Silent Lessons

by Sharon Goldman

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released 01 January 2014

Music/lyrics by Sharon Goldman except "Her Secret," Music/lyrics by Sharon Goldman & Amy Soucy
Produced by Thad DeBrock
Engineered/Mixed by Anthony "Rocky" Gallo at Spin Studio, Long Island City, NY and Virtue & Vice Studio, Brooklyn, NY
Mastered by Dave McNair
Photos by Matthew Flannery
Cover art by Scott Wolfson

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Sharon Goldman Metuchen, New Jersey

New Jersey-based singer-songwriter SHARON GOLDMAN has been called a “brilliant tunesmith” whose vivid imagery and intelligent, inventive storytelling — combined with clever, catchy melodies and pure, precise vocals — take folk-pop to new, more powerful places. ... more

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Track Name: Left Turn
I ride my bike around the block
On the city street and on the sidewalk
I make two left turns and then
I turn left again

A dozen times I pedal past
And a dog watches me go nowhere fast
He waits on the stoop in the sun
For the day to be done
And a girl is outside playing games
While the boy next door calls her names
They're growing up while I stay the same

I know I'm not getting anywhere this way
Going round in circles every day
I can't figure out how to go right
When the future seems so out of sight

I ride my bike around the block
On the city street and on the sidewalk
I make two left turns and then I
Turn left again

At the corner is a tree
Where you carved our names with your key
I miss you, but you don’t miss me
My spinning wheels hardly make a sound
As I cover the same old ground
I can’t get lost or found

As I ride I sometimes feel the cool wind on my back
Wishing everything was right on track
Maybe I should take a different route
A new direction that gets me out

I ride my bike around the block
On the city street and on the sidewalk
I make two left turns and then I
Turn left again

I ride my bike around the block
On the city street and on the sidewalk
I make two left turns and at the light
I turn right
Track Name: Silent Lessons
What do you hear in the quiet when you’re alone
And there are only the wordless waves of the unknown
What do you hear in the fours in the morning of your soul
When all your fears and faint of heart begin to unfold

I hear voices
I hear questions
I hear choices
And I hear silent lessons

What do you see in the stillness when you feel blind
And you need all six senses to know what to find
What do you see in the darkness when there's nowhere to hide
From the lingering loneliness that lies by your side

I see colors
I see impressions
I see wonders
I see silent lessons

Silent lessons
Silent lessons

What do you feel as the dawn breaks and everybody sleeps
And you want to get up and run away from secrets you keep

I feel deep in my bones
A new intention
I am alone
But I feel silent lessons
Track Name: Let You Go
You drew a line
Between have and hold
You were typically kind
But almost always cold

I let you in
But you let me know
That someday you would let me down
And I would have to let you go

Behind the door
I built a wall
You never wondered what it was for
It didn’t matter at all

I let you in
But you let me know
That someday you would let me down
And I would have to let you go

We lay on the bed
East and west sides
Everything is left unsaid
Though you never lied

I could not break
A solid stone
While you sleep I lie awake
I'm already alone

I let you in
But you let me know
That someday you would let me down
And I would have to let you go
Track Name: Pocket Full of Sun
I've got a pocket full of sun
I pull it out to see what it's become
And I hold it still and gently in my hand
The sun is soft, shifting shape
It spirals into a surface wave
Seeps through my fingers and turns into sand

I don't want to let the sun go
I should have kept my eye on it like Galileo

The sun slides onto the sidewalk
Spreads its glow up and down the block
And hits the glass windowpane across the street
The sun dances in a little girl's hair
Her mother's eyes squint in the glare
Then it moves along casting shadows on the concrete

I chase the sun like it's all mine
But I can't run as fast as the sun shines

My pocket's empty and inside out
How will I do without the sun to make my day
What can I do to make the sun stay?

I've got a pocket full of sun
I picked up a piece that had begun to light the sky
like late afternoon in summertime

Turns out there's enough to go around
Anyone can have sun they found

I've got a pocket full of sun
I pull it out to see what its become
Track Name: Amy
Amy
You were lost
On a clear blue day
But you never went away

You live
In his heart
And in photos on the bookcase
With a laughing smile on your face

We never met but now I know you well
You were taken too soon but I can tell
You’re never gonna disappear
Sometimes I wish you’d go but you’re still here

Amy
You wore pearls
And a yellow dress
The night you told him yes

Now when I go to sleep
You appear
In my dreams
Wrapped in white and memories

He says that he can love again
But will it be for us like it was for you then
Sometimes I think we might have been friends
If beginnings weren’t also ends

Amy
You were lost
On a clear blue day
But you never went away
Track Name: A Night to Forget
New blue jeans
And my face washed clean
High-heeled boots in black
I walk fast and I don’t look back

Going out for a night to forget
Raise a glass to losing my mind
I want to dance with someone I just met
Not think what I left behind

Red lipstick with gin
Helps me lose track of where I’ve been
Ready to go
Where the music’s loud and nobody knows

Going out for a night to forget
Drink a toast to drowning my sins
A stranger offers a cigarette
I don’t smoke, but maybe it’s time to begin

I don’t want to remember you calling my name
I don’t want to remember yesterday
I don’t want to remember that look in your eyes
As you watched me walk away

Flashing white lights
Means it’s closing time
One last shot with new friends
Who I’ll never see again

Going out for a night to forget
Raise a glass to losing my mind
I want to dance with someone I just met
Not think what I left behind
Track Name: Valentine's Day
His name was David Stein
He was her Valentine
Or so she dreamed he'd be
If he would only see

She told her diary
That she'd cross the China Sea
To be with David Stein
How could she send a sign

That she was more than the girl next door
The one his mother wished he'd go for
She wanted to be the one who would never say no
That he could always count on to show love

The truth was that David Stein
was someone else's Valentine
He hung out with the prom queen
Who was more than seventeen

But he knew she was alive
They were in class to learn to drive
One day after a parallel park
She felt a special spark

Like she was more than the girl next door
The one his mother wished he'd go for
He knew she was one of those who would never say no
That he could always count on to show love

On her knees she felt she had won a prize
He said please, you know that you're the only one
It didn't sound like a lie

Then one day David Stein
Took a step across the line
He whispered to the baseball team
That she was every guy's easy dream

And they all spread the word
That she goes right to third
David Stein went on his way
And she was all alone on Valentine's Day

More than the girl next door
Not the one your mother wishes you'd go for
They all say that she’s the one who will never say no
That you can always count on to show love