Lion Gardiner

by Eastern Phoebes

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A rambling pop-opera about history, love, paranoia, death, hope, and geography.

Recorded Dec 2011-June 2012 in our lakeside cottage, Patchogue, NY.

All songs written/arranged/engineered/produced by Ry Smith.

Front cover album art designed by Andy Drake.
Back cover album art designed by Ry Smith.

Lyrics to "Give Up Your Heart To The Hawks!" inspired by and adapted from the poetry of Robinson Jeffers.

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released June 20, 2012

Ry Smith-vocals, keyboards, piano, organ, melodica, stylophone, drums, percussion

Meg Bayley-vocals, percussion

Rick Kattermann-guitars, bass, trombone

Gary Norton-drums on "Narragansett" and "In The Memory Cages..."

Frank Filipo-drums on "Heaven Is A Knife," "Longhorn Ocarina," and "Captain Kidd"

Hector + Hildegard-duck sounds

Gardiners Island Handclap Choir-Andy Drake, Sarah Kennedy, The Professor, Mike Smith, Alyssa Marascia

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Track Name: Heaven Is A Knife
Since you let me heaven is a knife//I should like to walk that path with you//since you get me heaven is a knife//I should like to walk that path with you.
Track Name: Longhorn Ocarina
I was on a wintermission//to dissolve that evil silence//when I learned through my own wishing I was close//I had my longhorn ocarina//and my antelope canteen on me//just because I never built that song before//I had to walk for many miles//to confront that awful racket//when I learned of ancient smiles that they’d adored//I had my longhorn ocarina//and my antelope canteen on me//just because I never built that song before//I had my longhorn ocarina//and my antelope canteen on me//just because I never built that song before//I was on a wintermission//to destroy that evil silence//when I learned through my own admission I was wrong//I had my longhorn ocarina//and my antelope canteen on me//just because I never built that song before.
Track Name: Narragansett
I was at the time invincible//had a couple friends convinced until//I took the old canoe out on the Narragansett//always heading home because I can’t sit still//I was at the time inebriated//had a couple wines in need of hatred//so I took the old canoe out on the Narrangasett//always heading home because I can’t sit still//there’s no delay//until I say//we all go down as one//we will go down as one//I was for a time so sad and lonely//had a few regrets what-ifs and if-onlys//I took the old canoe out on the Narragansett//such little I then knew when I was standing still//I took the old canoe out on the Narragansett//there’s no decay//unless I say//we all do down as one//we will go down as one//and we tried our best//now lay to rest//we all do down as one//we will go down as one.
Track Name: I Was Still Young
I can look back and remember the time//when I was still young and in charge of my life//I could see happiness happen for days//I was still young in control of my ways//I was still young and in charge of my life//now when I sit and I stare at the bay//I’m getting old no control of my ways//I was still young and in charge of my life//I could see happiness happen a lot//I would be glad to just give all I got//I was still young and in charge of my life//I could see happiness happen for days//I was still young in control of my ways.
Track Name: Give Up Your Heart To The Hawks!
Far down short of the cat’s eye ocean//we saw like a brown pebble sit in the sun//a feather of smoke and a boat like a split berry//a long day had begun//far down below the broad burned ocean//like a cat’s eye pupiled by the loops of the moon//you stood bleak behind a limestone mountain//the long day would end soon//the long day will end soon//you’ve got to give up your heart to the hawks//spare no expense when you sail down the river//in your defense you fill find that it’s quicker if you go//far down below//far down we heard a noise like a sharp head of water//looking for stones in the moment that I sought her//you’ve got to give up your heart to the hawks//spare no expense when you sail down the river//and give up your heart to the hakws.
Track Name: An Apology Song
Don't know what I did wrong//but I wrote you an apology song//every time I see your face I wonder//don't know what else I can say//so I'll take you out to lunch someday//every time I hear your voice I ponder//I have a hunch you ain't speaking to me//don't know if this will help//but I love you more than I love myself//every time I see your face I know//so I'm singing this apology song//'cause I hate to see your face look long//every time I feel your touch I wonder//I have a hunch you ain't speaking to me for whatever reason//whatever the reason whatever the reason I don't know whatever the reason I still care//and someday I'll ask//don't know what it was I did wrong//but I wrote you an apology song//every time I see your eyes I ponder//don't know if this will help//but I love you more than I love myself//every time I see your face I know...
