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#1 07-26-2010 3:30pm

sheeshumunga
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From: Seattle, WA
Registered: 12-11-2007
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Admiral Fell Promises: Lyrics

Ålesund

no this is not my guitar
i'm bringing it to a friend
and no i don't sing
i'm only humming along
up here in the air
i'm just mumbling at the clouds
wanting to be known
while i pass the lonely hours

i came down from the moon
i saw you in the rain
laughing with some people
hair dripping down your face
your calm hypnotic eyes
with Scandinavian glow
i felt them like a flame
kindling my cold bones
mmmm

tonight you were my muse
as i built it and i strung
trying not to drown
and the helicopter
hmmm mmmm

Ålesund
Ålesund

from the crowd i heard
you sing a pretty line
was it there so much love
that i wanna cry
i thought about it long
had you repeat it in my ear
i couldn't place it though
but loved you being so close
mmmm

i should've played it then
from the intro to the end
when they offered me the stage
at the bar we landed in
but i turned and walked
away from all the fun
and back into the black
seaside night of Ålesund
mmmmm

Ålesund
Ålesund


Dude, fix your fucking face.

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#2 07-26-2010 3:32pm

sheeshumunga
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Re: Admiral Fell Promises: Lyrics

Third and Seneca

In my room at Third and Seneca
See the pigeons peck on tall roof tops
Homeless on the corners, they carouse
Ferries float out in the Puget Sound
Scenesters with their beards and tennis shoes
Skinny girls and pudgy ugly dudes
Lift their amplifiers from the ditches
Southern doormen brood in barroom witches
Seattle black, Alaska blue
Oregon grey, raincloud Vancouver
Dead in Denver, drowsy Idaho
Just dreams away from your love, San Francisco
In my room at Laurel and Beverly
Your mind blossoms, mine is withering
I retire and you’re aspiring
You’re dream-chasing, I’m only escaping
Blood orange LA, blood red Arizona
Lonestar Sante Fe, lone palm La Pomona
Old soul San Antonio, dry grass of El Paso
Lifetimes away from your love, I know
From my view at 32nd Street
Winter throws its snow down heavily
Empty halls of friends who’ve come and gone
I’m awoken, rushed, and dragged along
New York, New York, New Haven, Hoboken
The skylines appear spinning past in fast motion
The words we shared dissolved as they’re spoken
All the worlds away from my love

Last edited by sheeshumunga (07-26-2010 3:33pm)


Dude, fix your fucking face.

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#3 07-26-2010 3:33pm

sheeshumunga
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From: Seattle, WA
Registered: 12-11-2007
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Re: Admiral Fell Promises: Lyrics

You Are My Sun

you are my life
dark cities
you fill the lungs
of the day
you are my love
radiant & pretty overseas
you find ways
of bringing hope
in lonely hours
gloom of night
empty mornings
you are a stem
of wild flowers
rolling hills
round the bay
you are a calf
in the meadows
so it goes
in this way
you are a friend
in the shadows
there to bring
when I need
you are the sweetness
of the cellos
there to mend
if I bleed
you are a swing
sleepy porches
the warm light
on my face
you are a charge
of wild horses
you are the sun
you are my sun
seeping over
spilling out
over the mountains
you are my sun
leeee ona
le ona
le ona
leeee ona
le ona
le ona
your fingers
breeze of these sad days
the gentle waves
of guitars playing
le ona
le ona
le ona
leee ona
le ona
le ona
death sends the stairs
bodies ache
blessed sun
everywhere
le ona
le ona
le ona


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#4 07-26-2010 3:35pm

sheeshumunga
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Re: Admiral Fell Promises: Lyrics

admiral fell promises

come out from the burning fire, butterfly
let me lock you in my room and keep you for a while
could you be the answer to my every prayer?
could you be the one for who I care?

come into my arms and let your worries die
come out from the web of all your tangled lies
but be true to me and i'll be true to you
judge me for not what i've done but what i'll do

a million nights have led
to this one that we are spending
and i know it's better here
than anywhere i've been going
where every morning grew
a void more wide and endless

come out from the burning fire, butterfly
let me lock you in my room and keep you for a while
you watch over me and i'll watch over you
and if you go tomorrow, choke me til i'm blue

a thousand days have passed
in this house she and i were sharing
and i hate myself for it
but i have stopped caring
a Marilyn sky tonight
is black and blue and beautiful


Dude, fix your fucking face.

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#5 07-26-2010 3:43pm

j-ho
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From: Melbourne Australia
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Re: Admiral Fell Promises: Lyrics

sheeshumunga wrote:

your calm hypnotic eyes

Cheers, I thought this line was "Your comely Nordic eyes"

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#6 07-26-2010 4:15pm

SanAntorium
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Re: Admiral Fell Promises: Lyrics

Think there are a couple of minor errors, though perhaps I'm the one who's wrong. I hear the following:

See the pigeons peck on tar rooftops...
Sullen doormen, brooding barroom witches...
Dead-end Denver, drowsy Idaho...
I'm retiring, you're aspiring...

