Rocks and Glass

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Neal Kosaly-Meyer and Karen Eisenbrey are brother and sister. They grew up in the 60’s and 70’s in Bickleton, a remote and tiny farm town in eastern Washington state. Together they discovered the redemptive promise of rock n roll as purveyed by the Beatles, the Who, Springsteen and the Ramones (among many others), though they never quite got around to putting together their own rock band until about thirty-odd years later. Your Mother Should Know has been playing out in Seattle for the last five years, and along the way releasing a smattering of music at their reverbnation.com page. “Rocks and Glass” is their first full-length album.

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released January 8, 2015

All songs by Neal Kosaly-Meyer

Arranged and Performed by Your Mother Should Know

Recorded and Engineered by Jake Thompson at Pouch's practice space and The Tintinabulary.

Mastered by Steve Turnidge at UltraViolet Studios

Photos by Joe Mabel

Special thanks:

To John Maiello for Invaluable Production Assistance, Good Advice and Crucial Encouragement.

To Shelby Earl for her swift arrows that always remind me what a song can be when a song is done right

To Mike Gervais for the terrific sax parts.

To Keith Eisenbrey for the use of his 1890 Chickering grand piano.

To Karen and Keith Eisenbrey, and to Pouch, for places to record.

To Anna K. Meyer for unflagging support and belief.

To everybody who's played in Your Mother Should Know, booked Your Mother Should Know, shared a bill with Your Mother Should Know, or come out to see Your Mother Should Know over the past 5 years--you are all a part of this.

And very very special thanks to Kathi Buchanan.

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Track Name: Shed a Tear Every Day
SHED A TEAR EVERY DAY

Feels like it’s been so long
Since you’ve been gone
Though they tell me
That it’s only been a short time

Whatever did I do
That could have made you
Just stand up and leave
What could have been my crime

And I’ll shed a tear every day
Darlin that you stay away
No comforting thing
Anybody can say

No diverting song anybody can play
No hope-giving soul-nurturing ray
I’ll shed a tear every day

And if I could
You know I would make it all better
Tell you I’m sorry write it down
Send it off in a letter

And if only they could find you
Those words would remind you
And you’d come runnin back into my arms

But since you said “see you later”
I can only wait here
And wonder
“Where can my baby be”

Not sure if I’ll ever know
Why did you go
But I’ll cling to this hope
That you’ll return to me

And I’ll shed a tear every day
Darlin that you stay away
No comforting thing
Anybody can say

No diverting song anybody can play
No hope-giving soul-nurturing ray
I’ll shed a tear every day
I’ll shed a tear every day

Copyright 2013 by Neal Kosaly-Meyer
Track Name: Pretendin I'm Well
PRETENDIN I’M WELL

Got hit pretty hard
Down for the count
Laid out flat

Couldn’t even come in
Had to call out
But now I’m back

And by the smile on my face you can tell
I’m right back in the race you can tell
You can tell there’s not even a trace
Of the dark place where I fell

And it was so easy
I figured it out
I’m pretendin I’m well

Somethin goin around
Knockin everyone down
And I caught it

Laid out for days
Wouldn’t go away
No matter how hard I fought it

Cuz for this disease only one thing will do
It’s in my heart and my heart wants you
So where are you baby

Now I’m movin on
The past is behind me
It’s a brave new world

And I won’t be held down
I’m gonna be free
Forget about that girl

And by the spring in my step you can tell
By my positive pep you can tell
You can tell now to life I say “yep”
I’m escaping the grip of this personal hell

And it was so easy
I figured it out
I’m pretendin I’m well

Copyright 2013 Neal Kosaly-Meyer
Track Name: What's Wanting For
WHAT’S WANTING FOR

Don’t know quite how to put this
But it’s pullin’ on me
Like hooks in my flesh pulled
By ropes that I can’t see

And we’re all pullin’ on each other
Like forces of gravity
Think we can do what we please
But we’re not free

And when you’re not here I just miss you
And when you’re here I just miss you more
If skin can’t touch
What’s wanting for

What’s wanting for
What’s wanting for
If skin can’t touch
What’s wanting for

And what I got to say now
Confessin it to you
I’m not so sure this thing
Is ever gonna be through

