Ptarmigan

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released August 26, 2016

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Track Name: A Magician of Sorts
The other night, as I lay still
I had the visions of a man
With his harmony and trill

As I was searching for a friend on the coast
The water turned to peaks
And the oceans into dew

I said you were a dancer, and he mentioned that he taught
The art of stage to you
You know that surrealistic truth

Without much notice the landforms had changed
He was a magician of sorts
Put his stated art in shame

The tune he whistled inside
It entered and stayed
I wish I knew it all by heart
For my life it could’ve saved
For the wolves I thought were gentle
They snarled as they passed
The same damn tune the man had sung
And I was swallowed as I gasped

And I stumbled through stones, without my new friend
Though he’d warned about the pack
Their curiosity sure to end

As the animals drew near, I heard in my head
Note for note the same
As I awoke safe in my bed

The tune he whistled inside
It entered and stayed
Of course I knew it all by heart
For my life it could’ve saved
For the wolves I thought were gentle
They snarled as they passed
The same damn tune the man had sung
And I was swallowed as I gasped
Track Name: Spirit Wakes
Distance just a warning to the sun
That I won’t go, not another one

Damages are foreign to the cell
Well of course they are, because you built it well
You built it well, you built it well

That cloak I wore to tempt it in the night
Through cracks I slipped, and the darkness fights

I won’t keep the chamber is good form
Well of course I won’t, with the spirit borne
Oh adorned, oh adorned

Ghosts oh don’t they strike a fight beyond these walls
Forest tender, defender falls
A shame it is to keep the felon locked from his
Image healing without’s within

Long as I’ve been covered in the fold
That life I led, lying bound untold

Stories just a figment of the mind
The healer’s hand, with the shackles bind
Oh they bind, oh they bind

Ghosts oh don’t they strike a fight beyond these walls
The forest tender, defender falls
A shame it is to keep the felon locked from his
Image healing without’s within

My dear oh we climb, for the outside we pined
And the tiredness creaks like the shackles tied

Like a church oh it rings, when you call out and sing
Is it strange that we sin for what side we’re on?

On the catwalk we lay, held the darkness at bay
And the concrete kept tabs on the morning light

And that night we felt safe, because the spirits did wake
To protect us from what they tried to escape
Track Name: Peaks
When the peaks did reignite
You knew better than to fight
Curses came when they had sworn
You looked better not forlorn

Oh, the great divide
Those swollen eyes
Great furs and hides

Fathers please lend me your ear
Fens have grown this cold long year
If you’re to wager ‘gainst defeat
Cut my locks and show my feet

Sold on broken skies
The old crow flies
Meets his demise

Nobles speak out easily
“I’ll never let those grackles sing”
The crow he sleeps so idly
His perch is taken, fallen king

The elder myths they did convince
Of a land worth taking
The double edge of sprouting thought
With reclamation brings profit lost

Fathers lost in some dark fit
Leaving place for me to sit
Rumour sprang up from the ground
Easily silence the sounds

Craze, I fell into
Punish I do
Ambitions muse

News arrived by the evening tide and unravelled
Track Name: The Sarus Crane
So it is said that the lonely ones
Who would wander, bereft by those Seljuq sons
Would die and weep, their souls would keep and take the grounds

Oh our excursions they made a row
To win these old hearts did require a vow
Austerity, the only route to smash the gods

Steel shepherds lay down, by the old mill my friends
Feathered fears be woken, conscience saves these sounds
If it seems to fade, young ones should gather round

So we keep thinking “why is it must”?
That the wind might settle, turn into dust
The shrines they built to smother out the sarus cranes

The steps they smashed, his name they dubbed
But it sure looked like Beelzebub
The angled forms turn into spheres and back they turn

Steel shepherds lay down, by the old mill my friends
Feathered fears be woken, conscience saves these sounds
If it seems to fade, young ones should gather round
Track Name: Stilts
The nest up above he built
You know the sun’s held up by stilts
He engineered his ever enduring fears

The emptiness he felt, landlocked career he dealt
The animal domain, the tail they brought him changed the pain
And sight he gained

The course of mammals past, those stormy clouds he longed to grow a mast
His mate a crippled bear, his genes to soar she did not share
And jumped impaired

The nest up above he built
You know the sun’s held up by stilts
He engineered his ever enduring fears

The house they could not see, those stilts they rose the height of trees
His esoteric peace, was so high up they did ignore
Until it poured

Soon the tower grew too high, wobbled and swayed over city so far
The storm grew into lightning strikes, struck those stilts and did set fire

The nest up above he built
You know the sun’s held up by stilts
He engineered his ever enduring fears
Track Name: O Zephyr
Stop the car you know that I
Couldn’t let you see this old animal die
Like buzzards we must pick and pry
Ideas born when left will lie

Creation myth was written down
Through tongues that tell we spread them around
All things that grow must start from the ground
Create we might with borrowed sound

O Zephyr, carry me
From this walk I’ve trodden so carefully
If I might claim some divine source
Will the ears perk up like ears of corn?

Volumes lift me off the earth
While my verses ponder so dark in the dirt
Regardless guardian sing up from the mirk
The pains of growth, a flightless bird

O Zephyr, carry me
From this walk I’ve trodden so carefully
If I might claim some divine source
Will the ears perk up like ears of corn?

Darling I can see the rust
On your woven cloak of tin stardust
You’ve always been a cavern torn
An expedition, along the shore

Within the silos of making
There live the only ones gone crazy
That hermitage we longed for
The scavengers do maketh more by taking

If I don’t tinker anything
I will hang here by a string
You know the scavengers do maketh more by taking

Darling I can see the rust
On your woven cloak of tin stardust
You’ve always been a cavern torn
An expedition, along the shore
Track Name: Limbs
I entered slowly without sound
The territory guarded by hounds

Without a morsel I tried to bear
A shelter tossed in open air

That hefty ranger tends entwined
My solitude he grants in kind

I lie awake, no comfort found
Like sprites my thoughts did dance around

I hear your voice through pines and the simmer of black flies
I couldn’t have waited for you love,
The fruits only fade with

Time, the measure that grows and extends my limbs
To pluck strings and sing notes
It’s stopgap, but the closer I’ve felt

The one I left behind
She’s a full moon set so fine
I’m collapsed here on the earth
Just passing time

The forest floor, she lets me go
Though her cradle leaves wanting more
Than a frame for memories
And distant shores

Far away the buildings rise
My attachment to does underlie

The one she lives among the clouds
Where I’ve made myself so disallowed

The city it sleeps and wanders the paths I’ve taken
Truly, though through the
Expansion, feeds my loneliness
A newly formed horizon, a crystalline construction
Track Name: Bloom
Like a sheep in wolf’s clothing
You saw me there, thought I’d stolen that face
With the verses of my songs misplaced
Those electric tomes to your distaste

I was tarred and feathered
With that motion I did gather and plume
Not a self-destructive thought cocoon
Those petals fall and wait to bloom

Songs of home form another starting point to roam
When the guards had gone and run, and those eyes begin to roll
And that time itself wouldn’t take this long with flesh and bone
When the morning came around, we’d all but overgrown

I was carved and nurtured
So I moulded you the way a father gives
From mud to madness, chose to live
And that noble tenant did forgive

Songs of home form another starting point to roam
When the guards had gone and run, and those eyes begin to roll
And that time itself wouldn’t take this long with flesh and bone
When the morning came around, we’d all but overgrown