Play Me A Time

by Ayla Nereo

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Ayla's first album, written and self-recorded in her room in 2005.

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released 05 January 2006

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Track Name: Hammer and Bridge
The bridge it is exploding in my sight
A waterfall of hammers drowns my sighs
Black and white, you walk on up,
Heart of steel your boots tip-touch
Reach on out so you can clutch
The bleeding pink of the clouds in the sky.

[So won’t you cry my life tonight?
Won’t you let me live in your eyes?
The water’s coming up so fast
Don’t blink back your weeping past
Clear it out and make it last
And please cry out my life.]

The hammers have all gone home for the day
Bridge the gap, then walk away
Don’t leave me high up here alone
It’s a secret I’m afraid of showing
Take my hand and point me home
And I’ll be on my way, I’ll be on my way…

[Chorus]

So go to sleep now, hammer baby, time to dream
Daddy’s going to build you so many things
You’ll balance on his bouncing knee
He’ll tell you all the things you’ll be
And one day all his life you’ll see
In the bridge, as it is falling.

[Chorus]
Track Name: The Whistler
Lend me your ear and I’ll tell you a tale
A man who still whistles on the waves up ahead
Listen to the waters as they sing his long-awaited story

He rose up one day to feel that things were long past due
Looked inside, saw shadows of places he’d be going to
He looked behind for a moment, then said, “I will not look that way again.”

[So roll the land to where I lay, lady
Fist still raised to the sky
Hand to your heart, you’ll remember me in tales as they
Carry me on by, as they carry me on by…]

The man set out for his city cast in gold
Bade farewell to his mother, said, “take care at home.”
He kissed goodbye his darling, said, “We’ll one day meet again.”

He sailed through the bay, out to a stormy night
Armed with his father’s pistol strapped to his side
To face the open sea he had to take the roughest waves as his ride

[Chorus]

He stood his ground out on the open deck
Through sheets of rain, the wheel he set direct ahead
And the wave that brought him over was the best and biggest he had ever seen.

So child as you take a ride out on the open sea
Don’t be afraid when you do hear the song that he did leave
Out on those waters his tale will be floating at your side.

[Chorus]
Track Name: Hollow's Cove
In the moonlight one dark night was shown, oh darkened dead-eye,
when the shadows did move and the wind did moan, oh darkened dead-eye,
and the wind did moan – oh ooh ohohoo
down in the Hollows Cove.

Underground was a sound and the earth did rise (oh darkened dead-eye)
boundary broke and the souls awoke up to the night
oh I could see them plain in sight – oh ooh ohohoo
down in the Hollows Cove…

On the wind they flew, the wind they flew – ooh woohoo ooh
and with silver sighs, the sivery moon they cut in two
and from their eyes fell the tears, fell the tears like evening dew
to the earth from where they’d come and be pulled soon.

On the wind, on the wind they did soar (oh ooh ohohoo)
to the homes that they’d left on farthest shore (oh ooh ohohoo)
to the ears of their child’s sleeping child (“listen darlin’)
“I shed this tear for the fear you have at your side, little darlin’
so –

“Sleep sweetly, sleep sweetly, don’t you wake till the morning light
I have come to take all that troubles you
I have come to rest at your side
sleep sweetly, and dreaming, may these two arms you feel
and peaceful, replace here, the fear that wakes you from sleep
this one night of the year, I will bury it
I will bury it, bury it deep, so
sleep sweetly, sleep sweetly,
for I’ll bury it, bury it deep –”

The shadows moved and the wind did moan
the child woke, the child woke but did not feel alone
and open ear he did have when whisper spoke
“In your dreams I’ll come and with your fears I go
to bury them deep, deep, deep down in the soil
so don’t you be afraid of Hollows Cove, child…”
Track Name: Swirl Me In Your Mind
there once was a child
he thought his smile had been lost in a storm
it had washed away his home and toys and things
and all that was left was a dream every night
in his sleep his room was whole again
and his blanket was ripped in that place just the same
and his favorite bear was in his arms
and they danced round the room and he laughed in his sleep as the bear smiled and said to him,

“please twirl me one more time
and don’t stop spinning me
please swirl me in your mind
so I can be a colored painting that you’ll look upon
spin spin with me…"

I saw a girl last night
she was standing in the light in a corner of the room
she was waiting for a hand
then a boy came over and he asked her to dance
the people all stopped to watch them
they were moving up and down to the waves of the song
they were moving in time with each other
then the girl looked at him and she knew what it was and she smiled as she said to him,

