Safflower

by Alex Riggen

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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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Track Name: Seam
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
Track Name: Again
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
Track Name: Flow
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
Track Name: Frenchie
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
Track Name: Love
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
Track Name: Oak
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
Track Name: Wax
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?
Track Name: Empress
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
Track Name: Red
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.