Poor Girl's Dream

by Jim Carpenter

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This is Jim Carpenter's 2016 solo release. Jim is joined by members of the CarLeans and Hoolios as well as some of Nashville's elite for an intimate and courageous view of relationships and nostalgia.

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released July 1, 2016

Guest performers include: Sarah MacLean & Rachel MacLean-Sargent (harmony vocals), Corina Malbaurn (upright bass), Robbie Turner (pedal steel, dobro), Andy Leftwich (fiddle), Mike Derry (keyboards, accordion), Jacob Carpenter (cowbell), Mike Golembeski (electric bass), and Scotty Sanders (dobro, lap steel).

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Jim Carpenter & The Hoolios New London, Connecticut

He heads the popular six piece New England band The Hoolios as well as guitarist and songwriter for The CarLeans. Known for his diverse and prolific songwriting, he is also an expressive singer and accomplished guitarist. A solo project, entitled ‘Poor Girl’s Dream’ was released in the summer of 2016 and a fourth Hoolios' CD is being mixed at Loco Dare for its Fall release. ... more

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Track Name: Aquamarine
Aquamarine

I’m leaving Delmarva in the pouring rain
over the bridges under the bay
in the cool fluorescence I remember my joy
driving down south when I was a boy

the carolina corn is brittle and brown
the ditches are fulll, still that rain’s comin’ down
I’m searching the dial for 1966
I’m turning back time looking for something I miss


South of the Border bongos and maraccas
and my father’s voice “these kids are spoiled rotten”
and the songs keep pourin’ like the sweet Georgia rain
it’s a Top 40 dream down Route 17

my eyes are my father’s__black pools in the rear-view
searching for the edge of the world, where you can hear
the heart of Havana break in the night
see the colors of the rainbow light your black and white life


walk to the edge of the world
my father said it’s a string of white pearls
over a sea of aquamarine

the sunshine state is green and bleached white
and the rain always passes here, it stays warm all night
ah, but I may as well try and catch the wind
another glorious fool where A1A ends

with my head out the window and my heart on my sleeve
the world gives away and I set off to sea
standing on the edge, so afraid, so alive
I see my reflection, I see my father’s eyes

walk to the edge of the world
my father said it’s a string of white pearls
over a sea of aquamarine
Track Name: Poor Girl's Dream
Poor Girl’s Dream

say goodbye to Mary now
with a prayer beneath the moon
where she danced like a ghost in linen white
as if she knew the haunting it would do

no one ever comes here now
they tore the Dream Inn down
they left a hole in the beach where my Mary drowned . . .
her sorrow, another hole in the ground


they never built out here
the sand and wind and rain
wears everything down to a truth or a fear
and blows everything away

letting go of Mary now
like a feather on the wind
as light as she felt upon my chest
slight upon me warm against my skin

I’m letting go now__Mary I’m shouting out
spinning round in a poor girl’s dream
Mary I’m set free

say goodbye to Mary now
ashes to the sea
rock and roll__can you hear that sound
can you feel those drums beat beneath your feet

dancing girl upon the sand
red wine and linen white
I loved you like I love this land
but I’m leaving here alone tonight

letting go of Mary now
like a feather on the wind
as light as she felt upon my chest
slight upon me warm against my skin

I’m letting go now__Mary I’m shouting out
spinning round in a poor girl’s dream
Mary I’m set free
Track Name: The Real Thing
The Real Thing

this is the real thing
the real thing
this is the real thing now
this love is true
there’s nothing I can do
to lie, or make or fake you out

we finally have it made
no more afraid
no hearts to break, no trail of tears, no doubt
after all this time
right before your eyes
right as the rain falling down
this is the real thing now

this is the way it goes
when to lose all hope
the road is an endless terrain
out of the blue
someone smiles at you
and the way you see the world is changed

this is the real thing
the real thing
this is the real thing now
this love is true
there’s nothing I can do
to lie, or make or fake you out

this is the real thing now
Track Name: Irene
Irene

she was late, in the early Spring
it was fate, she lied, now she wears your ring
those church bells rang like a siren
she was showing by then and you were gone, Irene

blame the drinkin, or the pull of the moon
it’s the weakness of a man and the ruin of a fool
the choir sang in a minor key
i said, "i do," but i was promised to you, Irene

those church bells rang so god-damned loud
the whole world must have heard those faithless vows
in her eyes, I could see the flames
of every bridge I burned, betraying you, Irene


if this finds you, know my sorrow
for your mercy, I’d beg, steal or borrow
the child was born of another lie
brown skin and some other man’s eyes

there’s a ring in the wishing well
and the truth, rings clear as that bell
til the early Spring, I’ll wait and dream
and when it’s time, I’ll let you go, Irene

those church bells rang so god-damned loud
the whole world must have heard those faithless vows
in her eyes, I could see the flames
of every bridge I burned, betraying you, Irene
. . . all I learned, betraying you, Irene
Track Name: Lie To Me
LIE TO ME

lie to me
say those things I’ve never heard
lie to me
I’ll believe every word . . .
don’t say
I’ve only
been . . . your friend
lie

lie to me
of the world’s great romances
lie to me
against the odds, you’ll take your chances
you
and me
may . . . never be
so lie



when your heart can’t be persuaded
the hard truth is overrated

lie to me
say the words I’ve never heard
lie to me
tell me that you’ll be my girl
don’t say
I’ve only
been . . . your friend
lie
lie
(don’t keep me in the dark)
(cross your fingers, cross your heart)
and lie . . . (white lies, a little persuasion)
(the cold hard truth is overrated)
lie
Track Name: Last Cigarette
Last Cigarette

