Hiker

by Anna Vogelzang

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copyright 2016 / Paper Anchor Music 

all songs written by Anna Vogelzang / Cant D’Ocell Music, ASCAP
Produced by Todd Sickafoose

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released May 6, 2016

Anna Vogelzang: electric & acoustic guitars, ukulele, kalimba, banjo, baritone ukulele, vocals
Shane Leonard: drums, percussion, acoustic guitar, banjo, synth, B3 organ, electronics
Todd Sicakfoose: bass, piano, pump organ, loops, synths, mellotron

Recorded by Billy Barnett @ Gung-Ho Studio
and Todd Sickafoose @ Earycanal in Eugene, OR, April 2015.
Mixed by Todd Sickafoose at Earycanal
Mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Audio

Design by Erin Fuller

Field Recording on #7 provided by Hannah Rose Tristram. Field Recording on #10 captured by Anna Vogelzang in Chimacum, WA.

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Track Name: Bear
awake the bear
living there, behind your chest
the one you can't outrun

cause when you scream,
that is the bear
leveling your grief

now you awake
it is a snake inside your underside
it’s clenched round you like a rope

a quickened breath
the mathematics of resistance:
take a walk, count to 10

if I am just an animal like you

hit with a brick
stuck staring at the ceiling
the wolves are in your house

the sky is white, there is a switch somewhere you cannot find
so you wait and you howl

blood in your mouth
the softest spot inside your crown
you know that you must run

and so you drive
quell the beast against the riverside
level down, even out

dear, I am just an animal like you

or maybe I’ve been blue
spinning a cocoon of drug store lies
wake me, shake me, love
they're coming for my beeswax heart

left there for dead
the sparrow's cape laid open
across the tired shore

a small brigade
feel the wings within your rib cage
amble up, stir the storm

here I am, just an animal…
Track Name: Garden
let me rise you up like a garden
let me burrow into your kindness
until I'm ready to see myself again

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I am no bargain
I ache stem to stern
tending my old wounds
I walk over the world
and until I find my place
I just keep walking

we are born trying
hungry & blue
planted inside us
as if kicking was all that we knew
and until we find our rest
we just keep fighting

battening down
when that hunger storms our towns
in this bright blinking bullet
that's speeding us fiercely home

you are an animal
that broke through the net
searching for sunlight
to sow your sweet bed
that pallet calls to me

I’ll grow into something
kind as the stars
lay down my burdens
& satellite scars
and rooted against your chest
I will come home, I will:

barrel through dark
as the clouds burst into drops
against the side of this bullet
that's speeding me fiercely home
towards you
towards the sun
Track Name: Hiker
you got your number
I got my scar
the dark hospital
your broke down car

this is the moment
they will tell you, “sink or swim”
oh, but you’re on a mountain
digging up your demons

five four three two one
five four three two one
five four three two one
five four three two,
one more time before you go

on you ascended
monsters in hand
your hollow summit
your native land

oh and the lightless chorus,
hear them singing out your sins
but the song grows dimmer
now you’re on the precipice

oh down in the freight train
the slowest heaven
I knew your neck
each curve and canyon

your bird boned hands
your safety net
I burn your boxes
you burn your finger prints

five four three two one
five four three two one
five four three two one
five four three two one
away we go
Track Name: Reins
SL: drums, shaker, synth
TS: bass
AV: electric guitar, vocals

Choral arrangement adapted from “Bright Morning Stars Are Rising” (Traditional).
Track Name: Howl
there are ghosts in your teeth
ghosts in your sleep
in yr small town
standing in the gazebo

they run in packs
casing houses at night
sayin all the right things
hunting you by the street lights

oh oh oh

there are ghosts up ahead
flagging the car down
behind the tree line
asking forgiveness

you place your bets
I play the fiddle,
light as a feather
the wax in our wings

oh oh oh oh oh

the fear and the failure
the sheep and the shepherd
the rush to encounter
the chase to the slaughter
the hunting, the history
when we hear them howl we know
that we are just as hungry
and we are just as restless

there are ghosts at your back
outrunning the freight train
crowding the dive bars
breathing down danger

they come teeth bared
they cut off yr power
your paper tiger
buried in the back yard

oh oh oh

it comes down through the blood
the stalking of prey
running shoulder to shoulder
keeping up with your brother

your fear of death
is bigger than your body
a phantom limb calling
the holiest grail

my fear to your failure
the sheep and the shepherd
my rush to encounter
your chase to the slaughter
the hunting, the history
when we start to howl, we know
that we are just as hungry
and we are just as restless

there are ghosts in your teeth
ghosts in your sleep
in your small town
Track Name: Glory
if today is a stray dog
out in your back yard,
snow piling up around its neck
and it howls
through the silence
sees you by the window
holds its breath
until you look away

who am I to keep crawling
back across the tundra
full moon flickers like a flame
to this house
which is holy ground
I cannot keep the walls
from echoing your name
singing, “ooh”

I would like to breathe again
all my troubles underwater
split the wound wide open
singing,
“glory hallelujah, my soul is at peace
glory hallelujah, I have been released”

I cannot make a sound
loud enough to stake my claim
when I fall
if I drown
leave my body bound
by the banks of the river
and sing,

