Ghosts of No

by Elysian Fields

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credits

released April 29, 2016

Jennifer Charles – vocals
Oren Bloedow – guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals
Rob Jost – bowed bass (1)
Charysse Sepia Blackman – backing vocals (2,9)
Matt Johnson — drums (2,3,8,11)
Mark Kelley – bass (3,8)
Ed Pastorini – piano (3,6)
Glenn Patscha – piano (4)
Chris Vatalaro — drums (4,6,10)
Adam Minkoff – Beatle bass (6)
Ben Perowsky — e-drums (7,9)
Max Moston – violin (7)
Danton Boller – bass (7) synth (9)
Jeremy Wilms – synth (7) guitar (9)
Thomas Bartlett – keyboards (9)
Dana Lyn - violin (10)
Brittany Anjou – vibes (10)
James Genus – bass (11)

All songs Charles/Bloedow
Voluptuous Mind Music (BMI)
Lux Perpetua Publishing (BMI)


Basic recording:
Marc Alan Goodman at Strange Weather, Brooklyn,
except “Misunderstood” and “Mess Of Mistakes,”
Phil Weinrobe at Figure 8, Brooklyn
Mixed by Mark Plati at Alice’s Restaurant, New York City
Mastered by Tom Durack for tomdurack.net


Photography by WaXenVine (Kim Meinelt + Scott Irvine)
Layout by Lance Scott Walker


Elysian Fields thanks:
Lance, Theresa, Mark and Tom, all the musicians who contributed to this recording and played with us over the years, our family and friends (who both are both), Ojet, Philippe and Guillaume, Scott and Kim, creatures large and small, our listeners, and everyone at The Owl


In memory of Shadow (1993–2015)
and David Robert Jones (1947–2016)

