The Magician's Daughter

by Patsy O'Brien

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I recorded this in Amherst MA with Dave "Goody" Goodrich engineering and producing. I learned to trust Dave implicitly - when ever I said " That was a god take", he would say " How about one more?", and he was always right. I went for a bare bones arrangement of the songs - just guitar and vocal with just a few overdubs because I wanted the song structures to be strong enough to stand up on their own without any bells 'n' whistles.

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released September 24, 2007

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Track Name: The Magician's Daughter
School hall windows broken in
The hollow road, it howls from either end
There's laughing dogs and there's whiskey boys
Making the most of a little noise

A hundred tales in every heart
The choir bends under the same old parts
The dogs disappear at night
There's drunken love by the traffic lights
And the stars sing down again

The circus came through town today
The dancing horses all on their way in their finery
And in the crowd somebody says
"Y'know, I'm gonna jump on board someday.
Yeah, I'm gonna run away with the magician's daughter".

The work's all done. The dues been paid.
the grass is mown, The cornerstones all laid
The factory's made the the memories fade

The eldest boy now he's living far away
A Polish girl rents his room these days
Boy, how the times have changed.


The circus came through town today
The dancing horses all on their way in their finery
And in the crowd somebody says
"Y'know, I'm gonna jump on board someday.
Yeah, I'm gonna run away with the magician's daughter".

And the stars sing down again
Track Name: Like Rain
Oh how i fall like rain for you
Oh how I fall like rain
Times we've seen like dew from the trees
Times we've seen all around here

Oh when the stars come on down at night
Oh when the stars come on down
Diamond shine all in your eyes
Diamonds shine all around here

Oh when you go on the wind, on the wind
Oh when you go on the wind
Clouds roll down all around this town
Clouds roll down all around here

Oh how i fall like rain for you
Oh how I fall like rain
Track Name: Cold Oak Trees
Mulled it over in my head
Didn't hear a thing the loudspeaker said
Knew I hadn't had half the fun I knew I could

Raised my hand to my kids
They never looked at anything I did
Told myself I worked the hours just for them

Now the cold oak trees are waiting for me
And those who'd mourn me are long gone

Jackie told me she'd be mine
by about the second time
I remember friends of mine saying "She looks good".

Drinking beer with our friends
Complaining about the government
"til we got to know each other too damned well


Now the cold oak trees are waiting for me
And those who'd mourn me are long gone

About the time that Satan came
Before he said "Auf Weider sehn"
He took away my eldest boy, and most of me

By the kitchen window
I watched the garden slowly die
'til the only thing left there to see was me

Now the cold oak trees are waiting for me
And those who'd mourn me are long gone

The hell-bound red-eye's hostess says
She didn't want it to turn out this way
She never will forget the day she drew that straw

The ladies in the diamond rings
Order coffee and a little cream
- said it's finally good to get something for free

Now the cold oak trees are waiting for me
And those who'd mourn me are long gone
Track Name: Take Me Home
In a harbor town where the streets roll down
to the fishing boats on the shore
where the ships roll in from the stormy main
Bringing lonely ones back home

from rolling waves and endless days
where the nights are long for the pay,
We kneel and pray at the end of day
the same words we all do say
teh same words we all do say;

Take me home
for it's always on my mind
Take me home
I got nothing left but time

And those nights on shore- if there could be more
of the wine and song the whole night through
and the midnight sky in a blue, blue eye
and a smile from one so true

And the whispers amongst the laughs and cries
once the dancing dies for the night
and teh willing ear of a one so dear
hears the words that fall so right
they hear the words that fall so right;

Take me home
for it's always on my mind
Take me home
I got nothing left but time
Track Name: Same For Me
"Never let me hear you say that you're gonna change your ways
Never let me see you bend your will to me
I'll be all that you dream of - anything to keep your love
Never let me see you do the same for me."

Remember when I said those words?
Only the full moon heard and said
' i saw everything - you kids don't even need a ring"

It was all a long time ago and we were too young to know
-not even the moon above can see everything

I saw you just the other day sipping wine in Tom's Cafe
You were standing with your back to me where the piano used to be

You remember how i was - dreams in a coffee cup , and no matter what you'd do, I'd throw it all back at you

And if I had a broken heart, now would be the time to start
piecing it together again - no point in giving in
I said I'd never call on you, but that was too hard to do
Now I'm saying "how are you?" just to hear you talk

And if you get to wondering how I might be doing
the only thing I'd say to you is "fine, I guess"
I might be in the eye of the storm
maybe I'll never come to no harm
Some people look at works of art and all they see is a mess


And if I had a broken heart, now would be the time to start
piecing it together again - no point in giving in
I said I'd never call on you, but that was too hard to do
Now I'm saying "how are you?" just to hear you talk
Track Name: Holding My Hand
The school bus drives by
The police woman cries
The newlyweds laugh on the green
There's clouds in the east
And the tv says "Peace time is coming - you can all count on me."

