Branch & Bride

by That Moon

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released May 18, 2012

Written and Performed by Justin Kilburn

Produced, Mixed, & Engineered by Gypsy George Mihalopoulos (Always Already Productions)
Mastering by Nick Smeraski

Additional Musicians:

Gypsy George Mihalopoulos - Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar, Bass, Piano, Drums, Triangle, Claps and Stomps and Slaps, Vocals, Lap Steel Harmonica
Robin Bacior - Vocals
Jamey Hamm - Vocals, Percussion
Elise Bernlohr - Vocals
Raymond Bernlohr-Mihalopoulos - Vocals
South Slope Impromptu Choir - Vocals, Noise

Photograph by Lindsay Newcomb


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Track Name: Cold Skin
Somewhere in the coast of Fort Greene
Where the buildings stack up a little less and seemed so pretty
And I had never known to go, so I had never been
There was a young thing who dressed in blue just for me

Yeah she hung up my heart, rung it out, and beat it like a triangle
And that part of my brain that says you'd not love again it was gone

We walked a ways away from here
Through every open crosswalk she'd steer
And once in a while we'd slow ourselves a bit
Just enough to catch each other, catch each other on the lips

Well she found my warmth, let it be all hers to own
And though she held me with her hands, she wrapped her arms around my soul

But these things can't last, she said she had to go
And though she didn't want to, it was my heart that had to

But these things they never seem to last, I guess she had to go
And though I didn't want her to, if I had to choose, it's my heart I'd want to be broke
Track Name: Branch & Bride
Wade out into the stream and feel me
Rush past your shins and down to your feet

When we're done here dry yourself upon the lawn
If the night can't be ours then let me be your morning sun

Cause it's no way to live, on the outskirts of town

Don't fear the dead wood, there's plenty living inside
There are few too many trees here left unclimbed

My woman, my woman I'll be your branch you be my bride

Let that city sing, we'll hear it all on our backs
And climb down, fearing for our hearts but not our necks

Cause it's no way to live, on the outside looking in

Babe this ain't no plea, it's a conversation
And the rain outside it soothes me, it moves me to adoration

Cause it's no way to live, on the water's edge
Cause it's no way to live, with your heart like a sieve filled up with sand
Cause it's no way to live, on that southbound train your head's in your hands
Cause it's no way to live, when you give your heart freely but it's not accepted

But your my woman, my woman, my woman, and I love you all the same
Track Name: Cholera
If there is amber in the filament that wander 'cross this stripped bare
You caught me off guard didn't mean to ignore you standing there
So now we dance around the winter when both our bodies set to freeze
You want to be the keeper of these sins I bare then let them be yours please

I think you should know this cholera of love I have endured
Poisoned by my own two hands this water I ran through was not as pure
In you I see a cleansing skin not to soak up but simply rinse me clean
Want to be the keeper of my heart you'll need to keep my insecurities

I am waiting on this feeling
I know it's come soon
I'm not easy to handle darling, but I'm yours
Through and through

When a wine neck cracks spilling a secret you hold dear
Leave me only with this question, who are you looking for
Cause I can't find the words or ways to cross over this old deep
If you'll be the keeper of my hands it's you my arms in turn will keep

What spins my head, left me bed ridden sick on those three words
That were said in open air now what I have is all yours

Bend these walls a way that no space can contain my need
For a claim to stake upon my skin for ownership of what's underneath
That veil is thick and the armor I wear I cannot show
You want to be the keeper of my bones you'll need to keep the weight they've known

I am waiting on this feeling
I still know, I know it's coming soon
I'm not easy to handle darling
But I'm yours, I'm yours, I'm yours, I'm yours
Through and through
Track Name: Lonely, Little Ruckus
I can see it move from your lips timed to the swing of your hips
In tune with the words that I spoke about buzzards
And how we're just like them, chew feelings in their infancy
I swore I saw you reaching out to me
And now baby we'll lose ourselves in our clothes
But when they come off well what are we left with

See I lost my love in the confusion of Chicago
But it's all she was and I don't believe in her anymore

That deeper meaning was forced to match your revival of sorts
We can coincide with whatever we chose to
See too often we spoke, with less words and more tongue
And our lisp of a love stuttered all over itself
Just as I refuse to agree that it's useless
Used up, a eunuch of feelings I can't recall

See I lost my love in the confusion of Chicago
But it's all she was and I don't believe in her anymore

I love what you are, the frailty in your heart
But who you are and that ain't the same after all
A wolf in her dress, a stranger donned in your flesh
My head and my heart can't seem to agree
Still there's one thing I know, this recognitions gone spiritual
And the totem you've become became a chore
So you dance in a flue smoked out of some strangers room
I hope when I get bored you won't be waiting around

My love we caused this lonely little ruckus
But it's of our creation, it's our helpless mouth to feed
My only hope in life is to amount to something
But we are only human and love is a dangerous thing
We are only human and love is a dangerous thing
Track Name: The Falsetto Song
Copper dawns the fingers on
We claw to keep us hid
How your mother called to kick us out again
But you said, won't you stay
You pled, don't leave me this way, don't lead me astray

Some window set down as delicate
You hold me from behind
How our eyes they did collide from opposite sides
Of your room, you were boxing up
Nothing new, we were caught in it, I refused to fit

This bed feels tall folded apart
You slept here once before
How all this time I've only cried a hand full of retorts
So forget it all, I won't go on
My heart is large, it's all I got, nothing that I want

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