Last Night On Earth

by Elysian Fields

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released June 13, 2011

Vocals: Jennifer Charles and Oren Bloedow
Bass Guitar, Keyboards: Oren Bloedow
Piano: OB ...also Ed Pastorini (6) Thomas Bartlett (10)
Guitars: OB ...also Ed Pastorini (1)
Drums: Matt Johnson ...also Parker Kindred (2,11) Robert DiPietro (1,10) Ben Perowsky (9)
Kenneth Salters (4) and Chris Vatalaro (8)
Upright Bass: James Genus
Hammond Organ: John Medeski
Farfisa Organ: OB
Farfisa Bass: JC
Harmony Vocals: Ed Pastorini and Kate Mattison
The Antibalas Horns: Stuart Bogie (ts) Aaron Johnson (tb) Jordan MacLean (tp)
Violins: Rob Moose and Maxim Moston (4,6,11)
Cello: Julia Kent
Flute and Bass Clarinet: Aaron Heick
English Horn and Oboe: Katie Scheele
Mandolin: Charlie Burnham
Mellotron and Sound Effects: Jeremy Mage
Samples and Electronics: J.G. Thirlwell (5)
Sound Design: Jil Christensen (8)
Harmonica: Christof Knoche
Crowd Vocals (8): Indigo Street, Sam Levin, Jil Christensen, Nelle and Baby Belle
Recorded by: OB, Eric Elterman, Robert DiPietro, Adam Sachs, Patrick Derivaz and Pat Dillett
Mixed by: Ivan Evangelista ...also Danny Blume (10,11) Eric Jarvis (2) Patrick Derivaz (6) and OB (8,9)
Artwork and Layout: Lance Scott Walker
Photography: Peter Beste
Mastered at Masterdisk by Scott Hull

All songs (Charles/Bloedow) Voluptuous Mind Music/Lux Perpetua Music (BMI) except “Chandeliers” (Charles/Bloedow/Pastorini)

Thanks to Alvin, Lance, Jil, and everyone whose name appears above: you gave us more than we can ever acknowledge.

And to our family and friends for all your love and support, et super merci Antoine, Sarah et Ojet!

