All That Heaven Allows

by Thomas Truax

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released January 19, 2018

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Thomas Truax London, UK

"Thomas Truax crafts rich, poetically evocative songs about insects, trees, technology, and a lifelong obsession with all things lunar. He travels the world performing with his "band" of bizarre self-made instruments including a motorized drum machine made with bike wheels and a souped-up Gramophone called 'The Hornicator', as well as his venerable guitar 'Hank'.
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Track Name: Swimming Back To Wowtown (Granny Says Part 1)
Why would you try to get to Heaven
When your one and only angel's down here?

You're gonna miss me Mississippi
But I'm finished with your river of tears

The pioneers get the arrows and the settlers get the gold
I'm gettin' back home to my baby and we're gonna get old
I'm gettin' back home to my baby and we're gonna get old

The sign reads:
‘Correctional Facility:
Do not stop for hitchhikers along here’
The uncorrected are escaping
At least that's the implication I fear

I'm cashing in the refund for my overpaid dues and
I'm swimming back to Wowtown in my alligator shoes
I'm swimming back to Wowtown in my alligator shoes

Granny says
Granny says "Sonny, there's some things you've got to know
Sit down with me Honey and we'll watch these flowers grow
We've got some Bad Leaders, Lots of Bad News
You've got a lot of fertilizer in which you can grow some blues

Maybe institutions like this needed a good shake
But Jesus Christ! My heart feels like it's just about to break
Granny said "Sonny, theres some things you've got to know”
I said "I know that Granny, but right now I've got to, I've got to..."
Track Name: Thomas Truax (feat. Gemma Ray) - Save Me
SAVE ME

Jim says he's not broken yet
But the studio's no good
We just make trash for boneheads
And they think they're Hollywood

Rose says she's not homeless
She has got two homes in fact:
She's got the ribs around her heart
And the coat over her back

Save Me,
Save me please my friend
Save me from some stupid
Superficial kind of end

Lay me down in feathers
Sail me through your skies
Tenderize me with your tender eyes

Plant me in this moment
Then water me with more
And promise me that death is just a door

Between the outside of Kim's car door
And her side view mirror
A tiny spider vibrates on his woven chair
We're resonating with his fear
She's shifting into higher gear
He's clinging to his web as we hit
eighty miles an hour

singing… Save Me,
Save me please my friend...
Track Name: Humane Train
HUMANE TRAIN

Looks like the bad vibrations have become more pronounced
It's like every cornered kitten is about to pounce
Like the whole human race has shaken a screw
And nobody seems to know what to do
Get on the Humane Train, Get on the Humane Train

So you've got no cash?
Well we sell tickets for smiles
And every act of kindness
Buys you some extra miles

So put your best foot forward and your caboose in back
We've got to pull this planet onto a better track
Get on the Humane Train, Get on the Humane Train

Can you hear the howl of that lonesome whistle call?
If you feel derailed you're not alone at all
From Shanghai to San Jose, they'll try to keep split and small
But we're comin' 'round the bend
And we are one big Mother snowball

Hey Big Brother, better watch what you do
Because every little sister's got a camera now too
’Cause any creed or persuasion travels here as one
There can be no discrimination
(the cars are connected) It's the same destination

On the Humane Train, Get on the Humane Train
Track Name: Precarious Waltz
PRECARIOUS WALTZ

Time is a Merry-Go-Round
Happiness a moving target

My Partner and I
Under star-speckled sky
Were walking home one recent night

Just past the gate
At the usual shortcut
We came on a wondrous sight

Sat six feet before us
A marvelous fox
At the base of the walnut tree

He sized me up
Then he sized up my parter
He stared at us imploringly

I said "Hey there Fox,
Have we interrupted something?
Are you having a private conversation
With that tree?"
He seemed so brave
And determined to stand his ground

Then a thin desperate meow
came down from a bough
Where a white kitten perched anxiously

She stared down at me
Then stared at my partner
She stared at us imploringly

You're a sly one you fox
But tonight's not your night
We clapped twice to shoo him away

The fox sprang off left
Then the cat jumped down right
And they both ran off separately

I wonder if that cat
Had always been white
Or if fright had just turned her that way

