For House Cats And Sea Fans

by Elysian Fields

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1.
Hard to believe You and me We were once Thick as thieves Just a bunch of wiseacres We were young That's true But we didn't care Where the laughter could take us But the light has dimmed Behind your eyes And I can no longer find you Where you used to be Who you used to be And all that put-on wincing Don't you know it ain't convincing If you won't come down from the ceiling You're leaving me no choice You're just a murmur inside the white noise Now you prowl like a ghost And you mince in the dens With the toasts of the moment Where indulgence is all But to whom took a fall And you dread the contagion The sun's gone down You take your throne Amongst the sycophants and fakers Time to take the piss Your love is hit or miss To hold my place In your top favorites Always on my best behavior If you won't come down from the ceiling You're leaving me no choice You're just a murmur inside the white void Inside inside inside the white noise Too high too high inside the white noise If you won't come down from the ceiling
2.
Sitting in your dark room I don't take much space I tilt my head toward the moonlight That you might look at my face Just like the crow Waiting for your crumbs One would go so far Yet not far enough Alms for your love Alms for your love Some would go so far Yet not far enough Tie back the wind Tie back the sea I'm going on a journey To meet my destiny
3.
Leaves are changing Amber and golden Tawny and ruby Copper and gold What we've been braving Though we were broken Fall into rivers Ancient and cold It's time to open the keepsake box Unlocking the seeds we've kept sleeping, sleeping, sleeping Next year in Jerusalem The songs will get written The world will then listen Finally to the universe Trembling and alive She's wild like a child Next year in Jerusalem Something amazing The dream we've been saving Next year in Jerusalem Something amazing If we are changing Let it be golden For we are moving And melting the snows If we believe in All we are holding Deep as Mariana The blood through us flows And it's time to open the faded books Softly the words there are speaking, speaking, speaking Next year in Jerusalem The songs will get written The world will then listen Finally to the universe Trembling and alive She's wild like a child Next year in Jerusalem Bound to take flight Like a kite by the seaside Catch me if you can And she's waiting to dance Like you've waited to dance Waiting to dance Just as the clouds are floating backwards Back to a sky that holds their face We are the vapor On the lip of this flower And when she opens We'll find our place Next year in Jerusalem The songs will get written The world will then listen Finally to the universe Trembling and alive She's wild like a child Next year in Jerusalem Something amazing The dream we've been saving Next year in Jerusalem Bound to take flight Like a kite by the seaside Catch me if you can And she's waiting to dance Like you've waited to dance Waiting to dance
4.
Getting her chores done Before she is asked Blasting her records And swigging a flask She gets down to business Slip down the ladder Swift as a mouse Hotwire the Camaro Outside the house She gets down to business Dancing her feet off Til quarter past four Back in the classroom Looking so bored She gets down to business Who's that guitarist She don't kiss and tell Just tipping a doorman In a five-star hotel She gets down to business Is it fire Is it wood She's just got to test the properties When she's bad is when she's good She could knock the stuffing out of Socrates Chasing a mugger With the heel of her shoe For a book of old poems And a bone from Peru She gets down to business Down she gets down She gets down
5.
Channeling 04:17
Are you channeling me? Are you channeling me? Are you channeling me my love? Over and above Over and above Over and above you go All the particles in slow motion Like snow falling onto the ocean Melting on the tip of your tongue So just taste it Are you channeling me? Are you channeling me? Are you channeling me my love? Over and above Over and above Over and above you go The west wind's blowing you sideways Close your eyes for the crossfade The signals in your mind Take you further Are you channeling me? Are you channeling me? Are you channeling me my love? Over and above Over and above Over and above you go
6.
Madeleine 03:28
What to do Madeleine Sigh or reach Madeleine What to be Madeleine Sky or tree Madeleine Ooh Madeleine She's wooing the rain And changing the names Of everything What's in your hand Madeleine? Much more than you know little darling Cup your ear towards the window The owl he hoots in the night He says, "Who's Madeleine?" A flickering flame Rivaling the light from all the stars She's on the ridge in the dusk Which way will she go? Down to the field of rusteds She stands so still in the breeze You stand so still my love With all your might Where do you go my love With your eyes shut tight? There's a swirl at your feet The leaves they scamper and chide They say, "Who's Madeleine?" A flickering flame Drying the tears of heaven
7.
