Follow my Lead, Lead me to Follow

by The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra

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Follow my Lead, Lead me to Follow is the second full length record from the Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra.

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released 14 October 2012
Produced and Engineered by David Travers-Smith
Recorded at Canterbury Music Company and Found Sound
in Toronto Ontario in March and April, 2012
Mastered by David Travers-Smith

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Track Name: Canoe Song
The snake eats its tail because it's dead and alive
If we follow the signs, we'll be sure to arrive
On Time

Living in shadows, the ghosts of the past
They pass their parts on to me, anatomy of my memory

The hillsides are soaked in the blood of our ancestors
Finding our way through these tall stands of Grandfathers

I found in your face all the truth that I need
My faith in your body, we're planting the seed

Follow my Lead, Lead me to Follow
Track Name: Sunrise
watching the sunrise at the end of the road
by the big ole house with the leaning flag pole
sitting alone and watching the light
the pedals start to open and the pails getting bright

I don't mind the world today, it does me no wrong, and it looks okay
some other morning I'll disagree, it'll be a lot colder and the mist will be me

I can't hear them calling my name
but their singing about the coal mine
one flies by and beats my breath out
never gonna make it back now

I won't be sleeping I'll be closing my eyes
and if you come to see me could you read my mind
by that time sunlight will shine on my face
some will be lying in some resting place

I don't mind the world today, it does me no wrong, and it looks okay
some other morning I'll disagree, it'll be a lot colder and the mist will be me

I can't hear them calling my name
but their singing about the coal mine
one flies by and beats my breath out
never gonna make it back now
Track Name: Otters
Electricity in the air, and it comes from our bones
And everyone knows
Yes our Bones

Warm Mother’s milk and it flows, takes care of us all
Oh, one and all
Yes us all

The Folks who come before us say it’s all a choice
Don’t waste your time
And though a death may separate
We’re gonna live on
We’re gonna….


Shine


A Baby that cries to be born and its cries are alive
Puts hearts next to knives
Still we survive

The door at our feet and it glows, exposes us all
Our back on the wall
We hear the call

We’ve all got dues and debts to pay and grow up quick
In blinding light
And though we bend like blades of grass
We’re gonna live on
We’re gonna….


Shine
Track Name: Nose Hill
More straight west than North from home
This land was once my tomb
Now reconciled by thoughts alone
Stones once where the buffalo roamed

These venoms of the land take hold
Of quiet coulee brown and gold
Where eagle flew the clouds so bold
The distant cry, the story’s told


And Rise, Rise Again
Don’t let those voices from behind prevail
And Rise, Rise Again
Don’t let those ghosts break your heart, and win


Those once weak, now strong they know
To hold their ground and fight the cold
So sun and rain and moonlight fall
To the ground….we pray for more…..


And Rise, Rise Again
Don’t let those voices from behind prevail
And Rise, Rise Again
Don’t let those ghosts break your heart, and win
And Rise, Rise Again
Don’t let those spirits stop your song, and sing
And Rise, Rise Again
And in the cold and dark, I’ll take you in
Track Name: Lives Be Brave
and we let our lives be brave
and we drove so far away
to a place where nothing's saved
and with every breath we pray

and our joy it comes in waves
taste of sun parched on your lips
only the shell of her remains
the ghost it lives within your hips

and you said you needed space
but you know you're always gone
and she is your saving grace
but you're still your father's son
Track Name: Sadie
please tell me, Sadie
where are we going
please tell me when
will you come down
how many trips
how many hairdos
til you will see me eye to eye

when i grew up
i was in your hands
i didn't know
that you were there
what can i say
j'ais deja connue
it isn't fair
that your so tall

well i think you are pretty great
spend a lot of time together
when do you think you'll figure out
it's not getting better
i think you are pretty neat
look good in bad weather
when do you think you'll figure out
we're not together

you say were done
you said it's over
you saw it on the cbc
I like your bed
I like your control
when I don't see your crying eye

well i think you are pretty great
spend a lot of time together
when do you think you'll figure out
it's not getting better
i think you are pretty neat
look good in bad weather
when do you think you'll figure out
we're not together
Track Name: 25 Years
I lay down by the grave of a stranger and stared at the sky

By the time I got to your house


You let me in left my age by the door and sank you heart into mine

By the time I left your house


Winter came for a day to remind me of beauty and death and cold

By the time the moon came to


One black boot your crumpled shirt and cheap red wine that stained the sides of the soul

By the time I see you tonight I'll be fine


The sky stood still and was painted by your eyes to lead me down to you

By the time our sun had set


I saw last night the pain in your eyes and I shook me oh it cut me so deep

By the time you hear these words I'll be fine


I'll be fine

I'll be fine
Track Name: What We See
We walk to the shore we step among the bones
In a river we all swim water above our heads
With these friends of mine I know I’ll be just fine
When I go to deep I know they’ll toss a line


Give the strength to me the courage to go on
Through the mountain stream and down the road beyond
If you give to me these tools that I need
I ‘ll go on and on let no one shake my creed


We see what we see
We know what we’ve been told
As the clay poured in the mold
The seed of the tallest tree

With the water comes the flood
With the heat the burn (more spoken)
So the knowing in the pain
So the river in the rain
Track Name: Xo Tango
Ella mando por correo un cuento que no creo tiene fin

I was untrue I don't refute now I refuse your love but keep you as a muse


Ella dijo nos falte algo y sin ello uno no puede cerrer

That which we've lost I can not name but we've paid the cost since nothing is the same
Track Name: Mountains on Fire
I heard it in my sleep
The memory is in the blood
And when I go away from here you'll be fine
Cause you'll find
The memory is in the blood




Placing my hands on the rock it was freezing
Water poured over me dripping with meaning
The mountain is on fire it's burning beneath us
Begging the sweat of the ocean to great us


Ohhh The mountains on fire, let the flames fly higher


My head underwater my brotherhood baptized
We hold ourselves whole with our souls in our eyes
There are people you meet in this life that burn so bright
Sparks in there eyes cause you voice to ignite


Ohh Our voices on Fire, Let our voices rise higher


I feel like at night that we both share a heart beat
The warm veil of darkness surrenders our honesty
The symphony of sleep has our breath as the chorus
And each night we write a somnambulist opus


Ohh my heart is on fire, let the flames fly higher
Track Name: NSK
Banded apart like family at war
Sacrifices made but unheard
The places we are, to have what we love
the crux at our every turn

And can we not let be, what has been
and so we are weakened instead
by madness and darkness, and so foolish choices
well let us be heard by these voices

come pick me up and stay for a while
I'll drag you through the snakes and the dogs
I'll put you on top of the clouds for a view
You'll be here, already, with me

To hate one's brother, is to kill ones self
or to love one's sister instead
and how do we choose, the stone or the water
a song to pursue our demon

come pick me up and stay for a while
I'll drag you through the snakes and the dogs
I'll put you on top of the clouds for a view
You'll be here, already, with me

The Chaos is brought, in uncharted waters
where coastline replaces the sky
and oh how we miss, the nests of our mothers
Now who hears us cry

come pick me up and stay for a while
I'll drag you through the snakes and the dogs
I'll put you on top of the clouds for a view
You'll be here, already, with me