This is Water

by Bent By Elephants

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    Lyrics:

    (Whims and Border 1)
    I’ve been a gambling child since I was lost a given
    Back to the town sent me away.
    Soldiers who braved the wild sold me a chance for living
    And told me the world was just a day.
    Folded inside a smile, Tellers they told my fortune
    Settling clouds would disappear.
    Said it’s a crime to die before the money’s given;
    Snapshots of green inside your ear.

    Well the wind in my bones it sent me home, and I arrived alone, alone
    Till I came back down.
    There was fire in my sleep till I was weak, and my family took me down so deep
    Said I can’t believe that you’re calling.
    It unsettled my skin and more within, and broke the will to win,
    Till the course ran out.
    It unsettled my skin and more within, and broke the will to win to win
    Till I felt too old for the calling.

    Can’t the sound be blacker? Can’t the sound be blacker?
    Make the world ring wider, make the world ring wider.
    Catch my fate up faster, catch my fate up faster.
    Make the world sing louder, make the world sing louder.



    (Lot’s Wife)
    We rolled and rolled, down this long clean road,
    Till I couldn’t take no more as my world was swept away.
    Oh me, oh my. What a dreadful, dreadful sight
    As the city lit up the sky and it burned my head, till I was dead.

    Now look at me, I ain’t got no family.
    Not a single lover or friend;
    Just a pillar of salt who can’t follow or float
    And my worries float off behind me.
    Just a pillar of salt who can’t follow or float
    And my worries float off behind me.

    When Orpheus looked and lost, his one and only,
    He must have wept and been so lonely.
    But I lost my bones and skin, now I’m just a whisper.
    What I say don’t lead to sin, I’m your silent sister. I’m your quiet sister.

    Now look at me, I ain’t got no family.
    Not a single lover or friend;
    Just a pillar of salt who can’t follow or float
    And my worries float off behind me.
    Just a pillar of salt who can’t follow or float



    (Can’t Have You)
    I can’t have you, I can’t have you
    I can’t have you, I can’t have you
    I can’t have you, I can’t have you

    In the moon in the night in the fire in the light
    In the cold in the dark in the city in the park
    In the soil in the light in the noon in the night.

    In a touch in a bough in a fight in a row
    In the cold in the dark in the city in the park
    In the soil in the light in the noon in the night.

    In the night, in the night, in the night.



    (Sask. Pool)
    And the road leads you down from here,
    Far away from the brambled clear,
    And I quote to you from my heart,
    Making marks, making marks, making marks

    And we swim in the muddy pool,
    Watch some kids in an old canoe,
    I carved your name deep into this bark,
    Making marks, making marks, making marks.

    How high can you go?
    How high can you go?
    How high can you go?
    How high can you go?

    And the road leads you down from here,
    Far away from the brambled clear,
    And I quote to you from my heart,
    Making marks, making marks, making marks

    And we swim in the muddy pool,
    Watch some kids in an old canoe,
    I carved your name deep into this bark,
    Making marks, making marks, making marks.


    (Victor)
    He can’t catch a car on the 405, bartering his way down ride by ride.
    He can’t catch a car on the 405, bartering his way down ride by ride.

    Victor has the means to be invincible to poverty.
    Victor doesn’t have a need except for moving on.
    Victor victor victor, V. “V” that stands for Victory.
    Please just hide your victory from the greyhound police.

    He can’t catch a car on the 405, bartering his way down ride by ride.
    Begging a mango off a passing child, stealing a book on vedic highs.

    Victor has the means to be invincible to poverty.
    Victor doesn’t have a need except for moving on.
    Victor victor victor, V. “V” that stands for Victory.
    Please just hide your victory from the greyhound police.


    (Salinity Blues)
    My love, my love belongs to the sea
    To the weakening deep.
    Blue whales in the silence.
    Tell my story, sing, my love.


    (Emma Lake)
    Cold, we are searching for snow
    And I loved just to not see you go,
    And the roads paved a way to your head
    Till the flights looked like numbers instead.

    Oh Brother now, sister now, stay;
    Till we take back the shadows today
    And the miles and the miles that we went
    Till the roads looked like numbers instead.

    You are a sinner now, and you were a sinner then
    You can’t unbreak my heart, but you can break my head
    Who we are, and where we’re from

    (The Trenches)
    All these papers underneath me, they meant nothing except for this:
    Little land-claims in my forehead always waiting to settle in.

    Landslide, landslide.
    Sold and sold and sold and sold.
    Landslide, landslide.
    Sold and sold and sold and sold.

    Two million eyes on the prize,
    Two million foes, two million foes.
    Two million eyes on the prize,
    Two million foes, two million foes.



    (Building Blocks)
    I don’t know why you love him.
    I don’t know why, I can’t see.
    But my god I get that you love him,
    And it cracks you straight down through to your body.

    How did we get here, how can I find
    When we fall straight back, with no tracks behind.
    How did we get here, how can I find
    When we fall straight back, with no tracks behind.

    I don’t know why I loved him.
    I don’t know why, no I can’t see.
    But my god I knew when I loved him
    And it cracked me straight down into my body.

    How did I get here, how can I find
    When we fall straight back with no tracks behind.
    How did I get here, how cdan I find
    When we fall straight back with no tracks behind

    Well I guess you’re gonna do what you’re gonna do
    Find the rest and build up your world just like a child
    Well I guess you’re gonna do what you’re gonna do

    You’re gonna get married, and build it up, build up your world from the start.
    You’re gonna get married, and build it up, build up your world from the start.



    (Whims and Border II)
    Sleep days, walk nights
    Old men say to trust delights
    Itch to move far from here.
    Want to leave but still unclear.

    Really I just need to pack my bags and go.
    Really I just need to pack my bags and go.
    Really I just need to pack my bags and go.

    Why do I keep falling into broken dreams.
    Why do I keep waiting for you to patch up all the seams.
    Why do I keep wasting all my lonely nights.
    Why do I keep kidding myself to wait out on the sidelines.

    When really I just need to pack my bags and go.
    Really I just need to pack my bags and go.
    Really I just need to pack my bags and go.


    All Lyrics Written by Chesley Walsh
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about

The band’s debut full-length album This is Water was engineered at Breakglass Studios by Jace Lasek (Besnard Lakes, Patrick Watson, Land of Talk) and was self-released in May 2010. The album’s eleven tracks were recorded live-off-the-floor in only four days. The results capture the dynamic energy of the band’s “spontaneous and compelling” live performance (midnightpoutine.ca). Their sound benefits from the classical training background of members, but Bent By Elephants has crafted a style that is difficult to capture within genre. Instead, “Bent By Elephants are the rarest of things... a musical collective that specializes in restraint... the results are spectacularly intricate (iheartmusic.net).”

credits

released May 8, 2010

Chesley Walsh - Vocals, Guitar
Luke Fowlie - Guitar
Alex Whyte - Trombone
Ryan Frizzell - Trumpet
Rafael Wolman - Violin
Paul Van Dyk - Bass
Charlotte Cornfield - Drums

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