Feather, Fur & Fin

by Danny Michel

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Danny's 1st indie album since 2003.

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Track Name: Feather, Fur & Fin
Feather, Fur & Fin
Words & Music by Danny Michel
Burnt Bun Music 2008

I went to the country to escape the noise and lights
and I laid there in the pine cones all night
I woke in the morning when all the trees were gone
I got this sinking feeling, everything felt wrong
Strip malls and dollar stores and diesel in the air

I slept in a rowboat and I anchored far from shore
Now I don't hear them chain saws no more
I woke in the morning
when someone pulled the plug
I was stranded in the lake bottom sludge
With all the tires, paint cans and things

Every little critter, feather, fur and fin
Cried to mother nature to come back for them
For every piece of litter, for every little sin
She cried for all of them, feather, fur and fin

I went to an island down the Caribbean way
and I laid there in the sand all day
I turned on a radio and I heard the DJ say
"Baton down the hatches down Santa Elena way"
I swam the ocean reef but the coral all was grey

CHORUS

She saw the eagle's eye weeping in the willow
She prayed to the mantis and she cried into her pillow
For the salmon in the Fraser and the salamander's kin
She cried for all of them, feather, fur and fin

I went to the city when all the trees were gone
and I lay there on her asphalt lawn
She cried out a thousand days of hurricanes and floods
Her face ran with tears, and the streets ran with blood
Fur coats and sushi boats and diesel in the air

Feather, fur and fin, she cried for all of them
She cried for every fin
Track Name: Clear
Normally right now I'd be shaking
but I'm not even scared
up 'til now I've been faking
And up 'til now I didn't care
But everything has changed
When the bandits left they left us nothing
There wasn't even water in the pipes
Is that what I get for being so trusting
I never even put up a fight

When I'm feeling strong, like I could make the grade
My heart goes off playing games
It fills me with fear until I look into your tears
Everything becomes clear

I see your lights on the horizon
I hear your engine in the wind
Have you come to take me riding
To places I have never been
Like El Paso way

And now you putter in the kitchen
The cat sleeps in puddles of sun
I count my stars and quit my bitchin'
'Cause I know we've just begun
Track Name: If God's On Your Side
Come down baby from the mountain top
It's time for you to let this go
There's things out there you just can't stop
There's things out there you just don't know
There's nowhere left for you to run

And all these books and all these words
Incompatible, absurd
You're watching on your TV set
'Til the world's a burning wreck
'Til you can hate someone you've never met

Well all I see is hate and greed
People fighting in the streets
And all these tears are washing me away
And Intolerance and genocide
And your book says that mine's a lie
If God's on your side, then who's on mine?

I woke up sleeping in a dream
All the boys had come back home
Your family's dancing in the streets
Your cousin's on the telephone
There's no need left for you to roam

Jesus, Buddha, Zeus and Jah
Apollo, Vishnu, and Allah
Bullets rain while children play
Do you watch or look away?
Tell me who decides, who will choose,
who will win, who will lose?

When all I see is hate and greed
People fighting in the streets
And all these tears are wearing us away
And Intolerance and genocide
And your book says that mine's a lie
If God's on your side, then who's on mine?

You knelt there in a pew
And you said a prayer or two
Lit a candle for luck
Put your money in the cup
You quote chapter and verse
And how your God got here first
In a stem cell petrie dish
there's a Darwin bumper fish

Come down baby from the mountaintop
Take a breath and let it go
There's things out there you just can't stop
There's things out there you'll never know
There's no need left for you to run

All I see is hate and greed
People fighting in the streets
And all these tears are wasting us away
And when we wake up in this war
but no one knows what it was for
Was God on my side, or was he on yours?
If God's on your side, then who's on mine?
Track Name: Tell Sally
I sat through the morning 'til the morning up and fled
I held up in my bunker, I held up in my head
The fridge in here is empty and all the plants are dead
I pace like a lion all around my bed

Tell Sally I can't see her, it only makes me weaker
Tell Sally I'm 'a leave her unless I'm her only one
Tell Sally that deceiver how can I now believe her
Tell Sally I'm 'a run unless I'm her only one

I sat through the evening 'til the evening left me too
I sleep beside the phone and hope to hear from you
So I take me hostage and demands I have a few
All I need is one thing, for you to be true
Track Name: The 14 Masks Of Danger
They came from miles around, from every little town
I'm a stranger in this place, I can't mask this face
The arena swells in heat, the gates have come unscrewed
as orphans cram the doors to sneak a view

