Baby Steps - Singles 2013

by Woolen Warrior

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about

Going into the year 02013, I was sitting on a big backlog of unrecorded material that didn't really seem to work as a album. I decided to attempt to record and release two songs a month for the whole year as a "singles" series. This proved to be quite a lot of work, but I managed to put out 8 singles and the Counting Stitches EP that year. Those 15 songs have been collected here for easier listening and downloading. I'm joined on these songs by a ever-changing cast of characters far more talented then myself. Thank you all, I could not have done it without you. The original singles mostly featured cover art by Izzi Ceccanti, which is now available as a PDF booklet included with the full album.

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released January 1, 2014

Musical Contributions from Sam Gray, Eric Williger, River Nason, Patrick Lebahn, Liam McNamara, Liam Hindahl, Polly Ceccanti, Kendl Winter, Jen Grady, and Taylor Rushing

Engineered at the Dub Narcotic Studio and Rose Home for Folk by Sam Gray with occasional help from Patrick Lebahn and once Nathan Gibson

Cover photo by Polly Ceccanti,
Original cover art all by Izzi Ceccanti
except Receive the Summons and Paper Bag by Sam Gray

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Track Name: Riddle
gonna creep through the flatlands, gonna send you to seed
gonna steal all your color, gonna drink all your mead
gonna twist, gonna turn, gonna scratch, gonna stare
best huddle together, cause this is my air

well i'm lickin' my lips, and i'm rubbin' my palms
gonna shrivel your stores, gonna freeze up the pond,
go on build that fire, you know it won't last
gonna laugh at your walls, cause I'm inside the house
ahahahaha

when the ground grows cold, and i've silenced the sun
when i've soaked through your shoes, when i've rusted your gun
When you know you can't hide, and your too tired to fight
Remember these words, you'll know i was right
Track Name: Fish Language
everybody likes to talk about the weather
i don't know why, cause it's always the same
everybody seems to know about the part
i don't know why, but they never told me

it's like all the fish speak the little fish language
and they all learned how to wag their tails
and when i try to speak the little fish language
it comes out all in bubbles and then i drown

everybody seems to have a name worth saying
i don't know why they forget about mine
everybody seems to know the game we're playing
if i don't know the rules, is it a waste of my time

it's like all the fish speak the little fish language
and they all learned it when they were young
and when i try to speak the little fish language
it comes out all in bubbles and tangles my tongue

oh, i can't figure out the niceties, people never say what they want you to hear
maybe its a dance or song or a gesture, something that makes it all perfectly clear

It's like all the fish speak the little fish language
and they all learned it when they were young
and when i try to speak the little fish language
it comes out all in bubbles and tangles my tongue

oh, i don't speak your language
no, i don't speak your language
no, i don't speak your language
no, i don't speak it
Track Name: In Portland (A Song About Olympia)
they say in Portland everyone knows what not to wear
i heard in Portland the city takes care of the air
portland has a bar that makes its own infusions
we wouldn't have to go to far, there's carpools leaving all the time

portland is a place where we could have a garden
we could settle down in a nice squat by the river with friends

i heard in Portland everyone gets enough to eat
they say in Portland there's always a place to sleep
portland has a park that's biegter then ours
portland's never dark, the climate's slightly more moderate

portland is a port land, because there is a port there
portland is called portland, even though there's another city named that in maine

nobody get's old, in portland
nobody get's cold, in portland
there's no fucking cops, in portland
it totally rocks, in portland
in portland
Track Name: Receive The Summons
word from the ocean
receive the summons
salt and devotion
there's only one and

hey now the sun is coming home

prepare the basin
wash the garment
look for the face when
it is the moment

hey now the sun is coming home

it's been a long long time
Track Name: Unsure Ground
i was caught up in the storm's fray
wreckage my own for a while
some day we wont move away
ya-ah ya-ee [x3]
oh

it's not impossible
it's just a process
we'll learn what we need to learn
earn what we need to earn

come on let's start today
it's not impossible
we'll find a place to stay
come on let's start today

sunny day
lips unfurled
branches bare
dawn in the world

unsure ground
death and decay
stick around
my sunny day
Track Name: Mantras
wake up
nobody is coming
you hold the key to your chains
stop waiting on salvation
you could be singing

stand up
you are perfectly able
you have no need of masters
stop listening to experts
you could be singing

wake up
stand up
breath in
sing out
Track Name: Variations on a Theme
nothing worse then falling for that same old line
you'll do fine if you are worthy
no use in denying our common ties
meet the eyes of the ones you speak to

ready your voice for the coming chorus
sharpen your mind with the work of justice
shelter the life of the common land

