Safe Places To Dream

by Alice Bierhorst

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credits

released February 12, 1997

Alice Bierhorst: vocals, guitar, percussion
Russ Blackmar: drums
Erik Pearson: bass, guitar, vocals, whistle

Produced by: Alice Bierhorst and Erik Pearson
Recorded and mixed by: Jeff Byrd at Mr. Toad's, San Francisco, CA
Mastered by: Ken Lee at Rocket Lab, San Francisco, CA
Art direction and design: Alice Bierhorst and Kevin Clarke
Photography: Kevin Clarke

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Alice Bierhorst New York, New York

Alice Bierhorst is a visionary singer and songmaker. Ethereal and earthy, tender and tough, her music draws upon classical music, 60's and 70's pop, roots rock, Tin Pan Alley, and dreamy indie folk. Debussy, Kate Bush, Burt Bacharach, Carole King, Nick Drake, Brian Wilson, Judee Sill in the mix. A voice clear and plaintive, airy and grounded, full of wonder, tenderness and love. ... more

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Track Name: Pandora's Box
Pandora's Box
©1997 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

Yeah, I'm leaving' you for good
You're hopelessly misunderstood
And I don't wanna crack the code

Yeah, you scare me when you cut
People open with your stare
And it's growing old

When she's angry
When she's angry
When she's angry
You wouldn't dare

Dismiss her as depressed
Her tidy lies conceal a mess
Keep her from spillin' out

Don't deny or try to fight
When she says there is no light
She's growing dimmer still

When she's angry
When she's angry
When she's angry
You wouldn't dare

CHORUS
Open up PANDORA'S BOX
Let the fiery demons out
Anything could set her off
A broken cup, a twisted mouth
Tries so hard to keep it inside
But the more she tries, the more she cries
She threatens you with suicide
If you ever left her side

Something borrowed, something blue
You can't change her, make her new
And your presents cause a scene

She feels worthless to the core
And your kisses hurt her more
Mock her insecurities

When she's angry
When she's angry
When she's angry
You wouldn't dare

CHORUS

Pack my bags, I'm free to go
But it's tempting to console
That sorry angel all alone

But you can't trap me with your tears
Finally learned when to steer clear
You gotta make it on your own

When she's angry
When she's angry
When she's angry
You wouldn't dare

CHORUS
CHORUS

Yeah, I'm leavin' you for good
Track Name: Butterfingers
Butterfingers
©1997 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

You walk into my house and you break all the dishes
You slip into the ocean and you stumble on the fish
You leap up to the west and fall flat to the east
And the one that you love most is the one that leaves you least

BUTTERFINGERS, BUTTERFINGERS

Like a pretty pony drawing circles in the hay
Not a cloud up in the sky but your forecast calls for rain
You open up your arms to embrace the summer rain
And the sky pelts you with hailstones - guess the joke's on you again

BUTTERFINGERS, BUTTERFINGERS
BUTTERFINGERS, BUTTERFINGERS

You're a greasy habit that everybody shuns
Like a bunny rabbit facing down a loaded gun
But everybody loves you when you pose as punching bag
So smile for the camera - it'll turn you into a hag

BUTTERFINGERS, BUTTERFINGERS
BUTTERFINGERS, BUTTERFINGERS
Track Name: Hall of Mirrors
Hall of Mirrors
©1997 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

CHORUS
HALL OF MIRRORS, HALL OF MIRRORS
You're everyone's friend tonight
You're everyone's friend tonight
HALL OF MIRRORS, HALL OF MIRRORS
You're everyone's friend tonight
You're everyone's friend tonight

I count the ways that you say that you love me
But the number always comes out wrong
I count the stars that you planted up above me
How can a light that's dead shine so strong

You're everyone's friend
You're everyone's friend tonight

I hid the clock under the bed - it's broken
When time's against you, precision is a joke
I hear your footsteps heavy in my head
Are you gonna dance with me or break my arms again?

You're everyone's friend
You're everyone's friend tonight
You're everyone's friend
You're everyone's friend tonight

HALL OF MIRRORS, HALL OF MIRRORS

You're always the same, you're always the same
You're never the same, you're never the same

HALL OF MIRRORS, HALL OF MIRRORS

You're everyone's friend
You're everyone's friend tonight
You're everyone's friend
You're everyone's friend tonight

HALL OF MIRRORS, HALL OF MIRRORS

You're everyone's friend
You're everyone's friend tonight
You're everyone's friend
You're everyone's friend tonight

HALL OF MIRRORS, HALL OF MIRRORS
HALL OF MIRRORS, HALL OF MIRRORS
HALL OF MIRRORS, HALL OF MIRRORS etc…
Track Name: Swimmer Boy
Swimmer Boy
©1997 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

SWIMMER BOY
The summer is here in the shade of your stare
SWIMMER BOY
You dissolve all my fear in the salt of your skin
SWIMMER BOY
Make me more than I am, I can't wait to begin

CHORUS
I've been waiting in the wings
Biding my time
Just to deliver these lines
I want to breathe your tall glass of water

SWIMMER BOY
There's so much to say so keep reading my lips
SWIMMER BOY
It's all in the weight of my fingertips

CHORUS

SWIMMER BOY
SWIMMER BOY
And you keep asking me
If the pool is empty
And I want to tell you
I'll never ever let it run dry

