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songs recorded by THE SHELLEY WINTERS PROJECT at Wooly Mammoth Sound and never made it on any record.

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released July 12, 1999

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Rick Berlin (now playing w/ THE NICKEL & DIME BAND) Jamaica Plain

A giant on the Boston music scene. His colorful songwriting + strong stage presence have influenced countless other artists since the early 1970s. He continues to make music w/ intelligence + integrity, building an international reputation around his knotty, singular piano playing, straight-from-the-heart singing and a style of character-based songwriting that's drawn comparisons to Waits + Cohen ... more

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Track Name: If I Were Blue
if i were blue

if i were blue
i'd only be thinking
bout you
Id hate the day and id hate the night
witout yr approval i wouldn't feel right
youd be my god & id be so uptight
what would i do
id only be thinking
bout you
what if i met god tonight
eyes like foglights burn through my life
oh man he'd be biblical
what would I do
if i were blue
thank god i'm so happy
and so free & not in love
Track Name: Plane Crash
PLANE CRASH

When the airplane crashes
it comes down real slow (motion)
The pilot explodes + your ears split
broken wings...

It’s almost beautiful
serene

The earth is scorched + raped
Split-level homes crack like eggs
10,000 splinters under your skin
broken wings...

It’s over now
serene

Fasten your seatbelts, baby
You’re in for a bumpy ride
Fasten your seatbelts, baby
You’re in for a bumpy ride

When the airplane crashes
it comes down real slow (motion)
The pilot explodes + your ears split
broken wings...

It’s over now
serene

Fasten your seatbelts, baby
You’re in for a bumpy ride
Fasten your seatbelts, baby
You’re in for a bumpy ride
Track Name: My Bed Is Lonely
MY BED IS LONELY

My bed is lonely
I won’t get in
Gonna sleep on the couch tonight
Where have you been?
There's nothing int he refridgerator,
for Christ's sakes
Oh God I wanna call you up
but I'm afraid of who I'll get

I hate you, baby

My bed is lonely
I won’t get in
Gonna sleep on the couch tonight
Where have you been?
You said we were ‘allies
in the war of love’
But our treaty is pathetic, baby
it's all ripped up

I hate you, baby

I see someonecomin right around the corner
with a broken heart just like you
There's a couple
comin' 'round the corner
and they look like
me and you

My bed is lonely
I won’t get in
Gonna sleep on the couch tonight
in the livingroom...
Track Name: Somerville
SOMERVILLE

The couch on the backporch
in Somerville
was damp all the time
in the midnight air
you used to sit
with your head in your hands
in your underwear
a piano was playing
floating up through the kitchen floor

I remember the moonlight
I remember your blue eyes
I remember the magic
you & me
in the Summer Of Love
& John was singing “Revolution”
out of every window

We had such a psychedelic summer
in a big old farmhouse
Toby got it laid on him
by the pilot lady from the Lesbian Cove
& there was a party
every night
+ Patrick got the word out
the acid was really far out

I remember the music
I remember the bands
I remember the laughter
you & me
in the Summer Of Love
& Bobby was singing
“everybody must get stoned”
out of every window

Now it’s a cynical world, with a cynical face,
with a cynical heart, we’re in terrible pain
but I believe in us, I believe in friendship
I believe in hope, I believe in the truth
& I believe in love

I remember the flowers
I remember the feelings
I remember the miracle
you & me
in the Summer Of Love
oh “I could drink a case of you”
Joni was singing “Blue”
out of every window
Track Name: Cathedral
CATHEDRAL

Don’t know how I got here
bullets
in the dark
here I am
still standing
like
a Cathedral
in a
war

Everytime
you build something
as beautiful as
this
you’re lucky
+ you’re cursed
out of nothing
a Universe

It’s funny
you started this song
weeks ago
(you never finished it)
+ all I got
all I got
was just this word:

‘c a t h e d r a l’

+ the look
on your face
+ the Light
in your
eyes
said
Everything

‘c a t h e d r a l’
Track Name: Rick Berlin - I HATE CHRISTMAS
I HATE CHRISTMAS

I hate Christmas, my brother gets everything
my Mama come home she was so damn drunk
you should have herad her sing
“Silent Night, Holy Night...”
alone outside my door
was I supposed to apologize?
I didn’t know for sure

cus it’s their fault, the way I feel
at Christmas every year
old man, I’ve had enough ,I cried out all my tears

Marry Christmas, Marry Christmas, Marry Christmas, Marry Christmas

My brother Davy was a perfect kid, he always made the team
Mama went to PTS, Daddy bounced him on his knee
but I was the Black Sheep, they had to call the cops
sent me off to DYS with name tags on my socks

cuz it’s their fault...Marry Christmas...

This rock n roll haircut I got it after school
my Dad he said “hey cut that off, you live here by my rules”
& I said “hey Dad,” & I looked at him,
“I paid for this myself. It’s a photograph of your little Davy
when he was only 12.”

& it’s your fault, I’m tellin you, that he’s not here today
you sent him off to fight a war you raised him up that way

Oh I love you, you must believe it’s true. I’m the only thing you got tonight
that’s gonna get you through the night oh

Merry CHristmas, Marry Christmas, Marry Christmas, Marry Christmas
Maybe things will chagne when I get home tonight.
Maybe things will really change this time
Maybe things will change when I get home tonight.
Maybe love will change the world this time
Marry Christmas...