Torch

by Ginger Wade

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1.
Back & Forth 01:54
Back and forth, I follow you Run away, you follow me too You’re in Spain and I’m in Rome When we really both want to be at home It’s a game I can only lose Sooner or later I’ll have to choose Running away from emotion Trying to avoid my devotion You send a postcard from New York But I’m already in Bangkok I chase you to another port It’s a very dangerous sport If I catch you all is lost Better keep on running at all costs Running away from emotion Trying to escape my devotion Where will it end? Can’t we just stay friends? La la la la la la la It’s not what I want It’s not what you need Don’t want to get hurt Don’t want you to leave Running away from emotion Trying to forget my devotion Where will it end? Can’t we just stay friends?
2.
Sunset rises on Bleaker Street Busloads of tourists coming to see All the high-heeled hustlers and hip-hop queens Cruisin’ the pavement looking for scenes Follow me close, we can walk to the pier Gaze at the river escaping from here The night’s open wide with all possibility Set ourselves free from the daily futility On Bleaker Street - We’re chasing dreams Sunrise sets down on Bleaker Street Neon pizza shops turning their keys In our IKEA coffins, oblivious sleep While midtown landlords are counting receipts Rouse yourself up, we can go to the river Drinking our coffee we sit and we shiver Counting the hours ‘til next weekend begins And next Friday night we can do it again On Bleaker Street – we’re chasing dreams Can you spare any change? Can you spare any change? Oh honey how you’ve changed…
3.
Torch Song 02:32
Fight fire with fire I got the urge to burn Here I am again, finally found a home The chaos is tamed, a tiny flicker of hope Things are looking good, maybe even great Got my ducks in a row, I got a full plate The future’s looking bright, like another cliché So why do I feel I wanna set it in flames? I got the urge to burn – I got the urge to burn I got the urge to burn, to torch it all down Leave nothing but ash, burn it all to the ground Fire can burn so bright, flame burns so pure I know it ain’t right, I know it ain’t no cure Fight fire with fire – fight fire with fire So much to lose, so little to gain A few hours of fun can bring a torrent of pain Too many times before, not gonna do it again It’s a battle of wills between my heart and my brain I got the urge to burn – I got the urge to burn Hovering on the edge, matchbox in my hand Just give me a sign, I know where it will end Fire can burn so bright, flame burns so pure I know it ain’t right, I know it ain’t no cure Fight fire with fire – fight fire with fire I got the urge to burn – I got the urge to burn
4.
Don’t cry cuz it’s over -- don’t cry -- don’t cry When your world has been broken And you can’t sleep at night And your heart’s filled with aching Feels you’ll never put right Your friends are around you But they can’t understand How one person’s heart Can feel so much pain Remember the good times Forget all the rest Let go of the sorrow Hold on to the best Don’t cry cuz it’s over - when you can laugh that it happened Your smile has more power than you will ever imagine And you reached for the stars, you laughed at the sky You win or you lose, you’ll never know why You danced in the rain, you shared in the love You’ve lived more of life than the angels above Don’t cry -- don’t cry Nothing lasts forever, not good or bad Hold on to the memory of the joy that you had In the dark of the night blow the sadness away Look to the horizon for the new day
5.
I took the wrong bus this morning The same bus as every day A gloomy Wednesday morning The streets were wet with rain He got on at the next stop Spewing bigotry and hate Ugly words about foreigners The riders looked the other way Stand by in silence or speak up and shout I search for the words but nothing comes out Make a stand or look away I search for words - don’t know what to say She stood there with her baby Trying not to cry No one else said anything No one else even tried I want to help, to rescue her I want to fight the good fight And while I’m sitting and dreaming Another woman’s by her side She said what lousy weather And she asked the baby’s age And as they talked together The man turned and walked away I sat at my desk dying slowly The shame stuck between my teeth And all I can ask myself is Why wasn’t it me? Why wasn’t it me?
6.
