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

by Brett Kull

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1.
Acadia Gulls 07:10
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?
2.
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
3.
Hey Horizon 04:47
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
4.
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....
5.
Nightingale 04:29
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
6.
Halos 02:16
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
7.
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
8.
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
9.
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
10.
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
11.
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
12.
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

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.


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