Track Name: In The Memory Cages...
In the memory cages//when the memory ages//and the memory changes//when the memory changes//all I know is stored away//in the memory cages//in developing stages//when the memory changes//and the memory ages//when the memory ages//all I've known gets thrown away//it can't be safe from yesterday//I heard them call your name and it was loud//'cause it's hard to say//the things I think are so cliche//I have to bite my lip just to be proud//in a tropical climate//when the memory times it//and the memory don't give a shit//'cause the memory hates it//all I know is stored away//what's that sound?//I know it gets you down//where's that gate?//I'm going straight to hell//what's that sound?//I know it brings you all around//to the memory cages//in the memory cages//in developing stages//when the memory ages//yeah the memory changes//all I've known gets thrown away//it can't be safe from yesterday//I heard them call your name and it was loud//'cause it's hard to say//the things I think are all cliche//I have to bite my tongue just to be proud.
Track Name: Gotta Get Paid (Babylady)
I gotta get changed//to go out and see my lady//I gotta get changed//to go out and have a good time//I gotta get paid//so I can take out my baby//I gotta get paid//so I can go and have a good time//I gotta look nice//when I hit the town with my lady//I gotta look nice//so I can impress all her friends//I hope I get it right//I don't wanna let my baby down//I hope I get it right//and I just might//I gotta wear shoes when I'm dancing with my baby.
Track Name: Princeton
I was on the Princeton when she went down//I was one of those who made it out//with all of my limbs attached//and I could hear the trumpets in the background//forever thankful banking on the simple fact//that my head is clear//lucky to be here//living life seems easy on the surface//but I was on the battleship that killed off several heads of state//and let me state for all intents on purpose//I’m agitated hate to be a part of history//it’s not up to me//lalala//what can you do?//it’s not up to you//my head is clear//lucky to be here.
Track Name: Song For Swans
Ducks in a row and you can’t go home no you can’t go home//you put your ticket in always wondering where you’ll roam//when you come to visit//when you come to visit me you have no choice//a swan in the snow is a short stone’s throw is a short stone’s throw//while the blood was trickling//you were snickering//you didn’t know//when you come to visit//when you come to visit me I hear your voice//when you come to visit//when you come to visit me you have no choice//oh won’t you please progress confess something of which you’ll be proud//a swan in the snow is a short stone’s throw is a short stone’s throw//you punched your ticket in//I was wondering//who let go?
Track Name: I Love (To Share A House With) You
Get your mug into the sink when you’re done taking a drink//and I can only offer you ways to help yourself//put yourself into my shoes what would you then have you do?//and I can only offer you ways to help yourself//I can only offer you praise if you help yourself//get yourself into my shoes what would you have you then do?//what would you do in my position?//would you have a solution?//would you make a resolution that we both could accept and never reject?//get your mug into the sink when you’re done taking a drink//it would make the morning go smoother//do you think I’m a loser just because I choose to keep my house looking true?//I love to share a house with you.
Track Name: Captain Kidd
Keep on pressing past the precipice of messing this up//take the blame and name your price//thrice is twice too much for my love//no it doesn’t matter what I did//you can call me Captain Kidd//I’m the one with my t-shirt tucked into my jeans//let’s see what tomorrow means//keep on rolling by the water’s high you’re fine with your life//take the blame and name your price//thrice is nice but heaven is a knife//no it doesn’t matter where I show//I’m Captain Kidd and I’ll only go//where everyone will know my name//I hope tomorrow’s the same//keep on pressing past the precipice of messing this up//take the blame and name your price//thrice is twice too much for my love//and it doesn’t matter what I do//I’m Captain Kidd it’s not up to you//I’m the one with my t-shirt tucked into my brain//no it doesn’t matter where I go//I’m Captain Kidd and I’ll only show you//where I hid my treasure if it’s no pain//let’s see if tomorrow’s the same//I hope tomorrow’s the same//yeah I got a buried treasure that I keep on Gardiners Isle//you can try to find it but it just might take awhile//yeah I got a sacred vessel that I keep on Buzzard’s Bay//you can try to get there but it just might take all day.