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Phoenix Envy

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“…he goes an awfully long
way toward overturning the prevalent image of folksingers trying to live in
a world that never was.”
-Renaldo Migaldi, Chicago Reader, “Critic’s Choice”

Calhoun has been writing and performing original music since 1973. Released in 1996, Phoenix Envy is his 5th album.

“Phoenix Envy shows Calhoun’s unique songs at their naked best. They are fine,
tough, poems set to music. Except for one song (with Andrew Bird on violin),
this is a solo voice and guitar recording. Dancing guitar figures underpin the
often dark, dense lyrics, ever reminding us that Calhoun is not a pessimist,
but a lusty realist. It is guitar playing that mines the rich veins of Anglo-Celtic
ballad tradition with deft, graceful nods to an obvious mentor, Martin Carthy.
Calhoun is one of the very few in the current crop of singer-songwriters who
knows or cares enough of this rich, subtly powerful tradition. Like those great
songs, Calhoun’s are much more than well-told stories; they both illuminate
and conceal some of life’s greatest mysteries.” – Dwight Thurston, WWUH

1. Time
2. Tunnel Vision
3. Sparrow Listen
4. Folksingers Are Boring
5. No Secret Castle Listen
6. Here Comes That Lady Again  

7. Never Enough  
8. It’s Not You That I’m Leaving
9. Journey  
10. Trenches
11. Lonesome
12. Freedom Road  
13. Paul Scott Rap  
14. The Model  
15. At The Bar  
16. Sheila
17. Narnia Song
18. O My Son  
19. While Jesus Was Waiting To Die  
20. Jack And Jill
21. When My Time Comes

JOURNEY

Sparks fly wild and the stone wheel spins
And the water wheel sings
And the sun raised high, like a mighty club
Said “Where are you hiding?
And why are you hiding?”

In a lonely cellar where nobody hollers
I hide among these silver dollars
Born at the birth of prejudice
And words of Jesus to the tune of Judas
Raised in a cemetary, fed on dog meat
I came to grow an herb garden underneath a backseat
And I came to love an odd boy underneath the porch steps
I came to love him more and more

Sparks fly wild and the stone wheel spins
And the water wheel sings
And the sun raised high, like a mighty club
Said “Where are you hiding?
And why are you hiding?”
Pierced with ice by a sweet song sparrow
Dizzy with loss, terror to the marrow
What world is this where I wake walking
To the roof falling in and deaf men talking?
Trying to wring one tear out proper
Trying to sing one note out sober
My body still, my mind will roam
Longing swiftly, looking for a home

Sparks fly wild and the stone wheel spins
And the water wheel sings
And the sun raised high, like a mighty club
Said “Where are you hiding?
And why are you hiding?”
The part of me you love so much
Is part of me you cannot touch
The part that winnows weak from wrong
The part that knows it all along
Though I’m hiding here I’m free
The journey has not lessened me
Through winter’s purifying cold
I’ll rise in spring, if part is whole

Sparks fly wild and the stone wheel spins
And the water wheel sings
With the sun raised high, O my love
It’s here that I’m hiding
Here I am hiding

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