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all songs written by Meera except
3. Holocaust of Giants by Melora Creager
8. The Secret by Gabriel Fauré & Armand Silvestre

vox and instruments - Meera
percussion - Phantom Farmer

produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Phantom Farmer

photo by Cathy Breshears

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released February 6, 2015

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Meera Nashville, Tennessee

Artisanal songs in the mystic tradition.
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Track Name: The Otter
Life on the river
I lay back and I float around the bend
I don't know where it's flowing
I can't see where I am
So I'm scared of what's downstream
So scared of the sea
I just hope that I can trust you
Life out in orbit
I spin out of control
I let go
I don't know where I came from
I can't see by the stars
So I'm scared of escaping
So scared to be free
I just hope that I can trust you
Life as a human
I'm locked up by myself
No one else
I don't know if it's normal
I'll never know if I'm right
So I'm scared of everything
So scared to be
I just hope that I can trust you
Track Name: Glutton
Are you hungry
You want something to eat
There's more meat than you could shake a stick at
There's more meat than you know what to do with
Don't take too much
You could get sick
Things will get ugly
Then you'll regret it
Are you lonely
You want someone to love
We've got more hearts than you know what to do with
There's more hearts than you could shake a stick at
Don't take too much
You could get sick
Things will get ugly
Then you'll regret it
There was an old woman who lived in a shoe
So many children because they're so cute
And when they grew hungry she put them to bed
She beat them to sleep and she loved them to death
There was an old woman who lived in that shoe
Too many children because they're too cute
And when she grew angry she bit off their heads
She beat them to sleep and she loved them to death
Are you guilty
You want a price to pay
There's more punishment than you could shake a stick at
We've got more punishment than you know what to do with
Don't take too much
You could get sick
Things will get ugly
Then you'll regret it
Track Name: Holocaust of Giants
When I was nine years old way back in Ohio
The hired man was digging up a well on my father's land
He found a fossil there
It was a massive bone and since then I've known
That a race of giants lived in the northern hemisphere
Ten thousand years ago they lived right here
It seems incredible and yet it's the truth
That a fossilized and petrified calcified primeval brute
Was turned to stone but he was not alone
There were hundreds of them walking on the sand toward the river
Even giants think they'll always live forever
Where a stream once flowed into the Ohio everything was turned to stone
The Bible speaks of this
There were giants in our midst
But they slaughtered one another in a meaningless war
Thank your lucky stars that we don't do that anymore
That gravel-encrusted skull that was found by a river shoal
Double rows of very sharp teeth
The massive jaw measured twenty five feet
It was turned to stone
There were hundreds of them walking on the sand toward the river
Even giants think they'll always live forever
Track Name: Bury Me Standing
Bury me standing on my feet
I've lived this life down on my knees
Homeless at home
Wheels in my bones turn on their own
Familiar with a fate unknown
Call me a devil and a thief
I'm just an orphan on your street
You do me wrong but I'm moving on
I'll leave you a song and you'll be dancing all night long
This earth's not enough
My heart can hold more
Oh heaven above
Bend your arms and break these bars
Trespassing for one thousand years
Poisoning roadsides with my tears
Cursed by the land
Roots in the sand
You can't understand who I am
I'm a flowering weed
A saltwater stream
A fire in the heat
Can't you see
This earth's not enough
My heart can hold more
Oh heaven above
Bend your rules and break these laws
I'm not in the cards
I'm out past the stars
Where dust and ash is all we are
Track Name: Prayers to the Honey Badger
You do all the work for us honey badger
While you sustain our lives we'll just sit back
Dig it out
Chase it down for us as we gather
Then we'll swoop in and pick up all the scraps
And we'll wait around for you to feed us
You've never let us down that we recall
We would thank and praise you but we're just unthinking animals
Dumb brutes and beasts of instinct
That is all
So come and take what you want honey badger
We can't keep you from your heart's desire
Though we may bite and sting you by the thousands
You just don't give a shit if we expire
And we'll wait around for you to notice
You've never looked our way in all these years
We would found religions just to vie for your attention
But you're always on the run
The hunt
Just busy taking what you want
We long to hear your gracious grunt
To know that you are near
You're really pretty bad ass honey badger
We all wish we could be just like you
So we'll follow in your slow-motion footsteps
In this jungle we don't know what else to do
Oh honey badger
Track Name: The Wash
I wrapped my heart in a blanket
I took it down to the stream
I held it under the water
That's when I started to dream
I let no sign of a struggle out
The clouds were waiting for me
Led like a lamb to the slaughterhouse
Now I'm free
I looked for love in the fire
But I lost my faith in the flame
So I turned the thermostat higher
Til my face was burning with shame
But I let no sign of a struggle out
The clouds were waiting within
Led like a lamb to the slaughterhouse
Filled with sin
I thought I knew you
I drove my car off the cliff side
I lost my way in mid air
I turned right into your driveway
But there was nobody there
I let no sign of a struggle out
The clouds were waiting above
Led like a lamb to the slaughterhouse
With no love
I thought I knew you
Track Name: Bodhisattva Song
You don't know if you're guilty or innocent
You're not really sure you believe in right and wrong
You're like an animal that just evolved
Scratching the edge of the map to see where your instinct left off
But no one can tell you the way to go
You've just got to follow someone who knows
Hey I'm gonna leave you better than I found you
I wanna see you stand and walk upright
I don't wanna hear any more about your gene pool
I just wanna lead you into the light
You don't know if you like boys or girls
You're not really sure you know which one you are
You're like a frozen embryo thawing out
You need a womb not the back seat of someone's car
But no one can tell you the way to love
You've just got to follow someone who knows
Hey I'm gonna leave you better than I found you
I wanna see you grow up into a child
I don't wanna hear any more about your hormones
I just wanna open your third eye
You don't know if you're at home at work or play
You're not really sure you know why you're here at all
You're like a poltergeist in time and space
Smashing all your dishes against someone else's wall
But no one can tell you the way to live
You've just got to follow someone who knows
Hey I'm gonna leave you better than I found you
I wanna see you materialize
I don't wanna hear any more about your demons
I just wanna bring you back to life
Hey I'm gonna leave you better than I found you
I wanna see you rise out of your mind
I don't wanna hear any more about what you can't do
I just wanna show you you're divine
Track Name: The Secret
Je veux que le matin l'ignore
Le nom que j'ai dit à la nuit
Et qu'au vent de l'aube sans bruit
Comme une larme il s'évapore
Je veux que le jour le proclame
L'amour qu'au matin j'ai caché
Et sur mon coeur ouvert penché
Comme un grain d'encens el l'enflamme
Je veux que le couchant l'oublie
Le secret que j'ai dit au jour
Et l'emporte avec mon amour
Aux plis de sa robe pȃlie

