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Talk To The Paw

by Richie Reinholdt

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americana / alt country inspired by Buddy Miller and Robbie Fulks
dedicated to The Gom

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released July 25, 2005

guitars, mandolin, bass and vocals - Richie Reinholdt
Hammond organ - Jim Rogers
drums - Bruce Threlkeld
drums and harmony vocals - Roger Moquin
drums - Marc Clarke
mandolin - Chad Fadely
accordion - Dan Funsch
fiddle - Ellie Nuno
clarinet and background vocals - Nicole Reinholdt
acoustic guitar solo - Ian Fleming
harmonica - Charlie Hopkins

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Richie Reinholdt Missoula, montana

BIO: "I played with a buncha bands.....I recorded a buncha albums..."
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Track Name: Ready To Fly
She’s going home Ready to fly
Free at last Wave good bye

Softly whispering on the air
the sound of feathers from afar
Climbing in behind the sky
to write her name among the stars
And waiting for her there He’s paved the way
A long time ago she had to let him go

Now she’s going home Ready to fly
Spread her wings into the sky

Christmas cards and calenders and
pictures to remember when
Horses running on the beach and
sisters smiling once again
Memories marking time packed into a shed
Thanks to Walmart super sale packed them up so tight

Reaching way back through the years
to finally erase the slate
Wipe away the tears from debts
she thought she had to pay
For so long yeah they’re finally gone no more holding on
She’s found a way to let them go
She’s realized that she don’t need them anymore

Coats and shoes she’ll never wear
possessions from a memory time
Clocks with faces silent now
daylight saving time is spent
And waiting for her there is that old house
The one that she’s visualized in her mind
the one she could never find
The brown dog and the maple tree

Oh she’s found them now She’s going home
Ready to fly Wave goodbye
Track Name: Words
Give me sight give me vision just enough to see
The way out of this prision that some call destiny
Let me run with the wind let go where it blows
Let me hear words nobody knows

Cover me with a cloud a blanket of eternity
Return my invitation to the party of humanity
Carry me away to that place far and near
Let me understand those words no one can hear

After a night of empty dreams there’s a day of similar sun
And I’m spinning around away from everyone
With a sign of the times whispering in my ear
Shouting words I cannot hear

Empty pages filled with verse concrete intangibles
Retro-fitted masks that are nicely uncomfortable
Make it bright make it clean make it loud and clear
Secret words I cannot hear
Track Name: Tuff Girl
She’s a tuff girl tougher than you and she’ll prove it everyday
She’s a tuff girl does what she wants just don’t get in her way
She’ll tell you she’s to blame if it all goes wrong
She does what pleases her most
But when the moment’s gone and she’s moved on
Oh you might as well be a ghost

‘Cause she’s a tuff girl tough as can be you’ll never break through her shell
Likes it rough girl oh oh can’t you see tuff girls never kiss and tell
She’s a million lives away from where you want her to be
A place that changes every day
And she can see for miles and miles and miles behind
All the loser’s along the way

You can scream her name a thousand different ways
But she’ll never answer your call
“Cause she’s the one that keeps her answers in a drawer
Locked up in a room down the hall

‘Cause she’s a tuff girl with her own set of rules just don’t follow her around
Had enough girl she’s already made fools of all the boys downtown
She could have been a model in a lacy negligee
Daring you to look her in the eye
‘Cause the camera loves her smile but deep behind the mask
Is a heart that’s forbidden to cry

‘Cause she’s a tuff girl out on the run running away from herself
‘Cause tuff girls hey just wanna have fun no one’s gonna put her on no shelf
No one’s gonna put her on no shelf
Track Name: Empty Eyes (For a Piano)
Do you see the heart impaled on my arm
I only wear it for a few
Leaving a stain like a badge on regret
it’s not like this wound is brand new

Turn around slam the door just walk away
I don’t wanna see you hanging ‘round
Get out of my head leave me alone
Your empty eyes cannot hide the empty heart inside

Thirsty for a smile I saw a mirage
Shining through the smokey light
But when I tried to drink my cup was filled with dust
And your reflection vanished in the night

Turn around slam the door just walk away
I don’t wanna see you hanging ‘round
Get out of my head leave me alone
Your empty eyes just a disguise for a heart of stone

Safe behind the walls of my emotional redoubt
I don’t wanna feel any more
But you stormed my battlements with your pepsident smile
Shattering my armor to the floor

Turn around slam the door just walk away
I don’t wanna see you hanging ‘round
Get out of my head leave me alone
Your empty eyes filled with lies your vacant smiles never hide

