HELLO

by Tavo Carbone

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Recorded March 2003 - Oct 2003 in Brooklyn NY on 4-track machine. Edited in Cakewalk, Cool Edit Pro and other programs.

TAVO CARBONE - voice, guitars, piano, percussion, bass, keyboards, wind chimes, power drill, radios, sampler, ukulele, mandolin, glockenspiel, bad horns, etc.

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released July 1, 2003

All Music and Words © Tavo Carbone 2003

"Farther Along" written by Mississippi John Hurt and is a Caucasian cover.

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On solo Tour now, Jan-Aug 2019. Tavo is a gentleman from America who sings songs on voice/guitar/piano. New LP Narcissyphus available here, mail order & Spotify, Amazon, Tidal, iTunes, Apple, YouTube...

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Track Name: Hello
Sitting in the bathtub is probably where you sometimes found me.
Here's my smaller piece to a story you know.

Why did we make it so dramatic with crazy tongues of fire?
I'm remembering just a flying chair, a lady, my home and an amplifier.

Two buildings fall,
That boy there must be crazy --
So watch him throw down the dice that cuts his hand wide open.

How do you count your sheep,
Over the fence or into the pond?
When we meet we'll be able to laugh at the sky
In a clinically acceptable way.

Just thought I'd say hello.
Track Name: As I Climb in the Horse's Mouth (demo 1)
One by one, why dial your friends
All out on the weekend if you still wish for them to calm you
So subtly in their way over nothing that you won't do alone?

Out of time, Now's the time.
Out of time, Now's the time.

Alright. As I climb in the horse's mouth there --
Oh, then the phone is ringing for somebody else's long day --
I may be coming down with a bit of a cold.

Out of time, Now's the time.
Out of time, Now's the --

Down the hall into a room
Some might knock, some might
Run out of things to say.

Out of time, Now's the time.
Out of time, Now's the time.
Out of time, Now's the time.
Out of time, Now's the time.
Out of time, Now's the time.

Now's the time.
Track Name: Gesundtheit to the Lady in Blue
Last night I met a lady in blue by a name I'd rather not mention.
Dancing the tango at .45-speed seemed to carry a lot of weight.
She worried about her hair...so after a while so did I.
This is one of those songs about an inconsequential sexual encounter.

It's time for a sneeze in my life.
It's time for a sneeze.

The radio was playing opera just for us until the fat lady was interrupted.
(Not to say that she was fat at all.. I think you know exactly what I mean)
"So you're from Texas, Alabama, far from Kansas since August you say?
Oh how nice it must be".
I've been down south before but we all go west at the end of the day
Til it's time for a sneeze in my life.
It's time for a sneeze.

Oh my! It's getting late in the night.
You should see me in the light of day.
There wasn't much to talk about -- and then there was the lady in blue.

And then there was the lady in blue.
There wasn't much to talk about.
Track Name: One Way (demo1)
There's only one way out of this dream and
Don't say I didn't warn you.
Once there was a child who cried wolf -- No one cried for him.
Believe me when I say

If honesty washes up on the shore
I'll burn the bring before it's built.
I'm being honest here.

If the bird forgot its song, well
Would you know the difference from your perch at the computer you own?
Would you pick up the phone and
Ask Con-Ed to turn on the power
And standby to watch the feathers go in flames?
No one would cry for him, though you might find it hard to believe --

If honesty washes up on the shore
I'll burn the bring before it's built.
I'm being honest here.
Track Name: Run for the Hills!
High up and low down go those lips of yours.
The days dew is on your hands.

When your world's in line with the streets you walk
No one can tell you no.

I am sorry for the way it's gone.

Outside a bright thought won't last too long.
Fires start when tongues get tied.
I am sorry for the way it has not gone, couldn't be -- but
I should have kept the money in my hand.

I am sorry for the way it's gone.
Track Name: I Was Sleeping
- Good morning, good morning!
- Good morninggggg.

- Time to eat and time to get dressed --

- I had the strangest dream -- I don't think you'd believe me if I told you all of it...

- What..?

- I woke up and I was inside some kind of house..? and I was sleeping next to a woman and I had a family and there people going through my wallet -- Although for a second I didn't care about my wallet...

- How could you not care about your wallet?

- I was sleeping.

