Compound Recordings & Only Now Can I See

by The Orchards

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A collection of songs hastily written and recorded over one year.

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released January 1, 2009

Eric Schwan; SK Green; Hillary Dickerson; Allison Cekala
1-3 recorded live by Doug Milliken
4-8 recorded by Eric
9 recorded live in Ithaca, NY

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The Orchards Portland, Maine

The Orchards are the songwriting project of Pennsylvania native Eric Schwan, now based in Portland, ME and featuring a revolving cast of generous and talented folks who add textures and harmonies to the songs.

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Track Name: Tomatoes
We had tomatoes on your birthday, they were the first ones of the season, and they ran down our chins
We had tomatoes on your birthday, they were the first ones of the season, and they ran down our chins
We had warm breeze on on shoulders, there was sunlight in the window, there was rain up in the sky
Sunlight in the window, we had warm breeze on our shoulders, there was rain up in the sky
Up in the sky
Up in the sky

The meadowlark was calling, we were walking to the graveyard, there was wine upon our lips
The meadowlark was calling, we were walking to the graveyard, there was wine upon our lips
Warm breeze on our shoulders, we had sunlight in the window, when you said "raise your eyes"
Warm breeze on our shoulders and the grass was getting taller, when you said "raise your eyes"
Raise your eyes
Raise your eyes
All will rise
All will rise

We had tomatoes on your birthday, they were the first ones of the season, and they ran down our chins
We had tomatoes on your birthday, they were the first ones of the season, and they ran down our chins
Warm breeze on our shoulders, there was sunlight in the window, we had rain up in the sky
Warm breeze on our shoulders, there was sunlight in the window, we had rain up in the sky
Up in the sky
Up in the sky
So raise your eyes
Raise your eyes
Raise your eyes
All will rise
All will rise
All will rise
Track Name: Fourteen
It's the fourth, fourth of July
And our hands reach for cherries ripe
We're fourteen, we're fourteen
And we kiss in backyards green
On our bikes tonight
We soar through the scenery
We have wings, we have wings
And our hearts harbor terrible things
We have wings, oh we have wings
And our hearts harbor terrible things
Track Name: Tinfoil
Tinfoil, tinfoil
Tie it to me, tie it to me
Tired bear
Tired bear
Sad and solo, sad and solo
Razor's edge
Razor's edge
Wound and wicked, wound and wicked
Lion's mane
Lion's mane
Come back to me, come back to me
Turtledove
Turtledove
Tie it to me, tie it to me
Tired bear
Tired bear
Sad and solo, sad and solo
Razor's edge
Razor's edge
Wound and wicked, wound and wicked
Lion's mane
Lion's mane
Come back to me, come back to me
Hummingbird
Track Name: I'm Sorry Song
And when we left from San Francisco
My heart was all in knots
You are my moon over the water
Somehow I forgot
All those times you gave me bus fare
Just so I could get to work on time
The rainy city was a maze back then
You were my map, you were my ticket down the line
And now I wonder were we lovers
Or just two kids asleep in the backseat
The radio was playing pop songs
And we were drifting in and out of dreams

Nevermind the words that came out of my mouth when all I could feel was pain
Nevermind the weight I made you bear, heavy like a doll left in the rain
Nevermind my turning back, my hopeless, or my dark that went on for days
Nevermind most anything except the things I did that made you want to stay

How simple it is to say I'm sorry
How long I've made you wait
How simple it is to say I'm sorry
How long I've made you wait
But glory, glory hallelujah
I have learned to love to the rain again
Glory, glory hallelujah
I have learned to love the rain again
Glory, glory hallelujah
I have learned to love the rain again
Glory, glory hallelujah
I have learned to love the rain again
Track Name: Holy Ground
Born of an incantation, you were born of the barley moon
Born for the apple harvest, but winter came too soon
A year can leave its mark on a man or a woman strong
Put seven scars on your forehead and pray till the morning comes
Snow still on the doorstep though the birds have been back for days
They sing, they ring to remind that spring is an act of faith
My darling, if we part now at least we part as friends
Let's hope the worst is over, let's hope the worst will end

And when will we walk again on holy ground
When will we walk again on holy ground
Sing until the sadness all has left
Sing until we're no longer bereft

I offered you my body though I never gave a ring
The truth is I see now that our love was a rare, rare thing
If another current takes you to another golden sea
When the gulls come in each evening I hope you'll think of me
I'm longing for the orchards, I'm longing for the stones
That mark each body's failing and remind us of our own
I hear you in a whisper "there's work still to be done"
You remind me once again that our work has just begun