secret are the places that the wise folk dwell
sacred are the villages, sacred are the wells
power in the edges, and power in the whole
ancient are the names of the spirits groves

no use in denying our common ties
watch the tides and share the fruit
from the aging trees that were
once the seeds that our
elders placed
so that they could send help through
time and space
Track Name: Words Get In The Way
words get in the way
building barricades
high so i see
you less everyday
girl i gotta know
why but words get in the way

selfish sentencing (i can)
bridle, bit, and rein (tell when)
tied to tight to (you're not listening, selfish sentencing)
speak when spoken to (my light-)
always miss the cue (-house is)
hiding in the words you say (growing dimmer while your ship runs astray)

can't you ever just say what you mean
i'm the one that's suffering in this jagged compromise
is your love just like the bee that stings
singing oh no you've killed me now

static simmering (all i)
sorry for the sting (need is)
i've been sharing (sheltered space where I can feel safe but you)
empty vessels make (hide be-)
useful canidates (-hind the)
always last to take the blame (circled logic you've placed to draw the eye)

i still love you
do you love me to?
Track Name: Weakness
have been so risen low and hard to sleep with that
i just wanted to let you know that i want to be with you
i want to be with you
ooh, ooh, ooh

lies are told by those that cant accept their weakness
but i am proud to rely on what's between us
what's between us

our house is a very fine house
it's filled with things we've made
i'll keep you safe at night
we'll both still be afraid

our house is very fine house
it's built on solid ground
we'll make it through the times
we let each other down
Track Name: Clarity
one day i went walking along the high ridges
and saw such a sight that i almost was driven
to float from on high to the welcoming waters
that glimmered below in impossible patterns

and when i returned to my vacated body
i noticed the threads that derive from within me
were part of a web on infinite complexity
linking my soul to the ones all around me

and as i drifted forward in time
my clarity faded
still i know the power that sleeps underneath
what our senses perceive and our minds can conceive of

see with the eyes of original purity
embrace the all with the ancient simplicity
you'll know the power that sleeps underneath
what out senses perceive and our spirits can dream of
Track Name: Paper Bag
found a paper bag, wonder if it saw the city
wanna catch a cab, don't know where i'd go to
i'd like to take you out, all in knives you'd look so pretty
maybe we'll catch a show, sharper then a rose is

i kinda miss the grass, always know the proper vender
last time they kicked my ass, guess i shouldn't sleep there
waiting to kill some time, never felt so much in danger
i drink it til i'm blind, still can't make it taste good

and i'm at the top of the week
i never wanted nothing, never wanted nothing, never, from you
and i'm at the end of the street
i always catch you staring, always catch you staring, always acting wise
with you gun and your disguise
but a badge can't make you boss though

tried to bum a drag, guess I should wear something queerer
worse night i ever had wasn't much to sleep through
they kicked em off the curb, wondered why I wasn't with em
no one even said a word, they like it when you play dumb

someone tried to sign their name
red all over, red all over
never really felt the same
when i'm older, when i'm older
Track Name: Punk Like Library
i wanna be punk like the library
all the good shows are at the library
learn how to fuck at the library
i wanna be punk like the library
oh na nanana nana

i wanna be punk like the library
revolution starts at the library
make new friends at the library
i wanna be punk like the library
oh na nanana nana

nanananananananananananananananananananananananana

i wanna be punk like the library
revolution starts at the library
learn how to fuck at the library
i wanna be punk like the library
oh na nanana nana

nanananananananananananananananananananananananananana
Track Name: Waiting Melody
wind don't scare me
it's been gusty
learned my lesson
heat is what you save

i've been riding
bags a laden
i've been waiting
i've been waiting

soon I'll arrive
so i will treasure
quiet times when
i'm just waiting
i am waiting
Track Name: The Herald, The Hero and Other Stories
i was in a hurry, i was getting pretty worried
giving more then what i got, every hour on every clock
i was gonna make it even if it left me tattered
i was paying what i owed, i was reaping what i sowed
but it wasn't meant to be, the story wasn't me and i spoke

I was sick and stable, I was idle but my eyes were
caught on fire, burned to cinder, never ceasing not releasing
i was just a mumble but my mind would not stop searching
for the word that i forgot, for the key that fit the lock
but it wasn't meant to be, the story wasn't me and I spoke

oh, oh

i was righteous, i was just, like the river, like the rust
i could feel the mortal coil, i was gonna tell the world
to sing sing all your praises, take them to the darker spaces
ring ring bells are sounding, time for struggle, time for pain

i thought that the tower would fall, every brick and every wall
that the roads would crack, that the earth would take them back
but it wasn't meant to be, the story wasn't me and i spoke

i am nothing
i am nothing
i am nothing
i am free