The Judith Lights: Avenue album cover

Avenue

An album by The Judith Lights

Hairpin (Montasir/Grillo)

the day starts promptly at six am
into the blunt argument of the morning
three o' clock and everything goes dark
nothing skips a beat, not even my heart

i fall apart
the fragile space
i'd spend time with god
if he'd only stay

the microscope i’m under has me pinned
in between two plexiglass panes
i should take a walk around the block
claustrophobic air breathing shock

my failing start
head first down the stairs
i’d pledge to you my heart
if you’d only care

my faith and my soul
it was all there
that was a long time ago
i’ve said it before, i’ll say it again, i’m growing old

the day starts promptly at 6 am
into the blunt argument of the morning
3 o’clock and everything falls dark
nothing skips a beat, not even my heart

i fall apart
the fragile space
i’d spend time with god
if she’d only stay

I Don't Know (Montasir/Grillo)

you promised something good
what was it, do you remember?
do you still think of me
every night we’re untogether?
you in your other world
backstage lines, pursuit of pleasure
me, i was your baby girl
now i can’t seem to hold your attention

you say your love wanes and waxes
desire that falls and reattaches

yesterday, it was me and you
the world belonged to only us two
time has passed, once again
i don’t know when i’ll see you again

your letters sound so fine
you could stay on tour forever
the thames, the seine, the rhine
a perfect moon above each river
while i wander alone
springtime comes i count the flowers
you were my hayfever
careless love runs in the water

you say your love wanes and waxes
desire that falls and reattaches

yesterday
you told me
i was yours eternally
now that i’m out of sight
i don’t know whose bed you’re in tonight

ones and twos and threes and fours
you kiss me and you’re out the door
ones and twos and threes and fours
i kiss you and you’re out the door

Cowboy Song (Montasir/Grillo)

a walk with melissa jeanne
she knew just what it took to
push me hard on the schoolyard swing
hard enough for around the world

i loved her like a
sister brother
the girl that she was then
made the rest pale in comparison

speed the day
the world will make you pay
heaven lights the way
the girl will break away

a drink for melissa jeanne
the clink of ice ran through
the threat of being late
of being rejected by you

i loved her like a
father mother
the boy that she was then
made the rest pale in comparison

speed the day
the world will make you pay
heaven lights the way
the girl will break away

i don’t regret a single thing
i don’t regret a single word i said

that walk with melissa jeanne
the memory i replay
she pushed me hard on the schoolyard swing
hard enough for around the world

i loved her like a
friend and other
the girl that she was then
made the rest pale in comparison

Simon (Montasir/Grillo)

a flash and they’re outside
quick run before bedtime
to find the space simon
the ufo and goblin
and then you see me go
and then you see we go
an excuse and an exit
a few roads down the old kick

change slow sky
hide behind your third eye
a line above the night
one phone call away from getting high

we know that you’re out there
but we made a mistake there
spent an hour in the cold
now we’re shaking so

and then you see he go
and then you see she go
it’s simple space simon
now you’ve got a problem
and then you see me go
and then you see we go
it’s simple space simon
you’ve really got a problem now

change slow sky
hide behind your third eye
a line above the night
one phone call away from getting high

hiding behind the locked door
we know simon’s in there
we can try to break in
or try to stop obsessing

Fabric (Montasir/Grillo)

yes daddy, he’s perfectly normal
yes daddy, he’s perfectly fine

his father
yes, his father
taught him to be strong
taught him to be cold
when he was
was just a boy
getting dressed up for
his mother’s funeral
his poor mom
she is gone now
was young and beautiful
she was beautiful
ever since
ever since then
he never changed, he stayed just the same

it’s crazy to believe that
what you teach might never leave
it’s crazy to think that
all we are is what we dream

yes mommy she’s perfectly normal
yes mommy, she’s perfectly fine

a little girl
an open heart
she could not remember
any other way
invisible
you didn’t see her
she had no one
no one came that day
then she learned
she realized
it’s you and no one else
no one will be there
you must be strong
yes, you must
protect yourself, it’s up to you

Avenue (Montasir/Grillo)

the record plays over again
just to fill the silence
sound to fill the silence
as the girl lies there

beyond tears, her room is dark
the starkness of an evening
the record still plays on
the record skips along

beyond the door is nothing
her home is locked and cold
the city stands up tall
she curls up in a ball

the record plays and the girl listens
she walks to her window
looks down the avenue
at the cabs and cars

the record plays and the girl is brave
she climbs onto the windowsill
looks down the avenue
at the cabs and cars

beyond the door is nothing
her home is locked and cold
the city stands up tall
she takes a step and falls

Old Poems + Lovers (Montasir/Grillo)

when you sleep you twitch
you shudder and you kick
good thing i like you
or that would get annoying

drink another, now is not the time
drink another, for caring about what’s mine
drink another, at the bars we’re stars of night
drink another, and so will i

i’m itchy all over when i’m tired
my right ear has the power
my words are not my own
they’re burgundy and gold
i sigh a sigh
my knee won’t stop shaking
therefore i’m eccentric
lisped and far more interesting

drink another, now is not the time
drink another, for caring about what’s mine
drink another, at the bars we’re stars of night
drink another, and so will i

when you sleep you twitch
you shudder and you kick
i remember how i loved you
but now you make me sick

Firefly (Montasir/Grillo)

a familiar
melancholy
overtook the
yellow moon and then

the matisse blue sky, solid and
primary as dance number one
against the pink brick row houses asked
is he seeing someone?
low and covered the street lamp concurred
he really missed out
does he feel the same?
does he get the joke?

a man and his thoughts
having once been a part
and you know sometimes they still are
and you knew he wouldn’t quite get the joke
and you knew he planned his escape
while the firefly waits

a familiar full and drunk song
desperate and hollow
the world’s worst cologne

the wet gentle breeze of july
the firefly sees
the lamp alone
its aluminum post suffering
as i toil my way through
another mistake
my head rests upon the hand
and the moon awaits
his morning hangover

a man and his heart

Please (Montasir/Grillo)

ooh, ooh ooh ooh ooh

won’t you please tell me the tale
of your broken heart?
beyond the pale, the despair is real
and the bones have recalled the past
forever, until this day
has passed, why won’t you stay?

ooh, ooh ooh ooh ooh

won’t you please tell me the tale
of your broken heart?
beyond the pale, the despair is real
and the letters have all shed their skin
if i asked you to, would you
hurt me deeply
i scale the wall

ooh, ooh ooh ooh ooh

should i get married?
should i be good?
astound the girl next door
with my velvet hood?

Blue Movie (Montasir)

in your bathroom, on the wall
there’s a painting of a girl
she watches as you draw your bath
fold your dress, untie your hair
light a candle, burn a silver spoon

lie submerged in the bath
the beating of your heart
makes ripples on the surface
of the water

when the candle sputters out
the coldness of your skin
a blue november sky
underwater

in your bathroom, on the wall
there’s a mirrored cabinet
it waits for you to rise again
comb your hair, dry your skin
clean your teeth, and make up your eyes