Songs for a Sinking Ship

by April Smith and the Great Picture Show

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released February 23, 2010

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Track Name: Movie Loves a Screen
One means somebody’s lonely
Company means there are two
Three means a crowd, and it’s about to get loud
And four means more than a few

Five means to take a quick little break
And get back to work when you’re through
I just want to mean something to you

Lightning means there’ll be thunder
Sun means the sky’ll be blue
When the leaves are falling it means that autumn is calling
and the summer days are through

Snowflakes mean that it’s winter
The birds’ll tell you it’s true
I just want to mean something to you

Maybe what I mean to say
Is that I think about you in the most romantic of ways
And I’m hoping you’ll be open to discussing us and nothing in between

Maybe what I mean is that I love you more than any other I’ve seen
If you couldn’t tell well I hope you’re quite keen on it
Like a rhyme loves a sonnet
Like a movie loves a screen
that’s what I wanna mean to you

Laughing means there is happiness
Crying means somebody’s blue
Screaming implies someone’s been telling lies
Or an apology is overdue

A smile means things turned out alright
Despite an oversight or two
I just want to mean something to you
I just want to mean something to you
Track Name: Terrible Things
If you dig under my feet
you will find things that you don’t want to see
Things that I hide deep down inside
a menagerie of the tragedy I caused and all of my flaws
and my demons are all that can see
then what would you do …if you only knew

[chorus]
All of the things that I’ve done
Terrible things you would never believe
Things that I’ve done
Oh how you’ll run
if you knew a single one
All of the things that I’ve done

Would my face give me away
I know it wont
cause I don’t even feel
I just reflect what you expect
so you don’t suspect that…
I could be exactly who I am

[chorus]

I know that I’m inflected
but who could have predicted
that monster that I’ve become
I keep things carefully covered
so no one will discover
that I could be the culprit
I’m sorry i cant help it

[chorus]
Track Name: Drop Dead Gorgeous
I’m a sucker for a pretty face
And you’re as pretty as they come
So what if the conversation leaves me absolutely numb?

Oh you’re so enchanting
When your mouth is closed
And with a mouth like that
Who needs politics and prose

Now I’m staring into those vacant eyes trying to figure out
If you’ve understood a single word that I’ve said
Is there anything going on in that pretty little head?
Cause if you’re just drop dead gorgeous
You should just drop dead

A face that could launch a thousand ships
A smile so bright it could stop a train
Won’t do you no good if you can’t
Back it all up with the brains

Now I’m staring into those vacant eyes trying to figure out
If you’ve understood a single word that I’ve said
Is there anything going on in that pretty little head?
Cause if you’re just drop dead gorgeous
You should just drop dead

Baby don’t change on account of me
Cause I like em pretty but I need em quick and witty
And if that’s the best of ya, if there and nothing to the rest of ya
A pretty face is all you’ll ever be to me

And I’m staring into those vacant eyes trying to figure out
If you’ve understood a single word that I’ve said
Is there anything going on in that pretty little head?
Cause if you’re just drop dead gorgeous
You should just drop dead

If you’re just drop dead gorgeous
You should just drop dead
Track Name: Can't Say No
You got my number, I’m well aware
I’m just a sucker, darling, I declare
Oh I’m resigned, it’s just as well
I lose my senses, I’m defenseless
Under your spell

It does no good to resist your charms
I just come running back with open arms
You treat me mean, you hurt me so
I should have learned my lesson oh so long ago

You bat those eyelashes and my poor heart crashes down
I’d go but we both know I’d only turn right back around
Oh but I can’t say no to you

Every time I’m led astray
You’re all I think about when I’m away
You bait the hook, I always bite
Even when I try resist with all of my might

You bat those eyelashes and my poor heart crashes down
I’d go but we both know I’d only turn right back around
Oh but I can’t say no to you

You bat those eyelashes and my poor heart crashes down
I’d go but we both know I’d only turn right back around
I bet you think that you’re smart, don’t you
I bet you’re gonna trample my heart won’t you
Oh but I can’t say no to you
Track Name: What'll I Do?
Don’t you tell me to be patient
I’ve been waiting all these years
If you don’t want me there’s another
To take it from here
If you’re quite finished dear

Don’t pretend that you don’t hear this
You could never take me seriously
I deserve more than to be
Swept under the mat
I’ll be fine, it’s just that

These thousands of miles of arteries
Lead to a heart that beats just for you
What’ll I do?
What’ll I do?

You had every chance to make it right
And there was a time when I thought you might
But now it’s clear you’d leave me at the drop of a hat
I’ll get by, it’s just that

These thousands of miles of arteries
Lead to a heart that beats just for you
What’ll I do?
What’ll I do?
What’ll I do?
What’ll I do?

I guess you’ll never see what you’re missing
Until you’re missing me and

These thousands of miles of arteries that
Lead to a heart that beats just for you
What’ll I do?
What’ll I do?
Track Name: Colors
You’ve been far away from me
Another land across the sea
All this time my heart’s been breaking
Just waiting round and aching

For a letter or a telegram
Telling me how sweet I am
Swear your heart will never roam
So til you come back home

I’ll wear you colors my dear
Until you’re standing right here
Next to the one who adores you
Whose heart is beating for you
Like a lighthouse guides a shipwrecked sailor safely from the sea
I’ll wear you colors til you come back home to me

I’m hoping you return the glow
I’m just making sure you know
That no matter how, no matter when
You come back to me

You’ll realize this love is strong
As it has been all along
For miles and miles can’t come between
The kind of love we’ve seen

I’ll wear you colors my dear
Until you’re standing right here
Next to the one who adores you
Whose heart is beating for you
Like a lighthouse guides a shipwrecked sailor safely from the sea
I’ll wear you colors til you come back home to me

