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Every New Day

Caren Armstrong - Every New Day

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Enlightenment Blues


People, Places and Things

Every New Day

Released: 1995

1. Cowboy’s Lullabye
2. The Big Picture
3. Enlightenment Blues
4. People, Places & Things
5. Leave The Light On
6. Girlfriend
7. My God
8. The Wheel Of Life
9. The Past
10. Sleep
11. Love On The Run
12. Every New Day

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Recorded live at Strings, the popular underground acoustic venue in Emeryville, this CD captures Caren in concert singing many of her fans’ favorites. She is accompanied by Joe Craven and Robert Powell.

Cowboy’s Lullabye

Lyrics & Music by Caren Armstrong, Copyright © 1995

When the fire’s burning low, and the silver moon’s high
The doughies are quiet and he’s through for the night

He thinks of the day, so dusty and long
He leans back and sings out a song

Hi dee hi Lie de lie Lie de lo
Lay de oh dee Ay dee oh dee oh
Hi dee hi Lie de lie Lie de lo
A cowboy’s life is the road

He dreams of the woman, left waiting too long
And can’t keep from wondering, just where he went wrong

But morning comes early, it’s time to move on
He rides out singing this song

REPEAT CHORUS

The days in the saddle, the sunsets of gold
The wide open spaces to shelter his soul
The wind is his lover, and forever free
She sings such a sweet harmony

Hi dee hi Lie de lie Lie de lo
A cowboy’s life is the road
Hi dee hi Lie de lie Lie de lo
A cowboy’s life is the road

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The Big Picture

Lyrics & Music by Caren Armstrong, Copyright © 1995

When I’m feeling small, fragile china doll
When all of your kind words mean nothing at all
That’s when I close my eyes
try not to try
I look inside and
In The Big Picture, there is love

In The Big Picture, there is understanding
and when I fall, I send it all into
The Big Picture

Landscapes painted blue, Framed in points of view
Why try to judge when every angle is true
I close my eyes and hide
from my pride
I look inside an

In The Big Picture
In The Big Picture, there is understanding
and when I fall, I send it all into
The Big Picture

I close my eyes and pray
for the day
we all can say that
In The Big Picture

In The Big Picture, there is understanding
and when I fall, I send it all into
The Big Picture

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Enlightenment Blues

Lyrics & Music by Caren Armstrong, Copyright © 1995

Well all my friends are talking
I’m just a little nervous
Because they keep on telling me
I need a higher purpose
So I ran right out to find me one
Now I don’t know what to do
I got these Enlightenment Blues

So I gave up red meat

Only ate organic eats
I fasted and I meditated
Had my colon irrigated
But on the order of the universe
I still don’t have a clue
I got these Enlightenment Blues

I went and got a guru
To interpret all my dreams

I dabbled in hypnosis
And I screamed a primal scream
But nothing seemed to get it
Who can I turn to?
To cure these Enlightenment Blues

I started wearing Birkenstocks and drinking herbal tea
I was baptized in the flames of D.I.V.O.R.C.E
I ranted and I chanted and I even sniffed some glue

To kill these mean old
Enlightenment Blues

I swear to god I’ve tried it all
And nothing seems to work
All this new found knowledge
Leaves me feeling like a jerk
My kingdom for an answer
Please tell me how to lose

These everlasting irritating
Supposedly illuminating
Useless old Enlightenment Blues

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People, Places & Things

Lyrics & Music by Caren Armstrong, Copyright © 1995

When I was a child, I looked up to my dad
In my eyes he was some kind of king
And I followed his footsteps as he spent his life
Seeking People, Places and Things

Like a man with a question he traveled the world
His fortune beckoning
And he brought me back treasures in stories told
Of People, Places and Things

A carousel of mirrors and bells
Dangled on a string
And I knew my reflection would only be seen
Among People, Places and Things
People, Places and Things
People, Places and Things

So I packed up my pony and my old guitar
And I took to wandering

And I searched for my answers, but all I found
Were People, Places and Things

So I jumped my horse off that merry go round
Abandoned that shiny brass ring
And I rode into my heartland alone and away
From People, Places and Things

My bridges burned the seasons turned
Winter into Spring

Until only my loneliness stood between me
And People, Places and Things
People, Places and Things

Now I look back at my path
And I think of my Dad
For as sure as I stand here and sing
When it’s all said and done, it is what I bring
To these People, Places and Things

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Girlfriend

Lyrics & Music by Caren Armstrong, Copyright © 1995

I heard you took a walk last night
Went walking down the avenue

I heard you wore a smiling face
You had a girl with you
Now what about the things we shared?
I can’t forget the way we touched
I took my life and gave it all to you
Guess I gave too much

Everything we said and felt
Giving it all to someone else

Now you call her your Girlfriend
Whoa your Girlfriend

You don’t offer up excuses
You don’t try to explain
Left alone with my confusion
I am left alone with my pain

You call her your Girlfriend

Whoa your Girlfriend

I heard she threw you out last night
And now you knock upon my door
To tell me I’m the only one
“Can we try once more?”
Begging down upon your knees
Saying it was always Me

