Bloodroot

by Elisabeth Pixley-Fink

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02:28

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This album was made possible by an Artistic Development Grant from the Kalamazoo Arts Council. Made with love in Michigan.

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released January 24, 2013

Engineered by Patrick Carroll in a home studio, Keith Kinnear at Backseat Productions, and Ian Gorman at La Luna. Mixed by Ian and Pat. Mastered by Ian at La Luna in Kalamazoo. Produced by Elisabeth and Pat. Artwork and layout by Laurel Premo.

Elisabeth Pixley-Fink: Vocals, piano, Rhodes, organ, mellotron, acoustic guitar, sycamore logs, slaps, claps, jar & spoon
Michael Shimmin: drums, shaker, tambourine
Brennan Andes: bass
Samantha Cooper: violin, vocals, mandolin, slaps, claps, whispers
Patrick Carroll: vocals, drums on Tracks 1, 7 & 9, banjo, electric guitar, lap steel on Track 9, knee slaps, claps, foot stomps, tambourine
Ira Cohen: vocals
Andru Bemis: acoustic guitar, fiddle
Seth Bernard: electric guitar, lap steel, saxophone
Zachary Boyt: cello
Joel Pixley-Fink: bass on Track 7
Ian Gorman: bass on Track 10
Carolyn Koebel: buzz sticks, pods, rods, chimes
Rachel Gorman: clarinet
Earthwork Family Weekend 5 Year Olds: "again again!"
Tree frogs: singing

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Track Name: Tracks
Winter is the time for walking
Soles quiet like cold night
She hears what we can find
The tracks our friends left so softly
The tracks our friends left behind

While the trees rest til the spring comes
They send their sweetness rooting down down down
Though the honey doesn’t belong to me
I hold it on my tongue

Winter is the time for stories
While we store the sun underground
The light comes peeking out
Sun, will you fill our bellies?
Fill us til the seeds begin to sprout?

Coyote will you teach me
Teach me the language that you know?
I’ve kept my mouth so full
Rabbit will you create me
To share this turtle island home?
Track Name: Red Clover
We said we’d never take more than
we could make

The taste of the color of your touch on skin
The smell of the summer and the record spins
The joy of the child who learns to tend
These insides of soil
again again
again again
again again

Well I come to you cold and dusty, friend.
To shake off the old road, take flight again.
Is our love the tale told of how we tend
These insides of soil
again again
again again
again again

When I lie with you in slumber I forget all my dreams, when
I lie with you in slumber I forget all my dreams, when
I lie with you in slumber I forget all my dreams, I
forget all my dreams, I
forget all my

Well love comes, and love goes, and I go home.
And what does the love know that I don't know?
Will the fields all fall fallow, will we defend
These insides of soil
again again
again again
again again?
Track Name: Love Still Learning
Will you meet me in the snowstorm at the end of the street?
Meet me in my corner pretending to sleep?
Meet me in my sorrow, meet me when I break?
Meet me here tomorrow when I wake to breathe in mourning?
Is this love still learning is this love still learning?

Can I trust the words you speak in the haze of my dreams?
Trust you in the colors of the sky in the evening?
Trust the way you pull at the taproot in my chest
Trust that love is strong, that love lives on, that love in death
Is love still learning, endless love still learning.

Don’t be so shy to tell me that you love me
That when you die your mama has to tell me
And is this world, is the world still turning
Is this love, is this love still learning?

Will you murmur in the water that I touch to my lips
Shimmer in the laughter at my fingertips
Meet me in the meadow where the grasses sing
Fill me in the hollow time that passes in anything
in anything this love is learning
is this love still learning endless love still learning
Track Name: And You, Still
Nighttime was our favorite time for walking.
The streetlights made a pretty shine on the concrete.
And in our minds we could see
The green fields where you and me lay talking.
And you, and you, and you are walking with me still.

Breakfast was our favorite time for eating.
I couldn't wait to hear what you'd been dreaming.
Then off to life you would fly,
You were gonna taste the sky today.
And you, and you, and you, are dreaming with me still.

Daytime was our favorite time for playing.
She still remembers you saying,
"Hey if you haven't gone outside today,
It's time to go outside and pl-play!"
And you, and you, and you are playing with me still!

