Keep Your Secrets

by Brigid Kaelin

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1.
Highway 04:32
drivin' down a highway in southern arkansas thinking 'how many miles on this road before you're gone?' the sun is escaping me, but you're keeping pace even though i'm at least a thousand miles from our place. i look at all the sights, things i've never seen before and all i can think is, 'how many days more?' a beautiful lake, and i'm inspired by the view, but all i wanna do is describe it to you i thought, 'if i got away, i might notice i was trapped, but now the only place i wanna go is back.' and the miles aren't getting any shorter there's still 24 hours in a day and you're not getting any closer and i'm counting down the miles on this long highway. i spent years making plans to leave only to find a hundred other people just like me we're all standing around thinking we should all go home take a little more vacation from our little time alone i swear i wasn't like this i could go away for weeks i could leave everything behind, never call, never blink but i'm missing you now, and i think that's okay what's happened to me? what's happened to me? i wanted to escape to get you out of my head but here i am making room for your absence in my bed and the miles aren't getting any shorter there's still 24 hours in a day and you're not getting any closer and i'm counting down the miles on this long highway. they say to gather rosebuds while ye may i've picked enough for a hundred bouquets but time's not slowing down and i don't want it to slow down if you're not gonna be around me and the miles aren't getting any shorter there's still 24 hours in a day and you're not getting any closer and i'm counting down the miles on this long highway.
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Secrets 04:31
it's getting hot inside my head, i try to take control feels like what's missing ain't the button, but the hole and i just can't figure out what's bothering me so is it all in my mind? you change the subject, wish my eyes were as glazed or at least that this was just some stupid phase no i don't think you're stealing, we just think alike these days but you act on it first you just keep your secrets, i'll hold on to mine it's too bad we can't make it work too bad we won't even try i say it's just our ego really it's just mine you keep your secrets and i will keep mine so does this mean we're gonna have to do without each other's minds 'cause i have my doubts please don't ask that awful question, "what are you thinking about?" well i wish i could tell you. you just keep your secrets, i'll hold on to mine it's too bad we can't make it work too bad we won't even try i say it's just our ego really it's just mine you keep your secrets and i will keep mine i wish i weren't jealous of the way you use your words i'd rather not be just some other mockingbird and i wish i could excuse myself to another avenue 'cause i wanna be your muse, but i wanna create too. it's a sad conclusion, doesn't quite make sense if we're gonna build a partnership, how can we build a fence but i've got to tell you, babe, in my defense, i can't tell you a thing. you just keep your secrets, i'll hold on to mine it's too bad we can't make it work too bad we won't even try i say it's just our ego really it's just mine you keep your secrets and i will keep mine
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i've got a new boy, i gotta tell you about he's not my type at all nothing like any of the others i've had but i'm having myself a ball it's time i had a little something different i'm trying to find a whole new theme it probably won't last, so i'm moving fast he's my future mr. used-to-be he's my future mr used-to-be it's time i started thinking about me he's nice to me, but more than that we look great together in photographs and he's just my future mr. used-to-be he ain't that smart, but i don't care he's got really really really really really great hair he's got a good car, never shows up late, brings me flowers just about every day so he don't have a job and he lives with his mum but he works out every day, you should see his bum for once let me think of my own needs and my future mr. used-to-be he's my future mr. used-to-be it's time i started thinking about me so he's nice to me, he's genuine okay, so he's republican but he's just my future mr. used-to-be (solo) he's my future mr. used-to-be it's time i started thinking about me so he's weak of mind, but his body's strong and it's not like he'll be around that long he's just my future mr. used-to-be
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has anyone here seen my bike? they stole it last saturday night late model softtail classic a few dents on the left side of the gas tank has anyone seen my bike? late one night in early march, stars clear in the sky the band played the music, my friend at the bar asking for a double rocket-rye sorry pal, you know we don't serve that here quit askin, i'm tired of your antics a grin and a grumble, not quite sure what he said from behind those dark sunglasses slainte, cheers, i drink to your health you drank to mine slainte, cheers, i drink to your health with a double rocket-rye. another sunday night, and i'm up on the stage playing to a few folks i know a familiar voice from the back of the room yells "play 'ode to billie joe'" sorry pal, you know i don't know the words quit askin, i'll learn them sometime for now, sit back, i'll play something else didn't you say that you liked patsy cline? thought i heard you say you liked patsy cline. slainte, cheers, i drink to your health you drank to mine slainte, cheers, i drink to your health with a double rocket-rye. oh please won't you come for a ride with me today i won't tell your dad look i've even brought you some shades, there's no need to be scared. my old violin it is missing a string could you bring me one please the top one, the high one, i think it's an "e" i need you to bring me a string well i brought you a string for that old violin and here's your rocket rye and i learned all the words to 'ode to billie joe' but i can't seem to find your bike. has anyone here seen my bike? they stole it last saturday night late model softtail classic a few dents on the left side of the gas tank has anyone seen my bike? could you tell me have you seen my bike?
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Brown Liquor 04:02
