"Last Days of Summer" artwork, credits and lyrics (scroll down for "Everyday Street")

"Last Days of Summer" CD cover

"Last Days of Summer" CD cover

"Last Days of Summer" left inside

"Last Days of Summer" left inside

 

CREDITS 

Lucy: acoustic guitar, piano, harmony 
Duke Levine: acoustic and electric guitars, baritone electric guitar, National guitar, mandola, mandolin 
Mike Rivard: bass 
Ben Wittman: drums and percussion, harmonium 
Richard Shindell: harmony 
John Gorka: harmony 
Engineered, mixed and mastered by Chris Rival at Middleville Studio, 
North Reading, MA 
Ben's drums and harmonium recorded at Wittman Studio, Toronto 

Photos: front cover by Beowulf Sheehan 
All other photos by Lucy K. and Rick Litvin 
CD design by Lucy 

Thank you: Rick and Molly Litvin, Steve Lurie, Duke, Mike, Ben and Chris, and all my Patrons 

Songs by Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Litvin,  ASCAP, administered by BMG, except:  

"These Days" by Jackson Browne, Open window Music, ASCAP;                                                                                                                                                                                        "Ford Econoline" by Nanci Griffith, Irving Music, BMI ;

 "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" by Lee Hazlewood, Criterion Music Corp, ASCAP;                                                                                                                         

"Gold Watch and Chain" by A.P. Carter, APRS, BMI 

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c. 2022 Lucyricky records

 

LYRICS FOR ORIGINAL SONGS (ALL SONGS BY LUCY KAPLANSKY AND RICK LITVIN) 

LAST DAYS OF SUMMER 

Last days of summer are coming on fast

Was hoping August wouldn't end, but it never lasts

She’s filling boxes with blankets books and clothes 

No longer a child, unafraid ready to go 

It’s been 18 years since we fixed up that empty room 

Pale yellow walls, pretty white crib, she’d be lying there soon 

Then a bigger bed, games of pretend and books and friends 

Come September gonna be empty again 

CHORUS: 

After 18 years, how can it be just one week more 

Till we carry those boxes to her new room on the seventh floor 

Across from the park where she played pretend, climbed and dreamed 

Where she flew high on the swings 

Now she’s gonna fly on her own wings 

No longer pretending with her brand new dreams 

 

I remember the day I told my mom I wanna sing 

She said don’t be be a fool for a little girl dream 

So I packed my things, looked back once, never did again

Afraid and defiant, was just 18 then 
 

I know she’ll come back but never always again 

That’s just as it should be and how it’s ever been 

But I’ll miss that girl in her room, safe and mine 

Life is a circle strewn with goodbyes 

CHORUS: 

After 18 years, how can it be just one week more 

Till we carry those boxes to her new room on the seventh floor 

Across from the park where she played pretend, climbed and dreamed 

Where she flew high on the swings 

Now she’s gonna fly on her own wings 

No longer pretending with her very own dreams 

 

Just down the street and a million miles away 

Hope her bed is soft enough, hope at night she’s not afraid 

And I hope her friends will be caring and kind 

She’s gonna make her choices just as I made mine 

 

Last days of summer are coming on fast 

Was hoping august wouldn’t end but it never lasts 

Come September we’ll be two no longer three 

Back where we started, back around that circle darling, you and me 

 

MARY’S WINDOW 

Mary’s looking out at the empty streets of her town 

February morning, rain's falling down 

She’s missing the greetings and small talk there 

At the library, grocery store, village square 

 

Has the baby started crawling, I like your hair that way 

How’s your mother feeling, sure is cold out today 

That quiet cadence, the refrain of a town 

With the cashier, manager, librarian 

The sound of goodwill, kindness and care 
And Mary knows she’ll always belong there 

 

CHORUS: 

But now this country of hers has been ravaged and cleaved 

By all this sickness and hatred and bigotry 

Fueled by the lies of the fools who would lead 

Lies told for power malice and greed 

 

But this old woman's seen troubled times before 

When the people rose up to shine a light once more 

So in spite of her fears she’d play her part again 

Band together with young and old, women and men 

And on the third of November she stood in that line

With the manager, cashier, librarian beside 

 

CHORUS: 

