The Last of the Curlews (CD Quality 16​-​bit, 44​.​1kHz)

by Brett Kull

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about

Click individual songs for song anecdotes.

The title "Last Of The Curlews" comes from a story by Fred Bodsworth. I never read the book, though I own it. An animated version of the story was aired back in 1972 when I was a little kid. Even though my memory of being 5 or 6 is spotty at best I do clearly remember the feeling of watching the Emmy Award winning ABC After School Special with my mom and brother Greg. My other brother Tim was maybe 2 and probably sleeping or chewing on our Hot Wheels cars and/or G.I. Joe's. It was late afternoon before my dad came home and we watched this cartoon about the annihilation of a bird called the Eskimo Curlew. As the story unfolded we saw the last two (a male and female) desperately searching the each other – the last of their kind. Needless to say a hunter brought the tale to a horribly sad ending leaving my mom, brother and I all sobbing. It was this sad early memory that kept haunting me as I went deep into subconscious places to try and capture the essence of these songs.

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credits

released January 15, 2009

Written, performed, recorded, and mixed by Brett Kull with Paul Ramsey on drum kit.

Guests:

Molly Decker - Vocals on Lullabies and Starlings, If She Could Be Who She Wanted, Nightingale, and Last of the Curlews

Jacque Varsalona - Vocals on Acadia Gulls and Windows of Light

Lindsay McKay, Tom Hyatt, and Rich Rodowicz - Vocals on Windows of Light

Greg Kull, Rich Rodowicz, and Jacque Varsalona - Spoken words on Windows of Light

Cover painting by Tara Jane O'Neil.

Recorded at Area 602 Studio.
Mastered by Paul Abbott at Zen Mastering.


© Copyright - Brett Kull / echolyn inc. (884501087629)

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Track Name: Acadia Gulls
Isolated In Acadia
Spent lifetimes slip into the crossing sea away from you and me
Swollen gulls marking our descent, resign, regret
The sea birds diving, diving, dividing

Now it's red blossom fingernail trails
Tearing apart to forget on old photograph corners
Well, I can't see you in the holes in my picture book
I knew you were gone before you left
I knew you were gone

I never heard the words that you had said
Oh my hopeless guessing
I never knew that you had felt that way
In all this weeping
I feel my heart go
I feel my heart go down
So down

I had hoped for the best
As you lay bored un-intense thinking of someone
Someone not me
In the harbor room I hear the strangeness
Like spiders in gears
Or ghostly outer limit static

Sullen drives long as the longest stare
The weight in the air
You thought I didn’t care
Well I did

An ocean of endings and polite pretendings
Time was a waste
Wasted, erased, wasted

We’ve lost our shine and so much time
Love where have you gone?
Track Name: Lullabies and Starlings
She is distracted
A chorus of speakers blares sharp tremolo
Can't see her savior through clouds of starlings
that don't know where to go

But that's alright we love you
Well that's alright we care
Well turn out the light we love you

"I am a queen and no one listens"
Was tattooed on her knees
Crawling through pools of desperate salmon
that die to get up stream

Well rest your head little darling, sleep
The day is over so let it go
Don't carry that weight
So rest your head little darling, sleep
The day is over so let it go
Now she's gone off parading
It’s intoxicating to belong
We sit at night and wonder if she still hears her bedtime song
Track Name: Hey Horizon
We say goodbye to that electric charge
Your smile catches your mouth off guard
Say goodbye to that great divide
Where we lived but didn’t survive
Our history fails
All history falls

Through it all I see your windows of light
Bursting through the shadows
Golden in this night
In every moment is a journey and a story to find

We are the music resonating in this now
And what’s before or after doesn’t matter
We lift off this burden and let go of the ties that bind

Hey horizon so close we share
Make our heavy longing lighter than air
As we reach for this random display
We are golden lit by this day
Our shadows are dimmed and we shine

In the places we were and had been
There’s a steady blur that clouds the now
I don’t want to spend my time
Thinking about what is gone and to come

I am now
Track Name: If She Could Be Who She Wanted
I saw forever in you
For you it was right then wrong
We were permanent like a tattoo that fades an indistinct blue

I saw forever in you
You dreamed of summers, warm sighs of content
But you were left alone at the bottom of a sea
Then you slowly drifted away from things we did and didn't say
I dreamed of summers with you

If she could be who she wanted
If she could know what she wanted
Then everything would be all right
But it takes a little time
For everything to work out right
But it takes so much time
You've got to give her what she's wanting
So let her go

