All Princes, I

by Esmé Patterson

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released November 19, 2012

All songs written by esme patterson, copyright 2012

All songs:
singing, acoustic and electric guitars- Esme Patterson,
drums- Ben Desoto

My Young Man
Electric bass- Eric Thorin, harmonies- Nathaniel Rateliff, Genevieve Patterson, and Sarah Anderson, violin and cello- Carrie Beeder
All the Days
Electric bass- Eric Thorin, violin and cello- Carrie Beeder, harmonies- Genevieve Patterson
Jessica
electric bass- Jason Hecker, electric guitar- Roger Green
Broken Jaw
electric bass- Eric Thorin, synthesizers- Eric Moon, trumpet- Joseph Tabano
You &
strings arranged, conducted and mixed by Tyler Ludwig
Fall Asleep, Steal Away
electric guitar, twilight zone effects- Roger Green, piano- Stelth Ulvang, electric bass- Eric Thorin, harmonies- Genevieve Patterson
Easter Sunday
Piano- Eric Moon, upright bass- Mike Fitzmorris, bird calls collected by Mario Casilio
The Swimmer
Upright bass- Mike Fitzmorris, violin and cello- Carrie Beeder, harmonies- Will Duncan, Genevieve Patterson, Sarah Anderson, piano- Eric Moon, trumpet- Joseph Tabano
Aquarius
electric guitar, twelve-string, sunshine- Roger Green, violin and cello- Carrie Beeder, upright bass- Mike Fitzmorris, harmonies- Will Duncan
Sun up 2 Sun down
electric guitars- Roger Green, piano- Stelth Ulvang, upright bass- Mike Fitzmorris
No Heat
Violin and cello and string arrangement- Carrie Beeder, upright bass- Mike Fitzmorris
Elysium (for Jack)
electric bass- Jason Hecker, electric guitars- Roger Green
Asleep Inside Love
Upright bass- Mike Fitzmorris, violin and cello- Carrie Beeder, harmonies- Genevieve Patterson
Light of Day
Piano and synthesizers- Eric Moon, electric guitar magic- Roger Green, electric bass- Jason Hecker

All Princes, I was produced and arranged by Roger Green and Esme Patterson.
Recorded at Mighty Fine Productions in Denver, CO
mixed by Mario Casilio, Roger Green, Esme Patterson and Colin Bricker
Mastered by Colin Bricker

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Track Name: My Young Man
Last night so sharp was feeling so tender
were our lips and hands,
in your arms all sound was light,
all was joy and all was love, so

my young man don't make your mind up yet
won't you look into my heart and see
that all of my blood is still red
the light from the moon and all those words left unsaid
oh my young man come lie down in my bed
and don't you make your mind up yet

night is long and we forget that
the earth beneath us has slowly turned
and in the still movement of sleep
we have also turned, so

my young man...

when you're the sun and i'm the land
give me all your fear and fire
when i'm the moon and you're the waves
i'll make you move as i desire

my young man...
Track Name: All the Days
All the days crowd around her
darkness on the heels of light
by pain the heart learns, dear
darkness on the heels of light

the chains that love wraps around you
light is heavy sometimes
long before i ever met you
you were on my mind

and if i ever met a heart that's true it's inside of you
Track Name: Jessica
Jessica, I hope it’s true
that he had to break my heart
to learn how to love you.

Falling in love is easy,
he tells you you’re the one,
you don’t have to believe me,
but he said that to me once.

Jessica, the world is cruel.
He had to be untrue to me before
he could be true to you.

The wheel keeps on turning and
there’s no wrong or right, and
I’m not quite trying to warn you or
tell you how to live your life, but

Jessica I hope for you
that by taking all I had
he learned how to give to you.
Track Name: Broken Jawbone and Low-Flying Plane
I indicate that you might have a jaw made of glass
and I’ve begun to notice a thin, hairline crack
the hum of a low-flying plane fills the room,
silence blots out silence as I start to lace up yer shoes

And i ask the dark of the empty doorway, has it come to this?

Soft like birds with wings of linen, your memory circles round
time is heavy, weighed out, measured, thick though void of sound
the tick of the second-hand fills the room,
And silence blots out silence as I sigh and lace up my shoes

I ask the dark of the empty doorway, has it come to this?

And a sigh fills the space between the tips of our toes,
silence blots out silence with time still as if it had froze

And I ask you standing there dark in the doorway, has it come to this?
Track Name: You &
For you are sharp and clean,

You’re beaming brightly.

A flash of color as seen

On a bird in flight, for

You are soft and wild

Like the tunnel of night

That promises dawn

That holds the howling stars.

And you fit well into

The spaces made by curves bones

And also on the places where

The blood is closer to the skin, for

You are soft and wild

Sleeping with the waves

Under the sea and the sun

Under the howling stars.

