Little Mountain

by Said The Whale

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released March 6, 2012

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Track Name: We Are 1980
Lean back into the wind
It’s an empty cold outside
I sent you back just the smoothest rock I could find
Accompanied by just a couple of words came to mind
It’s an old concept
Sending letters again
Well thought out, rehearsed and written in pen
Paperless here is a thing of the past
I’m cutting down trees and using up gas

We’ve got Mandarax and loveless sex
And information passing right through our skin and bones

Spot on with my content for the lesser known
In spite of all of the rules of my own
That I break up in stride
Ignoring my front, back
Ignoring my left and my right
It’s my moral compass
And it’s easy to find
Well thought out, intentionally left behind
It’s regrettable, yes
But how could I ever sleep at night?
Knowing I had rules and knowing I had to abide

We’ve got Mandarax and loveless sex
And information passing right through our skin and bones

It’s the information age
Of lesser consequence to the silence
The information age
Of fountain pens and real stationary
The information age
Of lesser consequence to the silence
The information age

We are 1980
Track Name: Big Sky, MT
My grandfather picks wild flowers
At the top of the hill
Up on the mountainside
And He knows their names
By their colour, shape and their size
 
Up over the ridge and through the valley
Picking flowers by the river side
 
My grandfather he picks Shooting-star and Prairie-smoke
Where lily-of-the-valley grows
Purselane and Queen-Ann’s beauty
Bathing in the off-flow
 
Up over the ridge and through the valley
To find Pearly-everlasting in the light
For true love
“For true love” he said
For true love you do the best that you can
And she will always be there when you wake up
 
My grandfather was a fisherman
Though no fish ever stood a chance
Standing on the riverbank
With a fist full of Cutthroat on the sand
 
My grandfather was a good man
And for a good life he gave thanks
Picking flowers for his true love
For Queen-Ann on the riverbank
 
My grandfather taught me there
If you show true love that you can take care of her
And when you wake up she’ll always be there by your side
 
 
My grandfather he picks wild flowers
At the top of the hill
Up on the mountainside
And he writes their names
In the back of his
‘Rocky Mountain Wildflowers Field Guide’
 
 
Up over the ridge and through the valley
To find Pearly-everlasting in the light
 
Up over the ridge and through the valley
Picking flowers by the riverside
 
Up over the ridge and through the valley
For true love everlasting in the light
 
For true love
“For true love” he said
For true love you do everything you can
And she will always be there when you wake up
 
My grandfather taught me
Picking flowers is worthwhile
If you doing it for your true love
 
When you see her smile
It's like
Big Sky, Shooting star,
It's where we are
Where we grow
Roots of never ending light
High up in the mountain meadow
 
Track Name: Loveless
We tossed the notion around
Hints in the subtle sounds
Never spoken aloud
I loved the idea of it
But without significance
It could be delicate
And I always mean what I say

How could I love you less
Now that I know you more?
It’s just a question that I still don't have the answer for
How could I love you less Now that I know you more?
If there was a choice
Given the choice between theirs and mine
I'd take the comfort of comfort every single time
How could I love you less
Now that I know you more

So passing the time away
Without remembering anything
And learning all your intricacies
You, back to the city life
Softer spoken, kind
Seeing things in a different light
And I always mean what I say

Back in our younger days
(We were younger then)
We were locked away
(We were just starting out)
We were just starting out
You used to hold me close
(I still hold you close)
You're so dear to me
(You're still dear to me)
Now we're comfortable
Never too comfortable
Track Name: The Reason
The reason my love
My priorities got so fucked up
And I’m sorry that I lead you to believe
You don’t mean that much to me
‘Cause you do, and I care, and I’d do anything
But I’m out on a limb here
And you’re just sitting there
Smoking your thin-lipped, lady-sized cigarettes
And laughing

I just want you too, believe me
And to believe in me
Believe in me

But I know hurt ‘aint what you mean
And I say there is a fine line
Between love and trust
And believing the things that we must believe in
But don’t forget about all the little things
That mean so much to someone like me

I just want you too, believe me
And to believe in me
Believe in me

I know hurt ain’t what you mean
I say there is a fine line
Between love and trust
And believing the things that we must believe in
So don’t forget about all the little things
That might mean so much to someone like me
And I know that it’s only skin deep
But I know how deep that can be-
‘Cause you tell me
And I just want you to believe in me
That's the reason my love.
Track Name: O Alexandra
Oh Alexandra,
So completely undeniable
So completely beautiful
You teach me to sing again
So sweetly I will sing for you
If you let me in

Alexandra, When you wake up
Wear your morning crown
No makeup
Beautiful
You teach me to love again
So deeply I will fall for you
If you let me

Oh Alexandra, When you give up
Bear your only heart
No regrets
Beautiful
You teach me Whole again
So sweetly I will be with you
If you let me in

Alexandra
When you wake up.
Track Name: Big Wave Goodbye
I am aware of a red tide line
But I won’t stop swimming here
Fires blazing, sirens in the night
Things just getting hotter

Two days on the land
For ten months on the water
Awaiting the big wave
I'm waving a kiss to Vancouver

All of the months of wondering why
I'm just not good enough
Over the years, under the rug
Things just get heavy
Now only a few days after and already
You're drawing a fine line
Now I'm waving goodbye
To my city
My lover
And my friend Vancouver
They're tearing us apart

We make it pretty
The way the world sees this city
The way the world
Sees us from afar
The way we are the way we’re meant to be
It's a different city now
It's a different city.
Track Name: Jesse, AR
Jesse came from Arkansas
Had a house and sold it off
Been a husband for too long
Never been a lover, though

