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The Wild

by Kris Delmhorst

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1.
ALL THE WAY AROUND I burnt my eyes on the moon last night, I was looking for a reason to shine Reaching out past my second body, reaching out past my mind Into the darkness, into the darkness, into the darkness of what we don't know Into the place behind the place we never go And now I'm coming all the way, all the way around Now I'm coming all the way around We left our skins on the shore last night, we were drinking from a bottle of time I felt the tug of your blood, the lean of your love, I felt your heart's electric whine And you're with me, you're so with me, you're so with me when you're far away I think of all the time it took to learn to stay And now we're coming all the way, all the way around Now we're coming all the way around I closed my eyes on the road last night, I was listening to the sound of the stars Listening to the song of life getting long and the music of the way things are A little silence, a little silence, a little silence at the end of the day A little space to let the music fade away And now it's coming all the way, all the way around Now it's coming all the way around
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TEMPORARY EXISTENCE A temporary existence, a fleeting affair All of your persistence, all of your cares Did they shoot like an arrow? Blow like a breeze? Did they die like a sparrow? Fall like the trees? If you tell me your story I'll tell you my story too The bottomless ocean, the limitless land Your secret devotions, your tentative plans Did you shake like a mountain? Did you lie like a lamb? Did you cry like a fountain? Fail like a man? If you tell me your story, I'll tell you my story too
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The Wild 03:33
THE WILD If you looked for me, you'd find me then I'm in the same spot I've always been Working for love, loving for fun Holding a place for everyone In the wild, in the wild, in the wild Do you remember what you do it for When you get done, the prize is more You're the horse and the cart, the pimp and the whore Could you even find your way anymore In the wild, the in the wild, in the wild When you get home, end of the night, Kick off your shoes, kill all the lights, Gets so quiet, nothing but you, Remember how you used to live there too In the wild, in the wild, in the wild If you found me here in the smoke and the rain In a thousand years I'd still know your name You can't wash it off, it's an old tattoo This was the world and the world was you In the wild, in the wild, in the wild
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RULES TO GAMES I can see that you're sick again, sick of November, Sick of the city and sick of your hands Sick to death of the whole thing, sick of just waiting And all of the wanting, and all of your plans, you're sick of your plans You can see that I'm tired babe, tired of trying Tired of dancing that delicate line Tired of sleeping, tired of waking up In the grey of the morning that won't even shine, it won't even shine Is that me, is that you Arguing over rules To games we don't even want to play Can we take it and leave it, make a pile of the heavy And all of the petty things we didn't mean Burn it to nothing, make love in the ashes, Lie down in the river til it all runs clean Is that me, is that you Arguing over rules To games we don't even want to play
5.
I DON'T NEED TO KNOW IT ALL Honey it would mean the world to me If I could sit right here and watch your willow tree Learn to grow straight up out of the ground Learn to trail my branches all around I don't need to know it all, I don't need to know it all Oh my friend how lovely it would be If you should come along and sit right next to me All my molecules go to one side And for a moment I could call that satisfied I don't need to know it all, I don't need to know it all And my heart, when it flies, flies like a desperate bird All alone, in the night, warbling every song Every song that it's ever heard Oh my love now it would be so fine If I could see out through your eyes and you through mine All my earthly burdens fall away How could I ever leave, how could I ever stay I don't need to know it all, I don't need to know it all
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Magnolia 02:58
MAGNOLIA I'm gonna drink a sweeter wine I'm gonna get it right this time I'm gonna finally lose my mind I'm gonna have a little fun I'm gonna let that river run I'm gonna set right with the sun All of the way, all of the way back home again Gonna find out how the circle bends I'm gonna be somebody new Paint my room a brighter blue I'm gonna leave a space for you