Translation:
I want the morning not to know
The name that I told to the night
In the dawn wind silently
May it evaporate like a teardrop
I want the day to proclaim
The love that I hid from the morning
And bent over my open heart
To set it aflame like a grain of incense
I want the sunset to forget
The secret I told to the day
And to carry it away with my love
In the folds of its pale robe
Track Name: Beat Your Heart
You're like the sun
I'm the moon
Whatever you say
I'll do
I'll dance with this world
Like a broom
My arms around her
Eyes on you
I wanna see your face
Let it fill my eyes
I wanna hear your voice
Wander through my mind
I wanna feel your touch
Spin me to the core
I come to beat your heart
Down like a door
I don't belong
In this town
But white as their ghost
I'm bound
Chained and restrained
Like your horse
I'll drag your sea
On all fours
Just let me see your face
Although it blind my eyes
Let me hear your voice
Thunder through my mind
Let me feel your touch
Knock me to the floor
I come to beat your heart
Down like a door
I wanna beat your heart
Down like a door
Track Name: Your Life
So here we are
In the here and now
Me and you
You and I
In the same place at the same time somehow
And people are watching
People are looking
Everyone wants to know
What's the situation
What's our relation
What's our affiliation
So I look at you
Yes I look to you
Here in this crowded room
See what you'll say
See what you'll do
When it comes to me
What a waste
What a shame
If you won't take advantage of this chance today
To take me on
Make me yours
Have your way with me
It's like the windows of heaven
Are opening wide tonight
And it's gonna rain
And aren't you thirsty
Isn't this what you've been waiting for
When it comes to me, that
It's your life
So hear what I'm saying
Please answer my praying
What are you waiting for
I'm offering my heart
Offering my love
You don't want to waste this sweet resource
Just sign on the line please
And seal it with kisses
Deliver me to your door
In this contract my kingdom
In the fine print my freedom
The controlling interest is yours
Just tell all these people
Now here assembled
What your intentions are
When it comes to me, that
It's your life