From the recording Marshall Heights

Story about getting older and holding on to dreams that are slowly creeping away. Also a tribute to my good friend Helen on her birthday.


Marshall Heights
The register has a muted ring at the Brick Wall Bar and Grill
Sister Helen tends the faithful from the rectory of swill
It appears the cat escaped the bag on this 14th day of June
Now there's Wallmart decorations, a black Dollar Store balloon
Salutations cross the mirror in fluorescent grease pen ink
Beneath domestic daily specials, shadow scripted pretty pink
Well wishes from her comrades help to keep the tears at bay
Happy birthday Helen, Helen seize the day
Her diary's just half written but she put the pen away
Another asterisk for the bucket list, she'll finish it one day
The best laid plans of mice and men, well you know what they say
She lives in the apartment just above the bar
An arrangement of convenience where she stuffs the cookie jar
With her nickels, dimes and quarters she'll be taking off one day
Seatbelt checks and percosets Helen's just a flight away
Seize the day
Her life's just like her closet, a little bit in disarray
The door stays closed so no one knows what she's got hid away
After all don't all of us have secrets anyway?
Seize the day