Heart Like Feathers

by Robert Deeble

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    • This Bar Has No One Left (cd/cdr) * (out of print except in box set)

    • Thirteen Stories (cd)

    • Earthside Down (cd)

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    • Boots of Spanish Leather 7" (download)

    • Veni Emmanuel (download)

    • Me I'm from LA Where Nothing is Sacred EP (download).

    • The Motorcycle EP (download).

    • Letters From an Expatriate EP (download).

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1.
HEARING VOICES SEEING GHOSTS There's a dark heart between us
 there's a hole in the sand
 There's a girl with a secret
 like a dagger in her hand
 and she goes... There's chair by the window there's a spirit in the room There's a bottle by the bedside from the pills she consumed and she goes... And she goes out through the window like a crow flying clipped winged and haunted And I'm left in the shadow cast below hearing voices, seeing ghosts. There's a stillness in the skyline there's a lightness to the wind There's a black bird on the high wire that I’ve come to call my friend And she goes And she goes out through the window like a crow flying clipped winged and haunted And I'm left in the shadow cast below hearing voices, seeing ghosts Hearing voices, seeing ghosts.
2.
02:55
WEEDS It's good to keep your head … from the weeds growing in the back yard and all the things you said whispered under breath and I could be so free if I could find you in the weeds. I have never felt like this so discontent and aimless Girl we ‘ll get though it when the winds begin to shift And I could be so free, if you could find me In the weeds…
3.
02:35
EXHALE Slow down and ride the bus stop don’t know how hard you tried Learn to stand still take in your breath… Exhale feel the air before it rains, anticipate The smile of a girl; it gives her away I think it's all going to change I think it's all going to change Taut like a string, caught in the mess of everything The sun and moon prevail take in their light… Exhale feel the air before the rain, anticipate The smile of a girl as she’s walking away I think it's all going to change I think it's all going to change
4.
03:52
Boom crash the world went flat, the sky grew dark and my heart went black I stood there silent like a stone All my happiness and joy stood there like broken toys across my messy room Bang clank, three am, dogs are barking at the window pane wife said “baby better look outside.” Then I slipped into outer space stood there fighting with a pillow case wife said “baby wake up it’s all right.” But I thought I saw a scarecrow in the backyard it didn’t say a word but it gave me quite a shock I thought for awhile that I could make it smile but I guess were not that far apart I went to the Doctor, I said something’s wrong She said “boy there is something here I can’t put my finger on.” She sold me placebo and as she walked me to the door she said “boy don’t watch those Woody Allen films no more.”
5.
05:25
Second round before the count, the gloves went off, we both went down. 
 Blindsided by the distance you were just in reach. 
 I watched the towers fall on your TV. Stumbling hands and burning eyes, we hold our own, then compromise. I just want to begin again, I just want to live in our own skin. I think it’s kind of strange, we get so close, we get estranged, we get so close, we get estranged.
 Forty days and forty nights, 
Noah watched the river rise. You flood again, I go for wood, all our years misunderstood.

 We get so close we get estranged. **

 Walk into mass, the ceilings high with loftiness - and lowered eyes. The sound of choirs, a slow caress, covers wounds my heart has dressed. A Lover's quarrel, all in duress, I fold my arms for Eucharist. We fell in love - we got enmeshed, bless me father I'm a mess....
 Bless me father I'm a mess.
6.
02:21
                                                                                                                                                                                   SUZZANNE Suzanne, where have you been? Salvation Army Band girl with a red violin... who knows, the trouble you are in We ve been up for hours and hours on end and you know... All the secrets you keep tucked beneath the silken white sheets do they echo in your sleep? do you remember? do ya remember? Suzanne, you got in too deep. Ah... the trouble that comes from the company you keep and you know we're losing sleep we've been up for hours and hours on end and you know... All the secrets you keep tucked beneath the silken white sheets do they echo in your sleep? do you remember? do ya remember? do ya remember?
7.
04:12
Standing at a threshold two sides of an open door neither of us wanted what we wanted the two of us in a storm There are stories I can’t tell, my dear dead man’s tales that that pale the heart she walked in where I got dark And I just fell into a tide sweeping over the open the road We drove for miles feeling the undertow Somewhere between the human drive and a failure of ourselves a part of me alive to a death march of the self Feel the blood in my vein Feel the guilt feel the shame of anexistential rush of temporal things And we just fell into a tide sweeping over the open the road I drove for miles feeling the undertow (break) And I just fell into a tide sweeping over this broken road I drove for miles leaving the undertow
8.
THE COLORS OF DYING Black heart a hollow vexing
 Long dark road in the fall of longing
 A clipped wing crow a siren's calling
 Black heart 
 a hollow vexing
 Solitary bird that flies at night, death of autumn leaves now taking flight

