dance on the windows (1994)

by Sean Michael Dargan

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debhshelton I was a fan of SMD in the early 90’s at Mary Washington College when he performed in Fredericksburg VA. I am so glad to be able to support his talent and gift of music after all of these years!
Keep it up SMD! 😀
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1.
Open Hands 04:39
Open Hands (Dargan) Your shape still drifting in the darkness Surfaces to slowly take my hand Lead me through the darkness A quiet place you know I understand You never speak so slowly Never pause to help me understand You just appear in darkness Bow my head beneath your open hands Ask me once, the question fades I’ve never been completely in the know Ask me twice, I’ll draw the shades Let me help you help me let it show You never speak so slowly Never pause to help me understand You just appear in darkness Bow my head beneath your open hands We always seem to recover slowly Never seem to laugh at our mistakes Half the time and now you told me Twice the distance, not to wait Your darkest pants can’t hide the secret The truth is mostly what’s not there to see I still reach for you hand and sometimes Hear your voice still echo deep in me Lightly-bearded, breathing down Staring at you, twenty feet below Silver earrings stare right back Can’t you give me someplace else to go Never seem to tire now Not since you’ve been sleeping in my bed I tried to say goodbye I always end up kissing you instead You never speak so slowly Never pause to help me understand You just appear in darkness Bow my head beneath your open Ever-shifting, drifting, falling Buried somewhere… right there in the sand I could fill your empty darkness With my ever-willing open hands © 1994 Slightly Charred Music
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Time to Kill 04:25
Time to Kill (Dargan) I need to see you I'm here to say You know it hurt me bad leaving that way the other night What you said you didn't mean it... I was half out of my head you know I love you We've gotta be alone forever I could make you see you're gonna stay, you change your mind you're coming back and you've got plenty of Time to burn Time to learn All the things you ever wanted to know Time for me Time to see All the things you never wanted to show Time to take Time to make This love between us finally start to grow Look to the ceiling A mile away Another losing fight, will he get his way? Another night Some other bed Forget the feeling, just have a drink instead You know I love you Why can't you see The more he hits you the more that it hurts me You're going away You're gonna find You're all alone now and you've got plenty of Time to burn... It's half of what you want and it's half of what you need and it all still falls apart so easily I'm on the ceiling Don't look away You may be right but it ain't gonna end that way The other night and what you said Start thinking now or you might just end up dead You know I love you I'd hate to see Someone else try to take you away from me I'm here to stay You change your mind You're coming back now and we've got plenty of Time to kill Time to fill All the cracks that lie between you and her Time for me Time to see I'm watching closely now 'cause I've got to be sure Time for two Time is through You can never go back to the way you were Time to kill Time to kill... (c) 1994 Slightly Charred Music
3.
Formalities 04:33
Formalities (Dargan) She's staring at me as I'm holding you closer to see if you're feeling it, too but what in the world have I gotta do for this dream in my heart to come true? The room fades away and I'm held to the floor unable to turn and save my eyes from your buckets of blue you so casually pour melting me right to the core Could it be tonight? Is it me tonight, not him? Is my timing right? Would you mind if I asked you in? If we blind the night could we find the light has come to help us win? I struggle to win as I'm trying to lose cast iron balls that are chained at my shoes but the movement I make leaves me open to views you could take out or leave as you choose The world comes around, my mouth is still there frozen in silence, I stand and I stare devoid of a word that could show you I care but the feeling hangs thick in the air Could it be tonight? Is it me tonight, not him? Is my timing right? Would you mind if I asked you in? If we blind the night could we find the light has come to help us win? (c) 1994 Slightly Charred Music
4.
Where Do You Hide Your Love? (Dargan) Turn the lock on the bathroom door but where do you hide your love? Leave your bag lying there on the floor but where do you hide your love? Ask the time while I'm checking the score but where do you hide your love? A late-night stop at the all-night store but where do you hide your love? Say there's nothing around for me to fear but where do you hide your love? Ten to one, when have you been here... but where do you hide your love? Whisper soft into my bad ear but where do you hide your love? I know the way, won't you let me steer.... but where do you hide your love? I know I'd never find a replacement If only I could make you see you're the first girl I could ever really love and the last boy you'd ever need to love is me Snow is falling like. a Christmas dream but where do you hide your love? Stomach rise while the window steams but where do you hide your love? Out the back I can plainly see where do you hide your love? Ribbons of the world through the heater's streams but where do you hide your love? (c) 1994 Slightly Charred Music
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The phone rang once in the deep of the night Answered to silence telling you right in the room next door, I am right in the room next door tonight Sit up in bed at a quarter to two Bears on his wall they keep calling to you To come back in, sit right down and cry again tonight Roaring fire on a freezing night Wool sweater warm and your grip so tight Could never free my memory of the coldest April Day Now stir the coals in the fireplace That glow so soft like a baby's face You move along to another place but you never go away... Reach for a light at the foot of the bed Still holding the page of the book that you read To bring him to dreams when he couldn't sleep Or keep you awake tonight Wake to the smell that you'll never forget Smoldering butt of the old cigarette Winnie the Pooh with a hold burned through The ashes blow in the night Roaring fire on a freezing night Wool sweater warm and your grip so tight Could never free my memory of the coldest April Day Now stir the coals in the fireplace That glow so soft like a baby's face You move along to another place but you never go away... (c) 1994 Slightly Charred Music
