Mercury Maybe

by Thom Donovan

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Recorded in my apartment on my laptop in Nashville, TN—except for "I'll Come Running", which was taken from earlier "Cast A Light" sessions in 2008.

"Drive" was written by my brother, originally recorded in 1997 on an 8-track half inch tape machine. This version is a re-recording of that song.

Ken & Roberta's parts were recorded in Toronto (see credits).

credits

released March 27, 2012

All songs by Thom Donovan. © 2012 Elevator to a Penthouse Music/Nettwerk (BMI), except:
"Drive" written by Stephen Donovan. © 1997 Elevator to a Penthouse Music/Nettwerk (BMI), & Stephen Donovan Music (BMI).
"Still All Right", "Liza" & "Division Street" written by Thom Donovan & Ken Harrison. © 2012 Elevator to a Penthouse Music/Nettwerk (BMI), & Nettwerk (ASCAP).
"The Partisan" written by Emmanuel D’Astier de la Vigerie & Anna Marly. © 1943.

Produced & performed by Thom Donovan.
Mixed & mastered by Thom Donovan.

Recorded & mixed at the Control Tower, Nashville, TN.
Mastered in Nashville, TN.

Additional musicians:
Roberta Harrison: vocals on "Drive" & "Still All Right"
Ken Harrison: organ & wurlitzer on "Still All Right", wurlitzer & upright piano on "Liza"

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Track Name: Drive
We thought we caught something
Slipped right by the corner of our eyes
It slipped into our heads and veins
Much to our deep surprise

She said, “You said you never had nothing that made you feel so alive …
You said there’s always something here keeping you alive”

As you turned to me and said, “Baby just drive”

And I thought I’d gone unnoticed right by
The corner of your eyes
I slipped into your head and veins
Much to your, I said, your deep surprise

She said, “You said you never had no one who made you feel so alive …
You said there’s always something here keeping you alive”

As you turned to me and said,
“Baby just drive”

You said, “You never had no one who made you feel so alive”
You said, “There’s always something here keeping you alive”

And as you turned to me and say, “Baby just drive”
Track Name: Bring Me the Light
I couldn’t stand the look of all the sadness strung across your face
The other day when winter came around & washed the cool wind across this place

Meet me on the other side, let me take your hand
We’ll climb a ladder to the sun & carry on & watch the world spinning round

Bring me the light, show me you’re alive
Come on bring me the light & move me
Tell me it’ll be alright

I couldn’t stand the time away I just had to call & say
I need you because the heat is beating me & the river won’t wash me in this State

Meet me on the other side, let me take your hand
We’ll climb a ladder to the sun & carry on & skip this war from the beginning

Bring me the light, show me you’re alive
Come on bring me the light & move me
Tell me it’ll be alright

Meet me on the other side, let me take your hand
We’ll climb a ladder to the sun and carry on & watch the world from the beginning

Bring me the light, show me you’re alive
Come on bring me the light & move me
Tell me it’ll be alright
Tell me it’ll be alright
Tell me it’ll be alright
Track Name: Hands Upon the Heir
Hands upon the heir
Your love is complicated
There’s fire where the flowers used to grow
There’s fire where the flowers used to grow

Hands upon the heir
Your righteous fabrications
There’s fire where the flowers used to grow
There’s fire where the flowers used to grow

Pourquoi cashez-vous (Why do you hide?)

Hands upon the heir
Your love is complicated
There’s fire where the flowers used to grow
There’s fire where the flowers used to grow

Pourquoi cashez-vous (Why do you hide?)
Track Name: Still All Right
I try to amaze you with things that I say but I just can’t get it right
I keep dealing with these feelings I hope they get underlined
Don’t stop turning you spin in a straight line you capture my dark with your light

You paint the sky
Every time you change my mind
You don’t have to tell me why
We’re still all right
We’re still all right
We’re still all right

So clear what I’m thinking gets lost in the ink when I try to put it down
Someone keeps stealing each line worth keeping but the thief makes no sound
Don’t stop turning I spin in a straight line my love is a verb and a noun

You paint the sky
Every time you change my mind
You don’t have to tell me why
We’re still all right
We’re still all right
We’re still all right

