Philadelphia Demos

by Stephen Bluhm

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released April 6, 2013

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Stephen Bluhm Hudson, New York

At the Bell House in Brooklyn: www.youtube.com/watch?v=PH5pCatXfLI

At Club Helsinki in Hudson, New York:
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Track Name: Your Attention
Guardian angels,
make the most of me.
Guardian angels,
make the most of me.
Show my strength.
Hide my weakness.
Don't let go
'til everyone agrees
you've made something of me.
Every time my mother prays
to Saint Francis of Assisi
to make something of me,
I feel a little glow
'cause I know that I've got his attention.
I feel a little glow
'cause I know how to give my affection.
But I don't look so much to a
book of story heroes
granting wishes here and there like magical miracles;
I know everything's divine.
I just have to look inside
you and me.
Every time I chat with you
and we share something nice about our lives,
I feel so warm,
I feel so tender.
I feel a little glow
'cause I know that I've got your attention.
I feel a little glow
'cause I know that I've got your attention.
Track Name: My Beautiful Boy
A joy to live, a joy to be
in your company
In your company, here
Down on South 11th street
My brilliant boy

Every Sunday count our dimes
Buy the New York Times
only read the Arts and
work more on your PhD
to NPR and BBC
My beautiful, my brilliant boy

I wanna be in love forever.
I wanna stay in every night
talking to myself
and you can listen if you want.
This is what I tell myself:
Look alive

I think a lot of my sugarplum
my sugarplum yeah yeah yeah

Every day I'm thankful for:
I'm not in high school anymore
I'm meeting people I adore
Kicking habits I abhor
Getting groceries at the store
Dressed in last millenium's drawer
making memories for my hit memoir

This is what I tell myself:
Look alive

I pull up the sheets exposing my feets
Sometimes it really scares me how fast my heart beats
I hear tick tock I check the clock
It's 4am but I heart won't stop
So I tip tip toe toe across the floor
Out of my sheets of silk to get a glass of milk
My brain is signing "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead"
So I put some melatonin in my cerebellum

Get thee behind me Satan - I'm too young
Get thee behind me Satan - You're too old

I've got a big dream in front of me
I've got a big heart inside of me
Track Name: Wonderful Lies
Come on let me show you love
Right here, right now
Come on let me show you love
Right here, right now
I'm sitting, absent
sipping on absinthe
slipping conscience
i'm slipping into something cozy

When somebody calls your name
do you just walk away?
When somebody calls your name
do you just walk away?
Or do you turn to
show your
figure
The salt of the earth
is on your lips
but whatever they say
is sugar

So don't suppress this love affair
I don't impress you,
you don't care.
Nor do I

Around the world the smartest boys
are falling for the dumbest girls
The drunkest girls are falling,
getting all up in my business

My bad devil says "just do it"
My good angel says "why not? why not?"

So don't tell me you don't believe
I know there's no way to deceive
an angel
And even if they're all just a pack of lies
We could live all night such
wonderful lies
Track Name: Stay in Bed (Wubba Dubba Dubba)
Hey boys
listen to me
Some boys
can be so obscene
You'd better
be kind to one another
Take time to learn to love each other
Hey boys
won't you listen to me

Sing girls
straight from your heart
T'aint much
but it's a start
and maybe good times will lie ahead
'cause I wanna stay all day with my girl in bed
what it means to be free

My fathers worked the mines
so I could have a much better life
But I am too depressed
I'm so repressed
I can't help it I guess

What would they make of me
if they see me?
"You're too demanding
and too nice."

Wubba dubba dubba
Track Name: My Old Friends
Some people's faces give off a glow.
They're in the know of some light.
A gentle presence can melt the snow,
and make a brooding room bright.

Learn how to turn on
and be a light to lean on.
Learn how to turn on
and be a light to lean on.
Thinking 'bout
My old friends.

A miracle is in humankind.
It's easy to find a grace.
Whenever I see someone I love
I plant a kiss on their face.

With the right friend
I feel enlightened.
Memories fade but I still save them.
It's all right and
don't be frightened
They still have what you once gave them.