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Song Titles

1 Horse of Stone 5:12
2 Marigold/Woman 6:30
3 Nets of Heaven 3:52
4 Where Did You Sleep 2:46
5 Footprints 7:03
6 If You Could See Me Now 3:32
7 Shade Swallowing 3:38
8 Heaven Is in Your Ears 4:38
9 Tear Thief 4:30
10 Snowflake 3:21


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Horse of Stone

This was borne out of a recurrent dream of Tom's:

"I was lost in the mountains and rounded a bend in the trail to see a frieze of horses, turned to stone and trapped in the rock. When the dream returned, I was again lost in the mountains, but in the winter. I rounded the same bend to see the horses, this time real but frozen.

 

When I thought of a way to get down, the first of the horses moved, and came out of the rock a whole, live horse. All of the horses came out after him, and we went down the mountain single-file. The last horse to get out of the rock kept losing his coat as we descended, so that by the time we reached the plain he had turned into a man."

The song "Horse of Stone" comments on the dream, and is in 3 beats. Talea patterns arch chords over grooves. Each verse fits with its predecessor. Solo vocal sections have Miles Davis in mind. The choruses take after the Old People's Music of the Shona of Zimbabwe.








		Only when you love the stone can you call the horse your own
Chorus: A horse of stone in a hill
horse of stone, stone in a hill
It's hard to show someone to love or shove him there
scare him or let him try
it's hard to show, it's hard to know if you're shy like me
On a hill I found a horse in stone caught in his ripest age
but I saw him stir and climb right out of his mountain cage
His eyes said to look to find our way home again
but when I rounded the rock I stopped and he was stone again
(Chorus)
Gone like a dream, many sleeps later I was there
I took him for granite but he was a jade, but he was a jade
he was alive too
I led him down with all of his brothers walking behind him
and the last one shed his coat because he was really a man
When I could love him he gave way to feeling and he could move
(Chorus)
 

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Tear Thief

"Tear Thief" springs from W S Merwin's translations of Asian proverbs, one of which reads "the needle thief dreams of spears." In triple-7 time (21 beats). More harmonic talea spices the chords.








		Chorus: 
The tear thief dreams he cries
the less you sleep, the less you dream
steal with your eyes awake, stay with your feeling
unable to weep the grief that you keep turns to fear
We are your tears
you're feeling kind
but we still see how you rob us blind
you are the one who can find
what makes you blue
For our house is your house too
we all hear what you say in your sleep . . .
"Who will keep me when they know
that I love them?"
(Chorus)
We are your tears . . .
For our house is your house too
we all hear what you say in your sleep . . .
"Who will keep me when they know
that I love them?"
(Chorus)
He dreams he cries
he's the tear thief

 

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Nets of Heaven

"Nets of Heaven" is affectionately known as Newts of Heaven. Some of the words were inspired by the high-desert California community Val Verde (millenia ago, an ocean bed) where Tom, Jody, and Kim lived.

 








		If one dog barks at nothing o my life
they all shout up the moon in me
she called my home the bottom of the sea
Who will you take in your boat (repeat)
you come along, you come along unless you stay
Chorus: We will pass through the nets of heaven
if we forget our lovers pray
Who will you take in your boat
you come along, you come along unless you stay
(Chorus)
If one dog barks at nothing. . .

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Footprints

"Footprints" gets words from several Old-timey songs Tom and Jody sang while they were driving cross-country. It's in a series of triple rhythms, bound together in a tonality called "Bagley" (named after a street in Seattle).

The end accents big cycles like some of the instruments in a Javanese gamelan orchestra.








		I rolled up her little ball of footprints
God knows the true dog in the snow
the sound of her sweet smile unbroken
but taken to mountains she flew
The long night may cease to be your ceiling
the fun may be used to shine
the strings of mockblue morning may lose their singbird meaning
for your love unfolds into mine
Sweetly taken, I know her true
the dogsmile may have broken mountains
but will she fly the feet of God?
Sweetly taken, I rolled the night
her morning may have broken mountains
but will she shine her bird for God?
Sweetly broken, unfold the blue
her footprints may have taken morning
but will she sing her smile to God?
Mocking bird, smile in the night
fly the snow of morning
sing what you used to lose
green as the mountain
What you lose may be used to shine
the long night may never be your ceiling
before your love unfolds mine
Mocking bird, shine in the night
string the fun to meaning
sing what you used to lose
greener than the morning
I rolled up her little ball of footprints
God knows the true dog in the snow
the sound of her sweet smile unbroken
but taken to mountains she flew

 

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Marigold / Woman

"Marigold/Woman",,in triple 5 or 15 beats, mirrors the South Indian kriti songform. Viswanathan, his drummer-brother Ranganathan, and the violinist L. Subramaniam have played dauntingly on this song on other occasions. For this recording, most of the daunts are Kim's - - but then that's true for most of the tunes.








