Camera Obscura

by Paul Melancon

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released September 17, 2002

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Track Name: Overture
By now you’ve reached the turnpike
I know you so well
From the hills the park at night
waves the beach farewell
Read my message scrawled in light
I guess you can tell

I hear what you’re saying
but here’s my chance to weigh in
and tell you all the things I know
Like two weeks are not a lifetime
but it’s all the time I’ll need to show
Maybe it’s me that’s not right
but this is how things always go
where I come from

Could you see the plans I was making
ever since you got home
The well-lit undertaking
A monument to show
that here is the fire I’ve been saving
in the time I’ve spent alone

When you left the last time
you never even knew
that every chance I had to call
was swallowed up by what I thought
So when you came back home
I swore I’d make this subtle overture

I know what you’re thinking
and your resolve is breaking now
I’ll tell you what you need to know
and two weeks will be a lifetime
with me inside to feed the show
and maybe it’s me that’s not right
but this is how it’s supposed to go
where I come from

(©2002 UbikMusik, BMI)
Track Name: King Sham
Look up, see the curtains are falling
Look up, that’s my name they’re all calling
It fits only too well but it’s not mine

I know it seems easy to claim it, but
it’s so and I’m here to defame it
I stepped backwards and fell
Wore this outfit until
it fits only too well but it’s not mine

and if I were somebody else
maybe he’d see the joke
or at least that it’s a waste of time
But I’m too weak to resign

Look up, see my subjects have had it
Look up, that’s my name they’re all damning
There’s a chance I can tell
Well, at least one in hell
It fits only too well but it’s not mine

Every glance you’ve taken
All the days spent shaken
Every breath is working
only to break your world
She’s a test that’s given
with the answers written
out on the back so you’ll know, King Sham

So look up, see the curtains are falling
Look up, that’s my name they’re all calling
It fits only too well but it’s not mine
King Sham

(©2002 UbikMusik, BMI)
Track Name: Sherman
She’s headed south with debts left to pay
and just one tired line to get by
I’ll never make this last stand in time
and she’ll come on down
See the path she has left behind

I’m falling back a little too slow
and I’m sure she can see it’s a lie
Maybe I never wanted to fight
as she comes on down
As the toll climbs
maybe I’m not at home
but I left a key for her to find
and a note
‘welcome home, love’

How many years did it take just to find me?
And the face that you left me to see only serves to remind me
that each time you speak I forget what to say
But the signs line the streets of this familiar parade
and each one repeats that you get what you pay

She’s laid the trap so well even I could see it
Dead sure I know that there’s one way out
As the smoke rises
up above the horizon
I’ve learned enough to lay down
and take what comes
Welcome home, love

(©2002 UbikMusik, BMI)
Track Name: Now Wait For Last Year
Is this your song?
It’s been a long time since you backed in
Your smiling face could lead you any place
Pick your destination
Take your time if only for awhile
No, pack it up, it’s not enough for now

Are you even home?
I called to tell you things have changed
But you went away to feed your disgrace
And your ticker tape aspirations
And so we see you wave to the crowd
It’s your big day
And will the traffic break up long enough for me?

So look to the sky
There’s a spot you forgot to white out
And I won’t be deceived again
or hang around and fight
and I’ll be waiting now for last year

Could I get you to stay?
Could we ever hope to be all right?
I only let you in so we could just begin
To wrap it up and say it’s over
But take your time, I know that I am wrong
No, I’m better off the sooner you are gone

And so we see you wave to the crowd
It’s your big day
And will the traffic break up long enough for me?

So why did you go?
Didn’t you know I’d change my mind?
And it’s a given that your spotlight leads you blind
So look to the sky
There’s a spot you forgot to white out
And I won’t be deceived again
Or hang around and fight
And I’ll be waiting now for last year
(I called to tell you I’ll be fine)
And I’ll be waiting now for last year
(You left your exit polls to remind me)
And I’ll be waiting now for last year

(©2002 UbikMusik, BMI)
Track Name: Entr'Acte
The moon is out tonight
Lonely satellite
Drifting in the sky
Silver firefly

Up above, things are how they should be

The moon is out tonight
Lonely satellite
Drifting in the sky
Silver firefly

There you shine, the lantern in my mind

Show yourself at twilight, please
Little face I want to see, reveal yourself to me

The moon is out tonight
Lonely satellite
Drifting in the sky
Silver firefly

Up above, things are how they should be
Track Name: Jeff Lynne
She says it’s alright
She always knew that I’d prefer to be alone
than try to prove her wrong
Well, maybe I just might
or maybe to me it’s clear you’re determined to go
no matter what I might show
So I won’t pretend I’m even surprised
that the look of you leaving is there in your eyes
I’d have to say I could see it all along

