My Arrow

by Patti King

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A collection of songs from a time when everything seemed so clear.

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released June 1, 2012

Todd Bayles....accordion • Joe Cunningham.....saxophone • Ashia Grzesik...cello • Matt Iverson...trumpet • Willem Joersz...acoustic bass • Dave Jones..........percussion, glockenspiel, backing vocals • Kyleen King....backing vocals • Patti King...vocals, guitar, ukulele, violin • Adam Schneider...trombone

All songs written by Patti King. © 2012 Recorded at the Map Room in Portland, OR. Engineered by Dave Jones. Edited and mixed by Dave Jones and Rian Lewis. Produced by Patti King and Randy Bemrose. Original cover art by Zia Luehrman - www.zialuehrman.com

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Patti King Portland, Oregon

In 1997, my father taught me how to play "Eight Days a Week" by the Beatles, and then the songwriting began. The hours spent in my room after school writing and drilling new songs allowed me to shape my style and vision. The songs come more slowly these days, but have grown greater in density. ... more

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Track Name: Decades
They gave it all they could
Through the needles and frozen years
But they never said a word
Never

Sealed lips mumbling
Stories of the people they have loved
Bare skin shivering
From the night air flowing through their minds
Truth awakening

Silence so understood
All of the promises over time
But they never said a word
Never

Sealed lips mumbling
Stories of the people they have loved
Bare skin shivering
From the night air flowing through their minds
Truth awakening

Hollow right to the end
Decades of nothingness
But they never said a word
Never
Track Name: Make It So
Three more steps and you're home again
Dust the dirt out of your hair
One deep breath and the day falls down
Floods of feeling fuel the air

Puff upon your cigarette
Keep your eyes right on the sun
Count the days you don't regret
There's nothing to drag you down

Just 'cause you say it doesn't make it so
Just 'cause you want it doesn't make it yours
Just 'cause you built it doesn't make it safe
Just 'cause you feel it doesn't make it true

Talk until your teeth go numb
Throw your letters through the air
Wider and brighter your eyes dry of water
Pools of sand and clouds of dust

Just one knock and the lock's undone
Pull the cobwebs from your lips
History and songs of love
After all there's only this

Just 'cause you say it doesn't make it so
Just 'cause you want it doesn't make it yours
Just 'cause you built it doesn't make it safe
Just 'cause you feel it doesn't make it true
Track Name: Cheer Up
The end of an era
A cheap farewell
The days that once were
Will never be again

All my condolences
And sincere regret
For your happiness passed
And new loneliness debt

Cheer up
You powerful charm
Look down upon the darkening days
Give up
Your remnants of faith
And dream new dreams
And find new ways
And then you'll make this whole world
A more beautiful place

A pocketful of memories
And long forgotten songs
A lingering suspicion
That you knew all along

The chaos of new birth
And dying love
It will consume all of you
If you don't feed it enough

Cheer up
You powerful charm
Look down upon the darkening days
Give up
Your remnants of faith
So you can dream new dreams
And then you'll find new ways
And then you'll make this whole world
A more beautiful place

The end of an era
Tears for a friend
The hands that once held her
Are on the mend
Track Name: Doomed
Being in good company
Did not distract me
From feeling like a fool
On a ship doomed to crash

I wear my scowl
Out on the town
Without thinking
Without speaking

Can't face the faces
Gnawing on my quaking heart
Oh so unkind
A million jagged parts

Downhill
Sunken ship
This is it
Track Name: My Arrow
If I drop all of these vices
Will I float into space?
To be the best the fastest
Seems the ultimate race

Try to shoot
My arrow at
The bullseye of perfection
Before I'm pulled
Into the pitfalls
Of my own convention

Start each day
Downing genius

If I stop all of these curses
Will I look like A. Saint?
A paradigm of glory
Face so red with restraint

Try to shoot
My arrow at
The bullseye of invention
Before I die
Or slip into
The blankness of pretension

Start each day
Downing genius

What are you looking at?
And where are you traveling to?
And what is the next step
When the sunshine pours through?
And when is the last time?
How sure is your mind?
Why do you keep looking when there's nothing left to find?

If I stop all of these curses
Will I turn into Grace?
Consumed at every moment
All my love will enlace
Track Name: Solo
I shake when I talk
Without you by my side
I cry while I sleep
When you're not here next to me

Oh, my heart is alone
When you're so many miles from home

I sing all your parts
In the songs we used to play
I sleep in your clothes
While the smell of you fades away

Oh, my woes are my own
When you can't make it to your phone

Oh, what will I do
For half a year without you?

I'll wait for my love
To come walking through the door
I'll count every chill
Till he's here to keep me warm

Oh, my heart will ever beat
With the rhythm of a love so sweet