Salt Year

by Chris Bathgate

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released 26 April 2011

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Track Name: Eliza (hue)
Was it sacred? Did you scream out?
Was he far eyed? With his heart out?
Oh, tell me it true. Oh, tell me it true.

Were the cottonwoods a drifting?
Were you silent? Were you singing?
What delicate tune? What delicate tune?

What secret did he tell yea?
Wild lilac and Diapensia.
Was he as far gone? With the engine light on?
Was it sacred? Did you scream out?
Did you kiss him? Was it light out?
What delicate hue? What delicate hue?
Track Name: No Silver
I ain’t got no silver, I ain’t got no gold
In the white sheet winter, with its dawn so cold
you know I froze, in sun

I ain’t got no silver, I ain’t got no gold
in dead street daylight, and shadow
and in a dark so cold, and calm
I’m all callow and gone

I ain’t got no silver, I ain’t got no gold
in the dead heat daydream of marrow
and in a thought so cold, as alms
I’ll follow and fawn
Track Name: Poor Eliza
I’m sinking, come save me poor Eliza my paths hid
my visions all black hole and quivering
it is what it is what it is

I curse thee, for placing these dark days upon me
for setting my blood as your dowry
it is what it is what it is

well my wife, is older and has no intentions
is mindfully out in the garden
out with the haze softly darkening
and painting it all light and liquid
the shadows all cirrus and cursive
all washing out in the distance
all washing out in the distance

well me and, me and my flat footed daydream
we hold it together so simply
are sovereign and known to be sleeping
because we have been saving our birthdays
from heart break and winter in swift chase
from heart break and winter in swift chase
from heart break and winter in swift chase
Track Name: Levee
The biggest moon I ever saw
was on the night I was right on time
Windham bound window down 302 I’m driving
teary eyed passenger turning up the radio crying
the only time I ever jumped I closed my eyes and nailed the landing

sweating lead turning left teeth marks on the dagger
open sill wounded ledge catalyst not soon forsaken
teary eyed passenger turning up the radio crying
the only time I ever jumped I closed my eyes and nailed the landing

The biggest moon I ever saw was on the night I was right on time
the only time I puckered up I closed my eyes and nailed the landing
Track Name: Fur Curled on the Sad Road
fur curled on the sad road
everyone I’ve ever known
those that have been traveling
often think of home
tracing out the skyline
in the morning frost
shaking off the far eye
to divvy up the dust

everything is expected
pounding out the dagger
the paintings on your body
these images they linger
Track Name: Borders
You know the sun it swings
across my borders
and the day it hangs
upon my shoulders
and worse then that
is how they react
as if cornered, as If cornered
you know I don’t get by
on a happy tune
and I don’t get sun
in the afternoon
and when the evening fear
is just coming on
I’m all static and quivering
with the shades all drawn

with the shades all drawn
Track Name: In the City
to the rail I pray
cause in November I heard your name
quit my job and stole a gun

that’s why the liquors gone
that’s why I’m bumming dimes
all my letters are loud and thin

In the city, In the city
I’m nothing at all

the days they drone
days they drone
they;re droning on and on

that’s how the day is framed
that’s how I know my name
people say it back to me
that’s why my heart is cracked
because they say to my back
as I’m sneaking out the side

In the city, In the city
I’m nothing at all

They days they drone
days they drone
yeah, they’re droning on and on
Track Name: Own Design
I knew a man that had died in a ship of his own design
when he came back his heart was dead, he said “kid,
you are on my track”
and every day since then has passed
in a sad and peculiar way
that leaves my heart so sad and gray

I knew a kid who clawed his way from the womb to the second grade
they sold his heart for a pill that dims the sun and makes
the sky seem still
so I wrote his name upon the cask
and when the cash came out well I made a pass
because all my friends
have folded hands
Track Name: Salt Year
17 years before,
I should have hauled off and kissed her
now I lace my wine with ginger,
just let my evenings pass

they pass, they pass, and they pass

She is whistling in a candy store,
and I’m just screaming in the dark here
I’m just choking down a salt year
when sugars all I”ve longed for,

all I’ve longed for, all I’ve longed for
try again

17 and there she stood, a photograph in my doorway
and I felt all my light leave me, my thoughts all tumbling under
tumbling under, tumbling under

After then my days resigned, to static and gray hair in soft cry
like a cracked crystal second hand wind chime
just clanging for a lover,

for a lover, for a lover
try again
Track Name: Time
I’ll say it again, to the back of your neck
deep in your skin where I’ve been living
living

it’s been a while
it’s no lack of desire
all my old loves on fire
yeah, time moves like water

I’ll say it again, to the stone in your chest
cold as the days I’ve been waiting
waiting

it’s been a while
it’s no lack of desire
all my old loves on fire
yeah, time moves like water
Track Name: Everything (Overture)
Everything, the skin contains
no matter, how hard I sing
it still remains


Everything, I sing these days
no matter how hard it stings
it still remains

Every day, my heart has saved
it withers no matter
how sad or strange

Every love I’ve pushed away
no matter, how far I stray
it still remains