boat with no oars

by mary bue

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released April 17, 2007

graphic design: adam guggemos
most of the photos on this website: ryan lemahieu

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mary bue Minneapolis, Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE’S BEST LOCAL ALBUMS OF 2015 (SO FAR): “Heretofore more of a tender coffeehouse balladeer, the Duluth music scene mainstay plugged in and blew off a harbor’s worth of steam while recording her breakthrough collection...Fans of ’90s alt-rock darlings like Belly & Jen Trynin will immediately take to the rocky hooks of songs like “Candy” and “Heart’s Desire.” - Riemenschneider ... more

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Track Name: no turning back
take the next exit,
let's get off the map.
there will be no turning back
i will have no turning back

stop all the records,
let's get off the track
there will be no turning back
i will have no turning back

could you say,
"I believe in this"
could you say
"I believe in us"
oh, those words would never come
out of your mouth
those words would never come out of your mouth

i take it back
i don't want to try
chalk it up to stolen time
chalk it up to subtle crime
mornings have been missing
and the daylight fades to fast
there will be no turning back
i will have no turning back
Track Name: gorgeous
what makes you so gorgeous
like a man dripping in riches
whose riches inconstant in patience
not to be seen, not to be held, not to be gleaned

clean, clean, like a pressed shirt
and fresh, fresh, like a daisy
and they say girl, you'd best keep your head on
get it straight through your head
your heart is verboten
your heart is a token
a treasure to be won

and he comes in the night
like a ghost, tapping outside your door
and you open it, you open it to find
a gorgeous mind

what makes you so gorgeous
like a man who has built up a fortress
whose charms have led you to lead me
to a moat with a boat, but no oars
a coat with no arms
a sky with no stars

chorus

what makes you so gorgeous
is a face and a mind full of torment
and a smile so smooth you can hide it
i can see it in your eyes
can feel it in your sighs
and i want to hold you tight
i want to hold you tight

so come in the night
just like a ghost
tapping outside my door
and i'll open it, i'll open it to find
a gorgeous mind
Track Name: west is the west
west is the west
and that's where you're going
and i'm in the middle trying to figure out what i'm doing
as i walked up along the creek today
a memory came back of you
standing in the rain

what boy doesn't wish he'd get a song for him
all his, all his that some pretty girl would sing
well it's not like i was falling down in love
but playboys and playgirls can still have some fun

i get wrapped up in a whirlwind
i get caught up in a head trip
i get over my face in some stupid shit
while you're probably driving through wyoming
Track Name: my sweet warrior
please don't you feel weak too
my sweet warrior
i plead you'll find the strength to carry through
put down your firesticks
climb off the trapeze
and come give me a squeeze
your legs like anchors
harbour you
your arms like braided rope tie you down too
cut loose the bindings
and set free your sails
let's sail away today
let's sail away today
Track Name: the city trees
i'd like to tell you about the city trees
the tired lions, the scent on the breeze
i'd like to get a better picture of the weight on my palms
the city's scream
the world's alarm
because something
is pushing me
something is pushing me
something is pushing me to run

no hell raising,
no baby making
caffiene up staying
and showing flames
screens of pixels
berry picking
from what are we sinking
what songs become bold
i was told as a child that i could do anything
i wrote love letters
dripping with hope
and what anything has turned into
is the spin of my tires
the pump of the breaks
and the motion
something is pushing me to run

i wave goodbye again
always leaving, always seeking
some strange jeweled sound
to where am i reaching
a machine? a songbird?
a soft warm hand to brush my cheek
and it's cries
what ancient language
is my sigh

can't you understand??
no ordinary man are you
Track Name: baby i love you
you've got a hymnal
of all the right songs to play
and you've got an archive
of all the right words to say

baby, baby i love you
and that's what it all comes down to

you've got all the maps out
of all the nice places to see
and you've got a cookbook
of all the nice things to make

baby, baby i love you
and that's what it all comes down to
Track Name: chocolate and hawaii
you aquarians keep bringing the magic
and libra keeps the balance nigh
don't sit alone in bed tonight
and dream about the week in hawaii

christmas approaches
a long drastic feat
and i am gorging, gorging
as though i've nothing to eat
belly's full of chocolate and flies
and the sugar high
gets me by tonight
and the piano keys
and the sparkling seas
and the dreams of paris nights
i'm a romantic, boys!
i need the fuschia roses
and i need the honey and the lime

