B i o g r a p h y
 (by MacKenzie Wilson)

Singer/songwriter Rosie Thomas has been shaping her sweet, delicate song stylings since her early childhood, but she made a name for herself when she joined Motor City dream pop band Velour 100. Thomas sang and toured with the band during the late '90s before jumping ship for a solo career. Mixing up the folk-pop of Joni Mitchell with indie sensibilities, Thomas found herself surrounded by a new scene. She and Damien Jurado dueted on "Wages of Sin" for Sub-Pop's 2001 compilation Badlands: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska as well as guested on "Parking Lot" on Jurado's Ghost of David. Thomas, however, introduced something more reflective, humorous, and intriguing on her solo debut, When We Were Small (Sub-Pop), in early 2002. When she's not making music, Thomas' comedic alter ego, a bespectacled pizza delivery girl who she's named Sheila, may also appear. Her winning streak continued in late 2003 with the release of her second full-length release, Only with Laughter Can You Win. If Songs Could Be Held followed in 2005. Thomas' song "Faith's Silver Elephant" was included on a compilation disc put together by Toronto's Paper Bag Records the following year. 2006 was also the year that Pitchfork made the dubious claim that Thomas and fellow musician Sufjan Stevens were expecting a child. Thomas later dispelled the claim, citing that it had been meant as an April Fools' Day joke.




When We Were Small
- 2002-01-22 -



2 Dollar Shoes
Farewell
Wedding Day
Lorraine
Finish Line
October
I Run
Charlotte
Have You Seen My Love
Bicycle Tricycle

 

Only With Laughter Can You
- 2003-09-23 -

Let Myself Fall
I Play Music
Red Rover
Sell All My Things
Crazy
One More Day
All My Life
You And Me
Tell Me How
Gradually
Dialogue


If Songs Could Be Held
- 2005-09-13 -

Since You've Been Around
Pretty Dress
Loose Ends
It Don't Matter To The Sun
Guess It May
Let It Be Me
Clear As A Bell
Say What You Want
Time Goes Away
Death came and got me
Tomorrow


These Friends of Mine
- 2007-03-13 -

If This City Never Sleeps
Why Waste More Time
The One I Love
Much Farther To Go
Paper Doll
Kite Song
Songbird
All The Way To New York City
Say Hello
These friends of mine

 

A Very Rosie Christmas
- 2008-11-24 -



Christmastime Is Here
Why Can't It Be Christmastime All Year
River
Winter Wonderland
Silent Night
O Come O Come Emmanuel

Snow Day (Instrumental)
Alone At Christmastime
Christmas Don't Be Late
Let It Snow
Sheila'
s Christmas Miracle
Rosie'
s Christmas Wish
With Love
- 2012-02-14 -

Where Was I
Over The Moon
In Time
Like Wildflowers
Two Worlds Collide
2 Birds
Is This Love
Back To Being Friends
A Really Long Year
Sometimes Love

Non Albums Tracks
- Misc -

Adlai Stevenson
Castle And Cathedral
Chicago
First in Line
Lottery
No Man's Land
Parking Lot
Saul Bellow
The Henney Buggy Band
The Mistress Witch From McClure
The Past And Pending
Wages Of Sin
Window


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When We Were Small

2 dollar shoes

I'll put my favourite white dress on
And my 2 dollar shoes
Tie my hair up the way you like
Make you see that I'm still in love with you
I'll play your favourite records
Make you some homemade coffee cake
Let you win me in a hand of poker
Convince you to never want to go away
Hmm...

I'll leave you notes in the morning
And get you ready for your day
Kiss your lips before you leave me
Make you see my love for you will never change
And at night I'll tuck you into bed
Tell you stories till you fall asleep
And then I'll hold you under the moonlight
And hope that you will always be this close to me.

Farewell

Farewell so long
I was wrong I guess
Farewell so long
I was wrong I confess
I miss the way you
I miss the way you dance with me
So farewell my love
I was wrong I guess
Farewell so long
I was wrong I confess
I miss the way
I miss the way you sing with me

I never asked you for a sailboat in the yard
That fancy dress to wear
Or a ceiling made of stars
And all I got was just this

Broken heart from you

Wedding day

So much for love I guess
We been wronged but it's alright
‘Cause I'm moving on

I've got my car all packed
With cassette tapes and suitcases
And loose change and cheap cigarettes
I'm gonna stop at every truck stop
And make small talk with waiters and truck driving men
I'm gonna fall asleep in the backseat
With no one around but me and my friends

It's gonna be so great
It's gonna be just like my wedding day

Yeah I've had enough of love
It's been good to give up so good to be good to myself
I'm gonna get on the highway with no destination
But plenty of vision in mind
I'm gonna drive to the ocean
Go skinny dipping blow kisses to venus and mars
I'm gonna stop at every bar
And flirt with the cowboys in front of their girlfriends

So much for love I guess
I've been wronged but it's alright
‘Cause I'm moving on

I'm gonna drive over hills and mountains
And canyons and boys that keep bringing me down
I'm gonna drive under skyline and sunshine
Drink good wine at vineyards
And get asked to dance
I'm gonna be carefree and let nothing pass me by
Never ever again

Lorraine

Oh Lorraine
Oh Lorraine

Looks like tears again
But they'll never get you far
Things are just the way they are
So let it go and say you tried
One last goodbye

Oh Lorraine
Oh Lorraine

So much life left in your veins
What goods a heart if it's unclaimed
Can nothing ever stay the same
Why do good friends go away
No more turnpikes
New York street lights
No more plane flights for Lorraine

Oh Lorraine
Oh Lorraine

Mother warned you of such things
Love can give and take away
Peoples words can rearrange
With so much left to say

Finish line

Go now go while you can
From the love that's brought you down
Things will soon come around I swear
And they'll be sorry they let you down
Go now go while you can
From the life that's brought you down
Things will soon come around I swear
And you'll have it all figured out
Never really worry for a bit
Sometimes it feels worse then it really is
You may always be changing your mind
Just push hard for the finish line

October

Make her a flower in late December
When the sun is hot and shining on her
Write her a love song and play it all day long
To remind her of all that she is worth

Never never leave her

Take her on long drives for ice cream by sea sides
And give her your coat when she is cold
Tell her you miss her when you're close enough to kiss her
And that you'd walk a thousand miles to tell her so

But never never leave her

Take photographs of her on Brooklyn street in October
When her nervous smile is slightly curved
Some days when she is slightly down tell her it's okay to frown
It makes you just fall more in love with her

But never never leave her

I run

I run, I run, I run far from
You to the apple tree in my yard
With my dress all bundled up in my hands
Dirt on my feet I am dreaming again.
I run, I run, I run far from
You to the lilac tree in my yard
No more swing set for the girl who is all grown up
No more tea parties parades or mothers in love

I hold my breath past the cemetery
My brother wins, he can hold it much longer then me
Gravel roads make car keys rattle on steering wheels
Children and horses, old barns, and old automobiles
I run, I run, I run far from
You to the watered streets of Oregon
With a coffee cup half full in my hands
And I'm praying my saviour would just
Place a gun in my hands

