Change!

by The Black Swans

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Following up their acclaimed and uncomfortable Sex Brain EP, The Black Swans remove tongue from cheek and pour forth the reconciliation and reconstruction of spirit. Raw and contrary, Change! is a slow-burner that slips through the fingers, taking a left turn to Twin Peaks. Dark and sweet...Appalachian and learned in its sweep.

"The Swans blend the mysterious and plainspoken to create a sort of uncheery Appalachian chamber music. At
its best, Change! Evokes the melancholy story of a man adrift." -Spin

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released 06 November 2007

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Track Name: New Face
Here is my new face
I wear it for you

Sign of a new place
Honey and fruit

And all of my people
Think I look stranger

So good to see people
Being nice to other people

We all have big holes
Fill them with seed

Water and sunshine
Flowers are beautiful

And all of my people
Think I look strange

Here is my new face
I wear it for you
Track Name: Hope Island
My boat sinks
More than it floats
I’m on an island
I’m naming “Hope”
I’m stranded
On Hope Island
All alone

There are no fish
No one to love
My good friends left me
Can’t remember fun
I’m stranded
On Hope Island
All alone

Just to look
In someone else’s eyes
Just to hear
Another sigh,
“It’ll be alright,
It’ll be alright.”

I sleep late
Dream of what’s to come
My face is burned
I’m the native son
I’m stranded
On Hope Island
All alone
Track Name: Coats
My skin is paint
Watch it flake
Pick up the brush
Fix the mistake

You see my bones
My coat is shed
Peal away the past
The epidermal dead

And coats keep us warm
When we are cold
Coats hide the pain
That sits in our soul
Sits in our soul

Olive trees bloom
White leather bells
Gather them up
Sew us a shell

Cover us both
In flowers of winter
Two ripe hearts
Cut like ginger

And coats keep us warm
When we are cold
Coats hide the pain
That sits in our soul
Sits in our soul
Track Name: Shake
There’s a dark cloud hanging over
And some trouble in my mind
You can try to shake it
Or you can just go
Shake, shake, shake

Sign of things coming
Electricity sits on the hill
So you know it’s not the cold
That makes you go
Shake, shake, shake

Listen to the wind
Listen to the leaves
Even crows are calling,
“Good times will come again,
Good times will come again,
Good times will come again!”

It’s a joyful sounding noise
Ringing in my head
Like the devil in the trees
Going Shake, shake, shake
Track Name: Purple Heart
Purple Heart
Taut and swollen
Flush with envy
Like a plum

Purple Hear
Green and hungry
Thin as paper
Sharp as glass

It’s an odyssey of faith
An endless human race
One heart, one face
Of grace

Purple Heart
Hear me singing
I know you’re sleeping
Or playing dead

Apple, apple
Pouring rain
Poor, poor apple
Red and wet
Track Name: Fruitless Ways
You brought your other neighbor water
And you let me go dry
Lay down, lay down
Your fruitless ways

The line was a long one
And I waited my turn
Lay down, lay down
Your fruitless ways

You’re my country, my father,
My lover, my friend
We bleed the same blood
But we die different in the end

Messengers need not travel
Moons have announced our sad fate
Tear down, tear down
Your fruitless ways
Track Name: Blue Moon #9
awwwwwhoooooo
Track Name: 3 Broken Words
Over and over
The setting of the sun
Save all your babies
I’m not the one

Pull up the covers
The monster needs sleep
The maid comes tomorrow
To sleep, to sleep
3 Broken Words

Off in the distance
A man made a lake
A mantis sits praying
For an honest mistake

Washing the windows
Of the house that we built
Dancing above treetops
On stilts, on stilts
3 Broke Words
Track Name: Slide on Down
Jump round my mind
On an apricot vine
The fruit of our troubles is tied
So slide, so slide,
Slide on down with me

Augustine knows
Our spirit hangs low
And swims like a tired minnow
So slide, so slide
Slide on down with me

This fusion of souls
Red marigolds
Alive, alive and be free
So slide, so slide
Slide on down with me
Track Name: Change!
Ain’t got no tongue
Got nothing to say
And starting all over
Sometimes is the only way

Pick up the pieces
Buy a bottle of glue
Gonna count all my blessings
My blessings used to be you

And all those days
Still remain
And all that’s left
Is Change!

Gonna fly me an airplane
Land if in the clouds
Where I’m high and all alone
Singin’ “Ain’t too proud to beg”

Put paint on the ceiling
Pretend it’s the ground
Where things dry smooth and even
And you’re not the only on who’s down

And all those days
Still remain
And all that’s left
Is Change!
Track Name: 3 Chord Song
Everybody’s crying mercy
And I just want to rock you in my arms
Little Black Bird’s singing “Little Maggie”
You know she’s my favorite song

Know a place by the river
Where we can re-learn one another’s needs
Let the summer feel like summer
It can end with a fallen leaf

Bathe me in still water
Bathe me in the promise of love
Bathe me in snow waters
Bathe me in the promise of your love, love , love