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1.
04:45
you've been looking in the sea, you've been looking in the sky trying to find something with limbs like ours, something with brains like ours something to guide us in our lives well I'm telling you right here, you're looking too far missing something right before our eyes they got leaves instead of hair, they got bark instead of skin though their feet are in the ground they've still got arms oh the trees as they rise from the ground around us down to the center of the earth with the bones of their limbs rocked by the wind will they ever find a home? it isn't hard to see the resemblance, I don't think for we're both planted and we sprout and while we can run away with the use of our nice legs, they'll stay just where they landed earth and sun and rain is all they need each day, they've no lust for material things for they build no shopping malls and their garbage isn't hauled to piles of radioactive waste oh the trees as they rise from the ground around us down to the center of the earth with the bones of their limbs rocked by the wind will they ever find a home? for centuries on end, they have tried to be our friends they give shade and food and air and build our homes oh but we don't seem to see their offer of peace for we cut them ruthlessly by the dozen and I thought the rule was: pick on someone your own size, but I guess that doesn't apply to us for though many times our height, they just can't put up a fight they know that's not how things should work oh the trees as they rise from the ground around us down to the center of the earth with the bones of their limbs rocked by the wind will they ever find a home?
2.
05:23
when I flounder and drown, you well up in me when lost I am found in the way that you see me and when hope seems gone, I know that you will carry me and I know, I know that life is short and tide, my love, is high "All that remains are your heart and your head," that's what he said the day that I left, "and the uphill climb is the one worth fighting for." worth fighting for all that remains are your heart and your head: that's what I whispered to myself, and the one you love will show and the one you love will show there's no need to cry there's no need to hide out you've got to let it go you've got to let it go let it go all that remains are your heart and your head at the end of the day when you're lying in bed and the one you love will show and the life you live you chose
3.
04:00
sittin round the fire on the coldest nights, mother often cries fingers in the dirt, heart below the earth, lines around her eyes my grandfather lost his farm half century ago since the day that I was born, the only thing I've known is this: our feet fall heavy in the dust hear the sound of exodus all along the raw and wavering road shedding tears for our home I know that I'm not the only child living in a lie mother always says only monsters live on the other side but your eyes are amber color, just like mine and your hands are soft as butter you are not a crime to love our feet fall heavy in the dust we're the sound of exodus all along the raw and wavering road shedding tears for our homes oh my love they will try to keep us from each other like the land is separated from itself but I know one day we'll mend it they will try to keep us from each other like they try to stem the river's flow but we will always be within each other's arms at night, when we are in the dark and dreams come about our fathers' lands I will only hold your hand all the love of man or woman: one day they'll understand

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released June 6, 2012

Vocals & accordion - Laura Jorgensen
Violin - Amy Alvey
Trumpet - Nolan Eley
Bass - Alex Dyring
Percussion - James Krivchenia

Special guests:
Harp (The Climb) - Kyle Oppenheimer
Piano (The Climb) - Shanley Wang
Doumbek (Exodus) - Gyasi Heus

All songs written by Laura Jorgensen
Engineered by Keith J Nelson & Brady Custis
Produced, mixed, and mastered by James Krivchenia
Artwork by Axl Souetre

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