Ready to Pop

Released June 22, 2001 | Sleeveless

First issued in cassette form, this is a “genuine bootleg” of a live Sara Hickman concert at the Caravan of Dreams; Ft. Worth, Texas on June 22, 1996. Sara was seven months pregnant at the time, hence the title.

Kristin de Witt on background vocals and Paul Pearcy on percussion accompanied Sara on this romp…er.. show. Lotsa talk and hilarity. Includes her famous and hilarious tampon rant and joke… hey, she was pregnant!

BLAHBLAHBLAH/TIGER IN A TEACUP TOWN

BLAHBLAH/ONE IN OUR HAPPINESS

BLAH/AURORA

TAMPON STORY/KAYAKING

IF WE SENT OUR HEARTS OVER NOW

IN THE FIELDS

500X (THE TRAIN SONG)

JOY

TAKE WHATEVER I CAN GET

THIS HEART

  • Tiger in a Teacup Town
    Tigers usually live in a jungle
    And you did
    Until you moved into town last summer and
    Started asking questions
    Oh, life was just a pleasant game that we all played
    Until you tried to tell us we were living charades

    You weren’t afraid to speak your mind
    Or show your true colors
    And though they seemed like friends whenever you were around
    Behind your back they’d laugh and they’d call you a clown
    They were building you up just to tear you down

    Now you’re a tiger in a teacup town
    How does it feel, how does it feel?
    Now you’re a tiger in a teacup town
    Now now now now now

    When they started building the red cage on wheels
    I knew where you were headed
    I watched their eyes grow dark
    Whenever you passed by

    You’d say “good morning”
    And wag your tail
    To who’d ever notice
    I guess you didn’t mind
    Eating your lunch alone

    And as they sipped their tea
    Acting so politely
    You were living your life too far out on a limb
    They grew to hate your nature and your beautiful skin
    They were fragile with the fear
    ‘Cause you’re not like them

    Now you’re a tiger in a teacup town
    How does it feel, how does it feel?
    Oh, you’re a tiger in a teacup town
    You better watch where you sit down
    You’re a tiger in a teacup town
    They’re gonna lock you up and throw away the key

    But deep inside
    You’re gonna eat them alive
    With the strength of your own memory

    One morning I was called to have tea
    With the neighbors and friends
    I guess I started asking too many questions

    I guess it escaped me
    I guess I had closed my eyes
    But the look on their faces
    Started to fill me with fear

    They said that you’d left town
    And tried to console me
    And it was then I knew that you’d been taken for sure
    For underneath my feet was the feel of your fur
    And the room was spinning….
    Endlessly
    Then it hit me

    I’m a tiger in a teacup town
    How does it feel, how does it feel?
    Oh, I’m a tiger in a teacup town
    Now now now now now
    Oh, I’m a tiger in a teacup town
    I’m a tiger in a teacup town


    One in Our Happiness
    Leaves on the grass
    Gentle and wet
    Your fingers rest on my face
    I fall from myself
    You smile to yourself
    The clouds drift across like a mountain of green

    Too many nights
    Turn into day
    Oh, yes
    If they could all only end this way
    I’m calling your name
    You’re calling my name
    We are one in our happiness

    Learning you mean
    Whatever you say
    I trust we will always make love this way
    I lifted the sun
    And you
    Helped me
    Put it away
    When you sleep
    I kiss your eyes
    My happy sighs
    Rest in the palm
    Rest in the palm of your hand

    I reach for your heart with mine
    I’m with you all the time
    I reach for your heart with mine
    I’m with you all the time

    Too many nights
    Turn into day
    Oh, yes
    If they could all only end this way
    I’m calling your name
    You’re calling my name
    We are one in our happiness

    Because thinking, looking at you
    And dreaming, you think of me too
    Believing our attractions
    At you laugh, laughing, with all that you do
    While I fall into eyes
    Blue

