The Forest Darling

by Ptarmigan

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released April 22, 2011

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Ptarmigan Columbia, Missouri

Ptarmigan is a modern band of the powerfolk ambioPop genre formed in Columbia, Missouri in 2007. Evan Walton, Peter Marting, and Ted Carstensen create intricate, powerful explosions from simple folk roots and catchy melodies over levels of ambiance. They often infuse field recordings and laboratory discoveries in their songs to paint pictures of nature and longing. ... more

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Track Name: Stillborn Kings
i’m the actor in a stillborns dreams.
people push and me, i lean.
i was born the scavenger king, and i woah. ~~

take a breath, as a test. its prolly air though water is best. either way, i live on it and i woah. ~~

you got your questions but i wash my hands of it.
you got your mission but i wash my hands of it.
you got your revisions but i wash my hands of it.

holy meltwater streams, on my hands, i washed them clean, palate knew it wasn’t him or me when we died.

you got your questions but i wash my hands of it.
you got your mission but i wash my hands of it.
you got your revisions but i wash my hands of it.
Track Name: Where
soil's poor, i stretched to breathe
so i drank from you, your blood, your trees.
you were me and i was you in streams
of our our blood, diluted everyday
(breathing from the thickest mountains
fixing carbon flesh from your breath
i fell deeper in your thunderstorm
take what i offer you now)

and we were the forest darling
and we heard the forest falling

i feel the weight and i supersaturate
and i am insoluble, insoluble
i don't want to sink, i don't want to float, i only want
to dissolve, dissolve
i lived on so little natural light, i got it from you
i got it from you, oh
now all these lights from all around like a surgeon's table
i'm opened up, oh

lay me down
where i am
where i am

lay me down
where i am
where i am

i lie awake on the surgical table and wait
wait for what? i don't know
i bleed away, but my blood leaves no stains
i don't know, i don't know
i see your face on the screen in new york
i don't know, i don't know
here, there are seasons, there are seasons and they change
and they leave me insoluble, insoluble.
Track Name: Of The Hills And The Hunt
gone from this life and my root a drink from the stream,
lost within now, i don’t recognize anything.

even though i didn’t want to find anyone
there’s a god here and i let it replace the sun.

i’ve not seen beauty, wisdom, power, like hers.

silhouette, oh, of the canopy’s ancient might
you’re the promise of the morning and risk of night.

in this host, deep breathing earth
i’m lost, i’m home,
i’m with you.

in this host, deep breathing earth
i’m lost, i’m home,
i’m with you

in this host, deep breaking earth
i’m lost, i’m just lost,
now i’m without you.

in this host.
Track Name: Primrose & Snapdragon
I’d like to go back to the farm. Primrose and snapdragon.
I’d like to go back to the farm, but I don’t think they would recognize me. ~~

I’d like to go back to the farm, but there’s nothing left there for me. I’de like to go back to the farm, but I keep on going back to the pharmaceuticals.

Dear pharmacy, dear pharmacy, do I need you, do you need me, am I assigned to all of this?

It helps, pharmacy. Helps me, pharmacy but you need yourself, only yourself where do I fit into this?

Let me out pharmacy, I need out pharmacy cause you need yourself, only yourself. ~~

Dear pharmacy, do I need you do you need me? cause I need your help, only your help. How did I get into this?

Let me in pharmacy, I need in pharmacy cause I need your help, only your help. ~~

Dear pharmacy, how’d you ever hear of me cause you need yourself, ONLY YOURSELF!
Track Name: We, The Forest
found myself inside the forest on the ground
among mammoth trunks that plunge above me.

reckless is the radiance of the deep,
silent lights that fall like rain.

heard the whispers of the cordyceps
and began to share my name.

we can’t untie the name.
i think it’s time we justified speaking the same.
we won’t untie the name,
seeing as how we took the vow and drank the rain.

ladee-da-da, ladee-da-da
speak with us, we, the forest.
ladee-da-da, ladee-da-da
speak with us, we, the forest.
Track Name: Delta
I don't feel no other wind.
I don't feel no other wind.
this is the only one, I've lost it

I don’t blink too much because there is no need, theres no need.
There’s no need cause nothings moving, I’m at a loss, I’m at a loss.
I move a little bit closer to the delta, so far from view, so far from you. ~~

some nights I’m a ghost. Sometimes I know.
Please let me go.
I make my boat that you don’t see, you don’t know.
My shutter speed is soooo slow.
Track Name: The Quadrille
"could you walk a little faster?" said the whiting to the snail,
"there's a porpoise close behind us, and he's treading on my tail.
see how eagerly the lobsters and the turtles all advance.
they are waiting on the shingle -- will you come and join the dance?
will you, won't you, will you, won't you, won’t you join the dance?
will you, won't you, will you, won't you, won't you join the dance?

"you can really have no notion of how delightful it will be
when they take us up and throw us, with the lobsters, out to sea!"
but the snail replied "too far, no too far!" and gave a look askance --
said he thanked the whiting kindly, but he would not join the dance.
would not, could not, would not, could not, would not join the dance.
would not, could not, he would not, could not, would not join the dance.

"what matters it how far we go?" his scaly friend replied.
"there is another shore, you know, upon the other side.
the further off from england the nearer is to france --
then turn not pale, beloved snail, but come and join the dance.
Track Name: Sentient
phone I am here to feel a destination. WHOA OH WHOA YEAH! ~

and I would prolly say, its not what I said before.
Sitting next to your voice on the phone.
And I would prolly say, its impossible to know what you’re thinking on the telephone. Tele phone. ~~

I’m surrounded by myself.
Shoulda realized I was someone else
cause my heart in no way is shaped like this
my heart in no way is shaped like that.
Track Name: My Mind Bleeds
i have evolved to show it no mercy. give mine to all, to all and sundry. give it all to everyone else.
barely still standing on this blood oath that was still meant to be so bloody. you seem surprised when you see the blood.

i won’t bleed my own mind. faster, please, be unkind
if you can. but you won’t

just give me love, just give me love. you gave me time, just take it back. i don’t need that just take it back.
but babe i don’t need that, what makes you think that i need that? none of this will do, don’t need that!

my mind bleeds. it’s alright cause my mind leave you tonight
if i can. but i won’t.
Track Name: Migratory
If come the may at length, summer set fast and yet I still have a southern feeling.

Cause ive been taking on water, from the air northerly minded of my migratory. Migratory love.

Ive been taking on water, from the air northerly minded of my southern feeling.

Woooo ah ohh oh oh ahh ah ah ah i’ll sit, I’ll spend it on this grassy mar.
Track Name: Metronome
wake up to treetops, oh, wake up to waves, waves of white.
i am the metronome. i found a breath, a breath of gold.
i leave you on god’s broken down shores
with lungs strong and fixed with some kind of air.

oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, hey

i leave the ground i stand. i join the oh, the open wind.
no idea how long i wait, well yes you do, i told you yesterday.
you don’t know how long i’ve waited
you don’t know how long i’ve waited
you don’t know how long i’ve waited
you wouldn’t know how long i’ve hey.

i am the metronome. i found a breath, a breath of gold.
i leave you on god’s broken down shores.

i’m the metronome.