Hollow Bone

by Ayla Nereo

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1.
02:29
Eastern sun, melt the cold from my bones Curtain rise, take the darkness from my eyes Breathing in, pulling life into my lungs As a child, I am born again...
2.
My little life-bound friend what can I speak Your mind is tied in gravity as deep as the ocean My little life-bound friend, what can I say There's so much more, there's So much more… My little life-bound friend, where have you gone? And who set you down? And do you remember from where you were born? This little life-bound body that you keep was never yours, was never yours… This little life-bound speaking way of speech but can you tell me, can you tell me what you dream about… My little life-bound friend, what can I say? There's so much more, there's so much more, so much more...
3.
02:38
"We do not need to know each other's language to understand one another"
4.
03:48
Ought to be a 'way from the thinkin' -- it won't stop till I let it all in... Can you let it in? This moon told me as I woke from walking asleep, Below one midnight she said, your Feet are heavy your feet stand deep Deeper than you know, farther than you go… This wild mother she told me one morning bright, Child you've got to run on my back Farther than you've ever gone before, deeper than you've ever known before Run right through your edges, right to the edges, right to the edge of your edge Jump off that cliff, dive in below, jump off that cliff Can you let it in… Hey my brothers and sisters, this is we connected at the roots The roots that grew us, the roots that grew us, the roots that Grew these trees, that lit these lights, that lit these lights, that lit these lights… So if you want the stars to hear you If you want the stars to hear your soul, you got to Go as the stars go, let all your life show, corners uncover, unshadow the unknown Pieces, forgotten names, places we came from, life we were born When speech was for meaning the thing we spoke To feed this story whose pages we wove And are woven into... However it shows itself, however you find yourself Every moment, every piece of you, I'll take it all, I want it All of it All it Sound it loud, beam it out! There's no more time to hold back My brothers and sisters No more time to hold back There's no sense in holdin' it back -- now, we're all Beaming light, all beaming' light, all beamin' light… Can you let it in? ALL?
5.
I, I, I…. re-re-re… lee-ee-ease… you-u-u I, I, I… re-re-re… cee-ee-eive… you-u-u You can call her back back back back, back to you Ika tai tai tai tai bai bai dai dai dai dai dai dai dai A new life is birthing I peek out from patterns eyes peel back the lanterns this surf is a swift one It's a delicate thrashing this undertow daunting the task is at hand and not a moment too soon When doubled and breaking all wide-eyed and crazy, you'll whisper sweet something's to the one you are saving your mirror and likeness your servant and highness the Earth in one being your body, the Queen I do not show this skin for you I show myself to know myself I show it for the Earth from which I came my prayer is for you to do the same I release you... I receive you... You can call her back back back back, back to you Ika tai tai tai tai bai bai dai dai dai dai dai dai dai It will take all we've got it will spread it like comfort will out all the insides and doubt all the corners and when doubled and breaking all wide-eyed and crazy you'll whisper sweet something's to the one you are saving your mirror and likeness your servant and highness the Earth in one being your body, the Queen I do not show this skin for you I show myself to know myself I show it for the Earth from which I came my prayer is for you to do the same
6.
As a wave across the land we are movin', movin'… This ain't no phase, the change these bodies make, and the way they are Facing forward, shoulder to the stone, telling of movin' it It takes one step, it takes your voice, singin "I am not hearing if you are not naming it I am not stopping if you are not changing it Here are my hands let's see what they're makin..." In the morning, in the rise up, there's a bridge from all that's been In the dawning, the vines are pushing through the pavement We were born of burning hearts We are tearing off the reigns From the ground up we will build it From the clouds above we'll rain it From the crowd up we will raise it From the ground up... You hold the spade to turn new soil For the coming grace, you hold the plans And no hands but our hands will lead our children And all that will feed you is a fierce prayer, is a fierce prayer, singin "I am not hearing if you are not saying it I am not stopping if you are not changing it Here are my hands let's see what they're makin.." (chorus) In this life we see so many things and Sometimes our hearts may start to bleed a bit But I choose this life I'm gonna lead and I must give my hands to make it...
7.
She calls out, "I love you!" I can hear it through the cracks Of these doors, of these walls, as it echoes, bounces back It pries my heart open, as the joy does for the children For the humble hidden deep within this skin, pouring out, Pouring in, pouring out, pouring in, pouring out, pouring in… I am driver to the wheel, I am steady, I am swerving I am blind, running quickly, I am echo to the sapling She calls out to love, "I can hear you through the cracks!" And the door to be opened, with a turn-key, with a sighing, As slivers fall in splinters, with a rainfall, as a cry She call's out to love, "There's an echo I am following, I am backwards and evolving Concave and expanding A whistle to the train And the tracks separating I am bone-bent and wavering Roots deep and unswaying" Half her voice bounces back, and the rest escapes Through the cracks…
8.
Will I know, gotcha 'fore you go Will I know, grab a tighter hold Will I know, loosen up the coil Will I know, let it all unfold Will I know, be before I grow Will I know, talkin' of what's told Will I know, freeing up what's sold Will I know, braving up what's bold Will I know, lighting up the home Will I know, nothing as alone Will I know, peace behind the storm Will I know, every piece unturned Will I know, space behind the word Will I know, sound behind what's heard
9.
01:41
Oh love! Tearin' me apart from the inside out so I can see myself from the inside… Oh love! Tearin' me apart from the inside out so I can see myself from the inside… Oh love! Tearin' you apart from the inside out so you can see yourself from the inside… Oh love! Tearin' us apart from the inside out so we can see ourselves from the inside… And might be causing pain And might be coming home And might be saying This is all you asked for
10.
01:50
... In the darkness of no-thing and no-where Not knowing which way or how to get there We let loose the wild murmur of our hearts Before the mind has time to catch us and hold us still For sometimes we must fall Simply to know which direction we are going And then, in knowing, take hold The wheel is yours And there, the morning star Singing your name...

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released March 24, 2014

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