    I reach for your heart with mine
    I’m with you all the time
    I reach for your heart with mine
    I’m with you all the time


    Aurora
    Dodging the white coats in white halls
    I check my guitar — is it in tune?
    Crossing the hall to her room
    Where
    Sitting alone in her chair
    I
    Position myself in her singular stare
    I sing for Aurora
    She’s not feeling too well today, they say,
    “How can you tell? She looks
    So healthy
    In every way…”

    And she
    Can’t speak a word
    But I know
    She can hear
    every word that I say
    I wish I could speak
    With my eyes

    Jerking her toes in time
    A cryptic rhythm of hers… or mine?
    Sometimes out of the shadows she
    She whispers her scattered history
    A faint remembrance visits the house
    Of the elderly

    And she
    Can’t speak a word
    But I know
    She can hear
    every word that I say
    I wish I could speak
    With my eyes

    2056
    Here I sit
    No more numbered days
    I wake to a circle of angels
    With their heads bowed low
    And their mouths
    Encircle my soul

    Am I here?
    In this numbered room?
    I wake to a blue-jeaned girl
    She’s singing her songs
    And trying so hard
    Not to cry …

    And she
    Can’t speak a word
    But I know
    She can hear
    every word that I say
    I wish I could speak
    With my eyes


    Kayaking
    You might think I’m foolish
    And you might think I’m insane
    But you’ll never find another
    Who wants to do the same

    ‘Cause when you are a’wonderin’
    How to make me be your girl
    Just take me in the broad daylight
    To where the mighty rapids swirl

    I wanna go kayaking
    Wanna make you my kayak king
    I can hardly wait
    For our first date
    When we go kayaking

    Forget the lost city of Atlantis
    I’m lookin’ for white waters and a wet kiss
    I can hear those waves crashin’ at the shore
    Don’t take me dancin’, I’ll just get bored
    Forget your Kodak
    Your backpack
    Your Tic-Tacs
    Your gunrack
    Nothin’ could be better
    I’ll spell it to the letter
    Give me that Grand Canyon bliss

    I wanna go kayaking
    Gonna make you my kayak king
    All the fish will sing,
    Ding-a-ling-a-ling-a-ling!
    When we go kayaking

    I’ve heard Niagara Falls is so gigantic
    But goin’ down with you would be romantic
    I can hear those waters churnin’
    While our kayak is a turnin’
    To the left
    To the right
    Over and out of sight
    Oh, such a thrill
    A six hundred foot spill…
    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
    Let’s do it again!

    Let’s go kayaking
    Gonna make you my kayak king
    What a wonderful life,
    As your aquatic wife!
    When we go kayaking

    And let’s not forget the Amazon scene
    In which I play the African Queen
    In our kayak built for two
    Doin’ what kayaking lovers do
    You’ll be the jack of hearts
    The handsome captain called Bogart
    Kissin’ me
    The young Hepburn
    As we learn
    To share the stern…

    I wanna go kayaking
    Gonna make you my kayak king
    We’ll grow old together,
    We’ll have skin like leather
    As we go kayaking

    Oh, take me in the kayak, Jack!


    If We Sent Our Hearts Over Now
    I wore my heart out on my sleeve
    But then they shot me down
    And they left me here to die …
    If my last kiss is this cold ground
    Will I forgive the hand
    That held the gun and
    Took my life away?
    Can’t we take
    The time of day
    To give the world another chance
    Can’t we learn
    From our mistakes?
    We’re human after all…

    If we sent our hearts over now
    Would it ease the pain?
    If we sent our hearts over now
    Would it stop the fighting?
    If we sent our hearts over now
    Would it be enough to save the world?
    Well, I can’t believe
    I’m the only one
    who just can’t believe
    That this is going on…

