Antique Dreams and Collectable Pleasures

by Alex Walsh

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I recorded this at home in 1999 on my new computer. I was working in an Antique Mall in San Francisco. I decided to release it in 2005. Matt Gray made a cool cover.

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released August 1, 2005

Recorded by Alex Walsh at home in SF
Doris Doris recorded by Lars Jensen at Barnyard Studios, SF
Mastered by Gary Hobish
Art work by Matt Gray

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Alex Walsh San Francisco, California

Alex Walsh is a singer/songwriter whose witty Americana originals are accentuated by his blues inspired guitar and heart- felt voice. With seven recordings released over the last decade, Walsh has a dedicated following and continues to inspire audiences from New York to San Francisco, Europe and beyond. ... more

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Track Name: I Still Love You
I STILL LOVE YOU (Walsh)

I know I’m past my prime
I know I messed up a thousand times
I know I can’t fake it
I know I can’t leave

I still love you
I still love you

I must be the luckiest man alive
When I’m near you I cry for joy
Like the sky in a golden sunset
I know this is the end

I still love you
I still love you
Track Name: What Took You So Long?
WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG? (Walsh)

What took you so long?
Can’t you see the fire is gone
You took your life for granted
Riding elephants and eating mangos
You scrape the dirt from your hands
Stories and legends in your fingernails

What took you so long?
You left when nothing was wrong
You have your bungalow
Treasures in the Indian snow
Your lover cries at the shore
Where is my carpet? The magic is gone

The little girl and the dragonfly
That was you leaving L.A. for the last time

What took you so long?
Vacation with a bong
Your passport fairytale
Bombay was a Mexican jail
The heat under your skin
Everything’s burning, you don’t fit in

So baby, after tonight
It’s back to the daze of your everyday life
Track Name: Sunshine Daydream
SUNSHINE DAYDREAM (Walsh)

Sunshine Daydream
Melts like ice cream
Splashy splashy
Sticky taffy

CHORUS
Why would a lemon drop lie
When there’s so much beauty in the truth
Why would a jelly bean hide
When there’s beauty in the other world and beauty inside

Sunshine Daydream
Skipping merrily
Playground jelly bean
Sand box tangerine

CHORUS
CHORUS

Do you have a Sunshine Daydream believer
In your heart a little child
A child of bliss and a child to kiss
On a rosy cheek
In a Sunshine Daydream
In a Sunshine Daydream
In a Sunshine Daydream
Track Name: Doris, Doris
DORIS, DORIS (Walsh)

Doris, Doris
She’s a ninety year old chorus
She’s a fire in the sun
She’s a child playing with a yo-yo

She’s got some coffee cake from 1963
And if you’re really good she’ll cut you up a piece
And for the hundredth time she’ll tell you all about her family

Doris, Doris
She’s a ninety year old chorus
She’s a symphony of one
She’s a child girl dancing on a rainbow

She’s the kind of gal that likes to wheel and deal
Loved by everyone, a legend in her field
She’s a sexy brawd so look out, she’s on the prowl

Dammit, I can’t find my teeth!

Doris, Doris
She’s a ninety year old chorus
She’s a fire in the sun
She’s a child playing with a yo-yo

Doris, Doris
She’s a ninety year old chorus
She’s a symphony of one
She’s a child girl dancing on a rainbow

Doris, Doris
She’s a ninety year old chorus
She’s a century of fun
She’s a lady laughing at the freak show

She’s a child playing with a yo-yo
She’s a child girl dancing on a rainbow
She’s a lady laughing at the freak show
She’s a light shining in my window
Track Name: It's An Easy Life
IT’S AN EASY LIFE (Walsh)

Rest your weary eyes
Take off your disguise
Don’t you know it’s easier to sleep?
Who took all the money?
You took all the money
You spent your fortune on rice and beans

The ice truck delivers every three days

CHORUS
It’s an easy life, it’s a hard life
So forgive your frozen fingers or your fear will turn to ice
It’s an easy life, it’s a hard life
So work hard don’t you sweat it or you might as well forget it
It’s an easy life
It’s an easy life

The blind man holds the ticket
Your destination is in Braille
So grab hold of his dog
And ride the magic bus
Life is hard enough without all your complaining
Go to the wailing wall if you want sympathy

The hangman is calling, he’s on your side

CHORUS
CHORUS

Rest your weary eyes
Take off your disguise
Don’t you know it’s easier to sleep?
When the money’s gone
You’ll be drifting on
You squandered it away now you have to pay

The judge and jury take you out for lunch

CHORUS
CHORUS
Track Name: Vampire
VAMPIRE (Walsh)

She’s coming ‘round to change herself for you
She’ll be a clown to be with you

She’ll stuff any feeling to make you feel alright
She’ll give you anything to be with you

And if you leave she will die
She’s a vampire
Track Name: Danielle The Wishing Well
DANIELLE THE WISHING WELL (Walsh)

Danielle the wishing well
The black cat’s got you under her spell
‘Round and ‘round and ‘round you fell
Through the crack in the wishing well

Underneath a broken tree
The devil found his fantasy
Lying there in the winter snow
You said yes ‘cause you couldn’t say no

Danielle the wishing well
Went to town with a story to tell
“I’ve seen a man with a light in his eyes
He had a pitchfork mouth and he came from the skies”

The townsfolk took her to the tree
They read the rites on bended knee
The full moon laughed in the starry sky
The black cat watched with burning eyes

Danielle the wishing well
Lived and died and went to hell
She chased the cat and then she fell
Broke her neck in the wishing well

The townsfolk came from miles around
They could not find the hole in the ground
The black cat found her way to the pound
The full moon laughed without a sound

Danielle the wishing well
Danielle the wishing well
Track Name: Lisan
LISAN (Walsh)

Lisan, can’t you see what’s going on?
You cut my hair it’s on the floor
I don’t need you anymore

Lisan, get on back to your salon
Your husband’s waiting at the door
He’s the one who loves you more

Lisan
Lisan

Lisan, remember me when I’m gone
Keep my picture at the store
I always left you wanting more

Lisan
Lisan
Track Name: Jim Bogue Turned 69
JIM BOGUE TURNED 69 (Walsh)

Jim Bogue turned 69
69 never felt so fine
You better believe it
Don’t look back, here you go
Have some cake on me, Jimmy Bogue

Jim Bogue turned 69
69 for the first time
Remember 50?
“Surprise surprise,” the children cried,
“Dry your eyes, he’s still alive”, Jimmy Bogue

Jim Bogue turned 69
69 was a valentine
You should have seen it
His lovely wife took him out
Showed the man what loves about, Jimmy Bogue

Jim Bogue turned 69
69 was a fine wine
He’s at his peak
A collectible sheik
Walking talking antique, Jimmy Bogue

Jim Bogue turned 69
69 never felt so fine
69 never felt so fine
69 never felt so fine