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1.
Little Arrow 01:58
go little arrow shoot like a wave through the tongue of the taro bloom every morning the water, the pepper,  the egg warming still play that old reel from every angle pushing the baby  the blood, the tangle old light leaking  is it, could it, was it dreaming? still play that old reel still play that old reel 
2.
Masterpiece 03:50
years, days, makes no difference to me babe you look exactly the same to me ain't no time, crossing your legs inside the diner raising the coffee to your lips, the steam you saw the masterpiece, she looks a lot like you wrapping her left arm around your right ready to walk you through the night you whispered to a restless ear, "can you get me out of here? this place smells like piss and beer, can you get me out?" you were asking me, how to get you free i only know the recipe to roam you saw the masterpiece, she looks a lot like you wrapping her left arm around your right ready to walk you through the night old stars, filling up my throat you gave them to me when i was born, now they're coming out laying there on the hospital bed your eyes were narrow, blue and red you took a draw of breath and said to me you saw the masterpiece, she looks a lot like me wrapping my left arm around your right ready to walk you through the night old friends, old mothers, dogs and brothers there's only so much letting go you can ask someone to do so i'll keep you by my side, i will not give you to the tide i'll even walk you in my stride, marie  cause i saw the masterpiece, she looks a lot like you wrapping your left arm around my right ready to walk me through the night
3.
Vegas 02:19
holed up in vegas for only one week and I caught you tongue and cheek by the side of the road of an automobile expo turned up the volume and you started to weep and I thought you a lamb even in the sigh of a headlight sea your tears were salty ocean you opened up the engine and listened to it sing and I called you a lamb you knew your daddy until you were thirteen  and then he took his leave for the likes of the land and the far off salty ocean  we shook our bodies and we started to scream  and I asked you again tell me when we grow up do we ever go home? you said home becomes the highway we ordered movies on a motel screen until you needed me warm inside of your mouth  and my skin was salty ocean  and then you recommended I'm a woman to keep
4.
Real Love 04:17
having a bad week? let me touch your cheek i will always love you having your face hit having your lip split  by the one who loves you real love, real love real love makes your lungs black  real love is a heart attack  showing your mother to any other, letting them touch her looking up to her, watching her do her makeup and hair  real love, real love real love makes your lungs black real love is a heart attack cry like a bird, fly like a baby mamma got drunk and daddy went crazy if your speech slurs, if you feel shaky, meet me out back i'll be there waiting  riding in the back seat watching the spit fly and the hummingbird cry o mamma, o papa o mamma, o papa how much blood is worth the draw? real love, real love real love makes your lungs black real love is a heart attack hummingbird watching watching her young thing  grow up so fast  looking up to her watching her do her makeup and hair
5.
Interstate 03:24
though you let her down you don't need to carry what's far from here is not so scary though you cannot see her you don't have to worry she needs your hand though your eyes are blurry she is getting thin you are growing gray and white and you don't know how to tell her as you say goodnight  interstate, poison freeway takes you down the line you could go back in time  you could hold her close  at night in your slumber  dream her as a child when you loved her mother  now you're in her house she is smiling in a dress she is now a woman you are just a guest  interstate, poison freeway takes you down the line you could go back in time 
6.
Lorraine 01:53
when I saw the first time, the thunder came crashing  your new blue eyeliner caught my distraction  and like we were two lovers forming from friction your mouth caught my ear with such perfect diction and there I let you tie my hands back and take me o lorraine on a saturday morning  o lorraine with your soft, burning hands we fell asleep in the back of the warehouse i woke to you kneading and covering my mouth and like we were hummingbirds screaming at ravens you started to move me from fact into fable and there I let you take me under the table o lorraine on a saturday morning  o lorraine with your soft, burning hands
7.
Paul 03:03
