At the Stork Club

by Tender Beast

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The Stork Club is a little bar in Oakland; it's kind of divey, kind of magnificent, and I want to get to know everyone there. This set was recorded by Christian, the sound guy. Afterwards he told me stories about his time recording in England in the 70s and 80s.

This was the first live set I'd played in about 2 years, and the first time I'd played any of these songs in front of people. It went better than I could have reasonably expected.

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released January 2, 2014

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Track Name: How to Make Yourself A House
first
gather all of the things you will need
hammer, nails, lumber, carpet, glass, seed.
grow your roots down deep

then
push the walls out as far as they'll go
sink a stable storm cellar below.
tar your roof watertight

out and in
everything
needs a place; make a place for each thing
in and out
with, without
what we thought we would have, we still build

next
fill your pantry with cans against the cold
all the blankets your closets will hold
run a line to the spring

now
doors all open and let them come in
feel them brush through your halls, skin to skin
and the building begins

out and in
blood, breath, skin
where we go when we don't know the way
in and out
trust, distance, doubt
and lose or find or forget, it's all kin
it's not locked
come in
Track Name: Drowned
if i were a sailor upon the green bay
i'd love you and lose you and find you again
beneath the queen's waters, lucid and lorn
swallowed and stolen, tempest-tossed and torn.

if i were a sailor and sailed for my pay
i'd find you drowning as i wound my way
i'd throw you an anchor to hold and to ride
to hitch you to home and to tie you in tide.

if i were a sailor that looks to the dawn
i'd pray for your favor before i set on
i'd drift you a tribute of garland and psalm
to lighten your labors and hallow your halls.
Track Name: Easy Come
easy come while I am sleeping
find me by my trail of breath
tuck yourself inside my eyelids
easy leave me when I stir

easy come when I'm not looking
come in shape I do not know
when i lose you, please forgive me
easy leave me so it shows

and hard, hold hard, hold
hard, hold hard, hold

easy come with heralds singing
hallelujas in your praise
then when i have caught the melody
easy leave me whistling

easy come after hard bargain
pay me for my diligence
pennies on the promised dollars
easy leave me with far less

and hard, hold hard, hold
hard, hold hard, hold
Track Name: La Musée Mecanique
the dusk flicks her broom into the corners
down at La Musée Mechanique
he stops by the Regina music box
and brushes his hand against it.

if you pour enough time in a bottle, some stays
if you pour enough time in a bottle, some stays
come share this glass

Here in the gallery of mistakes
we sip them and savor their tang
time's blown all their weapons like buds from a rose
all that remains is their fragrance

if you pour enough time in a bottle, some stays
if you pour enough time in a bottle, some stays
come share this glass with me.

the doors have been closed and the public's gone home
the winds carries salt in to see it
they stand
you don't know the options 'til after you choose
you don't know the price 'til you've paid

if you pour enough time in a bottle, some stays
if you pour enough time in a bottle, some stays
if you pour enough time in a bottle, some stays
if you pour enough time in a bottle,

the quarter drops, the circuits close and start the motor
the slider moves and turns a cam and spins the ratchet
a pawl descends, a mouth snaps shut, a hand makes a familiar gesture
exactly the way that you want to remember

he straightens a gilt-edged, hand-lettered label by
the display of embroidered dubloon
the wind lifts a souvenir over the rail
and the waves carry it far away
Track Name: Old Injury
I dreamed I saw your face last night
I dreamed you kissed my cheek
In my dreams, just like in life
You never speak

I called in sick to work today
they all understood
some things you recover from
some things are yours for good

It's just an old injury
It twinges now and then
Sometimes I almost forget
And then I'm reminded

I'm careful now, I take it slow
I meet life day by day
I've learned to live with this old hurt
I find a way

It's just an old injury
It twinges now and then
Sometimes I almost forget
And then I'm reminded

my world is smaller since that day
one change changed everything
and in the space that's left to me
I'm gardening