The Great Whale — or, Say It; Don't Spray It.

by Bill Carson

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credits

released December 19, 2009

BC: guitars, vocal, Casiotone, piano bass, tape
Nick Jenkins: drums
Nathan Koci: piano, Wurlitzer, Casiotone, cornet, horn, field recording
Ron Wiltrout: vibraphone, orchestra bells, shake
Michael Trent Robinson: vocal
Cary Ann Hearst: vocal
Jonathan Gray: string bass
Ward Williams: cello
Miki-Sophia Cloud: violin
Matthew Bivins: harmonica
Jack Burg: drums
Michael Flynn: piano

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Bill Carson Charleston, South Carolina

Bill Carson is a musician in Charleston, South Carolina. In the past decade or so, he has written, performed, and recorded music with a great diversity of artists in various contexts, from folk musicology and underground experiments to formal concert works and commissions for theatre, dance, and film. ... more

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Track Name: In The End
in the end it's ours to take
in the end it's ours to take
in the end it's ours

you could close your eyes and wait
you could close your eyes and wait
you could close your eyes

hey

even though it's miles away
even though it's miles away
in the end it's ours
in the end it's ours

and you and me and all the strays
you and me and all the strays
we could go downtown
and we could tear it out

and play loud.
Track Name: Birds
wake up, darling, wake up
they're some birds out on the wire
and dreams i couldn't make up
have got my mind a burning fire

one where everyone was crowded all together
and they were coming at your door
and singing through the open windows there were voices
like i'd never heard before

did you take it?
did you ever shake it
from the corner of your eye?
when the plane hit
did it feel the same way?
did it make it seem alright?

and one day you finally cover all the traces
and you're making through the park
and you're calling all the colors and the faces
and all the shadows in the dark

did you take it?
did you ever shake it
from the corner of your eye?
when the plane hit
did it feel the same way?
did it make it seem alright?
Track Name: Santa Monica
in the morning when you wake up
and you're sticking to the earth
it ain't such a revelation
if you don't know what it's worth

i made it there before the sunset
and it was coming off my tongue
he was helping me to stand up
just like he did when he was young

it was a dance she learned in high school
just a spin and then a turn
and i could try to hold her closer
it was easy once you learned

they were singing about the ocean
they sang the same song every night
and it never felt so holy
as when it was moving out of sight

i was looking at the breakers
they were pounding on the sand
whether they're coming or they're going
it's just a waving of the hand

what you find you might not care for
what you do you might not find
but it won't matter too much longer
you're gonna leave it all behind

there's a spare key in the hallway
there's a free way out of town
pull your love a little closer
kill the lights and settle down.
Track Name: Tiny Creature
if i was a tiny creature
if i was a tiny creature
laying low and living on the land
i wouldn't need no schooling teacher
no president, no dollar preacher
always trying to tell me where i stand
and we could take it so slow
me without nowhere to go
and you could hold me right there in your hand

or if i was the sweetest apple
if i was the sweetest apple
russet-red and hanging on a tree
you wouldn't need no whisky bottle
you wouldn't need no spark and throttle
you wouldn't need no sugar in your tea
we could have it so fine
sitting in the sunshine
until you come and take a bite of me

or if i was a great big whale
if i was a great big whale
big and blue and swimming in the sea
you wouldn't need no letters home
no satellite, no telephone
helping carry message from me
you'd always be sure to know
no matter how far off you go
you could hear me singing songs about my love

or if i was a tiny creature.
Track Name: I've Got a Good Friend Back Home
i got a good friend back home
yeah, i got a good friend back home
no lost in a crowd
no running around
wandering out on my own
no, i got a good friend back home

and i've got a little bird that sings
no "talk of the town"
no "stop breakin' down"
no chorus and orchestra strings
no, but i've got a little bird that sings

and i got a stone in my hand
yeah i got a stone in my hand
no cavalry ride
no gun at my side
no early dawn normandy sand
no, but i got a stone in my hand.

and i know a good way back home
yeah, i know a good way back home
no aeroplane flying
no bullet train line
from tokyo, paris or rome
but i know a good way back home

and i got a good friend back home.