Lashed But Not Leashed

by Martha Graham Cracker

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1.
Mighty people of the universe Don’t buy that line that’s so well-rehearsed Since the day you were born you’ve had your chapters laid out You’ve been walking in footsteps But now it’s time to break out When you asked your mother what you’d grow up to be She painted a picture as wide as the sea But you fucked it all up, you painted yourself in Sometimes you gotta get dirty If you wanna get out again Lashed but not leashed Nothing’s gonna hold me down OOOooo Lashed but not leashed OOOOO I’m not a dog, you’re not going to drag me around I make you laugh when I take the stage I shake my shit but we’re living in an age When the hypocrites rule, they say the sky is the ground So tell me which way is up? When the world is going dooooown? Lashed but not leashed Nothing’s gonna hold me down OOOooo Lashed but not leashed OOOOO I’m not a dog, you’re not going to drag me around Lashed but not leashed Nothing’s gonna hold me down OOOooo Lashed but not leashed OOOOO I’m tired of running, now I’m running this town It’s your choice if you choose it They can tell you it’s wrong You got to use it or lose it before your mama gets gone It’s your choice if you choose it They can tell you it’s wrong You got to use it or lose it before your mama gets gone It’s your choice if you choose it They can tell you it’s wrong You got to use it or lose it before your mama gets gone It’s your choice if you choose it You can sing your own song You got to use it or lose it before your mama gets gone Lashed but not leashed Nothing’s gonna hold me down OOOooo Lashed but not leashed OOOOO I’m not a dog, you’re not going to drag me around Lashed but not leashed Nothing’s gonna hold me down OOOooo Lashed but not leashed OOOOO Don’t shackle my dreams, cause I am a queen, so hand me the crown!
2.
Ahhhh! Ahh! I’ll build a cocoon Out of wood pulp and vodka Just me and Franz Kafka Safe inside my favorite easy chair In the comfort of a book I’ve made myself a little nook You can try to take a look But you can’t see me With a book A book never talks back Put on a little Bacharach (Shalala) I’ll never fall in love again In love again Don’t you worry bout me Cause I’ll be fine fine fine fine You can leave me alone I’ll be fine fine fine I feel myself getting better With every scarlet letter I just need a cozy sweater And a pile of books With a due date (Shalala) You always get it back (Shalala) File it neatly in the stack (Shalala) With the Proper distance Proper distance Don’t you worry bout me I’ll be fine fine fine fine You can leave me alone I’ll be fine fine fine Fine fine fine fine Ohh La La La ohh Ohh La La La ohh I’ll build me a house Out of wood pulp and Malbec Just me and John Steinbeck I’ll never taste your sour grapes, your sour grapes, your sour grapes of wrath With a book A book doesn’t talk smack Doesn’t tell me what I lack And I can find what I’m looking for A book won’t It won’t misunderstand I can hold it in my hands but at the Proper distance Proper distance Don’t you worry bout me I’ll be fine fine fine fine You can leave me alone And I’ll be fine fine fine fine Don’t you worry bout me Cause I’ll be fine fine fine fine You can leave me alone I’ll be fine fine fine fine fine fine fine Don’t you worry bout me I’ll be fine fine fine fine You can leave me alone I’ll be fine fine fine
3.
04:39
Danger! Danger! Danger! I met you on a street one day I was a shipwreck lost at sea You told me to take my time I never knew that you’d haunt me Touch my hand Say the words In my ear Ring my bones like a bell Touch my hand Say the words In my ear Ring my bones like a bell in the night… Danger! Danger! You might think well I’ll never do that again I made the bed in which you lied I thought that you would catch me catch me catch me First came the fall then my pride Touch my hand Say the words In my ear Ring my bones like a bell Touch my hand Say the words In my ear Ring my bones like a bell in the night… I’m not that little girl anymore I’m not that little girl anymore I’m not that little girl anymore I’m not that little girl anymore (with final swoop) Touch my hand Say the words In my ear Ring my bones like a bell Touch my hand Say the words In my ear Ring my bones like a bell in the night… Danger! Danger! Danger!
4.
When you’re lonely You’ve got nothing But your beating heart Useless thumping In your chest You’re stranded from the start You want someone They don’t want you You wish you could die You could just stand there Helpless Trapped And watch your own And watch your own And watch your own Demise But since you asked for my advice You could… Bury your heart in a box And in time it will rot You don’t need that thing anyway Bury your heart underground Where it’s lost and it’s never found Pick up your shovel and move along When you’re lonely Time moves slowly Stretched out like a tree It keeps going You look backward Till you cannot see And everybody’s Moving forward And they leave you stuck Sinking with your strangled roots Deeper in the muck When you’re lonely You’ve got nothing But your own regret Then the dream of what you wanted Perches on your chest Strike a match And watch it burn Down to your fingertips