Penelope's Thrill

Penelope's Thrill

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Rock - Alternative | Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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Story Behind the Song

When I wrote this duet, I had Amanda Sanderson's distinctively beautiful voice in mind. The song itself is an outgrowth or continuation of a poetry collection I published a few years ago, "The Book of Arabella." Both the song and the poems are about a mysterious, otherworldly woman, Arabella, who feels trapped in a marriage, trapped in fact in her human body. The poetry collection is available online at www.library.wisc.edu/parallelpress/ ..... Instruments used: All three guitar tracks played on my Gretsch 5622T, plus Fender (Squier) Jaguar SS bass... Angel chorus sung by angels...well, actually Alchemy synth

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Lyrics

Cat on a Clock
Words & music by Timothy Walsh

Verse 1 (Him)
You come softly down the stairs into my waiting arms.
Hand you coffee, touch your hair...it seems that you're not there.
I don't say it but I know, on this special day,
your body's here with me, but you're a million miles away.
I don't say it--I don't want to tell no one--
You're going nowhere but you're always on the run.

Verse 2 (Arabella)
Morning comes, I stretch in bed, see the sun come through the blinds.
Here you in the kitchen there, smell the coffee so divine.
I rub my eyes, decide if I can slide into this day,
or maybe spread my wings and softly fly away.
I don't know why I'm so restless in this world.
It's like I'm from some country where I can't return.

CHORUS:
You're like a cat upon a clock sleeping in the sun,
whiling away your time on earth until our day is done.
Just like a cat upon a clock dreaming through the day
while the world outside goes on and softly spins away.

Verse 3 (Him)
Twilight comes and I see you in the garden where
the cedars and the pines are your sisters in the sky.
You walk out among the herbs, barefoot on the bricks,
smell the chervil and the thyme that never ask you why.
You're so lost to me I don't know what I'll do.
I'm so in love with every single thing you do.

Verse 4 (Arabella)
Some days I wish that I could go flying through the sky--
spread my wings just like a crow and take off with a sigh.
Somewhere beyond the moon, I think I'll find my home,
far away from this earth and this house of flesh and bone.
I'm not angry, I just don't know how to say
I'm a creature not like you in any way.

CHORUS

Song Length
5:21
Genres
Rock - Alternative, Folk - Rock
Lead Vocal
Duet Male/Female


Lyric Credits Timothy Walsh
Music Credits Timothy Walsh
Producer Credits Timothy Walsh
Performance Credits Timothy Walsh, Amanda Sanderson