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1.
Hurry Up Sky 04:36
Hurry Up Sky once we had laughed about a discount store and a diamond ring back when a flame was a friend – a comfort, a delicate dancing thing back when my window held a shelter of sky and we would watch the planes go by please hurry us back to that sweet time hurry up time speed us away to the day when the sky doesn’t rain with the why and the pain hurry up sky carry them home then carry our eyes to your blue and your calm and away from that one black cloud hurry hurry up now once we were strangers bumping past other lives in a focused fog now all our stories have melted into two vivid hours maybe we’re better now – stronger, with a deeper soul and we’ll be whole again in a different way and this time will teach for a new day hurry up time speed us away to the day when the sky doesn’t rain with the why and the pain hurry up sky carry them home then carry our eyes to your blue and your calm and away from that one black cloud hurry hurry up now words and music by Jen Chapin ©2001 Purple Chair Music (ASCAP)
2.
Open Wide 03:04
Open Wide I left the disco before midnight came before my eyes got smoked up and my interest waned I’d been fired up to party but my body wouldn’t play I was recovering from the battles in my head that day that day threw out the window all desires and dreams then they rose like steam clouding up the glass I ran to catch them it was not too late I found my hopes there napping on a subway grate so I begged them to forgive me for my faithless display we wiped the mud off from our trousers then went on our way a way to ask the questions that tear at my smile I know it will be a while ‘til I find a way I read the paper it had been some time to let those words lie waiting seemed to be a crime so I dove into those stories as I never had before and the sadness almost trapped me in the subway doors a door opens my heart up to the world outside if I let it open wide
then I will survive words and music by Jen Chapin ©1998 Purple Chair Music (ASCAP)
3.
Way 03:44
Way There is a way that you’re looking at me baby like you’re caught between heaven and hell there was a day when that look could have tamed me when my affection wasn’t mine to sell there was a way you decided to tantalize me for a while I decided to let you stay a way you conspired to strategize me I played that for a day there was a way that you slid right up sideways to me maybe I’ll wait awhile ‘fore I slide a way that you’re thinking you got me figured out I let you think that way It’s so easy to play when the doors are closed behind us baby and I like to do my playin’ when I can some voices well they tell me to stay others tell me to go now but those voices never had themselves no kind of man well there’s a way you decided to tantalize me for a while I decided to let you stay a way you conspired to strategize me I played that for a day there was a day when sweet talking would satisfy me or a way I’d allow myself to pretend a day when I’d settle for your cheap candy that day is at its end I feel today there’s a rhythm rising round me baby and its hittin’ me and going over your head well I’ve got to say I got to say that it’s time that you go now if it isn’t something that I already said words by Jen Chapin music by Jen Chapin and Mark Zubek © 1996 Purple Chair Music (ASCAP)
4.
Portrait 03:48
Portrait you paint a picture of yourself and you hang it on the wall for all to see including me your bold and clashing color portrait meant to make the critics frown I pull it down put it in my gallery I’d like to wash your colors down please pour them on me ‘til I drown don’t apologize anymore invite me in then you turn me out you paint my canvas shades of doubt I don’t mind I could say that this time is only madness that someday your portrait will fade to grey I don’t know for now I’ll say I’d like to wash your colors down please pour them on me ‘til I drown don’t apologize any more © 1995 Purple Chair Music (ASCAP) words and music by Jen Chapin
5.
Gold 04:28
Gold An old lady once said to me she said: “You see what I got?” so I turned to see she was sitting empty-handed with a secret smile and she said: “I got gold and it shines in dark places” so I thought about this lady and what she had to say and I try to put all my life in one day try to look for that gold in everything I do and I think I see a little in you wherever I go I got gold so let’s see what we can put into today I wanna go hear my man Fred Wesley play the trombone just one note a piece of gold that he has inside that’ll never be sold wanna stir up some trouble everywhere I go wanna suck in the sunshine and roll in the snow there are so many things that I wanna do and I think I wanna do ‘em with you wherever we go we got gold © 1996 Purple Chair Music (ASCAP)
6.
Don’t Miss You I don’t miss you, no not in normal ways instead the missing is my friend who teases me and plays we have our little rituals we have our subtle signs our dances round the lack of you each of which combines to tell me I don’t miss you no, not at least these days No I don’t really miss you except when you close the door behind then all the mocking moments point and grin just to remind me that they will be my company for all the time that you’re away they’ll fatten up and multiply they’ll fill up the whole day how then could I miss you when you’ve left me so much time There’s no way I could miss you when you’re everything I touch an icy glass of ginger ale a beach, bow tie, brown bread and such a yapping noise your absense makes when I try to sleep alone so I hold on tightly to the void and claim the missing as my own no impossible to miss you I don’t miss you that much no impossible to miss you I don’t miss you that much words and music by Jen Chapin ©2000 Purple Chair Music (ASCAP)
