Crowsfeet and Greyskull

by Keri Latimer

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1.
you and me walking a dark street the sun is about to rise and one by one by one the birds sing like lunatics at the top of their lungs this is a new day this is a new day everything that's done is done and flown away and the kitchen it calls out children, oh children i'm echoes and cobwebs come back at christmas and you take my hands hold my eyes with you crowsfeet and greyskull and i've never loved you more flies away and the radio calls out hits of the day and we're aliens finally pack up our things tell the highway he's leading cling to your waist feel the air staying put as we rush away waving like crazy
2.
measure me with spring's dirty mind calculated to unwind burst anew gasp a lifetime's worth of breath and sing a song where the guy tells the girl he is dying with desire shuffle of a june-bug is an earthquake to an angleworm that sings about a bed of flowers whiskey mouth and high and holler throw me down throw me down the mud and the slobber and come and lay with me show me where you're hurting butter fingers fly and light upon the lipstick of a lover add a shade of your own color flower soft and sweetly sighing timid free and flesh and blood gasp a lifetime's worth of breath whiskey mouth and high and holler
3.
i found myself a kindred spirit, down in the dust and the grey hand reaches out like an escape from the grave don’t you take me today i found myself a kindred spirit clear as the day glazes bright we don’t take the side roads let them stare on main street tapping our feet and you know like a bird knows a song you are home and you pray that it stays i found myself a kindred spirit matches me sin for sin helps me down the hard way stumbles right behind me we climb back out again
4.
so long 02:58
this ship has sailed this flight has felt it’s last caress against the sky it’s last lap against the shoreline left to myself what levels of disgrace have i embraced did i just take whatever was given to me so long this could have run whatever way we chased it corners have a way of knowing what lies deep within you every time a chapel bell rings out a chime i feel it well but not the way it means
5.
it's a sale get whatever you want have enough left over for what you need it's a sale everything must go no offer will be refused it's a matter of urgency no offer will be refused it's a one day only liquidation sale it's a sale it's a sale there is no return there is no exchanging it's as it is it's a sale everything must go stealest deal in this town i have slashed my prices down i would gleam i would shine but you would have to wait in line
6.
persuader 03:06
you have lines cast in water surrounding my heart dollars for spending and love’s tender touch you have answers for questions not known that i had helping themselves to whatever i hold dear tell me what ails you lonely checkout girl have you no suitors for your labours? persuaders persuaders wager your credit don’t pay until the spring your deepest dark secrets are safest with me persuader persuader you’ve taken me again what you can do swiftly takes years to unmend tell me what fails you over and over just one more installment and peace you shall find persuader persuader you’ve taken me again what you can do swiftly takes years to unmend persuader persuader i’ve only this dime i hid in the larder for desperate times
7.
starry night 03:43
faucet drips and i’m off dreaming dishes with the crickets creaking kitchen curtains rustle in the breeze you lean in and while you whisper springtime trickles down my neck and you say leave the sharper knives to me and i hold on and i hold tight swishing of the wheat field wind has my heart itching like the skin we threw ourselves on broken stems emergency trespassing and i hold on and i hold tight and i try to let go headlights blaze when the stars fire up you’re a million miles away starry night a million ways to break my heart your old car retired out back where the gladioli sway but when the wind picks up dust i hear it start and i hold on and hold tight
8.
bloomington 03:09
the moon draws lines of yellow through the blinds across the sheets it watches you sleep bloomington got father dancing no matter what his woes stars would shower and vertebrae shuddered in their bones i was not like the others but i tried but i tried the moon is chasing cars and shadows on the walls the bird that i killed the fairy tales i’ve told bloomington got mother jumping higher than the sky clear as night and let’s stay late i’ll take a short sleep in the day the moon shines the brightest on bloomington it’s eye on a lover it watches me sleep i am not like the others but i try but i try
9.
you’ll take trashed to staying sober punching clocks, and working days away you’ll take ditches over made up beds, and floors that sparkle tiny clothes to fold and tears to smooth away suitcase in hand picket fence behind you farther and farther away here comes ted running like a train to try and catch me don’t you go and i can’t tell if he means stay, i love you i can’t bear to face a day without you or does he think the more freedom rushing through my veins the less for him
 don’t you go a sister not too far, past the coulees by the rail yard kitchen clatters, she doesn't blink an eye the children should be fine here’s comes ted running like a train to try and catch me.
10.
strange love 03:39
i want us to be together nobody has to speak nobody has to explain an orange is an orange a peach is a peach oh apple of my eye we can't wait for the world we'll be waiting forever a hope in a million chances a path of yours crossing mine tripping on coincidences you land in my arms i fall into line oh lighter of my life we can't wait for the world the sands of time are spending out whatever lines you told yourself can take their bows and kneel down to this strange love i want us to be together nobody has to speak nobody has to explain an orange is an orange a peach is a peach oh lighter of my life we can't wait for the world we'll be waiting forever

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released May 25, 2012

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Keri Latimer Winnipeg, Manitoba

“..infectious alt-country noir, fractured folk-swing and surreal songwriting..” Acoustic Guitar Magazine

Music awards with her band "Nathan" include Juno, Western Canadian Music, and Canadian Folk Music. A collaboration with Peter Golub and Shahzad Ismaily on the score for the film “Frozen River” was nominated for 2 Academy Awards, and won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
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