Take The Air

by Jenn Rawling & Basho Parks

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Produced in 2011 with Skyler Norwood (Blind Pilot, Horse Feathers) album Take The Air is lucid and timeless, steeped in the sadness of the past but glinting with the honey-blossomed intention of an unknown future. Rawling's soulful songs speak from a depth of experience and integrity not often found in modern music, while Parks weaves gentle textures of haunting string melodies around and through the rolling audio landscape. The duo played together in two other Portland-based groups (On the Stairs & Fast Rattler) before giving proper energy to their debut album in September of 2011. This release varnishes the dark oak of the world with a sinewy timbre not soon forgotten.

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released December 21, 2011

- Jenn Rawling: Guitar, lead vocals

- Basho Parks: Strings, backing vocals

- Joel Ricci: Trumpet on Lonely Owl, Hug You Hug, Tidal (Lucky Brown, March 4th Marching Band)

- Matt Berger: Percussion on Big Old Lake, Whistle Bird, Delia, Little Swallow (Laura Gibson, Portland Cello Project)

- Brendan Phillips: Banjo on Little Swallow, Delia (Fast Rattler)

- Willem Joersz: Upright Bass on Big Old Lake, Whistle Bird, Hug You Hug, Tidal (Ezza Rose)

- Peter Fitch: Upright Bass on Little Swallow, Delia(Brownish Black, Fast Rattler)

- Skyler Norwood: Wurlitzer on Hug You Hug (Point Juncture WA)

All songs written by Jenn Rawling

String, horn, and upright bass arrangements by Basho Parks

Album Cover Artwork: Yeshe Parks
Album inset photography copyright Joseph Cililo Rossi

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Jenn Rawling & Basho Parks Portland, Oregon

"Sweet, harmony-rich, indie folk music from the moody hills of the Pacific Northwest. Fused with lofty strings and hauntingly lush vocals, Jenn Rawling and B.W. Parks' duo project evokes comparisons to Fairport Convention, Rachel's, Beth Gibbons and Frazey Ford." ... more

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Track Name: Big Old Lake
Packed up the car and we headed east
We didn’t stop til we lost the keys in
Lake Michigan Hello again
Big Old Lake you Been Waiting For Me

To come Home
Where is it at?
Been gone So Long cant find my way
Where is it at?
Been gone for so long been gone.

She got two hearts and she carried them back
Two sets of teeth and six eyes
The other got nothing to count on or keep
And she shouts leave me behind

To come Home
Where is it at?
Been gone So Long cant find my way
Where is it at?
Been gone for so long been gone.

Oh I’m walking in the mountains
And this looks like my home
Oh walking in the mountains
Walking in the mountains home
Oh I’m walking in the mountains
And this looks like my home
Oh walking in the mountains
Walking in the mountains home.

Packed up the car and we headed east
We didn’t stop til we lost the keys in
Lake Michigan hello again
Big old lake you been waiting for me

To come Home
Where is it at?
Been gone So Long cant find my way
Where is it at?
Been gone for so long been gone.
Track Name: Whistle Bird
Have you ever heard
The whistle of your lovers bird
Flying around in the chambers of your heart

Well I’ve heard
A whistle bird and
I’ve heard my twin heart bird
And I’ve heard a very sad bird in my heart
Love whistle.

And have you ever seen
The great unfolding of an orange flower
And the sun showering beams
Universal light it seems
Opening and why can’t we
In the chambers of my heart
Love whistle.

Well I’ve heard
A whistle bird
I’ve heard my twin heart bird
And I’ve heard a very sad bird in my heart.

And I’ve heard
A whistle bird.
And I’ve heard my twin heart bird.
And I’ve heard a very sad bird in my heart.
Love whistle.
Track Name: Oh Delia
Oh Delia you’re coming back again
Oh Delia you are my best friend
Oh Delia,
Oh Delia.

And I wonder about you,
The bark dust in your eyes
And I wonder about you
Painted purple nights.
And I wonder about you,
So love torn and destroyed no no.

La da dee day, la deed a dee day dee dee dee.

Oh Delia come in from the cold
It’s been a long long time
I love you and I know you
Delia.
Oh Delia.

And I wonder about you,
The bark dust in your eyes.
And I wonder about you,
Painted purple nights.
And I wonder about you,
So love torn and destroyed no no no.

La da dee day, la deed a dee day, dee dee dee.
La da dee day, la deed a dee day, dee dee dee.