“ooh, glory hallelujah, I have been released
glory hallelujah”
Track Name: Friction/Philip
magic bullet
what you got is not enough for me
arms around it
catapult again, again
to be born so hungry
to be born so full
to be here so restless
to be here with you

I have not grown tired of this bliss

apparition
made of flesh and flaws and calling out
blessed friction
bring me back again, again
to be born entangled
to be born alone
to be here voracious
to be here at all

I have not grown tired of your face
I have not grown tired

hidden treasure
what you got will be my tiny key
holy water lead me home again, again
to be born so wild
to be born so whole
to be here so helpless
to be here a wolf

I have not grown tired of this chase
I have not grown tired
Track Name: North
every time I think about it
we are driving North
with the ocean to the port side
we are driving North
& things are looking up for you
things are looking up for you
things are looking up for me & you

but here the blood moon is a spotlight
shining on your door
hanging starboard to the red cliffs
pulling me straight to your door
when will this be enough for you
when will this be enough for you
when will I be enough?

& ooh, all that I am after
is that momentary
lapse in judgement
& ooh, it comes at you plain-faced
without sheep’s clothes
to distract you
from the animal I am

I am driving through the canyon
I am crying out
climbing upwards towards the egg moon
it is waning, I am crying out
I know it’s hard to believe
it’s been hard just to believe
I know it is hard to believe in me

I don’t wanna keep on wanting
I wanna make a different choice
I don’t wanna keep on hunting
been using my hands to destroy things
and that is not all that I am after

every time I think about it
we are driving North
with my thumb against your wrist, quiet
wild flowers in the door
Track Name: Wild
burn the books in the belly of your boat
skip the stones that you stole from off the shore
this is a pilgrimage
you are a pilgrimage

paint the picture of the person you would be
if your rabbit heart could bear the jealousy
teach yourself to build a fire
wild in the wintertime

every blue girl tattooed
with taxidermy in her arms
every soothsayer
every salesman door to door
every sorcerer, fortune teller
shadow boxer setting bones
every storm
in every home

beg the tuning forks inside your body hum
stoke the fire fodder in you, burn the sun
this is a pilgrimage
you are a pilgrimage

sweetness how you taste like snake oil on the tongue
white light, wolves are at your door
you're on the run again
teach yourself to build a fire
wild in the wintertime

every blue girl tattooed
with taxidermy in her arms
every soothsayer
every salesman door to door
every sorcerer, fortune teller
shadow boxer setting bones
every storm
in every home
Track Name: Hurricanes
you broke open
you broke down
roots of the garden
coming up drowned
I would've come running
lightning feet
I was surrounded
stuck in the season
of restless seas

under the frost line
over the stone
digging a basement
burning the bones
I would've come flying
a sparked live wire
I was surrounded
stuck in the season
of wildfires

you don't have to
hold on so tightly
cut your tether
lay down
in a bed of poppies
and look up

you run ragged
and you run fast
racking up miles
breaking your back
I should’ve come swinging
a circling ace
but I'm surrounded
stuck in this season
of hurricanes
Track Name: Glass
I’d say my center
is built out of glass
a prism I've fastened
together with thread

I have not always
been strong
it is so easy
to fall into darkness

when poison gets you through the night
winds are batting down your door
candles burning up your prayers
into the sky

trouble's been brewing
I’ve soldered the pieces
but shadows trespass
threatening to shatter my might

someone nail down the windows
cause here comes the winter
to smash up that diamond
and use it as knives

when poison gets you through the night
giants stomping on your porch
bottle rockets burning up into the sky
clamping down the crystal vice
on the secrets that you keep
on the bitter, jealous means
full of bullets, left in pieces

this stained glass spire
it’s been leaking when it rains
scares me awake
thunder shakes the frame
slow burn the edges
with my flickering torch
but the rains come down, down

fighting and mighty
I lay bare my chest
wave fronts pass through me
twisting & bending the light

I’ve been trying to open
ease in to the cracks
reveal the bright bullets
nestled inside

it's poison gets me through the night
winds demolish this glass house
pistols shooting danger up in to the sky
clamping down the crystal vice
on the danger that we need
on the bitter, jealous, means
full of bullets
and I want to apologize
for the secrets that keep
for the times I've been unkind
I am trying to reflect the light

your valor,
your daring affection
calls me a diamond
holds up a mirror
Track Name: Prodigal
I am undone
a puddle of bones & blood
a heartbeat away from 4000 white flags
a prodigal son
your only begotten one
I've rambled so far
I can't find my way back
to the light

and with each new sun
I walk down to the water
looking for the future floating by
but you do not come
orphaned or not, my love
you have been bound by
burdens born and died
with each night

so come on home
it's lonesome when the water
climbs so high
come on home
the darkness cannot drive
between the line
from me to you

we have been folded in
like one bread, like one body
chronologies set deep into the crown
lay it all down
here, down by the water
incurable, this wound
wound lifetimes long
turns to light

you do not need to be broken for me
you do not need to be broken

passed in our blood
a swimming, heavy history
freighted with language
slanted and unkind
the translator's heart
is building a syntax ark
hammering words
against/into the blueing tides
of the night

so come on home
it's lonesome when the water
climbs so high
come on home
the darkness cannot drive
between the line
from you to me