Time of No Reply

by Kelly Ash

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released June 12, 2013

All tracks arranged by Kelly Ash and/ or Perry Smith. Recorded and Mixed by Tyler McDiarmid. Mastered by G&J Audio.
Kelly Ash, vocals; Perry Smith, electric & acoustic guitars; Julian Waterfall Pollack, piano, organ, wurlitzer, rhodes; Sam Minaie, bass; Ross Pederson, drums & percussion.

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Track Name: Seven Days
"Seven Days" was all she wrote
A kind of ultimatum note she gave to me, she gave to me
When I thought the field had cleared
it seems another suit appeared to challenge me, woe is me
Though I hate to make a choice
My options are decreasing mostly rapidly
Well we'll see
I don't think she'd bluff this time
I really have to make her mine
It's plain to see
It's him or me

Monday, I could wait till Tuesday
If I make up my mind
Wednesday would be fine, Thursday's on my mind
Friday'd give me time, Saturday could wait
But Sunday'd be too late

The fact he's over six feet ten might instill fear in other men
but not in me, the mighty flee
Ask if I am mouse or man
The mirror squeaked, away I ran
He'll murder me, in time for his tea
Does it bother me at all
My rival is Neanderthal, it makes me think
Perhaps I need a drink
IQ's not an issue here
We won't be playing Scrabble for her hand, I fear
I need that beer...

Monday, I could wait till Tuesday
If I make up my mind
Wednesday would be fine, Thursday's on my mind
Friday'd give me time, Saturday could wait
But Sunday'd be too late

Seven days will quickly go
The fact remains, I love her so
Seven days, so many ways
But I can't run away

Monday, I could wait till Tuesday
If I make up my mind
Wednesday would be fine, Thursday's on my mind
Friday'd give me time, Saturday could wait
But Sunday'd be too late
Track Name: Blue Ridge Mountains
Lie down with me, my dear
Lie down
Under stormy night, tell nobody

My brother, where do you intend to go tonight?
I heard that you missed your connecting flight
To the Blue Ridge Mountains, over near Tennessee

You're ever welcome with me anytime you like
Let's drive to the countryside, leave behind some green-eyed look-alike
So no one gets worried, no

But, Sean, don't get careless
I'm sure it'll be fine
I love you, I love you
Oh, brother of mine

In the quivering forest
Where the shivering dog rests
Our good grandfather
Built a wooden nest

And the river got frozen
And the home got snowed in
And a yellow moon glowed bright
Till the morning light

Terrible, am I, child?
Even if you don't mind, no
Track Name: Morning Theft
Time takes care of the wound, so I can believe
You had so much to give, you thought I couldn't see

Gifts for boot heels to crush, promises deceived
I had to send it away to bring us back again

Your eyes and body bright and silent waters, deep
Your precious daughter in the other room, asleep

A kiss "Goodnight" from every stranger that I meet
I had to send it away to bring us back again

Morning theft, unpretender left, ungrateful

True self is what brought you here, to me
A place where we can accept this love

Friendship battered down by useless history
Unexamined failure

What am I still to you - some thief who stole from you?
Or some fool drama queen whose chances were few?

Love brings us to who we need, a place where we contain
A heart that beats as both siphon and reservoir

You're a woman, I'm a calf
You're a window, I'm a knife
We come together, making chance in the starlight

Meet me tomorrow night, or any day you want
I have no right to wonder just how, or when

And though the meaning fits,
There's no relief in this
I miss my beautiful friend

I had to send it away
To bring her back again.
Track Name: Free/ Never Will I Marry
Wandering free, it's okay to fly low
Mystery lies before me on the road, alone
They promised a forever we can't see,
promised a forever we can't see

Girl, settle down
build a home, have a child, be a wife
Having chosen, so defined.
But not for me.

Never, never will I marry
Never, never will I wed
Born to wander, solitary
wide my world, narrow my bed

Never, never will I marry
born to wander till I'm dead

No burdens to bear,
No conscience nor care
No memories to mourn,
no turning,

For I was born to wander, solitary
Wide my world, narrow my bed

Never, never will I marry
born to wander till I'm dead

Girl, settle down
build a home, have a child, be a wife
Having chosen, so defined.
But not for me.

They promised a forever we can't see,
promised a forever we can't see
Track Name: Time of No Reply
Summer was gone and the heat died down
Autumn reached for her golden crown
I looked behind as I heard a sigh
But this was the time of no reply.

The sun went down and the crowd went home
I was left by the roadside all alone
I turned to speak as they went by
But this was the time of no reply.

The time of no reply is calling me to stay
There's no hello and no goodbye
To leave there is no way.

The trees on the hill had nothing to say
They would keep their dreams till another day
So they stood and thought and wondered why
For this was the time of no reply.