I run, I walk, I lie far from
Freaks and lying cheats on the tip of my tongue
The moon hides in the sky behind rows of tree tops
And I'm wishing I was somewhere up there
With the mermaids and stars
I run, I run, I run far from
Reality to escape who I've become
Insanity is close at my back
And I'm getting rather numb from the snakes
Who have blurred my vision

Charlotte

Charlotte you're not getting any younger
Look at how much you've changed
Charlotte you used to be much happier
But it's not you that's to blame
Charlotte you let him push you round
And you're falling apart at the seams
One day he'll get just what he deserves
And you can be yourself once again

I heard the two of you yelling last night
Him threatening you once again
I heard the gun shattering out from your house
I saw him dead on the chair
Charlotte go now and drive far from this town
And I'll tell the cops everything

How I saw him stumbling late in the night
And take his own life recklessly

Have you seen my love

Have you seen my love
Is he far away
Have you seen the one for me
Whose face lights up my day
I won't let one boy steal a kiss
Or call me his instead I'll wait
For his voice to call out to mine
And carry these daydreams away
Have you seen my love

Is he far away
Have you seen the one for me

Who won't let me get away
Please tell him that I'm
Waiting for him praying for him
Night and day for now I'll be a
Lonely girl just longing for his sweet embrace

Bicycle tricycle

Bicycle tricycle
Take me far
With my hands on your handlebars
I can't be homecoming queen
For every boy that falls
In and out of love with me
I won't look back
I've been here before
I've been here before

I'll turn my back
Whatever it takes to let him go
Flower dress strawberry red
I must confess you're my safety pin
Hold me together hide me well
So he cannot tell the state that I am in
I won't look back
I've been here before
Been here before
I'll turn my back
Whatever it takes to let him go
Roller skates figure eights
Roll me away and I won't complain
I'll bring my raincoat boots and umbrella
So he can't ever rain on my parade

Only With Laughter Can You

Let myself fall

I let myself fall
I let myself fall
I let myself fall
In love with you

There's no turning back
There's no turning back
There's no turning back
Since I let myself fall in love with you

Now I picture things
Now I picture things
Wedding gowns and wedding rings
Since I let myself fall in love with you

I play music

When I was young
I did it my way
I did it my way and I still do
Held my head up high
Asking god for answers and begging him to tell me what
to do

So I play music that's what I do
When I sing I lose myself
There's nothing more I'd rather do
Lord knows I've tried everything else

When I finished school
I took the highway
I took the highway looking for you
Never thought that i
Would ever find you; that you'd be looking for me too

And when you love me, you love me well
When I'm with you I lose myself
There's nothing more I would rather do
Than spend the rest of my life loving you

When I was young
I did it my way
I did it my way and I still do

So I play music that's what I do
And when I sing I lose myself
There's nothing more I'd rather do
Lord knows I've tried everything else

Red rover

Red rover, red rover, send Mary right over
Schoolbooks in her hand and a shawl over her shoulders
And let her run, run as fast as she can
Don't let her grow up to be like her mother
Heart so unconvinced and a world so undiscovered
And asking for forgiveness, not knowing how to forgive

In time, just let her go
In time, she's beautiful
If you hold her back she may never know

Red rover, red rover, send Daniel right over
Schoolbooks in his hand and a coat over his shoulders
And let him run, run as fast as he can
Don't let him grow up to be like his father
Heart so set in stone and a smile so undercover
And opening the door to love, never letting love in

In time, just let him go
In time, he's beautiful
If you hold him back he may never know

Sell all my things

In a little while I'll feel better
Gonna travel around the world
Gonna see it all

Gonna go to Paris, maybe Rome
But I'll feel better miles away from home,
Gotta figure some things out

So sell all my things, I'm not coming home
There's nothing there to keep me there
Just heartache and panic and worries and things that'll bring me down
My head feels much clearer being here

In a little while I'll feel better
Gonna spill my heart to every stranger in every town
I'll visit castles in Ireland, have some fellas play the
violin and play a song for me

So sell all my things, I'm not coming home
There's nothing there to keep me there
Just heartache and panic and worries and things that'll bring me down
My head feels much clearer being here

Crazy

Crazy, crazy is what they've all said
Craziness lives in my head
Craziness lies in my bed

Worry, worrying about everything
Worrying it makes me insane
So much it drives me away

Lonely, loneliness follows me around
Loneliness drags me down
Still lonely with others around

One more day

One more day
Just one more day then I'm done
One more car ride and
One more rising of the sun

Then I'll jump so high
Angels will catch my fall
I'll jump so high
Angels will catch my fall

I had my chance and I just showed it to the door
I won't apologize to myself anymore

So I'll jump so high
Angels will catch my fall
I'll jump so high
Angels will catch my fall

One more day
Just one more day then I'm done
No more failures and
No more feeling alone.

All my life

I've been waiting all my life
I've been waiting for you to come
I've been travelling and wandering
Alone on my own for too long
And I swear I tried to convince myself
It would be much easier being alone
But after running in circle after circle
I'm getting tired of being on my own

I've been waiting all my life
I've been waiting for you to come
I've been travelling and wandering
Alone on my own for too long
And I wish I could have met your father
I would tell him how much I'm in love
And I swear I'd ask him question after question
Confessions about you growing up
And I thank god for blessing me
Well beyond what I could have thought
And reminding me of how good life can be
When you let yourself give into his love

I've been waiting all my life
I've been waiting for you to come

You and me

You and me
Me and you
There's so much that we've been through
Through it all I've come to understand god's love
And if tomorrow never comes
Know this twice
Just know this once
Knowing you has made me able to go on
You and me
Me and you
There couldn't be a better two
To be blessed to know the meaning of true love
And if you leave me
I'll feel scared
I'll fall apart
Feel unprepared
But I'd dare to make it through all on my own
Yes I'd dare to make it through all on my own

Tell me how

How am I supposed to know what love is really like,
When, I've never even been in love before?
Aren't you supposed to love yourself before
You can understand how to love someone after all?
How can I find a way to keep my mother safe
From the boogie man who hides under the stairs?
How can I find a way to take this breath away
When he's gently sleeping soundly next to her?
Oh how? Oh how? Oh how? Oh how can I save her?
How am I to live this life when the only certainty
Is that death is waiting for me at the end?
And every day that passes I know time is running out
And I fear that I may fail the life I've been given
Oh how? Oh how? Tell me how? Oh how am I supposed to live?
How am I to define what faith is to a child
When the only explanation lies within?
How am I to tell them if they never follow Christ
That heaven doesn't hold a place for them?
Oh how? Oh how? Tell me how when I'm no better than them

Gradually

Gradually I will get wiser
I will get stronger
I will be bolder
I will not settle
I will flirt back
I will stand up or
I will sit back
All this time you thought I was
Weak when I was just pretending
I was just pretending
All this time you made me believe that
I should be sorry
I should be sorry

Gradually
I will outrun you
I will outgrow you
I will ignore you
I will see clearer
I'll overcome you
I will acknowledge how far I have come
All this time you thought I was weak
When I was just pretending
I was just pretending
All this time you made me believe that
I should be sorry
You should be sorry for making me fall

Gradually
I will get older
I will get wiser
I will move slower
I will see clearer
I'll over come
I will acknowledge
How far I have come
All this time you thought I was weak
When I just pretending
I was just pretending
All this time you made me believe that
I should be sorry
You should be sorry for making me fall

Dialogue

Can you help me figure out all of these things?
I'm restless, I feel reckless
I'm holding on by a string

No, I can't I'm just as broken
I'm just as damaged as you
I'm so tired
I'm uninspired
Half dying in this living room

Oh, where do I go?
Oh, all on my own?

