The Way The Trees Are

by Big City

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released May 6, 2013

THE WAY THE TREES ARE

Borja Lasala: Piano, hammond, omnichord, vibráfono, cuerdas, sintetizadores, percusión, efectos
Hugo Lasala: Guitarra eléctrica, percusión, efectos
Miguel Yrureta: Bajo
Francho Pérez: Batería, percusión
Javier Vicente: Voz, guitarra eléctrica, steel guitar, guitarra acústica & nylon, piano, rhodes, hammond, mellotron, cuerdas, sintetizadores, wurlitzer, melódica, percusión, efectos, samples, programación

con

Dave Eringa: Percusión en My Fondly Fahrenheit
Vee & J.J. Eringa: Metales en Dear Tourist
Paula Sánchez-Lafuente: Batería en The Future
Nacho Ruiz: Teclado en The Future





Letra y canciones por Javier Vicente
Música por Big City

Grabado y producido por Borja Lasala y Javier Vicente en Zaragoza y Madrid entre septiembre de 2011 y octubre de 2012.

Mezclado por Dave Eringa en Electric Daveyland, Old Harlow, en noviembre de 2012

Masterizado por Javier Roldón en Vacuum Mastering, Zaragoza, entre diciembre de 2012 y enero de 2013. Visita www.vacuummastering.com

Diseño: rafafans. Visita www.rafafans.com

Hello Winter contiene un sample de la película The Deer Hunter (Universal Pictures, 1978)
El arte gráfico contiene elementos de la serie La Subversion Des Images, de Paul Nougé (1929-1930). Archives et Musée de la Littérature, Bruselas © Paul Nougé. Visita www.aml-cfwb.be

Big City quieren agradecer su apoyo y paciencia a María, Susana, Inés, Pat, Bruno, Claudia & Jorge, Ángel, Inma, Adela, La Lata de Bombillas, Jorge de Bautista, Gran Derby Records, Iván Jiménez, Pedro Vizcaíno, Sheriff, la familia Eringa, Gabriel y Vencerás, Miren Iza, Alondra Bentley, Moloko Sound Club, Blackula Records, Rubén Grande Rock, Raúl Julián Carpintero y a los chicos de Entretenimiento y Comunicación de Fnac Pza. España en Zaragoza

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Track Name: Hello Winter
Can you feel the static coming?
Incandescent feet of giants crossing
oh the precious winds of your mind?
In formation
That’s how I feel right now

So say hello, say hello
So say hello, say hello
You say hello, say hello

Do you see the soundless glow
from years ago
being slain by
all the timid goodbyes?

And every bird, still, frozen
Every moment
will remain unspoken

Stare through my thoughts for no reason
Keep my sneakers for such treason
Just let go of me, that’s your mission
And you, don’t fail us, not this season

Can you feel the frost approaching?
Magnetic crying eyes of owls in
oh a slowly fluttering rust
Suspended in the air
like if asking the dust

So say hello, say hello
So say hello, say hello
You say hello, say hello

Demons bay, I stay for no reason
and let the wrong one in my prison
Just let go of me, that’s your mission
And you, don’t fail us, not this season
Just let go of me, that’s your mission
And you, don’t fail us, not this season
Track Name: A Whole New Level Of Suck
I slip through the cracks,
take your hand with a smile
“wake up, wake up, wake up”
My miniature you’d see
if you crawled out your window
Sure it’s cold these days
The cobblestones they rub my cape
I’ve always tried to look like a gentleman

All this and more I thought
while in Belmont Heights
When I found someone with
whom to talk alone
A rustling silhouette
imploring to leave this place

A whole new level,
a brand new day of carelessness
stretches out ahead

The everyday fake fir
Can’t you see that you bore her?
Come on, come on, come on
With marble eyes I try
to teach you from the hourglass,
but it’s like one of these dreams
where I implode into a squeal
and not even I can hear myself scream

All this and more I thought
while in Meigs Field
When I found someone with
whom to talk alone
A rustling silhouette
unable to leave this place

A whole new level,
a brand new day of carelessness
stretches out ahead

I’d love to see your eyes glow
Too bad I’m dead since I don’t know
For now you can ignore me
Tomorrow I’ll slip through the cracks
and take your hand
Track Name: (They Had) Beards
They had beards
so we grew beards
And then you grew a beard too
So we all had beards
when the rest grew beards

