Elliott Murphy Is Alive!

Murphyland Records

Record Details

2018
Genre:
Rock
Elliott Murphy - Is Alive!

A live album with just Elliott and Olivier, recorded in 2008.

Tracklist

  1. Crepuscule -:-- / 3:55
  2. Sonny -:-- / 7:46
  3. Green River -:-- / 7:30
  4. Ophelia -:-- / 5:39
  5. Razzmatazz -:-- / 5:00
  6. Canaries In The Mind -:-- / 5:40
  7. Scandinavian Skies -:-- / 4:47
  8. The Valley Below -:-- / 5:36
  9. Frankenstein’s Daughter -:-- / 6:19
  10. Diamonds By The Yard -:-- / 6:57
  11. L.A. Woman -:-- / 7:33

CREPUSCULE

Skies are burning red

The sun drops right on your head three geese flying alone

I wanna go home

This land is as flat as my heart and my plans kept us apart

The master of the universe

He’s crying

Tell me if you can

Am i part of a plan

Will my secrets unfold

When I’m useless and old

When every breath cuts like a knife

And I’m caught in the shortcomings of my life but still in
My heart I am true

Follow the worried child

The hero on his last mile

Signed eternally yours

A note is tacked on your door your lost in a no man’s land

Your words like a desert of sand and your hand in my hand

That’s reality

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SONNY

Sonny – its been a long time
But I just couldn’t pick up the phone
I’m still some miles away – from that kinda courage
And I guess finally I preferred to be alone
Well its true – I mighta made a few promises
And you can be sure – I meant to keep ‘em all along
But something happened – don’t know if I can explain it
Just call me the man whose heart turned to stone

A thousand people laughing
And I could not say a word
But in the heat of that last summer
I was flying like a bird

Sonny – you say you don’t recognize me
In fact when I knew you – well I was wearing a beard
But one day I shaved and looked in the mirror
Decided to come out – come right out of there
Well me and your mom – well that was a long night
Can’t say I’m proud – but I ain’t ashamed
Don’t you believe it – Well I ain’t no cave man
We were both willing – but she lived with the blame

Chorus

So when she called – you coulda knocked me over
I thought it was a joke – than my laughter started to fade
So I drove down here – down to this damn prison
The last thing I expected – I see my boy sitting in a cage
So what can I say – give me a call when you want to
You can call me at work – and you can call my place home
I’ll find a way out of this – not sure how I’m gonna do it
But you got a father – you’re not completely alone

Chorus

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GREEN RIVER

Lights were dancing
Footsteps of a mouse
On a postage stamp
I saw a picture of our new house
Red roof and magnolias
A field of olive trees
A Green River is rising
Nearly to my knees

Green River – Green River
Green River – Take my soul out to the sea

Raisin bread and honey
Not as sweet as you
If I could tell your fortune
Would I lie or would I tell the truth
Depending if it brought you
To my arms or distant shores
A Green River is rising
Even higher then before

Chorus

Three rings on my fingers
Past, present and fate
One came from Mississippi
The other from a different state
A state of forgiveness
Contradiction and the blues
A Green River is rising
Water filling up my shoes

Chorus

This ship ain’t moving
It’s attached to the land
Last night I slept in a bunk bed
Dreamed I was in prison
With a dangerous man
I Woke up to the river
Who crept past us while we slept
A Green River keeps on rising
Until my eyes are soaking wet

Chorus

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OPHELIA

Ophelia i’m at your window – and how beautiful you are
Your eyes – reflect the moonlight

And shine into the dark

I’m so close – that I could touch you

But you’re so fragile – you might fall apart

And imagine for a minute

That you are loved – because you really are

Ophelia the sun is rising – oh and i know how you love the
Dawn you love the newness – you love the freshness

You love the feeling – that you belong

To the cycle – of the changes

That reoccur – in nature’s song

And imagine for a minute

That you are loved – because you really are

Ophelia come to the river – and let us swim under the stars
Let the moonbeams – caress your worries

And let the current – take them far

Can we face the pain of living

Or have we got no more tears to cry

And imagine for a minute

That you are loved – because you really are and I’m floating
Away – and I’m floating away

Ophelia this room is smoky – let’s escape to the cool
Outside let’s take a walk to the all-night grocery

There must be something you want to buy

How about some cookies – how about a yogurt

How about a kiss in the neon aisles

And imagine for a minute

That you are loved – because you really are

Ophelia I always knew you

Even before you were wearing a shroud when you were
Touring with your magicians in Acapulco and talking so loud
Oh and still there was something so special about your
Green eyes and crooked smile and imagine for a minute

That you are loved – because you really are

Ophelia I was such a loser

And I was hanging with a desperate crowd and I found you or you found me

Oh anyway it doesn’t matter now

So come on let’s go to the theatre

Let’s play Hamlet one more time

And imagine for a minute

That you are loved – because Ophelia you really are

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RAZZMATAZZ

Traffic’s thick on the highway – deviation on my right
Another sad Sunday – the lights of the city in sight
Everybody’s in a hurry – the last picture show

Am I ready for the country – am I just ready to go

Sitting on my left is my right hand man

I’m standing on a trap door to Disneyland packed in my
Luggage all my sorrows and woes come on Delilah – let’s go

Typewriter trees in the mountain – in rows so perfect and
Straight banana peels and sawdust in an old circus crate
Clowns leading the parade under baby blue-blue skies

Everybody’s laughing but the clowns got tears in their eyes

Sitting on my left is my right hand man

I’m standing on a trap door to Disneyland packed in my
Luggage all my sorrows and woes come on Delilah – let’s go

