Vivement l'Automne

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Recorded & mixed by Mike Trimble during l'Automne, 2009.
Cover painting by Megan Meagher.
Photography by Casey Hutcherson.

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released February 12, 2010

Fiddle by Jessika Blanks.
Keyboard by Jonathan Crawley.
Cello by Sean Harrington.
Everything else by Exebelle.

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Track Name: Introduction to Songs of Innocence
Piping down the valleys wild,
Piping songs of pleasant glee,
On a cloud I saw a child,
And he laughing said to me:

"Pipe a song about a Lamb!"
So I piped with merry cheer.
"Piper, pipe that song again;"
So I piped: he wept to hear.

"Drop thy pipe, thy happy pipe;
Sing thy songs of happy cheer!"
So I sung the same again,
While he wept with joy to hear.

"Piper, sit thee down and write
In a book, that all may read."
So he vanished from my sight,
And I plucked a hollow reed,

And I made a rural pen,
And I stained the water clear,
And I wrote my happy songs
Every child may joy to hear.

- William Blake
Track Name: Rosasharn
Growin' up in the dustbowl must have been mighty hard
'specially for you, Rosasharn, Rosasharn
Them greedy ol' banks went and stole all your corn
and sent your family packin' way out to Californ'
Woody Guthrie sang about your brother Tommy Joad,
but he forgot about the woman who was travelin' down the road

Rosasharn, Rosasharn what you gonna do?
Rosasharn, Rosasharn, your time's a-comin' soon
Them Joads was always wonderin' when you'd cease to be a girl,
but Rosasharn you went and showed the world
Rosasharn you went and showed the world

Them folks they called you Okies them folks they called you hicks
as you was ramblin' day and night all along Route 66
When you finally hit Bakersfield you was feelin' mighty ill,
but the land of milk and honey didn't have a drop of milk
Woody Guthrie sang about your brother Tommy Joad,
but he forgot about the woman who was travelin' down the road

That no-good dreamer Connie left you and your baby child
You was hungry, you was sick, you was wishin' you had died
Then along came a flood just like in Bible times
and you gave up all your self just to reach out to mankind
Woody sang about Tom's strength, he sang about Tom's guile,
but he forgot about you and your mysterious smile
Track Name: We'll Go On
Shapes on the wall
Stirring echoes through the hall
I found a place where no one knows
Holding council with their ghosts

I saw them pass around a letter
Which each man read
Signed their name or passed it on
because it said

We'll go on...
We'll go on now if you don't
We'll go on...
We'll go on now if you don't...if you don't

Waited 'til the fall
Lost stores and spirits all
Now the old man hums the tune of the Harvest and Hunter's Moon
To all of you men that signed the letter
For this, pray
All of your frailty forgiven
And your return safe (because)

We'll go on...
We'll go on now if you don't
We'll go on...
We'll go on now if you don't...if you don't
Track Name: Lithium Smile
Slow creeps the sun
it pulls on the day
Thoughts come and go
then fall away

He wants to scream so loud, but he's trapped inside a lithium smile...
he sees his world
he sees it burn

Pendulum swing
Tide turn away
No black or white
Cold numbing grey

He wants to take control, but he's trapped inside a lithium smile...
he sees his world
he sees it burn

Work comes and goes
Friends fall away
Slow fades the sun
It closes the day

They say he's balanced now, but he's trapped inside a lithium smile...
he sees his world
he sees it burn
Track Name: Pearl In The Cottonseed
If you’ll stay with me
While I am weary
I’ll tell you softly
How I came along this way

I hope you’ve all you need
That you’ll follow my wayward lead
‘cause like a pearl in the cottonseed
I know what I’ve found

Late in the day
When the alder and willow sway
Late in the day
When the alder and willow sway

I remember books and hymns
Stories of righteous men
they left out one of them
with whom I share a name

I watched his hands then
Made my fingers to match them
Wondered what an honest man
Asked for anyway

Late in the day
When the alder and willow sway
Late in the day
I’ll try and remember your way
Track Name: Harboring The Tygers
Walking the camp, I listened to the night
& scanned the swaying treeline by firelight.
Though sentries by day, turncoats they seem
harboring the tygers & terrors of our dreams.
Come hatchet, rope, and heavy stone
now stay close by my side.
This shape, a home it makes
where reason should reside.

Once as a boy, I awoke to find a home just like my own
Save for the shape and shadow cast.
‘long the wall with shaky hands went searching
For arms reinforcing, my shape or shadow cast.
In the night I ventured on my own, to vanquish what had grown
From the darkness of my dreams into my waking life .
Track Name: Born Older
Leo grew up in west Caroline
His mama said, "Son, your daddy done died
A long time ago."

But he didn't think too much 'bout it though
It's so hard to miss what you never did know
And how could he know?

A house-cleaner's wages could hardly meet ends,
So he got an after-school job when he was just ten
at the picture shows.

He was born older
And the weight crushin' down on his shoulders
Broke him down to the ground.

He picked himself back up, knocked the dirt from his shoes
And high school baseball chased them blues
Away, away.

He met a girl, fell in love, got married right away
And the St. Louis Cardinals said they'd pay him to play
A hundred dollars a day.

But the draft came in a flash; it stunned him for awhile
He kissed his girl goodbye; she was carryin' his child
And he sailed away.

He was born older
And the weight crushin' down on his shoulders
Broke him down to the ground.

Pressure makes diamonds, iron, and steel
But three weeks on Iwo cut scars that wouldn't heal
On his shakin' hands.

The St. Louis Cardinals expressed sympathy
But said, "We can't use a man who's got a family
and can barely stand."

Honorable discharge, medals, and epaulettes
Couldn't save him from the factory where he made cigarettes
With his tired hands.

He was born older
And the weight crushin' down on his shoulders
Broke him down to the ground.