Pink Air

by Elysian Fields

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credits

released September 21, 2018

All songs Charles / Bloedow
Voluptuous Mind Music BMI /
Lux Perpetua Publishing BMI

Jennifer Charles – vocals
Oren Bloedow – guitar, backing vox
Thomas Bartlett – programming, piano, keyboards
Matt Johnson – drums
Jonno Linden – bass guitar
(O.B. – bass on “Star Sheen” “Household Gods”)
Simon ‘Hurricane’ Hanes – guitar

with
Vernon Reid – lead guitar on “Knights Of The White Carnation”
Ed Pastorini – backing vox on “Dispossessed”
CJ Camarieri – trumpet and brass arrangement on “Beyond The Horizon”

Recorded by Danny Blume at Hidden Quarry – Woodstock, NY
Mixed by Thomas Bartlett
(except “Tidal Wave” and “Knights Of The White Carnation” by Danny Blume
and “Star Sheen” by Mark Plati)
Cover photo by Willie Ablao
Art Direction by Lance Scott Walker
Mastered by Tom Durack

Thanks to Lance Scott Walker, Rachel Swaner, Thomas Bartlett, Michael Lavine, JGT, Lindsay Smilow, Laure and Jean-Louis, Peter Spagnuolo, Ed, Hannah, Maxim, Keith, Pat Dillett, James Yost, Dusty Snapples, Jonno, Simon, Sam, CJ, Danny, Mark, Tom, Eddy & Willie, Durian, Mochi, Eartha, Alix, CK Wilde, all whose care and assistance helped enable this recording.

Thanks to our listeners. Eternal love and gratitude to our family and friends, who both are both

Farewell to our friend Tom Athans (1950–2017)

