Freshly Broken Glass

by Abraham Cloud

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These are demos that were filed away in tiny metal boxes for years. They are imperfect, unfinished and beautiful in their rawness.

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released June 15, 2014

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Abraham Cloud Los Angeles, California

A writer writing his way out of a paper bag. No real rules or boundaries and no rewards except the work itself. This was not how it was supposed to be but this is how it is. Art has to be painful for its rewards to be joyous.

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Track Name: Nikki, I've been there too
Nikki I've Been There Too

When you feel like you don't belong
And everything you've ever done is wrong
Nothing here makes
much sense at all
Give me a call, it's true

Nikki, I've been there too

When you're hiding all alone in your place
Trying to wipe the night off your face
Wish you'd never said what you feel
Feelings are real things too

Nikki, I've been there too

Counting up your change
Ready to change everything today
Hop on a bus,
for a new place to start again

Nikki, we've been there too

Remember not to take it too hard
Tomorrow it's a joke at the bar
We'll be drinking sweet memories
Long Island Ice Teas for two

Nikki, I've been there too
And it's getting every day
Ya we're getting better every day
Nikki, I've been there too
and I'll always be there for you
Nikki, I've been there too.
Track Name: Longer Than A Day
Longer Than A Day

What did you do today ?
You've already wasted
half your life

Did you have fun today ?
Imagining the things
that you just might do

when you find the time to
do when you get caught up to
all of the time that
passed you by

What did you say today ?
Did you believe a single word
you heard.

Wasn't it strange today
To see the people
stuck inside their world

Gossip about the life
they know that they threw away
Grumble and Stumble
on their way.

If a lifetime
Is a long time
Is a long time
Longer than a day ?

Longer than a day
Longer than a day
Longer than that afternoon
When everything came true.

What will you do
When you have the time to
When you get caught up to
all of the time that passed you by

If a lifetime
Is a long time
Is a long time
Longer than a day ?

Longer than a day
Longer than a day
Longer than that afternoon
When everything came true.

If you had a dollar saved
For each and every day
you've been alive

you'd have a pot of gold
about 10,000 dollars tucked away

and 10,000 days to spend it
on all of the newfound friends
that haven't a clue
what it means to hide your dreams.

a lifetime
Is a long time
Is a long time
Longer than a day ?
Track Name: Almost All That I Have
Almost All That I Have

One plus One
Hardly ever equals one
These Days, it seems
One plus One it equaled three
with you and me
And You pretending I was
someone else in your dream.
I guess you'll never know
just what it means to me

To have you here
I'd give you anything
But you're almost all that I have
You're almost all that I have

You took my time
I never told you
what was on my mind
I gave you rides to work
cigarettes and smiles
my precious tape of songs
you left out in the sun
I wrote them all for you
you'll never understand

To have you here
I'd give you anything
But you're almost all that I have
You're almost all that I have


Said to me, you liked
the way the breezes blew
so free and easy
over the water by the sea
so I took your advice
and I walked away
down the shore

I guess you'll never know
just what it means to me

To have you here
I'd give you anything
But you're almost all that I have
You're almost all that I have
Track Name: Break Out
Breakout

It was a wonderful bus
And it was all about us

We packed a sizeable lunch
and a thermos of trust

so break out

we had a valid ID
it said to do as you please

we've got the world at out feet
and lots of fast food to eat in the end

so she turned and she said
break out

Colonial Tom came along
with his popular song

He couldn't turn his neck
because he'd been in a wreck long ago

so she turned and she said
break out

They had their armour all on
as they awaited the dawn

break out

with prestige up my sleave

break out

onion patch
with a breakable latch

break out

meaning fell out
of a practiced pout

break out

intollerable sun
lighting the wonderful one

break out
Track Name: Floor Of The Liquor Store
Floor Of The Liquor Store

Muscular legs stompin' out the boulevard
Muscular face and lips about a mile large
Pluckin' out a leaf from a tree
as she passes by
I touch greenery a lot when I walk
she's a lot like me

