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released June 9, 2017

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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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Track Name: Pretty Things
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
Track Name: Shark Smile
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
Track Name: Capacity
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
Track Name: Watering
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

Track Name: Coma
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?
Track Name: Great White Shark
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

(break)

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
Track Name: Mythological Beauty
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 
Track Name: Objects
(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
Track Name: Haley
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 
Track Name: Mary
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
Track Name: Black Diamonds
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