And I wonder about you,
The bark dust in your eyes.
And I wonder about you,
Painted purple nights.
And I wonder about you,
So love torn and destroyed no no no.

La da dee day, la deed a dee day, dee dee dee.
La da dee day, la deed a dee day, dee dee dee.
Track Name: Hug You Hug
It’s not right to live with the fantasy of ages holding itself to my eyes.
I can’t unmemorize it but I can keep trying to find out to find.
Hug you hug sleep while sleep in the longest dream.
Hug you hug sleep while sleep in the longest dream.

Now how to navigate the river of lost ways that splashes itself on my head.
I will never unwind this and won’t even try let me swim instead.
Hug you hug sleep while sleep in the longest dream.
Hug you hug sleep while sleep in the longest dream.
Track Name: Gather It Up
I saw a bee flying collecting pollen from flowers
And I gather love just like them drawn to sweet things I go on
For miles and miles and miles and miles I go
On for I’m drawn to sweet things I go on for miles
You know
And gather it up.

I see the light dancing on the green grasses green stems movement
Slowly and fastly and slowly and fastly and slowly
I gather myself into the center I go
And I light a candle for all of those passing I know
I know
I’ve gathered it up.

I heard a bird sing a song that was sweet to my ears
And just like them we gather and weave things to share
And I heard a song about the end of all beautiful things.
And I heard a song that said hold on to everything that love brings you
And gather it up.

Ooo. Ooo.
Track Name: Lonely Owl
This heart is a ringing bell
This heart is a ringing bell
A lonely owl
A bone eater
Wide eyes in the night
A lonely owl
A bone eater
Wide eyes in the night

Oh you love,
Oh you love.

I don’t know where the winds go when they leave
My heart races to see the landscapes they live in
And I too must sometimes blow away
I’m not a water bird
I’m a desert sky that’s burning.

This heart is a ringing bell
This heart is a ringing bell
A lonely owl
A bone eater
Wide eyes in the night
A lonely owl
A bone eater
Wide eyes in the night

Oh you love,
Oh you love,
Oh you.
Track Name: Wallflowerness
I was a wallflower
The prettiest kind
Til you came along
With your bright penny eyes
You took me by the hand and up in a swirl
And I’m drowning in happiness
I’m wearing all my pretty dresses
But I miss my wallflowerness.

I been to all your parties
Oh I danced with all your friends
And I’m drowning in happiness
I’m wearing all my pretty dresses
But I miss my wallflowerness.

I was a wallflower
The prettiest kind
A lilly of the valley
A sweet blooming vine
Til you came on
And rushed me out the door.

I’m drowning in happiness
Wearing all my pretty dresses
But I miss my wallflowerness.

I’m drowning in happiness
Wearing all my pretty dresses
But I miss my wallflowerness
Track Name: Little Swallow
Gonna dip and spin little swallow
Gonna dip and spin all day
Gonna dip and spin til the money rolls in
To the rollin’ hills of the farmer

Gonna dip and spin little swallow
Gonna dip and spin all day
Gonna dip and spin til the money rolls in
To the rollin’ hills of the farmer

How long
How long
How long
Does it take to find a four leaf clover?

And the tractor keeps on rollin
And the roots are runnin deep
And the miles they log the miles they log
No one ever keeps.

And the sun it sets and rises
And the moon puts us to sleep
And the light upon the leafy fields
Is beautiful to me.

Gonna dip and spin little swallow
Gonna dip and spin all day
Gonna dip and spin til the money rolls in
To the rollin’ hills of the farmer

Gonna dip and spin little swallow
Gonna dip and spin all day
Gonna dip and spin til the money rolls in
To the rollin’ hills of the farmer

I said How long
How long
How long
Does it take to find a four leaf clover?
Track Name: Leavin' So Soon
Long night of crying
After you left.
Left me the letter sayin'
You ain't comin' back.
Why you leaving so soon,
Leaving so soon,
Why you leaving so soon?

Ooh. Ooooh.

Now I take an aspirin so I can
Head off this headache
And head off this heart break
And head off to bed.
Why you leaving so soon?
Leaving so soon?
Why you leaving so soon?

Oooh. Oooooooooh.

And I'm moving slowly
Without you in my morning
'Cause there's no cup of coffee
Stronger than you.
Why you leaving so soon?
Leaving so soon?
Why you leaving so soon?

Ooooooh. Oooooh. Ooooh.