Big Thief Pretty Things

Matthew, please do not regret

With your silk in my hand

And your heart in my sweat as you’re

Lighting the end of my last cigarette

I will warm you

Warm you

These things that lonely ones do

Baby, that’s what I’m here for

I’ll take care and make all your

Wishes come true

If you want to

Do you want to?

Don’t take me for a fool

There’s a woman inside of me

There’s one inside of you, too

There is an meeting in my thighs

Where in thunder and lightning

Men are baptized in their anger and fighting

Their deceit and lies

I’ve got lips like sugar

Lips like sugar

Holding my wrist to the bed

He was thrusting and moaning

And pressing his head

To my temple

His head was a temple

I said you’ve got lips like sugar, daddy

Lips like sugar

Don’t take me for a fool

There’s a woman inside of me

There’s one inside of you, too

And she don’t always do

Pretty things

Big Thief Little Arrow

Go little arrow

Shoot like a wave through the tongue of the taro

Bloom every morning

The water, the pepper

The egg warming

Still play that old reel

From every angle

Pushing the baby

The blood, the tangle

Old light leaking

Is it, could it, was it dreaming?

Still play that old reel

Still play that old reel

Big Thief Velvet Ring

Shoved in the kitchen of a city tomb

The light would flicker like a violent womb

The night was thicker than a smokey fume

Liza waited in the room

Benny loved her like he loved no one

The way she’d laugh and hold a smoking gun

The way she always said, “What’s done is done.”

And he was not the only one

Love is a gentle thing

Yours is thicker than a velvet ring

Yours is thicker than a velvet ring

A victim healer with a sharp sharp blade

Benny knew how she was getting paid

Her water broke and they would have to wade

When he knew that she was fooling

He faced the mirror to avoid the thing said

We’re outta money and we sold the bling

And I just wanna take you home, I just wanna take you home

Love is a gentle thing

Yours is thicker than a velvet ring

Yours is thicker than a velvet ring

And I am wandering

I am wandering

Big Thief Paul

Oh the last time I saw Paul

I was horrible and almost let him in

But I stopped and caught the wall

And my mouth got dry so all I did was take him for a spin

Yeah we hopped inside my car

And I drove in circles ’round the freight train yard

And he turned the headlights off

Then he pulled the bottle out

Then he showed me what was love

I’ll be your morning bright goodnight shadow machine

I’ll be your record player baby if you know what I mean

I’ll be your real tough cookie with the whiskey breath

I’ll be a killer and a thriller and the cause of our death

In the blossom of the months

I was sure that I’d get driven off with thought

So I swallowed all of it

As I realized there was no one who could kiss away my shit

I’ll be your morning bright goodnight shadow machine

I’ll be your record player baby if you know what I mean

I’ll be your real tough cookie with the whiskey breath

I’ll be a killer and a thriller and the cause of our death

Paul, I know you said that you’d take me any way I came or went

But I’ll push you from my brain

See, you’re gentle baby

I couldn’t stay, I’d only bring you pain

I was your starry-eyed lover and the one that you saw

I was your hurricane rider and the woman you’d call

We were just two moonshiners on the cusp of a breath

And I’ve been burning for you baby since the minute I left

Big Thief Lorraine

When I saw the first time, the thunder came crashing

Your new blue eyeliner caught my distraction

And like we were two lovers forming from fiction

Your mouth caught my ear with such perfect diction

And there I let you tie my hands back and take me

O lorraine on a saturday morning

O lorraine with your soft, burning hands

We fell asleep in the back of the warehouse

I woke to you kneading and covering my mouth

And like we were hummingbirds screaming at ravens

You started to move me from fact into fable

And there I let you take me under the table

O lorraine on a saturday morning

O lorraine with your soft, burning hands

Big Thief Vegas

Holed up in Vegas for only one week

And I caught you tongue and cheek by the side of the road

Of an automobile expo

Turned up the volume and you started to weep

And I thought you a lamb

Even in the sigh of the headlight sea

Your tears were salty ocean

You opened up the engine and listened to it sing

And I called you a lamb

You knew your daddy til you were thirteen

And then he took his leave for the likes of the land

And the far off salty ocean

We shook our bodies and we started to scream

And I asked you again

Tell me when we grow up do we ever go home?