7.
Passive People Another day slips away Like a baby from a chair I watch the fall No one seems to care at all Not at all Another crime joins the line That stretches all the way to the sea But I’m glad it didn’t happen to me Not to me We are passive people at the end of the day We let the outrage melt away It seems that life is so much easier that way We are passive people there’s a lot that we can take Our hearts will dry up before they break No questions asked Just invisible ache The riches climb dime by dime So happy that weve finally got it made So the dollars aren’t so evenly sprayed around Maybe – yes – I’m sure they’ll trickle down We have heaven-sent good intent We cry for lonely people at the movies We feel their pain We storm the streets but then it starts to rain It begins to rain We are passive people at the end of the day We let the outrage melt away It seems that life is so much easier that way We are passive people there’s a lot that we can take Our hearts will dry up before they break No questions asked Just invisible ache words and music by Jen Chapin ©2002 Purple Chair Music (ASCAP)
8.
I’ll Take You With Me Will you come stand next to me? I’ve got a lot to ask you a lot that I can’t see You left so suddenly now I’m trying to find my way well maybe I’ve got no claim to you no responsibility but I’ll do anything you want I’ll feel any way you want me to feel for as far as I can see I will take you with me I’m one who can keep moving is that ok with you? I’m not sure just what you mean to me or what I meant to you so I’ll just try to count myself lucky for the little that I knew and I’ll do anything you want I’ll feel any way you want me to feel for as far as I can see I will take you with me You shone light with no shadows so you’ve left no shadows behind it makes no sense to have you rest in dark corners of my mind so I’ll ask you to come with me burn your light along my way and I’ll do anything you want I’ll feel any way you want me to feel for as far as I can see I will take you with me words and music by Jen Chapin © 1997 Purple Chair Music (ASCAP)
9.
NYC 03:43
NYC this morning I woke up felt like a truck outside was driving over my head but hey if I wanna have street traffic in my bed I’d rather it be the real thing the real NYC thing this town is not so bad if you have a taste for college boy beer but the trains have no graffiti and the river’s too clear I want that dirty that dirty real thing the real NYC thing take me back I wanna go back I wanna go back to NYC I came hoping that I’d trust again thought that the child I knew could be brought out to play thought maybe I could send those soldiers guarding to be on their way but I haven’t found the real thing I haven’t found the real thing wandering in search of music I must admit that I’ve got music here to spare but I wanna be where rhythm’s not on paper it’s in the air maybe I’ll find the real thing maybe I’ll find the real thing but I don’t know take me back I wanna go back I want to go back to NYC words and music by Jen Chapin © 1995 Purple Chair Music (ASCAP)
10.
Slow Tide 05:45
Slow Tide so I walk home with some small adjustments to my mask of security and the rain that smells of pavement threatens to make my life a cliché and I never stumble as I do when I’m plowing through life
short-term view so my mask stays on so I walk home with bruises only I can see and the toe I stubbed on romance well it laughs and tells me, “It’s ok” so I pause to put my toe on ice and I ponder human sacrifice and I walk on home I’m walking home savoring water of quiet storms tides washing over wash bruises and memory so I’m clean now and I stand bring no bruises bring no love demands so now I rise from a dream I fell into unchaperoned so gently I leave now on a slow tide to morning now I’m washed up on the shore I walk on home then come back for more I’ll be back for more I’ll be back words and music by Jen Chapin © 1995 Purple Chair Music (ASCAP)

about

This was the very first album recorded at The Butler Plaza studio, which later became the birthplace of so many other albums (including all three Rosetta Trio recordings) of mine and Jen's, plus many others. Recorded just a few months after 9/11 and featuring "Hurry Up Sky," written for our friend Christy Irvine Ryan whom we lost in the towers. We both learned so much from this duo work and our subsequent touring all across the U.S. To fill out the music with just bass and voice is a great challenge, and with Jen, a lot of fun. Enjoy.

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released October 29, 2002

all words and music by Jen Chapin
© 2001 Purple Chair Music (ASCAP)
Produced by Jen Chapin, Stephan Crump, and Rod Sherwood
Recorded and mixed by Stephan Crump and Rod Sherwood at The Butler Plaza, Brooklyn, NY, November 2001-January 2002
Mastered by Ramón Bretón at OceanView Digital Mastering
Photography by Valerie Trucchia
Design by Brooke Barnett

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