The Water Balloon

by Sam Russell & the Harborrats

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“The Water Balloon” is the second release of Sam Russell's Blue Moon Bible project, an ongoing series of 8 albums with 8 songs apiece inspired by" The Odyssey" and James Joyce's "Ulysses." With styles ranging all over the Americana map from rock n’ roll, soul, country and gospel to doo-wop, punk and funk, he albums together tell one big story of love stumbled upon then lost and found over and over again, with different characters “portrayed” by Sam and his fellow Harborrat singers.

"The Water Balloon" contains traces of blues, Cajun and gospel to fit its theme of baptism and redemption

For more about The Blue Moon Bible project, visit www.thebluemoonbible.com

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released June 5, 2012

Sam Russell-vocals, guitar
Michael Spaly-violin, vocals mandolin, guitar
James Apollo-vocals, keyboards, guitar, harmonica
Carey Rayburn-trumpet
Allison Tulloss-vocals, flute, keyboards
Kjell Anderson-violin
Schuyler Jones-electric bass
Ken Nottingham-upright & electric bass
Dave Forrester-drums, percussion
Isaac Chirino-percussion
Toby Hanson-accordion
John Tomlinson-Hammond B3
Carlos Tulloss-bass on 3
Mark Livingston-bass on 6
Nathan Wade-vocal & National guitar on 6
Daniel Jay Shontz-trombone on 5
Justin Roeser-guitar on 4

All songs by Sam Russell
Recorded by Conrad Uno at Egg Studios
'cept for 2 recorded/mixed by Michael Spaly at Monkeystack Studios
1, second half of 3 & 8 mixed by Conrad Uno at Egg
First half of 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 mixed by Johnny Sangster at Electrokitty Studios
Mastered by Ed Brooks at RFI, Seattle, WA
Front and CD photography by Catherine Michalski
Back cover photo by Shelby Earl

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Sam Russell & the Harborrats Seattle, Washington

Sam Russell preaches the gospel of heartbreak and decadence via The Blue Moon Bible, an in-progress series of 8 albums, backed up by his combined band and choir collective of The Harborrats. Folk, soul, doo-wop and everything in-between add to up a version of rock n' roll that searches to find divinity in love instead of God, as sung by a failed Christian and his fellow heathens. ... more

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Track Name: Dive Bar Blues (Crossing Russell Road)
I had the dive-bar blues when Diana disappeared
I had the dive-bar blues, I was filling up with fear

Katie became Libby
while I had to wait
to go crossing Russell Road
back into my home state
south of Kenosha County
on Wisconsin border lies
a road with bridge over
you stand on between two sides

Katie became Libby
years after the courtroom
Katie sat next to Mom
Dad was missing from the pews
a softball game in summer
Libby in bleachers
I told her if she'd come
I'd tell my real name to her

I had the dive-bar blues when Diana disappeared
I had the dive-bar blues, I was filling up with fear

of crossing Russell Road
of crossing Russell Road
of crossing Russell Road

don't misunderstand me
I just needed to be
back in the water and again baptized
I should have been a brother
but tried to be a lover
when the faith I was born in got left behind

Libby in the light
points to sundial
Katie in picture
burning in the pile
it's unfair to consider
and wrong to reminisce
how a past did once vanish
with just one perfect kiss

I had the dive-bar blues when Diana disappeared
I had the dive-bar blues, I was filling up with fear

of crossing Russell Road
of crossing Russell Road
of crossing Russell Road
crossing Russell Road
crossing Russell Road
crossing Russell Road
crossing Russell Road
Track Name: Dinner Rush/E.L.L. (featuring James Apollo)
every guy in the place tonight
and at least four girls
pick her out from sights in room
as center of caramel swirl

her smile begins the greeting
and the tone precise starts releasing
cues to think in defense automatically
“everyone loves Libby but me”

in the effort to be unique
and not just a body that breathes
they’ll claim they’re not entranced
by the grace into which she taps

and those working by her side each night
will have even more to deny
and think to themselves dismissively
“everyone loves Libby but me”

cause they wouldn’t fall for same reason
that pulls in everyone else
who wouldn’t see what makes her so special
they’d be the only ones that could tell

when her shift comes to a close
she’ll probably just go home
watch some TV and go to bed
frightened of connection

around Seattle hearts quickly beat
after a single glimpse from the seat
vowing before admitting defeat
“everyone loves Libby but me”
Track Name: Angels 'round the Throne Pt.1
he saw I made her cry
and led her to the swings
I took hand of girl at my side
and tied around her finger a blue ring
made out of the strands
of a shattered water balloon
she laughed and threw it down
I looked away and suddenly saw you

and in the courtroom Katie watched
my old name out being crossed
replaced by mom’s maiden and my middle one
Dad said son do this we’ll be through
my heart’s a water balloon
leaking out tears I baptized you in
that washed away your original sin
if you throw away the name I gave to you
you’ll break my heart like a water balloon

once I knew a girl who'd just turned eighteen years old
I was twenty-two couldn’t be with her so I’d been told
she took me home from party after the funeral
asked me if Chris Moon was in Texas still

we drove through Kenosha, I told Katie about my name
how everything was different she wouldn't be the same
didn't see her again til I stopped back at the Chancery
she was last one left from summer stood there shocked to see me

and her careful body was swallowed by lobby I had to cross
light from window made it seem as if no time had been lost
I could feel the rest there with us, as I saw her down they'd flown
all the angels that were once gathered round the throne

