Riverclaw, Wild as Winter

by Dick Nixon Arisen

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Ahead of schedule and under budget. Over the river and under the weather.

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released January 19, 2013

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Track Name: Light of the morning
i see your face in the light of the morning
i swear the taste makes me think i'm gonna die
where'd you get those eyes you should really give me warning
i swear you stole the blue out of the sky
Track Name: The Strangest One
Baby i'm a mule with a broken leg, stuck up in tree from a hurricane.
Strange creature, unidentified, washed up from the sea back in '35.
Baby i'm a strange one, plain to see, but you are the strangest one to me.
Eyes the color of the deep blue sea when it's green or when it's black
those eyes are the color of a heart attack.
Baby i'm a strange one, plain to see, but you are the strangest one to me.
I don't understand, I just agree, cause you are the strangest one to me.
Those eyes are the color of our children's laughter, dead giraffe hanging dripping from the rafters,
I know that we will never be, but you are the strangest one to me.
Track Name: Hopeful Aeon
We are newborn children and this is only the beginning

I'm sorry for what you went through
I'm sorry for what you're going through
I'm sorry for what you're gonna have to go through
and I'm sorry for what I put you through
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ten thousand years doesn't mean a lot
sixty thousand years doesn't mean a lot
one hundred tears don't mean a lot
six hundred tears don't mean a lot
I hope you know you mean a lot
and I know what you're going through.


This is all so very new
crawling creatures from the blue
oceans of a place called home
I hope this is a place called home
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The rocks record our memories
the swirling smoke our reveries
the fire mirrors our revelries
every few centennaries
I hope you know this means a lot
and I know what you're going through



I know that we done fucked up bad
I'm sorry that we fucked up bad
If I fucked up well that's my bad
I'll try not to fuck up so bad
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This will be my epitaph
the sun's gonna burn out so let's laugh
and if you're bored build a better world
one leaf at a time unfurls
my children are laughing at the birds
and building newer and better words
Track Name: You got Some nerve, dude
I can't believe that you said that to me but we'll talk more tomorrow we will see we will see. I can't believe. I can't believe that you said that to her, what the fuck'd you do that what's it for what's it for. I can't believe.
Track Name: High on the hill
Those who live high on the hill, buy the law, do as they will... and you can't do shit about that snakepit.
Track Name: Courage
Dearly beloved, we are gathered here, with the beloved and with the dear... we are so afraid, but we're gonna go on anyway!
Track Name: Why are you crying?
Why are you crying, my most adored?
Don't it make you happy that I said, I'd be yours?
The fox is in the forest, the fisherman is on the shore...
I love you more than you'd dare to hope, whatcha crying for?

I've been a man of reason and I've been a man of the sword
but I don't feel much like thinking and I've seen enough of blood.
the minute you said that to me was the first time that I cared
I never had much to lose before, and now I'm awfully scared.
Track Name: Proximity
Come closer to me, proximal, oh not distal, my sweet can't you see that I pack some fine pistols, a pair of good women with ruby red lips. Siamese twins both attached at my hips and man, I got love to burn.

Come closer to me, let me be endogenous, I'm trying to see if these zones are erogenous, a paid of good bone dice with babies inside to plant in your hips so warm deep and wide. Man, I got love to burn.
Track Name: You are my blood
Feather of raven, feather of crow, whither the havens,
were will we go? When comes the rain and when comes the snow
feather of raven, feather of crow
prints in the dust, crowned with dew
please bring the rains this desert anew
please bring the rains this desert anew
please bring the rains this desert anew
the Lion that crawls to the River's wide banks
with the shafts of the Hunters secure in her flanks
drinks of the River and gives of her Thanks
oh thank you river sweet river oh thanks
you are my blood
Track Name: Olivia
when I see you walkin in the sunlight, I want you but
when I see you walkin in the moonlight, i'm not sure
send me a sign, send me a gun, send me your love when the day is done
olivia, olivia, olivia

when i see you walking in the sunlight, i want you
when I see you walking in the moonlight, I'm not sure
send me to war, send me to peace, send me your shade in the evening heat
olivia, olivia, olivia
Track Name: Washbasin
I can still see the full moon in my washbasin's rim
you are a danger to my life and my limb
the night is for dancing but the morning's so cold
bitter as the aloes leaves me feeling old
you are a stranger made of silver dear
clearly a danger to my life and limb
clearly a danger to my heart and skin
clearly a danger to my tribe and kin

