In Dreamlife

by the Hearers

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MARC TWEED GUITAR,VOCALS, SYNTHESIZER
DARREN WELCH BASS GUITAR, VOCALS, CASIO
DAVID MOORE GUITAR, HAMMOND, VOCALS
ROB VEITCH DRUMS
JAY KAKERT HARMONICA, GLOCKENSPIEL
ERIC MARDIS PEDAL STEEL, BANJO
JEFF DOOM ELECTRIC GUITAR
ZIMLAM SYNTHESIZER
CHRIS BRAUN CELLO,PIANO,ELECTRIC GUITAR,VOCALS,LAP STEEL
MIKE WALKER TROMBONE, TUBA, HORN ARRANGMENTS

HORN ENSEMBLE:

NICK HOWELL: TRUMPET
SAM HUGHES: BARITONE SAXOPHONE
BRYAN REDMOND: TENOR SAXOPHONE
BEN RUTH: SOUSAPHONE
MIKE WALKER: TROMBONE

Recorded and mixed by David Moore and The Hearers @ Merriam Shoals Studio, Merriam, KS
Additional recording by Marc Tweed @ the Fainting Room, San Francisco, CA
Mastered by Bob Weston @ Chicago Mastering Service

Thank you James Grauerholz, the Jesus Lizard for the use of Elegy, Elizabeth Gregory, John Hulston and Anodyne Records.

Dedicated to the memory of Russell Bassman.

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released 29 March 2011

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Track Name: the Brain
The Brain

You bled the brain alright
So let's soak it in tears tonight
Replace that youthful red
With dirty, wet pigeon feathers

Set your sights on violence
Strangulate the silence
Sometimes you sit alone
Other times you break into strangers' homes

The city shut off the water
The phone is dead
Your mother's dying of cancer
Your father's drunk in bed
Someone stole your stereo
Family portraits cold and stained
But it's staring at you just the same

All the folks you know
Bathe in a sacrificial glow
Picture them one by one
Rotting corpses in the Phoenix sun

The world is just kindling
For the burning in your heart
You tried to make it to your sister's place
But the Nova wouldn't start

Someone stole your stereo....
Track Name: Elegy
Elegy (by the Jesus Lizard)

The pathetic sight of your sunken eyes
And the angular lines of your hips and your waist
The light and the dark of your vallied ribs

The skeletal draw of your temples and cheeks
Your breath but a wisp from your string thin lips
And the acrid stink of your face and mouth
Unsound unsure your shaky legs

Just when you're about to learn to smile again
I'm gonna be the one to teach you how to cry
Track Name: Vultures & Devils & Swine
Vultures & Devils & Swine

When the sky, it has cleared
The black train's running weird
And the vultures descend on his shape

They pick at his brains
With their loving refrain
That's as pure as a prostitute's face

His family consumes his body's concern
They're vultures & devils & swine

His bones will be sold to the black market fold
And his blood will wash over their smiles

As they shed fancy tears
And they dance to his fears
His hand twitches just once in a while

For in death perceiving the sacrilege done,
He knows that his kingdom's been sold

It's been sold, all his love

His family sits sipping cocktails of greed
They're vultures & devils & swine
Track Name: the Sultan of Sultan’s Fever Dream
The Sultan of Sultan's Fever Dream

Once on the train, the strangers' brains dissolve
Upon the lonely chance of a bitter romance
Meanwhile all sense is torn

So devoid of all feeling, the Sultan is sleeping
Cramped in his small quarters, with fever he's dreaming
"This is not the way to arrive at a festival"

So sweat it is beading, the shoreline's receding
While rainbows dive off the springboard of meaning
And knowledge is dancing
And honor lies gasping
The Sultan drips fear on the floor

While conductors hit the drink and have a think
A blind coyote fills the night with fallacy
He sleeps upon the midnight train
He dreams about his missing brain