I’ll wear you colors my dear
Until you’re standing right here
Next to the one who adores you
Whose heart is beating for you
Like a lighthouse guides a shipwrecked sailor safely from the sea
I’ll wear you colors til you come back home to me
(repeat)
Track Name: Dixie Boy
I know you’ve got designs on my man
I see you giving him the eye
And I don’t like what I see
And I know you don’t want to get into it with me

Cause like a soldier defends his land
I stand up, I get up, I defend my man
so don’t make me ask you twice
cause I asked you once and I asked you nice
keep your damn hands off my

Dixie Boy
well he’s sweet, isn’t he?
but I’m sorry ladies, he belongs to me.
My Dixie Boy
well he’s fine, but get in line
cause he’s mine, he’s mine, all mine, all mine.

Well I know the way that you girls operate
so keep your hands to yourself and your eyes on your own plate
it’s not nice to stare
don’t make me come over there

cause ladies I’m a lady but please understand
when it comes to my boy I will fight like a man
I will seek, and I will destroy
for the apple of my eye, my pride and joy

My Dixie Boy
well he’s sweet, isn’t he?
but I’m sorry ladies, he belongs to me.
My Dixie Boy
well he’s fine, but get in line
cause he’s mine, he’s mine, all mine, all mine.

I’m a lover not a fighter and I don’t want to have to get rough
I’m just warning you ahead of time
I can be a bitch when it comes to my stuff
so keep your damn hands off my

Dixie Boy
well he’s sweet, isn’t he?
but I’m sorry ladies, he belongs to me.
My Dixie Boy
well he’s fine, but get in line
tell you one more time, the boy is mine
He’s mine, he’s mine, all mine, all mine.
Track Name: The One That Got Away
I will always be here
You’ve got me in chains
You’ll never let me be
You always will remain
In the face of another

You know what you’ve done
You know very well
You set a trap for me
And baby i fell
For the love of you lover

So don’t turn around
Because there’s nothing left to say
And I’ll let you be
The one that got away

And you can cut that string
And we can quit these games we play
And I’ll let you be
The one that got away

I should have known better
What a fool to be so blind
And now all I’ve got here
Is the mess you left behind
And the memory of a promise gone bad

Now all the books have been read
And the case has been closed
And all fingers point to you
And everybody knows
So how’s it feel to be the one who has been had

So don’t turn around
Because there’s nothing left to say
And I’ll let you be
The one that got away

And you can cut that string
And we can quit these games we play
And I’ll let you be
The one that got away
I know the moment I turn around
You’ll want me back right away
And I’ll always be the one that got away
Track Name: Beloved
I know it’s over
My heart will never know another lover
We two shall never share another breath
My will has faded
This longing it’s an unrelenting torture
Oh mercy take me know to my beloved

You were the thrill that stilled my beating heart baby
You are the one I’ll dream the most
But if I cannot have the real thing
I’ll gladly settle for your ghost

And you can haunt these halls
All you want
And if I ever leave
I will take you with me

da da…

This thing that beats
Is the one thing that keeps us apart
Well they say to say goodbye
But I’d surely rather die
From my broken heart

You were the thrill
That stilled my beating heart baby
You are the one I’ll dream the most
But if I cannot have the real thing
I’ll gladly settle for you ghost
I’ll gladly settle for you ghost
Track Name: Wow and Flutter
I could take a great big bite out of you
When I get my cake I like to eat I like to eat it too
And can I help myself if I find you simply delicious?

Now I’m like the big the big, bad wolf at your door
My mouth is wide open, ready to explore
And I’m not hiding the fact that I’m out for blood
Baby, I’m vicious

Don’t hate a girl because she knows
All the ways to get beneath your clothes
Cause you played those games, down to the letter
You’re just mad cause I play them better

I need to get my sound
So I’m gonna lay you down
I’m gonna spin you around
And play you like a record

I could take a great big bite out of you
When I get my cake I like to eat I like to eat it too
And can I help myself if I find you simply delicious?

Now I’m like the big the big, bad wolf at your door
My mouth is wide open, ready to explore
And I’m not hiding the fact that I’m out for blood
Baby, I’m vicious

Don’t hate a girl because she knows
All the ways to get beneath your clothes
Cause you played those games, down to the letter
You’re just mad cause I play them better

I need to get my sound
So I’m gonna lay you down
I’m gonna spin you around
And play you like a record

I need to get my sound
And I need to get it now
I’m gonna spin you around
And play you like a record

You’re spinning me right around, baby
You’re spinning me right around, and round and round
You’re spinning me right around, baby
You’re spinning me right around, and round and round
You’re spinning me right around, baby
You’re spinning me right round, and round and round
You’re spinning me right around, baby
You’re spinning me right around, and round and round
But whose spinning who now?

I need to get my sound
So I’m gonna lay you down
I’m gonna spin you around
And play you like a record
(repeat)
Track Name: Stop Wondering
Do you ever wonder if I’m dreaming of you
in the night at my window by the light of the moon?
If you ever wonder if if I’m dreaming of you
well I’m not, so you can stop wondering.

Do you ever wonder if I’m thinking of you
when I wake in the morning and the day is new?
If you ever wonder if if I’m thinking of you
well I’m not, so you can stop wondering.

I’ve got better things to do
than sit around thinking all about you
and hanging on to every little word that you said

I’ve got plenty to keep me busy
without you running round in my head

So if you ever wonder if I’m dreaming of you
in the night at my window by the light of the moon?
If you ever wonder if if I’m dreaming of you,
Bitch please…I’ve got better things to do.