Let It Take You

by Leslie Graves

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*suite:times - originally conceived and recorded for the production of Times:365:24:7 by Bone Orchard Theatre Company

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released December 22, 2010

all songs written by leslie graves
produced and recorded by david voigt and leslie graves at beyond notes recording (beyondnotes.org) and fire island guest house

cover art by aron wiesenfeld
www.aronwiesenfeld.com

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tags: folk Brooklyn

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Leslie Graves Brooklyn, New York

Leslie sings in bands based in Brooklyn: GOLD, Endless Arrows, Little Cobweb, The Relastics. She was the singer lyricist in They Would be Happy People and Root Valdez.

She was composer for feature film SPLiT directed by Deborah Kampmeier and sound designer/songwriter for the play Times:365:24:7 by Bone Orchard Theater Company.
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Track Name: chrysalis
caterpillar hides away
dies inside a chrysalis
transformation is mostly decay
an end before the new

whatever you need to do
if you're not ready now
that's OK
transformation is mostly decay
an end before the new

allow yourself to feel
but stay
true to what you know
the only way life can open
is to walk out of what isn't true

caterpillar can not see
the butterfly it's gonna be
transformation is mostly decay
an end before the new
Track Name: it's too bad
hopelessly awkward
i couldn't talk
now you're not interested anymore
it's too bad
i'm crazy attracted
i could have loved you
you'd love me too

what a loss
so high than so low
so small the window
so hard a heart blow
it's too bad
i'm crazy attracted
i could have loved you
you'd love me to
Track Name: i know the cave where you live
i know the cave that is your home
i'm sure you're in there now
thinking feeling guilty and alone
i hear that kind of sound
i'm in my own corner
making up words
i'll tell you when you come out
i know i'm wasting my time
but i can't help wanting you now

inside where you live
what i would give
for you to know me really
but i see you're already taken
you fit inside me where i live
what will you give me
if i come out clearer
don't tell me
i'm already breaking

walking out numb numb numb numb numb
knowing
got to put this all on ice
that cave - that was a woman
god let me know my own mind
i was fool to love you
being in my own darkness all the time
you were inside me i was never inside you
she always got to find
another way

inside where you live
what i would give
for you to know me really
but i see you're already taken
you fit inside me where i live
what will you give me
if i come out clearer
don't tell me i'm already breaking
Track Name: light you up
the candle's burning down
wax is dripping off the table
our hearts are melting like the wax
making us unstable
you say you don't want it
but should i go away
we'll get ourselves together
we'll change our stubborn ways
we burn each other down
we burn each other down
we burn each other down
we burn each other down
i have to light you up
i have to light you up
i have to light you up
i have to light you up
i remember my old love
the one i never had
he was careful with his flame
left me feeling sad
he'd light me with his eyes
he'd light me with his songs
he'd never give his soul
to someone else in love
he'd never give away
never give away
kept his precious heart
that pretty heart shape
i want to light you up
i want to light you up
i want to light you up
i want to light you up
we burn each other down
we burn each other down
we burn each other down
we burn each other down
i want to light you up
i want to light you up
i want to light you up
i want to light you up
we burn each other down
we burn each other down
we burn each other down
Track Name: floating*
miss emily upp went for a jog down riverside
then she lost her memory
and went missing from her life
for three weeks she was roaming the city
went to the apple store and new york sports club allegedly
her family put up signs
made a facebook page
tried to stay positive
but worried she was dead

while she was roaming her foot got a blister
she couldn't walk anymore
so she jumped in the river
she was
floating
floating
floating

then Captain Covella of the Staten Island Ferry
was on a routine trip
when he noticed something out of place
slowing the boat
he went to steer towards it
that's when they saw the girl
face down floating in the water

two deckmen jumped in
saw she was still breathing
took her to shore while someone called the ambulance
while riding in the squad
suddenly she remembered
she went for a jog and now she's riding in an ambulance?

what happened to her mind?
was she scared? was she hungry?
what does it matter when she has no memory of
floating
floating
floating
Track Name: recession psychosis*
time to check into the haven
where there are no tvs or blackberries
people sit and talk at the haven
turn from the market to save
their brains

she stopped eating
too afraid of spending
he stopped sleeping
keeping track of the whole world's
gain and loss
gain and loss
gain and loss
gain and loss
gain and loss loss loss
gain and loss
gain and loss
loss
loss
Track Name: bow and arrow*
a woman was shot with a bow and arrow
near Riverdale Park
who would have a bow and arrow and be shooting around there?
and the cops and detectives at the crime scene with their technological tools
had their hands full in an episode from the 14th century
Track Name: let it take you
my hair grows out darker every year
i dye it yellow like the sun
reflect some light off my mirror
but everybody knows when the sun has gone
the birds left for winter
they instinctively go
the pond froze over
reflectors can't see their portraits through the snow

when the world is lost to you
the world and the people in it
you could drown outside while you're seeing through it all
or you could jump in the river and let it take you with it
you could jump in the river and let it take you with it

do not feed the ducklings
they just might stay all year
my fortune says get going
but i'll go when the sky is clear
maybe your eyes grew edges
or maybe i grew an awkward shape
or maybe it's our seeing that is our knowing
that makes the soul ache

when the world is lost to you
the world and the people in it
you could drown outside while you're seeing through it all
or you could jump in the river and let it take you with it
you could jump in the river and let it take you with it
jump in the river
let it take you
Track Name: separate worlds
if my world seems separate from yours
don't be scared
it's an innocent made up world
a fantasy i've lived in

i don't claim to know you
when i got close to you
it was a fantasy in my head
a made up untrue story

it's lonely in our made up worlds
i know you wanted me
and you made up a story of our future
and i'm sorry i couldn't meet you

separate worlds oh
separate worlds oh
suffering in the world
cause our made up worlds are not real
Track Name: mushroom spirits
three five foot tall mushrooms
appeared in his kitchen
they asked,
"why did you eat us?"
"I was just following my dream"
"Are you prepared for this path?"
he answered without hesitation,
"Yes, I am."

his friend had the same surprising appearance
of the human size mushrooms staring at him
they asked,
"Why did you eat us?"
"I was trying to get high."
"Well if you do this again, we will kill you."

break open
break open
break open
the head
break open
break open
break open
the head
Track Name: paint the sky
that one played out undesirably
there are no erasers
no rewinding tape
it was a silly moment
but it was ruining
ah ah ah ah
it was right before the accident
right before right before
that moment came and went
is there no big picture
just little mistakes
paint them on the ceiling
to encapsulate
tell me why
why
tell me why
why
why
wait stop
wait stop
wait stop
wait stop
ah ah ah
ooo
ah ah ah
wait stop
wait stop
ah ah ah ah ah
ah ah ah ah ah
ah ah ah ah ah…
Track Name: la brain
the human cortex
a looming starship
55 billion neurons
electric waves
receiving input
receiving and receiving
millions of pictures
go in our brains
la la la la la la la la
and every story
a shooting star
a fleeting picture
beauties far
la la la la la la la la la la
la la la la
Track Name: heavenly bodies
heavenly bodies
guide me out
i give up
burn all
that's not aligned
with the truth