demos, vol. 1

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recorded at various places at various times using various means. intended as a document of the process and a record of the song as an idea - certainly not a finalized version,

all live, one guitar, one vocal.

vol. 2 out before the end of the year. after that, perhaps a trimming, re-arranging, and then some sort of official high-quality release? probably.

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released November 12, 2012

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Track Name: chapels & charnels
do you see the foundation shifting?
tell me what you think you see
im not suggesting we have built upon a graveyard
but you're looking at something when you're looking at me
do you feel the scratching in the floorboards?
like a dog running backwards underneath
when i asked you to open the door
what door do you think i mean?

there's a foreign thing inside us
i've gotta know
could we really be hauling it around
everywhere we go?

from the chapels to the charnels
skeletons
from the closet to the light
from the body separation
skeletons
rising in the night

do you think we are living inside this house
or the other way around?
i'm not suggesting that we tear it all down
lily said its like looking in a mirror
i think i understand that somehow
how could you think that I would ever want to hurt you?

but there's a foreign thing inside me
and i've gotta know
could it really be trying to get out
everywhere i go?

from the chapels to the charnels
skeletons
from the closet to the light
from the body separation
skeletons
rising in the night
Track Name: some new distractions
the tapping begins again
this time behind the clock
flutters like a wounded bird
climbs sideways along the wall
i wonder if it lives here
i wonder if it's scared
i wonder if i am to it what it is to me
and our respective families

cassandra took the car
and lost the kids at school
i take up the radio
try to reinvent the words

work hard work hard work hard
hard work

i am not alone here
i've got to be alone
you can keep a harness tied
in case of some emergency
or some new distractions
if you need me

lily took the hint
and lost herself again
i turn up the radio
as loud as it will go

work hard work hard work hard
hard work
Track Name: some new languages
these things that shift are shadows
tell me again
i've been thinking reasons up to suspect their intent

you were right, i begin,
maybe it's the old space
maybe it's the wind again
but i've been thinking things that don't make sense

like who placed this stone on my tongue?
who placed this stone on my tongue
you did
you taught me these new languages
a swelling tilted melody
a swiftly swinging harmony
it never ends

the sounds that sound are shimmers
like light likes empty corners
like empty words are broken
sound fills out without the meaning

you were quiet
i rescind
maybe it's the house just filling up the spaces
but i've been thinking things and losing them

like who placed this stone on my tongue?
who placed this stone on my tongue
you did
i'll learn to hold it still and sing
songs sung like a sacrilege
round and round its rolling edge
it never ends

watch myself watch myself
Track Name: rooms & radiators
did you hope it would be easier in a new place?
i make beds out of blankets for you to lay
radiate
did you think there was a plot to change?
there is no straight line

you called home in pittsburgh while we picked rooms
drew out plans while the light was good
are you hungry?
did you think there would be more to say?
there is no straight line
Track Name: flit & flutter
wake up sweetheart
the books are being bothersome again
and if they've got something to say
we should listen to them
better never fester or fray
or nest inside the comfort of some light
but billow out like flocks or other shadows of the sky

wake up sweetheart
the pages pressed to restlessness again
may open up a window
and let the sky come into them
better never sit alone and swell
never let the silence still your heart
but flit and flutter
like birds or something like birds in the dark
Track Name: feast & famine
you can call me elephant gun
if i can call you skin trade
you could teach me afrikaans
I could notify the capeside
we've got a new little dutch house
with windows we can look out
you can call me wrecking ball
and you can lay on the foundation
outside

up in the sky
see them, do you see them circling?
buzzards are buzzards for a reason
something has died
is it feast or famine this season?
circling tonight
if you really tried you could call me inside

there's a hunger here
you can feel it your bones
did we let it in
when we opened up the door
when we came home?

look in my eyes
see them, do you see them circling?
buzzards are buzzards for a reason
something has died
is it feast or famine this season?
circling tonight
if you really tried you could call me inside
Track Name: walls & windows
cass says these walls must be made of eyes
on the outside
they steal the light
so i've entered in a staring contest
flat matte black on both sides
open wide

cass says these walls must be made of eyes
she's right

window mouth
wind is breath
we breath out
limbs of grass
spine and stair
concrete leg
a heart lives here
never alone again
Track Name: sometimes the light she leaves
sometimes the light she sits just right
a kind of fog that's cold and clear
when you were young would you have known better than to venture here?
i make a habit of locking my doors
something sure slipped through
spend all night in the attic
if i have to
to face down
what can't exist alone
to give some light a glow
god grant me a brand new home
something I can own

do you think i have a sickness in me?
everything is moving but you don't see

sometimes the light she sits so wrong
a shrinking sullen sort of thing
we should have called it telling
oh, young catastrophe
just own up
what can't exist alone
must exist in me
god grant me something i can see
sometimes the light she leaves
Track Name: taut & tethered
if you doubt it then you doubt
but don't let it go
if you knew it from the start please let me know
if you're weary, if you're tired
just take it slow
if you're screaming into the wind
you're not alone

if you're shook up sorta frightened
by the thunder and the lightning lighting the sky
so am i

will you stay taut & tethered if the walls bleed forever?

if we must paint ourselves in to the windows we will
if we must let the lawn grow high
if we must never turn off the radio
just in case some curious wind passes by
two sets of eyes
we'll get by
Track Name: do you remember cassandra, cassandra?
can we pick it up?
are we still able-bodied?
if the object falls our walls are solid
it could echo out & out forever
our house is sound
and so haunted
rhythms familiar

do you remember cassandra, cassandra?
answer me - do you remember the melody?

we can make it out
tiny sounds faint and frightful
if I should fail our walls are water
the waves crash out & out forever
empty all around
dark & breathless
but something still lives here

do you remember cassandra, cassandra?
answer please - do you remember the melody?
do you remember me?

we can stick it out
so long as we still see it
but when you're gone my walls are nighttime
the lights go out
and out forever