Little Animals

by Grey Revell

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Little Animals was recorded on 4 track cassette at 1308 Vignaud Street, New Orleans, LA, between the months of March and June of 2005. Tracks were mixed down that July by Matt Cusack.

One month later Hurricane Katrina forced us to evacuate our home in New Orleans.

Little Animals was released October of 2005, and is still dedicated to the people of the Bayou St. John Community of New Orleans, and also to the memory of John Laurence Costigan, who passed away shortly after this album was recorded.

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released October 20, 2005

Album recorded, produced by Grey Revell
Additional Mixing by Matt Cusack for Grisly Labs, Ltd.
All Songs © 2005 Ambush Hymnal (SESAC)

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Track Name: Balloons
I sent balloons up through the skylight
Changing channels till the suns first light
Out on the fringes of a Concorde flight

Tomorrow's gonna be a warm day
I wasn't doing that much anyway
Big jet come screaming down the runway
takes away the things you'd think it'd never take away
Track Name: Everybody's Sorry About Something
You're stumbling in the dark
Fumbling for your lighter down in Baldwin Park
Somewhere you lost the spark
Swimming with the Devil and the Great White Shark
I'm not about to give all my gold to just any bandolero

Everybody's sorry about something
Everybody keeps inside
Everybody wants to discover what everybody's trying
to hide
All the things that tear you up and break you down
Get you when you step out the door
Everybody's sorry about something
Baby tell me what you sorry for

You take a westbound train
You got a lot of people running through your brain
You left your house in chains
I don't think you're ever going back again
Who you gonna tell about the big bad world?
You know the world it never listens..

Everybody's sorry about something
Everybody keeps way down
Everybody wants to uncover whatever is hiding under the ground
All the things that tear you up and break your heart
Must amount to something somehow
Everybody's sorry about something
Baby tell me what you sorry about

Everybody's sorry about something
Everybody's putting you on
Your family your friends and your lovers
They jerk you round they think that it's fun
The day I take a step out of my dirty old tomb
They'll hang me somewhere outside of town
Everybody's sorry about something
Baby tell me aren't you sorry now?
Track Name: The Way You Hold My Head
I Love The Way You Hold My Head

I love the way you move
Show me through the summer morning
No need to try and prove you love me more for wanting
I love the way you smile you drive my car off the bridge at dawn
Steve McQueen you're crazy for it all day long

I Love The Way You Hold My Head

O baby you are such a thing
Dancing with your feet of fire
Throw me the diamond I throw you the whip
You hear me cryin
Spin me through the air
Please show me to the park
I don't need no Sunday morning slowing me down

I Love The Way You Hold My Head

I love the way you move
Slow me through the summer morning
No need to try and prove you love me more for wanting
I love the way you smile you drive my car off the bridge at dawn
Steve McQueen you're crazy for it all day long

I Love The Way You Hold My Head

And you ain't got no regrets
and you never need a reason...
Track Name: The Girl Don't Matter Much
And now the girl she don't matter much more
The girl don't matter much anymore
She used to be the monkey that was scratching at the door
The girl don't matter much more

Her love's as skinny as your cigarette
Now she can't remember what you've wanted to forget
The road is getting darker and your thoughts are darker yet
The girl don't matter much more

And now the girl she don't matter much more
The girl don't matter much anymore
The things that made you dizzy left you lying on the floor
The girl don't matter much anymore

Out on the street is where you make your bed
A thousand men will never claim what you regret
But everybody's got their harpy riding in the back
The girl don't matter much more

She'll leave your door unlocked
Unto the crow of the cock
Sure as her voodoo is by Devil designed
She'll play a mean mean game
She drives her man insane
Sure as the Buddha on the wall is apt to testify the passing of time

And now the girl she don't matter much more
The girl don't matter much anymore
You haven't got the energy to even up the score
The girl don't matter much anymore

The things that make you dizzy left you lying on the floor -
The girl don't matter much..
Track Name: This One Tomorrow
Yesterday is just a bubble
That you and me we live inside
You only ask for trouble
When you sneak around the other side

Watch the sun come up this morning
Big winky shiny ball of fire
Cuts the cloud without a warning
It's gone again without even trying

Let me have this one to borrow
It's all gonna go down anyway
and I won't use this one tomorrow
The way I used my yesterdays

When I get tired I drive in circles
When I get tired I sit and wait
When I get tired I stare at nothing
All my loving turns to hate

Let me have this one to borrow
It's all gonna go down anyway
And i won't use this one tomorrow
The way I used up yesterday
Give me all the joy and sorrow
Give me more than I can take
I won't use this one tomorrow
The way I used my yesterday


The way I used up yesterday...
Track Name: The Honor, The Power, The Glory
A lovely night is ending
I shot my guns and now they'll drag me under
The rules aren't made for bending
It's like they're written in the Book of Numbers
You think the rules are changing
I think it's always just the same old story
All the old and the strange things
Shift the honor and the power and the glory

And it's a good blue morning
The winds are bitter coming off the water
Whistling through the awning
Sometimes I wonder how you even bother
Trying to find your old friend
When all the kids they wanna grow in such a hurry
Some sell out their best friend
For just a trickle of the power and the glory

You've been standing
Cast in shadows
I've been waiting in the middle
You'll be waiting for redemption
I'll be licking stained glass windows

I've been wired and wasted
I eat my honey while hanging from the rafters
I've been tried and tasted
I break my bread with such malicious bastards
Through each and every impasse
We'll say it's just another chapter in the story
Of the boys who lick glass
To touch the Honor and the Power and the Glory
Track Name: The Devil's Boots Don't Creak
You're an engine that never dies
You'd rather break down than hide
You never let them see you cry
You're never afraid to try