The time of no reply is calling me to stay
There`s no hello and no goodbye
To leave there is no way

Time goes by from year to year
And no one asks why I am standing here
But I have my answer as I look to the sky
This is the time of no reply.
Track Name: Josephine
I dreamt I was back with the pirates and cats of my sommerville
a girl in the alphabet shirt covered in dirt lives on the hill

Well, my sweet Josephine,
Are you still racing stray dogs
Across the old stream?
My neighborhood queen,
Are you still kissing cowboys that cry, Josephine?

She stole my grandmother's watch, a treasure to touch
To keep time to herself
Her mind, was a very big house, we got lost there for hours
Until August fell.

Well, my sweet Josephine
Are you still racing stray dogs
Across the old stream?
My neighborhood queen,
Are you still kissing cowboys that cry, Josephine?

You say you're alright, but Josie it's time
You gotta get your feet on the ground
But she says: "No, don't you see we have wings?
It's the funniest thing, it's just that no one knows."
No one knows

Well, my sweet Josephine
Are you still racing stray dogs
Across the old stream?
My neighborhood queen,
Are you still kissing cowboys that cry, Josephine?
Track Name: Do Not as I Do
She was haunted by the dead but friendly ghosts.
As her helpers they stayed as her hosts
But the reason why she kept them was her fear for herself.
Yes, she was dangerous, she might

Drink some wine, sing all night, mess up the yard,
Steal a man, rape his love, and throw it away
And she became what she tried to avoid, she said

Do now as I say, darling, not as i do.
See the way I play, kid, not do as i do.
Do do dodo do do dodo do do not as i do
Or you'll feel blue.

That which no one knew was that her old love was gone,
Stolen from her dead man long ago.
Their son was treated bad by her ego and selfish thoughts.
She cared less 'bout him than 'bout her own.

He was soft, now he's hard,
Seemingly strong.
All he got was empty looks,
No confirmation.
All he was taught was through her to keep quiet

Do now as I say, darling, not as i do.
See the way I play, kid, not do as i do.
Do do dodo do do dodo do do not as i do
Or you'll feel blue.

It's not possible to teach a kid by preaching
When you do the opposite.

Do now as I say, darling, not as i do.
See the way I play, kid, not do as i do.
Do do dodo do do dodo do do not as i do
Or you'll feel blue.
Track Name: Fire & Rain
Just yesterday morning they let me know you were gone
Suzanne the plans they made put an end to you
I walked out this morning and I wrote down this song
I just can't remember who to send it to

Oh, I've seen fire and I've seen rain
I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end
I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend
But I always thought that I'd see you again

Won't you look down on me, Jesus
You've got to help me make a stand
You've just got to see me through another day
My body's aching and my time is at hand
And I won't make it any other way

oh, I've seen fire and I've seen rain
I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end
I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend
But I always thought that I'd see you again

I’ve been walking my mind to an easy time
My back turned towards the sun
Lord knows the cold wind blows it’ll turn your head around
Well, there’s hours of time on the telephone line
To talk about things to come
Sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground.

oh, I've seen fire and I've seen rain
I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end
I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend
But I always thought that I'd see you again
Track Name: Please Call Me, Baby
The evening fell just like a star, left a trail behind
You spit as you slammed out the door
If this is love we're crazy
'cause we fight like cats and dogs
But I just know there's got to be more

So please call me, baby
Wherever you are
It's too cold to be out walking in the streets
We do crazy things when we're wounded, everyone's a bit insane
I don't want you catching your death of cold out walking in the rain

I admit that I ain't no angel
I admit that I ain't no saint
I'm selfish and I'm cruel but you're blind
If I exorcise my devils, well my angels may leave too
And when they leave they're so hard to find

So please call me, baby
Wherever you are
It's too cold to be out walking in the streets
We do crazy things when we're wounded, everyone's a bit insane
I don't want you catching your death of cold out walking in the rain

We're always at each other's throats
You know it drives me up the wall
But most of the time I'm just blowing off steam
And I wish to God you'd leave me
Baby I wish to God you'd stay
Life's so different than it is in your dreams

So please call me, baby
Wherever you are
It's too cold to be out walking in the streets
We do crazy things when we're wounded, everyone's a bit insane
I don't want you catching your death of cold out walking in the rain
Track Name: If I Loved You
If I loved you,
time and again I would try to say all I'd want you to know
If I loved you,
words wouldn't come in an easy way
round in circles I'd go

Longing to tell you, but afraid and shy
I let my golden chances pass me by

Soon, you'd leave me
off you would go in the mist of day
Never, never to know
how I loved you....

If I loved you
Track Name: There is a Ship
there is a ship, and she sails the sea
she's loaded deep as deep can be
but not as deep as the love I'm in
I know not if I sink or swim

I leaned my back against an oak
thinking it was a trusty tree
but first it bent and then it broke
just as my love proved false to me

oh love is gentle and love is kind
the sweetest flower when first it's new
but love grows old and it waxes cold
and fades away like morning dew

the water is wide, I cannot get o'er
and neither have I wings to fly
give me a boat that can carry two
and both shall row, my love and I

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