The Afterlife

by Elysian Fields

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1.
How We Die 05:22
Naked and trembling we enter Desperate scratches Hoping to fly Hopeful then hopeless We flounder Eating the answers That's how we die Rowing unending rivers Swallowing slivers of beauty sublime Dragging a barrel of wishes Waiting for kisses That's how we die Unfinished pictures, played out hands Serving the sentence we can't understand Arching towards heaven, the music was canned Memory fails us courting the land Hungry for what we have tasted The years that we wasted The moons that we cried Shielding Looking for shelter Lottery chances Still we try Puzzles to manufacture Gravity fractures That's how we die Unfinished pictures, played out hands Serving the sentence we can't understand Arching towards heaven, the music was canned Memory fails us courting the land Moving the sofa, riding the rails Keeping our secrets dumped out in pails Arching towards heaven, the music was canned Serving the sentence, courting the land
2.
Raise your eyes and do not speak For what you seek cannot be spoken You tried to have the bitch put down But this sleeping dog has woken The perfume of the miles they scattered Lingers in the air Polarized and terrorized He's sneaking down the stairs My love is true My love is true Where can we go but nowhere Where can we go but to the moon Where can we but nowhere Where can we go but to the moon Your vagabond smile says you should risk it But your blood tells you to run You lost control of this starship Better crash into the sun And every head of every flower Throws its petals down Piles of pleasure Piles of pain Decorate the ground My love is true My love is true Where can we go but nowhere Where can we go but to the moon Where can we but nowhere Where can we go but to the moon Did these branches bud too soon Now crippled in the frost May never bloom Where can we go but nowhere Where can we go but to the moon Where can we but nowhere Where can we go but to the moon
3.
Recall the scent How she lay The sediment Drown those days Drown those days Dig your hole Dig it fast To get to China Forget the past Forget the past Secrets bleed on the battlefield Bottom feeding Spit on the sun From her force field You can barely hear her sigh Drown those days Drown those days Choke the night Keep your distance Dim the light Dim the light In the forest of natural law Rustling leaves Hear them fall Hear them fall Mark off the days on your calendar It's almost over Playing for time With no challenger But you still love her Drown those days Drown those days Drown those days
4.
Turn Me On 03:57
You pull your ship into my isle And choke the helm for my delight Dragging your bony ghost Along my coast You dirty rotten bastard Licking at my scars It turns me on It turns me on You slip the shiver up my thigh And all the while You shirk and smile Hanging around my star Won't get you far The last laugh's yours baby Grow your fawns It turns me on It turns me on It ain't human But it's all we get Chewing the hunter's net Is what we're doing Perhaps you know My garden's chalk If something grows you'll yank the stalk Waving your shiny shears Right through my fears You dirty rotten bastard Always almost gone You're almost gone It turns me on It turns me on It turns me On
5.
You, you know you look ok Although, you've got nothing To say I'd like to take you home I'd like to take you Tonight we'll go to Rome And drag the lake too I'll be your doll Your baby doll I'll be your doll Your baby doll I'll be your ball Your crystal ball I'll be your ball Your crystal ball I'll be your call Your one last call I'll be your wall Your wailing wall Only for tonight I'll be your sky Your falling sky I'll be your sky Your falling sky I'll be your guy Your best friend guy I'll be your guy Your best friend guy I'll be your why Your reason why I'll be the cry The baby cry Only for tonight I'll be your life Your afterlife I'll be your life Your afterlife I'll be your knife Your hunting knife I'll be your knife Your hunting knife I'll be your wife Your sweet little wife I'll be your strife Your struggle and strife Only for tonight I'll be your bride Your June June bride I'll be your bride Your June June bride I'll be your tide Your rising tide I'll be your tide Your rising tide I'll be your ride Your pony ride I'll be your guide Your spirit guide Only for tonight I'll be your pant Your doggy pant I'll be your pant Your doggy pant I'll be your ant Your fire ant I'll be your ant Your fire ant I'll be your chant Your voodoo chant I'll be your can't Your can't can't can't Only for tonight Only for tonight Then get out of my Skirt, shirt, dirt My sweet little perky Little pert For tonight sir Only for tonight sir Only for tonight
6.
Someone 05:24
Walking through land mines Just to get beside you Picking your scabs off All day long My dancing is wiser Sing to me daddy You never done it Can't wait for years and years Like it's never coming Oh what' you waiting for Dream me over What you waiting for Oh, why you waiting Gallows black garden Getting the stakes up Can't hear the thrush's Nature song But she can take Oh, she can take it Oh, there's an opening Where it's happening Oh what you waiting for Dream me over What you waiting for Oh, why you waiting Oh, pull me under Oh, dream me over Oh, there's an opening Oh, where it's happening Oh, I'm your I'm your Someone Someone You'll never know Oh you'll never know My asylum What you waiting for Oh, why you waiting I'm your I'm your Someone
7.
Like tying a knot You stiffened to me And when it got taut You tore yourself free Oh darlin', how could you dare You won't be climbing my dark hair From reservoirs of maiden stars Lead us on You will not find the forest floor Where I lie Oh darlin', it's not your kiss Pressing me deep in the loaminess As crimson leaves fall from the tress As we roll And shadows bow on the path Where we stroll I want to erase the contours we made And tumbling from grace How quickly we fade Oh darlin', how could you dare You won't be climbing my dark hair As pounding waves Flood through the maze We adore You will not walk by my side Evermore You will not press my Midnight mouth Evermore You will not see yourself in me Evermore Evermore Evermore
8.
The Moment 03:32
I was lost I was found I was free I was bound The moment my eyes struck yours I was old I was new I was born I was through The moment my eyes struck yours I was strong I was weak I was fearless I was meek The moment my eyes struck yours I was troubled I was calmed I was naked I was armed The moment my eyes struck yours The moment my eyes struck yours The moment my eyes struck yours The moment my eyes struck yours The moment my eyes struck yours I was lit I was dark I was the flood I was the ark The moment my eyes struck yours The moment my eyes struck yours The moment my eyes struck yours The moment my eyes struck yours The moment my eyes struck yours The moment my eyes struck yours The moment my eyes struck yours The moment
9.
Never gone Can't hide for long Never gone But turning Always changing course Like clouds through the moon Her blinding force Will beckon you soon Silvery Shining and cool It's stretching us still From opposite suns Conquering Stay with me now Beholden to night's memory Whispering you're still everything You're everything still Hear my voice This is the last bell Make this choice Our kiss is still warm Take this chance Ride out this storm Conquering Lay with me now Enfolded in night's melody Whispering you're still everything The silver unwinds Oceans sing Love so divine So divine Love so divine
10.
It's true, my life has been full of regrets, baby For me, it's been the only way it could be Maybe Remember the night I broke your favorite chair? Perfectly We threw the pieces into the fire It was January And watched the fire burn through the night Then woke to ash in winter light And I'd drag you off to bed, sleepyhead As the sounds of the school yard drifted through Our dreams It's strange going back there Every one's gone It's natural People move out People pass on Like my mom We slept in her hospital room every night Together And when she couldn't talk any more We sang to her And when you're all alone, pretty baby I'll meet you in the deep Til you're fast asleep And when the cities burning, little baby I'll climb to your window, And carry you away It's true my life has been full of regrets, baby Sometimes I wonder if you'd take it all back Never You're still the only one I can talk to Whatcha gonna do You've gotta journey around the bend To make it start again Make it start again Make it start again Make it start again Make it start again

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released November 15, 2009

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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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