Though I know more will just follow
I’ll take my chances tomorrow and I
will keep it all inside
You’ll never know that I
feel just like Jeff Lynne

She’s on the next flight
She calls to say she doesn’t need to run away
I could show her anything to stay
But though there’s a chance at the airport gate
well, I can just see it’s already too late
I’d have to say I could see it all along

They say I do myself in
things will pick up if I just try
Can’t they see that I
that I have tried
to be just like Jeff Lynne

Another rainy night alone
A silent tear cried on the phone
And isn’t that just why
I even try?

The feeling I get when you love me
doesn't compare to you leaving me
I will keep it all inside
you'll never know that I
that I have tried
to be just like Jeff Lynne
just like Jeff Lynne
just like Jeff Lynne

(©2002 UbikMusik, BMI)
Track Name: Hey, California
Could we both be honest here this time?
I won’t spit your name if you’ll learn mine
I’ll be fine
Got this feeling that love might have shown
but it’s clear now that I’ll have to go

Where’s all the angels in your name?
Why can’t I leave and be the same?
I’ll be fine
and it’s clear now that I’ll have to go
but there’s one thing that I’d like to know
now

And whoever said you were willing to shine
could never have seen you from behind
in a clear light

I almost believed that I’d been saved
in bed with the lie that we both made
I’ll be fine
There’s just one thing that I’d like to know
Couldn’t we both have left it alone?
You in your world and me on my own?

Hey, California
You had it in for me when I arrived
Hey, California
Now you’ll spread your freakish wings and fly
Hey, California
Sing me your sleepless lullaby

(©2002 UbikMusik, BMI)
Track Name: Little Plum
Here in the springtime
I hear you breathing
and every smile you give me
is so revealing
I'm caught up inside your eyes
the sunlight plays a tune
and I can't help but feel
the same descant in you

Hooray for showing
Hooray for feeling love inside
Hooray for knowing
I've got something that I just can't hide

I'm green this summer
I swear it's so
There's nothing jealous to it
not that you'd know
Maybe you're too busy while
you ripen for the crowd
but these misgivings
I will never share aloud

Hooray for stumbling
Hooray for mistakes in my touch
Hooray for something
but I'm guessing that’s asking too much

It's cold this winter
and I'm not sleeping
Your love has left me but
the secret's keeping
That while the leaves were falling
I had found you on the ground
Your heady bloom was plucked
while I was not around

Hooray for needing
Hooray for covering it up
Hooray for leaving
Hooray for what I let go of
Hooray for sorrow
and I hope tomorrow comes alone

But who will love you, little plum?

(©2002 UbikMusik, BMI)
Track Name: Hitchcock Blonde
She calls ahead to the front desk at night
unaware the bellman’s long since gone
Hanging up the phone she switches off the light
Heaven help them both if she’s guessed wrong

Alright, as darkness starts to fall
she wets her hair and dyes it Hitchcock blonde

He pours another Chelsea and watches the time
knowing full well their scene is done
Totally devoted and ignored, she plays it fine
but he can see it’s clear her role has run

Alright, he’s ripe to move along
and shape himself another Hitchcock blonde

But something lurks within her fragrance and her smile
She’s no idiot and she’s known it for awhile

Alright, she slips the gun out of sight
and tells herself she’s no one’s Hitchcock blonde

(©2002 UbikMusik, BMI)
Track Name: Finé
If there's no rain now then I'll be alright
I'll keep 'til everything falls
I sit here warmed by the note that you left
and the light from the carnival stalls
You couldn't leave well enough alone
you pressed 'til you pushed it down
So now you'll have something new to tell
Try hard to miss me when I come around

Will you come to see me shine?

It's not the letter that leaves me to wish
there was something that I could do
But I'll try to give you what you say you want
I'll burn your bridges for you
It's not that the phrases have gone to my head
not the indifference that makes me so bold
It's just that it seems that the fire in my eyes
was too big for this town to ever hold

Will you come to see me shine?

Who could blame you? I will
For the wreck that this place has become
For your papercut symphony
For this fire

I sit here warmed by the heat in the air
and the light from what's left of the walls
Believe me whenever you make the mistake
of coming back here after all

Will you come to see me shine?

Who could blame you? I will
When you find out it’s me in this show
A bright star too late
but it seems that’s how things always go
where I come from

(©2002 UbikMusik, BMI)