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COLOR OF THE SKY In deepest blue I step onto the avenue and everyone sees And in the night the pretty lights that shine so bright they all shine for me People talk about me, baby People talk about me, baby People talk Don't you understand me baby, don't you even realize that I can change the color of the sky I, I don't, I don't even have to try Lately I've been feeling you don't want to see it, when my light comes on I see you close your eyes I, don't, I don't even know why Above the din the record spins and I begin my evening routine The heavens wheel, the hearts unseal, and no one feels the space in between People wonder at me, baby People wonder at me, baby People wonder Don't you understand me baby, don't you even realize that I can change the color of the sky I, I don't, I don't even have to try Lately I've been feeling you don't want to see it, when my light comes on I see you close your eyes I, don't, I don't even know why
8.
FOOLISH BLOOD And all the time you were mine You were mine in my secret life My secret life that I held so tight I held so tight in my mind like a lucky star And all that time the garden grew The garden grew twining high up towards the sun Towards the sun, til I hardly knew I hardly knew seeds I'd laid in the ground And my foolish heart only pounds and pounds and pounds And my foolish blood goes around around around And who knows why cells divide Cells divide, new skin and a brand new mind A brand new mind but an old design Your body turns towards the light whether or not you try And the way it feels tonight Is like anything is possible, the fences all come down and you can Roam where you like Like it's yours to lose, yours to choose again, to choose And all that time we were alive We were alive under wide and unbroken skies Unbroken skies and a road that winds A road that winds to the place where our garden grows And my foolish heart only pounds and pounds and pounds And my foolish blood goes around around around
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Lonely West 03:10
LONELY WEST In my chilly east, in my lonely west In my lion's lair, in my eagle's nest I get high when I hear your name I get high when I hear your name I get high when I hear your name In my foggy dawn, in my afternoon In my screaming sun, in my fading moon I'm alive when I'm in your game I'm alive when I'm in your game I'm alive I'll come in late, I'll come in low I'll come in fast, I'm gonna meet you I'll come in late, I'll come in low I'll come in fast as you please I go blind when I see your flame I go blind when I see your flame I go blind, let me see it again
10.
Hollow 03:12
HOLLOW Well time don't fly it only crawls In circles on the kitchen wall And a song just ain't no use at all If there's no one who can play it Well things are different since you came My wings don't work in this heavy rain Now everybody knows my name But no one's gonna say it And you, you leave me hollow, leave me hollow You, you leave me hollow, leave me Well I wanted to be an instrument That life or god could play I guess Cause music comes from emptiness When the air is moving through it So I guess I owe my song to you You changed me like I asked you to And now the sound just flows on through Like I knew that it would do it And you, you leave me hollow, leave me hollow You, you leave me hollow, I'll leave you hollow too
11.
TRACKS IN THE SNOW All the lengths to which we're driven All the mercies that we're given Tracks in the snow, oh oh oh Can you see me coming home Let me be a rank beginner While the light grows ever thinner Tracks in the snow, oh oh oh Can you see me coming home When the world has disinclined you I could be the one to find you Tracks in the snow, oh oh oh I can see you coming home When there's no one left to hate us Fold into the one who made us Tracks in the snow, oh oh oh Can you see me coming home
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THE LIGHT IN THE HALL Don't let me fall asleep, I know it gets dark and deep Promise you'll keep a light on in the hall You know me, my limit and my lie, Grief and my greed, I know you know sometimes I need it all To just go away That's why I ask you over and over again Over and over again Don't let me fall asleep, promises hard to keep The loneliest leap, the farthest to fall We been watching our friend close their eyes Know how it ends, never be surprised Watch them decide to just know it all Be the sun in my eyes, be the voice in my head Be the thorn in my side, be the fight in my bed Be the curve in the road, be the wave crashing over the sea But please Don't let me fall asleep, and I won't let you fall asleep Promise we'll keep a light in the hall

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released September 22, 2017

Produced 2017 by KD and Jeffrey Foucault

Engineered by Justin Pizzoferrato at Verdant, Athens, VT, and Sonelab, Easthampton, MA.
Mastered by Alex McCollough at True East, Nashville, TN

Kris Delmhorst - vocals, acoustic guitar, cello, piano, wurlitzer, rhodes
Jeffrey Foucault - electric, resophonic, and acoustic guitars, ukulele, piano, toy piano, vocals
Billy Conway - drums
Jeremy Moses Curtis - electric and upright bass
Alex McCollough - pedal steel guitar

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“Long Day in the Milky Way” is a shimmering compendium of sometimes murmuring, sometimes urgent pop and Americana sounds" Boston Globe

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