i like the letters
and i like the envelopes
and i like the feathers
and i like the horoscopes
but capricorn, you are so quiet
and cancer brings only sand and water
i'll roam this earth
and i'll tread in winter boots
i'll speak all the ballyhoo
and i'll tickle all your sweet taboo
but i don't do it right
cuz here i am alone tonight
with thoughts of chocolate and hawaii
Track Name: petunias
make sure your creatures
are lined up in rows
plant your petunias
in pots near the roses
and wait for the rain
wait for the sunshine
wait for the rain
wait for the sunshine
you grew nearly six inches taller this year
with your hand above the tomato's stem
you transformed the wilting
from one soul to one more
one soul to one more
one more savior
Track Name: the retina
the sun must
enter the retina
i promise
the hardest thing is trying

psuedo soul, crave revenge
don't know where the rage goes
suck it down in a cabinet
locked in copper wire
locked in copper wire

wind of mere
feeling like a lick of fire
liar i'm a liar
i can't explain myself
i'm having the hardest time
psuedo soul
crave revenge
don't know where the rage goes
and where i come in
don't know where the rage goes
and where i come in
(i'm waiting for your letters
i'm waiting by the post
you're like omega-threes to me baby
it's you i love the most)
Track Name: suitcase full of feathers
sometimes i don't send my letters
dreaming on this suitcase of feathers
that makes me cough, that make me sneeze
that make me seem a little off
make me seem a little off
a longer break that i had expected
but the iron gates held me in overdue
as i walked outside into the blinding white
i was thankful for the thoughts and the thinking through
thankful for the thoughts and the thinking through

this stone emotion
do you have it under control
do you measure out doses of pain perception
and sink below the silence of the riverbend
sink below the silence of the riverbend

i was perched on a desk
my parents at a party
and the rain was starting to fall
it was night in the city
where my uncle was married
and i stared out the window
and listened to the singing
of grace, and hallelujah and lilac wine
and i knew that it was then
that my heart sank deeper
and bled umbrellas and the people ran
with newspapers over their heads
and the streetlights reflecting
brightening the pavement
with trees
and footfalls
and buildings so tall

and my heart sank deeper
and bled umbrellas
and the suitcase full of feathers that makes me sneeze
suitcase full of feathers that makes me sneeze
Track Name: waltz
i never thought of it that way
and i wanted to say hey
thank you for that change of pace
an unexpected twist of fate
i'm beside myself today
recognizing that life's okay
we could hang out by the lake
we could unwrap my dismay
death and gloom
could waltz around the room
and if morning could come in
and i find i can love again
i could look behind and see the things i've lived

and then it was that the nautilus spoke
and it was clear that i was stuck in a joke
a smile appeared when the seashell said hope
i'm not saying that the path became clear
i'm not saying that the fear disappeared
but another clue pointed inward to here
Track Name: big mistake
no, i'm not gonna have your baby
what a big mistake that'd be
no, we're not going to get married
what a big mistake that'd be

let's just meet in darkened barrooms
and smoke and drink
and listen to the saxophone
let's meet up on the corner off broadway
and drive up to boston
scratch one off our list of sins for the day
our to-do list of sins for the day

there's gluttony and there's deception
and adultery in this lustful equation
and you add it all up
and what a full day we've had
indulging this
baby, i feel so bad

so let's just meet in darkened barrooms
and smoke and drink and listen to the saxophone
let's pretend that none of this ever happened
and agree to never see each other again
pretend that we've never met
Track Name: cypress tree
what are your knees for, dear cypress tree?
i watch you from my window, knee deep in mystery
knee deep in swamp water and seasonally in drought
what are your knees for?
i have to find out
i have to find out.

hannah says the knees could be
to help the tree breathe
and they may provide some extra support according to zeke
and natalie paints them and she paints the orchids too
take me on an orchid hunt
want to be surrounded by you
wanna be surrounded by you

i want knees like a cypress tree to help me breathe
i want knees like a cypress tree to help support me
i need knees like a cypress tree the help me breathe
i need knees like a cypress tree to catch a little peace

what are your knees for, dear cypress tree?
i watch you from my window,
knee deep in mystery
knee deep in swamp water and seasonally in drought
what are your knees for?
i have to find out
i have to find out

but in the meantime
come on, natalie,
let's go dancing in miami
i'll wear the dress that jessi gave sarah
and sarah gave me
oh come on, natalie
let's go dancing in miami
i'll wear the shoes that grandma used to dance in
when grandpa came back from the navy

what are your knees for, dear cypress tree?
i watch you from my window, knee deep in mystery
knee deep in swamp water and seasonally in drought
what are your knees for?
i have to find out.
i have to find out.