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Like a Bird: An Alex Schaaf Anthology (2010-2021) coming out on March 26th.  

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Like a Bird: An Alex Schaaf Anthology (2010-2021) coming out on March 26th.  

The Mistress Deluxe Edition out now, get the vinyl here


GHOST


release date: October 1, 2012
as: Yellow Ostrich
on: Barsuk Records
format: digital, vinyl

PURCHASE ALBUM





SONGS


Ghost
Here Today
Won’t Fade Away
Chills
USA
Already Gone

LYRICS


Ghost

Don't remember your face
but i remember the way you moved
the taste of you, and your eyes
green or are they blue?
I remember your smile
even though all the while I don't
know who you are anymore
I've been so confused

and I'm so tired of you
but i can see the way the clouds move
i'm so tired of you
but i can see the way your legs move
I'm so tired of you
but i've got no one else to talk to

I've been using you for years
even as you've disappeared from my mind
my favorite ghost, my pride
i stumble til i'm lost
and you are not one
you are not two
you're everything that i've done
and i need something new

cause i'm so tired of you
but i can see the way the clouds move
i'm so tired of you
but i can see the way your legs move
i'm so tired of you
but i've got no one else to talk to

Here Today

Won't you have a drink with me
won't you help me to my feet
i got your number written down
and i'm a slave to my own sound

and i won't stay
but i'm here today

we had dreams that we'd be smooth
never trying, always true
but when the autopilot starts
it's embarrassing to watch

and i won't stay
but i'm here today

we are dancing in the dirt
we are running til it hurts
we are worried standing still
we are bent beyond our will

you won't last
there's no chance

i won't stay
but i'm here today

Won‘t Fade Away

Wake me up
if I am shaking in my sleep
Try your best
to bring me out, to turn me 'round

'cause I have dreams
that terrify me
they bring me to my knees

You were there
the scent it wasn't strong enough
and I was awake
the mystery of the lack of love

the things i saw
they're guaranteed to crawl
to me when I'm awake

Burn your ghost
it's climbing out
it's climbing out
and where it goes
I'll find it out
find it out
Sleep
Dream
it's what you said to me
but I won't fade away

Chills

I got chills on my spine
I got children going blind
I got you on my mind
and I'm trying to get it right

Can you claim it where it stands
can you trust it, beg its hand
well you know it's true
I get lost in you
can't you see it?

Will you let me stay a while
I feel nervous, I feel wild
I got you on my mind
are you ever gonna try?

Can you claim it where it stands
can you trust it, beg its hand
well you know it's true
I get lost in you
can't you see it?

U.S.A.

I'll take a plane
across the U.S.A.
I'll change my name
I'll dig a hole
I'll throw it all away
to see your face

The amber waves
they're laughing in my face
they don't believe
the golden plains
the purple mountains, too
they bring me down

I'm sure it's beautiful
but it's got teeth
sharper than I've seen
I'm sure it's beautiful
but it's got will
I've only got a dream

I'll take a plane
across the U.S.A.
I'll tear it down
The battles rage
They're screaming "take me back"
I try to smile

I know she's there
I see her walking wires
up in the towers
a little wind
could make it all for naught
I speed along

I'm sure it's beautiful
but it's got teeth
sharper than I've seen
I'm sure it's beautiful
but it's got will
I've only got a dream

I would build a road
but I'm not a builder
I would climb a tree
but I'm no climber
I would start a war
but I'm scared of fighting
I just wanna get close to you

I'll tear it down
I'm climbing rivers and swimming hills
I'm climbing rivers and swimming hills
I cannot go any longer now

Already Gone

I am begging you to let me stay here for a while
until I know
I could stop you if I want but if I want I'll never, never know
It hides and waits

I would love you if you were already gone and how sad is that?

I want something up until the point when it is had
how bad is that?
It's something wrong

I love shadows, I love statues
I bring flowers to deafs and mutes
will you wait to eat 'til I'm hungry?

I walk slowly 'til I feel bad
I drink toasts to the dreams I've had
will you wait for me 'til I'm hungry?



CREDITS


Yellow Ostrich is:
Alex Schaaf
Michael Tapper
Jon Natchez

Recorded in Brooklyn, New York, in the summer of 2012
Mixed by Darby Cicci, in Brooklyn, New York, in July 2012.
Mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering, Boston, MA
Assistant Mastering Engineer: Maria Rice
Additional engineering by Leo Sidran and Darby Cicci

Cover painting by Graham Parks
Photographed by Oliver Michaels

Thanks to Ryan Matteson, Darby Cicci, Graham Parks, Leo Sidran, Janey Rountree, Kate Baicy, our family and friends, and
anyone (everyone) we forgot in this very short and not thought-out list.

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