I can't walk in a straight line when
I don't know what I'm heading for
Just keep trying
No more lying to yourself anymore

Oh, where do we go?
Oh, nobody knows

If Songs Could Be Held

Since you've been around

I'm wandering
I'm crawling
I'm two steps away from falling
Just can't seem to get around

I'm heavy
I'm weary
Not thinking clearly
I just can't seem to find solid ground
Since you've been around

I'm running
I'm hiding
But you'll never find me
‘cause i've always felt lost in a crowd

I'm sinking
I'm drowning
I'm so afraid of losing
My head's been spinning round and round
Since you've been around

I'm foolish and crazy
I just think that maybe I gotta things to figure out
I'm winning
I'm losing
I'm afraid of never choosing this heart of mine, so
Beaten down
Before you came around

Pretty dress

Put your pretty dress on
It's time for you to go to the dance
Tie your hair in ribbons and lace
And wear pearls round your neck
And all the pretty princes will see you
All the pretty princes will see you
Some day
Some day

Put your red boots on
It's time for you to walk home from school
Every one will laugh
They'll point fingers at you
They'll be cruel
But cover up your ears and don't listen
Because you'll know much better than them
Some day
Some day

And they'll wave to you
And they'll wave to you

Put your red coat on
And walk with a light in the woods
If it gets dark don't get scared
There's so much waiting for you
Cover up your tears and don't show them
Cause you'll know much better than them
Some day
Some day

And they'll wave to you
And they'll wave to you
And they'll wave to you
And they'll wave to you

Cause they don't see you like i see you
If they did, they'd see
The nice little girl whose
Grown up to become homecoming queen

Put your pretty dress on
Put your red boots on

And they'll wave to you
And they'll wave to you
And we'll wave to you
And we'll wave to you

Put your pretty dress on
Put your red boots on
Put your red coat on
Put your pretty dress on
Put your pretty dress on
Put your red coat on
Put your red boots on
Put you pretty dress on

Loose ends

She's like a sweater, old and used
Tossed and overworn too many times through
And she used to look so bright
All her seams were tightly tied

She's like a sweater that's just worn out
Fading, coffee stained, and out of style
And she's just about to run
Before her stitches come undone

She's gonna pack her bags & leave
No more loose, unravelled seams
She is young & she still has her confidence
And it's not too late to tie up those loose ends

She's like a fire in the rain
His words will damp her eyes & heat her veins
And the love she thought she found was just another
Hand-me-down of dwindled grace

She's gonna pack her bags & leave
No more loose, unravelled seams
She is young & she still has her confidence
And it's not too late to tie up those loose ends

She's found a refuge for her face
While dividing her unfortunate displace
Now she stands too high for them to ring her dry
She's found her way

She's gonna pack her bags & leave
No more loose, unravelled seams
She is young & she still has her confidence
And it's not too late to tie up those loose ends

It don't matter to the sun

It don't matter to the sun if you go or if you stay.
No, the sun is gonna rise, gonna rise.
Shine down on another day.
There will be tomorrow even if you choose to leave.
Cause it don't matter to the sun, no, no.
It matters to me.

It ain't gonna stop the world if you walk out that door.
This old world just keeps spinning round, spinning round.
Like it did the day before.
Cause to them it makes no difference.
It just keeps on keeping time.
‘Cause it ain't gonna stop the world, no.
But it'll be the end of mine.

So, what can I say
What can I do?
I'm still in love
Why aren't you

‘Cause it don't matter to the moon if you're not in my life.
No, the moon will just keep hanging round, hanging round.
Like its just another night.
Who find another place to shine
On some other lover's dreams.
Cause it don't matter to the moon no, no.
It matters to me.

Guess it may

I'm still learning what love is
Everyday I wake up in your arms
I'm still trying to figure out what works
How to set off all your alarms

I'm still learning what love is
When I'm walking close to you
The best way to hold your hand in mine
The best way to comfort you

Guess it may
Guess it may
Guess it may
Guess it may
It may always be this way

I'm still learning what love is
Every time you look at me that way
I'm still trying to figure out just how
You can still look at me the same

Guess it may
Guess it may
Guess it may
Guess it may
It may always be this way

Even though i may not get it right
All the time i will always try
And i will always stand right by your side

I'm still learning what love is
Everyday I wake up in your arms
I'm still trying to figure out what works

Guess it may
Guess it may
Guess it may
Guess it may
Guess it may
Guess it may
It may always be this way

Let it be me

I'm blessed the day I found you
I want to stay around you
And so I beg you
Let it be me

Don't take this heaven from one
If you must cling to someone
Now and forever
Let it be me

Cause each time we meet, love
I find complete love
Without your sweet love
What would life be?

So never leave me lonely
Tell you love me only
Now and forever
Let it be me

Each time we meet, love
I find complete love
Without your sweet love
What would life be?

So never leave me lonely
Tell you love me only
And that you'll always
Let it be me

So never leave me lonely
Tell you love me only
And that you'll always
Let it be me
Let it be me
Let it be me

Clear as a bell

Boy you said some pretty things
Then you close the door on me
Then you left me wondering to myself

Where does all the romance go
Like we find in picture shows?
Maybe I'm feeling sorry for myself

And I know that time will tell
Clear as a bell
You were not the one
I'm sure I'll convince myself
To get over you
Maybe it will come
When the day is done

I hope that you kick yourself
Holding hands with someone else
Then you realise that she's not the one
Some day some boy will fall
In love with all my flaws
And he sure will be the lucky one

And I know that time will tell
Clear as a bell
You were not the one
I'm sure I'll convince myself
To get over you
Maybe it will come
When the day is done

And I know that time will tell
Clear as a bell
You were not the one
I'm sure I'll convince myself
To get over you
Maybe it will come
When the day is done

Say What You Want To Say

Say what you want to say
Play this game your way
It's over anyway
You didn't give it up for love

Take what you want to take
Take back the words you'll say
They never mattered anyway
You didn't give it up for love
No you didn't give, give it up for love

When I look through the photographs
And I see the smile on your face
I remember how you used to feel
And I see how much has changed

Say what you want to say
I'll carry on the same
Maybe you'll look back someday
You didn't give it up for love
No you didn't give, give it up for love

When I look through the photographs
And I see the smile on your face
I remember how you used to feel
And I see how much has changed

When I look through the photographs
And I see the smile on your face
I remember how you used to feel
And I see how much has changed

Say what you want to say
Play this game your way
You will know someday
You didn't give it up for love
No you didn't give, give it up for love
No you didn't give, give it up for love

*** Thanx a lot to Emily for this one ***

Time goes away

He took me to the hillside
He liked to take me there
He took me every Saturday
He put flowers in my hair

And we laughed like my mother said she once did
With my father on his birthday
When they went swimming
And he took her hand into his
And he told her that he loved her
His words held meaning

How do we make these moments last?
How do we get them to stay?
When everything passes and time goes away
He took me to the theater
He liked to take me there
He took me every Sunday
We did our talking there

And we laughed like my mother said she once did
With her sister on her birthday when she was seventeen
They took her car out for a spin
Along the ocean with the top down and life held meaning

How do we make these moments last?
How do we get them to stay?
When everything passes and time goes away

Death came and got me

I can't, I can't stop crying
Everyday I'm so afraid
Afraid of dying
Death already came and got me
Cause I'm not living...
I'm not living anyway...

