Soft Faces to Hold

by Toby Graham

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released July 23, 2015

written, performed, recorded and mixed by Toby Graham

album art by Toby Graham

mastered by Clamore

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Toby Graham is a Melbourne-based singer/songwriter of alternative folk music.

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Track Name: More
angel voices ringing out
graceful choices to revel in
wanting more

we howl
then we carry the wolves away
we howl
and get carried away

you bit my throat but i
bit you back
drew black blood on the moonlight
then we carried the wolves away

i painted all of your features on
the mirror wall of the bathroom
then we carried to wolves away
one by
one

we howled
then we carried the wolves away
we howled
and got carried away

you bit my throat but i
bit you back
drew black blood in the moonlight
then we carried the wolves away

you painted all of my features on
the mirror wall of the bathroom
then we carried the wolves away

one by
one

we howl
then we carry the wolves away
we howled
and got frightened away

years of waiting ripped apart
in a heartfelt massacre
Track Name: Song
You were born to sing the morning in
dry earth on your knees
you were taught to hold the orb of molten golden honey
bare hands blistered for the bees
and it hurt

But you sang the morning in
you did it every day
and I could not believe my ears and eyes
as every note became
another golden ray
another endless stretch of life
that you alone had made

You were born to sing the morning in
and you voice was heard by all
and you did it with such grace that I forgot:
without you, night would fall
but you sang

and the meek voices in your heart shouted loud

and you sang the morning in
Track Name: Elephant Skin
Mother Mary holds her baby
wrapped in elephant skin
feeding him from the bottle
but he will not drink
will not

'You will have this skin forever–
you'll thank me one day'
as the child cries, mother sighs,
raises the bottle to her lips
(raze it up! raze it!)

Return the bottle to the baby
'Wont you suckle just this once?'
whisper in its ear:
'This is milk, my dear..
this is milk!'

but the liquid is clear.
Track Name: Never Ever?
Listen to me!
I know my flippers are big but you don't have to be rude.
Curiosity is natural! -actually,
averting your eyes
doesn't make me feel any better.

Disgusting creature, have you
never read Beauty and the Beast?
have you never wondered what it's like to be a dugong?..

What is it you desire?
Why?
What is it ?
What
species are you?
Sea cow, see you? I'd rather be that.

Disgusting creature, have you
never read Beauty and the Beast?
have you never wondered what it's like to be a dugong?..

Do you reach out and touch, ever?
Do you dive in the deep, ever?
Do you roll down a hill, just to stop standing still, ever?
and how can you say, 'We're so special!"?
it must be a trick you're trained..

Disgusting creature, have you
never read Beauty and the Beast?
have you never wondered what it's like to be a dugong?..

Do you reach out and touch, ever?
Do you dive in the deep, ever?
Do you roll down a hill, just to stop standing still, ever?
Do you reach out and touch, ever?
Do you dive in the deep, ever?
Do you dance on the till, just to stop standing still, ever?

Disgusting creature, have you
never read Beauty and the Beast?
have you never wondered what it's like to be a dugong?..
Track Name: Luck
memory keeping order like a balloon losing water
hands above our heads to hail the moon
the lake was frozen over so i threw you o'er my shoulder
and ran across in my bare feet
laughing, losing balance, slipping softly in the hope our lips might meet

all my mistakes
were gonna be easy to overcome

all my mistakes..

cherishing every movement as in a dream of improvement
rehearsing love in person save the sighs
our broken-record saviour keeping our hands from bad behaviour–
your tears of gladness land next to my lips!
i wouldn't mind just dancing, but your
hands keep pushing mine toward your hips

all my mistakes
were gonna be easy to overcome

all my mistakes..
Track Name: Fear
there's a seatbelt
between me and my children
my children

momentum bends and
they're screaming
they're screaming

foolhardy I'll try to believe
foolhardy I'll try to believe
foolhardy I'll try to believe

as we breach I
try to teach
my
self that
life is
just
one
kiss
wonder
what it is
that makes us
wake up
just wake up

foolhardy I'll try to believe
foolhardy I'll try to believe
foolhardy I'll try to believe
in the earth
in these people
in You

there is makeup
in the dashboard
it is leaking on your lap
it drips powdery brown and black
Track Name: Five
No i won't sleep! No i won't i didn't want to!
No i won't!
No i won't i didn't want to!
No i won't sleep! No i won't i didn't want to!

David Attenborough's on the TV! Why do I have to? I'm big now!
You fucking tyrants I'm not even tired!

Your face was rough,
your breath smelt of wine
You sang the old songs
and everything was fine
Marianina turned the sailors into foam
and I'd be waking up
before my mind had time to roam

Look look look lookatme
i'm hanging
upside down!
Shit is hilarious this way
and your smile is a distracted frown
Fuck it
ima do a backflip–check this out!
Pleeease mum,
you know nothing's any fun unless you're watching.

Your face was rough,
your breath smelt of wine
You sang the old songs
and everything was fine
Marianina turned the sailors into foam
and I'd be waking up
before my mind had time to roam

Don't leave the cupboard door open or the nightmares float out into my head!
i wish i could tell you but i'm too brave

i think i'm safe inside this dome of moving dots in the dark
i just wish you were here

Your face was rough,
your breath smelt of wine
You sang the old songs
and everything was fine
Marianina turned the sailors into foam
and I'd be waking up
before my mind had time to roam