The Lotus Eaters

by Jennifer Kingwell

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1.
00:52
Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this, too, was a gift.
2.
Go without 'Til the need seeps in You're no animal Collect your novel petals for the stem And glow Glow Melt and flow Eviscerate your fragile frame And spill it out in the ragged floor A thousand different versions of yourself And if the old guard still offend They got nothing left on which you depend So enlist every ounce Of your bright blood And off with their heads Jump from the hook You're not obliged to swallow anything you despise See, those unrelenting buzzards want your life And they got no right As sure as you have eyes They got no right Just put yourself in my new shoes And see that I do what I do Because the old guard still offend They've got nothing left on which we depend So enlist every ounce Of your bright blood And off with their heads Jump from the hook You're not obliged To swallow anything you despise
3.
The Lotus Eaters will have you next Off with their flowers and off with their dex It’s a twice-bitten road up ahead Don’t lay, lady, lay in the night terror’s bed (Is it cruel to be kind or kind to be cruel? Whatever you want - they’ll take the best of you) It’s been a long time coming now, honey Won’t you take that? Be there? It wouldn’t be right To let you down easy, down easy So far down (Are you scared to be brave or brave to be scared? Whatever you hear - don’t trust in a word they’ve said) The waves they mourn and rave so far away Don’t let them carry your voice under Keep sailing til you eat the edge of day To satisfy this violent hunger Lay me down, leave us alone Wear me out, we will no longer roam To the sound beyond the barren foam Hear me out, let me go home It’s been a long time coming now. It’s been a long time coming now. It’s been a long time coming now. It’s been a long time coming.
4.
Pull a thread, pull a thread Pull a red thread from the mouths of those sleeping in the park Oh it’s not fair, it’s not fair, pouring salt on a pepper-sprayed wound They’re burning all the books Just because they could Let’s occupy the dinosaurs, pianos and the rugs Someone brought their Trojan Horse, it’s holding all our grudges for us But somewhere in the world there’s Somewhere in the world there’s… Sailors kissing nurses in Times Square Nuns kissing riot cops in temples And somewhere in the world there’s two kids with their hands in each other’s hair Kissing in tutus And the whole world is watching, the whole world is watching Cause this is the lens that makes sense Let us pray, let us pray Let us pray for the gods of those holding all the cards Oh it’s no fun, it’s no fun, turning up to your own party When no one’s there at all They just want to watch you fall Those silver spoons’ aren’t feeding many mouths these days We’re seeing through you, and we’re dancing in the fray And somewhere in the world there’s Somewhere in the world there’s… Sailors kissing nurses in Times Square Nuns kissing riot cops in temples And somewhere in the world there’s two kids with their hands in each other’s hair Kissing in tutus Sailors kissing nurses in Times Square Nuns kissing riot cops in temples And somewhere in the world there’s two kids with their hands in each other’s hair Kissing in tutus And the whole world is watching, the whole world is watching Cause this is the lens that makes sense Pull a thread, pull a thread Pull a red thread from our mouths All I want is for you to know that something was real, that day Standing in the road amongst the cops and outraged placards Cause it was history repeating, it was history repeating It was
5.
Believing she was dreaming, there once was a girl who flew to other galaxies on the cusp of sleep. When she had flown a long distance she looked down to see the earth flat and dull, and though space was cold and lonely she still flew with her eyes - that were far away, closed in bed - until she reached a certain star whose shining light pricked her hand as she stretched out to touch it. Ouch, said the girl, and the star spoke to her of boundaries that cannot be crossed because of rules that cannot be broken. The girl (whose name was Sarah), said thank you and returned to her sleeping self, who never again trusted stars.
6.
04:20
Meaning finds its way around, around you Who are you to love Who are you to find me Desire hides in faces, in faces But in yours she is searching, searching blindly Words spiral and stars, and you Curve in my mind Gaze concealing what you may be eliding This is not the first time I’ll ask you to stay But we both know you can’t just drift away We meet between the border, the border Of Mexico and the Milky Way We just don’t know when or how To go and when or what to say, anymore Take your place among a billion stars They all know who you are Your brilliant shot in the dark Has taken you so far, taken you so far Away Words spiral and stars, and you Curve in my mind Gaze concealing but I know that you’re leaving This is the last time I’ll ask you to stay Funny to think you’re only four billion years away

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Debut solo EP from Jennifer Kingwell (The Jane Austen Argument, Neon Bogart), with guest vocals from Neil Gaiman on track 5 (She Never Again Trusted Stars)

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released May 15, 2014

Produced by: Kim Lajoie and Jennifer Kingwell
Recorded at: Obsessive Music Studios
Engineered, mixed and mastered by: Kim Lajoie at Obsessive Music Studios

Vocals, keys and piano: Jennifer Kingwell
Cello: Jess Keeffe
Bass: Adam Rudegeair
Drums: Chad Blaster

String quartet on tracks 1 and 6: Rush Quartet (Terence Lu, Katherine Quirk, Derek Hawkins, Karina Di Sisto)
Horn trio on tracks 1 and 6: Lucy Vanags (French horn), Phoebe Smithies (French horn), Louise Cuming (trombone)
Violin on track 4: Lyndon Chester
Guest vocals on track 5: Neil Gaiman

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Jennifer Kingwell Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide based, Darwin born, Jennifer Kingwell is a musician and performer of ‘delicious contrasts’, crafting songs from punk ukulele anthems and sultry piano ballads to epic alternative pop.

Possessing a voice described as ‘dynamite’(T-Squat) and ‘ranging from silver tongued angel to gruff pirate’, Jennifer Kingwell is nothing short of ‘a formidable powerhouse’ (Herald Sun).
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