Future Joys

by Half Waif

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"Future joys are like tropic shores"
--Gustav Flaubert

Temptations are presented, loyalties tested, honesty questioned--and nowhere is there the offer of a moral answer. There are dark depths and lonely places. Brighter moments are like blown blossoms, swirled and whorled with no mooring. And always, the specter of future happiness hovers just ahead, a carrot on a string above our mouths. Ever uncertain if it can be reached, or if it is even there at all--and so we grow.

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released May 7, 2013

Songs written by Nandi Rose Plunkett
and arranged by Half Waif

Greg Chudzik, bass; Thomas Alton Crane, drums; Nandi Rose Plunkett, vocals/keyboards

Recorded by Chris Berry at OneThreeFour Studio, Brooklyn NY
and Aaron Nevezie at The Bunker, Brooklyn NY
Additional production by David Clarke at Harvest Works, New York NY

Mixed by Shane O'Connell

Mastered by Greg Saunier

Cover art by Marie-Dolma Chophel

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"Half Waif brims over with sounds: underwater echoes of Celtic melodies; mossy, blinking electronic soundscapes; the ultra- sad chord changes of 19th-century art music; and eternal, unending bhajans. A finely crafted glass menagerie of song..."
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Track Name: Red Teeth
You took the robin,
You put the stone in its throat.
Now every note it sings rattles, rattles.
You took the orchid,
You wrapped its petals in the frost.
Now when it shakes it off, it rattles, it rattles.

(Could you shake it off like it was nothing?)

Red in the front teeth:
You tried to terrify the sun,
Stare down the rays of light 'til it was gone.
It took every power
You know I claim to possess
Just to convince myself it's harmless, it's harmless.

I'm considering things that I wouldn't have
When I was young.
I'm considering things I know shouldn't be done.
I'm attracted to the dark:
What moves and what sparks?
I'm considering things that I wouldn't have
When I had a heart.

You drew my power out
Like it was poison now.
Track Name: Wooden Horse
It pays to stay in the wooden horse.
Then comes the day you make a choice.
Now I'm the only one around
And when the walls come down,
What business is it of yours?
Hey, I don't miss you like I thought I would anymore.

The sea, the sea is calling me away
To the place I'll love until my grave,
Where fields are full of green and winds are tame.
But I have made my place
Amidst the terror and the waste
These days...

I'm the only one around
And when the walls come down,
What business is it of yours?
Hey, I don't miss you like I thought I would
And I won't tell a lie.
When you hide yourself in the hollow wood,
What business is it of mine?
Track Name: Eyes Are Closed
When I look at you, eyes are closed.
I am terrified. I suppose it's
Natural not to know.
Terrible eyes are closing
On the repast I wanted.
I had to behave this way.

Come on, give me what I want.
When you closed the fist,
Never felt like this before.
Give me what I want.
Never once considered what I fell for.
Never once, never once, never once.

I once could count on you
To bring me joy, to bring me joy,
To bring me out.
The illness in those hills--
You kept me safe, you kept me safe,
You kept it out.

When you look at me, eyes are closed.
I know perfectly well I chose this.
On the inside of the eyelid, I live.
All I believe in is night and day,
Lost in the scheme of the light/shade.
I had to behave this way.

Come on, give me what I want.
When you closed the fist,
Never felt like this before.
Give me what I want.
Never once considered what I fell for.
Never once, never once, never once.

I once could count on you
To bring me joy, to bring me joy,
To bring me out.
The illness in those hills--
You kept me safe, you kept me safe,
You kept it out.
I once could count on you
To light the lamps, to light the lamps,
To fill the dark.
The illness in those hills
Flooded in, it flooded in and
It took me out.
Track Name: Slender is the Throat
Shape in the darkness,
I will run to you.
Fall with no harness,
I will run to you.

Slender is the throat
That pulls the dark smoke down.
Troubled is the road
That you'll be walking down.
That you'll be walking down, my love,
That you'll be walking down.

Stark: the final scenery
That you'll be witness to.
Partner in the thievery,
The gallows swing for you too.
And you'll be walking down that road,
You'll be walking down.

I've been a lonesome traveler,
I've trusted not myself.
I've been a lonesome traveler lately,
I've trusted not myself.
Oh, I've been wrong
Lately and all along.