Fires

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1.
Canary 03:05
a canary in a birdcage made a voyage from Taiwan on a ship across the ocean to the California sun where it dazzled in the window hanging in the baby’s room years of sunlight from the one side scorched its lego-yellow plume of Chinese thread Chinese fabric and thread boy was clearing out his closet leaving home for university threw the bird into the wash it lost an eye in that machine bathing in the company of checkered cleaning rags the tiny foreign characters printed on the tag had all transformed into a tattered surrender flag down in South Carolina he found a one-eyed girl skipping rocks across the water asking “where is your bird?” “where is your bird, boy? i ain’t your bird” he was exiting the harbor knuckles dragging on the ground when a three leg alligator crept ashore without a sound baring teeth like deadly weapons staring down the one-eyed girl screaming “kill this misfit animal, i’ll save you from your world of endless doubt!” so he lifted his knuckles from the ground sweeping down from the heavens there was a yellow bird softly landing on his shoulder asking “where is your girl?” “where is your girl, boy? i’m someone’s bird”
2.
Letters 04:40
stepped on a rusted nail with my shoe it slipped between two big toes i took it out to see my entire life inside the hole it made i saw you underneath a fiery sky the ground beneath you thirsting for rain i was trapped inside a construction site fortified by giant palm trees and you passed me letters on the inside full of treasures and insight i'd like to have you close i'm not about to lie but i want the best for you its not at my side its not at my side lifting myself on a barb wired fence with cuts and blood of a reckless child bring a cool damp cloth for when i reach the other side we'll hold it to the sun and tiny beams of light will warm our skin through the stains and love we'll have found the perfect place to begin and we'll pen our letters on the outside in the Himalayas and Bay of Bengal and I'll be my best with you when I'm scarred and new maybe somewhere down the road "someday" suits me fine my dear distant love i wanna pull down your hair and fill these empty hands with every ounce of you
3.
You Are More 05:28
in 1994 you crashed on my bedroom floor talkin' about girls, sports, and fishin' people didn't know you 'cause they heard all the facts the James Dean of my middle school always had my back and you were more than a list of bad luck you had more tenderness than any of those fools and some people say you should always keep the wind out of your face but you never listened you gave all your gift while they continued to take and train you for a life you could never break in 2004 you kicked-in your bathroom door flushed that devil's dust and washed your hands of it most people, they still don't know you they'll never have a clue how wedding rings and a fish pond made my old friend new and you are more than a list of bad luck you have more tenderness than any of those fools and some people say you should always keep the wind out of your face but you never listen, you keep breakin' your back up there braving the rain and i miss you when umbrellas hit the streets of LA
4.
Wednesday 02:50
mountain air cold with light from the dawn shine of the car refracting bright on the lawn i read the news and sip a cup of black coffee the neighbors took off, left a sign in the yard papers stacked up like a sad house of cards i’m wrapping your gifts in unwanted comics leafing through the chalky pages so many things going wrong i've got no business with these trades murders and executions and no solutions... coughing and spitting in my disbelief and the danger of drowning with my head in the sink face down in a dog bowl passed out on the floor these miracles happen at times with a curse i know that you’ve gotten away with much worse when you drove home drunk with a live one in your trunk leafing through the chalky pages so many things going wrong sick to my stomach waiting it out and so ashamed that i take it lying down when dinner is cold and no lights are on shine of the fridge reflecting light from the dawn TV on mute a car chase helicopter
5.
caught the 9:30 train to Santa Barbara on the 739 pacific surfliner ocean rolling in behind the blur my eyes were filming painted walls of carbon copied buildings i could smell the fumes of 3AM and hooded sweatshirts mobbing up the tracks to paint our names atop the concrete separating those who fall asleep to waves and those who hear the engines through the night caught the 4:30 train to LA with 12 little blonde girls noses running all complaining of their hungry bellies J was in his headphones i put mine through the wash sometime ago i couldn't help from hearing screams and cheering up and down the narrow isles i opened up my eyes to metal braces i asked her name, she turned to run the shyness made it all worthwhile shut my eyes again and drifted slowly back into the night the water and stones pull their symapthetic strings through my bones the water and stones pour their sympathetic streams through my bones but the canyons are dark the canyons are dark i was lost through the bight and the arcs
6.
Max 03:27
there in the center of a cosmic sphere floating in my dream i was scratching under the chin of my favorite childhood cat wearing the grin that i have sorely missed rowing in a raft we passed Einstein and Gene Wilder enjoying a friendly game of chess do you believe in magic? well i think you do you'll always have a friend shining big green eyes down on you from the bedroom waiting in the sky alive in the center of a coffee house writing in a book you got up to use the washroom so i thought i'd have a look images bursted from the printed page and quickly came to life before i knew it we were walking through a carnival at night there was a lion and his ringmaster with a handlebar mustache the cat was dying, the man was crying so we sang to him and asked: do you believe in magic? well i think you do you'll always have a friend shining big green eyes down on you from the circus waiting in the sky and i think of all the time spent wishing down a well when i could touch the sky we'll listen over AM radio for those hymns we just have to close our eyes do you believe in madness? well i think you do... and i think of all the time spent wishing down a well when i could touch the sky we'll listen over AM radio for those hymns we just have to close our eyes
7.
Pomegranate 06:14
pomegranate leaves, glass-like and grinding up in our skin, dirt, and gravel out on this vacant trail it smells like recess California skies dim between our eyes for the final time pomegranate seeds, smooth like a baby children of the earth you spit 'em back at the dirt a cool wind's pickin' up squinting in the dust said "give me back my car keys, i'm really not that drunk" so come on already, i'm ready to go you pull me close where i can't say no but i'm not capable of loving you i'm not capable of loving you i'll never be capable of loving you any different than i already do a cool wind's pickin' up adrenalin has long worn thin regret is building up just give me back my car keys
8.
all planets out drifting tonight away from their stars, away from the light and what i find underneath wrapped-up and trembling tight like a bandage is wounded and shimmering in white paper airplanes that i throw sending them off without knowin’ where they’re goin’ most take a nose dive but ours passed the high-rises at times coming in awfully close now i share your dreams and sometimes the images that wake you will wake me i fear the depth of your being sorry i turn you away when i lose my sight our planets in harmony tonight orbiting stars and bathing in light what i feel above me is tender and striving breathing new love and easy on the eyes now i share your dreams and sometimes the images that wake you will wake me i fear the depth of your being sorry i turn you away when i lose my sight sorry i turn you away when i lose my sight
9.
Waiting 04:14
floating under ice watching the bruised-up sky hover like a monster slipping out of time wasting my weathered breath on a cry for help snow crushing under foot nearby static turning on an old dial i've been waiting my whole life so what difference could this make? i think of mom and dad i sink like a stone to the river floor isn't it mad that everything slips away on freezing rain in an instant no more setting sun no new love to inspire or mistakes from which to run snow crushing under foot nearby static turning on an old dial i've been waiting my whole life so what difference could this make? i've been waiting my whole life so what difference could this make? i'll meet you up there above the canyons and the coast i'll meet you up there between the body and the ghost between the body and the ghost...
10.
Waking 05:42
i like waking up slow to old songs on the radio and cool air lifting up my throat bathing in warm water cleansing poisons from my troubled mind let them wash away let them wash away let them wash away i like waking up slow to old songs on the radio singing the words that i already know will you fill my heart once again? leave me with the softness of your voice before we fade away before we fade away before we fade away will you fill my heart once again? leave me with the softness of your voice before we fade away before we fade away before we fade away

