Songs for Refugees

by Lee Quick

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1.
There’s a black hole in the highway It hurts my head to hit it every day But it’s just too small so they won’t come to fill it in and make it smooth again I can’t help it but it bothers me There’s a black mark on my white dress I don’t think it will ever fade away And it wears me down and I wonder what would ever make it white again I can’t help it but it bothers me There’s a black line on my front door It stayed there when the water went away And it won’t come off even though I have tried and tried to make it clean again I can’t help it but it bothers me There’s a black hole in my memory of how it feels to get away from pain But I can’t go back and there’s nothing to fill my soul and make it whole again I can’t help it but it bothers me
2.
I left my home and drove all night I found a bed and closed my eyes and when I woke up my life was changed after the storm took it away all my things were left to rot all my work was in the mud all my friends scattered without a trace after the storm took them away ah ah I wandered far away from home I put a mattress on the floor I sat alone most every day after the storm took me away ah ah how do you buy things you can’t replace how do you run when you can’t escape how do you build up the wall again after the storm takes it away ah ah
3.
03:32
You might think if you ask me just what it is I do That I might say “If I explain, would it be understood What I do isn’t what I am, and what is it to you?” But you should know I would never say a thing like that Oh yeah you know I would never say a thing like that You might think if you ask me just where I go to church That I might say “What if I don’t, and what gives you the nerve? If there’s really a God up there, Let’s leave it up to her” [repeat chorus] You could read me like a book Turn my pages over If you’ll only take a look You’ll see past my cover You might think if you ask me just who I voted for That I might say “Am I living in another civil war? or a place where the people can be free to roll their own?” [repeat chorus] If you ask me who I am I will say my name If you ask me what I am I won’t say a thing You might think if you ask me just where it is I stand That I might say “Well, if I said, would I be where I am? Everyone can do what they like and I don’t give a damn” [repeat chorus]
4.
If I’ve ever hurt you bad, let’s pretend I didn’t If you’ve ever hurt me back, I know you didn’t mean it If it’s useless to remember I will forget When my skin is cut, it takes a little while to heal it When the scar finally fades, you can hardly see it When it’s useless to remember I will forget Forget Why live on the bad side Why put salt in the wound Why remember the bad times Just remember the good If I ever break your heart, let’s go back before it If you ever make me cry, they’ll dry before you know it If it’s useless to remember I will forget Forget
5.
04:10
I walk to hear my feet make noise On silver-dusted checkered floors The walls make rooms, and rooms make walls I move through dark deserted doors One step at a time One bath One kitchen sink One tree in the yard One phone One TV set One car in the drive One mirage in one mind's eye One house The shadows fall around me while I search through strange, familiar sights Through picture windows in my mind The sun shines on the darkest night One night at a time One clock One turntable One chair in the den One hall One needlepoint One lamp by the bed One mirage in one mind's eye One house Spend the night inside my head Close my eyes to see what's there Before these frozen, haunted scenes Fade away and disappear I chase the pictures in my dreams Embrace the ghosts, erase the tears One step at a time One night at a time One face One photo book One memory to spare One life One funeral One heartbreak to bear One mirage in one mind's eye One house
6.
03:08
If you kiss me, I won’t have to speak If you touch me, I won’t have to feel But if you ask me, I’ll have to say I’m not okay If you joke with me, I won’t have to think If you dance with me, I won’t have to sit But if you ask me, I’ll have to say I’m not okay Take me, make me forget Take me outside my head Save me from feeling Take all my pain away If you lay with me, I won’t have to lie If you carry me, I won’t have to try But if you ask me, I’ll have to say I’m not okay Take me, make me forget Take me outside my head Save me from feeling Take all my pain away If you hold me, I won’t have to stand If you catch me, I won’t have to land But if you ask me, I’ll have to say I’m not okay I’m not okay
7.
(revised lyrics ©2016) All night I lay wondering What my other life could have been Turning to the pillow Where the soothing darkness takes me in All day I'm remembering All the brilliant things I never did Turning from the window When the burning light comes thru the shade Tell my eyes to open up for the moment's over Maybe someday now or later it's time to wake up All day I see nothing But the daydream in my head Lying in the bed I made Or just blindly lying to myself Tell my eyes to open up for the moment's over Maybe someday now or later it's time to wake up Maybe better late than never it's time to wake up All night I am hiding From the sunlight that burns my skin All day I am sleeping Thru the brilliant life that could have been Tell me I don't have to wake up Tell me I don't have to wake up Tell me I don't have to wake up Tell a lie Tell my eyes to open up for the moment's over Maybe someday now or later it's time to wake up Maybe better late than never it's time to wake up It's time to wake up
8.
Amethyst Jane fell out of bed A thousand thoughts filled up her head Then she took a look at the world and smiled And she was young And she was happy And the day was long And the time went by, in a way, that would say A better day is gonna come Amethyst Jane got into the fray Took a deep breath, and looked at the day Then she took a turn on a bumpy ride And she was long And she was sexy And the day was long And the time went by, in a way, that would say A better day is gonna come Amethyst Jane got out of the fray Spun around blind, and had to say Please don't make me look at myself inside And she was wrong And she was angry And the day was long And the time went by, in a way, that would say A better day has gotta come And she said Up or down, it's all the same See the sunshine and the rain Come or go, it's all the same Feel the laughter and the pain Win or lose, it's all the same Amethyst Jane got out of bed A thousand dreams filled up her head Then she took a look at herself and smiled And she was strong And she was happy And the day was long And the time went by, in a way, that would say A better day has finally come Up or down, it's all the same See the sunshine and the rain Come or go, it's all the same Feel the laughter and the pain Win or lose, it's all the same
9.
03:04
All I am is lost All I am is lost All I am is lost And all I need is you All I am is broken All I am is broken All I am is broken And all I need is you The world is cruel The world is blind Where are the good? Where are the kind? All I am is weary All I am is weary All I am is weary And all I need is you The world is cold The world is grey Where is the hope? Where is the way? All I am is wandering All I am is wandering All I am is wandering And all I need is you All I am is unbelieving All I am is unbelieving All I am is unbelieving And all I need is you All I am is lost All I am is lost All I am is lost And all I need is you

