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since feeling is first who pays any attention to the syntax of things will never wholly kiss you; wholly to be a fool while Spring is in the world my blood approves, and kisses are a better fate than wisdom lady i swear by all flowers. Don’t cry – the best gesture of my brain is less than your eyelids’ flutter which says we are for each other; then laugh, leaning back in my arms for life’s not a paragraph And death i think is no parenthesis ~e. e. cummings
2.
02:51
Living alone, You carelessly call that home. Your heart soared burning to exile - You call it home Well, baby, I'm listening - I know what you're missing When freedom isn't feeling so free. Oh my darling, I'll be there when winter grows cold. Drifting out to sea Would never satisfy me, Satisfy me. But I did not replace you - My shores will embrace you If ever you desire it to be. Oh my darling, I'll be there when winter grows old.
3.
Please don't wake me - just let me sleep Everything's better in my dreams Where the skis are always blue And I'm lying in the grass with you And you're smiling at me The way you used to do Please don't wake me - just let me pretend Let me pretend this isn't the end And that you still feel the way That you did on that first day And we've still got something more Left to share than the rent From here in my bed I can still pretend That you're still in love with me Still in love with me Please don't wake me - I can't bear these days Watching your love drifting away Now the skies are always gray And the sun won't shine his face And every time I look at you You're looking away Please don't wake me - just let me sleep I don't want to lose my dream I don't want to wake and see You packing up and leaving me Leaving me Nothing but dreams Your love started slipping away a long time ago And where the heart leads You know a body must follow So please don't wake me when you depart I'm scared my body might follow my heart Ten thousand leagues under sorrow When from here in this bed I can pretend instead That you're still in love with me So let me dream Just let me dream Go on and leave me To my dreams.
4.
02:15
Today I pull the stitches with my teeth I want it now, I want it now I'll break away before this gets too deep I want it now, I want it now I want it now, I want it now And I won't make time for this anymore And I won't make time for this anymore I won't waste time, I wont waste time Today I sort the ashes from the blood I won't back down, I won't back down I'll rise again, no matter if I should I won't back down, I won't back down 'Cause I want it now, I want it now. Fell right into a haze But I won't go there again [I won't go there again] Spent a spell in a daze But I won't go back again, I won't go back again I won't go back again Today's a day like never was before I'll take it down, I'll take it down 'Cause I want it now, I want it now I want it now I want it now I want it now
5.
What's the problem being lazy? I don't even want to know. What's the point of being crazy, All your possessions lined up in a row? I'm just giving you a head's up We're gonna sit tight, don't get up, no. Be my vagabond I'll be your vagabond, too Be my vagabond I'll be your vagabond, too I know it's not your style... I found the passage to your ramparts And filled it up with snow I stashed away our shoes and SIM cards They're buried safe down below What's the problem being lazy? It may be wrong but it don't faze me, no. Be my vagabond I'll be your vagabond, too Be my vagabond I'll be your vagabond, too I know it's not your style... Just try it out for a while I'm just giving you a head's up We're gonna sit tight, don't get up, no. Be my vagabond I'll be your vagabond, too Be my vagabond I'll be your vagabond, too I know it's not your style... Just try it out for a while...
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Lyrics are adapted from the poem "Beggars and Kings" written by W. S. Merwin Lyrics will be added here when publishing rights are granted. Meanwhile you can view them at www.poemhunter.com Better yet, purchase W. S. Merwin's beautiful book "Migrations" published by Copper Canyon Press "Beggars and Kings" is printed on page 196. But please visit all the pages and fall in love with Merwin's resonant poetry.
7.
03:01
Red river, red river, Slow flow heat is silence No will is still as a river Still. Will heat move Only through the mocking-bird Heard once? Still hills Wait. Gates wait. Purple trees, White trees, wait, wait, Delay, decay. Living, living, Never moving. Ever moving Iron thoughts came with me And go with me: Red river, river, river.
8.
03:21
Your sorry eyes cut through the bone They make it hard to leave you alone Leave you here wearing your wounds Waving your guns at somebody new Baby you're lost Baby you're lost Baby you're a lost cause There's too many people you used to know They see you coming they see you go They know your secrets and you know theirs This town is crazy, nobody cares Baby you're lost Baby you're lost Baby you're a lost cause I'm tired of fighting I'm tired of fighting Fighting for a lost cause There's a place where you are going You ain't never been before No one left to watch your back now No one standing at your door That's what you thought love was for Baby you're lost Baby you're lost Baby you're a lost cause I'm tired of fighting I'm tired of fighting Fighting for a lost cause
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Ice forms on the cracks In the old breakwall The waves below us crash And beckon our fall Take me down to the water's edge It's cold and the tide is high I want to walk that ledge You left her and your ship boards tomorrow Now I left him And I'm too numb for sorrow Take me down to the water's edge It's cold and the tide is high I want to walk that ledge Chase a swig of rye With a splash of the sea Scatter the ashes of our pasts And fall with me I want to fall with you down so deep Sink into you as you sink into me Revive each other from these lives we've left Breath to breath Breath to breath Breath to breath Breath to breath Take me down to the water's edge It's cold and the tide is high Stars are frozen in the sky But the moon is full tonight I want to walk that ledge

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nest, gear, beer, basslines and heartbeats; Girls Rock Rhode Island
for wings; and all past and present SwampBirds who have shared
us—we love you!

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released November 16, 2017

Jen Long: vocals, guitar, banjo
Bronwen Konecky: vocals, guitar
Sue Metro: lap steel, bass, keyboard
Pedro Weinberg: drums

Let Me Pretend and Double Drowning written by Jen Long
California, Want It Now and Vagabond written by Bronwen Konecky
Lost Cause written by Beck Hansen

Poetry adaptations by Jen Long:
Feeling is First composed from the e. e. cummings poem
"since feeling is first"
Beggars and Kings composed from W. S. Merwin poem (same title)
Red River composed from T. S. Eliot's poem "Virginia"

Recorded by Two Ears Recording (Sue Metro)
Mixed and Mastered by Seth Manchester at
Machines With Magnets (Pawtucket, RI)
Design and illustration by James Weinberg
www.weinbergdesign.com
2017

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SwampBirds Providence, Rhode Island

Summer 2017 line-up
Jen Long::Guitar, vocals
Kate Mick::Banjo, vocals
Pedro Weinberg::Drums, vocals
Brian Jablonski::Pedal Steel
Joanna Elizabeth Read::Bass
Jennifer Jane::Backup Vocals
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