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Thao & Mirah

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1.
Eleven 04:00
When love is love don't let it go away My love is love it won't go away Don't ever let anybody go Why's it so hard to hold How come I never know I'm a traveling gentleman I knew I would come back again I swear our days are not lost on me Please. So sorry that I couldn't cut the past away I was hopin' hopin' I could hold you all the same But I was broken I was like a paper weight Holding nothing down from getting blown away When we go we're not gonna take it all away We'll just have to learn to give it in a different kind of way I know about the human heart I have been watching yours Forgive me for the mess I left It rained and then it poured Too sweet for my mouth Too soft for my hands So sorry that I couldn't cut the past away I was broken open but I held you all the same Caught up in the corner hear me calling out your name Oh won't you help me keep it open help me want to stay
2.
Folks 02:53
Hold me I am weak Dropped from the sky onto my knees Raised by wolves of necessity Come closer to me Shout like I am near death Reason like I have no sense They fed me food and that is all They fed me food and that is all I use my body like a handshake Count and see All the friends I make Please don't be Upset with me You know how you know But you cannot believe
3.
Little Cup 03:34
And you said you knew How you were gonna take it That you'd take it all That you knew my heart was not that small And how could we ever manage Carts and horses could never carry all I want to give, not give enough I want to give, not give you love I chose the strangest little cup To drink you from and stir you up And you were beautiful it's true All I ever wanted was to be Good to you And when you see me cry You ask me but I think that You already know why I'm staring up at the sky And you said you understood But promises are not that good In this improper marriage Love and justice found miscarriage At the only embassy With an office for the damage And when you see me cry You ask me but I think that You already know why I'm staring up at the sky
4.
I had it all, yes I believed Everything I was holding effortlessly Was made out of rubies and rocks, rocks, rocks Out of diamonds and stones, stones, stones With pearls I painted Myself a home, home, home Remember when I said Oh baby please take me, on down the road of love And you never mind, where the chains come from Never wanted to stop, stop, stop Just wanted to roll, roll, roll You kept it hot, hot, hot You knew how to hold me, but that would not hold Now, was it that you set me free, when you did that you did to me You said you were my family, but what does that really mean When you let me drop, drop, drop You just went cold, cold, cold All the rubies and rocks, rocks, rocks I bought got sold, sold, sold Now everybody on the left side, and everybody on the right Clap your hands and sing it to me, we've got all night When you find it you've got to hold Gotta keep that love in your life All the hearts are gold, gold, gold When they're shined up just right
5.
Teeth 02:51
You have teeth I can't bear I am out of here I have teeth I must bare I am out of here What do you intend to do To mark the end of this When you hold You are half letting go of it This is the last time I drag myself from your bed I can't go Please be kind Let me loose, let me loose I said Next time I swear: More hope less fail Oh, how I have tried But I have teeth I must bare
6.
Well I saw something that resembled that place On the other side, where we were together On the moon we walked and kicked up lots of dust We made a space cloud of us And of that stuff we were afraid of We had a home there and in the gloe we'd stare at each other At nothing other than each other And I thought, nothing could ever touch us Except the space dust all around us But now there's something digging down, into the crust Trying to find an ocean there, under the home we shared They set their weight down And like an earthquake we cracked Was it the government who sent them? Was it their scientific vision? To destroy past recognition They did approach without concern And when they warned us of their plan we didn't listen They would take our gentle light Our moon and our whole life Replace what we had grown with their ambition And we would be sure to fail If we began to form an opposition Nobody's right they say Nobody's wrong they say We are generous and good And we will have it our way, yes we will have it our way They say now take all of your dust, your love and all your trust We're sending you upon your final mission And then I found myself in orbit And the last thing I observed The last words that I heard Were don't forget to send in your transmissions. We expect you to report on your condition' Then I saw something that resembled that place On the other side, where we were together They will take our gentle light Our moon and our whole life
7.
How Dare You 02:59
Oh oh how dare you This is how I dare to I'm coming over to remind you of me No you can't lay there; that's where we used to sleep I swear it happens better when it happens again I told you from the start - I could only see the end Sugar if you're sure you're going We'll move a little slower then If you want I could be decent But you gotta let me know when You can have this much. It is left from before. I am sick with my effort. I am sick without yours. To be fair, to be fair. I never said I'd try But I'll be fair, I'll be fair in how I spend your time I can't help it. I should spare you But I can't help it. I wouldn't dare to
8.
Hello, today, are you still here in my home My dear, we wake every day But how can anybody stay when those lonesome tears Don't even wash away in the morning They don't even wash away in the morning You see in the past there was a hopeful one Who thought that love could last But she got eaten by surprise in the pale moonrise And all the nights gave up their night vision That was the night she lost her night vision And after you I ran so fast And after you, I panted But then I stumbled and I cracked it, sugar and plastic There was just a shadow in the looking glass Wanted to see more than a shadow in the looking glass
9.
Likeable Man 03:33
Put your hands down your pants Before your daddies go What was love In times like those That me me old And kept me loose Oh dears my dears we are reduced The waist above The waist below Oh dears, my dears what have we to lose Tell your mothers they betrayed you so Oh dears, my dears what else to lose Tell your mothers they betrayed you so
10.
Hallelujah 04:08
If you start to think that it's all over now That the work you have done has been lost somehow You wake up hungry in this world you've made So much so how could you be turned away Under thunder we drove through a black sky Paved with the threat we might die, oh we were so afraid You can throw your body up against the glass but you can't stop the rain From pouring in once the cracks have been made But there's still time to sing Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah Who could stay sleepin' when that garbage man came? He stormed up the street 'cause we called out his name With the sounds of us choking on the mess that's been made Dig us out from this slumber We've give salt, we've sweated off, done all this and more So heed when hyou hear us knockin' on your door We don't want to be the currency gets spent on war And then come home wondering what was it all for That's no way to sing Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah We been hard hard working We've got a plan Send home dollar bills And fistfuls of honey We've been working working for that money
11.
Squareneck 03:38
I can give you what you want And none of all you don't I can put the rest away Jus ttell me where it goes Don't you be afraid of me I will not love you endlessly Only until it buries me Yes we can be careful But first can we lay down You can hold me still You can move me round

