POSITIVE HAYWIRES

by Brother Earth

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released 16 September 2014

All songs by Steve Five & Todd Tobias
Produced by Todd Tobias
Steve Five: vocals & lyrics
Todd Tobias: music
Cover art by David Crunelle

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Brother Earth

Brother Earth is vocalist Steve Five and instrumentalist Todd Tobias. Todd is also a solo artist on Hidden Shoal Recordings, and a member of the band Circus Devils (with Robert Pollard of Guided by Voices and brother Tim Tobias). Steve is also the front man of the Brooklyn New York-based power pop band "The Library is On Fire," also found here on bandcamp. Brother Earth began recording in 2008. ... more

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Track Name: Plum Creek
Plum Creek

We took a break and watched the river for the trees it sparkled
We saturdayed awhile all out upon the frozen backlawn
Of summer’s memories, we waddled like some superstar doves
Like Saturdays we were so in the wily witching hours

And you got to me
You got to me so hardcore

So Saturday, so eyes of blue and yellow
So play for keeps so mortal moment in such eyes so hollow

You got to me
You got to me so hardcore
And there if nothing else was something that I had to live for.
Track Name: Out Like a Lion
In like a lamb and out like a lion, lead you to the gate
Said come on and slide, come let it slide a little
Here it ain’t so bad have a little, have a little taste
In like a lamb and out like a lion walk you through the waste

Go ahead and try a little, tie on a little, ride a little
Come on let me help you get yourself through the haze

In like a lamb and out like a lion left you in a daze
So you swim on down the little hole, a little taste
Need a little more, just a little, needle it in place
Come on won’t you wallow a little in the new embrace

Come on let it slide a little, ride a little, high on a little
Anyway you want more to leave without a trace

In like a lamb and out like a lion made you lose your place
Now you think the ride’s gone a little past what you can face
In like a lamb and out like a lion left you so defaced
Can’t stop the ride, the wrong side, the other way

In like a lamb and out like a lion…
Track Name: Sunny Side of the Street
Sunny Side of the Street

Oh, red rubber ball come bouncing like a playful cat in my room
Come peering through my tangled sheets to wake me
And through the kitchen window as I sit and sip my coffee
The sunny side of the street is where you’ll see me
The sunny side of the street is where you know I am today oh yeah yeah
The sunny side of the street’s where I’ll be walking

And it’s a pity that the morning cannot last forever
Or that the clouds can come to darken down the brighter skies oh yeah yeah
Or that the day will always turn into a darker night
Or that the summer turns to winter in no time at all but I say

The sunny side of the street is where you’ll find me
The sunny side of the street is where I’ll walk on down to meet you today
Track Name: Lady of the Lake
Lady of The Lake

Oasis to wake us, awaiting us now is the Lady of the Lake
To take us, save us, too soon to drown out this isn’t our fate

Place us, moon dust, dreaming so sound of the Lady of the Lake
Shake us, stardust, gone too soon now, the Lady of the Lake
Track Name: Cortez the Cuddler
Cortez the Cuddler

Each steamy morning I wake up, put on my suit of armor
Its something that I don’t regret you know I must be bothered
You see inside I like to call myself Cortez the Cuddler
And when I lay down every night she calls Cortez the Cuddler

Now maybe I’m wrong, and maybe I’m right when I chop it down, chop it down
History only remembers my blight, and that’s alright cuz I tore it down, tore it down

Smeltin’ my gold into your mold, and takin’ it slow into the fold
Look at me now

And when I look out every day upon the lands I conquered
To think about how I was dancing all across the water
I never cared much about how I might be remembered
I only hope Donna Marina calls Cortez the Cuddler
Track Name: Hidden Valleys (of Tomorrow)
Hidden Valleys (of Tomorrow)

To the muses of the light, come forth defenders
The serpent’s seeking flight, his face is rendered
With the poison of the bite like the soul remembers
Grant us fortune for to smite his evil embers
Grant us courage now to fight these malicious spectres
Hiding in the night like the soul remembers
Track Name: When I Have Fears That I May Cease To Be
When I have Fears That I May Cease to Be

When I have fears that I might cease to be
When I would see that blackness slips us away
To watch the waves and find that they cry all the time

I never washed ashore the blackness of the night
Never stirred the waters of the Lethe
Never sighed upon the edge of the tides at night

So when I walked the stone upon the dotted shower
Frozen alone within the empty bower
Searching for the coins in my eyes to cross sides

I caught a glimpse fair creature of an hour
An image wrought by the magic hand of chance
And I could feel the blue in her eyes
Track Name: Both Meeting Somewhere We've Never Been Before
Both Meeting Somewhere We’ve Never Been Before

