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Masterpiece

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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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Track Name: Little Arrow
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 
Track Name: Masterpiece
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
Track Name: Vegas
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
Track Name: Real Love
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
Track Name: Interstate
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 
Track Name: Lorraine
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
Track Name: Paul
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 
Track Name: Humans
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
Track Name: Velvet Ring
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
Track Name: Animals
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
Track Name: Randy
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?
Track Name: Parallels
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