Fireworks at the Carnival

by Midway Fair

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Midway Fair's debut album.

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released December 11, 2009

Jon Patton: Guitar, vocals, mandolin, bass, hand claps
Mike Ward: Piano, electric piano, organ, vocals
Pat Hughes: Drums, percussion, vocals
Jennifer Parde: Vocals and hand claps
Mark Wall: Accordion and vocals
Chris Freeland: Hand claps, vocals, loop sequencing
Tim Bracken: Lead guitar on "Lost Child"

Engineered by Chris Freeland at Beat Babies Studios, Woodstock, Maryland

Mastered by Nick Landis at Terra Nova Digital Audio, Inc, Austin, Texas

Produced by Jon S. Patton. All artists contributed to the arrangements.

All songs written by Jon S. Patton except "Heap of Bones" words by H. Stephen Patton and music by Jon S. Patton and H. Stephen Patton

Album art by McKinzie Lefstein (www.mckinzielefstein.com)

Contact info: midwayfairmusic@gmail.com; midwayfair.org

Fireworks at the Carnival by Midway Fair is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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“Reminds me a lot of Fairport Convention [...] The playing and craft are exquisite.“ ~Jon Worley, Aid & Abet

For the most part, timeless [...] like a group of minstrels found electric guitars and wrote an album over the course of 500 years.

~John Powell, www.Angelica-Music.com, July 18, 2011
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Track Name: Fireworks at the Carnival
We call the crier Saturday, cause it's the only day she's here. Just seventeen and a voice like a cannon and the gysies pay her in beer. Everyone but the one-ton man falls in love with her every week. Oh, those just out of reach games are always too hard to beat.

And Jimmy he runs the coin toss, spins roulette when he's short on cash. Three weeks here since he turned sixteen and he's already dying.

He's falling fast -- Jimmy, we've all seen the signs.

And these rocket lights
just split the night, Saturday
And they cascade like sun rays
on the midway
They oughta turn out these lights
In the city on these Autumn nights
And let the carnival fireworks
turn the dusk into day

"Hey pretty girl, take a shot," Jimmy says, "the first three throws are free."

And we're all waiting for the line she's got about the gypsy boys and the freaks.

"Leave her be, kid," we've all told him before, but Jimmy's a soft heart at heart. He's got a red cotton clown and a pinwheel down that spins like a Cathrine Wheel.

One of the gypsy boys rolls his eyes and says he can't believe the kid'd do that. But she just says she gets off at ten, when they send up the rocket waterfall.

Hope you're lucky, kid. She's gonna make you the human cannonball.

And these rocket lights
just split the night, Saturday
And they cascade like sun rays
on the midway
They oughta turn out these lights
In the city on these Autumn nights
And let the carnival fireworks
turn the dusk into day

He takes her up on the wheel for a ride and steals a caramel apple kiss. "Don't break his heart, Saturday," we're all praying tonight for the kid.

It's like watching the coal walker chasing the tightrope girl. He'll always get just this close before she'll shake the rope and he'll slip.

And the Ferris wheel is going too fast again, it's gonna hurl them into the sky. But the cannonball kid is holding her hand when they're thrown.

She's going with him. He's not leaving the midway alone!

And these rocket lights
just split the night, Saturday
And they cascade like sun rays
on the midway
They oughta turn out these lights
In the city on these Autumn nights
And let the carnival fireworks
turn the dusk into day
Track Name: Danny, They Say I'm a Coward
Now, Danny, they say I'm a coward
Because I couldn't fight any longer
I took my own gun and I fired it once
and the bullet took two of my fingers

Back home in the field it was raining
and the snow lay high in the mountains
but here in the desert, it's been dry now forever
though the blood and the tears are the fountain

Now those that will do the leaving
are the ones whose conscience grows weary
and the first ones to die are the ones whose pride
bows to their mother's grieving

Back home in the field it was raining
and the snow lay high in the mountains
but here in the desert, it's been dry now forever
though the blood and the tears are the fountain

When I first left my home I was willing
When the fifes played I answered the calling
still the old become young and the young hold their tongues
and we cover our eyes and march blindly

Back home in the field it was raining
and the snow lay high in the mountains
but here in the desert, it's been dry now forever
though the blood and the tears are the fountain
Track Name: Lost Child
Lost child, ain't nothing worse
Gone so long that nothing hurts
No steady hands that held you first
Lost Child, ain't nothing worse