It came at us like a curse
It was here before we were born
Pulling all the wool from our eyes
Putting all the wrong things in place
Plucking all the light from the dark
And they’ve come to give you away
And they’ve come to strip off your bark
From behind the black veil exposed
So decreed before we were born
Both meeting somewhere we’ve never been before
And where we’ll never meet again
I’ll see you there
I see you everywhere I turn
I couldn’t bend so one and only future
That exposed a different past and
Still I wonder where to put your face
A different cast disrobed to taste decay
To face my back, the feet beneath my dirt
To paint the ground
And I’d spin round and round and round and round and round and round and round
To win you back
I’ll ride in black and blue
But only safely bet I won the curse
To lose the war
A little more
Just a little more
Just a little more
Just a little more
A little more
Track Name: Girl With the Crystal Tears
The Girl with The Crystal Tears

She got the crystal tears, she’s the girl who was crying with the crystal tears

W-w-wonder where did the radio go, did he lose himself trying to find his way home
Was he seduced by the forest freaks in the sharp relief with all the crispy retreats
It’s a cheap thing you don’t understand it’s a white suntan from behind the van
Another day just like a bird flew by, and out from the eyelet tiny demons fly
Maybe vomit in the village night and die of goblin fright it’s a happy sight
Magic tricks into the purple light got a front row seat for the stardust flight

She got the crystal tears, she’s the girl who was crying with the crystal tears

Droppin’ down into the amulet in an ambulette, it’s a safety bet
Got a meeting with the rabbit hole can you feel the soul of all the non-carbonated gold?
I couldn’t breathe for a thousand days in a thousand lounges in a single chaise
Getting strong leads with the darkest night and it’s the deepest freeze for a fairy flight
Gonna cross into a billion bees it’s the deepest cold for a new disease
And all the ghosts crawling out of my mouth running round the house knocking children out singing

She got the crystal tears, she’s the girl who was crying with the crystal tears
She got the Beamin’ Blaines racing all the Corvettes down the crystal lanes
Saying where did the summer go did the winter win with a stranglehold?
Track Name: Claustrophobic Headspace
CLAUSTROPHOBIC HEADSPACE

(so we ride)
I could not get out of the purple haze
it was a dream i wasn't after
and growing deaf to all that they would say
still seeing all their laugther
wanted so bad to wash it all away
erase this blackened chapter

you better turn back in your time
you better leave this boat behind
(so we ride)

So then we set out for the nearest door
my little bird and me together
I gave a form to every faceless fear
summoned all the evil masters
I drew a dot upon the empty page
and set ablaze the nearest rafters
in the claustrophobic headspace
Track Name: Planet Wednesday
Planet Wednesday

I took command of all the scrambled symbols on the ground
Reread them blinded by the incoherence of their message
Went through my days so sick amid the mute void of this world
Was left so hungry by the blindness of my shackled brothers
I desecrated all the temples built on broken ground
Was left exiled by the cold hand of the prophet preacher
I drifted through inverted seas and tread a pathless land
Could not conceive of how this all was somehow still my mother
I kept a prayer inside my pocket for this bitter world
It said somehow a thing of beauty is a joy forever
Track Name: Bright Star
Bright Star

Oh, watch the rain fall on the distant sea
Its like a ghostly web of memories
I remember all the tales told to me
Of greater men than I would ever
Oh, but none of them they ever knew
A shining star that’s quite like you

Oh and one day all these elements will weigh
Upon the Earth and sky to wash me all away
Oh, the brightest sky I ever knew
Track Name: Positive Haywires
Positive Haywires

And the world could drop away
See you from the sidelines
Mention that they’re scared
from all they wake up knowing

So the world just drops away
In spite of all your stars
The final tiny eyelet
of your bitter knowledge

When they let me lick the snake
Underwater now
And breathing with a lung designed
For infant waters

And the mob could smoke my face
Giving all the pillars out
No one could let the lyrics fly
The winter solace

And the world could drop away
See you from the sidelines
Mention that they’re scared from
All they wake up knowing

So the world just drops away
In spite of all your stars
The final tiny eyelet
Of your bitter knowledge
Track Name: City of Gold
City of Gold

We got to the City of Gold
Or so I’m told
And she’s so pretty
She’s gold
Its what I know

We finally found the fortress walls
They sparkled so inert
We walked along among the hallowed halls
Majestic sons of Earth
Track Name: Candles on the Beach
Candles on The Beach

The flashes of a ghost thought
Like the mercy of a clock stop
Comes a memory from the fog
You could hear a pin drop

And everything that you said
And everything you didn’t
It haunts me like a black sleep

Whatever makes you happy
Whatever makes you want me
Like a crystal in the dark sea
You’re the treasure that I can’t see
And I hope you will release me

From everything that you said
And everything you didn’t
That haunts me like a black dream

Like glitter on the dark sea
I try to put it past me
I keep it right beside me
Like embers of that evening
Like rustling from the black trees
I try to put it past me
I keep it right beside me
Like an angel in the backseat
Like candles on the beach
I keep them right beside me
I try to put it past me
Like an echo of that evening