There was lavish praise,
wishful thinking
A heartfelt photographing of common dreams
We followed you into a sugarcube in the sun

Once up there
young pages glared
Nothing shone but it was great
The castle spun
The walls, undone

There was devotion,
swoons, emotions
All too lovely squalid for words

And when eagles dared
to flog our eyes,
we took our hands
and held them tight
Hoping we still could make it through the night

Well, everything should forever last
But all the while with a smile, with our beards,
our questions
took us to a new church

We stormed into the main hall,
where mouths were filled
with sudden stars
There stood the knife
we were divided by:
Another king with a very active sleep life
Track Name: My Fondly Fahrenheit
You can be these tides you don’t trust
In the morning, after
the changing of the guards
and all the laughter

He can be these hands, moon and milk,
just right before you
hold aloft the trophy
Let’s murmur softly:

We can be carefully laid out, paralyzed,
above the sea
And you, you bursting into flames,
be our juggler slumped over the waves

You can be our midfielder, yes you can
(Slumped over the waves)
You play the game the right way, yes you do
(Slumped over the rules)

You can be these books you can’t read
In the evening, after
the animals awake
and the fences fracture

She can be queen, phone operator,
in a foreign language
only you can speak,
my sleeping driver

We can be carefully laid out, paralyzed,
above the sea
And you, you bursting into flames,
be our juggler slumped over the waves

You can be our midfielder, yes you can
(Slumped over the waves)
You play the game the right way, yes you do
(Slumped over the rules)
Track Name: How I Met Your Head
Decorated
with your girlfriend’s boyfriends’ ex-friends’ mist
Made of one too many mornings
like a rich Marwood,
like a cool Withnail from the East
You, you really had the nerve
to announce they really had the nerve

But I do remember a time
yes when you used to sport your life
on an empty canvas
after you flung the curtains wide
And I don’t know, I don’t know
I got to feed your hopes from the start

But you’re a big boy now
I’d rather let you down

Fluxing with old Einstein to the past,
to when I took to the meths
before I had to exile myself
Arrives a time of dust, of quests,
of newness in the air,
of clutching onto anything and asking
“Please, keep me away from prying eyes
Keep me away from dreadful lips”

But now, with plasticine intentions
Jaded shallowness
The same old little plans
in your metallic universe
Man, I don’t know, I don’t know
I see no secret to it at all

If you’re a big boy now
I’d rather let you down

Melting plastic aerial covered up your face
Looking like the rest again
That’s how I met your head
Track Name: Your War Games
It was flaming hot the day your mom
gave birth to you, her only son
The ceiling fan cut up the sun
into a puzzle on the tiles
where your dad melted undecided
You grew up tall in Wealth and Art
Well, I guess you were just like us

Some nights we used to run and hide
out in the woods like fireflies
The moon hung low
and that was all I needed then
But you needed more
You settled as a beggar and asked her
“May I stay in
and forever stand upon your peak,
with not a thing to sigh for or to seek?”

And now the rain falls down
The rain falls down
Well, I wanted it all, yes,
but not like that

There will be days like giant wings
right upon my shoulders
And nights keen on beauty
And you'll be none
No, you’ll be none
You’ll be none of them to me

A sparrow’s purr, a dragon’s breath
did toll the brilliant hour when
your ten brilliant fingers assessed
how much better you were than them
How far better that clown could be
compared to all the rest
And the many miles without a clue
I should cover with both hands glued
to my one dream
Recurring dream

And now the rain falls down
The rain falls down
Well, I wanted it all, yes,
but not like that

There will be days like giant wings
right upon my shoulders
And nights keen on beauty
And you'll be none
No, you’ll be none
You’ll be none of them to me
Track Name: Better Badges
You can tame the atom,
be sweet as morning haze
Who cares? Not me
I’ll be so blissfully, blissfully unaware

No matter what you throw first
Everything lands the same on the waxing moon
I cannot help myself from tasting her

You can wear
the daybreak on your new dress
Steal the sea
Will I care? Will I see
how you, with beautiful disdain,
walk on the gasoline?