- Okay, well --- It's time to get up and --- I made you some breakfast here.
It's time to get dressed. Time to go and get the paper...

- It's time I went back to sleep...

- It's time you woke up.
Track Name: An Anonymous Letter to My Mother
In a barroom far enough from home
You're doing push-ups on the throbbing vein of my forehead
If only because (at least I think I know)
I left your home only to come back.

Here's your son,
Watch him fall and fall again.

In the evening there's a moment at the table right in time.
To be completely honest the sound of chewing really makes me crazy.
I'm going out I'm coming in, I'm going out I'm coming in
I'm going out I'm coming in -- Can you hear me now?

Here's your son,
Pick him up and watch him go.
How's your son?
Watch him fall and fall again.
Track Name: Howling at the Moon
What are you doing? How was your day?
How can I think of you when I barely know you at all?
What I mean to say is: Am I thinking of the real you?
I'll have to meet you first.
If you need I'll just be here howling at the moon.

If you're under the moon right now please answer a message for me.
Look at the moon until you make out the face inside it.
Does it look like mine? Maybe fatter or rounder but smiling. -- Is it smiling?
I stared at the sun looking for a reflection of your face still, but
I'm sorry to say that I've since gone blind.
I'll pick you up from LaGuardia Airport with my seeing-eye dog
But that's in 2 months.
Just joking -- I'm not really blind. Really.
But if I'm not careful I might lose my head in the produce aisle.
2 months. If I'm not careful I might go blind by then, but
Don't you go blind on me. If I'm not careful I might go blind by then, but
Don't you go blind on me. If I'm not careful, don't you go blind on me.
If I'm not careful I might go blind by then. If you need me I'll just be here howling at the moon.
If you need me I'll just be here howling at the moon.
If you need me I'll just be here howling at the moon.
Track Name: Start / Stop ('Under the Moon' demo 1)
Careful! Step lightly.
Don't lose your way.

There's a pot of gold at the edge of town.

If you need me I'll be at the moon.
There's a change in my bones and my skin's on fire.
Can you help me find a phone to call the cops on myself?

Have you ever felt there's something more
Than what you've been taught to know
At the end of the day?

Start / Stop.
Watch for trapdoors that might throw you off the course,
Like a pinball in church.
There's money in the basket -- come on, pass it on pass it on --
We can gossip as we go.
We had to confess anyway.

I'll be drinking coffee black in the day and white in the night
At the end of the day.
Track Name: Thin Branches Against a Window (demo 4)
There's a branch that you're hanging from.
The birds and bears won't catch you.

Keep your feet on the ground, keep your feet on the ground now.

Back in town they will never stop to help you out but
Don't let it bring you down.
Don't let it bring you down.
Track Name: Dry Mouth (demo 1)
Up and off the ground
Jumps a moment bird-egg blue.
You might think it sounds out of tune but
Along the way as we dance a little to the left
You'll begin to understand that no one's stepping on your toes.

How can we speak as if we've talked before?

If the shadows in your eyes laid down like a dying whale
I just might come over and over again
With vultures circling overhead.

How can we sleep when all we do is dream?

Here or there on a Tuesday in June I'm spitting bullets in the street.
I have a case of dry mouth every time we meet.

No one's stepping on your toes.

Off / On go the room lights all night until the sun comes up.
Please help me see your face if you have to staple my head on.

How can I think when I'm in your arms?

No one's stepping on your toes.
Track Name: Opting
Wake up and breathe in and
Sneeze on the stranger to your left.
It's all in the open, it's all out in the open --
Have you thought of how

Time is catching up with you?

I'm better than good now --- How about you?
I haven't seen you since my buildings came down and
The outskirts were in-skirts and One became Zero.
Hey, I got a job.
Hey, I got a bank account.
Hey, I must have something.
Hey, I feel the need to let you know each small step that I take --
But enough about me.
Ever get the feeling that

Time is catching up with you?

If the time dos come there'll be an answer -- and
And when the time has come there'll be

Spotlights and movies with actors airbrushed to the gills.
The glass has been broken and its pieces are choking
Anyone who knows
That we live in the moment.
Our captain is dumber than the natives that he jails.
Our eyes aren't if our eyes just won't open.
It's getting hard to know
If time is catching up with you.

Time is catching up with you.

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