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Katie gone and killed the unwed partners
On the Tchoupitoulas banks of New Orleans
She'd had fought him hard and seasoned it with something good
Now she folds her woes all diced up in her greens
She was an old soul of the highway
The interstate runs both ways when it's dry

Spindly trees and cypress call the coroner
Like a baby singing out his ABC's
Blocks of cinder stone, she built it out of picture frames
And the bones of Irish scholars lost to time and lost to me
But a stiff wind on the spillway will take its brothers down without their names
On the tenter hooks of Easter
The phoenix rises
Something rises

She's the sister of a spend-thrift whore on Magazine
With a crystal ball, a deck of spades and dice
Crying half the night, she can't get how she's kin to me
But the blue blot on the paper sure looks nice
And she's lost her love to speedways and the hazy back and forth of yellow stripes
He was the best buck out of Houston, but he never learned to treat his ladies right

And the sirens call, we're taken out in Sunday's best
With our black umbrellas, beads and our claims to fly
Singing Hey Hosanna We Live in America
on the shale bed shank of somewhere cool and dry

And no matter what they tell me, I am bound and determined there to take my rest
On the bird perch of the old south, a decades walk through something stiff at best
And no matter what they tell me, I am bound and determined
Bound, determined


from House / Hymn I, released August 7, 2014
Music and Lyrics: Heather Christian
Piano and Lead Vox: Heather Christian
Drums: Matt Bogdanow
Bass: Josh Myers
Pedal Steel: Jonathan Anderson
Rhodes: Jonathan Anderson
B3: Jonathan Anderson
Guitar: Gabriel Gordon
Produced by: Brian Bender
Recorded and Mixed by: Brian Bender at The Motherbrain, Brooklyn


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Heather Christian & The Arbornauts Beacon, New York

An Arbornaut is a three way cross between a flying squirrel, an astronaut, and an angel. I know one as soon as I spot one. They are naturally occuring in nature. I had a dream about them once and started a band. We are a choir and we are an orchestra. We are disgruntled classical musicians & believers in musical traditions of feeling lots of things. This is the noise from the inside of a root. ... more

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