“please twirl me one more time and don’t stop spinning me
please swirl me in your mind so I can be a colored painting that you’ll look upon
don’t stop looking…"

I heard a story bout a man
he came up with a plan for flying
he showed it to his wife
then he said, “now darlin’ why are you cryin’ so?”
and she whispered in his ear
“I’ve a fear that you won’t come back down to this ground”
and he said, “I’ll always come back to you
just help me this once to get higher up” and he kissed her and he said,

“please twirl me one more time and don’t stop spinning me
please swirl me in your mind so I can be a colored painting that you’ll look upon”
and he was up and gone…

there once was a woman lying in bed
with her husband’s head upon her shoulder
he said, “my darlin’ you sound so faint
don’t tell me it’s time I just can’t take this”
and she told him, “please don’t worry dear
there’s nothing to fear in moving on
but there’s one thing I’d like to ask of you”
and he said, “just tell me darlin’ I’ll do anything, anything”
and she said,

“please twirl me one more time and don’t stop spinning me
please swirl me in your mind so I can be a colored painting that you’ll look upon”
and she was off and away…
Track Name: Play Me A Time
Mother Mother play me a time when I was four years old
you sewed me a tail and I swam through the sea to your arms when I got cold
and you sang
and you sang
and you sang to me ‘bout a whale
who could swim through the sea – close your eyes now go to sleep
(go to sleep, go to sleep,
close your eyes now go to sleep)


Father father play me a time when I was only eight
please open the lands of trumpets and kings in books where I am safe
and you sang
and you sang
and you sang to me ‘bout a girl
who could fly on her wings high above and see everything
(everything, everything,
who could fly and see everything)

Brother brother play me time when I was only twelve
we shouted our dreams from our fingers that reached to the top of every shelf
and you sang
and you sang
and you sang to me ‘bout a game
that we played on a stage
thought the lights would never fade
(never fade, never fade,
thought the lights would never fade

Misilala play me time when I was seventeen
let’s talk by the stairs ‘bout worries and cares and lives we hope to dream
and you sang
and you sang
and you sang to me ‘bout a tear
that you’d lost as you ran from the weight of somebody’s plans
(as you ran, as you ran,
from the weight of somebody’s plans)

Darling darling play me a time when I was twenty-one
we sat upstairs but we where back there to a time we’d never known
and you sang
and you sang
and you sang to me ‘bout a dance
as you sat next to me closed our eyes till we could see
(closed our eyes, closed our eyes,
closed our eyes till we could see)
Please oh please won’t you play me a time for I am just now here
I have so long to hear your lovely song now whisper it in my ear
and you sang
and you sang
and you sang to me ‘bout a time
where the people held on to their smiles
and their eyes opened up like a child’s
(like a child’s, like a child’s,
and their eyes opened up like a child’s)
like a child’s, like a child’s,
and their eyes opened up like a child’s!
Track Name: Lulu
Lulu lived her life like a child
wrapped up in arms that she kept all around her
then one day she passed by a man
who smiled as she held out her hand to him

And he said, “that’s very nice
but no thank you, I’m doing fine
all alone here, doing fine
on my own here.”
And she looked into his eyes for that lonely part
but no, he wasn’t lonely,
just alone
and as she turned and walked away she wondered, “maybe I can change that way.”

Lulu she packed up her bag
opened the door and tipped her hat to him
then she said, “ah my dear, I’m so scared, I can’t bear to sail this ship on my own.
I need some sign ‘long the way,
I need someone to hold my hand
to point me where I should be goin’.”

And as he turned and walked away
she was looking at his face
she was waiting for him to stay
to turn back to the place they knew
And she looked into his eyes,
he said, “goodbye, now you’re alone
but don’t feel lonely on your own
across the sea I’ll still be near to you.”

A hundred days ‘cross the sea she was gone
she walked by herself to search for her home
she walked by herself till one day a boy caught up to her side
he held out his hand but she shook her head and just smiled (she smiled, she smiled, she smiled)

and she said, “that’s very nice
but no thank you, I’m doing fine
all alone here, doing fine
on my own here.”
And he looked into her eyes for that lonely part
but no, she wasn’t lonely,
just alone
and as he turned and walked away he wondered, “maybe I can change that way.”
Track Name: Fly down the mountain, Sink into the sky
Robertson woke from a distant sleep
the misty crystals of his dreams
had washed away with the turn of the moon
left him alone in his wood paneled room
with only the fiery furnace roar
and the sound of silence at his door
it burned at his ears till he turned and ran
down the banks of the canyon he flew with the sand
down he kept going till water met land
and he saw the Morning Mainsail.


