Compound Recordings & Only Now Can I See

by The Orchards

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1.
Tomatoes 05:39
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
2.
Fourteen 02:01
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
3.
Tinfoil 02:57
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
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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
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Holy Ground 03:17
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
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Rising Bread 06:05
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
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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
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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

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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 were the songwriting project of Pennsylvania native Eric Schwan, now based in Portland, ME and featuring a revolving cast of musicians adding orchestral and ambient textures and harmonies to his simple, folk-based songs. They released their LP, "Sing Birds, In Your Shrinking Woods" on Apohadion/Burst & Bloom Records with a final show on September 15, 2019. ... more

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