Oh, the poster said it all, one man would stand bright
when 14 masks of danger fight tonight

Ringside seats are full, no one leaves alive
The Black Tornado spins into a dive
6 feet under ground, in Hidalgo burning heat
The silver mask of Santos sleeps in peace
Track Name: Motorcade
An empty road and a rusted sky
An abandoned mardi gras
You led me to a mountaintop
So I could see it all
Your salty kiss, you promised this
That I could have you all
And now with you here by my side
I will never fall

So show me where it hurts
I'll kiss it so it don't get any worse
A ticker tape parade, the traffic barricades
waiting on a long motorcade
I will be the car and all the bodyguards
I will be the silence in your eyes
I will be your aid, I will serenade
I will be your motorcade

An effigy of Maximon
I've come to make my wish
A hole was drilled where his mouth was filled with wine and cigarettes
A muggy night, a fire bright and a reggae band plays "Israelites"
You on my arm
Your addictive charms
You're like heroin to me tonight

The driver veers, grinds the gears
The sky is dripping red
You scratch your last minute vows in an old cigar box lid
Night falls, the engine stalls in this Guatemala chicken bus
They took it all, my watch our rings, but they were simply things to us
Track Name: Sweet Things
Counting out quarters at the record shop
London Calling and the Pressure Drop
Skipping double dutch with your sister's friends
The landlord's calling for the rent again

If all I have is all I need
and all I need is all I have
Then why is all I ever want is more
Why can't I see the sweet things until they're all gone

Sitting on the grass at your mother's grave
Staring at the letters that spell my name
Stars still shine in a sky blue sky
You just gotta look with better eyes

I lay face down in the summer dirt
My ear pressed into the conducting earth
I hear radio waves and ghosts that fizzle and fade
Why can't I see the sweet things until they're all gone

It's ten years later now
You said I wondered about your age
I said I got ID'd today
You said "ya, I get that too
It's like we'll never die
Just grow younger every day"

Shoe-box photos and birthday cards
I've got an old tube amp and no guitar
Living in a Salvation Army shoe
All we had was me and you
Track Name: I'm 'a Love You Anyway
I don't know why but I wanted to try
Just something inside me said go let it ride
I don't know why why you had to stray fly
Look in my eye and go tell me a lie

Tell me you want what you really want now
I don't know why but I'm still hanging round
I don't know why I just wanted to try
Just something inside me said go let it ride

I don't care what people say
I'm 'a love you anyway

I fell in the fire and the glass and barbwire
I dug through the shit 'til I found a sapphire
I fought through the crowd and I swore and I vowed
I'd give it my best and I'd scream it hard loud
I need to find someone I can confide in
You can be Venus and I'll be Poseidon
I don't know why I just wanted to try
Just something inside me said go let it ride

I don't care what people say
I'm 'a love you anyway

Are you a little lifeboat
Are you a little shark
Are you a little lighthouse
squinting in the dark
I'm gonna brave the storm, find my way back
And your the last match in the pack

I don't know why but I wanted to try
Just something inside me said go let it ride
I don't know why why you had to stray fly
Look in my eye and go tell me a lie
Track Name: On My Way
I don’t know which way I’m going
I can’t find it on the map
which way from is the wind blowing?
Maybe I should double back

But I should try and do my best
I could try some more I guess
If I’m lost, alone, afraid
Promise I can take a little bit of your love
on my way

I can’t see around the corner
What’s lying up there on the tracks?
I wish I was a fortuneteller
I’d tell her where her fortune’s at

No guiding star or setting sun
No satellites or trail of crumbs
If I’m lost, alone, afraid
Promise I can take a little bit of your love
on my way
Track Name: Rye Whiskey & Wine
Rye whiskey Rye whiskey
Rye whiskey and wine
I get all misty every time

There's just old rags and pain cans and old turpentine
Everyone's leaving, they shut down the mine
They cleaned out the storefront and they took the stained glass
They pulled out the trani and they syphoned the gas

Shiver me timbers, shiver my spine
I drink to the sawmills and the western white pine
So hitch up the horses 'cause I feel just fine
I'll ride the to Carmacks and I'll bring back more wine

The chapel, the legion and the freemason hall
They left all the keys here it's like I own them all
So I'll buy the next round since we're frozen in time
Don't bother calling I cut all the lines