Arrow Up

by Jen Zimberg

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03:26
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02:45
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03:38
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released December 11, 2015

Produced by Erin McKeown
Engineered by Colleen Clark

Recorded at Rancho Rio Verde, Hillsdale, NY

Mixed and Mastered by Mark Allen Miller at Sonelab,
Easthampton, MA

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Track Name: Arrow Up
arrow up the day’s begun
light leaning in still skeleton
can’t wait to see clearly
rise your spirit’s weary and young

arrow up my dear take heart
this morning it won’t sting so sharp
ghosts of yesterday they linger only
in the shade and the dark

and maybe it will be a long long time
until you say that you are feeling fine
again and until then
loosen your tongue
and let air fill those lungs

arrow up your pain’s a gift
even when it makes you twist
you’ll find that agony can help you see
things you once would have missed

and maybe it will be a long long time
until you say that you are feeling fine
again and until then
loosen your tongue
and let air fill those lungs
Track Name: Lovin
so it goes
no summer wind or white snow
just warm glow
and sweet scent of bees building honeycomb

if you ask
i’m not one who’s known to move fast
in my last
i stayed and ignored all the forecasts
take your time loving me

heaven knows
where you got such a grin and an eyeroll
take it slow
maybe it’s only a hand to hold

take your time loving me

are you sure
if i asked you how can a bird
feel so stirred
and still sit wings folded on the furniture

take your time loving me

now i know
there's more to what's here than might show
still this glow
is more than just me and you, you know
Track Name: Grandeur
time to settle down
overtake and wrestle youth
limbs come undone

calmer older now
flight will only take you
closer now

shake this heart won’t break
wait up for the restless ones
fly close to the sun

fourteen ages past
think up think up think up
think up think up think up

real this change you feel
opus dei today today
this grandeur array

fade the dreams away
make it up with stronger words
and tender concern

grace such soft embrace
tend toward something burned away
see no decay

brief yet sweet relief
Track Name: Burn
this is how it burns you out
burns you out beneath your flesh
you turn
still you find no rest

walking home tonight i see
there is still a light in me

panicked still you wait it out
and speaking through a softened mouth
your words
paint pictures in the air

walking home tonight i see
there is still a light in me
carry onward thankfully
and let the light see what it sees

fever dreams you breathe them out
and gripping tight to comfort now
relief
doesn’t even speak

walking home tonight i see
there is still a light in me
carry onward thankfully
and let the light see what it sees

lifting there’s a way to go
where trouble moves your aching soul
sing it slowly not too low
face the drummer even so

suddenly it pierces you
something new comes streaming through
and you
find you are now changed

walking home tonight i see
there is still a light in me
carry onward thankfully
and let the light see what it sees
Track Name: Hammer Fist
coffee black no sugar
thought i remember you taking cream
in this diner i’m the amateur
amateur boxer stepping into the ring

i dodge the punch you ask ‘bout my mother
say you hope she’s doing well
i swing to miss ask gently ‘bout your brother
if you see some traces of his former self

lift this hammer fist
taking turns to dodge and twist
meet my eyes and split my lip
noble art of the backfist
still i’m taking hits

waitress comes and the round is over
asks us would you ladies like a slice of pie?
can’t she see i’m in my corner
with the menu and an icepack on my eye

lift this hammer fist
taking turns to dodge and twist
meet my eyes and split my lip
noble art of the backfist
still i’m taking hits

hours pass of stunted conversation
it’s leaving me sore and yet no bruises bloom
then i go forgetting hesitation
saying maybe we could do it again soon

lift this hammer fist
taking turns to dodge and twist
meet my eyes and split my lip
noble art of the backfist
still i’m taking hits
Track Name: Slow This Down
let’s slow this down
it’s just the shout
until the high notes
peter out

your eyes are closed
hands held so close
i’m holding onto
every note

and the endless pull
is pulling me in
and i don’t want to say no
or simply jump in

when the endless pull is making me spin
i’m not giving up
and i’m not giving in
i don’t want to give in

so slow this down
we’ll let them miss it now
i stole some of the evidence before they
figured it out

i just need time
to let it unwind
and i’m not quite sure how not to
give in

when the endless pull
is pulling me in
and i don’t want to say no
or simply jump in

when the endless pull
is making me spin
i’m not giving up
and i’m not giving in
i don’t want to give in

when the endless pull
is making me spin
i’m not giving up
and i’m not giving in
i don’t want to give in

so slow this down
it’s just the shout
until the high notes
peter out