Will You Marry Me

by Rachael Kilgour

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“Will You Marry Me?” was released January, 2011 and recorded in Minneapolis at the Humans Win! studio. She was accompanied by brothers Jake and Jeremy Hanson (guitarist for Mason Jennings and drummer for Tapes 'n Tapes) and by her wife on harmony vocals.

“Yes, the album is sweet, but it is also political,” Kilgour explains. “The title was taken from the song I wrote in honor of my grandparent’s 60 year marriage. I thought it was an especially fitting title considering my own current situation as a lesbian, denied the right of legal marriage. My life right now, and for the next 60 years or so, is about walking alongside someone else and taking on what we encounter together. Looking at it that way, I guess every song I write is a love song.”

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released January 1, 2011

Rachael Kilgour - vocals and guitar
Jeremy Hanson - drums
Jake Hanson - bass and electric guitar
Adeline Wright - backup vocals

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Track Name: Snowplow
The winter comes and the winter goes and the winter comes again
Broken snowy angels only pray for winter's end
Shoveling out the driveway thinking, what'll we do now?
Well look out girls, here comes the snowplow
Look out girls here comes the snowplow

Well the winter wind likes sneaking through our drafty old windows
And the heat bill keeps on rising, where she'll stop nobody knows
We've got a house and a car and family, we made all our dreams come true
But now the jobs are gone and our mortgage is overdue

CHORUS:
So take me snowplow
Cause I don't know how
I'm ever gonna dig myself out of this one
Snowplow, get up and go now
I'm sick of crying on your shoulder
And it keeps on getting colder

Nine months from retirement but they had to let you go
Escorted through the hallways like a crook who stole the show
You can go to school and fill out applications left and right
But it won't save you from the windchill's icy bite
When your car won't start and the next job's out of sight

CHORUS

The money comes and the money goes and now the money is gone again
We save our shiny pennies and cut back on what we can
Now it's piling up around us, we're all buried in debt
But isn't that what it means to be an American?
We've still got all we need but it feels like it's the end?

Now we're all feeling down and low
over money, over snow
But when there's no cash left we've got the ones we know and love

FINAL CHORUS:
My dear snowplow
i think I know now
Just how I'm gonna dig myself out of this one
Snowplow, get up and go now
I'm sick of crying on your shoulder
Now I am ready to start over
Track Name: Will You Marry Me?
I've been all around the world
And never once have I seen pretty
Like the dark haired brown-eyed beauty
That you turned out to be
And sweetheart when we're together
I know things could not be better
With a tall strong headed woman
That's where I want to be

So will you marry me?
And we'll start a family
I'll catch you when you fall
You're my favorite after all dear

Now a million kisses later
We've got children all around us
And though life and love surround us
Still there's bills we've gotta pay
I know that you are worried
And i know you're in a hurry
But children ain't your mother purty when she smiles?

Will you marry me?
And we'll have a family
I'll catch you when you fall
you're my favorite after all dear

Let's go waltzing
let's grab a malt and two straws
And we'll make it through
I promise you

After more than sixty years
You're still the one that I believe in
Our family's strong and we're the reason
Look at all that we've become
I know that you're afraid but look around
I'm right beside you
In their smiles and in their eyes
You know I'd never leave

So will you marry me?
Just look at our family
They'll catch you when you fall
You're our favorite after all dear
Track Name: Dirty Girl
You say you'd rather a song than a note twice as long
Whether you're right or wrong
You'll get your way, you always do
We'll give it to you any day

It still always hurts, though I try and let go
Are you a friend or foe? I really don't care
Either way you'll explain it away
And we'll be right back where we started

CHORUS:
But I'm not watching anymore
I'm not watching anymore
I don't care what you do it for
Cause I'm not watching anymore

Now I've been lonely and I've been down
But you've been around
You've been around the block once or twice
You clean up nice but you're a
Dirty girl, a dirty girl, you dirty girl

CHORUS

You say you'd rather a song, well here's your very last one
See when I'm in love with someone
There's no room for anybody else
Not even you
Will still be friends
only thing new is
You can screw up all you want to

CHORUS
Track Name: He'll Save Me
I've got my head on what the bible said
I let the bible set me free
and you've got your heart in the devil's hands
and in your pagan misery
And don't it feel lonely
to know you'll never be holy
We've got room enough only
for the ones who don't ask tough questions

CHORUS:
No matter what I do He'll love me
Whatever I say He'll save me
As long as I pray I know I'll get my way
When it comes the judgement day
It's not hard, it's easy
I don't have to be nice, I know he forgives me
Jesus Christ, who do you think you are?
Telling me I've gone too far

I earned this life I climbed to corporate heights
Working and living by His word
A three-car garage and my weekly massage
I only take what I deserve
But see the mothers on welfare?
Think I should pay for their healthcare?
Don't you think I know better
than to hand out rewards to sinners

CHORUS

Don't you know that I'm a Christian?
Can't you see that I'm a Christian?
When you die you'll all be wishin'
You'd been a God-fearin' Christian


She's going to hell another fetus killed
The Lord's commandments say it's true
But God bless my son as he aims his gun
at the cursed Afghani fool
A husband and a father
with a loving wife and daughter
But soldiers never falter
When defending their God and Country