LET'S MAKE LOVE
ON THE FLOOR
OF THE LIQUOR STORE
IN BETWEEN THE PINBALL,

ICE CREAM,
MAGAZINES AND
CUSTOMERS
LET'S MAKE LOVE

After a while on a street called Vine
There she is again
standin' in a check-out line

She's buyin' my brand
(and that's generic)
With a store-bought tan
(but I'm not allergic)
Looks at me as if to say,
"Love is just a beer away."
(Love is just a beer away)

LET'S MAKE LOVE
ON THE FLOOR
OF THE LIQUOR STORE
IN BETWEEN THE PINBALL,

ICE CREAM,
MAGAZINES AND
CUSTOMERS
LET'S MAKE LOVE

go to the window.

We could buy a twelve-pack
and take it to the laundro-mat
But why waste all our precious cash
Gettin' ourselves good'n'trashed ?
let's make love.....

LET'S MAKE LOVE
ON THE FLOOR
OF THE LIQUOR STORE
IN BETWEEN THE PINBALL,

ICE CREAM,
MAGAZINES AND
CUSTOMERS
LET'S MAKE LOVE
Track Name: Ma, Go Out In The Rain
Ma,Go Out In The Rain

"Always the same,"
That's what you say
"Nothing has changed,
Oh, it's raining again."

Watching the clock,
to come home again
Turn on the tube,
your favorite friend.

Ma, go out in the rain

and feel it on your face
nothing can erase
all that you've been throuh

and what are you gonna do
on the day your life is
through
and they're askin' you
what you did
an all you can say is ....


Worked all my life
making ends meet
Too tired at night
to do anything

Raised a good boy
then he went away
I keep to myself
and go to church everyday

Ma, go out in the rain

and feel it on your face
nothing can erase
all that you've been throuh

and what are you gonna do
on the day your life is
through
and they're askin' you
what you did
an all you can say is ....

The World of Love
is not High Above
it's Here Right Now
you gotta get out in the Rain.
Track Name: Down The Drain
Down the Drain

If you think that you've got a problem
talk to Nancy
She's got a problem everyday of the week and the weekends are frightening

so indecisive, misunderstood
dreading every moment of life
until she met Fred


If you think you missed out on something talk to Fred
He missed several hundred thousand
good chances to get out of bed

so indecisive, misunderstood
his favorite to say in the world is
he'd be better off dead

it went Down the Drain
Down the Drain
the best years of your life
and they pass in a flash
just like lightning


they eventually discovered
success under the covers and welfare
they had 19 ugly children
who went on to terrorize all around them

so disrespectfull and violent
without a decent leader
the kids were free to do what they want


it went Down the Drain
Down the Drain
the best years of your life
and they pass in a flash
just like lightning

It went down the drain
a society of freedon
was just somebody
dreaming their life away.
Track Name: Freshly Broken Glass
Freshly Broken Glass

I wish I'd never seen you
Cause then I'd never know
How it feels
To really Feel

And in my dreams I
I've touched you
And In my heart I know
THere's a place
where we could be
Together in my fantasy

beyond the world that makes them holy
beyond the things that they can't grasp
beyond the wild world that holds my soul

in the freshly broken glass

I built myself a prison
cause I did not belong
in the arms of a love
to lift me up where I could see

beyond the war that makes them holy
beyond the things that they can't grasp
beyond the wild world that holds my soul

in the freshly broken glass
Track Name: Jenny Broke Down
Jenny Broke Down

Jenny broke down in the barroom
She was crying all night
Bobby won big on the foosball
He was there in the light

She said,"Oh, I don't know if I can take it anymore."

She said,"Oh, I don't know if I can take it anymore."

Jenny fell down on the hard floor
Screaming his name
Bobby sat glued to the pinball
He had just won five games

She said,"Oh, I don't know if I can take it anymore."