credits

released August 16, 2011

All songs written & arranged by GL3 & Jake Gideon, except "Waiting", written by GL3, arranged by Kevin Hahn & GL3, & "Pomegranate", arranged by Jake Gideon

Recorded, Mixed, and Produced by Jake Gideon at The Bait Shop in Hollywood, CA except "Waiting", Recorded, Mixed, and Produced by Kevin Hahn at Opal Studio in Portland, OR

Live drums on tracks 1, 2, and 3 performed by Michael Hopkins and recorded by Jonathan Price and Jake Gideon at Scott Studios, in Los Angeles, CA

Pedal steel guitar on track 1 performed & recorded by Raymond Richards, at Red Rockets Glare, in Los Angeles, CA

Organ on track 1 performed by James Williams

Backward electric guitar on track 2 performed by Jonathan Price

Backing vocals on tracks 2 & 10 performed by natasha archer

Upright Bass on track 3 performed & recorded by J.P. Fitting in Burbank, CA

Percussion on track 6 performed by Jake Gideon & GL3

Vocal, rhythm guitar, and drum programming on track 9 by GL3

Additional vocals and all other instruments on track 9 by Kevin Hahn

Vocals and acoustic guitar performed by GL3

Additional vocals and all other instruments performed by Jake Gideon

Mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering, in Chicago, IL

Artwork and photography by GL3

All songs © 2011 Von Feline (BMI) & Bait Shop Pop (ASCAP), except "Waiting" © Von Feline (BMI). All Rights Reserved.

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