Pearls

by Pamela Means

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Postcards 02:57
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
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Arc 03:09
ARC by Pamela Means tuning: DADGAD (or close, plus a capo somewhere) her majesty her royal crown kingdoms for her lost and found head of gold magic breath future holds me in suspense two flowers in a field one day one revealed you are the sun to me where i lean instinctively venus and the crescent moon wax above this tender bloom the space between us hums the arc continuum
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Fireflies 02:45
FIREFLIES by Pamela Means tuning: DADGAD funny how a moment can change a lot one you're here the next you're not and you never get no say one of these days i'm going home save your praise for the ones who mourn count your blessings everyday purple flowers and the moon pass my way every june some of us pass away too fireflies fill the room to light the night with la luna maybe life's task is to notice maybe love's task is like this maybe the world is what it is
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My Love 03:43
MY LOVE by Pamela Means standard tuning, capo II under god's gray ceiling warm thoughts of sun streaming curling in your soft places what an envious path light traces my love my love my love my love slight movement of time passing sun races moon everlasting comets blaze in my chest it's your face my joy reflects it's your face my joy reflects my love my love my love my love twilight blue road how my tongue froze soft words deep red flowers on your step my love my love my love my love
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Yours 05:31
YOURS by Pamela Means standard tuning, capo I the moon in sagittarius an early january what is to be with us you fill my head with delight embodiment of my desire singing in my head quickening my breath singing in my head quickening my breath you better get it while you can i'll be your woman or your man whatever you want i hope am you better get it while you can i'll be your woman or your man whatever you want i hope am if this song is for one day it's still yours if this song is for one day it's still yours
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Mule 04:07
MULE by Pamela Means tuning: DABDAD i think his name was leonard he been shot nine times across from my front window across the front lines one more story one more boy on the back page tracking all the numbers of brothers killing brothers and then charge by the grave i come from the town that suspended two cops when a killer raped a boy and stuffed him in a box then two years later when they thought we forgot said "he was just a crazy queer reinstate them cops" you cannot rise above your own level of consciousness any prejudice reflects a lack of willingness to grow to change to grow to change change starts here change starts here
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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
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LOVE AND DUST by Pamela Means tuning: CFCFCF wild things run fast the devil's on a joyride forgiveness is my task make the most of my time i'm the polar night that is never done when the winter might she lets no sun i cannot hold a river i cannot run a stream take this message to my mother i saw her in my dream the moon is a maiden next to god here/hear my little poems of love and dust

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Pearls was meant to be an album between albums. It's a collection of live bootlegs recorded by fans and a few off the soundboard. It's lo-fi and welcoming as if you were there...

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released January 21, 2000

Produced by Pamela Means
Recorded by many fantastic people, see track details
Mastered by Henk Kooistra at 9West Mastering
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." - WSHU Connecticut Public Radio

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