i will remember everything

by cathy schumer

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Guitars & Vocals – Cathy Schumer
Guitar, Mandolin, Keyboard, Arrangements – Raymond Gonzalez
All songs written by Cathy Schumer copyright 2012
Produced by Cathy Schumer & Raymond Gonzalez
Engineered & Mixed by Raymond Gonzalez at Blue Fish Sound
Productions, Gloucester, MA - www.raymondgonzalez.net
Mastered by Toby Mountain at
Northeastern Digital, Southborough, MA

Artwork by Janice La Motta
Cover Design by Ryan Fitzsimmons

Thank you to Geoff Bartley & the Cantab, Tom Bianchi & the Lizard
Lounge Open Mike, all friends, fans & family. Special thanks to
Raymond & Janice for making this project beautiful for ears & eyes.
Dedicated to my parents, June & Art

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released September 17, 2013

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Track Name: Calvisson
Limestone walls and a checkerboard floor
Fig trees grow by the blue front door
I live with you and without you

Cypress tall as a castle tower
Church bells ring to count the hours
I live with you and without you

How we waited all day long
For you to come along

Rosewater tea in the afternoon
Hammock sway like a pale cocoon
I live with you and without you

Raise a paper lantern high
Blow the sparks out as they fly

Go and take a bath in the cool clear water
With a sunflower child and a lavender mother
Markets in the morning and the bars at night
Gladiator ghosts in a bloody bull fight
I live with you and without you

Ruby red plum and an apricot
Better buy four, one is never enough
I live with you and without you

How I wandered through this town
Trying to track you down
Track Name: The girl who doesn’t miss you anymore
You’re a long way from home
And you’re playing in this bar
Free beer and dinner and gas money for the car
And when nobody’s listening you’re playing to the stars
And for the girl who doesn’t miss you anymore.

Bare as a forest
When the trees lose half their leaves
Exposed as a magician with nothing up his sleeve
And when no one is listening you take a short reprieve
Here’s to the girl who doesn’t miss you anymore
A round for the girl who doesn’t miss you anymore

Maybe she thinks about you a little bit
Sometimes you pray
As you kneel before the alter of shot glasses
That blur another day

It takes all kinds of people
To live upon this planet
Some are sharp as arrows some attract like magnets
And when no one is listening, you try hard to imagine
The girl who doesn’t miss you anymore

There’s nothing good about it
Too sorrowful to sing
It’d be like bottling cheap wine to try and write a thing
And though you’ve taken pen to paper
When no one is listening
For the girl who doesn’t miss you anymore
For the girl who doesn’t miss you anymore
You miss the girl who doesn’t miss you anymore
Track Name: Sunlight on Mars
Make sure the screen door slams shut as you go
And the sheet wrapped around you is tight
Fireflies light up the fields down below
And the bugs on the porch swings will bite you
There’s a meteor shower
Tonight the moon’s full
And you won’t see nothing but the brightest of stars
And you won’t see nothing when you look in her eyes
She’s covered up good like the sunlight on Mars

You were born in the winter when the world freezes over
But everything pores out of you like spring water
You can’t keep a secret and you won’t tell a lie
It’s as trait that you’ve tried your whole life to deny

“Move over baby so I can lay down”
You’re not even sure if she wants you around
And you don’t want to ask ‘cause you don’t want to know
And if you don’t ask her it don’t make it so

You were born in the winter when the world freezes over
But everything pores down on you like spring water
And you can’t keep a secret and you won’t tell a lie
And you’d like to see the whole world in her eyes
You’d like to see the whole world in her eyes
Track Name: I will remember everything
I will remember everything
The way the light fell on the buildings
The way my heart would skip a beat
When I walked unfamiliar streets
Maps falling at my feet
I will remember every thought
And every postcard that I bought
Of every church and every tower,
And every staircase that I climbed
Out of breath and out of time

I will remember every taste that’s on my tongue
It’s all so sweet when you are free and you are young
When you are free and you are young.

I will remember everything
My life is like a cubist painting
All at once with nothing waiting
Nothing locked into its place
A smile and a frown can share one space

I will remember every word
And every sound I ever heard
And every rumble and every roar
And every blessing and every curse
What made things better, made them worse.

I will remember every taste that’s on my tongue…

I will remember every sign
And every time I crossed the line
And every time I took a chance
And closed my eyes, with open arms, began to dance

The stars, they will still shine when I am gone
The earth continuing to orbit round the sun
When I am just a distant memory to anyone
To anyone
To anyone
Track Name: 6th Street 2nd Avenue
6th st 2nd Avenue
A cat and a radio
Living in box like a pair of shoes
And bars on the window

I may be blind but I’ll never be dumb
l talk til I can’t explain
What to do about me and you
And the us that’s in between

Words, words are not enough
But how was I to know?
One word and I came to you
One word and you let me go

Let me go like a daydream
Let me go like a puff of smoke
Like a dollar in the hand of a gambling man
Betting on his one last hope

Yeah, hope’s a thing with feathers
Like a little birdy’s wings
Like words strung together
That say such pretty things

6th street 2nd avenue
Cracks on the bathroom wall
Indian spread on a double bed
Made up on the floor

I’ve waited many nights here
Playing records, doing lines
Thinking about what I’d say to you
If I saw you one more time