And their voices of good will a mighty sound made 

And the cadence of towns was a nation’s refrain 

And truth and hope drowned out lies and hate 

From cities to farms, from oceans to lakes 

And then from deepest Georgia that same refrain 

And then a man of good will and kindness and care 

Placed a hand on a bible and the other in the air 

And that cadence infused every word he did say 

And a nation heard and rejoiced that day 

 

They'd put differences aside 

Reach out to each other 

Lend a hand when it’s needed 

To their sisters and brothers 

Return to the hard work of trying to be 

The people and the nation they still could be 

Still could be 

 

Mary’s looking out at the rain coming down 

But it’s a rain of renewal washing over them now 

She’s knitting a hat for that baby in town 

That pretty cashier’s baby, it won’t be long now 

Till she can hand it to her mother over in town 

Oh the goodness of people can’t be put down 

It just keeps on, 

The sound of kindness 

It just keeps on 

Can’t be silenced 

It just keeps on 

 

SONG OF THE EXILED 

New york 1995 

By the Highline way downtown 

The trains up there made this city run 

Giuliani’s gonna tear it all down 

 

It was cold so I grabbed a yellow cab 

Driver was a tiny old man 

Leather jacket, newsboy cap 

Pall mall smoking on the dash 

 

A motorcycle went flying by 

He said he’s crazy it’s too cold to ride 

I used to be crazy, I raced bikes 

in Hungary in ’35 

 

Must have broken every bone 

Even broke some twice 

We shared a smile and I said 

You’re lucky you’re alive 

 

Then his smile disappeared  

Like the fading of a light 

I was in the camps you know 

Just a few of us survived 

Lucky to be alive 

 

CHORUS: 

I’ve seen New York’s treasures celebrated and renowned 

And also those not made of stone or steel 

The stories of my town 

Like the song of the exiled, the men who drive the cabs 

As they live the story of our city and the promise of our flag 

 

I grabbed a taxi the other day 

I said Newark terminal C 

Driver had a Chinese name

In broken English said to me
 

You musician, I said yes I am 

He said my son plays violin 

I said where in China are you from 

And how’s this country been ?

 

He said I come from Chongqing 

I’ve been here 15 years 

I was a miner there and very poor 

I am lucky to be here 

 

My son he studies hard in school 

He’ll get a Phd 

Or maybe be a doctor 

He won’t drive a cab like me 

Won’t drive a cab like me 

 

CHORUS 

 

We’re passing by the Highline 

You know it never was torn down 

Now there’s acres of shimmering glass and steel 

Another jewel in the city’s crown 

 

I think about my forbearers 

My Chinese daughter too 

Amazed that I’m so lucky 

Get to live the life I do 

Get to live the life I do 

 

I cannot share my luck with him 

So I smile and thank him again 

He drives off to the taxi line 

With the other exiled men 

To make this city run again

 

 

INDEPENDENCE DAY 

I’ve been obligated to another soiree in that bland suburban town 

There’s the prince with his loyal subjects, everybody’s drinking bowing down 

Now he’s bear hugging that tedious cousin while looking right past me 

‘Cause I didn’t like the way he spoke to me back in 2013 

 

And per usual like I’m invisible or dead the festivities proceed 

I watch him vilify me sotto voce while they nod empathetically 

Treading so carefully for fear of his legendary rage 

And I’m the one that’s sacrificed that’s fine, it’s all okay 


For years I bought the myth of the happy family 

But it’s a house of venom, lies and complicity 

 

CHORUS: 
This is where it ends, this is where it ends

Not setting foot in that house again 

This is where it ends 

 

I always did as I was told, took the blows, never did let on 

So well behaved watched what I’d say like nothing could be wrong 

Such a worthless expertise you twist and strangle all the time 

Walking around with two black eyes like everything is fine 

Always polite, never fight 

Till one day I started to ignite 

Like a supernova gonna burn that house down 

 

CHORUS 

 

We can’t choose how we come into this world 

But we can choose who we're gonna be and what we're gonna be
 

Another summons to a family affair this time fourth of July 

I’ve been invited to appear but I’ve resolutely declined 

I’ve made my own family, people who I want to see 

We practice kindness and loyalty and love and care and honesty 


Gonna watch the fireworks here today 

It’s my world now and here I’ll stay 

It’s independence day 

CHORUS 

 