i know i should know better i know i should get out of this place when i watch you from across the room and i see you there i know there must be another way i know exactly what is good for m and i know what i should not have and i know you're reputation and i know that what you'll do to me i just can't have you're a tall drink of whisky and brown liquor gets me down and i want you to resist me but i'll let you throw me 'round and feel that sweet intoxication i know you will consume me probably i'll like it so go ahead and use me. i just wanna be alone but i like to have you near i want you to step right in on cue and put those big strong arms all around you're a tall drink of whisky and brown liquor gets me down and i want you to resist me but i'll let you throw me 'round and feel that sweet intoxication i know you will consume me probably i'll like it so go ahead and use me. so go ahead and use me. use me. i can only handle a shot of you a single from the well but you're a double on the rocks you make every day a living hell take me away from here 'cause i'm dying for one chance to see things clear you're a tall drink of whisky and brown liquor gets me down and i want you to resist me but i'll let you throw me 'round and feel that sweet intoxication i know you will consume me probably i'll like it so go ahead and use me. go ahead and use me. go ahead abuse me.
6.
woke up this morning like i do in every song i went to brush my teeth and saw that there was something wrong that ain't water in the drain and let me tell y'all that something that i smelled there was pure grain alcohol there's whisky in the faucet, oh man i thought i'd lost it with that amber water flowing drop by drop so grab a mason jar 'cause it's time to stock the bar oh lord oh please don't ever let it stop. i ran into the kitchen just as fast as i could go i checked the sink in there to see if it had the whisky flow much to my surprise it was flowing like a fountain this must be what they mean by the big rock candy mountain i called my friends to spread the news before ten minutes passed folks i didn't even know were holding up a glass wild turkey, jameson's, jack and jim and bushmill's i didn't care how much they drank, my landlord pays the bills now me and all my friends we just party until dark 'cause there ain't a chance in hell that we'll run out of maker's mark the only problem i can see that makes things slightly tricky you can't take a bath to hide the smell when the pipes are flowin' whisky.
7.
Delaware 04:12
haven't heard from you lately i don't mean to be bothering you people ask how you're doing can't admit that i haven't a clue i'm sure you've just been real busy the city and all its bright lights i know they're much more exciting than our dull country nights the piano stopped drinking soon after you went away and chatty old cathy ran out of things to say but george is still crossing the delaware billie's still singing the blues lisa's still smiling her own special smile and i'm still here waiting for you things here have been, well, slow sue had her baby last june i just wanna make sure that you know that i'm so proud of you the piano stopped drinking soon after you went away and chatty old cathy ran out of things to say but george is still crossing the delaware billie's still singing the blues lisa's still smiling her own special smile and i'm still here waiting for you
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big ol house, four suv's, three point two kids with a social disease one dog with 48 fleas, adds up to nothing at all i'm on marriage number 3 and a half this one's nice but he looks a giraffe i was looking for love, settled for a laugh now i got nothing at all i've got nothing at all and he's got nothing but you and probably you've got nothing too but that's all right we'll be okay i wouldn't have it any other way walking down 14th street in my 300 dollar shoes tossing 25 cents to a man singing 12 bar blues i've seen 4 oceans and 7 seas and i'm proud to drink 6 dollar coffees i can't do the math without a machine but they say i got nothing at all i've got nothing at all and he's got nothing but you and probably you've got nothing too but that's all right we'll be okay i wouldn't have it any other way
10.
I Want You All (free) 04:39
the days are getting longer and the nights a bit more wild and suddenly i'm thinking how i'm really not a child i've been good for so damn long and now that i'm alone my moral slide is slippin down the road the winter it's been long and dark and invariably cold it's about time that i spread my mind and was a bit more bold i think that i'll try something new snce i'm no longer bound i think this summer all i'm gonna do is sleep around. i'm not in the mood for any chocolates or flowers don't ask me to stay i'm gonna leave within the hour don't think that you'll get my number i ain't gonna call i don't want just one of you, i want you all. used to me that i could only handle one but times have changed think i'm allowed to have a bit more fun maybe i'll call an old boyfriend to please my libido maybe i'll find someone new and we'll go incognito and i'll find a mat, a jon, a pat, a howie, or a ben or maybe i'll find some swedish guy who'll let me call him sven after all this is a pretty big freakin down so why the hell should i not just sleep around. i'm not in the mood for any chocolates or flowers don't ask me to stay i'm gonna leave within the hour don't think that you'll get my number i ain't gonna call i don't want just one of you, i want you all. well i'm a maladjusted girl i've just been kinda bored i'm sick of being loved and i don't wanna be adored i guess that someone threw my heart into the lost and found and since i've got no time to look, i guess that i'll just sleep around. i'm not in the mood for any chocolates or flowers don't ask me to stay i'm gonna leave within the hour don't think that you'll get my number i ain't gonna call i don't want just one of you, i want you all. maybe when the clocks roll back i'll fall to my old ways and sit around frustrated thinking of recent days but till that time i think that i'll just keep on going down to the bars cause why should i not sleep around? i'm not in the mood for any chocolates or flowers don't ask me to stay i'm gonna leave within the hour don't think that you'll get my number i ain't gonna call i don't want just one of you, i want you all.

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Brigid Kaelin's first album "Keep Your Secrets" is now out of print. Features the singles "Whisky in the Faucet," "Future Mr. Used-to-Be," and "Ballad of Motorcycle Joe," all of which have been heard on radio programs around the world, including NPR's "A Prairie Home Companion."

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released June 21, 2005

recorded by Howie Gano

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A "plucky redhead," a "genre-defying vaudeville rocker," and an "amazing multi-instrumentalist," Brigid Kaelin is a full-on entertainer. You've read her blog, heard her on the BBC and on NPR's "A Prairie Home Companion," seen her play accordion with Elvis Costello, and laughed and cried at her original alt-country cabaret songs. Maybe it's time to buy her albums? ... more

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