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Metal in the Water


when we found
these lands of you here
we were blinded by our gods,
the greatest of whom is gold

and we started to find
more beads, more spoons here
wanting for our Queen
a valuation of some kind

and our primitive fears
gleaming through here
bleeding soil to stone
with our seeds stymied & blind

if all that is left of us
are these beads & these apologies
stumbling on the stars we’ve let come
between us and our early visions
we haven’t much left
of the certainties we started out with
I try to remind myself now and then

and exploring the land
hard hooves & shoes here
pulping elder trees
crushing mountainsides to lime

and our primitive fears
gleaming through here
bleeding soil to stone
with our seeds stymied & blind

learning back our hive mind:
that which starves you out cannot feed me
steering down the chemical aisle
poisons to flush, poisons to gargle

are we deaf
to the sound of courage
each of us on our own for so long
all we can hear is the city

now we can’t cooperate
and we say you can’t compete
keep unearthing the heaven here
wondering all the time

I fear what would come between us:
politics ~ that is, I believe being right
is worth more than your mindfulness
o, no matter what the world gets

throw it away when you’re done
throw it away down the barrel of your gun

if all that is left of us
are these beads & these apologies
stumbling on the stones we’ve ground down
to sand in our machine’s embraces

I fear what would come between us:
politics ~ that is, I believe being right
is worth more than your mindfulness
o, no matter what the world gets

throw it away when you’re done
throw it away
throw it away down the barrel of your gun

credits

from Hey, Big Splendour, released July 29, 2011
Cathoel Jorss: song, vocals, backing vox
Tyrone Noonan: piano
Cass Maya: sound design, engineering, hand drums
Marko Djordjevich: drums
Taylor Ryan: mix & mastering

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Cathoel & the New Government Melbourne, Australia

a collective of musicians who love jazz, folk, funk, punk, country, poetry, & silence. we met on subways & on the street, in cafes & bars, at gigs, in Melbourne, Brisbane & New York.

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