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Bodega Rose

by Kesang Marstrand

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Hassles It's Kesang's voice / vocal style, I can't imagine not finding myself enthralled by any musical endeavour she may choose to persue. It's subtle, a shadow upon the soul, a flicker in the dark, a spray of sunshine upon a cold winters morning - that's Kesang.
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1.
I found it at the bottom of a cup The last taste of you and it came rising on up Like a siren’s call In the dim foggy distance Right behind my bedroom wall I heard it when we talked on the phone Ashes where a bridge used to lead all the way home And then you let me go, and everything settled back Into a safe and conjured flow And the flag was at half-mast Waving a colorless farewell And whatever your intentions They’re secrets that you’ll never tell I held you to a promise you made One of a handful I watched wither and fade And it was always unclear The line between things you despised And the things you held dear And so you gave me what was left of my things Sweet relief, as sweet as the song a bluebird sings On a soft summer day And I bet if you listen close enough you’ll hear it coming your way
2.
Say Say Say 04:14
3.
Real Boy 03:43
You were always more Symbolic than human to me So solid Not bones, flesh, water, blood Not another child At the mercy of all this But you're a real boy Through and through And I was once more symbolic Than human to you A real boy through and through, a real boy You were statuesque And everybody else Moved so recklessly Trying to find themselves In the deep, endless blue All of us were there Everyone but you Or so it seemed But you're a real boy When all is said and done And you say you think that you are The most reckless one A real boy when all is said and done, a real boy
4.
Scaling the wall for a loose stone To let a little light in And when the whole thing comes down I’m gonna grow a garden Violets and black-eyed-susans Dahlias and chamomile Impatiens and bleeding hearts And anything that grows wild Birds and bees All of a sudden they’ll be everywhere And the wind will tease The worry out of our every care How grand would that be Won’t you grow Grow a little garden Grow a garden with me
5.
Lioness 03:29
Untameable lover Volatile friend You’ve embossed your body On my floor again For you I’ve learned to play The floorboards mute And trained my garden to grow Without taking root Am I your lioness Am I your only, only one ‘Cause when you’re in from the woods This is where you come I claimed this plot And you claimed me A landowning woman With electricity You bring me your wilderness And other precious things But the plumes are stained with blood Where your teeth have torn the wings Am I your lioness Am I your only, only one ‘Cause when you’re in from the woods This is where you come
6.
I found love Playing down in the Alibi He was singing warm and low And bending notes up high The November cold leaned into the night Said go on and try to catch a spark Of the gaslight I pulled thorns out of my tongue I twisted strings already tightly strung And I said What of colors that only bloom at night And then the day breaks black and white So many colors only bloom at night And then the day breaks black and white But the choir sighed and we were Lullabied away I found love In a room that had no floor Just a narrow bed and a sun-bleached Bed sheet for a door Upon the warmth and scent Of your skin I slept lightly but still I Fell deeper in
7.
Any kind of bridge would be useless now The only distance is one we allow We both love our own languages best I’m caught up in sounds and you in pictures, I guess And now you’ve outgrown the child in me And weren’t you the one who set her free Late to bed and early to rise I’m getting stars under my eyes Shades of violet I’ve never seen Rest of the world, palest green And now you’ve outgrown the child in me And weren’t you the one who set her free I feel as tall as the trees tonight And I’m feeling dangerously light I could float away upon a sigh And sail down slowly against the sky But now you’ve outgrown the child in me And weren’t you the one who set her free
8.
Where has my baby gone I searched high and low In sun and storm He left no letter Neither no farewell Just an empty house And the neighbors won’t tell Me nothing I rush to the door At the slightest sound And get all worked up To get broken down Where has my baby gone And will he ever Come home I sleep through the day And I’m up all night Since he left me Ain’t one thing been right So I rush to the door At the slightest sound And get all worked up To get broken down Where has my baby gone I searched high and low In sun and storm He left no letter Neither no farewell Birds sing in the yard But they don’t tell me nothing
9.
I want to take your hand Slide my fingers between yours Palm to palm And mute all of the dissonant chords I want to know what this is This lonliness that feels so free I know I can’t keep you And you know that you can’t keep me And now I’m thinking that I should’ve sung you Happy birthday, softly with my lips against your ear So I’ll do it in my mind now and I’ll do it in the flesh If we’re together today next year Next year I want to let you sleep But I can’t seem to keep still enough You say this way You fall faster and harder in love I want to take your picture As you look the other way Capture the goodbye That goodbye cannot say
10.
You stood at the door With the fog at your feet And the grey sky turned white While you waited Inside, the warm sound The bustling around Of women and children At suppertime How she longed for you when you were gone And still shone brighter than anyone Everyone knew what lesson you learned When they heard you knocking When they knew you'd returned She came to the door And she was even more Arresting than memories Of nights long past She led you inside And the warms sounds of home Shook you to the bone She was shaken too How she longed for you when you were gone And still shone brighter than anyone Everyone knew what lesson you learned When they heard you knocking When they knew you'd returned
11.
Thin Skin 04:03
Poison flowers Are blooming everywhere I can taste Their perfume in the air The way it Gently pricks my tongue Same way My old lover's kisses stung I have no way of knowing Whether I'll ever be weathered enough Goodness knows you need a thin, thin skin To feel this kind of love Like tanged chimes In a wayward breeze We sang Uncertain melodies Our silhouettes Against the dusty sun Were ebon shapes That moved as one I have no way of knowing Whether I'll ever be weathered enough Goodness knows you need a thin, thin skin To make peace with this kind of love
12.
Bodega Rose 03:49
Rainy bodega roses The shop never closes They change shifts at dawn Even in the smallest hours Fresh cut red flowers But you just walk on My love, my grey-eyed City child We could've grown wild We could've grown wild But this is what we chose The endless night The bodega rose Odd shadows of trees in the park Claim the darkest dark While we sleep Tangled beneath the covers Tangled in each other And try to dream deep My love, my grey-eyed City child We could've grown wild We could've grown wild But this is what we chose The endless night The bodega rose Silence is wedded to sound That comes up through the ground Singing for us But few things moves us like before Nothing anymore Is what it once was My love, my grey-eyed City child We could've grown wild We could've grown wild But this is what we chose The endless night The bodega rose And it was no kind of test We just chose the loneliness We bore the best

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released November 21, 2008

Recorded in 2008 at Sertso Studio, Woodstock, NY
Produced by Tom Schmidt

Cover photo by Katrina Berselius, layout by Sawsen Jemmali

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