The fire won’t catch So take that finger put it to your lips Sh….. That’s a librarian joke. Bury your heart in a box And in time it will rot You don’t need that thing anyway Bury your heart underground Where it’s lost and it’s never found Look me in my eyes when I talking to you Bury your heart in a box And it locks and locks You don’t need that thing anyway Bury your heart underground Where it’s lost and it’s never found Take your appendix back hair and man-nipples your wisdom teeth foreskin the popping of pimples your shit long division, your Shakespeare from college, the names of the presidents, stupid jazz knowledge! The elements listed on the Periodic table, this wart right here, Most channels on cable And why did you love me and leave me you loser you left your cum stains on my mom’s PT cruiser Mama can you hear me? I had to tell her it was glue from a science fair project! Bury everything, everything, everything, everything, everything, everything with your heart! Pick up your shovel and move along!
5.
You get so nervous When I walk, walk on by I’ll do your service I feed you sweet mashed potato pie You got that Knee shake Little earthquakes in your thigh I got that EZ bake, preheated at 475 I don’t wanna weigh you down But if your knees are knocking I’m around So let me sit on it let me sit on it You must be wondering What I’d look like as your bride Let’s start to tumbling How much for a moustache ride I get so tired I need a friendly place to pop a squat So let’s retire And you can show me what you got I don’t wanna weigh you down But if your heavy head should need a crown let me sit on it let me sit on it let me sit on it let me sit on it Why do you avoid me? Is it to destroy me? I don’t want no other other guy Just gimme two legs and a thigh And baby if you make me cry I’ll smack you smack you smack you Til I sit on it Let me sit on it I’m asking you politely, Can I sit on it May I sit on it The kinds of chairs I can think of: There’s a glider, a slider, a rocker, and a swivel, and a silver, and a swing, and a recliner But I don’t want no lazy boy I don’t want no lazy boy I don’t want no lazy boy I don’t want no lazy boy (start acapella here) I don’t want no lazy boy I don’t want no lazy boy I don’t want no lazy boy I don’t wanna weigh you down But if your knees are knocking I’m around But if your heavy head should need a crown I can take you baby pound for pound oh baby So let me sit on it let me sit on it let me sit-on-it let me sit on it sit on it sit on it
6.
The diving bell and the butterfly 200,000 blinks of one eye I’ll write you a book And you’ll take one look And put it back onto the shelf I stopped when I saw you that morning A whole world was held in your eyes It poured back and forth Once or twice The gravity of your light It’s not true what they told you Love won’t make you kind There it was just a moment (There it was just a moment) The opposite of blind Blind Blind The diving bell and the butterfly (glock comes in) Your green eyes were sending out light I wait for your glance And wait for the chance To decipher the code of the night It’s not true what they told you (It’s not true what they told you) Your heart can’t change your mind Honesty can’t unfold you (Honesty it can close you) It holds you back and -- You with your head to the sky You with your unblinking eyes You watch me fall but don’t reach for my hand A symphony crash and a castle of sand You watch me fall but don’t reach for my hand A symphony crash and a castle of sand You watch me fall but don’t reach for my hand A symphony crash and a castle of sand The diving bell and the butterfly 200,000 blinks of one eye I wrote you a book And you took one look And put it back onto the shelf
7.
Papa always told me To finish what you’ve begun There’s no prize for a race you never run And although I think he’s wrong I wrote this little song To keep me company until it’s done Sometimes you gotta watch the movie you paid for Even though a little voice says get up and go There’s a ticket in your pocket Brings you to a numbered row But you’re sure you’re in the right seat at the wrong show There’s a man to your right, who took you out tonight He’s got bad breath but probably good intentions So you try to ignore to that lingering odor That’s blowing out your olfactory senses Sometimes you gotta watch the movie you paid for Even though a little voice says get up and go (get up and go) There’s a ticket in your pocket Brings you to a numbered row But you’re sure you’re in the right seat at the wrong show Well catharsis is alright, said Aristotle You can’t just keep your feelings in a bottle Well that matinee show That he starred in long ago Won’t change the fact that now he’s just a fossil Sometimes you gotta watch the movie you paid for Sometimes you gotta cry into your corn But it’s much too late to edit When they’re rolling on the credits Of what started on the day you were born. Sometimes you gotta watch the movie you paid for Even though a little voice says get up and go (get up and go) There’s a ticket in your pocket Brings you to a numbered row But you’re sure you’re in the right seat at the wrong show.
8.
