scrapwood and wire

by martin silver

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released May 7, 2014

recorded under the bed on a four-track one day in january 2014.

all noises, music and lyrics by martin silver

except "the acorn and the lightning" and "the long falling" from "the quiet" by anne-marie turza



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martin silver Berlin, Germany

Martin is a Canadian and has been living in Berlin Germany since 2002. He has a wife and two kids and although he loves them very dearly, he was so excited by the fact of being home alone for a weekend at the begining of 2014, that he decided to take apart the bottom bunk in the kids room and build a very small yet cozy recording studio. Scrapwood and Wire is a record of this weekend ... more

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Track Name: nothin but the gallows
it so happens that it's awful
they were thinking to be helpful
no please, and a lot of other things

and they are so very cheerfull
savin us and oh so boastfull
no please, and a lot of other things

chalkin up we have our hands full
grumble words our disapproval
oh please, and a lot of other things

all of it is gone, the wind blows
nothin left except the gallows
oh please, and a lot of other things
Track Name: flowers my love is
flowers my love is
for she smells just so
and so everytime i see flowers
i like to bend my back
and smell my girls neck
her neck a flower smell

precious my love is
for she laughs just so
and so everytime i am with her
i like to hold her hand
and make my girl sing
her laugh a lovely song
Track Name: the long falling
A man is sewing button holes into the wings of moths. The wings tear, and the man keeps sewing. It is long ago. The world still has an end.
The man carries the moths there. Gently. They begin their long falling.
--- Anne-Marie Turza, "The Quiet"
Track Name: heh you
heh you
girl with your eyes so bright
feel the pull
the moon on the tide

heh you
girl with your smile so wide
ocean sigh
a thousand times

heh you
girl dancing so light
in the night
stars dreaming

sing a song
dancing along in starlight
standing still and movin fast
a melody
another step another breath

heh you
tell me what say you
how do you do?
do you feel it too?

heh you
let's go awhile
and sing a tune
a thousand miles
Track Name: the acorn and the lightning
The quiet is not unlike the acorn, strung on a piece of twine, hung in
the corner of a window, to keep the house, years ago, from lightning.

The quiet is not unlike the lightning, drawn to the room's uncovered

--- Anne-Marie Turza
Track Name: a song for lady franklin
know as the man, shoes he ate
he could survive anything
one hundred men looked to him
they're of to sea without

he never returned

10 000 pounds
i would freely give
to know on earth
that my franklin do live

they had enough for three years
a sailing ship to withstand
one hundred souls to their grave
no single one to be saved
Track Name: the hound
the voice says leaving
in thirty
and they all line up
are waiting

it is open
we awaken
an go in

the driver pulls out
we're leavin
my eyes are gazing
the window

we are passing
thoughts are goin