I met Diana through Joanna who with I worked weddings
cleaning up at end of night Joanna and Adam would start to sing
Di was back from New York, I asked her out after shift
we were in front of bar smoking watching the smoke lift

a year later I messed what I had by messing round with
Di went back to New York thinking I'd already done it
when she came back to Seattle, she ran to Adam after I told
I was searching for the angels that were once gathered round the throne

I told Katie in the letter the world will treat you rough
Diana said remember I'm the one that you really love
I want no moment to be wasted and each one to be atoned
by the presence of the angels that are gathered round the throne

Libby sat on steps by lockers back from Italy
barely worked with her 'for she left, I was turning thirty
even though I know now I had to be alone
I still wanted angels that were gathered round the throne
Track Name: Don't Come to New York City
have you ever been hurt
and wish someone close would come
see, pull you back in
through loss death drugging and mugging
after rug's been pulled from under
the feet of a sworn protector
the snow makes me a cold goddess
tap-dancing for her breakfast

“he started there ‘fore you and I in high school with his best friends
he worked so hard, was full of hope, I thought of him as just a kid
on his 21st birthday, he said he’d marry me and Joanna too
you broke my heart like a water balloon

he saw that I was sad when you confessed everything
he said ‘Diana you’ll cheer up if you meet me on the swings’
I said’ I'm going back to Brooklyn,’ he said ‘I'm coming with you’
you broke my heart like a water balloon

you should plan a trip
that's what you need
to break away from need to complain
and being up all night
your radar crammed with lights

don't come to New York City
don't come to New York City
there's fish swimming in your pond I bet
don\'t come to New York City
don't come to New York City
don't come to New York City yet

you said I should call you
you didn’t know what to do
you were still acting young but old enough
to know the risks
of not choosing to resist

don't come to New York City
don't come to New York City
I’ve been walking on a wire without a net
don\'t come to New York City
don't come to New York City
don't come to New York City yet”
Track Name: Water Balloon
well I was dying fast like a snowflake in June
trying to patch up the leak and fix the water balloon
Lloyd and Tom were a waiter and a busser
who opened the place but went down
to gutter, given second chance
in their own balloon's burst they drowned

Tom loved the Oxy Cotton and the chef he loved the meth
Lloyd really loved heroin and I had my own addiction
I was craving from a heart broken like a water balloon that I'd fill up
with grenadine to remember sweet and cover all that was to come

and the water balloon
erased a blue moon
at the backyard baptism
on a Sunday afternoon
well I was dying fast like a snowflake in June
trying to patch up the leak and fix the water balloon

well I was dying fast, liquid slipped through hands, I got hired on April Fool's
Lloyd Tom Myrriah and me on the first day as the chef went over the rules
Myrriah was special from New Mexico not Santa Fe but near
she seemed full of hot desert air but up close you’d hope maybe it was lack of fear

she got Libby hired in early summer and let Lloyd crash at her place
she knew Libby from the U and liked to eat food from trash rather than let it go to waste
when Libby came back from Italy, Myrriah’d been fired and Lloyd left for winter
he came back begging staff for the cash to patch with during rush in dinner

and the water balloon
erased a blue moon
at the backyard baptism
on a Sunday afternoon
well I was dying fast like a snowflake in June
trying to patch up the leak and fix the water balloon

well everybody's heard this before
who’s tried to resurrect
a love shattered into pieces
that you won’t admit is dead

a tear and a half after we had opened, Tommy and the chef went into rehab
Aaron and Shauna saw Lloyd walking downtown skinny and ragged
his family from New Jersey called us up for just a little help in finding him
I think back telling myself I was in no shape to try and be a friend