No matter what you throw first
Everything lands the same on the waxing moon
I cannot help myself from tasting her

You can teach me
You can feed me
Brim with electricity
What’s wrong? I don’t know
But if you close your eyes,
take my hand, be my ghost
to the rhythm of destruction I impose
Just close your eyes and I’ll close mine

No matter what you throw first
Everything lands the same on the waxing moon
I cannot help myself from tasting her

You’ll never know, never know,
the badges I wear when I
am with her, am with her
How little I care when I
soothe you mind, aching mind
Perception
Your roving soul
Waning love, waning love
Distance
The time is now
Track Name: The Useless Sea
When we found your mute remains,
you were dressed in a tree-shaped giant glove
You stood floating like a hair
in the useless sea, where no one cared

Take me with you
from this blemished broken world
Feed me one more ace tab and let me go
Here’s to you dear Andrew, no we never met
You didn’t like this gaudy century
and you just left

When we found your giant glove,
your lips shone with pomegranate juice drops
You stood naked on a rock
A face like one million girlfriends
dumping this world

Take me with you
from this antiseptic land
Feed me one more ace tab, make me understand
Here’s to you dear Andrew, no we never met
You didn’t like this gaudy century
and off you went

Yes, you ran away
Wiped out
any morning after regret left
Regret, regret, regret
So accurately, it was scary

We’ll take it easy
Won’t ever think of you as ours anymore
Track Name: Dear Tourist
We don’t speak
We’re not on speaking terms
We shall probably want to live,
to nightswim, nightswim

Dear Vampire,
embrace me, break my neck
Solitude can go a long way
these days, these days

The wheels clatter by, we’re all mad
The white lightning bolts of dawn
Stroke the mossy walls
and hide back

The wheels clatter by, we’re all mad
The white lightning bolts of dawn
Stroke the mossy walls
in the morning

Lip-synching against the red blue sky
Gymnasts say “Goodbye dear engine”
as you drive by, you drive by

Inhale the musty smell
The silver stairs
swallow you up, my dear tourist
Take this train to catch that plane

Been waiting since the day you called me
on the blue backs of the flock and, you know
Right or wrong
I will stay

Been waiting since the day you called me
on the blue backs of the flock and, you know
Right or wrong
I will stay
here forever
Track Name: Green Lips Parted
Choose me from all the rest
Come on my love
Drive back to the future
Say not a single word
Come on my love

I’ve fallen in love with you
in the most unromantic places
I’ve waited ages
to put all the clocks right,
drunk-dial you in the night
And make your green lips part

Today’s been a day and a half
Come on my love
It’s not possible
to love and to part
Computer says no

I want to make Chinese eyes
Have another shot of the neon lights
Wreck the engine
Be killed by the girl with
lungs in her water lilies
You made my blue lips part
Track Name: Ants
Let him put my watch right
Let me play, knees on your floor
And see your old hands feeding you

When you were around
there were no ants to be found, no

Ask me how the music’s going
and remind me so much of her
Now that other feet walk this floor
it doesn’t mean it’s got to be worse

Now you’re not around
there’ll be no ants to be found, no
Track Name: Falls On Big City
We carry the fire
We will die in the snow
If that’s the furthest we can go,
that’s the furthest we can go

I am just going outside
and may be some time

It’s alright
What’s to happen? I don’t mind
I know we’re done
And it shows that we had some fun
And it shows that you had some fun
And it shows that they had some fun
while we fought it to the last,
while we fought it to the last
While we tried to the last

We should have used dogs, dogs, dogs
and still more doggies
But we chose the fat sirens,
the cardboard boxes,
the booze and the light in your eyes
As we set out to seek and find and not to yield
To seek and find and not to yield
To seek and find

We flew like imperfect birds
The last place on Earth
Our own demise
This, on which my thoughts mostly dwell
This, on which my thoughts mostly dwell
This, on which my thoughts mostly dwell
Sir, I’m afraid you’ll come to regret
Sir, I’m afraid you’ll come to regret
not taking my advice

We should have used dogs, dogs, dogs
Fuck the ponies
But we chose to rock jumpers,
to shut ourselves in a maze,
to forfeit the sight of your face
To seek and find and not to yield
To seek and find and not to yield
To seek and find

It may be time to go,
unfold our bare hands, step out of this tent
The cold is biting, goodbye to you, off we go
But everybody knows
that in this fighting there’s a painless end
so don't you worry
No, no, no
Don’t you worry