Gift For The End

by Mariee Sioux

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released April 1, 2012

Recorded at Monsoon and Sun Dial Studios in Grass Valley CA
Produced by Sean Kae and Mariee Sioux
Electric Guitars by Jeff Manson and Tom Menig
Keys by Jeff Manson
Background Vocals by Mariee Sioux and Katie Hardin
Percussion by Sean Kae and Tom Menig
Flutes and synths by Jay Tausig

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Mariee Sioux Oakland, California

Mariee Sioux was raised in Northern California and is of Indigenous and Polish Hungarian ancestry. She prefers to be known as an abstract storyteller and a voice for the natural world and trials of humanity through song. Shes been given gifts of songs for over 10 years. Her songs have been described as medicinal, hallucinatory, and haunting, with a trance like performance. ... more

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Track Name: Homeopathic
Beastly ball of fire all rolling in shame
A rattle snake in the nest
No legs, no eggs, no blame
I hold a lake in each hand
One for skating on, one for drowning in
There are frozen wings your bed
As you sleep outlined in white ghost
Like your soul had been rolling in sheep
Or had been wrapped up in birch bark
Like a gift for the end
When it finally finds me

A mummy tree woman
Becoming
Mummy tree women
Screaming
Oh Oh Oh

Homeopathic
Stereo static
Heroes in helmets
Humming birds swarm the attic

Trying so hard to explain
But I can speak only in wool
Might I knit from this mouth a train of cool water?
For almonds, I have seen your eyes
So delicate your light
Like a toothless bite
Alien and as humble as a newt
So sweet you almost killed me
Like poisonous honey

(mummy tree woman verse)

Beautifully bruised when it kicked you with its hooves
A headless stallion the color of a black rose
A mole chews vigorously at my side
While smoldering like a burning insect
Innards have dried into wreaths and rattles
Let’s meet at the Madrone's cradle

Making landscapes out of felt
We will learn about
Succession
Succession
When a pond turns to a meadow
A fawn into a raven
A pond into a meadow
A fawn into a raven
Oh, raven
Track Name: Ghosts In My Heart
(counting in the dark
in our sleep)

We're counting in the dark in our sleep
You told me graves are shaped like hives of sunbeams
Counting in the dark in our sleep
You told me graves are shaped like hives of sunbeams

And hammers to my head and you're starving yourself
And hammers to my head and you're starving yourself

But little kids' mamma's have your name in their mouths
Little kids' mamma's have your name in their mouths
Even my mamma's got your name in her mouth
In her mouth, in her mouth
In her mouth, in her mouth
In her mouth, in her mouth

We're dancing in the dark in our sleep
Hallelujahs, hide and then seek
We're dancing in the dark in our sleep
Hallelujahs, hide and then seek

Hammer's to our heads and we're starving ourselves
Hammer's to our heads and we're starving ourselves

Little kids' mamma's have your name in their mouths
Little kids' mamma's have your name in their mouths
Even my mamma's got your name in her mouth
in her mouth, in her mouth
in her mouth, in her mouth
in her mouth, in her mouth

And the ghosts in this town, they can't walk the walk
But every kid in this town can talk the talk
The ghost in this town, they are holding their breaths
But the ghosts in my heart, they can't get no rest
No rest, no rest, no rest
No rest, no rest

We're counting in the dark in our sleep
You told me graves are shaped like hives of some bees
Hammer's to my head and you're starving yourself
Hammer's to my head and you're starving yourself
Dancing in the dark in our sleep
Hallelujahs, hiding and seeks
Hammer's to our heads and we're starving ourselves
Hammer's to our heads and we're starving ourselves

Little kids' mamma's have your name in their mouths
Little kids' mamma's have your name in their mouths
Even my mamma's got your name in her mouth
and my mamma's got your eyes in her mouth
My mamma's got her eyes in your mouth
My mamma has her eyes in your mouth
My mamma has got your eyes in her mouth
In her mouth, in her mouth, in her mouth
In her mouth, in her mouth

