Masco: Come On Along

by Ryan Doyle

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released March 1, 2001

All songs by Ryan Doyle.

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Track Name: Song For Renegades
And if the sky turned red
Could we hide in your basement?
Me and you and a broken hot water heater
You give me hiding for the days
Reasons to wake to the autumn wind
Singing songs we’ve been living in

But when the sun comes out the old folks sit and reminisce
About the times that haven’t happened to us yet
And when the sun comes out
Things will go back to the way that they’ll always be
I swore I overheard you loving me

If I was the dead girl in the river would you throw rocks at me?
Would you ignore me, would you call the police?
Would you call me your own, would you take me home?
Would you take off my old shoes?
Would you take off your shoes too?

And all these eyes of mine sat down in the grass and cried
Left them alone and comfort
Oh, he left his love behind
And he can barely make him out
Asking him how did we come to this
Streets lost to secrets and innocence

I heard of bridges that day went over and under
Changes from above
Talking lightening and thunder
I’ll get to you with the drums
Signals of smoke
Changes from above
Changes I been only dreaming of
Track Name: I Used To Write Poetry For An Englishman
I used to write poetry for an Englishman
During summer days I cried in ways I wished he’d never seen

But I still find myself thinking of that other me
Kissing my boy along the campus greenery

I used to write poetry for an Englishman
I helped him pack the car the night he left
I used to write poetry for an Englishman
I should’ve told him all the things I thought could wait

Now I’m praying myself to sleep
Singing someone else’s songs
They don’t belong to me

No more poems to write
I’ve forgotten how to cry
Nothing to compose
Just prayers to recite

I used to write poetry for an Englishman
He wrote me back with kisses on the page
Father Warner grabbed me by the collar
In his eyes I saw his moon and my changing tide
Track Name: Fun
My friend, I hope she’s not favoring a darker night
All she’s got is a comb that looks like a pocketknife

She’s gold
She is my one and only
I should’ve told her so

But I’m so afraid that she’ll be on her way
And I’ll lie, tell her I believe every word she says

But I’ve no idea what she’s going near
With her eyes
And all her calamities collide

Cause she left me and I’m rolling down her windows
And I’m cold and sick of missing her
Will the fun that she’s been searching for ever end?

In the dark roads of Montclair, New Jersey
There’s a girl who’s lost
Casper, help her find her way
Saint Augustine, you say let her be what she wants to be
But I’m thinking I let her burn

Cause she left me and I’m rolling down her windows
And I’m cold and sick of missing her
Will the fun that she’s been searching for ever end?
Track Name: Robert
Robert, the big kids tore down the fort
And I’m on the dirt throwing rocks up in the sky
But they’re not mine

Now I’m finding myself on the same dirt
Waiting for something to come back to
Or surprise me tonight

Keep telling lies in Brian’s garage

Robert, the big kids burned all their school books
In a hole they dug in the woods
In July, I’m on fire

We lit fires to pay homage to their souls
Who’ve gotten old and went off to college
Now they don’t wear camouflage

Keep telling lies in Brian’s garage

Robert, I can’t miss you cause I keep seeing you
Written down and stuffed in a box
And how we’d ride it all the way

Now I’m finding myself on the same page
Waiting for something to come back to
Or surprise me just the same
Track Name: New Words
Save me from all that you kept captive
I know what you’re after
I know what comes after this

New words beside our old ones
And we won’t feel alone
And the fun in our sides will grow

And someday I’ll pay for what I owe
We’ll feel like new words by our side

Does anyone know where this train goes?
I should’ve asked you while in New Rochelle
Now I’m the third oldest in this caboose car
Tell me I’m wrong
I still have love to give

New words beside our old ones
And we won’t feel alone
And the fun in our sides will grow

Miles after hours spent wasted on crime
I loved you then
As I still love you now

And someday I’ll pay for what I owe
We’ll feel like new words by our side
Track Name: An Aboveground Poem
I’d like to write you a letter
About how I’m unashamed
How I’m not writing along with the weather
How my chin’s not on my windowsill

Cause if not now, when?
I’m through with pretending
All the characters I’ve played
There’s no roundabout
Cause I’m coming
I’m through with songs that make no sound

So I’m writing you a letter
About how you cheered me on
How you made me feel ten times better
How you made me feel strangely alive

And how I took off my shoes
And how I stood on up
Your hands were pushing on my back
And how I took off my shoes
And how I stood on up
How you were right behind me

So I’m writing you a letter
With hands I could not comprehend
With fingers that gave no answers
But now I’m counting up to ten

So I’ll recite my poems
And I’ll never go home
I’m flagging all my emotions down
And they’ll pick me up
Said, kid, get in the truck
No more poems that live underground

So I mailed you the letter
And I swear I saw your arms outstretched
Pulling me by my birthday sweater
Through all the wars I’ve not won yet

But I took off my boots
And I took off my armor
All the camouflage I’ve worn
And I took off my boots
And I took off my armor
All the ammo across my chest
Track Name: Onward And Downward
What a shame
Doctor, can you see him now?
Cause he’s been holding his breath
Can I give him a coat so he won’t freeze to death?

No, but you can’t
Not even your coat would help recuperate
All his eyes inside not ready to negotiate

You shoulda came
Brought with you voices singing madrigals
Just the train, babe
Ducking our heads and covering our ears

No, but we can’t
Not even the noise could make us both forget where we are
Our thoughts all dumb and blue-eyed

He’s afraid of all I could offer him
Onward and downward
It’s all the same to him

Behind the register I—
All that drags you down will come to drag you in

What a shame
Your fire’s spreading faster now
But I got nothing to burn, my love
Just a home and some old neighborhood

No, but I can’t
Not even your smile
I want your smile where my smile is
Not even your Merediths on sofas sold of promises
Not even your signs of dusty propaganda’s stopping me
Not even your smile, I want your smile where my smile is

Cause he’s afraid of all I could offer him
Onward and downward
It’s all the same to him

Behind the register I—
All that drags you down will come to drag you in

I wanna hear “Don’t Feel Bad for Me My Girl”
Track Name: I'm On The Roof
I’m on the roof sleeping it off
I’m on the roof sleeping it off
I make it sound so tough

Would you forgive me for not walking you home
For not giving in to all I’m against and you’re for
Just the sirens calling your name
Go on home again