The Salt

by prairie empire

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released July 1, 2016

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Track Name: Like Birds
Show me the tallest tree in this city, I will climb all the way to the top to keep watch.
Hoping maybe I'll hear from you sometime, sometime you'll tell me your theories on love.
I thought I knew you.

your eyes are dark like mine.
soon we will fly, like birds in the night

like birds in the night.

tell me what you've been thinking of, love. love? tell me how you spend your nights.
my eyes have been open for days
and I don't know why.

I go to bed with the thought of you only, only. But...

your eyes are sad like mine.
and soon we will fly, like birds in the night. birds in the night.


I've been awake to the sound of you only.
I've been awake for days
I keep my eyes open all the time,

I close them for you. I close them for you.

Your eyes are sad like mine. theyʼre sad all the time. Like birds in the night.
Like birds in the night.

Like birds in the night.
Track Name: Folded, From the Storm
Seeking safe harbor from the storm,
fold me into your arms, take me back to the shore. Oh and I want nothing more. I want nothing more than to feel safe again.

It’s some sort of habit, I am grinding my teeth.
I toss and I turn, I talk in my sleep.
And I want nothing more. I want nothing more than to sleep sound again.

There was a time and place, dare I dream, I still see your face.
And every step that I take brings me closer and farther away.
There was a place and a time, I ran to you in the autumn light. Now I just wish you’d be kind. And I still had love or something,
anything good.

Fold me into your arms.
Fold me into your arms.
I want nothing more.
I want nothing more.
Fold me into your arms.
Fold me into your arms.
Into your arms.
Track Name: Circles
I woke with no reason to the sun rising and you were there at my side.
I thought, what have I done? To deserve love? Such as yours in my life?

We woke up in the place we went to sleep, we woke up in the same place.

And you were there sleeping while I sat up thinking, the look on your face let me know that for the first time I am certain. You make me so sure.

For all of my searching and all of my circles...

That you held the map the entire time.
That you knew the path, when it would cross with mine.

For all of my searching and all of my circles...
Track Name: The Salt
The night comes on, silent and still.
My hands folded and in my lap, I - I’m still not sure.
If you’ll come back, come back around, if I’ll let you in again.

You are the salt in my blood. You are the one that I love.
You are the one that I love most.
You’re running through my veins and I, I cannot bring myself to change this thing that I have come to know so well.

I’d let this all go,
I’d let it all fall,
I’d put it all down for you.

Sometimes the thing that you love is simply a sieve to pour your entire life through.

But you are the salt in my blood. You are the one that I love.
You are the one that I love the most.
You running through my veins and I, I cannot bring myself to change
this thing that I have come to know so well. So long.

You are the salt and I am the ocean.
You are the view from a window left open in these winter months as we move through the cold.
You are the salt and I am the snow.
You are the night and I have been warned: You will bleed me, you will, bleed me dry.

You are, you are, you are the salt.
You are, you are.
You are the salt.
You are, you are, you are the salt in my blood, my love.
Track Name: In Three (For Joe)
Oh we hold on to these things, unprepared for what we feel.
So we hold our hearts too close to see that moment that once was so right. I know you are by yourself tonight, just know that I still hold the keys. Now how do we when we hold for the moment of letting ourselves go?

And who ever told you there is but one way?
There is more than one way we can go.

And hard times in this place,
You know I am devastated to this day.
But you know what? I keep on, I still I keep on. I still fight.
I still fight.

Now do I stay? Or do I go?
Or will I stay? Or should I go? Or do I stay?
Or do I go? Or do I go?
Or do I go?
And my heart is open to you, far from that thing that we knew that I tell myself is behind me now.

Can I see who you are?
Can I see who you are?
Will I see who you are?
Please let me see who you are. Let me see who you are?
Or do I see who you are for the first time?
Track Name: Stay Good
Sun on my skin for the first time this season.
Wind at my back, carry me home.
Your voice, so distant and thin.
I know I’m going to be leaving, but I can’t help this feeling.

Oh my love, stay good, stay strong.
My love, stay good.
My love, stay good, stay strong.
My love, stay good-- it won’t be long, let this carry you home.
I will carry you home.

I’m trying to find the strength in myself, take the moment, remember what it felt like to run my hands through your hair, feel your weight beside me, beside me there.

I’m trying to find this moment in myself, remember the time, sitting on it still. I don’t want to see the moment when your heart will break if I’m not coming home, if I’m not coming home...
I’m coming home.

Oh my love, stay good, stay strong. My love, stay good.
My love, stay good, stay strong.
My love, stay good-- it won’t be long.
Track Name: Muir Woods
We played hide-and-seek ‘neath the shelter, between trees and the rain fell hard all around us.
You pulled me close by the hip, I pressed my fingers to your lips --
felt your breath warm as you sighed my name.

Oh and now, now that we know, how could I want for anything more?
Oh and now, now that we know--
You are mine, I am yours.
“You are mine and I am yours” Your words to me.

Oh and now, now that we know
How could I want for anything more?
Oh and now, now that we know:
You are mine, I am yours.
But you are not mine, although I am still yours.

I am still yours.
Track Name: Daniel
West coast, summer time, and I could slip in to a dream and never wake up if I didn’t want to.
The scene is suffocating here and I could use some room to breathe, don’t you agree?
I think you do.
Don’t you know, Daniel, it’s ok we’re not like the rest.
Just tell me your secrets, I’ll keep them with mine,
that thorn in your side you turn like a key in the night: steady and sure of where it is you are.
Steady and sure of where it is you stand.

Don’t you know, Daniel, it’s ok we’re not like the rest.
Just tell me your secrets, you know I’ll keep them with mine.
That thorn in my side, you turn like a key in the night.
But I’m holidng out for morning light. I’m holding out, there’s more to this life. I’m holding out.

I’m holding out.

Don’t you know, Daniel, it’s ok we’re not like the rest.
Just tell me your secrets, you know I’ll keep them,
I’ll keep them with mine.
I’ll keep them, I’ll keep them with mine.
Track Name: We Were Reeds
We were reeds in the summer wind,
how we break, we break or we bend.
And you were a home I built on the sand, slowly sinking in.
We all return to the earth.
We all return to the earth someday, someday we will.