Word, words are not enough
But how was I to know?
One word and I came to you
One word and you let me go
Track Name: I Should Be Water
Three legged chair in the kitchen
Propped up against the wall
I’ve been meaning to fix it forever
Placing bets when it’s bound to fall

If I were a fence, I’d need mending
Some nails and a couple of boards
In the places where I creak and I’m bending
I can’t remember what I put it up for
When I can’t sleep and I’m tired
And all the thoughts I have are on fire
I should be water

The sun’s a coal in the oven
This beach is a burning bridge
Except by the cold salty water
Where the seabirds hungrily dig

If I were a wave, I’d be crashing
Down on future’s shore
Where everything’s there for taking
And it slips away once more

When I can’t sleep and I’m tired
And all the thoughts that I have are on fire
I should be water

Or at the very least
I should be mercury
Shiny, taking the shape of everything I ever wanted to be
Wanted to be

I’m sailing past the Cliff House
Stones like spears stand up
I’m drunk from rocking back and forth
And wine in a paper cup

Sometimes I am crew, I am captain
I am a wooden wheel
A point on the horizon
Forever drifting here

When I can’t sleep and I’m tired
And all the thoughts that I have are on fire
I should be water
I think I should be water
I think I should be water
Track Name: Not the Only Train
You can’t make me cry anymore
You can’t make me cry anymore
Even if you leave me in a wild state of grieving
You can’t make me cry anymore

You won’t make me wait for you again
You won’t make me wait for you again
You’re not the only train to clack along - I’ll just board another one
You can’t make me wait for you again

And I won’t miss you like I used to
I’m not gonna miss you like I used to
I’ll miss the earth and wind and sky when I kiss this world good-bye
But I not gonna miss you like I used to

I gave you all I had but you want more
I know what love is for
I know what love is for
I gave you all I had and I so poor
I know what love is for
I know what love is for

You won’t find me chasing around
You won’t find me chasing around
I’m not your foolish Alice chasing rabbits underground
You won’t find me chasing you around

You can’t make you cry anymore
And you won’t make me miss you like I used to
And I won’t be chasing you around
I’m deaf and dumb and blind to you
This time I mean we’re really through
And you can’t make me love you anymore
Track Name: Cabin
Dirt road mixed with gravel
And a carpet of leaves
And a brown bed of nettles
Softly under my feet
So still I can feel my heart beat in my chest
Everything’s dead and dying
And I’m the only thing left

A wall marks the border
And marble runs through the stone
Like the blood in my veins
Like the white of my bones
And the sun is a compass
And it points to the west
The day’s dead and dying
And we’re the only things left

Make me something from nothing
Make me something that lasts
No I can’t do that for you
No matter how hard you ask
But I’m stuck on you baby like the burrs on my vest
Everything’s dead and dying
And we’re the only things left

That dog’ll follow you anywhere
No tag and no name
Just a stick and three good legs
And a taste for a game
Run on home through the milkweed pods
Under abandoned nests
Everything’s dead and dying
And we’re the only thing’s left

Autumn is dying
And we’re the only things left.
Track Name: A Thousand Pairs of Shoes
You may have nobody
You may think nobody cares
Whether you will come or go
Or disappear from here
Whether you are hunger
Or thirsty for the truth
Somewhere somebody’s opening
A bottle just for you

And you’d give anything to find her
Anything at all
Anything to find her
You’d give anything at all

Summer browned your outside
Fall ripened you within
And winter made you long for
The sunlight on your skin
Spring lifted you gently
On her green and leafy back
Years tumble by so quickly
And you cannot hold them back

But you’d give anything to keep her
Anything at all
Anything to keep her
I’d give anything at all

Make no bones about it
You’ve got the traveling blues
If you had a million dollars
You’d buy a hundred pairs of shoes
To walk the burning desert
And climb the highest peaks
Circle the equator and wander every street

Cause you’d do anything to reach her
Anything at all
Anything to reach her
You’d do anything at all
Track Name: Veteran’s Day
Waiting on a train
Waiting in the rain
Checking out the scenery
Streaked glass masks the finery

I rode horses in Afghanistan
We raced in the dust and sand
Now I’m a leaf blowing in the wind
Trying to fly away from all my sins

There’s a radio in my head
It’ll be playing until I’m dead
The songs are soft and low
Sometimes they howl like a tornado

I tore the sleeves off my uniform
Still I had a forty lb vest on
I should be feeling free
But there’s a weight hanging over me
I got a lot, I got nothing to say
Need to think a few things away
I once had a family
Now no one finds me not even me

And there’s a desert inside my skin
A burning sun where my heart had been
Too hot to let anybody in
Too hot for even my own kin

Now how’d I get on these dirty streets?
And have I had enough to eat?
And where’d I get this blanket at my feet?
And will I ever feel enough to weep?

Cause there’s a movie inside my brain
Full of noise and blood
But it’s nothing like Hollywood
Nothing like Hollywood
Track Name: Sarasvate
Falling through space
It’s been a long time since she moved with such grace
Can’t discern where the world begins
And the reflection of her face

Oh to let go
She is floating on a cloud above the whole life that she knows
And the wonder of small things
Bloom like roses in the snow

Strolling hand in hand
Though she can’t recall his name she is sure he’s her man
Let fall through her fingers like a thousand grains of sand