LAUGHING IN THE LIGHT

by Ed Askew

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this collection was begun around Jan. 2012. working with pro-tools,and my Alesis synth, i made this album at my home in New York City.

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released 10 September 2012

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ED ASKEW New York

Ed Askew is a painter and singer-songwriter who lives in New York City. Born in Stamford Connecticut, he moved to New Haven to study painting at Yale Art School. In 1963 he took up residence there. Around 1987 Ed moved to New York City, where he continues to write and record songs, and occasionally perform.  
Ed has recorded with ESP, DeStijl, Drag City, and Tin Angel.
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Track Name: Backyard Dog
the wind is blowing in a vacant lot
dancing leaves and a deck of cards
Lady Day is singing in the yard
and the old man is drinking Scotch

blue morning glories on the wall
that child's sitting on the cellar door
house cats and a backyard dog
you better pray for us

bombs are dropping in the village square
a dead child in his mothers arms
glass castles that are built on sand
broken mirrors and a house of cards

a blue river that may go somewhere
all the hopes and dreams that i can spare
guns in Florida and Texas jails
you better pray for love

a blue river that may go somewhere
all the hopes and dreams that i can spare
guns in Florida and Texas jails
you better pray for love

white roses in my hair hair
dancing boys and baseball girls
warm sunshine on the village square
laughing children on a see-saw

blue morning glories on the wall
that child's sitting on the cellar door
house cats and a backyard dog
i'll have another Scotch
Track Name: Brooklyn Bars
chocolate cookie and a cup of tea
sunlight streaming through the windows
pens on the table, my medacation
...and the telaphone

unfinished painting on the wall
black on black is all i have so far
dirty brushes and glass jars
take me with you, but not far

Summers coming to New York
Brooklyn bands in Brooklyn bars
have a beer and pass the hat
....
i play piano, in some time
chords and notes is what i find
in this room, and some rhyms.
and the whole world is here sometimes

Summers coming to New York
Brooklyn bands in Brooklyn bars
have a beer and pass the hat

unfinished painting on the wall
black on black is all i have so far
dirty brushes and glass jars
take me with you, but not far

Summers coming to New York
Brooklyn bands in Brooklyn bars
have a beer and pass the hat

Summers coming to New York
Brooklyn bands in Brooklyn bars
have a beer and pass the hat
Track Name: Clint Eastwood
wind in the trees
a big blue moon
and the road is, the road is winding

away from here
through parts unknown
and music, and music on a radio

storm in the air
i'm burning my bridges
old towns, are new towns

Saturday night
i just got in
im looking for someone to dance with

the music is kind of old
the boys are kinda young
trying walk like Clint Eastwood ...........

at the old men's cafe
were drinking whisky
and the drunken teenage band is not drinking

what a surprise
you can't get a decent coffee
here, but churches and bars..churches and bars

Saturday night
i just got in
i'm looking for someone to dance with

but the music is kind of old
and the boys are kinda young
trying walk like Clint Eastwood
Track Name: Drawing Circles
i like to draw straight lines by eye
an air-o-plane in the morning sky
noisy voices, a bouncing basket ball
kids in the yard outside

i think and think and think of time
how many days and how many years
another coffee, another beer
"and something to live for.."

i like to play piano sometimes
letters and numbers and words and signs
but what is the cost of ascending lines
broken fingers, "my watch is broken"

satellites in the sky go by
sending news to the distant world
love in the right hand, hate in the left hand
guns in church, "but his bible stopped the bullet"

blue rain
red rain
white rain
coming down

i like to draw straight lines by eye
an air-o-plane in the morning sky
noisy voices, a bouncing basket ball
kids in the yard outside

blue rain
red rain
white rain
coming down

blue rain
red rain
white rain
coming down
Track Name: Goldman Sachs
careful analysis can help calculate
the value of a human life
the value of a human life
but These statistics do not indicate,
what is possible, what is possible

improved conditions facilitate exchange
in the markets
in the markets
but these improvements will not prevent
the flash of crash, the flash of crash

attractive faces at the firm
would have been seen as in a dream
but that it is not possible if Congress dose not decide
to specify benefits, to specify benefits

private contractors will provide
information,
information
and a desperate week of maneuvering may find
investment potential, investment potential

attractive faces at the firm
would have been seen as in a dream
but that it is not possible if Congress dose not decide
to specify benefits, to specify benefits

careful analysis can help calculate
the value of a human life
the value of a human life
but These statistics do not indicate,
what is posable, what is posable
Track Name: House of Cards
like a house of cards
our love once fell
on the battlefield of hope

and in the ruins
of our lives
we tried, and we cried

o, lover boy
what do you say
we'll get some drinks at the bar

where Gertrude Stein
and Hemingway
had that famous fight?

