A School of Secret Dangers

by Amy Annelle

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1.
meet me high up on the hillside bring a matchbook and your pocketknife and we'll stay here 'til the birds start talking english and we sing their songs nothing could go wrong the prairie fires light up the dark the power lines give up a spark and the rattlesnakes will rattle in time to the sound of my guitar meet me high up on the hillside bring a matchbook and your pocketknife and we'll stay here 'til the birds start talking english
2.
Broke Down 03:30
old north wind why do you blow so cold? you took me pure and pretty my story's left untold grasses grow 'round names you'll know you could meet them now if you'd stop for a spell rows and rows rows and rows of sleeping souls are arranged here hold your own it's too late to place the blame 'cause i sleep here just the same settle down and rest now it's gonna be a while close my door against the wind but still it whistles wild if you're looking you will see they're pining for your company and i wish that i could wrap myself around you in the ground i wish that i could wrap myself around you in the ground rows and rows rows of sleeping souls are contained here and you know the most restless souls are the ones who were too young to go and I wish that I could wrap myself around you in the ground I wish that I could wrap myself around you in the ground
3.
Ugly Stray 03:28
who's that sleeping under the porch have you seen him before? you don't mind him sleeping out there but when he comes near the door you say go away go away you ugly stray go away go away you ugly stray and he walks away to a quiet place where no-one's above you I said leave him alone everybody needs a home and where would you be if nobody loved you? sleeping in backyards passing time by the river riding in strange cars stay awake 'til you can see the lines wake up the dream is fading are you sure? that weren't no dream for objects in the mirror are farther than they may seem go away go away you ugly stray go away go away you ugly stray and he walks away to make our final arrangements on the payphone blowing this old town got a one way ticket down with no ground below and no sky above you sleeping in backyards passing time by the river riding in strange cars stay awake 'til you can see the lines
4.
Will Try 04:08
hey look at you my dear from out here things look clear you turned around to talk to someone and found nobody there so you walk out alone and you walk home alone open the door a crack never to go back boxes falling to the floor I thought I'd thrown out long before but I won't be afraid no I won't be afraid how could you see a different moon? there's only one to find strawberries will come in June and maybe you'll be fine will try I will try I will will try will try
5.
Anchorage 04:06
you missed the boat to Anchorage so you spent the night floating through icebergs alone he took away things she recognized led her away from a beautiful home oh, you should have run you should have used your gun when you saw him come and when you fly so high you can't see any signs where's your peace of mind? he's got the tv up so high he forgets to remind you to breathe is nothing worse than silence? I wear your ring to keep me warm the calm inside the storm now nothing's worse than silence
6.
Soft City 03:53
the moon is as bright as the soft city lights all rolled up in one the secret's out there's no getting away from the things you've done the hiss of the cars and the lights from the bars will not fade away the farther out you get the less you have to say oh it's a faded dream it's gone when you awake the path you might have taken no it's a jaded dream you can't find the peace you lost watch another sunset fall stand on a bridge watching the path of a passing train someone left their sleeping bag and its getting wet in the rain the moon is as bright as the soft city lights all rolled up in one the verdict's out the jury's hung
7.
Idaho 03:44
I dreamed that Idaho was on the coast but I couldn't find the state to take its place we stayed up all night listening to your grandpa's 78s 'til the lights begin to glow and shadow all the lines in your face cast off your belongs let the rain fall on the awnings and age each day a hundred years 'til you've grown as old as the sea at night a sleepy thousand years old as the rocks and the trees old as the rocks and the trees I've never been so far as Idaho but I hope to make it there one stormy day and hear a cowboy song to keep me in this empty state of grace the lights will start to glow and shadow all the lines in my face cast off your belongings let the rain fall on the awnings and age each day a hundred years 'til you've grown as old as me at night a sleepy thousand years alone as a poor soul could be alone as a poor sould could be
8.
so long so long since you've gone and oh so far away out in space it's all wrong that you could come this far and still have nothing to say and you can't stay I knew just where to find you every night in the black sky you're the brightest streak of light but now it's getting fainter every day always moving farther away comets in jars one-way ticket to mars billions and billions and billions and billions of stars I thought that I could make it on my own I thought I'd see more clearly alone but now the only thing I've ever loved is gone the only thing I've ever loved is gone comets in jars one-way ticket to mars billions and billions and billions and billions of stars
9.
Litch 03:51
it's hard being you 'cause no-one else sees things the way that you do stuck sitting there alone with your brain it's singing the same old refrain and when you're down there's nowhere to go except farther when you're down there's nowhere to go except farther you see everything (close the eyes and they no longer see) everything everything (break the heart and it no longer feels) and then none you feel everything (close the eyes and they no longer see) everything everything (break the heart and it no longer feels) all at once one slip will set you back a hundred miles back where you said you'd never go turn that frown upside-down you could move off and start your own little town bring the tv but forget the phone some folks is best off alone close the eyes and they no longer see break the heart and it no longer feels close the eyes and they no longer see break the heart and it no longer feels
10.
Nothing 02:31
don't say a word it's not a risk worth taking what's that you heard? it's just a dawn that's breaking breaking breaking breaking just listen tie a knot around the past make it your last things long forgotten in the ocean are coming back and I'm sorry you came all this way just to hear me say I'm sorry you came all this way just to hear me say nothing
11.
what is it this time? what do you need from me now? mouth half-open again what should I put in? you say you're like a kid again but your lines are deep as ever, oh the way you take him is not so tender or delicate near to some river whose name I don't know and the safety fence keeps me from getting close the waves are lazy and the birds have left for a better stretch of shore everything is fluttering hovering and eating mouth half-open now repeating what is it what is it what is it what is it?

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all songs © High Plains Sigh Music/BMI
4 track cassette recordings by Amy Annelle

"A School of Secret Dangers is the bar at which modern singer-songwriters should measure of to, a tight recording stripped down to the bare essentials and somehow managing to sound whole in every way."--Alex Steininger, In Music We Trust

"Amy Annelle has never sung a word she didn't need. On her solo albums and in her work with the Places, she has a perfect sense of how to use silence in her recordings-- neither playing faster to fill the quiet, nor slowing down to create it."--Chris Dahlen, Pitchfork

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released January 1, 2001

mixed with Adam Selzer at the Old Type Foundry, Portland Oregon

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Amy Annelle Austin, Texas

A prolific writer and interpreter of songs, Amy Annelle maps out the farther reaches of American music, while conjuring visions of our restless musical past. Over the course of ten albums & thousands of miles logged on the road, Annelle has cultivated a rarified voice and repertoire that "blooms with open-hearted, lustful vulnerability and a harrowing naturalistic solitude”(Crawdaddy). ... more

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