So he headed up to Edmonton
He changed his name and found some friends
Got a couple shekels from a brother who supported him

Didn't take a couple months
Till Jesse finally met someone
A simple girl from Edmonton
Thought that they could be something

So he brought her back to Little Rock
And showed her off to everyone
Found a house and found a job
Got a ring to get it done

Restless eyes they never sleep for too long they're always a couple steps ahead

Jesse disappeared again
Didn't go to Edmonton
Didn't talk to any friends
Like many others who are
Trying to be someone else
Instead of who they really are

Jesse came from Arkansas
Had a house and sold it off
Been a husband for too long
Never been a lucky one
Track Name: Lover/Friend
I would never have guessed
That you would find me here
On the other side of the land

And that you would consider me
For to be your lover and friend
Your lover
And friend

I will be happy forever
And I will never be unhappy again.
Track Name: Guilty Hypocrites
Far from suffering
Or unjust circumstance

Guilty hypocrite
Guilty hypocrite

Too little too late
Won't make the difference

Guilty hypocrite
Guilty hypocrite.
Track Name: 2010
I've seen enough parts to know where we stand
It's impossible to take it all in
Those bright city lights, they're burning your eyes
It's unreasonable to see them from Mars

You're unrecognizable
You're state of the art
You're paper plans
You're counselled and tall
You incorrigible stone
You're missing the point
You're un-drivable
You're falling apart

It's back and forth between all of the pride that I've got
And all that I've lost
And I'm defined by these city streets and sidewalks
And when the crowds came it put me off

It's apropos that
Just after the fact
A note arrived - a hand on our backs
"Those fiery skies
They showed us all why
You're so livable
You set the bar high"

We'll be back and we'll stay
All in from so far away
You can fit us in, just stack us upon
Up in our Lego block homes
Poised to flatten below
Tease our city bangs with these honeycombs

It's back and forth between all of the pride that I've got
And all that I've lost
And I'm defined by these city streets and sidewalks
And when the crowds came it put me off
It put me off
Track Name: Heavy Ceiling
Thought I'd seen the last of you
You're falling again
I'm a roof and I need sun
Two feet under I'm done
You thought I was the sky
Thought the cracked plaster was night
Chips of paint reflected light
Light upon you
Thought my water weight was fine
Blended in with ice
Im heavy
 
Out in the woods in the pouring rain
Our telephones, well they never ring
Our telephones, well they never ring
 
Is this the worst place you could be
Stuck beneath me buried deep
I hope this wasn't what you dreamt
Elbows up and trying to breathe
I thought you were the moon
Lying sideways like you do
Eyes are craters small and blue
Shining brightly
Looking simple and serene
Talking in your sleep
Say goodnight
 
Out in the woods in the pouring rain
Our telephones, well they never ring
Our telephones, well they never ring
 
I must have fallen on you
 
Track Name: Hurricane Ada
Hurricane Adele
Little wind growing up east coast
Bare skin sleeping through a hurricane
You'll be a hurricane Ada I know
You'll be Hurricane Ada

Sweet in your Mother's arms
Fast asleep
Little breeze
Twinkle in the eye of the storm
For my kin
For Queen Anne
For Marianne
On the day you were born
You were the blue sky
A halo of sunshine over Halagonia
For me and my home
Little hurricane
You were the eye of the storm

Hurricane Adele
You’ll be the big wind growing up east coast
You’ll be a hurricane Ada
Hurricane Adele
You’ll be the big wind blowing over the ocean
You’ll be a hurricane
A hurricane

Hurricane Adele
Little bare bones
Eye of the storm
You’ll be the blue sky
You’ll be the bird song
Falling on my ears the day you were born
You’ll be the big news baby
A photograph

Hurricane Adele
Little wind growing up east coast
Bare skin sleeping in a hurricane's eye
You'll be the big wind someday I know
You'll be hurricane Ada I know
You'll be a hurricane Ada.
Track Name: Safe Harbour
We travel at night
By the light of the moon
We follow in the wake
Into a Long Bay
We anchors away
Safe for the night

Four brothers and I
Wake with a gloom
We bathe in the brine
Ever too soon
For a captain's call
Hauling in the line
We make our way

Home by dark
Four brothers and I
Tie up to the barge
Ever too soon
We gather and sort
Carrying our weight
We make for the car.
Track Name: Lucky
With the dawn we rose aloud
Stretched and yawned
What's left, surveyed around
The humble sound
Searched all of our minds alike
For the faintest cloud
South bound, satisfied
With what we'd found

After all the causes we get behind
We can still find us a common ground
Cast down, to the living depths
Unnanounced
What rises up again?
No one knows
What chain do we sit atop
And watch unfold
Each anchor that we set
A different home

In between all the causes we get behind
We can still find us a common ground

We are lucky and we know it
We clap our hands to show it

With the focus on always moving up
And moving on
We can't rest till we've driven off
And our hearts become
Second best, and left behind
With the weakest pump
What's down, but a safety net
And the softest ground

In between all the causes we get behind
We can still find us a common ground

We are lucky and we know it
We clap our hands to show it
Track Name: Seasons
I always thought that Winter was for lovers
'Cause when else is a body's warmth so warm
Underneath my clothes your hands are freezing
But I don't say a word

But maybe it's the Spring that is for lovers
'Cause that is when the world comes out in bloom
In the light of all the lengthening days
That still end too soon

But now I'm thinking Summer is for lovers
'Cause when else will we find the time to leave?
Lay out in a field and watch our love growing
And swaying in the breeze

But could it be the Fall that is for lovers?
'Cause that is when the leaves get tired of being green
And then they turn into others
That are very rarely seen