The Long Transition

by Curlicues

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'A Killing Jar', an accompanying short film, can be viewed here:

www.curlicuesmusic.com/film

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Judee Sill, Jean-Paul Sartre, W.G. Sebald, 'A Woman Under the Influence', L.P. Hartley, Jean Rhys, Derek Jarmen, 'Jane Eyre'

© Curlicues // Garden Variety 2015

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released December 1, 2015

All songs written, arranged and recorded by Curlicues at 6 Dalrymple Road, Bristol and Flaxlands Farm, Pillerton Hersey.
Voice on 'The Flowers of Romance' and strings on 'Joy is a Lucid Sea', 'Willows', 'Lavender Daydream', 'Ivory Palaces' and 'Silhouette' by Elise Foster.
Flute on 'Ivory Palaces' by Rebecca Dean.
Mixed and mastered by Cam Deas.

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Curlicues Lisbon, Portugal

“Quietly working away, Curlicues has been building an amazing catalogue of delicate, intimate and ambitious folk music. An artist developing in a world of his own.”

– Bristol Live Magazine

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Track Name: Willows
A word to the wind unfurls
Through milky teeth white as snow
The eyes of a daisy-chain
Float in blue far below
Your dreams held me close
As a frail web on skin
Covering your face, these lips
You graced without wanting

Oh, when you wake
New grass on a meadow grows
Where loneliness shimmers and flows

So you led me down
All stars in blossoming glow
By weeping trees, so you see
I’ve nothing to show
Heard fire kiss the dawn
Willow ribs seethe and bend
Forever bound to believe
In a season you haunted

Oh, when you wake
New grass on a meadow grows
Where loneliness shimmers and flows
Our tender mistakes
In spirals assigned to sow
A violence set free to circle and crow
Track Name: Lavender Daydream
The whisper of your name
In the sequined summer rain
Is lucid as a bell
On the nature of your ways
Fall only callous eyes
Too weak to judge you well
You’ll leave the past behind
In striving to be free
Free from the chain
That buckles and sways
From the family tree

I gave you blind encouragement
And faith, for what it’s worth
Hoped clarity, like vegetables
Would bubble from the earth
Yet, on such fantasies
We suffocate from birth
As folly and sin
Seep from within
To feed the sacred dirt

Faraway
People say
That the boy was unmoved by your love
But it was never enough
And what you thought
Was the empty talk
Of lunacy dying in the dark
Was fortitude to change
For the malice you impart
Won’t help us find a way

A killing jar enclosed
To show me purity
In deadly nightshade’s glow
From a house of wood so thin
Shed a light that shone within
With voices soft and low
I’d have been your everything
But how were you to know?
As secrecy reigns, it’s a delicate game
Yet we play on our own

Faraway
People say
That the boy was unmoved by your love
But it was never enough
To fake it through the day

On crying shoulders, quiet and meek
Truth lies in a feeling, you see
When all alone, it comes on so slow
Gather ways to talk
If that’s what you want
Track Name: Joy is a Lucid Sea
The blood of fate is running away from yesterday
With memories so tender when you cry
He won’t be borne again
For the love in my heart
It blooms and fades and withers away like candles in the dark
Because the only way to ease the pain is in time
And your good faith will someday come to light

A rush of precious sympathy
Would relinquish my part
Yet, hollow friends don’t want to talk
And worst of all
There’s a desire to seek
A love that guides me away
A love that blindly pulls me back to you again

So that’s when I run to the sea
The beautiful times tend to be
When the cruellest of days
Is a heartbeat away
I want you to be free

I find pretty lies to live for
When you lean into me
If hope was born
Why do you bleed so easily?
Track Name: Ivory Palaces
As time will tell, you were the only one
Who tried to love me honestly
When I recall what made you laugh
Pale fire hums through my regret
So, I’ll go, and
In illusions drown to see you tonight

So here’s the life that you tried to live
Laced with mistakes that you sought to forgive
As ivory palaces collapse
To adorn the waves’ acrylic grasp
Well, after all
There always hope, however slight

These are the days that we rise above
Feeding the dreams that we fill with love
Only the ghosts in your eyes
Sweet darling
Will slow the ailing tide of fear you hide

You dye your hair for immunity
For strawberry blonde is tough
And, in silence, pray for the dying day
To anchor and dissolve your distrust
And I know
I’ll bathe in the white
Of a haven of light

These are the days that we rise above
Feeding the dreams that we fill with love
Only the ghosts in your eyes
Sweet darling
Will raise the veil and decay your pride

Because it’s the only way to give
A purer vein of love
Through blackened skies
Clemency rains from above

Only a god could forgive
What you’ve done to me
And free feathered breath to coil through the trees
The golden hour is rising
What are you going to say?
It was a crime born of innocence?
The road you take will wring life
From a Sunday sigh
Does mercy fall
At the right time?
The world was torn at the seams
When you lied to me
Still, I find
I’m still breathing
Track Name: The Flowers of Romance
So, you were lying down
And your heart was like lead
Lit by a make-up moon
A sailing eye overhead
Leaves turn to coolly fade
The taste of doubt, when you’re down
For, among the rocks and stones
Pale roses are found

Yet, you still arrive at my door
With your thoughts woven to the dark
If you wanted me
Then it would have been said
When we were apart

Look on the morning dew
A railway drips to the sea
Lifting and carrying calm
On Calais’ arms to me
As plumes of curly birds
Rise from greying dunes on the wind
Your riverbed will hold me again
When summer begins
And I’ll pray

Yet, you only arrive at my door
When your thoughts are woven to the dark
And your plans to leave
Sing like knives in my heart

Reeling at the bay
I see the only way
My life can restart
As washing over me
Like a mystery
In the pearly whites of Dover
Come promises you made
At the penny arcades
Where your honeyed hands first gleaned
These kissing coins to shore
And left, tied to the core
The obsession of love’s masquerade
Track Name: You Loved Me
You know your jeans are ripped?
Down on your knees again
So take another sip
I see misery made of it
Her voice is seeping in
Clay fingers tread to the edge
And house a hidden shame
A frail silhouette

Yet, to me you’re spinning a line
What’s the deal with your lies?
Only tried to be your friend
To hear you say
You loved me at the end

A room to clear your head
Away from roving hands
Today you cut your legs
So little help to stand
Remember when you said
Good people find a way?
You say you never see my friends
I know you don’t believe in them

But, do you know what it’s like when you die?
You never looked deep enough in my eyes
Only tried to be your friend
To hear you say
You loved me in the end
We all pretend