REQUIEM 

I’m driving back to that seaside town, first time since you’ve gone 

We used to drive up here together singing Beatles songs 

Snow is falling, John Lennon’s singing hide your love away 

I turn it off, don’t want to hear John’s lonely words today 

 

In town I see you everywhere and then you slip away 

Like the colors that you took with you when you left that day 

Now you’re laughing telling stories near that little shack on the pier 

But it’s boarded up, I turn away from there 

 

CHORUS: 

I used to believe in so many things 

And that love is stronger than anything 

 

You left in darkest winter, didn’t think that it would end 

And we must stay without you, can spring ever come again 

Then here along this snowy beach road, desolate and grey 

The first bluebells, blue like your eyes, greet me today 

 

I’m back here at the beach and you’re laughing in the waves 

Oh to be back there now when I thought I could keep you safe 

Then the sun goes down and here they are the colors you stole away 

In the blue green sea your laughter in the crimson sun your face 

In a thousand years you’ll still be here, in these clouds this sand, this sky these waves 

CHORUS

 

The stars cascade above me on the road as i drive home 

Paul comes on singing Yesterday and I try to sing along 

In a thousand years I won’t be here, just this broken hearted song 

And though my love was not enough to keep you here for very long 

I know that you can hear me cause my love is just that strong 

My love is just that strong 

 

ELMHURST QUEENS MOTHER’S DAY 

Sun is coming up over the bay 

Everywhere everything has changed 

The only sound is wind in the trees, New York City’s far from me 

Sun is coming up over the bay 

 

Friends back home tell me nothing is the same 

That city symphony just stopped that day 

The crowds, the life, the energy 

Are just sirens now through empty streets 

My silenced hurting city far away 

 

These days there is no work for me 

And I don’t know if there will ever be 

As remote lives keep moving on, I sit down to write this song 

In this refuge from that storm far away 

 

CHORUS: 

And It’s far away, far from me, far away from me 

 

Then I read about a nurse’s day in Queens 

In cotton scrubs she is the infantry 

Trenches painted in fluorescent light 

Weaponless soldiers in the fight 

I read about a nurse’s day in Queens 

 

She’s wearing the only mask that she can find 

She knows that they will all get sick in time 

She’s telling the writer all the things they need, with the president lying on tv

Her oath was not for her family to die 

 

Endless lines of those who won’t be saved 

Dying in plastic chairs as they wait 

When she gets home won’t hug her kids 

Writes her will like her friends all did 

Falls asleep in her living room chair again 

  

I’m making dinner, sun is going down 

Sun will be setting over New York town 

They’ll be cheering soon on my empty street 

A brief reprise of that symphony 

In the city where I became a wife 

Where my mother was born, where I’ve made my life 

And though i wont be there to cheer along 

Oh I can sing this song 

For that nurse, and for my city, my home

 

"Last Days of Summer" right inside

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"Everyday Street" artwork, credits and lyrics

"Everyday Street" CD cover

"Everyday Street" CD cover

"Everyday Street" back cover

"Everyday Street" back cover

"Everyday Street" left inside

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"Everyday Street" right inside

"Everyday Street" right inside

 

 

 CREDITS

Produced by Lucy Kaplansky 
Arranged by Lucy Kaplansky and Duke Levine 
Lucy: acoustic guitar, mandolin, harmonies 
Duke: acoustic guitar, electric guitar, electric baritone guitar, National guitar, mandola, octave mandolin 
Shawn Colvin: harmony on “Old Friends” 
Richard Shindell: harmony on “Keeping Time” 
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Chris Rival, Middleville Studio, North Reading MA, July and August 2018 
Richard Shindell recorded by Greg Anderson, Ojisan, Beacon NY 
Shawn Colvin recorded by Jacob Sciba at Arlyn Studios, Austin TX 
Cover and inside photos by Lucy 
Back cover photo by Beowulf Sheehan 
CD package design by Lucy 
Lucy uses Fishman Transducers 
Duke uses D’Addario Strings and Mad Professor Effects 

All songs by Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Litvin, Lucyricky Music, ASCAP, Administered by BMG EXCEPT: 
Loch Lomond (traditional) 
I Wish it Would Rain (Nanci Griffith, Irving Music) Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen, Sony/ATV Songs 
Thunder Road (Bruce Springsteen, Universal Music Publishing Group) 

THANK YOU: Duke Levine for all the years of beautiful playing, friendship and hilarity; Jean Railla; and Adam Bauer, Hailey Phelps, Kylee Phillips, and everyone at Madison House. 
All my love to Rick, Molly and Janie Litvin, and thank you Rick for all your wisdom and for telling me not to over-think this. 