In memory of Peter Charles

Humanité

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Track Name: Storm Cellar
There’s a storm heading east
I don’t need to hear the forecast
But it’s coming for me
There’s a chance that it might outlast
Life above ground
So we’ve got to head down
Blow this little ghost town
Batten down the hatches so to speak
Seal it up tight
Here’s a chance to live by candlelight
As we head down below
To my secret grotto
Climb down, climb down
My storm cellar
As the thunder swells
Make like
Make like we’re cave dwellers
As the whole world melts
Got this funny old cot
Working on this magnum opus
It squeaks a lot
Pretty soon you’ll hardly notice
Where it’s damp and divine
I got roots, I got wine
A dirty sheepskin rug
Lay you down and keep you snug
Climb down, climb down
My storm cellar
As the thunder swells
Make like
Make like we’re cave dwellers
As the whole world melts
Put the genny on low
Move the dial real slow
Get your belly on the floor
Gonna bear that load
Shake a moon below
Where the mushrooms grow
Let the airwaves flow
On the crank radio
When the 7 horn blow
Then it’s time to go
And you can’t say no
With your belly on the floor
Track Name: Star Sheen
There’s a curve in every road
Don’t swerve or you might miss it
Your head’s drooping like a rose
When the sun forgot to kiss it
The desert called you there
To play songs for desert flowers
So don’t you, don’t you
Don’t you count the hours
Caught between the leaves
Of a book you cannot read
Now the words have blurred
Your mind’s disturbed
The ghouls have come to feed
I shouldn’t try to dream
Of a world that can’t be seen
For if you’re not there
I cannot bear the stars without their sheen
Only dark can feed the soul
If you don’t manipulate it
When a silent earth has spoken
Planets swoop intoxicated
So laugh with me dear friend
We’ll tap dance to their punches
I need you, need you
Beside me in the trenches
Caught between the leaves
Of a book you cannot read
Now the words have blurred
Your mind’s disturbed
The ghouls have come to feed
I shouldn’t try to dream
Of a world that can’t be seen
For if you’re not there
I cannot bear the stars without their sheen
If you’re not there I cannot bear
The glare of senseless gleam
If you’re not there I cannot bear
The dream within this dream
Track Name: Beyond The Horizon
We are on the horizon
Like fireflies or stars inciting the dark
And though the flames are low
I know that they’re climbing
The neolithic flint that’s making a spark
And every time we go
We’re always arriving
To that secret place that’s only our own
Would you believe
I’ve gone beyond the horizon
Where the flower lives inside of the stone
Futures may wax and wane
Like civilizations
Find us flowering again
We cannot be tamed
The skin of the moon remains 
Remains in our secret garden
We are on the horizon
Like fireflies or stars inciting the dark
And though the flames are low
I know that they’re climbing
The neolithic flint that’s making a spark
And every time we go
We’re always arriving
To that secret place that’s only our own
Would you believe I’ve gone beyond the horizon
Where the flower lives inside of the stone
Funny how the world falls by
Falls by the wayside
The heavy gaze of your eyes quiets the noise
Funny how the world falls by as we sigh
It all disappears
Track Name: Tidal Wave
There’s a wave I want to beckon
She’s a master, she’s a thief, she’s a Wiccan
Got to give yourself, don’t stop yourself
No getting wrapped up in your head
It can set you free, It can make you see
And it doesn’t just happen in bed
That tidal wave that makes my ears stop popping
The force is shocking, eyes roll back in my head
That tidal wave that turns my inside out
And that makes me shout
When I even forget who I am
At first you may not be certain
Is this real?
What is real?
And you’re flirting
Gotta risk it all
Got to tempt the fall
Though chemistry’s over your head
It’s your only truth
Though it feels uncouth
Some things are better unsaid
That tidal wave that makes my ears stop popping
The force is shocking, eyes roll back in my head
That tidal wave that turns my inside out
And that makes me shout
When I even forget who I am
Who I am Who I am Who I am Who I am
I’m a slave, I’m a slave to my tidal wave
I’m a slave, I’m a slave to my tidal wave
Track Name: Karen 25
I met Karen 25 the last days of the archives
Our instructions scrub the files
From the master hard drive
Supervision watched our every word
And every whisper
Her eyes were white in the black light
The deaccession chamber
Reprogrammed Reprogrammed
Reprogrammed Oh
Reprogrammed Reprogrammed
Reprogrammed Oh
Dead radio if all we know is all we know 
Then all we know is all we know 
We know we know we know
A vacant signal came down
From the 13th constellation
I saw her in the layout
For the brides of resignation
I received an orange command
Report to supervision
Memory test loyalty test
Mapping my cognition
Reprogrammed Reprogrammed
Reprogrammed Oh
Dead radio if all we know is all we know 
Then all we know is all we know 
We know we know we know
Today I had a flashback
Staring at the smokestacks
Karen 25 and me behind the wall
But I’m useless after all useless after all
Reprogrammed Reprogrammed
Reprogrammed Oh
Dead radio if all we know is all we know 
Then all we know is all we know 
We know we know we know
Track Name: Start In Light
The numbers have grown tremendously
That I could host a tea party
But none of you were tea drinkers anyway
Looks like martinis today
Straight up and extra dry
Hey Daddy, here’s mud in your eye
Here’s to all the dearly departed
And finishing up what you started
Just as a rocket splits apart a life
Barely a chance to make a start in light
If I don’t answer when you call
I’m not ignoring you at all
Just trying to make sense of the senseless
Left here with these chumps
And their fences
And when I forget my head
Recall the funny things you said
And the way it felt to be near you
No matter which way the wind blew
Just as a rocket splits apart the night
Barely a chance to make a start in light
All of you warned me
This world could be bought and sold
So many people
Busy doing what they’re told