SWIMMER BOY
Did you think you were wrong, it was all in your mind?
SWIMMER BOY
I knew all along but I tried to deny

CHORUS
Track Name: Mortal Man
Mortal Man
©1997 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

You must be an alien
But lately I don't mind
Because you're no match for the din
Of voices in my head

CHORUS
I keep waking up to horror stories
Where I've fallen from grace
All that I touch is all that I am
But I know that you're just a MORTAL MAN

Nothing ventured, nothing gained
I'm younger than before
Ever since I changed my name
For richer and for poor

CHORUS

I'm a coward in disguise
As everyone's best friend
Hoarding food and baking pies
For Armageddon

CHORUS

All that I eat is all that I shit
And there's nothing left in between
Nothing in between
Nothing in between
Track Name: Featherweight
Featherweight
©1997 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

You're just a FEATHERWEIGHT
I throw you up into the air
Who knows if you'll come back down
You're having so much fun up there

You're just a FEATHERWEIGHT
You're like the interstate
Even though the landscape changes
You always look the same

CHORUS
You're having so much fun
So much fun
Up there
Up there
You're having so much fun
So much fun
Up there
Up

Somebody throws you the ball
You let it drop
You never caught anything
Coz then you'd have to throw it back

I watch you out in the field
Hiding by some trees
You're tryna look like you care
But I know it's just a tease

CHORUS

I found what you were looking for…
And it sweeps me off my feet

You're just a FEATHERWEIGHT
I dreamed you were my friend
But I'll never know for sure
Coz we will never meet again

CHORUS
CHORUS
Track Name: Backseat Driver
Backseat Driver
©1997 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

If you got everything that you wanted
Would you cry in your sleep
And linger over the good old days
When you were free to live inside your mind?

If you suddenly came
To the light at the end of the tunnel
Would you turn around, make your way back to the dark
And find a comfort in the nothing that you used to be?

CHORUS
BACKSEAT DRIVER
BACKSEAT DRIVER
You love the road
But you just can't take the wheel

If you dropped the ball and no one stooped to offer
Would you burn the last bridge, make your way back to the dark
And create timeless works of beauty
That no one ever sees

If you carry the weight of the world everyday
When you squint at the sun you'll see nothing but grey
And tell your tales of woe
To a dwindling audience

CHORUS
CHORUS
Track Name: Detour
Detour
©1997 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

DETOUR
Rough road
Danger up ahead
Left right stop light
Danger up ahead
You get out first
You get out first
It's your turn
You get out first
You get out first
It's your turn

DETOUR
Rough road
Danger up ahead
Left right switch bad
Danger up ahead
You get out first
You get out first
It's your turn
You get out first
You get out first
It's your turn

And I try, oh, how I try
To reach the sky

CHORUS
If you love me
You'll let me go
If you love me
You'll let me go
If you love me
You'll let me fly away
I'll fly away

And I try, oh, how I try
To reach the sky

CHORUS
CHORUS
Track Name: Beautiful Liars
Beautiful Liars
©1997 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

I believe in make-believe
Take a look at me, what do you want to see

CHORUS
I just want to take your arm
I'm so easily led
By your beautiful lies
I won't do you harm, or scandalize our bed
With my beautiful lies
I think we're what we deserve
BEAUTIFUL LIARS

Let's play let's pretend
I will be the angel that heaven sent you

CHORUS

You're no saint, but you're my friend
You build me up and you tear me back down again

CHORUS

I believe in make-believe
It's for the things called love that I deceive you

CHORUS

I won't do you harm, I'm so easily led
By your beautiful lies
I think we're what we deserve
BEAUTIFUL LIARS
Track Name: Last Waltz
Last Waltz
©1997 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

Somebody hold my baby's hand
Before she slips away
Because when she turned to another man
Delivered us judgment day

CHORUS
It won't be long
It won't be long
Before we finally dance the LAST WALTZ

I broke my hunger strike
To slip you past my lips
We could start a fire baby
Just by rubbing sticks

CHORUS

Did you ever think that we would one day come to this
Fill your cup with one last pint of everlasting bliss

Throw another bone on the fire
These are our last rites
The prettiest funeral pyre
To last a thousand nights

CHORUS

Did you ever think that we would one day come to this
Standing opposite, our eyes cast down into the abyss

Somebody hold my baby's hand
Before she slips away…
Track Name: Safe Places To Dream
Safe Places to Dream
©1997 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

The stars in the sky are impostors
They masquerade as SAFE PLACES TO DREAM

The stars in the sky are impassive
They stare straight ahead unblinking as we fade

You sweet little dolls, you Raggedy Annes
The world sharpens its claws and pulls your stuffing out

You colorless dolls, you blank slates of white
You waited so long to be named and now you're dead

All living things must come to an end

CHORUS
Nothing can harm a world that's dead
Nothing can harm a world that's dead
A world that's dead
A world that's dead
A world that's dead

You twinkling bells, you ring in the dark
Rushing down the hill in freezing weather
The stars in the sky, they promise so much
All your wishes fulfilled and SAFE PLACES TO DREAM

All living things are addicted to dreams

CHORUS
Nothing can harm a world that's dead
Nothing can harm a world that's already been
Nothing can harm a world that's dead
A world that's dead
A world that's dead
A world that's dead