Sun's Glow

by Ten Spiders

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A mix of focus on songs and jamming. Recorded live in the studio as a quartet, we kept the best take and produced each song much more than Midnight Snack. Three & four part harmonies are common, and guests are applied liberally throughout these songs.


released January 1, 2001

Mark Moss, Sound Engineer, Target Studio
John Gannon, drum kit
Pete Rhee, fiddle
Jonathan Thompson, saxophone
Ernest E. Whyte, Jr., keyboards, piano
Hoagy Wing, dumbek & percussion
Alex Forster, cover art
All songs written by Maria Cahill except Haze and Maya by Steven Cahill


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Track Name: Friend or Two
I came here 'cause I wanted someone real to talk to
you've got a brain and you use it
you can think a thought through
I've got more than one reason for liking you

You get me high when I am low
You see me to the door when it's time to go
you hold me up and you pull me through
you'd push me through the eye of a needle if I needed you to

We spend our whole lives working
just to be who we are
and all that time that I spent
I can still go too far
so kind of you to not make one remark

I came here 'cause I wanted to let my heart sing
with a friend or two
that don't need to see me anything
you can add some calm to the chaos I bring
Track Name: All About You
I'm feelling a little fragile now
something in me got broke somehow
that's how it is when you look
for what doesn't want to be found

now my heart's okay, but my min won't allow me
to forget the loss of innocence or the gain of doubt
now my faith in God is long since dead
and my faith in man's just hangin' on by a thread
so when you called up from Washington
it was much too late to right the wrong things done

It's the wrong things done you can never take back
no one's gonna help
when you need to pick up the slack
so to hell with the rest of us, it's all about you
but that kind of thinking's bound to backfire soon

You were famous for your walkabouts
infamous when you walked out
but we thought there might be a chance
to find your body among spring's plants
so at six in the morning
we gathered to plan our search's scope
to find the worst possible end of our hope
all we could find at the close of that week
was fear and sadness, loss and sympathy
so when you called up from Washington
it was much too late to right the wrong things done

Every time the rain came down
I wondered whether it might pound
your lonesome body out there
I figured you were dead or unaware
and tonight the raindrops will fall again
but you are home and safe from them
how can I be safe from you
and all the harm that you might do
because with that single selfish act
you changed what we all know to be fact
so when you called up from Washington
it was much too late to right the wrong things done
Track Name: Smile and Laugh
We’re spending the weekend with my family
where everyone is talking simultaneously
there are ten balls of energy in the form of my cousins
runnin’ wild ‘round the house on a candy bar or a dozen
since we’ve run out of people to bash who aren’t hear
and a little bit of quiet is our greatest fear
out come the do-you-remembers and we reminisce
like those lousy childhood days were some kind of bliss

Everyone likes my husband ‘cause he’s not like us
He’s handsome and tall and most important, he keeps his mouth shut
he’ll lend a hand when he can, pull something down from a high shelf
no matter what they say, he just smiles and laughs to himself

Now we’re visiting his family for the weekend
and there’s never a decision we don’t have to defend
come through the door, see if our picture’s turned down
then we know it’s been too long, since we’ve come around
when you are getting a job? when are you having kids?
like a horror flick, my head goes around in spins
but I married their son, so they’re stuck with me
‘til that front door flies open and they’re one again free

You might have a family that’s just like mine or his
You might wonder how you made it, how did you turn out like this
but a crazy family’s better than no family at all
so you better let ‘em know you love ‘em while they’re still here to call
and the next time, big holiday, you’re all together
here’s what you do to keep your heart light as a feather
sit on the couch with your mouth shut and your opinions to yourself
and no matter what they say, you just smile & laugh to yourself
Track Name: Like the Moon
I’m empty now but
like the moon I’ll be full once more
a cycle that must
reveal the patterns of what’s in store
If I can smile in the traffic
then my day might be magical

I’m ready to cut
the chains that have bound me to this ground floor
to find brief respite
precious time to let my spirit soar
I wanna laugh everyday and still decide when to stay away

My rune is standstill
though my pace is the speed of sound
I’ve gotten my fill
turn my back on my life work’s vow
but I must wait with patience
if I want revelations

I’ll climb the steep hill
just to take the next step that’s not down
just need a cheap thrill
when my soul’s in the Lost & Found
but at the top of this mountain
the moon’ll celebrate what I’ve found
Track Name: Lone Goose
I saw a lone goose in the sunrise
she was croning out her single sad cry
I know what it feels like to be alone
with those feelings welling up inside

Lost from the flock, left behind in their haste
you can get lost in the flock when they wait

Maybe she’ll look for her family
or she might’ve told them to go ahead
I know what it feels like to need the time
to be lost and found in the cool sunset
Track Name: Welcome News
You’re in your own world, what a nice place to be
there’s nothing in there that you don’t want to see
tunnel vision is the easiest religion to believe
rigid and unyielding, must be tough to find a friend
you give out nothing and that’s what you’ll get in the end
every building knows, even steel needs to bend

So, don’t be afraid to try on someone else’s shoes
You might find yourself with a whole other point of view
All of us living in peace would be welcome new
I believe that’s we were put here to do

You’re in your own world, I like to watch you sway
heart and mind inside the music that you make, it’s clear
at the end of the night, that’s where you’d like to stay
I sit back now, let the bass choose a beat for my heart
no need for my brain, you know it’s really not that hard
to give myself over, where do you end and I start?