But the right stuff
Ain’t the right stuff
It’s just old
And I think of you
When the cold wind blows
I tip my hat
A nod
A Cheshire cat
I got no answers but I hear you
I just got to continue
Got to continue
What else can I do
Track Name: Philistine Jackknife
Fat chance
Philistine Jackknife
Awaits you
You made him a star
Disaster
A festering piehole
Infecting
Those near and far
It’s not my problem
The kid said on the train
It makes no difference
’Cause they’re all the same
Hey, I know
Let’s take selfies
Like we’re messed up
Passed out on the train
You look amazing
One day we looked in the mirror
Like always
Guess what we saw?
The cancer
Spread by the quidnuncs
The door prize
Arrived at stage four
The horror show
Is now livestreaming
No more time for daydreaming
In real time
We’re all knee deep in real slime
And this ain’t a dream
The muck is sticking
Can we smoke him out
Tear him from the garish tower
Mercenaries standing by
Clocking in by the hour
Some say calm down
Change the channel
Abstain
Muffle the pain
I want to
But I can’t keep from caring
And feeling insane
Is that the aim
I want peace and love to be king
And someone said let freedom ring
But sometimes
No matter how much you want to
You just can’t sing
When you’re too busy puking
Can we smoke him out
Tear him from the garish tower
Mercenaries standing by
Clocking in by the hour
Watch out
Philistine Jackknife is gunning
He’s at it again
The wastrel
The sniveling piglet
The puppet
See how he spars
Deranged
Just like a mad cow
He’s charging
Danger
Pink air is coming out the showers
The problem is ours
The problem is ours
The problem is ours
Track Name: Dispossessed
I need to take a chance
Break the line
Kick up some dirt babe
Lifeless as a stillborn child
Am I blue
Waiting to breathe for you
As I catch my breath
There’s a squall
Tearing at my chest
And I’m dispossessed, dispossessed
Every time the trapeze swings my way I freeze
Should I trust the air to float me in the breeze
From up here the world is far away and small
I look down to see nothing’s going to break my fall
Falter and you’re good as gone
Rendezvous with nothing to hold on to
Trancelike the rhythm in your head
Concentrate, imagine a feather bed
As I hit the crest 
There’s a thief yelling no contest
And I’m dispossessed, dispossessed
Every time the trapeze swings my way I freeze
Should I trust the air to float me in the breeze
From up here the world is faraway and small
I look down to see nothing’s going to break my fall
Track Name: Household Gods
He floats down the river in a basket odd
She bandages the eyes of the household gods
He commands the fires that contort the light
He walks down the stairs, lays down the night
A ragged grey moon rises over the walls
Her tears wet the carpets of the winding halls
Her hands feed the dogs of the winter snow
Her hearth grows cold in the wild echo
The hounds are scratching
To get out of their cage
Sunken wounds
Hateful words of rage
That can’t be unsaid
Stuck in a maze with the walking dead
Asphyxiating
Levitating
Taken to bed
Never giving up the ghost
Kneeling for the host
This is my body
This is my blood
These are the twisted limbs I love the most
She patches the plaster then she mends a seam
He ignites the chamber of the seraphim
And I’m watching from a window like a shadow play
Down below, no one can tell that they’ve run away
And I’m helpless
To do a goddamned thing
Am I selfish
To burn the rope that makes them swing
Am I great enough
To get out in front of this wave
To save the ones that still can be saved
I used to be brave
But now I’m full of doubt
They’ll ever make it out alive
Track Name: Knights Of The White Carnation
Cowards that dare not show their face
Follow the grand conductor
Squire their underground campaign
Parade in ghost regalia
A fraternal oath in saltpeter
Blight of the grim crusaders
Come hear the proclamation
Knights of the White Carnation
We are the consummation
So tend to your preparations
Terror breeds a futile strain
Kin of condemnation
Expose themselves in sallow flame
Fear and desperation
Righteous mobs like locust march
Loyal sons who plunder
In the name of false empires
Splitting skulls asunder
Come hear the proclamation
Knights of the white carnation
A dark illumination
A murdering resurrection
Lords and Queens of the castle walls
Heirs of the great plantations
Hands that whipped black skin
Hold the keys of the private prisons
Mystic Bishops peaks reveal
The high source of their privilege
Come hear the proclamation
Knights of the white carnation
Trigger the purification
Hang the reconciliation
Laying waste to the nation
Knights of the White Carnation
This abomination
Sound the lamentation
Track Name: Time Capsule
Mystic yellow buttercup like a wand hold it up to reveal our desires in our secret hearts the first time I knew shame and it gave me a start betrayed by nature’s golden beam trading notes and dressing up kissing games and growing up skipping ahead why couldn’t we wait to gypsy fortunes we’d entrust our fate I buried a time capsule deep in the ground when I was ten with my best friend for a faraway future to find one day they’d say they were alive they were alive treasures of then we sheltered for them a cracker jack ring and a dandelion stem the wishes blew off so we wrote them all down with the thorn of a rose in blood it was bound shooting pool and throwing darts wearing masks and playing parts I wanna reach for the heart of this honeycomb but it’s falling apart and there’s nobody home the bees are nowhere to be seen (Are they dreaming?) learning love and breaking up taking risks and fucking up feeling the weight, feeling the weight give the wheel a lively spin write the wishes down again death knows your name but you’re here just the same in nature’s parlor game I buried a time capsule deep in the ground when I was ten with my best friend for a faraway future to find one day they’d say we were alive we were alive treasures of then we sheltered for them a cracker jack ring a dandelion stem the wishes blew off so we wrote them all down with the thorn of a rose in blood it was bound

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