MINGUS, YOU

by Tedwyn James

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Written and recorded in Casagrande (Vancouver) and Maison Mingus (Vancouver) during the Spring of 2016, except "Wildflowers" which was recorded during the Snickerswatch sessions in Jesse's Attic (Vancouver).
Mingus, you woke. Mingus, you answered.
Mingus, you slept. Mingus, you sat.
Mingus, you listened. Mingus, you talked.
Mingus, you leapt. Mingus, you left.
Mingus, you returned.
Mingus, thank you.

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released June 26, 2016

ALL SONGS: Tedwyn James

EXCEPT:
EVERYTHING COUNTS: Depeche Mode

WILDFLOWERS: Tom Petty
MOOG: Joel Tong

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Track Name: THE ELEMENTS
say forever just to get me through today

they're all looking for water
somewhere at the other end
another painted picture, a reason to lament
i've seen it all before
i'll feel it once again

when i fly through the door
just to hear you

the search should be for iron
that flows into your blood
it paints a deeper picture
of your head and your heart
refuses to believe
or just see where you've been

start by saying
say forever just to get me through
Track Name: SICILIAN DEFENSE
falling just reminds us when our legs stand still
the impressions on the ground sink in, yeah, sink in

a prisoner is a king when the bishop is the only defense
the pawn is just a thief with no one to convince
your knights are your lovers
they'll never leave you
keep one eye closed, the other protects you
only to stop what you don't see
but i got through
let's see how you got me

you got mine, so i took yours
you took mine, so i stole yours
you stole mine, so i got yours
now you have mine and i have yours
Track Name: HANDFULS
listen close the dogs are laughing again
maybe they're asking where have i been?
windows were left open dust rinsed through
rooms all cloudy except for the picture of you
a handful further and i'm out past mars
all i need is in jupiter's backyard
sometimes it takes years of unrest to know the unknown can't imprison your chest
fill up their water take off their leash sit and stare at that picture for me
fill up your water take off your leash it's up to you, you to stay free
i don't wanna be the prisoner
handfuls of truth and anecdotes
Track Name: RESIGNATIONS
let me explain where i come from
i slumped in my chair
witnessed all the white noise between us
turned off
shut out
not there
Track Name: LISTEN TO HORSES
never look a colt in the eye
always approach it from the side
the hand is an olive branch and the voice a little high
a little hoarse calling inside

never stop a herd from the run
the chore is never over, it's never done
but the search is a chase when the hand acts in haste
the heart stops the run

your first times never last
your last times fall hard and fast
your next times you just might lose
so this time, saddle up, i'm riding with you

another side, another play
listening to horses on another day
the ceiling spins your hands in mine
i'll listen to horses next time

your first times never last
your last times fall hard and fast
so next time is mine to lose
saddle up, i'm riding with you