CHORUS

Don't you know that I'm a Christian?
Can't you see that I'm a Christian?
When you die you'll all be wishin'
YOu'd been a God-fearin' Christian
Track Name: Before You Leap
You think you want to get married, get married
You say you're ready for babies, sweet babies
And your love will last for eternity, eternity...
Well, it won't
Probably not
I can't promise a lot
The statistics say, that unless you're gay
Happy marriages rarely stay that way

In a year or six you'll fight the way your parents did
You'll wake the neighbors, you'll scare yourselves you'll scare the kids
You thought it'd be easy but all he does just drives you crazy
So pull it apart
No more talks
from the heart
You're both on your own in a family home
Secret texts to your lover on the telephone

And then you'll think you want a divorce, sweet divorce
You'll say you're ready for court, oh for family court
You'll fight to the death for the children and the furniture
and then
In the end
You're darling children
Will be grown adults working all this out
With the therapist they can't live without

How many dreams have you had about a big white dress?
THe prince and princess make their way through the crowd
How many fairy tale endings have you read before bed?
And how do you dance in your head as he spins you around?

And so I hope you're ready to marry, to marry
And i hope for the sake of the babies, sweet babies
You'll learn to walk on your own two feet before you leap
Try living together
For a year or two
Maybe three or four
Before you go and get married
Track Name: Galalee
Late nights, moving slow
Crying "Daddy, Daddy please don't go!"
But you don't hear it
You don't hear a thing

How many women, how many girls
Make it through this world
Now they rule the world without you
It's not easy without you

CHORUS:
She'll be fine, she'll be great
Don't you worry 'bout her cause you're too late
How much time until you finally see?

When she angry, when she's scared
You're supposed to care
You're supposed to be there
You keep pretending you'll be there

When she's anxious and when she's tired
You call her a liar, well don't you see
The fires they are burning?
With all the lessons she's learning

CHORUS:
She'll be fine, she'll be great
Don't you worry 'bout her cause you're too late
How much time until you finally see
Galalee?

She knows your limits and she knows her truth
There's a power to love and there's a power
to getting through it
And the truth can be ruthless

For a while you'll forget, but pretty soon you'll regret
And you won't have a clue
You'll be calling her up and she won't have time for you

CHORUS:
She'll be fine, she'll be great
Don't you worry 'bout her cause you're too late
How much time until you finally see
Galalee? Galalee...
Track Name: I Do
Why would you wanna hide?
I'll tell you, you're the prettiest thing I've seen
This side of my dreams
And I could make you lose your mind
Like a thousand times before
And still leave you want more

CHORUS:
Even if it's nothing new
I'm still me, you're still you
But when you do what you do, what you do
Even if it's all the same
You still drive me insane
What we've given we've gained

You think I don't watch your every move?
Well babe I guess that's true I've learned to expect you
Wake up next to your sleepy face
Pillow lines on your cheeks
It's the only place for me

CHORUS

Ohhhh....

You think we'll last till we're old and grey?
Well, I do, I do
You think we'll make it through Monday?
Well, I do, I do
You think we'll last till we're old and grey...
Track Name: Warrior Games
Do you know the way to your Daddy's heart from here?
He's made it hard now, the path it ain't too clear
Well suck it up, be a man, wanna live your life in fear?
You've got two fists and you won't be missed if you disappear

CHORUS:
So paint the sky red and gold
Cause there is nothing left for you to hold onto
All for one and all alone
Where will you go?

Did he pull her hair and bring her to the ground?
Would she fight back, did she make a sound?
And when it was over and done would she always come back around?
Back for more, 'til she hits the floor that brings her down

CHORUS

And of course there are no resources for a lost boy on his own cause
We couldn't help him as a baby, how could we help him now, he's lazy
And he thinks he's right and he thinks a fight is gonna give him all he needs
Oh but who's to blame, who's to blame for the boys playing the warrior games
Who's to blame, who's to blame for the boys playing the warrior games?

All that you learned from your Ma and Pa is gonna pave your way
Your future's looking bright as a dark and cloudy day
And you'll know just how to love how to make her want to stay
Give her a kiss and start throwing fists it's the only way

CHORUS
Track Name: Touch Your Woman
We can't always both be right we sometimes disagree
But you've got the right to speak your mind and it's the same with me
When the anger's at an end and you want inside my arms again
All you've got to do to make it right is just

CHORUS:
Touch your woman, touch your woman
Everything's gonna be alright
Touch your woman, touch your woman
Let me know, let me know everything's alright

There are times when I should be strong
When I'm awfully week
When the sudden blows of life have brought me to my knees
A woman needs a helping hand, needs someone to understand
Needs the one she loves to help her stand, so

CHORUS

And when the busy day is done and you lie by my side
You know exactly what it takes to keep me satisfied
You know exactly what I need and I always fall asleep in peace
Thanking god that you belong to me
Track Name: I Know I Will
Another day passes by
A brand new day, same old lie
I'm just waiting 'til it fits
Maybe tomorrow I will make it

But you know I won't
you know I won't
You know I won't make a move

It's in my blood, it's in my heart
Don't you dare give up
But don't try too hard
Well I know that I'm good
And you can see all that I could be
But you know I won't
you know I won't
You know I won't make a move

But who wants to be the grandma who
Could have been, should have been a star?

There's no use in being scared
Just follow through, climb the stairs
Maybe then I will see
Right at the top that's where I'll be

I know I will, I know I will
I know I will, I know I will
I know I will make my move