We Sink Ships

by Cutleri

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    ...We Sink Ships will take you on a ride. Cutleri’s debut album veers into sea shanties, chamber music, luminous harmonies, down-home rawness, abstract collages, and raucous rhythms. Clicking on each song below will give you all the details. Download includes bonus video...

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released 22 April 2012

Jessie Shaffer (Fork) ~ Heidi Harris (Knife) ~ Christen Napier (Spoon)

with Mike Milazzo (Ladle) and Matt Boyle (Wine Key)

Recorded and Produced at Barefoot Flamingo Recording:
Mario Salvati ~ Engineer/ Producer
Nicole Penix ~ Co-engineer

Artwork by Matt Boyle www.dominantfiction.com

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Cutleri Brooklyn, New York

An eclectic, avant-garde approach to traditional folk, combining three-part harmony with unconventional instrumentation accented by otherworldly, abrasive violin licks and slippery, psychedelic clarinet lines, all underpinned by a banjo sound that can be melodious and soothing one moment and percussive and arrhythmic the next.

Fork: Jessie Shaffer
Knife: Heidi Harris
Spoon: Christen Napier
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Track Name: Work in the Field
Early mornin’ sunrise
Rooster crows sayin’ it’s time
To get a move-on
Catch my early morning
Rider with my cousin
I hear the birds start to sing
About the weather
‘Wonder what this day will bring

Work in the field I said work in the field
Nothin’ like growin’ your very next meal
Work in the field I said work in the field
Life may be hard but at least it’s real

And the clouds roll by
Past the daylight moon
And the air is sweet
And I know that soon
I’ll be pushin’ the earth with my plow

We pull up in the rig
A moment to survey the land
Of many colors
Amber and a shade of green
Is comin’ up now
Lookit how mother nature
Seems to work a magic
Not a one can explain

Work in the field I said work in the field
One is born as the other’s killed
Work in the field I said work in the field
An empty heart is sure to be filled

And the sun beats down
And the wind starts blowin’
And the sun climbs higher
And the crows start crowin’
And I wipe the sweat from my brow

Evenin’s gettin’ close
It’s time to bring in the horses
With my cousin
Sit together sharin’ some bread
And some water
Talkin’ ‘bout life and today and time
And wonder what’s to come down the line

Work in the field I said work in the field
Time a keeps a movin’ as it’s standin’ still
Work in the field I said work in the field
An empty heart is sure to be filled

And the sun sinks low
And the wind dies down
And the stars fade in
As we head back home
And I thank God for right now
Track Name: Go Go Go
If I go to the city, I could miss what a pretty
day on top of the roof it’d be
but if I go to the city
this scene would still be pretty
to the half naked birds and bees
oh now go, go, go, go
oh now go, go, go, go.

do, do, do, do, do...

No one needs such a big plate
heaping hounds of disaster
ring it up when its good and gone.
Darlin’ you send me
oh, you send me
honest you do
honest you do.
Oh now go
go, go, go
Oh now go
go, go, go

Les cornouillers sont la memoire de l'hiver.
Fleurs blanches seulement pour un instant,
Le vent arrive et jette ces fleurs
Dans le ciel, elles entrent...

do, do, do, do, do...
Track Name: The Egyptian Swing
Let’s sail on the water
And don’t forget that wine
Let’s sail on the water
And we’ll forget the time

When nightshade falls
The stars appear
And tell us what they know
Let’s sail on the water
And get lost in the flow

Then we can sing
The Egyptian Swing
And dance a little too

Let’s slide on the sunlight
Have you ever caught a ray?
Let’s slide on the sunlight
It can last all through the day

When morning comes
The dragonflies
Will weave a song to play
Let’s slide on the sunlight
Before it fades away

When the dewdrops dry
You shouldn’t cry
‘Cause your tears might vanish too

Let’s sleep in the meadow
With flowers in our hair
Let’s sleep in the meadow
There’s plenty room to share

The wind will change the colors
And the moon will fill the sky
Let’s sleep in the meadow
And rest all through the night

I can dream of you and you can dream of me
And we can hold each other tight
Yes I can dream of you and you can dream of me
And we can hold each other tight
Track Name: Gentle Creatures
Gentle creatures
walk right past me
gentle creatures
walk right past me, right past me.

I see the moon and the moon sees me.
God bless the moon
and God bless me.

and gentle creatures walk right past me
right past me.

It’s ready now for fixing
it’s ready to break down.
It’s ready to be forgotten
and ready to be found.

and gentle creatures walk right past me
right past me.
Track Name: Lilting
What did you say? Hey hey...
I said I said it’s over my head...

Make the grade, fit the bill
Are you over the hill?
Or are you just searchin’
For some kind of thrill?

Learn the ropes, in the raw
Dream of that saw
You know they’ll be lookin’
For every flaw

Slug it out, with a roar
Even the score
Your momma’s a pimp
And your daddy’s a whore

Did you sin? Gotta pray
If you wanna be saved
Call us ahead of time
We’ll reserve you a grave

Hey hey

Off the mark, give it time
Save a nickel and dime
Or else you’ll just be left
With reason and rhyme

Give a wink, close the deal
You know it’s been real
There’s just no melting
That soul of steel

Play the fool, from the hip
Then give ‘em the slip
Rev up that Mustang
And leave us a strip

It’s your choice, to dive deep
Or climb so steep
But watch out cuz next time
We’re playin’ for keeps

What did you say? Hey hey...

