Portuguese Murder Ballads

by This Old Earthquake

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05:15
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05:31

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released December 1, 2009

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This Old Earthquake Bolinas, California

West of west, where the west never ends. This is the territory occupied by This Old Earthquake, an indie folk trio based in Bolinas, California, an eccentric small town on the coast of Marin County just north of San Francisco. Described as “West Marinicana” and “sophisticated back porch music.” The sound is intimate and sparse, a pick against a string, a breath anticipates a lyric. ... more

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Track Name: 400 Angels
wake up it's time to get out of that bed
shake off the cobwebs get outta your head
400 angels with 10,000 darts
fly through your window
and straight through your heart

and it will be all right
I'll see you there tonight

give up your family and all of your things
take to the street and let yourself sing

and it will be all right
I'll see you there tonight
Track Name: Lisbon
I could close my eyes
crack the code and uncover the lies
yeah I could close my eyes

but I should shut my mouth
to keep the dirty little secrets from spilling out
yeah I should shut my mouth

it's 6 am in Lisbon and there's a body on the beach
she was somebody's daughter
but nothing is what it seems

I could lose my nerve
and pledge allegiance to the masters that we serve
yeah I could lose my nerve

it's 6 am in Lisbon
and there's a body on the beach
I heard it on the wire
but nothing is what it seems
it's 6 am in Lisbon and there's a body on the beach
she was somebody's daughter
but nothing is what it seems
Track Name: Say Goodbye
just in time you rescued me
forgot my mind how could this be
cuz I remember everything
yes I remember everything

an eyewitness testifies
"I saw him do it with my own two eyes"
but I, I see everything
yes I, I see everything

I got it all straight in my minds eye
but it's not time to say goodbye