Tell Your Mama

by The Vespers

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released 09 March 2010

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Track Name: Not So Nice
It’s not so nice when they say, “Goody-goodies you can’t stay.”
Not so nice, it’s not so nice Not so nice of them to say

And when my baby brother fell They didn’t even stop to help
Not so nice it’s not so nice Not so nice

But even though I have this much to say I’m just like them in my own way Doo doo doo
I am catching all the yellow lights In my hands and in my mind Just in time, I’m just in time Just in time, I’m just in time
Doo doo doo (I’m afraid I might be everything I hate) I’m afraid I might be everything I hate (I’m afraid I might be everything I hate)

Now what’s the use of preaching to your brother Acting just like you’re his mother
Not so nice, it’s not so nice When you don’t take your own advice Not so nice at all Not so nice

But even though I have this much to say I’m just like them in my own way Doo doo doo
I am catching all the yellow lights In my hands and in my mind Just in time, I’m just in time Just in time, I’m just in time
Doo doo doo (I’m afraid I might be everything I hate) I’m afraid I might be everything I hate (I’m afraid I might be everything I hate)

But I am trying to be nice Trying hard to compromise Between my love between my vice I think I might could be nice
Could be nice I could be nice Could be nice I could be nice Could be nice I could be nice Could be nice I could be nice
Track Name: Melatonin Rum
Drawing castles in the sky
Silly geese we’ve climbed so high
Wearing white my back is turned
With a Spiderman band-aid on my burn

Where do they come from? Melatonin rum?
Mr Sandman? Or from heaven?
To our heads

Two linked hands make toddleroos
But gamma rays can make them too
Oh, The Taming of the Shrew
Have you seen it? No. Have you?

Where do they come from? Melatonin rum?
Mr Sandman? Or from heaven?
To our heads

A pile of feathers here and there
And never a single care
Come and see, found a white sharpie
What a crazy thing to see, dream

Where do they come from? Melatonin rum?
Mr Sandman? Or from heaven?
Reality
And subconscious meet
In our heads

Dreaming dreams, lots of dreams
Funny dreams, awkward dreams
Scary dreams, dreams that make you cry
Dreams that make you pee in your bed
Track Name: Abbe's Song
Find me a souvenir, you know just what I like
You’re going far away you won’t give up the fight

And you hold me to what is true And I do the same for you
Without you what will I do
I’ll miss you while you’re gone For you’ll be gone so long

But I can’t say, “Please don’t go.” Oh no
And I’ll share you with this world But it hurts

Please try to draw their smiles the same way you’ve drawn mine
Keep your feet on the path and give love some time

And I’ll pray the Lord your wounds to heal This doesn’t seem quite real
You must know how I feel
I’ll miss you while you’re gone For you’ll be gone so long

But I can’t say, “Please don’t go.” Oh no
And I’ll share you with this world But it hurts

But I will see you some day soon (But I will see you some day soon)
But I will see you some day soon (I hope to see you soon)
Track Name: Tell Your Mama
If you’ve never heard a churchbell ring Then go to the place where the choir sings
And if you’ve never heard the Bible read Then go to the place where God’s Word is said

And tell your mama you’re following her ways
And you’re going to the place where the preacher prays
He prays for you Like your mama begged him to

If you’ve never seen a man baptized Then go to the place where true love lies
And if you’ve never seen a good deed done Then look at the One they called God’s Son

And tell your mama you’re following her ways
And you’re going to the place where the preacher prays
He prays for you Like your mama begged him to

They’re trying to make me lose my mind Forget what my mama told me
But I will go to that good old church And the face of the Lord I will see

Please Tell my mama I’m following her ways And I’m going to the place where the preacher prays
Tell my mama I’m following her ways And I’m going to the place where the preacher prays And I’ll be praying for you Like the good Lord told me to
Track Name: Cottonfield
You had a black suit born in the cottonfield
I had a white dress born in the cottonfield (You had a black suit born in the cottonfield)
Our favorite game was born in the cottonfield (I had a white dress born in the cottonfield)

We were five when you moved in next door and became my best friend
Found a chest upstairs in the attic with dress-up clothes therein
Much too big

You had a black suit born in the cottonfield
I had a white dress born in the cottonfield (You had a black suit born in the cottonfield)
Our favorite game was born in the cottonfield (I had a white dress born in the cottonfield)

Standing in the field all dressed up to play “Wedding day”
Every time you would try to kiss me and I would run away
That’s all we played

You had a black suit born in the cottonfield
I had a white dress born in the cottonfield (You had a black suit born in the cottonfield)
Our favorite game was born in the cottonfield (I had a white dress born in the cottonfield)

All those years I never knew That I would fall in love with you
Practicing for the day The day it wasn’t just a game

You had a black suit born in the cottonfield
I had a white dress born in the cottonfield (You had a black suit born in the cottonfield)
You knelt down on one knee in the cottonfield (I had a white dress born in the cottonfield)

You had a black suit born in the cottonfield
I had a white dress born in the cottonfield (You had a black suit born in the cottonfield)
We said our vows both standing in the cottonfield (We said our vows both standing in the cottonfield)
Track Name: "No," He Said
Do you know what really moves you?
What makes you cry?
Do you know what makes you happy?
What brings you joy?

Do you know where your heart remains?
Where are you drawn to?
Do you know what you’ll be when you grow up?
What will you do?

“No,” He said.
“No, not yet.”

I am reminded how much I don’t know
In fact I know nothing
Sometimes I wonder how I will die
What will happen to me

“No,” He said.
“No, not yet.”

Do you remember when I said
I wanted to be
Always together, never apart
That I’d never feel differently

“No,” He said.
“No, not yet.”