They say change is good Change is good Bleaching the cracks Of the neighborhood Tiny stages crumble Just to feed the trough No one's making trouble So where is the trade-off? I'm waving the smelling salts This is your wake up call Won't you come to mack Won't you come to Shadows climb up the wall As they're born Competing for a flattering form Who's superior, eerier, eerier The numbers climb with the crane And every space filled to the brim When every view becomes the same A window out or a window in Can't tear down their scenery Blocking everything I believe in Make your getaway while you still can Do not be afraid of distant lands Make your getaway while you still can You know glass turns back to sand There is no edge No frontier That has not been dredged We're our worst fear Plane-safe your phones Beware the drones As they send in the clones Send in the clones Mute their sound Cackling and cacking Pound for pound Fracturing and fracking I see an empire With no fireflies No honeybees No spring-fed wells No maple trees No icebergs No eagles Just beetles Can't tear down their scenery Blocking everything I believe in Make your getaway while you still can Do not be afraid of distant lands Make your getaway while you still can You know glass turns back to sand Here's an oar Here's a boat Sail away through this moat Underground
8.
This Project 04:29
I have this project that never gets off the ground It's rather brilliant So you might wanna stick around Cos when I launch it From sea to shining sea It's gonna make their eyeballs bleed Procrastination has been my middle name Some say it suits me Keeps me out the game But I may be rising From my featherbed Got to get them demons bled Need a tool or two To complete my master plan And a little stack of money, honey Collections in the can And you, holding my hand Baby, hold my hand Patch this little rowboat Don't wanna spring a leak From the hot mouth of this estuary Out this tiny creek Cos when we launch it From sea to shining sea There'll be no words that they can speak And we'll be singing, laughing Laughing to ourselves We knew we had it in us Every time the basin swells They'll look so puzzled Like wuzzles in the zoo Just a matter of time Before we blew Who knew? We did Just need a tune or two To complete my master plan And a little jar of honey From the green room of the band They'll look so puzzled Like wuzzles in the zoo Just a matter of time Before we blew Just a matter of time Before we blew Just a matter of time Before we're through Just a matter Just a matter Just a matter of time
9.
Do you remember When you were younger We met at some party In some dark hallway Don't think that you even Asked me my name But oh, when you kissed me I'll never forget The way you kissed me Like no one I've met Frank, you ruined me Wiped me off the map Frank, you ruined me Oh Frank, where you at? From time to time I'd take out that worn paper That tempted and taunted Mocked me and haunted Three times I rang you But I was a fool I quickly hung up when You answered so cool Then three months later Though I was nervous I tried you again But it was too late No longer in service Why did I wait? Frank, you ruined me Wiped me off the map Frank, you ruined me Oh Frank, where you at? Now all these years later I look back on my past The hundreds of lovers Three husbands, affairs Some might say I had more than my share A count, a prizefighter Adds up to who cares? Frank, you ruined me Wiped me off the map Frank, you ruined me Oh Frank, where you at? The way you kissed me I'll never forget
10.
Hydrangeas in her basket Mud on her soles You know her love is drastic Where her garden grows You take her to the seawall Where the storms hole up All the lives that lost there You pour into her cup Where did this moon come from? Hit by another wandering one Creating this face we know The only face we've ever known When did these feet touch down? You dressed her in this gown The wind will take the flowers The earth will eat the leaves But thunderclouds and showers Will not tear the web she weaves Come and drink her down, dear Drink until you're done Eternity is spinning Like a raging sun A raging sun Where did this moon come from? Hit by another wandering one Creating this face we know The only face we've ever known When did these feet touch down? You dressed her in this gown Where did this moon come from? Hit by another wandering one Creating this face we know The only face we've ever known When did these limbs take form? You melt because she's warm Shining her night perfume Lighting her night room Hit by a wandering moon
11.
I looked for you In the dancing school Waited for you In the waiting pool But you weren't showing Spanish moss growing The clock struck one The mouse ran down Wide awake without a sound Wishing so softly You'd hear me calling Love me darling, do Love me darling, do I'll hold the fire Mile after mile So full of life I'm burning The letters were writ long ago On the skin of a horse With the quill of a crow Ladies in waiting Gentlemen skating Sashay, sashay, and relevé Where are you, valentine? The golden dream Upon the screen Tattoos the end of time Love me darling, do Love me darling, do I hold the fire Mile after mile So full of life So full of life So full of life So full of life So full of life So full of life So full of life

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released March 22, 2014

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Jennifer Charles and Oren Bloedow are the writers who make up the critically acclaimed New York band. Cult status, cosmic appeal, since 1995

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