And who am i supposed to be?
Everybody seems to see except for me
Who cares anyway....
Cause when it's over,
It's all over, and what you gain you throw away

When will love ever find me?
All my life all I've craved is to be seen
Who cares anyway...
Cause when it's over,
All that matters is the love you gave away

Tomorrow

What if I told you
I could lose you?
If I waited,
Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow
May be too late

Birds fly above you
Love is around you
I would like to be too
Forever, forever and ever
With you

I would follow you
Anywhere you are going to
Tomorrow, forever, always

And if you were to
Sail across the ocean blue
I would like to sail with you
I'd follow, I'd follow, I'd follow
You home

I would follow you
Anywhere you are going to
Tomorrow, forever, always

I would follow you
Oh, anywhere you are going to
Tomorrow, forever,
Tomorrow, forever,
Tomorrow, forever, always

These Friends of Mine

If this city never sleeps

Oh at night when I sleep all the dreams come to me
Make me believe that my life is not my boat
And if life is like my dreams
All the things I will see
I would be so much braver than I know

No I can't understand
What it means to be a man
And to be a woman from her heart
And if love all ended
All the things I believed
Then I guess I will never feel alone
If this city never sleeps
Does that mean that no one dreams
If that so then I guess some going home

Why waste more time

Why waste your time?
There is nothing left
Voices in your head tell you to do it
No one will care
No one will know
Everyone just looks out for themselves

It's so hard letting go
Letting go of love
It might cause some pain, I know
But pain is all we've got

Why waste more time?
Time is all you have
Be careful what you say they'll hold you to it
No one will care
No one will know
Everyone feels sorry for themselves

It's so hard letting go
Letting go of love
It might cause some pain, I know
But pain is all you've got
It may be the only way to know
That you can get yourself back up

The one I love

This one goes out to the one I love
This one goes out to the one I've left behind
A simple thought to occupy my mind
This one goes out to the one I love

Fire

This one goes out to the one I love
This one goes out to the one I've left behind
A simple prop has occupied my mind
This one goes out to the one I love

Fire

Much farther to go

New York is lovely in the winter time
All the sidewalks are white as snow
The buildings, all the people that pass me by
How the smile on his face says he's in love

I took the train all the way to Brooklyn heights
I remember when you took it there with me
We sat side by side and held hands for some time
We saluted the statue of liberty

I have much farther to go
Everything is new and so unpredictable
I should just kick my heels together and go home
But I'm not sure where that is anymore

Oh how I wish I could go back in time
To the night when I heard my mother cry
She held me in her arms and we talked for some time
And I sang a song her mother sang to her
And it goes something about paper dolls and what men prefer
Something about the cross and how her Jesus died for her
Something about love and how it's worth fighting for
I wonder does love like that exist anymore?

I have much farther to go
I'm so confused I know
I should just kick my heels together and go home
But I lost my way when I lost you

Sometimes I cry when it's late at night
And you're not there to lay next to me
Morning breaks and the sun warms my face
How I wish it was you warming me

Paper doll

Tonight I'm like a paper doll
Dress me in what you wish I had on
And I will not say a thing
I'll just keep smiling

Here I am, wordless again
You dress me up different ways
Flat and thin
Speechless within
You dress me up different ways
And I just can't be sure I'll ever change

And I do not like the clothes I wear
I'd sooner throw them into the air
But I will not say a thing
I'll just keep smiling

Here I am, wordless again
You dress me up different ways
Flat and thin
Speechless within
You dress me up different ways
And I just can't be sure I'll ever change

Why is it now
You've cut me out
Of everything I was used to
Now it's not that I stand here with no choice
I will choose now to raise up my voice

Here I am, wordless again
Wordless again
And I just can't be sure I'll ever change

Tonight I'm like a paper doll
Cut from the page I once lived on
And I will not say a thing
I'll just keep smiling
I'll just keep smiling
I'll just keep smiling
I'll just keep smiling

Kite song

Oh, tie me to the end of a kite
So I can go on, I can go on with my life
Every marigold I pass below will be my guiding light
I just want to go away from here

Oh, tie me to the end of a kite
So I can go on, I can go on with my life
Every time the wind blows stronger,
I will feel my spirit rise
I just want to go away from here

Oh, tie me up tightly by your side
So I may go with you where ever you reside
And anytime the road looks dimmer
I will be your guiding light
I just want to go away with you
I just want to go away with you

Songbird

For you they'll be no more crying
For you the sun will be shining
Cause I feel that when I'm with you
So right
I know it's right

To you I would give the world
To you I'll never be cold
Cause I feel that when I'm with you
So right
I know it's right

And the songbirds are singing like they know this chorus
And I love you, I love you, I love you
Like never before

And I wish you all the love in the world
But most of all I wish it for myself
And the songbirds are singing like they know this chorus
And I love you, I love you, I love you
Like never before
Like never before
Like never before
Like never before

All the way to New York City

I wish I could take you with me
All the way to New York City
We could get an apartment there
Be closer to our families

We could take my station wagon
And fill it to the brim
And wave goodbye to all our lovely friends
Never to return again

You could write for picture shows
And I could get a job waiting tables
At a restaurant where famous people like to go
We could buy old overcoats and walk through the snow
All the way around central park
Our cheeks as pink as wild roses

We could take the subway home
And stare at our reflection in the window panes of the train
And see how much New York has changed us

Say hello

If I find him, if I just follow
Would he hold me and never let me go
Would he let me borrow his wool winter coat
I don't know
I don't know

If I see her standing there alone
At the train station, three stops from her home
I have half a mind to say what I'm thinking anyway
I don't know
I don't know

There's airplane in the sky
With a banner right behind
"loneliness is just a crime
Look each other in the eye
And say hello
Oh oh oh oh
And say hello
Oh oh oh oh oh

Hey there, how you doing?
Hi, my name's Mary!
Hi

These friends of mine

These friends of mine
Live their lives
Spend their time
Hoping to find
Who they are
How they're made
Thought maybe they'd
Help to find the way

These friends of mine
They have lives
They work hard
To live them right
And when they laugh
It makes me high
They'd take a train
10,000 miles before they'd fly

These friends of mine
They feel alone
When the shows are over
Don't know where to go
In Philadelphia
At Christmas time
They question love
Wonder why they try