And when will we walk again on holy ground
When will we walk again on holy ground
Sing until the sadness all has left
Sing until we're no longer bereft
Sing until the sadness all has left
Sing until we're no longer bereft
Track Name: Rising Bread
We've got wind, we've got light, we've got everything
Buttons on our shirts that button to the very top
A cat that's asleep on the mattress
Where we were just laying, resting like rising bread
Footprints that lead to the dirty street
But today the outside world holds not a thing for us
The trees are not offering their advice
It's winter, they're sleeping
The buds all are waking though

It's been one whole year now without you
One year where I couldn't breathe, had not the eyes to see
I felt bruised, I felt bent, I felt broken
Attacked by some phantom force, wind knocked right out of me
So I went and looked for the enemy
I was humbled to meet him - he looked a lot like me
When he spoke he sounded like an ally
Said there's a simpler answer, it comes when you're breathing deep Comes when you're breathing deep

You're far away now in a cabin
Soon you'll be farther still, one whole continent
I was not ready to let you go
But that's the way it is, ready does not exist
If the moon ever tells me its true name
I will be calling you, a secret to share with you
Or I'll bury it deep in a melody
Oh graceful apple tree, sing all your songs to me
I'm sitting here right by the window
The morning is quiet, I like when it's like this
I picture you in California
The sun shines so brightly there, please don't get a sunburn
Vanessa will write you a letter
It will be spring soon, seeds will need sowing
And I always loved your hands
Gentle like paper birds, strong like the rising tide
And when you'd rest them on me
The weight of the day was gone, cool clean oblivion
Cool clean oblivion

All of the things that you taught me
I will be blessed if I learn to take them with me
So many things to start telling you
But I couldn't write this song till I had let you go
All of the ways I've been changing
You were not here to see, what's gotten into me
All of the ways you are changing
But I would know you still, can feel them inside of me
The hardest thing about changing
Is changing and changing and changing, it never ends
The hardest thing about letting go
Is not holding on no more, things not the way they were
Things not the way they were

Or maybe it's the loss of potential
Like, "these things they could've been", but they were not, so...
Accept how it really is
I've been forgetting this
And you're not reminding me
You were my hometown now my hometown is everywhere
You were my hometown now my hometown is everywhere
How can I be lonely when I know that you're still out there
How can I be lonely when I know that you're still out there

We had wind, we had light, we had everything
Fire in the fireplace, dishes in the dirty sink
A cat asleep on the mattress
Where we were just laying, resting like rising bread
Track Name: Long Goodbye Song
Now I've looked in your eyes and said goodbye
But I never believed that our love would die
In the cab of a car it became weather-worn
But when we flew home I could feel it reborn
Ohio was wet with thunderstorms
The wedding was weak but the weather was warm
And there in the room of your parents' house
We spoke all those words and we spoke them out loud

And maybe the world will stop spinning now
Just long enough for me to figure out
How on this earth I can stop loving you
And let you move on instead of right through
Cause I've prayed to the sun and I've prayed to the rain
And the only response that ever came
Was "hold onto the love, let go of the pain"
But I can't say I'm sure I can do that today

And how can it be summer again?
I mean, how can the sun shine without my best friend?
How can I feel her breath on the wind?
How can I go on if we're really to end?
Cause I stare at the sky and I try to pretend
That if I let you go we can begin again

I've prayed to the sun and I've prayed to the rain
And the only response that ever came
Was "hold onto the love, let go of the pain"
But I can't say I'm sure I can do that today
I can't say I'm sure I can do that today
Track Name: New Year's Song (Hearts of Man)
Oh, if we ever fall
Down in the hearts of man
We will be back again
Back in the arms of friends

I had a heart, lonely, soul-sick
I had a soul, felt like it quit
To resurrect is beyond what I can do
It takes a tribe and a glassful or two

Oh, if we ever fall
Down in the hearts of man
We will be back again
Back in the arms of friends

We've scattered now, like a flock of crows
And where we land, well that's our home
It's been awhile, but I don't give a shit
When I am low you're my sweet chariot

Oh, if we ever fall
Down in the hearts of man
We will be back again
Back in the arms of friends
Oh, if we ever fall
Down in the hearts of man
We will be back again
Back in the arms of friends