Mayflower

by Sarah Burton

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released May 27, 2010

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Sarah Burton Toronto, Ontario

“Here is acoustic, rock, bluesy, torch, indie jive, country psychedelic, soul-baring beautiful music that those with a need to hear a new point of view ought to get off their butts and obtain. This album matters.”
(John C. McClure, Victory Review Nov. 2011)
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Track Name: what to bring
One pair of jeans
two pairs of shoes
Three little dresses
One case of the blues
I'm packin' on up
And gettin' right out of here

One torrid mind
Two hearts that weave
Three reasons why
I gotta leave
I'm packin' on up
And gettin' right out of here

Oh I hear the mountains
And the tall green trees
Calling me back
through a Westward breeze
No reason to pull me
Or drag me by the hair
'Cause in my mind
I'm already there

One old guitar
Two microphones
13,000 dollars
I owe in loans
I'm packin' on up
And gettin' right out of here

One thousand bucks
To fix the van
Three other souls
With no beter plans
I'm packin' on up
And gettin' right out of here

Looking for something
So fast, so free
Not worried 'bout thinking
For anyone but me
No chance to get lonely
Or feel sad in anyway
'Cause everything changes
When you're moving everyday

One
Too many times
Three people suffer
From one lover's crime
I'm packin' on up
ANd getting right out of here

One broken spirit
Too much to give
Three weeks to remember
What it means to live
I'm packin' on up
And gettin' right out of here
Track Name: gravity
There's a gravity
Makes me move myself around
And I'm unable to speed it up or slow it down
And I always seem to fall behind, but somehow stay on top
Or else I'm lost into the aging, continuous, counter-rhythm clock

Oh - do I look as tired as I feel
And is this - is this life for real
Why do I act as if I'm made of steel
And do the cuts that run the deepest ever heal

Me I got a new design
A way to make things work
To be more of a woman and less of a jerk
And I always try to keep my wrongs from right
Or else I'm bound to live a life full of loneliness and never mending fights

Oh - do I look as tired as I feel
And is this - is this life for real
Why do I act as if I'm made of steel
And do the cuts that run the deepest ever heal

I made it pretty far now
Down a dark and twisty road
And the bulk of my trouble
Comes from doing what I'm told
And I always try to take my own advice
Or else I'm bound to lose my instinct
And fall victim to the dealer and his dice

Oh - do I look as tired as I feel
And is this - is this life for real
Why do I act as if I'm made of steel
And do the cuts that run the deepest ever heal
But do I look as happy as I feel
Is this - is this life for real
The world it was designed with such appeal
And the remarkable ability to heal
Track Name: How good you are
My mind has sailed the seven seas and my body's come real close
My dreams are better than TV yeah - you should try a dose
I run through these scenarios, I don't take it slow
Time isn't our side these days - how could you not know?

I've spent hours upon days
Travellin' far, so far away
Out of state, out of home
I see friends, I'm not alone
I've spent weeks upon years
Trying to face my fears
Out of line and out of place
Out of pickin' up the pace
But still, I don't get far
No I can't, I can't forget how good you are

This space age city sheds no light
No glimpse to the soul
Bears no resemblance to the fight I'd fight to fill that role
And in the other corner, is where I wanna be
And you're standing in the middle - tell me, would you fight for me?

I've spent hours upon days
Travellin' far, so far away
Out of state, out of home
I see friends, I'm not alone
I've spent weeks upon years
Trying to face my fears
Out of line and out of place
Out of pickin' up the pace
But still, I don't get far
No I can't, I can't forget how good you are

And when I go - it seems that life should be so crazy
And I know - that this could be my best escape
Look ahead - I see a light on the horizon left for me
My destiny

The ship that you've been cruising is one triangle away
And legend has it, you've been lost a century they say
And if should resurface, and wash up on my shore
I'll let you drink the blood from the heart you had before

I've spent hours upon days
Travellin' far, so far away
Out of state, out of home
I see friends, I'm not alone
I've spent weeks upon years
Trying to face my fears
Out of line and out of place
Out of pickin' up the pace
But still, I don't get far
No I can't, I can't forget how good you are
Track Name: lovely distraction
Love is hard to get
But it ain't hard to find
The one I love is miles away in body spirit and mind

I can't give you my heart
Or complete devotion
My love isn't pure
Nor deep as an ocean
If you give me the world
I'll give you a fraction
All that I'm looking for is a lovely distraction
lovely distraction, lovely distraction, not quite satisfaction, but lovely, lovely distraction

Some folks say
I just want what's not mine
Oh maybe they're right
But for now I'll bide my time

