Farewell to Green Mountain

by Cedar Teeth

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releases June 9, 2018

All tracks produced by Larry Crane at Jackpot! Recording Studio
Except: Winter, produced by Billy Oskay at Big Red Studios

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Cedar Teeth Portland, Oregon

Cedar Teeth hails from the Cascade foothills, where the sound of saws cut through the Oregon woods and the lights of Portland set the western horizon aglow. Between the five members of the band emerges a fusion of guitars, banjo, keys and trombone, propelled by bass and drums, while vocal harmonies weave through the music. A vision of NW roots rock that is immersive and rustically melodic. ... more

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Track Name: Cancer
-- Cancer --
Skipping rocks on the water
And your world is on fire
Your mama told them they can't trust you
Now they all call you a liar
Yeah boy that's something to admire
In how you're hard wired
You'll walk another mile

But everybody in my home town
Seems for dying
Their mothers and their fathers
Their sister's baby brothers they are, fighting

Cancer's in their water
There's cancer in their blood
There's something in the ground

You walk above the Columbia
To the Sandy water
I swim a summer on the Molalla
Then troll the Willamette River

Maybe there they can find you
And we'll wrap our arms around you
Where ocean skies are blue

There's Cancer in our water
There's a cancer in our blood
It happened when we missed the river
And we're drowning in the flood

Ah boy, there'll be mud
No matter where we trudge
Your heart: another wood
Track Name: Well I, Said I
-- Well I, Said I --

Well I, want to go home
He said I, got to go home
And he left under the night
In a haze of frozen eyes
Holes and toes
Shoes and those strands of light

A Chevy, a ditch, and the road
A necklace, in a garden row
And a tremble neath a window pane
While the tear on the dash remained
Half a mile from town when the sirens sang

A whisperin' rain that would drive out the night
Spinning fables, telling stories, and some signs There's hellfire end of days
In the form of a bullet's stray
That parked itself
And rested right there where she lay

If running was the only way home
He's running to somewhere he don't know Because home's wrapped up in the arms
Laying lifeless on Interstate 101
No gnashing teeth
No wreath and no doorway

Remember I'll always love you
I'll be kissing your soul in all that I do
But hours like sunlight play
They're just shadows upon your day
You got, memories
Of moons and our crescent place

Is that all we'd say
Is that all we'd say

Well I, said I
Well I, said I
Track Name: Echoes Grounding
-- Echoes Grounding --

Oh I run ridges fashioned for and split an awful sound
And you seem like a ledger meant for adding, levelling ground
Arms laying down lifting high above the round
Lifting over all
On the way, way back down

But I burn bridges meant to connect land and ground
And I burnt all your ledges meant to split higher sound
Fields burning down lifting high above it all
We seen it all
We seen that there's a way back down

But I'll give you the rest of me
No not the best of me
You want a part of me
That's just the start of me
I'll give you the rest of me
No not the best of me
You want a part of me
That's just the start
You'll never know

I sat upon the ridges and I overseen your ground
And you seem like a “walking tall” meant to shed the sounds of pounds
Never around, overhead they're looking down
This graded ground
You climbed it still, they're never coming down

I am all the bridges that connect the sky and ground
And I talk to the other things meant to speak in tongues to clouds
I'm up and down, in one place then another town
Inside and out
I'm up there and I'm never coming down

But I'll give you the rest of me
No not the best of me
You want a part of me
That's just the start of me
I'll give you the rest of me
No not the best of me
You want a part of me
That's just the start
You'll never know
Track Name: Mama's Mourning
-- Mama's Mourning --

Mama you ain't gotta worry no more
I'm cleaning all the m and ms
I set there on the bathroom floor
And the carpet too has been vacuumed
It's true to form

But I don't like the way y'all hang around while you're looking at me
Shadows hang upon our branches
These are frozen trees
They climb between
All we willed is all we'll be

The sunny side is our muddy side
The muddy side is our sunny side
The sunny side is our muddy side
On my side of the morn

I pocketed gravel these old marching stones
Are stowed inside, under winter's time
They set underneath your toes
The river flowed, it ebbs and bows
All is to be removed

The sunny side is our muddy side
The muddy side is our sunny side
The sunny side is our muddy side
On my side of the room
When will something boom?

But Mama, she must have told me all this before
Maybe my dad was weeping, my brother's dream
To set firmly in the door
The wind it too
Is pouring through our day once more

Where the sunny side is our muddy side
The muddy side is our sunny side
The sunny side is our muddy side
On my side of the morn
I can't tell cob from corn

Mama you ain't gotta worry, nor mourn
I'm spilling all the beans and eggs that go in our recipes and lore
There's nothing more
A silent tune
we played on knives and forks

Sunny side is our muddy side
The muddy side is our burning pride
The sunny side is our muddy side
On my side of the morn

The sunny side is our muddy side
The muddy side is our burning pride
The sunny side is our muddy side
On my side of the room
Now could something boom!
Track Name: Insert Words, Hear
-- Insert Words, Hear --

Let's, dance tonight
Leave your guns by the fireside
And I will watch all night
Setting traps and lending eyes
And the record's turning a needle
Striking down a blight

Let's, for the night
Let cellos wail, they scream that I
Was never so inclined
To see through another's eye
And then the record's turning a needle
Striking down in time

Let's go down to the pier
Sit there, and wait for waves that come
They veer us away
But only so much
Only so much
We can wait

I want to dance with you
Why won't I dance with you?

Let's, for the night
Lay down your hair, your sleepy eyes
And I will watch for time
See your tracks, they look like mine
And then the moonlight tells you a needle
Will strike us down in time

Let's, for the night
And JFK and Lincoln said
It's all right this time
To see through their own eyes
And the moonlight's burning a needle
Strike it down in time

Let's go down to the pier
Have you been over there
There's waves to take you away
But only so much
Only so much
Can we wait?

I want to dance with you
Why won't I dance with you?

Let's go down to the pier
Have you been over there
There's waves to take you away
But only so much
Only so much
I can't wait

I want to dance with you
Why won't I dance with you?

I want to swim in the sea of your hands
I want to walk the streets with no plans
I want to go to war with your clan
I want to play neath verdant stands Look at us now the palms of our hands
I am the lion and you play the lamb
We'll stand beside a boat with no plans
Do you want to lead? cause I want to dance with you But why didn't I dance with you?
Track Name: Winter
-- Winter --

When we meet there won't be winter
And when we meet there won't be winter
Yeah and when we meet we'll be dancing
Carelessly out in the streets
And when we meet there won't be winter

And when we meet there's only sunrise
And when we meet there's only sunrise
And those we see will be walking
Endlessly out in the streets
And when we meet there's only sunrise

A lovely breeze this morning's surprise
And from dead streets we'll never close our eyes
Cause what we see is
A tangled mess of garden leaves
Beneath the tree they're locked in shadows

Snow is gonna feed ya
Rain will relieve you now
And ohhh
When I meet you
Who else would warm you now

A root base sprawled neath arms blown naked
You'll see them talk in tones planning how to shake it
And when we see we will turn our
Heads away in misery
Beneath the tree they won't remember

We will walk all night to lose this winter
We will rise from streets to lose this winter
And when they see they will say you
Cannot go so through the leaves
But it rained all year
They don't remember

Snow is gonna feed ya
Rain will relieve you now
And ohhh
When I meet you
Who else would warm you now