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by Pamela Means

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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." 
- Steven Winters, WSHU Radio

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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: Arc
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
Track Name: Fireflies
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
Track Name: My Love
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
Track Name: Yours
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
Track Name: D Train in Spring
instrumental
Track Name: Mule
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
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: Love and Dust
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