Oh Margaret rose we sure do get around

The deeper the lake the darker the sound echo so perfect
It will blow your little mind i’m not even sure if its
Daylight savings time

My stress is electric – but you know that

Take care of my click and my clack

They say Divinci he designed this bridge

And you can see the world just like it really is

Sitting on my left is my right hand man

I’m on a trap door to Disneyland

Packed in my luggage all my sorrows and woes come on
Delilah – let’s go

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CANARIES IN THE MIND

You say the world is doing fine
Except for the canaries down in the mine
They’re just not singing anymore
They’re lying lifeless on the floor

Some say love is like oxygen
And since you left me baby i’ve been suffering
Round and round like a weathervane i go
And i can’t find which way the wind will blow

In fact this whole thing is a mystery
And i’m feeling less and less free
Locked between the bars of my birth and my death
What my crime was well i can only guess

But you were the light in my darkest night
I was blind and you gave me sight
To see all that was so beautiful
My empty life turned lush lush and full

But your body was my temple of doom
A sanctuary and a living tomb
Where i was buried in two seconds flat
I know you said sometimes love is like that

But all i have left is a lock of your hair
At least i think its yours but baby i don’t care
If you gave me presents i can’t find them now
You said you did but i have my doubts

Because all you told me were sweet sweet lies
I could be one of a thousand guys
Who could never get enough of you
Who were so shocked when their time was through

That’s it for me i’m on my way home
I’m singing the last verse of like a rolling stone
Rest assured i never wanted you to change
Into something manageable or prearranged

Some say the world is doing fine
(and those canaries are just putting in their time)
Except for the canaries in the mind
They’re just not singing anymore
They’re lying lifeless on the floor

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SCANDINAVIAN SKIES

Viking forest and white birch trees

Bleach my soul – i’m down on my knees asking for
Forgiveness – pray for strength i keep temptation at a
Good arms length slim armed lady erotic dreams

Gold chains in a limousine

Arctic clouds in the sky above

My old world is empty my new world is young
Don’t feel my power in the barrel of a gun
Everybody’s moving from poor to north
Behold a rider on a pale horse

Come wintertime getting tons of snow driving you home in
My old Volvo

By the time its dark we’ll be in Oslo

My old world is empty my new world is young don’t feel my
Power in the barrel of a gun everybody’s moving from poor
To north behold a rider on a pale horse

Study philosophy for hours a day nobody cares what Socrates say

If there is justice in this old world coulda fooled me – you’re my girl

Gonna get a little red house with a sauna in back jump in
That cold bath get a heart attack

I never say goodbye to Scandinavian skies

My old world is empty my new world is young
Don’t feel my power in the barrel of a gun
Everybody’s moving from poor to north
Behold a rider on a pale horse

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THE VALLEY BELOW

Let us cross over the river

And rest in the shade of the trees

Let us gaze upon each other

Let us fall upon our knees

Let us kiss the longest kiss

That would last a thousand years

A century – a lifetime – and my love would still be here

And I tremble at your closeness and the emptiness that lies
Above and in some way i feel protected from this life by your love

So let us stop all this motion

And let us stand forever still with our arms around each
Other and our souls wrapped in our will

Locked inside your walls

And then the rain it come to call now you’re locked inside
My mind and you’ll be there all of the time

So let us cross over the river

And let us rest in the shade of the trees

Let us gaze upon each other

Let us fall upon our knees

Let us kiss the longest kiss

That would last a thousand years

A century – a lifetime – and my love would still be here

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I crawled the ocean – where everything was mine

I crossed the forest with the daughter of Frankenstein
She was so pretty and I could see

When your daddy’s a monster – its just not so easy

She read the sermon on the mount
I licked the crumbs on her plate we never talked religion or faith
I knew it was a mistake

I called her cupcake – she called me tiramisu

We were so even well I could do everything she could do

No competition – no struggle ‘bout being on top

No alternating love seasons – ‘cause she was cold or she was hot

She read the sermon on the mount
I licked the crumbs on her plate we never talked religion or faith
I knew it was a mistake

I walk on land like a sailor on leave i’m looking for something to eat

I got percussion beating in my ear my routine completely complete

She was dynamic – she made my poor bones ache

I was mis-suited – for this lady from the lake the waitress passed our table

And I pinched her right on her ass

She said where are your manners

I said honey I’m learning fast

She read the sermon on the mount
I licked the crumbs on her plate we never talked religion or faith
I knew it was a mistake

I walk on land like a sailor on leave
I’m looking for something to eat
Percussion is beating in my ear

My routine completely complete

I’m gonna hire myself a cleanup crew

Its a job for three well maybe two

You are the sole object of my desire

You’re gonna meet me in the casino my guns for hire

I crawled the ocean – where everything was mine

I crossed the forest with the daughter of Frankenstein the daughter of Frankenstein

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DIAMONDS BY THE YARD

As I lay down with my lady
The sounds of the night keep me warm
I’m living a city life – I’m living maybe
But tonight there’s no reason to be strong

Romantic poets guard the darkness
My my all at such an early age
An old man sheds a tear
He opens a little gold locket
He thought his little girl was lost in an Indian raid

Somewhere in these night lights lies the answer
And you can get diamonds by the yard
A tiffany dream – A porcelain dancer
An old man playing blues guitar

(Chorus:)
Midnight I surrender
I live beneath your ancient spell
You’ve been my lover since I can’t remember
You save my life with the stories you tell

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All Songs by Elliott Murphy
© Elliott Murphy
Lyrics Reprinted by Permission

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