And the ghosts in this down, they can't walk the walk
But every kid in this town can talk the talk
The ghosts in this town they are holding their breaths
But the ghosts in my heart they can't get no rest
no rest, no rest
And the ghosts in my heart
They can't get no rest
Track Name: Old Magic
Oh we lost be old magic
Even tragic could not be a child to this
And when dolphins sink like stones
We will know everyone's reached a higher heaven
For I have seen through your dear dear soul
All in gowns of velvety brown and fawn fire
I wanna make the run with the coho
Up a dying river going ho-home
To a higher heaven

And I have seen you watching him
Metal and black powder
Elk teeth of ivory
The pounding of leather
Old coins in his eyes
And ever magic hands
Constellation skin
I have seen you watching him

And we ran through the mule shadows
Hand in hand
Sorrows in sorrows
Chased by plastic deer and tarp spirits
Tripping over tools and sleeping bullets
Years of dusty praying
You picked a pouch off of your dad's tree
Poured it in my mouth to show me
How he'd saved all of your baby teeth

You said special fears they always win
Like A river been robbed of it's bend
A Braid you just don't want end
A snake who knows he'll never stand
And fingers that can't find their hand
A Bead you just can't seem to strand

Oh don't you know that feeling?
Like someones been stealing all your kindling?
So you taught the stones to talk
On the fawn fired path you walk
You taught the flames to talk
On the fawn fired path you walk
You taught the stones to talk
On the fawn fired path you walk
You taught the flames to talk
On the fawn fired path you walk
Walk with him.
Track Name: Icarus Eye
Lemon filled bowls and you're home
Lemon filled bowls and you're home
Those lemon filled bowls and you're home
And mama said
Oh mama said
Oh my mama she said
That I’m a pyramid

The Icarus eye in style
The Icarus eye in style
It tattooed your breath a while
But pears in bowls
And sowing seeds
Oh pears in bowls
And sowing seeds
Mean I’m a pyramid
Mean I’m a pyramid

Oh soaking almonds in milky mouths
Kiss yours into mine don’t let your teeth fall out
Roll them around licking your lips
Open up and let the moths take drift

Head in the dirt and I’m home
Head in the dirt and I’m home
My head in the dirt and I’m home

And you were my missing elements
For a few glow in the dark moments
You were my missing elements
For a few glow in the dark moments

For moments
You were my missing elements
You were my missing elements
And mama said and mama said
That I'm a pyramid
Track Name: Swimming Through Stone
I have heard about this
About walking into a room
And floor being covered in snake skins
Oh, snake skins
How I wanna crawl back into them
Like sleeping bags
And I need this like i need paper thin fins
How I envy the herrings
Always on their way
In easy flashes
Tiny lightning glinting
Like sparks when hooves strike flint
But I feel like I am swimming through stone

So I'll hold my brain out of the water
As I swim my remains back to her
'Cause the last thing that I need is a wet brain
During the hurricane
So I'll rest my weary head
Between the egret's beak
So I can hear you sing
The salmon eggs to sleep
With the songs of the wild

I thought the coast was clear
I thought the coast was clear
But I'm wading through dead skeeters
Through wriggling larva
Through blood suckers
I've never sucked blood before this
No I've never sucked blood before this
I've never sucked blood before this

And I knew better
But I walked right in again
And there is that floor all covered with
Owl pellets
I examine the tidy bits
Of wonder and decay
All mystified
At the little skeletal glories
I wonder what went on in the rabbits hole
And how these tiny things cannot seem to escape
Until we are left with snake skin
Matted fur and hair thin
Oh hair thin bones
Track Name: White Fanged Foreverness
*(Song for Kate Wolf)*

When hawks glide underwater
And salmon replace the unborn
The forgotten will rise from the oceans
Nests of kelp all strewn in their horns
Whispering
"Please take us back, please take us back we've learned our lessons."