I can't give you my heart
Or complete devotion
My love isn't pure
Nor deep as an ocean
If you give me the world
I'll give you a fraction
All that I'm looking for is a lovely distraction
lovely distraction, lovely distraction, not quite satisfaction, but lovely, lovely distraction

I have a vision - it's crystal clear
He's holding me close - the kids are near
He pulls me in close - lips to my ear
And whispers "sweet darling... I love you my dear"

Some folks say
I just want what's not mine
Some folks say it's fate - that he'll come to me in time

Lovely distraction
Lovely distraction
A human reaction to dissatisfaction
If you give me the world
I'll give you a fraction
All that I'm looking for is a lovely distraction
Lovely distraction
Lovely distraction
Not quite satisfaction, but lovely lovely distraction
Track Name: antimonogamy
I'll admit I have a problem
Maybe one day I will change
But until it's out of my system
Don't expect me to be tame

You were right when you told me
That I'm not like other girls
But if it's one on one that you're looking for
Find another girl

I gotta keep my options open
Rule them out one at a time
I cannot be yours completely
But you can be one of mine

Or I could just tell you lies
Say that you're the only one
And then you could sleep with comfort
While I go have my fun

It's not that I don't love you
And I really do care
But I just can't control myself
Whenever you're not there

I gotta keep my options open
Rule them out one at a time
I cannot be yours completely
But you can be one of mine

I'm not gonna swear on my life that I'll change
I know that I'll probably do it again
I try to hold back but it drives me insane
But baby I love you I love you I love you the same

I'll admit this is an issue
But I won't always be this way
But for now, until I'm older
I need you to go away

I gotta keep my options open
Rule them out one at a time
I cannot be yours completely
But you can be one of mine
Track Name: if this is a sin
You have got the sweetest face I know
Turnin heads wherever you may go
Words that you say, they move me so
Your rhythm boy it swings me to and fro

But I can see the look that's in your eye
You're feelin bad and I can tell just why
A night with me would probably be wrong
You've got someone to whom you still belong

If this is a sin
If this is a sin
I don't wanna be forgiven

When you took me for a walk that night
Telling stories in the sweet moonlight
Kept me sheltered from the bitter cold
Oh your body felt so good to hold

If this is a sin
If this is a sin
I don't wanna be forgiven

Oh babe you know this could be something good
Oh you know you shouldn't but you should
Oh you know you make me feel so good
You know I wouldn't stop now if I could

If this is a sin
If this is a sin
I don't wanna be forgiven
Track Name: may flowers
Look alive - the sky is suddenly clear
Your disguise won't help you get out of here
Gather up your troops, your money, and your power suit
Don't forget to slam the door when you leave

And don't forget to breathe

Look alive - your eyes are covered in tears
Your disguise is what got you through these years
Gather up no moss, don't cover up with silly gloss
Don't forget to flash a smile when you leave

And don't forget to breathe

Take a look outside - rain's coming down
Take a look outside - rain's lashing down
Take a look outside - rain's coming down
Take a look outside - May flowers
Track Name: gently
I won't push you
I won't lie to impress you
And if you don't feel the same
I won't make it an issue
I won't cast you beneath
Any old dirty shoe
I won't slide out of reach
At least not from view

But I will consume you
I'll grab from inside you
To pull you apart
To get to your heart
And you'll take it with ease
Swept up in my warm Island breeze
I'll wash you away
To sunnier days

I won't use you
For my personal gain
I won't try to compete
Or make us the same
I won't leave you behind
In a crowded room
But I'll work it alone
Let you work your own

And you will consume me
You'll grab from inside me
To pull me apart
To get to my heart
And I'll take it with ease
Swept up in your warm Island breeze
You'll wash me away
To sunnier days

You'll handle me gently
You'll handle me gently
You'll generate warmth
Where there was none before
You'll carry me just enough
To keep me from masking tough
You'll handle me gently
You'll handle me gently

I don't need too much
I want love - not a crutch
I don't want a thing from you
That I have to ask of you
I won't let you get away
With holding my heart for ransom
But I'll post your bail
No matter how handsom

I won't make you feel guilty
And I refuse to cry
'Cause this feels like something
I'll feel til I die

And I'll handle you gently
I'll handle you gently
I'll handle you gently
I'll handle you gently
I'll carry you just enough
To keep you from masking tough
I'll handle you gently
I'll handle you gently
I'll handle you gently
Track Name: lucky
We were in Victoria
When we heard news so horrible
Our old van she got so sick
So sick that she could not be fixed
Bad luck

So we made a call or two
But everyone done left us blue
Til an old friend stepped in line
And said "I'll help you, you'll be fine"
We got lucky

