owlbirdah

by jesse thom

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released 11 December 2013
writ, recorded, produced by jesse thom

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Track Name: sling & the stone
lyrics:

the braid-house unwound
he said "it all works out in the end."
heard the windows shatter
and out came oliver glen
he’s a true sharp shooter
quick with the sling and the stone
he’s hurled the stars over our heads
ain’t it fine how this night sky has glown?

up in the air and right through the shutters
letting the breeze weave through our sleeping town
nothing to fear, run wide and take cover
we won’t stop till the moon is down

like a prairie candle
he threw up the sun full of fire
that day in alberta
we never felt so alive
it was the middle of summer
the streets sizzled in the rain
he turned to me
said “when you see this
you’ll never miss that life again.”

up in the air and right through the shutters
letting the breeze move in, touch the people there
oliver glen with the grin of a lover
he won’t stop till we breathe air

breathe, so breathe
down in the cage we bloom
the stars are like holes
letting the air come in the room
Track Name: marrow
lyrics:

we wake to winter plains and frozen mud
dreams swimming 'round our brains, an endless flood
sun reaching warm and strong, the touch of love
your heart, an organ song filled with blood
outside those balsam leaves cover our pathways with decay
our breath, like couldron heat,
steams our life visible inside the light of day.

walking our sleds over the gravel and snow
so many faces but you're the one that i know
climb to the hilltop, get ready to go
push off the edge i shout "look out below"
eyes closed wind rushing in
down we slide with you beside me friend
and when i look again
you're gone and i'm alone,
and that's when i begin to sing
Track Name: grain elevator
lyrics:

on the first day
of that life
i woke up
just after a rainstorm
the sun hitting
the wet ground
and every reflection
said fly man fly
home

i’ll go west
when I die
no last goodbyes
now you’re gone
and here I cry

grain elevator
and a setting ball of fire
burning, we go on, on on on
even though we’re tired
even though we're tired

on the first day of that life i woke up just after a rain storm
driving down the trans can with my hands at 10 and 2 o’clock
on a rubber wheel
the sun hitting wet pavement.

clouds are only grey until they empty themselves
and a tribe of ancient monkeys
sit in mystical hot tubs
somewhere in the depths of japan

grain elevator
and a setting ball of fire
burning, we go on, on on on
even though we’re tired
even thought we're tired
Track Name: ten little fingers (hinton, ab)
lyrics:

you, you and the moon, you and the moonlight, you and moon
shelter, no need for shelter, there is no shelter needed here
sound, nothing but wind, sound of the wind, cold on your skin
and there - in you is silence, nothing but silence in you now

darkness all around, darkness, broken by starlight overhead
twinkle – no, more like a shiver, stars seem to shiver, spit and spin
one tumbling down, star falling down, wonder where it goes.
fingers – feeling our fingers, ten little fingers, and ten toes.

distance, town in the distance, hinton alberta, crown of soil
we have walked through these wheat fields, walked out to witness what we’re shown
in houses, i know, people are there, gazing from windows
and fingers – they have those fingers, ten little fingers and ten toes.
Track Name: 100 stories
lyrics:

kneeling now
my hands touch down
feel the underground

feet move round
my huddled figure
in the crowd

here I am
with you my darkling
so alone

feel your thunder
heartbeat startling
blood and bone

gather ancient
saints down on
whyte avenue

christ, this body’s
taken - didn’t you
hear the news?

edmonton
your city streets
are open veins

all horses to
the pavement boys
we flow again

again, again, these open veins are flowing

falling from one hundred stories
(all falling, all falling all falling down)
singing, every bird in flight