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released October 5, 2018

Performed and written by Adrianne Lenker (ASCAP)
Published by Domino Publishing Company USA (ASCAP)
Engineered and mixed by Gabe Wax at Panoramic
Produced by Luke Temple
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, Edgewater, NJ
Additional synths by Gabe Wax
Additional synths, bass and guitar by Luke Temple
Additional synths by Adrianne Lenker
Cover photo by Zoë Lenker

Thank you to my family, friends, and to their friends
and families and to earth and stars

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Track Name: terminal paradise
warm
so warm
screaming in the field
as i was born

worm,
will you return me
to the robin’s beak?
i’ll be a bird

terminal
we both know
let the rest of me go
see my death become a trail
and the trail leads to a flower
i will blossom in your sail
every dreamed and 
waking hour

woman,
woman
hold me in your heat
till i remember

terminal
we both know
let me rest, let me go
see my death become a trail
and the trail leads to a flower
i will blossom in your sail
every dreamed and 
waking hour
Track Name: from
no one can be my man be my man be my man
be my man be my man be my man
no one can be my woman be my woman
be my woman

one ear to the ground
one dog at my neck
one tongue to my tongue
wanting to protect me 

from

no one can be my man be my man be my man
be my man be my man be my man be my man
no one can be my woman be my woman
be my woman

one ear to the floor 
my dog barking loud
couldn’t tell for sure
where the screaming sound 
was coming

from

one ear to your womb
puppy on the floor
baby’s coming soon
wonder if she’ll know
where she’s come

from 
Track Name: womb
seven wide years
and there’s soil to till
when you thread your fingers through i feel quite well
we could be the riptide or two mountains growing still

when the eye gets heavy in the womb

dripping your tears 
like a precious warm spring
my heart will always find you when your heart freely sings
mine would never bind you with a diamond or a word

when the eye gets heavy in the womb
when the eye gets heavy in the womb

woman, mighty woman
you’re a friend i need
when you hold me to your breast you’re bleeding as i bleed
please reveal the question to me let the answers leave
when the eye gets heavy in the womb
when the eye gets heavy in the womb
when the eye gets heavy in the womb
when the eye gets heavy in the womb
Track Name: out of your mind
it cannot be explained
like a single membrane 
same old dream from the pillow

laugh along with her laugh
lying when she’s lying 
she gets angry i feel so

is it any wonder i get lonesome for you?
get out of your mind

demons are the dragons 
she is not a dragon
but i’m afraid of her fire

my heart is a wagon
my heart is a wagon
but i can’t push her desire

is it any wonder i get lonesome for you?
get out of your mind
annie, my love pulls the trigger on you
get out of your mind
and into my arms
Track Name: cradle
cradle more
the hours reel
cradle more
how you feel

baby you’re still too proud to come down
maybe i’m still too loud to hear
all the waves ascend and disappear

like a storm,
the air you steal
glacial form
the icy heel

baby you’re still too proud to come down
maybe i’m still too loud to hear
all the waves ascend and disappear

earth is born 
to wound and heal
cradle more 
the hours reel

baby you’re still too proud to come down
maybe i’m still too loud to hear
all the waves ascend and disappear
Track Name: symbol
fly make flea make haste make waste eight makes infinity 
times i’ve tried to make breaks, embrace for the enemy
meet my face to face time try to find the diamond
counting time as time counts me, the river to the island

do you not do you not tell
that smile always makes me well
do you see circling through?
that’s how one returns from two 

the symbol of your love is time
the symbol of your love is time
Track Name: blue and red horses
blue and red horses on the run
i think the angel is jumping the gun
little red lantern watching my son
maybe the angel is jumping the gun

i’m a lot of boy, with a lot of nerve
do you wanna toy with me?

little red flower on your wrist
maybe the angel fired and missed
little red flower on your wrist 
maybe the angel fired and missed

i’m a lot of boy with a lot of nerve
do you wanna toy with me?

little red forest in your room
i hope the angel is getting here soon
little red forest in your room
i hope the angel is getting here soon

i’m a lot of boy with a lot of nerve
do you wanna toy with me?
Track Name: abyss kiss
try and get some rest
i’ll do the rest
think to what the roses find
with the arms of passion 
this is how we fashion 
war’s worried mind
in the hour i loved you 
like it dream it was true
in the base of my pine

wilderness, vast abyss, will we ever kiss?

in her mother’s fortress she was brushing horses
manes and tails flicking flies
naked as the window
baby if it’s real,
so no need to apologize

wilderness, vast abyss, will we ever kiss?

love is on her shoulder, love is on the boulder
in the eyes, in the eye
love never leaves, love is the leaves 
in the sky in the sky
Track Name: what can you say
what can you say to remind me
how to be loved by you?
wave to the winding river
it’s a view of you
for the long grass growing in silence
there’s an equal knowing inside us
calmly showing for to guide us

pray you can find me
i’ve been busy turning into
more transparent
i could look a lot like you
for the sharp glass cutting of the cold wind
the sharp glass loosing of your best friend
the story bruising as it’s written

rain in your bedroom
this is how i love you back
to follow the red moon
follow her and never look back
there’s a star that’s glowing on your eyelash
and the wet light moaning as we rehash
oh my darling
what can you say to remind me
how to be loved by you?
Track Name: 10 miles
to die in your arms
your words forming again
we kiss very hard and wild

to rise in the dark 
like birds praying on skin
we pray with our oxygen

Jo, nothing is real
we still have that feel
you’re closing up the bar
i’m warming up the car
ten miles away

two children of ours
they came twirling in
we laughed very hard for a while
but they’ve grown very far
and tall
how we miss them, 
though happy they’re traveling

Jo, nothing is real
but we still have that feel
you’re closing up the bar
i’m warming up the car
ten miles away

we set no alarm
eyes wide, six a.m.
wake up on the farm
slowly
walk to the barn
horse feed
you take the yarn
i’ll read, i’ll read

Jo, nothing is real
but we still have that feel
you’re closing up the bar
i’m warming up the car 
ten miles away

to die in your arms,
your words forming again

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