You said home becomes the highway

We ordered movies on a motel screen until you needed me warm inside of your mouth

And my skin was salty ocean

And then you recommended I’m a woman to keep

And I called you a man

Big Thief Mythological Beauty

You have a mythological beauty

You have the eye of someone I have seen

Outside of ordinary situations

Even outside of dreams

You lie in bed at night and watch the lines of headlights through your screen

There is a child inside you who’s trying to raise a child in me

If you wanna leave

You just have to say

You’re all caught up inside

But you know the way

You cut the flesh of your left thumb

Using your boyfriend’s knife

Seventeen, you took his cum

And you gave birth to your first life

You gave Andrew a family who you thought would love and take better care

I have an older brother I don’t know

He could be anywhere

If you wanna leave

You just have to say

You’re all caught up inside

But you know the way

You’re all caught up inside

But you know the way

Rented a house in Nisswa, Minnesota

Shrapnel and oil cans, rhubarb in the yard

I built a ladder out of metal pieces

Father was working hard

Standing beneath the oak tree by the front door

You were inside baking bread

Sister came out and put her arms around me

Blood gushing from my head

You held me in the backseat with a dishrag, soaking up blood with your eyes

I was just five and you were twenty-seven

Praying, “Don’t let my baby die.”

If you wanna leave

You just have to say

You’re all caught up inside

But you know the way

You’re all caught up inside

But you know the way

So much more to live your life

To walk the floor

To say goodnight

Do you leave your light on?

Do you leave your light on?

You’re all caught up inside

But you know the way

Big Thief Haley

Just like that, she is

I mean

We are, we are gone

For good

For closing my eye

Too soon

Missed the room

Old magpie

It just passed me through

Oh, when it gets you down

When you get that notion

Anyway, you walk around

Anywhere that you are going

If you ever wanna come back

You know my arms are always open

Just like how it used to be, Hayley

Kicking around, burying the letters we wrote

Oh, wondering what yours might’ve said to me

Mine went

There are the geese

Over the trail

We have the open road

And it gets you down

When you get that notion

Anyway, you walk around

Anywhere that you are going

If you ever wanna come back

You know my arms are always open

Just like that, he is holding my hand

Redirect, rearrange, bringing the moon to land

Oh

And oh, and it gets you down

When you get that notion

Anyway, you walk around

Anywhere that you are goin’

If you ever wanna come back

You know my arms are always open

Just like that, he is holding my hand

Redirect, rearrange, bringing the moon to land

Oh

And oh, and it gets you down

When you get that notion

Anyway, you walk around

Anywhere that you are goin’

If you ever wanna come back

You know my arms are always open

Big Thief Capacity

Flight is a beautiful word

Flowered with consonance

That’s what I’ll follow

Forever

I am a beautiful bird

Fluttered and floating

Swollen and hollowed

For heaven

Do what you want with me

Lost in your captivity

Learning capacity

For make-believing everything

Is really hanging on

Slipping away from the party

Totally vacant

Everyone gone from their bodies

You were outside kissing another

She was a friend of mine

I was surprised to discover

I wrapped my arms around her

She was a beautiful figure

There are no enemies

We’re make-believing everything

Is really hanging on

There is a castle that stands

High in the canyon

The blue knights are crying together

A child is holding my hand

She is directing, the red crystal pine with a feather

Do what you want with me

Lost in your captivity

Learning capacity

For make-believing everything

Is really hanging on

Really hanging on

Really hanging on

Big Thief Animals

The animals are wonderful

Such a vision in the sun, how they rail

I catch my breath and count my dough

And I only live to run and I’ll need to go

You and I were born and I’ll make you make your mind up

Hold me

She always knew

She’ll always know

That I love to run so well but I need to go

You and I were born and I’ll make you make your mind up

Hold me

You and I were born with the same design

Nothing in the world that will make you make your mind up

If I had a choice I’ll wait to find

Nothing in your eyes will tell me where you’ll lie

Hold me