Blood Ballet

by Maggie Rogers

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1.
I'm a resonant body with knuckles and lungs beat me with cymbals play chords on my tongue I'm a resonant body with elbows and toes drum on my rib cage release my dissonant tones I'm a resonant body trace it along my skin in the freckles and old scars and the lines I have hid In a resonant body all the frequencies hold like dirty feet on carpet your breath in the cold warm breath in the cold I'm sorry for our miscommunication and force fed sympathies I'll rest in the garden with roots, oh and the reeds safe from human frequencies I'm a resonant body With elbows and toes drum on my rib cage release my dissonant tones
2.
James 04:26
"Too young, too thoughtless," I said to myself with realistic visions all perched on the shelf 'cause I'm still hoping, waiting for you to come home. May your snow capped mountains carry you far. May they stand as protectors wherever you are. May you stay safe and happy all of your days. Oh James Oh James Maybe you're in love or hung up on another Maybe you found a far prettier lover Maybe you'll paint her a picture like you did for me You color your world with that Neverland smile but it goes dark in pieces every once in a while and on my birthday I told you, "Dont worry, there'll be other days." Oh James Oh James I'll always be happy if you choose to call or write me a letter saying all that you saw and how things have changed since our days there on Noxontown Pond No don't be a stranger, no don't go too far and though you love places that have lots of stars just know in the city, you'll always have a place to stay Oh James Oh James
3.
Drift 03:05
Won't you tread lightly 'cause the house is sleeping Won't you tread lightly down the stairs Will you leave my lonely when the sun is creeping up from the horizon over there Won't you tread lightly the floorboards are creaking Won't you tread lightly when you're gone Will you leave me lonely when the day is breaking Will you leave me lonely in the dawn Keep me in your prayers when you are wandering Keep me forever on your lips Keep me in your thoughts when winter's knocking Hold me when the snow begins to drift Won't you stay a while and we could sleep in Won't you stay a while and warm my skin But I know you're headed for another lifetime Be another til you're back again Keep me in your prayers when you are wandering Keep me forever on your lips Keep me in your thoughts when winter's knocking Hold me when the snow begins to drift
4.
Blood Ballet 04:23
Say it's not so Say your heart it wrote me letters all the time Say it sealed them up and with your breath did sign them all away Say that your notes they were no forgery, you meant them every line some in meter, some in verse, and some in rhyme Tell me you meant every word You could cut my knees and leave me at the door I'd still pick all your memories off our dusty floor If you'd stay Darling, just a little while Tell me how you are and I'll write a song for every feeling I can't name like we were dancing in a fucking blood ballet It was a massacre And how'd you get away 'cause oh, good heavens we abided by the night but there are darker things than the absence of light and they still creak through our halls I would build a city out of you and me There would be crime, but still a local grocery If you'd stay Darling, just a little while
5.
Little Joys 03:53
Bonfire of awe and a thirst was burning Heart like a house, the floorboards were turning Dark river beds where slumber was decay The light it wrapped you in its flame The only heir of the breaking day Made words an arrow only you could aim With no injury to claim I'm a big mess of little joys My blue eyes are wrapped in grey I'm a big mess of little joys I loved you once, but none to blame A foggy peak in the august rain A humid heat that would never dissipate The wind it hunted our stray calls combined with dragging from the hull but that was then when you gripped tight on me With no injury to claim I'm a big mess of little joys My blue eyes are wrapped in grey I'm a big mess of little joys Lunar, solar, thought that things were over Midnight, twilight, thought that things were alright Don't you take my heart away I'm a big mess of little joys
6.
Good Heart 03:05
You told me, "Darling, don't you worry oh my dear." but my mind it worries much to much I do fear Sick of a march made of patterns and circles in time bravery sprung from cacophonous calls of our crimes I told you, "Darling, don't you dare come so near." prompted by lungs seeking hydrogen, oxygen clear, but Weave me a thread from your chest and a spindle from spine Tapestry hung from a delicate frame in our minds But you had a good heart
7.
Anybody 03:15
Everybody's waiting for their one and only their now and always and Everybody's waiting for their feet to lead them heart beats to seize them But what's running through my veins makes me just the same as everybody I might be saying this in vain, but I'm looking for my anybody People have always told us that the silence heeds us the night decrees us but I believe that silence is all there is to what's underneath us And if you're staring at my bones they are all the stories I embody and you've got stories of your own tell me will you be my anybody And I am asking so someday when I get older that I will be able to say that I am not alone. Be my anybody Be my anybody But til then I'll be waiting no, not by myself, but with everybody 'cause hidden in the silence is my one and only anybody
8.
On The Page 03:21
Follow the flight of the north moving birds Steady the echo, the great moving herd They fly through the night fill their wings and their sights with cold air and pale shadowed moons Oh lover, kid you not though we promised a lot I must fly from you So hold me sing me to sleep on the crest of a late breaking wave and write me into your thoughts I'll be safe with the words on the page. Shadow the light plays its own little games dream world its own silent claim to remain and it'll follow you still through the streams and the hills and remnants of gold autumn leaves oh lover, you can walk but your shadow still stalks from between the trees So hold me sing me to sleep on the crest of a late breaking wave and write me into your thoughts I'll be safe with the words on the page
9.
Symmetry 02:52
We don't have to talk. Leave your words in the city with your heavy thoughts. We don't have to shout. Oh, I wish that you would just let me out. We don't have to shiver like we did back then. We don't have to quiver or remember when. I am soaked in symmetry beating on the axis of symmetry soaked in symmetry
10.
Won't you tread lightly 'cause the house is sleeping Won't you tread lightly down the stairs Will you leave my lonely when the sun is creeping up from the horizon over there Won't you tread lightly the floorboards are creaking Won't you tread lightly when you're gone Will you leave me lonely when the day is breaking Will you leave me lonely in the dawn Keep me in your prayers when you are wandering Keep me forever on your lips Keep me in your thoughts when winter's knocking Hold me when the snow begins to drift Won't you stay a while and we could sleep in Won't you stay a while and warm my skin But I know you're headed for another lifetime Be another til you're back again Keep me in your prayers when you are wandering Keep me forever on your lips Keep me in your thoughts when winter's knocking Hold me when the snow begins to drift

about

Blood Ballet is dedicated in memory of Samuel Ives Cross.

Thank you to Dan Drohan, Jeff Fettig, Pablo Melendez, Aaron Bastinelli, Jake Rodenhouse, Courtney Chang, Katherine Haroldson, Andrew Campbell, Myles Everett, and Nick Das for without whom, this record wouldn't exist.

Thank you to Joshua Meier, Nick Sansano, Errol Kolosine, The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, and Mom&Dad for their constant support and encouragement.

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released July 2, 2014

Music & Lyrics by Maggie Rogers
Produced by Maggie Rogers
Co-Produced by Dan Drohan & Jeff Fettig [1,3,5], Pablo Melendez [9]
Mixed by Maggie Rogers [8,10], Jeff Fettig [ 1,3,4,5,6], Aaron Bastinelli [2,7], Pablo Melendez [9]
Mastered by Jake Rodenhouse
Album Art by Joshua Meier

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