Who will rise and walk with me? An unfamiliar place I see. Who will share this path I’m on? And will you speak before I’m gone? Your voice recorded isn’t you The timbre folds, becomes confused This empty imitation’s wrong And will you speak before I’m gone? Reach for the handle of the door Will you stay, do you want more? You’ll never know the road you’re on And will you speak before I’m gone? And in that garden’s forking paths I couldn’t choose, and time did pass, I stood stock still for far too long And will I speak before I’m gone? My feet grew into solid ground And so my bones like roots grow down, I’m now a tree with branches long But will I speak before I’m gone?
9.
I’m not trying to stop the rain babe I’m just trying to dance when it hits the ground I’m not trying to stop the rain babe I just trying to sing when I hear the sound Long time ago I fell in love with you And I chased that love as fast as I could Though it left me kicked and bleeding on the ground Still my heart knows what it found Bridges burned and lessons learned I know that I learned mine But oh I know I’d do it all over again Shed the skin of time Leave it all behind I’m not trying to stop the rain babe I’m just trying to dance when it hits the ground I’m not trying to stop the rain babe I’m just trying to sing when I hear the sound I’m not trying to live without you I’m not trying to decide All I want is some tomorrow With you by my side Let the rain fall down Let it soak my skin I don’t care at all I’m not trying to stop the rain babe I’m just trying to dance when it hits the ground I’m not trying to stop the rain babe I’m just trying to sing when I hear the sound Let the rain fall down… Let the rain fall down… Let the rain fall down… Let the rain fall down… Rain fall rain fall, rain fall down Rain fall rain fall, rain fall down Rain fall rain fall, rain fall down Rain fall rain fall, rain fall down Rain fall rain fall, rain fall down Rain fall rain fall, rain fall down Rain fall rain fall, rain fall down
10.
I’m a drag queen with a very large…vocabulary I’m a drag queen with a very large…vocabulary I’m a drag queen with a very large…vocabulary I’m a drag queen with a very large… vocabulary You can use context clues to find out about that which I’m talking Don’t hesitate to ambulate, You get me? Let’s start walking I need a man who when he can Will worship a grammarian check me out with no due-date I’m a sexy librarian I’m a drag queen with a very large vocabulary Space Super bad queen with a very large vocabulary I’m a drag queen with a very large vocabulary Super bad queen with a very large vocabulary I don’t wanna judge but I won’t budge I won’t end with prepositions As you’ve seen I am a queen who needs oral precision Use your mouth to go down south No need for bloviations Bring your tongue It’s brought not brung Let’s bridge this situation HYPERBOLIC POLYRHYTHMIC SUPER ALLA DING DONG HYPERBOLIC POLYRHYTHMIC SUPER ALLA DING DONG HYPERBOLIC POLYRHYTHMIC SUPER ALLA DING DONG HYPERBOLIC POLYRHYTHMIC SUPER ALLA DING DONG DING DONG? WHO’S THERE? IT’S JUST ME MARTHA Woowoo Woowoo Woowoo Woowoo Your It’s a personal possessive You’re Like it’s something you are Yore I’m scared of all the dragons Your I wanna get into my car and go There It’s a place I wanna go to Their It belongs to her and that guy They’re It’s a simple contraction There there Like oh baby don’t cry Bear It’s a fuzzy little creature Bare Like when you show me your junk Bear Cause it’s more than I can handle Beer Cause I guess I’m really drunk For When you’re stating your intentions Fore Gonna get a hole in one Fore Like the skin I don’t remember Four Bring it back to the one 1 2 3 4 BRIDGE: Don’t dangle your participle in my face Don’t dangle your participle in my face Don’t dangle your participle in my face Don’t dangle your participle in my face If you’d like to copulate You best use erudition Don’t let me hear you masticate I can’t swallow that condition BRING IT UP A NOTCH with YOUR BRAIN And Your CROTCH Bring em both TO MY PARTaY Don’t fight with this hermaphrodite I gotta bigger dictionaray Chorus: I’m a drag queen with a very large vocabulary Super bad queen with a very large vocabulary I’m a drag queen with a very large vocabulary Super bad queen with a very large-- Yo My smartphone is dumb as shit --Vocabulary
11.
05:40
When the last note is sung The last ring is rung The last wig is wung The last heel is flung Then I will be a Librarian I’ve been up here in front of you For so long So long I’m hungry for other pieces of the pie The stage is where a star goes to die So my friends Goodbye When my last note leaves my lips And it joins the others in the sky It’ll swirl among the stratosphere Where all the last notes collide Searching for another blue light When all the music begins to spin out there And a supernova starts to form (ah…) It’ll fall straight through the atmosphere With a song to blow your mind And that’s how a new star is born I’ve been up here in front of you for so long I’m so exhausted I could cry, The stage is where a star goes to die So my friends, my friends, Goodbye I’ve been up here in front of you for so long Too close to the sun, that’s no place to fly The stage is where a star goes to die So my friends, my friends, Goodbye So my friends, my friends, Goodbye So my friends, my friends, Goodbye…

