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this album is sequenced in the order the songs were written. burrowing owls and magic beach were written in 2010 and performed that year with the original cynthia nelson band of marisa anderson 2nd guitar, katy davidson drums, margaret douglas bass and daphna kohn harmony vocals and violin. hot skinny bird was written in the fall of 2014 and all is forgiven was written in the summer of 2015, with all the others in between, in order, one at a time. katherine paul and brent asbury were the second cynthia nelson band from january 2015-september 2015 when the recording happened at brent's beta petrol studio in portland oregon. all the instrument tracks were recorded live except for vocals, the one flute part, and bass on owls. cynthia recorded the vocals at home over the winter holidays 2015-2016. mixing mostly happened at marmoset music in may and june of 2017 with tim shrout. seth lorinczi was extremely valuable in terms of live tracking at beta petrol (assisting) and with some pre-mixing computer transfers. turn turn turn is where most shows were performed during this period and has been very kind to cnb as a venue.

thank you:
eileen myles "letters are marks"
maggie nelson "hot skinny bird"
laurie weeks "please do not take from me that which i am slowly learning"
aurelia nelson-reske "things that don't happen happen in dreams"
dusty reske for writing a melody that inspired the melody for "in the ground they make their nests on the edge of symbiotic pools"
crockett johnson for writing the book magic beach
lilith rockett for a pep talk
andrice arp for the artwork and design and general everything know-how
tim shrout for support around mixing and mastering
leo nelson-reske
katy davdison
jonas jenkins
elizabeth venable
geoff soule inspiring melody for the cave
chelsea rose
janie black
anna shelton
marisa anderson
paul haines
jennie barnwell lillvik
cameron jones 1st version 2nd incarnation cnb musical prowess
niilo smeds and ron burns for 3rd incarnation cnb
dead moon


eternal gratitude to brent and katherine for the parts they wrote, the performances they brought, and the deep time spent in basement rehearsal 2015

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released October 11, 2017

cynthia nelson: songwriting, vocals, guitar, rhodes piano, bass on owls, flute on hot skinny bird
brent asbury: drums, bass on honor, recording engineer
katherine paul: rhodes piano, bass, guitar, backing vocals

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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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Track Name: burrowing owls
owls will come if you plant the fur
owls will come if you plant the feather
in the ground they make their nests on the edge of symbiotic pools

owls will come and burrow and watch you
owls will come and burrow, eyes of yellow
there is a reason they cannot swim

a partridge coat, a fairy ring, a redwood circle to sing
a song on high, wind rushing by, back into woods' lullabyes
a partridge coat, a fairy ring, a redwood circle to sing

a walking nest is the crux of a family
cross a road on the back of a family
there is a drama of the female

a partridge coat, a fairy ring, a redwood circle to sing
a song on high, wind rushing by, back into woods' lullabyes
a partridge coat, a fairy ring, a redwood circle to sing
Track Name: magic beach
things that don't happen happen in dreams
and also in children's stories
there can be kids and there can be kings
eating the gifts that another wave brings

fishing the green explaining the tide
a shell to hear it all in, two ponies to ride
spelling it out with a wandering toe
letters are marks in the sand or the snow

it is time for it to rise
walk with time before it flies
go on not knowing, the mystery's wise
look out from in, in from outside

watching the castles drown in swill
watching molasses run uphill
the death of the teacher some will say
reveals a new creature, there is no someday
Track Name: hot skinny bird
hot skinny bird that i've become they'll come around when there's no sun high up in the clouds i am the only one since you and she have hung around i have been tied i have been bound to know no sleep to take no food and to be always in the mood i open up between the storms a sky inside outside the norms of what is possible and right unguarded wild blackberry night restricted breathing in and out and counting life excited hurting like a knife i understand 'cause it is twisted by your hand i like the thrills i dig the change i miss the peace i make no claims on what is fair or what is right 'cause i can't even know tonight i like the thrills i dig the change i know no peace i make no claims 'cause what is fair and what is right won't help me make it through tonight worn around my shoulders your love feels grand like a feather necklace we found buried in the sand your love and your love and my love are always hand in hand i'm watching gently through the glass as you are working on your band
Track Name: wind storm 2014
wind brings the dirt on out it puts it out it puts it out
on vast erratic schedules on which nerves are overlaid
bends back a scared willow brings a light unholy glow
coughing its delivery giving everything it has this moment's come
this moment's come to stay

uneasy breathing the depths of its command
all can't be decided before all the branches land
height of its abilities top of its game
fantastic topographic banging down the doors of traffic
screaming out its name
landscape landscape never be the same
landscape forever changed

sad confusing secrets when we talk about the wind
one blew over when one blew in
patience in the field of why
singing nightly bye and bye
a tangled punk stomach
of nature glitter glass streetlight and stars
you're tripping home from bars
streetlight and stars

whistle can't you speak
you can whisper if you're weak
sing a mighty martyr song
one day the winds may all be gone
whored unearthly creatures
who cannot settle down
it seems they've earned the kingdom's crown
while winds have blown you down
it seems they've earned the kingdom's crown
wild winds have blown you down
Track Name: honor yr oblivion
i will build this song again
to honor your oblivion
dreaming that you drink poison
desperate to contain it

follow you on your journey
as you from mine do not depart
blooming out from where we live
to where composure comes apart

crush infatuation with a neediness-elation of a star imposing gladness on us beauty unfamiliar gets forgotten between sessions of delivery from the daily singers songs and drunken power of pursuit we're tired then and never never tired again

time to move this ship from shore
enact a life of love unmoored
on wide open fervent seas
you still ask me your wife to be

