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Bones Are Forever

by Ainsley McNeaney - Pet Lion

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1.
Underground 05:12
UNDERGROUND Far below What we've said and what we already know There is space for us to move just so Though the darkness binds, it is good to find You are ready I've been told It is terribly hard to grow old As all the things we've bought and sold Turn back to stars, all you think you are Is a heart And you should know I am breaking up Although - I have taken care to lie To the neighbours Oh, how they've heard us screamin' and cryin' Lock the door You'll be startled by the tireless roar Of the wind moving on high It is calling for the blood of the sky So we go - Underground Far beneath the city lights and all sound Don't make any noise, we won't be found Do you feel How the earth is shakes beneath as we kneel When you move away, you disappear And in the darkness binding, it's good we're finding We're ready So hold me tight Through this closed and endless night And you'll hear me calling out, I need you now! I need you now! Turn around In the beginning there was no such sound How did we get to be so goddamned hunger-bound (I need you now!) Through the motions of sleep, Shells of bees at our feet, Waking hard at the sound Of our dreaming underground I would rather my heart Were bit by stars in the dark But the machines come at night, The machines come at night! So we go - Underground Far beneath the city lights and all sound Don't make any noise, we won't be found Underground, underground...
2.
The Moon 03:50
THE MOON You stayed the night in my backyard, With the toads And the fireflies You said that it'd be good to breathe the air Instead of smoking haplessly with me So I made you a bed Of jack-pine needles and thread You're only scared of the dark When the moon sits right overhead I stayed up late On my own terms Singing songs to the quiet sky I knew the way once to your heart It went something like a lullaby But the moon doesn't lend Her ideas for mending us I'm only scared of the dark When you call out my name And you don't even know Where these rifles have come from All the beautiful words Are now gone I'm watching closely to perceive My dear heart Closing like an aphorism So - Harness and ladle, With a pot on your head As you turn 'round the corner Oh, the moon - She rides with you, Keeping you Oh, don't you pretend That you'd love me like this No, we'd never, ever begin to believe that! It's rarely the bite Of complications pending the night's coming Though the small pressures Lay down the needle in the hay When the song is soft You will find me When the moon is right I will find you...
3.
IT'S COMING ON If you're able I love the weight on my back I will take you and carry you home We've been filtered Through the depths of the years Everything you say, I already know We can't always Be just who we want to be There's the loll and the din of the tides There's the movement That comes when we are alone There's a safety found in surprise And so much brighter, So much stronger, So much sweeter now... It's coming on, it's coming on It's coming on My heart is beating like it should It's coming on, it's coming on It's coming on Much faster than I thought it would In my deepest dreams I've seen you riding alongside My memory of the seashore And you clap your hands, Find the right words to say Though I know you've never been there before And not much longer, Not much farther, Not to be undone Whoa, whoa - It's coming on, it's coming on It's coming on My heart is beating like it should It's coming on, it's coming on It's coming on Much faster than I thought it would Oh, tonight, dear - See the rise of the moon O'er the places we will go Take this message To your most secret of hearts There are certain things we'll always know It's coming on, it's coming on It's coming on My heart is beating like it should It's coming on, it's coming on It's coming on Much faster than I thought it would
4.
ON THE MOUNTAINSIDE If I had lived a hundred million years ago I would be happier, I'd learn to let things go Until the ice age hit - but, what's a little snow? I would be happier a hundred million years ago And though it could be lonely I would have a home A cave of rocks tucked in the mountain stone There'd be no rent to pay - my heart, my own I would be happier: I would have a home And though we may have known each other then There'd be no words to measure starts and ends I'd carry firewood when you'd touch my hand We'd be much happier then... We'd raise our children on the mountainside We'd learn that love can always break you inside Until the day we'd crawl away to die I would be happier I should be happier If I had lived a hundred million years ago I would be happier, I'd hold to what I know And you'd be proud of all the changes I'd show I would be happier a hundred million years ago...
5.
Honey 00:46
HONEY He was a roving Bumblebee Travelling far From mountain to the sea I didn't know how I could be So far from myself So far from where I used to be 'Maid,' said he, 'The secret of life Is honey.'
6.
Octopus Man 04:29
OCTOPUS MAN (Octopus Man, Octopus Man When there's all kinds of danger He'll take the last stand!) Somewhere in northern Vancouver There lived a marine biologist - His name was Stanley He did what he could for the good of the creatures of the sea Oh, but he wasn't like you and me 'Cause he fell in love with a beauty Her name was Octavia He was convinced that he was able to break down the barriers And make Via happy, and make Via happy But something went wrong (It's not your fault!) One stroke of lightning And dear Stanley's heart Came to a halt For many long hours One stroke of lightning... (Octopus Man, Octopus Man!) When Stanley awoke in the morning The sun was already high There was a change came upon him: His world through octopus eyes With more arms than two he was astounded by all he could do It was amazing 'Octavia, I'm changing! But where have you gone now, my dear?' She left no sign Except for her dreams Now carried by Stanley inside his mind - Something's begun (You're so much stronger now!) One stroke of lightning (Octavia's heart!) How do you know? And how do you feel? With one stroke of lightning Fate becomes real... An octopus hero (It's hard to explain!) One stroke of lightning (No one's to blame!) Curtains may rise The tide always falls How do you measure yourself When all that you've known And all that you've done In one stroke of lightning Can all become one? We do what we can... (Stanley you're braver now!) Our dreams are yours, Octopus Man!