We talked it out shook hands
Drew the lines and smiled
Bu I think I know deep down
That lines just ain’t my style

And when you’re not here I just miss you
And when you’re here I just miss you more
If skin can’t touch
What’s wanting for

What’s wanting for
What’s wanting for
If skin can’t touch
What’s wanting for

Like magnets and nails
Like flies in a web
Like quicksand
Like an obsession in your head

Like an earworm
Like a black hole
Like a cold hand
Like hot iron in my soul

Not sure how to end this
But I can feel it comin’ out
It tries a man’s faith
I know it’s real beyond doubt

The way desire takes hold
And wears away sanity
Feel like that old preacher
Preachin’ all is vanity

And when you’re not here I just miss you
And when you’re here I just miss you more
If skin can’t touch
What’s wanting for

What’s wanting for
What’s wanting for
If skin can’t touch
What’s wanting for

Copyright 2011 by Neal Kosaly-Meyer
Track Name: Just Cried
JUST CRIED
Hope sprang
Felt like the stars were aligned
Then I saw two hands touchin
Fingers intertwined

So I had another beer
Decided it was time for me to go
Wished I could keep hopin and forget
What I didn’t want to know

It was dark and it was rainin
Both inside and out
Thought faith was leadin me home
But I know you’re not for me now; there isn’t any doubt

I sat down in my car and I figured I’d go for a drive
But I didn’t start er up
I didn’t start er up
I didn’t start er up
I just cried

I listened to my dreams
And I cast the I Ching
Checked out my horoscope
Attending to every little thing

And I prayed
Just like when I was a kid
Psychoanalyzed my ego
Tried to liberate my id

And it felt like it was all pointin to you
And sayin you were for me
Just like it had been pre-destined
In Eternity

But that pattern got shattered
Like it was all a lie
Felt like cursing God but I didn’t
Felt like cursing God but I didn’t
Felt like cursing God but I didn’t
I just cried

I guess I let my enthusiasm
Get the better of me
Thought of you as my mountaintop
Now I’m back in this death-shadowed valley
I dreamed I’d kiss and be kissed touch and be touched
So tenderly
But now that dream is over
It’s over so suddenly

Like a punch in the gut
And I still can’t breathe
Somethin won’t let go
Of this dream about you and me
It’s like a wall
And I can’t get around
Or over or through so high
So wide so deep in the ground

Maybe I oughtta take my shot
Give it one more try
Roll the dice; See if I
Could win against this guy

And I want to believe
I want to keep hope alive
But I just don’t have it in me
I just don’t have it in me
I just don’t have it in me
So I’ll just cry

Copyright 2010 by Neal Kosaly-Meyer
Track Name: Shelby
SHELBY
If you go n see Shelby tonight
Won't you tell her that I’m workin on a brand new bike
If you go n see Shelby tonight
Won't you tell her that I sure like the way she writes

And when she comes down off that stage
And she’s all done singin like a bird
Won’t you put in a word for me
If you go n see Shelby

If you go n see Shelby tonight
Won't you tell her that I’d be there if I only could
But I get a little bit shy around Shelby
Cuz I don’t know the words as well as I should

But the ones I know are stuck like swift arrows in me
Make me feel like I’m swimmin in some glassy sea
You might mention that casually
If you go n see Shelby

Won't you tell her that I write songs too
And I’ve got a tattoo of Gram Parsons on my arm
And I’m strong and silent and tall and she oughtta give me a call
What could be the harm

If you go n see Shelby tonight
Tell her that I really dug her set at Bumbershoot
And If you go n see Shelby tonight
You might as well tell her that I think she’s really cute

And when something feels this right it can’t be wrong
I might even be able to help her write a happy song
So won't you put in a good word for me
If you go n see Shelby

Copyright 2013 by Neal Kosaly-Meyer
Track Name: This Boundary
THIS BOUNDARY

VERSE:

If I’m goin’ to get by
I’m goin’ to need a little help from my friends
So I better check in with George and Ira,
Richard and Lorenz,

Irving and Jerome
Won’t you give me your two cents’ worth, please?
Cole and Harold, can’t you help me,
Because I’m down on my knees;

And if Sarah or Billie could try and sing this one,
Or Dear Ella, or Johnny Hartman—no, I’m not makin’ fun
Or maybe I need to call up Old Duke and Billy Strayhorn:
The know about just hangin’, feelin’ so rotten and forlorn.

