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released April 1, 2014

Arc Iris is:
Jocie Adams : vocals, piano, keyboards, clarinet, guitar
Zachary Tenorio-Miller: piano, keyboards, glockenspiel, vocals
Robin Ryczek: violoncello
Mike Irwin: trumpet, vocals
Max Johnson: upright and electric bass
Charlie Rose: pedal steel, trombone, electric guitar, banjo, vocals
Andrew Barr: drums, percussion
Layton Guenther : vocals
Martha Guenther : vocals
Laura Cortese : vocals
Raymond Belli: conceptualist
All tracks recorded and mixed by Daniel Cardinal at Dimension Sound in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.
All tracks mastered by Alan Silverman at Arf! Mastering in New York, New York.
To be amended as necessary :
Album Art by Kacie Erin Smith
Album Design by Nichole Darling and ????
Thank you:
Raymond Belli, Kate Landau, Kacie Erin Smith, Simon Raymonde, Andy Kaulkin, Kate Hyman, Jesse Lauter, Anna Williams, Zachariah Hickman, Alec Spiegelman, The Betas, Leanne Luce, Erik Bright, Ken Woodward, Emily Mahone, Vyvyan Tenorio, Matt Miller, Mitts, Marilyn and John Adams, and, last but not least, my kitties, Aoife and Panelope

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Track Name: Money Gnomes
Love falls gently from the sky
In bundles oh so sweet
Money lurks inside the soil
Pressed beneath our feet
Why dig up that wily stuff
When all it’s bred to do
Is sully all the pretty boys and girls
Who love me do

Foiled again would be my plan,
To live in peace with you

If the coin were to emerge
And slyly oversee
What showers come of bundled goods
From cupid's tender trees
He'd surely twist those precious goods
Into his shivering trance
And round and round with wicked tricks
The lovers he would dance

"Dance me round", she cried to him
"I'll waltz you till you love me."
I watch her fie the boiling sky
From deep beneath the wilted leaves
Her body screaming for his ploy
"Why must riches make us thieves? "

Until they plunge into the ground
Digging for their gold
Cold and rotten roots engulf
The drugs they seek I'm told
Once the coin is in clear sight
Their love is sick with illusions
Of safety driven by the shadowed trance
Holding their sweet confusions

Love has no place in a dreary world
Obsessed with shiny things
Just unfantastic happenings
Not approved by cupid's rings
Follow me to a place so free
Of all these impish deeds
From glen to glen to city bend
From folly we will flee

"Dance me round", she cried to him
"I'll waltz you till you love me
I watch her fie the boiling sky
From deep beneath the wilted leaves
Her body screaming for his ploy
"Why must riches make us thieves? "

Love me please, love me true, love me beautifully
"Who," she asks most critically "is speaking down to me?"
Love me please, love me true, love me beautifully
Track Name: Lost on Me
Holding on
is it too long
Masturbating on a sorrowed mind
Holding on
is it too long
Masticating on an empty mine

Symphonies
Of words to please
Your expectations
Constantly

Our molding minds
Are rotting waste
Or each other’s
Second faces

The future beckons
The story weeps
Against the cold
The sudden heat

Of heaven's breath
Upon my nape
A drape of lace
Across my face

Between the cracks
A rainbow shines
Among the colors
I walk blindly

Swimming in
Ephemeral seeds
These songs of ours
The giving tree of

Still ours
Still ours
Still ours

Holding on
is it too long
Masturbating on a sorrowed mind
Holding on
is it too long
Masticating on an empty mind
Track Name: Whiskey Man
Trembling Mind
Trembling Hands
Weary Side
I got no man
To hold me up I'm picking him up again

Crack of pain
Catch the rain
With open palms
Against the plain
Cobbled stone that paves your road
As smooth as you could ever know

Curtains close
Your friends go home
Take your wine
So you won’t ride alone
To whatever place this night will be your home

First sip of wine
Makes you stronger
As the wine runs dry
The night's getting longer
And your heart goes out to nobody
And nothing is made to gold

Stumbling fool
A whiskey man
A worried soul
Who's got no plan
But he's creeping up on my open doors again
Track Name: Canadian Cowboy
Canadian Cowboy
Fall to me
Slip your arms around my waist
Let me have a little taste
Of your worried lips of cigarettes

You're a stranger
A young man in disguise
Of a man old and wise
Old and wise and worn to tears
Only the prettiest kind

Canadian cowboy
You're pulling my mind

New love
Even if love's not the name
New love
Even if it’s not the same
What a lovely game
What a lovely game

You search me
With your blue-gray eyes
Tell me what is left inside
This house that feels so dry
This shell of a man

Don't look back
Envy me let me envy you
Let's grin in green and gold
If just for now that's all
You fell to me

Canadian cowboy
You're pulling my mind

New love
Even if love's not the name
New love
Even if it’s not the same
What a lovely game
What a lovely game

Can't you see
I'm dripping with your words
Fall like kisses to my skin
Colors etched into my grin
That don't even begin to spin this long cave around

Follow me
Would you follow me one day?
Let's walk a pretty path
We'll pick flowers from a bath
Of colors all around

Canadian cowboy
You're pulling my mind

New love
Even if love's not the name
New love
Even if it’s not the same
What a lovely game
What a lovely game
Track Name: Singing So Sweetly
Singing so sweetly out to the whole world
In that whole world, I am just one bird
I guess that means I can relish in your singing to me

You have me so gently spun in your spinny wheel
I could unwind but I feel
so pretty wound up combed and dyed

Oooo now that you’re home
I will take my sweet new time with you again

Your heart sowed in mine is a sprouting seed
It blows quite ferociously in the spring breeze
A breeze to blow me down to my knees

