Real River

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Just to jump in / to the real river
-Julia

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released January 26, 2015

Additional Parts:

Nicky Woods - Cello 1, 3, 11, 12
Angelina Bjerregaard - Violin 4, 12
Tim Hurst - Trombone 7, 11
Andrew Cox - Tenor Saxophone 5, 7

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band of men, players of guitars, beaters of drums and dreamers of impossible animals

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Track Name: Dissolve Into The Black
Walking out the cinema all superhero’d up
lasts for a minute then we snap back
a slightly wider gait, a straighter back
when you laugh it off my fears they

dissolve into the black

I write it to you so it means something
something to someone
i cant believe our lives got narrowed down
to such a tiny point of light

dissolve into the black

I love to see you crystallised
in some form of joy or whatever it is
deafening yourself with favourite tunes
40 to 20000 khz mmhmm

and you're a beautiful manga character of a creature
trust me you wanna be here
when i turn it up to 10
I’m not playing the humble game
when you laugh it off my fears they

dissolve into the black
Track Name: A Little Of Your Glitter
A little of your glitter
rubbed off on my cheek
I used up all my heartbeats for the rest of the week
I used up all of my silver getting ready to meet ya
Used all my gold trying to paint you from memory

The letter in my pocket where you put it
it’s chasing me through rooms like an over-exposed flame
and it's chasing me backwards and forwards
in between my hemispheres
chasing me round electrically

and the heat goes on and on

I know this could be my undoing
under the fairy lights in summer garden swinging chair
I know this could be my undoing
after a pinot noir my heart is singing like a bird

A little of your glitter
rubbed off on my cheek
I used up all my heartbeats for the rest of the week
And I'm coming apart in my restless dreams
losing my cool in my t shirt
coming apart at my restless seams
Track Name: Vampire
All I know is that you are a vampire
some suck my blood, some radiate
I’m not foolish enough to try and change you
I’ll be out of your way by sunset

All I know is that you are a vampire
I don’t wanna dwell too long on the theme
This is not a cool teenage girl movie
Just the sad end to a long scene

I’ll leave you in the corner
Railing against the baddies
In a constructed world where you're cast as the good guy
or at least a cool affliction
with a pitiful affliction
It’s the choice I never wanted
You’re the voice with which I’m haunted
I’m not bitter I just like breathing the air
In the clear view of the sun
In clear view of the sun

All I know is that you are a vampire
You’ll be materialising out of the shadows
Telling one of your bleeding-heart stories
Charming your way to another soft neck
Pulling back the collar to another soft neck

Self preservation on my part
you live on what flows through my heart
I’ll be rear-view silhouettes of mountains and trees
accelerating madly
accelerating madly
It’s the choice I never wanted
You’re the voice with which I’m haunted
I’m not bitter I just like breathing the air
In the clear view of the sun
In clear view of the sun
Track Name: Great Storm Of Now
swifts are returning from africa
screaming of another life
wakes me up, makes me sing
we were sleeping on the wing

faces of charming but ruthless men
on the paper money in our hands
need someone to see through me
need someone to see me through

someone with whom to sit through the great storm of now
sat on the hillside observing the thunder clouds

on the day helicopters flew
in our hearts we already knew
of course we knew long before
we woke to splintered stable doors

felt the rumbling in our beds
a change of pressure in our heads
i need sedating, i resist the urge
i need to feel the full storm surge

someone with whom to sit through the great storm of now
sat on the hillside observing the thunder clouds
Track Name: Taj Mahal
You give me a case of amnesia
I se your neck i wanna seize ya
But you always left me lonely
Don’t seem to know you’re my one and only
Like a supernova gonna destroy me
I’m your ragged toy, destroy me

You know you’re the fireworks above me
You’re the Taj Mahal of my dreams
You’re there to make me say ooh aah
You're there to make me go too far

I don’t wanna get too continental
Sit with a coffee n treat you gentle
See that look I wanna own you
Not in a slavery way but a good way
Like a chicken dinner I wanna bone you
Track Name: Julia
I didn't notice the wind and the rain
nitro-glycerine pumping in my veins
you are the prize, i think you realise
but not how much I’m willing to fight

No-ones gonna understand me when you're gone

julia my old-school heart is beating outta time
julia my old-school heart’s gettin left behind
sure we are born from cruel nature just don’t make it harder than it already is

So how do you concentrate concentrate
with the pollen and boys calling out the window
just to jump in to the real river
and then to swim, water delivers

