Horses Swimming (2008)

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Horses Swimming is a stripped-down collection of six original acoustic songs. Aside from a duet with Jeffrey Foucault (the botanically-themed “Early Everlasting”), all the music is performed by KD (and mostly self-recorded as well). No rockers here; these are ballads and love songs, dreamy, sometimes wistful, and sweet. Includes a piano version of “Anybody’s Heaven” as well as “Made of Time,” an outtake from the Shotgun Singer sessions.cd_horses_photo

LYRICS

All songs ©2008 Kris Delmhorst/Big Bean Music (ASCAP)


LOVE & EVERYTHING
Midnight
Stranded at a standstill by the streetlight
Wrestled it around and it just ain’t right
And nowhere are our angels to be found

Well it’s so deep,
Been round 1000 times and still you can’t sleep
You’re buzzing like a hive and it’s a big leap
To anything that feels like solid ground

It’s a big big wall but I’m gonna tear it down.
It’s a big big wall and I’m gonna tear it down.

It reminds me
Of nights that I spent hiding in the bindweed
Wondering if anyone would find me
Lying there afraid to make a sound

It’s a big big wall but I’m gonna tear it down.
It’s a big big wall and I’m gonna tear it down.

It’s only love it’s only love, you know it’s only love & everything
It’s only love it’s only love, it’s only everything

Well it’s hazy
Are we difficult or blind or are we lazy
Outsisde these walls the world is going crazy
Press up against my heart and feel it pound

Then time slows,
Sound of distant footsteps through the window
It’s our angels out there walking in their street clothes
And they suddenly decide to come around

It’s only love it’s only love, you know it’s only love & everything
It’s only love it’s only love, it’s only everything


ANYBODY’S HEAVEN
There’s things you know, things you wonder
Things you try hard to believe
There’s spells that you can fall right under
Kisses that can set you free
Now Daddy’s mad, he’s not talking
Looks like I made Mama cry
They see me now, they think I’Äôve fallen
From my road up to the sky

Won’t you tell St. Peter he can close those pearly gates
Tell the angels I’m not coming in
Cause I won’t go to anybody’s heaven
Til I can see you one more time again

I guess it’s just the way they tell it
Streets of silver, roads of gold
No one dies and no one suffers
No one’s sick and no one’s old
I got close and heard those bells there ringing
Close and heard the trumpets play
Then I heard you in the backseat singing
And I’ve never heard that song that way

So I traveled back from that place
To hear your voice, see your face

Now, 35 cents in a tollman’s hand
1000 miles of golden fields
Will carry me to where you stand
You’re so rocky baby, you’re so real
Sun’s going down on a valley full of cotton
Victoria singing about a little bit of love
Guess I used to know but now I’ve forgotten
What I was supposed to be so afraid of

Won’t you tell St. Peter he can close those pearly gates
Tell the angels I’m not coming in
Cause I won’t go to anybody’s heaven
Til I can see you one more time again and again


SLIPTIME
Sunday in May
In a little boat for two
Drifting away
On a river green and blue

There’s a lot of rain behind this sunshine
There’s a world of pain outside this sliptime

Someday we may
See the world we long to see
Meanwhile you say
We’ll be impossible and free

Never really know what you been missing
Until you take the time to shut up and listen

Some say the way
Is to sweat a pile of gold
Nighttime and day
Stop and count it when you’Äôre old

Never really know how long we’re given
So baby off we go, let’s do some living


EARLY EVERLASTING
Speedwell, touch-me-not,
Ain’t no flower like the one I got
Loosestrife, wintergreen
The finest kind I ever seen

Lamb’s ears, lady’s thumb
Look out honey cause here I come
Sticktight, marigold
Gonna love you til we’re good and old

Shepherd’s purse and arrowroot and early everlasting too

Mayflower, celandine
A big wet ocean and a thin dry line
Heal-all, bleeding heart
We’re half a whole and all a part

Purple clover, queen anne’s lace
I never will forget your face
Bittersweet and cocklebur
We’ll never be the way we were

Foxglove, leopard’s bane
A little sun, a little rain
Ghostpipe, silverbud
The higher light, the daily mud

Goldenseal and feverfew and early everlasting too
Devil’s bit and meadow rue and early everlasting too


STRANGERS
Red red blood in a red red heart
It beat so strong from the very start
Sometimes it’s hard just to tell the two apart

It’s a long long road, it’s a long long haul
There’s no one who knows, there’s no one you can call
Sometimes the path is faint, the rest of the time it’s not there at all
Angels pass you on the street
Faces cast down at their feet

Blue blue bird in a blue blue sky
And you feel so brave and you don’t know why
But you fill your lungs up for one last try

Strangers meet your on your way
Faces open and awake

It’s a quiet song for a quiet boy
You came in here just to escape the noise
Now all this silence flows like joy


MADE OF TIME
Moon is made of honey baby, hills are made of wine
House is made of open windows, air is made of chimes
The sky is made of swallows, your breath is made of mine
You and I are made of time

All the dogs in the valley baby, I can hear them whine
I can hear the want & waiting, right here where we’re lying
Everybody’s such a hurry baby except you and I
Baby we just made of time

Come and look across the valley baby, where the sunset’s dying
We can paint a little picture, keep it in our minds
I can do the colors baby, you can do the lines
Baby we just made of time

Time to find the little pieces, bring them in
Time to lose them all again

Ocean’s made of raindrops baby, mountain’s made of sand
Life is made of little footsteps, love is made by hand
We got a such a lot to do but that’s all somewhere down the line
You and I are made of time
Baby we just made of time