LiVE at the Bottom Line
(1992; extended CD version 1995)

1 - Sink The Censorship (words and music Sonia Rutstein 1990 copyright BMI)

Callin' that boy to the dinner table
Callin' this girl, because she's just as able
All we do is decorate our minds
That's so significant
Fallin' down the same old sinking staircase
Narrow minds are generally two-faced
We must sink the censorship to find
What truth is
Tonight
I see you out there
I'm sending you white light
I can see a great big halo all 'round you
Someone shot imagination up my veins
Jesse, you can masturbate your mind
Who decides what dirty words define
We must sink the censorship to find
What truth is
Hey, Jess, just take one black man
Or one lesbian, one Lithuanian
Or any U.S. senator
Cut open their hearts - it's the same, it's the same
Someone shot imagination up my veins
Shalom
It's up to you, it's up to me

 

2 - 16 Roses  (words and music Sonia Rutstein 1990 copyright BMI)

I believe you never took me serious
That makes it all the more delirious
Your friends are acting awfully kind to me
The faceless wonder of integrity evades you now
To put it nicely
And if I look like your problem
You look like a broken promise to me
I got 16 roses on Valentine's Day
And not one word from you
I'm spending plastic like bona-fide nails
Soon they'll be after me to throw my bones in jail
Way too soon for me to talk about this
I miss you more than the wettest kiss
You could ever have with her!

 

3 - Love Isn't Dead  (words and music Sonia Rutstein 1990 copyright BMI)

I always thought that you would
Be the one to come running to me
When I call your name
It gives me pain to think
I drink the wine of time alone
I toast to us
That's not enough - that's what you said
Love isn't dead, it's only hiding
And I know, we can find it inside
If we just let our hearts collide
So slow the road goes all around the moon and back
To light up the skin on your face
It's not my place but I'm standing here
It's clear the water rushes to the shore
And then recedes, like love when it bleeds
The deeper the needs
Mimi - I found the thunder and so I
Understand
Me me no need to wonder
I made it easy to take my hand
And I've got no secret agenda, no hidden plan

 

4 - Postcard From Texas  

(words and music Sonia Rutstein 1990 copyright BMI)

This is my postcard from Texas
What are the chances this town won't wreck us?
There is a woman, there always is
She's standin' on the side of the stage
Beckoning motionless
And my legs get weak
And my heart beats fast
And I thought the love we had
Was built to last
And my thoughts take off
Where my hands want to go
And I know and I know and I know
Baby believe me
Baby believe me
I didn't do nothin'!
There's a strange black bird here
Which is mostly tall
Makes a sound like an ambulance
That's her mating call
She sings a warning in the cold night air
She's out in the distance
She should be sleeping
But I can still hear her
I'm steppin' out of a dream into a steamy car
And we huddle for safety at the cannibal bar
How far can I run away from this ring on my finger?
Is there a place where we can go to
Shed our fear like clothes
And make love new?

 

5 - Love Insurance    (words and music Sonia Rutstein 1990 copyright BMI)

Give me some Love Insurance

I need the million dollar plan
That way the day you leave me
I'll be able to make a friend
Sure I'll be broken hearted
And I'll have you to thank
But I'll only be lonely
Walkin' to and from the bank
Give me some Love Insurance
I need, I need, I need...
The million dollar plan
I knew the day I met you
I'd be your biggest fan
But your eyes spelled out "DANGER"
(double-you-oh) M.A.N.!
But I thought maybe I'd be lucky
Maybe you'd take my hand
And touch these lips of roses
Delivering the promised land
Give me some Love Insurance
I need the million dollar plan
You're my coffee in the morning
The honey in my tea
The most delicious kisses
Baby you're exhaustin' me
But I am fearful for
That you'll want less and Ill want more
So just to even the score...

 

6 - Box Of Tissues (words and music Sonia Rutstein 1989 copyright BMI)

I put a box of tissues by my bed
'cause I knew that I'd be up forever
Waiting for...you...
I left the light on in the hall
'cause I knew that you'd be fallin'
When you finally come home
And anybody with a heart
Would've been alone
But you brought her
And anybody with a brain
Would've left you then
But I stayed...I stayed...
I gathered all the photographs
In the hope of takin' one long
Steamy bath alone
All the water on my skin
Could not wash away the years of
Tryin' to get in
Even though my love life was
Fast asleep and my heart was
Breakin' to a million pieces, I stayed
I stayed awake, I stayed awake
Even though my love life was
Fast asleep and my heart was
Breakin' to a million pieces

 

7 - Sexual Telepathy  (words and music Sonia Rutstein copyright 1983 BMI)

