Nature and Science

by Tigers in the Tank

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released 03 April 2013

Lyrics by Naomi Botkin
Music by Dan Jones
Produced by Dan Jones
Recorded by Tigers in the Tank in and around Seattle
Artwork and photography by Hunter Eastman

Naomi - vocals
Dan - guitar, banjo, keyboard, bass
Amanda - keyboard
Ryan - bass, mandolin
Joe Eickhoff - drums

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Tigers in the Tank Seattle, Washington

Naomi Botkin - vocals
Amanda Brown - keyboard
Neil Sommer - drums
Dan Jones - guitar, banjo
Ryan Tymony - bass, mandolin, melodica
Kurt Wiseman - guitar

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Track Name: Swamp Song
Mama the river is rising, it's past 11
The river is rising like 1927
Horns are marching to the camp
Mama I'm going, too - and I'm taking the lamp

Boudreaux from the cane fields
Tibedeaux from the Konriko store
They wear the fleur-de-lis as kings tonight
Bangin a swamp song on the washboard

A sycamore ghost town wakes at the sound
Of gris gris up from the ground
Come hell or high water, oh here comes a sight
All the dance halls will be empty tonight

Boudreaux from the cane fields
Tibedeaux from the Konriko store
They wear the fleur-de-lis as kings tonight
Bangin a swamp song on the washboard
Track Name: Nakama
Une nouvelle vie s'attend la bas
On construit un bateaux, pas trop grand
On ne chavire jamais – espérons
On s'apprend à dormir à l'air
Tu me suis, je protège, une famille qui se serre

Le soleil peux pas être toujours ami
Le vent peux sauver même que destroyer
Les complices?
Le diable peut-être, les anges bien sur
Hésitez pas mon nakama

On mangera des choses du monde
Aux tables carrés aussi que rondes
Autres nous trouvent comme criminaux
Mais c'est fou, oui c'est faux, nous somme sages
Même les animaux touts innocent sont sauvage

Le soleil peux pas être toujours ami
Le vent peux sauver même que destroyer
Les complices?
Le diable peut-être, les anges bien sur
Hésitez pas mon nakama

Je vois, tu vois?
La ciel est là
C'est pas alors l'enfer
Je vois, vois-tu?
La mer se coule
Échapperons si nécessaire
Été, automne, printemps, hivers
Les saisons de nos espères

Autres nous trouvent comme criminaux
Mais c'est fou, oui c'est faux, nous somme sages
Même les animaux touts innocent sont sauvage

Le soleil peux pas être toujours ami
Le vent peux sauver même que destroyer
Les complices?
Le diable peut-être, les anges bien sur
Hésitez pas mon nakama
Track Name: The Plank [explicit]
We got higher together than I've ever been
And we sang and we screamed and we drew it back in
When you were sad I said, "Let's talk"
When you were glad I glowed
And we'd go to a park and we'd go to a show
And we'd watch things change and we'd watch people grow
But the band started playing an hour ago
And I'm still sitting here alone

And it was a good time and it was a shit time
And now I think it's time to be done
And you'll laugh at nothing and I'll smile at something
Then let's walk away

I am frowning now when you can't see
And I'm sure you're not sure what you're doing to me
I've built a house for all our games
Now you don't want to play
And I'd walk you outside if I thought it was far
But I can't say it all between here and the car
I'd like to explain it I'd love you to see
My exit strategy

And it was a good time and it was a shit time
And now I think it's time to be done
And you'll laugh at nothing and I'll smile at something
Then let's walk away

I'd like to be dancing I'd love to be singing
But who can hear me now, who can see?
And there'll be a new time, a me time a you time
Soon as we've walked away
Track Name: Commune
I'm sure we'll have a lot of people fighting over all the finds
We'll have to pave the way for equal claims and aims and land mines
We'll claw the right and wrong decisions
Confuse as very best we can
And once we've caused enough collisions . . .

