Cat Called

by Shannon Harney

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released June 4, 2012

Recorded. Mixed. Mastered by Dr. Jeff Greenfeld.

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Track Name: I Made It For You
this world I made it for you.
see all these cars, drive them, they are my blood, they are my blood.
take this money I made it for you.
spend it, spend it. it is my body I made it for use.
see all these things, I built them to move.
go place to place. never around. but through.

you don't owe me nothin.
I got all I need.
when the grass begins to seed you will see I'm going strong.
don't give me what you covet.
I'm made of things above it.
when the storm clouds hit the beach you will see I'm going strong.

I took of my form and put it on you.
eyes open wide, teeth that can grind, see how they chew.
hold on to your dear ones, your diamonds, your loot.
scrape till its clean. polish what sheans. unscrew till its loose.
this world I built it brand new.
the hills made the sand, the sand made the land, and that's how we do.
Track Name: The Best Thing
Could it be the best thing?
Am I trying as hard as I can?
I don’t know what the storm brings,
But I know when it’s strong the tree stands.

And I know that you told me already.
And I know that I said that I would.
For what it’s worth, it’s not worth me forgetting.
I said I can I didn’t say I’m good.

Could it be the best thing?
Am I trying as hard as I can?
What I need is a set of wings,
To bust me out from where I’m locked in the land.

And I know that I fucked up already.
And I know that I’m not doing my best.
And I know that I hurt all your feelings.
Can’t you see I wear your guilt as my dress?

Could it be the best thing?
Am I trying as hard as I can?
We all got something to grieve,
It’s the crises that make up the man.
Track Name: Squid
I have no hands.
I have no feet.
I’m just a sheep in a pasture of wheat.
I have no eyes.
I have no mouth.
I’m just a fish in a squid’s inky cloud.

You were my mind.
You were my mind.
You were my acorn, my oak and my pine.
You remind me, you remind me,
Of my hair and my skin and my teeth.

Remember that day we sailed away,
On an island bound ferry over sharks, skates and rays?
An old photograph still blushes and laughs,
Still kisses your hands in the back of the class.
Under your bed sheets, it’s still maple bay leaves, rose-colored poppies, daffodils and daisies.
And come the springtime, it’s all pollen and beehives,
My mouth moves like honey over arms, hair and spine.

I have no hands.
I have no feet.
I’m just a sheep in a pasture of wheat.
I have no eyes.
I have no mouth.
I’m just a fish in a squid’s inky cloud.

Remember that night,
Down by the river?
We slipped inside what the sky had delivered.
A meteor shower, it went on for hours,
We fell behind those obsidian towers.
Under the starlight, all wide-eyed and sleep-deprived,
You took my hand; we battled down from the outside.
We burrowed through blood streams,
Where earthworms and gophers dream
Right down to the mercury
Where we fell asleep.

You were my mind.
You were my mind.
You were my acorn, my oak and my pine.
You remind me, you remind me,
Of my hair and my skin and my teeth.
Track Name: Just Us
We drove down the 1, just us.
It was fun, just us, it was fun.
We got in the woods, just us.
It was good, just us, it was good.
We went in the waves, just us,.
It was great, just us, it was great.
We laid in the sun, just us.
It was love, just us, it was love.

We got back to the city
And you pulled my hair
Right out my eyes
My mama was right
You are a light, you are a light
And we spend each night
Eatin your fine cooking
Drinking cheap, cheap, cheap, cheap, cheap wine.
We are alive. We are alive.

Nighttime in the spring, just us.
And it rings, just us, and it rings.
Waves they crash below just us.
Like they know just us, like they know.
It was a meteor shower, just us,
And it powered just us and it’s powerful.
Stars they crash below just us.
It was love, just us, it was love.

We moved out of the city
And you cut your beard
Right off your face
And I knew it all along,
You are a boy
You are the object of every love song
And I see you
In the morning
You are sleeping
And I know you dream
We are alive. We are alive.

We drove down the 1, just us.
It was fun, just us, it was fun.
We got in the woods, just us.
It was good, just us, it was good.
We went in the waves, just us,.
It was great, just us, it was great.
We laid in the sun, just us.
It was love, just us, it was love.
Track Name: Sparrow
When you left I fell in love twice
In the same day
Once with your bottle
And once with the rain.
When you left I fell in love twice
In the same day
Once with sex
And once with pain.

