One Tongue

by Birdlips

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recorded in Sandpiper Cove, Destin, Florida
October-November 2010

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released 01 January 2011

all songs written and recorded by Lindsay and Clifford

Lindsay - vocals, ukulele, keys, percussion
Clifford - vocals, guitars, clarinet, percussion

Thanks to Maureen J and Joan W, Lisa B, Sara D, Erik N, friends and family

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Track Name: paper palms
imagine you’re in a dream
a number shifting on the screen
fingers stretch like rubber bands
the ripples tingle in your hands

the glass is thick but pushes through
you tie your mind with things to do
nothing’s real enough to take
any moment you could wake

all around everyone dreaming
Track Name: under crooked trees
I was lost out in the rain
I was in a bad way
bad way, way down
treading water in that town

throw my arms up “why, why?!”
hold on now try not to cry, cry

gotta dig, baby, dig dig deep
somewhere buried in the heap
something here that we can keep
we can find a place to sleep

summer salvage what you can
in a bag or in the van
it’s hard not knowing where I stand
it’s hard not knowing where I stand

it won’t be long
but you’re all I got to go on
when it rains in paradise

slow trouble up ahead
brake lights burning cherry red
winding up the way ahead
the sunlight fading on the dead

throw my arms up “why, why?!”
hold on now try not to cry, cry

paper hands catch the breeze
look up now you got the green
got that jeep back on the steel
holy water was the deal

fate makes a break and I take it
fate makes a break and I take it take it take
it’s hard not knowing where I stand
it’s hard not knowing where I stand

under crooked trees
where I fell asleep
under crooked trees

it won’t be long
but you’re all I got to go on
when it rains in paradise

it won’t be long
but you’re all I got to go on
when it rains in paradise
Track Name: gold and jade
oh misery,
give me a rest
in this dream of ours
oh misery,
smoke low on the horizon
we’ll meet again

oh loneliness,
give me a rest
in this dream of ours
oh loneliness,
the lamplight low is whispered out
a hollow sound

her silken train, the ghostly bride
floating on the blackened tide
we’ll meet again on the other side

the vessel laid in gold and jade
traveler come home through the water
hold on tight to the light
of the moon

great mystery,
give me some hope
in this dream of ours
oh mystery,
the old dust blown and cast about
it sighs aloud

her silken train, the ghostly bride
floating on the blackened tide
we’ll meet again on the other side

the vessel laid in gold and jade
traveler come home through the water
hold on tight to the light
of the moon

she slips through my arms
drinker, moon, and shadow

the vessel laid in gold and jade
traveler come home through the water
hold on tight to the light
of the moon
Track Name: one in seven
these are the times that try men's souls

and we’re back where we began
bare in the snow
I had a dream of a stone cabin
where only we would go
but I don’t know the way
the shadows creep up walls
they say the dark will take us all

it’s a sign of the times
it’s a sign of the times

mist beckons me to the waves
shells cut my feet on the shore
can’t escape the icy light
its chilling me to the core
I want to go on
but I’m deaf dumb and blind to the call
they say the dark will take us all

it’s a sign of the times
it’s a sign of the times
Track Name: higher vision
I was just drifting on daydreams
out on that sandy shoal
where I could feel the connection
the spark of the halves made whole
all so far away, all so far away
out in wide open space

higher vision
when you’re sunstruck
life as you know it is melting away
is it the road wind wearing you thin
when you breathe it in
I fear this world just isn’t for you

all through the echoes of ages
shine like we been here before
all so far away, all so far away
out in wide open space

leaves that you rolled up in paper
blown through the sliding glass door
all so far away, all so far away
out in wide open space

higher vision
when you’re sunstruck
life as you know it is melting away
is it the road wind wearing you thin
when you breathe it in
I fear this world just isn’t for you

run and we might catch the sunset
right as it dips in the waves
all so far away, all so far away
out in wide open space

higher vision
when you’re sunstruck
life as you know it is melting away
is it the road wind wearing you thin
when you breathe it in
I fear this world just isn’t for you
Track Name: undertow
washed up with the seaweed
I was struggling to stand
I was helpless as a jellyfish
when you took me in your hand

the undertow
will carry you back out
you never had a doubt, no

and though the breaking waves will shake me
deep inside my core
I’ll be sea glass, baby
shape me up against the shore

the undertow
will carry you back out
you never had a doubt, no

could you show me how you turn yourself to water
like an ice angel slowly getting hotter

the undertow
will carry you back out
you never had a doubt, no, no, no

may never reach the destination
may never understand
been carried by the current
sea-swept inland
simply to dry up
and sink into the sand