Shelly Johnson

by Art Strike Festival

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released 01 January 2015

Music and lyrics by Aaron Whitman

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Track Name: lily has a rose
lily has a rose
(i have none)
"don't cry dear violet
you may take mine"

"o how how how
could i ever wear it now
when the boy who gave it to
you is the tallest of the boys"

"he'll give me another
if i let him kiss me twice
but my lover has a brother
who is good and kind to all"

"o no no no
let the roses come and go
for kindness and goodness do
not make a fellow tall"

lily has a rose
no rose i've
and losing's less than winning(but
love is more than love)
Track Name: Flash Flood
You looked at me and drew blood.
You looked at me and drew my profile in red.
I looked at you and knew that you would.

You turned a day into a month,
and we never even left your bed.
You turned a day into two months,
and we never even left your bed.

And I didn't know you.

You touched me and I gave you my blood.
You asked how much, I said as much as you want.
You touched me and saw the flash flood.

You dropped me cold,
we were barely even one month old.
You dropped me cold,
we were barely even one day old.

And I didn't know,
where'd you go?

I don't trust you,
but I also kinda miss you too.
I don't trust you,
but I...

I don't know.
Who are you?

Why do I still think about you?
I don't know.
Do you?
Track Name: Shelly Johnson
I had another dream last night.
In my dream, I couldn't sleep.
I thought the window was closed, but the noise outside was too loud.
You were there.

I looked at you, you were asleep,
but I could tell you were faking it.

I saw you from across the room,
I was looking at you.
You noticed I was looking your way,
so you looked at me too.

We sat together late at night
and we tried to sit still.
You brushed your hair away from your face
and went in for the kill.

I had another dream last night.
In my dream I couldn't sleep.
I woke up to a dump truck making noise down in the street.
You were there.

I looked at you, you were awake,
standing at the window.

You told me I should trust in you,
but you fucked it all up.
You told me I should take your word,
but you fucked it all up.

If you try to fuck around with me,
I'll be looking for you.
If you try to fuck around with my friends,
I'll be looking for you.

Mary Anne, I liked you.

Do you enjoy being controlled? You're a marionette.
Are you satisfied dancing around like a marionette?

You need to get some sleep.
You need to wake up.
You need to get some rest.
You need to wake up.