That dance of death
And that dance of life
They waltz so precariously
Track Name: Little Bites (Granny Says Part 2)
Granny always said you're going to win it all
But take it in little bites
Take it in little bites

There will be times you feel like you're gonna explode
But take it in little bites
And you'll be alright

Don't try to do it all in one
Try to mix it with some fun
And remember this:
You cannot do it all alone

I wish I could turn your weather vane
I want to take away your pain
But the best tap dancing teacher is the tapping of the rain

The knockout punch it usually follows a pummeling
So hold back your sting
Until you can dazzle, dance and sing

And if you want world peace
You're not going to get it overnight
It'll happen in little bites.
You must take it bite by bite by bite...
Track Name: International Homeland Security
Fifteen shot, nobody got caught
Got to carry on anyway
Walking the kids past Hurricane Fields
By the grace of God go we

In a warm cocoon with the one I love
This is where I'd rather be
Hanging upside down in the crescendoing moonlight
Watching 'I Love Lucy'

Trying to guard our inner flames
From those who do not play the same

Defy the lightning if you dare
Wave your aluminum crutches in the air
Now there's tiny lightning dancing on the witch's teeth
She's chewing on that Christmas wreath

Sweet Jesus! Sweet Jane!
Are you an anchor or a ball and chain?
Lie down, change lanes
Let Lady Liberty absorb your pain

Who's that washing up there in your gutter?
Could be vagrant? Or migrant?
Or maybe it's your mother?
We're all gonna deal with the cards we're thrown
And she's probably gonna side with her son

Trying to guard our inner flames
From those who do not play the same
Track Name: Tonight We're Gonna Fly
TONIGHT WE'RE GONNA FLY

She said if war were a woman
It would be differently done
If war were a woman
The word would come before the Gun
But even here in New Jersey
Words don't always satisfy, I said
And all of this television
Well it has only made you cry

She ran outside with all those blues
Down to the beach without her shoes
And whispered to the twilight sky
Tonight we've gotta fly above this din

Butterflies taste with their feet, she understands
And she likes to sink her toes into the sand
And feel the foam caress her ankles
As the bubbles converge to dissolve her shackles

Well I was gonna save this but
I've been building this machine
Two massive wings, two stabilizers and
Two seats in between

Could maybe use more testing but
God knows what lies past today
All I know is that we'll have to risk it
Cause we've got to get away

They're not gonna lock us down
Though they'll distract us and we'll spin
We'll sing our hot-wired lullabies
Tonight we're gonna fly above this din

I pray
I wanna thank you Lord for the crossfire having missed us
And for all the songs that grabbed us by the ears and kissed us
I wanna thank you Lord for the crossfire having missed us
And for all the songs that grabbed us by the ears and kissed us


They're not gonna lock us down
Though they'll distract us and we'll spin
We'll sing our hot-wired lullabies
Tonight we're gonna fly
Track Name: Save Me (Reprise)
They have faith in a hereafter
Up above those holy rafters
And an effigy that permanently bleeds

And in souls that live forever and
Yet kneel before the reverend
Clasping to their trembling rosary beads

singing… Save us,
Save us please my friend...
Track Name: Your Ever Changing Face / All That Heaven Allows
YOUR EVER CHANGING FACE

I don't care if your hair is from some other era
Or your tattoos are yesterday's news

Everyone'll have some new challenge to deal with
We're all lucky we've all got self-cleaning eyes

Trying to take the transient with some sense of grace
I love the movement of your ever changing face

I love crows feet I love your new lines
They grow and split and hide surprises in their vines

It’s all in what we’ve got right now
It’s all that Heaven allows

It’s all in the breeze in the boughs
That’s all
All that Heaven allows
Track Name: The Mobile Starts To Spin
When above your bed the mobile starts to spin
Then you know your midnight friends are calling in

As the ceiling silently slides open wide
And you begin to ascend on the rising tide

And all the bustle and the worries of the day
Like rocket booster stages burn then fall away

As the mobile takes you on board for a play
As the mobile takes you on board for a play

The stars they pull the horses around in carriages
As the horses smoke cigars and plan their marriages

And it's a Cape Canaveral carnival
a Busby Berkeley musical
As Pete the Cat pursues his missing tail

And the planet down below breathes a blue sigh
You're just a floater on the surface of its eye