If she could be just what she wanted
If you could be just what she wants
I saw forever in you
I saw forever....
Track Name: Nightingale
Hold on to love
Let your fear be gone
I know your heavy heart
I’ll keep you safe and warm

When the night comes down on you hold on
When you feel you have nothing left to give
Just hold on

Cry some if you need to
'Cause love can ruin or redeem you
I know you can't bare this weight
And love just aches and takes

You wait for release let me fill you
You wait for love let it fill you

I dreamed of love
When you fell in my warm arms
You saved my wretched heart
I could open yours

When the night comes down
When you feel you have nothing left to give
Just hold on
Track Name: Halos
When you feel the breaking of an undertaking
Then you’ll hear the song inside
With your world ending and your heart pretending
Then you’ll hear the song inside

Sometimes the earth doesn’t move
And sometimes the stars don’t fall
Sometimes a stillness can swallow you
And make you feel alone and small

Every time the song will find you
Coming back it will remind you
Of ghosts that flash at the edge of your sight
Like halos shifting they fade and burn bright through it all
Track Name: Love is on the Discarded Street
When you're down and standing on the edge
And what's before you is worse than where you've been
You pray your prayers make their way up in the sky
And if they're heard, well, then everything's all right

But you know there's nothing just you and me
It's the only thing I really know for sure
And our love is all that I can believe
I believe in nothing more

We are hands that ache from reaching towards
And we are voices that crack from yelling loud
From the falling sky, blue with heavy miles
To the starless street noise calling far below

And even now in the arc of our descent
I hold your hand and know that love is why we're here
And now our time will pass like so much smoke
I let my fear go and fall into your arms

And I know there's nothing just you and me
It's the only thing I really know for sure
And our love is all that I’'ll ever need
I believe in nothing more
I believe in nothing more
I believe
Track Name: Become A Ghost
You always hoped that he'd come back to you
But every wish that you cried for died
From every tear that dried to nothing
Is sorrow as deep as absence is wide

He never calls you up on Sundays
He rarely tried to show that he cared
In your misgiving you want to love him anyway
You want to love him just the same

You've been desperate and long for something
You've had angry and reckless nights
Where nothing matters and love is discarded
While deception shows you it sights

'Cause he never calls you up on Sundays
He rarely tried to show that he cared
In your misgiving you try to know him anyway
You try to know him just the same

He has become a ghost to you
The memories slowly come unglued
Breaking apart they slip...then gone
You have become a forgotten song

He never calls you up on Sundays
He rarely tried to show that he cared
In your misgiving you want to love him anyway
You try to love him
You ache to know him
You want to love him just the same
Track Name: Autumn Endings
Hold my cold hand and glow
Save my heart then my soul
It's all just spit in the sea
And autumn endings to me

I'm a face down pavement fight
A setting sun out in the night
It's all just minor melodies
And autumn endings to me

All the leaves and every star
And all the drinks in every bar
Have numbered days like you and me

Where's the hope in the chest?
Where's the gold out in the west?
It's just a blue rhapsody
And autumn endings to me

I want to hang on to this
But its slipping fingertips
Its just another tragedy
And autumn endings to me

Hold onto to love let your fear be gone now
I know your heart and I'll keep you from harm
You dreamed of love when you fell in my warm arms
So hold onto love let your fear be gone

I dreamed of love I dreamed of lust
Then my dreams turned straight to dust
I want to hang on to this
But its slipping fingertips

Hold on to love
I fell into your warm arms
Its autumn endings to me
Track Name: Last Of The Curlews
We are elaborations of carbon
Changing moons, honey in the lion
We are blessed with empty providence
Monkey house fear, caged and curious

I was hoping that'd you'd know better
I never thought and that was my fault
Now we know that nothing lasts forever
and when you think you know you really don't

I think of you now we are far
When we were close i couldn't speak a word out loud
I was lame to move my mouth
Track Name: There Was A Place For Us
There was a place for us
It was full of love but went to Hell
And now the devil is on my breath
There was a place for us

I am diminished and without
And everything is dirt in the end
And all my love is met with misery
I am diminished and without

I think of everything we gave and how it fades away past memory

I've tasted love, it tastes of tears
Neither warm nor cool just sorrowful
'Cause all that you love will be carried away
I've tasted love, it tastes of tears

It seems I've been lost to you
You say its time to start anew
But please don't forget our love and all we had to give
It seems that I'm lost to you
There was a place for us
Track Name: Windows of Light
Through it all I see your windows of light
We are golden and we shine out
We reach towards love

Through it all I see your windows of light
We are golden and we shine out towards love