I’m in my own world, forced to make my own choice
and freedom shrinks away from as if I had no voice
in every ending, there is a reason to rejoice
Track Name: Sun's Glow
I am low to the water, right at the surface of the bay
And I am a mountain’s daughter, but I am not afraid
I have begged for these moments, sacrificed many things for my time
I am just more whole now, for what I’ve held in my sight

And I’ve been frozen in this hunk of blue, like a dancer waiting to make her move
And today I flow, thanks to the sun’s glow, down to the ocean where all the good water goes

And the sun dictates my fate, I sneak out of town like a high noon thief
to be surrounded by water, waist deep in the cool relief
Valley walls fill my horizon, red stone hewn from history
the greatest art of all time, it’s future none can foresee
Track Name: 26 Years Old
I am twenty six years old
Might as well be a hundred
All that I behold
Is like the end of a loose thread
Might as well get stoned
You turned out to be some friend
Now my path unfolds
I’m once again at the end

And you sent me those photos
And I don’t know why
Maybe you thought one trauma might make the other one
Fly from my mind
Let’s face it, it was over between us
The day my father died
You can walkover that bridge, but you won’t
Always get to the other side

No warmth I remember
The cold eats away at my spirit
Life I would tender
A kind word, just to hear it
I lost more than a fender
It was closer than a near miss
Confidence I surrender
It’s more than faith to get through this

And I invited the weight of the world on my shoulder
And it hasn’t made me wiser, it’s only made me older
‘Cause that’s what you get when you toy with your place in the universe
Nature comes around, says you better throw it in reverse
You better turn around
Don’t make a sound
Stay low to the ground
‘Cause you’re bound to my law
Track Name: Haze
Wondering, on how we came on up to where we stand
standing on this strange foreboding land
seeing but never understanding what is seen
what it means

sitting, lost in haste not knowing what to do
people passing by say look at you
confused, is what you're doing still inside your heart

There are days seem like forever, there are skies never gray
there are times i get a feeling, like everything might be OK

Wondering, on how we came on up to where we stand
standing on this strange foreboding land
seeing but never understanding what is seen
what it means

seeking, I look around discover something strange, something's changed
time, flowing through the universal sea,
I fînd it's me
Track Name: R5
I’ve been working on the real world railroad
it’s an endless task, my back has an endless load
there’s a river here and a mountain there
you can’t go around, you’ve got to go where
you’re making big bucks, but you life’s full of frowns
you can look to 65 but there’s no slowing down

Straight as an arrow’s par for the course
social alienation seems to be the source
for my need to work myself to death
and the railroad company will just make amends
to my family and friends
and find another sucker to work to his end

I quit working on the real world railroad
it was an endless task, my back had an endless load
and I don’t care what’s in front of me now
the last thing on my mind is the industrial dow
I’m just making enough to survive on my own
I ain’t got no money, i ain’t got no loans
Track Name: Handful of Straws
if you lived in my world, you might mistake a smile for a friendship
take a bite of the fruit and find out later it was all pit
like a child pick a dandelion and call it a flower
good things always seem to happen and then they always sour

I had a handful of straws and you drew the last one
like to show you the light but you'd only stare into the sun
life's not a game, I gave three strikes anyway
I was a good sport while you whittled my patience away

the sun never really sets, never leaves us alone here
it’s just my point of view that lets me watch it disappear
so I changed my point of view to believe your word was all that I needed
never thinking briars might come up when it was roses I’d seeded
Track Name: Maya
Sunrise, awaken to the corner your time spent
in the darkness of the evening
Crawl into your slumber
as the birds announce the morning
with it’s darkness

‘cause what you do is nothing
just watch as all around you goes to hell
and all you ever figure
is all you’ll ever do is just as well

So you get yourself together
and prepare for your future with its’ plans
always knowing something
is bound to creep up just to tie your hands
from ever doing something
to release you from this game and from its’ scams

You find yourself now dancing
with the others who’ve already joined the play
Spinning ‘round in circles
revolving as they mouth “follow this way”
Reflections of the sunset
laughing as it dances towards its’ grave
you slowly come to reali
that everything you touch ends up this way

‘cause what you did was nothing
just watches as all around you went to hell
and all you’d ever figure
is all you’d ever do was just as well
Track Name: Worst of Me
Some people bring out the worst in me
Feelings surface that I never want to see
I wanna turn, turn the other cheek
But anger’s too common in adversity

It’s not what you feel, it’s how you act that counts
The victim and the tyrant in us all are intact
It’s not what you think
It’s how you react that sounds
An alarm in our heart that says it’s time to change

We’re all looking for the easy way out
The wonderful comfort of truth and no doubt
We’re all looking for the easy answer
Unwilling to see the cancer
Track Name: Chocolate and Oxygen
Cross the bridge to my little town
takes me over the river
but I'd rather be going down
while the light on the water slivers

Everything's green now, everything's callin'
Everything's everything, gotta quit my stallin'

Long to be on the other side of that glass
kitchen window holds me fast
with the leaves on the trees of the sassafras
I let my wintery past pass

In the back of the closet, winter dreams get shoved
spring's gonna let us shed our fear
chocolate and oxygen spur us to love
let's get the hell outta here

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