Trip To Pine

by Tim and Chris Birchard

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My brother Chris and I wrote these eleven songs over the course of 2009. He did the words, I did the music.

There are actually more than these eleven. A lot more. Versions that didn’t make the cut; ideas still simmering on the stovetop; songs that refused to play nice together, now relegated to ‘time out’…

All of them have taken me to new places within, bringing me closer to my brother. Deepest gratitude.

Written and recorded in Austin, Texas and Durango, Colorado.

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released May 17, 2010

All words by Chris Birchard except "Pelacone", words by Chris and Tim Birchard. All music by Tim Birchard. Copyright 2010.

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Tim Birchard is a musician, engineer, composer, and producer who loves a good story. He loves the unorthodox.

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Track Name: Trip To Pine
Walking down the lane's rain gutters
my footfalls mark the beat
Christmas morning, yesteryear
I dreamt of Vietnam, Cambodia,
Downtown main street

As I try to clear my mind of rhyme
I find myself at the heart of all matter
Age is made by accepting change or by staying plain
An unwilling batter

(Chorus)
And I think of home again
And wonder, then, how long it's been
Since I've been able to clear my head
To sleep at night in my own bed

Resistant old man, accept the new plan
Take my hand
Like Peter Pan, lead me to some brand new land

(Ch)

A blood-stained mind of feeble design
We trip to the pine
For the cold, dark line
Where I feel the whine of an elephant's spine
Track Name: Quiet Love
I don’t know you
I’ve become a slob
My mind does not seem to work right
I need a part-time job

(Ch)
If only I could disappear
Into tomorrow’s far reaches
I know, then, I could make it clear
Who needs the teacher and who teaches

So many times I’ve been deceived
By all of this that’s surrounding me
All this time I wouldn’t believe
You’re why my heart is pounding me

(Ch)

I’m growing cold, as the fire’s hot
My mind is tied up in this knot
My hands are broken with toil
My love cannot grow within this soil

So put me in my corner (and)
Batter me with your will
Step over the line, hammer me under
What’s true within me will prevail

(Ch)
Track Name: Pelacone
We rubbed two sticks together
The cat sits on the sofa, getting wetter
The grate that holds the fire couldn’t be better

(Ch)
Have you seen the lights of Pelacone?
(To lift my Irish love for loss)
The dreamy nights in Pelacone?
(I’ll give you my bladder)
I’ve set my sights on Pelacone…
(To see my child’s beautiful eyes, I’ll lend you my ladder)

We placed our fire between two stones
Said “goodbye” to our cojones
Left our place for Al Jarrone’s
Spent the night in Pelacone

(Ch)

We left, the fire couldn’t be hotter
I stole those logs left in your loft
Cottonwood by the cord, don’t even bother
Texan oak is free of cost

To hold my heart you’ll need my soul
To help offset the roll
We need to talk about our love
And how they stole our faithful glove
How they lied upon the stand

Patty, Bailey and Christine ran…

(Ch)
Track Name: Sun Glass
Can you take off your shades for me?
And I’ll disappear into your eyes
Please remove that sunglass
From those that you disguise

Let me gaze into your space
Your thoughts, I can’t replace
And love will raise me up
High above, my soaring spirit’s lost

(Ch)
Graze me in your green, green fields
Kiss me with your wild blue water
Hold out your arms to me
Electrifying embrace, set me free

Let me hear your laughter, toulepe truffels
Compose for me your darking troubles
Clearly display the courage I seek
So this lucky lion can’t squeak

Hold me in your eyes
So I can hear you say
I’m leaving in your eyes right now
Maybe I’ll return some day

True love is the gold
A glass of our love will hold
our hearts, if we allow
It strength to hold our sacred vow

Can you take off your shades for me?
And I’ll disappear into your eyes
Please remove that sunglass
From those that you disguise

Let me gaze into your space
Your thoughts, I can’t replace
And love will raise me up
High above, my soaring spirit’s lost

(Ch)
Track Name: My Telescope
If I could write
I would about love
You wouldn’t understand
About this kind of love

If I could write
I’d write about faith
How I left
And you surfaced

(Ch)
So tears roll down the sky
I stand here and try
To sing to you, oh my!
As I wonder why?

If I could be a bird
I’d fly above the trees
Fall down on my knees
I’d give you my word

Now that I’m a soul
You will have me whole
Just talk to me at night
Everything is fine, while…

(Ch)

But you are dear
And I am jack
I’ll eat my heart
You steal my snack

If tears were love and you were hope
I’d dry myself with time and cope
Live my life in constanope
I’ll watch you from my telescope…

(Ch)
Track Name: Seeing Ghosts
Somehow, we tripped to the pine and it must’ve been a good thing. I’d imagine two boys and a baseball field where one kid’s on the pitcher’s mound and one is in the batter’s box. He throws, He hits it- right over the fence and they rejoice. Fun. No?

