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by Big Thief

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1.
matthew please do not regret  with your silk in my hand and your heart in my sweat as you’re lighting the end of my last cigarette i will warm you warm you
 these things that lonely ones do  baby that's what i’m here for i’ll take care and make all your  wishes come true, if you want to do you want to?
 don’t take me for a fool there’s a woman inside of me there’s one inside of you too
 there is a meeting in my thighs where in thunder and lightning, men are baptized In their anger and fighting, their deceit and lies i’ve got lips like sugar lips like sugar
 holding my wrists to the bed he was thrusting and moaning, and pressing his head to my temple  his head was a temple i said you’ve got lips like sugar lips like sugar
 don’t take me for a fool there’s a woman inside of me there’s one inside of you too and she don’t always do pretty things
2.
Shark Smile 03:58
she was a shark smile in a yellow van she came around and i stole her glance in my youth, a vampire evelyn shown quiet as roses sting
 it came over me at a bad time, but who wouldn’t ride on a moonlight line? i had her in my eye, 85 down the road of a dead end gleam
 she said woo baby take me i said woo  baby take me too
 it came over her at a bad time, riding through Winona down the dotted line she held us, gunning out 90 miles down the road of a dead end dream she looked over with her part smile, caught up in the twinkle it could take awhile and the money pile on the dashboard, fluttering
 as she said woo baby take me i said woo baby take me too
 evelyn’s kiss was oxygen,  i leaned over to take it in as we went howling through the edge of south des moines  it came over me at a bad time, she burned over the double line and she impaled as i reached my hand for the guard rail, the guard rail, the guard rail 
 she said woo baby, take me i said woo baby take me too
3.
Capacity 03:51
flight is a beautiful word flowered with consonance that’s what i'll followed  forever
 i am a beautiful bird fluttered and floating swollen and hollowed for heaven
 do what you want with me lost in your captivity learning capacity for make believing everything is really hanging on 
 slipping away from the party totally vacant everyone gone from their bodies
 you were outside kissing another she was a friend of mine i was surprised to discover
 i wrapped my arms around her she was a beautiful figure there are no enemies we’re make believing everything is really hanging on
 there is a castle that stands  high in the canyon the blue knights are crying together
 a Child is holding my hand she is directing, the red crystal pine with a feather
 do what you want with me lost in your captivity learning capacity for make believing everything is really hanging on really hanging on really hanging on
4.
Watering 03:22
He followed me home again and his eyes were watering his eyes were watering like a child
 i made believe for him that my blood was dripping,  my blood was dripping into his mouth
 screaming screaming
 he cut off my oxygen and my eyes were watering  as he tore into my skin  like a lion
 i knew it was poison as he filled me to the brim  my blood was dripping like a lamb
 screaming screaming screaming
 leave your bedroom light on i live to watch you undress and you know that i’m there as you soak in my stare with your right arm
 come to me come to me come come  to me