 

LYRICS FOR ORIGINAL SONGS (ALL SONGS BY LUCY KAPLANSKY AND RICHARD LITVIN)

OLD FRIENDS

I’ve got a picture of you and me 
From maybe 1982 
You were 27 
I was almost 22 

We’re singing with somebody 
Who isn't in the frame 
Smiling at each other 
Matching every phrase 

Suspending notes that don't belong 
Seconds and sixths whatever we want 
And it feels like flying 
Always landing somewhere new 
Weaving a shared tapestry 
That’s what you and I do 

I was working the bar at open mike 
The night you came to town 
I’d heard about a girl 
Better than anyone around 

I got up and sang a tune 
While Robbie watched the bar 
Then the whole place got quiet 
For your voice and your guitar 

I remember us sitting on the floor 
Singing every song we knew 
Richard and Linda Thompson 
Gram and Emmylou 

We could tell each other everything 
And we still do 
Keeping our shared secrets 
That’s what good friends do 

And if I’d never met you 
So much I never would have done 
All those gigs you got me 
All those great country songs 
The record we made 
Gave me this path I’m on 
The way you showed all the guys 
A girl could sing and write a song 

And as it sometimes goes 
We went separate ways 
Who was right and who was wrong 
Neither one of us can say 

And it doesn't matter now 
It was so long ago 
Like water under the bridge 
Life flows where it must go 

So here we are in your hotel room 
Singing Gram and Emmylou 
20 years 20,000 roads 
Have brought me back to you 

Older a little wiser 
Than back in 1982 
Sharing a history 
That’s what old friends do 

 

SIXTH AVENUE

Was 10 years ago you were up all night 
I was begging you to sleep 
Sitting up in bed, wouldn’t shut your eyes 
And you’ve still got that over me 

Your first birthday, just your dad and me 
Little face covered in ice cream 
We made a wish for you, blew your candle out 
Thought that baby you’d always be, 
Thought that baby you’d always be 

CHORUS 
Oh was ten years ago 
We’ll turn around and you’ll be grown 
Oh one day you’ll be on your own 
You’re gonna let us go 

There’s a picture, red star on your shirt 
You’re taking your first steps 
I’m behind you, I’m reaching out 
You’re smiling and not looking back 

Many have said you’re an old soul 
Wise beyond your time 
You’ll walk alone for what is right 
You choose kindness every time 

CHORUS 

We always tell you when you’re older 
You say that won’t cut it anymore 
Begging to get a slice with your friends 
Alone with them, your own money to spend 
So I let you cross Sixth Avenue 
Soon the crowd is all I see 
I keep on looking, I can’t let go 
And I know you’re not looking for me Just how it’s supposed to be 

11th birthday’s coming soon 
Me and dad, your friends and you 
When you blow your candles out 
What you wish for it’s up to you 

 

JANIE'S WALTZ

I gaze in wonder as you stir from sleep 
I whisper your name and you come to me 
I kiss your head and breathe you in 
So glad as another day begins 

We head out for a walk on our everyday street 
We can get to the park across Waverly 
But each flower each leaf is calling to you 
Every day I discover the world with you 

CHORUS 
We’ve got nowhere to go and no one to meet 
I’ll follow you wherever you lead 
Oh on our everyday everyday street 

Amazed by a tiny blowing leaf 
You have to chase it and pull away from me 
Snow is left from that storm last week 
So many treasures buried underneath 

A man walks by in a tall fur hat 
You look up at him and you stop in your tracks 
Bravely you approach, keeping close to me 
You just have to find out just what he could be 

CHORUS 

I used to live stuck inside 
Worrying about nothing, watching time go by 
But when we’re walking you and me 
I’m not worried about anything 

Oh a child will grow and a child will leave 
But years from now right here we’ll be 
So glad for another day on our everyday Street 

 

KEEPING TIME

I take walks in the mornings 
When my kid’s gone to school 
I see parents walking children 
Like we used to do 

In the mornings for years 
We headed down that same street 
I’d see you and your strawberry blond family 

I’d see you scruffy and smiling 
After school in the yard 
Or the park on Horatio 
Where the kids played till dark 

