when we were clouds

by nesey gallons

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about

ONE FROM THE ARCHIVE:

recorded in athens georgia in the spring and early summer of 2002
when i was 17/18 years old.
some additional overdubs were later recorded in brooklyn new york in the spring of 2003, Athens again Summer '03, and nantasket beach, Massachusetts in the autumn of 2003

UNFINISHED
Compiled from best available mixes remaining. There are still some tracks missing. RECENTLY LOCATED "BASS DRUM" featuring my four track static guitar. had to de-ess it four times to make it even remotely listenable to my old codgers ears.

credits

released January 1, 2014

nesey gallons: vox, guitars, bowed things, bass, drums, xylophone, bowed sheet metal, synth, tapes/manipulations/loops, banjo, piano, kazoo, etc.

julian koster: fuzz bass on 2, vox on 3 and 12, drums on 10, button accordion on 8, additional percussion on 12, bowed banjos on 5

patrick byrne: drums on 7 and 9

stephen james: drums on 5, 6, and 13

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Track Name: when we were clouds
when we were clouds sleeping all day
i was a spark then
you were so bright and motion blew
its movement through your arms
i kept you breathing
in shadows sadly hung

of all the noise your needing gave
when we were clouds

with your mouth pleased to fall
over my skin
dreaming for its pause on my throat

of all the noise your needing gave
when we were clouds
Track Name: until there are flowers
i held your lungs
one in each hand
the colour of your room in november

this dollar hat on the floor
as a blanket when its cold

until there are flowers
we will sleep beside the stove
and without eyes
we will sing all night
with our windows shut tightly

well we've never been more afraid
in all our lives
there is no one to love
you should have known it all along

so turn the corner with the noise
a thousand moments in your eyes/
onto pulaski in the rain
clutching tall bottles
oh ive been drinking, such surprise
ever since you told me how you carved a boat
and rowed out into the waves
Track Name: with gun and camera
you have the bluest eyes that i have ever seen
and telling gazes betray you to me
accusatory languages were drafted by a fireplace
with gun and camera pointing at my face

and when you dance on the floor
ill be swimming to the bottom of the sea

you were caught in mid air by a photographer
while falling from a rooftop
i found you asleep inside a tree trunk
face clad with centuries gone

and when you dance on the floor
ill be swimming to the bottom of the sea
Track Name: oh dearie been hollerin
she sang a lovely number
oh how those windows trembled
and heather laughed and closed her eyes

with a certain vocabulary
you will break my heart
ill stumble over implied syllables that never met their sound
Track Name: portland in july
i loved a girl who sang like a bird every morning
in anarcticas room i first spoke of her as a shadow

when i was beside you all i could do
is wonder how your body arrived into this room

you looked like the moon over nyc with one cloud passing by it
in anarcticas room i first thought of her as a character

when i was beside you all i could do
is wonder how your body arrived into this room

and my favourite colour was silver especially come winter
and my favourite book was portland especially in july

in anarcticas room i first knew her to be a piano
with a glow in her eyes and a sleepish smile while singing to me

but i was only a shadow across your face
beneath the window unable to replace
when we spent a day with our shirts off thinking of the ocean
until i fell asleep and dreamt of swimming to the bottom of the sea
Track Name: the ocean
i cant fall asleep tonight with you
i cant fall asleep tonight with you
because you are singing in the ocean
you are singing in the ocean

in your lungs
ive breathed
water from.
in your eyes
ive seen
ocean floors.
your ghost
sleeps by
the fireplace.
when its cold
at night
i KNOW
your mouth STILL SINGS.
Track Name: skeleton
oh i can see it in your blue eyes
that we are reaching into unconvincing days
i was only a shadow across your face

you are so beautiful id love to crawl inside your body
and look out from your beating heart and sleep between your breathing lungs

you caught me
scratching paper
id sleeping
loveless hours

as pianos assembling fictions to keep panic under fang
what will we become now that our notes no longer ring?
i was only a shadow across your face

this is noise forever captured in the horrors of your absence
now your ghost haunts midday shadows all across this bedroom
and youre drifting without wanting friction a hand placed upon my chest
im moving through an empty movie alone before a cameras lens

you caught me
starving after
id been singing
quiet prayers
(JESUS BLOOD NEVER FAILED ME YET)

on the bottom of the ocean
i felt water fill my body and lift me up to the surface
like a cloud caught on a wave
Track Name: so century
so century youll find me in the morning clutching to your fingers
its safe to seem that youll say something menacing for breakfast tomorrow
if camera knew your positions id imagine youd be going home

so sympathy will find me in the morning interesting your papers
wont claim to please this direction closing mirrors caught reflecting me
if camera knew your positions id imagine youd be going home

so century youll find me in the morning confronting windows
frictitiously clapped the climbing when fuck wished for a melody
if camera knew your positions id imagine youd be going home

quite honestly by concluding youll question toward this such turning
and a symphony combines with your history below one shadow falling
if camera knew your positions id imagine youd be going home
Track Name: no elseone
so give the photograph to april
she'll be coming soon with nag
best to forget shes declined every longing in your heart to be loved

alphabetically speaking
she may be your first true love
but when snarlings are the greeting you receive upon waking up
perhaps consider disappearance into the rain?
in the rain i felt the curve of the noise

(all the cold months i know you invent need)

only photographs treasure
staring into my eyes
oh there is no else one beneath me
pleased to keep their chest against mine

WE MAKE FANTASTIC PUDDLES, DONT WE MOTHER?
LOOK HOW OUR OUTSTRETCHED ARMS TANGLE FAR!
OUR SAD FANGS CHIPPED CLASP EACHOTHERS FINGERS!
OH, HOW VERY DARLING!
Track Name: the woman who swallowed the ocean
your life is leaping from city to city
with these reluctant travels
you ache to be fiction
pursuing your cure by feeding the sickness
what reveals truths better than poison?

which clobber bettered you?
i can tell your head is bleeding

the scissors completed several evenings
where no violin could make sleep convincing
each line dribbling from veins familiar
tucked in the closet below my blankets

you look like a child when you are crying

well i knew the woman who swallowed the ocean
along all the beaches fish screamt for breathing
Track Name: murmurs in the snow
you were always guessing much too accurately
and i would hang my fingers on your face

a newspaper proposed to you and clarified advatages and spoke precisely of your innocence that history refused you

oh! microphone pull this sentence from my mouth!
its far too difficult to sing.

in the evening our clouds made company with a drippy porch and rocking chair
i coiled my tendons around you there
and kept you
sticking pieces myself inside of you
oh, how they fit!
the bells applaud!
a million laughing phonographs turn their gaze
into your heart
i alone knew the wisdom of their song
but i taught it to your mystery and sympathized with fist
your trembled then reached for my head
to push into your arms
a prayer dropped by the bed closed its murmurs in the snow
now every winter slips its teeth into my holes

and all along you would sleep with windows gaping
as birds flew in and sang a song upon my chest
Track Name: bass drum
i fell asleep in your bass drum
and dreamt a million hours of all the places you go
when its getting cold and youre on your own

i fell asleep in your bass drum
and felt a million hours of all the reaches youve known
to eventually let go and leave you alone