A gentle nudge
A pat on the back
I needn’t worry About all that yet

“No,” He said.
“No, not yet.”
Track Name: Happy Lessons
Benedick, I’ve been wondering how you stay so cheery all the time
Could you teach me, perhaps reach me in this lonely pit of gloom I hide?

Could you give me happy lessons?
Teach the corners of my mouth to smile
I haven’t much to give back But maybe we could hold hands for awhile
If you gave me happy lessons I could mend this broken wall
Hand-in-hand we’d walk along it
To make it last we would stall together

“Happy-go-lucky is the key,” you say but somehow I still can’t see
Where does it come from, could I get some for less than 5 humble pounds a week?

Could you give me happy lessons?
Teach the corners of my mouth to smile
I haven’t much to give back But maybe we could hold hands for awhile
If you gave me happy lessons I could mend this broken wall
Hand-in-hand we’d walk along it
To make it last we would stall together

Help me to see clearly
I want to be, to be free
Maybe all I have to do
Is let it go, let Him take control

Let it go, let Him take control (Let me be at peace with myself, let me be at peace)
Let it go, let Him take control (I want to be at peace with myself, let me be at peace)
Track Name: High Hopes
You are the strongest among people
That live around you, but you don’t know it

I hope you never will
I hope you never will

You grow to be the one that you should be
Gallant and selfless, but you don’t know it

I hope you never will
I hope you never will

You’ve been through so much and grow through more still
Brave as a lion, but you don’t know it

I hope you never will
I hope you never will

I have no reason for why I say this
For you might hear and might come to know this

I hope you never will
I hope you never will

You might someday see what you are truly
And how I pale in comparison to thee

I hope you never will
I hope you never will

Friend, hold on to me, for I want to see
You become the person you should be

I’ve always known you will
I’ve always known you will
Track Name: Pick A Fight
Rain oh the rain
Pain oh my pain
Tears and rain fall the same

Chains oh my chains
Days these long days
Take me from this place

Running for my life
I will pick a fight
When there’s nowhere to run
To my Lord I will turn

Son oh my son
Run oh run
They can’t catch you with their guns

Your life is yours
It’s worth fighting for
Freedom is the door

Running for your life
You will pick a fight
When there’s nowhere to run
To your Lord you will turn

Running for our lives We will pick a fight When there’s nowhere to run To our Lord we will turn
Track Name: The Well and the Gravestone
Here lies the heart of me
Buried with an unmarked gravestone
No name, just the dates it lived and died
Now I want it back

Always finding but never seeing the way (I want to love again, to love again, once again)
Teach me how not to be afraid (Teach me to love again, to love again, once again)

Take me down and let me see
The well that’s full of bravery
And baptize me so I’ll be free
To do the things I fear

Always finding but never seeing the way (I want to love again, to love again, once again)
Teach me how not to be afraid (Teach me to love again, to love again, once again)

Hiding in a filthy hole
With a battered bruised and blistered soul
We will laugh the day I’m whole
And I’ll finally see why I used to cry

Always finding but never seeing the way (I want to love again, to love again, once again)
Teach me how not to be afraid (Teach me to love again, to love again, once again) Always finding but never seeing the way (I want to love again, to love again, once again) Teach me how not to be afraid (Teach me to love again, to love again, once again)
Once again, once again
Track Name: Eyes Wide Open
Went to see Grandpa in September
When his days left here were few
He sat me down at his bedside
Told me things that I should do

“Please respect this crown of wisdom,”
He said, pointing to his gray head
I leaned in and listened closely
As my dear grandfather said

Live your life with eyes wide open
Bide your time with palms toward heaven
People come in circles and squares
Some are hearts but they’re quite rare

Told me stories of his childhood
Of mistakes that he had made
Told me, “Don’t you make the same ones
Because love is not a game.”

Live your life with eyes wide open
Bide your time with palms toward heaven
People come in circles and squares
Some are hearts but they’re quite rare

“I don’t want you to be like me,
I want you to be a heart.”
But I said, “No, Grandpa, you’re different.
Take a look at what you are.”

Grandpa didn’t know what a heart he was
When You see him, tell him for me Jesus.

Grandpa died with eyes wide open
Grandpa died with palms toward heaven
People come in circles and squares
Some are hearts but they’re quite rare
Grandpa was one of these hearts
Take a look at what you are
Track Name: The Day You died
The day you died, the day you died in my eyes
The day you died, the day you died in my eyes

I couldn’t hide, I couldn’t hide my surprise

I couldn’t hide, I couldn’t hide my surprise
I couldn’t hide, I couldn’t hide my surprise

You told me lies, you told me lies

You told me lies, you told me lies
You told me lies, you told me lies

How I cried, oh how I cried

How I cried, oh how I cried
How I cried, oh how I cried

The day you died, the day you died in my eyes
In my eyes In my eyes In my eyes
Track Name: Dear Sir
I’ll wait for you only As long as it takes
I’ll sing you sweet songs About how we belong Together
And if we don’t I’ll stay alone Forever

You use big words and you don’t even try
When you meet someone new you look them in the eye
You gave me your jacket when I wasn’t even cold
And you tell me I’ll still be pretty even when I’m old

I’ll wait for you only As long as it takes
I’ll sing you sweet songs About how we belong Together
And if we don’t I’ll stay alone Forever

If I say the book is good you’ll read it in a heartbeat
We’ll have long, long, long talks about it and you’ll tell me what you think
Your chest is my pillow, you lend me your side to lean on
We’ll cloud gaze on a cloudless day, lying on the lawn

And when I finally meet you for the very first time
I’ll sing you sweet songs about how we belong
And if you never Arrive I’ll stay alone Forever