credits

released December 12, 2019

All songs written and produced by The Dream Team:
Eliza Hardy Jones, Vincent Federici, David Sweeny, and Dito van Reigersberg

Executive produced by Kimmel Center, Inc

Eliza Hardy Jones – piano, vox
Vince Federici - guitars
David Sweeny - vox, harmonica, percussion
Dito van Reigersberg – Martha vox
Charlie Heim – drums, percussion
Andrew Nelson – bass

Additional Musicians
Alexandra Cutler-Fetkewicz -Violin
Justin Yoder -Cello
Ernest Stuart -Trombone
Daniel Wright -Trumpet
Korey Riker - Saxophones
Jaron Olevsky- Keys/Organ/Synth

String and Horn arrangements by Vince Federici and Andrew Nelson

Recorded by Peter Richan at Buckeye Recording Studio, Philadelphia
Assistant engineer: Ezra Faust
Mixed by Nick Krill of Paper Lab Recording
Mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music

Special thanks to Shanta Thake, Jay Wahl, Amy Harting, Max Brown, Daniel Alexander Jones, and Sarah Chandler

Original production directed by Joanna Settle
With book by Ethan Lipton and Dito van Reigersberg

Lashed But Not Leashed was developed through the Kimmel Center Theater Residency Program, which is in partnership with Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, and was commissioned and originally produced by the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, PA.

Photos: Johanna Austin, www.austinart.org
Album design: Angela Miles, www.carpediemconstruction.com

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