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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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Pamela Means Boston, Massachusetts

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

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Track Name: Truth
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
Track Name: Postcards
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
Track Name: Home
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
Track Name: Maybe You Should
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
Track Name: Make Way
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
Track Name: Many Mountains
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
Track Name: Uncle
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
Track Name: Pill
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
Track Name: Fine
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
Track Name: Redwood
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
Track Name: Difference
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
Track Name: Mesa Verde
instrumental