Thanks for transcribing. I *love* this song. It's my Tonight in Bilbao from April or Carry Me Ohio from Ghosts of the Great Highway. I could listen to any of those a thousand times (may have, already!) Mark's songwriting and playing talent still makes me jealous and embarrassed for myself.

Ah well...

K-

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sheeshumunga wrote:

Third and Seneca

In my room at Third and Seneca
See the pigeons peck on tall roof tops
Homeless on the corners, they carouse
Ferries float out in the Puget Sound
Scenesters with their beards and tennis shoes
Skinny girls and pudgy ugly dudes
Lift their amplifiers from the ditches
Southern doormen brood in barroom witches
Seattle black, Alaska blue
Oregon grey, raincloud Vancouver
Dead in Denver, drowsy Idaho
Just dreams away from your love, San Francisco
In my room at Laurel and Beverly
Your mind blossoms, mine is withering
I retire and you’re aspiring
You’re dream-chasing, I’m only escaping
Blood orange LA, blood red Arizona
Lonestar Sante Fe, lone palm La Pomona
Old soul San Antonio, dry grass of El Paso
Lifetimes away from your love, I know
From my view at 32nd Street
Winter throws its snow down heavily
Empty halls of friends who’ve come and gone
I’m awoken, rushed, and dragged along
New York, New York, New Haven, Hoboken
The skylines appear spinning past in fast motion
The words we shared dissolved as they’re spoken
All the worlds away from my love

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#7 07-28-2010 8:23am

torch
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Posts: 73

Re: Admiral Fell Promises: Lyrics

Half Moon Bay

The saddest eyes she wore
So longing and forlorn
It made me love you more and more
The bluest heart she owns
As she gets more and more alone
as the deepest cello drones
The oldest yard cat sings
her mournful bellowing
From branches in the trees
As still as oceans wreck
With them bring havok and death
Upon the land they'll sweep

The painful midnight cries
When one leaves the world behind
Leaves the world be, leaves the world behind

And here at Half Moon Bay
Hear the hum of the highway
Hum of the high, hum of the highway

Highway One
Grey clouds, muted suns

Down by the footbridge stream
I am walking in a dream
Wailing in my jeans
Because winter time was through
I cannot be there for you
I couldn't care for you
And near the traffic cone
Down the old highway one
Down the Devil's side it runs
And nothing cleans these stains
Not the January rains
Rising in the street

Down by the bay leaf tree
A lonely bird, eyes meet
Lonely bird eyes, lonely bird eyes meet

Under the blue moon beach
I am wandering in my dreams
Walking in my, wandering in a dream

Highway one
Grey clouds, muted suns



I definitely need help with this one
Sam Wong Hotel

There by the blue, blue sea
On my morning walks
Seagulls dip and sway
Over the mossy rocks

Oh feel the wind blowing in
Cool summer days
Boats in the bay
Sailing along

Under a lone palm tree
On my easy rest
Centered in my gaze
Her pretty yellow dress

Oh Catherine, drifts again
Into my mind
Freezing the time
She visits me still

Oh Marina
Pastel hues
Which one tomorrow
Of your many moons?

Coast guard city light
My late evening walks
Down the port's mouth square
Pass Sam Wong Hotel

Oh, Chinatown
Closing down
Ghosts  ??
Eerily dressed

Oh harp player(?)
On Grant Ave.
Which one tomorrow
of your morning(yearning) tunes ?

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#8 08-22-2010 2:35pm

haakon
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Re: Admiral Fell Promises: Lyrics

torch wrote:

Oh, Chinatown
Closing down
Ghosts  ??
Eerily dressed

Sounds like: "Ghostly moon mist"

torch wrote:

Oh harp player(?)
On Grant Ave.
Which one tomorrow
of your morning(yearning) tunes ?

I think this should be "of your haunting tunes".

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#9 08-23-2010 9:36am

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Re: Admiral Fell Promises: Lyrics

On "Sam Wong Hotel" I hear "Ghostly moon mist" too, but followed by "Eerily drifts"

"The Leaning Tree"

Scattered relics of your loves
Lying round your dusty coves
Bearing old souls, opening old scars
Dissonant wallow of guitars
Burning off Indian sun
On the water barges hum
Through the bay window panes
Colors magnify and glaze

Sleepy poet's perfect dream
Pass the homes along the sea
This I would, this I will
Leave to join you in the hills

For you I would, for you I will
Leave this for the auburn hills
Find your old peeling house
Find you out there

Here the outcall from the tree
Smell the midnight forest breathe                        <--- perhaps 'breeze' ?
Shield you from the stalking night
Wake you in the morning
---
You came to me, in a dream
Waking down the path by the cold icy stream

