PAPER HORSES

by Ed Askew

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about

he put down the tiple
annoyed at the weight
of the new wooden case
he had been carrying around
and sat on a bench
while waiting for the train
to New York
and i think
that it is true
that we are sometimes
punished for our
idiotic thoughts or moods
for when the train arrived
he just
stood up
and entered
the train
leaving the tiple behind
and now some 22 years later
he has apparently been forgiven
for this momentary lapse
by someone
who never knew he was ever annoyed
by the weight of the tiple
and case
because that lovely man
who was the one
who found the lost tiple
has tracked him down
and returned it

this is an album of new tiple music (mostly). the tiple is a small South American guitar with 10 strings.

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released November 1, 2009

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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: Paper Horses
purple fishes fly away
water falls into the blue lake
it's a swim upstream on somedays
but Turtle has to lay her eggs

he got 3 wishes when he found that lamp
a magic carpet was the best he made
and the girl from Kansas had it made
but she went home when she should a stayed

i've met some children on my way
talked to boys in the willow shade
we went swimming on the last day
gave me a bottle of wine

paper horses run away
that little child runs all day
a yellow bird and a black snake
a glass of beer and chips

purple fishes fly away
water falls into the blue lake
it's a swim upstream on somedays
but Turtle has to lay her eggs



8 /09
Track Name: Automobile
all of us kids, go down to the town
boys on the corner, hang out
hey pass the wine, come for a ride
in my cousins, automobile

street lights pass by, pedestrians smile
a boy steals a kiss from a pal
in the back seat, we watch the street
and my cousin laughs at the crowd

down by sea, we get out of the car
we see a friend at the Bar
hey John your sweet, buy me a drink
but watch the cops there not so cute


around the town, we walk around
Robert and Ricky and John
we watch the lights,such a pretty sight
hay Bob this isn't bad smoke.

my cousin pulls up, we pile in
off to the beach in a car
the night is young, boys having fun
give me a kiss in the dark

down by sea, we get out of the car
we see a friend at the Bar
hey John your sweet, buy me a drink
but watch the cops there not so cute
Track Name: Boy Lost
Alexander walked alone
over the bridge into a blue zone
where black night and starry sky
the sounds of the town make you cry

Alexander was 13 years old
he liked the boy 3 doors down
but please don't tell cause you burn in hell
the sounds at school make you hide

lovely wishes filled his mind
and beautiful boys made him smile
when you see him in heaven give him a kiss
love and affection is no crime


there was a boy, a beautiful child
who hanged from the sky at the top of the stairs
where black night and falling stars
stopped the sounds that made him cry

lovely wishes filled his mind
and beautiful boys made him smile
when you see him in heaven give him a kiss
love and affection is no crime
Track Name: Deep Water
Water is deep.
The road goes on forever.
And some day we'll make
this world, a little brighter.
The rain is sweet.
The cows are in the clover.
And when wee meet
we'll be closer.


The sky is wide.
The rivers flow together.
and when they meet
the waves go out forever.

Water is deep.
The road goes on forever.
And some day we'll make
this world, a little brighter.
Track Name: New Destination
we'll take a car
to a new destination
and if it rains
we have an umbrella
the streets won't be gold
but the music's fantastic
me and my pal
we'll build a new town

in our new town
everyone will be happy
we'll spread joy around
even talk radio
won't bring us down
and we'll be so beautiful
me and my pal
my pal is Al

all over the world
people are dancing
and making love
thats not a problem
so lets take the car
to a new beginning
me and my pal
we'll build a new town
Track Name: Robert Frost
Robert Frost
picks up a pen
on the white sheet the words
fall into place again

and like Robert
i try to speak
about the road through the woods
the path to the sea

but of the one
i can not sing
even Robert Frost
can not speak


when Herman Melville
went to sea
even Moby Dick
couldn't read

the shape of clouds calligraphy
the writing on on my mind,
the farewell words
i couldn't believe

but of the one
i can not sing
even Herman Melville
does not speak


what Walt Whitman
said to me
in the letter that he sent
was a comfort

and like Walt
i tried to read
a face in a picture
a voice , a memory

but of the one
i can not sing
even Walt Whitman
did not speak
Track Name: The Man on a Stage
the lights go down
as the last show comes to a close

the singer plays
one last song that we all know

and the old man
on the stage takes his bow and goes


the lights come up
the saddest clown i ever saw

makes us laugh
and mends our broken hearts

he paints a smile
on our face as he waves good by


the company
takes one last bow, the play

comes to an end
the lights are turned down low

we rise to our feet
and give it up for this magic show


the lights go down
as the last show comes to a close

the singer plays
one last song that we all know

and old the man
on the stage takes his bow and... goes
Track Name: Woman on a Swing
a boy in blue shorts runs down the beach
does a summersault his name is Louie

a woman on a swing under the trees
watches an old man swimming in the sea

la la la

and down in the shacks where the poor people live
the boy in blue shorts gives his mom a kiss

be careful Louie don't swim out too far
if you got lost in the sea it would break your mother's heart

"and Louie sings" la la la


a girl with green eyes lies on the beach
she likes that silly boy playing in the sea

o' Louie pretty Louie look at me
but Louie smiles his blue eyes are only for the sea


a boy in blue shorts runs down the beach
does a summersault his name is Louie

a woman on a swing under the trees
watches an old man swimming in the sea