		Marigold rise like the sun
bright and cold
up to noon
Marigold rise like the moon
pale and old
with no one
Marigold, promise me you'll never tell to her
what I told
She'll make you a good woman, good woman
she'll make you a good man, good old man
But while your dreaming is only seeming
then she'll take you and she'll wake you
and she'll make you a good man
but only if she'll make you a good woman, good woman
She must be for you
but only if she'll make you a good woman
Colors in her eyes are not hard to understand, understand
the stars in her skys are from a yet untroubled land, troubled land
but she said time flies like an arrow if you can, if you can
Her time is come for you
But while your dreaming is only seeming
that she'll take you and she'll wake you
and she'll make you a good man
Midnight on the sundial slower than a mile
You can dream it, but while you're dreaming is only seeming
then she'll take you and she'll wake you
and she'll make you a good man
You think that her time is come
you think that her ways have won and her time is come
you think that her deed is done and her race is run and her time is
Midnight on the sundial . . .
Her time is come for you
But only if she'll make you a good woman, good woman
but only if she'll make you a good man, good old man


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Shade Swallowing

 

"Shade Swallowing," a blues, again springs from Merwin proverb translations. One section borrows chords from the pop song "Hey Joe."








		Chorus: 
I got shade swallowing sickness
shade swallowing sickness
I'm afraid to lose it, I'm afraid to get it again
drank a shadow and I can't reach where it itches
Drank a shadow, thought it was a snake
and then I jumped right out and slid behind myself
It's easy when the sun is high
to shine on what you have done
but for the grief inside you
you'd better hide 'cause your heart gives no relief
(Chorus)
Drank a shadow, thought it was a bird
then I jumped right out and flew behind myself
If I could trap the night, I would drink it 'til I was full
but the soul I let you steal has left such a hole to be filled
(Chorus)


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Where Did You Sleep

"Where Did You Sleep" is in 9 beats, and some of the words come from the folk song "Black Girl." Ashish plays beautifully here.








		Where did you sleep last night?
Was it a pleasure to be there, and did the moon admire your hair
or did she care?
Where did you sleep last night
lighter than air she sang
my dreams were slowly deeper than midnight
Was it a pleasure to be there, and did the moon admire your hair
or did she care
Where did you sleep last night?


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Heaven Is In Your Ears

This is in a nest of 5-rhythms, from the biggest to the small. It's in the South Indian tala Jhampa (10 beats). Too much can be said about this tune. In short: influence from J S Bach (crab canon), South Indian cycles and crossrhythms, and Balinese kotekan interlocking.








		Heaven is in your ears, and you hear when you want to
but you only close your eyes to stop the cries, the cries of the world
a bell will tell your tongue to sing what you saw
Tell your tongue to sing, the ring will tell your tongue to sing,
the ring will tell your tongue to sing, the ring will tell
singing in the ringing of a bell
Close your eyes to stop the cries, you close your eyes to stop the cries,
you close your eyes to stop the cries you heard
cries are only eyes, only the world
Heaven when you hear is in your heaven when you hear is in your
heaven when you hear is in your ears
heaven is whenever you can hear
I will ring a bell so you will hear
cries of heaven tell your tongue to sing
what is in your ear and in your eye . . .
The sound of your life will enter you like sunlight
the wounds of your loving will listen
their toll will teach you to sound like sunlight
Telling will touch, the telling will touch, the telling will touch
the telling will touch the life
listen to your life
Toll will teach you, the toll will teach you, the toll will teach you to sound
sunlight into your wound
Loving enter, the loving enter, the loving enter
the loving enter the light
love the wound in your life
Light enter the wound
wound will teach the toll of life
telling the love of sound
I can only open your eyes, you must do all the seeing
I can only open your ears, you must do the hearing
A bell will tell your tongue to sing what you saw
but you only close your eyes to stop the cries, the cries of the world
heaven is in your ears and you hear when you want to


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If You Could See Me Now

This also has a debt to the South Indian kriti songform. It's in a nested 3-rhythm. The melody takes Balinese pelog as its scale, with two different notes as home.

 








		If you could see me now
you would know how I could grow so thin
everyone you meet looks right in
If you could feel me now
you would know how I could drift from you
everything you leave knows before you're through
It's not me, it's those I love
it's not me, I am too much for them to take care of
Makes me want to leave my tears behind me now
love's cold, bright stream pains me now
land wherever you can find me now
I can see your face at night
I can see so clear I think that you are here too
Near enough that you could see me now
you would know how I could grow so thin
everyone you meet looks right in
If you could feel me now


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Snowflake

"Snowflake" is a fun band tune in 5 beats. When Tom, Jody, and Kim were in the Indo-American band Shanti (along with Ashish and his brother Pranesh), Zakir Hussein and Kim would go to town on this tune.








		Daddy brought us a snowflake, mama brought us some rain
they felt so good when they fell on me
that I will never be the same again
Daddy chased the sunrise, and Mama went after the moon
they'll get together in the sweet by and bye
and then they'll sing us a beautiful tune
and they'll dance all over the sky
I will meet you in the sunrise when the moon is shining
through the stars in your hair


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