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Tambourine Death Bed

by Michael Feuerstack

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1.
The Same Sky 02:56
Clouds of white Shifting through the sky I am in the grass Waiting for my life I lost my way And know i'm headed home just for the shelter and a place to call own I've been under dark clouds I've been under clear scavengers and doves use the same sky Drops of water beating on the roof I am inside I don't dare wonder why Clattering clusters Dropping in their time Without a concern Without waiting for a sign I've seen dark clouds I've seen clear Scavengers and doves use the same sky Looking up at the wings and underneath they're dry Scavengers and doves use the same sky
2.
So many songs are written about it They whisper it and they shout it Through the humming engines Get me through the modern warfare Get me through the modern warfare Politicians fight it Conjurors and psychics Peak through the velvet curtains Get me through the modern warfare Get me through the modern warfare
3.
Take Me 02:57
Take me wherever it is you go Take me wherever it is you go It won't do me in I'll take your medicine I want the side-effects And all the benefits Believe me I really want to go Trust me I really need to know I'll take the roaring fans Or just the guest list I'll grab the microphone And shout you into it Take me wherever it is you go Take me wherever it is you go We'll take the side road We've often traveled it If you've got a heavy load I'll help you carry it
4.
Infidels 02:34
We all feel the hand upon our throats The fools believe what the infidels don't Oh but luck can change Cursed, the rooms i've wandered through The motel beds and the frat parties too Because I wasn't there Gone for some fresh air Oh you see, I sensed success Failure, love and all the heavy scents Because I wasn't there Gone for some fresh air When pushed too hard you make believe to see something you could never see Oh but luck can change Wishing pools and deeper wells Guys and dolls and dizzy spells We all feel the hand upon our throats
5.
I'll tell you everything I know I'll give you all my money All I ask is leave me alone leave me alone You closed your eyes and went to sleep In the belly of the whale All you said was "leave me alone, leave me alone" If you fall down beside me - I'll show you all the love I’ve lost Warden of your own cell Guilty behaviour Lock them out lock you in Don't leave me alone They say that love is like a rose But it's nothing all that special Covered in thorns leave it alone Leave it alone If you fall down beside me - I'll show you all the luck i've had If you fall down beside me - I'll show you all the love i've found
6.
The Hill 02:46
What if we want to be loose? Start a fight or make a truce. You're too young to be so old If you gotta roll, roll down the hill. What if we want some tension? Where do we push and where do we pull? How much pressure or how much slack? When do we quit and how to get back? What if we want to go back? Make some new rules or plans of attack I'm a lot like you I live for the moment, and then I forget what to do
7.
Map 02:46
Give me a map and I'll find my way home Show me the long way and I'll go I'll tell you about it and I'll wake you when I'm done Just don't let them say that I'm no fun Two little birds on a branch out front Trying to make themselves heard It's the prettiest thing I've ever heard And I don't even care about the words When the sun comes up And the moon goes down That's the time to take a look around What's with the symbols in your sad-sack poems? Walking the thin line of sense Doesn't matter where it's printed doesn't matter what it says Cross the ocean just as long as it's read The moon goes down when the sun comes up Can someone explain why they don't get stuck? I don't want to retire with my hands all tied I don't want to be left in the sun I'll read you my memoir and I'll wake you when I'm done Just don't let them say that I'm no fun What's so wrong with the sounds I hear? i just want to make your troubles disappear
8.
Trees 03:44
Just ask the Sycamore or the Juniper The old Oak, the Redwood and the Fir say the same You can't go wrong with the sun and the rain Even the cactus and the evergreen Lining your forests and your desert scenes They say you can't go wrong with the sun and the rain Mighty up above shining down on us all day There must be something we can do Soaking up your beautiful rays and drops from on high You make the trees so happy they reach for the sky You feed the animals and you keep them warm From the wise old owl and the the calf just born they say You can't go wrong with the sun and the rain On a dusty and arid or a humid and stifling day There's always somewhere we can find some shade Under the trees, the sweet green glowing leaves You make the trees so happy they reach for the sky So meet me in the summer and we'll take a walk with your generous manners and your beautiful talk You say you can't go wrong with the sun and the rain Mighty up above shining down on us all day There must be something we can do Soaking up your beautiful rays and drops from on high You make the trees so happy they reach for the sky