He dug in his heels and stopped up short
for never before had this ship been afloat
never before behind his home
had there been such a subject of tales past told
the white of the canvas lit up his face
smoothed out the lines, the worries erased,
the air it guided up to his side
he turned his head and let out a sigh
then inhaled the canvas air so light
it filled him up till he brimmed at the eyes
then leaving his shoes to the whims of the tide
he stepped onto the Morning Mainsail.


The knots untied and the sail unfurled
the breeze brought to him blustery words
“to sail the ship you must let go
of the wheel at the bow you so tightly hold”
and though he cried “oh save my soul!”
he dropped his hands and crouched down low;
the ship it tumbled, tossed and swam
over the riverbed rocks it ran
on the floor of the ship he knelt with his hands
covering over his head in fear
that the Morning Mainsail would shatter.


Then sudden and swift the rocking ceased
the billowing wood and the creaking breeze
the wheel stopped spinning and turned to the right
and Robertson raised his head so slight
he saw the canyon walls pass by
the roots that led to the higher pines
he saw his wooden shingled home
heard his fiery furnace groan
the ship was anchored on the wind
and high up further till his house disappeared
till only a speckled dot was his roof
and only a whisper was the furnace soot
and he whispered out loud till it turned to a shout
“I’ve woken to see myself dreaming!”


Collected from toys and grandma’s china
the dusty sands will roll down the canyon
to meet the great wide rivers winding
the air that tosses and blows their landing
down with the churning charging muses
to meet the fork where water chooses
there on the banks that the river made
the generations of children wave
the evening stars will blink and fade
as the Morning Mainsail lands.
Track Name: Come To Caerphilly
Will you come to Caerphilly o'er the free boundless ocean
Where the waves are seen far off in thundering motion,
Where the mermaids are seen as the fierce tempest gathers
And a song in the wind sings dear land of our fathers.
Will you come, ‘cross the sea and the stories so deep,
will you come to Caerphilly ‘fore it’s gone?

Will you come to the land of old kings and young princes
Of lords they have found alive in stone faces
Where one drove armies and another drove rain
And whose valleys remain still beautiful as they left them
Will you come, ‘cross the sea and the stories so deep,
will you come to Caerphilly ‘fore it’s gone?

Nearby there’s a tower and an abbey of poems,
The walls held up battles and blood still is on them
The walls held in prayers that have spread through the valley,
From those crumbling pieces you still hear them whispering
Will you come, ‘cross the sea and the stories so deep,
will you come to Caerphilly ‘fore it’s gone?

You can see an old city, and the rooms of a castle
The marble and wood and every thing on a pedestal,
Worth more than the lifetime of the man who carved them
Ten years with his son, and they didn’t write his name down
Will you come, ‘cross the sea and the stories so deep,
will you come to Caerphilly ‘fore it’s gone?

The cathedral still stands, fifteen centuries made it,
A crater of green where the bomb finally landed
Where the soil’s made holy by the blood of each true man
And time is in pieces that fall from the ceiling
Will you come, ‘cross the sea and the stories so deep,
will you come to Caerphilly ‘fore it’s gone?

Will you come and awake our lost land from its slumber
The hold we must break, but the links we’ll remember
And the air will sound out with new songs that will greet you
While the shore will hold shadows and folk tales to meet you
Will you come, ‘cross the sea and the stories so deep,
will you come to Caerphilly ‘fore it’s gone?
Track Name: The Cowboy's Lament
As I passed by Tom Sherman’s barroom
Tom Sherman’s barroom so early one morn
I spied a young boy all dressed in his buckskins
Dressed like a picture, all fit for his grave

[So beat the drum lowly and play the fife slowly
beat up the death march that carries me along
take me to the prairie and fire a volley o’er me
for I’m a young cowboy dying alone]

“Once in my saddle I used to go dashing
Once in my saddle I used to ride high
But these things are behind me, left there behind me
My brother, he fell in my arms” the boy cried

[Chorus]

Someone please write to my grey-headed mother
Her heart to the flag, her hand placed in fear
Then to the other far dearer than mother
Who will bitterly weep when she finds I am here

[Chorus]

Quick cast me a net, my hours are leaving
I’ve felt the cold lead in my side where I lay
Oh mother, my brothers are falling around me
They say I’m a cowboy, and dying today

[Chorus]

Oh bury beside me my gold-colored medal
My ring in my hand and gun at my side
Over my coffin lay a bottle of brandy
That the cowboys may drink as they carry me down

[Chorus]
Track Name: Old River
Do you remember Old River, as you run so fast, as you run so far?
Do you remember Old River, as you run so fast, as you run right past?