And maybe if our veins instead

Held only water and light

Well then the heart

wouldn’t have to work so hard, for

You are soft and wild

Like a spring unwinding

Like clouds evaporating

Like a school of fish retreating
Track Name: Fall Asleep, Steal Away
chamomile-colored sun pours in through the windowpane
you and i a loaded gun, we watch the day evaporate

the way that i love you is buried in blood

afternoon softens and the air smells like snow
names and faces turn to sand and we must forget all that we know

the way that i love you is deeper than flood

fall asleep, steal away,
lay your head down next to mine,
dream and keep my heart so safe
deep within your glowing frame, for

the way that i love you is thicker than blood
Track Name: Easter Sunday
cold rain, easter sunday
bluebirds diving from the city trees
garlands of plastic bags are waving from their branches
the air is wet and thick and somehow
also thin and clear in the cold with the birds
trilling, the grey sky, new green blades of grass and
in the spring one forgets that nothing that we love can stay
(it's so easy to forget among the flowers)
but maybe some things can stay
just because we love them and because
we love them when they die
it's only half a death...
alive and well an imprint of you is warm
on my memory in your egyptian cotton suit
with your easter sunday eyes:
bright and cloudy all at once and
eternally new
Track Name: The Swimmer
you were born on a day of flood
the pier was sunk and the water kept rising
and all through the night your mother fought
then you swam out, never crying,

oh you the swimmer, and i'm a bird in the sky

you were born with your hands rough and
with a heart that's clean and strong
and i was born dying
with a heart familiar with flying

oh you the swimmer, and i'm a bird in the sky

and a bird may love a fish but where will they live?

you were born in a thunderstorm
that struck the land, rolling from the ocean,
and i was born in october through
the color and the cold the sun was shining

oh you the swimmer, and i'm a bird in the sky
Track Name: Aquarius
you carry water, but you don't drink
you've been quiet but now you sing

and i wish for you all that you want
and all that you need, skies of
blue, my friend,
fair winds and following seas

most of us only live in our dreams
but you've been swimming to the source of the stream

and i wish for you all that you want
and all that you need, skies of
blue, my friend,
fair winds and following seas

i can't build you a ship to sail away on,
i can only build you a song but the heart
is a cousin of steadfast polaris, for
everywhere that you are, darling you're home

and i wish for you all that you want
and all that you need, skies of
blue, my friend,
fair winds and following seas
Track Name: Sun Up 2 Sun Down
i've come so far and it's gotten me nowhere,
guess you can't outrun the past.
My shoes are worn for i won't tread lightly
and it all moves so fast,

with my arms 'round the sky i cannot embrace it
wind on my lips but i can't taste it
i'm gaining on sorrow though i don't chase it, i'm
keeping my eyes on the horizon

from sun up to sun down there's only highway
makes you feel too big and too small
in the morning i'm a beggar with hands overflowing
by night a queen with nothing at all

with my arms 'round the sky...

sure, i've got a home, but it's not where i lay down
when we are apart, oh
what do you with the hole in your chest
when you give somebody your heart?

with my arms 'round the sky...
Track Name: No Heat
don't come looking with blind eyes,
with your hands grasping at me.
if you've come to take then fill your pockets,
but it won't help you to see.

i'm hiding away
like the sun through the winter
like the moon through the day
no heat, all shadow

dirty feet on my wooden floor
snowstorm almost quiet
each still moment is a ringing note
living while it's dyin' just like me

i'm hiding away
like the sun through the winter
like the moon through the day
no heat, all shadow

while we lie and drink our wine
the sun in it's glory grows
i'll be yours and you will be mine
through the february snow
Track Name: Elysium (for Jack)
past the sun's great western gate, past the land of dreams
where the heroes and the noble hearts
rest their feet beneath the poplar trees

go west my friend, past the river encircling
out to the fields the color of lightning, color of gold

where those who kept their oaths, who kept their hearts clean,
they crown their hands in flowers
from the shining trees that grow by the sea

go west my friend, past the river encircling
out to the fields the color of lightning, color of gold

you always bathed in your own sun,
you slept 'neath your own stars.
when you laid down in the shade, the bird
were singing, and this is their song:

go west my friend, past the river encircling
out to the fields the color of lightning, color of gold
Track Name: Asleep Inside Love
i hear you breathe from down the hall
and i feel your footsteps though
they're not very loud
i see your dreams with my slumbering eyes
and i share your fear as the storm descends

and though my hands are full, it's not enough
i'm not content to fall asleep inside love

if i were the praying type i would pray to your
crooked smile or the freckles on your arm
is there a better place to store my faith
than in your skin?

and though my hands are full, it's not enough
i'm not content to fall asleep inside love

let's find a place to rest where there is no noise,
except for the wind bowing the beams,
a place to sleep where there are no dreams except
for the echoes of far-away things.

and though my hands are full, it's not enough
i'm not content to fall asleep inside love
Track Name: Light of Day
in the light of day only
light doesn't fade

memory has never been my strongest suit
but i swear that i can recall some dozen versions of you, for

in the light of day only
light doesn't fade

there was a time when we were so young
there was a time we were so wild
there was a time when we made up our minds
didn't we darling? but

in the light of day
only light doesn't fade

every man that you've ever been
i've been in love with him
i fell in love with your picture, i fell in love with your name,
i fell in love with your flame that promised and promised
to burn up all of my fear for me, but

in the light of day only
light doesn't fade