CHORUS:

And I’m just standin’ here
Peerin’ over your boundary
Got myself burned so bad
Down in love’s foundry

And I don’t want to make a scene
I don’t want to make a fuss
Don’t care to create a spectacle
Concernin the two of us

Because I got it bad
And you know, that ain’t no good
I feel like that lamb
That got lost in the wood

And I know you’re not someone
To watch over me
You’re just someone on the other side
Of this damn boundary

BRIDGE:

And I wish I could
Just call the whole thing off
And take some medicine like I would
For the sniffles or a cough

But you walked into the room
And I had no defense,
No immunity, no remedy,
No antidote, no resistance

We made this truce,
Now we’re more-or-less friends,
But what’s the use
If it all depends

On my keepin my peace
About this deep-cut wound
And never betrayin the truth
In word or tune

CHORUS:

And so I stand here
Peerin over your boundary
Hopin to find some kind of solution
For what’s confoundin' me

And I don’t want to live in a dream,
I know I need to find some way to adjust,
But now I feel like a receptacle
Full of some kind of bitter dust

Because I got it bad
And you know that ain’t no good
I feel like that lamb
That got lost in the woods

And I know you’re not someone
To watch over me
You’re just someone on the other side
Of this damn boundary

CODA:

So Duke and Billy
Harold and Cole
Help me write the song
I can feel in my soul

George and Ira
Help me say what needs to be said
Let me rise up now
And leave this land of the dead

Because what’s called friendship
Just feels like a quandary

Like bein' suspended
In zero gravity

Like bein' stuck
On the wrong side of this damn boundary

Copyright 2012 by Neal Kosaly-Meyer
Track Name: Rocks and Glass
ROCKS AND GLASS

They say that time all wounds will heal
They say that pain forgetting will conceal
They that all things must pass
But they don’t know how you filled me up with rocks and glass

They tell me soon I’ll see better days
Things like this you know they just go away
They wonder why I’m stuck in this morass
But they don’t know how you filled me up with rocks and glass

And I’m weighed down with these heavy stones
And the glass cuts into my flesh and bones
And everything inside is just ground down
And it’s all because you just aren’t around

They say these things come to us all
Just as after Summer comes the Fall
And that sunny Spring will come again at last
But they don’t know how you filled me up with rocks and glass

And I’m weighed down with these heavy stones
And the glass cuts into my flesh and bones
And everything inside is just ground down
And it’s all because you just aren’t around

They say these things come to us all
Just as after Summer comes the Fall
And that sunny Spring will come again at last
But they don’t know how you filled me up with rocks and glass

Copyright 2009 Neal Kosaly-Meyer
Track Name: Rebecca Marina
REBECCA MARINA

Somebody called this morning
They wanted Rebecca Marina
I said I’m very sorry whoever you are
But I haven’t seen her

Must be a wrong number that you dialed
So take another look in your telephone number file
Nobody here
By the name of Rebecca Marina

And now I’m spendin' my time
Wonderin' what can it mean yeah
Can’t get her out of my mind
My mind is anything but serene yeah

Wonderin' who it was that called
Wonderin' if she just might be a livin' doll
Can’t stop thinkin
'Bout Rebecca Marina

Rebecca Marina
Where are you
Rebecca Marina
What should I do

Maybe I shoulda left you a message
Maybe I shoulda tried to get through
Are you somewhere out there waitin' for my call
Waitin' for some word, anything at all

N now I sit by the phone, radio’s on
Joey’s singin 'bout Sheena
She’s a punk rocker, maybe so are you,
Rebecca Marina

Waitin' for you to call my place
'N I just wish I could see your face
'N maybe we could go someplace together
Rebecca Marina

Waitin' for you to call my place
'N I just wish I could see your face
'N maybe we could go someplace together
Rebecca Marina

Copyright 2013 by Neal Kosaly-Meyer
Track Name: Tear-Shaped Bruise
TEAR-SHAPED BRUISE

I Heard you got married
I wasn’t invited
Guess I shouldn’t be surprised
The way that everything went down

All my friends are gonna be there
But I won’t be sittin' home cryin'
I got better things to do
On the other side of town

