when i was an ice skater

by Nesey Gallons

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credits

released December 4, 2012

produced, recorded and edited by nesey gallons
mostly between autumn '07 to autumn '012

played by
nesey gallons: singing, guitars, ukulele, moog, banjo, organs, piano, drums, bass guitar, nolionium, bells, aetherphon, cello, turntable, tapes, electronics, assorted percussion, synthesisers, loops, squirrel bell

with
robert gerry: bass guitar (1, 5, 6, 12, 13) feedback loop (1, 13)
julian koster: toy piano & bass guitar (2) bass drum & bells (3) button accordion (6)
william cullen hart: bass drum (8) drums & various sounds (9)
john fernandes: clarinets (2, 5, 9) violin (2, 9, 13)
andy sailboat: moog solo (2) bass guitar (5)
whitney elizabeth: piano (1) vox (5)
derek almstead: ghosting (2) ancestral bells (13)

songs by nesey except words on track 7 by sarah moran

additional sound engineering by the musicians during the sessions that they participated in. and chris yetter helped record a bass drum in his backyard.

mastered by nesey gallons

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Track Name: when i was an ice skater
when i was young and you were in love
with someones shade in a bedroom far away
sleeping sound through soundless days
then december gave cambridge singing saws
and through the graves were you who i saw
if only id known id found your heart

and i remember when i was an ice skater
every winter when the lakes and ponds had frozen over

the warm barns and fields hazels voice will never find
and the treelimbs where we should have climbed
starry songs swept from the night
in my care theres a lock of your hair
an old state flag flown forever blown threadbare
faded blue in the sea air

but i remember when i was an ice skater
every winter when the lakes and ponds had frozen over
Track Name: i remember eyes
back when you were weightless
constantly floating
and those avenues made of paper
blew away with the wind and you

i recall the sun was shining
i remember you were beautiful
there between the boats and fountain
frost flowers in buttonholes

i remember eyes

we walked together
and abandoned factories faded
folded the blackened
newspaper pages shut
Track Name: oh my love
sunken boathouses rise from the lake to the sky
since the two of you died
now theres nowhere to call home
the coast of maine feels like a ghost of a friend lost at sea

oh my love we will be too cold to sing

hang a bell by my door dearest if you need me
and ill be sure to find you before morning comes
to the grey harbor waves where we rowed our birthdays
to our grey harbor rooms
where we were wed long ago in our sleep while it snowed
now theres no one to call Home.

oh my love we will be too cold to sing
Track Name: outer space
higher than the sounds youre singing
higher than the sleeping cities
far above steeples and chimneys
rollercoasters and lighthouses
far below where theyre asleep dreaming
i remember treading water
popham beach, broken sand dollars
afternoons in greenwood garden

back to the stars

higher than the ghosts of zeppelins
clock towers, the birds and airplanes
lost balloons and rain clouds drifting
higher than the songs youre singing
far below where theyre asleep dreaming
i recall lake nicatous
old mast road, the horseshoe shadows
i remember where they found us

back to the stars
Track Name: my swan
i cant believe youve gone
blown across summer stars
to another song
wherein your palaces remain
my love
you know its true
you know its true
its true
you know its true
my swan

i dreamt i found you floating through a flooded carousel
and in your waiting eyes there were starry skies
my love
you know its true
my swan

i cant believe youve gone my dear fallen airplane again
forever you belong adrift within my arms my love
you know its true
my swan
Track Name: telescopes last glances
words written by sarah moran
october '03
nantasket beach, massachusetts
Track Name: aurelia
"ill float around the world without you
ill float around the world without your face"

if you need me to ill be invisible again
the last i breathed you said "never worry me my friend"
that was the last time that i told you goodbye/goodnight

do you remember what aurelia said to me?
"ill float around the world without you
ill float around the world without your face"
Track Name: i believe in love
theres no sound like her voice
her silhouette within the noise
i remember
when we were young and alone
among the eyes who never shone
i remember holding the snow

i believe in love

time will follow you home
the years reform before you know
where you are
a heart-lit world thats been blown out
who rose once more will never doubt
if you were born to be my friend

i believe in love
Track Name: old friend
old friend, ive seen your constellation at night
in the snow
and in the morning there are silhouettes drifting through town
when i go to school

i know how quiet life becomes when alone
when the wind has blown all friends far into other centuries

old friend i hear you in the falling snow
i always dreamt of you arriving in a cloud
Track Name: interplanetary navigation
through the fog we'll float again my dear
through the clouds we'll float again my love
over everywhere we've been in these lives
through the universe we'll wander someday my friend
Track Name: st petersburg
another day begins in love with her
oh a friend would say
"youve always been sand dollar grey"

when summer comes
take home these rusted wreaths
until then ill stay and sleep
until when i hear your feet walk back to me
in the falling snow

when you were young
did you ever love someone?
no, not anyone
only the ghosts of what never was

and now life ends
what could have rescued you?
only the world remains
only the rooms and lakes
where you lost your way
in the falling snow