Bum Raps & Love Taps

by Elysian Fields

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released January 1, 2005

Recorded by Joe Blainey and Bryce Goggin
Mixed by Bryce Goggin (1,3,4,5,7,9) and Joe Blainey (2,6,8)
Assisted by Miles, Adam and Anthony at Joe Music, Trout and Avatar
Mastered by Howie Weinberg
Cover photo: Michael Ackerman courtesy of Kerrigan Campbell Art + Projects
Design: Chippy (Heung-Heung Chin)

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Track Name: Lions In The Storm
Can I come, Angel,
Can I come with you?
You're a saint, I never was, Angel,
So I follow you, I follow
Lions in the storm
The kingdom has come
Waiting to be born
We don't have to run
Already worlds away, away
Where we roam, Angel
They can't confine
When you whisper 'Jennifer', oh,
You're mine, you're mine
My necklace of stars
I can see in the dark
Silence speaking in tongues
Lions in the storm
Holding their own
Sky is coming undone
The hunt has begun
But I'm unafraid
Lions in the storm
The kingdom has come
Waiting to be born
We don't have to run
Already worlds away
Worlds away
Already worlds away
Already worlds away
Already worlds away
Track Name: Set The Grass On Fire
I'm gonna tell your fortune
I'm gonna raise the dead
I'm gonna make a motion
I'm gonna screw your head
I'm gonna whip that fountain
I'm gonna break you free
I'm gonna scale that mountain
I'm gonna make you me
And we'll set the grass on fire
As our rocket ship shoots to the sky
Leave the humans far behind us
Humans never learn to fly
I see you've quite a lifeline
I'll try it on for size
I'm gonna build a pipeline
Directly through your eyes
You aint gonna get off easy
We'll slip through space and time
Cuz you're the only one that sees me
I'm yours and you are mine
And we'll set the grass on fire
As our rocket ship shoots to the sky
Leave the humans far behind us
Humans never learn to fly
And we'll set the grass on fire
As our rocket ship shoots to the sky
Leave the humans far behind us
Humans never learn to fly
Track Name: Sharpening Skills
I've been alone in this dream, alone
But something told me to let you in
I crawl in and out of this hole
The ground was thawing beneath the din
I've smoldered this dream for so long
My hope was fisted, long gone
Now we're sharpening our finest skills
Preparing to meet the maker
Violet black night is still
Swim through the stars now waking
I know you will
I was armed with a file but I failed
And then you showed me the secret door
I left the dank of my jail
A seed that sowed me to the core
I fumbled this dream for so long
The sky had misted, long gone
Now we're sharpening our finest skills
Preparing to meet the maker
Violet black night is still
Follow me to a land called naked
I know you will
Sharpening our finest skills
Preparing to meet the maker
Violent black night is still
Swim through the stars now waking
I know you will
I know you will
Track Name: Duel With Cudgels
Got to be buried right up to the knee
No knife in your pocket, no trick up your sleeve
Keeping my hair done until I'm replaced
Back in the playpen with drool on my face
Facing off, figuring
I'm gonna quit this scene
Though you think it's a scream
Nothing is seen
And I'll never be seen
See ya later
Got to be buried right up to the knee
And no one can run, and no one concedes
Blood smells like November
Bones splinter and crack
A duel to the death as the forest turns black
Falling off of the screen
I'm gonna quit this scene
Though you think it's a scream
Nothing is seen
And I'll never be seen
See ya later
I'm gonna quit this scene
Though you think it's a scream
Nothing is seen
And I'll never be seen
See ya later
Track Name: Lame Lady Of The Highways
She'll get you off your crutches
Though she's crawling on the floor
I bet you didn't notice her finger
Mangled in the door
She'll whisper oh so sweetly
You deserve to be adored
Oh who could ask for more
Who could ask for more
Our lame lady of the highways
A siren is how she cries
Bleeding in every direction
Singing you lullabies
So once again you're walkin'
Now you're walkin' out the door
In the corner of your eye
You thought she was a sty
Now everything is crystal
And you need to be adored
Oh who could ask for more
Who could ask for more
Our lame lady of the highways
A siren is how she cries
Bleeding in every direction
Singing you lullabies
You got whiplash
She'll take some of that
Hot car crash
She'll take some of that
You got wheelin'
Double dealin'
She'll give you good feeling
