Discography Released May.25.2010 Back to Discography

Saint Bartlett

Saint Bartlett opens up with a grandiosity yet unheard on a Damien Jurado album. It strips away the many layers of paint from the house down the street where we know Jurado has occupied for the last decade. The new coat is exhilarating. It makes the whole neighborhood shine. It's a modest grandiosity; still homegrown. The mellotron swells, heavenly handclaps ring in stereo and big drums create a sky for the songs to fly in. And the words. Words spring forth from within the volcano of Jurado, full of hope. There's so much hope, in fact, that album opener "Cloudy Shoes" turns into a call-and-response with himself, as though it were a dialogue between two halves of himself.

Lyrics

Cloudy Shoes

I wish that I could float
Float up from the ground
I will never know
What that's like

You have a way about you
I wish that I had
Thought it was impossible
To live and love like you

Funny how we all can change
If we just try to
Thought it was impossible
To live and love like you

One day you will be taller
Taller than the sky
Until that day you will be
Here with us below

Magic will do what magic does
Living in your eyes
Do you think someday soon
You will have the time?

I could use another hand
To help pull me through
Someday theses hospital stays
Get the best of me

Trying to fix my mind
Still trying to fix my mind

Arkansas

I don't recall the last time we spoke
You said it's my fault, I still don't believe you
Oh Arkansas

We both know this was a mistake
I'd love to come home but I need an escape
Oh Arkansas

Fade out
This is where the credits roll our names

Taller than trees and brighter than starlight
I never feel magic unless I'm with you
Oh Arkansas

Tell me you mean it when you tell me you loved me
I wanna believe you, I wanna believe you
Oh Arkansas

Fade out
This is where the credits roll our names

I don't recall the last time we spoke
You said it's my fault, I still don't believe you
Oh Arkansas

Tell me you mean it when you tell me you loved me
I wanna believe you, I wanna believe you
Oh Arkansas

Fade out
This is where the credits roll our names

Rachel & Cali

Rachel would it be alright if I stayed here in the car
There's too many people out there I don't know

It's not that I'm too shy or cannot be polite
I just don't feel confident in crowds

Cali you can do what you'd like I'll probably be here awhile
I leave you my car keys in case you want to leave

You're welcome to stay at my house my parents will both be out
There's a blanket in the closet if you decide to sleep over

Rachel I am sorry to call, I can't sleep at all
The closet is unfamiliar, my parents are soon to be home

Cali there's no way you'll be caught, my closet door has a lock
I'll keep my window open so you can get in

Sometimes I wish you knew how I keep living for you
A friend is only a lover you're not committed to

Throwing Your Voice

I've got news for you, we all know
Stop acting like you've never heard this before
Blood on your hands, leaving your mark
It's when you cross the line where the trouble starts

Michael, you had a voice, and learned to lie
It was the day that I fell apart that we almost died
I would like to think people change
But I've seen no evidence so the point remains

You can come back when you need

Michael, I've had enough, it's time to go
They've made it very clear, they don't want you here
You can throw your voice all you'd like
I don't see them returning anytime


Shake off your doubt, grab a hold
Sometimes the hardest part is letting you go
You can always come back when you need
I'll leave the light on, leave the light on

You can come back when you need

Wallingford

What I need is a had that will hold on

Reaching out and not letting go

Many times I find I am let down

By the ones, who keep me close


Are you kept and told like a secret

Do you find that you're kept in the dark

Calling out, your voice is an echo

No words come back, but your own


As a whole


Free to fly buy your wings have't grown out

Many windows in the house

Please tell us what concerns you

Not to help, but to look the part


Anxiously awaiting your arrival

You look like you could use a rest

Overwhelmed by all the excitement

Better friends to take your place


As a whole


Pear

I don't need a safer place to land

All my life was built on the sinking sand

What you see is what you get


If I do come home please leave the light on

You tell so and so to leave our bed

You should've said, you should've said



Kansas City

Kansas City, I fought back the tears

I know that I should have been thrilled

I can't smile, knowing all the while

Everything you did, you did for you


Kansas City, he asks me how I've been

I lie and then say that I've been fine

Words that trailed off, that's as far as we got

I know that I should have been thrilled


Kansas City, I am not her son

I belong to my mother who's now gone

All was left to me and that's why he had returned

I know I should have been thrilled


Kansas City, thanks for your concern

I will learn to get by on my own

Orphaned by my state, common by his name

I know someday I will return



Harborview

Far out and failing

so they lead you away

Speak for me would you

I have nothing to say


And you would not notice

My hands have let go

Feel free to replace them

they are idle and slow


Mothers and fathers

you sisters all lost

The pending opinions

Are you worth what they've got


And they would not notice

Your hands open wide

Some Judas before them

with thorns in your side


Feel free to lay down

you could use a rest

Speak for me would you

since you've taken my breath


And you would not notice

my hands have let go

Feel free to replace them

they are idle and slow

Kalama

Mother, do you know how

all of this has changed us

I was a fool who would always defend you

was I wrong, too, like the others

Sisters and brothers abandoned

Forgive my living, keep me from breathing

a house that is standing is no house at all


Mother, is it easy

knowing that I will die soon

Will you keep me as ashes

placed on the mantle or thrown out

Mother, do you know now

love is not painless, it's poison

Forgive my living, keep me from breathing

a house that is standing is no house at all

The Falling Snow

When you fell, you fell so hard

Reaching for me in the falling snow

I would have stayed, you said I should go

How will you make it home?


Leaving your way, I heard you got lost

Losing your voice to the ground below

And I stayed awake until you were home

It was days and days and..


Come down from your mountain

you've been gone too long

If you're well then you should say so

don't leave me hanging on


Out from my open window

we could hear you breathing

Hope gone but it does not hold on

Every mountain falls


Somebody said you would be gone

Beacon Hill

I'm keeping you close, you're falling behind

I lost my voice, you lost your mind

You say your're not well, I say that you're fine

You're walking with me through the isles of a drugstore


If you return to me


Your mother's a fake, a phantom who steals

the smile on your face is not what you feel

I'll check you in if you check me out

You're some lonesome wrist cutter who says I'm her brother


If you return to me


Was I the ghost or one of your voices

you hear in your head when you're out killing horses?

Who's taking my place? Who's taking you home?

I don't think it's safe to turn out the nightlight


If you return to me


I read your reviews, I studied the lines

I know them so well, my life's now a tragedy

One for the road, two for the plane

And I will be fine, as long as you take me.


If you return to me


It's all right


With Lighting in Your Hands

Throw down your soul

Keep it in the soil

Will you return with a storm


Pockets full of silver

Treasures made of gold

Will you return with a might storm


Hiding in your shadow

Caught in your trees

Will you return with a mighty storm