Raphael (Live at Tapestry Studio 2008)

by Clara Engel

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Recorded live, March 14th 2008 in Toronto at Tapestry New Opera Works.
Clara: Voice, Guitar
Rob Greenway: Drums
Adriana Pera: Cello
Felix D: Cello

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released November 2, 2010

All Songs Written by Clara Engel except 'Travailler C'est Trop Dur' - Traditional

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Clara Engel Toronto, Ontario

Guitarist, songwriter, singer, visual artist.

Based in TO.

Portrait of Clara by Yuki Komura

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Track Name: Raphael
o raphael
i want to drown you in the wishing well
i want to set you free
i want to carve you out of me
now i've tasted of your blood
i understand killing

o raphael
it's a stupid game
this tender war
that i wage against myself
now you're gone

i step on my wings again
i hear the sound of bones breaking

now i've tasted of your blood
i understand dying

o raphael
i don't know what i am anymore
lets play soldiers
i can break your jaw
lets dress our faces up like whores
we'll sell roses door to door
we'll understand longing

o raphael
i'm no martyr
but these claws
can only tear my flesh
and never yours
i step on my wings again
i hear the sound of bones breaking
now i've tasted of your blood
i understand losing

o raphael
i want to drown you in the wishing well
i want to set you free
i want to carve you out of me
Track Name: Poplar Trees
what comes in time
leaves in time
it's futile to grasp
the music from
a late night show
swims down
into the grass

dance with me
under the poplar trees
i'll never learn to dance
dance with me
under the poplar trees
i'll never learn to dance

when my ship comes in
i'm sure i'll be
too far from shore to care
the ruined piers
where bitter men
speak in tongues
or just stare

you know the price of letting go
i know that you no longer care
so dance with me
under the poplar trees
i think i'm nearly there

what comes in time
leaves in time
it's futile to grasp
the music from
a late night show
swims down into the grass

dance with me
under the poplar trees
i'll never learn to dance
dance with me
under the poplar trees
i'll never learn to dance
Track Name: Bloodthirsty Doves
this hospital hotel is full of
lovesick birds of prey
and bloodthirsty doves
i'm tired of this place, brother
tired of waking amidst the decay, brother
let me sleep in a flame of fire
let me sleep in a flame of fire

lithe feather flames wrought in ovens above
seashell shoulder blades of a beautiful boy
let me sleep in a flame of fire
let me sleep in a flame of fire

gone to sea in a sigh of rapture
are these boats fashioned from cradles or are they caskets?
you say that when you're in love it doesn't matter
but there's a hollow decay to our laughter
let me sleep in a flame of fire
let me sleep in a flame of fire
let me sleep in a flame of fire
let me sleep in a flame of fire

one cold city morning i'll go walking
alone with the gulls and the frozen water
what a beautiful day to be living
to awaken amidst the decay and the fire
what a beautiful day to be stranded
what a beautiful agony
desire

let me sleep in a flame of fire
Track Name: Love is Egyptian in her Bones
you said that love is egyptian in her bones
milk and honey
blossom and bone
a beautiful hustler on a cardboard throne
i don't want you to sleep alone
but i don't want to sleep alone
is this love?
i don't know.
go ask jezebel, ask joan of arc
cause my flesh is unwilling
and my will isn't hard
you can sew my eyelids shut, but honey it's dark
you can set me free, watch me crawl for yards
is this love?
Track Name: Chorus of Murderous Bells
see 'Secret Beasts' album for lyrics.