conflict in the morning when I'm looking for my coat
conflict in the summer when I'm paddling my boat
conflict in the sunlight when I'm sunning my feet
conflict in the moonlight in the dissipated heat
Track Name: Fears and Faults
Oh what's that sound that is spinning around
oh no, it's the waltz of your fears and your faults
a falseness is untrue, and Falstaff he does rue
the rise of the king, so of cowardice sing
I only know I know nothing, you could call me Socrates
and watch me stuff a sock in your hightoned philosophies
cause your cities are burning, your slaves are revolting,
you've been tarred and feathered and appear to be molting
so come down from your palace and take up the broom
we've custodians a plenty but they can make room
practice pinching a penny till it can fit through
the eye of the needle, then your love will be true...
Track Name: Jealousy
I hate to see those family decals, on those family cars.
I could be the fixed firmament and you could be a wandering star -
but I never get out of my head, so I never travel too far.
I hate to see those family decals, on those family cars.
Track Name: Mistake
Never should have made nation-states... but I guess we all make mistakes.
Never should have made the lightbulb; never should have fallen in love - but I guess we all gotta made do, like i'll make do with you.
Track Name: Hands of the Plague
I know that you don't know me this is hazy this is vague
I know that you will clothe me in the rags of the plague
hands of the plague, plague, plague
hands of the plague, plague, plague

I know that you are lonely and I know that you're so strange
I wonder if our broken parts could maybe be rearranged
hands of the plague, plague, plague
hands of the plague, plague, plague
Track Name: Thanksgiving day
Broke all four strings, on thanksgiving day... and all the things that I wanted to say got swallowed whole, right down my throat. Guess I should have told a long time ago...
Track Name: Lost Year
Where are you my long-fled summer rose now that it's fall?
Why can't I have that year back, did it ever happen at all?
Track Name: The List
please, please please don't let me be ashamed
please, please please don't let me be ashamed
of the sound and the shape of my name

when I was a little boy those motherfuckers stole my joy
they showed me that I could not do even half of what I wanted to
they made a list and checked it twice, valid options only on that list
so now I am antichrist and now I am an anarchist but

please, please please don't let me be ashamed
please, please please don't let me be ashamed
of the shape and the sound of my name
Track Name: Born in the New Flood
we are carving deep into new wood
i burn to do what's good
until it's over

we were born in the new flood
we're coughing up blue blood
all over your sofa
Track Name: Interview 6/24/91
She lit her third to last smoke, kept checking the pack
my batteries dying, didn't wanna go back
she looked at her fingernails and started talking

"My father never loved me when we lived in Biloxi
I learned to play the blues to rid my body of toxins
still the needle was the only dick I trusted...

I went looking for him in the no-go zones
with the self-storage unit, E-Z payday loans,
'If you've been injured in an automobile accident'

and I went back to school on a grant from the state
they pulled that rug out and my monthly was late
hallelujah amen for a bandaid over a broken bone;

then we got on the stamps, every month hit the limit
& got a new fix at the methadone clinic
hallelujah amen for a bandaid over a broken bone;

what the fuck do they want, what the fuck do they want,
all that bootstrapper bullshit's just sand up my cunt
when they won't even start to see their own advantage..."
Track Name: Arms
I hold you in these arms, I am a well-armed man. Well, that's one way we could see things...
Track Name: The Math
When She left Me
I was a raft
cut adrift
cut exactly in half
I should've done the math.

When you are half of her
and she is half of you
there's only a quarter of a solid person
left between the two
You should've done the math.
Track Name: Moon
Moon you know my longing you have pushed and pulled the tide (well there's something out there) there's no sense in prolonging what has already died inside
Track Name: Ghost House
squeak and screech is the sound of the bats
that live in the attic and under the stairs
please please please hold on to your hats
i might fall in love if somebody dropped theirs

this house it is haunted with the faces of girls
sob and moan is the sound in the walls
i look at my face and my place in the world
each heartbeat is moving with every footfall

i might fall in love with the face of a ghost
so delicate, sorrowful, I need her pain
I might fall in love in a house on the coast
each shingle that's missing admits a little rain
Track Name: You're back
You're back, you're back, you never left. I breathe in between every breath and hold you close up to my chest. You're back you're back you never left, you got undressed, I was impressed, and held you close up to my chest, as I breathe in between every breath.
Track Name: Gone is all the bright and green
There is no light to be seen
gone is all the bright and green
for winter white and icy sheen
snow covers all and covers clean

there is no light in our home
the family's gone out in the snow
in cars so old oh rusting chrome
ward and bear them safely home

the baby's in the hospital
little lungs are getting full
we cannot afford the cost
all of what we have is lost
Track Name: Silver Snare Drum
aarne got a silver snare drum for christmas
jenny got a red rubber ball
laura well she got raped for christmas
daddy's footsteps in the hall
some kids don't get shit for christmas
some kids get shit on
so if you didn't get what you want for christmas
at least you're safe and warm
Track Name: A Wind
A wind came down from the mountain and blew my tears away. All my sorrow and all my pain went just like dirty hay. And I know, I know, I know I know that I can never stay, but a wind came down from the mountain and blew my tears away. Hey.
Track Name: Coming; Undone.
Life, come complete. Open jaws, swallow me.
Love, comfort me. Ain't it a law? Well it should be.
Now we're coming undone.
Life, comes so sweet. Is it allowed, to sit at your feet?
Love, come to me. And all your flaws, are just relief.
Now we're coming undone.