And when the show is over
How I hope that they discover
The joy that they bring
And I hope they remember
This bond we have together
And how they love to sing

These friends of mine
Live in New York
They were raised in Michigan
They don't know things
They don't hold hands
Guard their hearts
The best they can

And when the show is over
How I hope that they discover
The joy that they bring
And I hope that they remember
This bond we have together
And how they love to sing
They sure love to sing

Maybe I needed this time
To be reminded for myself
Maybe I needed this time
To be reminded for myself
How I love to sing

A Very Rosie Christmas

Christmas Time Is Here

Christmas time is here
Happiness and cheer
Fun for all that children call
Their favorite time of the year

Snowflakes in the air
And carols everywhere
Olden times and ancient rhymes
Of love and dreams to share

Sleigh bells in the air
Beauty everywhere
Yuletide by the fireside
And joyful memories there

Christmas time is here
We'll be drawing near
Oh, that we could always see
Such spirit through the year

Sleigh bells in the air
Beauty everywhere
Yuletide by the fireside
And joyful memories there

Christmas time is here
And we'll be drawing near
Oh, that we could always see
Such spirit through the year

Why Can't It Be Christmastime All Year

It's our favorite time of year
Our friends are back in town
Christmas songs keep playing on the radio
String popcorn on a string
And wrap the tree around
And put that fire out
'Cause Santa is coming out

Quit your stalling
Snow is falling
Friends are calling you, you
Raise your hand if you wish
It was Christmastime all year
We do, we do, we do

It's a happy time of year
There's joy around the world
So hang that mistletoe
And grab your favorite girl
Sing carols by the fire
Our family and our friends
Later we'll make New Year resolutions we'll forget

Children playing, Santa sleighing
I can hardly stand the waiting
Better stop that misbehaving
Christmas is my favorite time of year
You can hear carollers singing
Deck the halls, the bells are ringing
Why can't it be Christmastime all year

So quit your stalling
Snow is falling
Friends are calling you, you
Raise your hand if you wish
It was Christmastime all year
We do, we do

So wrap those presents
Fill those stockings
Love from me to you
To you, to you
So grab your winter
Scarves and mittens
Build a snowman too, whoo, whoo
So trim that tree
And let's go sledding
Who has Christmas cheer
We do, we do, we do

Christmas is my favorite time of year
Why can't it be Christmastime all year

River

( Joni Mitchell )

It's coming on Christmas
And they're cutting down trees out there
They're putting up reindeer
And singing songs of joy and peace
Oh I wish I had a river I could skate away on

But it don't snow here and it stays pretty green
I'm going to make a lot of money
Then I'm going to quit this crazy scene
Oh I wish I had a river I could skate away on

Oh I wish I had a river so long
I could teach my feet to fly
Oh I wish I had a river I could skate away on

He tried hard to help me, now he put me at ease
And he loved me so naughty, made me weak in the knees
Oh I wish I had a river I could skate away on

I'm so hard to handle
You know I'm selfish and I'm sad
And I lost the best baby that I ever had
Oh I wish I had a river I could skate away on

Oh I wish I had a river so long
I could teach my feet to fly
Oh I wish I had a river
I could skate away on

Oh I wish I had a river so long
I could teach my feet to fly
Oh I wish I had a river I could skate away on

Winter Wonderland

Sleigh bells ring
Are you listening
In the lane
Snow is glistening
A beautiful sight
We're happy tonight
Walking in a winter wonderland

Gone away is the bluebird
Here to stay is a new bird
He sings a love song
As we go along
Walking in a winter wonderland

In the meadow we can build a snowman
And pretend that he is Parson Brown
He'll say: Are you married
We'll say: No man
But you can do the job
When you're in town

Later on, we'll conspire
As we dream by the fire
To face unafraid
The plans that we've made
Walking in a winter wonderland

In the meadow we can build a snowman
And pretend that he is Parson Brown
He'll say: Are you married
We'll say: No man
But you can do the job
When you're in town

Later on, we'll conspire
As we dream by the fire
To face unafraid
The plans that we've made
Walking in a winter wonderland
To face unafraid
The plans that we've made
Walking in a winter wonderland

Silent Night

Silent night
Holy night
All is calm
And all is bright
And Round yon Virgin
And Mother and Child
And Holy Infant
So tender and mild

Silent night
(in a manger a Child is born)
Holy night
(star of Bethlehem shines on Him)
Shepherds quake
(the wise men bring their gifts to Him)
At the sight
(angels on high watch over Him)
And glorious stream
(in a manger a Child is born)
Heaven afar
(joy to the world the King has come)
And Heavenly hosts
(all who are lost can be found again)
Alleluia

Silent night
(in a manger a Child is born)
Holy night
(star of Bethlehem shines on Him)
Son of God
(the wise men bring their gifts to Him)
Love's pure light
(angels on high watch over Him)
Radiant beams from
(in a manger a Child is born)
Thy holy face
(joy to the world the King has come)
With the dawn of redeeming
(all who are lost can be found again)
Redeeming grace

Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

O Come O Come Emmanuel

O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear
Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice
Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice

O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death's dark shadows put to flight
Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice
Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice

O come, O come, Thou Lord of might
Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai's height
In ancient times did'st give the Law
In cloud, and majesty and awe
Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice
Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice

Rejoice, oh rejoice, Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel

Alone At Christmastime

Christmas come and light the tree
And bring some carolers for me
Don't forget the snowman in the front yard
You needs gloves, scarfs, and mitten
Alone at Christmastime
I'll be here and you'll be on my mind

So snow come down, cover the trees
And bring a snow angel to me
And send me gifts of joy and laughter
Ways for me to unremember him
In time at Christmastime
I pretend that I still cross his mind

I pretend that I still cross his mind
All year long, but most at Christmastime

Christmas Don't Be Late

Christmas, Christmastime is near
Time for toys and time for cheer
We've been good, but we can't last
Hurry Christmas, hurry fast

Want a plane that loops the loop
Me, I want a hula hoop
We can hardly stand the wait
Please Christmas, don't be late

Christmas, Christmastime is near
Time to look back on the year
Please bring joy to mom and dad
Help my brother, he's been sad

Fill our home with laughter too
And a lovely pot for soup
Love for all and peace and past
Oh Christmas, get here fast

Christmas, Christmastime is here
Time for memories, time for tears
Comfort those who need a friend
Fill their hearts with happiness
May they know he came for them
Oh Christmas, where you been

Christmas come, and please don't be late
Oh please don't be late
Christmas come, can't stand the wait
So please don't be late
Christmas come, the world cannot wait
So please don't be late
Christmas come, and please don't be late
Please don't be late
Christmas come, we can't stand the wait,
So please don't be late
Christmas come, the world cannot wait
So please don't be late
Christmas come, please don't be late
Oh please don't be late

Let It Snow

Oh the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we've no place to go
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

Oh it doesn't show signs of stopping
And I've bought some corn for popping
The lights are turned way down low
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

When we finally kiss goodnight
How I'll hate going out in the storm
But if you'll really hold me tight
All the way home I'll be warm

The fire is slowly dying
And my dear, we're still good-bying
But as long as you love me so
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

