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No Clothes on Ragged Island

by Ghost Ghost

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1.
Draw the shutters, close the light keep quiet as the moon stay out of sight there's a man at the door he's calling her name This isn't a joke this isn't a game O Mother you're gone now we try to behave We pretend in church we can't hear what they say But when the sun goes down this town is changed And men with drink come by calling your name Sisters, sisters, stay out of the light I know this man I know his plight He stays up with Mother drinking whiskey He snuck into my room once and kissed me Mother, mother your daughters are alone Oh mother, mother when will you come home? It's a sweet little town on the cost of Maine But we're too young to be alone this way.
2.
Mama said trouble Kills the bad parts of yourself Well I'm afraid I might not Have anything else left I want to get tired Of staring into the lights I want to get tired Of feeling all those eyes on me tonight I hear a hush come on the crowd They know I was sent for from out of town And the ocean of the air It hangs right there Nobody out there is breathing While I'm singing Mama don't worry About me on the road Even trouble knows You can't squeeze blood from a stone It's nothing I ain't seen Since I was a kid If you got a fire You sure don't keep it hid I hear a hush come on the crowd They know I was sent for from out of town And the lights burn bright alright2 But tonight I shine brighter And I reach out into my beginning
3.
Prize 02:03
Look for me on the next train Look for my letter in the night Maybe it's just another contest Maybe it's just another prize Call me young call me restless Forgive my playful little lies Maybe I'm just another contestant Or maybe I'm meant to be your prize Everything we've got is put in one basket It's filled with words I carry alone walls closing in on this little cottage no room to expand in this little home Look for me in a daydream Write me letters in the night Maybe it's just another contest Maybe I'm just another prize.
4.
Vassar Days 03:45
I'll take the field and forest I'll take the sound Of the sky to one ear, One ear to the ground Springtime All hands reach to the sun I will touch one hundred flowers And not pick one I will be the air If you'll be the seed I will carry you If you will go where I lead Summer wind carries us down these halls Faster than we can run I will knock at one hundred doors And not enter one If I escape you Will you run after me? If I come back to you tonight Will you turn away from me? We make our bed in these autumn leaves The night sky above I will light one hundred fires I will give myself to love I am most constant When I am least true. But the miles stretch between us, It doesn't hurt like it used to. We lie as seeds between The winter snow and the stone I will touch one hundred women And still feel alone
5.
After all these years to strike New York in braids. It's an instant education all class and no grades. Buildings everywhere a million stories high, clothes hanging in the breeze, children rolling by, And the noise, good God, you can see the noise. After all these years to have you here with me, Two girls from Maine, in the center of everything. Windows everywhere, billboards way up high, Smokestacks up above belching to the sky, And the noise, good God, can you see the noise? It takes some getting used to, all this excess profanity. Welcome to Bohemia, here girls drink for free. It's true there isn't quite enough to go around But we'll make it through alright, you know I own this town And the boys, oh God have you seen the boys?
6.
Three Parts 01:24
I carry you You carry her She carries me I carry you You carry her She carries me I carry you You carry her She carries me We are one part Split into three Maybe we'll drown in this whiskey river Well down my angels down we go together This one's wild This one's crazy This one's mean This one's quiet This one's shy This one's free This one's wild This one's crazy This one's mean We are one part Split into three Maybe we'll escape the past forever Well down my angels down we go together Maybe we'll drown in this whiskey river Down down down down down together
7.
It's no good, it's no good to try and make me choose Anyway you try to untie it will only tighten the noose You take my legs and he takes my head. Right here on the couch you can take me to bed. Or take pictures, or take pictures I hear what you whisper to each other when you think I'm asleep And I know what we do is not love though our love runs deep. If you let me go you would know you that you both don't need me But what would I be without us three? I'd be lost completely. I didn't realize at first that this power was a curse that bleeds me And what's worse, these words I rehearse, they no longer please me Nothing to be done so we drink and we run in a threesome And the audiences claps are like slaps I know they don't mean them Cause I hear what they say across the cafes 'she's a demon' And I've been drinking for two it's true, but it's a way to try and beat them The voices that come in the night that say I'm washed up and done And what will I be divided by three, less than one.
8.
I was wrong, I have seen beauty bare But it cost me my captain, My country, my everywhere I have stolen days When I had plenty days of my own I was jealous and crazy I was chasing these days into nights I was a poet and we all say Poets ain't quite right I stole your pretty flowers When I had pretty flowers of my own Everything we planted is Choking the light of the sun If this is where the century is You can send me back to the last one I was heedless and willful I saw the end from the beginning You were beautiful and damned And hardly any good at sinning I told you when I met you I'd only borrow your heart Everything we planted is Choking the light of the sun If this is where the century is You can send me back to the last one
9.
Miles from here, out in the ocean. We'll sleep all night and swim all day. Not really a plan just a notion, Of how to wash these things away We'll get clean on Ragged Island, We'll strip the layers down to our skin. We'll wear no clothes on Ragged Island, And we'll be lovers once again. No more sick beds, no more syringes. No more morphine dreams ahead, You'll have your words and I'll have your smiling eyes, We'll get these demons out of our heads New York city was never the answer, We both know Paris was a mistake, Even Steepletop held us ransom, We could never really get away. We'll get clean on Ragged Island, We'll watch the dirt just float away. Drifting currents, lazy motion, Naked bodies at play. I'm not asking I'm telling you, We have to kick this thing or it's the end. There's nothing I love as much in this whole wide world But I can't love you if you're dead. We'll get clean on Ragged Island, We'll strip the layers down to our skin. We'll wear no clothes on Ragged Island, And we'll be lovers once again.
10.
You can't imagine how it feels To take all that you can grasp To come so close to you Yet you escaped from my hands Would that I were the arrow That I were made of lead I'd rather not shine above A world where you are dead O the power in these hands To take all there is for taking O the day has finally come When there's nothing left worth saving I look out on your leaves Here with all that we've done Your leaves will never fade While mine wilt in the sun So I climb the stairs To take my chariot down These, my fastest horses, Lead without my hand now. O the power in these hands To take all there is for taking O the day has finally come When there's nothing left worth saving

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Ten songs based on the life of poet Edna St.Vincent Millay. Each song is a scene from Millay's life, told in chronological order. All songs were written on February 21 2010.

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released March 1, 2010

Tracks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 Copyright © 2010 Peckham
Tracks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 Copyright © 2010 Ward

Recorded in NYC by Ghost Ghost

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Indie rock/pop trio led by Karl Ward and Kevin Peckham, with multi-instrumentalist Mark Christensen. Frequently accompanied live by Charlie Kemmerer (paint) and Tim Bartlett (projection). Pants very, very optional.

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