A Glow In The Dark


by Jacob Borshard



1.  Mary 2007


I thought you were bluffing,

But there's the dress,

There's the two rings,

And there's your first kiss,

As a Mrs.,

As a Smith,

There's the last to know those lips.


I came on an old dream,

But I'll leave on foot,

I used to burn for this stuff,

Till I was covered in soot,

Now I feel lucky to count you close,

As a friend I've loved you most.


I'm here to toast the one that you let win,

To steal a dance from the girl that I knew when,

You drove around, windows down,

Mini-skirt in the breeze,

Trimmed with lace, smeared with paint,

a Diet Coke between your knees,

None of those fools you dated ever stopped to see,

When you laughed and giggled,

You still do,

But when the sound was new,

It left a ringing,

In my ears,

Still ringing after years,

I used to say you did me wrong,

But it was you who came and blessed my life,

With your song.


And with the dusk came the Egyptian Musk,

All your stuff was there on the floor,

With a little lie, little thigh, little smile you were out the door,

When you ran late, or not at all,

Running tardy down the hall,

Or on the phone, in the bath,

How I loved to hear those splashes,

When we met, in the park,

Now look at you glow there in the dark,

With his corsage, on the dress,

I bought for you for fifty cents,

Hanging out, with your mom,

Times you promised you'd be home,

All that summer, sweet as sin,

Those nights I sang outside your window,

On the run, on the road,

With fingers crossed for birth control,

In a bikini, by the pool,

Between the lilies and the tulips,

Was it real, was it not?

Tell me how'd we not get caught?

Back when you said, you'd be my wife,

If nothing else went right,

None of the jerks you dated ever stopped to see,

When you laughed and giggled,

You still do,

But when the sound was new,

It left a ringing, in my ears,

Still ringing after years,

I used to say you did me wrong,

But it was you who came,

And blessed my life,

With your song.


2.  Pigeon's Blood


I'll only love the sun when it's setting,

I'll only kiss the bride if it's not my wedding,

I'll only ever stop a little further down the road,

It's true I kissed the princess but she was into kissing toads,

I don't drink whiskey no more,

The rest of the bar is open.


Take my hand,

You don't have to be my girl,

I'm just glad to sit near you darlin',

Take my hand,

You don't have to be my girl,

I know you've got problems of your own,

You sparkle like the starlets they don't make any more,

It's a cryin' shame for sure,


Without trying,

The boys all love you,

With your lips of Pigeon's Blood,

You tell them 'No, no, no!'

Without trying,

The boys all love you,

With your lips of Pigeon's Blood,

You tell them 'No, no, no!'

And then they cry, and then they go,

Without trying,

The boys all love you,

With your lips of Pigeon's Blood,

You tell them 'No, no, no!'

And then they cry, and then they go,

You tell them 'No!'

You tell them 'No, no, no!'


Where the Thunderbird was blown to dust,

There you stood,

Filling my lungs with your sweaty skin,

In a dress that the cat dragged in,

And by the Mint Casino,

Under emerald neon,

You drained my veins of every droplet of freon,

With those little bells,

Only Persephone sells,

You said 'I've never loved anyone,

And that includes you,

Well I gave it a shot,

But what the hell can I do?

The feeling never comes,

The feeling always runs.'

Out in front of the horseshoe,

I scuffed my feet,

I felt the chips in my pocket,

I felt your heart beating,

Your heart beating,

I said, 'Katie, I'm not giving up,

Katie you don't have to be my girl,

I already know,

And I've already let you go.

You burn, brighter than the rubies they can't find,

With all the Starlets,

That Nineteen Thirty-eight left behind,

Don't say a word, I already know,

And I've already let you go.'


I felt your heart beating,

Your heart beating,

I said, 'Katie, I'm not giving up,

Katie you're not going to be my girl,

I already know,

And I've already let you go.

You burn, brighter than the rubies they can't find,

With all the Starlets,

That Nineteen Thirty-eight left behind,

Don't say a word, I already know,

And I've already let you go.

Don't say a word, I already know,

And I've already let you go.'


3.  In Love Again, Again


I know you'll get through this,

But you have to keep trying,

If it wasn't all worth it, then now,

You wouldn't be crying,

He's gone, he's gone,

And you're throwin' it in,

He's gone, he's gone,

But you'll fall in love again.


And you can still sparkle more than those cheeks you've wet up,

But not on the floor, so come on and get up!

The dance has started, put your ruby slippers on,

The band is playing, and they're playing our song,

'In Love Again',

'In Love Again'.