When we finally kiss goodnight
How I'll hate going out in the storm
But if you'll really hold me tight
All the way home I'll be warm

Oh the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we've no place to go
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

With Love

Where Was I

Where, oh where was I
That springtime when you realized
That love had caught you by surprise
Rob from always on the run is so bad and copy paste is a sin
And where, oh where was I
That November when your father died
What's the first thought that came over your mind
As you drove home
On your way home
Rob from always on the run is so bad and copy paste is a sin
And where, oh where were you
Back in high school when I was broken in two
When my mother and my father were too
And I felt so confused
Yeah I was so confused

And where, oh where was I
That day you scraped your knee and cried
And your brother carried you one mile
All the way home, all the way home
All the way home, all the way home

Over The Moon

When I think of your love
It puts a joy in my step
The way you play with my heart
Makes me your instrument

When I'm walking with you
Feels like I'm walking on clouds
And I always feel up just by you being around
Rob from always on the run is so bad and copy paste is a sin
'Cause you fill me with love
Yeah you fill me with love
You fill me with love
And I'm over the moon
In love with you

When I think of your hands
When I think of your grin
The way you light up the room
Just by you walking in
Makes me feel like a child
Makes me sing out of tune
I get this beat in my heart
When I'm lying with you

'Cause you fill me with love
Yeah you fill me with love
You fill me with love
And I'm over the moon
In love with you

I knew the first time you held my hand that it'd be you
Who'd come through, who'd come through
Rob from always on the run is so bad and copy paste is a sin
'Cause you fill me with love
Yeah you fill me with love
You fill me with love
And I'm over the moon
In love with you

In Time

I get so tired of all the talking that I do
How my words just seem wasted on you
Maybe some day when it's all said and done
You'll finally find these words of mine were true
Rob from always on the run is so bad and copy paste is a sin
In time
Time

Yeah, I get so tired of all the pretending that I do
When inside all I do is long for you
I'm just waiting for the day
When I'm boarding the next train
And my name is called, and the voice belongs to you
Rob from always on the run is so bad and copy paste is a sin
In time
Time

Maybe it's over
What if it's over
I guess I'll get over you in

In a little while I know I will get over you
Takes a little time, but in time I'll get over you
In a little while I know I will get over you
Just takes time but, in time I'll get over you

Like Wildflowers

If I place my hope in all things that pass away
What have I shown for myself
If love shows her face, and my life's out of place
Will I be kind to myself

Where, where will I go from here

If it's all about timing
Then I'm right where I should be
And there's no room for regrets
But often times I find
That my thoughts play in rewind
And won't free me from the past
Rob from always on the run is so bad and copy paste is a sin
So, where will I go
Where will I go
Where will I go
Rob from always on the run is so bad and copy paste is a sin
If my life had its way
Oh how simple it would sway
Like wildflowers in the fields
I wish I could learn from the flowers and the ferns
How to take things as they come

And how, how will I grow
Oh how, how will I grow
Oh how, will I grow from here

Two Worlds Collide

I cried on my birthday
Was broken to pieces
And everyone noticed
So I made up some reasons

And just when I thought I had more to bring
Well, you tell me you want different things
And I don't believe you
Or I didn't want to

And it's unfair
When two worlds collide
One goes for broke
One walks the line
Yeah, it seems so unfair
To wait your whole life
For someone to finally take a stand for you
And you're still waiting in line
Rob from always on the run is so bad and copy paste is a sin
Now I can't hear music
And I can't take train rides
And I can't remember
The last time I felt right
Rob from always on the run is so bad and copy paste is a sin
And I want the movies
And I want the love songs
And I want forgiveness
Yeah I want to move on

And it's unfair
When two worlds collide
I meant what I said
And you barely tried
Yeah it seems so unfair
To wait your whole life
For someone to finally take a chance on you
And you're still waiting in line

Well I know
(I know, I know)
I gotta let go
(I gotta, I gotta)
Well I know
(I know, I know)
I gotta let go
(I've got to let you go)
Yeah I know
(I know, I know)
I gotta let go

2 Birds

We were young we were barely nineteen
Going places that we have never seen
So I packed a flashlight and the camera
Two thousand miles to California
Rob from always on the run is so bad and copy paste is a sin
We packed our clothes in paper bags
We made mix tapes of our favorite bands
I remember my father in the driveway
I could tell that he was putting on his brave face for me

As we drove far away
Stayed any place for free
I picked up a nickel on the train tracks
We had songs we liked to sing
And we tape recorded things
Tied ribbons round the trees to find our way back
Rob from always on the run is so bad and copy paste is a sin
We stopped in every small town we came across
We slept in motel parking lots
I remember Montana and the big sky
I remember how she stood there with her arms held open wide

As we drove far away
Stayed any place for free
We pulled over when we saw the sunflowers
And we both carved our names
In a fence along the way
And Sharon honked the horn at every state line

We were young and we, were just beginning our lives
Like 2 birds set free for the first time
Not a penny to our names
And our dresses were handmade
We picked flowers and sage
And dried them in
The dashboard of the car

Is This Love

Is this how it begins
Spending hours in the car being friends
Is this love
Can it be
When I wasn't looking around
He came to me
Rob from always on the run is so bad and copy paste is a sin
Now every place that he goes I'd like to be
There are thoughts that he only shares with me
Every dream that he has I would help him reach
I would love him, I could love him
If he ever let me

Is this love
Is this love
When all I ever want to do is lift him up
Is this love
Can it be
Every part of me that's missing he completes
Rob from always on the run is so bad and copy paste is a sin
Now every place that I go I'd like him to be
Though he's always walking way ahead of me
He may run he may hide, but he never leaves
I would love him, I could love him
Yes, I would love him, I could love him
If he ever let me

Back To Being Friends

How I wish that I could just believe
That things were meant to be the way they are
Something tells me something isn't right
And all I want to do is find out where you are

How I wish that I could just recall
What brought on the fall for the two of us
Maybe then all this would make more sense
And my whole life would not feel this torn apart
Rob from always on the run is so bad and copy paste is a sin
If we went back to being friends
What would it do
What would it mend
When we were meant to be so much more
If we went back to being friends
I'm not convinced this heart would mend
'Cause being friends wouldn't be good enough

How I wish that I could just go back
To that time when we first met
And everything was clear
If only I could get a second chance
How I'd change each circumstance that led us here
Rob from always on the run is so bad and copy paste is a sin
Now that it's over
How I wish that I had told you more and more
How much I loved you so
But how could I have known
That you'd leave me here alone
And I'd never get the chance to really let you know

If we went back to being friends
What would it do
What would it mend
When we were meant to be so much more
If we went back to being friends
I'm not convinced this heart would mend
'Cause being friends wouldn't be good enough