there’s graves down by the riverside
at the place where we used to meet
i go there alone now
with the stones and the ghosts and
your memory haunting me

at the edge of a field, our love was concealed
‘neath the shade of a willow wept
i see you’ve been here, as i hoped and i feared
by the trail of your cigarettes



it’s your last cigarette, i can’t forget
not the kiss or the final embrace
it’s the smoke and despair of our fated affair
in the cold november rain

was it harder to fall, out of love as in the arms
of a man who will never be free
til he’s six-feet down in the very ground
you made love to me

the river flows . . . like tears, like rain
like wild roses . . . placed upon these graves


there’s fresh graves by the riverside
forever together they lay
each stone is carved with half of a heart
but the names will never agree

was it harder to fall, out of love as in the arms
of a man who will never be free
til he’s six-feet down in the very ground
you made love to me

the river flows . . . like tears, like rain
like wild roses . . . placed upon these graves
the river flows, from the cradle to the fire
the river knows, where there’s smoke there’ll be desire
Track Name: Little Victorys
Little Victorys

she used to be some man’s daughter
she used to be some man’s bride
the only thing her mama taught her
was how to hurt when he said goodbye

she took a fast train, she took her chances
seventeen, when she left town
the engineer cried, “Victory, Texas”
she liked the name, she stepped down … in

little Victorys__a little light will shine
little Victorys__like a diamond in her eyes
little things that she receives
she holds them close and tries to believe

she loved a man and they were married
she only called home to say
that he looked a lot like daddy
but only from the back as he drove away

the rain fell, the child came early
born on the fourth of July
she named him Victor, short for Victory
rock-a-bye baby, little man of mine

little Victorys__a little light will shine
little Victorys__like a diamond in her eyes
little things that she receives
she holds them close and tries to believe


she used to be__some man’s daughter
she used to be__some man’s bride
the only thing her mama taught her
was how to hurt when he said goodbye
how to hurt when he said goodbye
Track Name: Saving Little Marie
Saving Little Marie

dressed to kill in the pouring rain
suitcase at her feet
the world would never be the same
with Marie in the passenger seat

“where you’re going, I’ll go too”
she said, “I’m wild, but you could tame me”
pretty as a picture, wild it’s true
but her eyes cried, “Save me”


40 years young, four-foot-five
a pint-sized Natalie Wood
she could drink her weight in rosé wine
she was born misunderstood

what she ever saw in a man like me
simple as I am plain
will always be a mystery
taken to Maria’s grave


saving little Marie
the time is always flying
saving Marie
from a lifetime of dying


Marie said her heart was breaking
too small for all the love she’d taken
the doctors said six months or so
but that was twenty years ago

when it rains, I can’t sleep
without my sweet Marie
I lost it all, she just lost me
God knows that little woman could leave

in a dying wish to see the world
I guess she’d seen it all
as a waitress, maid and a dancing girl
from her back on motel walls

dressed to kill in the pouring rain
with all the love I gave her
breaking her heart day by day
she’s gone looking for another savior

. . . saving Marie
Track Name: Where The Tears Begin
Where The Tears Begin

There’s a sadness in my mother’s eyes
put there by the rain
her blues, they are a mystery
though it’s true, I’ve felt the same
when the darkness falls and the clouds above
conceal the moon and stars
and the only one you’ve ever loved
grows distant in your arms

Mama’s out walkin’ in the pouring rain__but she can’t hide
there’s something about the weather
that brings a tear to her eye
Mama’s out walkin’ in the pouring rain__when she comes in
you can’t tell where the rain stops
and the tears begin

the street shines like a dance floor
for Mama’s lonely waltz
and the thunder beats 3/4 time
in her lonely dancing hall
she may drown her fears in the rain and the tears
rolling down her face
she may see a flash of light
chasing her blues away (and rise to face the day)

Mama’s out walkin’ in the pouring rain__but she can’t hide
there’s something about the weather
that brings a tear to her eye
Mama’s out walkin’ in the pouring rain__when she comes in
you can’t tell where the rain stops
and the tears begin


now, the rain beats down upon my roof
and keeps me from my sleep
and I rise to put my walkin’ shoes
upon my weary feet
ain’t it just like the rain to remind you
of a sadness in your heart
ain’t it just like Mama to be out here walkin’
pretending not to fall apart
Track Name: This Time I Think Her Leaving Means Goodbye
This Time I Think Her Leaving Means Goodbye

when she leaves
she takes everything she needs
everything she cares about
nothing she can live without

disappears
without a single tear
she drives away into the night
with my whole world in Samsonite
when she leaves
she takes everything she needs, but me


when she’s gone
I’ll take my drink out on the lawn
and wait for her till closing time
for loneliness to change her mind

I wait
for the love we’re gonna make
when she forgives the fool I’ve been
and I forget that every time
she leaves
she takes everything she needs, but me

(but) this time she cried
she never shed a tear before
just walked away and slammed the door
she cried
this time I think her leavin means goodbye

when she leaves
she takes everything she needs
in a suitcase full of souvenirs
without a word or a single tear

i wait
this time may be in vain
tonight she cried when she moved out
there's nothing left in this whole damn house
when she leaves
she takes everything she needs, but me

. . . this time I think her leavin means goodbye