November 23, 2010
BONS MOTS RECORDS /
LYRICSJAMAIS // je n’ai jamais habité ici / j’ai trouvé le mot pour ça / allez / encore une fois
QUEEN TURNER // where i lived it was clean / divide by three / don’t slow it down / just point it towards the rectory / rotting trees lined the streets / rotting leaves pined for feet / the ghost, the height, the hi-beams followed fast, mistake me / scattered beggars / gone but not away / strangled days lay in waste / by the banks the lakes are turned aside / they wait and hide for higher stakes / i was green but not gone / i was sick but not wrong / i felt a breeze confuse the trees before it moved along / scattered beggars / gone but not away / when i pushed back from the table / stable for so long / and i knew that I'd been hanging on common custom / scattered beggars / gone but not away
UNDER RAYS // in the morning it’s all white and gray / it’s all wrapped in cotton under rays through the window frame / the branch you left from trembling / always travel with no cash or case / when desire strikes you pull up the stakes / and in your wake / conversations sputtering / everything is equal / tell me something i don’t know / a bower better left uncrated / nothing left to show / out the doorway and it’s in my head / when the things i crave are the things i dread / and in their stead the roof the shed remaindering / cold and slightly empty / we don’t do much of it ourselves / i’m in the line and in the line i wait for it but i’m pulling down the shelves / when you’re humming along the street / and the headlights shine do you stop and think that it’s all so cheap when everything is everything?
WIND ME UP // You come on straight from the road / come on straight from the road / it seems / you to the left and the sea / to the west and the sea / sounds out / needles and pins / wait to wind me up again / summer's making me late / it sings / you say a prayer for yourself / put it back on the shelf / shifting / you to the left and the sea / to the west and the sea / sounds out / needles and pins / wait to wind me up again / summer's sucking me in / and then / needles and pins / wait to wind me up again / winter's making me wait / and then
A BAND UNDONE // pack your bags before we head for the coast / one last toast to the pope / slowly sailing through the horizon line / perhaps some day you’ll find / when you’re trying to unwind / there’s no one to say goodnight to you in the lower hemisphere / shattered streets where we poured our concrete over six feet / something tells me this ain’t what we won / guess I could call you my baby / the right that they gave me: an acre and axe and a girl / spend my evenings singing songs about you, franco, the boat, and the crew, and the 80,000 who knew / there’s no one to say goodbye to you in the lower hemisphere / shattered streets where we poured our concrete over six feet / something tells me this ain’t what we won / and I thought that I was dreaming / just lying in your arms / faces fade and I forget you / I won’t let you run away from here / pack up, we’re heading for home tell the boys back in rome / there’s nothing left of the loan / spend my evenings singing songs about you / and everyone that we knew / hoping they were all were true / there’s no one to say goodbye to you in the lower hemisphere / shattered streets where we poured our concrete over six feet / something tells me this ain’t what we won / shattered streets where we poured our concrete over six feet / there’s no way to get back where you’re from
YOU'RE ALIGHT // you’re the only secondary salmon nation under the sun / on the edge of all creation / handsome homestead without a gun / sun sets I have no memory / of the places we’ve sung / stacking stones with our enemies / they call us to the cellar one by one / you’re the only secondary salmon nation under the sun / on the edge of fields of granite / seas of grasses / a band undone / and in the flash of the firelight wrapped in blankets we made / when the last lonely embers died they put us all to bed and stole away / you’re alight / you’re alight / our tongues were never tied / the church keys and the ditch weed kept it sanctified / you’re alight / and when you took off for that razor town, well, something in me died / cupping clouds of fireflies / built a home for fireflies / found a name for fireflies
ROSEHILL // down on the street the leaves beneath our feet / the limbs they wind their way into the clouds / clear your eyes / get your stories right / we'll try to find a way to make them shout / light weighs light / to the hand / to the eye / in two places / the bricks are hanging tight / lines and leaves / in the fall the money's cheap / wind is sharper when the distances increase / one by one they sing in unison / calling out our names across the grounds / the sidewalk lines will be our guide tonight / colors faded clothing shuffling on / matty, don't forget this / when it's said and done / put away your pencils / let the sound escape your lungs
GO DANCING // pretty picture soft in the middle / the careless details moved me little / and I could guess it takes an army to wade across this empty room / in the morning high in the shuffle / i called you over feeling rough / and you got the paper / it was written on your face that you were gone / can’t fight the way the way we scattered / i’ll be marking time forever / it was nothing, it was a rifle shot / ask me later, ask me not to betray the time for second chances / as we wait to rearrange / can’t fight the way the way we scattered / i’ll be marking lines forever / cant fight the way the way we scattered / when we thought that fortune was forgetful / you like to say it never mattered / i’ll be marking lines forever / wait you said you’d wait / for a moment or a year / now I’m haunting every hidden sidewalk / just to prove that we were here
MY LOVE WILL NOT LET YOU DOWN // music and lyrics by Bruce Springsteen.
TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT // i’m standing on the quay / but you ain’t running away / on any other day / i’d see it coming to stay / the waves beneath my feet don’t sleep / the ship it sinks it’s sprung a leak / we’re leaving / i’m waiting for my train / but it ain’t coming / not today / try but they abstain / for three days running / from all of this and all of that / the kids along the street compete / concrete beneath my feet so sweet / believe it / throw candy in the streets / and hope they eat / singing foreign anthems / they’ve been handed / to be abandoned / we head up to the lake / we’re on the make / we’ll lay the bait / they’ll take or leave it
COVER RIGHTS // on another day i could make you turn around / and your clothes along the floor / have never said any more / if we’re binding by it / cover rights could take us down / this time / i could build a wire monument / to getting what you want / but with the barter boys all burning clean / i lost the plot and blew it out / it’s what i wanted / and what i wanted / is what i wanted / when you walked away / all the walls were shaking down / and the people at the door / have never seen it before / if we’re binding by it / cover rights could take us down / this time / i could build a marble monument / to hating what you want / cause when the golden girls start stealing things / it makes you try to go without / its what i wanted / and what i wanted / is what i wanted / and we sang da da da