Paperhawk

by Tape Hiss and Sparkle

/
1.
00:19
2.
3.
4.
04:29
5.
03:44
6.
7.
8.
9.
02:54
10.
04:28
11.
07:32

about

Paperhawk, released in 2012

credits

released January 31, 2015

Produced and edited by Nicolai Roos. Songs recorded, written and performed by Simon Tamblyn.

tags

license

all rights reserved

about

Tape Hiss and Sparkle Cape Town, South Africa

Tape Hiss & Sparkle was started in 2009, by Simon Tamblyn while he was still in The Sleepers. TH&S is Mandisi Nkomo on drums, Helen Westcott on bass, Catherine Schenck on cello and Tamblyn on guitar and vocals.

contact / help

Contact Tape Hiss and Sparkle

Streaming and
Download help

Track Name: Fountain of Love
words of caution
warnings sent from above aren't enough
try to hide it
try to spin it around
but you can't

you end up spinning
end up circling the fountain of love
waves implore you
oceans, lake ontario

with my hands i sewed this robe
tired feet, i walked this road

oh the oceans oh the lengths you'll have to sail
up the cliff face, down the hills across the plains

with my hands i sewed this robe
tired feet, i walked this road
knysna river rocks are rolled
drink your fill the fountain of love
Track Name: Fingers Crossed
if our luck holds out
if these ropes don't snap
we'll be fine

i'm just like a paperhawk
picked up and flung into
the wind that will come

think of the arms and wings of angel
think of the wind its rushing
burning your tears now
oh come
come with me
fingers crossed come with me

and if our luck holds out
are your fingers crossed
knuckles and bone

and shake your arms
like there is nothing left
no blood to lose
Track Name: Hibiscus
smiling slow motion
towards the gloom
excitedly into the night
swerving the sounds
sparklers bright
oh don't you worry about me
cause i'm fine
and i'm alive

open the ballroom
and fingers touch touch
swerving in blissful serene
hibiscus trees
sleeping pink
oh don't you worry about me
cause i'm fine
and i'm alive

hear the river sing songs for you
swaying heather and leaves
sleeping pink hibiscus trees
don't you worry about me
cause i'm fine

i turned this place around
oh you know that i have
Track Name: Marina
is it something that we lost
turn that pin into the joint again
in this little room i've tossed
all the stones to show our fates again
to find something that we lost

there's more than an ocean in between
there's more than your drifting dream to dream

outside the rain drips on the glass
nostalgia's poison turning in again
ever the patient one at last
your words are clearly changing meaning here
describing something that you lost

there's more than an ocean in between
just a door closed shut
some veils between me and you
there's more than your shifting dream to dream
there's some thoughts that cut
all your words they slice through
there's more than intention you have to prove

don't take this hard
blame yourself
take this hard
blame yourself
Track Name: My Mouth Belongs To You
in the city's haze
where the money's made
i felt your pulse
in every step i took
forgot the smoke and hoots
all the din outside
and while our world is mad
i thought of you
all the times we'll have
burn all the banks right down
purses upside down
throw it in the fire
throw it in the fire

my mouth belongs to you tonight
i'm true
my hands will clutch at yours tonight
i'm true

in the city's maze
in the fried-out gaze
of all passers-by
i hope there's hope in them
i hope they understand
we can fix it here
some on their mid-day lunch
numb to their core
no joy is found
some they pitch a tent
here we count our cents
into the fire
into the fire

my mouth belongs to you tonight
i'm true
my hands will clutch at yours tonight
i'm true
don't worry now is not the time
i'm with you

in the city
in the haze there
in every step i took
i thought back to you now
in the madness
in the streetlight
don't worry 'cause
now is not the time
all we have is fire
Track Name: Evelyn, My Friend
everyone will think so
my humble merry son
i have broken down in front of you
and tore my cobwebs down
but oh, it's so easily numbed
i'll tell you why it took me a lifetime to become
a step up
step down
a rise and fall
within these holes
a tired i

but what i've got
won't save the world today
it never will defend her
and what i've got
wont' kill my enemies
evelyn my friend

oh your letters and wishes for me to succeed
are cherished and written with the ink of dreams
but oh, it's so easily numbed
i'll tell you why it took me a lifetime to become
a step up
step down
a rise and fall
within these holes
a tired
Track Name: Knocking Knees
take care of your hands
they're the only ones you have
take care of your eyes
they'll watch your every breath
'cause i have fallen down into this sickly ease
and i have fallen down here
to please you
don't furrow your brow
there's no need to worry now

'cause i am sorrow
and you're delight
i am sorrow
and you're delight
i will follow
and you will fight
and i will follow
and you will fight
til the ends that break our knees
til the darkness that we breed
Track Name: Open Flame
a whirlwind sent me to your house
a wondrous wind of change
a tired old man i thought i was
but now i'm born again

i'm down with you now
open to change
my heart isn't caged anymore
i can't hide my flame

a sparrow sang your name to me
the most wondrous sound i've heard
strong oak and vine please protect me
and also protect her
Track Name: Automobile
no clean linen for your bed
stacks of paper there instead
you never listened to what i said
all is wasted on this year
all is wasted on this year

you said you're meant to be a star
little flowers in old jars
on the backseat of your car
are you running faster now
are you running faster now

and all the homes we left behind
all the memories all the time
you said i'm the person that i am
because of you

a buried voice on all the tapes
i had kept from our old days
a spirit keen as they can come
but are we nothing to you now

pipes and bottles
clothes and rings
empty boxes
dirty things
all the letters you won't send
are you running faster now
are you running faster now

and all the homes we left behind
all the memories all the time
you said i'm the person that i am
because of you

no clean linen for your bed
stacks of papers everywhere
you never listened to a word i said
start up your engines of despair
Track Name: Franschhoek
i climbed to the stars
to find our way home
in darkness headlight beams
franschhoek the stallions groan
our feet crunch on the stones
we know the goodness comes
i climb to the stars
on a ladder made from leaves

seek out whimsy and mystique
the meanings of our dreams
treading lightly on the earth
taking great care to not disturb
i know you're part of me
i know you're part of me
i'll take you to my stars
then tear the heaven's delicate seams apart