Last Night On Earth

by Elysian Fields

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1.
Sleepover 03:32
2.
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
3.
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
4.
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
5.
Chance 04:47
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
6.
Johnny 03:57
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
7.
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
8.
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
9.
Chandeliers 04:04
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
10.
Old Old Wood 03:56
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
11.
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

credits

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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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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