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Songs written and recorded 2005-2008. Starting with a thumping porchboard bass, "The Black Line" evokes the ghosts of both Johnny Cash and George Harrison. It's an album of songs haunted by memories and deep emotions, sometimes sad (After the Storm), sometimes sarcastic (Never Say), sometimes escapist (Amethyst Jane), but always heartfelt and honest.

In September 2005, Lee Quick was blown away by Hurricane Katrina and landed in Nashville, Tennessee. After salvaging some of her possessions and putting an air mattress on the floor, she wrote a hell-of-a-lot of songs and played on every Nashville songwriter night she could find, including the famous Bluebird Cafe. In 2006, she was interviewed by MusiCares (NARAS-the Grammy people), hugged by Paul Stookey (of Peter Paul & Mary), and touched by Keith Urban (twice).

In 2006-08, Lee taught herself how to multi-track with GarageBand and sang/played/recorded these songs on her iMac, and self-released the album at leequick.com.

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released February 5, 2008

©2008 L. Quick (BMI)
All songs written by Lee Quick  
Performed, recorded and produced by Lee Quick 
Drum loops courtesy of Apple's GarageBand

Photo credit: Jon Brandt, "Untitled." Hurricane Digital Memory Bank, Object #33161 • hurricanearchive.org
Jon Brandt Photography • jonbrandt.photography@yahoo.com

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Lee Quick Los Angeles, California

Lee Quick is a teacher, singer-songwriter-guitarist, ex-Army bassoonist, and Katrina refugee with a penchant for guitar songs.

Louisiana-born and classically trained, Lee writes in varied acoustic, folk and country styles, minimally self-produced and often performed solo.
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