Maybe not. No, this would get hairy. In the sense that they were seeing ghosts. Prophets and the like would rattle their doors at 2 a.m. asking stupid questions like, “Have you seen the sun, lately?”

And I’d answer, “No, No, I haven’t”

And hell would poke its pointed finger at me and whisper, “so haven’t we.”

Then, I’d go to super wall mart and have a hamburger at McD’s and feel SO normal and healthy. Under the bright lights, steel trusswork, concrete.

Within the confines of security. We leave together or none, too much, at all, of course. Giant steps.

T-Rex was misunderstood. We need to shake things up a little, but with our hearts and minds and souls. Recycle everything we can. And slowly rebuild. Our earth may be dying.
Track Name: This Is Not A Song
(Ch)
This is not a song
This is not a song
Please don’t get me wrong,
but this is not a song

The needle’s in the red
I guess it’s true what they said
I’ve got a bomb in my head
And the monkey must be fed

(Ch)

Steering wheel– hands at 8 and 4
handcuffed, pedal to the floor
It’s the life that I adore
I guess it’s true what they said

(Ch)

Step right up and place your bets
This is not a song, so cool your jets
I’m not ready to quit just yet
That’s the only thing that I would regret

(Ch)
Track Name: The House Down
I’ll be waiting in the wings for you
You can find me where you always do
I’ll be flying where our hearts are true
Where I’m never feeling bad or blue

I’ll be waiting in the dying gloom
In that tiny little downstairs room
I’ll wait, you’ll never come too soon
Drinking light from the distant moon

(Ch)
Nothing matters as much as love
Sifting softly from above
I’d like to have my bull eaten by your dove
A real newly-fashioned kind of love

See, never let it slip your mind
That, though you’ll decide, my heart
I’ll be sippin’ on my favorite wine,
“Homemade hooch” plays the strangest part

(Ch)

it’s not like I’m gonna cry…

I’ll be waiting in the wings for you
You can find me where you always do
I’ll be flying where our hearts are true
Where I’m never feeling bad or blue

I’ll be waiting in the dying gloom
In that tiny little downstairs room
I’ll wait, you’ll never come too soon
Drinking light from the distant moon

(Ch)
Track Name: Letters From J
“Alone together” is the title of a new poem
that has no words yet
“Alone together” is the title of a new poem
that has no words, I regret

I realized today that you usually
precede a request
for new lyrics with a strong compliment
of current writings

But I love the compliments, nonetheless
So happy that our art can feed with each other

Thank you for publishing my work
Isn’t “work” a funny word?
I’d bet saying it 200 times
would help to undermine
its nobility some

Does your Jeep have a winch?
It needs one…
Love always,
Baby J
Track Name: The Zero
I walked with you to your tube
I relaxed upon your sofa
I noticed the flame upon the sky
Now I may be afraid to fly

I think that terror just may tend
To reveal its scary head at night
But when I see Ground Zero’s steel bend
as broken concrete and glass reflect light

(Ch)
The broken hearts, they sing, alright

When I saw the day ignite
again & again, the images bright,
When I saw day turned into night
I cancelled my future commercial flight

Please take my ass to ground zero
Ground Zero, where the ghost comes and calls,
Please leave my weary bones at the zero
Where my friends and I may hold our balls…

I walked with you to your tube
I relaxed upon your sofa
I noticed the flame upon the sky
Now I may be afraid to fly

Please take my ass to ground zero
Ground Zero, where the ghost comes and calls,
Please leave my weary bones at the zero
Where my friends and I may hold our balls…

(Ch)
Track Name: Starless Sky
Under one starless sky…
I contemplated heaven,
Counted to eleven,
And I didn’t ask “why”

I didn’t ask “what”
Though I thought of your butt
And went into this dream
I was gone, it would seem
into the bubble-maker

At once I was confused
Like, caught up in this ruse
As if I’d seen the news
I’s goin’ to meet my maker,
the heartbreaker

So I stashed my lonely toil
rubbed my fruit (with heel) into soil
And I felt this profound peace
As I shouldered this hairy beast

While you just pray
I flay
and flay and flay and flay
All day…
At once I was confused
Like, caught up in this ruse
As if I’d seen the news

Under one starless sky…
I contemplated heaven,
Counted to eleven,
And I didn’t ask “why”