Okkervil River - Rider Lyrics

release date: 2011-5-6
genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
styles: Indie Rock
length: 4:26
producer: Will Sheff
vocal: Beth Wawerna, Joy Askew and Nicole Atkins
mixer: Phil Palazzolo
engineer: Phil Palazzolo
cello: Ben Kalb
co-producer: Phil Palazzolo
additional electric guitar: Will Sheff
electric guitar: Brian Cassidy and Ben Lance
piano: Scott Brackett
drums (drum set): Stephen Belans
acoustic guitar: Jeff Johnston
bass: Zachary Thomas
Baby's ball all blood red of flayed pigs
And silk soft little things
Fill a house hung from strings
And I fly out on my silver, scissoring wings
(with the other sardines)
Over cities of things mommies need
Light as gas, and half-assedly free,
Like I was in nineteen ninety three.

Over the ruins like we're staggering apes.
What we get is what we take
In a split open place where a man can get kinged
In a palace of panic and flames
Where nobody gets blamed
By the tired, and broke down, and beat.
In sunken gardens where there was a street.

West over water I rambled and paced,
And the blood river raced like the sweat down my face.
And the stadium roared.
And the warriors embraced.
And the golden shore groaned
Beneath the weight of my tastes.
And I blazed
In the last orange hours of the day,
Until the dust hazed and hid us away.

So, little baby, be brave.
I see your dad riding over the rise,
Crashing his whole cavalcade through the crowd.
Watch them run on all sides.

And the neon white branches,
And the carrion fly
On a congressman's eye
I have wrapped up for you in some old autumn leaves,
And left under a rock out on Rock-Rockaway Beach,
Beneath the trees.

I have laughed my best hiss to the whistling breeze.
There's a hole in my throat.
You can note my last wheeze if you need.
And then take hold of the rope
Down we scream.

Track Listing
CD 1
  • 1 The Valley
  • 2 Piratess
  • 3 Rider
  • 4 Lay of the Last Survivor
  • 5 White Shadow Waltz
  • 6 We Need a Myth
  • 7 Mermaid
  • 8 Show Yourself
  • 9 Your Past Life as a Blast
  • 10 Wake and Be Fine
  • 11 The Rise