Let My Tethers Fall

by Eli Wise

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1.
So my muscles get stronger as my will gets weaker, hey hey Ship steady on its course for cold disaster The spit mind of a man part cartographer astrologer and ships captain Only in a dark dark office do I feel ok. So for now it's the wind and the waves and the throttle of desire Gnawing from the back of my mind is the key to the map So for now its the wind and and the waves and the throttle of desire pushing my mind farther than it wants to go. In the song of the workers in the belly of the ship is the length of the night In the steps of the workers walking underneathe the decks is the pulse of the day Coming up to land and I feel alone in the breeze, hey hey And the shape is familiar and the shape is strange as a dream in day now the reaper might grab me or touch me with his wand to make me a silver goose in the autumn sky to make me a silver goose in the autumn sky In the song of the workers in the belly of the ship is the length of the night In the steps of the workers walking underneathe the decks is the pulse of the day
2.
We fall asleep in the silver green tonight (we fall asleep in the silver green … ) like snake scales, glisten in the moonlight. We lay in the tangled weeds, the best bed for us (we lay in tangled weeds, the best bed . . .) like micah glistens in the concrete, we reflect the mirrored sun Thoughts roll off the table fall out of my mouth become golden tigers that stalk through the valley, whispering ‘We are the same’ To fall asleep alone with me, are you scared? The tigers are out looking for us, and I don’t know what this world will come to But it will come to me in my sleep.
3.
Falling through space, what a day what would you say once the capsule's busted anyway Please don't look up I swear you'll know something's wrong with the sky A helmet's glint oh why, do I tell myself these lies. But we'll never get far enough with the old ways The pattern is burnt and we can't put it back No, we'll never get far enough with the old ways. Take a swim through a cold cruel, map spiraling as old familiar blue is racing away, do you rue the day you said it meant more to travel than to stay oh, it's so beautiful can't your heart somehow hear me say But we'll never get far enough with the old ways The pattern is burnt and we can't put it back No, we'll never get far enough with the old ways. So fall into night on the back of a bird So silent its wings not a sound can be heard but my eyes are too wide and my vision is blurred but we don't fight.. as every familiar thing winks out of sight instead is replaced by bright bands of light I close my eyes and somehow you're still waiting
4.
Jovian 02:46
With one final endorphin rush he let his tehters fall and his body floats helplessly up from the ocean your nightmares only needed you to unfold they'd been waiting in the hold now his body floats hopefully up from the ocean I do want this so badly to be truly alone with just the currents whirling features around me Jet pack propulsion pushes him up throug the milk thick atmosphere with no thoughts to the girls or bars back home your nightmares only needed you to unfold they'd been seeds, set to burst now you know how to explain that humming in your head who'd have guessed he's the medium? Pandora's box inscribed as human
5.
He just drinks beers, doesn’t really eat Doesn’t really need to she don’t remember him Maybe he didn’t like her that much Anyhow, going through all this old stuff Taking pictures off the walls, leaves a crack in the paint Leaves a crack in his one night numbers, leaves a hole in his mouth and he thinks it’ll be a while Thinks it’ll be a while.   Now, come on girl, don’t you want to go out with me? Slip through mirrors or slide down glass This isn’t a city really, just the parts your imagination left out That now breathe to life Try not to slip on memories Take my hand – you know.... Hey -   They say on this rooftop you can see everything perfectly Just two bright stars against all the rest smack into the night sky.
6.
Crawl at last to the water and wait Call up names of the dead from beautiful estate it's echoed all through the halls I think I've heard enough by now don't believe them at all In clothes of rust stained from within will the waters restore what I lost giving in Take this liar here Gorgeous in sins we all know its best to act wicked as you can and hope that your heart don't follow I forgot all of my best friends' names yesterday night, you didnt realize it was the best thing that I'd ever had 'Cause it was just myself for a minute or two See her smile and the meadow's a waste calls up sins of the skin, such beautiful disgrace its etched on each of my cells I think I've seen enough by now To throw myself down In clothes of white to let it all go will these waters reveal what I tried not to show Take this liar here Gorgeous in sins we all know its best to act wicked as you can and hope that your heart don't follow I forgot all of my best friends' names yesterday night, you didnt realize it was the best thing that I'd ever had Cause it was just myself for a minute or two
7.
Relativity 04:54
So we walk through grave sites and monuments on a cold fall day We don't talk, everything's consequence tumbles in the fray of leaves and desires. Our shoes and cold toes remind me of films, I see explorers on ice flows. And you wont hear what I say . . Am I dark am I dreaming Can I travel the arc believing in breath and relativity? I've never seen full portraits done in color on the stone and like beings, stone humans stand blue black against the sun. I don’t pray, I just dream of falling through the ground I don’t pray, I just fall through the ground. Am I dark, am I dreaming Can I recognize the arc Believing in breath and relativity? Do some wait for Jesus Christ to rouse their white bones? Or do some wait for… Do some feel the loving footfalls of their remnants above the ground? Do I dark, do I dreaming Do I travel the arc My body un-breathing, electricity . .
8.
Oh I'll wait until spring til she comes as she said or I'll reckon the words in my head or I'll wait until fall, all the leaves they are dead sweet reckoning so soon will come sweet reckoning also will come Take away - my love Take away - The lad daily went down to the port of his town where the great ships came barging in his voice was so soft all his words they were lost but I think he was seeking his love I think he was seeking his love Take away - My love Take away - Spin the wheel, it turns black - all the saints turn their backs on us sinners stuck so far behind them but nothing has cost, so nothing is lost nothing's creeping up beside their beds nothing troubles their sweet sleepy heads Take away - My love Take away - The Speakers are cattails alone on the flats some miles and miles between them their words are stones denting the ground when I walk through I fear we are wed when I stalk through the lands of the dead. Take away my love take away She was born, she was raised, it's time she was engaged like the lullabies her mother told her there is summer and fall, a soul, seasons, us all what I do not believe I must refrain - from what I do not believe I must refrain.
9.
Falling asleep or staying awake either way i'm waiting for you it's never enough it's never enough there's always a chance that we might break this floor is so old, I fell in a hole half way out, do you see me now? My feet below, the ocean below I can look right through, right through - I stayed up too late the pages are worn of this book I'll never give to you it's the saddest story i've ever seen, it's beautiful you're holding your stomach looking away don't look right through me it will be all right it'll be ok I just know, I just do - I'm always tired, I'm always tired you know it's true even when I think i'm awake I might be dreaming I think I should lie down I turn my cheek away from the sun there's something we must do Let's rip this house to pieces, board by board I think we're ready for something new.

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This album was begun in 2012 and is my most fully orchestrated work. With the help of engineer Matt Anderson, we laid down the drums and bass for eleven tracks. The next three years were spent in trial and error, layering, trimming, recording, visiting, napping, and creating.

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released August 18, 2015

Eli Wise, Damon Waitkus, Luke Selden, Jim Kassis, Caroline Penwarden, Emily Packard. mastered by Myles Boison, engineered by Matt Anderson

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Eli Wise Oakland, California

Mythology set to music by the Oakland band. Vocal harmonies, ethereal guitars, and driving rhythm.

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