    As I sit in my small cell
    Counting scratches on the wall
    Scratch my head and start to cry
    Chained to this solitary hell
    I’m about to lose it all
    My last words are to myself
    Racing back to the fateful day
    I took another human life away
    Oh, how I’ve learned from my mistakes
    But now I have to pay…

    If we sent our hearts over now
    Would it ease the pain?
    If we sent our hearts over now
    Would it stop the fighting?
    If we sent our hearts over now
    Would it be enough to save the world?
    Well, I can’t believe
    I’m the only one
    who just can’t believe
    This is going on…

    Oh, can’t we learn from our mistakes?
    We’re human, after all…

    I’m held hostage in a land
    Where there’s no brotherhood of man
    No one understands what I say
    I just make it through each day
    As they let me waste away
    Somewhere behind the walls of sand
    My situation is unknown
    And my captors rule from a thorny throne
    Each night I dream that I’ll soon be home
    But I can’t sleep tonight…

    If we sent our hearts over now
    Would it ease the pain?
    If we sent our hearts over now
    Would it stop the fighting?
    If we sent our hearts over now
    Would it be enough to save the world?
    Well, I can’t believe
    I’m the only one
    who just can’t believe
    This is going on …
    I can’t believe it…
    No! No!
    I can’t believe this is going on…


    In The Fields
    In the fields
    Where we laid our heads
    Dog barking to the heat of the beating sun
    Hot ground
    Sweet ground
    A feeling of fever in the air
    Kissing the nape of your neck
    (Sighing colors)
    Breaking sticks into heartsick
    Flaming words

    In the fields
    Making love
    The luck of the Irish
    Tucked between your toes
    Love’s debt
    Pays regret
    In months I begin to show
    Dressing as a car drives by
    (Gasping buzzards)
    Turning time into a lover’ s rhyme
    Pressed between the pages
    Of my heart . . .

    In the fields where are you?
    Are you hiding yourself there . . . still?
    In the fields where are you?
    Are you hiding yourself
    In a city of weeds
    Are you hiding yourself
    In a city of glass?
    (In a city of glass …)

    In the fields
    Tripping on
    Pushing through the barbs
    To reach the greener side . . .
    It was years ago
    We let each other go
    To follow the tracks of our dreams . . .
    Sometimes I carry the memory
    (Full term)
    Delivering the spitting
    Image of you
    (Eyes burn)
    I live at peace
    I did what I had to do.
    And you . . .
    And you . . .
    And you?

    In the fields where are you?
    Are you hiding yourself there . . . still?
    In the fields where are you?
    Are you hiding yourself
    In a city of weeds
    Are you hiding yourself
    In a city of glass?
    (In a city of glass …)


    500X (The Train Song)
    Metal monster
    Dying dinosaur
    I can hear your mighty
    Stomach roar
    As you race
    Slower down the line
    In time we converse
    This eerie mating call
    A coo-coo choo-choo
    Ooo-eee
    My heart
    (and soul)
    They go out to you
    Bending me round, round, round
    Bend me round the bend

    Ooo-oo-oo
    Ooo-oo-oo-ay-oo

    Me in the lotus
    You form a pretzel
    Cross the states
    (How I long to feel
    The grease on my back…)
    Take me to forbidden jungles
    And over forgotten paths
    Clickety-clickety
    Clickety clack…

    How I’m drawn
    To this station
    How I miss what I never had
    Deep inside
    Curiosity and sadness
    Play tag
    With my heart…

    If truth’s the navigator
    Of those steaming, screaming gears
    (passing images still linger…)
    And each day we’re deported
    from depot to desk
    but we’re guided
    by fame and fortune’s fingers…


    Joy
    A grocery cart for a car
    A broken curb for a pillow
    No house, no kids, no pets, no bills
    Just a husband with an angry scar

    Her face was kissed by the night
    And I’m a slice of the moon
    I gave her my toaster oven
    On a frozen afternoon

    Her mother named her “Joy”
    It was the last word from her lips
    How strange a woman with not much more than a name
    Can find such happiness

