Lake of States : Sounds of the Summer

by Holly Mae and the Painted Room

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released January 12, 2010

holly mae haddock ~ songwriting, lead vokes, guitar
merilee phillips ~ cello
mike billmire ~ accordion, mandolin, shepherd's harp, trumpet, hurdy gurdy, piano
computer ~ chrysoglott, vibe, musicbox and tibia samples

recorded, engineered, mixed, and mastered by holly and mike

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Holly Mae and the Painted Room Berlin, Germany

The Painted Room is an art-folk entity of varying membership that existed in from 2006 to 2012. Members have included Holly Mae Haddock, Sara Kwon, Kathy Kwon, Molly Morgan, Sarah Morris, Mary Fraser, Mike Billmire, Serge Van der Voo, Merilee Philips, Sami Jo Buffington, Ken Lee, Jaime Fordyce & others ... more

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Track Name: Andromeda
I have seen Andromeda with these very eyes
a dim feathered light up in the western
something I cannot see, but with my naked mind
incidents immortalized in groups of summer stars
wild and bizarre by gray seas and Cassiopeia
Cassiopeia
Spiral cloud of unknown things, 2 million years away
uncountable miles away
for him who'll take the darkness in
three days deep within
the great shining fish, there is a light
on the other side, on the other side
Spiral cloud of unknown things, 2 million years away
uncountable years delay
Track Name: Coyotes in Detroit (Low Moan)
I know that since i said hello I have to say goodbye
so if i slip into the water the sun will surely dry me
I know that since I said I'd come here
I've been cut down to size
I wagered my savings on a crapshoot
but i am the ticket and the prize
and there's a low moan coming from my home
a deep sigh is soughing in the trees
rustling through the sad songs that we sung
a fertile hush in each and every one

I reach just a foot above my forehead
and a mystery keeps my bones aligned
I'd give up finishing the crossword
if my bird brain could find some peace of mind
i am a house well all structures are unstable
and coyotes have moved into detroit
now there's green grass pushing up the concrete
and the vacant lots are full of light

and there's a low moan coming from my home
a deep sigh is soughing in the trees
rustling through the sad songs that we sung
a fertile hush in each and every one
Track Name: One by One (You Don't Mean It)
you don't mean it, you can't help it.
five little babies, and one by one you ate them
one by one you burned us, one by one we were burned
by the sun, and then you tilled us in the ground
where we make that sound, muffled and dark

1957 in a white cotton undershirt
you are a towhead and your feelings are easily hurt
you read that book, and get a close look
at the devil inside, who took six million lives

long brown legs, yellow eyes, you take my father by surprise, and you can't contain
the whole history of pain, so you swallow him live,
to feed those inside

you don't mean it at all, you don't mean it at all

leave the country, get divorced, give me a haircut just like yours, a little blonde shag.
and then you meet the yellow man
who says he'll share his land with you, we'll till it together

you don't mean it at all, you don't mean it at all

you can't help it, you don't mean it,
five little babies, and you demean them,
one by one you raise us, one by one we are razed
to the ground, and you feel a gripping pain, each time we take the blame, for falling down
and you don't mean it at all
Track Name: Chimera (Blame, blame, blame)
blame, blame, blame is the game that you play
when you pray, pray pray it's the name that you say
so don't you make, make, make like i'm making this up
and don't you do, do, do me like i'm doing you wrong
because if i have that power, it is a trick of light, it is a trick of light and it's no good for me
if i have that aspect, if i have that quality, if i am an asshole, well you see one in me

so give me sugar sugar sugar 'cause i'm baking your cake
and call me honey, honey, honey, make no mistake
i'm going to shake, shake, shake the apples off of your tree
i'm going to make, make, make you do whatever i please

I dreamed of drifting in blue water right out of your reach, uh-huh
Track Name: Hold My Hand Hold My Hand Hold My Hand
Take me in take me in, I am a frayed hem, and I’m too far from the spindle or the spool. I like you, I like you, do you like me, well I wanna be around you, any day that I can. So hold my hand, sing me a good song, and I’ll hold your hand as I sing along.
Wake me up, I’m in a long dream, its voice is sing song in my ear. I said wake me up, I’m in a long dream, and it’s too hard to remember that it’s only a dream. So hold my hand, sing me a good song, and I’ll hold your hand as I sing along.
Baby june, baby joon, you are agood egg, from the golden hen, I mean, I mean, the golden goose
I like you, I like you, do you like me, well I wanna be around you, any way that I can.
So hold my hand, sing me a good song, and I’ll hold your hand as I sing along.
Track Name: Swellfoot
Last night I had the strangest dream
That I was on the mountainside
And all around me, fields of green
And my two feet were tightly tied

Now see me limping down the stairs
My swollen ankles like two bulbs
My whole life I’ve been scared
And my thumping heart’s been full
Of dread

But I remember, so long ago, was it a memory or a dream?
There was a big man, who held me in his strong arms,
And his eyes were my same green

Now hold me close to you my queen
I like the lines around your eyes
And streaks of silver in your long black hair
I love you in the morning light

I love you best when you wake up
Before you paint your soft white face
With pale powder, kohl and rouge
I like that life has left a trace on you

I had a bad dream, oh my wife, hold me tight to your chest
I saw you swinging limp from the rafters, in your favorite velvet dress

And I love you woman, when I plunge inside you
I lose my sense where I am, I lose my sense of who I am
I want to be inside you, to live inside you
until I mend
until I mend

But I remember, so long ago, was it a memory, or a dream?
Someone like you, yes, so much like you, held my head in her warm hands