Safflower

by Alex Riggen

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1.
03:14
I'll sing this song I'll talk you all along I'll fix your head I'll unscrew your bed I'll do what you said I'll be here instead I'll breath deep and clean I'll disconnect the screen I'll count to nineteen I'll watch long and free I'll remove the seam I'll get between you and me I'll be where I want to be I'll beware I want to be I'll wait for your call I'll sit straight and tall I'll kneel down to crawl I'll understand it all I'll understand it all I'll understand it all I'll understand it all
2.
03:16
Is this what you said to bring home? Unwrap the box and cut the cloth within I'll watch your face and scream your name Until the crowd hears the heart you gave I'll touch your lips and pinch your wrist Until the crowd lies and brings you in Are you the one who say her run home? We can chase her close don't trust the rose again A prayer for you Undying Our cuts have been ignored A gift from you Undying Underneath the carriage warm I'll watch your face and scream your name Until the crowd hears the heart you gave I'll touch your lips and pinch your wrist Until the crowd lies and brings you in Do you hear her voice it's given choice foreign? It's all again, beneath the swim, thin then down again
3.
04:29
Stuck in the morning haze Awakened sleep for days I brought the christened wine And laid it down sideways Knee deep within the brush I lost it in the sage Upon the dirt I snuck you out Averting my own gaze Will it be will it be Liquid unto thee I snag a butcher's cup and draft it for all to see Will it spill will it fill My hand's underneath I drink the beggar's wine rotting next to me This river flows in time With the beating of my heart It's depth reaches out And asks me not to part With the way we walk about And listen for the sound Of broken cries upon the vines And treason all around Will it be will it be Liquid unto thee I grab the widow's hand and shake it for all to see Will it spill will it fill My hand's underneath I touch the miller's wife crying next to me
4.
04:22
Sit down, sit down I'll lead you home In here, in here I'll kiss you near Your face, your face I'll watch the moon Step back, step back, step back Long afternoon Starlight, starbright It's in my palm Hold tight, hold tight Don't drop your thumb My hands, your hands They're so uptight Kiss me, kiss me, kiss me It's evening soon It's dark, can't see So kiss me please I will, I will Not in the breeze If you watch me I'll start to scream Eyes closed French rose Let's go to sleep
5.
03:41
Across the cold light sky She says, "Don't pass me by" He says, "It's worth the try" A passing glimpse in their eye And when the silence falls They'll stay, they'll stay in it all Huddled warm down in the coal Last chance to catch the show Deep down ravine in sticks She says, "Love come here quick" He says, "Babe it's all a trick" Juggled scene upon the cliff And when the silence falls They'll stay, they'll stay in it all Huddled warm down in the coal Last chance to catch the show Love come here quick Babe it's all a trick Love I'm feeling sick Babe the earth's too thick Don't pass me by It's worth a try Stick the needle in your eye Tell a lie
6.
04:31
Among the braid so tall Underneath the forget-me-alls Annie breaks with arms held wide The twisted smile lullaby And like the fading oak I will, I will truth be told Sell the best, this story's old Annie's gone away, I'm told Hold my hand, no need to eye The shackled heartstring lullaby Upon the asphalt Annie lies Whispered nothings upon the flies And like the fading oak I will, I will truth be told Sell the best, this story's old Annie's gone away, I'm told Have you heard the news? Annie's gone to sing the blues Old Towne Theatre booked her through Next year's party afternoon I'll miss her and you will too Lullabies and mel-o-toons Annie knows the songs will grow Into headdress mouth and throat And like the fading oak I will, I will truth be told Sell the best, this story's old Annie's gone away, I'm told
7.
03:51
Wax lips, upon these hips I took away, saw her say "We should go away" Chapped lips, and sugar tips At court today, the judge will say "Let the judgement stay" But who brings her home? I wish I could but I've grown From teeth to scratch to sewn And who will bring her home? Cracked lips, come to grips With the clay, saw her say "Let's stay today" Pursed lips, sink ships Leave him lay, I will stay Until next May But who brings her home? I wish I could but I've grown From teeth to scratch to sewn And who will bring her home?
8.
04:31
We'll hold your cradle still We'll bury you in the mill Drink in the chlorophyll It's all in the way you fill We'll sing about how you woke We'll train the horse and the yoke Your arms, your hands and feet will soak When the blood drains from your cloak We'll love you til winter comes We'll kiss you deep in the plums Fruit that ripens, summer hums A distant tune of cummerbund We'll prance low upon the brow We'll swing the fence quickly now Drank the milk from trusted cow The dairy spills, you all must bow We'll love you with arms held high We'll miss you and start to cry Sing me sleep and sing me nigh It's all the same to you and I We'll open all the cupboards bare We'll brush your teeth and comb your hair Drunk on grass and rotten pear Just say the word and we'll be there
9.
04:02
Annie came back from New Zealand With her train ticket and pock marked hand Sang me a song with her lover's band A chorus, a verse and away she ran Annie drove by in her truck Dogs in the back and Uncle Chuck No good people with rotten luck Hunting rabbits and ten point buck Annie got married last July A one armed man who lost his eye A battle of wits, courage and wry In the end, he'll watch the sky Annie doesn't know why she came To her this place is all the same From floor to sky to car and train Turn signal, changing lanes Annie grew up in Bakerstown Graduated late in a dark blue gown Wrapped it up and threw it around Watched it sink beneath the ground Annie bakes a gooseberry pie She eats it up and loves to try Balancing her fork on her thigh Poking her flesh, hear a cry Annie told me a secret now About the farmer's most trusted cow It's down on the highway, outside of town Kicking its legs, upside down Annie read online that I wrote this song Called me up, but didn't take long To ask about where it all went wrong I said "don't know. what's done is done" Ann-ie, what's the fee?, why don't you read this book for me? Ann-ie, can you please, read it slow and carefully.

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Safflower is my fourth solo album.

It was released throughout 2015, one track at a time.

It is now complete.

It is $5.

It is all electronic.

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released September 20, 2015

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Alex Riggen Illinois

Alex Riggen has been writing and recording music since he was a wee lad. His first band, Ygro Wok, was formed in 1999 and since then, he's been a member of the alternative rock band, Far From Words, and the post-metal band, Murnau. Rabbit's release in 2012 marked his first foray into the solo musician world and coincidentally was his first album with a rabbit on the cover. ... more

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