If Mama Ain't Happy

by Tina deVaron

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    11 Songs about motherhood. Beautifully recorded and produced.

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Songs about motherhood, the early years.

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released June 1, 1998

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Track Name: Stop the Mail
Stop the Mail
© Tina deVaron

I want the mail to stop coming
I want the phone not to ring
And I wanna stop eating everything

I want the road to stop moving under my feet
I’m losing the breath inside of me

I wanna get off this landslide
Before it mows us all down
This is no way to raise my children

And it all goes through my hands
I am the entrance and the exit ramp
Yeah it all goes through my hands

Well I can’t move my family
To a cave in the hills
And live at the mercy
Of the rain and the wind

And I can’t build a shanty
At the end of our street
And live on the garbage
The neighbors leave

And it all goes through my hands
I am the entrance and the exit ramp
Yeah I said it all goes through my hands
I am the middle of the hourglass

I’m gonna just let the phone ring
I not gonna call back
I’m gonna read my kids a story
This time I’m gonna stay awake
This time I’m gonna stay awake...
Track Name: Voice in the Dark
Voice in the Dark
© Tina deVaron, Pilley

There’s a Voice in the Dark in the next room
There’s a Voice in the Dark in the next room, pulling me
Voice in the Dark in the next room
Voice in the Dark in the next room, connecting me

I wake up the moment he cries
Almost like I hear him open his eyes
Feet hit the floor and I fly in there
Only thing slowin’ me down is the air

Between me and the child in the next room
The voice in the next room

There’s a thread between us no one sees
Thread between us no one sees, strong as life
There’s a thread between us no one sees
A thread between us no one sees, in the night

He knows he can get whatever he needs
All he’s gotta do is call for me
Coal black eyes look up into mine
Seems for a moment we’ve cheated time

In the dark in the next room
In the dark in the next room

(Breakdown ... )
Voice in the Dark — in the room, in the room
In the next room...

Coal black eyes look up into mine
Seems for a moment we’ve cheated time

In the dark in the next room...
There’s a Voice in the Dark...
Track Name: I Still Breathe
I Still Breathe
© Tina deVaron

When did I stop moving?
Was it the day I pushed the first one out?
And when did I stop running away?
Maybe when I started shadowing someone else

Just to make sure he didn’t roll off the bed
Fall on the floor — knock himself on the head
And I know I’m not the only one
Who wakes up in the morning and notices
The old restlessness is gone

I Still Breathe
But I am the house they come home to
I still cry
But I am their port in the storm
And I still bleed
But I am the arms they run to
The place they lay their heads
That’s safe and warm
That’s safe and warm

The object of desire
Is a grownup girl who’s never given birth
But now I am the object
Of every other feeling on this earth

Still to them I must be steady as a rock
Or a lighthouse with a beacon that never shuts off

I Still Breathe
But I am the house they come home to
I still cry
But I am their port in the storm
And I still bleed
But I am the arms they run to
The place they lay their heads
That’s safe and warm
That’s safe and warm

I’m not made of granite
Flesh and blood is what you see
But when they have a tantrum
They pound their fists on me

I Still Breathe
But I am the house they come home to
I still cry
But I am their port in the storm
And I still bleed
But I am the arms they run to
The place they lay their heads
That’s safe and warm
That’s safe and warm
Track Name: Gravity
Gravity
© Tina deVaron

I was thin back then
I had only one chin
Back then I was so thin — no gut to suck in
Smooth and tight, muscle and skin
Now I look in the mirror and it all sinks in

Gravity, Gravity,
There’s a whole lot more on this chair than there ever used to be
Gravity, Gravity, Gravity

Not much from side to side
I had nothing to hide
Just right from the profile side
You shoulda seen how high I could ride
Nothing to hide — never wide
Until it all began to slide

Gravity, Gravity
There’s a bunch of stuff been goin’ down since I was 23...

I’m not lettin’ it slow me down
Just because more of me hangs a little closer to the ground
Gravity, Gravity, Gravity

Gravity...
I wore black tonight so you can’t tell if it’s me or...

You know the part that really gets to me is
These days ladies, when I cough I pee
Must be Gravity, Gravity, Gravity...