what side are you on?
what side am i on?
what is your signature style?

will you ware black?
or will you ware white?
will we laugh or cry tonight?

Saturday comes and
Saturday goes
Sunday, Monday

Tuesday, Wednesday
that's how it goes
thats how it goes

cars in the snow
planes in the sky
images come and go

but this old world
gives me a turn
..its my turn

and i said,
o, lover boy
what do you say
we'll get good and drunk at the bar

where Gertrude Stein
and Hemingway
had that famous fight
Track Name: Lullaby
it's getting late. time to go to sleep.
bright moon in the sky, shines on a dark streets.
such a silent night, baby doesn't cry
John at the piano, sings a lullaby

all the colors in your eyes
red and yellow green and white
birds are turning in the sky
and the hills and mountains rise

wisdom makes the Mother smile
on the lakes and on the land
daddy takes the baby's hand
papa takes the other hand

they took little baby out, to the park to play
went for a ride in the big red car, got ice cream on the way.
let's have a little wine, before we hit the hay
John and Richard raise a glass, to celebrate a lovely day

all the colors in your eyes
red and yellow green and white
birds are turning in the sky
and the hills and mountains rise
Track Name: Secret Rooms
the road to the next time
like a child trying to climb
into the well of knowledge of the world

the grove where lovers lie
underneath an apple tree
like a bed of thorns, like a gate or door

we kissed.. in the rain
water streaming down, water streaming down our face
we stood.. in that dark street
holding on to space, holding on to fate

a way into another world
like a picture on the wall
like a window in a mirror

a place where every child hopes to fall
into a state of grace
..like a house with secret rooms

we kissed.. in the rain
water streaming down, water streaming down our face
we stood.. in that dark street
holding on to space, holding on to fate

a hope beyond the garden wall
danger lerks and laughter calls,
.. like roses and thorns

a child climbing an apple tree
just to taste the fruit
of the knowledge.. of the world

we kissed.. in the rain
water streaming down, water streaming down our face
we stood.. in that dark street
holding on to space, holding on to fate
Track Name: We had Some Nice Things
o' Arthur
where are you going?
who will you see there?
what will you do there?

will you
take the train or buss ?
this is such a small place.
i mean, who wants to live here?

but, we have
some nice things.
like that little restaurant.
we took our bikes there.

remember when we were kids
we often played near.
and the church across the street,
once we prayed there.

o' babe
you could stay here.
i have a little house
and a garden.

we had nice time
once upon a time.
i gave you a book
did you ever read that book?

o' Arthur
where are you going?
who will you see there?
what will you do there?
Track Name: We Walked on Bridges
bridges on rivers, trains in the ground
took us to churches, took us to school
cowboys and indians, fought on tv
and little children, knew up from down

trains on the East side, slipped out of town
as my home by the river, was burning down
gangsters on tv, ran from the law
cowboys killed indians, and saved us all

radio signals, talked of the world
from distant places, wise voices called
but we walked on bridges, over East River
and New York children, robbed candy stores

bridges on rivers, trains in the ground
took us to churches, took us to school
cowboys and indians, fought on tv
and little children, knew up from down
and New York children, knew up from down
Track Name: Whiskey Neat
i remember when i met you
you were serious and i was scared
another boy, another party

what's your name, what do you do
i play the piano too
i'll get you another drink or two

the fish that got away
the train that left today
that new song is all the rage

were dancing on the roof
no money and no new suit
the party's just starting

the story of my life
is like another starry night
a new song and a tall boy

the boy said what will it be babe
tomorrow i'll catch the train
whiskey neat is all the rage

i remember when i met you
you were serious and i was scared
another boy...
another boy..
another boy
another party