Wedding Ring

by CUSIQUE

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released July 4, 2014

Patrick McKay wrote all parts and recorded all instruments and vocals with the exception of:

Glen Smakula - accordion on "Waltz No. 1"
Shelby McKay - barking on "Waltz No. 1"
Casey McKay - accompanying hand claps and vox on "Short Black Dress"
Patrick McKay, Sr. - all percussion on "Blanqueador"
Molly Ranhart - vox on "Wedding Ring"
John McCauley - vox on "The Life and Times of J.A.M."
Joseph Bowen (J-Bow) - baritone and tuba on "Interlude"
Aaron New - trumpet on "Interlude"
Walter King - fiddle on "Interlude"
Linsey McCollam - vox on "Rome"

Album art designed by Patrick McKay.

Mixed and mastered by Aaron New and Patrick McKay.

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CUSIQUE is the solo project of multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Patrick McKay.

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Track Name: Waltz No. 1
She said she loved me by my heart, my hair, my youth, my smile
Hope it was worth while to make me feel like I was anything at all
She said she loved me by my laugh, my cry, my fire inside
My undying fire for her that I can still feel burn

Burn me down like the bridge over town
That's holding me down, that's holding me down
Melt me to the core, have me begging for more
Starve me till I break, till I can break no more

I said I loved her by her eyes her cheeks, the grey and green
In the windows to her soul that swallowed my heart whole
I said I loved her by her lies, her truths, the way she moves
When she rolls out technicolor melodies so sweet

Walk the ocean floor just to knock on your door
But in the end, there's never an answer
Keep walking on suns; think what you'll think and a thought of me won't be one
Rest yourself in my embrace with the thought of them to light up your face
Track Name: Waiting On You
Look for me through the window
I'll be waiting there pushing a blanken stare
It's been forever since you've seen me
But I'm all too clear; it's all too real to be fate
You'll pull down the shutter
And you'll close the blinds and hide behind the door
But I'll be there waiting
For you to come around in the upside down part of town

You think that I'm crazy
I'm not lazy, I'm just waiting on you
You think that I'm crazy
I'm not lazy, I'm just waiting on you

Look for me at the stoplight
You'll look for red and green with the yellow in between
You see me through your tinted window
That you had installed when we met in the hall in high school
Try to drive me out of your way
But I can't see a thing but that diamond ring that you where
Turn to stone like a statue
Because you have that way of breaking me

You think that I'm crazy
I'm not lazy, I'm just waiting on you
You think that I'm crazy
I'm not lazy, I'm just waiting on you
You think that I'm crazy
I'm not lazy, I'm just waiting on you
You think that I'm crazy
I'm not lazy, I'm just waiting on you
Track Name: Safe
There's somewhere safe beyond the tree line
Beyond the seashore, let's take our time getting there
There's somewhere dark where I am waiting
Where I am hoping you're debating leaving

I will go alone, I will roll the stone

Love is hiding inside a human heart
Waiting to start beating for its lover
Somewhere dark inside a woman
Lays the ruins of all the heartbreaks around her

No one knows what to say, the child knows to turn away

Someone hears reverberations
Levers switching, lighting stages
Someone sees the ball is dropping
The years are moving, the sound is soothing; bliss

The rules change once more, the locks change on all the doors
The dog sleeps beside the bed, the man sleeps inside her head
Track Name: Wedding Ring
Well, I met her at the garden party
She was dancing and singing by the piano
And oh, she looked so happy
But for reasons that I couldn't know

I had to ask, "What's that on your finger?"
She said, "It's a wedding ring."
My heart sunk, though we were basically strangers
But she has what I want, but what I want, she won't give to me

Well, I feel like I should love her madly
But truth be told it's a drag just to think about
If she asked for a walk, I know I'd go gladly
Quick as a heart to the lion's mouth

When she's all that I think, a black storm cloud, it lingers
But when she's around, how the bluebirds, they sing
She's milk and honey, but I'm stepping right on the stinger
But, she has what I want, but what I want, she won't give to me
She has what I want, but what I want, she won't give to me
Track Name: Toes in the Sand
Lost and far away from you; where do I go from here?
Where do I stay? Is it clear that I'm sorry?
I didn't mean to stray away; I was afraid of my heart
Now all I want is to start

To hold you all through the day
And just to hold you till the light drifts away
You know that I'm vulnerable without you in my hands
You're my darling with your toes in the sand

Lovely, don't you let me stray away; I want to pull you near
I love you, but know this dear: if I'm to
If I'm to run again, won't you forgive me now?
I'll run to you; there's no doubt

To hold you till the stars melt away
And just to hold you till the white fades to grey
You know that I'm vulnerable without you in my hands
You're my darling with your toes in the sand
Track Name: Big Blue Car
You always find a way to get away from me
In your big blue car
But maybe if you saw me in my worst hours
Then maybe you wouldn't drive so far
You always find a way to keep me right here
Standing and waiting for you to come around
But maybe if you saw me in your worst hours
Then maybe I wouldn't be your hound