9.
Tambourine 03:10
Who is this person? I want to pretend i've never seen him before Step into the mirror and straight out the other side Somebody said You can impress them if you try Walking on the tightrope With your shoes untied He tells me my laugh is hard to miss Beautiful and soft when it fits But these days my laugh has got a cutting edge So be careful with it What is this music? I wanna pretend i've never heard it before Step into the headphones and go outdoors What is that sound Coming from the ground coming from the trees? Take me out of my nightmare and into the breeze You know my laugh is like a tambourine Beautiful when it finds a place in the mix Or ugly when it doesn't know where it sits Head of the class top of the heap Baby i'm a new man in the clothes of a sheep If there's anything you don't want to change keep it aside Because a man will build himself on the trusted and tried Maybe on my death bed i'm gonna worry about the things i said Maybe on my death bed i'm gonna laugh out loud Maybe on my death bed i'm gonna worry about my cashflow Maybe on my death bed - who knows?
10.
Flowers in the city Stand up to the nastiest abuses Getting trampled underfoot And if that's not enough You turn your head for half a second And someone's carrying them away to make somebody stay But we don't have that problem We've been drinking up the rain cause it's been falling And when the sunshine comes It brings the birds and bees We always aim to please Flowers in the city stay pretty even in among the weeds Soaking up the smog and turn it into something we can breathe We suffer our reflections In the eyes of others unsuspecting Pizzicato petals dropping on a concrete meadow One by one by one by one She loves me not, he loves me just enough Flowers in the city stay pretty even in among the weeds Soaking up the smog and turn it into something we can breathe
11.
So you're still looking pretty good But you're getting sunk with every sip you take Drink it up you can't make it all night But the motions just gets easier to fake Don't you remember in the dream love Bones getting jostled in the stream love The truth is in there somewhere But the fact is that it's difficult to take Fish it out and make your sense of it But to say it might be just a big mistake Don't you remember in the dream love Bones getting jostled in the stream love Bones in the river Bones in the river passing through You packed your bags and you hopped upon a train And the catastrophic misery was gone Familiar key and an infectious refrain The ever soothing rhythm of the song Don't you remember in the dream love Bones getting jostled in the stream love Bones in the river Bones in the river passing through
12.
Scorekeeper Scorekeeper, you didn't make the rules Nobody knows where the lines are but you Scorekeeper Scorekeeper, there's nothing you can do The winners win and the losers lose Scorekeeper Scorekeeper, you never break the rules There's beauty in making the game run true Cool weather, warm weather - the game goes on You tried to make the shadows go long Scorekeeper Scorekeeper, you didn't make the rules Nobody knows where the lines are but you Scorekeeper Scorekeeper, there's nothing you can do The winners win and the losers lose

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With Tambourine Death Bed, Feuerstack ushers in a new chapter for his solo work, one that weaves together all of the rich experience and influences of his vast and varied career.

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released May 7, 2013

Michael Feuerstack

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Laurel 'Little Scream' Sprengelmeyer: vocals
Jeremy Gara: drums, broken synth on Trees
Colin Stetson: horns and woodwinds
Nathan Gage: double bass
Mathieu Charbonneau: piano
Sebastian Chow: violin

Recorded by MF at home
Mixed by Jeremy Gara
Mastered by Harris Newman

All songs 2013 Michael Feuerstack

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Michael Feuerstack Montreal, Québec

Montreal-based song-maker, musician and producer Michael Feuerstack (fka Snailhouse) has built an ever growing archive of crooked and beautiful songs. Live and on record, Feuerstack’s panoramic and literate song-craft can be heard in many forms, transcending boundaries with his unmistakable voice and unique perspective hovering between humour and heartbreak. ... more

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