Did the shores that you flew by go by in a blur
Or did you see the little children there
On the banks as they played in the afternoon light
In the wake of your water as you did run on by…

Do you remember Old River, as you run so fast, as you run right past?

You passed by a hill so sturdy and calm
The land lit up with homes in it’s arms
The land lit up in the half-moon light
You carved out a mountain as you ran on by that night…

Do you remember Old River, as you run so fast, as you run right past?

So many things you’ve seen Old River
they didn’t go by too quickly
for you to catch your sweet memories
for you to hold your moons and mountains
for you to wash the many ankles of the children as they
play and as they splash and as they tumble round and laugh and as they
skip and as they jump and as they dance and as they run on by…

Do you remember Old River, as you run so fast, as you run right past?

Now you’ll remember Old River, remember everything, remember as you dream…
Track Name: Three Long Afternoons
I saw you were standing there
a fistful of sand said you’d never leave from this place
where we had played for three long afternoons

The broken sticks were bent and covering
a roof of gold we’d had imported from Spain
let’s keep on playing for three more days

And you saw me like a starling
swimming through the leaves they’re
turning colored shades and you
turned me into yesterday

Armed with an oath, “I am no enemy”
they’re hiding with swords and waiting to break at the seams
but I can see right through their cloakscreens

So take my hand and take my bow
and string a straight line that will let them know that we’re
piling sand up round our home of gold

And you flew me like a firefly
lightning in the eyes it’s
bursting into flames and you
burst me into yesterday

Now the bell is ringing for you to be leaving this day with the moonbeams moonbeams
hid me there, ‘hind the stairs, ‘till the next day
we’ll cover out eyes ‘till we know we’re safe and away…

And you flew me like a firefly
lightning in the eyes it’s
bursting into flames and you
burst me into yesterday

I saw you were standing there
a fistful of sand said you’d always be in this place
let’s keep on playing for three more days
Track Name: Stay Awhile
Moving down the empty hall, no on can see me at all
I poke my sides to see if it is true
Linger past your open door, invisible but still I’m sure
If you stay awhile then I can start telling you

Keep my eyes like polished stone, waters brim but I must hold
The sadness dam from all breaking loose
Finger tight in broken cracks, hold the heartbreak hope that lasts
Stay awhile so I can stop needing you

Solemnly I swear it false, do my very best to toss
A beating heart to waves that roar and soothe
But when the nighttime rolls around I fish it out and hold it sound
Stay awhile, see how a heart remains true…


And in the morning sun of ice you’ll ask me once again with dice
To roll another round that I will lose
I’ll hold your head up like a tree, steady you though you don’t lean
Stay awhile and I’ll keep on feedin’ you

And later when you come around I’ll fall into your arms as planned,
And for a moment wish to never move
But just as planned you’ll break away, and I’ll inhale your memory
Stay awhile so I can keep breathin’ you
(Stay awhile I’d like to keep breathin’ you…)
Track Name: Four Twenty-Two
it’s four twenty-two and her head is full of rocks and clouds
she’s not something new but she still hopes that she can make him proud
and though she’s got a lot to say she just can’t get herself to say it out loud
with everybody talking it’s so hard
to pick out just one voice from a large crowd
but maybe if she says his name from across the room
he’ll turn because he can hear it above all else

he keeps himself floating just a couple inches above her head
and though she stretches out to reach him she just can’t make it and holds herself instead
she dances with the wind as she sways while looking up at the moon
that he promised her on a black and white afternoon
on a dark quiet morning in a white room
he traced her nose with a finger, then he cut her heart in paper
and put it on a mobile so it could move

she’s been sitting on her nest for so long she forgot she had wings
and one day she realized it was getting late and she should test out these things
she’s been practicing her flying all along by jumping off of a swing
but everyone needs a hand while they’re learning to fall
and everyone wants someone to make them feel tall
she made a wish on a flower that she would dream once through his eyes
‘cause life ain’t something till (your) somebody calls
no life ain’t something till (your) somebody calls you…
Track Name: Uncover Your Head
Uncover your head and wipe out your eyes
The sleep that disguises the dreams that you cried
In the sunshiney morning you don’t want to go outside
Where the street will try to tip you (tip, top, tip, top…)

So put on your coat and slide down the stairs
Past a room where there’s sleeping and being nowhere
You realize then that your heart’s still in there
Got to take it ‘fore you step outside (outside… outside, outside, outside…)