Let's kiss again,

Like we did that summer,

In love again,

Like we were that year,

Do you remember when,

you put kisses on your letters?

So, let's twist again,

Twistin' time is here.


Around and around and around and around we'll go again,

No we won't care if our underwear is showin' again,

In love again,

Like we were that summer,

Let's fall in love again,

Like we did that year,


In love again,

In love again,

You'll find someone to lean to,

You'll smile when you don't mean to,

And you can still sparkle more than our filthy city,

Oh no! I've never seen a girl look so pretty,

In love again,

In love again.


4.  Return of the Ghost of the Sweetie


I couldn't finish my dinner,

I couldn't face the rest of the winter,

I thought that things might get better,

But then a Capulet shanked me with a homemade knife,

So much for better.

You could have said you were sorry,

Or cleaned the puke out of the Ferrari,

Turns out it's not a Ferrari,

The guy jipped me.


I felt you breathing, breathing,

You told me that I loved you still,

I felt you breathing, breathing,

And I almost called on the Devil,

To beg for a deal,

Anything to make you real.


I thought I was better,

I thought I had made your ghost afraid,

I thought that your spectre,

Would lie asleep in its little grave,

My dear,

Why are you here?

And not in the shoebox with your letters,

I thought I was better.


Why now that I'm happy would you come like this where I can't fight you?

I can't fight you, I can't fight you, I can't fight you, I can't fight you, I can't fight you,

My love.


I thought I had my mind shored up,

I fixed the roof and nailed all the boards up,

It's true I kept out the rain and the wind,

(Way to go, Jacob, that's awesome!"

But you were already in.


I felt you breathing, breathing,

You told me that I loved you still,

I felt you breathing, breathing,

And I almost called on the Devil,

To beg for a deal,

Anything to make you real.


I thought I was better,

I thought I had made your ghost afraid,

I thought that your spectre,

Would lie asleep in its little grave,

My dear,

Why are you here?

And not in the shoebox with your letters,

I thought I was better.


5.  Fender Custom Colors


Olympic White wouldn't let you,

Fiesta Red didn't mind,

Surf Green, on the beach,

Shoreline Gold was a waste of time.


Daphne Blue after midnight,

Sherwood Green loved to lie,

Lake Placid Blue, leaked right through,

Black never tried.


Candy Apple Red, would love to see you dead,

Inca Silver won't return your calls,

But you loved them all,

And you love them all.


Sonic Blue, Sonic Blue,

No, no! You'll never find her,

Shell Pink must have come from Saturn,

Burgundy Mist from the late night diner,

Dakota Red, gave your fourteen stitches,

Foam Green only kissed your cheek but it still itches.


Candy Apple Red, would love to see you dead,

Inca Silver won't return your calls,

But you loved them all,

And you love them all.


Olympic White wouldn't let you,

Fiesta Red didn't mind,

Surf Green, you left to look for,

Sonic Blue, the one you'll never find.


6.  Now You've Done It!


All our hearts,

Were broken and it pleased you,

All our hearts,

Were still.

All our hearts,

Were broken and it pleased you,

All our hearts,

Were still.


You don't, you don't, you don't, you don't know what you've done,

But now you've done it!

You don't, you don't, you don't, you don't know what you've done,

But now you've done it!


Ensign Jones, won your love,

And Ensign Jones will take it,

Ensign Jones, has your heart,

And Ensign Jones,

Is gonna break it.


Oh! That summer,

In San Francisco,

With Ensign Jones,

All the Gin and Dr. Pepper,

Oh! that summer,

In San Francisco.


7.  Hello Piero


Hello Piero, where are you going?

'I'm going to Arezzo,

I have Geometry and work on the frescoes.'

Oh yes Piero,

I've been to Arezzo,

I've stood in San Francesco,

And on every wall I saw your face Piero.

Hello Piero, where are you going?

Hello Piero, where are you going?


And here comes Gabriel, to tell Mary what she holds,

But there's no need, there's no need,

Mary already knows.


Hello Piero, where are you going?

'I'm going to Arezzo.'

Hello Piero, where are you going?

'I'm going to Arezzo.'

Woah-oh-oh,

Hello Piero, where are you going?

'I'm going to Arezzo.'

Woah-oh-oh,

Hello Piero, where are you going?

'I'm going to Arezzo.'

Hello Piero!


8.  There Was a Moon


There was a moon, glowing,

On your undies, showing,

It was the sweetest thing I'd ever seen,

It was the sweetest thing I'd ever seen.


