EYE

by Liam O'Brien

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These songs were flushed out and recorded one winter while house-sitting for Jay Salinas and Donna Neuwirth of the Wormfarm Institute (founders of the Reedsburg Fermentation Fest). Less of an album and more of a personal sketchbook, I pieced these together between chicken feedings and snowy walks over the course of a six-week solitary retreat.

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released March 25, 2015

all songs written and performed by liam o'brien
~ except "waken" (traditional), sung by sarah shay

recorded at the wormfarm institute
reedsburg, wi
january/february 2015

mastered by casey marnocha

cover art by terry o'brien

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-------R.I.P.-------
- LIAM O'BRIEN -
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MAY THIS REMEM BRANCE LIVE TO THE END OF THE
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Track Name: Every Day the Sun Rises
every day the sun rises i smile
at least for a little while
every chance i get to roll out of bed i am laughing
at least through my breakfast
every day the sun rises i smile
at least for a little while

i, i, i
combine i with i
a billion i's collide

i, i, i
i am living the collision
i am making decisions

i, i, i
combine me with mine
at one and separate from the rest
thank the stars i won't be round to clean up my mess

every day the sun rises i smile
at least for a little while
every chance i get to fuck up my day i am laughing
mistakes tend to happen
every day the sun rises i smile
at least for a little while

i will die
but the sun will still rise
at least a trillion more times

i, i, i
what comes after i?
who am i to define?

but in the meantime
i will be put to good use
i will try hard not to abuse
the power i am given
the weight and the motion
the particular fission

every day the sun rises i smile
at least for a little while
Track Name: Bag of Bones
i thank you kindly
i thank you well
for my bag of bones gaining interest annually
a lifetime loan

mixing syrup in my whiskey honey tea
my bag of bones is personal to me
i am sipping of the nectar humbly

i know the road
think i know the way
one day my bag of bones will let me go
so i drive slow

defrosting windshields full of foggy clarity
that happy sack sits pretty in its chassis
unmoving less you see it relatively

i roll the dice
a chance of snow
i never leave my bag of bones out in the cold

though it be freezing premonitions
knee-deep in salutations
this parcel can withstand a frigid breeze
mixing syrup in my whiskey honey tea
my bag of bones is personal to me
yes, my bag of bones is personal to me
Track Name: Ten Thousand
hold your breath, suspended in jelly
staring contest - it comes from the belly

sit and sweat, give up on your salty
go - run fast - run without stopping
give up on exhaustion

try, try, try
10,000 years
cry, cry
10,000 tears
relapse
10,000 fears

speak the cure
10,000 words
hear the songs
of 10,000 birds
10,000 sheep
tend to the herd
10,000 voices
tender and clear
try, try, try
10,000 years

will you love me in 10,000 days?
i built a heaven - who the hell did i save?

a linen halo envelopes our forms
will you accept 10,000 mistakes?

10,000,000,000 eyes
watch from the sky
each billion born,
10,000,000,000 die
10,000,000,000 heros
have 10,000,000,000 fears
their graves are empty
10,000,000,000 saved
10,000,000,000 clusters
of fresh, burning clay
dance, unashamed
for 10,000,000,000 peers
10,000,000,000 voices
tender and clear
try, try, try
10,000,000,000 years
Track Name: Sparky
sparky, sparky
can't unwind the coil
your line is waving in the night
you left your sparkle in the dark
without a light

sparky, sparky
are we fit to toil?
did we break the vacuum seal?
we'll find the pieces in the grass
barefoot next spring

winter evening
can't unsing the rain
the lines are weaving through the hall
i left the light on in my room
to guide them in

stinging spirit
release us from our brood
c'mon, sparky, shake that winter mood

moldy mossy
can't unload the scroll
the lines were written long ago
the meat i move moves only now
only now

sparky, sparky
spark ignites the dawn
frozen tendrils crack the sun
as i rake the spinning ground
it feeds our fortune

stinging spirit
release us from our brood
c'mon, sparky, shake that winter mood

stinging spirit
shock our sad excuse
c'mon, sparky, shake that winter mood
Track Name: No More Will I Roam
when the train cars all are empty
when the rivers have run dry
the buses have stopped in their tracks and slowly turned to stone
no more will i be out darlin'
no more will i roam

when brambles have reclaimed these walls
there's no metal left to rust
there's no way you could reach me, not by letter, not by phone
no more will i be out darlin'
no more will i roam

when darkness has descended
the mountains turned to dust
fires ravage city walls like a jester on a tomb
no more will i be out darlin'
no more will i roam

i will have my day of rest
among the rubble and the dirt
til then i'll keep on searching for the perfect place to leave my bones
and no more will i be out darlin'
no more will i roam
Track Name: Rollin Tom
rollin' tom
he's no buddhist drinkin' beer
doesn't even have a beard
a genuine idealist

rollin' tom
didn't bring no sleepin' bag
gave up women, gave up cigs
goin' out to the island

rollin' tom
he'll roll right out one day
not before he doesn't have his say
sittin' on the island, silent
Track Name: We Move Our Mouths / Understatement
meet me between the trees
we'll light a fire, roast veggies
we move our mouths but cannot speak

i'll come from west, you come from east
i will not see your ancestry
we move our mouths but cannot speak

between the space between the trees
a steady stream runs clean and clear
we cannot speak, but still, we hear