For House Cats And Sea Fans

by Elysian Fields

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released March 22, 2014

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Track Name: Come Down From The Ceiling
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
Track Name: Alms For Your Love
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
Track Name: Next Year In Jerusalem
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
Track Name: She Gets Down
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
Track Name: Channeling
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
Track Name: Madeleine
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
Track Name: Escape From New York
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
Track Name: This Project
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
Track Name: Frank, You Ruined Me
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
Track Name: Hit By A Wandering Moon
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
Track Name: Love Me Darling
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