Cobblestones

by Pamela Means

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1.
Truth 03:05
TRUTH by Pamela Means standard tuning Hangman billboards
 They have no shame
 Forty ounces for your pain 
Addiction breeds complicity 
Is it accidental it infects the inner city
 Hey, truth is ammunition
 Hey, truth is ammunition
 How alarming some were feigning
 Not that they would be caught
 dead complaining
 What an easy way to hide
 A strategy of genocide
 Hey, truth is ammunition
 Hey, truth is ammunition
 Knowledge is power 
Love is political
 Every hour we're wasting is critical
 Don't try to keep me quiet
 Cause you like it
 When the lights don't shine on you 
Well look up now a killing rage 
Has got you standing center stage
 Hey, truth is ammunition Hey, truth is ammunition
2.
Postcards 04:08
POSTCARDS by Pamela Means tuning: DADGBE postcards for my father from pennsylvania station hey I'm in the big town it only took imagination things I haven't told you I bet you already know things you haven't told me yet I'd pay good money to know let's do some talkin' willie is a proud man willie is strong I'd like to say I know him well but he hardly talks at all let's do some talkin' the miles on your iron feet and your calloused hands evidence you work too hard and that you always have been waiting on the lottery I'm waiting on a song to rise up out of poverty well maybe we've been rich all along, all along
3.
Home 03:54
HOME by Pamela Means tuning: DADGBE i had a moon
 you had an ocean 
right at your back door
y ou could go anytime you wanted
 and I could pull you in
 find me 
i'm outside your doorway 
and I ain't goin' nowhere 
I never learned my grammar 
but God gave me song
 and I can tell you love me 
I want to be your home 
I want to be your home 
I want to be your home
4.
MAYBE YOU SHOULD by Pamela Means tuning: DADGAD sittin' on the south side by some greasy white guy who says 'whattaya call that kind of hair?' I call it mine you drunken swine now shut your face and drink your beer contents under pressure will explode so be careful where your footsteps dare to go my stomach's waging war with me scars resemble memory I told you what's the matter but you don't believe the answer why should any woman ever be afraid why should any woman ever be afraid I never really ever thought about it quite like that I never really ever thought about it quite like that maybe you should maybe you should on her tail he's on the train so she switches cars 'cause he won't stop staring that sick psycho-matic in dimestore glasses he won't stop staring why should any woman ever be afraid why should any woman ever be afraid I never really ever thought about it quite like that I never really ever thought about it quite like that maybe you should maybe you should
5.
Make Way 04:33
MAKE WAY by Pamela Means tuning: DADGAD I'm pullin' knots out of my head Strands of DNA I am finding a name and all that has remained within the recess of my brain I'm tall as a whisper A blowing seed I need forgiveness and eyes that see That I'm sandpaper underneath the layers Of this scaly shedding see-through skin I am not confident of change You know, I never am But that doesn't mean, doesn't mean, doesn't mean That I can't, I can I tried my very best To muffle those monumental screams That never had a moment never had a voice To be heard To be seen To be released And make way for the healing Make way We chose different things still we chose each other I know I am not a child and you are not my mother But I'm still lookin', still lookin', still lookin' Make way, make way
6.
MAKE WAY by Pamela Means tuning: DADGBE I came to the coast to try out my wings and fly But I flap on the ground afraid to touch the sky Born on a flat land over a flat lake And I move in straight lines Far from the river and further from home Stave off the darkness whither I roam To be all the wiser and know who I am I am afraid of the sea So I stay on the land But there are many mountains I am a candle that stands on a stone For all my light to see But I stumble And stutter And mutter And flutter And flee To be all the wiser and know who I am I'm afraid of sea so I stay on the land But there are many, many mountains
7.
Uncle 02:54
UNCLE Lyrics by Pamela Means Music by Valerie Anne, Pamela Means standard tuning, capo II Uncle and his porno And his dog named Luck Shot of bourbon on his hip bone He can't leave the little girls alone No he can't leave the little girls alone Underneath the river Running with the trains Is where I wanna bury This endless shame Say uncle Say uncle Maybe he was a victim When he was a little boy Now all he is is angry Rotting from the inside out Rotting from the inside out Now all he is is drinking And blacking out Where are your excuses Rotting from the inside out Rotting from the inside out Say uncle Say uncle
8.
Pill 02:39
PILL by Pamela Means tuning: DACGAD You didn't come here to be my friend You just came to play your new songs You came to share an opinion About how I share mine I call it like I see it I sing it like I feel it Sometimes it's a razor So do me a favor Travel in my shoes Color with my blues Gather a few clues You didn't come here to be my friend Are you pleasing the masses The men in the music business Who want an easy pill to take I don't need to be I don't need to be Swallowed easily Swallowed easily You didn't come here to be my friend
9.
Fine 03:07
FINE by Pamela Means tuning: DGDGAD You don't have to touch me when you talk to me I can hear you fine When you take a walk in my world Be a woman a black girl Maybe then, maybe then, maybe then You can have a word to say, to say My skin is brown without a tan My will is strong without a man I've unlearned that conditioning I don't need your approval to stand up and sing about it Shakin' it for the swinger With the swing between his legs Who's stickin' it to the movie girl While he's stickin up in your bed Shakin it for the monster Who just forgot your name Shakin' it for the sinner Who thinks we're all to blame We're all to blame So you don't have to touch me when you talk to me I can hear you fine Fine Fine
10.
Redwood 03:35
REDWOOD by Pamela Means tuning: DACGAD I believe that souls touch And wrap around each other In love so much If ever I loved If ever I loved It was you Redwood tall and true Redwood tall and true We stood at the sea Spraying our faces Threw rocks in the water Between embraces Ithaca town Up and down You traded the sea To walk that ground Redwood Redwood Wide enough to walk through Wide enough to walk through
11.
Difference 03:56
DIFFERENCE by Pamela Means tuning: DADGBE I was lookin' for a fight that day Just let her say one word But anger burns your guts away What I need will not be heard What I need will not be heard Who's afraid of a woman Learned to speak her mind You stand on the other side of justice Vengeance is not blind Vengeance is not blind The silence will choke you And rip you to shreds The silence will keep all your enemies fed Anger is poison if never revealed Your silence will not shield you Your silence will not shield you Where did you learn just how to act Why do your words seem an attack You've become desensitized and out of touch With other peoples lives who do not walk In the same lines Our differences will make us strong We should stand together Our difference will make us one We should stand together
12.
Mesa Verde 05:27
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Third album release. Brought about a Boston Music Award Nomination

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released May 5, 1998

Produced by Pamela Means

All songs written and performed live by Pamela Means
Cover photo: Karina Schafer
Design: Pamela Means
Layout: Joe Panzetta

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"When PAMELA MEANS picks up her guitar and begins to sing, a listener doesn't forget her. She possesses musical attitude and purpose." - WSHU Connecticut Public Radio

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