And the honeymoon suites hear every heartbeat
while the graveyards can't meet with demand
And today's nearly done - It's a battle half won
Just as long as you're holding my hand

In the clock tower's eye
There's a coil they can't wind
It's all rusted but the bell still rings
And the mail came today
-said the youngest boy's safe,
and the mailman will have more news to bring

And the paving stones groan
with the ones who say "no one can speak for every man"
And today's nearly done - It's a battle half won
Just as long as you're holding my hand
Track Name: Give Your Love
Take my good advice - never waste your time
Never lead your life without love
Take one girl by the hand - make her understand
she's the one that you been dreaming of

Tell her you'll true just like the way you do
Tell her that she's always on your mind
tell her that you'll stay forever and a day
and give her all the love you got inside

Won't you give your love

Tell her she's the girl that fills your whole world
Tell her she's in all you say and do
Tell her you're the man who'll give her all you can
and chase away those lonesome woman blues

Build a happy home that you can call your own
Keep the wind and rain out side your door
Keep her by your side in dark cold of night
and give her all your love for ever more


Won't you give your love
Track Name: Black and Blue (Almost Through)
I'm almost through
I can see the blue of the sky up above
Another push, another shove
Hands of dirt, feet of clay
I hope the wind don't change - I don't wanna stay this way
But I'm almost through. I'm black and blue, but I'm almost through

Down below I met a man
He Had a ring on every finger, had a heart in every hand
He said 'It ain't me - it's your damned TV..
All the news is just lies. The only truth is in your eyes,
but you're almost through, you're black and blue.man, what you been doing?"

So I got on up - climbed on through
Found some teeth left in a smile, a hunk of rope and a glass eye.
and a holy man, and his drunken wife, said
"We've salvation every day. On weekends there's a matinee, and
you're almost through. You're black and blue, boy, look at you."

You're almost through. You're black and blue.

Now the road don't move.
It just stays where it's at
But it looks at you and says "Get your coat. Tie your shoes.
where's your hat?"
And the man in the moon, oh he smiles and he says
"You people just make me laugh- someday I'd like to take a photograph"

You're almost through. You're black and blue, but you're almost through.
Yeah, you're almost through.
Track Name: Lights Out, Junior
Lights out, Junior
So the jury said and they said it twelve to nil
Oh they gave it to you
They said the interstate only gave you time to kill
And you said "That's fine, for red ran the wine from the day I learned to bawl " Leave the lights on, Ma, and watch me fall - someday I'll kill 'em all."

And summer sail away, and take you on your way

And on the morning when they take you down and they all call round to see you go
They'll be wondering - why'd you shoot her down.
You know they'll still miss her so
And your sister will cry remembering the wine and the way you learned to bawl
" Leave the lights on, Ma, and watch me fall - someday I'll kill 'em all."

And summer sail away, and take you on your way

Lights out, junior
Track Name: Autumn Sun
Under an autumn sky in the mornings I just think of you
it's all that I do
If that's a waste of time, then I guess it's mine to spend as I please
I don't care who disagrees
And I don't mind if I can't find a better thing to do
"Cos there ain't no one under an autumn sun like the one I found in you

In the time it takes to mend mistakes how the nights can get cold
how the days can get old.
But my heart's the kind that'll keep an eye fixed on the road
rolling all the way home


And I don't mind if I can't find a better thing to do
"Cos there ain't no one under an autumn sun like the one I found in you


No I don't mind if I can't find a better thing to do
"Cos there ain't no one under an autumn sun like the one I found - even though i looked around -
like the one I found in you
Track Name: Love Led To Goodbye
It don't seem that long ago when you're looking at the photographs
Heaven knows no one could have accused us of hiding anything
We said it all with our eyes

And even in the throes of passion, well no one knows
where the clouds of lingering doubt might be gathering
Harboring the words that lead to goodbye

And I could call you, but I haven't a clue how to listen
or when to ask "why?"
I'd just remind you how you cried, and how the words of love
led to goodbye

On a roller coaster ride, the thrill's all in the down slide
There's no game in the easy climb
But if I had my way, I'd rise and then I'd stop the train
That's what I'd do , and then enjoy the view and everything
- you and everything

And I could call you, but I haven't a clue how to listen
or when to ask "why?"
I'd just remind you how you cried, and how the words of love
led to goodbye
Track Name: If I Have To Crawl
If i have to crawl through all of this theater, through all of this media
How're you gonna find me?
And if I had it all, if I owned the satellites, if I could light up the night
Would you have your eyes on me and say
"Hey, I know the guy - he has all the war on film, and we can watch anytime, and rewind and watch again"

And if i seem uneasy love - if I don't seem at my best
It's because when I look east my love, for the sun
I only see the wild wild west

And if you saw it all
If you could see everything - the wounded in wedding rings
- the wedding rings for nobody
And if you have to crawl through all of this theater
make sure I see you, girl
You know I'll try and find you , and say
"Hey....."

And if i seem uneasy love - if I don't seem at my best
It's because when I look east my love, for the sun
I only see the wild wild west
Track Name: If I Have To Crawl
If i have to crawl through all of this theater, through all of this media
How're you gonna find me?
And if I had it all, if I owned the satellites, if I could light up the night
Would you have your eyes on me and say
"Hey, I know the guy - he has all the war on film, and we can watch anytime, and rewind and watch again"

And if i seem uneasy love - if I don't seem at my best
It's because when I look east my love, for the sun
I only see the wild wild west

And if you saw it all
If you could see everything - the wounded in wedding rings
- the wedding rings for nobody
And if you have to crawl through all of this theater
make sure I see you, girl
You know I'll try and find you , and say
"Hey....."

And if i seem uneasy love - if I don't seem at my best
It's because when I look east my love, for the sun
I only see the wild wild west