Airplanes impossible
Tunnels, tanks bury me, bury me
Let's all move to an island
Make a lot of noise
And be free

India impossible
Carrots, coattails bury me, bury me
Let's all move to an island
Make a lot of noise
Forget the feel of concrete
Invent new origami
Let's drop our shoes behind that bush and be free

The farm we hoped to realize one time
Has mismatching tiles in the sink
The Swiss chalet could melt away
Be mine, it won't be as hard as you think

Urban impossible
Numbers, Naruto bury me, bury me
Let's all move to an island
Make a lot of noise
We'll cook and swim and meditate
Destroy technology that drifts ashore
Let's stack rocks all in circles
Whistle through the grass
We'll dance unusually often
And love the rain again
Forget the feel of concrete
Invent new origami
Let's go away today and be free
Let's drop our shoes behind that bush and be free
Track Name: Vin
Je suis tombée dans la pluie
Pour te trouver ce soir
Et tu n'as même une serviette de bain
Pour ce blague qui est moi
J'ai risquée toute vie et santé
Pour te trouver ce soir
J'étais presque tuée par les voitures
Et tu n'as même une serviette de bain
Pour l'enfant que je suis

Je me suis blessée sur un coin
Pour te trouver ce soir
En me dépêchant sans ma tête
Pour te trouver ce soir
Et tu n'as qu'un mot froid
Tu n'as même une serviette de bain
Pour l'enfant que je suis pour croire

Demain je reste chez-moi
Je regarde quelque chose ou je ne sais pas
Je fait mes devoirs avant donner manger au chat
Et je te trouve pas, soit la pluie ou pas
Track Name: Ruben Song
I know you're entitled to your own opinion
I know that I'm being a little rash
But when I woke up this morning I could have sworn
The whole world was covered in ash
I cannot name the monstrous mountains
That popped and melted on the earth
But I think so much grayness in our lives
Will help us find out just what we're worth
I know you're entitled to your own opinion
I know you're entitled, oh yes I know
But when I woke up this morning I could have sworn
The whole world was covered in snow
Now I am somewhat pessimistic
About the Ice Ages that have been
I've seen enough cold in this lifetime
And I don't think that I could do it again
I know you're entitled to your own opinion
I know that I'm being a little rash
But when I woke up this morning I could have sworn
The whole world was covered with trash
Now I will join the worldwide efforts
To clean our lives up day by day by day
But we know the consequences of such disasters
Don't always go away
Track Name: Fashion Show
I promised to be out by 9
Baby you left me breakfast and I'm ready to be on your time
But when you leave a crack in your closet door
I know you're dreaming of me somewhere and you want me to explore

The juices were flowing to my brain but it wasn't the same
As being near you
When I was wearing your clothes

You've places to be all the day
Baby it would break my heart to be in your way
But just before I make to go
I leave love notes in your underwear and hold a private fashion show

The juices were flowing to my brain and making me insane
For the feeling of you
When I was wearing your clothes

You'll be home soon, yeah I'm holding my breath
Baby got something for you - I bet you can't guess
I'll sing you something nice and low
And when you see what clothes I'm wearing they won't last long

The juices were flowing to my brain but it wasn't the same
As being near you
When I was wearing your clothes
Track Name: Farewell Restful Days
Carry one one time down into the cellar
Carry one one time down below the house
Carry it away say you'll leave it there forever
Carry every moment til we know what it's about

Run down the hill live a little in the valley
Run round the tower keep it in the loop
Run back to town give it to O'Malley
Run run run or else the point is mute

Farewell restful days
We are folding back into the maze
City, field, factory
Hurry scurry

Go to the corner get one for me will ya
Go twice a day it won't go amiss
Go often baby if nothing else will thrill ya
Go into the bright lights send the crowd a kiss

Run in a circle then you'll find the ending
Run to the exit don't saunter now
Run run run there's a home in need of mending
Run if you ever knew why to run or how

Farewell restful days
We are folding back into the maze
City, field, factory
Hurry scurry
Track Name: East of You
Inside
No one sees approaching sin on
The right
Wanna take a step with me and
Get right
Somewhere something's coming down my way