She's building you like a pyramid
You can only do what your Daddy did
You don't have to look if she's ugly now
'Cause you never loved her anyhow
She piles them up
Spit in her loving cup
She drinks it down
Won't make a sound
It's all around
It's all around
It's vanity
And ecstasy
It's gonna drop its weight
Asphyxiate
Weight bearing down
Weight bearing down
Our lame lady of the highways
A siren is how she cries
Bleeding in every direction
Singing you lullabies
Track Name: When
When I am drifting in my dream
I love you
When I wake and nothing's what it seemed
I love you
When the final midnight's poised to stroke
I love you
And all of the looking glasses broke
When all of the aces have been drawn
I love you
When your king is cornered by my pawn
I love you
When you are asleep and so defenseless
I love you
When this wicked world has turned against us
Even though we didn't kiss goodbye
I love you
When there are no tears in me to cry
When the willows weeping with desire
When the furthest cold and distant planet catches fire
Tear at the sky, haunted by windows
Those are the eyes
Always searching never seeing souls are sailing slowly lonely
When they've got our names down on a list
I love you
When I am recalling our first kiss
When you distracted and remote
I love you
When there is no voice left in my throat
When the rains a re spilling from the sky
I love you
When the thirsty riverbeds are dry
I love you
Though you never asked me to be yours
When the wild and restless waves are crashing on the shore
Tear at the sky crowded by windows
Those are the eyes
Always searching never seeing souls are sailing slowly lonely
When you are million miles away
I love you
When we've dropped our lines from this mad play
I love you
Though the longest battle is not won
I love you
When the stage is dark, the people gone
When my soul no longer takes this form
And you hear me singing in the storm
Track Name: Out To Sea
I'm blowing further away
This storm is gaining force
Now it's tripping the waves
How can I test this water
The stars have their say
I shouldn't admit this but my heart starts to stray
I've tasted white light, willows weeping
I've tasted love songs, angels sleeping
Fever's breaking wild waves, leaves are raking
I pray to the saint of all that's lost
And in the finding curse uncrossed
Wait for the sun to come undone
Signaling me out to sea
I've tasted Saturn, seagulls screaming
I've tasted shotguns, apostles dreaming
Fever's breaking, wild waves, legs are shaking
I pray to the saint of all that's lost
And in the finding curse uncrossed
Wait for the sun to come undone
Signaling me
Out to sea
Out to sea
Out to sea
Track Name: Bum Raps & Love Taps
Teardrop on your cheek
How many woes you speak
You've been alone for so long
When did you forget your song?
When was your last kiss?
How many lovers will you miss?
You're tired and you're lonely now
You don't have to be lonely now
Time will not wait
Though you pushed it aside
Don't be afraid
Oh, faded bride
Little bird out on a limb
It's getting cold out
And I can't invite you in
Better not hold out
Better fly away from here
And leave behind your fear
Nothing is certain now
And no one can show you how
Faith you couldn't brave
Finally you've been betrayed
Oh, this dark wave
Knocked you down and swept you away
And the old 78 is skipping
Better be there when the band starts playing
Oh ruined maid
All the love you couldn't save
Now it's getting late
Slip softly into starlight
Time to turn away
They've been waiting on the other side
Don't be afraid
Slip softly into starlight
Starlight
Track Name: We're In Love
Turn the voices way down
Finally admitting what you hear
Shadows are trembling
Like branches that never disappear
I used to watch them dancing
When I was lying in my bed
I'd count the headlights
From the highway
And wonder where it led
Where it led
All alone, I'd dream
Of castles
All alone
Forgetting myself
If I walk on water
When it feels like dying
We're in love
So why am I crying?
Love
We can caress the flowers
Below the sea, above the ground
Set fire the ocean
Like kisses igniting hearts that pound
One day you'll take me dancing
Carelessly we'll soar
To old Spanish songs
Under moonlight
We're spinning round and round
Round and round
All alone, I dream
Of castles
All alone
Forgetting myself
What if it never finds you
And it feels like dying
We're in love
So why am I crying?
Opened
Opened up
And it's all or nothing
We're in love
So why am I crying?
We're in love