retreat from your sweetness to divine an understanding and more lambing of the small ones we provide for then design a perfect sentence to complete my naked presentation bathe myself in water out of which you sucked the poison reading books i got for all the freedom that you wanted from and for me now the sounds i make from cracking open aren't as pure and pretty as the place the place from which i sing

drinking with your honesty
and my jealous lunacy
navigating blood and skin
to honor your oblivion

i wash all your pillows press my head against them when invited i wash all your blankets still the scent remains and i keep quiet dusting all the corners high above the bed and leaving sorrows hanging in the rafters where our joys can sense them laughing all their laughters coax you with my questions which are ill-advised and so i smartly try to hide and hide i do and hide i do
Track Name: i am a great and mellow leader
i can take us out of the grave darkness
it is often the unsuspected ones who breathe success
provide impermanence as the constant upon which the all-else rests
display the charms that calm alarms that sound and smack
and knock us down and knock us back

you've forgotten perhaps the fun of what is known as skin
turning rotten as roses long-abandoned in the bin
i'll brush against it and act it out courageous butterfly
admit i think of you when the early morning pinking sky
arrives then moves on by (so shy)

follow me to where i am but haven't been before
walk with me this endless walk i haven't walked before
mellow me with a drink of wine or two or three or four
follow me to where she is me and i am her
and you are him and he is you

and you take the time to release into a better mind
and you conflicted too can open up into a certain side
of you and start anew and embrace the cruel and rising tide
and you can face the blue and meet a person who knows to abide

if we all go we'll be together though we cannot see
broken rainbows and fallen trees potential stinging bees
biting memories like the songs we dearly love can't rise above
the years it took to breed and blend and satisfy
and scar and mend and rectify

will you open to what you do not think is even there
give a token of appreciating one who's come to care
great and mellow i am waiting for you on the vacant stair
waving hello half-expecting you to drop the ball
and shut me down and never call (if at all)

follow me to where i am but haven't been before
die with me this awesome death i haven't died before
mellow me with a hit of something that i do adore
follow me to where she is me and i am her
and you are him and he is you

and you take the time to release into a better mind
and you conflicted too can open up into a certain side
of you and start anew and embrace the cruel and rising tide
and you can face the blue and meet a person who knows to abide
abide
Track Name: extra hours (hymn to insomnia)
it's a kick-drum heart
that wakes you with a start
imagine sweet tangerines
to soothe distorted dreams

again the woods are on fire
brave animals in the blur
what was once called slumber
becomes numbers that occur

and you sing:
"you are new to me explain yourself in words
introduce the master plan you have for me and the birds
tell me your intentions there'll be all these extra hours
show me what to do with all this darkness as it flowers"

it's a sick pattern
bucking up against what you're trying to learn
imagine sweet misery evaporating into the trees

again the woods are on fire
which way to run in the smoky blur
what was once called slumber
becomes digital bold red numbers

it is new to you explain it without words
elucidate the master plan you have for it and the birds
tell it your intentions there are
all these extra hours
show it how you're turning all this grossness into flowers

all these extra hours
Track Name: you can say no
when i ask you for a little of your time
if it's a hassle please don't hesitate to chime in
that you're sorry but you have made other plans
it is a question and it isn't a demand

and when i ask you for the numbers of your phone
'cause i am hoping we can spend some time alone
it is important to my emotionable state
if you don't know yet well
i guess that i can wait

and you can say no
and it won't thrill me
no but it won't kill me
no and i can ask again
no we can still be friends

when i ask you if you have some time to spare
and then i ask you if you like it here or there
if you will join me as i go off the ends of deep
when it's appearing that you'd really rather sleep

well you can say no
and it won't thrill me
no but it won't kill me
no and i might ask again
no we can just be friends

can we drink until we're done
can we talk until the sun
'cause there's a hard hit to the fun
when suddenly you run
and if i phrase the question better
if i send the unsent letter
could you be the one confessing
ending all the second guessing

you can say no
and it won't thrill me
no and it won't kill me
no and i won't ask again
no we don't have to be friends

we don't have to be
we can just be
we don't have to be
we can just be
Track Name: the cave
i was brave i was brave when i went into the cave
it was dark it was cold there was nothing i could hold
had a goal of a foal and a never-ending role
and the path it did bend so i couldn't see the end

and it took all my time
slippery walls were hard to climb
and it took all my time and each and every dime
after years performing mischief
it was time now to behave
i was brave when i went into the cave

i was brave extra brave when i stayed inside the cave
and i held in my arms raw wet sleepy newborn charms
then again when descended her tiny brother friend
and they needed my attendance i needed their warms

and i fed them my body and i ate their love
and i never went beyond them not below and not above
and my agency they ate my company they craved
i was brave when i stayed inside the cave

i was brave i was brave when i walked out of the cave
it was bright it was night i ran smack into the light
there were people who knew me before but most were new
and i burned all the candles to their ending points of view

as i sang what i sang
and guitars resumed their clang
there were truths of my youth
reminding bells i rang
in the hunger of the hunt
did i seem to some depraved
i was brave when i walked out of the cave
Track Name: all is forgiven (the dead moon handshake)
we are a new band starting now (all is forgiven)
we're going to do this thing though we don't know how (all is forgiven)
i really like you when you come around
i'm going to bite you when you next lay me down

it's been a long trip i'll be returning (all is forgiven)
please do not take from me that which i'm slowly learning (all is forgiven)
please do not take from me the ecstatic electricity
we are a new band in morning's generous hands

all is forgiven
all is forgiven
all is forgiven
all is forgiven too
billet doux

all is for forgiven all is forgiven all is forgiven all is forgiven all is forgiven...

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