@elysianfieldsny ∞ www.elysianmusic.com

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Track Name: Bird In Your House
Someone once told me what it means
When a bird comes into your house
Is it an omen
Is it a curse
Oh I can’t recall, can’t recall
But in this little story
That’s just what occurred
A strange bird who flew in from afar
She circled the eaves as if she couldn’t decide
Weaving in and out of the window
Finally she settled for a short time
On the south side by the torn curtain
The race of her breast, the twitch of her head
Suggested that she could be hurting
But what can you do for a strange little soul
Whose language isn’t your own
Then she started to sing, sing the strangest things
Of a life, a life that was borrowed
And you heard about things
That you couldn’t believe
Still you needed to hear every song
What does it mean, what does it mean
When a bird comes into your house
What does it mean, what does it mean
When a bird comes into your house
She flew up the chimney, beating her wings
A sound ever so unsettling
A few moments later she just brushed your head
Round and round the rafters she flew
And you sat so still, holding your breath
And told your heart to stop beating
She swooped down, then there she was
Perched in your hand, there she was
She swooped down, then there she was
Perched in your hand, there she was
Her feathers were filthy
Like a cape of dust
But she smelled of almonds and earth
You could see flecks of blue shimmering through
A strange little bird, there she was
Oh did you ever hold a bird in your hand
A hand where she happened to land
Someone once told me what it’s worth
But I can’t recall, can’t recall
I can’t recall, can’t recall
Track Name: Rosy Path
Why you gotta leave me
In the shallows baby
Had an understanding of what follows, baby
I’ll lead you down the rosy path
All that we wish will come to pass
Don’t overthink it and don’t blink
It’s all happening
Silently I’m keeping
All these secrets, baby
Offshore banking, the perfect setting baby
I’ll lead you down the rosy path
All that we wish will come to pass
Don’t overthink it and don’t blink
It’s all happening
As elusive and far as an ancient meteor
How will I ever guess
Where you choose to fall
You showered me in light
A mirror to the night
So come down on me
Way down on me
I could paint a picture
But that’s too easy baby
Quoting mighty scripture
What’s that proving baby
I’ll lead you down the rosy path
All that you wish will come to pass
Don’t overthink it and don’t blink
It’s all happening
Track Name: The Animals Know
Taking a ride in the country
I don’t mind going slowly
The smell of grass and trees
And dancing leaves tickling my nose
I love a skunk by the roadside
When he’s warning off his foes
Intoxicating, heady arousal
The animals know
And when I pass a reservoir
I play out a little fantasy
No man exists, not even me
A time before discovery
And the clouds set me free again
As they aimlessly drifting
Nowhere to be
No one to see
The animals know
Maybe I’m never coming back
On these country roads
I might lose my track
On these country roads
I might erase my tracks
Spider balanced on the Queen’s lace
Butterfly sipping from a pond
Oh how we breathe the mystery
The animals know
Maybe I’m never coming back
On these country roads
I might lose my track
On these country roads
I might erase my tracks
Track Name: Cost Of Your Soul
Are you afraid
Afraid of the dark
You’re taking a dip
And one slip
You’re swimming with sharks
Before my eyes
Words, they are swimming
If you won’t
There’s someone else who’s willing
And the view
From high up can be thrilling
You and I could surely make a killing
Won’t you sign please
Ignore the conditions
The cost of your soul is the cost of admission
I followed a word
The word of the seasons
She whispers endure
But gives me no reason
A one way trip
Can just get you so far
The tissue has hardened and stiffened
Turning to thick scar
How can I
How I can lead them?
Dragging a stone up a hill
Ain’t much to believe in
So I keep pushing
Some call it ambition
The cost of your soul is the cost of admission
If there was a town
For roaming outliers
I’d be cutting a rug with you, babe
Instead of these wires
There once was a star
That dreamed of flotation
Slept in a wine dark sea of lower sensation
God bless the trees
God bless the branches
Spread your message beyond invisible dances
Hiding your roots below ground
Don’t take no chances
And that star had a premonition
The cost of your soul is the cost of admission
Track Name: Crossrail Drive
If I was a fly, on a frog, in the sky, on a pad
On a lake of olden
Days I would count
Days I would grow
Days I would call for mother
Starve the night
Hope for light
Brother and I
How heavy our eyelids
Cold in the sun
It’s cold in the sun
We can’t undo what has been done
Even now, scratches soft
The traps in my head
And the roof lifts off
Off with their heads
Can’t stay in bed
Sick of counting cars
Is she never coming home
For her babies
Ghosts of no
Fragments show
Hunted by the creek in Burke, Virginia
I want to be touched
I want to be moved
I want to be felt and feeling
Here’s where I’ll die
Here is where I’ll die
Won’t you help me
To reach the sky
Track Name: Higher Power
You’re just the proof
All boys aren’t created equal
I’ll build a church around your holy steeple
I give myself to a higher power
It’s nature, opening this flower
It’s nature opening this flower
Sleepwalking clouds
Fade in and out of being
Recall a sun
Of coral endless dreaming
I give myself to a higher power
It’s nature opening this flower
It’s nature, opening this flower
Far away, a morning star
Undresses light and caresses
Castaway breezes
Pledge themselves to dark tresses
A cape of snow
On branches pale and leaning
Dance to their death
Encrypting deeper meanings
Forces collide
Become a supernova
Like birds, we glide
All emerald seas of clover
I give myself to a higher power
It’s nature
Opening this flower
Track Name: Misunderstood
When I take an interest
Don’t call it a hobby
My mouth is clairvoyant
So you’d better absolve me
Can’t you see baby
You don’t understand me
’Cause I’m misunderstood
Don’t tangle your britches
When dealing with witches
We’re just misunderstood
Misunderstood
They say I’ve got tough love
But I can be tender
So thankless, tough love
If it’s broke, I can mend her
When measuring potions
It’s all about doses
Too much can be poison
Inducing psychosis
Can’t you see baby
You don’t understand me
’Cause I’m misunderstood
Don’t tangle your britches
When dealing with witches
We’re just misunderstood
Misunderstood
Track Name: The Magician
Oh you’re some kind of conjurer
To summon me from the ether
Now what you gonna do with me
Suddenly you’ve got your hands full
The world comes to a standstill
The moon could be a spotlight
As she trains her cool white hot light
In our veins
Shining her wild and strange approval
I’m more than a handful
Transformed into an animal
Electrified by the charge
Wildlife at large
His wrists twist
The silk whorls
A white dove unfurls
The wand taps
The charm cast
The future encased in the past
Oh you’re some kind of conjurer
To summon me from the ether
You know me
First in line to be sawed in half
Sacrifice the golden calf
There is dazzle in that staff
On whose tip electrons dance
Sleepwalking in a trance
Sleepwalking in a trance
Sleepwalking in a trance
Track Name: Mess Of Mistakes
Don’t you wanna get through the night
Something said for sleeping
Instead you choose to fight
And I’m catching the chill
Off this windowpane
Pelted left and right with your acid rain
It’s going to take a mess of mistakes to get off
And I can’t afford
To trip on my sword or get lost
Someone’s in the doghouse
Show some puppy love
You know it could be our house
In there lies the rub
And you’re annihilated by the smallest thing
Cause secretly all you want to do is sing
It’s going to take a mess of mistakes to get off
And I can’t afford to piss off the Lord anymore
Once again I’m sorry
Something that I said
Now we’re both exhausted
Wishing we was dead
The fact there’s life so beautiful makes it worse
When we’re lost to the sun
Like we’re under a curse
Can I get a timeout
Can I call a truce
Say this is a tryout
Just a wild deuce
Cause I’m getting better all the time
Pretty soon these little ducks
Are gonna stand in line
It’s going to take a mess of mistakes to get off
And I can’t afford to trip on my sword or get lost
It’s going to take a mess of mistakes
Track Name: Elysian Fields
You’re the window of the ocean
The breath of the wood
With no waste away and no yesterday
No bad and no good
You’re the eighth wonder of the world
The only kind of sight to see
Took a taste, like I was fed a pearl
Filled me to eternity
Eternity moves like an invisible train
Moving the sidewalks
Floating the rain
Sweet seed of beauty oh how she yields
In Elysian Fields
Elysian Fields
Now I’m walking, oh so slowly
Like I’ll never arrive
It’s the only way of being
Forever alive
You’re the eighth wonder of the world
The only kind of sight to see
Luxuriate in every wild curl
Every new design she brings
In every design she’s painting your fate
She will unfold, she will dilate
Sweet seed of beauty oh how she yields
In Elysian Fields
Elysian Fields
The piano player knows all your numbers
And waking is sweeter, sweeter than slumber
You’ve culled a light from a lifeless stone
You’re not alone, you’re not alone
There is no death, there is no form
Only the source you’ve known all along
Sweet seed of beauty oh how she yields
In Elysian Fields
Elysian Fields
Track Name: Shadow Of The Living Light
I did not rush to be seen
Floating in mother’s warm dark sea
Endlessly
My resistance wore down on a Friday
Near noon
Piercing the light too soon
Too soon
Mostly not visible but to the air
Mostly not visible but to the air
I met the world slowly
Slowly
Thought I was a stowaway
Caressed me into being
For nearly nothing
Thought I was a stowaway
Guess I was a stowaway
Mostly not visible but to the air
Shadow of the living light
Shadow of the living light