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Take these impossible plans
and this brick in my hands
and sink us in the Hudson

Tell me that I'm more than I make
let the foundation quake
let the storm tear asunder.

And paint little navy hearts on the back of my hands
so I know where you are

And can look at them long
Know you're singing along
Long after I forget you.


Somewhere, a boat and bin
where the quick is too thin
to lay dreams in for building

And brick upon brick I am still
Despite want of my will
the one fool bird who is shrilling

Blue in your cavernous heart
a barometric gauge
I will check how you are

lover spackled with age
from my tiny brown cage
Where I've asked you to listen

and you won't
no you won't
you will not
you will never
you won't.

so I'll pack up the tackle

and drifter
you shifted and
shimmy
and no one is note

I will tack up the sails
put some paint on my nails
and lie through my teeth


you've got me dreaming of secrets and of cutting my hair
and then waking up eager

I feel like the fjords are all empty
they have grounded somewhere
now we rot in the ether

Check off the rest of the line
its all feathers and glow
and it's just one more time
that I've launched a canoe
set it out for to do
things that were my own business

and you won't
no you won't
you will not
you will never
you won't

So I'll patch up the axle

and I'll scream here
and preen this old
bird out to dry
in the bloat

I will patchwork the dam
See how handy I am
And then pin prick the brickwork.

credits

from House / Hymn II, released June 1, 2017
Piano and Vocals: Heather Christian
Lap Steel: Jon Anderson
Drums: Matt Bogdanow
Bass: Josh Myers
Acoustic Guitar: Gabe Gordon
Electric Guitar: Sasha Brown

Music and Lyrics: Heather Christian
Arrangements: Heather Christian & the Arbornauts
Produced by Brian Bender

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Heather Christian & The Arbornauts Beacon, New York

Heather Christian & The Arbornauts, the brainchild of Miss Christian & 5 of the most virtuosic boy prodigies she could find, pull from the traditional gospel canon in tandem with circus music, noise rock & good old fashioned feeling good.

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