Or Sunday morning Little league 
On the chilly Hudson Pier 
Just the movie star father 
Freezing with us in the April air 

In the bright morning sun 
Or late afternoon glow 
We kept time with the rhythms 
Mothers and fathers know 
A February morning 
The news was on 
I froze when I heard your name 
Our neighborhood king was gone 

You'd been chasing the dragon 
Needle still in your skin 
Ace of Spades all around you 
Aces always win 

After 23 years 
The great actor of our day 
After 10 years of fatherhood 
It took you just the same 

For the kill that lies in wait 
Like the cruelest undertow 
Is stronger than all a man builds and loves 
And dreams and knows 

And I’ll see you again 
Up on that screen 
But I’ll remember you best 
On our neighborhood streets 

In your baseball cap and jeans 
Kids and stroller in tow 
Amid the flowers of spring 
Or January snow 
Keeping time with the rhythms 
Mothers and fathers know 

Four winters come and gone 
Spring is here again 
I saw your kids the other day 
An old woman with them 

And a chill went through me 
When I looked into her face 
She was the picture of you 
Just wizened with age 

And all at once I knew 
Something sorrowful and true 
She was walking with them 
Still keeping time with you Cause the rhythms just go on 
And will go on without you 


THIRTY YEARS BEGIN NOW

 

30 years have passed and we’re here again 
In your childhood yard, at childhood’s end 
We the branches we the leaves 
We that remain of our families 

It was over here we planted a tree 
A promise of our life to be 
So we stood beneath an antique quilt 
Our multithreaded canopy 

EE Cummings words were read 
I thank you god for this amazing day 
for the leaping greenly spirits of trees 
Inside behind my eyes I prayed 

CHORUS 
Here we stand again 
On this changing ground 
As 30 years end 
30 years begin now 

Then I sang with the band Embraceable You 
And all the longing of Someday Soon 
And all I’d longed for was coming true 
Down the toughest road I would follow you 

The last song was Ashokan Farewell 
I took off my shoes and danced with you 
To that sad bluegrass melody 
Old things end with something new 

We drove again our open road 
And nothing was the same 
On my hand was your gold ring 
In my heart a promise I’d never break 

CHORUS 

Oh this is living ground 
And only this moment matters now 
And what I feel for you today 
And the spirit of trees 
And the promise I made 

CHORUS 

 

DAY IS DONE

Good night my darling 
And goodbye to the day 
Good night my darling 
And goodbye to the day 
I’m leaving in the morning 
Be gone when you awake 
it hurts you and it hurts me too 
I wish that I could stay 

You want time to keep moving on 
Can’t wait to be all grown 
You want time to keep moving on 
I wish it would all slow down 
Funny how I used to think 
The day would never end 
Now I watch the years go by 
And I can’t get them back again 

CHORUS 
Day is done 
Gone the sun 
But not for long not for long 
Day is done gone the sun 
But not for long my darling one 

I went searching 
For that place where I belong 
I went searching 
Wound up back where I started from 
Should have listened to that voice 
That was in me all along 
Sometimes what you’re looking for 
It isn’t really gone 

Oh my darling now it’s time to say goodbye 
Oh my darling, sometimes I can’t remember why 
There’s just this part of me I lost 
But I got it back again 
I hold it close as I hold you both, 
I hope you understand 

CHORUS 

 

THE TIDE

There are demons in the water 
There are devils in the sea 
There are dangers in the current 
When the tide goes out of me 

I could drink you under the table 
I could drink you out of town 
I could drink you off the planet 
Drink myself into the ground 

CHORUS 

And I have nothing for you tonight 
I have nothing for you tonight 
I have nothing for you tonight 
I have nothing for you 

I was made to be a good girl 
Carried buckets made of stone 
Full of envy, full of sorrow 
On a tightrope all alone 

And all the time I was on fire 
I burned with every stride 
And now I see this anger 
Is the horse I choose to ride 

Now you say you want something nice from me 
Well if you find it, take it, it's on me 
In the meantime don't bother me 
The tide has washed the nice from me 

CHORUS 

In nothing are the voices 
And the pictures of my life 
In the nothing of the sky 
Is an ocean made of light 

In the nothing of my silence 
Is a sad-eyed little girl 
On a tightrope she is singing 
As she passes through this world 

CHORUS