She said,"Oh, I don't know if I can take it anymore."

And they all gathered 'round
Just to hear that primal sound
Ya , they all need to see
Someone winning at something

Bobby got into a bar fight
With a cop in plain clothes
Kitty was born in the lot weeds
Sunburn tatoo on her toes

Kitty grew strong like a cactus
in a small desert town
Kitty found out about freedom
on a discount greyhound

"Oh, I don't know if I can take it anymore."

She said,"Oh, I don't know if I can take it anymore."

and they all gathered round
just to hear that primal sound
Ya, they all all need to see
someone winning at something

(spoken part)

She said,"Oh, I don't know if I can take it anymore."
Track Name: The Perfect World We Left Behind
The Perfect World We Left Behind

Driving away with the wind
in your hair
How could anything, anywhere
ever compare

Sun overhead coud care less
whats been said
And the road knows no sorrow
it's all in your head

and I wish that everyone
could feel this way just once
i hope one day we all will find

the perfect world we
left behind


Driving away in a blue you call
grey wearing thick coats of
reasons you've got to
feel that way

sun overhead could care less
what's been said
and the road knows no sorrow
it's all in your head

and I wish that everyone
could feel this way just once
i hope one day we all will find

the perfect world we
left behind

to be happy
to be healthy
to love the life you live
so much you want to give
me your perfect world

somewhere a perfect world

and i wish that everyone
could feel this way just once
Track Name: Buckets Of Rain
Buckets of Rain

Buckets of Rain coming down my head
Buckets of Rain that was what she said Buckets of rain

All of my life now I've been waiting here
Watching these headlights dissappear, Buckets of Rain
Buckets of Rain

I've seen 'em coming
with the Master Plan
Steal your wallet
while they shake your hand
Buckets of Rain

All that I want is to be left alone
What more can you take
now that you've got my home
Buckets of Rain
Buckets of Rain

Outside, the neon lights
are shining safe and warm
Business as usual
unaffected by the storm
Buckets of Rain
Buckets of Rain

There's Buckets of Rain
for the Farmer's Field
and Buckets of Rain
for the man who feels

Nothing is Right
Nothing is Right
Nothing is Right in the world tonight
Track Name: Killing Me With Your Kindness
Killing Me With Your Kindness

When you came to me
My house was filthy
I gave you ten bucks
to clean it up

When you left that day
my mind was filthy
Filled with things
like love and trust

You're killing me
With Your Kindness
You're breaking my back
With all your help
Can't you see
I really don't deserve it
I've never been this close before
I've never been
so scared

and you'd be better off
with almost anybody else
you'd be better off
standing in the street
and flagging down a passing car


You're stealing the time
I used to spend thinking
You're thinking so loud
I have to shut up

Is this how June
conceived Beaver Cleaver
Or is this how psycho-killers
start out ?

You're killing me
With Your Kindness
You're breaking my back
With all your help
Can't you see
I really don't deserve it
I've never been this close before
I've never been
so scared

and you'd be better off
with almost anybody else
you'd be better off
standing in the street
and flagging down a passing car


I can't compete with the average man
Walking down a city street
He knows what he wants
And he goes for it everyday.
Track Name: and then one day ...
and the one day ....

Prophets of Doom
Surround the Room
"It's too late to start again,
It's too late for you."

The years fly by,
You stand and wave
You want to jump on
But you can't quite decide where to go.

and then one day
somebody sees you
and they see everything
you ever dared to dream
and then one day you wake up
knowing just what to do

You watch your friends
Go 'round the bend
They somehow find a way
To be what they really want to be

The night comes down
Upon your head
You swear to God
you'll never go back there again

and then one day ...
somebody needs you
and they take everything
but it don't mean a thing

'cause on that day you wake up
knowing just what to do

and then one day ...
everything falls away
and then one day ...
it all starts again.

until that day you wake up
knowing just what to do

and then one day ...
everything falls away
and then one day ...
it all starts again.