THOSE

by Quarry House

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1.
Here under low gray sky Endless fields stark white Buried trail no map no key Frostbite shock Lie down and sleep Here Under heavy clouds Here Under falling snow Needle ice frost flower Bare branches snow shower Cold snap wind chill Hoarfrost soft rime ice castle Draw the line The edge dividing me from not me Is it enough to keep from bleeding through? I dream of electric blankets and radiator smell I dream of clear skies and sunrise orange glow I dream of January thaw And birdsong Damp earth sap rising Melting ice crocus bloom Skin flushed tissues perfused I dream my way back home I dream of you I walk the boundary The line dividing me and you Press and it presses back Could you draw me through? Trace the outline The thing dividing me from you Push it and it pushes back Would you pull me through?
2.
You and I in the formidable fire You and I in the warm You and I on a cool day With a comfortable breeze And the sun warming my face And your hair moving a bit And your hem moving a bit It’s you and I in the formidable fire You and I in the formidable fire You and I behind the blinds You and I with some things on And the sun rising outside And the sun setting outside And the heater kicking off And the heater kicking on You and I in the formidable fire You and I in the formidable fire
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When light touches bone You know something is wrong There is a line Dividing inside from outside It can be crossed sometimes There are ways But no ways should lead to bone For those who really want to see There are ways Gray’s book is okay This is a judgment, definitely A simple guideline (To be assured that it is quite okay): Pick a cold way A cynic might say Heat only flows one way That it is subject to natural law And energy, it tends to behave predictably This is known as entropy It has no bearing in this context No, the second law Does not apply to you and me So pick a cold way If you really want to see
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Ivy Choir 06:57
Pull the car off to the shoulder Vicious lilting Insect drone Watch the taillights passing, pomegranate red Walk to the top of the bridge Leaves show silver before a storm I will wait patiently Sky meets ground And flies apart I will wait patiently If you still love me Watch the headlights approaching Tearing white holes in the night Reflected in broken glass Bottle green on the side of the road Lean against the rail Arms lifted Lean against the rail Leaves show silver before a storm I will wait patiently Sky meets ground And flies apart I will wait patiently If you still love me It doesn’t happen this way It’s not what I imagined Become silent Mute fingers, dumb skin Slip through the gap in the barbed wire Through stinging branches
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In the kitchen counting questions How’s your day? And where have you been? There’s a hole that lets the light in Lets the night in through the ceiling On the island Bills collect And catalogues And mail makes mail I can’t go back home There’s a letter on the table Addressed to me I can’t go back home There are shadows in the corner And they’re never looking Big black birds with broken necks fly Cross the window on their way through There are very different places Full of better types of strangers Don’t forget to check the deadbolt Still bugs come back in envelopes Letters slip in through the slot and mail escapes shoved in the box and mail makes mail I can’t go back home There are letters on the table addressed to me I can’t go back home There are shadows in the corner And they’re never looking On the island There's a park behind and acre of room with nothing in bloom just the January smell of nothing in bloom on the island The bugs are back A ripe forgetting health Glasses on the shelf The bugs are back On the island …. Days of nights trickled down Pictures on the wall … offsetting sequence pattern on the wall the troubled spider crawling back into its hole … a ripe forgetting health the jars and glasses on the shelf … colorized … the days are getting longer now on the island the bugs are back the bugs are back …. …and there's no one to get your back?

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released October 8, 2011

Quarry House is Meg Kramer, Joseph Kramer, and Jonathan James

THOSE was recorded in January 2009 & January 2010 in Springfield, MO.

All tracks engineered and mastered (2011) by Jonathan James.

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Quarry House Saint Louis, Missouri

Quarry House formed in January 2009. In the course of two winter recording sessions in early 2009 and 2010, the players gathered in Springfield, Missouri to write and record songs.

The products of this collaboration will be released in a series of EPs. The first to appear, THOSE, was released in autumn of 2011. A tour of the Midwestern United States followed.
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