Boxer At Rest

by The Bye Bye Blackbirds

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1.
Time Buries its thorns in our side Double-crossed, lonely and blind But we held its hands through the night You All that you promised was true Water so deep and so blue The farthest sun brighter than bright All this time Like waves in the heavens Hang on tight You were all light It's true Sometimes our plans all fall through Sometimes we play out of tune Nursing our drinks and our wounds But we Stumble through towns pure and free Lift up the stars through the trees Like Robin Hood walks on the moon A chill caught us deep inside Our bones grew fragile Still the roads we haunt will rise to meet us
2.
And if we’re gonna start feeling now Can we feel just like the ocean With all of its waves? And if we wanna start breathing now Can we hold a storm in our lungs Then blow it away? All we do is love you And sing your names out We pulled the anchor And kissed you out to sea Well if we’re gonna start feeling now Now that you’re out of our reach How do we stay?
3.
So True 05:14
The city is burning down One whole block at a time All the old shops and old folks’ homes Gone, up in smoke overhead Gone, turning stars angry red In miles of old alleyways All our secrets in piles Left outside where the dogs can find them Gone, like they’d never arrived Gone, like they were never alive Try to pack up and run From all lonely places with no lonely traces left Come walk beside me, come move me and guide me Come walk beside me, yeah, come please remind me Of places still clear and blue Falling down, fell in love, before that was us too Woke up late in the summertime Speakers sputtered to life Something caught between stations now Gone, let me quick write it down Gone, feel the flames coming ‘round Were we so true?
4.
Hey girl when your phone stopped ringing off the hook Did you take a little time just to give us a second look? We’ve been cut loose from somewhere Till we’re no one from nowhere Who’s that chasing the days? Who’s that pulling the reins When the world’s not slowing down? Baby, it’s still you Hey girl when the ground started shaking under you And the sparks in the hillside then what did you do? When the streets that we live on Lead to rooms we don’t know Wade in the stuff of dreams and we’re golden Nothing is what it seems but still golden Wishing you here with me and still golden now You’re lost and on your own but still golden So hard to be alone and still golden The love that broke your heart is still golden now Baby, it’s still you
5.
Did you hear the words? And did you see the signs? Wandering through our old town I couldn’t find the rooms Where we once sang Did you hear the rain? On your roof late at night? Somewhere through the city noise a call is out for you And just for you All the lonely souls That bow like Autumn leaves Whiskey glows in dusty rooms, I couldn’t stand the light Without the clouds I haunt your singing like a ghost I pray it never ends All the way home I hear the chorus Spinning in my head And hear the words And see the signs
6.
Feel the sunshine on our heads I know we’ll cry it out forever We’ll tip the whole town into the sea And watch it rise We will, I know we will Feel the Sunshine on our heads I know we’ll wind the clocks together We’ll pull the hours apart at the seams And watch them chime We will, I know we will Hearts as light as feathers Caged and wild and free And sick of life But still, I know we will Feel the sunshine on our heads We will, I know we will
7.
Try Open your eyes There’s a little life left in you, baby Try Waving goodbye But there’s no way we’re gonna leave you, baby Do you know the words That no one has heard? Hearts are worn when hearts are open Stitch them up after they’re broken Light ‘em up when healed and whole but Do they ever burn? City streets are floods of violence Stamp your soul in waters rising Light ‘em up when cracked and dry but Do they ever burn? Hell War is still hell We can’t fall much further can we, baby? Tell I pray but don’t tell If there’s how much more and can we take it
8.
Did the current steal your heart away? Swept like mountains poured into the bay Falls and shallows leaves and feathers pulled apart but all together Did the current steal your heart away? Did you feel the cold on New Year’s Day? City flavored air in death’s own ray Traffic transit footsteps heartbeats every path obscured in raw streets Did you feel the cold on New Year’s Day? Did you find the dark and long to stay? Let the streetlights tumble in your wake Fear the words and fear the stars that bburn right through your curtains drawn Did you find the dark and long to stay? Hey if it gets light, then it gets light Let’s see how the day comes
9.
Days We love you all our days We call in the early hours All our friends We whisper their names aloud We hold tight as we’re allowed to Days We love you all our days We build our own families and Our own homes We ring in your ears at night We love you with all our might these Days We love you all our days We’re warm in the winter sun and Sad spring rain We watch all the flowers bloom We name them all after you Days We love you all our days

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released April 24, 2020

Produced by Doug Gillard
Recorded by Chris von Sneidern at Hyde Street and Tape Vault Studios, San Francisco
Mixed by Doug Gillard and Chris von Sneidern at Tape Vault Studio
Mastered by Dave Schultz at D2 Mastering

The Bye Bye Blackbirds: Bradley Skaught, Aaron Rubin, Lenny Gill, Joe Becker, KC Bowman and Kelly Atkins

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Doug Gillard: additional acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, harmony vocals, finger cymbals
Chris von Sneidern: harmony vocals
Bill Swan: trumpet
Tom Griesser: baritone saxophone
Paul Flum: tenor saxophone

art and design by John Conley/blkbrix
band photo by Scott Evans/live photo by Patric Carver

all songs by Bradley Skaught

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