Well go and tell your

you call her your Girlfriend
Whoa your Girlfriend

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My God

Lyrics & Music by Caren Armstrong, Copyright © 1995

My God got no bod
My God won’t be personified
No sinners, no winners
We walk this highway side by side
I’m talking divine equality
I don’t have to bruise my knees
For My God

I see My God

In my dog
And though it may sound kind of strange
They both love me, unconditionally
Never expecting me to change
Tell me what difference can there be
Between my dog and me
To My God

My God don’t care what I believe

My God puts the faith in ME
yeah…

My God
Don’t make small talk
Although I hear a joyful sound
No teaching, no preaching
And yet there is wisdom all around me
Neither the Lion or the Lamb

The IS what AM…
Is My God…

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The Wheel Of Life

Lyrics & Music by Caren Armstrong, Copyright © 1995

Born of such adversity,
And so that much more loved
Your daddy used to tell you of the things that life’s made of
And always it was you and him
Examining the universe
Helping you to understand
Wisdom in every word
Full of innocence, mind at play

Listenin’ to what daddy had to say
The Wheel of Life’s just made that way

Now you’re older, and much wiser
But your daddy’s still the same
Still trying to show you all the ways to win the game
And you listen because you love him
But it’s only with one ear
Let him think you heard it all

Cuz it keeps away his fear
Lost your innocence, don’t know how
Don’t need to talk to daddy now
The Wheel of Life turns round and round…

Now the time floats through your fingers
And you finally understand
How it was for him to watch his boy become a man
He let you go because he loved you

Understood for the same reason
Sat and waited quietly til the changing of the season
Found your innocence in the end
Sittin’ by your daddy’s side again
The Wheel of Life has shown you your best friend

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The Past

Lyrics & Music by Caren Armstrong, Copyright © 1995

Well you paid attention and you memorized all the rules
At your straight-laced, one race, high tone, safety zone school
You spent a lifetime, walking on a one way line
And you tell yourself as you sell yourself
That all it costs you is time
If you don’t change, you’ll be that stranger in the glass

But it’s so damn easy just to keep repeating
The Past

Now all your time clocks and padlocks don’t seem to keep your dreams at bay
Now and then you even tune in just to hear what the little dears say
They’re screaming, “Serpentine!
Jump off that narrow little line”
But you’re still back collecting facts, feeling jack and killing time
The more you dance, the less your chances to ever shed that mask

You know it’s so defeating, yet you keep repeating
The Past

Monkey, monkey
Calling your name
Junkie, junkie
Like a moth to a flame
Pulling you back to The Past

Well you faltered at the altar when it came time to resign your sins

Bought your exemption from redemption with your painful origins
In the back of your mind, a voice sings you could shine shine shine
But you can’t be whole cuz you killed your soul
With self control and auld lang syne
It’s not too late, give yourself a shake and find some freedom fast
And if you need some comfort you can duck and run for
The Past

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Sleep

Lyrics & Music by Caren Armstrong, Copyright © 1995

restless night
wide awake
blessed dreamland
far away

lonely moon
for company
I wait for sleep
I wait for sleep

Can’t control
Can’t deny
this terrible yearning
this terrible burning inside

quench the fire
grant release
let me sleep
let me sleep

sleeep
don’t turn your back on me now
sleeeeeep
I’ve got to find you somehow

satan please
take my soul
in exchange
for parole
from this dreamer’s
penitentiary
so I can sleep
so I can sleep

sleep
sleep

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Love On The Run

Lyrics & Music by Caren Armstrong, Copyright © 1995

Driving along with my high beams on
The rain is pouring down
I can’t drive you out of my mind
But I can sure get out of town
I didn’t wanna do it, I didn’t get a vote
My heart fell in love but it was all she wrote
Now I’m headed for the sun
It’s Love on the Run

Love on the Run
And honey you’re the one that I been running from
Love on the Run

Now this old white line is a friend of mine
You know it’s straight and true
This old highway wouldn’t lead you astray
Which is more than I can say for you
You think I woulda known right from the start

You’d play demolition derby with my heart
Now I’m headed for the sun
It’s Love on the Run

Love on the Run
And honey you’re the one that I been running from
Love on the Run

I’m gonna take my heart and run away
I can’t trust myself to stay

Loving you is like loving a lie
Good-bye baby, good-bye

Love on the Run…

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Every New Day

Lyrics & Music by Caren Armstrong, Copyright © 1995

I’ve been doing a new kind of living
Every New Day
Learning to believe in forgiveness
Every New Day
I wake up and the possibilities unfold
I come in from the cold
Every New Day

I’ve been doing a cloud kind of walking

Every New Day
Wanting to walk what I’m talking
Every New Day
I see my life reflected by the views I portray
So much more to say
Every New Day

When I think how close I came to throwing it all away
Now I turn to simple things to see me through

Every New Day

We’ve been falling in love again
Every New Day
I found my lover is also my friend
Every New Day
Everything is waiting for me, if I can just stay brave
Life, keep coming my way
Every New Day

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