Gina Leishman

Composer, Multi-instrumentalist, and Singer

Bed Time (2004)

with Gina Leishman vocals, piano, ukelele; Steven Bernstein, Peck Allmond, trumpet; Rob Burger accordion; Greg Cohen bass; Anthony Coleman piano; Trevor Dunn bass; Marc Ribot guitar; Roberto Rodriguez drums, percussion; Jenny Scheinman violin; Doug Wieselman guitar, clarinets; Kenny Wollesen drums, percussion


  1. Why So Blue
  2. Lonely House
  3. Take O Take
  4. Come Away Death
  5. O Mistress Mine
  6. The Soothsayer
  7. Ask Me
  8. Bed Time
  9. Nothing to Say
  10. Big Blue Bathtub
  11. Hey Ho
  12. Glass Dreams

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with Gina Leishman vocals, piano, ukelele; Steven Bernstein, Peck Allmond, trumpet; Rob Burger accordion; Greg Cohen bass; Anthony Coleman piano; Trevor Dunn bass; Marc Ribot guitar; Roberto Rodriguez drums, percussion; Jenny Scheinman violin; Doug Wieselman guitar, clarinets; Kenny Wollesen drums, percussion

1. WHY SO BLUE
Why am I so blue
When I have you beside me?
Why all these tears
And these fears inside me?

Because tomorrow you’ll be gone
Tomorrow you’ll no longer be beside me
And my best friend
Will in the end
Not be there to guide me

So that’s why I’m so blue
It’s all because of you
So I sigh a great big sigh
And say goodbye

2. LONELY HOUSE
Lonely house, lonely he
Lonely house, lonely she

3. TAKE O TAKE
(from Measure for Measure by W.Shakespeare)

Take, o take those lips away
That so sweetly were forsworn
And those eyes, the break of day
Lights that do mislead the morn

But my kisses bring again
Seals of love but seal’d in vain

 

4. COME AWAY DEATH
(from 12th Night by W. Shakespeare)

Come away, come away death
And in sad cypress let me be laid
Fie away, fie away breath
I am slain by a fair cruel man

My shroud of white stuck all with yew
O prepare it
My part in death no one so true
Did share it

Not a flower, not a flower sweet
On my black coffin let there be strewn
Not a friend, not a friend greet
My poor corpse where my bones shall be thrown

A thousand thousand sighs to save
Lay me o where
Sad true lover never find my grave
To weep there

 

5. O MISTRESS MINE
(from 12th Night by W. Shakespeare)

O mistress mine, where art thou roaming
O stay and hear thy true love calling
That can sing both high and low
Trip no further, pretty sweeting
Journeys end in lovers meeting
Every wise man’s son doth know

What is love? ‘Tis not hereafter
Present love has present laughter
What’s to come is still unsure
In delay there lies no plenty
So come and kiss me, sweet and twenty
Youth’s a stuff will not endure

 

6. THE SOOTHSAYER
(from Cymbeline by W. Shakespeare)

“Whereas a lion’s whelp shall, to himself unknown, without seeking find and be embraced by a piece of tender air; and when from a stately cedar shall be lopped branches, which, being dead many years, shall after revive, be jointed to the old stock and freshly grow; then shall Posthumous end his miseries, Britain be fortunate, and flourish in peace and plenty.”

Thou, Leonatus, art the lion’s whelp
The fit and apt construction of thy name
The piece of tender air thy virtuous daughter
And thy most tender wife; who even now
Answering the letter of the oracle
Unknown to you, unsought, were clipp’d about
By this most tender air
The lofty cedar, royal Cymbeline
Personates thee; and thy lopp’d branches point
Thy two sons forth, who, by Belarius stolen
For many years thought dead, are now reviv’d
To the majestic cedar joined; whose issue
Promises Britain peace and plenty

 

7. ASK ME

Ask me why I smile
I’ll say because the sun is shining
Ask me why I cry
Maybe because the moon in hiding
Ask me why I’m always laughing
It’s simply because the stars are all dancing
But ask me why I love you
And the only answer is because I do

So ask me for the moon
And the stars above your head
This I’ll do for you I said
Ask me for the sun
And I’ll take you where the sky’s always blue
For you this I’ll do
But ask me for my heart
And I will tell you
How far and wide the seas roll to shore
And the birds and the bees in the trees
Will always ask for more
Before I would give you my heart

So ask me for the moon
And I’ll gladly give you all of the stars above
And love
Ask me for the world
and I’ll close my eyes and dream
‘Til your dreams come true for you
But if you ask me for my heart
Please tell me we’ll never part
And you’ll always be true
And can you tell me that you’ll always love me
Rather hold a moonbeam in my hand
Only time will tell

So ask me for the moon
Ask me for the world
Ask me for my heart

 

8. BED TIME

Lights out in the dark one by one
Noah in his ark two by two
They say that three is a crowd
There’s a four by four
Here in bed
Am I dead
Was it something I said

Footsteps on the stairs one by one
Voices in my head two by two
For you and me three’s a charm
Now it’s five to four
Here in bed
Am I dead
Was it something I said

When I close my eyes and I try to sleep
Instead I see red and I just count sheep

I lie here, your shadow is what I see
I see you but I see you don’t see me

Roll me in your arms one by one
Nibble on my toes two by two
Whisper your dreams in my ear
Tell me four or more
Here in bed
Are you dead
Was it something I said

 

9. NOTHING TO SAY

Then with a whisper of ice
They hear the silence falling
As though a shroud were thrown over the world

Days go by with nothing to say
Nothing
And they wonder why they bother to stay
Nothing to talk of
Nothing to say

Every day when morning comes
They kiss and say hello
And every night they go to bed
And dream their dreams of death
Of life alone again upon a drifting pale moon sea

Drifting on a pale moon sky
Dreaming
I wonder how we met you and I
What were the seasons
What was the time

Time to put the sea to bed
And time to take some tea
Time to see the leaves are red
And time for me to go or so I said
And where were you today
If what I say is true for you

Then with a whisper of ice
I hear the silence falling
As though a shroud were thrown over the world

 

10. BIG BLUE BATHTUB

I’m floating
Yes I’m floating
Oh I’m floating
In my great big bath of blue
And as far as I can see
There’s nobody here but me

Sun’s shining
Birds are singing
Nothing’s ringing
In my great big bath of blue
And as far as I can see
There’s nobody here but me

Under the water
Deep down below
Fishes swim lazily by
Ripple of sand
Deep down below me
But I just stare at the sky

I’m floating
On the water
And there ought to be
Someone else floating with me
But as far as I can see
There’s nobody here
Nobody here but me

 

11. HEY HO
(from 12th Night by W. Shakespeare)

When that I was a little tiny boy
With a hey ho the wind and the rain
A foolish thing was but a toy
And the rain it raineth every day

But when I came to man’s estate
With a hey ho the wind and the rain
“Gainst knaves and fools men shut their gates
And the rain it raineth every day

But when I came at last to wive
With a hey ho the wind and the rain
By swaggering could I never thrive
And the rain it raineth every day

A great while ago the world began
With a hey ho the wind and the rain
But that’s all one our play is done
And the rain it raineth every day

 

12. GLASS DREAMS

Now the day is ended
Night is drawing near
When I close my eyes
My dreams appear

Shoes fall from the sky
When I walk down the street
I can hear the rainbows
On my feet

all songs © c’estquoi music/BMI
all lyrics © Gina Leishman unless otherwise noted