North Star Deserter Album

Artist(s): Vic Chesnutt

Cover Art

Vic Chesnutt North Star Deserter Cover Art

Tracklist

Warm

length: 3:01

warm, the body is warm
the muscles twitch
the posture compensates
and cold, the arrow is cold
the friction warms nothing
but the point is pure
the wound it is secure
trial by error
follow a sun
and the one we have will do
what is the message on those gamma rays
that are a'penetrating you
do they say that the end
is a'coming soon
or do they say forget the sun
worship the moon
but whatever it is our pinhole prespective
cannot a'translate sufficiently
but any way, A or B
you know, it's alright with me

Glossolalia

length: 3:33
i am a stranger
lurking alone in my own vicious wilderness
while the meat in my chest
squeezes and teases a hulking hunger
groping in motion
balance is but a shimmering notion
and lurching compelled
my soul in its special hell of wet mortal limits
perpetually thirsting

but i bask in a beautiful byproduct
from twisting torque of dichotomy
what my eyes do see
in this spilling, dead wicked desert
it dances
born of babble
is now raison d'etre for the rabble
i sing my soul
with tongue
a sword in the sunlight
thrashing and flashing
glossolalia

Everything I Say

length: 6:54
The barn fell down
Since i saw it last
It's rubble now
Well so much for the past

Everything that i say
Does me this'a way
Everything,
Every little thing i say
Does me this'a way

Some call her a thief
And some people call her a prophet
But her courage is brief
Brief as little, little miss muffet

Everything that i say
Does me this'a way
Everything,
Every little thing i say
Does me this'a way

She wanted to
Be an inventor
But nothing new
Was all she could muster

Wallace Stevens

length: 2:18
i saw a blackbird
thirteen ways
then strew a fist many
mountains away
my evangelism felled
brutally taken
by breezes that rubbed me
and lifted light raven

i stretched to borrow
fine antebelleum
to encase all the scrapings
of us civilised fellow
i wanted to stash them
to secretive cages
with that fabulous blackbird
of thirteen stages

You Are Never Alone

length: 5:46
it's ok, you can take a condom
it's ok, you can take valtrex
and it's ok, you can get an abortion
and then keep on keeping on
it's ok, you can take a prilosec
and it's ok, you can take vioxx
and it's ok, you can get a quadruple bypass
and then keep on keeping on

you are never alone

it's ok, in moderation
it's ok, cutting down
it's ok, you can quit tomorrow
but for now keep on keeping on
it's ok, you can take the bible
and it's ok, you can be saved
and it's ok, you can be forgiven
and for now keep on keeping on

you are never alone

Fodder on Her Wings

length: 3:13
A bird fell to earth
Reincarnated from her birth
She had fodder in her wings
She had dust inside her brains
She flitted here and there
United States, Switzerland, France, England, everywhere
With fodder in her wings
And dust inside her brains
Oh how sad
Oh how sad
Oh how sad

She watched the people how they lived
They'd forgotten how to give
They had fodder in their brains
They had dust inside their wings

She watched them how they tried to live
They'd forgotten how to give
They had fodder in their wings
They had dust inside their brains
Oh how sad
Oh how sad
Oh how sad
A bird fell to earth
Reincarnated from her birth
She had fodder in her wings
She had dust inside her brains
She flitted here and there
United States, France, England, everywhere
With fodder in her wings
And dust inside her brains
Oh how sad
Oh how sad
Oh how sad

She watched the people how they lived
They'd forgotten how to give
They had fodder in their wings
They had dust inside their brains

She watched them how they tried to live
They'd forgotten how to give
They had fodder in their wings
They had dust inside their brains
Quel pays
Quel pays
Quel pays

Splendid

length: 8:30
in the pasture we run free
by the spring creek we lie down
in the pine thicket we are p____ed
in the dry wash
we come across an incomplete set of bleached bones

splendidly full of life
wandering the countryside

down the logging road we stray
in the orchard we feast
to the rocky ridge we persist
as the sun sets
we are enveloped by oddly energized orange light

splendidly full of life
wandering the countryside

on the beach we had fun
by the rocks in the sun
we were young we were free
we were wild as the weeds
below cliffs
surrounded by driftwood
we did everything we could
we did everything we
everything we could

Rustic City Fathers

length: 4:24
those rustic city fathers were realtors,
realtors
and all that profit taking
was a beautiful awakening
they built themselves a beauty by the ton,
ton by ton

i went there in a panic or for fun,
or for fun
i thought i had a calling
anyway i just kept dialling
and i sat beside the big puddle like a shriner,
angry shriner

so i went to view the tower
its majesty on a dead end street
it was a very long journey
and it took a lot of energy
i strode across the flat battlefield in the sun,
the filthy sun

Over

length: 4:01
it ain't over til it's over
just like some joker said
when it's over it is done
and when it's done it's as good as dead

when it's good it sure is good
yes and when it's good it's great
when it's great it's oh so wonderful
but when it ain't it ain't

it sucks when it's over
and you can't get it back
why do we all want to
like a pack of necrophiliacs

when the fat lady sings
it's all been sung
collect up your belongings
and clear the auditorium

it was fun while it lasted yes it was
it was fun while it lasted
now it's all turned to dust
it was fun while it lasted i must say
it was fun while it lasted
now it's all blown away
everything blows away someday
everything turns to dust
big ol' mountains do
as well as everyone of us
and i love the dust

Debriefing

length: 8:28
when i stop breathing
and my poor old heart finally gives out
i will spend eternity
debriefing, debriefing, debriefing, debriefing

when i deplete the funds
and they're forced to pull the plug
chisel on my tombstone
debriefing, debriefing, debriefing, debriefing

Marathon

length: 5:35
composer: Vic Chesnutt
lyricist: Vic Chesnutt
to-do lists on a long yellow legal pad
blue windsor knots framed by basic black
resplendent tables
great forests of paper plates
carrying the weight of the world
saps every ounce of your strength

in training to run a marathon
miles and miles and miles
with your sunday shoes on
in training to run a marathon
miles and miles and miles
with your dress shoes on

but all the recurring dreams
will increase and then peter out and cease
tears do evaporate
but oh so slowly like p___ on toilet seat

in training to run a marathon
miles and miles and miles
with your sunday shoes on
in training to run a marathon
miles and miles and miles
with your dress shoes on

Rattle

length: 1:29
keeping it on the road
keeping it on the road
can't say i didn't rattle the load
but i'm keeping it on the road
can't say i didn't rattle the load
but i'm keeping it on the road