You, and you can call me and tell me you're lonely
And you can come over here
You, and you wouldn't have to see me through the front window of your
And you wouldn't have to drive so far

You always find a way to get away from me
In your big blue car
But maybe if you saw me in my worst hours
Then maybe you wouldn't drive so far

And maybe I wouldn't have to see your big blue car
Track Name: To: From:
I'm going out to find ourselves some cover
Just stay right there my lover
You look wonderful today
You're looking out; out there on the water
It reminds you of your father: placid and unbothered
You look beautiful today

I don't know where I could start
But you seem like a damn good place to me

Let's roll out the blankets on the prairie
Maybe this is where we'll marry
Now wouldn't that be nice
I'm looking out; there's a storm there in the distance
Should we move or should listen to each other breathe
As the rain falls down?

I don't know where I could start
But you seem like a damn good place to me

To you, from me; from you, to me
We give each other everything we have
Everything we, everything we have to give
To you, from me; from you, to me
We give each other everything we have
Everything we, everything we have to give

We are gone; distant and departed from the life we started
Many years ago; we are brand new
And you look good for how fast we're moving
It's really kind of moving to see you this way
You look wonderful today

I don't know where I could start
But you seem like a damn good place to me



To you, from me; from you, to me
We give each other everything we have
Everything we, everything we have to give
To you, from me; from you, to me
We give each other everything we have
Everything we, everything we have to give

To you, from me; from you, to me
We give each other everything we have
Everything we, everything we have to give
To you, from me; from you, to me
We give each other everything we have
Everything we, everything we have to give
Track Name: Won't Be Back Again
I walked on the beach to the beat of my heart
Knowing deep down that you're tearing apart
Somebody else's life like you used to do
The first time I walked in the pouring rain
The second time I said I won't be back again
The third time was just as hard
You said that it takes two

But you, you know damn well
This was my hell
And you, you showed
No reprise of surprise to my pain
Won't be back again

The first time you caught my eye
You looked sweeter than sugar; warmer than cherry pie
Your disguise was in your favor; covered up your sour flavor
I said I'd always be true, but you said that you already knew
That I couldn't leave you even if I tried
Till death due us part and that I already died



But you, yeah, you forgot to say
That you'd stab, punch, trample, and stomp on me
Tear me limb by limb till it was God that I see
And you, you remember that as the day
You claimed another soul to steal; you're doing the devil's will
Won't be back again

You build me up just to tear me down
Played the buttercup till the fall came around
How'd I ever go on thinking I was anything but your fool?
You spin me round; string me out like thread from a spool

And if I had a dollar for every time
You said to me "If I had a dime"
For every time that I was cruel, I'd be a millionaire
It's just lies on lies stacked on top of the world
In a jealous rage when you decide to curl your hair
And put your red dress on, like you don't care

But you, you know damn well
This was my hell
And you, you showed
No reprise of surprise to my pain
Won't be back again
Track Name: Rome
I stare down the distance where I may meet
The choppy waves riding on the sea

(The sun is in Rome) the sun is in Rome
The moon is right here with us in the room

I sail towards the island where I may live
A house for two, where I forgive


(The sun is in Rome) the sun is in Rome
The moon is right here with us in the room

(Don't you worry; sorry I've been gone for so long, my friend
Poke your holes with pins and needles
Grab my sides and stretch me thin)

It's been two weeks since I've seen land
My eyes are heavy, and I can barely stand
Another day on these waters high
My sails are tattered and my mind is dry

I see my island in the distance there
The shore is rocky and it's bones are bare

(The sun is in Rome) the sun is in Rome
The moon is right here with us in the room

The light is lower and the winds are cold
The wheel is becoming too much to hold

(The sun is in Rome) the sun is in Rome
The moon is right here with us in the room

(Love me, darling; I can't stand to see you like this, my friend
Fall asleep, pins and needles
Morning comes, the trip will end)

I wake to the sounds of tragedy
My ship is sinking along with me

(The sun is in Rome) the sun is in Rome
The moon is right here with us in the room

Swim to the shore, live a life alone
Or find the bottom, and swim back home

(The sun is in Rome) the sun is in Rome
The moon is right here with us in the room
(The sun is in Rome) the sun is in Rome
The moon is right here with us in the room
(The sun is in Rome) the sun is in Rome
The moon is right here with us in the room
(The sun is in Rome) the sun is in Rome
Track Name: Waltz No. 2
In your eyes, love deepens
And the hill, it steepens
You make it hard to love somebody else
Sometimes it's hard to tell

There's a frost on the air outside
Been this way since all this died
You make it hard to love somebody else
Sometimes its hard to tell

There's a smile in our photograph
From the days when we used to laugh
And it's staring right through me
There's so much it refuses to see

There's a crow in the old oak tree
Where you used to sing me to sleep
Those songs echo through my head
I'd rather sleep instead