I am a kitty cat I keep on curling
Until I am a ball I keep on swirling
Between your legs so you can’t hide there at all

Oooo now that you’re home
I will take my sweet new time with you again

You’re my little onion I’m still getting to the middle
The center so unclearly near I nearly needn’t fear
That you just might float away and disappear

As you set off to flight my heart is freed from breezes
But knowing flight it slighted by what stronger footing teases
The wind will take our hearts to where he pleases

Oooo now that you’re home
I will take my sweet new time with you again

Your little heart is so tightly in mine
Though it’s a hard fit, I like it fine
I’ll keep yours so long as you keep mine

These new days our hearts fit just fine
Track Name: Ditch
Deep in the scent of this muffled ditch
I huddle beneath the coves
In my sleep I writhe and pitch
On your name
I scratch the bones of our once love
With sharpened rocks and sharper stones
Watch as the marrow bubbles and spits
Over a flame
To untwist these vines that hold my heart
Would mean to re-evolve the parts of
You and me
And her
And what has set you free

Your tempered smile and severed skin
Are bleeding in my memory
Searing marrow burns in the night
As I beg to have you here with me
I'm gaining weight and getting stoned
But you my dear are all alone
Beneath the soil
Of this God
Forsaken earth

But who am I to disappear
On account of all my shame and fear
What good is that, what will it show
To the tinkerers above
These shackles on my shriveled wrists
Are tight and tethered to your drift so
Drift you off
To hell and back
And I will come along

Tenderly please cut me free
For I need not come along
Track Name: Honor of the Rainbows I
AHEEEEAHEEAHEEEEEE
Track Name: Honor of the Rainbows II
My Darling kindly kindles a flame
In honor of the rainbows
Resistance to her warm catalytic flames
Was rich and with hate it was stained
With every match lit more fingers curl
At her from behind the curtains
Off these fingers come words from spuriously grounded souls
Like "devil woman," "imprudent, hell-casting soul"

Changing places, switching places

Her patience was sourly tried and burned and burning
This burning was bitter and empty not warm and kind
Her tongue was dirty with defense turning offense, turning circles
My love shrank and burned and writhed

A hole grew around my doll, our love was dying
The dirt flew off my love’s tongue as I lay crying
Her hole sucked at my sorry tears, my eyes,
Until I was empty and dry

Changing places, switching places

In her loudest shoes she clopped closer to her proffered destiny
The devil's door was in sight
Groping her pen she lay, lost of her rainbow dreams
She settled, heedful of the in between

Quickly lost and lifting up to the clouds
White lights growing warm bright and loud
The Devil stood so patiently for me at God's door
He said to me "I'd like your love on my stoop no more"
He turned me round, and sent me down to clean my darling's tongue
I found my darling waiting wildly alone
Sifting so eagerly through the dirt I fetched
Her precious match and struck it across my chest

Changing places, switching places

The flame caught her mind in the kindness of burning
Her pride fizzled and writhed and her heart was turning
Resistance was rich with hate, but truly she burned her flames
My love at my side
Kind patience survives
Track Name: Powder Train
Cocaine, Cocaine
You're running through my brain
You make where good is due
Let it rain
Let it rain
Cocaine, sweet cocaine
As the winter wonderlands often do

They think I'm nutty they think I'm mad
Well they think I'm straight insane
How could I be the man they want without my powdered train
Train to nowhere on my Cocaine
It's what they want no matter what they say
Or I'd restore my sanity as a lovebird man

When I'm feeling sad and blue
Baby I'm not needing you
It’s sweet cocaine that guides my trailing id
When those tears come coming down
Babe, just run to Dr. Brown
And ask him for that mighty fine cocaine

Love, you can't hold a flame to that mighty fine cocaine
Please don't leave me baby, it’s you I'm needing just the same

They say, yes they say
That cocaine will end your days
But never did they ever tell me when
Today, today,
The id will want to win
Some peaceful travels for my woeful brain

Don't you come on back to me
Without the pretty powder please
I don't have love when I'm not satisfied
Babe it’s me it is not you
You've been blessed with such a fool
For that pretty powder pumpkin please tonight

Love, you can't hold a flame to that mighty fine cocaine
Please don't leave me baby
Please don't leave me baby
Please don't leave me baby
It’s you I'm needing just the same

Cocaine, Cocaine
Quit running through my brain
Track Name: Might I Deserve to Have a Dream
Oooo let the ghosts drive my knees tonight
Into the garden of stones side by side
Where inside out ringlets
Of tormented souls
Walk side by side
The young and the old

But if I must go
And I dream of where I'll be
Why not dream of pretty women
And of mermaids by the sea
Where I'm robed with woven roses
Soft as baby's skin
Bathed in cupid's oils
And all condone my sins

Let me change my plea
Might I deserve to change my plea

Oooo let me fly where the trumpets do cry
Into the palette of dust on the sky
Open the door let me crawl through to your home
"The vault is open, release your soul"

Well it’s just a dream
Might I deserve to have a dream

Would the vault be opened, I'd release my soul
Track Name: Swimming
Men traveled down winding pathways
Winding through my house
Empty cans dripping their sad days
In their wake I may be lost
One by one, they fade to the distance
Their trails evaporate
Leaving the path they breathed through me
Less clean and true than appears to be

What may strike the curious eye

And then there came the one who is
Swimming through my veins
True and clean was he

That day he drew through my house
The winding winds caught just right
In his wake, the charms at my windows
Whispered temptations at night
His drops mislaid turned to ponds and then lakes
And, through a mist of
Heavy lovers, I am, by a miracle,
Drawn at once to an angel

How the weight has shifted, in my eye

Then there came the one who is
Swimming through my veins
He stays with me