I felt the light streaming from Libby that once through me had flowed
reflecting off a sugar nile I’d fill balloon again with and hold
at Libby's birthday party there you stood, Elizabeth by another name
for that moment I was free of trying to force another heart to feel the same

and the water balloon
erased a blue moon
at the backyard baptism
on a Sunday afternoon
well I was dying fast like a snowflake in June
til you reached out and offered me the water balloon

but I couldn't see you right away
cause I was still waiting for the day
for my dad to call me back down in the pool
made out of tears saved up in the water balloon
he’d say don’t worry son it’s OK
I don’t understand but I still love you anyway
if this world ever puts you in the path to ruin
think of the tears in me, the tears in the water balloon
in the water balloon, in the water balloon
all I’m asking is have some faith in me
open up and embrace the mystery
Track Name: Back to You
I can't leave you alone
'cuz this world ain't my home
and I don't have the strength to make it through
and no one will hold me
no one will hold me
if I can't find my way back to you

maybe you'll meet someone new
would his eyes light up the room
would he hold your hand
and understand
everything I was to you

I had a dream that you were the ocean
and I was a wave passin through
and I could go skyward
and I could go inland
but everything flows back to you

maybe you'll meet someone new
would his smile light up the room
would he hold your hand
and understand
everything I gave to you

I can't leave you alone
'cuz this world ain't my home
and I don't have the strength to make it through
and no one will hold me
no one will hold me
if I can't find my way back to you

no one will hold me
no one will hold me
if I can't find my way back to you
Track Name: The Sugar Nile Revisited
let's go down the sugar nile
sail it for a little while
close our eyes and travel a whole mile
forget about worries and cares
where they're not, we will be there
we'll go riding down the sugar nile

baby let's sail away on a red river that flows
with a beat-up Elmo doll you got when just two-years old
he'll lead us on a cow to a boat in the harbor
and we'll sail towards we what can't yet remember:

the taste of Grandma's candy
an unscattered and close family

I was swallowed by the harbor when I was just a child
Uncle Joe would walk us there and I'd see my mother smile
then cinnamon would fall and I'd keep trying to get back to
that moment as life's mission I'm trying to tell to you

baby I want you to believe
understand I was born with need

to ride ride ride on the sugar nile
to ride ride ride on the sugar nile
to ride ride ride on the sugar nile
to ride oh to ride

I know you're worried I keep craving and I'll never be done
as I worry I take too much and baby you're too young
to want to shatter prisms sweet and fight to find in mystery
a clear path as a way back that so easily could lead

to ride ride ride on the sugar nile
to ride ride ride on the sugar nile
to ride ride ride on the sugar nile
to ride oh to ride
Track Name: The Blue Moon Baptism
I was swallowed by the harbor but escaped to Interstate
worked with my sister Liz and Chris at the Chancery off highway
another waitress named Elizabeth with red hair through mind would run
but when I moved away that winter, Katie I couldn’t stop thinking of

5 years later in Seattle, a DJ played “It's Time to Say Goodbye”
as we were cleaning up the wedding, me and Adam tore the dance floor tiles
Joanna stood up straight, like an opera singer sang along
as her youngest sister walked in, me and Adam’s hearts were gone

you broke my heart, you broke my heart
you broke my heart like a water balloon
you broke my heart, you broke my heart
you broke my heart like a water balloon

brown hair under bright sun sipping a salted caramel shake
Libby looked just liked Diana but Katie’s memory she did wake
just when I told her one sweet sip could always be enough
I collapsed from crash of sugar then no longer in the blood

you broke my heart, you broke my heart
you broke my heart like a water balloon
you broke my heart, you broke my heart
you broke my heart like a water balloon

I’d fill from the sugar nile to forget and try and wash away
‘til at party with blonde hair sat Elizabeth with another name
I was scared of dipping toe in water for fear that I’d drown
then my father’s hand pushed me in and again it pulled me out

love can be a rushing flood, whole soul gets rearranged
but in wreckage and rubble, you’ll see only beautiful change
our love was a water balloon we let back and forth be tossed
‘til it slipped and hit the ground and then all we had was lost

you broke my heart, you broke my heart
you broke my heart like a water balloon
you broke my heart, you broke my heart
you broke my heart like a water balloon
you broke my heart like a water balloon

let’s go down the sugar nile, sail it for a little while
close our eyes and travel a whole mile
dip toes in and be baptized
come out full hearts and clear eyes
we’ll go riding down the sugar nile

let’s go down the sugar nile, sail it for a little while
close our eyes and travel a whole mile
on the rock candy river we will go
to Mt. Prospect it will flow
we’ll go riding down the sugar nile

let’s go down the sugar nile, sail it for a little while
close our eyes and travel a whole mile
plant a salted caramel kiss on me
God didn’t want me to be lonely
we’ll go riding down the sugar nile

let’s go down the sugar nile, sail it for a little while
close our eyes and travel a whole mile
let breeze blow away the truth
Mama don’t take away my pink booth
we’ll go riding down the sugar nile

let’s go down the sugar nile, sail it for a little while
close our eyes and travel a whole mile
see clearly with both eyes
under blue moon we’ll be baptized
we’ll go riding down the sugar nile