and see just what we have got to gain look around us, all around us pain you know we’re the only ones to blame look up to the sky and wonder how we came to where we are feel into the ground and taste the bitterness around us look into the sea and find it's now the way it’s supposed to be step into your soul ask the trees how it used to be yesterday ask the stream if it's flowing the Same way ask your God if you face the truth all the way then I’ll ask you, what have we got today?
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I’m all right in case you can’t tell sometimes I hear the tollin’ of the bell I was driving down the turnpike car burst into fire on the roadside couple of guys just standing around waiting to hear that siren’s sound now it’s too late to get out and push Moses had that burning bush these guys are looking for the nearest lodge ‘cause all they got is a burning Dodge I’m all right in case you can’t tell sometimes I hear the tollin’ of the bell My old man he’s outta sight Married life just suits him fine and I’m all right in case you can’t tell I was looking for a place to rent no one wants 2 kids that spend all their time playing guitar trying to be rock and roll stars Now the house we got was none too sweet fallin’ around my feet and the landlord givin’ me a sly smile, amazin’ what a coat of paint will hide I’m all right in case you can’t tell sometimes I hear the tollin’ of the bell My old man he’s outta sight His lovin’ sure does clear my mind and I’m all right in case you can’t tell

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©1998 Maria & Steven T. Cahill
℗1998 Maria & Steven T. Cahill
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released January 5, 2020

All words and music by Maria Cahill except “All I Want’ and “New Today” by Steven T. Cahill and “Change in the Night by Maria and Steven T. Cahill
Recorded, mixed, & mastered by Marc Moss at Target Recording Studios in Newark, DE
Produced by Steve and Maria Cahill and Marc Moss.
Cover Artist: Alex Forster

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Ten Spiders Portland, Oregon

Ten Spiders was an acoustic trio in Philly and grew into a regional roots rock jam band in the late 90s and early 00s. Over a decade, they played over 800 gigs in 10 different states. They appeared live on community TV and radio, including in NYC.

Now located in Portland Oregon, they're entertain people along the West Coast.
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