Red streamers strain under the weight of the thunder
Gilded, immobile, a beast filled with trouble
The Sultan is groaning, drips fear on the floor

Two lovers appearing, they're kissing and licking
The Sultan is screaming, the point he is missing
"This is not the way to arrive at a festival"

Our Sultan of Sultan dreams fairies attacking
The couple that's fucking on the floor of his quarters
The lady, she's cumming, the Sultan is fading
The Sultan drips fear on the floor

Our Sultan of Sultan dreams fairies attacking
The couple that's fucking on the floor of his quarters
The gentleman caller, in passion does holler
"THIS IS THE WAY TO ARRIVE AT A FESTIVAL"
Track Name: Stay With Us
Stay With Us

Stay with us
Sit down and have a drink with us
Then have another one before you change your mind
You can always close your eyes, pretend your blind

You're so much more
So much more than we were hoping for
To bring the party back before the lights go down
You can always close your mind, tune out the sound

Say you're not afraid for life
Don't you know we're gone inside a moment
And then the moments done
Overcome your fear of heights
Don't you know we're ghosts inside an orbit above everyone

So stay for now
Take a breath and find a way somehow
Then take another one before you say goodbye
You can forget your own pride... awhile

Don't think for now
There's no more trouble let yourself fade out
And then hang around and maybe hang for life
Stay till the end of time... for now

Say you're not afraid for life
Don't you know we're gone inside a moment
And then the moments done
Overcome your fear of heights
Don't you know we're ghosts inside an orbit way above everyone

Stay for your life
Track Name: Sylvia
Sylvia

As I creep through the valley of death
Your laughter hangs on the wind
Nothing so broken your savior can't mend
Be my tour guide again

Hidden now, silver kin
Whispered blood
It lives again

Sylvia, grace my heart
Keep the rains years apart

When I'm weary and hanging my head
I juice the old radio
In weird heaven I know you are there
And I'll fly when I go

Hidden now
Your dying skin
Waiting to visit again

Sylvia, grace my heart
Fly away but don't stray far
Sylvia, grace my house
Twilight comes, we talk about endless bliss
Picture this: we all live and the gods give us everything that we needed
Track Name: A Star Can Be Your Home
A Star Can Be Your Home

Your eyes they say your eyes won't leave the floor
It seems you should get away
You should head for the door

The stars they say the stars can be your home
They're not very far away
You could fly there alone

If you can find them
They can be your new home

In time they say in time you'll be the one
The first one to get away
The one to head towards the sun

You're right they know you're right to leave for sure
And if you disintegrate
You'll have had so much more

If you design it
You can step through the door

Come to know
They're too cold for your soul

Watch me hang
watch me hang in the sky alone
watch the pearls of wisdom fall
watch our silence stall
six pounds of blight
three kinds of fights
nine kinds of stars
our class of liars.

If you can find them
Track Name: Heavenly Bodies
Heavenly Bodies

The heart relies on you
To keep from letting me through
But I would carry you, it's true
Deeply through wars.

When you slipped from my sight
Desire had clouded my night.
If fate wont sway your delight, then I
Must force its hand.

Struggling for sanity, waiting for amnesty fails.
Heavenly bodies can move certain men to set sail.
Now I am parked in your street as your bedroom light greets me,
Salvation is only as far as letting me in.

The heart relies on you
To keep from letting me through
But I would carry you, it's true
Deeply through wars.
Track Name: No,You Know
No, You Know

Savor the worthy things
And trash all other ones
Then save up all other things
Judge them all at once

If you live by these rules
Then you'll always become what you wanted then
If you purge till you get down to bone

A fables a good defense
But then never at home
Don't favor a sore attempt
Don't cast the first stone

If you live by these ways
Then you'll always succumb to your own demand
If you silently build your own throne
No never wait for other hands
And never stay here too long

Don't beat about yourself
You've made decisions before
To learn how to love your own self
Just don't let you be the one no no
No, you know

Don't nestle far from your home
And never savor alone