The white of the snow coating the pines
In the sierra wintertime

You disappeared, you left me alone
In the old master-room of my mountain home

And I called for you so many times
And long for one more day with you in my life
I long for one more day with you in my life

I see you there in my dreams
Your poise is perfect, that of a statuesque queen

Your beautiful hair, your ocean blue eyes
That bear the depths of your losses inside

And I begged of you so many times
To forgive me once and for all, for all of my lies
To forgive me once and for all, for all of my lies
---
Oh, Miami                                                             
The leaning tree
Like a dying hand                                                    <---- not sure about 'hand' in this line

As we pass
The long dead grass
Thirsty in the sun

Memories rest
Beyond the broken fence
Let their spirits be

The birds have left
Their mother's nest
On the rose's thorns

There they sway
Over the bleach white grey
Sprawled over the hill

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Any corrections are appreciated.

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#10 08-23-2010 10:42am

haakon
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Re: Admiral Fell Promises: Lyrics

Somebody finally did "The Leaning Tree"! This is possibly the most mumbly and hard to make out performance on the album, IMO. I think you did well.

beyond-the-zero wrote:

Scattered relics of your loves
Lying round your dusty coves

The reviewer at http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/128 … -promises/ says:

Evan Sawdey wrote:

It should e noted, however, that at certain times, Kozelek seems to be getting deliberately cryptic even in his performances. “The Leaning Tree” opens with “Scattered relics of your loves / Lying around your dusty ...”—and that’s it. Although the line that should complete the rhyme is obviously “bones”, and a faint sound his made, his voice almost intentionally drops out to a quiet mumble, forcing us to deduce our own interpretation as to what he’s saying.

So perhaps it's "bones"?

beyond-the-zero wrote:

Sleepy poet's perfect dream
Pass the homes along the sea

The same reviewer quotes it like this: "Sleepy poets, perfect dream / Passed our homes along the sea"

beyond-the-zero wrote:

Here the outcall from the tree

"Hear the outcall" makes more sense.

beyond-the-zero wrote:

Smell the midnight forest breathe                        <--- perhaps 'breeze' ?

No, I can distinctly hear the "-the" ending. Besides, anthropomorphizing a forest is a quite Kozelekian poetic device ;-)

beyond-the-zero wrote:

Memories rest
Beyond the broken fence
Let their spirits be

This is why I like Marc. Such utter melancholy.

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#11 08-23-2010 12:49pm

beyond-the-zero
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Re: Admiral Fell Promises: Lyrics

Re: "The Leaning Tree" --- I really like the idea that 'bones' is the word, and that its not voiced on purpose.  And I love how so many of Koz's lyrics on this album seem like small imagist poems or haikus that flow one right after the other.

"Church of Pines"

Spring, spring
Flowers blossom and bloom
Squirrel, squirrel
Jumped down onto my roof
Sparrow, cardinal, hummingbird
Redwood, holly-tree, juniper

The service moves slowly through the hills
Faint sound of the highway
And night sets on the church of pines
Ending the day, they lay down to rest

From my room I look at the street
And see the youth passing along
While I unwind, head in a song
And in my bed I play the guitar
I loosen the strings 'til I find a tone
And if it don't come
Then I'll put it down

Howl, howl
Dogs of the neighborhood
Moon glow
Over the gravestones
Dance fire, strangle the black coals
The lamplight, the fallen fence-post

The sun rises over the tree-line
With welcoming morning light
Days sets on the church of pines
One day we'll all be laid to rest

From the hills I look up at stars
And feel the darkness swell like a bruise
And in my head I'm playing with words
I scramble and strain to find the right ones
Sometimes there are none
Sometimes they don't come

----
(I'm not too sure about 'coals')

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#12 08-23-2010 1:22pm

coupdetat
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Registered: 04-28-2010
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Re: Admiral Fell Promises: Lyrics

I believe in Alesund he says, "Trying not to drown in the helicopter alone." It wouldn't make much sense if he had said, "Trying not to drown and the helicopter."

Also, I think he says, "From the crowd I heard, you sing a pretty life." But 'life' and 'line' sound very similiar.

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#13 08-23-2010 1:47pm

katondepena
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Posts: 115

Re: Admiral Fell Promises: Lyrics

haakon wrote:

"Hear the outcall" makes more sense.

I'm hearing:

"Hear the owl call from the tree"

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#14 08-23-2010 1:50pm

haakon
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Re: Admiral Fell Promises: Lyrics

haakon wrote:

I'm hearing

"Hear the owl call from the tree"

Sounds like you're right, and it makes more sense, too.

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#15 09-19-2010 2:54pm

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Re: Admiral Fell Promises: Lyrics

Made this a sticky. Anyone want to tackle the rest?

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