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POSITIVE HAYWIRES (compilation)

by Brother Earth

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1.
Plum Creek 01:53
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.
2.
Out Like a Lion (free) 02:50
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…
3.
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
4.
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
5.
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
6.
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
7.
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
8.
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
9.
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?
10.
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
11.
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
12.
Bright Star 01:42
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
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14.
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
15.
City of Gold (free) 01:09
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
16.
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

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released September 16, 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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