The Code of the Flowers

by Ayla Nereo

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released September 9, 2016

Co-Produced by Tyson Leonard, Ryan Herr and David Sugalski

Guest Musicians: MaMuse, Ryan Herr, Tyson Leonard, Lydia Violet, Amelia Rae, Brian Parks and Jesse Hendricks

Recorded and powered by the sun at Jumpsuit Studios

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Track Name: Whispers
Pine, I am calling to you
Aspen, I am singing to you
Redwood, hear this song
Birch-bark, weeping willow
and Dogwood, blooming moonlight
Cedar, let it fall, fall away
Oak, you bore my body
Bay, I bade you open these vessels…

To receive your whispers
tender breath-keepers
givers of life to these lungs
may I open my ears and
surrender
what can you tell me
how can I tend you
how can I tend to the ones
who pour life through these lungs…

Care for these rivers going dry
bone and sorrow held as
pain, drought of feeling, yet the
rain can give us freedom, forest
rain, but if we cut them, it goes
away, help us
open these vessels…

To receive your whispers
tender breath-keepers
givers of life to these lungs
may I open my ears and
surrender
what can you tell me
how can I tend you
how can I tend to the ones
who pour life through these lungs…

“We, for every one of us you’ve uprooted
you can soothe it by planting another
of the same as the kind you’ve uprooted
every ending a beginning if you choose it…
you can soothe it…
if you choose it…”
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Track Name: Tightrope Walker
Ricochet pinecone
riverside elderberry
underwater rushing
tightrope walker

Whistlestop coming
soon I gotta go, gotta
tiptoe mudslide
tightrope walker

Timid as a raindrop
bold as the iceberg
broken as the thorn of the
blackberry crushing

Goose-down comfort
blackbear hideaway
going out for winter
tightrope walker

Undertone overcast
in breath outside, going on a limb
and tearing of the bandage
uncover fearlessness
when lightning
strikes it meets
in the middle, as a
bone-bent riddle be met with a
riddle be found
inbreath outside…

Ricochet pinecone
cavernwide honeyberry
waterbent keeper
tightrope walker

Elderwise timestone
rise a gaze east-side
telling to the cradle
tightrope walker

Told as a footprint
burned as a brightening
sudden as the rush of the rib-bent whistler

Windsweep set-down
shadowside lightaway
fool-eyed leader of the
tightrope walker…

Ricochet pinecone
riverside elderberry
underwater rushing

Underbelly overcast
going on a limb and
tearing of the bandage
(tightrope walker)

(when lightning strikes)
outbreath inside
(when lightning strikes)
inbreath outside

outbreath inside
inbreath outside
Track Name: Look at the River
Look at the river as it winds down the
rise like a tear goin’ down cheek-side creek
to the body of blood, salty golden
holding’ the life of our own, though we do not
look…
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Track Name: Seeds
My brother lives in a jungle concrete
like a belly gone to rumbling
only wants a taste of the sky
wind and fire, setting the seeds
for the son of his son come with him
one day to come
My sister, her hands are raised
for the stakes are high and she knows it
and I am singing for her vision
singing for her vision

This is not mere speech
all we seek is here where we stand and
shape as clay, turning tides dug deep and
wider still to hold what comes
and wider still to say

We'll never be moved from here
our lives will live in the seeds we've sown
calling what's coming clear
our will is held in the gardens we've grown
as light from the sun we can give
as rivers meeting can become one
walk toward the call of this
and plant it deep for the ones to come

One day
none shall be imprisoned
for tending the land
for feeding our children
One day
we will cherish the soil
valued more than gold
its value more than gold
One day our hands will raise
for the way we walk and how we own it
and I am singing for this vision
singing for this vision

This is not mere speech
all we seek is here where we stand and
shape as clay, turning tides dug deep and
wider still to hold what comes
and wider still to say

We'll never be moved from here
our lives will live in the gardens we've grown
calling what's coming clear
our will is held in the seeds we've sown
as light from the sun we can give
as rivers meeting can become one
walk toward the call of this
and plant it deep for the ones to come

My brother live in a jungle concrete
like a belly gone to rumbling
only wants a taste of the sky
wind and fire, setting the seeds
for the son of his son
to come with him one day
taste the roots he was born from
pass him the story how all
hands came together as
one
Track Name: Ivory Tounge
She spoke, “there is a beacon becoming”
and I dove into a sea of stormy winds wail
their might was mighty swift and running
(every which way)
“stay with it, child you’re changing”
she sang,

Sister sun your ivory tongue is flowin’ like the waters run and all my thoughts jump into
feathers abound fall on the page down, feathers abound fall on the pages
Sister sun your inner lungs are spinning shapes alive and wove in vision
praying, pray our spirit, turn, our heart’s’ll become

(and what these words do
and what these words do…)