You lay me out like a stone in the riverbed,
Unable to float, in over my head.
You lay me out, like a sparrow,
Crashed into your window,
Leave me for dead.

I never knew you would get gone.
I never knew I would move on.

Put your hands in my mouth.
Look me in the face.
Take off my dress.
Go down below my waist.
If you have something to say,
Now would be a good time.
I love you is ambitious, I would settle for goodbye.

The tide is high.
I could be in your bed tonight.
The moon is bright.
I could be slow, I could be patient, I could be quiet.

You lay me out like a stone in the riverbed,
Unable to float, in over my head.
You lay me out, like a sparrow,
Crashed into your window,
Leave me for dead.

I never knew you would get gone.
I never knew I would move on.

Put your hands in my mouth.
Look me in the face.
Take off my dress.
Go down below my waist.
If you have something to say,
Now would be a good time.
I love you is ambitious, I would settle for goodbye.
Track Name: Wait By The Sea
I could wait by the sea
Feet dangling off a wall
Overhanging the waves.
And back by the shore
My brother skips stones at the storm
Eyes turned out to the man he could be.
My lover’s afloat
In a reed woven boat
Casts his net out
For life he can’t see.
My mother and father
Step out of the water
Hold eachother
With the force of the sea.

I don’t know how to love you better.
I don’t know how to love you better.
Show me.

In the tidal zone I roam,
Looking for sea glass
Under sea foam.
I’m alone.
A shark washed
Onto the beach
His eyes were red
His skin was clean,
And I prayed
Take him back to the deep.

I don’t know how to love you honest.
I don’t know how to love you honest.
Show me.

Out in the current
We flow, the wind blows
And I swear by the life force
In the tide pools
We’ve grown.
You’ll be in Amsterdam for Christmas I hear.
It really should, it really should be lovely there that time of year.
Do you hear my prayers?

I don’t know how to love you gone.
I don’t know how to love you gone.
I don’t know how to love you gone.
Show me.

I could wait by the sea
Feet dangling
Off a wall
Overhanging the waves.
Track Name: Calligraphy
Your calligraphy
You etch in me
Things that I never did
Never did
Your calligraphy
You etch in me
Things that I only did
See in my dreams

I saw you standing in the doorway
Everything looked like a movie
I hear your voice speak in more ways
Each time it’s easier to soothe me
I am a handful, a handful
Everyone knows it but you, baby.
I am a lead weighted anvil
Ill drive you right straight to a new grave.

Your calligraphy
You etch in me
Things that I never did
Never did
Your calligraphy
You etch in me
Things that I only did
See in my dreams

You saw me crying with my shirt off
Said, “honey you look like a heart ache.”
You say you wont, till I get off.
Said, “ I won’t break if you say you wont break.”
You are a handful, a handful
Nobody knows it but me, baby.
You gonna run till a standstill,
Say, “Girl, I want you on your knees, gonna make you beg.”

Your calligraphy
You etch in me
Things that I never did
Never did
Your calligraphy
You etch in me
Things that I only did
See in my dreams
Track Name: I Am Not Afraid
I can see the leaves turning
I can see the skeleton trees are burning
And our golden state begins to crumble down
And our wide, white empire burns
To the fucking ground.

Let’s get away beyond the beech trees.
Pry your ribcage, and put me where you please, please.

I am not afraid.
You woke me in the night.
I must be brave.
Said, “Darling you feeling alright?”
I am not afraid.
“You’re kickin, you’re screamin, you’re putting up quite a fight!”
I must be brave.
I must brave.

I can see your mouth talking.
I can see you staring down my stockings.
And your sundried hair, it moves like the waves.
And your skin, that taste, it stays in me for days.

Let’s get away beyond the beech trees.
Pry your ribcage, and put me where you please, please.

I am not afraid.
You woke me in the night.
I must be brave.
Said, “Darling you feeling alright?”
I am not afraid.
“You’re kickin, you’re screamin, you’re putting up quite a fight!”
I must be brave.
I must brave.

I can see our hands locking, before we go to sleep.
I see your footsteps where you been walking, knee-deep in autumn leaves.
I will follow you there.
I will follow you there.
I will follow you there.
And I’ll meet you springtime, peach juice, in this smoke-sick valley air.



Let’s get away beyond the beech trees.
Pry your ribcage, and put me where you please, please.

