Howling Tree

by Anna Su

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released October 10, 2010

Produced by Nate Vaughan. Mixed by Al Fleming. Mastered by Brad Blackwood at Euphonic Masters. Recorded at Bronson House, Runaway Sound & Hollywood Sound Systems. Drums engineered by Meredith Jung. Artwork by Molly Burgess.

All songs by Anna Su except: "Over Ourselves" by Anna Su and John Isaac Watters, "City Ain't That Much Fun by Anna Su and Rachel Vaughan

Featuring: Al Fleming, Will Gramling, Kris Karlsson, George Krikes, Mike Lindsay, Nikko Menichini, Alex Rhodes, Gavin Salmon, Brian Song, Dave Torstenson, Nate Vaughan, Rachel Vaughan & Dave Wilson

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Track Name: Circus Camel
Put your camel in the circus for a ride
Four long legs and a bat of an eye
Consider it settled, consider it done
With two fat tokens and a bundle of ones

And we'll see when you get here
You'll see for yourself
I wont be the one to let your secret out
Parade in the others
And file them in two
Fade them into black and I'll run after you

I got you in a cage now, nice and tight
Wrought iron bars and money fights
The curtain rises and its time to go
Forget your story make it up at the show

And we’ll see when you get here
You'll see for yourself
I wont be the one to let your secret out
Parade in the others
And file them in two
Fade them into black and I will run after you

I know I've got you but I'm not for sure

And we’ll see when you get here
You’ll see for myself
I wont be the one to let your secret out
Parade in the others
And file them in two
Fade them into black and I will run after you
Track Name: Over Ourselves
We were riding bicycles
Down along the old canals
Hollerin’ around this town
Trying to get over ourselves
We were dancing young hypocrites
Idiots in love with our mouths
Leavin’ the city to rot
Ringing our bicycle bells

I took her for an Idywild girl
Home grown in the pines
She took me around the world
In a boxcar on a wire
She was walking down the steps
While I was walking up from the sea
Left the ports burning in the south of France
I wonder if she mentions me

She was born on Easter island
Swam to shore when she was twelve
Caught a train north to Guatemala
Working cleaning prison cells
Let the dust cover all of us
Take our ashes turn them into shells
We’ll take the busses down to Mexico
Keep trying to get over ourselves

I took her for an Idywild girl
Home grown in the pines
She took me around the world
In a boxcar on a wire
She was walking down the steps
While I was walking up from the sea
Left the ports burning in the south of France
I wonder if she mentions me

Death has climbed the windowpanes
A cannonball came through the door
I ran out screaming its time to be leaving
But she wont be leaving the floor
Lord, she wont be leaving the floor
Track Name: The City Ain't That Much Fun
The moon is hanging low
Like a sack of blackened coal
That I saw you throwing through my window frame

I think its time to go
Find a train moving slow
I hear the border its just two miles away

Through the day we'll steal the night
We’ll make it out in the time
Though the lights are flashing
Round the bend it’s all we see
Hold your horses, try and catch me

The road is crumbling slow
There’s nowhere left to go
But no way we’re staying
We’ll just turn back around

So grab your suitcase
And I’ll grab a gun
We’ll take the highway
There’s no one else around so lets just run

Through the day we'll steal the night
We’ll make it out in the time
Though the lights are flashing
Round the bend it’s all we see
Hold your horses, try and catch me

No one's as lonely, for you, you only

Wont you hold me
But don't let me run
I heard from all the others
The city ain't that much fun
Track Name: Return to Me
Ribbon of red velvet on the table scene
Making her look as deceiving as she seems
Don’t tell you her you love her
Don’t share your pain
Don’t tell her you see her eyes when the sun turns to rain

Go on, head up that thin red mountain road
Take a chisel and a drill and surround the oil groves
Soon boys will be playing on hillsides full of green
Girls will be picking azaleas in the spring

Oh high in the valley
Oh deep in the seas
Oh my love, love, love return to me

Came upon an old stubborn fool
Made a mind out of money
And money done him no good
Laugh all that you want to, I’ve still got all my pride
And a home to return to, a woman by my side
Go on, go on, the dust will settle down

Oh high in the valley
Oh deep in the seas
Oh my love, love, love return to me
Track Name: Pirate Song
In the little town away from where you go to school
I will take you by the hand and walk you down the road
Where you go down, down, down through the hills
And down, down, down where you fell
I’ll hold, hold, hold your hand still, to mine

There, there, there is the sun, it’s setting through the trees
Lets go out to the pond and find ourselves a breeze
And we will drink, drink wine that we got
And eat, eat bread that we bought
So sleep, sleep, sleep on the rocks with me

Oh, we’ve been through this before
You go, I go, to our different shores
And we will laugh, laugh, laugh till we cry
And cry, cry, cry through the night
So come, come, we’ll be alright

There, there, there is the place where in the end we’ll met
Share the stories of people in places we have seen
And we will laugh, laugh, laugh till we cry
And cry, cry, cry through the night
So come, come, we’ll be alright
Track Name: Oh My Stars
You look suspicious there’s a gleam in your eye
You’re a master of deception with a pretty smile
So take your violin and string me up inside
You make me want to fight
You make me want to fight

Under the window lies a man who knows
Next to the letters that say anything goes
So hide me in your cupboard
And lie between your nose
You caught me in the night
You caught me in the night

And the room shone gold when the light came through
And I was lying next to you
Will you miss me now that you let me down
Oh my stars what a silent sound
Track Name: Howling Tree
Followed your boots through all the metal doors
Climbed out the window for the seventieth floor
Just to look down
But you weren’t around

Is this the battlefield where you let loose
Had all the stars and planets following you
While I stood my ground
Till on the rings of Saturn I fell down

I got my wings around me that’ll fly me high
I got your painted letters threw them up in the sky
You’re such a lonely bird
You stole all of my words
I’m dreaming of sleeping but I’m thinking bout how to lie

Is this the telescope you found me through
While I was swinging to the top of the moon
I could see you, standing in the trees
You found yourself another one like me

I got my wings around me that’ll fly me high
I got your painted letters threw them up in the sky
You’re such a lonely bird
You stole all of my words
I’m dreaming of sleeping but you’re never around
I thought about calling
But you’re not in my town
Is this the howling tree
For a bird like me
Oh Lord, oh Lord, oh Lord
Oh Lord, You got me thinking bout how to lie