Lost child, can't find her way
Your mother's gone, she's gone away
In the flood gone yesterday
Lost child, can't find her way

Lost child been a long time gone
Lost and lonesome, carry on

Lost child, got a hard hard time
Your sister's careless love ain't mine
Your father's voice's wind in the pines
Lost child, got a hard hard time

Lost child, can't find a home
A fist'll get you what a lover won't
In a foreign land, still far to roam
Lost child, can't find a home

Lost child been a long time gone
Lost and lonesome, carry on
Lost child been a long time gone
Lost and lonesome, carry on
Track Name: Let Me Go
She loads the rounds three by three, spins the chamber and takes her aim
You're a blind folded coward and too scared to even say her name
And it's dusk out on Main. She's got a pistol pointed at your head
All all you've got is a glance of silver red

Let me go, let me go, let me go
and I promise that I'll come home

Don't you bind my eyes, you need to see the muzzle fire glow
face against the wind, you can smell it when the powder goes
and honey don't say it hurts, I can feel it all on my own
and don't you turn away that much I know I'm owed

Let me go, let me go, let me go
and I promise that I'll come home

Okay it's love and death, scares me enough as it is
So don't say you're a saint, and don't you steal from me a final kiss
It wouldn't make me stay, wouldn't send me on my way
Wouldn't make up my mind, you've done that anyway

Let me go, let me go, let me go
and I promise that I'll come home
Track Name: Nothing at All
Take a dollar in dimes
to your town's wishing well
and say you want nothing at all
Take a dozen old friends
and when you go wish them well
and say you want nothing at all

And when someone says, "Son, you know, there's more to this life, you know," tell them to sing their own song
But don't tell them they've got it all wrong

Take a light and a prayer
to your heavenly stair
and say you want nothing at all
And when your love asks for more
shut the light, close the door
and say you want nothing at all

And when someone says, "Son, you know, there's more to this life, you know," tell them to sing their own song
But don't tell them they've got it all wrong
Track Name: Goodbye, Summer
I've got my walking shoes on
I'm trading in my queen for a pawn
Send the sun to summertime
Send someone a sunny Bye
I've got my walking shoes on

La da da di da

Once we were all of our wants
Once we would whistle and dance
On a lark and foxtrot lane
Sweetheart on arm and cane
Remind me of a feel of romance

La da da di da

Though there's no way to light the way we'll walk away on farewell ways at these two ways we'll part our ways and
Oh, my dear, we'll say

I've got my walking shoes on
I'm trading in my queen for a pawn
Send the sun to summertime
Send someone a sunny Bye
I've got my walking shoes on

La da da di da
Track Name: Help Me Out
Mister, I just came in to have a talk
Seems a lot of guys down here are down and out
I just started a job down in Arbutus
And I'm wondering if you'd help me out
See I ran out of gas along the highway
And if you tell me to get out I'll go away
But my brother's got himself into some trouble
And I've got to get to New York by today

And I know there's a lot of people hurting
And I know that we all must do our part
And I know there's a lot of people dying
But mister help me out and have a heart

I don't do drugs and I gave up drinking
I'm as safe a bet as you will ever get
I'll pay you back when I'm here again, sir
and I haven't broken any promise yet

And I know there's a lot of people hurting
And I know that we all must do our part
And I know there's a lot of people dying
But mister help me out and have a heart

Mister, I could ask you to be a decent man
And if I need to break down and beg you, then I will
I could've told you something far more sympathetic
But if you don't help me me now, you never will

And I know there's a lot of people hurting
And I know that we all must do our part
And I know there's a lot of people dying
But mister help me out and have a heart
Track Name: Second Thought
Not unhappy, just upset
Never sorry, just regret
Never say what you really ought
And never mention your second thought

Not the first time, not so weak
Never let on, never speak
Never gamble what you've got
And never mention your second thought

Not so jaded, just stay still
Never settle never will
Never fear that you've been caught
And never mention your second thought
Track Name: End of the World
Welcome to the end of the world
I've got a feeling we've all been here before
but it was so long ago
And give me your hand oh my darling
I've given you lilies likely to shake a hard heart
and we're all on our own

