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TurkeyDog

by The Porters Daughters

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1.
Light 01:19
2.
Stars 02:46
There's a pale moon a-rising but the show is in vain When the stars don't come out in the night No sign of a-colour it's plainer than plain When the stars don't come out in the night A cloak full of diamonds, a glittering show The city's alive with the streetlight's soft glow Lion asleep, it's got nowhere to go When the stars don't come out in the night Maybe its cloudy, maybe its rain But the stars don't come out in the night Maybe the sunlight is bright once again And the stars are just hidden from sight Well if I could ride out on some old satellite Where there's nothing but space junk and meteorites I'd look all around for a clue to our plight When the stars don't come out in the night Where the sun never sets and the sky never ends The stars don't come out in the night Will they return? Well that just depends On whether we're treating them right Well maybe they're hiding away from the black Lost in a moment to never come back Lying in space just dead on their backs The stars don't come out in the night
3.
Daylight 04:02
Lord well I’m a-higher than a mountain So much higher than a ‘plane You might think that I’m just sleepin' But it feels like I’m flying once again In the churchyard with the roses I've got a gravestone for my bed I’m not the Captain or the navigator But I found a million stars above my head I spread my wings for to take my flight Across the sky into the deep dark night When I reach the sun and find out old Icarus was right Well I’ll try to fly again In the north sea’s cold water My feet barely touch the sand A giant wave come crashing over my head Well I lost the grip of your strong hand When I try to stand up I’m in too deep Try to swim the shoreline’s out of reach I got chains around my ankles and concrete 'round my feet But I’ll try to fly again You might think that I’m preoccupied Walking with myself along the dunes It’ll soon be dawn and with the coming of the morning sun The daylight illuminates my room When I try to stand up I’m in too deep Try to swim the shoreline’s out of reach I got chains around my ankles and concrete ‘round my feet But I’ll try to fly again You might think that I’m preoccupied Walking with myself along the dunes It’ll soon be dawn and with the coming of the morning sun The daylight illuminates my room You might think that I’m preoccupied Walking my dogs in Brigadoon It’ll soon be dawn and with the coming of the morning sun The daylight illuminates my room
4.
Well the time on the clock sayin’ you must act now You won't get to swing anything: no way, no how And the rise of you-know-who won't do Time on the clock says you must come too Or you’ll get discarded like a worn-out shoe Cast aside on the tow-path Everybody ends up kicking you (and that won't do) Don't let me be the only one The rain decides to fall upon Staring at the setting sun As it slips over the horizon All I needed was more time Told me one day I would be the future Told me one day I could touch the sky Taught me how to live and now I'm learning how to die Time on the clock draws a line in the sand You can cross it with impunity when circumstances so demand You know in your heart of hearts that that won't do (and that’s not you) And the snow lay light But I feel my heart still beating Oh! the past playing some trick inside my mind Told me one day I would be the future Told me one day I could touch the sky Taught me how to live and now I'm learning how to die The time on the clock draws this chapter to a close Whose the winner, whose the loser here? Well no one ever knows But! You know in your heart of hearts and that's not you (well that won't do) And the snow lay light on the horizon I can feel and hear my heart still beating The past playing some trick inside my mind Told me one day I would be the future Told me one day I could touch the sky Taught me how to live and now I'm learning how to die
5.
Sky 03:31
I threw back the curtain I looked at the sky Something was wrong completely awry Didn't know what I didn't know why I threw back the curtain I looked at the sky Clouds were all battered and twisted and torn Grey upon grey so weak and forlorn Wishing to god they'd never been born The clouds were all battered and twisted and torn Wind was as still as the dead in the night Rain was just mist with no strength to fight Air was a vacuum devoid of all might Wind was as still as the dead in the night Well the dreams that were sold me Will barely console me And the lies that were told me Forever unfold me We'll wake up one morning the sky will be blue The sun will be shining like it used to do Lies will be lies but the truth is still true We'll wake up one morning the sky will be blue
6.
I'm feeling so wound up inside My clothes they're worn my brain is fried Nothing really matters here right now The rain is falling down outside Stone grey building slate grey sky Nothing really matters here right now But you'll know the score and you'll know the answer But you'll know the score you know just what your chances are Don't you tell them what it is you're thinking Tell them what it is you're drinking Keep your weary eyes on the ball And all I want to do Is see you smile And if that takes a while Then I'll see it through So we act that way because we can We tell them we don't give a damn We a long time dead I'm told You must keep your mind wide open Keep your words well chosen Keep your weary eyes on the road And it's a-hard for me to be quite certain Knowing what's behind the curtain Waiting there to chill me to the bone And all I want to do Is see you smile And if that takes a while Then I'll see it through Well the old streetlight so cold and dim now Winter skyline caving in On everything I once knew to be true But all I want to do Is see you smile And if that takes a while Then I'll see it through That's all I want to do
7.
Where I come from People all gone No smiling congregation in the church for to pray But I hear all the voices Echoing choices Gone away, gone away, gone away Where I come from Is where I belong In the trees in the starlight in the night and the day In the lines on the faces in cornered dark places Gone away, gone away, gone away But I walk this sacred ground Where my soul can be found When I'm six foot under will I stray? But it's almost dawn Am I getting older? Only one way up The up escalator's broken down Where I come from My friends all gone Gone away, gone away, gone away When I walk this sacred ground Where my soul can be found When I'm six foot under will I stray? Where I come from My friends all gone Gone away, gone away, gone away, away Gone away, gone away, gone away

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Recorded 2019 - 2023 before during & after lockdowns in Leeds, Hawes, Castleford and up in The Cloud.

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released December 29, 2023

Words & music Peter Slater
Thanks to Bob, Dave & Neil for playing proper instruments

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