I said I said it’s over my head...
I said I said I’d rather be dead
Track Name: We Sink Ships
When the loon dives, I do too
I’d like to take you down to
the place where the broken glass lays

When the siren cries I do too
I’d like to drag you down to
the place where sun never stays

When the fire flies, I do too
I’ll steal you away to
where earthworms and corpses still play

We sink ships at rapid clips,
aided by the loons that fly.
Nevermind that anchor you,
just sail that voice aloud, you.

A goldfinch by chance, I gave it to you,
now don’t you leave me too.
You’ve taken away all my fear.

Silver Kings advance, I do too
won’t let ya steal her away too
I reckon she’s stayin’ right here.

Yo ho ho, yo ho ho...

We sink ships at rapid clips
Aided by the loons that fly.
Beware ye this mortal coil,
where sailors drown and blood boils.

When the cranes dance, I do too.
I’ll steal her away to
where death cannot touch you, my dear.
Track Name: Glow
I’m proud because you give your love horizons to
the sky above.
Proud because you are strong
the dance of days
it plays too long.

You are someone who takes it slow
still I love how fast you can go.
I am someone
the here and gone
and when I’m gone...

oh, you glow
you glow...
oh, you glow
you glow.

I’m proud because you stand alone
the river runs into the stone.
Proud because in a storm
the windy light will keep me warm.

and oh, you glow
you glow...
oh, you glow
you glow.

You light my love,
you light my love.

oh, you glow
you glow...
oh, you glow
you glow.
Track Name: Probably, but We Shouldn't Talk About It
Probably, but we shouldn’t talk about it.
Soggily, eat it.

Probably words, probably birds
but we shouldn’t talk about it...
interested in wine
yes sir all the time
interested.

It’s delicious
fisherman, going insane...
it’s daughters
on their way
possibly
probably...

whistle wanda
whistle if you’ve got your laces figured out
weathered wanda
don’t you want a way out?

Probably, but we shouldn’t talk about it
we shouldn’t talk about it
we shouldn’t talk about it
we shouldn’t talk about it.

Dina...
Dina blow your hooray to the morning
it’s all gone to hell anyway...
well probably, but we shouldn’t talk about it...
probably, but we shouldn’t talk about it...
yeah probably, but we shouldn’t talk about it.
Track Name: Burrower
See, we’ll wait and see
‘Cause tonight I can’t see clearly
See, we’ll wait and see
‘Cause tonight I can’t see clearly

Are you really here to stay?
Are your words just a promise made?
With all this back and forth in my head
I can’t see the future

There’s so much left to say
Our last night’s far away
With all this back and forth in my head
I can’t see the future

See, we’ll wait and see
‘Cause tonight I can’t I can’t see clearly
See, we’ll wait and see
‘Cause tonight I can’t see clearly

There’s one thing left to say
By your sweet side I’ll stay
Head’s clear, my eyes are wide
And I think I can see the future

See, we’ll wait and see
‘Cause tonight I can’t I can’t see clearly
See, we’ll wait and see
‘Cause tonight I can’t see clearly

Please help me look ahead
Out of my head.
Track Name: Bed
Hush dear I’ve gone
dear I’ve gone
far away dear
please do not worry
I’ll be back someday.

Soon I’ll wake up
in our bed
you’ll be sleeping
next to me
next to me.
Track Name: Movie Star
1234...

Don’t have to be a movie star
For me to like you as you are
Don’t have to buy me diamond rings
I’ll be satisfied with anything

Shine that spotlight over here
Lend me all your pretty ears because
Soon this show will end

If they say hurry, or take it slow
It don’t matter cuz you know where to go
Left down the avenue, right up the street
Even hot pavement will be cool to your feet

Don’t have to be a movie star
For me to like you as you are
Don’t have to buy me diamond rings
I’ll be satisfied with anything

Set lights flash from hidden towers
Lines that last for hours and hours
But this time they want you

A few weeks later, the film is complete
Now the whole nation wants a box office seat
Who would have guessed you had the golden touch?
The greatest sensation since Starsky and Hutch

Don’t have to be a movie star
For me to like you as you are
Don’t have to buy me diamond rings
I’ll be satisfied with anything

Send that fan mail to the ghetto
Sing that alto in falsetto
Then let me shake your hand

Roll the red carpet, make sure you’re in view
A standing ovation is sure to ensue
Pose for the cameras and wave when you laugh
Cuz someone might want your autograph

Don’t have to be a movie star
For me to like you as you are
Don’t have to buy me diamond rings
I’ll be satisfied with anything

You may need a long vacation
To mend this weary situation
And shades to hide your eyes

There ain’t no ticket to get on this train
The ride comes free with fortune and fame
Conductor don’t carry no aces or spades
He already knows that your dues have been paid