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Picture for the Frame (Dargan If I handed you a photograph of the room that stands around you Could you render what you see there in your finest pen and ink? Is it only a reflection of the man that now surrounds you or the finest presentation of just what you really think? We're so easily deceived when we're looking for an answer in the wreckage of the clever, through the ruins of the wise and it's so hard to believe when their words burn like a cancer a hazy cloud of doubt that seems forever on the rise So if you need to see the truth just close your eyes Sketch your favorite picture, James Dean in his tortoise glasses Sleep on open notebooks and guitars upon my bed But if what we'd make together neither one alone surpasses has the time arrived to trust the eyes that aren't inside your head We're so easily deceived when we're looking for an answer in the wreckage of the clever, through the ruins of the wise and it's so hard to believe when their words burn like a cancer a hazy cloud of doubt that seems forever on the rise So if you need to see the truth just close your eyes (c) 1994 Slightly Charred Music
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Last Time Long (Dargan) I don't know what to say tonight but I'm convinced that you're the one who knows what's right In twice the time it takes to tell you what's gone wrong You never could, I'm half as good My time won't ever last that long... You won't try again tonight and I don't care if you're the one who knows what's right You see now how to fix what never quite went wrong but you fail to see that it wasn't me My time won't ever last that long... You've got no time to spend tonight but there's still time, it seems, for me to fix your bedroom light You say you're making plans; it looks like I heard wrong because now I'm just the handyman My time won't ever last that long... The last time long is still the shortest time of all in the second you climb highest just before the longest fall In a kiss between two lovers just better off as friends When you can't recall the first time but you'd hate to see it end In the space between two words when there is nothing left to say and the sound that my own feet make as I turn and walk away And it's not that you'll be leaving, not goodbye that hurts the worst It's just that you're the one who said it first Is this the last time long? (c) 1994 Slightly Charred Music
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Velvet Ann 04:18
Velvet Ann (Dargan) You... In greying strands of jet-brown hair Christmas morning stairway stares Content to watch me hang myself Then walk along alone You... Running slowly, always past Stretch the future, make it last Stoke your fires To melt all my impurities away You... Sleep beside you man again Wake along and crying then Dreaming all the dreams The night your baby went away You drag me down the basement stairs Just to lock away my worthless cares but if it's time to finally die tonight It must be time to make you see... You... could never be for me. (c) 1994 Slightly Charred Music
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Snapshot Mary (Dargan) Snapshot memory rests precariously still beside a dusty bible Kitchen table shelf formica Sip my silent coffee Feel your stare upon me from your gown of wedding white Timeless in the Kodak light Can't you see what I can see? (days go by) Can't you see that there's just you and there's just me....? Snapshot memory You're not alone with me Goodwill sofa, urban forest buried deep, apartment storage Check your words for me Mary carefully See me if you think you like It's almost like you were my wife Can't you see what I can see? (the days go by) Can't you see that there's just you and there's just me....? You can dream about it I'll just live without it Looking back for you must still not feel so great Rearrange our happy home Redesign my life alone Looking back for me it still might be too late Can't you see what I can see? (the days go by) Can't you see that there's just you and there's just me....? Snapshot memory It's still the way I see Union not quite meant to last Fading image float on past Check your words for me marry carefully See me when you think you like 'cause half the time you're still my wife You can dream about it I'll just live without it Looking back for you must still not feel so great Rearrange our happy home Redesign my life alone Looking back for me it still might be too late Snapshot memory... (c) 1994 Slightly Charred Music
10.
Out There Still (Dargan You say you're doing fine on the outside and you see whomever you please I'm hurting bad on the inside but at least I'm not down on my knees Did you just tired? Has our warrantee expired? Did you find that you changed your mind when you found out I was real? It's beens months since I last held you and years since you've held me Every time you turn away are you trying to make me see Once the search is over I'm just another four-leaf clover like the ones you picked back when you were six for a quarter, nothing more I don't know, no I don't know and I can't say I ever will I don't know, no I don't know and here is the hardest pill I'm inside and I don't know why I care but it's fair to say that I do and you are out there still Who's this guy that I saw you with a week ago Saturday night? Another good looking son-of-a-bitch who will never know how to treat you right And if you don't care Why are your feet still in the air? If you don't even like yourself, then why the hell should he? I don't know, no I don't know and I can't say I ever will I don't know, no I don't know and here is the hardest pill I'm inside and I don't know why I care but it's fair to say that I do and you are out there still (c) 1994 Slightly Charred Music
11.
Dance on the Windows (Dargan) High above in my bed on wheels So close behind you could never feel In perfect view, you look right through and freeze me at your will Words grow stale as they pass my teeth No taste remains but the air beneath My faintest hope with a word you choke and effortlessly kill The difference that one inch can make Is sometimes life or death Like a passing glance on a rainy day or the space that's closing fast between our breath See me now and know full well A weekly scene in my living hell Did you stop to think when I spill my drink with no place left to hide Hear me talk and you know it's true that it's been two years and it's all but you Some Thursday night, with a chance I might not just pass you outside... The difference that one inch can make Is sometimes life or death Like a swaying kilt on a windy day or the space that's closing fast between our breath High above in my bed on wheels So close behind you could never feel In perfect view, you look right through and freeze me at your will The difference that one inch can make Is sometimes life or death Like a passing glance on a rainy day or the space that's closing fast between our breath (c) 1994 Slightly Charred Music

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released January 1, 1994

Slightly Charred Records, Madison WI
All songs by SMD
Produced by SMD and Pete Fields
Recorded and Mixed by Pete Fields at Wally Cleaver's Recording Services, Fredericksburg, VA
Mastered by Dave Glasser at Airshow, Springfield, VA
Art by Sharon Elaine Ross Palmatory, and Jann Kindel

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Sean Michael Dargan Madison, Wisconsin

Sean Michael Dargan is almost too tall, standing six feet, four inches in his favorite black-and-white saddle shoes. On a good day he writes and plays pop rock in the vein of Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, Aimee Mann, and the Gin Blossoms. Guitar and voice are his main instruments, but if you’re not nice he’ll go get out his bagpipes. ... more

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