In Memory of Jerry Bloedow

www.elysianmusic.com

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Track Name: Red Riding Hood
trap her in the woods
see her hood flashing red
through the pines
briars in her hair, bloody lip, where i’ll sip,
lapping red
just like wine
granny’s got a plan take my hand little girl, darling child
let me keep you warm
wrap you up
from the wet and the wild
my what big eyes you have
my what big hands you have
my what hot breath you have
my what sharp teeth you have
nana how you’ve changed
i feel strange, pardon me,
i’m a mess
can you give a hand helping me
from the binds of this dress
look at me i’m torn
all the rips, guess i slipped
caught a fright in the woods
nana you look funny
tell me dear,
are you not feeling good?
my what big eyes you have
my what big hands you have
my what hot breath you have
my what sharp teeth you have
woooooooooooohooooooooo
wooooooooohooohoooooooo
Track Name: Can't Tell My Friends
hey stop motion
i’m caught in the door
i’ve loved you before
i’ve loved you before
vampire lotion
got no defense
i can’t tell my friends
i can’t tell my friends
underground holds you down
the secret which you never itch
so you keep going back there
to make that mistake
or is it love that keeps you awake
hey stop motion
i’m caught in the door
i’ve loved you before
i’ve loved you before
vampire looker gettin me high
i can’t tell you why
i can’t tell you why
water rats and alley cats
below the chain link fence
left the scent
you flip the combination
as if it would change
naturally,
you’re in point blank range
point blank range
hey stop motion
i’m caught in the door
i’ve loved you before
i’ve loved you before
who’s that looker gettin me high
i can’t tell you why
i can’t tell you why
hey stop motion
i’m caught in the door
i’ve loved you before
i’ve loved you before
whose hot habit got you at ends
i can’t tell my friends
can’t tell my friends
Track Name: Sweet Condenser
so over the moon baby
i should be put away for your safety
alabaster under axis glide
sweet condenser of the night
astrometric glitter galvanize
catapulting opal light
and you’re freaking out
on the high wire
get used to the view
you’re going higher
firmament unreeling blunted stars
shafts of luster you incite
to the chalice
buried underground
chanting maps of second sight
and the kingdom bows
under lotus clouds haunted
looking through me now
and still not daunted
savage castaways bloody
through uncharted seas
me/you study
crimson curtain
kissing rooted vine
spasm silvering sublime
folding oceans into rivers wild
all creation now complies
and the climate rise
making sure that i don’t drift off
i’ll be back again in time for liftoff
and we’ll take it
out of the stratosphere
yeah, we’ll take it out
wouldn’t that be queer
Track Name: Chance
can i call a truce with you baby
accidents are happening
impossibly obtuse with your maybes
x meets y then it begins
we want to take that ride
but don’t know what we’re doing
and if we get inside
could it be our ruin?
and it caught you off guard
like a falling star
tried raising the bar
but it’s much too hard
when you’re feeling so small
like a tiny stain
and you’re still in the dark
‘cause it’s not the not the same
chance, it’s all. chance, it’s all
across the great divide
jockeying for position
if you sell, i’ll buy
mergers and acquisitions
and it caught you off guard
like a falling star
tried playing the odds
but ain’t got the cards
when you’re feeling so small
like a tiny stain
and you’re still in the dark
‘cause it’s not the not the same
chance, it’s all. chance, it’s all. chance
missed the boarding call
by a minute
i wasn’t there when it went down
another day to capsize the limits
find some love and make the rounds
we want to find the truth
but can we even take it?
once we’ve lost our youth
how are we to make it?
and it caught you off guard
like a falling star
tried raising the bar
but it’s much too hard
when you’re feeling so small
like a tiny stain
and you’re still in the dark
‘cause it’s not the, not the same
chance, it’s all. chance, it’s all
chance, it’s all. chance
Track Name: Johnny
you’ve been away
so long, so long
now my hair is grey
and so long, so long
your face continued to burn
long after the lamp was dry
sometimes there’d be a fog horn
deep in the night i’d hear it cry
johnny, johnny, standing above me
hold me, johnny
i’ve given my heart to you
see my face in the light
the lines recite the hopeless nights
but you look just the same
as the day we met,
i’ll never forget
you fed me a fig from your hands
my master, the moon was high
feeling the heavens expand
deep in your arms i would sigh
johnny, johnny, standing above me
hold me, johnny
i’ve given my heart to you
raise me up, johnny
crush me, enfold me
is that you johnny
i’ve given my heart to you
i’ve given my heart to you
Track Name: Church Of The Holy Family
behind the church of the holy family
i’ll wait for you
quarter to midnight
under the lid of heavy cloud
without a sound
undress in the moonlight
can’t you see, i want this one
come to me, i want this one
fog hanging low around the spire
the stones and moss
mum in the churchyard
and with this mouth i consecrate
your marble form
striped with a headlight
can’t you see, i want this one
come to me, i want this one
don’t you dare look away
face me even though you’re afraid
embrace me
capture this radiant stone
blindly cede control
i’m waiting
for the bell to toll wildly
can’t you see, i want this one
come to me, i want this one
this one, this one
i want this onet
Track Name: Villain On The Run
moving like a villain on the run
this black cloud
escaping this town
soon you’ll find me in the sun
sweet kisses placed
on your sweet face
and i can guarantee that
i can guarantee that you’ll join me
oh won’t you join me
it’s so exciting
we hit the sweet spot
they say there are no accidents
and now it’s meant for all to see
i love you and you love me
shooting like an arrow
through the sun
this white light
burning this town
good to be a villain on the run
low riders breaking new ground
and i can guarantee that
i can guarantee that you’ll join me
oh won’t you join me
it’s so exciting, we’re disembodied
and all the words are so opaque
around the lake on hands and knees
i love you and you love me
six of wands
in position for victory
crown of thorns
love will come back to me
seven-fold
just read the tea leaves
there’s the key i lost
there’s a horseshoe toss
i’m feeling lucky
are you feeling lucky?
there’s a money clip,
wad of bills in it
i’m feeling lucky
are you feeling lucky?
there’s the holy mountain
there’s a roman fountain
i’m feeling lucky
are you feeling lucky?
there’s a roulette wheel
watch me cop a feel
i’m feeling lucky
are you feeling lucky?
you’re gonna put me
through my paces
feel my bambi heart
and how quickly it races
i’m putting all of my chips on you
and you know this baby horse
she’s gonna come through
like the tarahumara
you’re gonna go far
and further than far
and further than far
oh my, a life of crime
because you’re mine
i’m gonna sign on the dotted line
Track Name: Chandeliers
you hold the thread my love
that’s gonna wind me out
wind me out
spin me to the naked spool
there’s no egress my love
now the you’ve bound me
you found me out
pried it from my cold dead hands
you got me swinging chandeliers
sliding down bannisters
stripping my gears
it’s sink or swim my love
now that they’re tying me
trying me
a bible couldn’t hold me down
into that night my love
we won’t go gentle
raging seas
dancing in the dying light
you got me swinging chandeliers
sliding down bannisters
stripping my gears
you got me fighting grenadiers
rearranging my dna
deep atmospheres
you got me swinging chandeliers
riding down banker street
stripping my gears
you got me fighting grenadiers
rearranging my dna
deep atmospheres
deep atmospheres
Track Name: Old Old Wood
we belong to an old old wood
no one’s ever understood
these knots are eyes to an odyssey
beyond the rings
of the cypress tree
but if you’re very very quiet
you just might
come in, come in
come in to the light
how to forge a path
through the thickets and the vines
how to find a way
beyond what’s left behind
the fallen ones
the crushing tons
it’s getting thicker all the time
we belong to an old old wood
can’t say that it’s done much good
but you could meet
with a rain owl’s gaze
and drink from a stream
where the starlight plays
but if you’re very very quiet
you just might
come in come in
come in to the light
it might appear, was never here
the tendrils creep, they never sleep
and if you’re very very quiet
you just might
very very quiet
come in come in
come in to the light
Track Name: Last Night On Earth
on a high cliff
above the sound
a table was set
beneath the firmament shroud
a rare invitation
blew in from the east
on an island once sacred
to both native and beast
we sucked and we savored
all that we tasted
wine flowing like water
not a drop of it wasted
the evening unfolded
like a great fan
i found myself drifting
down to the sand
down to the sand
what came over me
over me over me
like some alien force
that took hold of me
i wasn’t myself
but i started dancing
lost in this song
under a trance and
i felt myself falling under a spell
i knew very well
i might never return
to the land of the living
and then i was giving myself
to the light
and then i took flight
i shot up like a kite
it was my last night on earth
my last night on earth
my last night on earth
if you find this bottle
bobbing its head
smash it to pieces
be sure that it’s read
i have departed
say my goodbyes
i loved you more than
you ever realized
i loved you more than
you ever realized
what came over me
over me over me
like some alien force
that took hold of me
i wasn’t myself
but i started dancing
lost in this song
under a trance and
i felt myself falling under a spell
i knew very well
i might never return
to the land of the living
and then i was giving myself
to the light
and then i took flight
i shot up like a kite
it was my last night on earth
my last night on earth
my last night on earth
my last night on earth