The Afterlife

by Elysian Fields

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Dillon Ethier This is probably my favorite Elysian Fields album, due to its more overtly jazzy flavor. A couple of these tracks would feel only slightly out of place in a smoky '40s nightclub. Favorite track: Turn Me On.
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released November 15, 2009

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Track Name: How We Die
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
Track Name: Where Can We Go But Nowhere
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
Track Name: Drown Those Days
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
Track Name: Turn Me On
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
Track Name: Only For Tonight
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
Track Name: Someone
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
Track Name: Climbing My Dark Hair
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
Track Name: The Moment
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
Track Name: Night Melody Of The Pull
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
Track Name: Ashes In Winter Light
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