And Kate we are breaking down here
Without your seasons and fearless snow
And Kate we are breaking down here
Without your seasons and fearless bones
And white fanged foreverness
Bare footed wilderness
Green tangled gills need rest
And we can be forever blessed
We can be forever blessed
If we take the back roads like you said
If we take the back roads

And here on this pile of shell
I call out
To the pods all gathered like thunderheads
Thunder in our heads
Crying with your songs like a peaceful death
Please teach us release
Teach me release

Cause' Kate we are breaking down here
Without your seasons and fearless snow
And Kate we are breaking down here
Without your seasons and fearless bones

White fanged foreverness
Barefooted wilderness
Green tangled gills need rest
And we can be forever blessed
We can be forever blessed
If we take the back roads like you said
If we take the back roads

And here on this pile of driftwood I will
Carefully string up stick by stick
Thin by thick bit by bit
Rib by rib rib by rib
Until a mobile of you dances and shifts
In perfect balance take me back.
In perfect balance take me back.
I've learned my lesson.

And white fanged foreverness
Barefooted wilderness
Green tangled gills need rest
And we can be forever blessed
We can be forever blessed
If we take the back roads like you said
If we take the back roads
Track Name: Twin Song
This this is
This this is
Banjo blues confused train
Track me down
And this this is
This this is
Lanterns strung on walls letting out howls
Burning leaves leave me smokey
And bats hang from
The tired eyes in the hills those holes
To my high heaven

Where my twin will take my hand
Where my twin will drink my veins
Where my twin will drag me down
Where my twin feel the same
And where my twin grab my mane
And ride me wild into that higher heaven

And this this is
And this this is
Settling down in our heads
But we thought it was rain
Now we're fighting the snow
And chewing on these grains
But we still don't know
How to sew our seeds back to the ground

So I'll need my twin to take my hand
Need my twin to drink my veins
Need my twin to drag me down
Need my twin to feel the same
I'll need my twin to grab my mane
And ride me wild into that higher heaven
High higher heaven
High higher heaven
High higher heaven

I want my twin to take my hand
Want my twin to drink my veins
Want my twin to drag me down
Want my twin to feel the same
I want my twin to grab my mane
And ride me wild into that higher heaven

This this is
And this this is
Banjo blues confused train
Track me down
Track Name: Tule
Even though we sleep like ferns
I still feel like I'm gone for good
And even though we sleep like ferns
I still feel like I'm gone for good
I still feel like I'm gone
And whether it's the anther, python, panther
They still breathe heart wind
Heart wind, heart wind, lumber and blood
Heart wind, heart wind, who has the guts
To spill them spill them from way way up

While we're just floating on our backs
Tea parties underwater
Summers made of salt
Swimming until we dissolve
Into the sweet eye of the storm
And we are here, we are here

Forever naked, forever waiting forever loved by the water
Swing with me softly
Pull me up closely
To that neck that smells of pine trees
Smile that reminds me of shelter
Oh can't we cling like magnets?
Muddy dirt roads
Sleet and snowfall
The time we spent up north is made of good
Made of good

But there's a duck decoy of Tule
Drifting out of reach
Please wait! Please!
Weave me Tule, oh Tule
Pretending to be drowned
How long can I hold this breath?

I'm dangling my arms
Buoyant body
Becoming the greenery
Until I am here
Until I am here

Forever naked, forever waiting
Forever loved by the water
Swing with me softly, pull me up closely
To that neck that smells of pine trees
Smile that reminds me of shelter
Oh can't we cling like magnets?
Muddy dirt roads, sleet and snowfall
The time we spent up north is made of good
Made of good

I was visited by the water snake
I was visited by the water snake
She looked me over I was shaking
She told me in tongues of wings
In a language that sounds like the rustling of leaves
That the Lord's been, Lord's been eating again
So go on, go on, take my heart wind
This last old wild thing that's blowin'
With good dreams, wood beams, good good good good things
And with the smoldering of love and armor
The smoldering of love and armor
And seeing the seen, being the being, oh oh oh oh
Seeing the seen, being the being, oh oh oh oh
Seeing the seen, being the being, oh