about

Thao and Mirah both often go by their first names only. That is mostly why they wanted to make a record together. Other reasons include: they are friends, they were finally in San Francisco at the same time, and both joyfully welcomed a short departure from their respective successful solo careers to collaborate on a project.

Mirah (K records) started making music in the late 90's in the Pacific Northwest, becoming a much beloved indie fixture there and well beyond. Her 5 celebrated solo records and multiple previous collaborations have brought her together with an eclectic assortment of dj's, baltic music enthusiasts, entomologists and multi-media artists.

Thao signed to Kill Rock Stars in 2006 and has since released two records with her band, The Get Down Stay Down, to wide critical and popular acclaim. She has fast established herself as a well-loved songwriter and performer in and out of the indie realm.

The two enlisted dear friend and colleague Merrill Garbus (Tune-Yards, 4AD) as co-producer, guest musician (and for one song, guest writer) and the aptly titled album Thao and Mirah was recorded over 2 freewheeling weeks for Kill Rock Stars this past summer.

Thao and Mirah each wrote a new batch of beautiful songs which were jointly performed and produced by the three with some help from fine Bay Area friends. The album is a collection of songs from two distinctly different, highly respected songwriters, threaded and woven together with the creative energy and freedom of collaboration. Such freedom allowed for varied and rewarding levels of innovation, and a determination to keep the music-making as in-house as possible: both Thao and Mirah assume many of the instrumentation duties: from drums and bottles to slide guitar and knee caps. All songs maintain the writers' shared gifts: profound emotional poignancy with lyrics and melodies to match and stay with you.

Both Thao and Mirah work closely with Air Traffic Control- an organization dedicated to helping musicians become better social activists. They will team up with ATC to focus the release and touring efforts of Thao and Mirah toward supporting causes and organizations they love.

Thao and Mirah are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to focus their album release and touring efforts toward social causes they hold very dear. The duo will work to support organizations which raise awareness and offer resources in response to physical, emotional and sexual abuse in the home. Thao and Mirah look forward to working with local domestic violence and childhood sexual abuse prevention organizations in each city they visit on tour. Such collaboration will include inviting local organizations to shows as an effort to raise community awareness and appreciation, and the application of nominal surcharges to ticket prices (don't worry, they recognize everyone is broke). Collected funds will then be donated to each respective community and organization. Thao and Mirah have been collaborating with Air Traffic Control (ATC), a resource for musicians working on activism and philanthropy, on these efforts. The artists recognize the difficulty and discomfort often surrounding these issues and thus feel even more compelled to encourage action and discourse. Thao and Mirah thank you in advance for your openness and support.
Co-produced by Thao, Mirah, and Merrill. Mixed by Tucker Martine.

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released April 26, 2011

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