oh the last time I saw paul  i was horrible and almost let him in but I stopped and caught the wall  and my mouth got dry so all I did was take him for a spin yeah we hopped inside my car  and I drove in circles 'round the freight train yard  and he turned the headlights off  then he pulled the bottle out  then he showed me what was love i'll be your morning bright goodnight shadow machine i'll be your record player baby if you know what i mean  i'll be your real tough cookie with the whiskey breath i'll be a killer and a thriller and the cause of our death in the blossom of the months  i was sure that i'd get driven off with thought so I swallowed all of it,  as I realized there was no one who could kiss away my shit  i'll be your morning bright goodnight shadow machine i'll be your record player baby if you know what i mean  i'll be your real tough cookie with the whiskey breath i'll be a killer and a thriller and the cause of our death paul, i know you said that you'd take me any way i came or went but i'll push you from my brain see, you're gentle baby  i couldn't stay, i'd only bring you pain i was your starry-eyed lover and the one that you saw i was your hurricane rider and the woman you'd call  we were just two moonshiners on the cusp of a breath and i've been burning for you baby since the minute I left 
8.
Humans 03:23
humans in the honest light love is a cold infection alright why in the morn of one bad night do i fight your touch like a fever human man you loosen my mind loosen my hand from the beckoning knife  how in the fortress of your eye  do you lay me down a believer? i can't see me i can't see you i can't see me i can't see you i can't see me i can't see you i can't see me i can't see you i’m fooling my heart fooling my heart i’m fooling my heart fooling my heart
9.
Velvet Ring 02:35
shoved in the kitchen of a city tomb the light would flicker like a violent womb the night was thicker than a smokey fume liza waited in the room benny loved her like he loved no one the way she’d laugh and hold a smoking gun the way she always said what’s done is done and he was not the only one love is a gentle thing yours is thicker than a velvet ring  yours is thicker than a velvet ring a victim healer with a sharp sharp blade benny knew how she was getting paid her water broke and they would have to wade when he knew that she was fooling he faced the mirror to avoid the thing said we’re outta money and we sold the bling and i just wanna take you home, i just wanna take you home love is a gentle thing yours is thicker than a velvet ring  yours its thicker than a velvet ring and i am wandering i am wandering
10.
Animals 02:59
the animals are wonderful such a vision in the sun, how they lay low i catch my breath and count my dough and i only live to run and i need to go you and i were born with the same design  nothing in the world will make you make your mind up oh me she always knew, she’ll always know that i loved her oh so well, but i need to go
11.
Randy 03:09
oh randy leave it up to me i'll pour the water if you bring the tree nothing looks that real to me i only see two or three colors what's it like to breathe in find a friend and gather with him? i'm a wolf in a city of women you only know the light is on will you plant that sycamore baby? i'll watch it grow from the second floor  i haven't left the house much lately and you don't come around here anymore and all those lovers in their velvet gowns i wanna take that trip uptown will you tell them to let me out when you can see the light is on? found a horse hair in my food there's a raccoon in my room there are bluejays all in bloom all along the cement floor randy, they say i've gone insane so could you take me dancing in the pouring rain? you don't know me but you know my name will you say it till the light is gone?
12.
Parallels 04:23
don't i make you feel alive? don't i give you a good home? in a way i know you're always by my side but today i think i've always been a long way one hand to keep me warm one hand to hold my chin to be inside your arms, it's all i'm asking caterpillar on the floor can you teach me to transform i'll step right in and cocoon 'til i’m born  and I can't say that i'll miss my human form much  one hand to keep me warm one hand to hold my chin to be inside your arms it's all i'm asking i see all parallels i see all parallels  i see all parallels  i see all parallels

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released May 27, 2016

guitar and vocals - adrianne lenker
lead guitar and vocals - buck meek
bass - max oleartchik
drums - jason burger
all songs written by adrianne lenker
"i like a truck" by matteo spaccarelli
produced & mixed by andrew sarlo
engineered & additional production by james krivchenia
mastered by sarah register
recorded july 1st-12th on lake champlain in essex, ny
album design by jadon ulrich
inner panel photos by andrew sarlo

special thanks to brian arnold, kedar belhe, mike bloch, treva & bob burger, richard grabel, armand hirsch, aaron huff, henning koczy, jennifer, adam, & matthew lee, john & cara lenker, zoë lenker, bonnie mcgill, valerie & bill meek, bob moses, chris, mike, & nick mourton, robb nansel, diana & alon oleartchik, nicole roeder, jim romeo, jesse scheinin & family, steven spaccarelli, mitch stewart, luke temple, austin vaughn, & marilou vetter.

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Big Thief Brooklyn, New York

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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