David Lester — guitar
Jean Smith — vocals, piano, timpani

Recorded by Calvin Johnson at Dub Narcotic Studio, May 2010

Malachi

And camera goes click
and you press record
and you hand the document
to the jazz musician
after they perform

And you talk and you listen
and you protest this war

And there is pain
and it instigates change
and there is frustration
that your voice is not heard
when you protest the war —
with a sign above your head —
in words

And your camera goes click
as you press record
and the can of gasoline is there
on the ground
for this final document –
your protest against the war
and some of us understood
you know the history well

And your camera goes click
as you press record
and you pour the gasoline
and Malachi you light match
that ends your life
in this final statement
and some of us heard
your final words

and Malachi you light match
and some of us heard
and some of us understood
your final word

Blue Sky and Branches
You’re always saying
that I am the one always saying
whatever I think is true.

Every time I’m telling you
everything I always wanted to do —
and I’m wondering if you
get it, get it, get it, get it
got it — ever at all.
If you ever got it —
if you’re ever gonna get it at all.

Every time I show you
what I’m working on
and what I gonna to do –
I get this feeling, this feeling,
this feeling, this feeling
and it worries me,
and it makes me sad,
but mostly
I’m just glad that I’m not you.

And I know what you want to see,
what you always wanna see,
how I see you
and why I’m still sitting here,
sitting here,
watching you react to me.

And you’re wondering,
wondering, wondering
what I’m thinking,
thinking, thinking.
What I’m wondering is
why you’re thinking
about this over and over again.

And this is where we’re gonna put
the silence
that I think you manufacture
to point out
what it is I do to you –
poor you, oh poor you

What it is I do to you –
everything I’ve turned you into
that you say you never were before.

It’s me that this is about – not you.

It’s me that this is about.
It’s me that this is about
— not you.

Blue Sky & Branches was written for Clive Holden’s Utopia Suite — the project hopes to foment a utopian conversation about the radical, anti-logic of hope, the organic and dynamic structures of nature & art, and the necessity of desire — and for Sarah Utter’s art opening at Land in Portland Oregon.

 

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