Outside
People live and breathe and who knows
The tide
That will pull when pushing's done and
Black sky
Will find a way to drag you home

I'm thinking it over
Breathe according to the lag

Bedside
Was a way to make a measure
Hands tied
But I'd like to be your treasure
Don't lean
Haven't shoulder enough to hold you back

I'm thinking it over
Breathe according to the lag

Alright
Didn't put the pressure on and
Felt right
Not to keep my wrappings on and
That's fine
How your fingers wrap me up instead

I'm thinking it over
Breathe according to the lag
Track Name: Scrubbing
Whatever you may believe
Of nature, of science, of all the mysteries
Wouldn't you all agree
A human's a human
We all arrived as naked helpless stupid in a good way little babies
We've all been selfish
We all want better things
For the people we love or respect or try to control
We've all stood alone in a crowd in the rain in the grass in the road
We've all built something
Even if it was just a bad reputation
We've all felt remorse paranoia explosion and appreciation
It may be cliche
But we've all made mistakes

Like maybe this stupid song
Dedicated to the obvious
But isn't it obvious
We're so alike every one of us
We all make spit and noise and blood and puss
And yes of course we don't all get along
According to all of us someone else is wrong

Whatever you may believe
Of nature, of science, of all the mysteries
Wouldn't you all agree
A human's a human
We all arrived as naked helpless stupid in a good way little babies
We all need food and sleep
We all need help and I get the feeling we don't always ask for it when we should
But we all have feelings of doubt and despair and joy and awe
We all feel life is hard but also very good
We all do some things too little
And some things way too much
We've all killed something
Even if it was just the mood or the moment as such

Like maybe this stupid song
Dedicated to the obvious
But isn't it obvious
We're so alike every one of us
We all make spit and noise and blood and puss
And yes of course we don't all get along
According to all of us someone else is wrong

Whatever you may believe
Of nature, of science, of all the mysteries
Wouldn't you all agree
A human's a human
We all arrived as naked helpless stupid in a good way little babies
We all have something to say
We all have our own interpretation of every word
Which makes it difficult being understood
Let alone being heard
We all have ourselves to give to the world
And if we all did, if we all could
We'd all have billions of hearts minds and existences wishing us good

Like maybe this stupid song
Dedicated to the obvious
But isn't it obvious
We're so alike every one of us
We all make spit and noise and blood and puss
And yes of course we don't all get along
According to all of us someone else is wrong
Track Name: Bundle
My bundle is over my shoulder
Outside the rain is getting colder
And I'm not sure if I'm leaving or going home

So kiss me goodbye, baby
The car is here and maybe
Maybe this time should be for giving in

Because I've given all I can
Tried to tie up my loose ends
But the days are long and fast
And the nights beg extensions
You cling to the door
But I can't stay here anymore
There's a hole ahead
And I've promised to go in

I cleaned the space you gave me
The next one might be lazy
She might be neglectful, I guess we'll see

And all the traps are baited
Yeah I've waited and waited and waited
If someone falls in now it's not my fault

Because I've given all I can
Turned the monsters into sand
And you can say next year
But it's a lie
And I love the best I could
Polished up my heart of wood
I'm walking now
So please kiss me goodbye
Track Name: Sel and Pepper
People spoke of Sel and Pepper all over town
When they spoke of things that would stand up
When the sky was falling down

But Sel chased after a European dream
And Pepper crossed the border to find herself in the sea
Now they'll never be

Life is so infrequently what you thought it would be
Life is so infrequently what you hoped it would be

Ollie grew up much too early, matured by force
Kissed the dirt for softening pavement
Kissed his alcohol for making him hoarse

But then one day he discovered both his arms
And to his surprise found them capable of keeping someone else from harm
Sure signs of nature's alarm

Life is so infrequently what you thought it would be
Life is so infrequently what you've resigned for it to be

What we've planned for
Is a vast shore
Where all too often good intentions wash away
Where we start for
Hasn't any score
With the place we'll occupy when we decide to stay