Howling Tree

by Anna Su

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1.
Circus Camel 03:03
Put your camel in the circus for a ride Four long legs and a bat of an eye Consider it settled, consider it done With two fat tokens and a bundle of ones And we'll see when you get here You'll see for yourself I wont be the one to let your secret out Parade in the others And file them in two Fade them into black and I'll run after you I got you in a cage now, nice and tight Wrought iron bars and money fights The curtain rises and its time to go Forget your story make it up at the show And we’ll see when you get here You'll see for yourself I wont be the one to let your secret out Parade in the others And file them in two Fade them into black and I will run after you I know I've got you but I'm not for sure And we’ll see when you get here You’ll see for myself I wont be the one to let your secret out Parade in the others And file them in two Fade them into black and I will run after you
2.
We were riding bicycles Down along the old canals Hollerin’ around this town Trying to get over ourselves We were dancing young hypocrites Idiots in love with our mouths Leavin’ the city to rot Ringing our bicycle bells I took her for an Idywild girl Home grown in the pines She took me around the world In a boxcar on a wire She was walking down the steps While I was walking up from the sea Left the ports burning in the south of France I wonder if she mentions me She was born on Easter island Swam to shore when she was twelve Caught a train north to Guatemala Working cleaning prison cells Let the dust cover all of us Take our ashes turn them into shells We’ll take the busses down to Mexico Keep trying to get over ourselves I took her for an Idywild girl Home grown in the pines She took me around the world In a boxcar on a wire She was walking down the steps While I was walking up from the sea Left the ports burning in the south of France I wonder if she mentions me Death has climbed the windowpanes A cannonball came through the door I ran out screaming its time to be leaving But she wont be leaving the floor Lord, she wont be leaving the floor
3.
The moon is hanging low Like a sack of blackened coal That I saw you throwing through my window frame I think its time to go Find a train moving slow I hear the border its just two miles away Through the day we'll steal the night We’ll make it out in the time Though the lights are flashing Round the bend it’s all we see Hold your horses, try and catch me The road is crumbling slow There’s nowhere left to go But no way we’re staying We’ll just turn back around So grab your suitcase And I’ll grab a gun We’ll take the highway There’s no one else around so lets just run Through the day we'll steal the night We’ll make it out in the time Though the lights are flashing Round the bend it’s all we see Hold your horses, try and catch me No one's as lonely, for you, you only Wont you hold me But don't let me run I heard from all the others The city ain't that much fun
4.
Return to Me 04:13
Ribbon of red velvet on the table scene Making her look as deceiving as she seems Don’t tell you her you love her Don’t share your pain Don’t tell her you see her eyes when the sun turns to rain Go on, head up that thin red mountain road Take a chisel and a drill and surround the oil groves Soon boys will be playing on hillsides full of green Girls will be picking azaleas in the spring Oh high in the valley Oh deep in the seas Oh my love, love, love return to me Came upon an old stubborn fool Made a mind out of money And money done him no good Laugh all that you want to, I’ve still got all my pride And a home to return to, a woman by my side Go on, go on, the dust will settle down Oh high in the valley Oh deep in the seas Oh my love, love, love return to me
5.
Pirate Song 03:33
In the little town away from where you go to school I will take you by the hand and walk you down the road Where you go down, down, down through the hills And down, down, down where you fell I’ll hold, hold, hold your hand still, to mine There, there, there is the sun, it’s setting through the trees Lets go out to the pond and find ourselves a breeze And we will drink, drink wine that we got And eat, eat bread that we bought So sleep, sleep, sleep on the rocks with me Oh, we’ve been through this before You go, I go, to our different shores And we will laugh, laugh, laugh till we cry And cry, cry, cry through the night So come, come, we’ll be alright There, there, there is the place where in the end we’ll met Share the stories of people in places we have seen And we will laugh, laugh, laugh till we cry And cry, cry, cry through the night So come, come, we’ll be alright
6.
Oh My Stars 02:52
You look suspicious there’s a gleam in your eye You’re a master of deception with a pretty smile So take your violin and string me up inside You make me want to fight You make me want to fight Under the window lies a man who knows Next to the letters that say anything goes So hide me in your cupboard And lie between your nose You caught me in the night You caught me in the night And the room shone gold when the light came through And I was lying next to you Will you miss me now that you let me down Oh my stars what a silent sound
7.
Howling Tree 04:10
Followed your boots through all the metal doors Climbed out the window for the seventieth floor Just to look down But you weren’t around Is this the battlefield where you let loose Had all the stars and planets following you While I stood my ground Till on the rings of Saturn I fell down I got my wings around me that’ll fly me high I got your painted letters threw them up in the sky You’re such a lonely bird You stole all of my words I’m dreaming of sleeping but I’m thinking bout how to lie Is this the telescope you found me through While I was swinging to the top of the moon I could see you, standing in the trees You found yourself another one like me I got my wings around me that’ll fly me high I got your painted letters threw them up in the sky You’re such a lonely bird You stole all of my words I’m dreaming of sleeping but you’re never around I thought about calling But you’re not in my town Is this the howling tree For a bird like me Oh Lord, oh Lord, oh Lord Oh Lord, You got me thinking bout how to lie

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released October 10, 2010

Produced by Nate Vaughan. Mixed by Al Fleming. Mastered by Brad Blackwood at Euphonic Masters. Recorded at Bronson House, Runaway Sound & Hollywood Sound Systems. Drums engineered by Meredith Jung. Artwork by Molly Burgess.

All songs by Anna Su except: "Over Ourselves" by Anna Su and John Isaac Watters, "City Ain't That Much Fun by Anna Su and Rachel Vaughan

Featuring: Al Fleming, Will Gramling, Kris Karlsson, George Krikes, Mike Lindsay, Nikko Menichini, Alex Rhodes, Gavin Salmon, Brian Song, Dave Torstenson, Nate Vaughan, Rachel Vaughan & Dave Wilson

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