Sure as flight (and a dash unruly), and faster than the breath you’re heaving
your wild (as a righteous fury) can be led or be leading
inside, what a maze of ladders, so you look and look a while (every which way)
this fire, by the burn of-our grandmothers, shapes the way of your choosing
so stay, stay with it, daughter you’re creating this
and every sound you give make sure you’re aiming it

Sister sun your ivory tongue is flowin’ like the waters run and all my thoughts jump into
feathers abound fall on the page down, feathers about fall on the pages
Sister sun your inner lungs are spinning shapes alive and wove in vision
praying, pray our spirit, turn, our heart’s’ll become…

You got flames for wings, and at the
stake is the claim of your wild speech
fake is the flurry try to keep you in a bind,
shake shake shake it off like the way the dragon ride
out of your cave you’re a beast of another dawn
like a wake on the current that her voice will
carry you for another lifetime
keep your sight set right, leadin with the
sound of the the arrow, fly

(and what these words do
and what these words do…)

Sister sun your ivory tongue is flowin’ like the waters run and all my thoughts jump into
feathers abound fall on the page down, feathers abound fall on the pages
Sister sun your inner lungs are spinning shapes alive and wove in vision
praying, pray our spirit, turn, our heart’s’ll become
Track Name: Little Beckon
How do you do
when the rain gets under your skin
leakin’ tidepools like it’s a whim

And what do you say
when it’s all gone sideways and fools
and your heart won’t beat with the rules
little beckon like a shoot on the path
you’re pushin’ past these boulders
pushin’ past these boulders

And how do you do
I think the rain has somethin’ to say
little message in a bottle to pray
all your grievin’ for the healin’ of time
let it run like rivers
and they will flow as the following leads ‘em
touching’ roots of the bodies beneath ‘em
as a bundle to the future be given
little beckon like a shoot on the path
we’re pushing’ past these boulders

Let it run like rivers
let it run like rivers
your tears are healers
so let ‘em run like rivers
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Track Name: Waves
Take my prayers, take them out to sea
may the waters of all worlds ye meet
here given to you and here released
here given as it was given me

And I listen to the waterfall fallin as a waterfall down
it comes like a waterfall fallin like a waterfall down
listen to the waterfall fallin as a waterfall down
it comes like a waterfall fallin like a waterfall down

If you make a big enough wave it’ll come back to greet you…
Track Name: Turning Wake
Turn, turning you a bent-bone weary wandering soul and
born, borne upon a body you can never own, rollin’ you a
long-bent sideways tumbling a mother-given loom
you knew it when you flew in shuttlin’
weaver you are goal-bent, but do your strings hold the
strength of what was given, when you flew in?

Burn, you’re burning your own home, some days could you
live a little lighter, give a little water, give a little eye to
eye- see from what you’re made, gotta lil’ shadow in your
wake, wakin is the way you grow this, know this
gotta lil’ matter to be bade, met and given it away
this the trip we being shown, told is all we’ve ever known
what another truth you gonna hide? baby finding that you
choosin’ every moment lookin through the frame they givin you

There’s a turn from the fear
a stand for the free
a song for the beat-down picking’ up steam
and you will hear my voice here singin’
there’s a let from the greed
a gift for the kind
and I’ll be dancing’ with the ones who remind me
we are born of dust and silence
we are made of ancient songs
and there are ones who’ll keep us sleeping
and there are ones who bring the dawn
put your back to the birch and your mind to the matter of a
listening kind of way
we are born of dust and silence
we are made of ancient songs…

Rose, rose upon the shoulders of the
shoreline, eyesight creeping round the edges of the
known you’ve known it from before, before your sight was
shorn shifted and they told you not to talk of this
but you remember in your sleep, all the ones that you could see
raisin’ candles to the sky, through the forest dark as night
wide-eyed, keep stride this the path you bein’ shown
sure thing keep singin to the ones you walkin on

They the wonder, you the sky they look upon
you are clouds to them, givin’ harm or givin’ form
Do we greet them with a grace?
Do we run or do we face
the ones who helping us to heal our choice and choose again

{CHORUS}

Bade farewell all you’ve been told
waves are rising you to shore
it’s not what you say what you think
it the walk and the way that you do
so you
give what you give what you can what you give what you
give what you are what you give — give what you
want what you
give what you give what you can what you give what you
give what you are what you can,
you will hear my voice here singin…
give what you can what you give, give what you want
i’ll be dancing with the ones who remind me…
i’ll be dancing with the ones who remind me…
we are born of dust and silence
we are made of ancient songs
and there are ones who’ll keep us sleeping
and there are ones who bring the dawn
put your back to the birch and your mind to the matter of a
listening kind of way
we are born of dust and silence
we are made of ancient
song…
Track Name: Wild Burn
Once you free your sight
once you be for life

We are…

When I dream, I dream in white, of
bells and birdcage, boat dock sun and the
cargo spice of what's to come
like the images come one after one

But this time, it was night
the moon it lilted brightways sharp and the
words to sleeping drifters dance as
though to fall from page alive…