I write this down and hope that it shows
I’ll follow you wherever you go

You paint the sky
Every time you change my mind
You don’t have to tell me why
We’re still all right
We’re still all right
We’re still all right
Track Name: Liza
I can’t remember what you told me
This mischief keeps me at bay
Life unfolds into a story
Where they don’t give the ending away

Some days it’s so quiet in this house
The silence is screaming without a sound

No. Never mind. Never mind. Never mind.
No. Never mind. Never mind. Never mind …

Why can’t I ever fill this bucket?
Why can’t I keep myself away?
Why can’t I see what I’m becoming?
I am the patch that is frayed

Some days it’s so quiet in this house
The silence is screaming without a sound

No. Never mind. Never mind. Never mind.
No. Never mind. Never mind. Never mind …
Track Name: The Partisan
When they poured across the border
I was cautioned to surrender,
This I could not do.
I took my gun and vanished.

I have changed my name so often,
I've lost my wife and children
But I have many friends.
And some of them are with me.

An old woman gave us shelter,
Kept us hidden in the garret,
Then the soldiers came.
She died without a whisper.

There were three of us this morning
I'm the only one this evening
But I must go on.
The frontiers are my prison.

Oh, the wind, the wind is blowing,
Through the graves the wind is blowing,
Freedom soon will come.
Then we'll come from the shadows.

Les Allemands e'taient chez moi, (The Germans were at my home)
Ils me dirent, "Signe toi," (They said, "Sign yourself,")
Mais je n'ai pas peur; (But I am not afraid)
J'ai repris mon arme. (I have retaken my weapon)

J'ai change' cent fois de nom, (I have changed names a hundred times)
J'ai perdu femme et enfants (I have lost wife and children)
Mais j'ai tant d'amis; (But I have so many friends)
J'ai la France entie`re. (I have all of France)

Un vieil homme dans un grenier (An old man, in an attic)
Pour la nuit nous a cache', (Hid us for the night)
Les Allemands l'ont pris; (The Germans captured him)
Il est mort sans surprise. (He died without surprise)

Oh, the wind, the wind is blowing, etc.
Track Name: Division Street
If I could ask you
How to turn this thing around
How to keep from falling
Would you tell me?

Could you take me?
Past our Division Street
Past conscience calling
Would you take me?

I don’t want to end up haunted
By the crack in the road we missed
Sometimes you only notice when you turn and walk away
It was right there …
Staring you in the face

On the corner
Where I tried to get your name
Where I tried to convince you
Just to see me

Can we go back?
And pretend that nothing’s changed
Like we were always …
Always the same

I don’t want to end up haunted
By the crack in the road we missed
Sometimes you only notice when you turn and walk away
It was right there staring you in the face
I don’t want to end up haunted
By the crack in the road we missed
Sometimes you only notice when you turn and walk away
It was right there staring you in the face
You were right there …
Staring me in the face
Track Name: Postcards
Don’t stand in front of what you do know
Keep the past right outside your window
Let the morning rain hit your face and cool you
You don’t need drugs to keep you sane when
Youth leaves you like a neglected friend
Stare straight at the light as it penetrates you

You’re the only thing that I need
The only thing that I need
The only thing that I need

Catch your breath as you peer into outer space
In telescopes and mirrors bent as you gaze
Through a hole as black as night don’t let me lose you
Your face lit up like the Northern Lights
In the stars like the darkness they ignite
I hold you tight because I know I can’t live without you

You’re the only thing that I need
The only thing that I need
The only thing that I need
Track Name: Shapes
I see you in the spotlight
By the river dark as your hair
I dream of you with wide eyes
With a beautiful stare you cut my heart

I hear a perfect song
A perfect symphony
When you talk
I don’t need an invisible god
Gods never show up
But you’re always there

Your sweet comfort in the night
Bouquet of changes leaving no trace
I keep these thoughts locked inside
Inside a still frame image in my mind

I hear a perfect song
A perfect symphony
When you talk
I don’t need an invisible god
Gods never show up
But you’re always there
Track Name: I'll Come Running
You can go home
You can travel alone
If you call me
I’ll come running

You can reap what you sow
You can slide you can grow
If you call me
I’ll come running

Only if you’ll love me
Will I stay …

You can break my heart
You can tear me apart
If you call me
I’ll come running

You can scream you can shout
Don’t just hang around
If you need me
I’ll come running

Only if you’ll love me
Will I stay …