Yes you're sweet to me, like the moon is to the dark,

Even sweeter, than the blood is to the shark.


There was a moon, glowing,

On your undies, showing,

It was the sweetest thing I'd ever seen,

It was the sweetest thing I'd ever seen.


9.  Amy From Sun Records


Tell me how you're sick of making milkshakes,

Tell me all about folding T-shirts, too,

Cause I've known California girls,

And girls from New York City,

And none of them could say things,

The pretty way you do.


So tell me about your cigarettes,

Your lipstick and Karate Lessons,

Tell me about the red bows on those shoes that hold your feet,

Tell me about the never-ending tours of Japanese.


Amy from Sun Records,

Listen to you sing.

Tell me about your necklace,

When you got it from the King,

Tell me about your stand up bass,

And tell me about the strings.


Here comes the King!


Tell me about your stand up bass,

And tell me about the strings.


10.  Data and Worf


If Jean Luc couldn't shake the Borg,

How was I to shake the Borg?

You saw the ship go up in smoke.

If Data and Worf couldn't fix it,

How was I to fix it?

I don't even know how it broke,

I don't even know how it broke.


I heard you whisper from the porch,

'What's he even here for?

And why is he living with my dad?'

Your new friend gave me a fistfull,

So I took a Dilithium crystal,

It left me feeling twice as bad.


Ensign Jones, won your love,

And Ensign Jones will take it,

Ensign Jones, has your heart,

And Ensign Jones, is gonna break it,

Ensign Jones is gonna break it,

Ensign Jones is gonna break it.


I slept it off in the brig with the other bums,

I bought my way out, with cigarettes and rum,

And when I saw the light of day,

You were there,

To knock me down.


And as I tumbled down the hill,

I thought I saw you smiling,

And I remembered our first kiss.

You wiped the dirt right off me,

Then took me out for coffee,

That night you beamed up to the ship.

And I framed the slip with the last words you wrote,

'All's fair in love and war, and this is both.'


If Data and Worf couldn't fix it,

How was I to fix it?

I don't even know how it broke.

All our plans for Reno,

Oh why oh why did we not go,

that summer?

That summer,

You left with Ensign Jones.


Ensign Jones, won your love,

And Ensign Jones will take it,

Ensign Jones, has your heart,

And Ensign Jones, is gonna break it,

Ensign Jones is gonna break it,

Ensign Jones is gonna,

Data and Worf couldn't fix it,

Data and Worf couldn't fix it,

Data and Worf couldn't fix it,

Data and Worf couldn't fix,

Our love.


11.  And You Knew


And I tried to run,

But you brought the snow,

And I tried to run away,

But I did not know.


I thought I'd be lost,

If I let you get me,

But now I'd be so lost,

If when I tried to run you'd let me.


And the snow fell,

And the wind blew,

And you knew, and you knew.

Oh the bed was cold,

So I kissed you,

And you knew, and you knew.


I sure thought I was a smarty,

But then I fell for all your tricks,

No there were no strings on me,

But now you and me are stitched.


And I tried to say I was a dreamer,

I never kept the things I knew,

But if I ever was alone again,

All I'd dream about is you.


And I thought I'd be lost,

If I let you get me,

But now I'd be so lost,

If when I tried to run you'd let me.


And the snow fell,

And the wind blew,

And you knew, and you knew.

Oh the bed was cold,

So I turned to you,

And you knew, and you knew.


12.  If Love Means You


(It was the sweetest thing I'd ever seen . . .)


If love means you,

Then I'm on board,

And if there's no room,

I'll be with you on the floor,

When our dreams are all over,

We'll both know where we are,

Next to you, next to me,

Ignoring the alarms.


Not long ago,

I thought that love came from a bow,

That it wasn't something chosen,

So I pulled out every arrow,

Because cupid hadn't thrown them,

But now I see what to do,

And I've got this arrow here for you.


They say that fools rush in,

So I took a couple classes.

And they say love is blind,

Well it might be for them,

But I've seen you with my glasses.


If love means you,

When do we start,

Cause I'm good at playing lonely,

But I'd prefer a different part,

Then when I'm lost,

We'll still be together in the car,

And when I'm broke up,

You'll be there,

To find me in the dark.


And if we grow old,

They say we might,

I won't let you go,

Now I need you here beside me,

I won't ever let you go,

God will have to come and fight me,

And here I'll stand,

Black or blue,

Here's my hand,

If love means you.



Jacob Borshard 2008

www.creebobby.com