You put me on a string And pulled me all around You tied me to your wrist And showed me off so proud I floated like a dream Above your head I felt so free I followed your every step I was the star at your party I got a balloon heart I’m flying high when you’re around Balloon heart When you’re gone I hit the ground Balloon heart -- balloon heart Then came the sad day Hung in the corner, losing my air My heart began to sink You forgot about me, you left me there My balloon heart beats for you You’ve moved on to the next birthday I’m losing all my air You think you can just throw me away I got a balloon heart I’m flying high when you’re around Balloon heart When you’re gone I hit the ground Balloon heart -- balloon heart And when you’re dead and gone My plastic heart will linger on ‘Cause plastic never disappears I’ll last another ten thousand years
7.
Bad Habit 01:58
I'm tired of living a refugee life Running just to live Sick for a home that no longer exists If such a place ever did I’ve known you now for just three days I’m praying maybe you can save me From the way I sabotage myself Seeking salvation in bed with someone else (You’re my) bad habit…. Maybe this time things will be different I promise to change my ways I’ll try to be true not only to you But also to myself With a six-stringed hard-on solid wood Nothing could ever be so good As the fantasy film fest in my head Dreaming of you, I’m in another man’s bed (You’re my) bad habit…. It’s a bad habit but I can’t kick it Keep running away but it comes with me Shiver and shake like a wet dog I got a bad habit… I’m tired of living a refugee life Running just to live Givin’ away all the things should be mine Nothin’ left to give
8.
Safe Harbor 02:42
Love is a place where you got a safe harbor Everybody needs a place they can be a part of Soldier or sailor, lover or saint Everybody needs a place where they can feel safe Ladyboy hustlers out plying their trade While dockworkers drinking away all their pay They been building the cranes higher and higher To unload the boats full of cheap shit from China In the glass towers, the suits are all frantic To earn money to buy all that cheap Chinese plastic Down on the corner the punks beg for change To buy beer and food for their dogs with the mange Safe harbor - safe harbor Down on the Kiez the whores come in clusters In their parkas and boots dressed like ski instructors The guerilla romantics set fire to the banks The cops hose them down in their water-shooting tanks Safe harbor - safe harbor My guitar serenades you here out on the street Singing this song ‘bout the people I see The flood of humanity, the ebb and the flow Washed up on the shores of this river of hope
9.
Rescue Crew 03:05
Don’t take me down with you I don’t wanna fall that hard Can’t be your rescue crew Had enough playin’ that part She’s long and she’s loud and acts real proud When she walks in the room she moves the crowd She’s lean and mean and looks real cool She makes you think she’s no one’s fool But I know it’s all an act for her I can see her sliding fast I wish I could reach out to her Can’t repeat the mistakes from my past I know that's what friends should be for But where you’re now I was before You grit your teeth and call it a smile And pretend you’re not screaming inside I’ve seen the bottom, I’ve hit that ground And I’m afraid to slide back down I can’t stand by and watch you fall So I reach for you and risk it all Rescue crew - Who needs who? - Rescue crew Can’t be your rescue crew Safety’s in the eye of the beholder And when you crash it hurts No one dies of a broken heart But they say it can’t be cured Don’t take me down with you I don’t wanna fall that hard Can’t be your rescue crew Gonna shake your world apart Rescue crew -- Who saves who? -- Rescue crew Why don’t you save me too?

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All songs copyright © 2019 Ginger Wade
except “Laugh at the Stars” © 2019 Ginger Wade and Paddy Korn
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released March 20, 2019

Ginger Wade – Guitar, Bass, Vocals
Stefan Adler – Drums, Mandolin
Kay Schielke – Saxophone on “Bleaker Street”

Recorded by Benji Schaub at YourMusic.Pro Studios
Rotenburg an der Fulda, Germany – March 2019

Cover photo Daniel Steinke / album cover design Boris Stoyanov

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Ginger Wade Hamburg, Germany

Ginger Wade is an American-born songwriter, singer, guitar and bass player living in Hamburg, Germany. Her songs deal with themes such as the search for home and identity, obsession, and Schrebergärten... Visit her webpage at www.gingerwade.de

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