All of the fire burning inside ya, be true now
All of the moment, it's yours you can own it
Be true now
Sometimes when we're talking I can feel you walking
Through my mind
Just like now today I don't have much to say
But I will in time
All of the pretense, no reason for pretense
Be true now
Sexual Telepathy, Sexual Telepathy
Ah, ah, ah
Right now

 

8 - One More Chance   (words and music Sonia Rutstein copyright 1990 BMI)

Just give me One More Chance
To get next to you
Make it up to you
Give me One More Chance
To love you soulfully
Like you live for me
Anything you say
Anything you want
Everything I pray for
Resembles you a lot
I know we're different
We're worlds apart
But you convinced me
To give you my heart
I call you up
But you're not there
I hate the telephone
I hate the air
I know how hard you tried to be
The perfect lover in the universe for me

 

9 - Red Heaven   (words and music Sonia Rutstein copyright 1990 BMI)

I'm feelin' so lonely
And I'm thinkin' of you
Thinkin' of you
You said you'd never break my heart
And I'm broken in two
Take the big clock away, the hands of time
Refuse to listen
Or conduct my symphony a sad adagio
With no no no conclusion
Now all we've got are memories
And mine are all of brilliant leaves
We're driving in the autumn sun
Free falling as we fly away from red heaven

 

10 - Sink The Censorship (from 'Box Of Heaven' EP)  

(words and music Sonia Rutstein copyright 1990 BMI)

Callin' that boy to the dinner table
Callin' this girl, because she's just as able
All we do is decorate our minds
That's so significant
Fallin' down the same old sinking staircase
Narrow minds are generally two-faced
We must sink the censorship to find
What truth is
Tonight
I see you out there
I'm sending you white light
I can see a great big halo all 'round you
Someone shot imagination up my veins
Jesse, you can masturbate your mind
Who decides what dirty words define
We must sink the censorship to find
What truth is
Hey, Jess, just take one black man
Or one lesbian, one Lithuanian
Or any U.S. senator
Cut open their hearts - it's the same, it's the same
Someone shot imagination up my veins
Shalom
It's up to you, it's up to me

 

11 - Box Of Tissues (from 'Box Of Heaven' EP) words and music Sonia Rutstein copyright 1989 BMI)

I put a box of tissues by my bed
'cause I knew that I'd be up forever
Waiting for...you...
I left the light on in the hall
'cause I knew that you'd be fallin'
When you finally come home
And anybody with a heart
Would've been alone
But you brought her
And anybody with a brain
Would've left you then
But I stayed...I stayed...
I gathered all the photographs
In the hope of takin' one long
Steamy bath alone
All the water on my skin
Could not wash away the years of
Tryin' to get in
Even though my love life was
Fast asleep and my heart was
Breakin' to a million pieces, I stayed
I stayed awake, I stayed awake
Even though my love life was
Fast asleep and my heart was
Breakin' to a million pieces

 

12 - Damn Crazy  (words and music Sonia Rutstein copyright 1990 BMI)

Consumer Report don't tell me how
To fix my heart
TV tells me where to call
But I don't want that at all
I know I'm lazy
But I'm so damn crazy for you
Rollin' down lonely highways
I can hardly see the road, towns flyin' by
'cause I'm in my mind way back in time
When you were mine
I know I'm lazy
But I'm so damn crazy for you
And it's a shame
You were always there for me
It's me I blame
But I was too blind to see
We never made this official
But I see your initals on every license plate
In every state in the whole USA!!
I know i'm lazy
But I'm so damn crazy, I know I've been lazy
But I'm so damn crazy
I KNOW I was lazy
But I'm so damn crazy
For you!!!

 

13 - Long Long Way To Go  (words and music Sonia Rutstein 1990 copyright BMI)

God gave me this here guitar
Pointed to the farthest star and said, "Son
You got a long long way to go"
I said, "I'm the daughter you never had
and I'm really good when I'm bein' bad"
and I'm about to cut the strings on this puppet show
Now to be a stick of dynamite
predicting rain and not a cloud in sight
that's who I am and that's what I'll do for you
We were goin out the other night and I'm wearin my favorite
jeans alright with lots of holes and lots of leg in sight
"How come you're wearing that?" he said
'cause people are hungry and the people are threads
and I'll wear these jeans til everybody's fed
Maybe wish, maybe that, maybe this is all the love you can muster up
Well I called my friend the other day
He lives in that modern town of L.A.
His answering machine said, leave a message friend
It said, practice random acts of kindness
and senseless acts of beauty
and put your cliché softly in the end

 

Hey (from cassette version)

(words and music Sonia Rutstein !990 copyright BMI)

Hey    Hey   Hey  Hey

I’m coming straight from Heaven

to tell ya like it is

The bread is leaven 

and the water still fizz

You are Salvation

That’s the Difference

You don’t go looking for Love

When you come from it