I am not afraid.
You woke me in the night.
I must be brave.
Said, “Darling you feeling alright?”
I am not afraid.
“You’re kickin, you’re screamin, you’re putting up quite a fight!”
I must be brave.
I must brave.

Track Name: You
You, rolled through as a train,
Took me by storm, a stray cat in the rain.
You came in as a child,
Took me apart, loosed my gears to the wild

You soak me right though.
Past my sweet skin.
Had to ring out my shoes.
I spread it on thick like
I know you like me to.
And you got me brand new.
Washed me see-through like you were supposed to.

We lay low the fig tree blows them big leaves, into your face.
You leapt up, woodchips were stuck, and you swept me up and onto your waist.

We descend from the trees
Dig our toes into the dark earth
We do as we please
We get down with concrete
Opening our eyes, our doors, our mouths
As we scrape up our knees.

You soak me right though.
Past my sweet skin.
Had to ring out my shoes.
I spread it on thick like
I know you like me to.

We wake up, the day erupts, your gaze destructs what I meant to say
Hold me down, a feather-crown, won’t make a sound from here on your waist.

You soak me right though.
Past my sweet skin.
Had to ring out my shoes.
I spread it on thick like
I know you like me to.
And you, got me brand new.
Washed me see-through like you were supposed to.
And I want to treat your good heart right.
Wanna have that hot kinda light to come home to.
Track Name: Born To Be Big
I was born to big
I was brought to be good
I was raised to do the best thing
And the best thing
Is to be here
To not care is the same thing as fear
I am not inspired. I am fire. X3
I am not empowered. I am power. X3

To be essential as a knife.
To be steady as genetics spelling life
To be patient as the snow melt
To be wild as the hands that we are dealt

I bring things I can’t identify
I bring heartache in my bones that won’t subside
I bring all of the ordinary ghosts that we have bribed
I bring supposing in the form of wise insight.

I was born to big
I was brought to be good
I was raised to do the best thing
And the best thing
Is to be here
To not care is the same thing as fear
I am not inspired. I am fire. X3
I am not empowered. I am power. X3

To be careful as the sun down.
To be wings that beat an absence into sound
To be relieved like a shotgun.
To be silent as a button tugged undone.

I bring noisy banter unrefined and vile
I bring stone fruit sat upon the ground for a while
I bring mouthfuls to big for even me to chew
I bring boxes and luggage in every size and every hue.

I was born to big
I was brought to be good
I was raised to do the best thing
And the best thing
Is to be here
To not care is the same thing as fear
I am not inspired. I am fire. X3
I am not empowered. I am power. X3
Track Name: Not A Child
You made things ugly for me
And my braids wrap around the things you ate, that I don’t eat.
And the way you’re walking through the door,
It was late, you were faded, and you had me on the floor.

But you are not a child.
But you are not a child.

I made things ugly for you
And your blades wrap around the things I did, that you don’t do.
And the way you’re calling out my name.
It was late, I was faded, I am the only one to blame.

But I am not a child.
But I am not a child.

We made this fitful relationship dwindle.
As we empty our pockets, unlock our lockets,
God bless them.
God bless them.

Out on the front porch white owl fly by.
Cock your head upwards to the illustrial sky.
Out in the fields, sunflowers bloom
Faces point sky high
To the raven and loon.
Track Name: a lullaby for my friends
I think on the day
The sky cracked like hard pack with no rain
But it didn’t have a darker plan, it was good,
Didn’t need other things to understand
Everything was warm. And washed. And calm.
And put back into its right place.
Its warm. And washed. And calm.
And put back into its right place.

I think on the day.
The bride cracked like sun left in the clay
But she didn’t have a darker plan
She is good and didn’t need other things to understand
Everything was shiney, and cool. And brass.
And set down where it was found last.
Its shiney. And cool. And brass.
And set down where it was found last.

And I think on the day
Your smile cracked like lore forged from the caves.
But you didn’t have a darker plan.
You are good and didn’t need other things to understand.
Everything was small. And round. And spinning.
And set just where it was first found.
Its small. And round. And spinning.
And set just where it was first found.

I think on the day
The wild peeled back and called out our names
But she didn’t have a darker plan
She is good and didn’t need other things to understand
Everything is fine. And fine. And fine.
And just as we would have it.
Its fine. And fine. And fine.
And just as we would have it.