Midnight Snack

by Alex Forster

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©1998 Maria & Steven T. Cahill
℗1998 Maria & Steven T. Cahill
All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of law.

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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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Track Name: Freedom, Not Peace
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.
Track Name: Change in the Night
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
Track Name: Bottle of Wine
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
Track Name: All I Want
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
Track Name: Needles Unseen
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
Track Name: In the Image
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
Track Name: Never Good Enough
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
Track Name: Copilot
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
Track Name: From This Day On
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
Track Name: America, the Dangerous
Written by Maria Rossi Cahill

Maria Cahill: vocals, banjo
Steve Cahill: vocals, bass
Rich Kalikow: mandolin
Stephe Ferraro: drum kit
Track Name: New Today
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?
Track Name: In Case You Can't Tell
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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