World So Sweet

by Rachel Taylor Brown

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thank you for the world so sweet
thank you for the food we eat
thank you for the birds that sing
thank you for everything

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released September 6, 2011

made by rachel taylor brown and jeff stuart saltzman at mysterious beard and secret society and sherman clay. recorded and mixed by jss. mastered by tony lash. design by katie taylor. all songs by rachel taylor brown.

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Rachel Taylor Brown Portland, Oregon

Rachel was born and lives in Portland with her beloved husband Jay and makes disturbing yet ultimately sensible songs you can sometimes dance to.

She sees loads of ugly and beauty in the world. Trying to capture that sweet and sour thing in a song is what she’s mostly trying to do.

She records with audio midwife and dear friend Jeff Stuart Saltzman and his cats.

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Track Name: Intro (Sweetness on Earth)
sweetness on earth! and all the world rejoices!
Track Name: Sister Jean
oh sister jean
we have our lives, sister jean

we're so sad about what went down at home
nothing left to do, you know we all regret it, we're upset
there's nothing anyone wouldn't have done if only we had known
nothing we could do, you know we're all upset, oh we regret it

(chorus)

rats and cataracts, bits of blood and moan
nothing here to see, get out or you will get it
crack that pitiful skeleton and give the girl a bone
nothing left to do, you know we all regret it, we've upset it

oh sister jean
Track Name: Taxidermy
you got me, you shot me, and will you hang my head
on the wall of your kitchen or over your bed?
when there's nobody looking will you pull up my lips
in a snarl? i'm a ripper, i'm a permanent fix

(make me look like i never was)

i can help, i can do it, i can do it myself
on a not busy monday, the 5th or the 12th
take a whack, crack me open, plant a needle right there
on the spot where the skin barely touches the hair

(make me look like i never was)

i'm a snarl, i'm a ripper
i'm a permanent fixxxxxxxx
Track Name: Modesto Waltz
carrion birds are circling outside the car
i look up and wonder just where we are
those birds are singing "it's time to die"
coaxing and wheedling--"come on, come on and try!"

and they tell me it's easy to go
to lay down the host
drop the body
keep the ghost

it's a blue-green glorious day!
i thought i had many things to say
(but maybe i don't)

(chorus)

we know life is rough; look at us

and they tell me it's easy to go
to lay down the host
drop the body
keep the ghost
(give up the ghost)
Track Name: Anemone
oh anemone, i know you are the one
you're the enemy and so i will get stung
but you're so pretty in the awful things you've done

oh anemone, you're beautiful and cold
missing mercy and without a heart of gold
but i will love you even when we're very old

oh anemone, i know it makes no sense
all your suitors are just sitting on the fence
i'm the only anywhere near
when you whisper--"come here!"
i'm the only one
i'm the only one
oh anemone
Track Name: Pritty Pinny
pritty pinny so bright you always turn up right
sparkle like an atom bomb and lay waste
pritty pinny out of pocket, stick your finger in a socket
sparkle like an atom bomb and lay waste

what makes you so unkind?
you trip like a buried mine

pritty pinny always said she'd only paint the town red
sparkle like an atom bomb and lay waste
pritty pinny please stay and blow the world away away
sparkle like an atom bomb and lay waste

what helps you to unwind?
you trip like a triggered mine
what makes you so unkind?
you trip like a buried mine

pritty pinny please stay and blow the world away
Track Name: Scotland
there's no telling when we'll any of us go
and for most of us we'd rather never know

every minute makes a minute
every hour has decades in it
so

maybe a day can last forever
maybe a month will make it better
oh

beauty is as beauty does
you're beautiful as ever was
and loved
Track Name: How to Make a World Class Gymnast
you get them when they're young and you bend them
first an arm
then a leg
then the heart
then the head
Track Name: Your Big Mouth
you opened up your big mouth
and all the words flew south
you said it was all for fun
and good for a laugh
as good as a gun

oh what must it take to feel
through all of that tempered steel?
you said it was all for fun
and good for a laugh
(as good as a gun)
Track Name: Didymus the Twin v. the Divine Sparkler
mary had a son, oh jesus
i'll tell you what i knew
mary had a son, oh jesus
and some of it is true

joe you have a son, oh jesus
whatever will you do?
joe you have a son, oh jesus
(he doesn't look like you)

jesus had a friend in judas
singing alleluias, judas

kiss him to the cross, oh judas
right next to those two

roll away the stone, oh jesus
you look different; you look brand new

my lord
my god

mary had a son, oh jesus
some say she had two
but i doubt it
Track Name: Mercy in Nebraska
kitty's gone missing
but no one is ever exactly where they mean to be
daddy is waving one hand;
with the other he steers him away

bring them all to me!
bring your burdens to me!
leave your worries and come to yourselves!
(and comfort yourselves)

shitting and shrieking and puking and reeking
oh why, lord, did you do this to me?
you gave us woman for fucking
but goddamn, the price that we pay!

(chorus)

thank god for mercy in Mother Nebraska
they know what it means to be done
i know for certain i'll never forgive myself
that's why i kept one

(chorus)

i know it's certain i'll never forgive myself
Track Name: Moon
moon
dry as a bone, dead as a stone
do you have what i need?

if i shoot you in the stomach
will you bleed into my reservoir?

that's a good moon!
that's what a good moon's for.
Track Name: Joe/The Sacred Remains
joe
you're going away
to where, i don't know
you're taking a trip
come on, time to go
you're gonna be late
oh, no

joe
your brothers and sisters all will be there
it's not like before when they didn't care
it's gonna be great, joe

so
button your shirt
put on für elise
it's not gonna hurt
promise
you're gonna be late