Cuz Ronnie’s playin a punk rock show
That’s where I’m gonna go
Get on the whiskey train
Dance the night away

And now I got a tear-shaped bruise
Right over my heart
From slammin in the pit
While you were getting married

Don’t know how you threw that elbow
You were so far away
But now I got a tear-shaped bruise
Right over my heart from you

We used to sing rock n roll
You showed me your soul
Shinin' in your eyes
Shinin' in that harmony
Thought I knew what I was doin'

But it was the road to ruin
No future
For you and me
No future

And I know it was very
Very unrequited
But I still remember your eyes
And how I’d just fall in and drown

And I wish it was me there
Not that other guy and
I could just keep singin' with you
Till the next ice age comes around

But Ronnie’s playin' a punk rock show
Guess that’s where I’m gonna go
Get on the whiskey train
Dance the night away

And now I got a tear-shaped bruise
Right over my heart
Slammin' in the pit
While you were getting married

Don’t know how you threw that elbow
You were so far away
But now I got a tear-shaped bruise
Right over my heart from you

Copyright 2013 Neal Kosaly-Meyer
Track Name: Don't Make Me Lie
DON’T MAKE ME LIE

We been hangin' together you n me
For what feels like a lifetime
Crawlin through these trenches, under these wires
You always been my lifeline

And you know I’d walk on red hot coals for you
And I’d do anything you want me to
But baby baby please
Don’t make me lie

I know times are tough and you made some bad deals
Down on that corner
But now you got to stand up for yourself
Stop goin down that road, I’m warnin' ya

And you know that I’ve got your back
I’m the one who’ll always cut you some slack
But baby baby please
Don’t make me lie

Don’t make me lie
Don’t make me do this to my sisters and brothers
Don’t make me lie
Burn all those bridges to all of the others
I stood by your side asked you to be my bride
But you ain’t gonna drag me down no more

We put our hands together
We swore we’d keep the faith
But now I feel like you’re turning
Into some kind of shadowy wraith

I want to pull you right back to me
But it’s like you’re blind and you can’t see
Oh Baby Baby please
Don’t make me lie

Copyright 2013 by Neal Kosaly-Meyer
Track Name: See ya at the Next Show
SEE YA AT THE NEXT SHOW

Sittin' in your tower
Writin' down your visions
And now you don’t have to deal
With all that constructive derision

And I’m standin' here
Tryin' to make a sale
And since you been gone
This place feels just a little bit more like a jail

But when the days are draggin'
And everything goes so slow
I remember
I’ll see ya at the next show
I’ll see ya at the next show

I saw you last night
We talked about how things were goin'
Talked about time
How the years fly by so fast

Like a river
Pickin' up speed all the while it’s flowin'
And how if you need anything from me anytime at all
All you gotta do is ask
All you gotta do is ask

Sometimes I think about you
Sittin in that tower
And I remember the times
We used to talk for hours

And now you write down your visions
And I try to make a sale
And I wish you’d come ridin' back
And bust me outta this jail

And I know it was all for the best
I still wish you never had to go
But I know

I’ll see ya the next show

Copyright 2013 by Neal Kosaly-Meyer
Track Name: Don't Black Out
DON’T BLACK OUT

Goin' up the hill
Plug it in tonight
Throw back a few
Turn all the dials to the right

And we’ll blow the walls down
And we’ll wake the town
And we’ll shake the ground
With our trademark sound

And when the set is through
I’m gonna dance with you
Fall in a trance with you
Romance with you

And it’s gonna be grand
And there ain’t no doubt
Cuz I wrote it on my hand
Don’t black out

I know it happened once before
You had to carry me out the door
And when you tried to get through
There was no reply

But I’m responsible now
And I know how
We’re gonna make it through the night
I’m not tellin' you a lie

Lookin' around
Where the hell am I
Threw back a few too many
Horizontal like a dial twisted to the right

Did we blow the walls down
Did we wake the town
Did we shake the ground
With our trademark sound

And when the set was through
Did I dance with you
Fall in a trance with you
Romance with you

And I’m sure it was grand
I ain't got no doubt
As I look at those words on my hand
Don’t black out

Copyright 2013 Neal Kosaly-Meyer