7.
ZOE VS. THE GIANT And the giant, He told me he was sad You had broken his heart Without a care You had told him You loved another man And he was sitting there, Crying on the stair - Zoe, don't you think it's time To say you're sorry? Zoe, don't you understand It's all your fault? And the people Are terrified of him They are steeling their houses In cement They are throwing their curses At your back For you have caused A giant's heart-lament Zoe, don't you think it's time To say you're sorry? Zoe, don't you understand It's all your fault? And Zoe, don't you feel too glad At the way your cards have fallen It's all your fault It's all your fault It's all your fault It's all your fault It's all... And I know You must feel kind of bad - When you break a giant's heart, It bleeds When at first We prayed the rage would starve itself But he just sits Too lonely to be freed - Zoe, don't you think it's time To say you're sorry? Zoe, don't you understand - It's all your fault It's all your fault It's all your fault It's all your fault It's all your fault It's all your fault It's all...
8.
MULBERRY DISEASE If you were white And striped with Mulberry Disease, I would still remember how to call your name And if you were beckoned By the Prince of Calabrese, honey, I would still remember what you smelled like. I would still know just exactly what you're thinking - Isn't it nice to be a star? Isn't it nice to join the whence we came from? Isn't it nice that you'll be known for who you are? Isn't it nice to have the cosmos to yourself...? Oh?
9.
Only Time 05:28
ONLY TIME I used to know A man who would wear a red hat He let me cut his hair too short He took his coffee white, His taste ran from gamine to whore I was somewhere in between And in the grove Where sparrow and crow came to meet, We played it out for the lords It was the only time That he looked me straight in the eyes - I never missed it since Whatever happened yesterday? Your reason was empty And hard to break Only time, only time Only time, only time Will say I've been around here too long... I've drank my fill of rye And paired it with craving your song It was a wide-spread lie So put your shirt back on The was a shot yesterday It took all my power To hear you say - Only time, only time Only time, only time Will say Oh, my dear I would gladly move stones with you - Can we go tomorrow morn? And in our wake How the clay-covered starlings will rise Our story will be bought and sold I never wanted yesterday It seems that the closer We move to ourselves How the harder and faster, And faster and faster And harder we play - Only time, only time Only time, only time Only time, only time Only time, only time Will say Only time, only time Will say
10.
THE ROBIN'S EGG IS BLUE Fable, end in surprise Where meet the arcs' reprise Ladle it on the fire Your hand of creeping stars At night, it blesses ours I've heard the latest news The robin's egg is blue But that, we always knew For younger hearts accrue The hunger of their youth
11.
Intro Royale 01:41
(Instrumental)
12.
SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGHT I'm wakened almost every night By the sound of wings in flight But when I open up my eyes: Monochromatic silence. The colour of the walls, The noise - will nothing stop everyone From beating out in time? And so it goes, and so they say Who're we gonna mark today? I want a name for the child who is already gone And for the kids in the street who cut their ears to that song I wanna look at the man who took you aside And told you you'd never make it and you better stop trying I want someone to tell me why I'm still alive When better people than me are sleeping through the night I want your face to be found at the edge of the world Where the talkers all meet to decide on our future And in the same way, This happens every day We lie awake in the dark With no regrets We haven't found it yet But when we do I am sure I won't pray, I won't pray I won't wrap my head around it, Will I, dear? Hard to bend light as it clears And if I go on my own way Remember me as I'm saying: Easy come and easy pray Where those wings decide to lay down Tell me, amazing grace Who're you gonna cut today? There is a place in my heart for the keepers of cruel And for the uniformed back-beats who fuck in the school There is a space when we're asked to open up wide And show the world what we're willing to gain and to hide I want a way to your heart that doesn't begin With an excuse to a stranger who holds me in sin I want your face to be found in the corner In spite of better people than me sleeping all through the night, Yeah - And in the same way This happens every day We lie awake in the dark With no regrets We haven't found it yet But when we do I am sure I won't pray, I won't pray
13.
BONEMAKER'S SONG Oh, the child of the wind Is a bone And you took all your blessings From a paperback tome You had asked me so gently 'Bout the question of home Oh, the child of the wind Is a bone Oh, the weight of my heart Is a pear Tell me, what should I watch for As you climb down my stairs? I will wait for your answer And I will not despair Oh, the weight of my heart Is a pear Oh, the call of the crow Is mine Sounds a blood-basted warning Over furrows of time Will you blame my black tidings On the mud and the wine? Oh, the call of the crow Is mine Oh, the mark on my skin Is you Be they proudly and sweetly All the things we will do! And there's no greater measure Than what we said we knew Oh, the mark on my skin Is you Oh, the smell of the sea Closes in Hide your face in the rushes, Let the bonemakers win There's a want in your bellows, There's a longing within As the smell of the sea closes in Oh, the smell of the sea Closes in.

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Ainsley McNeaney's sophomore release is a dark, orchestral journey through fever dreams to the far corners of the imagination.

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released October 28, 2014

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Ainsley McNeaney - Pet Lion Montréal, Québec

Chill beats and hot synths, Pet Lion is the new voice of Montreal singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ainsley McNeaney. Holed up in her apartment throughout the 2020 pandemic, a collection of songs originally meant for full band was transformed into a solo electro-pop project. New track+video on the last day of every month - check out YouTube for past releases! xx ... more

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