Citizen Alien

by Leaf Rapids

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1.
03:04
oh where will you go dear sister they said to get your suitcase packed it is splitting at the seams it is splitting at the seams i wonder when you pressed your body against a brethren's flesh was it sweet you were always wilder than me you were always wilder than me father flipped the kitchen table, it floated strangely in slow motion mother dove for a souvenier mug from our holiday by the ocean that night you crawled in bed beside me our tears drowned a patchwork quilt you were shaking like a leaf you were shaking like a leaf oh where will you go dear sister they said to get your suitcase packed it is splitting at the seams it is splitting at the seams
2.
those poor souls down below blowing to and fro in the perfect storm my high rise sees it all castle with a view to kill for I put words in the mouths of strangers whisper what I think they're saying see those faces glued together? never mind the awful weather, she says throw me in this bed of daisies there they go there they go yooo hooooo up all night don't know why gazing at the lights in the summertime what i'd give to feel a breeze but they don't let you open the windows from up this high See that man who’s pacing round and round the fountain He's there every night hour after hour when he throws back his head like he's howling for the dead I know exactly what he's going on about there he goes there he goes yooo hooooo
3.
She sent me out a searching for a caragana switch for i deserved a beating or so my mother said The thin ones leave you bleeding and the thick ones hurt like hell which is where i’m going anyway or so my mother tells As adeptly as I’m able I consider every branch every leaf blowing gently in the breeze but there’s no way of winning so i take a random stab and sing, oh the pain you'll bring to me I was out a waltzing with a soldier and his gun with a salesman who went door to door and an old politician The mean ones leave you bleeding and the sweet ones hurt like hell which is where I’m going anyway like my mother used to tell As adeptly as I’m able I consider every man every kiss blown and every ardent plea but there’s no way of winning / so i take a random stab and sing, oh the pain you'll bring to me
4.
You've gotta go I'm coming with you we'll cross the new divide You are my mystery future and history I'm always on your side, love I'm always on your side You paint your hair I'll paint my skin We'll paint a document makes no sense that a stranger's stamp can seal my true love's fate can seal my true love's fate call the children in, citizen alien tell them it’s a vacation citizen alien go and take your mother's hand, citizen alien we're going on vacation citizen alien we'll pack the photos and bury the heirlooms out by our favorite pine but you are my measures my only treasures I'm always on your side loves I'm always on your side
5.
04:40
She packs my lunches in liquor store bags Spends my Unicef money on marlboro lights Plays the golden oldies on an ancient transistor And waltzes me around the kitchen at night Already gone when I wake in the morning Job number one at the first break of day A note on the fridge says i love you, Virginia Here's 2 bucks for milk I'll see you at eight And when the wind bends the boulevard trees Thinks it can break them but they're rooted deep Always reminds me of what you can take And dancing around while the radio plays Sometimes I find her asleep like a baby Curled up on the bathroom linoleum floor But only on nights when the memories get nasty You offer one drink but they always want more She says forlornly one day I will leave her Stretch out my wings for faraway lands I can't help laughing cause both of us know I'll Be pushed from the nest by her own hands And when the rain comes crashing right in Thinks it can drown us but somehow we swim Always reminds me of what you can take And dancing around while the radio plays
6.
One rainy day in July I stabbed you in your lumberjack thigh when I felt upon me your wild hands I was chopping the forest of your hair with my new barbershop shears you never know, do ya That man standing by the brill cream with his jaw dropped in utter disbelief is the reason i travelled so far there once was a woman on a boat mustered all her strength to leave her home 8000 kilometres from Kyoto to Victoria you never know, do ya your blazing eyes locked on mine and i braced my knees and steeled my spine while the waiting room erupted into cheers he's been asking for that for years You pried the scissors from your leg ripped my apron up and tied a turniquette with a heavy lean you lumbered to the till and without a word you paid your bill you never know, do ya
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8.
03:01
Dear Sigrid, it seems a hundred years since your letter found me here how the flourish in your pen sends me right around the bend please tell me, my miserable reply left this quarantine alive and made it's way across the sea and you stayed in Husavik This is no place to be This is no place to be There's one dream keeping me half sane faith you're not aboard The Queen travelling obliviously when finally in New Iceland you find me and all my clan laid down in the ground beside the Cree and I pray, you're in Husavik This is no place to be This is no place to be
9.
Wake up you're standing on the bed again shouting fire at the top of your lungs Take cover trying to find your men in trenches and barbed wire and keep them from harm it's only in your head I try to tell you it's only in your head retreat my darling and come back to bed highest honours pinned upon a broken heart for a hero's gallantry i'll be the one who shakes your shoulders hard leads you out of your battle back under the sheets Look out the window there's our sanctuarious back yard where it's peaceful and calm bursting with flowers that we steal from the parliament gardens and keep them from harm it's only in your head I try to tell you it's only in your head
10.
I woke up in where the hell and looked around the room someone’s clothes and whatever those are, wondering what to do who is going to bring me coffee or ring my neck for good I really didn’t know for sure what was coming through the door closed my eyes and hit rewind but the evening was erased liquidated, evaporated in a foggy haze i’d better think fast grab my jeans and crawl out of that window got out of bed and realized that i was twenty stories high then the sun found the sky, rose so glorious that I nearly hung my eyes in shame wrapped me up in golden light I could swear it whispered nice you just climb down these luminescent rays mmmmmm slung my legs over the sill and reached for god knows what said a prayer to whoever's there when I heard someone shout don't go yet i made you breakfast, eggs and last night's fries and you may not have realized that you are twenty stories high

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Each of the album’s 10 songs spins out a thread, binding history and identity to time and place. Threads that crossed oceans, stretched from Kyoto to Iceland’s wind-whipped northern coast, tangled in the heart of the Canadian prairie.

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released May 3, 2019

Recorded at Paintbox Recording, co-produced by Rusty Matyas and Keri Latimer, mixed by Rusty Matyas and Lloyd Peterson aka Moonrise Music Club.
Keri Latimer - guitar, vocals, theremin
Devin Latimer - bass
Rusty Matyas - piano/keyboards/trumpet
Joanna Miller - drums
Bill Western - pedal steel
Special guests: Alexa Dirks (Begonia), Madeleine Roger, Grant Davidson (Slow Leaves), Myron Schultz, Chris Dunn, JP Hoe.

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