Time gives and time takes away.
And you lived to never waste a day.
Always loving, loving so strong
Growing and learning along the way.
And I know
I know your love is with us still.
Your love is with us still.
Your love is with us still.
Track Name: Songs of the Night
At evening I love you in the Western sky
I’m leaving one more day behind
as times moves on and bloodies the sun
I look for you on the horizon
If I could find you I’d hold you tight
but I’m leaving that up to the dreaming
But you’re never alone on a summer night
And they rub their wings and swell their chests with singing
But the songs of the night
don’t sound the same
without you breathing
the songs of the night don’t sound the same

You know I love Time
how she laid a quilt down
for us to pass the afternoons together
Now time is all mine
mine to spend alone
and it’s hard when home
is just a kitchen

You know the night loves
your sweet company
and now I ask her to share you with me
But try as I might
to speak with the trees
the forest won’t call out your name
And the songs of the night don’t sound the same
without you breathing
the songs of the night don’t sound the same
Track Name: Spider Woman
And she was knitting the world
With her eight spider legs
To go back to go back to the moment before
And she was knitting the world
With her eight spider legs
To go back to back to the moment before

And you said you will be with me
Taking a lane on your bici
You said you will be with me
Taking a lane on your bici
I said pay attention to the direction of the wind
I said pay attention to the direction of the wind

And she was singing a song with no words in her mouth
To go back to go back to the moment before
And she was singing a song but no words in her mouth
Could go back could go back to the moment before
Track Name: The Night Was Old
The night was old and we were young, lover brother friend.
And all the souls had all washed in, lover brother friend
You said, “Is this a dream?” I said, “Yes, it’s a dream.”
I said, “Can I hold you close?” You said, “Yes, so close. So close.”
Come back to me, come back to me, I’m ready, come back.
I said, “It was hard, when you were dead, to tell you how I love you.“
And oh when I found you, your eyes washed my eyes
And oh when I found you, I held on so tight
I held on
I held on
How I love you

“Oh,” you said. “Oh,” you said. “I knew it all along.”
Track Name: If You're Gone
It’s a hard road without you, a heavy load
I can’t make it alone, I can’t make it alone.
And I’m so angry, my heart is so heavy.
And I can’t let go, I don’t wanna let go.

And if you’re gone, then I’m gone too
I never wanted to need you like I do
But I do.

Where does your love go when your heart stops beating,
When your lungs stopped breathing life into us all?

And if you’re gone, then who am I talking to?
I never wanted to need you like I do

And if you’re gone, there’s so much work to do,
No one can fill the hole your light fell through
Nobody but you.

I’m holding on and you are
on your way.
Track Name: Rubber Band
I keep falling in love with you again
And I keep falling out of bed again
And my body is a rubber band
You pull taut taut taut and

I keep a jar of my blood by the door
I keep a heart hard on for more
And our bodies when they hit the floor
Were taut taut taut and

Are you present in the night?
And are you present in the night?
And are you
are you
are you
are you you?

And I keep falling in bed with you again
And you keep coming inside my head again
And my body is a rubber band
You pull

And my whole body wants you
We all love love love
to be seen
Track Name: Welcome to the Rain
At the end of October, the rain starts a-falling,
And we start a-wondering just how to stay outside.
Cuz we don't wanna hide, from the clouds and from the water.
So we say hello to the rain.

The rain carries our prayers to the river.
And washes our sorrows away.
The rain says remember, blue skies don't last forever,
so say hello to today.
Welcome to the rain.

I was sitting on the front porch, washing the roots of dandelion.
You know the roots in the falltime love the rain.
And the rain comes singing, its footsteps touch the ground,
Each one bringing the sweetest sound.

Rain says, "Offer your prayers to the river.
Don't hold on so hard to the pain.
Don't you go thinking that you are a-sinking.
Don't worry, it's just me, Rain. Don't worry, it's just me, Rain."

At night as we lie sleeping, perennial roots lie a-dreaming
Of the leaves that they'll push up towards the sun.
And the rain is a drum, pounding out the dreambeat,
and in our sleep we sing the water song.

Will you carry our prayers to the river?
And wash all our sorrows away?
Will you help me remember that nothing lasts forever? Welcome to the rain.
Goodnight goodnight rain.
Track Name: Bloodroot
When the spring comes may all that you planted rise up and greet the sun