    Living on the streets she don’t mind
    Everyone she meets has no time
    To be kind

    I can search for days up and down
    So afraid she won’t come around
    And I find
    If I stop looking
    There is Joy to be found

    She would visit our dumpster
    Collecting empty bottles of beer
    I gave her an electric blanket
    On the hottest day of the year

    Joy can shop in the rain
    And she makes dinner in the snow
    Joy finds things in places
    I’m too scared to go

    Living on the streets she don’t mind
    Everyone she meets has no time
    To be kind
    I can search for days up and down
    So afraid she won’t come around
    And I find
    If I stop looking

    Nothing is hers, she says:
    “There is nothing we really own”
    And she ignores the fences
    Society’s sown

    Summer fell into fall
    And fall grew into spring
    There was never another word from Joy
    And I knew it could only mean

    Living on the streets she don’t mind
    Everyone she meets has no time
    To be kind
    I can search for days up and down
    So afraid she won’t come around
    And I find
    If I stop looking
    Oh, if I stop looking
    There is Joy to be found


    Take Whatever I Can Get
    I should go home
    I know this is wrong
    But I’m glued to my chair, can’t do nothin’ but stare
    At this guy
    I’m feeling sick
    And sort of confused
    Here comes a ghost I can never lose
    And he’s sittin’ down right next to me
    Pretending he’s you, there’s nothin’ I can do

    ‘Cause he’s got your eyes
    He’s got your face
    He’s got your moves
    And he’s workin’ the entire place
    Have I lost my mind?
    Cannot forget
    He isn’t you…
    But I’ll take whatever I can get

    He’s havin’ a drink
    I’m havin’ two
    He bends his straw the way you used to do
    Yeah, my heart’s a mess
    What have I done?
    ‘Cause he’s just some guy out having fun
    And he starts to laugh
    Throw back his head
    Wish I was home, wish I was dead

    ‘Cause he’s got your eyes
    He’s got your face
    He’s got your moves
    And he’s workin’ the entire place
    Have I lost my mind?
    Cannot forget
    He isn’t you…
    But I’ll take whatever I can get

    Oh, he reaches over
    And I run for cover
    I’ve gotta remember, he’s not my lover
    He’ll never be you

    But he’s got your eyes
    He’s got your face
    He’s got your moves
    And wants to take me back to his place
    Have I lost my mind?
    Cannot forget
    He isn’t you…
    But I’ll take whatever I can get

    ‘Cause he’s got your eyes
    He’s got your face
    He’s got your moves
    And he’s workin’ the entire place
    Have I lost my mind?
    Cannot forget
    He isn’t you…
    But I’ll take whatever I can
    Take whatever I can
    Take whatever I can get


    This Heart
    These hands, these hands, these hands
    Were made to hold
    And these lips are here to say these words
    And let this truth be told
    And these legs were made to weather our storms
    And hold up fast and true
    And this heart, this heart, this heart
    Was made for you

    And I know my heart was made for you
    Oh, I know my heart — this heart — was made for you
    And I know that the answer is a love so strong and true
    Oh, I know my heart — this heart — was made for you

    And these eyes, these eyes, these eyes
    Have wept lonely dreams
    And though some arms have held me close
    They were never what they seemed
    So, I looked inside for peace of mind
    And there I found a clue
    That this heart, this heart, this heart
    Was made for you

    And I know my heart was made for you
    Oh, I know my heart — this heart — was made for you
    And I know that the answer is a love so strong and true
    Oh, I know my heart — this heart — was made for you

    And I know what this heart sees
    My heart could not be wrong
    And I know you’re the one for me
    And I believe what I knew all along

    And I know my heart was made for you
    Oh, I know my heart — this heart — was made for you
    And I know that the answer is a love so strong and true
    Oh, I know my heart — this heart — was made for you
    Yes, I know my heart — this heart — was made for you





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