The Waiting Room

by Anne Schaefer

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1.
03:45
If you say my name, I might shatter. If you touch my hand, I will melt. If you look into my eyes, I may fall down flat. and if you say my name, I might cry. If you hear my voice, I might vanish. If you see my pain, I will die. If you feel my darkest day, I may run like the wind. and if you hear my voice, I might cry. My parchment paper skin is flaking off like weathered paint. My big old rhino hide is at the cleaners. So I'm fragile. I'm fragile…I feel so fragile. Fragile.
2.
I didn't see it coming. Not in a million years. I've been so lost in my garden. Teaching my seedlings to thrive. I didn't know it'd be this long. And I'd be standing alone. Where is the one who'll love me best. I'm calling out where are you. My flowers bloom in winter. Melting the frost away. Every sweet petal unfurling. I've taught them all how to pray. I didn't know it'd be this long. And I'd be standing alone. Where is the one who'll love me best. I'm calling out where are you. With my hands in the dirt and my heart on my sleeve. I'm waiting. I've left the garden gate open.
3.
04:03
I move through the night turning darkness to light, Black Canary. My bombshell attire may confuse your desire to flee. Please be apprised that my sensual guise is just a smoke screen. Cause I'll clean your clock if you think you can just walk away. Justice for all if you give me a call is what I promise. I make no exception for any deception, you see. So please keep in mind all you criminal kind, I'm Black Canary. You can rely on my Canary Cry to deter. I'll vaporize any plan you devise I'm Black Canary. So do shrink in fear, once I scream in your ear, you are done.
4.
04:10
If I kissed her lips. Would I taste her salty youth. And would it run down the back of my throat and on into my veins. And if I held her hands. Would they warm my bony claws. Make them young and alive full of life spent in days that are gone. How did I get so old. When did my hair turn silver and grey. Why do I feel just like the boy I once was. If I caught her breath. Would it fill my lungs with air. Make me dizzy with oxygen spiraling straight to my head. If I touched her skin. Would it soothe my aching cells. and rejuvenate and generate heat that I've not felt in years. How did I get so old. When did my back bend over to bow. Why do I feel just like the boy I once was. Is it so wrong. To want it all back. Is it so wrong. It's such a sweet, beautiful elixir. How did I get so old. When did my hair turn silver and grey. Why do I feel just like the boy I once was.
5.
scuze me there but you're standing on my freedom you got your big loafer on my liberty and I can't really see how you get around with such a heavy step indebted to misjudgement queen of regret sure i got some problems some issues haven't you so sue me and bring me in for questioning on all my petty sins call the cops why don't you i dare you to bring it on cause you're wrong i'm not what you're thinking don't look away can't you see straight while you're looking at my face what do you see that makes you so afraid of me i'm just a big old pussy cat i'd curl up in your lap and purr away the hours sometimes i dream of what might be if only you could see all the beauty i have inside… but i can't escape my crude exterior that makes me so inferior, to your eyes i am not inferior so i say screw you pal go and take your dirty looks with you return them to your eyeballs where they can fall back in your brain and drain right out your ears into the airy atmosphere to float away and disappear get out of my face get out of my face get out of my face get out of my face, please.
6.
03:40
I wanna be a movie star kissing on the big screen And I wanna be an astronaut orbiting the moon I'd like to be a mermaid with silky seaweed hair And I wish I was an orphan with lots of magical powers I wanna meet some aliens and see inside their spaceship And I wanna know telepathy and read everyone's minds And I'd like to have an angel to keep me out of trouble And I wish I was a ninja fighting all the forces of evil I wish I wish And I wish I wish I wish I wish Oh I wish I wish And I'd like to be a mermaid with silky seaweed hair And I wish I was a ninja fighting all the forces of evil I wish I wish AndI wish I wish I wish I wish Oh I wish I wish I wish I wish I could eat all the ice-cream in the world I wish I wish I could walk through walls I wish I wish someone would buy me a pony And I wish I wish that I was a boy
7.
04:34
It was four in the morning and I wanted you still Your eyes were closed I had sampled your skin with the touch of my hands There was no one to witness the look on my face As I watched you there It was four in the morning and I wanted you still Then I watched you go, away I watched you go, and step onto a plane The time was gone, there was nothing to say So I watched you go, away. We succumbed to the dinner and laughed with the boy The room was warm I served smoked conversation and silent intent There was no one to witness your hand in my hair As you tried to care We succumbed to the dinner and laughed with the boy Then I watched you go, away I watched you go, and step onto a plane The time was gone, there was nothing to say So I watched you go, away.
8.
C'est un chanson d'amour Un chanson pour moi meme Je m'aime plus que personne Ne m'a jamais aimer C'est un chanson d'amour Un chanson pour moi meme Je m'aime plus que personne Ne m'a jamais aimer
9.
03:21
Liquify me where I stand Turn me into inky gold in your hand I want to seep into your skin And stay there, forever. I want to be your tattoo. I want to be your tattoo. I want to be your tattoo. I want to be your tattoo. Pour me out into your pen. Let me drip down through the eye of the needle. I want to sink into your skin. And stay there, forever. I want to be your tattoo. I want to be your tattoo. I want to be your tattoo. I want to be your tattoo. Slide me slowly through your pores. I want to feel you on a cellular level. I want to sink into your skin. And be permanent and become permanent. I want to be your tattoo. I want to be your tattoo. I want to be your tattoo. I want to be your tattoo.
10.
02:08
Mambo Numero siete Mambo Numero siete Mambo Numero siete Mambo Numero siete... Quiero bailar el mambo mambo Quiero bailar el mambo mambo Quiero bailar el mambo mambo Quiero bailar el mambo mambo Quiero bailar el mambo mambo Quiero bailar el mambo mambo...
11.
05:48
Whisper in my ear While the night descends Wait a minute dear For our love again Lay your hand in mine Let the candle die Lead me to your side And love again Let me bathe in all your loveliness I still bathe in all your loveliness Talk me to our room Tales of time gone by Tell me how we fell In love again Let me bask in all your loveliness I still bask in all your loveliness Fall into my arms Feel my lover's breath Feed me all your charms And love again. Say you're mine alone Sold in heart and soul Sail me to your door And love again I still drink in all your loveliness Let me drown in all your loveliness Loveliness.

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Welcome to the Waiting Room!

Each song represents a different character sitting in a waiting room. They are all suffering from the glorious human condition.

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released January 4, 2011

Anne Schaefer - voice, piano, guitar, boots
Scott White - upright bass
Kelby MacNayr - drums
Joby Baker - drums on 5, pipes
Adrian Dolan - strings on 3, accordion on 8
Kevin Fox - voice on 4 and 11, cello on 4, 6, 7, 11

All compositions by Anne Schaefer except 8, lyrics by Anne and Caroline Dufour.

Recorded at Baker Studios, Victoria, B.C. Canada
Engineered, produced, mixed and mastered by Joby Baker

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