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1.
03:44
Give off your wool-mouth and sharpen your gums, Throw back the sawhorse with newspaper paws We were talking to animals, animals. The weather in autumn is moving toward frost, We fumble with nets for the things that we've lost We were talking like animals, animals. If someone could watch us and translate our laws, Governor Will-Nill elected because Vincent the Tiger's asleep on his arms Call in the doctor and don't do no harm We were talking like animals, animals. We hide on hillsides and eat things for fun, We float like horseflies on ribbons of love Bullets of honey to sweeten the bluff We were singing like animals, animals.
2.
Bulletin the gator's mouth don't close He blinks his eyes and rubs his nose and says "Call me but a witness "Down the underground went the arsonist He spun around and shook his fist and said 'I don't know what I did!'" The curlers and their kids, the lobster bracelets Hey, hey! Watch them go away Hey! Watch them go away A messy waxen hymns, the crinoline, she Hey, hey! Goes away Hey! Watch them go away Throw the violins, the vinyls and the bins Go! Watch them go away Hey! Watch them go away Hello operator, the fire department made its case am I too late to say, "I don't know what I did"? Connect me to the state I can clear my name I know myself, I'm not to blame I say I don't know what I did No, I don't know what I did.
3.
03:38
How I never care, how I'm never there How you'll never know, how I love you so But hold your doses, you'll fall too fast The band you bring caroling Hello little mouse on the tambourine You paint upon a color screen While the sparrows sing The coroner's letter came too late And so he tagged a pillowcase So hold your doses, you'll fall too fast Horace Roundabout is dead How the mourners lined his bed A letter to a love-in-law "Lover, tear the covers off" Watch your head up there Watch your balance, dear Won't you sing along? Or we'll sing alone.
4.
04:58
Money sat on the floor with its tummy rumbling Give it some more, it don't beg free It grows without a whimper, the garden on its seeds And children heat their tempers, and rock at racehorse speeds For money flat on the floor with its belly crumbling Give it some more, you can't make me The strangers come in strange cars, then burn the yard away The neighbors all are cunning, and taxmen stand in place For money out on the roof with its thumb beating hungry Give me some or you can't keep me The doctor fills his pockets with papers, pills, and things Then when he wants for money his fingers stretch and sing
5.
02:45
Hey mother did I desert you? Hey brother did I desert you? Hey father did I desert you? Hey sister did I desert you? Night is grey under covers I'm awake, so are others.
6.
I don't need no situation, I don't need no god or nation, please I know not even why. The fortune came from West Virginia, said "For sure there's some good in ya", see? I know not even why. Sire, we inquire, "What's the matter? Why so cold?" A whistle-blower and a sinner cleans his hands before his dinner, see? I know not even why, No, I know not even why. Hey brother Paul, I heard that you saw me Up against a wall, singing "We're on the radio" Hey son-in-law, I've something to show you Guns and arrows drawn, such a sight to see on the radio Broadcast to all ages, taken through the stages, Away we go Fires gives me tires, makes me tired, makes me old. Hey City Judge, how do you find me? Am I just in love? Or is that behind me? And does this shit blind me? Choirs give out flyers, watch the wires seeing songs Tell us when you're hard of hearing Tell us that the mic's endearing, please I know not even why No I know not even why
7.
Go down to Carolina Be nice, a little kinder The bee-girl caught mosquitoes My girl sings what we know Hats off to me and you. Fall down, Carolina The forest's full of fire The showers for me and you. It's all that I want to be and all that I'd ever do Throwing the tail of me and chasing it through the woods. Lay down little lion Calm your grinnin' smilin' It's all that I want to be and all that I could ever do Chewing the head of me and chasing it to the tooth Lay down, Carolina We'll be nice, a little kinder The bee-girl and the choir Will all sing a little softer, quiet, softer.
8.
01:55
I'm bound, I'm bound for-giveness I'm bound, I'm bound away Somebody's gone screaming down the hall Shouting finally morning has broken
9.
04:09
I can feel the decades in the air I can feel the death that's in the air I can feel the water everywhere Can't you feel the water everywhere? Hey I know it, hey I know, I know That echo in the air Don't you hear the stories in the air? I can feel the death from everywhere I can feel the water everywhere Hey I know it, hey I know, I know That siren in the air I can feel the shouting in the air I can feel the panic everywhere I can feel the water everywhere Hey I know it, hey I know, I know These shipmates in the air Off the boat and flying through the air I can feel the message everywhere I can feel the water everywhere Hey I know it, hey I know, I know
10.
05:29
Honey's eyes are gold Honey's eyes are double-fold and twisted through my head Again and again they wrap around the dead Like honey purring. There's fire from the air There's embers barely settled and they're dancing everywhere We dare, how we dare to call the whole thing terrible. There's a conversation that we had There's a lump of pillows in my bed. Baby's lips are done The finger on the trigger now it's time to get things done Bend, go and bend that's how you win someone. Darling, dance around the stone All these birds are pigeon-toed and dancing through my head Again, oh again they shake those hips my blue jean baby There's a conversation that we had There's a lump of pillows in my bed. I will play the nurse if you play dead We will drop pianos, ammos, yes sirs, on your heads.
11.
Oh, how lovely was the evening? Round the wheel the wilds a-runnin' Mum the river singing, humming "We'll keep the vultures dying" The afternoon bread's left crumbs in our beds. Jillian within the forest Struck a stone and broke her poor wrist Buried in the ground the lame appendage And became a tree of bended branches The garden of leaves we built from our knees. But then storm it poured upon us And we sang the howling chorus Fires came then flood to the forest The vultures cried and flew above us. So you and I will die adored Thrown around the willful rapids "Who of us is truly horrid?" Sings the vultures ended chorus.
12.
04:50
A cannonball shot to bits my bedroom wall Said "Don't be such a know-it-all" And left me with the moon. Alcohol, guns, and dressings down the hall A fire-pistol on the wall I'm going to need it soon. Crazy, I'm so crazy Crazy, don't think me -- I often am, often not Feeling floors getting hot Providence, you've shown me foul temperaments Until I've had enough of it I'm going to fetch the moon. Summer rain reminding me of ankle pain Twisting words and more again It's going to leave me on a sprain It's going to leave me soon. Watch the strange dove It's all I've heard of Serenades shower from your mum's champagne Read again the whiskey grain I'm going to love you just the same I'm going to love you soon. Watch the strange dove It's all I've heard of I'm out of sorts, love It's all I've heard of Striking matches Till one catches. Morning bells fill my head like oyster shells Whispering "The oceans swells, It's going to reach you" I know it's going to reach me I know it's going to drown me soon.
13.
03:13
I joined the business years ago You joined the circus, now I know. If in a chart I read your name If in a crowd you caught my face I'll meet you when the seasons change And we go back to town. My only act of tumbling My acrobatic gambling And somersaults in a honey sea The Seagram ship goes sailing. I'm fond of paper folded fans They turn the air to jubilance.

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released December 13, 2011

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