With starvation thoughts I was hungry for a dream
To explore my need for decay
And when I foundered at the taste of destruction in your smile
Oh I knew I’d found the way

Turn around slam the door just walk away
I don’t wanna see you hanging ‘round
Get out of my head leave me alone
Your empty eyes cannot hide the empty heart inside
Oh your empty eyes can never hide the empty heart inside
Track Name: Walk On
There’s a stain on the wind there’s a tear on the vine
There’s a definite intent leaving vacant lives behind
Sweeping all the days to come away
Vengeance always need to repay

So many cries remain never heard by the crowd
From those swept away and were never allowed
To grow old living on through their dreams
Using all the days that they need

Turn your collar to the wind
Talk to the Paw
Turn on your light once and for all

And we who remain untrampled by the wind
Continue on our path ‘til we fall asleep again
And walk on through our days awake
’Til the final act is played
Track Name: Reality Show
Sellers of souls take aim
Fame is in your sights
Another chance for contention
See your name up in lights
Survivor-hungry TV
American Idol awaits
Get in line for the buffet
And pile the greed high on your plate

Subscribers to the current idea
Someone’s waiting for you
With a mask of wealth and fame
But there’s horns poking through
Hands stained with lies
From sleeping in the devil’s bed
Secerts behind the eyes
And the sheets are painted red

Believers of love in vain
Vanity‘s your prize
Pretenders to the throne
Stars on the rise
If you swim too long in the gene pool
You’ll never wash off the stain
While you’re polishing the family jewels
A diamond slides down the drain

Soul traders in line
For your just rewards
It’s only a matter of time
And a crossing of swords
You’re riding on a carousel
All the tribes in the game
Reaching for the golden ring
Your fifteen minutes of fame yeah

Sellers of souls Believers of love in vain Soul Traders in line
Track Name: March
Like pugilistic fists, her words strike out at the night
It’s holiday time again
Like one more drink of water feed to a drowning man
She’ll gladly fill the glass to the brim
When the fever gets this high water freezes to the touch
Drenching down the ruin of the night
Like a crack in the world, the reservoir lets go
There’s a fine line between wrong and right

I cannot follow all these winding broken paths of regret
It just flushes me down the drain so fast
Because the shores of my own dreams are all littered with debris
Washed up from the wreckage of my past
The stifled snores of souls asleep in their lives
Is the sound of emotions on the run
No expectations of success when failure is the choice
Transgressions ignored one by one

She never takes the time for false apologies
Denial is an easier way out
But scores are only promises whispered to the dark
Debits to an overdrawn account
All this talk of release but the change never comes
Still waiting for signs from above
A shifting of regrets that always takes it’s toll
Offerings at the altar of love

She only wants me for display in her collection of mistakes
Mounted securely to a board
And all the things I have to say are lessons in rejection
My uselessness is her one reward
When the fever climbs this high water freezes to the touch
Drenching down the ruin of my life
Like a crack in the world the reservoir lets go
It’s a fine line between day and night
Like a crack in the world the reservoir lets go
There’s a fine line between wrong and right
Track Name: The Wages Of Love
People worship love like some holy dream
But secrets in the night are never what they seem
Whispered promises vows that are said
Leave you feeling like you’re in way over your head

But when you’re in her arms again
Protected by her love so fine
Then you forget the wages of love
Are pleasure and pain at the same time

Then you awake and find you’re on your own
Whispered promises chill you to the bone
And love seems like a lie pledged in the night
By desperate hearts holding on with all their might

When love is new and she‘s the only one
It burns with a fire hotter then the sun
But when the flame is gone only ashes remain
And you need another match to catch afire again
Track Name: Only A Dream
Only a dream you remember the next day
And you wonder will she ever want you that way

What seemed so real in the night
You think it could have been a sign
And you wonder right or wrong
Is it really only in your mind

The fear of rejection can be
Strong as the need to posess
Dreams can bring to the surface
A passion you need to confess

You can’t touch but you feel it
The heart must believe it’s true
Hidden somewhere there’s a feeling
Taking hold of you

In the morning when you awake
You don’t wanna see the light
You wanna fall back and find her there
‘Cause she can make everything alright

But it’s only a dream you remember the next day
And you wonder will she ever want you that way
But it’s only a Dream
Track Name: Gobbler Elephants
here they come - Gobbler Elephants
here they come - Gobbler Elephants
here they come - Gobbler Elephants
here they come - Gobbler Elephants