Eggplant

by Eastern Phoebes

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Recorded July-November 2011 in our lakeside cottage, Patchogue, NY.

All songs written//arranged//engineered//produced by Ry Smith, except "Johnny Carson" written/produced by Brian Wilson.

Cover art by Andy Drake.

Lyrics to "Stay Together Learn The Flowers Go Light" adapted from the poetry of Gary Snyder.

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released 23 November 2011

Ry Smith-vocals, keyboards, drum programming, percussion, toy instruments

Meg Bayley-vocals

Rick Kattermann-electric + acoustic guitars, bass

Frank Filipo-drums, percussion

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Track Name: Whalebone Walk
I lost my brother surfing off of Whalebone Walk//the sun was down I was shouting whispers while I talked//as each mosquito clings to me//as each mosquito sings I see it's true//they wouldn't want to be you//the old man artist helped me find the tiny lad//that old man artist running in his underpants//as every piping plover speaks//as every piping plover peek-a-boos//they wouldn't want to be you//yeah it's true//they wouldn't want to be you//with every green fly bite I produce//and now allow me to introduce myself//"I wouldn't want to be me right now"//we found my brother sounding off on Seajay Walk//the sun was up his cup was drenched in rainbow chalk//as every blue claw crab should know//as every blue claw crab should show//it's true they wouldn't want to be you//yeah it's true they wouldn't want to be you.
Track Name: Kingfisher
I still miss her//that old kingfisher//despite the fighting//I believe that I might've been one of you//What a sanctuary//I'm glad and thankful every time//I take a dive to feed//I am alive//I can't complain//I'm one with you//yeah I can't complain//I'm one with you//think I might've been one//one of you in a past life//in the meadow//I shed my shadow//I believe that I might've been one of you//what a delivery//I'm sad and I'm shivery//I pause for no reason//I believe in the seasons//I can't explain//I sure miss her//that old kingfisher//despite the fighting//I believe that I might've been one of you.
Track Name: Big Thunder
24 waterspouts burst from my wing//24 waterspouts ease my suffering//big thunder with the little thunders on my back//Big Thunder never longed for what I lack//24 waterspouts do here represent//24 waterspouts signify the elements//Big Thunder with the Little Thunders on my back//Big Thunder when the Little Thunders wanna attack//I went to see the Rainbow Guardian and Big Fly too//I went to bother Father Sky//the Bat Messenger who//told me 'bout my spirit//but I didn't want to hear it//24 waterspouts lightning overhead//24 waterspouts Mother Earth ain't yet dead.
Track Name: The Strait of Magellan
All my life I've been so foolish//give me something to get me through this//now I'm home again safe in your arms//now I'm home and I'm safe in your arms//I sailed The Strait of Magellan//I took your love across the ocean//now I'm home again safe in your arms//now I'm home again safe from all harm//I'll circumnavigate the globe//I'll take your love wherever love can go//'til I'm home again safe in your arms//I found my way through The Strait of Magellan.
Track Name: Greenland
I never felt this before//dreaming of that distant shoreline//how am I gonna get to Greenland?//now I kinda understand//the stationary life's demanding//how am I gonna get to Greenland?//now I gots to get to Greenland//I hope you never get to see Greenland//never saw the lonely eye//now I kinda understand why//why I'll never get to Greenland//never felt quite this way//the stationary life is okay//how am I gonna get to Greenland?//now I gots to get to Greenland//I hope you never get to see Greenland.
Track Name: Stay Together Learn The Flowers Go Light
This living flowing land is all we have forever//this living flowing land is all we have for now//stay together learn the flowers and go light//I pledge allegiance to the soil the dust will settle down//I pledge allegiance to the soil, may I be dust forever//stay together learn the flowers and go light//this breathing growing world is all we have for now//this dying decaying world is all we have forever and ever and ever and ever//stay together learn the flowers and go light.