All the time we tried to understand
It ran like a ribbon through the rain through my hands
And I just moved too slow
All the time we tried to explain
But it makes as much sense as a river or train
and now we never will know

So ring the bells in the dawn
Cry for your own heart if you mean what you've done
But act like you mean it for once

Lie where you decide to make your bed
Maybe we're better off living or we're better off dead
Or something else in between


Welcome to the end of the world
I've got a feeling we've all been here before
but it was so long ago
And give me your hand oh my darling
I've given you lilies likely to shake a hard heart
and we'll never make it alone
Track Name: Do Not Resuscitate (Tell the Doctor)
I wrote a story once and I thought it was good so I sent it to a mag in OK
They didn't like it half as much as I did, so they sent it back my way
And I gave it to a friend of mine who just passed it over with a glance
I guess it's just one of those things in life that you don't give half a chance

So I learned how to play a guitar and I learned how to sing a song
But the words came out all jumbled and the chords came out all wrong
But no one bothered to tell me, they just said, "Hey you should start a band!"
But as you can see it didn't turn out for me exactly how I planned

So I'm here by the railroad tracks with my head laying on the rail
And it comes this way every day 3:33 without fail
And if my mother calls, tell her don't worry
and tear up my bills in the mail
And tell the doctor I'm a DNR when the train comes down this rail

Mumbly friends think I just give up, so I'll explain everything to them
I ain't had a date since my wife left me back in '97
And I had a pet hamster, too, but man, he just gave up the ghost
And he was only 6, god rest his soul, but it's him I miss the most

So I'm here by the railroad tracks with my head laying on the rail
And it comes this way every day 3:33 without fail
And if my mother calls, tell her don't worry
and tear up my bills in the mail
And tell the doctor I'm a DNR when the train comes down this rail

I lost my job 5 years ago and since then I've been living on air
And lived in the back seat of my car parked right over there
And I don't want your help while I'm down and I don't want sympathy
I don't want any change, I just wanna say how I feel

So I'm here by the railroad tracks with my head laying on the rail
And it comes this way every day 3:33 without fail
And if my mother calls, tell her don't worry
and tear up my bills in the mail
And tell the doctor I'm a DNR when the train comes down this rail
yeah tell the doctor I'm a DNR when the train comes down this rail
Track Name: Darling I Missed You
Darling I missed you the last time we met
Since you've been gone I've been in a bit of a rut
You were wearing a blue dress at the corner of tenth
I've tried to forget you, but I ain't had much luck
And I remember you told me I should find a diversion
besides hanging out at the bar all day and all night
I've got me some new friends who don't drive me to distraction
and I only have a drink maybe once in a while

I cleaned out the closets, bought a cat for the mice
Got a job at the garage six days a week
I got me a new girl but, well, the truth is she ain't that nice
She can't hold a candle to the one I hold dear
And I took up piano, got over my fears
I remember you liked some of them old Irish airs
And some guys at the bar they say I move 'em to tears
They set me up gin as long as I'm willing to play

My cousin's been saying i should come down to the range
I find the noise comforting, baby, now ain't that strange?
We shoot a few rounds and he says you'll take me back
But I'm getting good so I won't miss you again
Track Name: Heap of Bones
Hey there, stranger, why that look of gloom?
Welcome to the party in the land of the doomed
No cause for mourning while you're still alive
We're all here waiting on the man with the scythe

And there's a hundred more just like us up and down these halls
Nothing left to do but stare at empty walls
Nobody's family, nobody's friend
Just a heap of bones here waiting on the end

Well tell us your story if you've got one to tell
And eve if you do, our minds have gone to hell
Won't nobody notice if you babble like the rest
or sit there in silence and drool on your chest

And there's a etc.

Don't you worry mister if you mid starts to go
There's nothing left to do and less you need to know
You could go on forever with nothing in your head
They'll wrap you in a diaper and tuck you into bed

And there's a etc.

Your kids won't come a-calling, there won't be nothing left
The doctors and morticians will divvy up the rest
Ain't no need to linger, no need to tarry
They've already written your obituary

And there's a etc.

Your friends all got lucky, checked out ahead of you
Left you here to watch your captain kangaroo
But you'll get the last laugh when the worms come for you
They'll cremate your body and send you up the floo

And there's a etc.