And out in the day your eyes tear up
Cause there’s so much around you as you take your first step
And though you blame it on the brightness of the sun up top
You know you just want to be sharing this…

So roll back into bed and swallow your sighs
And don’t think about the times when you had someone at your side
Just close it off and let yourself go drifting through the night
Where your dreams will carry you out of this
Yeah your dreams will carry you out of this…
Track Name: Live Inside A Dream
my sheets were cold tonight
had to leave them for a dying fire
burn up time for dreams
lovely soul, you’ve gone to sleep
silence empty house I cannot breathe
you’ve said too many nice things

can I keep spinning to your turns
can I just fall back in your open arms
and when you ask, I’ll always sing you a song
bout a girl who tried to live inside a dream
won’t you speak, she wants to hear all of it, everything
go to sleep, cause morning will come sooner than you think…

give me a book to read
talk me your mind and let me see
what’s crashing round inside of you
the fire hasn’t gone out yet so
can we climb the fire escape we’ll see
just as far as we want to get

can I keep spinning to your turns
can I just fall back in your open arms
and when you ask, I’ll always sing you a song
bout a girl who tried to live inside a dream
won’t you speak, she wants to hear all of it, everything
go to sleep, cause morning will come sooner than you think…

looking up at the ceiling they
listened and there wasn’t time to catch
the feet kicked out from under me
then I caught your eyes, please can I
keep them with me for a future time
they’ll help me when I try to fly

can I keep spinning to your turns
can I just fall back in your open arms
and when you ask, I’ll always sing you a song
bout a girl who tried to live inside a dream
won’t you speak, she wants to hear all of it, everything
go to sleep, tomorrow will come sooner than you think…

go to sleep, cause morning will come sooner than you think…
won’t you speak, she wants to hear all of it, everything
now you see, a girl who’s trying to live inside a dream…
Track Name: The fork, the fish, and the road in the sky
Just as the sun was falling into place
that’s when they woke to a sky of different shades
that’s when they saw all of the age upon their face
to walk the road through, pass on what they knew – then the lines could be erased.

She packed up a song in her bag to hum them through
He built up hearts out of sand for more than two
He said he’d spread them, said he’d let them all to the wind (yeah)
“And ‘cross all the world I’ll feel your heart still.

“Cause the road we walk isn’t paved, my dear
and the fork ahead is drawing near
while the river beside is flowing with tears”
So they looked up to the sky.

“What do you see?” she cried to the clouds
“There is a storm coming soon,” he said with a frown
She took his hand, traced out a shape in the air
“It’s only the whale in the sea up there.”

And as the sea rained down they stood
‘neath the branches of oak and watery wood
a fish fell down from the sky near his foot
he said, “I never believed these stories I heard
but my eyes are now open wide.”

The stones of the path were shined with the rain
reflecting the road on their faces the same
he picked up two stones, placed one in her hand
the other he skipped, saying, “That’s where we’ll land.”

And on they ran in the raining night
Flying by houses closed up and quiet
Then up ahead they saw a light
walked to the window and peered inside

And their faces pressed up to the window pane
the people saw them, they smiled and waved
they said, “please come inside, now won’t you stay?
We’re going to dance, to dance this night away..”

And as they moved their feet in tune
the frames on the wall spun ‘round the room
the pictures inside were stories they knew
the tales that measured out time as it flew
pointing her hand at a black and white face
she said, “I wish we could stay in this place
makes me sad, these things gone past”
“But oh,” he said, “Look at all we’ve had.
At least I’m in that picture frame
at least we shared that time the same
but East of us it’s almost dawn
we’d best move on ‘fore this beautiful night is gone.”

They left with an empty frame in their hands
they held it up to those behind, every child and man
they framed the river of tears silvery sparkling clean
and the whale of the clouds flying two golden wings

“Now what do you see?” she cried to the ground
“There is a fork in the road a comin’ round”
He looked to the left, but his hand was pointing right
Then he raised up the frame, placed it over their eyes

And in the frame they saw between
the grass overgrown and the whispering weeds
“No set way home but let’s see where this leads
We won’t walk alone but the path we will leave
We won’t walk the same but near enough to be seen
Just keep an eye on the nearby winding stream
And keep a foot on the ground as it flies by beneath
‘Cause we’re really not so far apart as it seems
And on my walking soul you can always lean
And with you walking beside I’ll always be
in the stones and the hills and the trees and the fish in the sea
in the clouds and the fork and the frame and in all of my dreams”
And they closed their eyes and stepped.