yes I will Yes

by Jim RIoux

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1.
April's Song 02:59
April’s Song: April, you settle in, a head full of ash April, you’ve proven a thief and snitch You said you were hungry and strapped for cash April, you plucked out every last stitch April, I’m bleeding; your seed in a coil April, your needy, how you muscle the soil April, I’m bleeding; your seed in a coil April, your needy, how you muscle the soil April, I’m sorry to choke you in bloom My hands are the birds you’ve hustled away April, the poets still argue for you April, you’re ugly, but I’m gonna stay April, I’m bleeding; your seed in a coil April, your needy, how you muscle the soil April, I’m bleeding; your seed in a coil April, your needy, how you muscle the soil April, I’m tired of singing your song April, these notes have all come out wrong April, I’m tired of singing your song April, don’t worry; I won’t be long : April, I’m sorry; April, I’m gonna stay…
2.
Skipping Stone: Listen when the light is low You an hear them sing A lovely song but you should know there's just one thing Probably best to stop your ears Pass on beauty pass on tears It will never leave you You will never be along It will lift you and will sink you Like a skipping stone Simply let it all float b And never learn their song Leave it all up to the sky and let the days grow long Probably best to stop your ears Pass on beauty pass on tears But if your blood is ready For all this joy and pain Let its course be steady And find a new refrain Now's the time to lend your ears Sing the beauty; sing the tears
3.
Where the Outside Begins: I haven’t got the stomach for this Someone better turn this wreck around I can’t stop the radiator’s hiss I can’t keep my friends out of the ground You said you’d be here in the morning Help me keep my insides in It’s two a.m. and too much thinking and I’ve forgotten where the outside begins I give you a call but there’s no answer I try to joke but I can’t pretend You’re probably sleeping on your good year You probably lost your goddamn cell again I thought that I could find a way to keep it close and learn its name All I want now is distance But somethings, man, they just won’t play the game You said you’d be here in the morning Help me keep my insides in It’s two a.m. and too much thinking and I’ve forgotten where the outside begins
4.
Tornadoes 03:12
Tornadoes: I've heard it said they're like trains from afar that they change lives or pull them apart See the dark tunnels as they finger the plains They'll pluck you up and take you away Do you remember when as a child you whirled Sprawled on the ground of a drunken world If you come to in a distant field Upside down beside you with a single wheel A rusty old barrow spinning like a roulette Nothing like the poem but all creaky and wet Do you remember when as a child you whirled Sprawled on the ground of a drunken world Down all around these fluttery husks Clothes like angels, like there's nothing but luck Do you remember when as a child you whirled Sprawled on the ground of a drunken world
5.
Abeline 03:23
Wasted my time trying to find a rhyme for “nothing” You came near, whispered in my ear, “Stop hunting” Go it all alone, gonna break my bones on a dream When it gets worse I’ll stay my course you’ll see I’m not so flexible I’ll probably break before I bend It’s all so inexpressible I can’t pretend Wind in my face can’t erase the sound of name There’s a space inside and I can’t hide it away A flurry of wings, it sings an ancient word I can’t tell you but I know it’s true what I heard
6.
Monsters 02:14
Monsters: I'm keeping track of your monsters Tiny ghosts you've mastered Wild wolves running faster I'm keeping track of your monsters These creatures that you hold, so beautiful and strong Let them wander from your songs and we will all be bold I'm keeping track of your monsters Giants that you harbor Wicked tongues grown sharper I'm keeping track of your monsters You sacrifice the remedy for all you leave answered You're kicking all the windows out until it's all to clear You are your own monster
7.
Ancient Word 04:01
Ancient Word: Wasted my time trying to find a rhyme for nothing Then you came near, whispered in my ear, “stop hunting” Go it alone, gonna break my bones on a dream When it gets worse I’ll stay my course, you’ll see I’m not so flexible I’ll probably break before I bend It's all so inexpressible I can’t pretend The wind in my face can’t erase the sound of your name There’s a space inside, I can’t hide it away A flurry of wings, it sings an ancient word I can’t tell you but I know it’s true what I heard I’m not so flexible I’ll probably break before I bend I t’s all so inexpressible I can’t pretend Verse Outro
8.
Little Dreams: There's oceans of oceans far too deep There's a bible written on a blade of grass There's a secret that only you can keep You'll find it if you spin around reall fast There's a pane of glass you can't see through It's smeared with oil, the mess of what's true There's many worlds that swim in your blood The sky isclaughing at your little dreams There's flowers that rise out of the mud There are worms with universal schemes There's a pane of glass you can't see through It's smeared with oil, the mess of what's true
9.
Unsuspecting Isaac: Lately, I've been remember reading Fear and Trembling Futon Mattress on the floor, a tiny room without a door I'm no Knight of Resignation but I was filled with righteous indignation Color of my pills, they keep changing But the world's only getting stranger I was told that I was soul sick another unsuspecting Isaac I took wagon's way of life; for so many years I saw the knife Turned myself then into a ram, the very pride of Abraham Color of my pills, they keep changing But the world's only getting stranger Many thought that I was bragging when I climbed down off that wagon But I coudln't be what I resembled: I listened closely then to how I trembled I gave up on the way of praise; I walked into a kind of faith Color of my pills, they keep changing But the world's only getting stranger
10.
Come on In 04:27
Come on in Come on in, she said and take off your coat There’s no way back from the end of a rope Come now take hold of the moon on a string If I can sell you this you’ll buy anything Love, it never ends X3 It can never be our friend The broom is broken there’s dust along the floor Get on your knees boy and feel for the door The fire, it eats your words into ash You better make it quick or we’ll never find the stash Love, it never ends X3 It can never be our friend Come on in, she said and sit by the fire That look in your eyes says you think I’m a liar But I will never give you up and I will never turn you in The wind it will end but I can only begin
11.
Pam's Song 03:55
Pam’s Song: I wish that I tried a little harder to get to know you better There’s so much that I’d like to say but I know you’d tell me it’s OK Lions and ponies and hummingbirds Your smile it outshines all of our words Your smile it outshines all of our words I know regret is so hollow A path that you’d never follow And I can see your smile How it urges us all into tomorrow Lions and ponies and hummingbirds Your smile it outshines all of our words Your smile it outshines all of our words You live in all that you love but we still wish you were right here You call us all to rise above whatever it is we might fear Lions and ponies and hummingbirds Your smile it outshines all of our words Your smile it outshines all of our words

credits

released November 30, 2018

All songs written by Jim Rioux except Skipping Stone (Jim Rioux and Seirra D'Amours),

Recorded at the Crooked Red Barn in Kittery, Me and The Electric Cave in Portsmouth, NH

Produced by Marc McElroy, Jim RIoux and Guy Capecelatro III, with special thanks to Eric Ott, whose early support and guidance helped shape the trajectory of this recording.

Mixed and mastered by Marc McElroy at The Electric Cave

Album art by PFD peterflynndonovan@gmail.com

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