A Really Long Year

Yeah it's been a really long year
Flew to Oklahoma
That's where he got down on one knee
When I called my mom she was in tears
The day we pulled out her wedding gown
She hadn't looked at it in forty years
And I, I watched her reminisce for awhile
Just nineteen and walking down the aisle
Rob from always on the run is so bad and copy paste is a sin
Yeah it's been a really long year
Made new friends in Kansas
Watched my grandpa be an auctioneer
Brother made that farm look like a dream
The marching band played in the parade
And all the bridesmaids in the trolley waved
And I, I watched their faces for some time
And somewhere over the rainbow was my life
Rob from always on the run is so bad and copy paste is a sin
Somewhere over the rainbow
Over the rainbow
Skies will be blue
Somewhere over the rainbow
Over the rainbow
Dreams do come true

Yeah it's been a really long year
Laura had a baby boy while I was travelling in Germany
Mother lost her friend in summertime
Before she went to be with the Lord
She told my brother she'd find him a wife
And I, when I heard that story how I cried
'Cause I could hear the longing in his voice
I could see the hope in his eyes
Yeah, I could see him dancing with his bride

Yeah it's been a really long year
Never thought that I would see the day
I'd dance with grandpa on my wedding day

Sometimes Love

Sometimes love's a paper tiger
That haunts you in your bed
Sometimes love's a two fist fighter
That lands you on your head
Rob from always on the run is so bad and copy paste is a sin
When it comes
Don't try to fight it
There's nothing you can do
It finds you when it does, and leaves you when it wants to

Sometimes love's a perfect poem
That words have never said
Sometimes love's a big disaster
That leaves you good as dead

When it comes
Don't try to fight it
There's nothing you can do
It finds you when it does, and leaves you when it wants to
Rob from always on the run is so bad and copy paste is a sin
So when I come
I'll come insisting
You hear the thing I say
Do not run
Do not resist me
Don't look the other way

We have time
We have tomorrow
We don't need reasons why
Now you have to decide

Non Albums Tracks

*** Thanx a lot to Jose for most of these lyrics ***

Adlai Stevenson

(Sufjan Stevens feat. Rosie Thomas / The Avalanche LP)

Sufjan:
Righteous men of the earth
Oh, have you been patient
I suppose our thoughts about United Nations

Sufjan & Rosie:
Adlai, Adlai
What did he say
And what is the answer
Adlai, Adlai
What did he say
And what is the answer

1952, the heart was not your master
The accident you were through
Would carry through your laughter

Evidence, evidence
I've heard of it
And what is the answer
Evidence, evidence
I've heard of it
And what is the answer

Adlai, Adlai
What did he say
And what is the answer
Adlai, Adlai
What did he say
And what is the answer

Castle And Cathedral

(Denison Witmer feat. Rosie Thomas / Are You A Sleeper? EP)

There's a dream I have
It comes back when all the days turn into one
I'm in a coat and hat
And I'm standing on the coast of England
With a castle and cathedral on the sand
I reached down to touch the water with my hand
Then you turn and say to me
"You've been talking in your sleep
What did you see? What does it mean?"

I was a photograph
Of our daytrip from the window of a train
The one we cut in half
I kept mine and made a bookmark on a page
It fell out today as I was getting packed
Have I left you here more times than I've come back?
Like that snowfall out of reach
We kept our details underneath
Once made of stone, we went for broke
I didn't know

Chicago

(Sufjan Stevens feat. Rosie Thomas / The Avalanche LP)

Note: on "Adult Contemporary Easy Listening Version", they repeat the last verse.

Sufjan:
I fell in love again
All things go, all things go
Drove to Chicago
All things know, all things know
We sold our clothes to the state
I don't mind, I don't mind
I made a lot of mistakes
In my mind, in my mind

Sufjan & Rosie:
I drove to New York
In the van, with my friend
We slept in parking lots
I don't mind, I don't mind
I was in love with the place
In my mind, in my mind
I made a lot of mistakes
In my mind, in my mind

You came to take us
All things go, all things go
To recreate us
All things grow, all things grow
We had our mindset
All things know, all things know
You had to find it
All things go, all things go
All things go

If I was crying
In the van, with my friend
It was for freedom
From myself and from the land
I made a lot of mistakes
I made a lot of mistakes
I made a lot of mistakes
I made a lot of mistakes

You came to take us
All things go, all things go
To recreate us
All things grow, all things grow
We had our mindset
All things know, all things know
You had to find it
All things go, all things go
All things go

First In Line

(Thomas Denver Jonsson with Rosie Thomas and Damien Jurado / Live / First In Line EP)

Look me up with my head in my pocket
Look me up with my head in my pocket
To see her coming home

Well forgotten, say can't you see her
Well forgotten, say can't you see her
Moving down the line

And it's hard to live and it's hard to die
And it's hard to give your heart away
And oh, pretty girl, it's hard to steal

In April I was sleeping with an anchor
Thursday I was fishing in the harbor
where ladies sleep

And the sun will always shine upon your face
As your parents watched the silver screen
Stolen days, when freedom got its price
After the walk over frozen water

You held me down on the dirty backseat
Pressure of the hand and the fingers
And the pleasure won

And I will always go by your side
But it is hard to get drunk tonight
And It's hard to smoke your mother's cigarettes
Afraid of stealing, afraid of lying
Afraid of losing my mind

Lottery

(Damien Jurado feat. Rosie Thomas / On My Way To Absence LP)

Misfortune got you like a sickness
The saints and angels all agree
Trouble sure as trouble sees it
I need it in writing to believe
To believe

Hmmm...

The target was your heart in the beginning
Now they're digging soft ground for your grave
I hope the mourners will bring plastic flowers
They'll drink to your death with pink champagne
Pink champagne

Hmmm...

Now I hear your widow crying
Her weeping I made into this song
It's popular with the disco dancers
They'll play it on the radio all week long
All week long

Hmmm...

Misfortune got you like a sickness
And the saints, the angels all agree
Trouble sure as trouble sees it
I need it in writing to believe
To believe

Hmmm...

No Man's Land

(Sufjan Stevens feat. Rosie Thomas / The Avalanche LP)

Up in the highest of heights
O'Hara blinks and fights
This land is yours, this land is mine
I see the Captain in red
And Cairo at his head
This land is yours, this land is mine

The lightning over the park
The water's brash and dark
We take a swim, we take a swim
I never meant to escape
The carpet and the trade
This land is yours, this land is mine

And when I make up my mind
I change it all the time
I take it back I take it back
The numbers over the dam
Jo Davies and the band
I count them out, I count them out

There was a car in the bay
By the boat that swept and swayed
Whoever you are in the light
In the water that we made
I'm counting it out
I'm counting it out
I'm working it out inside
I'm counting it out to the floor

The ferry hatches Moline
Panola Beauty Queen
She takes a bow, she takes a bow
In Charles, we climb the hill
And Danville window sill
I take it back, I take it back
My sister, she counts the bars
The Macon county cars
She takes a bow, she takes a bow

On the background:
This land is not your land for the right hand
Takes what it can ransacks with the mad man
For this land is not yours or mine to have
This land was made for the good of itself

The Mississippi amends
The Carver and the bends
This land is yours, this land is mine
My brother punches my ear
The injured ivory deer
I call my dad, I call my dad
We skip inside of the store
The Mason winter door
This land is yours, this land is mine