No-ones gonna understand me when you're gone
Track Name: Heartless
Arrange your face like you don’t recognise
erase the animal joy from your eyes
say that you're fine

Always unleashing new hair on the world
signal the start of a new episode
all on your own

but i never knew that you could be so heartless
shuffling the cards
no i never knew that you could be so heartless
dropping me so hard

i get it you need to cut people out
to show the world how much power you hold
and how in control

paint your lips red like you're starting a fight
out of the frame but you're hiding your eyes
why you hiding your eyes?
Track Name: Ring Road
Out on my motorbike around the ring road
Sulphur lights reflected off the water and
life looks better when it’s scrolling by

I’m in freefall it looks much cuter when you're
21 holding off the future
but the leather on my skin feels just the same

You seem surprised that I’m a little bit fractured

Oh we’ve had millennia of this kind of thing
Oh you know that’s why I’m a coiled spring
Summer fashion my blood starts to sing
Oh you know that’s why I’m a coiled spring

Nights I go out and if it’s starry I find
Arcturus, Vega, maybe Venus
and I pull myself back together in the dark

When the motor’s screaming’s when I do my thinking
There’s a stillness inside my mind
and all the clocks stop ticking for a while
Track Name: On a Corner Overtaking
On a corner overtaking
was it boredom or desperation
and with the sun in our eyes
we are invincible on a day like this

summer spent observing flowers
said we’d never join the pushing drones
and with the sun in our eyes
we are invincible on a day like this

Strewn upon the valley side
is where we come to rest and
Strewn upon the valley side
we join the flowers and the
heart-broken lilies

Sat behind an ambling Kia
Sweat was soaking through my T-shirt
and with the sun in our eyes
we are invincible on a day like this

Strewn upon the valley side
is where we come to rest and
Strewn upon the valley side
we join the flowers and we’re
flying with the glinting shards
we turn and flare once golden
strewn upon the valley side
is where we put an end to love
rivers and bones and love
Track Name: Patrick
Patrick i get so frightened
Could it have been that we were holding on too tightly
Cut off the blood supply to something that we might need

When I am out on the streets
Now I don’t recognise the hateful looks they gave me
and who’s gonna stand up to the kids when they’re so crazy?
I cannot see an end so who is gonna stop them?

But I always knew
that you’d save me dear
if it came to it

When we danced we lifted off the floor
on the way back home you took my hand
now it’s ringing out so clear
through the tarmac’d over years

When we danced we lifted off the floor
on the way back home you kissed my mouth

now we’re lying side by side
I don’t know what’s on your mind
but we’re focussed on the same time now

Patrick I get so frightened now
spent all my diamond days just trying to say the right thing
now when i think of it just who was i impressing
spin a cocoon and no more hungering and thirsting

When we danced we lifted off the floor
on the way back home you kissed my mouth
when I come back you’re still here
through the tarmac’d over years
And it crashes into us
Track Name: Kitty In Detroit
The city crashed and crumbled
the people moved away
vines growing up through the remains

We moved in together
she turned with shining eyes
and said it's all we need, it’s paradise

kitty, kitty in Detroit
in 2008

I could never tell if she burned with
an inner anger or inner light
I was entranced thought could save her or help her fight

Had a kind of romance
the broken roofs and stars
but winter came we burnt all of our bridges trying to keep warm

Truth comes
Truth comes streaming in
Just like sunlight through bullet-holes in tin

I could never keep her
I stayed a year too long
I could never hold that hell-bent stare

Smiling in the sunlight
bare legs, flower blouse, abandoned cars
In the only photo that remains

In the days when isolation came
I couldn't take it, I had to get away
That was Kitty, Kitty in Detroit
She's still there fighting her corner eyes ablaze
Track Name: Wild Sisters
Oh the wild sisters
how they fling themselves apart when they are dancing
how they fling the world apart when you are with them
and the family cheekbones

Oh the wild sisters
are as close as flesh and blouse so they can’t see much of themselves
they are animal in that respect
oh the wild sisters

and if you meet them
you will suddenly feel yourself transported
and you wanna stay inside the warmth a while more

Oh the wild sisters
how they finish off each others sentences
smile the same demonic smile in every photo
with the family cheekbones

And you know it cannot last
cos something that burns so bright must burn itself out
you’ll be standing on your own your hair all messed up
like a cyclone came through

And when you leave them
You will suddenly feel yourself transported
And you wanna stay inside the warmth a while more

Oh the wild sisters