 Silver moon
 the light comes piercing
 Steel bright blue, like a scalpel's wounding

 The thought of you, in the light of morning
 Autumn hues in the colors of dying
 My heart a solitary bird that flies at night
 *Break this darkened will until it bleeds some light

 Artist note: this line (*) probably influenced unintentionally by Bruce Cockburn's "Lovers in a Dangerous Time" and/or Leonard Cohen's "Anthem."
9.
                                                                                                                                                                                   HEART LIKE FEATHERS Everybody’s running to the sound of a burning light are you with me? Lovers in the arms of another sleepless night can you save me? come on save me… Caged bird singing like a prophetess; artful and tragic Behind the wire lines of all our complex points of logic And he woke up tired of dying A shame of self not living in God-given skin My mind holds this building together; tassel to tether Salvation comes like a wrecking ball in a plume of dust and a heart like feathers A heart like feathers
10.
05:30
Here comes the bird to eat the worm, but he's hiding ‘neath the corn
 Big black cat hanging underneath the tree, waiting for the bird to meet

 Sunflower, where did you go? Sunflower, did you know?

 Humming bird never hurt no one, troubadour strayed away from home 
 All of life under love and toil, two hands digging in the soil

 There's a garden in our souls, we forget to water all those storm clouds coming north
 i guess we'll get that shower
 So rise up now... 
let's shine

 Sunflower i miss you so
 Sunflower did you know?

 Desert storm across the plains
 we dug a ditch to direct the rain
 Bright red tractor in the mud
 teach us to tinker with a flood*

 And I just got your weather report
 I'm so sorry about it girl
 All those dark clouds around your porch
 I think they're blowing over
 Let's rise up now and shine

 (* Victoria Williams)
11.
THE COLORS OF DYING Black heart a hollow vexing
 Long dark road in the fall of longing
 A clipped wing crow a siren's calling
 Black heart 
 a hollow vexing
 Solitary bird that flies at night, death of autumn leaves now taking flight

 Silver moon
 the light comes piercing
 Steel bright blue, like a scalpel's wounding

 The thought of you, in the light of morning
 Autumn hues in the colors of dying
 My heart a solitary bird that flies at night
 *Break this darkened will until it bleeds some light

 Artist note: this line (*) probably influenced unintentionally by Bruce Cockburn's "Lovers in a Dangerous Time" and/or Leonard Cohen's "Anthem."
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Recorded on 2" tape at Type Foundry Studios in Portland. All tracks recorded live with final vocals and strings tracked separately.
CD Prerelease 2/7/2012 • CD/DVD released 4/10/2013

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released April 10, 2013

Produced by Dylan Magierek w/ Adam Selzer

SPECIAL GUESTS:
Victoria Williams,
Ric Hordinski,
Stephen Hodges,
Lotte Kestner (Anna-Lynne Williams)


Robert Deeble: Vocals/Guitar/Piano,
Jeremy Summer: Bass,
Jeremy Dybash: Drums,
Neal Vickers: Cello,
Lili De La Mora: Backing vocals,
Amanda Lawrence: Viola,
Tim Westcott: Ambience.

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Robert Deeble Seattle, Washington

"Beautiful music for the sake of beautiful music" Seattle Weekly


"Deeble's authentic lyrics, along with stunning instrumental arrangements, make this album one of his strongest"
Performer Mag


"Few of his albums are more intimately honest than Heart like Feathers..." Stereo Inversion


"I'm not sure I'd want to start rowing toward a deserted island without it." BLURT (9 out of 10 Stars)
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