Just when things were going so bad bad bad
Just when sorrow made us feel so so sad
Ooooh we got lucky

Found a van so shiny clean
Played some gigs and hit the scene
Til we got to Kaslo town
And found the bar done been closed down
Bad luck

So we played there in the street
In just an hour came up neat
Took our ship on up to Nelson
Found a gig, and then we got some
We got lucky

Just when things were going so bad bad bad
Just when sorrow made us feel so so sad
Ooooh we got lucky

St. Albert's spirit cast a spell
Left the poor boys feelin' like hell
By Saskatoon, Jay's leg was limp
By Regina, he was a full-on gimp
Bad luck

Just when blood was startin to boil
We hit Red-town and struck some oil
Got treated to a killer night
That ended with the Northern lights
We got lucky

Just when things were going so bad bad bad
Just when sorrow made us feel so so sad
Ooooh we got lucky

Jason was in need of love
He was prayin' to the Lord above
Try he might all over town
Everyone would shut him down
Bad luck

Hog leg down to Brandon Town,
Jason's luck turned right around
Had his choice of plenty of women
But none of them sweet enough for his sweet puddin'
We got lucky

Just when things were going so bad bad bad
Just when sorrow made us feel so so sad
Ooooh we got lucky
Track Name: S.A.D.
Winter brings a violet sky
And with that sky a violent mind
That thinks the kind of thoughts you'd never think a girl like me has got

Fantasies they fly away
My rosy cheeks they seem to gray
And though the world is beautiful
I look at it as cracked and dull

Lend me your eyes
Til this dead feeling dies
Til this tangle unties
Til my fallen hopes can rise
Oh please lend me your eyes
Oh please lend me your eyes
How long before this dead feeling dies

Snowflakes tumble to cement
I empathize with their lament
Spend your whole life falling down
Disintegrate or hit the ground
Open up my wounds with ice
Stitch them up with bad advice
Make me feel afraid inside and
Give me somewhere safe to hide

Lend me your eyes
Til this dead feeling dies
Til this tangle unties
Til my fallen hopes can rise
Oh please lend me your eyes
Oh please lend me your eyes
How long before this dead feeling dies

When I wake up in the morning
I hope I see a rainbow
When I wake up in the morning
I hope I see the sun

Poltergeist in my TV
Confirms my lack of sanity
Sends a message loud and clear
I'm driven by my sense of fear
Have another drink today
Think up clever words to play
Try your best not to display
Your naked soul in disarray

Lend me your eyes
Til this dead feeling dies
Til this tangle unties
Til my fallen hopes can rise
Oh please lend me your eyes
Oh please lend me your eyes
How long before this dead feeling dies
Track Name: the great escape
Feeling guilty for not keeping up
Little tricks keep tripping me up
I don't belong

Look at pictures, they take me away
I fall into the breeze and feel the sway
I'll catch the wind

I'm gonna sail far away now
I'll make my escape any day now

These illusions they play on my mind
It will be years til I can fix the faults that I find
I don't belong

Kickin' dust - I'm kickin' around
Tricky business, it brings me down
What is business anyhow?

I'm gonna sail far away now
I'll make my escape any day now


I'm gonna sail far away now
I'll make my escape any day now

I can't seem to quit this problem of mine
But if you ask me, I'm doing fine
I'm doing fine
I'm doing fine
Track Name: don't mind do you do
I smoked your last cigarette
While I polished your last beer
I'm racking up your debt
But you don't mind do you dear

Sinking faster everyday
Losing sleep and going gray
I took everything from you
But you don't mind do you do

Don't mind do ya
Don't mind do ya
Don't mind do ya do
Do it so well, do it so right
Don't mind do ya do

Don't mind do ya
Don't mind do ya
Don't mind do ya do
Mamma says yes, Pappa says no
Don't mind do ya do
Doowee dat do, do don't mind I said
Don't mind do ya
Don't mind do ya do

Got me a golden ticket
Gon' trade it for some dough
Don't try to stop me honey
I gotta go Johnny go go go
When I get that money
Gonna buy myself some land
Build myself a kingdom, baby
That's the master plan

Doo wee da do do don't mind i said don't mind do ya don't mind do ya do!

Stole your car
To cruise another man
Didn't mean to go so far
Honey, things got outta hand


Doo wee da do do don't mind i said don't mind do ya don't mind do ya do!

Don't mind do ya
Don't mind do ya
Don't mind do ya do
Mamma says yes, Pappa says no
Don't mind do ya do
Doo wee da do, do don't mind I said
Don't mind do ya
Don't mind do ya do