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Deep Time Songs

by Cynthia Nelson

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dandelion breaks apart in the sky dancing willows hit the crow's naked eye grass in the morning's wet then it's dry walking insects so suddenly fly up to the edge where no flower grows 'til one shows its face to tell us it knows crying for purples and for yellows for wasted appointments and lost small heroes sounds of the side-yard birds in a tree buzz about the mouth of a solitary bee certain dull flowers needing a frame certain spring players needing a game of emptying cups won't be there in june now open champagne like you open the moon although in dream time the champagne is flat this dandelion breaks into an antidote to that
hotel room sleep tripping back deep time almost talking almost running out of time the lamp came on as a morning alarm we used to have deep friends and provocations the way you were about me seemed such a deal breaker now it seems i am more present and open 'til i start to crack running my mouth off clutching a flowered pillowcase from tours of old we struggle for more words brought on by the photos twisted and gifted awkward and sifted into a fine dust
dollars of sand put weight in hand broken by dreams and seaweed streams dogs do cartwheels on humans' heels mosaic beach shack histories as winds avail the paper dollars fail they blow away enough just for today trading hours' gifts for sand-through-fingers shifts as days devour the paper dollar showers what flowers do bees suck right through figure 8 their friends the honey work it never ends found objects fool emit no rule broken or whole from the biggest fishy bowl trip out and then "i'm handing in my pen" sand dollars face off paper again in lieu of thrills we exercise the skills of paying bills and fifty cent refills sea biscuit pansy shell galleta del mar a five-pointed star minnows come over in innocence and clover apples fall from trees kids' cacophonies


cynthia nelson band 2010 version


released December 1, 2013

cynthia nelson: right channel guitar and vocals
marisa anderson: left channel guitar
katy davidson: drums and backing vocals
margaret douglas: bass

recorded at home in the basement in 2010 by dusty reske
mixed by katy davidson 2013

daphna kohn played violin and sang backups live in this era
jean cook played violin on burrowing owls recorded version


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Cynthia Nelson Portland, Oregon

cynthia nelson writes songs and sings them and plays them on instruments. in order of appearance: ruby falls, retsin, the naysayer, the sophie drinker music project, cynthia nelson, cynthia nelson band. new album available on october 11, 2017, "out of the cave." ... more

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