5.
Coma 03:39
he brought her in to get out to get out he kissed her skin to get off to get off
 you can wake up now momma  from your protective coma when you wake up you wake up
 you won’t recognize your house you won’t recognize your house will you recognize the iris of the body? you won’t recognize your house you won’t recognize your house will you recognize the iris of the body? you won’t recognize your house you won’t recognize your house will you recognize the iris of the body?
6.
Mercury, creeping on the sea how she wails, flails her arms and weeps accumulation of debris
 lips apart flapping as a lark for in the dark there is release
 every familiarity scarce as the great white shark
 O to build walls with golden gills spike in hand high above the sand to kill the sanctuary every mile that is owned only stands still by the grace of the stone
 look daughter and owl listen to her howl i howled when you were born through me and you’re alive with a breath you can’t see all by the grace of this dream
7.
you have a mythological beauty you have the eye of someone i have seen outside of ordinary situations even outside of dreams
 you lie in bed at night and watch the lines of headlights through your screen there is a child inside you who is trying to raise the child in me
 if you wanna leave you just have to say you’re all caught up inside but you know the way
 you cut the flesh of your left thumb using your boyfriend's knife seventeen you took his come and you gave birth to your first life
 you gave andrew a family who you thought could love and take better care i have an older brother i don't know he could be anywhere
 if you wanna leave you just have to say you’re all caught up inside but you know the way you’re all caught up inside but you know the way
 rented a house in niswah, minnesota, shrapnel, and oil cans, rhubarb in the yard i built a ladder out of metal pieces  father was working hard
 standing beneath the oak tree by the front door you were inside baking bread sister came out and put her arms around me blood gushing from my head you held me in the backseat with a dishrag soaking up blood with your eye I was just 5 and you were 27 praying don't let my baby die
 if you wanna leave you just have to say you’re all caught up inside but you know the way you’re all caught up inside but you know the way
 so much more to live your life to walk the floor to say goodnight  to leave your light on do you leave you light on?
 you’re all caught up inside but you know the way 
8.
Objects 02:42
(in the mirror are closer than they appear)
 old volcanoes melting love is overwhelming  letting your insides out
 blind altercation open invitation breaking your guard down
 no ordinary measurement
 you turn your own light on you turn your own light on inside of me closer the farther you’ve gone stronger the harder you fall in front of me
 walking through your garden  pulling up the garlic getting our hands dirty
 kissing on the vampires kissing on the werewolves we have no enemies
 no ordinary measurement
 you turn your own light on you turn your own light on inside of me closer the farther you’ve gone stronger the harder you fall in front of me
9.
Haley 03:32
just like that she is i mean we are, we are gone for good   for closing my eye too soon missed the room old magpie it just passed me through
 oh when it gets you down when you get that notion any way you walk around anywhere that you are going if you ever wanna come back you know my arms are always open 
 just like how it used to be haley kicking around burying letters we wrote wondering what yours might have said to me mine went there are the geese over the trail we have the open road
 oh when it gets you down when you get that notion any way you walk around anywhere that you are going if you ever wanna come back you know my arms are always open 
 just like that he’s holding my hand redirect, rearrange, bringing the moon to land oh when it gets you down when you get that notion if you ever wanna come back you know my arms are always open 
10.
Mary 05:30
burn up with the water  floods around the plains the planets in a rose who knows what they contain and my brain is like an orchestra playing on insane will you love me like you loved me in the january rain
 mom and dad and violins somber country silence the needle stopped the kicking the clothes pins on the floor and my heart is playing hide and seek wait and count to four will you love me like you loved me and i’ll never ask for more
 what did you tell me mary when you were there so sweet and very  full of field and stars you carried all of time oh and heavens when you looked at me your eyes were like machinery your hands were making artifacts in the corner of my mind monastery monochrome boom balloon machine and oh diamond rings and gutter bones marching up the mountain with our  aching planning high and smiling cheap drink dark and violent full of butterflies the violent tenderness the sweet asylum the clay you find is fortified we felt unfocused fade the line the sugar rush the constant hush the pushing of the water gush the marching band when april ran may june bugs fly and push your old gin jacob with the tired wirey brandy look here we go round mary in your famous story book
 we overcome the sirens we look both left and right i can feel the numbness accompany my plight and i know that someday soon i’ll see you Though now you’re out of sight and you’ll kiss me like you used to in the january night
 what did you tell me mary when you were there so sweet and very  full of field and stars you carried all of time oh and heavens when you looked at me your eyes were like machinery your hands were making artifacts in the corner of my mind monastery monochrome boom balloon machine and oh diamond rings and gutter bones marching up the mountain with our  aching planning high and smiling cheap drink dark and violent full of butterflies the violent tenderness the sweet asylum the clay you find is fortified we felt unfocused fade the line the sugar rush the constant hush the pushing of the water gush the marching band when april ran may june bugs fly and push your old gin jacob with the tired wirey brandy look here we go round mary in your famous story book
11.
so much coming in  I do not know where to begin i just follow the lead you're pulling  and i get lost in your trail
 so much more to tell you just ask me if i’m doing well i do not know, what the hell i just swallow hard
 in your eyes (black diamonds) i could die (black diamonds) in your eyes (black diamonds) i could die i wake up in a cold sweat on the ceiling terrified of what your love’s revealing 
 so much you can see  should i let you make a woman of me should i let you take the mystery from me see the inside of my room at night
 sometimes you will find things i did not know how to leave behind i’ve been grappling with my own mind stuck inside a jail
 in your eyes (black diamonds) i could die (black diamonds) in your eyes (black diamonds) i could die i wake up in a cold sweat on the ceiling terrified of what your love’s revealing 
 the cold of winter warms my blood  and he’s hot like a bed of steel finds his peace of mind in the rivers and the whippoorwill i could follow close behind and then slowly disappear but i could never leave him i could never leave him i could never leave him i could never leave him
 in your eyes (black diamonds) i could die (black diamonds) in your eyes (black diamonds) i could die i wake up in a cold sweat on the ceiling
 so much more to do come on let me make a man out of you i can gather you and you tell the truth you can cry inside my arms like a baby you can cry inside my arms like a child you can cry  you can cry  cry cry

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released June 9, 2017

2017 Saddle Creek

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Listening to Big Thief is like the feeling of looking at a dog and suddenly marveling that it is like you but very not like you; when you are accustomed to looking at a dog and thinking 'dog', watching Big Thief is like forgetting the word 'dog' and looking at that naked animal and getting much closer to it and how different it is to you. ... more

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