White Sunrise

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released April 1, 2008

All songs written by: Christopher Payne.
All parts written by their respective players.
Recorded, Engineered, and Mixed by: Gilbert Loera
Produced by: Gilbert Loera & Christopher Payne.
Mastered by: Chris Schlarb
Album artwork by: Tara Tavi

Released on Folktale / Shrimper records.

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Track Name: Sweet Nothings
the night was blue
the wind was blowing
whispering sweet nothings
hand in hand we continued to climb
though we could barley see the mountain
through the fog and the trees
we were chased by wolves you fell and skinned your knees
and tore your dress
I kissed your wounds and got your blood on my lips
Track Name: The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All
I remember those rainy days
where I'd sit and write things in the fog that graced the window panes
and I'd draw hearts around your name
but it never meant a thing
it was all in vain

and I remember those sunny days
when I'd write you poem
and I wanted to walk with you after school
but you just wanted to go home
and now I sit here writing you songs
and I haven't seen you in weeks
and I remember that summer breeze
and the empty look in your eyes
I watch the weeds grow taller
as everything else I know dies
Track Name: Chasing Rabbits
Oh the way we'd lay in the shade of the fruit trees
on those, sunny afternoons
the way we'd laugh, sharing fruit
and I miss your face and I miss your smile
I miss you my friend
the way you tied your hair in ribbons
that blew in the wind
and we'd lay upon the hillsides
and find pictures in the sky

we'd skip the paths, holding hands
chasing rabbits through the tall, tall grass

and we'd skip stones 'cross the river
we'd skip along the riverbed

we'd skip the paths, holding hands
chasing rabbits through the tall, tall grass
and the stars they came out at night

we watched them shoot across the sky
and that's when we went our separate ways
and now I stare at the path
hoping that you'll be coming back
but I don't hear any footsteps
Track Name: Bodies
And I remember that night we spoke
I was shaking hard but not from the cold
I watched the wind blow through your hair
I was alone and were standing over there
and I remember seeing some sort of hope
in your eye that one day maybe we could hold
hands and walk down roads
that have no ends or ways back home
but in time I soon gave up
'cause time's relentless
it doesn't give a fuck
and now I watch the dying sun
as it falls behind those hills
and I place my hand over my heart
and I wait for it to stop
Track Name: Tanning In The Sunset
and I pictured you with wings
in summer, fall, and spring
the way you'd sing
from the top of the tallest tree
and I pictured you with paws
through summer, winter, fall
the way you'd beg
out on the porch
and I don't wanna waste
a perfectly good sunday afternoon
just to sit and pray

and sun, sun, sun
won't you please come back again
sun , sun, sun
the night is closing in
sun, sun, sun
won't you bring warmth to my skin

and it's funny how I find
that your hand fits perfectly in mine
and our limbs they intertwine
lying in the grass
well look how many stars there are
and when the morning comes
we'll still be singing

sun, sun, sun
won't you please come back again
sun, sun, sun
won't you please return
sun, sun, sun
won't you bring warmth to my skin
Track Name: Blood In The Fur
long hair dipped in shadows
playing on the wall
I sit still in a yellow room that the smoke fills up like fog
warm eye trapped in the dark of night
your pierce my skin with your velvet fangs
but your smile's so irresistible
so drag your feet across the wooden floor
your laugh in mumbled like a lions roar
dangerous but yet so beautiful

blood in the fur

your blouse blew in the summer wind
golden fields and a yellow sun
we went swimming in the river of the tears you cried
and chased fireflies all night
I held onto your glowing palm
it was so warm, it was so soft
now in the woods you lay fast asleep
wrapped up in white, white sheets

blood in the fur
Track Name: Children And Other Garden Creatures
we walk shoulder to shoulder
through the gun powder
take my hand and we'll go dancing in the rain
we lay in the clover
deep in the clover
and watch the shooting stars through the fog and the trees
oh the wolves come
after the children
with the lambs blood spread above their doors
see the wolves come
carry off the children
oh the children
deep into the woods
take my hand and we'll go dancing in the rain
Track Name: Dead Horse
I'm beating a horse, that's already dead
you're trapped in the labyrinth inside my head
and darling you're my great depression
I'm drinking wine made from aggression
and I'm about to throw the towel in
I'm beating a horse, that's already
it's got bloody teeth
and it's grinning at me, all red
come on babe, it's time to stick the pig
well I'm beating a horse
and breaking it's ribs
and it looks like this is the end
Track Name: The Elephant Song
this is the elephant song
elephants marching in the dying sun
this is the elephant song
elephants marching with their giant trunks

they're so much larger than people
Track Name: Clipped Wings
I see the mountains
they're just silhouettes, off in the distance
and I see the tops of the trees
oh how they grow so high
reaching arms out to the sky
and I watched the wind blow through their branches
like it blew through your hair
and the morning birds were singing
while you played your guitar
the grass still wet with dew, from the night before
and the light it fades away
and darkness comes
and all the stars come out from hiding
and I remember how we laughed
and told stories all night long
and as the darkness fades, I watched you walk away
and of course I, I went the other way
and I walked under the trees
oh how they grow so high
reaching arms out to the sky
and I watched the wind blow through their branches
like it blew through your hair
and in the morning birds were singing
while you played your guitar
the grass still wet with dew
from the night before
yeah it was beautiful
that's when I realized that everything is beautiful
Track Name: Keep Your Chin Up Kid
the rain falls down on me
and blends with my tears
so that you don't know the difference
I notice a slight difference in the taste
but you don't know it
and my hands are cold and clammy
as I walk by your side
you left your footprints in the pavement
for all to find

and when the sun sets
and the night comes with the darkness
I know, I'll be alone

and your legs are smooth and holy
as you lay by my side
I only hope that in the morning
I'll awake to you on the right
and the cigarette smoke lingers in the room
and, goddamn, I want you

and when the sun sets
and the night comes with the darkness
I know, I'll be alone

and I wish it wasn't so
Track Name: Claustrophobic In Your Arms
I watched the rain
trace it's way
across your face
I see your naked, feet
step softly
as they tip-toe down the hall
and your arm hags
like a noose around my neck
as I watch lies, escape your fragile lips
I trace your shadow
across the wall
you're passed out on the bathroom floor
I see your reflection
in the shattered mirror
your drowning in a river
made from your own tears
and although you keep me warm
I can't help but feel claustrophobic in your arms