Native State

by Jess Williamson

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released January 28, 2014

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Track Name: Blood Song
Things look far away and you haven’t felt awake

For days and days and days and days and days

Who can say what’s really real

When there’s a veil between

What you kinda see and what you kinda feel

How much do these summers cost?

Do you need a little break, a couple weeks away

Somebody there to take your vitals

Conveniently while you’re on the phone with me

That’s what I call fucking timing

You’ll hang up when you’re good and you’re ready

Leaves me driving through a wild Northwest storm

That feels put on for me and my girl

We gotta get to Portland

We’re gonna do real good for ‘em, gonna do real good for ‘em

But for now we see the forest weep instead of me

The forest weep instead of me

And I can’t explain a sudden need

For the passenger seat and sleep

And then I heard about the blood

I heard about the blood

I can’t be enough when we are not in love

But I’m picturing your mother

I’m picturing your mother

I’m picturing your mother

But for now we see the forest weep instead of me

The forest weep instead of me

How much do these summers cost?

Do you need a little break, a couple weeks away

You and me we got a bell to ring
Track Name: Native State
I thought I saw something real in Barcelona, in Brooklyn

But I’ve learned the power now of manic delusions

I remember Leonard Cohen

And your tears and how you used to cry

And you’d thank me, you’d thank me

For not asking you why

My darling, my baby, we have a bond that will not break

It will not change, it will not fade

No matter how many times I am replaced

Stay with her, and stay away

Stay with her, and stay away

Did you wanna ask your little lady

Why she’s crying and changing her sheets

Why she’s lighting the sage as you’re biking away

Well I can promise you she’s gonna sleep all day

Feel the weight

Your native state

Feel the weight

Your native state

I remember all the chiller names you had for disrespect

Your cruelty and cavalier way with regret

Was proved by the news of how you moved inside my long-haired ladyfriend

My darling my baby

I hope you’re more than just a pretty face

I wish you well, I wish you peace

I wish you real love someday

You’re beautiful and you’ll always meet someone

But when you’re gone

You’ll be tattooed under mountains on my arm
Track Name: Medicine Wheel
Been draped over dozens of faces

Been cut, dried, bleached and braided

One part dead, one part haunted

Get up close and you see the ghosts

A little squint, now skeletons

Shamans drink the salt water

State your case,

All stand,

Rotate

Ain’t it just like me to talk so ugly

Wash my mouth or just watch me now

It bubbles up, gargles down, to a stomach pit

And my words, my words they drown

And go on and out

Can’t count the pretty little ghosts in you

Or all the color I put you through

Grow longer longer, longer, long

Lash my back, spur me on

Longer, longer, longer, long

Weighs my neck

Keeps me young
Track Name: Spin the Wheel
My pride was a mountain

And yours a little bird

I’d stand long and strong beside you

You’d sing anywhere you’re heard

You gotta spin the wheel every morning

And if madness or artifice come as a warning

Forget what they told ya, it gets cold in California

But the women there with the flowers in their hair

Will wrap you in white towels

So you’ll never even feel it

You’ll never have to try or cry

Be warm in their bath water

And they’ll line your diamond eyes

Time beat pride and I saw all I’d lost

Laying with you so many nights

See my ladies moon-bathing at the riverside

Long hair, bare hearts, bare hides

My ladies moon-bathing at the riverside

Now they’re singing all morning

They’re singing all night

They’re singing all morning: set free, reunite

Now they’re singing all morning

They’re singing all night

They’re singing all morning: spin the wheel

And guard your pride
Track Name: Field
Beyond forgiveness and beyond un-forgiveness

There is a field amber with healing

Whose gonna meet you there?

Who will be waist high in lilies for you?

Who?

Will you stand calm and unlocked

In the face of such graciousness?

Where beyond words like fate or faith

There is a place for us

My wise-eyed and long-haired lady

I’m with you

And we will sit with your sadness

Til the deep-dark don’t get to you

Til the deep-dark don’t even come close

And your hair all up in braids now
Track Name: You Can Have Heaven on Earth
The leaves must know and the water sees

A speckle light dance across her porcelain cheek

Shouldn’t be,

Shouldn’t be reserved for me

Just look at those eyes of hers

As she cocks her head to watch the birds

The word: nobility

Isn’t she?

Isn’t she true to me?

Saved a green rock from the river

Do what I can to remember a day like this

Tie a scrap of moss around our wrists

Try as we must to touch what surrounds us

All of us thinking what we can’t photograph

We can sing

And we witness

We witness a splendid thing

To be happily known

Happily if only known by you

Don’t turn away, don’t turn away

As I bow to you

Look at my face

I bow to you

And you can have heaven on earth

You can have heaven on earth

Did it feel like for the first time being seen?

It was more like being heard without speaking

Don’t turn away, don’t turn away

As I bow to you

Look at my face

I bow to you
Track Name: Seventh Song
Many of my friends now are ending their twenties

They see Saturn’s return and the changes he brings

I got a good idea, I just can’t find my pen

We’re all waiting for life to begin

But ain’t we always more or less heading West?

And I got a good man, he don’t sleep Sundays

He’s got the work week weighing on his brain

But I love him for his plans, and I love him for his sanity

And I loved him when he said

Will I be proud of all the money?

Like any desirable woman I use words like free

My choices are light and easy, easy

Here I am at 25 and I can’t sign a lease

Mostly I survived off people being nice to me

But I hope home can be home

And I’m hoping I don’t have to leave

And I hope he knows it’s all on me

And I’m so, so sorry

I got honey for the hungry

And everybody gets a little piece

But do you know how holy it is

Just to quietly sit with someone?