When the
light fell down was a wild burn
like the night said, it could be learned
with the journey you took a chance
to forget when you start the dance…

Did the hairs on the neck of time
stand straight with me speaking their name
and the pride that can make us blind
does it simply fear being shamed
oh the branch, is it known by seed
how it comes to be… and
do the blooms know their righteous power
the beauty of being Seen

Oh the pride that can make us blind!
does it simply fear being shamed
and the tide in it’s ever-pulling
would naught but by breathing be tamed
oh the thought is it known by speech
how it comes to be…
and do the colored blooms know their righteous power
the beauty of being Seen…

When I dream I dream in flight
the swells and stills of all that’s come and the
setting forth our kindred sum
a point in a constellation

When the light fell down was a wild burn
your mission forming with every turn
to assemble and piece it whole
to remember this dance we woke

The beauty of being Seen…
Track Name: We Forgot
Sun leaves the day
we forgot our bones till we’re kissed with the breathless
cold, and the light
we forgot these colors die with the darkness
dark, in the dark…

Faith, run away
I have chosen to be bound by these towers
saved it is safe
we forgot the shape of the question still forming
blind, it is blind
keep me safe these castles
feeling feels fearsome bold,
it is bold, and I hold the rungs
of the ladder I’m climbing in the
dark — in the dark
we forgot these colors die without the light
this is light
we forgot to look till we see only absence

Sitting before the moon
she asked for a vision
bless me with sight
and all came in swift and soon
words to the wisdom
blessings of tongue
and tangled ‘tween life and grave
grave was the pulling
life was she calling
tangled ‘tween life and grave
allowing herself to become all her fears
at once was she life and grave
allowing herself to become all her fears
at once was she life and grave
allowing herself to become…

Sun leaves the day
we forgot our bones till we’re kissed with the breathless
cold, and the light
we forgot to look till we see only absence
dark, in the dark
we forgot these colors die without the light
this is light
we forgot the shape of the question still forming
Track Name: Hum
Hum inside my heart a little while
come closer with the honey of your song
your dance is a code is a pathway to what’s given
I am learning how to listen

Hum inside my heart a little while
from you comes the honey of my song
tender to the tendrils blooming color taste and longing for
you who kiss the petals of my reach

Our minds send us farther than our legs can carry us
but your flight weaves the membrance of our step

So we give our voices
so we give our voices to the ones who’ve left us
So we give our voices
to the ones who cry in silence
So we give our voices
so we give our voices to the ones who’s speech is
runnin’ under soil beneath…
Subtle in…
Subtle as your flutter beat lung beat run beat
hum…

Hum
inside my heart a little while…
Track Name: Drive by Fires
This day was like any other
any other day this one like another
castle briars bristle-stickin’
keeping the inside inside, tight like a bird in fright
‘fraid to let go and lowly go let it go let it
go go go go go go —

“go!” said the light before me, and
“wait”, said the siren’s plaintive cry,
and “look!” said the smoke
“look I am sudden ruthless and
hurriedly burning you”

And the people were scrambling for their lives
and the people were scrambling for their lives
and the people were scrambling for their lives
and the drive by fires brought water to my eyes

You stirred me deep as you burned me sweet
and then piece by piece I let it blaze in

We walk as though we know where we’re steppin’
We go as though we’re the ones in charge…
Help me remember
as i’m running, I’m running
remember as I run by you too
quick to fire blink
quick to burn brick home
up and gone
up and gone…
Help me remember
it can be gone so fast
help me remember
all that has gone past
help me see
i am here just to hear how to be
i am here just to hear how to be
i am here just to hear how to be
i am here how to
i am here just to be
just to simply Be

When we’re all just scrambling for our lives
help the drive-by fires bring water to our eyes…

Castle briars bristle-stickin
keeping the inside inside, tight like a bird in fright
‘fraid to let go and lowly go let it go let it
go go go go go go —
“Go!” said the light before me, and
“Wait”, said the siren’s plaintive cry,
and “Look!” said the smoke
“look I am sudden ruthless and
hurriedly burning you”

When we’re all just scrambling for our lives
help the drive-by fires bring water to our eyes…
Track Name: The Course
Who’ll fetch the water?
will it be your great grand-daughter
my darling
who’ll fetch the water?

What will be it’s course
from the source how will it find us
my darling
what’ll be the course?

and who will call the rain
feel it fallin’ to our skin
from a welling deep within
who’ll call the rain?

and who’ll strike the drum
when our thundering heartbeat needs it
when the feet gotta pray it down
who’ll beat the ground?

who will speak in truth
and where will they walk it, show us
how my darling
who’ll sow the truth

and where from will it bloom
to the story as we shape it
for each other, brother sister
what we choose

this breath we been given
this life we are tending
this garden we are seeding
for the ones yet to come

Oh who will fetch the water
will it be your great grand-daughter
my darling
who’ll fetch the water?

I’ll fetch the water
And I will be the course
and I will call the rain
I will call the rain