There was a car in the bay
By the boat that swept and swayed
Whoever you are in the light
In the water that we made
I'm holding your hand by the shore
With our collars pulled up tight
I'm counting it out
I'm counting it out
I'm working it out inside
I'm counting it out
I'm counting it out
I'm working it out inside
I'm counting it out

This land is not your land for the right hand
Takes what it can ransacks with the mad man
For this land is not yours or mine to have
This land was made for the good of itself

Parking Lot

(Damien Jurado / vocals: Rosie Thomas / Ghost Of David LP)

In the window by a phone
She waits for him at home
She waits a long time

In the vacant parking lot
Watching couples with their kids
Where did we go wrong

Words were spoken, words were lost
Wings were given, vows forgot
Where did we go wrong

Monday comes, you find the note
I've left town this time for good
What did I do wrong

Vacant bedrooms, pictures fade
Moments when the times were good
When did it all go bad

Saul Bellow

(Sufjan Stevens feat. Rosie Thomas / The Avalanche LP)

Sufjan:
What's the worth of all the work of my hands
And the worst off on Lake Michigan

Sufjan & Rosie:
Get in solid walls with the know-it-alls
Get in trouble with Saul Bellow
Get in solid walls with the know-it-alls
Get in trouble with Saul Bellow

And my good friends with their eyes on what it takes
I could kiss them but the bravest make mistakes

Get in solid walls with the know-it-alls
Get in trouble with Saul Bellow
Get in solid walls with the know-it-alls
Get in trouble with Saul Bellow

Get in solid walls with what is caused
Get in trouble with Saul Bellow
Get in solid walls with the know-it-alls
Get in trouble with Saul Bellow

The Henney Buggy Band

(Sufjan Stevens feat. Rosie Thomas / The Avalanche LP)

Sufjan:
Oh life, with your shoulders in the mirror
From the park when Dakota ran and brought you there


Sufjan & Rosie:
In the car when your mother lost her temper
The catalog and the catastrophic smile

Let the bugles play the sermon on the raid
I kissed you on the face
I kissed you on the playground

Oh Father John, you cannot tell me
What's right and wrong
You cannot tell me
I jump before I get around you
Oh Father John

Pick it up with the band on the Ronald Reagan Tollway
(Don't give up, let's go, forget about yourself)
Illinois in it ran from the Ronald Reagan Tollway
Forget about yourself and all your plans

Oh life, with your colorful surprises
Eleanor, how you put one on disguises

Oh Father John, you cannot tell me
What's right and wrong
You cannot tell me

In the mortal life
Far in the morning light
We're back from Bloomington
We let the runners win
Far in the morning life
We let the movies play
A weekend from the holiday

Pick it up with the band on the Ronald Reagan Tollway
(Don't break down, let's go, forget about yourself)
Illinois in it ran from the Ronald Reagan Tollway
(If I'm wrong makes nothing right about yourself)
Snowmobile on the field where the gunners throw their weight around
Forget about yourself and all your plans

The Mistress Witch From McClure (Or, The Mind That Knows Itself)

(Sufjan Stevens feat. Rosie Thomas / The Avalanche LP)

Sufjan:
And the winter moves about Illinois
When my sister picks a fight
With the Alexander boy
And my father locks the car
By the store
Still we figure out the keys
And follow him once more

Sufjan & Rosie:
Oh my God
We see it on the floor
The woman on the bed
The ankle brace she wore
Stones and sled
It could have been some other
The mind that knows itself
Has a mind to serve the other
But we run back
Scratching at the door
Scratching at the door

If I'm hiding in the sleeves
Of my coat
When my father runs undressed
He's pointing at my throat
And my brother has a fit
In the snow
And the traffic stops for miles
We take him by the elbow

Oh my God (oh my God)
The shuffling at the floor (no one came)
A mind that knows itself (to our side)
Is a mind that knows much more (to carry us away from danger)
So we run back (oh my God)
Scrambling for cover (no one came)
A mind that knows itself (to our side)
Has a mind to kill the other (to carry us away from danger)
Oh my God (oh my God)
He left us now for dead
He left us now for dead

The Past And Pending

(The Shins / performed by James Mercer of The Shins, Sam Beam of Iron & Wine and Rosie Thomas / Magic Magazine CD)

As someone sets light to the first fire of autumn
We settle down to cut ourselves apart
Cough and twitch from the news on your face
And some foreign candle burning in your eyes

Held to the past too aware of the pending
Chill as the dawn breaks and finds us up for sale
Enter the fog, another low road descending
Away from the cold lust, the house and summertime

Blind to the last cursed affair, pistols and countless eyes
A trail of white blood betrays, the reckless route, your craft is running
Feed 'til the sun turns into wood, dousing an ancient torch
Loiter the whole day through and lose yourself in lines dissecting love

Your name on my cast and my notes on your stay
Offer me little but doting on a crime
We've turned every stone and for all our inventions
In matters of love loss, we've no recourse at all

Blind to the last cursed affair, pistols and countless eyes
A trail of white blood betrays, the reckless route, your craft is running
Feed 'til the sun turns into wood, dousing an ancient torch
Loiter the whole day through and lose yourself in lines dissecting
Lose yourself in lines dissecting
Lose yourself in lines dissecting
Lose yourself in lines dissecting love
Lose yourself in lines dissecting love

Wages Of Sin

(Bruce Springsteen cover / Damien Jurado and Rosie Thomas / Badlands: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska LP)

Damien:
When we fight and I wanna talk it out
You won't say nothing, nothing at all
You just sit there, you won't open that pretty mouth
I think you like keeping my back up against the wall

Wages of sin, you keep me paying
Wages of sin for wrongs that I've done
Wages of sin, you keep me paying
Wages of sin, one by one

Rosie:
I walk in the apartment, there's clothes thrown all over the place
You're crouched in the corner with tears running down your face
I don't wanna believe what my heart keeps saying
You keep me on the line so you can keep me paying

Damien & Rosie:
Wages of sin, we keep paying
Wages of sin for the wrongs that we've done
Wages of sin, we keep paying
Wages of sin, that's how we have our fun

I remember when I was a little boy out where the cottonwoods grow tall
Trying to make it home through the forest before the darkness falls
Baby all the sounds I heard, even if they weren't real
I was running down that broken path with the devil snapping at my heels

I tried so hard, so hard in every way
Swore someday I'd grow up, just throw it all away
Cried all the tears, baby, that I could cry
Stomached all my fears 'til they came rushing up inside
Darling, I'm losing and it's a mean game
Still I play on just the same

Wages of sin, I keep paying
Wages of sin for some wrong I've done
Wages of sin, well, I keep paying
Wages of sin, one by one

Window

(Damien Jurado feat. Rosie Thomas / Where Shall You Take Me? LP)

I am looking at a beautiful window
That window is your eyes
And the only time I saw rain fall
Was the day your mother died

And I am looking at a beautiful rainbow
The rainbow is your smile
Oh the only time I heard laughter
Was the day I took you as my bride

And I am looking at a beautiful window
The window is your eyes
Oh the only time I saw rain fall
Was the day your mother died

And I am walking with my Savior
My Savior walks with me
Oh He will guide me up to Heaven
Where you and I shall meet

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