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black with green leaves

by Diane Cluck

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"recorded in my house during late summer / fall of 2002, feeling generally overstimulated. mics peaking throughout the recording, album title, “black with green leaves” indicating a sky so full of possibility i couldn't see the sun through such dense growth.

original cd-r packaging included my dna...oooh !...dripping blood on every one. "black with green leaves" later distributed by Important Records as part of a double-cd package along with "macy's day bird": www.dianecluck.info/ordering/?item=2 "

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released October 15, 2002

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Track Name: crash thru the half-light
crash thru the half-light of tomorrow morning
stranded in the day you were hurrying to get to
do you like the hands that are tangled in your hair now ?
are they your own hands or are they somebody else's ?

lunge through the evening
shred all the hours
i don't know what you want
but some December morning put me in the aisle
looking through the eye-hole
tugging at the mask
because the cut-outs never match up with my eyes...

crash thru the half-light of tomorrow morning
stranded in the day you were hurrying to get to
do you like the hands that are tangled in your hair now ?
are they your own hands or are they somebody else's ?
Track Name: casting about
i was raised by hysterics
but the bed in my barracks afforded me views of the sky
and so trained by the clouds
neither troubled nor loud
i was calmed by their silence and sigh to let go
casting about with nothing to show

when it rains on the barracks
the rains falls on bare backs of prisoners leaning through windows
from clouds drifting free
strewn and boundlessly unbothered
by which way the wind blows them along
casting about and nothing is wrong

when the body, the bones and the blood are all light
and water that flows from day into night
when the pull and the puncture
are painless and bright
i am here
i am here

in this life of hysterics, behold--simple lyrics !
my mind complicates and entraps
but like knotted necklaces yanked when you're reckless
some golden links fall in my lap
skies from which i cowered bring forth only showers
that soften the stuck and the hard
now fingers drift outward from fists into flowers
that spring from the mud in the yard
oh, let go
cast me about
there is nothing to know
Track Name: pathway to eden
when you're picking your pathway to eden
and you focus ahead with your eyes
don't be fooled if you fear what surrounds you--
they are flowers and friends in disguise

and i noticed you said,
“up ahead, there is nothing.
look around--we are already done.
the place that you're headed and here--
they are the same one.”

when you walk with a partner to eden
will you wander or stay by their side
if they stop for awhile in the entrance
and they turn back to give their goodbyes ?

oh, i noticed you waited
the gates were up but they started comin' back down...
but you pulled me through before they came the whole way down
Track Name: i'm yr here-i-am
first my fate was
to be lied to
cuz i liked it
and i lied, too
then my fate was
on its round two
out of two rounds
it stopped--
it said “here i am
here i am

“come embrace me
i'm yr long-lost
i'm yr comeback
i'm yr here-i-am
don't waste me
cuz i won't last long
and i won't come back
i'm yr here-i-am
i'm yr here-i-am”

slowly it comes 'round again
second time--still it's not sure
first time i lied
said, “i'm not ready yet”
and it slammed the door
after suffering all the scabs falling off
i can lie no more
now one last try
and it's so closeby
in the starlight
in the streetlight
in the headlight
in the houselight
in the half-light
in the no light
even then, it's so bright
you can't help but hear,
“here i am

“embrace me
i'm yr long-lost
i'm yr comeback
i'm yr here-i-am
don't waste me
cuz i won't last long
and i won't come back
i won't come back
i'm yr here-i-am
i'm yr here-i-am”
Track Name: search party
and so
into the woods we went
deep and deeper
deep and deeper
night seemed to be falling
you said, “how long ?
how long ?”
two by two
two by the end were all that was left
of the search party out in the night
till at last they all went home

from trees
we watched in disbelief
my eyes, your eyes, their eyes
they all thought we'd been caught
and so began disbanding
two by two
two by the end were all that was left
only you and me up there in the night

you said,
“focus on their eyes
and you'll know what they're saying.
focus on their eyes from far away.
can't you feel a comfort
though the sky's gone grey ?”
Track Name: the party tonight
come
move me along
come
you said you'd help if you could if i called

time moving on
i've had my share
will you prop me up and tell me what to wear
to the party tonight ?

time moving on
i couldn't care
can you come around and help me fix my hair
for the party tonight
for the party tonight