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by Melissa Gail Klein

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released October 23, 2013

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Track Name: Wash My Wings
It's from you that I hate to part
It's from you that I hate to part

Cause you're the only one that knows my heart
You're the only one that knows my heart

And if I die it is all the same
If I die it is all the same

Cause you're the only one that knows my name
You're the only one that knows my name

I'm gonna wash my wings down south beneath the trailer
I'm gonna wash my wings, wash my wings
Wash my wings down south beneath the trailer gonna wash my wings
Wash my wings

Make my way into the underground
Push past the silence to the lake of sound
No one knows for certain if what's lost will be found
So I make my way into the underground

Chorus

An angel called in vain my dear an angel called in vain
And if you call him back once more he'll come right back again
Track Name: The So Long Song
Lay me down in the frozen ground
In the frozen ground
Right next to you, my dear
Cause I can't go on
I won't go on
Without you here

So long
I thought that I knew you
But what did I know
What did I know, uh oh
What did I know, what did I know uh oh, uh oh

Erase the facts
Powder the frozen tracks
I'm lost in this wilderness
Caught by the sun
Cause I tried to deny
Wore your shadow trailed behind
To close to hear
The sound of

Chorus

Oh do you know
What I've been thinking about
And do you think
That it's only my doubt
That's been taking our love, taking our love away

And do you think
If I knew it was true
I would've sat
A little further from you but it was all I could do
To keep lying with you

So long
So long
Track Name: My Golden Rule
When I learned
My golden rule
I was not
Attending school
I was out
Collecting rocks
Searching for
The ones that talk

Then a star fell on my head
And this is what she said

You'll never know how much I love you
If you did then you would surely drown
Swept beneath the currents of your longing
That lay across the mountains like a cloud

You'll never know how much I love you
If you did then you would run away
Seeking refuge in some darker day
Where cries of hidden sorrow ricochet

Then a star fell on my head
and I thought that I was dead
So I laid down in my grave
And I learned how not to crave

You'll never know how much I love you
If you did then you would surely choke
The thoughts and words colliding in your throat
Clogged up like a chimney filled with smoke

You'll never know how much I love you
If you did then you would go blind
Gouged and harrowed by the lonely question why
Why
Track Name: The Wind, it Grew Legs
The wind, it grew legs
Skated out on the lake
Lept and it landed
Watch it crack watch it break
And each shape that it makes
Is a person a place
A broken reminder
Of what can't be replaced
Only given away
So give it away
Give it away

You picked up the pieces
And stacked them upright
Balanced between tree trunks that had grown intertwined
And after you finished you left it behind
To melt in the sun and the heat from the war in our minds
You left it behind
You left it behind
You left me behind

So what if I let go
How will I follow
What if you swallow
The darkness

What if I hold on
How will I hold you
When you're so far away
There's no words I can say
That can make you stay

I met a songbird
In California
He was so lovely
I lost my mind
We lived together
Next to the fire
He stole all my pages
Burned all my lines
And when it was finished
We sat by the ocean
And he watched the sunset
Go down in my eyes

Chorus

Hold my hand little darling
Kiss my face
It won't be long til I'll be in another place
Kiss my cheek little darling
Hold my hand
It won't be long til I'll be in another land

He was a young man
But he grew his beard long
And he found direction
Like the notes in a song
He met my mama
On the way to Alaska
But he never made it
To work the pipeline
Now he's an old man
Working in houses
Putting in windows
To let in the light
He said I could hardly remember
When I was your age
And you were just a twinkle
In my eye

Chorus

So hold my hand little darling
Kiss my face
It won't be long til I'll be in another place
Track Name: Float like a Pebble
Float like a pebble in the golden morning
Go to the place where the dreams are dawning
Go to the cliff where the waves are crashing
Stand on the edge of the ledge of passion
Mark off the borders with a roll of red tape
Tear em down put em back up in a different place

Pray in the morning to the hips of glory
Blazing like a bird into another story
Die on the inside like a frozen puppet
Melt in the sun on the riverbank pulpit singin

I will not be conquered by this
Fear that grips me tight with icy
Fingers runnin through my hair and mind

Cause I have spent a lot of time just
a running from this fear of mine so
Bring it to me, serve it up I've had enough

And oh, won't you find me
Won't you find me
And won't you leave
And oh, dont you need me
Don't you go needing me
Don't you

Bird headed lady with a pregnant belly
Down on her knees in a backstreet alley
Gunshot blast through the windswept valley
Love is the blood that will carry you to me singing

I will not be conquered by this
Fear that grips me tight with icy
Fingers runnin through my hair and mind

Cause I have spent so many nights just
a running from this fear of mine so
Bring it to me, serve it up I've had enough

And oh, how did this happen
I wasn't planning, planning on you

And oh, have you looked in the mirror
Well what did you see there, woah

What is the shape of my longing will I be received
Like a piece of the puzzle outstanding and awful
Standing in doorways and pacing the hallways and oh
How could it be

What is the size of my sorrow is it really this big
Could it be as tall as a building, vacant and leaning
Into the sea

I will not be conquered by this
Fear that grips me tight with icy
Fingers runnin through my hair and mind

Cause I have spent too many nights
a running from this fear of mine so
Bring it to me, serve it up I've had enough

And oh, won't you find me
Won't you find me
And won't you leave
And oh, don't you love me
Don't you love me
Don't you