You got me by the feet
Drag me through the street
You break me like the summer heat
You shade me like a willow tree

The Devil's Boots Don't Creak
And men possessed don't speak
I'll never let you know
just what you do to me

I never wanna see
The things I don't wanna see
The way that it's gonna be
You're always in front of me
I'm a study in atrophy
A mess of catastrophe
Dressed in calamity
You're always in back of me

The Devil's Boots Don't Creak
And men possessed don't speak
I'll never let you know
Just what you do to me
Last night I had a dream
I broke into three of me
We were screaming like monkey man
Climbing round the willow tree
Track Name: Little Animals
I could let you in my garden
I could let you in my dreams
I could give you all you wanted
But I am not a vending machine for my heart

All my bad memories
Run round round sweet honeybees
Black Trees, White Cemeteries
Around my knees, just like little animals

Little animals running through the basement
Little animals crashing on the floor
Little animals running down the pavement
Little animals waiting by the door

I could lead a horse to water
I could be the bigger man
I could love you like no other and then I'd have to be
someone else
And I can't

All my sad memories
Termites in the money tree
Holy Saint Anthony
Can't you see all my little animals?

Little animals sitting on the bedpost
Little animals scratching at my nose
Little animals hiding behind the lamppost
Little animals biting at my toes
Little animals running through the basement
Little animals crashing on my floor
Little animals running down the pavement
Little animals crashing through the door

All my bad memories
Around my knees just like Little Animals

So come down fly down and hide me
I'll be the clown you could be my trampoline
Fly down lie down beside me
If you be my Jesus I could be your Magdalene
Track Name: Redesign Me (If You Find A Better One)
I don't care if the stars don't shine
If they don't shine for me that's fine
I don't care if the sun won't rise

I don't care if i go blind
I've gone blind a thousand times
I don't care baby I don't mind

You're coming on like summer in a no man's land
won't you shimmy over baby, I'm your man

What's the hurry I feel fine
Sit beside me one more time
If you find a better guy just redesign me

The tracks are froze the gates are locked
Cold eyes walking down the block
The snow comes down around the clock

So put me on the happy wagon when you can
Send me through the fire and the shifting sand

What's the hurry I feel fine
Sit beside me one more time
If you find a better guy just redesign me
one more time

I've been told I waste my time
I don't know how much time is mine
but I got friends and cheap red wine.

Sit beside me one more time.
Track Name: I'd Still Remember
It was never the plan to just up and leave
You know I've tried to understand
Now it's out of my hands
And the months just creep
Now I'm just another man
And they're calling the names on the local station
Praying for the marching man

Come the fall, I will remember you
Though I'll be gone November
Come May I still remember you

In your dress on the porch waiting for the morning
With your flowers in your hand
In the shoes that we bought
Waiting for the marching band

Come the fall, I will remember you
Though I'll be gone December
Come May I still remember you
Come the fall, I will remember you
Though I'll be gone September
Come May I still remember you

It was never the plan to just up and leave
You know I've tried to understand
Come the fall, I will remember you
And If I'll be gone forever
I'd still remember..
Track Name: Didn't Mean To Take You 'Round The World
There might be misunderstanding
When your plane is slow in landing
A friend of a friend is always willing to bend
If he don't come off empty handed
Little red lights flickering over and on again
Didn't mean to take you 'round the world

O my mama can't you cut me loose
Woke up in New Orleans with the L.A. Blues
Hawaii's the place where Jimi went into space
And drove his volcano to the center of the Milky Way
What more do you have to say?
Didn't mean to take you 'round the world

A smile is not an invitation to dance
But everybody takes the chance

I bet your friend won't even miss me
Gone so fast it makes you dizzy
If a sinner's just a swimmer in the face of the tide
And a saint is just a sinner with god on his side
How'd we get so cold inside?
Didn't mean to take you 'round the world

Little red lights flickering over and on again...
Track Name: Who's To Say?
Love goes through the modern world
That's a rule that I ain't ever heard
And the very world that makes the rule
played me out to be a fish eyed fool

So who's to say that the world ain't flat?
And ships don't fall at the edge of the map?
And who's to say that the stars ain't cracks?
Shining down a light from heavens lamp?

I ain't one for linear thought
The less I give then the more I got
And the very same sky you said was blue
Said that I'm no good for you

So who's to say that the house ain't spooked?
A warm wind blows in an empty room
And who's to say that the woods ain't full
Of gimps and ghosts and jackaloos?

My baby, my mama, my sister, my lover
Why do we fall on each other?
The rooms on fire, it makes you wonder
Who's the hand that drags you under?

Common sense, I had a hit
Sit awhile and we'll talk a bit
And the very same moon that rolls the sea
Will send you rolling back to me

Who's to say that I won't a-rise
Two days after I've been crucified?
Who's to say that your eyes won't lie?
Not I
Track Name: Pretend To Be
When you're laying down at night
And the moon is shining bright
Keep the angels and the devils always there
And all the things inside that come creeping out at night
Are things that someone else was scared to share

When you're walking through the park
And it's getting close to dark
And the black cloud overhead has blocked the sun
Just remember that you're never someone special or alone
The sun goes out on almost everyone

Things aren't all what they seem to be
They're just something that was written down in dreams
They're for you to keep inside and remember every night
That's the way that things pretend to be

When you're lazy and in love
And the stars spill from above
And you get the feeling that's it's gonna end
Just remember that the shadow at your feet ain't Always bad
There will be days when it'll be your only friend

Things aren't all what they seem to be
They're just something that was written down in dreams
They're for you to keep inside and remember when you hide
That's the way that things pretend to be

Things aren't all what they seem to be
There's something that was written down for dreams
They're for you to keep inside and remember tonight
That's the way that things pretend to be